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 2018 rides

May 12th             Hinkley, Leicestershire

We will be meeting for an 11.00 start at the Tarro Lounge, the Crescent, Hinckley, LE10 0QQ (below Cineworld). It is a short distance from the railway station and has plenty of outside space. 

The ride will start and finish in Hinckley, Leicestershire .
Hinckley is accessible by railway with connections from Peterborough, Leicester and Birmingham.
By road it is served by both the M69 which joins the M1 & M6 and the A5. The town is has a number of pay & display carparks, with the station carpark £2.50 all day on a Saturday. There is also plenty of street parking a short ride from the start. 

The ride will pass through the town and pick up NCN54 and quiet lanes out to Shackerstone for our lunch stop at the Rising Sun http://risingsunpub.com (around 15 miles) The route passes and crosses the Ashby Canal and The Shackerstone Preserved railway a number of times. This part of the route is through rolling countryside without too many hills.
After lunch the route will briefly retrace our path before heading out to picturesque Market Bosworth, famous for King Richard III. From Bosworth we take a gated road to Sutton Cheney where once more we pass over the Ashby Canal before heading back into Hinckley. This part of the ride is more challenging with some hills.

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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