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From El Calafate to San Sebastian by bike

12 March 2019 | By | No Comments

Bertrand travels with his STD 100 from Mexico to Ushuaïa.
For this part of the trip, Bertrand is joined by Lupe, a brave cyclist as she has never cycled for more than 50km. It will be quite a challenge.

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The first days by bike are what Bertrand calls : “a precious gift. Very little wind and a hot sun. It’s 30 degrees, they hadn’t seen that for more than 100 years“.

To cross the border between Chile and Argentina, Bertrand and his travel partner are forced to eat all their fruits and vegetables. Indeed, it’s not possible to cross this border with fresh products, cheese or meat.

Lupe is getting used to cycling every day. She has lots of energy and character. We’re very lucky to find places to sleep that are very welcoming with a river or a lake to relax at the end of the day.”

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After 5 days cycling and sleeping outdoors, the travellers stop at Puerto Natales.
They sleep at a friend’s house and cook some pastries for the days to come.

Then they cross the strait of Magellan by boat, in the direction of the island : ‘Tierra del Fuego’.
To avoid the wind, they decide to use the bigger roads instead of crossing the island. The view is beautiful on the cliffs around them.

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After cycling for 2 days, they arrive at San Sebastian.

19 Feb

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Bike trip in Chile #2

19 February 2019 | By | No Comments

Let’s catch up with Bertrand, his bike and his STD 100 trailer on a ferry between Puerto Yungay and Puerto Rio Bravo in Chile.

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The weather was quite good up till now, unfortunately the rain is joining the trip while on the ferry.

Forced to take a break for lunch in a small shelter along the road, Bertrand meets a farmer who invites him to share his lunch close to the fire.

This farmer is the owner of about 50 cows. He has no car, he rides his horse when he needs to get somewhere. He makes a living out of the meat he sells and by making ‘sogas’ : ropes used for bovine tools and horses.

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Here, all houses look the same.

They are small, with a main room, a kitchen made of wood used for cooking and heating the house. All houses here are quite isolated, they don’t receive gas or electricity. There are solar panels but they are mainly used to switch the lights on. Heating and cooking are made with fire. Getting wood is one of the daily activities here.

That night, Bertrand finds a shelter on the road with a chimney.

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Lots of wild animals cross the road of Bertrand and his bike, birds : ducks, cormorants, lots of hares and ‘huemuls’ : deers of the south of the Andes.

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Finally, he gets to O’Higgins, which means the end of the Carretera Austral and the proximity with the Argentina border. There are only 60km to cycle and two ferries to take.
On the road before the ferry, Bertrand meets Pacha, a local dog that will follow him for a few miles.

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Between the two ferries, things become complicated as there is no road anymore.

“I am forced to walk by the bike, but not because it’s steep, that’s why : “

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Bertrand has to disassemble his Aevon trailer STD 100 and his bags to go over some obstacles.

“I spend 3 hours in this jungle and a lot of energy ”

After a good night’s sleep, Bertrand finally reaches El Chalten.

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These were my last days alone on the road… I enjoyed it fully and I have to say that luck was on my side. I only had 5 days of rain out of 22 days cycling, quite rare on this road…

My next bike trip will take me to Ushuaïa, first with a friend and then with my brother…

05 Feb

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Bike trip in Chile

5 February 2019 | By | No Comments

Let’s catch up with Bertrand, our Latin America bike traveller, heading in the direction of Ushuaïa with his Aevon trailer.

He will always remember his first day in Chile, cycling for 5 hours under the rain and puncturing a tyre. “This day will make me yield to a night in a hostel with a nice shower and some heat to dry my clothes.”

