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


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Orange trial belt drive transmission

Fresh from Singletrack comes the news that Orange are looking into the idea of using belt drive technology in place of the traditional bicycle chain. They’ve got an Orange P7 built up as a unique take on the singlespeed concept.

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It’s a Bike, yes. But is it art?

The New York Times has run a piece on an exhibition opening in four locations across Lower Manhatten titled ‘Why I Ride: The Art of Bicycling in New York‘.

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Anticipating wind on the trails

No, for a change this is not an oblique and totally opportunistic chance to slur Dave again.

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2008 Shimano Deore XT

Since we’re only just starting to wake up to the fact that Summer 2007 is upon us, the Gods of manufacture have embarked on lifting the skirts on their 2008 kit so we can plan what we’re going to be replacing our worn out kit with next Spring.

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Wee in his (bike) shoes

Sunday morning, 8:45. There I am, in my garage, hurriedly squeezing my feet into my tired Shimano bike shoes for another blast around the Surrey Hills on my On-one Inbred. In my haste, I overlook a faint tang in the air as I put on my right shoe.

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11 things for Mountain Bikers

As a Mountain Bike rider (as opposed to someone who just talks about MTB riding), here’s a few things you may want to do at some stage. I was going to call this post ’11 things for Mountain Bikers to do before you die’ but felt that was a tweak too far on the nose of Fate.

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Working 9 to 5

Eat Mountain Biking, Drink Mountain Biking, Live Mountain Biking!

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My exploding bike tyre

I was reading Al Leigh’s recent post on the Pickled Hedgehog about his difficulties performing basic bike maintenance. His resulting wheel explosion reminded of the time I too managed to detonate what seemed like a nuclear explosion in my garage.

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Waiting for my Five to arrive

So having dallied with the idea of a number of possible new bikes, including the Intense 5.5 EVP and the Whyte E5, I’ve finally placed an order with Cycleworks in Leatherhead for a new 2007 Orange Five. No surprises really as there seems to be a consensus forming amongst my fellow Moles and others. Dave and Jem are both now … Read the rest…

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Venturing beyond the Surrey Hills

This year, for the first time, we’re starting to look at riding beyond the confines of the Surrey Hills.

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Why I haven’t been mountain biking lately

Or blogging about it either. Ahh, the inevitable barren spell of the amateur blogger! There’s been an interuption to normal service this past couple of weeks over Easter due to two things, both of which having conspired to stop me getting out riding the local trails. First off, I was struck down by a nasty virus which kept me out … Read the rest…

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2007 Intense 5.5 EVP photos

Matt posts some great photos of the Intense 5.5 EVP which he recently tested.

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