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My adventures in South America

10 January 2018 | By | No Comments

Bertrand has been travelling in South America for 1 year by bike and STD 100 trailer. We have asked him some questions about his experience.
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What is your everyday budget for such a trip ?

“I don’t really have a daily spending limit. I left with a certain amount and it should last for about 3 years. It is quite difficult to imagine how much you will spend as each country has a different cost of living. After 1 year, I have spent about 500€ a month, knowing that I spent 90 days on the bike and the rest was surfing and climbing mountains.
This implies that for 8 to 9 months, my living cost was much higher as I had to pay for lodgings. On the bike I sleep outside or at the firemen, churches, etc… I only have to spend money on food.

For 2018, my living cost will be reduced as I will spend more time on the bike.”

When is the end of the trip planned ? Do you think you’ll go back to la Rochelle when your trip is over ?

“I think the end of the trip should be in Autumn 2019. And I don’t think I’ll go back to my place. When you leave like that, you make new experiences and meet new people everyday. You evolve and grow up all the time.
In what I call “the life before”, these experiences were rare, you don’t evolve so fast.

Coming back is always a shock, as you feel like nothing has changed around you, whereas you are totally different.

The rest of the trip is planned this way :

3 months in Peru enjoying the mountains with 2 big breaks at Huaraz and Cusco for hiking and climbing.

Then Bolivia for 2 months where I’ll climb Huayna Potosi and Illimnai (2 peaks at 6000m).

Finally 1 year in Argentina, stopping at El Chalten to work for 4 months during the summer. In February or March 2019, I will be in South Patagonia and will reach Ushuaia and the end of the famous Ruta 40. ”

What was your job before you left ?

“I had been working for 7 years in a little company of 25 people at Périgny (close to La Rochelle), specialized in the design of high and very high pressure equipment. I was an engineer in mechanical design. It was very interesting but the need to travel was stronger.”

Have you already thought about your next project ?

“During this trip I had the chance to travel by boat from Panama to Colombia and I must admit that a boat trip will be one of the projects in my life but I need some money for that.

When I’m going back, I’ll work for a few months in Switzerland and then I’ll go with my brother and his truck in East Europe, enjoying some skiing and hiking.”

What does travelling mean to you ?

“I’m living a life I chose, I enjoy new experiences every day, I see things in a more positive way, even in situations that might seem tricky, I meet beautiful people, I learn all the time, learn to communicate. I discover myself and my hidden skills.
Travelling makes you richer, opens your eyes, ears, frees your spirit, gives you energy !”

Which country did you enjoy the most so far ?

“It’s not really the country, it’s the experiences you lived there and the people you met.
I’m a big fan of Mexico. People are super cool and the country is rich with history, culture, landscapes, colours.
Guatemala is also rich with history and culture. My experience with the people there was different, I didn’t feel such energy when I crossed it.

Nicaragua is full of history, varied landscapes. I surfed a lot there.

Costa Rica is a holiday destination, life is more expensive there. But this country gathers 3 to 5% of the world bio-diversity, so it’s beautiful to see.

Colombia is very pleasant. I had the nicest bike experience there.

To sum up :

· Good atmosphere with the bike : Columbia

· Where I could easily stay for a long time : Mexico

· To chill and surf : Nicaragua & Mexico

· Tourism : Costa

· Tourism with history and cultural sites : Guatemala

· A little of everything (mountain, surf, kite) : Equador

· The people : Columbia & Mexico

Do you think the same trip could be made by a girl alone ?

“OBVIO !!!! (Obviously in Spanish)

Yes, I think a bike trip can be made by most of us. The bike is a means of transport but also helps to communicate. People on the road are curious and very positive. This helps to generate a situation of trust. And we’re far from what is being told about these countries.

As a man, I certainly meet less situations where I should be careful but girls have an easier contact with the local people.
You should always keep your eyes and ears open and communicate. Learning the language is one of the keys for a good trip.

I meet girls a lot on the road and seeing the smile on their faces, I’d say we’re all enjoying this a lot!”

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From Panama with my Aevon trailer

6 October 2017 | By | No Comments

Here is the next episode of Bertrand’s adventures with his bike and STD 100 trailer in Panama.

For his first night in Tolé, Panama, no firehouse and no Red Cross for Bertrand to stay so he chose the option : ‘church’. The house of the priest is a kind of camp where you can also find a school, a canteen and a few buildings. Bertrand shares his dormitory with three other people. These people haven’t got the means for a place to stay and some of them are stick. That night, Bertrand slept with a father and his son :

The father had an hernia operation a month ago. They still haven’t got back hom because Tolé is only 1 hour from the hospital whereas their house is much farther. The father isn’t well. I’m not a doctor but his situation is painful to see. His son is there to support and help him with everything : to get up, go the bathroom, eat… He spends all his time in bed. This father really loved me.

In Panama, like many countries, there is no social security.

Bertrand puts his alarm clock at 5.45am each morning to get on his bike as soon as possible. So for his first morning in Panama, he was running 1h late… due to the time difference.