Luckily, the sun will come back to shine on Chilean Patagonia, a wonderful sight. “I am here, a small being in the middle of this vastness, almost all alone to enjoy it…

Before going back on the Carretera Austral, this famous road of 1 240km through Patagonia, Bertrand stops in a small village called Villa Santa Lucia. This village suffered a major catastrophe the year before as half of the village disappeared under a mudslide. Part of a glacier broke and caused the mountain to fall, leading the mud to the village. A little reminder that global warming affects even the deepest corners of Patagonia,

The bike trip goes on under the sun, until Coyhaique, the biggest town in Patagonia (55 000 inhabitants). The road is very pleasant, with very few people, it roams through mountains and rivers.
It may be the most beautiful road I have ever seen during this trip, just have a look for yourself.
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Bertrand also gets the chance to discover marble caves on a lake, a small touristic stop he shares with us.
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At the village of Cochrane, Bertrand decides to stop for the weekend because of the weather. He will participate in the local tournament of ‘Truco’, a card game. “Let’s say that local folklore, food and drinks were there. I had a very nice time
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Back on the road, Bertrand gets to his first ferry. The Carretera Austral comprises three ferry crossings.
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22 Jan

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Bike trip in Argentina

22 January 2019 | By | No Comments

Here are the latest news from Bertrand, our bike traveller from South America.

Bertrand spent a few months at Bariloche, in Argentina.
Bariloche offers many different places to climb. Bertrand feels like he has found a local Annecy, a place where you can easily enjoy mountain activities and have a little beer at the end of the day :-) .
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During this break in the adventure, Bertrand had the opportunity to share his experience with 2 TV interviews, one for a local channel : Winter Channel and one for Fox Sport Channel Latino America that covers all of Latin America.

A local public school organized a meeting with their pupils to talk about travelling. Bertrand chose to talk about the protection of the environment, the importance of speaking different languages and the realization of one’s personal projects. He would be happy to meet French students when he gets back to France.

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After this break, Bertrand finds himself alone on the road again, in the direction of El Chalten, further South, for about 1400km and a lot of steep hills.

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These 4 days in Argentina are beautiful. I cycle through the National park called Los Alerces. Luckily, there’s no rain on the way, which makes me appreciate even more the beauty of this place. People told me about the beauty of Paso Futaleufú, I wasn’t disappointed. The long valley goes through the mountains and gets smaller to become a river, the río Futaleufu.”

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Next time, we’ll find Bertrand in Chile.
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15 Jan

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Test of the UNO 100 in Germany

15 January 2019 | By | No Comments

Hans has decided to test the Aevon trailer UNO 100 after seeing it at the Eurobike show 2018.

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At this year’s Eurobike, I came across Aevon‘s booth. Their bike trailers are made for single-tracks, contrary to the trailers I have known so far. I decided to test the UNO 100, the lowest-priced model from Aevon. It is made of steel and intended for a use on roads.

When you unpack the trailer you need to set up the beam (connecting the trailer to the bike) and the rear wheel with its mudguard, it’s done in a few minutes. I recommend that you add the quick release for the hitch, it makes it easier to connect and disconnect the trailer without using tools. If you’re going on holiday, it seems a really good device.
I first went for a ride of about 15km around my place : the Rhine-Hesse, in Germany. I immediately cycled uphill for 4km with a 7% gradient and went again downhill and was pleasantly surprised. You don’t really feel the trailer behind you.
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I then tested the UNO 100 trailer for an everyday use, loaded it for my shopping, parked near my supermarket, went for regular rides. I checked the usual bike paths in my area. The real challenge is the usual for anyone who cycles regularly : sharing the road with other users (cars and others bikes). That’s already an issue when you’re not equipped with a trailer but you need to keep in mind that your gear is much longer than usual, especially when you’re turning. In the end, I can say it went rather smoothly considering the load your trailer enables to carry.

My conclusion is : the UNO 100 is surprisingly pleasant to use. You just need to get used to the length of the trailer behind you and adapt the way you cycle.”

21 Dec

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Switzerland trip

21 December 2018 | By | 2 Comments

Let’s catch up with Nicolas on the roads of Switzerland while he’s cycling with his MTB and KIT L80 Aevon trailer.

After crossing the Alps, Nicolas reached the GRE4 (Swiss track) for a trip in full nature, away from civilization.
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I was afraid of following these tracks without having enough information about the type of tracks, the possibility of bypassing them and parts that might be unsuitable for a MTB + trailer.

It was a great surprise to discover single tracks and forests paths. Up the hills, Nicolas can see the valley and the lakes (Léman and Neuchâtel.)
It’s the end of the summer and the few hikers that Nicolas meets on the road always give him a nice word of support.

