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Humanoids of Surly: Ryohei Oguchi

Over here at Surly, we are constantly being amazed at what people are out there doing on their bikes.  This month's Humanoid of Surly is no different. Our friend Ryohei Oguchi resides in Japan, but you could also say the world is Ryohei's home. After all, he has visited 157 countries on his Surly, including a stop to visit us at the Intergalactic Surly HQ. For this installment, we have included questions and answers in both English and Japanese. Meet Ryohei: 

Location: Suwa, Nagano, Japan

所在地:長野県諏訪エリア 

Who do you think you are anyway? 

I’m a man that makes my own dreams come true. I believe confronting difficulties and overcoming challenges is the reason for living. 

自分はどのような人間だと思いますか?

私は自分のことを、夢を叶える人間だと思っています。困難に立ち向かい、自らが決めたチャレンジに打ち克つことを生きがいとしています。 

How’d you get into bikes?

In my hometown, the Suwa area in Nagano prefecture is Suwa Lake.  When I was eight years old, I went on a 10 miles cycling trip around Suwa lake with my brother who is 3 years older than me. At that time, I found that the daily scenery I saw while riding in the car changed when I began to see it from my bike saddle. The origin and inspiration of my around of the world trip began with the landscapes of my hometown.

あなたと自転車の馴れ初めは?

私の故郷、長野県の諏訪エリアには諏訪湖があります。私が8歳の頃、3つ上の兄と一緒に諏訪湖一周、16kmの自転車旅に出ました。そのときに感じたこと。普段車の中から見る風景も、自転車のサドルの上から見ることで、大冒険に変わることを知りました。「こんなところに人が住んでいて、こんなところにお店があって、こんな風に鳥や草花が生きているんだ」。私の世界一周の原点は、故郷の原風景にありました。

Tell us about your Surly. 

First of all, it's cool!  It is a fashionable and rugged bicycle.  Moreover, the reason to ride Surly is the Chromoly frame, it couldn’t be defeated even while riding it around the world. I liked that I could select the frame shape and size to fit my body. Even when not riding around the world, I am enjoying Japan for biking on snow, sand, mud, trail, and asphalt with my fat bike, gravel bikes, and long tail bike. Bicycles are human powered and are the world's best activity for getting around. I like Surly bikes because they don't let me down in any environment, anywhere.

あなたのサーリーについて教えてください。

まず第一にかっこいいからです!オシャレだし、誰にも媚びないプライドを持ち、どこか無骨な自転車。さらにSURLYに乗る理由は、世界一周をしても負けないクロモリフレームであり、体にフィットするフレーム形状、サイズ選びができるからです。実際に、クロモリフレームの強固さは世界一周に向いていると実証できました。今もファットバイクやグラベルバイク、ロングテールバイクに乗って、日本の雪や砂や泥、林道やアスファルトの上を走って日本を楽しんでいます。人力であり、世界最強のアクティビティーな乗り物が自転車だと言うことを証明している。つまり、SURLYの自転車は、どこにいても、どんな環境でも、僕を最高に楽しませてくれるパートナーだから、好きなんです。

What is your favorite bike-related memory?

My trip around the world on my Long Haul Trucker. I covered 157 countries and regions, over 96,624miles in 3,364 days.  Whether desert or muddy, snow or poor security, we have overcome any rough roads together.

大好きな自転車にまつわる思い出を。

自転車の名前はロングホールトラッカーです。もちろん、世界一周の自転車旅、157の国と地域、155,502km、3364日の相棒です。砂漠だろうと、泥だろうと、雪だろうと、そして治安の悪いところだろうと、どんな悪路でも一緒に乗り越えてきました。

If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

The only continent I have not ridden on is Antarctica. Someday, I want to ride a bike on Antarctica. Take the road from Antarctica to the South Pole!

世界中のどこでも行けるとしたら、どこを走りたい?

最後に残した大陸、それは南極です。いつの日か、南極大陸を自転車で走りたい。それも南極棚から南極点までの道のりを!

Where can people follow along with you?

Facebook - personal: https://www.facebook.com/ryohei.oguchi

Facebook-official: https://www.facebook.com/140003779981901/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryohei_oguchi/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyoheiOguchi   @RyoheiOguchi

Blog: http://ameblo.jp/gwh175r/

 

活動はどこで追えますか?

フェイスブック(個人): https://www.facebook.com/ryohei.oguchi

フェイスブック(公式):  https://www.facebook.com/140003779981901/

インスタグラム  :  https://www.instagram.com/ryohei_oguchi/  

ツイッター  :  https://twitter.com/RyoheiOguchi   @RyoheiOguchi

ブログ   :  http://ameblo.jp/gwh175r/

 

NOTE: If you're into bike touring and general badassery, do follow Ryohei and you won't be disappointed... 

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