The Folding Pilot

Around the World on a Folding Bike

Dahon Jifo Folding bike
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Dahon, Jifo – Folding Bike Review

If there was ever a bike I wanted to hate, this was it. Dahon is the Goliath of the folding bike industry. They’ve made more models and produced more folding bikes than any other manufacturer. Unlike some of the underdogs in the industry such as Brompton (made in the U.K.) and Bike Friday (made in…

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the real mexico, Chelem
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Chelem, Mexico – “The Real Mexico”

For years now I’ve been visiting Mexico in search of the ever elusive “real Mexico.” Each time I get to a new destination, I’m told that it isn’t the real Mexico. In the war torn, cartel infested borders of Northern Mexico I was told that it’s nothing like the real Mexico and to head to…

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MMA Fight
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Stockholm, Sweden – Step Into the Ring

My hands shook erratically as I struggled to fill out the customs form to get back into the United States. My fingers were swollen and numb and I used one hand to steady the other just to write my name. I leaned heavily against the armrest to take pressure off a fractured rib. Earlier in…

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Skid Row, California Sex, drugs, poverty and prostitution
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Skid Row, California – Rock Bottom

As I rode through Skid Row on my bicycle, I couldn’t help but think of a conversation I had with a man in Amsterdam. “We all pay for the ailments of society.” The man explained. “Here in the Netherlands, we pay for them through taxes by providing housing and rehabilitation. In the United States you…

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Johannesburg, South Africa. Orlando Bungee, the folding pilot
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Johannesburg, South Africa – Leap of Faith

Monday afternoon was gloomy with constant trickle of light rain. It was one of those times you want nothing more than to crawl into bed and sleep the next couple of days away. The fact that I woke up at 4 am for work that morning only strengthened the pull of my bed. I had the next…

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Rutland Ohio Skatopia 88 acres of anarchy
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Rutland, Ohio – In Search of Anarchy

As a child of the 80’s growing up in Salt Lake City, I was fascinated by the punks who hung out downtown. With their spiked hair and Fuck-Off attitudes they seemed to be a different breed of human being. They touted a concept of anarchy that intrigued me then and still does today. As I’ve biked around the…

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Citizen Tokyo Folding Bike
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Citizen, Tokyo – Folding Bike Review

Synopsis – Built like a brick, rides like shit and priced to kill. Suggested Rider – Someone low on funds or someone with commitment issues (unsure if they want to drop more than $200 on a folding bike.) The Bike – This thing is built like a brick shithouse. I’ve ridden mine for two years, taken it to five…

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Dominican Republic, Boca Chica, the folding pilot
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Boca Chica, Dominican Republic: Part II – Crack House

A dozen empty beer bottles littered the floor along with a large bucket of piss that was filled to the brim. I could tell the alcohol was taking over and I was having difficulty focusing on the beer bottles as they rolled around.  Most people drink in order to escape their demons. I was drinking…

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Dominican Republic, Boca Chica, the folding pilot
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Boca Chica, Dominican Republic: Part I – Please God…..

  Day 1, 2:58pm The moment the airplane lurches into the air is normally the most exciting part of the trip for me. It’s at that moment that the adventure truly begins. At that point the trip is grotesquely bloated with an anything-can-happen type of energy. Who knows where I’ll go, who I’ll meet, what…

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Make Air Not War www.thefoldingpilot.com by the folding pilot
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Oulu, Finland: Air Guitar World Championships

I couldn’t help but feel out of place as I sat in the press area waiting for the show to begin. This wasn’t the type of work I’d normally do. I’m much more at home cruising through the slums of Cairo or the Red Light District in Bogota, surrounded by drugs, poverty and prostitution. I’m…

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