Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

The things we do for a new bike!

Posted by Dandy | April 15, 2013 | 19 comments so far

Water slide 900 x 900

Following a post a few weeks back in ‘The Mole Hole’, some of you will be aware that I have succumbed to ‘I’m eligible for another bike under the Bike-2-Work scheme and I just can’t say no’ syndrome. This increases my bike fleet to 7.

So, how to break the good news to La Dandina, who is of the opinion that I can’t possibly need another bike? And why am I looking so pleased with myself in this picture? All will be revealed…

Out in the French Alps on a late skiing holiday with both La Dandina and the Dandinetta, I found what I thought was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of some recently accrued goodwill to mention bike number 7.

Without supplying too much detail, I found myself crawling out of bed at 00.30 and dragging a very cold and reluctant Saab out of its (relatively) warm underground car park onto the slippery roads coated with two inches of snow. For ‘reluctant Saab’ read ‘reluctant Dandy’. I dutifully rescued a ‘tired and emotional’ Dandinetta and returned her to the safety of our apartment.

Having braved the wild and dangerous terrain lurking outside, I felt able to accept the adulation and gratitude of La Dandina for rescuing our precious daughter. Would now be a good time to mention that I’ve signed up for another bike, I ventured?

Thinking I’d got away with it, not much more was said about this new addition, and on occasion I began to think through the routes that a combination of weak legs and a single speed would allow.

Somehow, on Wednesday afternoon we found ourselves in the ‘Snow Park’ with a variety of drops and jumps to sample. I’m not sure I can recall how exactly, but the conversation became, “If you don’t want to ski the waterslide then you don’t want another bike!” Our skiing party all agreed that if I didn’t ‘man up’ for the slide, then I shouldn’t have the new bike 🙁

Prudently I handed my Blackberry, wallet and spare rubbish to a startled La Dandinetta. Without too much thinking, it was “On the piste again!” for my battlecry, before heading off down the slope. After a couple of small checks (see video ) it was time to let the skis run and take my chances. As you can see in the link, I successfully won the right to Bike No. 7.

Les Arcs water splash April 2013 from Dandy Mole on Vimeo.

Now, how to explain to La Dandina the appearance of a Troy Lee top in the same shade of light blue and orange as the new Cannondale 29er SS ?


About the author

Having been mountain biking since 1996, you might have expected Dandy to have learnt to ride a bike by now. Several broken bones in the last few years prove the maxim that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

In between hospital visits, Dandy rides a brace of much-blinged Pace RCs, the 'green themed' 405 and the silver & gold 506. His winter hack is the Moles' favourite, an On-One 456 hardtail, now converted to an Alfine hub He also dabbles in 'the dark arts', keeping 2 road bikes in one of his seven sheds.

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  1. tony says:

    That is possibly the most disappointing video I’ve seen all year! ………………………………………………………………………….I was probably with La’Dandina, the Danettes and all the Moles, hoping for the face first plough through. 🙂

    I won’t be able to think about No.7 without thinking of this video. It’s a good job I don’t require forefits for my bikes!

  2. Dandy says:

    You were hoping for this, , I guess? Sorry to disappoint, or am I ?

  3. Matt says:

    For a moment this morning Dandy, having seen your grinning mug on the homepage, I thought we’d been hacked by the Great WordPress botnet of Doom that’s been in the news recently 😉

    Great video Dandy, nicely done. You must want that bike bad…

  4. Bazza says:

    so the trick is put your weight back to keep the skis up
    so wanted to see you on you’ve been framed….

  5. Big al says:

    Very impressed Dandy , did the Jedi teach you how to do that ? Heels down !!!!

  6. KevS says:

    Sometimes it is better not to comment on these videos!

    However … I am sure there must be a new Euro tax for those with 6 bikes and over? 😉

  7. paul901 says:

    Sadly Kev only one of those is a tarmac eater. Now if D’Andy had to be a green tax for greenlaning and greenclothing.

  8. paul901 says:

    Be = pay

  9. Markymark says:

    Quality! SKI’ing, Skiing, waterskiing and a new bike secured all at the same time. You really are ‘SpendingKidsInheritance’ing with that lot Dandy 🙂

  10. Andrew AKAK says:

    In the top pic it looks like you are preparing for a “birdman” contest with rather optimistic blue netting wings 🙂

  11. paul901 says:

    The Moles very own Eddie the Eagle?…

  12. DaveW says:

    Awesome Dandy.

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