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30 Jan

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‘Retrouvailles’, New Zealand : from Timaru to Omarama

30 January 2017 | By | No Comments

Cyril and Elodie’s bike trip has started in New Zealand on the banks of the Timaru and Omarama lakes.

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Their first encounters with the people were very pleasant because “the Kiwis are extraordinarily kind, welcoming, easy and patient.” To spend as much time with the New Zealanders as possible Cyril and Elodie have chosen to stay at the locals’ homes thanks to the websites Couchsurfing and Warmshowers. When they can’t find a place to stay they’ll go camping.

For the beginning of the trip the roads are quite easy to cycle, there are lots of cycle paths and the others users are patient and careful.

The first kilometers enabled us to test the material, make some adjustments, recover from the flight and the jetlag.” In 5 days, the couple has cycled for 220km.

The concept of city centre doesn’t really exist. It seems the English tried to establish this way of living but it didn’t work. Usually there is one main street lined with a few shops in the middle of the city, the houses are set around this main street and the farms are at the entrance and exit of the city. You won’t find a central area with restaurants and bars like in Europe !

After stopping at Fairlie, Cyril and Elodie took the road to the lakes through the State Highway 8. Steep roads and a strong wind forced them to reduce their speed until Lake Tepako 710m high.

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Then the pair reached one of the most famous bike trails in New Zealand : the ‘Alps 2 Oceans Bike Trail’ to reach lake Pukaki, the biggest lake in New Zealand with Mount Cook (3754m high) in the background.

On the way to Omarama. To reach this village we were quite lucky : wind in our backs, a slight slope, we can cycle up to 30km/h easily, it lifts our spirits up.

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After 480km and a hill of 1750m, the pair is quite enthusiast about the KIT L80 bike trailer :

All our stuff is easily carried in our AEVON bike trailer which follows us everywhere ! It’s really handy and completely waterproof ! Our total load was quite heavy and when we’re going downhill it doesn’t waver (up until 71km/h). The fact the trailer is suspended (with a shock absorber) is very handy as you can climb any type of obstacle without any damage to the rim or tyre. We are happy with our choice and recommend it to other bikpackers like us.
The photovoltaic panel was a brilliant idea, our GPS and phones’ batteries are always full. That’s exactly what we needed !

We will follow Cyril and Elodie along their trip, don’t hesitate to read their blog.

26 Jan

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Raid Planète Secours, 4 years later

26 January 2017 | By | No Comments

Benjamin and Jean-Charles realized their dream of a trip by bike around the world with their STD 100 in 2012 and 2013. Today they are back with a book about their adventure and they need your help to publish it.

You want to but you think it’s impossible… Welcome into our big adventure and maybe one day you will be the one on the road.”

Raid Planète Secours is the team of two firemen, real adventurers. In September 2012 they began their world tour by bike and Aevon trailer STD 100. Personal challenge but also humanitarian action, they used their skills to teach first aid techniques along the way, in partnership with the Red Cross.

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The “Raid Planète Secours” book will tell you everything about this amazing trip with beautiful pictures.

You will discover the magic that comes from dreaming and travelling, the strength to believe in the impossible, the generosity that human and nature can offer you when you open your arms to them…
You will feel what is is to be free !

Life showed me how lucky I am to be born in France. I never really knew hunger, war or sickness. Everyday, I look around me and enjoy my freedom.”

Today Raid Planète Secours need your help to publish their book. From 5€, you can offer them the opportunity to share their bike trip and to take you along in their adventures. Maybe they will also give you ideas so that you can start your own travelling projects.

23 Jan

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Mexico with my trailer

23 January 2017 | By | No Comments

Bertrand has decided to go on a solo trip with his bike and his Aevon trailer STD 100.

The goal is to cycle from Mexico to Ushuaïa. To start, the road will go along the south coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the bay of Campeche (bahía de Campeche) and through different Sierras : of Villa Alta, of Miahuatlán.
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After saving money for a few months Bertand prefers to travel alone, so as to be completely free and enjoy his bike trip the way he likes. First step : choosing the material. Each gram counts so you have to leave with only the essentials. To carry his stuff, Bertrand chose the Aevon trailer STD 100, large enough to carry clothes and bivouac stuff. With its shock absorber, the STD 100 trailer is able to follow the bike on all types of tracks.
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Leaving for a bike trip of at least 2 years through countries with different climates requires to take the most technical gear.

First step, the city of Campeche.

After two days of more than 90km with wind, I decide to listen to my body and to rest for a day in Campeche, a beautiful city with a colonial atmosphere. It’s a fortified city from the 17th century. It is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and essentially lives from petrol and shrimps.

We will follow Bertrand’s adventures in the months to come. Don’t hesitate to check out his blog full of adventure and encounters.

I’m writing from Puerto Escondido, a beer in one hand, with the sound of the waves in the background. The sunset was beautiful, like the body board session I enjoyed this evening. Real holidays begin, chill, beach and surfing…;)

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02 Nov

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Travelling through New-Zealand and America

2 November 2016 | By | No Comments

Elodie and Cyril have launched the project ‘Retrouvailles’, a trip of about 3 years that will take them from New-Zealand to South America and then North America.

