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28 Jul

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Which website to prepare for your bike trip?

28 July 2020 | By | No Comments

Some of you plan to go on a bike trip this summer, along with your Aevon single-wheel bike trailer.

Traditional navigation apps such as Google Maps do not enable us to always find walking and cycling paths without crossing busy roads in France and Europe.
To help you go safely on a bike trip, we found a few websites to take as many cycle paths as possible. You will also find ideas for your next bike trip or stories of other bike travellers to get away for a few minutes.

France Vélo Tourisme

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This website enables you to go from one place to the next using as many cycling and walking paths as you can. On the homepage, you just need to click on ‘carte des itinéraires’ and then on ‘mon GPS’. Then choose the departure and destination. On the map you will find two possible routes, one of which uses mainly cycling paths.
The only failing is that the type of path is not specified. You may find yourself on dirt tracks sometimes.

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The duration of the trips are quite long. They take into account a slow pedalling rythm. If you’re a sportsperson, make the calculations with the kilometers to get a better idea.

You can also use an already established route through ‘les itinéraires’ and select them depending on several criteria, one of which being the difficulty. This might be useful if you’re travelling with the kids.

Vélo en France (and in Europe)

This website is the official website of the French cycle touring federation. It helps to find very specific routes. You can enter the type of bike you use and get an overview of the accessibility of the trip, its difficulty. You can also know whether the route is long or sloping.
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This website is mostly for athletic cyclists and tells you about routes in France and in Europe: Spain, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, etc…

Eurovelo, the European website (available in English)

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Find out about cross-border routes available in more than 30 countries. The map shows you roads created by professionals of the bike and tourism industry in Europe. You can see the map in PDF with a short description available in 4 different languages.
If you haven’t planned to go on a bike trip immediately, just browse on the website to give you a few ideas for the future trips.

Global biker, a blog

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This blog gathers stories of people gone on a bike trip essentially in France, but also in Europe and the rest of the world. These are not precise routes but personal experiences. You will have to select the supplied information and you can search by places in the search bar.
The stories being personal, they have been checked out so you need to be careful with the info. This kind of website can really give you the craving for a bike trip.

Unfortunately, there are no apps for these websites.

09 Jul

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Travelling by bike in Provence

9 July 2020 | By | No Comments

Let’s take a bike trip among lavender fields to the sound of cicadas.
Provence in France is the favorite holiday spot for French and European travellers because it’s always sunny. South French cities have the best sunshine ratio.
Be careful about heatwaves periods. Prefer Spring or September for your bike holidays in Provence.

Today, let’s explore the Gorges de la Nesque with beautiful views of the famous Mont Ventoux. Be prepared: it’s a little climb.

Several touristic places can be your starting point, why not Saint-Didier, small Provençal village.

From there, you’ll cycle for 35km on the D942 until the beautiful village of Monieux..

The Gorges de la Nesque road winds along the Nesque with a few steep cliffs and a breathtaking view.

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However, you’ll be rewarded upon your arrival, on the condition you stop at the restaurant ‘Les Lavandes’ where you can enjoy a bite or just have a drink.

If you are on a journey, cycle up to Sault to spend the night there. It’s only 6km away.

If you’d like to get back to your starting point, take a different road, the D5. Cycle down to the Monieux lake and then take the road that goes uphill. You will soon get to a plateau with a lavender field and a nice view on the Mont Ventoux.

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The rest of the trip will be smooth as you’ll just have to ride down.

At Saint-Didier, take a stroll by the church to visit the old part of the village.

For your bike trip a UNO 100 bike trailer will be perfect for this type of route. You can carry up to 100L / 35kg so you can bring everything you need for a few nights in B&Bs or campingsites.

04 Jun

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This summer, I’ll travel locally

4 June 2020 | By | No Comments

Considering the current situation, we will have to travel locally this summer. And many of you have decided to travel by bike this year.
With the right equipment, that’s possible and you may even find it… pleasant.

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Physical shape

Whether you’re used to cycling or not, you will need to adapt the number of kilometers you’d like to cycle every day with your physical shape. A confirmed cyclist will certainly aim to ride for 100km each day. If you have less training, set your goal on 60km a day, at your own pace, in order to take pleasure in your bike trip. You can also plan to take a day or two to rest between each stopover so you can visit the place where you’re staying.

