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04 Sep

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Travelling by bike

4 September 2018 | By | No Comments

After spending 6 months on his bike, it’s time to take a break for Bertrand. It’s also the time to share his pleasure of travelling by bike with his Aevon trailer.

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Travelling by bike for Bertrand means being constantly on the move, a way to keep routine at bay. You can only go forward. Stopping means falling or temporarily staying in equilibrium. “Movement is one of the most motivating and powerful elements to me.”

It is also a way to show your own strength (both physical and mental) and state loud and clear your attachement to the environment.Travelling by bike is being at ease with your choices. It is also, out of necessity, outdoing yourself.

Above all, pedalling is regularly cited as a synonym of freedom. Freedom of movement, of choice, of direction and desires. You can decide the day before what you will do the day after, with no pressure and no limit.

Finally, pedalling seems to naturally provided a feeling of inner peace. You also feel this when you’re looking at the beautiful landscapes and ever-present nature.

The last 6 months have enabled Bertrand to confirm these values every day. It’s still time to take a little break and let the bike and trailer get some rest for a few weeks. Bertrand will enjoy the mountain, skiing with friends, maybe meet new people on the way. By doing ‘couch-surfing’, Bertand has met many travellers like him along his trips and also back home. It’s an excellent way to create some link and it’s with people met this way that he’ll spend the month of September.

Bertrand will get back on the bike in October.

10 Apr

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Bike trip around Rio

10 April 2018 | By | No Comments

Here is a new idea for a bike trip to make with your Aevon bike trailer.

Each area in Brazil is full of unexpected tourist attractions. Some places are ideal for hiking, others are perfect for a bike trip with friends or family. At Rio, for example, it’s possible to do outdoor activities. Called by the locals ‘cidade maravilhosa’, it’s mostly famous for its white beaches, the most extraordinary in the world. Also, it’s impossible to talk about Rio without talking about its traditional music and its inhabitants named ‘Cariocas’. Meeting those people ensures a friendly atmosphere.

Rio’s bicycle paths

Riding a bike is a playful way to discover Rio. This means of transport is one of the activities offered to tourists. The goal is to enjoy this beautiful place with no impact on the environment. Among the most famous bicycle paths is Niemeyer. It enables to make a Brazil trip along the coast and going through Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and São Conrado. If you go on cycling along this path, you will see the amazing favela Vidigal. Here begins the adventure towards the moutains of ‘dois irmãos’. The creation of numerous bike paths helps you cycle in the whole city of Rio.

Rio, the ideal place to relax

If you travel to Brazil, visiting Rio is unavoidable. They are many places unknown and preserved from tourism. There you can observe a luxuriant vegetation. Places like Pão de Açúcar deserve a special visit. Of course, discovering the statue of Christ at the top of Corcovado is amazing. It’s known throughout the world and considered as the symbol of the country.

21 Mar

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Doing a safari by bike

21 March 2018 | By | No Comments

Cyling in Kenya, an activity offering beautiful emotions

You need to get in touch with African nature ? There are thousands of ways to realize this experience and cycle touring is part of it. This activity enables to see beautiful landscapes and lots of wild animals. While pedalling, you will discover new places but also reduce stress as cycling is very healthy. Many tourists go to Africa to do safaris by MTB. You’d like to know how that feels like ? The best way would be to go to Kenya and visit authentic addresses by bike.

Doing a MTB safari at the national park of Hell’s Gate

Are you determined to make a trip to Kenya ?
Why not doing it by MTB ? This activity will offer you an experience full of emotions. Travellers can for exemple cycle through the national park of Hell’s Gate, a huge site at the South of the Naivasha lake in Kenya. Easy to reach, this reserve is located at 14km from the old road that connected Nairobi and the Naivasha lake. It’s also close to the Valley of the Grand Rift, which will enable you to do some hiking and climbing. People in search of sensations will be happy to cycle in the direction of the beautiful red cliffs of this natural space. There you can take a break to take a picture of this amazing landscape. Explorers can use a hybrid bike to visit the places where the girafes, zebras and impalas leave. To end this tour, a passage at the Buffalo circuit is recommended. After 15km, this part of the park will certainly please those who like to take risks.

Cycling in West Kenya

Kenya is the ultimate touristic destination and will give foreigners the chance to come accross bike tracks. If you like cycling, this African territory is the ideal place to do this activity, considering the diversity of landscapes you can find there. In order not to miss one thing, you can cycle with a MTB from Nairobi to the North and then reach a track that will bring you to the Bogoria lake. If you go on pedalling you will reach Eldoret, then Kabarnet before camping in Iten.

