June 2019

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A very busy month. We started with a beautiful ride to the Suffolk hills. Very busy trying to get everything ready for our Pride celebrations including our Pre-Pride Ride on the 30th and planning our inaugural lead out for London Pride 2019 next month.

Stolk’s Favourite Lanes – Part 3 – 2ndJune 2019

Time for another one of Stolk’s favourite lanes. This time the area to explore was Thetford Forest and the Suffolk hills. We met up for breakfast and a natter at the Silver Ball Café just south of Royston. It promised to be a lovely sunny warm day and we were not disappointed. As well as riding, today was of course also educational (as all Stolk’s rides) and had a stop incorporated at pre-historic flint mine Grime’s Graves.

The ride towards Grime’s Graves was nice and quick via faster roads A10, A505 and the A11, something which made the grrrlllss on the big engine bikes very happy. Good old Flipper impressed us all with hitting nearly 70 miles an hour on the A11…well done Flip!

Another fab record.. thanks Pumps

We pulled up at Grime’s Graves around 11 for a chill, coffee and look around. Some of us went down the old flint mine to have an explore – fascinating! The site is also famous for its natural beauty and you can see a lot of skylarks flying up and down from the grassland. After this visit we rode to West Stow for some lovely lunch at the West Stow Anglo Saxon village café. The remainder of the day we enjoyed riding along the beautiful lush Suffolk countryside and ended our ride at the familiar BP petrol station in Harlow.

Cambridge Pride – 8th June 2019

For the first time ever Cambridge had its own Pride and Dykes on Bikes London were there! The weather was absolutely atrocious, but we did not let that stop us. The grrrrllllsss met up at Stolk’s place for breakfast and to decorate the bikes, a good practice round ahead of London Pride. This dry (very wet) run was very useful as we learned that the flag poles we ordered were not strong enough to carry our DOBL custom-made flags, certainly not when the flags get wet and even heavier. We had to stop several times on our ride into Cambridge to re-attach flags and this caused a few tricky situations. Several lessons were learned there.

Finally we made it to the agreed stopping point along the river Cam, just in time, to see off the punt parade. The crowds gave us a massive welcome and we revved our engines in return.

After this we made a little ride through Cambridge City centre and ended at the Pride festival terrain on Jesus Green. There we had an allocated spot where we could line up our bikes. To raise some funds we had planned to offer a sit-on-a-bike opportunity for Pride visitors. This was a huge success. Especially our Slick showed her smooth talking skills and managed to convince dozens and dozens of mainly women and girls to have a go at sitting on a bike. Well done Slick and all the other grrrllllsss for this amazing fundraiser!

Despite the weather we had a very good time at Cambridge Pride. We will be there again next year and hopefully see the sun.

Dyke Pride Ride – Pre-Pride Event – 30th June 2019

At the end of the month we began our own unique Pride Celebrations with this ride around London starting at the famous Ace Cafe in north london then taking the north circular road round towards Hampstead. A quick stop off at Bolton House, the former home of ‘Gluck’ (Hannah Gluckstein) the famous lesbian painter from the early 1900’s… more information here:

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Back on the bikes with our Dyke and Pride flags flying we were loud and proud through north London to Kensal Green Cemetery where we hoped to find the gravesite of Dorothy (Dolly) Wilde, lesbian niece of gay Oscar Wilde who is buried there.

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Despite lots of research we were not able to find her resting place; we will find it eventually.

Next stop was Cartwright Gardens where we enjoyed a picnic in the lovely sunshine and were joined by some wimmin who came along to meet us. A few grrrls went to Tavistock Square to view the bust of another famous lesbian, Virginia Woolf. In addition, we found a statue of Louisa Aldrich-Blake a pioneer for women surgeons, she was formerly the first female surgeon registrar and went on to encourage women to take up medicine as a career at a time when there were very few.

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Having looked her up we decided we would claim her as an honorary Dyke, (we couldn’t find any confirmatory evidence, but so many of us are hidden from herstory).

A short hop to Gays the Word, the bookshop that has been openly selling LGBT+ literature for over 30 years. We take the opportunity for a quick look around and to take some photos then back on the road to our final destination, The Apple Tree pub – one of our sponsors – where we had a very enjoyable few hours fundraising for our nominated charity this year, The Outside Project. With a raffle and selling the opportunity to sit on one of our bikes we managed to collect over £270 for the Project. Well done everyone and huge thanks to all our raffle prize contributors.

May 2019

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Another action packed month….