Accomodation

The first question you should ask yourself is whether you intend to sleep in a tent or if you prefer the confort of a real bedroom. Bivouacking means you’re free because you don’t have to book a place to stay unless you’d like to set up your tent in a touristic place.
If you prefer the conforts of a bed and breakfast or at someone’s place, this will mean a little more planning. You can still book your room a few nights in advance depending on your progress. There again, it will depend on the area, whether it attracts tourists or not.

Equipment

The choice of the bike is not really an issue. We know many world travellers who travel with basic bikes so they can find any spare part locally if necessary, which is not the case with a top of the range model. However, the choice of the saddle may need for you to make a few tests as you’re going to spend quite some hours on it.
If you can afford it, you can travel by electric bike, which is a very confortable solution and doesn’t prevent you from pedalling. So you will still work out.

To carry your stuff, a single-wheel bike trailer is the best fellow traveller. It gets fixed behind the saddle post so it won’t bother you going downhill or in bends. You can easily carry all the stuff you need for 2 people for several weeks. You can even put the bike trailer from one bike to another in a few minutes.
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The UNO 100 bike trailer (in steel) is the road model from the Aevon range. It is exclusively dedicated to a use on road and can carry up to 100L, 35kg.
The STD 100 bike trailer (in aluminium) is a cross country model because it is fitted with a shock absorber. It can carry up to 145L, 35kg in cross country mode or 45kg on roads.
The KIT L80 bike trailer (in aluminium) can also be used on cross country roads. It is foldable, which makes it the ideal partner if you need to take the train to your starting point. It can carry up to 25kg in cross country mode and 35kg on roads.

You just need to make your choice. The STD 100 trailer will be available mid August / beginning of September.

03 Apr

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Plan your next bike trip

3 April 2020 | By | No Comments

During this lockdown period, many of us question our daily habits because we have plenty of time to do so. Maybe you question the way you usually travel, maybe you plan your next bike trip in order to think about something else.

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Travelling by bike is cheap

The lockdown has forced many companies to send their employees home, which means a slight loss of salary for some. Many businesses see their turnover tumbling down.
Travelling by bike means you don’t have to pay for a train ticket, a plane ticket or fuel. It also helps to enjoy each pleace you’ll cycle through and take the time to admire the view at a slow pace.

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Think positive

During long winter days, we know that planning our next summer trip helps to stay strong and healthy because of the anticipation. The lockdown can be a little worrying so what could be better than planning your next bike trip to take your mind off things? Thinking about something positive can only be good for you.

Support businesses

Our businesses, restaurants, accomodation, will be deeply affected. The only way to support them is to give them work as soon as possible. Travelling by bike means you’ll save up on travelling fees, which means you can enjoy a nice meal or a good night’s sleep in a hotel or a nice B&B. And you might need it after travelling miles by bike.

Environment friendly

When the whole world seems to have stopped, no cars are crowding our streets anymore and industries just tick over, we have noticed birds coming back in our trees and a better air quality. Travelling by bike will help to extend these effects by reducing greenhouse gas.

Until April 15th, we would like to support your next bike trip by offering you a discount of 25% on the purchase of a UNO 100 bike trailer.

17 Mar

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Big sale on the bike trailer UNO 100

17 March 2020 | By | No Comments

Enjoy an amazing discount of 25% on the UNO 100 bike trailer as well as its waterproof bag.
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The UNO 100 trailer goes from 439€ to 329€, a discount of 110€.
The 100L waterproof bag goes from 129€ to 96€, a discount of 33€.
In total, you can save up to 143€!

It’s time to plan your next bike trip this summer or even consider your daily trips differently.
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The single-wheel trailer UNO 100 is the road model from Aevon. Able to carry up to 35kg, 100L of luggage, you have the necessary capacity to go freely travelling for a few days or going shopping at the supermarket.

The UNO 100 bike trailer follows your bike perfectly and its hitch on the seat post enables you to make a U-turn without putting your foot on the ground.
Your bike is easy to handle and stays light because you don’t add any weight to it.

The UNO 100 model is the first-born of the famous Aevon bike trailers. It’s a steel model, dedicated to a use on roads or easy tracks.
It has already travelled around the world several times, going to Laos, Canada or Ireland. Tireless, it will follow you for thousands of miles easily.

During this period quarantine in France and some European countries, Aevon’s team goes on working for now and ensures the delivery of your bike trailers, making sure to respect all necessary measures to protect our team.