After a few kilometers, he met Cyril, a French guy from the South of France, who’s been travelling by bike for 2 years and has cycled for 50000km. On this road, he meets many other bike travellers, one of which is Marc, an English guy who’s going from Ushuaïa to Alaska.

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The first two days by bike are hard with a temperature of 40°C and dense traffice near Panama City. The outskirts of big cities are always complicated by bike, whatever the country.

In Panama City, Bertrand is currently looking for a boat to go from Panama to Colombia. We’ll find him soon in South America.

My bike trailer is amazing. Easy to ride, very steady when going downhill at full speed. My stuff is easy to load and stays dry thanks to the waterproof bag. It goes anywhere and people are surprised. The shock absorber‘s pressure is adjustable to any types of roads, it’s really useful.’

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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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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09 Oct

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Special price for the E-trailer

9 October 2015 | By | No Comments

Enjoy our special discount of 100€ on the electric bike trailer equipped with a 1000w motor.
The Xtrême kit is a very strong motor, specially designed to carry load.
It is able to push the trailer with a load of 45kg, the bike and the user.

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You just need to choose a 36 or 48v battery, depending on the intensity of your use and the speed you would like.
In terms of autonomy, you can reach up to 100km and even more, depending on the capacity of the battery.

If you are a bike traveller, the trailer can increase the distance of your trips and get you even further.
Daily, the electric trailer can replace your car to carry your purchases. For professionals, it becomes easy to move from one place to the next with material or to make deliveries.

The Aevon bike trailer is able to carry up to 45kg on roads and up to 35kg on MTB tracks. Its aluminium frame is designed for an intensive use and the hitch system on the seat post enables your trailer to follow you on any type of track.

11 Sep

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The STD 100 around the lake of Constanz

11 September 2015 | By | No Comments

Michel went on a bike trip around the lake of Constanz with his STD 100 trailer. He shares his story :
 
‘It’s natural to share my experience, having myself enjoyed from the experience of others on the internet. Back from a tour around the lake of Constanz, here are my impressions : I don’t feel the trailer on flat roads whether on the road or cross country. When I wanted to attach the bike the first time, I reduced the load : when the trailer is loaded over the top it tends to tip over. When it’s loaded at the level of the upper tube, it’s alright (25kg for the load, 8kg for the trailer and the bag).
 
Some websites tell you to travel lightly, others advise to limit the load up to half the weight of your body, I took note of these recommendations. At the first long hill, the only one in fact, I was happy to get to the top and to have reduced the load before that.
 
- To make it easier to attach the hitch, I put the bike and trailer on their side. It seemed easier than holding the bike in one hand and the trailer in the other.
 
- The shock absorber works perfectly, considering the sensations.
 
As I have seen elsewhere, don’t think you will bring more than in side bags but it’s definitely better in terms of balance.
As for the size, I could go up the stairs in a station (with some help) and I got on the boat.
If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing, no regrets, only pleasure and energy spent.
I’m looking into the next trips already.
Thanks Aevon Team.’
 
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14 Aug

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The STD 100 in Australia

14 August 2015 | By | No Comments

Les, in Australia, has decided to use an STD 100 trailer for his everyday use. It is even going to replace his car !

I have assembled it and it looks fantastic. The quality is very high, and I’m impressed with the manufacture of all the components, especially the suspension. Nice. No way I could have manufactured one myself with all the specialised aluminium components.

The bike trailer is going to replace my car. I’m travelling with my two girls to school and home every day. I will carry all our school bags, computers, lunch boxes, jumpers and gym bags in the trailer. Sometimes we leave school/work at different times of the afternoon. So I decided to make a link on the bike trailer to take my daughter’s bicycle as well. Here are the photos.
 
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03 Jun

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The famous network of bike dealers Cyclable, sells the Aevon trailer

3 June 2015 | By | No Comments

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Cyclable is a network of 25x shops, all located in city centres across France.
Specialized in city bikes and travels by bikes, they choose only quality and innovative products with very little maintenance.
5000x users choose their bike at Cyclable every year.

Now these users will be able to choose their Aevon trailers as well, the only trailers made in aluminium with a very easy to handle system of hitch on the seat post.
Making a U-turn, taking a ride on mountain tracks is only possible if you choose the Aevon brand.

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22 May

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The KIT L80 : best trailer worldwide !

22 May 2015 | By | No Comments

For their special edition, the magazine Carnets d’Aventure, specialized in non-motorized trips, has tested 10x bike trailers from different brands.

Strength, handling, riding comfort, volume and weight were the main criteria.

The KIT L80 gets the best rating thanks to its excellent behaviour in cross country use, its strength, its weight and the hitch on the seat post.
The only failing could be that it’s not the easiest to set up.

The KIT L80 is the only bike trailer, worldwide, which is made in aluminium and can be folded. You can easily bring it with you in your trips around the world.

Now it also exists as an electric trailer 250w !
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