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13 May

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Cycling or snowboarding ?

13 May 2019 | By | No Comments

Cycling or snowboarding ? Jack doesn’t choose, he does both !
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Jack Butler is one of the competitors of the Sun Trip 2018. Back from his adventure, he decided to spend some time in Switzerland where he has worked in a mountain restaurant, enjoying his free time to go snowboarding.

His Aevon trailer enabled him to test several ski resorts. The snowboard is simply strapped to the frame of the STD 100.

He offers us these few images of his mountain trips :

 

After Switzerland, he intends to go to the Netherlands, a country he likes because it’s so easy to cycle there. He’ll go back to England for a few days before coming back for the Tour de France this summer.

He already enrolled for the Sun Trip 2020, with a partner : Auguste Colle. During the last Sun Trip, Auguste was forced to stop the race due to technical reasons. Jack ended the race after 64 days on the road and got the price of the jury.

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…

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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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.

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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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.

14 Feb

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Peru by bike, the follow-up

14 February 2018 | By | No Comments

We find Bertrand on the road to the White Andes Moutains.

During the first 10 days by bike, Bertrand notes that Peru is not better on the environment issue than its neighbours. The roads are lined with garbage.

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On New Year’s Eve, he arrives in a town called Sullana, North of Peru.

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It’s hard to find a place to stay that night. “3 firemen stations won’t let me stay as there is almost no one on site that night. They’re all going to party ! At a bend, I find a family. They own a car wash and parking lot. They offer me a roof for the night and a shower.”

There follows 2 days cycling in the desert for 250km. Quickly, cabins are getting scarce, bushes too, the wind is stronger and the sun is hot.

Wind, day and night. That’s the plan for the following days .”

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Out of the desert, Bertrand finds green lanscapes again, with rice, onions, hot pepper and potato fields. “Peru is famous for its diversity : in the landscape, the food and culture in general.”

Soon follows the ‘Cordillera Negra’ and its mountains. “No vegetation. Rocks, sand. I feel like I’m cycling in a quarry and I feel very small.”

Crossing a pass at 4219m, Bertrand sees for the first time Huaraz and the White Andes Mountains. “My first snow ! To celebrate, as there are only 25km left to reach Huaraz, I get an extra piece of chocolate, my best friend on special days.”

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Bertrand arrives at Huaraz under the sun despite the rain season.

08 Feb

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Peru by bike

8 February 2018 | By | No Comments

In Ecuador, Bertrand gains altitude with his STD 100 trailer. Time to think about this one year bike trip : “Time goes so fast !

In the direction of Cotopaxi park and Rhuminaui mountain (5897m), the road gets very difficult, with rocks, under the rain and uphill.
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The day after, departure for the Quilotoa volcano with a descent in the crater and 3 days hiking. The landscape is breathtaking.
The Quilotoa is a dead volcano. Its crater is filled with water. We are 3900m high…

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The goal is to reach Huaraz (3000m), cycling for 3 weeks. It’s opposite the White Cordillera.
The first few days are quite hard with a passage 3880m high. I can feel it in my muscles …

Bertrand gets back into his routine of finding a place to stay at the end of each day. For Christmas, firemen offer to share their meal with him.

Finally comes the Peruvian border.

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January, Feberuary, March. Three months in the full winter season. There will be rain and temperate climate in the mountains. The coast will be dry with sun and wind. Here the seasons imply different climates depending on the location.”

He meets little vultures and lizards sunbathing along the road.
For his first night in Peru, Bertrand finds shelter in a Jehovah community. He sleeps in a little cabin with his hammock.

After a week, Bertrands takes a break at Mancora, a seaside resort. “Last swim and last beautiful sunset on the Pacific Ocean.”

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.

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.

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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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