Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cycling in Korea: Repairing/upgrading existing tires on your ride: touring!

Hey Pam,

How did everything workout with the Cruiser tube-repair/replacement. I know the problem with those Korean-esque tubes, they have a valve stem with a rubber hose over eyelets (internal). When you pump air into them, they sometimes fall off into the tube itself, all the air escapes, thus you need extras to replace them. I always had extras with my repair/puncture kit.

That aside, the replacement of the tubes would be sufficient if you switched to "presta style" those are the small, twist top valve seal, European kind that are used on everything today, mountain or roadbikes, highly recommended.

If you decide on Schwalbe Marathon tires, be SURE to order either 26* 1.5, or 26*1.75 tires. Those are standard 26 inch tires, and the other number is the width of them, the 1.5 is narrow like you have now (exact size I believe) and the second is bigger like on my Blackcat MTB. The 26*1.5 hold higher air pressure, are lighter too. 

Finally, I am still studying away and have applied for sponsorship to a few companies so far (major players in expeditions, sports...just a few though, need more PR work on my sponsorship proposal*) and received one reply today (a start!) no freebies, but they offered a discount on product. Will have to see next in correspondence. It's a tough industry, everyone wants something for free, especially for the first time...I stand to be rejected from everyone (albeit offered a discount, since I will be advertising for them).

Hope all is well, Peace from Gangneung

Brian P
Cycling in Gangneung - Seongsan area

Hwy 35, Gangneung to Imgye, Taebaek

Matthew riding hard tires

Autumn in South Korea, red peppers drying out in the sun

Visiting locals in the Korean markets

Matthew & Sierra on the roll

Autumn cosmos in Korea

Local family riders in Gangneung

Bike-friendly pathways

Korean farmer on the move - Gangneung

Kids sleeping from the effects of Cycling rhythms

Stopping for a picnic

MTB converter for touring & trailer use too

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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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