Thursday, July 19, 2007

July Origami Ride

We were remarkably lucky with the weather for the Origami ride at Malvern on 14th July. 17 riders and a very varied collection of folders met at Great Malvern railway station, where light refreshments and good conversation preceded an 11:00 start.

Bromptons were not the most common machines present this time, with a particularly good showing of Moultons, including a Pylon and a Double Pylon (both fitted with Rohloff hub gears), and also 5 Dahons (or re-badged Dahons), including two Curve SLs.
A leisurely ride took us to our lunch stop, where we were able to sit outside enjoying the sun, before posing for a group photograph.

After lunch we made our way back to the railway station, where more light refreshments were welcome before we left.
A number of people took the opportunity to try the Dahon Curve SL which we are currently testing, and it created a very favourable impression. The report should appear on the web site in a few days time - it is basically complete, but just needs a bit of tidying up.
Unfortunately the weather on Sunday was back to normal, with quite heavy rain for much of the day. This was not good for me, as I was doing the Broadway Babe 107Km ride from Redditch. The weather prompted a change of plan regarding which bike to use, and consequently the Birdy Touring had its first outing on a Brevet Populaire. It performed very well in the conditions, though it does seem to have acquired a new rattle. Happily my new Goretex jacket also proved effective at keeping out the rain.