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Sun 29 Dec 2013 ride: “DV, a great discovery”

OK, so forget the last blog – perhaps today was the last DV ride of 2013… This morning (Sunday), Brett, Graham, Nigel and I were joined by Mark for his inaugural Dittons Velo ride. And what a DV ride it turned out to be. 55miles according to Garmin/Ascent (which Mark’s stats seem to agree with), […]

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Last DV rides of 2013

It’s been a good week for rides, I’ve been joined by Nigel, AndrewW and Martin on various mid-week rides this week and last.  The days after or before the storms have been surprisingly nice – just a matter of planning a route to avoid the Surrey floods. Saturday morning  was lovely weather and the guilt […]

From reluctant runner to clean cyclist

I found my way into cycling by accident, having agreed to do a sprint triathlon. I discovered that, whilst I hated running (note: still do!), I did enjoy spending time on a road bike. I’m happy to go out cycling alone but I definitely find I push myself harder when I’m trying to keep up […]

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Dr. David’s bike chain FAQ

Having suffered a broken chain at the start of a recent ride (and dashed home to quickly replace the chain), Dr. David uses his hands-on home bike repair knowledge to share some tips on how to keep the chain in tip top condition – especially important in Winter: David’s Chain FAQ: The chain is an […]

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Dittons Velo and me

I could say cycling is a love affair that started for me as a pre-pubescent youth riding 3 miles to school, and doing wet and windy paper rounds on Morecambe promenade. But that didn’t last and it was over two decades later in my late-30s that I started commuting to work that my addiction to cycling […]

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Saturday 23rd November 2013 Ride Report

11 met up at Café Rouge including David Marsden who was off the bike with a cold but joined for a pre-ride coffee. So we had enough for three groups this weekend: Brett and Andrew T Simon H, Andrew W, John S, Graham (welcome back Graham) and Leo Hobbs, Tim, Nigel It was SimonH’s first […]

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Let Santa make your winter riding more comfortable

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Enjoyment from the right position We all know the importance of getting your bike fitted properly in the first place but usually leave it from then on. As we get used to cycling, our position on the bike naturally changes and rightly we often switch to a lower handlebar (removing spacers) and perhaps buying a […]

Saturday 16th Nov 2013 Ride Report

Last Saturday saw a healthy DV turn out of 10 in spite of a cold (1degC) start. A magnificent 7, including Nigel, Olivia, MattW, MalcolmK, Boysie, AndrewW, and new boy Leo, headed out via Cobham to Ripley for some cake-fuel before heading over Staple Lane to ease the cake guilt. Circling back via East Horsley […]

November 2013: Dittons Velo gathers fresh momentum

Ride report from 2 November Today’s turnout of 20 was a lot better than expected. As was the weather. As Nigel commented on Facebook, this equals the best turnout ever for Dittons Velo. I’m in awe. One group consisting of Nigel, Rae, Boysie, Olivia, Tim, Hobbs, MattW, DavidH, AndrewW did a Cobham, Ockham, Ripley 26mile […]

Dabbling Duck – Shere

This is a most marvellous cafe in the heart of the little village of Shere at the base of a brilliant downhill (careful in the wet) or one heck of a climb! The cakes are to die for. However, Dr David did mention that the Hot Chocolate could do with being a bit hotter. So […]