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 2020 rides

February 8th   Blythe Bridge

Meet at Heath House Farm Garden Centre cafe, Caverswall Old Road, Forsbrook at 10:30 am for an 11 am start. Map of Blythe Bidge station and the start point is here.

Getting there by train
Blythe Bridge Station ST11 9JF is on the Derby - Crewe line with an hourly service each way .A suitable train leaves Derby at 09:42 arriving
at 10:21; or from Stoke on Trent at 9.33 arriving at 9:45.
From the station, take Caverswell Road opposite, then take the first right and the garden centre is signposted.

Getting there by road
Blythe Bridge is off the new A50 near to Stoke on Trent. Parking is sometimes available in the station car park ST11 9JF (£3 for railway users)
otherwise as you leave the station there is ample room to the left along the wide Uttoxeter Road. (Please no car parking at the garden centre itself as it's needed for 'proper' customers)
From the station, take Caverswell Road opposite, then take the first right and the garden centre is signposted.
The ride
The ride will be mostly on quiet lanes with perhaps some towpath depending on it's condition. Lunch is planned to be at the Black Lion at Consall. There are some hills and the approximate ride length will be 20 miles.

March 14th           Derby

April 4th               Richmond on Thames     (1st Saturday to avoid Easter)

May 9th                Pewsey, Wiltshire

June 13th             Oakham

July 11th              Bletchley

August 8th           Didcot 

September 19th  Swindon                     (3rd Saturday to avoid Moulton Club weekend)

October 10th        Northampton

November 14th    Nottingham

December 5th       West Midlands             (1st Saturday to avoid other festivities)

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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