Monday, November 28, 2011

WT: Correspondence with Dragan Babović - Adventure Cyclist in Belgrade

  • Friday
    • Dragan Babović   cao, brajane !
    • upravo sam gledao tvoj album sa ekspedicije po himalajima....da li znas srpski jezik
    • I just looked at your album with expedition through the Himalayas .... did you know the Serbian language

  • Saturday
    Brian Perich
    • Hi Dragan,
      I don't speak the Serbian language, but my father speaks fluently (with my Baba who passed away this year, 100 years, 86 years in Canada, she came from Romania. My grandfather came from Bosnia, in 1910, he was born in 1887. Both moved to Canada.

      Thanks for visiting my album, I will translate into Serbian next time!

      Brian (:

    • Walks of life we Serbs are strange.
      My son went to LA and his children will not know the Serbian language, maybe save name, who knows!

    • Your bike is unusual.
      Few people use bicycles for travel with buffer.
      I travel with my old CRO-MO, made in 1992 SPECIALIZED, ROCKHOPER

    • Tvoj album je fenomenalan. Nasmejan i optimistican. vidi se da si sve vreme uzivao u putovanju. Veliki pozdrav iz Beograda.

  • Saturday
    Brian Perich
    • Your bike is unusual.
      Few people use bicycles for travel with buffer.
      I travel with my old CRO-MO, made in 1992 SPECIALIZED, ROCKHOPER

      11 hours agoDragan Babović
      Tvoj album je fenomenalan. Nasmejan i optimistican. vidi se da si sve vreme uzivao u putovanju. Veliki pozdrav iz Beograda.

      Reply (translated to Serbian, is this correct?)
      Драган, ценим вашу подршку поруку и комплимената на мом бициклизам рутина, експедиција је била проширење краће вожње сам урадио више од мог живота. Време је да вози велики, тако да сам воз за сада. Возим планински бициклизам за обилазак, јер искрено, ово комплетан мотор је $ 400 долара и све што сам могао приуштити у 2009. Ја заменио све компоненте, рециклажа делова од скупље 2008 Гари Фисхер ХиФи Делуке Купио сам користи, сам се вратио заједно Гари Фисхер, и продао га, дајући новац назад са мојом женом. Тешко да потроше новац, ја сам живи на малом приход у Кореји, већина зараде иде да нахрани породицу, плаћају комуналне услуге, а у суштини живимо. Ја ћу возити истом кадру са различитим компонентама (исти 2008 Фокс, РЛ 120мм виљушком и Бонтрагер дршку), све Схимано овај пут. Користио сам СРАМ Кс7 Померачи и Кс9 позади дераиллер на ХималаиасКс2011 експедиције и Авид Јуици пет хидрауличне кочнице, то је све промењено у Схимано СЛКС цранксет, СХИМАНО ДУРА-АЦЕ 9-степеним ланац, Схимано ЛКС задњи дераиллер (рециклирани) и Схимано Деоре ЛКС напред дераиллер и Дуал-Деоре ЛКС Аутоматско освежавање Померачи и сајла кочнице постављене на Авид Лб7 планину

      Dragan, I appreciate your supportive message and compliments on my cycling routine, the expedition was an extension to the shorter rides I have done over my lifetime. It's time to ride big, so I train for it now. I ride the mountain bike for touring, because honestly, this complete bike was $400 dollars and all I could afford in 2009. I replaced all the components, recycling parts from a more expensive 2008 Gary Fisher HiFi Deluxe I bought used, I returned the Gary Fisher together, and sold it, giving the money back to my wife. It's difficult to spend money, I am living on a small income in Korea, most of the earnings go to feed the family, pay the utilities, and basically live. I will ride the same frame with different components (same 2008 Fox RL 120mm fork and Bontrager handlebar), all Shimano this time. I used SRAM X7 shifters and X9 rear derailler on the HimalayasX2011 expedition and Avid Juicy Five hydraulic brakes, that is all changed to Shimano SLX crankset, Shimano Dura-Ace 9-speed chain, Shimano LX rear derailler (recycled) and Shimano Deore LX front derailler and Dual-Deore LX rapid fire shifters and cable brake lined to Avid BB7 mountain bike calipers, fairly bomb-proof bike for bicycle touring and capable off-road, and in expedition situations of long distance and terrible roads, which are fun, because it makes the journey that much more exciting and challenging.

  • about an hour ago
    Dragan Babović
    • Excellent job you did.
      For bicycle travel should be easy and very good quality.
      Commemorate the components that may be of importance but there are other things that are important.
      For such a difficult journey it is very important rear wheel, he suffers the most impact and weight.
      For me, the more important types of rear wheel gear boxes.

  • about an hour ago
    Dragan Babović
    • Yes, life is an uphill battle, full of uncertainty.
      make money is an uphill battle.
      spend the money is an uphill battle.
      decide to spend what is an uphill battle.
      I know it well, I have three children ......
      Greetings from sunny Belgrade

  • 2 minutes ago
    Brian Perich
    • Oh wow...I read your words, this is my life too!!!!! I have two children and a lovely Korean wife that controls all the money, I usually have little to spend, but I made exceptions to prepare for expeditions.

      Yes, the rear wheel is VERY IMPORTANT..I cracked my Bontrager Race Disk from high altitude pressure changes, road pounding/damage, but the wheel stayed straight with some alignment (twice on the trip), the wheel had an internal crack 360 degrees for the rest of my journey.

      I ordered a used DOWNHILL wheel for replacement of the Bontrager, and have a Mavic in the front. I will take a photo, the wheel has not arrived yet in Korea, everything takes months to get here for me.

      Tough, tough, tough. My life is a reflection of the difficulties endured for PLEASURE on the expedition this year. Very tough, just try to enjoy what moments I actually can, forget the rest of the challenges!

      (: Cheers, great message, I really appreciate it!

      Brian --- South Korea

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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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