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1st of May was the last day of Pogs’ WRWR adventures.. to catch up on her travels take a look at her blog www.pogshogs.com

Peak District – Early May Bank Holiday Weekend – 4/5/6thMay 2019

Bank holiday time means riding! A trip to the beautiful Peak District this time. On Saturday morning 7 of us met up for some breakfast at Stolk’s place and from there we picked up the Follies and continued North of course following some scenic country roads and via legendary motorcycle town Matlock Bath to our Airbnb for the weekend in Dronfield, just outside Sheffield and a stone’s throw away from the Peak District. The weather was a bit chilly for this time of year with the occasional drop of rain, but overall we were very lucky as the Peaks are known for its downpours.

Our house was big but very basic, eso basic that even most kitchen tools and necessities were missing… (I feel a bit of feedback coming). The beds were good though and that was the main thing. We found a pub just up the road from our house that served food and had some very friendly staff. The owner of the pub was Irish and so were several of the bar staff….hmm interesting as our Pogs and Doc are Irish as well…would they be related? YES they are! Apparently Pogs and the pub owner are cousins…what are the chances!

Sunday was all about exploring the lovely Peaks and immerse ourselves in those amazing twisties, stunning views, moorland, cute villages and birds of prey. So much to see and never enough time.

Thanks to Pumper, our Videographer

Tired but happy we arrive back at our Airbnb, ordered some pizzas and went in for an early night. Another big riding day planned tomorrow.

Monday started early as we had to make our way down towards London again, but not without going back into the Peaks for some very scenic roads, especially the one from Hathersage to Edale and then up Mam Tor to Castleton. Amazing!

DOBzilla.. enjoying the sights and sounds of the wonderful Peak District

After that we nipped down to Dovedale for a little wander and some photos (such a shame that lovely place turned into such a busy tourist trap!) In the afternoon we commenced our journey home. Again, a wonderful weekend out with Dykes on Bikes London who are never afraid to put those miles on the clock 

London Pride

This month we have continued in our efforts to convince Pride in London and the Metropolitan Police that we should be leading London Pride this year. We have attended some meetings and had ongoing correspondence with PiL, and at last, just before the end of May, they confirmed that Dykes on Bikes London will, for the very first time ever, be riding at the front of London Pride… so proud! Registration is now open, so please do complete a form and come ride with us on this historic occasion.

Bombing the By-Ways

On the 19th May a few of the bigger bikes went on a blast around Cambridgeshire. Time to get the big grrls knickers on… we have lots of rides that are L plate inclusive but sometimes the larger bikes really want to have a blat… so a mixture of motorway and fast A roads for this ride out. Starting at North Weald Airfield for a bacon butty and a cuppa then on the road, bright eyed and bushy tailed for a fast blast up the M11, quick stop and shop at Blackbear Harley Davidson in Newmarket… which was not only shut, but completely closed down!! We managed to find where it has moved to, but still it was closed grrr. As an alternative we paid a visit to Ducati Cambridge and had an enjoyable hour or so looking around. Pumper managed to blag a couple of tee shirts for us to raffle for our nominated charity, well done.

Onwards then towards the wonderfully named Tydd St Giles, turning into the Deepings and calling in at the Iron Horse Ranch House for lunch and a final bomb down the A1 ending around Bedford due to long tailbacks.

A round trip of about 200 miles. It was a real grin-maker

April 2019

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More news re our Pride Events.

Cambridge is now confirmed and Registration will open soon. See our FB page for updates.

London is still under negotiation, however our Pre-Pride Ride is definitely on and Registration will open soon, again have a look at our FB page for details.

This months Ride Out was to Whitstable on the SE Coast, again organised and led by our Navigator Priestess, Stolk…

Whitstable Way

Have you ever tasted a Whitstable oyster? If you have, you will remember it. Some quirk of the Kentish coastline makes Whitstable natives – as they are properly called – the largest and the juiciest, the savouriest yet the subtlest, oysters in the whole of England.’ (from Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet)

We did not try those famous oysters at this ride, but we did enjoy a great, yet somewhat rainy ride through the Kent Downs to lovely Whitstable where we had some lunch and a seaside stroll.

A perfect way to spend a Saturday in early April!

WRWR – Pogs decided to rejoin the Global WRWR phenomenon and rode the last ‘leg’ in Germany, through Luxembourg into Belgium and finally the first ‘leg’ in the Netherlands. Check out her adventures via her blog at

March 2019

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Another busy month especially since we have had such unseasonal weather.

