Origami Phoenix Monthly Cycle Ride


About the Origami Phoenix Ride
Planned meetings
How to get to Meriden
Reports on past rides

About the Origami Phoenix Ride

The 'Origami Phoenix Ride' is a cycle ride usually held in the English Midlands, normally on the second Saturday of every month. The location varies from month to month. The ride was originally held particularly for the owners of folding (hence the 'Origami' of the ride name) and separable cycles, but anyone riding any kind of cycle is welcome - indeed, you are welcome to join us at the start for breakfast and a chat even if you don't have a cycle or don't feel like riding! Many of those who attend are either members of The Moulton Bicycle Club, the VCC (Veteran-Cycle Club) or The Folding Society, but anyone, and any kind of cycle, is welcome.

Tea RoomsThe usual arrangement is to meet from about 10:30, with a ride starting at about 11:00. The distance covered is typically 15 to 25 miles. This is a social ride, and we ride at the pace of the slowest, with plenty of stops along the way to regroup if necessary. Rides start and end at the same location, which is usually near a railway station, so that those who do not choose to travel by car can easily get to and from the event. 

{Start}The Origami ride attracts a wide variety of cycles and riders. You do not even have to come on a folder, as the Marin mountain bike seen here shows!

The first Origami Ride was held in August 1994, but was a one off, and it was not until April 1997 that the ride was revived on a monthly basis (hence the 'Phoenix' of the ride name). The ride was originated and organised until his death in February 2002 by John Pinkerton. Although we no longer have a formal organiser for the rides, they still take place every month, unless the date (second Saturday of the month) coincides with a Bank Holiday, Moulton Bicycle Club BoA Weekend, or another major cycling event.

Planned future meetings 

For all rides, we meet from about 10:30am, with the ride starting at 11:00am, unless stated otherwise. The planned finishing time will depend on a number of factors, for instance ride length and time of year, but will always be before dusk. Riders who need to return for a specific time should consult the ride leader, but be prepared to return under their own navigation.

Note that as the location of these rides varies from month to month, it is important to check the location before travelling to an event - the planned rides are listed on this page (see below). You can also check by contacting the Origami team via email here to see what is planned.

Further details will be added for the rides as they are available.

Planned 2016 rides

May 14th                Loughborough

The ride will start in the cafe at Charnwood Museum, Queens Park, Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 3DU, meeting from 10:30am for an 11:00 start. A sensible map is here
Getting there
By Rail
Loughborough station is on the London-Sheffield line with connections from Derby and Birmingham (via Leicester).
Turn right on leaving the mainline station and head to the Toucan crossing. Cross over and take the shared path ahead, Sidings walk (signed Route 3 towards the University) Follow route 3 signs to the traffic lights at Meadow Lane.
Continue on Meadow Lane until it bears left onto Nottingham Road, then right onto The Coneries. At the traffic lights (Beacon Bingo on the right) go straight over onto the contraflow cycle path towards the market place.
Go right at the junction onto the pedestrian area (Cycles allowed). Either go through the market up to Granby St (on the right) where Queens Park is on the left. The market place however is strictly no cycling and is patrolled by zealous street wardens who will issue fines. Alternatively continue on the shared pedestrian area, turning left onto Derby Sq (by Tyler’s) Continue up to the lights and turn left (signed to the Charnwood Museum) onto Fredrick St then left into Packe St and right onto Granby St with the park on the left.
The museum and cafe is at the end of Granby St. The distance from the station is 1.3miles
By Road :
Loughborough is easily accessible from Junction 23 of the M1.
The recommended carpark is Beehive Lane multistory, LE11 2TS.  Parking Charges are £6.00 for all day.
From Beehive Lane Car Park to the start  : Exit the carpark via the Southfield Rd Exit (Premier Inn in front) Follow Southfield Rd, keeping to the RH lane and turn into Bedford Sq, heading to the crossing. Cross over Wards End and onto the lane opposite (alongside John Storer House and into Queens Park. The cafe & museum is in the far RH corner. Distance is less than 1/4 mile.
The ride :
The route is on the whole is flat, utilising a number of NCN routes and quiet lanes. The last section has a few hills and one short section on the A6006 to Zouch which can be busy. 23 miles unless the weather is poor when the ride will be shortened.
Lunch will be at the Plough Inn, Diesworth

June 11th               Droitwich, Worcestershire

July 9th                  TBA

August 13th           Didcot

September 17th      Swindon combined with Swindon Smallwheels : this is the third Saturday in September

October 8th             Watford /Pinner

November 12th       National Memorial Arboretum / Burton on Trent

December 10th       Christmas Origami (West Midlands)

Origami mailing list

We have a mailing list, who are usually sent details of each ride about 1 - 2 weeks before the event. Normally there will only be one email per month (possibly 2 if there is a real need), and the list is normally only used to give information specifically about the Origami Rides. If you would like to be included on the list, please send an email indicating this to origami@foldsoc.co.uk. No personal details are held apart from simply the email address.

Travelling by train to Origami rides

While folding bikes are usually carried as 'luggage' without restrictions carriage of non-folding bicycles by rail in the UK can be complicated. The excellent a to b website has useful information on carriage of bicycles by train here.

Reports on past rides

Since we changed to using a more convenient 'blog' system for posting Folding Society news, we will usually report on Origami Rides there rather than below. The news blog is available by accessing The Folding Society web site.

Photographs of more recent rides can be viewed on a FlickR group (UK Origami-Phoenix) that has been set up for this purpose. Anyone joining an Origami ride is encouraged to join the group and upload their photos of the ride.

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