Monday, October 30, 2006

Two more stolen folders

I've been away for just over a week, so I'm afraid there has been a delay in posting news of stolen folders and updating the Sales & Wants List. Regrettably there are two more stolen folders to report:
BROMPTON L3, Black/silver
Stolen at about 3pm right at the entrance of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican, London. Locked securely to very strong racks, and lots of people around. Footage captured on CCTV. (apparently this thief has been seen stealing other bikes in the Barbican area) I left for about 20 minutes to return some books, and it was gone (usually I take it with me). Distinguishing features:
- Terry Leather Comfort Saddle with ventilation hole.
- Front fork has spots of colour-fixing, the silver bit.
Unfortunately the frame number is not known. If anyone comes across something that could be this, please contact: Not much hope, but devastated and would be extremely happy if there is a chance of getting it back.

Red Dahon Vitesse D7
Stolen when it was locked to railings outside Holloway Road Tube station on Wednesday, October 25 during the day. Please contact Alex at if you have any information.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Orgami Ride November Update

The November Origami Ride on Saturday 11th November will start from Derby Railway Station(Railway Terrace, Derby DE1 2RY)

This ride is suitable for Trikes with only 2 barriers along the route, which will be easy for the group to overcome.

Full details are on the events page

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Stretching A-Bike a Little Further

At A-Bike enthusiast website, a member of the forum has found a method to fit a standard seatpost and saddle without significantly increasing the weight, folded size or folding speed. His blog notes that his wife has now ridden the modified A-Bike 50 km in a day, impressive for a bike designed to be an alternative to short walking trips.

New Moultoneer Website

The Moulton Club website has seen very few updates recently. Thankfully a new Moultoneers website is now up and running. It has the makings of an impressive resource and, over time, should also contain information from the old website. There is a members-only section in the new website - the mind boggles!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

News Snippets

The National Cycle-Rail Awards have been handed out recently in Britain, reported by George Muir, as ATOC's Director General, noted that folding bikes can travel on all trains at all times.

An interview from the Shanghai IST of an ex-pat riding a motorcycle across China just happens to mention Shanghai's secret midnight bicycle riding group (with the obligatory folding bicycle reference, of course).

Saturday, October 21, 2006

City Cycling and the Secret Folding Society

The latest edition of City Cycling continues the thrilling story of the Secret Folding Society

Friday, October 20, 2006

Stolen Birdy Red and Brompton S3

Stolen at OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY GIPSY LANE CAMPUS near Buckley Building between 09.00 and 13.40 on Thursday 19th October 2006. R&M BIRDY RED and BROMPTON S3 in Apple Green [Frame numbers: PG4260085 and 213302 respectively]. Were locked securely to each other and the robust Sheffield stand with a Kryptonite lock with new locking mechanism - not the barrel type that can be opened with the barrel of a biro. No sign that the stand was cut. Stands well overlooked and on CCTV. Any information contact

Monday, October 16, 2006

Type G Apparatus - Folding Bike

Upon seeing the BSA Paratrooper war time folding bike in the first Dutch Origami report it has prompted us to share the link to this website of the 6th Airborne and information about the folding bike "Type G Apparatus" shown here by the 3rd Para brigade. We believe we have seen one of these bikes attached to the back of a troop carrier at the Eden Camp Museum near York.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Cycle Show Report update

Robin J Commander visited the Cycle Show on the Friday, and has provided some useful information - this has now been added to the report as a postscript.

First Dutch Origami Ride Report

Jan Berkelder has sent us a report on the first Dutch Origami ride - you can read it and see the pictures here. Sorry it has taken me so long to get around to loading the report.

Origami Ride Leamington October 2006

16 Riders met at the Spa Cafe in Leamington Spa with a good variety of bikes. Two new arrivals to an Origami event being, a new style Birdy 3x8 in black and an SP Bridgestone Moulton with Rohloff hub and disk brakes.

The route followed the canal toward Warwick, where the our leader Howard informed us of the local history of the town. Following the WL cycle route through the Warwickshire lanes back round to Leamington.

More to follow

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Velovision Cycle 2006 Report

Peter Eland of Velo Vision has published his Cycle 2006 report.

More on the Cycle Show ...

Our 5 minute video report is now available - at 10M it is really only suitable for those of you with broadband. If you want to see it, go here, click on the cycling picture in the bottom right hand corner, and then press the Play button (>) below the relevant picture.

There is another report on the show at the Velo Vision web site.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A ride through history - Malacca revisited

Member Alvin Lee has sent us a most interesting illustrated report of a folder ride that he and a friend did recently is west Malaysia - you can read it here.

Alvin mentions that there is a charity ride around Angkor Wat in Cambodia on Dec 16, Sat. he will be doing this with his wife and 11 year old son, and islooking to form a folding bike 'team'. If you are interested, the website is:

It's a pity that although there are lots of people visiting these pages, and thus self-declared members, we don't get many articles from people. We would love to hear from more of you!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Electric Airnimal

This PR piece from PRWeb expands on our recent Cycle Show report with details of Airnimal's BionX-assisted Joey.

A Little Different to Everybody Else

It seems that cycling interests that used to be considered fairly unusual (folding bikes, fixed wheel, etc) may be a little too common for some nowadays. Perhaps one way of keeping some distance from the mainstream is to combine them. Of course, foldable walter has the advantage of working for Bike Friday when wanting to ride something a little different.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

From the Wall St Journal

The Napa Valley Register has an article syndicated from the Wall St Journal suggesting that bikes (including folders) in America are starting to become commuter transport, rather than just athletes' exercise equipment.

Bikes and Balls

An Electric New Paper column by Moritz Volz, mentioning folding bikes of course.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Cycle Show Report update

The report is now fairly complete, and the photographs have been added. After a short break I will invetigate whether any of the video that I shot is of use.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


I visited the Cycle Show at ExCeL in London today, 5th October, on the Trade/Press day. The show runs until 8th October, and apart from the first day it is open to the public. I'm conscious that some readers may be visiting in the next day or so, and in order to give you a preview before the event, I am rushing out my report in stages, beginning later this evening. At this stage the format will be horrible, there will be lots of typos, gaps, no pictures and quite possibly even errors! I will be working to improve the report in the next few days, but in the meantime I hope that most of you will prefer to get news in this form now, rather than wait several days for a polished final version. Please revisit the report to see how it is progressing. The report is (or will be Real Soon Now) at
22:40 - Sorry, it's been a long day, and although I've now transferred the pictures to the computer, I don't feel up to processing them now, so further updates will have to wait until tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Beijing Back on Bikes

This article suggests that China's headlong rush towards the automobile might be easing slightly, with the help of folding bikes, of course.

Biking Bishop

David Chillingworth (Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane) has a blog that mentions his Brompton occasionally. You can find it here

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Not News but Worthwhile Reading

This piece of writing has been fluttering around the internet for a while now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Stolen Brompton

Lisa Davies reports: "My Red Bromption L3 was stolen outside Sunstone Gym, Northwald Road, Stoke Newington, on Thursday 21 September. Frame number/Serial number is 0306016642 ... " For full details, please see the "Stolen" section of the web site.

Origami ride - October 14th - Leamington Spa

Details for the October 14th Origami ride are here. All are welcome on this sociable ride through Warwickshire, starting from Leamington Spa.

Pictures from Hampshire

Some pictures from the recent Small Wheels Ride in Hampshire have now been put on line by John Buckley - you can see them at