  • Offer reserved for private individuals
  • Can not be used simultaneously with another discount
  • Valid until April 15th 2020 depending on the stock

04 Mar

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Shape the Way Project

4 March 2020 | By | No Comments

Shape the Way is the (slightly crazy) project of Maxime & Arthur : to cycle along the Atlantic coast from the South of Portugal to the North of Scotland with their bikes and Aevon bike trailer.
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Maxime has trained as an engineer. Arthur is a landscape creator. They have never really travelled by bike but… it doesn’t really seem to worry them!
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Their project was born from an observation: our hobbies are not always in agreement with the necessity to protect our environment. To surf, enthusiasts are ready to travel for miles looking for the biggest wave, spending hours in cars or on planes. Maxime & Arthur would like to prove that there are other ways to enjoy yourself.
In order to make their values and their passion coincide, the two travellers plan to travel and surf and respect the environment at the same time. Their trip will exclusively be environmentally friendly using means of transport with low impact such as the bike or the train. They will spend their nights camping or staying at people’s houses along the way.

Their bikes are made of spare parts found in a collaborative workshop that helps you repair your bike yourself.
They have built a surf rack that was added to the frame of the STD 100 bike trailer. The bike trailer will carry their camping gear and cameras.
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Several stops are planned along the way to meet some active members of environmently friendly associations and partners who support the project: sportsmen, businessmen and such. Of course, Aevon’s team will meet them at the halfway point to talk about the first part of the trip.

All along their bike trip, Maxime & Arthur will make a web series and regular podcasts you can listen to on the most famous apps.

The departure will take place at the end of the month!

To support them: go to ULULE.
Follow them on Facebook
Follow them on Instagram

06 Jan

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Sun Trip 2020

6 January 2020 | By | No Comments

A new year begins, full of projects. For some of us, it’s already time to prepare for the famous Sun Trip 2020.

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The Sun Trip is a race by electric bikes only powered by solar pannels. The road goes from Lyon, in France, to Guangzhou, in China along the old silk roads. Each contestant chooses his own route and just needs to pass by the Tibetan plateau for those who’re willing to win the solar challenge.

Each year, some Aevon bike trailers are on the starting line. During the last edition, you met Eymeric and Jack Butler. Jack won the price of the jury thanks to his communication during this amazing bike trip.

This year, we would like to introduce our first adventurer, Yannick :
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Yannick is a French engineer who currently works in Lisbon, Portugal. He has good mechanical and technical skills and also speaks Chinese, which might be very useful for the trip.
For this project, he has decided to leave with his recumbent bike Nazca. He will adapt a classical seat post on the frame of the bike, so he can attach the single wheel trailer STD 100 behind his bike.

Aevon bike trailers are a strategic choice for this kind of trip because their aluminium frames enable them to resist the mechanical pressures along the way. The roads are not always negotiable, sometimes there aren’t even roads to speak of. You also need to take into account the weather, the tiredness and the potential mechanical worries.

Yannick’s goal: to get to Guangzhou !

Follow his adventure on Facebook or Instagram !

If you aren’t an official contestant but you’d like to take part in the adventure, find the departure village of the Sun Trip in Lyon from May 28th to May 30th. The departure will be on May 30th.
If you like to cycle, you can cycle with the contestants on the first 100km between Aix-Les-Bains and Albertville on May 31st. The atmosphere is always very special there.

21 Nov

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Travelling in a sustainable way

21 November 2019 | By | No Comments

Users of Aevon trailers are travellers. Choosing to travel by bike is a way to choose sustainable tourism.

Today, travelling is very common and the very low prices enable everyone to travel, whether it’s near or far away.

However, travelling to a distant destination requires to take the plane and as everyone knows now, airlines are one of the biggest polluters.

What does it mean : being a sustainable tourist ?

Travelling in a sustainable way means that you need to take into account : the sustainable development, the protection of the environment, the economical and social impact on the local people.

Here are a few tips found by our travellers to become a sustainable tourist.

Travelling by bike

It’s a fact : moving around with the only help of your legs is better for the planet than using a car or a plane.
You just need to add an Aevon trailer to your bike so you’re free to travel where you like inside a country and why not, go for several months in total autonomy.

Travelling by plane

Of course, when you need to go far away, there is no other choice than taking the plane.
In that case, try to choose a direct flight. Making a stopover isn’t environmental friendly.
Once you’re on site, enjoy the places you’re visiting instead of jumping on the next plane to your next destination. If it’s possible, take the bus to go from one place to the next so you can enjoy the landscapes and really discover the country.

