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13 Jun

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Trip on the ViaRhôna with our UNO 100

13 June 2017 | By | No Comments

The ViaRhôna is a cyclist path of 815km that goes from the Leman lake to the beaches of the Méditerrannée along the Rhône. There you’ll see the beautiful landscapes of the Alps, the vineyards of the famous Côtes du Rhône and the beaches of Camargue.

Dominique has chosen the UNO 100 bike trailer for this trip.
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We have used the trailer Bob for a few trips but this year we decided to change for the UNO 100 bike trailer to get a better handling ability.
We tested it for 10 days along the ViaRhôna with rainy days and high winds.
Well, it was a real pleasure ! Easy to use, the material is very strong and the bag is perfectly waterproof. We also found that this trailer was easier to use and to pull.

Our next project : a trip of 5 weeks in Scandinavian countries, with our UNO 100 trailer of course !”

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On the Rhône bridge
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Arrival at Port St Louis with a strong wind

The UNO 100 is the Aevon trailer reserved to a use on roads. It can carry up to 35kg and has a capacity of 100L.

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.

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.

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.

13 Jun

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Mike & Steph’s trip

13 June 2016 | By | No Comments

Michaël and Stéphanie decided to visit 8 Asian countries with their tandem and a bike trailer.

Originally, their project was to travel through New-Zealand. Then to join South America. But some logistical obstacles led the two friends to the Asian countries : ‘Our ambition was financially and logistically very difficult to carry out.’ Their trip will take them from Indonesia to Nepal, through Malaysia, Thailand and Laos. Their trip will begin by plane in Indonesia but they will come back to France on their tandem through Scandinavian and European countries.

Stéphanie was not a fan of cycling, but she found the ‘idea pleasant and brave’. And you might say she’s brave as Stéphanie began cycling actively 2 years ago. For this trip they chose a MTB tandem very strong and easy to handle and and a bike trailer. Originally, their project was to travel through New-Zealand. Then to join South America. But some logistical obstacles led the two friends to the Asian countries. ‘Our ambition was financially and logistically very difficult to carry out.’ Their trip will take them from Indonesia to Nepal, through Malaysia, Thailand and Laos.
Their trip will begin by plane in Indonesia but they will come back to France on their tandem through Scandinavian and European countries.
Stéphanie was not a fan of cycling, but she found the ‘idea pleasant and brave’. And you might say she’s brave as Stéphanie began cycling actively 2 years ago.

‘We chose an Aevon trailer so we could carry our food, our sleeping stuff and everything needed to survive in the open air.
A few words on our best ally : the STD 100 is essential in a bike trip. It is easy to handleroomy and light and the hitch system on the seat post is very practical.

We also bought the necessary equipment : windbreakers, sleeping bags, a tent, shoes, rain pants, clothes for the cold, etc…’

On their blog, you can follow Mickaël and Stéphanie while they go on training on anticipation of their departure in September. They will share with us the most important moments of their trip.

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10 Jun

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Where can I buy an Aevon Trailer in Switzerland ?

10 June 2016 | By | No Comments

Trailshop is specialized in equipment for your outdoor activities. You will discover a large range of quality clothes, hiking, skiing, snowboarding equipment and you can order your Aevon bike trailer.
Choose the STD 100 for your trips with heavy loads, the UNO 100 for your bike trips on the road and the KIT L80 for your trips on the other side of the world as it’s entirely foldable and can follow you on the plane. The frames of the STD 100 and KIT L80 are in aluminium, perfect for the craziest trip projects !

The owner of Trailshop travelled through Himalaya with an STD 100 trailer. He has loads of stories to tell and the experience needed to advise you. This trailer is still available as a demo trailer in the shop. You can test it with your own bike or Trailshop’s bike. You can try it with or without load to check out its behaviour.
The hitch system on the seat post will offer you amazing handling on all types of roads. Try to make a U-turn, you will be surprised !

Come and meet the Trailshop team at Küssnacht am Rigi.

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22 Apr

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Tour de France with my Aevon Trailer

22 April 2016 | By | No Comments

Alain has begun his Tour de France and will tell us each day about his route, equipped with his Aevon bike trailer.

First day : Thourotte/Blangy sur Bresle

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Departure at 7.40am in the cold with a temperature of 0°C. But in the afternoon it went up to 20°C. This route was very pleasant and took me along the Oise : Gournay, Maignelay, Montigny, Breteuil.
I stopped for lunch at the 90th kilometer (at Poix-de-Picardie) and crossed a department to reach my destination around 4.30pm.
Today my ascent represented 1103 meters, with an average speed of 15,2km/h and I spent 8.16am on the bike.
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Second day : Blangy-Sur-Bresle/St Valery en Caux

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Departure around 8.00am in the direction of the Le Tréport along the Bresle.
Pleasant day but with a lot of steep hills (Dieppe, Hautot and many others.)
I cycled for 99km, with an average speed of 13,4km/h and spent 868m climbing.
I saw the bautiful villas of Mers and Dieppe, named the city of the four harbours.
Everything was fine with beautiful weather. Even the wind blew in the right way.
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11 Jan

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Lost in the Swell – A trip with an Aevon trailer

11 January 2016 | By | No Comments

Ronan, Aurélien and Ewen are part of a team of daring surfers, fascinated by adventures in the open air. They have decided to go for a trip by bikes and surfs.
For this trip, they will travel with two Aevon bike trailers and fat-bikes to better stick to the beaches they intend to discover.

This trip is not their first. They already have a first experience on a desert island and a boat trip around the Salomon islands.
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To carry tents, sleeping bags, wetsuits, clothes, surboards, a solar panel and cameras, they needed a trailer with a big loading capacity : the STD 100. ‘We chose this kind of trailer also because it has a single wheel. We replaced the rear wheel with a wheelbarrow wheel to better stick to the sand’. In all, the load reaches 45kg for each of the trailers, the maximum load recommended.
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This autumn, the team tested the material in Aquitaine, from Soulac to Capbreton : 300km of beaches and three weeks of pedalling and surfing. It’s only next July that the ‘real’ trip will take place in a foreign and savage country which they chose to keep a secret for now : ‘We maintain the suspense to the end’.
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Here is a first video of their trip :

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Lost in the Swell website