Our project ‘Retrouvailles’ is about coming back to essential values, like living with Man and Nature (versus the need for performance, materialism, consumption …) The goal is to make a break in our intense lives dominated by work and duties and meet ourselves, individually and as a couple, as well as meeting other people.
‘Retrouvailles’ means to us : find the time to live with essential values, find ourselves back and enjoy meeting people, make discoveries of other cultures and landscapes …

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Elodie and Cyril will travel by bike equipped with a KIT L80 trailer so they can carry up to 35kg of material and carry it on the plane as this trailer is completely foldable.

The bikes are MTB from Canyon with fully suspended frame in order to travel on all types of tracks. A little study enabled them to choose a new bike for Elodie and adapt both bikes so they can be as confortable as possible. Their goal is to live with 10€/day so they will bring a camping stove to be able to cook anywhere.
The preparation took months, an important step when the couple slowly detached itself from the material to keep only the absolutely necessary. They admit that this project brings them through different emotions : joy and excitement of course, but also fear and stress before leaving.

Don’t hesitate to support them before their departure in January 2017 through their website Retrouvailles.

24 Oct

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Through Corsica with an Aevon trailer

24 October 2016 | By | No Comments

Mike and Pascale went for a trip through Corsica by bike so they could test their tandem and their Aevon trailer STD 100 before going to Asia.

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Pascale and Mike were delighted :

“A real pleasure ! The tandem rides easily, it’s safe to go for a few days pulling a loaded trailer.

As for the Aevon trailer, you don’t feel it ! Loaded or not, the result is the same : light and flexible. Moreover, the hitch is high quality and enables you to make U-turns.”

During their Corsica holidays, the lovers cycled a lot !
In a few days, they travelled for 200km, stopped for sightseeing and hiking.

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Mike and Pascale went from Bastia to Calvi on the coast.

First day : Centuri through the Cap Corse. The Cap Corse is a kind of peninsula of about 40km.
For this first day, they travelled for about 65km.

Second day : Farinole with 60km again and beautiful beaches of black sand.

The duo stopped at Calvi. Due to the heat, the desert of the Agriates was closed because of the risk of fire.

With 200km on the roads of Corsica, Mike and Pascale really tried the trailer :

“We mostly used back roads and traks and the stability is amazing. We feel no discomfort and the trailer doesn’t slow us.

The Aevon trailer is a useful and practical investment and we can’t wait to use it in Asia !”

27 Sep

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Through central Asia with my KIT L80

27 September 2016 | By | No Comments

Pierre is just back from his journey through Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with his MTB and KIT L80 bike trailer.

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Praise to the iron horse.
It dealt brilliantly with the road and made the journey all the more enjoyable. Minor servicing was enough to keep the beast going.
I saw several people who had problems, broken steel frame and broken paniers. Also, the unpaved sections were a lot smoother on my ride, especially downhills. It didn’t look enjoyable riding without suspensions. And I was much faster in rough terrains. I had a peace of mind knowing that my rig would deal with the bumps and holes and that my powerful disc brakes would not dangerously fade during long descents, as I saw riders with calipers brake struggling to slow down during long heavy braking sections.
I didn’t see anyone else with a bike trailer, and the other tourers were quite interested in my setup.
I would not change for a regular touring bike with panniers for this kind of journey.
Those who did not have problems had relatively new and expensive touring bike (they can be really expensive).”

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Here is an extract from Pierre’s blog :

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I have now reached Khorog, the biggest town in the Pamir. I have followed the valley of the Panj river for a few hundred km. On my right side was Afghanistan and what was merely more than a footpath along the river as the asphalted road I used was on the Tajik side. What a contrast. Afghan villages are beautiful and the landscape is breathtaking. There are natural springs which are a blessing, finding fresh cold water now fulfills me with joy.
I have slowed down a bit, actually no, I just ride less km per day. I don’t want to arrive tired when the climbing and altitude will get serious.

I see a lot of local people, grown ups, just waiting, sitting on their heels at the roadside, seemingly waiting for time to pass. There are a lot of children, stopping you with “hello” and “bye bye” without distinction, and recently they wanted high five, even when you are suffering like a beast in an ever so steep climb, or flying downhill. No distinction.
However, from around age 7 I would say, the kids run the business in the smallest villages. They are in charge of the food stalls, dealing with foreigners, laundry, collecting wood, shepherds, you name it. Of course adults also work, but I see a lot of child labor. It does not look terrible, and they still play, but they kind of help a lot. From what I can see of the Afghan side, there are also lots of kids, but those I see are usually bathing in the river. I saw a few times what were probably big schools for the children of the area. The Afghan wear traditional clothes. Sometimes it feels like you could touch the other side.
There is a Saturday market here in Khorog, in a no man’s land managed by customs of both countries where locals from both side can come and exchange stuff. Quite interesting. The Afghans I saw were very kind and open-minded.”

Read about Pierre’s adventures on his blog : click here.

Aevon bike trailers do not just carry your stuff around, they also help to create contact anywhere !

