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

Mutterings

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2007 Orange Five photos

A few pictures of my new Orange Five SE in its pristine state, barely three miles old. Bless.

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I’ve seen my new Orange Five

And very striking it is in Electric (Sub Zero) Blue with chunky Rock Shox 454 Pike forks up front, Mavic UST wheels and lovely clicky Hope Pro 2 hubs.

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Bedgebury Forest photos

Here’s some photos of our recent MTB trip to Bedgebury Forest in Kent.

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High Fives for Orange

As I posted last week, I was hours off picking up my new Orange Five when Cycleworks discovered that my Electric Blue with sparkle lacquer turned out to be sparkley Diva Blue. You see how easy it is to mix the two up with descriptions like that? Well Orange have put their hands up and agreed to send an Electric … Read the rest…

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The changing plans and shifting sands of Mountain Biking

There’s an old saying about best laid plans which means that inevitably, the half baked ideas of the Muddymoles rarely stand a chance of working out the way we hope.

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Mountain Biking and male fertility

Channel 4 are running a series called Embarrassing Illnesses which focuses on exactly that. It’s a magazine style programme where doctors get to show exactly why they get paid what they do, having to deal with some pretty rank conditions that patients have avoided facing up to for some time. Although not technically an illness, this week Singletrack magazine have … Read the rest…

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My Orange Five has arrived

Well, I’ve seen a box with my name on it anyway! I nipped into Cycleworks on Saturday and saw a big box with the Orange logo on the side, along with my name. Inside were all sorts of goodies waiting to be built up into my dream trail machine.

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Familiar Surrey Hills trails

Recently I’ve been doing quite a bit of riding around the local Surrey Hills in my quest to get fitter for our trip to Wales. And I think it’s paying off in that I feel charged up and looking forward to the next ride most days now. Not that I’m getting out most days but you know what I mean. … Read the rest…

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Getting fit for Mountain Biking

It’s now only a short time to our trip to Afan in South Wales. Now, I’ve already said that the determining factor in how much we enjoy the trip isn’t likely to be our fitness. After all, we have all day and these places are not designed like some game of Japanese Endurance. I think the main issues are likely … Read the rest…

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Cyclists or Bikers or Riders?

Today I came across an article in the Guardian by Matt Seaton, talking about why cyclists shave their legs.

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Bedgbury postponed, Afan looming

A while back I posted about our plans to try a few different things this year and stretch out beyond the Surrey Hills.

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Getting older

I’ve just been reading the MTB Nomads blog which covers Mountain Biking in the South East, primarily the South Downs Way (SDW).