Firstly a catch up with our negotiations around the possible Pride Events:

Cambridge Pride – we have had ongoing correspondence with the Cambridge Pride organisers and attended a meeting in Cambridge this month.  They seem very keen for us to take part, but how that will look is still under review.

London Pride – we are continuing to negotiate with Pride in London to allow Dykes on Bikes London to launch this years Pride Parade.  Keep an eye on our FB page for updates and indicate whether you would be interested in riding with us.

London Pre Pride Ride – we are organising a Pre-Pride Ride in London on the 30th June.  Again, all the details are under our Events tab on the London Biker Dykes -DoB London FB page.

Charity Raffle – as part of the Pre-Pride Celebrations we will be conducting a raffle of various prizes, the proceeds of which will go to our nominated charity this year, The Outside Project.  Tickets will be on sale nearer the time.

WRWR – the Women Riders World Relay.  This global event kicked off at John O’ Groats and the baton is finally on it’s way around the world.  Our patched members – President Petit-Chou and Secretary Pogs are both taking part in the Relay and rode the final ‘leg’ from Ace Cafe to Boulogne-Sur-Mer via Gillingham in Kent this month.  Pogs then continued through France into Spain and Portugal.

For all the details of this amazing initiative and adventures see Pogs’ blog at

https://www.pogshogs/WRWR*-2019

Charm of the Chilterns – another excellent ride out organised by our patched member Stolk.

On the 24th March Dykes on Bikes London Charmed the Chilterns. This was a popular ride which attracted 13 riders, the most we have ever ridden with. We met up at the Ace Café on the North Circular for a quick brekkie, banter and briefing and off we went. We explored the gorgeous twisty roads and picturesque villages in the Chiltern Hills before we arrived at Wayland Smithy, a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb (by some of our more barbaric riders referred to as a ‘heap of stones’…). Then it was off for lunch at a nearby pub…or so we thought…. Pub number one did not have space for us, ok then, off to pub number 2….nope…kitchen is closed. Out of desperation we ended up in the outskirts of Swindon for a Snack Donalds or a Subway.

Onwards we go though, because we still have a long way back to London. Riding with a bigger group is challenging, especially making good timing and keeping the group together. Despite our best efforts the Follies had to peel off prematurely because they lost the group at a series of roundabouts. Luckily we all have each other’s cell phone numbers and the Follies reported they were fine, but were peeling off. On we went. Not before long Badger, who was sweeping that day, rode up to Stolk, our ride leader, to report that Sheila had a flat rear tyre! We tried to apply a temporary fix, but the puncture was too serious. To the nearest petrol station it is! We found one within a few miles, where Sheila called recovery and found a safe place to wait for them. We all went our separate ways at this point. The end to yet another exciting, adventurous day out with Dykes on Bikes London!

Treasure Hunt – this was organised in conjunction with Kenric and attended by our President Petit-Chou.

February 2019

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The motherclub in San Francisco has now confirmed our official chapter status… woohooo!!

We are in active discussions with Pride in London and Cambridge Pride so watch this space for updates on these events.

An excellent social evening was held at Riley’s Snooker club… an evening of pool and chat… watch out for Slick, she is a bit of a pool shark!!!

We kicked off the new season, (although we generally ride all year round), with a fantastic blat to Lavenham in Suffolk…

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see all our photos on our Facebook page.

January 2019

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Happy New Year!!!  This month we had a great evening ten pin bowling, where we met a few new faces… we hope to see them again soon.

December 2018

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A quiet month… brrrrrrr.  We did however have an excellent evening at the Lyric Pub in Soho for our Christmas get together… highly recommended.

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November 2018

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Another great weekend away… this time to Cheddar Gorge for the inaugural DoB London Butch Games.  More about this soon on Pogs’ Blog.

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October 2018

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Before heading out to Vive La France we went on an adventure a bit closer to home. We rode up to Castle Rising Castle, one of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated keeps in England, surrounded by 20 acres of mighty earthworks. This historical monument of course impressed us all very much and also lent itself excellently to some typical DOB London pics…

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…and then the absolutely fantastic club trip to France.  We spent a long weekend exploring the Pays de Calais region and visiting interesting historical sites.  We also enjoyed really good weather, for the time of year.. freezing, but generally dry so that’s always very welcome.

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See the blog entry by Pogs, our Secretary at

DOB London – Not Lost in France

for the full story.

 

September 2018

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Enjoying an Indian Summer a few of us went on an impromptu ride out to Bumbles Blast and a week later we had a Seaside Rendezvous in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast for a very nice blast, some fish and chips, September sun and seagulls…..lots of seagulls!

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