Monday, May 16, 2011

Local sponsorship in Korea - An Dae Gi of Kevin bicycle shop, Gangneung


I am so thankful for the amazing support, equipment, tools and workshop space offered by my friend and owner/operator and mechanic at Kevin Bicycles in Gangneung City (Ponam 2 dong) who has been supporting the HimalayasX Expedition preparation here in Korea. I have the amazingly strong 1994 Kona Explosif with a build straight out of An Dae Gi's workshop -complete high-end Shimano XT rim brakes, Mavic Crossland SUP tubeless wheelsets (converted to tubeless) and the frame is the core, a light weight Columbus MAX OR steel alloy. We've been tweaking the setup recently, adding Hayes Hydraulic brakes calipers inverted and front wheel rotor for twice the punch on decelerating in the Himalayas (it might be all climbing, but I am still optimistic -up or down- prepared for it). The start of the HimalayasX has been chosen in western China (Tibet autonomous region to be correct), and the route will follow the Tibetan Plateau southeast across the Taklamakan Desert and the Himalayas. I just want to give a big THANK YOU to my favorite bike friend in Gangneung, and thanks An Dae Gi  (Phone 010.6737.8880 for bicycle support, maintenance and equipment in Gangneung, Gangwon-do Province of northeastern Korea).
AN Dae Gi's Kevin Bicycle Shop in the evening blue glow
 An Dae Gi tuning wheels after wrapping the Schwalbe Marathon tires
 I've got the balance right, just need to add Bob Ibex Plus trailer
 Get your motor running and head out on the highway
 Riding the tunnels is definitely an experience in Korea
On the road south towards Donghae, Gangwon Province (Ben's story in next blog update!)
 Friends of the bike shop always lend a hand and share in conversation
 1994 Kona Explosif looking 17 years new
 The time, patience and generosity of this man cannot be underestimated
 Mr. An Dae Gi working his magic again and again!
 Hayes Hydraulic brakes and rotors attached and aligned
 Busy with the Kona Explosif tune-up!
 Father and son team, Thanks Min Jae!
 Contact An Dae Gi for the bicycle needs in Gangwon-do, Korea! 010.6737.8880

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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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