The main obstacles on the tracks there are the fences and small walls that define the pastures. “In a single day, I become an expert at taking apart and putting together again these walls!
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Clearly, Switzerland likes to keep its tracks neat. The markings are very clear with foot paths and MTB tracks. MTBs are also allowed on footpaths.
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Nicolas has the opportunity to cycle with a group of Swiss mountain bikers. They help him carry his MTB and his trailer over the walls without taking them apart.

One of the highlights of this trip was the drive up Mont Chasseral “Once I reach 1600m, I leave hundreds of hikers behind to cycle to the long crest going East.

The hilly area goes on to the lake of Constanz where the Swiss part of the trip comes to an end.

Nicolas is very positive about his trip in Switzerland :
- “Switzerland has a wonderful range of tracks perfectly marked out. The GRE4 can be cycled on for 80% with a MTB + trailer. There are multiple alternatives if necessary. Especially for climbs of more thanb 300m D+.”
- He also noticed that many people use bikes, as roads have been adapted to bicycles.

04 Dec

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Trip in Europe with a MTB

4 December 2018 | By | No Comments

Nicolas decided to live life in a new way, leaving for a bike trip for a year.

The idea was to immerse himself in nature, away from civilization. Having fun and working out, with no impact on the environment.

Nicolas left on his own, hoping to find travelling companions on his way, maybe people reading this blog or his aventure on the website Expemag.

Why Europe ?

Travelling in Europe means that I can leave and come back home, to leave again in another direction.” Europe offers a diversity of natural habitats and cultures. It also offers good weather if you take care of the seasons.

Travelling yes, but how ?

With a MTB and an offroad trailer: the KIT L80, to carry all material necessary for the trip and a ukulele :-) .

Nicolas tested his bike and trailer first in Ardèche, in the South of France :
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The trip started in September in the Alps with a very demanding first week.

I’ve been cycling with my MTB regularly in the mountains for almost 10 years. That’s what helped me choose the type of trip I wanted to make. However, with a bike trailer and the load, it’s a whole new experience, both technical and physical.

With a trailer, it’s advised to evaluate the quality of the tracks when going downhill. Pushing 35kg might become quite tiring.
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The weather was particularly good during this first week.
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Next country : Switzerland.

06 Nov

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Aevon, all around the world

6 November 2018 | By | No Comments

Aevon attracts more and more globetrotters around the world with trailers specifically designed for bike trips. Attached to the seat post and equipped with a single wheel, their handling ability is perfect.

Our bestseller : the KIT L80

The distinctive feature of the KIT L80 is that it’s completely foldable. Ideal for travellers taking the plane.

We remember the Iceland trip of Infinite Trails :

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Or the trip of ‘Voyage Elements Terre’ in South America :

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The KIT L80 has been elected best trailer in the world by two magazines :Carnets d’Aventure (France) and Adventure Magazine (USA).

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The KIT L80 is in aluminium, a strong material to resist the extreme conditions of challenging trips.

Its waterproof bag, of 100L, can carry all the gear necessary for 2 travellers who go bivouacking.

The strongest : the STD 100

Its waterproof bag can carry up to 45kg and 145L.

The STD 100 also went travelling with many adventurers.

Enrique chose to make a bike trip around Ibiza :

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Here is a picture from a honeymoon in Istanbul :

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Bertrand’s long trip, from Mexico to Ushuaïa :

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We also have more and more customers from the United States, Canada and Australia and we’d like to take this opportunity to say hi to Les from Australia.
He adapted his bike trailer to carry his daughter’s bike and go along with her to school every day.

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Elroy from Canada discovered the pleasure of going bivouacking with his bike and KIT L80 trailer :

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Alee, manager of the website Cycling.About tested the KIT L80 during a trip to Japan. We remember the famous bear attack, that ended with a few scratches on the trailer’s bag.

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Keep on sending us your experiences, we’ll be happy to share them.

17 Oct

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Jack Butler, our Sun Trip champion

17 October 2018 | By | No Comments

Jack Butler, our champion, was the 6th finisher of the Sun Trip, this bike racing from Lyon to Guangzhou.

