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Velolife

Velolife is a cafe for cyclists! For many years I’ve cycled along a quiet Warren Row Road on my way back from Henley then in 2012 this cafe sprung up. The menu is limited but great if you just want coffee and cake! It can get very busy mid morning. Recently Clashcity and I popped […]

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Strawberry Fields Tea Room near Horsham

Horsham is a long way on a bike. Cake is required! Strawberry Fields Tea Room is near to the Faygate roundabout on the A264. A little off the beaten track but worth it. Nice coffee and cakes. A typical farm and craft shop with ample space for bikes and cars. I had a chance to […]

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Bay Tree Bakery – Petworth

Tucked away near the Guilt Lingerie shop (where, it seems, you pay more for less material!!) is a small bakery with chairs and tables outside. The coffee is good and some of the cakes are unusual! I discovered this cafe after the Coco cafe disappointed. Very friendly staff. Brett dreaming of the lingerie! Google Maps […]

Christmas Common via Velolife

A long flat route out to Marlow then climb up the Chiltern Hills to Christmas Common where you will find the Fox and Hounds pub. Then it’s fast downhill to Henley before climbing Remenham Hill! Reward yourself with cake at Velolife ready for the last 30miles.

Classic Henley route

This is the classic 70 mile route to Henley. The usual half distance coffee stop is the Chocolate Cafe (over the bridge and turn left). The return leg includes the climb up Remenham Hill before turning right to Warren Row where you can refuel at Velolife Cafe (39 miles). The route stays off the main […]

Windsor route through the park

A 39 mile, fairly flat, ride that goes through Chertsey and Virginia Water to Windsor Great Park. There is an option to stop at the Post Office in the park for coffee. Alternatively a slight diversion to The Windsor Farm Shop off Datchet Road. Homeward via Staines and Laleham should have you ready for a […]

Windsor-Fairoaks airport route

This is a classic DV ride. 44 miles with one gentle hill up from Windsor to Blacknest. It can be either a fast ride or a gentle leg stretcher! Coffee and cake at Hanger Cafe and then only 12 miles until home! – right click and “save link as”

David’s Octopus Route

8 ways up Leith Hill – for the brave amongst you… The route starts in Dorking and ends at the top of Leith Hill on the 8th climb – so beware: the GPX is not the full distance! (full distance c.100miles if riding to and from Esher). I found my Garmin got confused with all […]

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SRAM Front Derailleur with YAW setup guide: by David

After struggling (yes!) while setting up his gears on two bikes with SRAM Force 22, David had to resort to searching the web for guides. Having realised it’s easy when you know how (!) he has put together this guide for how to set up the SRAM front derailleur… Step 1: Height of the front […]

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Dr David’s Secret Sauce

Following from the previous blog post on hydration, energy and salt strategies… A rough guide to using maltodextrin powder Maltodextrin is ideal for adding to your water bottle as a relatively pure and cost-effective source of energy during a ride. It can be flavoured with your favourite squash with some added salt or used with […]