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04 Jun

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Travelling in France with a KIT L80

4 June 2019 | By | No Comments

Philippe Calas just published his bike trip guide : “From Royan to Toulouse“, Rando éditions. Guess what : one of the main characters is the KIT L80 trailer.
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From Bordeaux to Agen, this bike trip can be done in 5 to 10 days depending on your physical condition. The author also gives you a few day additional day trips to discover the Gironde estuary, the bassin d’Arcachon, the vineyards around St Emilion or the city of Montauban.

The Arcachon tour will take you from Lacanau to the Cap-Ferret, then you will cross the estuary by boat to Arcachon before getting back on your bike and finding the numerous cycling paths that will bring you back to Lacanau. This very pleasant journey is about 140km.

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Don’t miss the day trip to St Emilion to visit the biggest underground church in Europe, built in a single rock.
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During this very nice trip, the KIT L80 trailer also boarded a train.
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Keep in mind that this bike trailer is completely foldable, so you can bring it on the plane, the train or easily in the boot of your car.

To buy the guide, click here.
To discover the website that Philippe set up to discover the Canal du Midi, click here.

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.

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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03 May

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I’m leaving on a bike trip

3 May 2018 | By | No Comments

When and how do you decide to leave for a bike trip around the world ? Amédée tells us about his experience.

After breaking my foot a few years ago, I decided to start cycling to avoid repeated shocks and enjoy an outdoor activity again. I leave in the South of France which is particularly adapted to MTB.
After a few month, I decided to travel by bike and to leave my house and my job. Using a trailer seemed the most suited for this project. I spent some time checking websites and forums to finally conclude that an Aevon trailer would be the best choice.
I bought a KIT L80 and I’m going to the North West of France to see my family. Why a KIT L80 ? I have no idea of the energy needed to pull this kind of weight so that’s a first experiment. I’ll be cycling for 100km each day, in total 1200km along the Mediterranean coast, then along the Atlantic ocean.

After lunch with a friend at Brignoles, it’s the big departure. I tested the trailer with my new MTB and here I go for my first night at another friend’s house. After 76km I’m happy to take a break, to rest and have dinner. The trailer doesn’t move, even at 60km/h downhill, everything is perfect.

My departure from Brignoles :

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I chose this tent to hang up :
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Beautiful view from Marseille :
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26 Jan

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Cycling About tested the KIT L80 in Japan

26 January 2018 | By | No Comments

Alee is an expert in bike travelling and manages the website Cycling About. His trip in Japan enabled him to test the KIT L80 trailer and give us a feedback about his experience.

Handling ability

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Alee underlines the handling ability of the trailer compared to the use of bags. He also finds that you quickly forget you’re even towing a trailer.

Of course, you need to adapt your driving when you’re cycling in narrow spaces, in town for example, by taking larger anglers. But the trailer is narrower than a bike saddled with bags on all sides.

Cross country

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That’s where Alee found the trailer the most useful.
As weight is entirely at the back, the bike seems light and can change direction quickly. It’s perfect when you’re riding on single tracks.

The KIT L80 is equipped with a shock absorber on the rear, a real asset when you’re riding on difficult tracks. It’s possible to adjust the pressure to adapt to the weight you’re carrying.
For long distances on tracks, Alee would definitely choose the trailer over side bags.

The waterproof bag

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Alee added some smaller bags inside the waterproof bag of the trailer. When he parked, he took out what he needed and left the waterproof bag inside the trailer.
He confirms that the bag is perfectly waterproof. If the bag is full, it may be necessary to use an extra waterproof protection on the top, to prevent the rain that fell on the bag from getting inside when you open it.

Meeting with a bear

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It wasn’t really part of the plan but Alee had the ‘chance’ to test the strength of the KIT L80 when a 500kg bear decided to jump on it, leaving the trace of his claws along the bag.
To know more about this trip, watch this video :

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20 Dec

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On the road to South America

20 December 2017 | By | No Comments

After New-Zealand and Australia, our adventurers : Cyril & Elodie are getting ready for their trip by bike and Aevon trailer in South America.

Before their departure, they are back in their families in Belgium to rest for a while and enjoy some time home. This pause is also the moment to check the material, repair some of it and replace others.

Going on a new continent also means a change in the weather conditions. The weather will certainly be a little different from Australia and they need to get ready for winter temperatures. So they change their tent for a stronger one. Cyril also replaces his sleeping bag for a model adapted to temperatures below 9°C.

They also add some clothes : winter jackets with goose feathers and technical underwear so they can wear several layers.

Their bikes need some replacement parts such as the cassettes and the braking systems, which is easily understandable after thousands of kilometers on all types of roads.

And we changed the wheel’s bearing of the Aevon Kit L80 bike trailer : even if the trailer was riding fine, a little noise made us think it might be safer to change it.. It’s easy and quick to do ! .”

Here is the video of this operation that only takes a few minutes :

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05 Dec

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Around the world by bike

5 December 2017 | By | No Comments

Amédée prepared his trip around the world by cycling around Portugal this summer, with 3000km, 90km a day depending on the weather.

How did you choose the countries you’re going to visit ?
I chose them depending on the weather. Cold countries are not for me. I will begin with South America and Central America. Then I’d like to visit New-Zealand and meet some friends in Australia. Finally I dream of seeing Auroville in India, it’s a spiritual community that has been created about 50 years ago.

What is your everyday budget ?
About 30€ per day. In France that would be difficult but abroad I will be quite confortable. Usually, I like to have a good meal at noon and at night I just nibble on something before fixing my tent between the trees. For this trip, I sold my house, so I should be able to travel for a year and a half, maybe more.
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Why the tent in the trees ?
When you go wild camping, you usually don’t find a nice flat spot. By fixing my tent between 2 trees, I’m sure I will have a good night’s sleep. And I tie my bike underneath.
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How did you decide to go on a bike trip ?
Very sporty, I used to run. After an injury, I had to find another activity and began to cycle, especially with my MTB. I thought it might be a nice way to travel. Travelling alone will enable me to meet more people and be totally free with my schedule.
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And you have chosen to travel with an Aevon trailer ?
After my trip to Portugal, I even changed my mind and chose the electric trailer ! So I left my KIT L80 to go with the STD 100 équiped with a 1000w motor. For me 90km a day is not enough. I’d like to make 150km a day.

30 May

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The KIT L80 on the plane

30 May 2017 | By | No Comments

The KIT L80 bike trailer is entirely foldable, which makes it the favourite bike trailer of all travellers. In a few minutes, it goes from 190cm x 42,5cm x 83cm to 79cm x 14cm x 49cm only for a weight of 7kg.
Its waterproof bag enables you to travel in all types of weathers while keeping your stuff dry. If you’re travelling with other people, the trailer can be attached to any bike, you just need an extra hitch.

Cyril and Elodie experienced the plane trip with their trailer when they went to New Zealand and even made a little video to explain how to assemble your bike trailer KIT L80 after a flight. From unwrapping the parcel to blowing up the tyre, check out each step of the operation :

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After 3500km, the item is leaving New Zealand in the direction of Australia, here are some images of their adventure :

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If you’re travelling by bike and Aevon trailer, don’t hesitate to share your adventures with the Aevon team with contact@aevon.com.
Follow Cyril and Elodie on our social networks, they’re just at the beginning of the bike trip that will lead them to South and North America until 2020 !