Sunday, June 13, 2010

Critical Mass: Bikes activated & riders get ready!

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한국말 잘 하시면 이 웹사이트에 가주시기 바랍니다:

Ride daily, celebrate monthly!

발바리 (bal-ba-li) is Korea's version of Critical Mass, the bicycling event held monthly in over 300 cities around the world. Events are held in cities across south Korea.

Full and up-to-date information is available in Korean at

This Facebook page is to assist those who find it easier to read English than Korean and would like to take part. I'll post details of upcoming rides and try to answer any questions. Please write any queries on the wall.

The Seoul ride starts here: -- see the events tab for more info.

Seoul Monthly Bicycle Ride

Saturday, June 19, 2010
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet at Gwanghwamun

(Seoul Critical Mass Rides, 3rd Saturday of every month!!!!)

This is the meeting point, at the location of the marker:

If you can get your bike onto a train, there are three nearby stations:
경복궁 / Gyeongbokgung on line 3
광화문 / Gwanghwamun on line 5
종각 / Jonggak on line 1

View of the entrance to the area where the ride meets up:

The ride starts at 4pm (or a bit later) and ends an hour or two later at the riverside in Youido.

Join the Facebook group:
Korea's Critical Mass (발바리)

When is it?
Answer: Critical Mass rides are monthly - 12 rides per year, various locations around the country. Take a look at these, join the FB group for updated information & meeting places...
  1. Suwon - 4th Saturday of each month.
  2. Pusan/Busan - Fourth Saturday of each month.
  3. Seoul - Third Saturday of each month.
  4. Chuncheon - Second Saturday of each month.

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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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