Origami Monthly Cycle Rides


About the Origami Ride
Planned meetings
Reports on past rides

About the Origami Ride

The 'Origami 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 ! 

The 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. 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.

Planned future rides

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. 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, usually about two weeks beforehand.

Planned 2019 rides

June 8th                    Hungerford

Meet at Eliane's, 24 High St, Hungerford RG17 0NF  from 10:15 for a 10:45 am start.

Getting there :

By rail
There are roughly hourly trains from London Paddington via Reading. To get to Eliane’s from the station, turn right off the platform, then 1st left and 1st right by Howard’s Pet Care; it’s at the bottom of the hill, on the other side of the mini roundabout.

By road :
Hungerford is on the A4, close to the M4/A34 junction (M4 J13 Chieveley). There is limited street parking in Hungerford, but the station car park costs only £1.70 all day on Saturdays.

The ride :

The route is mainly on quiet roads  with one (300 yard) very short stretch on an A road, a couple of off-road gravelly bits (but fine on a Brompton) and a short stretch on the Kennet and Avon canal. There is some climbing (1,400 feet) but the hills are long rather than steep.

Lunch is at the Royal Oak in the small village of Wootton Rivers, where the lead rider was born. Ideally, lunch orders will be pre-ordered on the day.

The route back to Hungerford is via a tea stop at the Crofton beam engines (“From a time when steam was king:”). Sadly it won’t be in steam on the day, and the guided tours are strictly limited.

After Crofton, the road back is much as on the way out, but with a section along the canal towpath.

Total distance, 27 miles.

The route can be seen on https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30092631

July 13th                   Northampton

August 10th               Didcot

September 21st         Swindon                      note 3rd Saturday, combined with Swindon Smallwheels        

October 12th              TBA

November 9th             Nottingham

December 7th             West Midlands             note 1st Saturday, to avoid clashing with other festive events                     


Thank you


Thank you to everyone who participates in these rides, and very especially to all those lead them

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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