Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

I am missing

Posted by Matt | September 14, 2008 | 2 comments so far

Missing out on important things that is, like getting out for an off road ride in top weather.

I’ve just been over on the DoMTB forum looking at their Sunday ride. Weather today was spot on, it hasn’t rained for two days at least and Dave at least appeared to be enjoying himself, even if Colin was unsure! Or was Dave just grimacing?
DoMTB crew with Colin

Photo© DoMTB. Reproduced with permission

In fact, it appears as though Colin was struggling with a bit of arse and elbow trouble today…

Er, wrong way Colin!

Photo© DoMTB. Reproduced with permission
I’m jealous, today felt like autumn had landed and with it my hopes (high, high hopes) of an Indian summer. I figure at least one kind of summer this year would be good.

In other news, I seem to have discovered a particularly good physio who, despite being none too gentle, assures me I now have full movement back in my shoulder and the prospect of a 100% recovery from my inevitable collarbone injury link. Did I mention that before? At least I can expect to be back on the bike in the next couple of weeks.

On top of that, I’ve finally made a decision on my lights, knowing that riding off road in the dark is the perfect recipe to put my wife’s mind at rest. So, after listening to the advice of people I trust and my wife doesn’t (you met them on the internet FFS?!!) I’ve decided to upgrade to the Hope Vision 4 and have stuck my Hope Vision HID on eBay for sale to the highest bidder.

It’s a great light and if I had a decent helmet light would still be on my party list as the light spread is nice and even. But when I looked at the sums it will work out cheaper for me to buy the Vision 4 than it will to buy a decent helmet light, so the decision has been made… And of course, expect to hear in a few weeks time that I’ve also bought an Exposure Joystick MaXx as well!

If anyone wants to to contact me about the light without troubling my eBay conscience, feel free.

Finally, Mark and I tramped the Bookham to Dorking road route we’ve been trying recently on Wednesday night, riding uncannily quietly due to me being on my slick shod On-one and he being on his road bike! What!! a road bike? Well, it’s a knackered old not-too-sure-what-it-is purple steel framed hack bike with semi perished tyres and a set of neon ally track bars on the front. Retro it is, without even having the grace to be ironic, but at least we were out.

Quite enjoyed it too. [sigh] Bikes. Don’t you just love them?


About the author

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 then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

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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  1. Colin says:

    Not sure what the ref to arse and elbow trouble is all about?

    The only arse trouble was the flatulence of two members of the party after too many pulses and veggie burgers the night before!

    As for today’s ride, I have been thinking for the last few weeks that I was about to have a crash. So much so, that last week I even went out with my elbow pads.

    Well it finally got me today – hopelessly out of control on Blind Terror 2 saw me forward rolling off the bike at the bottom after just missing a tree trunk.

    My buddies were a bit bemused to see me so delighted. Why? Well the crash was fast but harmless, not even a scuff on me. So I’ve got that monkey off my back without payback, for now…

    Looking forward to the comeback Matt.

  2. Matt says:

    I was referring to the photo of you facing the wrong way on the track back to Ranmore, Colin!

    Didn’t realise you’d also had an off earlier in the ride! Stay safe mate…

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