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

December 7th             Stratford-on-Avon             note 1st Saturday, to avoid clashing with other festive events                     

Our Origami ride on Saturday December 7th will start from the cafe in Morrisons in Stratford on Avon, (Alcester Rd, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9DA) near the railway station. We'll meet from 10:30 for an 11am ish start. The cycle parking is on the left hand side of  the building.

Getting there :

By rail :
From the station exit, turn right and  follow round to the lights. Right at the lights, over the railway and then right at the roundabout into Morrisons. BUT there may be unresolved industrial action on West Midlands Trains. If so, Stratford will still be accessible by rail using Chiltern trains from Birmingham and Leamington Spa but not at very convenient times eg from the north need to leave Birmingham Moor Street at 7:34 to get to Stratford before 11 (via Warwick). Check before travel.

By Road :
Easily accessible via M40 J16/ A46 south. Recommendation is to carry on past the A439 and A34 junctions to the A422 junction to avoid traffic in central Stratford. Morrisons is off a roundabout on the A422, signposted 'SuperStore'.
Note that parking for the ride at the supermarket itself is impracticable because there's a 3 hour time limit. Suggestion is to park on the side roads, say Masons Road just to the northwest (single yellow line ok on Saturday), or alternatively the nearby railway station car park is £3.20 all day on a Saturday.

The ride :

The ride route length is variable depending on the weather but will be 10-14 miles using disused railways, including the Stratford Greenway (ex GWR Honeybourne line) and level lanes. There is a short stretch of busy main road. Lunch is planned to be at The Four Alls riverside pub in Welford on Avon.


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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