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 England, 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

January 13th    Nottingham

Meeting point: 200 Degrees Coffee Shop, 99 Carrington Street, Nottingham, NG1 7FE, 10.00am onwards for an 11.00am departure.

Getting there: 

Directions from the railway station:
Leave the station by the front entrance onto Carrington Street. Turn right and after about 100m the café will be on your right, just before the bridge over the canal.

Directions by road.
From the M1 junction 24, follow the A453 and signs towards Nottingham. Continue to follow the A453 over the River Trent signed City Centre.

Free on road parking :
Once over the river and keeping the river to your right, after about a mile, turn right onto Riverside Way (just before Wickes) There is limited free on street parking here. Alternatively more parking can be found if you continue a little further, take the first left and immediately right onto Robin Hood Way. If this is really busy there is parking in the industrial estate off Crossgate Drive.
Take care as there are a lot of bays with restricted parking in the area.
To get to the station follow the tram line away from the Toll Bridge and river, staying north of the river. It is less than 5 minutes.

To get to the Railway Station Car Park. :
Follow the instructions ‘directions by road’ but continue along the A453/Queens Drive. Turn right at the lights onto Waterway Street West. Straight on at the traffic lights onto Queens Road and the car park is on your left.
The railway station car park currently charges £5 a day off peak./

The ride:

The ride roughly follows the route of the tram to Clifton but we will leave it in places to take more interesting and scenic paths. We will then go through Clifton Village and along the river back to the city. After lunch we will follow a little of the route towards the University and Wollaton Park taking in Jubilee Campus which is on the site which previously housed both Raleigh bike and Sturmey Archer factories and the new Western Corridor.

Distance: around 20 miles

Lunch will be at The Canalhouse. This used to be the canal museum and houses a short section of canal and normally a canal boat or two.

February 10th      Blythe Bridge

March 10th          Cosford, Staffs

April 14th            London / South East

May 12th             Hinkley or Husbands Bosworth

June 9th              Leighton Buzzard

July 14th             Stafford

August 11th        Didcot

September 15th  Swindon
(note 3rd Saturday)

October 13th       Ely

November 10th   Watford

December 8th     West Midlands


Thank you


Thank you to everyone who has participated in a ride this year, and very especially to all those who have lead them.

Also, big  thanks to those who have volunteered to lead next year !

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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