Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Ride Report: Sunday 14 March – Leith Hill video

Posted by DaveC | March 14, 2010 | 11 comments so far

Same ride as last week with just myself, JohnR, AndyC and PaulM.

Nothing broken this week.

Here’s a video for you instead of a report.

Filed under Rides in March 2010


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Dave's been riding seriously since about 1997 and is one of the founding Molefathers — along with Matt and Mark — that came up with the idea of a MTB website for Mole Valley riders.

He's had several different bikes but it's now mainly 29ers in Dave's stable, apart from an Orange 5.

Current Bikes: Orange 5, Salsa Spearfish and Kona Big Unit

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  1. Colin says:

    Nice one Dave, the action spoke louder than words!

  2. John R says:

    That was a quick ride report, Dave.

    The videoing certainly works well on the seat mounting.

    – JR

  3. Andy C says:

    A fine ride, I was pretty pooped by the end due mainly to my intermittent participation in the rides this winter, and the hand was starting to throb. Still, nothing that a half bottle of Rioja couldn’t cure.

    Nice vids Dave, though I was disappointed I couldn’t keep up with you on the singletrack. Must get out more often, so hope to see you guys on Wed evening.

  4. Dave says:

    Yes it was a great day for a ride. Trails have hardened up from last weekend so it was even better riding! I think the 4 of us pushed on a fair pace and I think, Andy, that I was probably just being a bit quicker than normal so don’t feel too unfit!

    My HRM also recorded a lower average heart rate than normal and it’s pretty stable so I think maybe I’m finding something extra now.

    I’ve just upgraded to Vimeo plus and I’m uploading the video again so do ahve a look on the vimeo site to see if it looks any better.

  5. John R says:

    So Andy has some unwanted throbbing and Dave reckons it has hardened up.

    Where is Lee when you need him?

  6. Paul says:

    Yep, sure was a good rattle today! nice to get the bike flowing for a change.

    Great footage with the crotch-cam Dave… but Wendy reckons it all looked easy! We can’t have that!

    have you tried sticking it anywhere else? oh er!

  7. tony says:

    Looks like a great day out on the trails. Sorry I missed it but I was busy building up the brownie points on mothers day.

    I’ve seen some great footage from a camera mounted to a pole extending from a fork leg. Although it looks odd, with a bit of careful positioning you can’t see the camera in shot and to the viewer the camera appears to be “floating” in front of the rider. Very cool and it would give a better impression of how “difficult” the trails in Surrey are – which obviously is what we like to portrait to our other halves – demonstrating our “riding gods” skill levels.

    Having said all this, when out with the Mrs for a mothers day stroll around Polesden Lacy we walked down the road to Yew Trees. I said – “when you are out riding do you come along this way” and she distainfully said “never down the road to Yew Trees, we always come down the other direction since it’s more technical”. The riding god thoughts were punctured in an instant.

  8. Paul says:

    LOL, my wife likes that comment Tony.

    She says the video made it look like something anyone could do! She’s even emailed the link to her friends and it’s got them motivated. They think its just a man exaggeration thing – we’ve gotta sort this!!

    Dave, we need some really noisy, jumpy, blurry footage next time 🙂

    Ah, I guess we looked smooth and that’s a credit to the setup. More please, maybe she’ll join me on the trails one day 🙂

  9. tony says:

    Hi Paul

    Your wife would probably enjoy riding with the Femoles on Saturday morning. More fun for the ladies that cycling with the “riding gods”. She can contact my Mrs if she’s interested.

  10. Dave says:

    lol….there I am spending vast amounts of money to get rif of the jerky, wobbly nature of cheaper video solutions and now you want me to go back! ;o)

    Jem and I sneaked out yesterday afternoon for a quick 12 mile blast up Box Hill and down China Pig. All of it shot with the camera bolted to the fork leg. It would have been excellent fottage if I’d put a memory card in the recorder……..doh!

  11. Matt says:

    These videos always have the effect of making it look easy. In a way, it is but they don’t convey the effort involved.

    You’d have to go quite large to make it look impressive on video or take static shots practically from ground level. Like the steps on Landrover, you need someone actually lying just off to the side on the downslope, filming upward to get a proper perspective – otherwise the lens just compresses the scene.

    Another option is to cut short sections of the same action together filmed from a couple of different angles – on and off bike. This is just the raw output after all. Look at how sports ads are filmed for pointers.

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