Folding Tales is made up of a group of cyclists who enjoy exploring their local neighborhoods and traveling abroad with their folding bikes, sharing their stories and experiences along the way.
Not everyone can traverse the globe for a living 365 days a year, and we recognize that there are many different ways to explore. We hope that this site will inspire others to find their own unique way of answering their wanderlust for faraway lands, the need for adventure, or a brief escape from the mundane. The world is your oyster, as they say, and it is ultimately a person’s right to decide in which direction they will go. (Although it's more fun with foldies.)
Nadiah was born in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, but enjoyed cycling as a child growing up in the sleepy suburban town of Bandar Baru Bangi, in the western state of Selangor. As adolescent life took precedence over physical activities over the years, she stopped cycling, and only recently took it up again after discovering a passion for folding bikes. Nadiah now resides in KL city where she is enjoying her newfound freedom as a freelance writer, and is a regular columnist for the Cycling Plus Malaysia magazine.
Ekaputra grew up in the United States, eventually moving back to Malaysia after 20 years. A former mountain biker in Portland, Oregon, he enjoyed many off road adventures in the Pacific Northwest, as well as urban commutes in the City of Roses. Ekaputra has since settled into work life in Kuala Lumpur, where he resides with his wife (psst, it's Nadiah) and two cats, and is now a part of the capital’s growing cycling culture and the foldie movement.
Maya grew up in the suburbs of Bandar Baru Bangi in Selangor, Malaysia, where cycling was a huge part of her childhood with her three rambunctious brothers. She remembers fondly days of two-wheeled adventures after school, and exploring the local countryside. Originally a roadie, Maya moved to Singapore for work ten years ago, and now divides her love between her road bike and her folding bike - though it's no secret she favors her foldie a fair bit these days.