Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the process to sign up to Dittons Velo?
A. Many thanks for your interest in riding with Dittons Velo. Unfortunately due to a number of reasons including the Covid 19 pandemic we are currently unable to accept new members. Please revisit this page from time to time for an update.

Q. When and where are the rides?
A. Our main ride is on Saturday. We meet from 9am, giving time for a coffee and chat to the other riders –  groups ride at 9.10 to 9.30am.
Rides on other days are organised privately amongst smaller groups.

Q. Is Dittons Velo a serious club?
A. We’re very serious about making cycling enjoyable, no matter what level or what you want to achieve in your cycling. We are a social cycling club not a racing club! We welcome all cyclists from beginners to those with many years of experience.

Q. Is the club only for people in Esher / Thames Ditton?
A. We have members from Surbiton, all over Elmbridge and beyond. As long as you are happy to start your rides from Esher then you are welcome to join us.

Q. How fast or how far do I need to be able to cycle to join the club?
A. We cater for mixed abilities. Start with the slower group on a shorter ride, and work your way up. Most people surprise themselves. Our Saturday rides range from 25 miles upwards. You will quickly find yourself in the appropriate group.

Q. What bike do I need to join the club rides?
A. Most members ride road bikes. The bike does not need to be the latest model or expensive. Some groups will go on a gravel ride.

Q. What are the typical routes and distances of the club rides?
A. On a typical Saturday we usually have five or more groups riding different routes and speeds. Our blog shows some of the routes we have done in the past.
A social group might do a gentle 30 miles on a mostly flat route – possibly with one hill and a coffee stop.
Our middle group(s) typically do a 40-50mile route into the Surrey hills. We routinely do 60+ mile rides in Spring/Summer.
Longer rides (over 60miles) are usually planned in advance. We also like to organise a 100mile ride with a few groups meeting in Brighton for fish and chips and then cycle or get the train back.

Q. What do I need to bring on a ride?
A.

  • A helmet (all riders must wear one)
  • A road bike in reasonable state of repair
  • Spare inner tube(s). When you ride with the group, you’ll never be left alone to fix a puncture on your own but make sure you bring tyre levers, pump/CO2, multitool
  • Mobile phone (suggest you swap numbers with members of the same group) – fully charged!
  • Cash and a credit/debit card – for tea and cake, or emergency taxi
  • Form of ID with emergency contact details and any necessary medical info
  • Front and rear lights – the Surrey lanes are often dark
  • In winter: mudguards

– For anything else: if you’re uncertain, just ask

Q. Do you have a club kit?
A. Yes, and members can order a full range of kit. We don’t hold stock of kit, but we take orders a few times a year so kit is made to order and delivered in a few weeks. Details will be shared via email and via the DV Facebook group to let you know when kit is available to order. Club Kit Page

Q. If I have any questions who should I contact?
A. Send an email via our contact us page and someone will get back to you.