Saturday 12th January 2019 9:20am

Starting from - The Pheasantry Café in Bushy Park. Meet inside the café by 9:20am for a prompt 9:30am departure. Aiming to arrive in Windsor by 11:30am, and to leave 12:30pm. Trains from Windsor & Eton Riverside station to Waterloo are 23 and 53 past the hour. ROAD BIKES. TW11 0EW

This CAFÉs and Other Mini Bike Adventures Breeze ride is open for anyone to join

  • 20 miles
  • Road
  • 2 hr

Starting point

TW12 2EJ

Welcome to Breeze Through Winter!
Riders who complete 4 rides or more will receive a goody bag as a gift from HSBC British Cycling Breeze.


This ride to Windsor is intended to be faster than the Sunday Winter CAFE2CAFE rides. Road bikes please.

Average speed 20-22kph/13mph. Therefore generally riding along faster, around 14mph and up to 16mph on flat roads, road conditions and weather depending.

A good deal of this one-way route to Windsor will be on main roads (B-roads mostly).

You may wish to ride back to Bushy Park after the Cinnamon Café. For the return ride, book your spot here:
This return route is along the A-road at Runnymeade, and through the lovely Shepperton Lock. We can drop riders off Shepperton station (13miles from Windsor).

Riding tidily and comfortably. Pace of the slowest; no one left behind.


- Bike lights. A spare inner tube. A bottle of water. An emergency snack.
- One more clothing layer than you think that you need.
- A lightweight "café" lock to use as a deterrent when at café (if possible).
- Wear many thin layers, instead of one/two thick layers; layers trap heat.

Big panniers. Heavy bike lock.

- A great simple alternative to saddlepacks / panniers, stolen from ultra-distance cyclists, is to use a dry bag (eg. Osprey size small £10.99 various colours; via Amazon) and a bungee cord; strap snugly to the underside of the saddle.
- Use the second water bottle cage, and a water bottle with a wide mouth for storage

Your bike too must be prepared for the ride! 2-3 days before the ride (to give you time to take it to the bike shop if necessary)...
- Clean it, and ensure that it is in excellent working condition.
- It should not squeak! as this is indication of a problem.
- Check tyres for embedded stones, flints, thorns. Gently pick these out (eg using a edge of a screwdriver); if not removed, these devils will invariably work their way through any tyre and puncture the inner tube. Inflate to 80-90psi (for winter) (90-100psi for summer).
- Clean the chain, cogs and moving parts (use baby wipes if like me you don't have a garden hose). The chain and cogs should normally be silver (!). Lubricate chain with "wet lube" ie lubricant suitable for wet conditions; spray cogs with GT85 or equivalent. Gently remove excess with a kitchen towel.
- Clean the rims and brake pads with baby wipes.
- Ensure that the brakes "bite" by the time you have squeezed the brake levers two-thirds to three-quarters of the way in.
- With thanks to the lads at Sigma Sports for this trick, if you want your next cleaning job to be easier, rub the frame down with a soft cloth sprayed with GT85 or equivalent; this will prevent muck from sticking hard to your bike.
- Thank you for reading all this! ... there is nothing nicer than a smooth trouble-free ride with no bike mechanicals - for rider themself of a well maintained bike, as a group and as ride leader.

Who else is on this ride?

Ride leaders

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  • Breeze Champion

    Breeze Champion

Deborah Liew

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