Choose the right time

Mass tourism has an impact on the local people.
The best example is Venice : the city suffers from the influx of tourists during the high season. Anyway, you can’t enjoy a place with as much pleasure when it’s crowded with tourists.
For sustainable tourism, choose to leave out of season. The locals won’t be dependent on the seasons.

Choose the place where you stay

Aevon travellers understand that : camping is the most eco friendly to travel.

Here is a picture from Bertrand in Colombia :

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If you prefer to have a roof over your head, check out if your hotel has the HQE label (hight environmental quality) or choose to sleep in somebody’s home so you can share the energetic ressources.

Buy local

During your trips, don’t hesitate to buy souvenirs made on site by the locals, ideally in front of your eyes so you’re sure where the object comes from. This has a positive impact on local economy and the object you’ll bring back home will have more value.

Drink in a sustainable way

During his trip from Mexico to Ushuaïa, Bertrand chose the solution of the water filter so he didn’t have to buy water bootles. There are hundreds of different models, don’t hesitate to take the advice from a specialist before making your choice.

In a country with drinkable water, keep your flask or your bottle with you. In a country with non drinkable water and if you don’t have a water filter, buy big sizes bottles instead of small ones.

Do you have other ideas ?

01 Oct

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From France to Sweden

1 October 2019 | By | No Comments

This summer, Nicolas went on a bike trip on the tracks of Sweden, Finland and Norway by MTB with his KIT L80 bike trailer.

He tells us about the first days of his trip in Sweden, from Goteborg to the Baltic coast.

First step : travelling through Switzerland to go from France to Sweden.

After a short visit of Kiel by bike, Nicolas then took the ferry to Goteborg in Sweden to start his bike trip.

From France to Sweden, the trip took 2 days and a half.

At Goteborg, several cycling paths lead to the forest that borders the town. In Sweden, it’s easy to find yourself in complete nature, in the middle of magnificent forests and lakes.
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The first days, Nicolas cycled through tracks and forests with a few showers that forced him to take shelter from time to time. In Sweden the weather isn’t always mild but it didn’t affect our traveller who appreciated the view and the ever-present nature.

During this trip, the cyclist trusted his fishing skills to improve his meals. The first time he put his small kayak in the water, he caught a 40cm pike, which made a real nice dinner.
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Unfortunately, that night was quite short : “I forgot to put my mask on so I woke up at dawn which comes at 3.30am! Knowing that night comes only after midnight. Still, it’s quite pleasant to have enough time to find a nice place to set up my tent for the night without being rushed by the sun setting..”

The roads east changed and became a little more flat. Much dryer too. Sweden seems affected by drought in some areas. Tracks are always kept neat and tidy, which seems to be something deeply anchored in Swedish culture.

After a few days, Nicolas reached the Baltic coast and the marina of Nävekvarn.
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I’m staying for 2 days on the island of Skäret connected to the harbour by a small wooden bridge. This place is ideal.

23 Sep

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Carrying my paddleboard on my Aevon trailer

23 September 2019 | By | No Comments

Koen lives in Belgium. Happy owner of a paddle board, he needed to find a way to carry it on his KIT L80 Aevon trailer.
With a friend they launched into the project of conceiving a paddle-stand for bike trailer.

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I had the impulsive idea of buying myself a paddle board… Nice, but not so easy to carry around. Luckily, I had this fantastic KIT L80 trailer that seemed perfectly suited to carry a paddle-board. So a friend and I began thinking of a home-made paddle stand.

Luckily my dear friend has crazy insight and saw it straight away, while I was seeing so much different options. We set up a triangular system and put it highly enough on the rear part of the trailer so the paddle would be at the same level all along.

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The rest was already on the trailer and we just had to help ourselves. We used the fixing holes already present on the rear of the trailer to fix the triangle.

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To thighten the board to the trailer I got old innertubes from bikes.
The front bar is a tube welded to a steel bar with hooks.

To improve the system, I’m thinking of adding some foam on the frame of the trailer. I would also like to find a way to prevent damage on the fixing holes.

Now I can carry my paddle, but also my planks, bikes, windows, a mattress… you name it !

Has anyone already thoughy of transforming his bike trailer to carry firewood ? That would be the next project :-) !”

Many of you transform Aevon trailers to adapt them to your own use, to carry material or even your pets.
We are used to seeing bike trailers adapted to carry solar panels for travellers who leave for several months.

Tell us how you adapted your own trailer, we’re happy to share it here !