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

Matt

Matt

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years he's now running a YT Industries Jeffsy 29er and a Bird Zero AM Boost.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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Handup stretch black denim shorts

Handup stretch denim jorts

Riding in regular jeans is horrid, but look at these beauties – stretchy denim jorts (cut-off jeans) from Handup that are flexible enough to cycle in. Read the rest…

Shimano SPD sandals and socks SPD501A

This one’s for Dave – Shimano SPD Sandals!

Only one Mole has ever had the right amount of special to rock SPD sandals… Yes, Dave, we are talking about you. Read the rest…

Lizard Skins fluoro yellow bar tape

Riser bars and fluoro? It’s the 90s all over again!

People say the bike industry’s fixation with gravel bikes is like inventing the MTB all over again – they may have a point… Read the rest…

YT Jeffsy at Tanners Hatch

Cycling in a time of Coronavirus – count yourself lucky

These are tough times for people. If you are able to get out on the bike, count yourself very lucky indeed. Read the rest…

Bird Zero AM - the road goes on

Bird Zero AM Boost hardtail review

The Bird Zero AM is a slack-angled rowdy trail hardtail. I’ve had mine for about a year now so it’s time for a review. Read the rest…

The Moles at Hankley Common

Ride report: Sunday 1 March – Frensham variations

After a week of rain we headed to Frensham as has become usual, because in terms of mud rating, it scores as low as it is possible to go. Read the rest…

Ibis Cycles Ripmo 2 in grey

Ibis Cycles Ripmo 2 – quiet evolution for 2020

The original Ibis Ripmo wasn’t exactly a slouch, but this one makes me wish I had 3K knocking around for the frame-only option. Read the rest…

Lloyd on his Trek Farley

Ride report: Sunday 19 January – Karl’s 115th Dream

With apologies to Bob of course, but Sunday’s ride to Hindhead and Frensham was revelatory. Read the rest…

Moles on Pitch Hill

Ride report: Sunday 12 January – Another year, another Moles Christmas ride

We must be getting old. Last year our Christmas ride started at Bocketts; this year we skipped the slog and started from Abinger instead. Read the rest…

Riding the PNW Coast handlebar

Two interesting gravel handlebars

Two potential handlebars for my gravel bike have recently caught my eye – the Spank Wing 12 and the PNW Coast. Read the rest…

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