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

May 11th                   Leicester

Meet at Newman's cafe, 33 Market Street, Leicester LE1 6DN at 10:30 for an 11am departure. 

Getting there :

By rail :
Leicester railway  station is on the Midland Mainline from Sheffield to London, with regular services from Birmingham, Derby, Nottingham, and Peterborough.
The cafe is a short distance from Leicester railway station. The easiest (and safest) option is to come out of the station, turn right and walk/ride (shared path) to the crossing (passing the Thomas Cook statue) just before the Premier Inn. This crossing will take you over the junction and Granby St will be ahead of you. Granby St has a contraflow cycle lane which will take you into the centre of Leicester. Continue along Granby street up to the traffic lights (Mercure Grand Hotel is on the LH side) Turn left here at the lights onto Belvior St. Carry on up Belvior St and take the second right onto Market Street. (Market street is a shared space with considerate cycling allowed) Newman's is on the left, opposite the old now closed Fenwicks store. We've met at this cafe before. Cyclestreets shows this route.

By road :
Leicester is served by the M1 at J21, and the A6, A46 and A47 all pass through.
If arriving by car there are numerous car parks close to the station and cafe, the largest being the East St Car Park. 

The ride :

The route heads north past the Richard III centre and the cathedral where he now resides. We then go past the National Space Centre and Abbey Pumping Station, home of some working steam engines. Then on to the side of the Great Central Railway's Leicester North station and on to Birstall. On to Watermead park where we pass the Wolley Mammoth. Then we head south again and ride on the Great Central Way, a disused railway line and some of NCN route 6 before returning to Leicester passing where Joe Orton used to live and on to the pub lunch at the Black Horse in Aylestone.
After lunch we ride through Aylestone Meadows and back with the Great Central Way returning to the start.
Around 24 miles - the route map can be found here.

June 8th                    Hungerford

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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