Sunday, October 18, 2009

Choosing a touring bicycle for expeditions or multi-day adventures

Riding through torrential rains without the gear, good motivation to get home!
Todd Redding get on the bike to Daebudo Island, Bike: Specialized Stumpjumper
My revolutions for future charity work, start here & won't be stopped till the work is complete!

Choosing which touring bicycle will be right for you
will be a decision that takes in account your regional location, riding styles, distances/duration of the expedition or lighter tour, road conditions, and based on the quality and/or design of the build, which bike is the most reliable in contexts where replacements parts or even post offices are virtually non-existent. Other factors to consider are the terrain you will be variably traveling on: will you be touring exclusively on rocky trails, in 24 hour mountain bike racing or elite touring events such as the multi-day, 2745mi/4418km race known as The Tour Divide?

Other cyclist prefer the Slow Bicycle Movement, taking in all the sights, sounds, and spectacular scenery enroute, without concern for getting somewhere in a hurray.

If you want more information about the entire touring equipment that will support your dream journey, consider some advice from Tim & Cindi Travis, who have been continuously touring since 2002. They offer some reliable and proven information on touring equipment they tested personally, and links to purchase the equipment is listed directly on their website (as a means to generate commissions from their sponsors. What is unique about this traveling couple, is the fact that they only endorse the companies that offer the most reliable cycling kit available to them, tested and tried, many other companies products are not recommended by them.

Generally, another main group of touring cyclist aim for target distances and ride 100km days on a 1-4 years on their individually designed Cycling World Tours. Take a look at the current adventures of Nicholi Bangsgaard or another World Cycle Traveller, turned motivational speaker and adventurer Alastair Humphreys for their takes on Adventure Cycling. Another new adventure rider is coming out of English next spring set to complete a Global "Zero-Emissions" Cycling Adventure, so I am pleased to share Kevin Shannon's Expedition...Because it is there, Zero Emissions Odyssey 2011.

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About the Korean-World Author

Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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Brian's friends have also been...Cycling in Korea!

Brian's friends have also been...Cycling in Korea!

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