Equipment

A complete list of manufacturers equipment used on these expeditions, the affects of altitude, terrain and climate, the repairs, the replacements will be detailed in this section. Equipment manufacturer list that I am now using upon completion of the Mongolia X2012. In North America, I completed Totherocktour2013.


American Titanium mountain bikes, as used crossing MongoliaX2012
Canadian manufacturers of quality outdoor clothing. Goretex jacket as used crossing MongoliaX2012
American manufacturers of solar panels and portable energy solutions.

Makers of quality global positioning systems (GPS) navigation
Manufacturers of quality outdoor clothing and tents.
German made and designed carrier bags (panniers) for travelers and explorers alike.

Quality manufacturers of bicycle components used by professionals and recreational riders. Their HG series Shimano XTR chains are some of the best in the world.
Schwalbe is a German engineered manufacturing company of high quality and safety proven tires with kevlar reinforcement protection as used crossing HimalayasX2011 and MongoliaX2012. 

Toshiba design quality notebook computers. Portege 830 series accompanied my trips across deserts, Himalayas and Steppe in Outer Mongolia. For data safety, these are some of the best.
Avid are some of the best mechanical brakes (BB7 Mountain series) in the world.
For custom building an expedition grade mountain bike, I used components from Bontrager crossing HimalayasX2011. Wheelsets and handlebar/stem components were tested to their limits.
Fox racing manufacturers the best suspension shocks for mountain bikes in the world.
Mavic wheelsets are meticulously crafted by this incredible manufacturer. Mavic is quality plain and simple.
Manufacturer of quality cycling clothing and footwear. 2007 Pi I-beams I wore crossing HimalayasX2011 and outer MongoliaX2012. Their barrier cold weather lobster gloves in combination with cycling gloves are also recommended for all sports in cold weather including skiing and hiking.
Manufacturers of quality computer and telecommunications equipment. I use their memory.
Selle SMP are quality crafted Italian seats made for professionals. I used their seats crossing HimalayasX2011 and MongoliaX2012.
Quality manufacturing of bicycle component series like Avid brakes.
Manufacturers of quality and affordable solutions for bicycles. I tested racks and air pumps.
Koga-Miyata are handmade bicycle manufacturers based in Holland, Netherlands. I used their Koga-Miyata World Traveller crossing North America on Totherocktour2013.


Manufacturers of quality outdoor camera equipment. I have used GoPro on 3 bike tours. GoPro is quality.


Easton manufacturer of quality bicycle components.
Sony manufactures high quality Japanese-built video and still frame cameras as used on my treks. The Sony TX-10 (20-30) are compact HD cameras for exceptional photographic images.

MSR manufacture quality tents and outdoor equipment.

Thermarest manufacture the most comfortable, long-term sleeping solutions for exploring.

Having researched my own equipment specific to bicycle expedition touring, I carried the best equipment available and rigorously tested for dependability and practical application using a standard mountain bike.

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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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