Muddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole ValleyMuddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Cycling News, Reviews, Chat and Ride reports

Lee

Lee

As Baz Luhrmann said in his Sunscreen song: look after your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone. Well, until they do finally give up the will to live and screech to a halt like a knackered bottom bracket, I'm just going to keep riding because that's what I love.

Whilst I'm more full time parent and part-time biker these days, I still make the best of the time family life affords me, even if the fitness yo-yos massively.

I ride a Cotic Soul, which is currently single-speeded, and also a 2010 Trek EX-8 for drier times.

We are a pretty lucky bunch to live in such close proximity to the Surrey Hills, which gives us an embarrassing amount of trail choice. Some of my all time local favourites have sadly now been 'decommissioned', but with the likes of BKB, Summer Lightening and China Pig, there's still plenty to smile about whichever way you turn.

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Society today

It never ceases to amaze me that when faced with a situation where one human being could do with, or indeed does need the support of their fellow man (or woman), that people are quite happy to carry on by as if totally blind to the whole episode. My drive to work this morning provided no greater proof that society … Read the rest…

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Ride Report: Epsom Downs Loop, 29 March

Sunday’s ride involves punctures, latex rubber, Stane Street and a tour of Headley and Box Hill in the spring sunshine

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AY Up ends UK distribution agreement

Ay Up LED lighting systems have announced they are ending their UK distribution agreement and will now be supplying direct from Australia

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Vorsprung durch Technik

There are certain words and phrases throughout language that just sound better in their original form. As used in the title of this blog, Audi have dined out on one of the most famous straplines the world over since the 1970s. OK, that example is quite specific, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Blur, U2 and perhaps the best … Read the rest…

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Ride Report: Sunday 22 February, Newlands Corner loop

Although today lacked the clear blue skies and comparative warmth of Saturday, there were glimpses on today’s ride that Spring is in the air and not far from taking centre stage across these green and pleasant hills. Today saw bare legs from myself and Andy at least (other Moles have stoically battled through the Winter with shorts it should be … Read the rest…

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Ride report: Sunday 15 February – Bookham to Leith Hill

The Moles head en masse to Leith Hill to put Colin’s new Dialled Bikes Alpine through it’s paces, amongst other things…

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Scream if you want to go faster

What is a decent average speed for a MTB ride? And how much effort is it to average over 10mph?

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Give me a brake

Even disc brake pads wear out, some more than others. Lee bemoans his bad luck and ongoing investment in brake pads.

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Mountain biking in Dorset – beyond our backyard

Dorset offers more for the mountain biker than meets the eye, from big chalk hills, sandy heaths, and scenic beauty around Corfe Castle, Studland Heath and Poole.

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Ride report: 7 December

A frosty but perfect trip over to Leith Hill via Ranmore and the North Downs.

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