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Some numbers : Jack has arrived on the finish line after 64 days on the road and 12 500km. At 24, he is the youngest ‘sun tripper’ this year.

In order to be part of this adventure for a reasonable price, Jack built his bike himself in the UK. He made sure to choose reliable equipment, such as the STD 100 bike trailer.

Following the race’s rule, Jack chose his route himself before the departure. He decided to go North, through Europe, where the weather was good and the roads were quite flat. After starting the race very fast, the young traveller then enjoyed the trip and took time to make some videos along the way (Youtube channel).

Our champion also received the skilfulness price of the Sun Trip jury. This price rewards adventurers that were able to make their race fully with solar power, while sharing their experience online.

Jack is now on his way to Europe.

Find out the video of his last moments on the road and his arrival at Guangzhou :

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Here is how he had to pack his bike and trailer for the return trip :

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11 Oct

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A bike trip in Canada

11 October 2018 | By | No Comments

Elroy is using the Kit L80 Aevon trailer, he tells us about his latest trip in Jasper National Park, Canada.

In August 2018, I joined some colleagues on a 3-day trip to the Fryatt Valley in Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada). It is not always simple to travel in the backcountry with a young child so we had some discussion about the best way to travel and settled on bikepacking into the valley. They would take their two-wheeled chariot behind one of their bikes but with a child in the chariot it did not leave much room for all their gear. I am not a fan of carrying a big rucksack on my back when cycling. So I looked around for a bike trailer and after much online research, ordered the Aevon Kit L80 trailer. It was easy to fold up and fit into my car for the 4 hour drive to Jasper from my home. I could fit all my gear into the trailer, a fair amount of their gear and food for the dog.

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I have read a lot about the debate between panniers vs. trailers for bike touring but for single-track backcountry bikepacking it is a no-brainer that this single wheel, seat post mounted trailer is the way to go. Panniers are just too wide on the trails.

Rear wheel hub-mounted trailers have a very big turning circle. We were all very surprised how well this trailer performed. You can mostly forget that it is there and just hit the trail. You do feel the weight on the uphill though! The kit L80 tracks beautifully behind the bike. You can choose the best line on rocky trails and the trailer wheel follows the line of the bike. That was not true for the two-wheeled chariot where you have to ride over an obstacle with the bike to avoid hitting it with one of the wheels of the chariot. The chariot overturned a number of times. Fortunately without injury to its occupant!

Most of the trail was single track that got very rocky and rooty in places. The trail is classified as a blue bike route in Canada.

I set the shock on the trailer to its second highest mounting position for ground clearance and never had a ground strike going over obstacles. The shock came pressurized to quite a high value and I reduced it according to the table in the instruction manual to fit the weight of the trailer. I did not really feel the trailer behind me when going over rough ground. Really a smooth ride!
I was very impressed as it was loaded way more than it would be if I just had my own gear in it.

We set off from the trail head near the Athabasca falls and followed the Athabasca River until turning into the stunning Fryatt valley. The bag that comes with the Kit L80 seems very durable
and was completely waterproof. We had several river crossings and I did not always have someone to lift the trailer up, so I sometimes just went right through with the water above the bottom of the trailer, hoping that my waterproof liner bags would keep my gear dry. Not a drop got into the bag though. On inspection afterwards I noticed the seams all seem to be heat welded and quite waterproof.

Here my colleague demonstrates how simple it is to cross with the trailer :
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Some obstacles the trailer could not clear. Aevon may need to work on that ;-) :
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A beautiful view of the Athabasca River as we turn up the ridge to enter the Fryatt Valley :
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We arrived late at Lower Fryatt and had to cycle the last few kilometres in the dark with headlamps and set up camp in the dark. It rained quite hard during the night. Our food was hung up high in a bear hang to avoid attracting bears, but the trailer just stood out in the rain and again remained totally dry inside.

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Bridge over Fryatt Creek :
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I could cross bridges without much thought :
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It was a great trail. I must say I caught a bit of the bikepacking bug and will definitely use this bike trailer on many more backcountry trails as well as hard surface tours where I can fit in more gear to make the trips more comfortable. It has more space than I think I will ever need with just my own gear.
Happy cycling!

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