29 Jan

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From Scotland to Lille : the movie

29 January 2018 | By | No Comments

Elisa & Valentin share with us their adventures by bike and Aevon trailer. From Scotland to England, from Holland to the North of France, they tested the transport of their trailer by plane, by train and even by ferry :

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Their trip enabled them to test their material in all weather conditions as rain was falling in Scotland but most of all in Holland.
For this kind of trip, especially on the road, they recommend to use the UNO 100 trailer. It helped them to carry their stuff but also to start a conversation with people. Some of them allowed the couple to camp in their gardens. Their trailer was a real curiosity.

They found Scottish landscapes beautiful but it was hard to live with the ‘midges’, which were particularly greedy at night.
Elisa & Valentin are athletic but they rarely use their bikes. However they quickly cycled for miles at a time. Downhill they reached up to 70km/h with the trailer.

Their trip made them take the plane, the train and then the ferry, attesting that the trailer can follow you anywhere.

The UNO 100 is dedicated to a use on passable roads because it’s made of steel and isn’t equipped with a shock absorber. For your trips on hard tracks, prefer a trailer made of aluminium and equipped with a shock absorber such as the STD 100 or the KIT L80. The KIT L80 is handy for plane trips as it’s entirely foldable.

17 Jan

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Colombia by bike

17 January 2018 | By | No Comments

We meet up again with Bertrand at Medellin in Colombia, famous for being the most dangerous city in the world. From the 80s to 2000, the city was affected by violence and acts of revenge. Today the city is much more peaceful and young people use street art and hip hop to give energy and happiness to the Comuna 13 area, particularly affected by these difficult times.

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After one month in Colombia, it’s time to get back on the road with bike and STD 100 trailer in the direction of Quito in Ecuador.

On the road, Bertrand meets lots of trucks towing at least 4 trailers each. They are filled with sugar cane to be transformed into organic fuel. Teams spend their day on the side of the road waiting for these trucks so they can close the road to other users and let the pass through.

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On the famous Panamérica, Bertrand also comes accross roadblocks organised by the indigenous people of the South of Colombia (Naza people). Treaties were signed between these people and the state and were not always respected. This kind of event happens from time to time at special dates.
“You need to negotiate at each roackblock with people armed with machetes, hoods and shovels, in order to pass through. It’s quite hard for about 2 days. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to take pictures as they threaten to seize my camera.”
Luckily, the bike and the trailer help to communicate with these people.

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To be noted on this trip :

  • I cycled up to 3300 metres high for the first time
  • I reached the speed of 75km/h, with a total weight of 140kg (bike + trailer + load + me) !!!
  • 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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    22 Nov

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    Lost in the Swell in Carnets d’Aventures magazine

    22 November 2017 | By | No Comments

    Carnets d’Aventures is a magazine dedicated to environment-friendly trips.
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    Their latest edition is about Lost in the Swell, this group of adventurers who travelled for a few weeks along the Gabon coast with their fat bikes and Aevon trailers looking for the best waves to surf.

    They talk about their incredible journey.

    Ronan, Ewen and Aurélien have known each other for more than 15 years. Quickly they found a common passion for surfing and adventure. Ronan also liked to make videos and pictures. Each summer they looked for the quietest surfing spots in Brittany. One day, dissatisfied with their daily routine, they decided to try to combine their passion for surfing with a way of life more respectful of the environment.

    Their first experience took place on a deserted island in Indonesia. With 2 chickens, 10kg of rice and 40L of water, they managed to stay on this spot for 23 days, an adventure that brought them closer. The web-series that followed has a little success on the internet and pushed them to go on with their projects.

    Their second experience took place on the Solomon islands for 3 months on a boat.

    For their trip in Gabon, the threesome wanted to be on the coast, which helps to evaluate the surfing spots. They chose to cycle with their fat bikes with huge tyres and their STD 100 trailers equipped with huge tyres too that they adapted themselves. Each of them carried up to 70kg of equipment. Cycling was very hard in the heat and they had to stop every 15 or 20mn.
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    Their adventure became a web-series brodcasted in several cinemas in France and rewarded in several adventure festivals. You can watch all episodes online on their Youtube channel.

    14 Nov

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    Cycling in Indonesia

    14 November 2017 | By | No Comments

    Very famous among environment friendly tourists, Indonesia is located between Asia and Australia. To discover all the wonders of this archipelago, why not use a bike to cycle around ?

    Where can we cycle  ?

