Heading south-east this is a fairly long undulating route of 64 miles (102Km).

You will pass Redhill aerodrome on your way to Lingfield. The return route goes via Smallfield. After Horley you will take a short cycle route to cross the A217 and head towards Dorking and back to Esher.

There are a variety of places to find refreshments in Lingfield and Smallfield plus loads of pubs along the way!


Easy short route to Laleham

Taking a gentle route via Walton and along the river to Weybridge and Addlestone. The route uses some cycle paths to get to Chertsey bridge then along the river again to Laleham and back via Lower Sunbury.

A very flat route. Only 22 miles, take a break at Laleham if required.


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Henley Marlow clockwise

Henley Marlow clockwise

This ride extends the classic Henley-on-Thames route by going along the Thames to Marlow. Crossing the Marlow bridge you then have to climb up Quarry Wood and on to Cookham. The rest of the route is very flat.

There are various coffee shops and pubs in Marlow and Cookham.

This is a very picturesque route returning via Eton and Datchet.

Marlow Bridge

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Manor Farm Tea Room at Seale via Godalming

A nice length ride with the reward of cake and coffee at Seale after 28 miles /45Km. The tea room is accessed via Wood Lane. It can be busy at lunchtime.

A good winter ride of 54miles/86km. The route back is relatively flat.

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Fetcham Effingham starter loop 20 miles

Head out to Cobham via the Esher “bumps” and at the Fairmile turn towards Fetcham. A few climbs get you to Great Bookham. A gentle incline to Effingham and then it’s downhill all the way to Cobham. Most newcomers then swear at the “bumps” coming into Esher!

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Chobham via Chertsey to Ripley loop.

A fairly flat route with no steep climbs. A little climb at St Ann’s Hill, Chertsey and a few undulations. Can be ridden as a fast loop as there are long sections without interruption.

If you need to refuel there is a great Turkish cafe in the centre of Chobham.

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Charlwood via Headley and Betchworth

Climb from Leatherhead to Headley and down Pebble Hill. Some nice countryside from Betchworth. A loop heading to Russ Hill and back via quiet lanes to Brockham. Short spell on A25 towards Dorking. 45 miles/72Km.

There is a cafe and village store opposite the green in Charlwood.

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Ben’s Blaster TT course

Coronavirus lockdown inspired TT. Flatish, fast, short, with minimal traffic lights.

Only 24 miles, 1000ft, starting from just past Esher Waitrose via Great Bookham and back to Esher just before the Milbourne Lane lights.

You can ride this route slowly as well!!

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SRAM HRD Brake Bleeding Guide

Dr David’s guide to bleeding SRAM hydraulic brakes. Having read and tried a variety of methods this is my refined method. SRAM HRD is a closed hydraulic system so all air needs to be expelled. Holding the lever against the bars is important as it empties the master cylinder of fluid and any trapped air.

You will need a SRAM bleed kit plus DOT 5 fluid. Workshop tissue/kitchen roll.

Read through the process fully before starting. Ensure hoses with clamps are secure on the syringe and the clamps will close.

Fill one syringe half full of fluid for the CALLIPER.

Hold with nozzle uppermost. Tap to move air bubbles to the nozzle. Expel all air.

Apply clamp. Pull back on plunger a few times to suck all air from the fluid. Tap syringe. Open clamp and expel the air. Close clamp.

Remove pads. INSERT Bleed block. Unscrew CALLIPER port screw.

Open clamp. Attach the HALF full syringe to calliper. Keep it nozzle downwards at all times.

Remove LEVER bleed port screw. Attach empty syringe to LEVER port. Open clamp.

Push HALF the fluid from CALLIPER syringe.

Discard fluid in LEVER syringe then fill ¼ full with fresh fluid. Use the process above to remove all bubbles from the syringe.

Screw syringe back on LEVER port and push a small amount of fluid from the CALLIPER syringe to the LEVER syringe. Close the LEVER syringe clamp.

Pull in brake lever and hold with strap.

Gently pull CALLIPER syringe (holding syringe with nozzle downwards) to remove air. Then gently apply pressure on CALLIPER syringe to “pressurise” system.

Repeat until no more bubbles.

Remove strap from lever but (VERY IMPORTANTLY) hold lever against bars.

Gently push fluid from CALLIPER syringe while slowly releasing leaver.  Do not force syringe. You should feel the pressure from the calliper syringe pushing the lever out.

Remove CALLIPER syringe and quickly screw in bleed screw.

Open LEVER syringe clamp. Gently pull back on syringe to remove air.

Gently apply pressure to plunger to “pressurise” system.

Pull in and let go brake lever 10 times or more. Gently pull back on syringe until no more bubbles. Repeat the above until no more bubbles.

Gently “pressurise” the system again.

Remove syringe (don’t apply clamp) and screw the bleed screw into the pool of fluid.

Clean up immediately before fitting brake pads.


DOT 5 brake fluid is corrosive. It is neutralised with water. Have plenty of towels to hand to mop up spillage. Wash with plenty water when the job is complete.

Observe the SRAM recommended torque for the bleed screws and calliper pad screw.   

Test braking efficiency before going for a ride.

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Dittons Velo continues restricted group rides.

In the current climate we do not feel groups of up to 15 riders is appropriate for DV.

DV guidance:

  • No more than 6 riders.
  • Observe social distancing of >1m while riding.
  • Social distancing (6 persons) is observed when at coffee stops.
  • Congregations of up to 30 riders before or after rides outside.
  • Don’t forget to take a face covering on your ride.

In addition:

  • All rides to be organised in advance via FB events so you can’t just turn up for a ride.
  • Please double check that you have enough spares to cope with more than one puncture.  We advise carrying disposable gloves in case you do need to help someone else as well (and keep your hands clean!).
  • Be sensible and try to avoid cycling to popular, crowded destinations and on busy roads.

British Cycling –

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