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 ! 

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 usually start and end at the same location, which is generally 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 almost 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 2017 rides

February 11th  Lincoln

Meet at the cafe in the Lincoln Bowl bowling alley, Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF at 10:30am onwards for an 11am departure. A map is here.

    Getting there :

    By rail : Lincoln  rail station is served from Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Grimsby. There is considerable  upheaval around central Lincoln, so we can only give rough directions from the station.  It looks like most rail borne Origamiists would arrive on the 10:18 so we should be able to group together.
From the station, head east to pick up the A15 Cannock Rd, visible  from the station going over the railway line.  Head south along the A15 - looks like some judicious illegal footpath cycling might be safer, particularly on the dual carriageway/flyover. Check out the view of the Cathedral to the north.  Stay on Canwick Rd A15 past the old railway engine shed on the left. Head straight on (B1118)  at the major junction, (signposted Branston/Washingboro). On reaching the cemetery turn left at the lights onto the B1190 (Washingborough Road), signposted Washingborough/Crematorium/Golf Range/Bowling. About a mile further on, past the cemeteries and crematorium,  is the bowling alley, a grey diagonal striped building on the left .

    By road : The start point is probably best approached from the south, via the A46, then the A1434 towards the centre of Lincoln (signposted N Hykham/S Hykham). Follow this north (becomes A15, signposted Humber Bridge/Grimsby) to the junction with the B1118 (signposted Branston/Wellingborough/crematorium), turn right then left  at the lights into Washingborough Road (B1190,) signposted Washingborough/Crematorium/Golf Range/Bowling. The bowling alley is at about a mile on the left, where there is plenty of parking.

    The ride :

    We'll  ride to the Water Rail Way, and follow it to the Bardney  Heritage Centre for lunch  .
    If we have enough time and inclination we may detour a couple of miles to Southrey to view a private bicycle collection which includes vintage folding bikes.

    About 22 well-surfaced flat miles.

March             11th   West of London

April                 8th   Milton Keynes

May                13th   Leicester

June               10th   Stafford

July                  8th   Princes Risborough

August           12th   Didcot

September     16th   Swindon

October          14th   Blyth Bridge

November       11th   Malvern

December         9th   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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