    Almost all islands in Indonesia can be discovered by bike. You just need to get a little far away from cities to find tracks and nice roads. These are quite calm and seldom used by motorized vehicles. On your way, you will meet the people of Indonesia but also foreigners on their bikes. The interesting thing about trips in the country is that you can stop wherever you want to admire beautiful lanscapes. Around Gunung Kawi, near Ubud, for example, you will see rice fields and sanctuaries inside the rocks. On the contrary, in cities, streets are generally crowded and traffic is difficult. You might also breathe in the fumes of cars. Not very interesting.

    How to rent a bike ?

    Renting a bike is quite easy in Indonesia. During your trip, you will find rental spots in big cities, especially in touristic places. If you’re in a village, check in advance if your accomodation offers this type of service during your stay in Indonesia. If you intend to go to Bali with your kids, note that it is possible to rend a MTB with a baby seat. If your kid is older, he can enjoy trips on his own little bike. Generally renting a bike costs between 25 000 and 30 000 rupees.

    Some advice

    You will need some accessories for your bike trips in Indonesia. In your backpack add a tube of sunscreen and a bottle of water. To complete your sunscreen, don’t forget to wear a hat or even better, a helmet. Cycle in the morning or at the end of the day to avoid the heat.

     

    11 Oct

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    In Pablo’s footsteps

    11 October 2017 | By | No Comments

    After Panama City, Bertrand immediately found a boat for him, his bike and his Aevon STD 100 trailer.

    His goal was to stay for a few days in Panama City to organise his passage to Colombia by boat.

    An agency offered him a trip of 5 days with a detour by the San Blas islands for 550$, a little too expensive. Finally, Santiago, a Colombian offers a departure the next day in the afternoon. Bertrand has to leave early to get to Puerto Lindo

    To save some time on the road, I try to shorten the trip. The idea is to cycle on the highway, it will shorten the trip by 20km. In many of these countries, a bike on the highway is not unusual.

    At the toll booths, the guy doesn’t even lift his eye from his phone. A few kilometers after that, I cycle past a police station on the side of the road. No reaction.

    A few kilometers later, a pick up overtakes me and an officer asks me to stop… The next exit is 25km away but he asks me to get out of the highway immediately. I really need to get to the next exit. He tells me to put my bike and my STD 100 trailer in the pick up. I enjoy 25km in an air-conditionned pick up before getting back on the road under a rain that won’t leave me until I reach my destination…’

    Bertrand passes by the sole WIFI post of the village, no message from Santiago, no news.
    The end of day slowly arrives, he decides to go to the marina to explain his situation. The captain of the sailing boat ‘La Sangria’ accepts to take him on board.

    I will work on the sailing boat until we reach Cartagena. The boat leaves early in the morning after a night of heavy rains, winds and thunderstorms that were raging a few days ago above the islands of Saint Martin, Saint Barth & Barbuda…’
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    Bertrand spends 3 days sailing between the San Blas islands with a few stops along the way to admire the landscape. On his way, he see Santiago’s boat a little farther up…
    At Cartagena, it’s the day of the pope’s visit. The captain offers Bertrand to sleep on the boat as long as he needs as he’s not planning to leave until October 18th.

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    27 Jun

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    Travelling to the Mont Blanc by bike

    27 June 2017 | By | No Comments

    After travelling through the Andes by bike in 2015, Christophe found a new challenge : cycling from Bordeaux to Chamonix by bike and Aevon trailer and then climbing the Mont Blanc (by foot !)

    In 2015, Christophe cycled for 4 months, already in the company of his STD 100 bike trailer. From Chili, he went down to Ushuaïa and then back up to Buenos Aires in Argentina. That was a perfect test for his bike and trailer, using MTB tracks and climbing very high.

    The bike is a way to travel differently. According to Christophe : “cycling is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the local atmostphere.

    During this trip, there were nights in the open, lots of nice encounters and loads of effort ! Christophe and his cycling partner pedalled for 35h24, 725km and 7632m of positive difference in level. They crossed 7 different French departments.

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    In this Aevon trailer, you could find camping stuff : a tent, a camping stove, cooking utensils and all the essentials for a one-week trip. The STD 100 trailer was the unavoidable means of transport for this trip as : “not only is it practical, non traumatic for the bike but it also helps meeting people because it’s original and elegant“.

    The STD 100 trailer can carry up to 45kg of material, perfect for two travellers. Its shock absorber makes the trip much more confortable, a real asset for long trips.

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    After resting for two days at their arrival at Chamonix, Christophe started to climb the Mont Blanc with a guide. Unfortunately, the trip had to stop earlier as two mountain-climber fell sick during the climb.

    But no regrets for this amazing adventure that you will hear about shortly in the famous magazine Carnets d’Aventure !