24 Aug

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Eurobike 2016

24 August 2016 | By | No Comments

Meet Aevon Trailers at the Eurobike

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You will find the three bike trailers of the brand : the KIT L80, the STD 100 and the UNO 100.

The KIT L80 is in aluminium and has a shock absorber. Completely foldable, it will get into the trunk of your car or on the train or the plane with you.
The waterproof bag can reach a 100L capacity.

The STD 100 is in aluminium and also has a shock absorber.
Its waterproof bag an reach an exceptional capacity of 145L and can carry up to 45kg .

The UNO 100 is in steel, it will be perfect for your trips on the road, as it has no shock absorber.
Its capacity is 100L.

The main feature of Aevon and which makes it a famous brand in the field of bike transport is the system of the hitch on the seat post of the bike. It gives perfect handling ability to your bike, you can make a U-turn on difficult tracks and even ride with your mountain bike.

Aevon trailers are equipped with a single-wheel, which makes it perfect in all types of situations as the trailer follows your every movement.

Finally, the Aevon brand is the only one to offer top-range models for your trips around the world when you need total trust in the material. Aluminium trailers are very strong and their frames have followed globe-trotters on the most difficult tracks : in Latin American or in the middle of Asia. The shock absorber offers great confort and is deeply appreciated by the users.

Come and meet our team during the Eurobike to discover our bikes trailers or just to share your latest travelling experience.

25 Jul

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A bike trailer for fat bikes

25 July 2016 | By | No Comments

The Aevon team has developed a longer beam to adapt its trailers to more specific bikes.
Fat bikes with their big tyres and oversize frames, 29″ bikes or city bikes equipped with a rear rack will all be able to ride with an Aevon trailer.

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By extending the beam, Aevon follows the trend with more and more 29″ bikes and more and more fat bikes on the market. Depending on the height of the rack, some bikes needed to remove the rack in order to adapt an Aevon trailer, this is no longer a problem.

The beam is the system connecting the frame of the trailer to the seat post of the bike. The hitch then links the beam to the seat post. This system is particularly efficient as the bike remains easy to handle in all circumstances. Mountain bikers can still ride on all types of tracks as the trailer will follow them anywhere.
The hitch rotates around the seat post, which makes it possible to make a U-turn, for example if you are riding on a narrow track :

 

Bike travellers choose Aevon brand so they can leave safely with a high quality material. The only remaining difficulty will be to choose between the three Aevon bike trailers, all different : the UNO 100 in steel is perfect for a road use, the STD 100 in aluminium can be used for mountain biking with a shock-absorber, the KIT L80 in aluminium is entirely foldable to follow you on the plane or other means of transport. Whatever your bike trip project, you will find the one that suits you the best.

21 Jun

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This summer, rent your bike trailer

21 June 2016 | By | No Comments

You have decided to leave with your friends or family on a bike trip. You will sleep in B&Bs along the way or you will set up camp every night.
 
You have planned to bring the camping stove, your rain pants, the tent and your toothbrush. But how can you carry all this ?
 
Using side bags is a good idea … if you have little to carry. Most bike travelers prefer to use a bike trailer ‘because you don’t feel the weight on the bike’. The bike is still easy to handle and you can still use it anywhere.
 
What if it rains ?
 
The Aevon trailer bags are perfectly waterproof to protect your material whatever the weather.

 
 
I’m not sure about the use of the trailer.
 
To blow away all your doubts, Aevon has set up a rental system of the STD 100 and UNO 100 trailers with a purchase option.

Choose the bike trailer that suits you and get it before your holiday. You can test it in real conditions and check if it fits your bike trip projects. To fill in your rental request, click here.
 
In aluminium or steal, with shock absorber or without, with a load from 35kg to 45kg, from 100 to 145L you have plenty of choice.
 
At the end of your holiday, just choose if you’d like to keep the trailer for your future bike trips.

21 Jun

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Tour de France with my Aevon Trailer – 3

21 June 2016 | By | No Comments

Alain takes us on his tour de France by bike with his Aevon trailer.

Eighth day : Avranchesy/Montauban de Bretagne

What a day ! Departure from Avranches at 8.45am, I go on the road to the Mont St Michel, not very good for my bike. But the strong wind and cold rain make me stop on my way.
I stop at Combourg to get a little warmth and arrive at the hotel at about 4.30pm.
Today I cycle for 98km during 7hours.
The day after, it will be hard, as I heard it’s 0 degrees in Rennes.
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Ninth day : Montauban de Bretagne/Questambert

Surprise today on the ‘voie verte’. First I cycled the wrong way for 10km (so 20km longer in all) and I find a tree in the middle of the road. I have to stop and remove the trailer from the bike. I have to carry the bike, the bags and the trailer through the branches of this huge tree.
It is a nice day but too cold. At 9am it’s 2 degrees and I’m wearing my gloves.
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Tenth day : Questembert/St Michel Chef Chef

It’s a very short trip with a departure at 8am and an arrival at 2pm.
The fields are covered with ice.
I cross the St Nazaire bridge, 60meters above the sea.
I cycle for 84km.
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