? FAQ : London Dynamo Cycling Club

FAQ

People naturally have quite a few questions they ask us before coming out on one of our rides. Here we try to answer some of the more popular ones for you. If you have any other questions about cycling in general or about our activates, please e-mail us on membership@londondynamo.co.uk

WHEN DO WE RIDE?

Saturdays 9.00am
in Richmond Park - 4 laps (c28miles) in groups of 8 doing "through and off". Meet at Pen Ponds car park. Coffee afterwards at Roehampton Gate Cafe. Download this PDF for really useful tips on our Park Ride.

Sundays 9:00am - Group ride out to Surrey Hills, Windsor and other destinations according to interest and group pace. 50 – 60 miles usually including a cake stop. Meet at Hampton Court Bridge next to station.

Sunday 9:00am (last in the month) - a novice ride of 50 or so miles will run from Hampton Court Bridge with the assistance of experienced member riders who will chaperone - tba for January 2011.

Wednesdays 7.00 pm - Chertsey loop 28 miles or maybe laps of Richmond Park if day-light permits. Meet at Richmond Gate.

Thursdays 9.30 am - Various destinations including Windsor, Fairoaks Airport and Surrey Hills (c 50 miles inc cake stop). Meet at Hampton Court Bridge next to station.

Park Ride Guidance Notes for Marshals
Park Ride Guidance Notes for Group Leaders

DO I NEED TO BE A CLUB MEMBER TO RIDE?

Yes you do. You will need to attend one of our monthly Newcomer’s Rides in Richmond Park which take place on the first Saturday of every month throughout the year. These are linked to our Richmond Park Ride – check out the details on the website for time and meeting place.
We presently have some restrictions on new membership applications owing to the popularity of the club. Applications are restricted from 11th July 2014 until the end of the year to under 18s, women, and men who hold a BCF Category 3 Race License or above.
We are delighted to welcome new faces to our Saturday Newcomer's Ride, so please feel free to come and try. If you enjoy your outing and would like to ride with us on a regular basis, then YOU WILL NEED TO BECOME A CLUB MEMBER. Once you have gained confidence and fitness on the Richmond Park Ride, and you have joined London Dynamo, you are welcome to join any of our other rides, but not before. All our rides except the Newcomer,s Ride and one or two trial Richmond Park Rides thereafter are for members only.

HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?

If you can ride 28 miles (four laps of Richmond Park) at a gentle pace you are fit enough to come out on the Park Ride. If you can ride about 50 miles or so and have ridden the Park Ride a few times, then you are fit enough to try another of our rides, but you have to be a member to join these other rides. Please be aware that the 4 principal climbs on the Surrey Hills ride can be quite tough if you are unused to "big efforts".

IS EVERYONE ELSE FAST? WHAT IF I CAN'T KEEP UP?

The Saturday Park Ride is designed to accommodate everyone and is broken down into groups of abilities. The fast group set off first followed by fast/intermediate, intermediate, and steady. If you fail to stay with your group you'll be able to join the next group behind. Our other rides vary in pace and destination, but some on a Sunday are at mainly conversation-pace, although the distance can be 50 - 60 miles. We ride in groups, everyone stops for punctures, and we never leave anyone behind - we want to encourage people to join us, not put them off. If you are concerned about keeping up, particularly on the Surrey Hills Ride, ask an experienced club member for some advice.

DO I NEED ALL THE KIT?

You will need a reliable bike. A racing bike is preferable, but a mountain bike will do, as long as you change your tyres for some narrow slicks. Once you get the cycling bug then a visit to our sponsors Prologue in East Sheen will help you get fitted out with everything you'll need. It goes without saying that you should wear a helmet. A good pair of cycling shorts is a must for comfort. Additionally, a reasonable pair of cycling shoes and set of pedals that you "click" in to will also make the experience more pleasurable, and clothing to cope with cooler weather if the season requires it. You will need to bring along a spare inner tube, a pump, a puncture repair kit and a bottle filled with an energy drink/water and energy food/bar/gels.

When joining the rides outside of Richmond Park, other useful items include a small multi-tool, a pack-away rain jacket and some cash for tea and cake. We don't abandon people if they puncture or have mechanical problems - in fact, we all stop and help. However, it's your duty to ensure that you come prepared for things such as punctures and that your bike is well maintained, safe, and fit for the distance.