Expedition Cycles

Adventure Cycling Association offer some spec and recommendations for the general selection of a bicycle suitable for bicycle touring. Read for yourself, then decide on the best fit for your intended usage. PBASE has an amazing archive of actual touring bicycles fitted and being used in different parts of the world. HOPE this helps you start exploring.
Fully loaded hardtail MTB touring, that is me @4000meters in the Himalayas of China.
Jones Steel Diamond Unicrown bikes (alternate wheels/tire/fork combinations)
Jones - Steel Diamond Truss 29+ (Bikepacking setup)
 Surly ECR 29+ and Surly Troll/Ogre (steel frames)
 Koga-Miyata World Traveller (7005 Aluminum frame) 26 or 29 inch wheels
Universal mountain bikes (racks and Ortlieb panniers)

9:Zero:7 Nome Fat bike (aluminum frame/carbon fork)
 Ibis Mojo HD 26/29er (Carbon frame)
 Jones Fat Bike 29er (steel frame)
Form Cycles (titanium frame) 29er Lefty fork
 Salamander Cycles - (steel frame) Fat Bike
2013 Surly Moonlander (repainted steel frame) Double OMM racks
Black Sheep's 2Face Fat bike (titanium frame)
Watson's Great Divide Fat tire fat-bike. (steel frame, ti handlebars)
 TREK 520 (steel frame)
 SURLY Long Haul Trucker LHT (steel frame)
 TOUT TERRAIN Silk Road (steel frame)
TOUT TERRAIN Silkroad Xplore
 KOGA-MIYATA World Traveller (7005 aluminum frame) - Brian's ride - Americas (: 
SOMA Saga (steel frame)
1990's Canadian CCM ICE (Carbolite steel frame) Mavic Crossland wheels.
 FUJI Touring (steel frame) Top image is new 2012 Edition
THORN Sherpa touring (steel frame)
LYNSKEY Backroad Touring (titanium frame)
 Steel framed 29er with Frame/Seat drybag, Handlebar stuffsack. + beaver.
 Moots Mooto X Soft tail, Reba fork, Revelate Designs framebag, seatbag, Handlebar bag, Stan's Notubes 29er titanium frame
Fatback Fatbike with Revelate Designs framebag, Ortlieb Frontroller Classic pannier, Dry bag. 3.8 inch Surly Rolling Larry tires.
Salsa steel frame touring with Arkel panniers and trailer
 SEVEN Expat SL (titanium frame)
SEVEN Expat S (titanium frame)
 THORN EXP Expedition (steel frame)
 TOUT TERRAIN Silkroad with Rohloff internal gears (steel frame)
TOUT TERRAIN Panamerica (steel frame)
1994 (or newer) KONA Explosif steel frame touring (add front rack/panniers) -Brian's ride (: SOLD.
(Blackcat) Generic aluminum hard-tail MTB mountain bike (add racks/panniers) -Brian's (: GIFTED.
Lynskey M240S titanium mountain bike (aluminum front; aluminum rack rear) Brian's (: SOLD.
Bruce Gordon Rock N Road Touring bike (steel frame)
Marin Muirwoods (steel frame)
Novara Touring bike (REI.com) (steel frame)
Co-Motion Divide 29er (steel frame)
Co-Motion Pangea Rohloff (steel frame)

Lynskey M240S Custom built (titanium frame) - Brian's ride (: SOLD.

MongoliaCrossing 2012
THANKS TO LYNSKEY PERFORMANCE, USA SUPPORTING MONGOLIA CROSSING.
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Just a few ideas, there are many more bikes out there.
Custom build your own MONSTER is yet another idea!

Back in 2009, I was talking about epic mountain bike expeditions, and now I have lived some. To be honest with the readers coming here. Finding sponsors is a very difficult battle as individual cycle tourist. Companies want to brand something in the world, film makers, affluent celebrities, entrepreneurs who can build the expedition bottom-up with cash-flow, those with inheritance and no jobs, and the lucky ones.

Bicycle touring is easy once you begin. But big expeditions are expensive ventures.
Start as early in your life as you can. Save gas, ride the bike.
There is a world out there waiting to be explored.
Be bold, buy a bike and panniers.
Set off on adventure.
Don't wait.
Dream.
Ride.

My experiences recently on mountain bikes...
HimalayasX2011
MongoliaX2012
Totherocktour2013
MongoliaX2014

...to be continued.

Please share the free inspiration and adventure cookbook with all your friends and families (:

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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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