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KiloBike Challenge: Esher to Beijing

OK, so I’m taking over the blog today to make it known that I have set myself a target of 5,000mi year on the bike. I thought about it (informally) some time ago, thinking it would never happen but it’s been a good year of Dittons Velo bike rides and the miles have been building up. I’m […]

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Winter Training

This week saw the first of the DV evening Training Rides. What’s a training ride? A short fast ride in a small group, not social, no stopping (traffic lights and junctions aside!). As fast as the group can sustain for about an hour basically. The loop for last night’s ride was 20mile circuit from Hampton Court, around […]

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DV100: The inaugural club century ride

DV100: Great success! Last Sunday (24th August), the now honourable members of the exclusive DVCC (Dittons Velo Century Club): Hobs, Dick, NigelS, IanP, MattW, Dr. David, Rob, me completed the first DV100 ride. Sandra joined us on the ride out to Henley but was on duty at the regatta, so sadly couldn’t join us for the […]

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One year in

I had my first Dittons Velo outing at the start of May 2013, so I’ve been enjoying riding with the group for close to one year now. And what a year: approximately 4,000miles (that’s more miles than I put on our car), 200hrs on the bike…and such fun. I’m hoping the second year will be even […]

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Dorking Deli

Whilst out on my solo ride today I had the misfortune to require the help of ‘Head for the Hills’ cycle shop in Dorking (part broken chain link). Whilst waiting I asked if they could tell me where the nearest Coffee Shop was. The said the The Dorking Deli was just a few doors down […]

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Roll on: Part 2 of EVERYTHING about Tyres

This is the second part of the two part FAQ feature on bike tyres from Dr David If you haven’t read the first one, I recommend you see it here before reading this second installing episode… By the way, some people have responded to ask: so which tyres do I buy? As before, we’re not telling you […]

Dittons Velo ride reports 11/12 Jan

Saturday was excellent – perfect weather and healthy turnout of 13 I think: Boysie, MattW, AndrewW, Rob, Graham, Siobhan, DavidW, RichardC, Sandra, JohnS, Leo, me. Plus we were joined by Peter on his first DV ride. As planned we set out on the route I’d proposed but were forced to backtrack and take Hungry Hill […]

50 mi Surrey 3 Hills, 3000′ climbs

A 50mile route I’m considering this weekend (made via BikeHike – note: Bike Toaster site is currently unavailable due to Google Maps changes):

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2014: will it be a Goodyear? EVERYTHING about bike tyres

Dr. David continues his series of useful tips on keeping your bike in tip-top shape. This article covers everything you need to know about bicycle tyres and is being published in two installments. Here is the first: Welcome to my cycle tyre FAQ Part 1 First thing to say is, I’m not going to recommend […]