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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.

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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.

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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.

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First step : travelling through Switzerland to go from France to Sweden. It’s time to make the first picture on the train.
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After a short visit of Kiel by bike, Nicolas then took the ferry to Goteborg in Sweden to start his bike trip.
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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.

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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.

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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 !

27 Jun

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1600km by bike in Uruguay and Brazil

27 June 2019 | By | No Comments

Bertrand’s brother went to meet him in Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay. Their goal : to cycle for 1600km until Florianopolis.
 
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Quickly, the brothers are charmed by the quietness of the people. They spend their first night in the small village of La Paz where they find a spot at the nautical club.

The first days by bike are quite wet, so the cyclists push harder on the pedals to go faster.
 
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Uruguay travel

After a week pedalling, the brothers reach the Atlantic coast, where they take a day’s rest. There, the sun ‘looks like the one we have at home, in France…’

Back on their saddle, the cyclists cross the frontier with Brazil, with a head wind and long straight roads.

The weather in Brazil is much dryer than in Uruguay but also hotter and sunnier. For now, we can’t feel the winter. Nights are cool and days are sunny so we can get a tan while we’re cycling. Palm trees are more and more numerous, as well as sandy side tracks, which mean a beach isn’t far.

They take a break at Rio Grande do Sul, before taking the ferry to get out of the industrial bay of the city.

The environment evolves. I feel like we’re in the Landes (in the South-West of France.) Straight roads, sand and pines everywhere. It helps us as it stops a strong side wind.

The brothers cycle in the direction of Florianopolis, the end of this bike trip of 2 years and 6 months with an STD 100 trailer.

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At Araranguá, a floodlike rain forces the travellers to stop for two days. On the first day, there is as much rain as in a usual month.

When we talk with the people here, we understand that the climate changes can be seen here as well a little more every day…

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Back on the road, the cyclists will see in the distance the town that will mean the end of the trip of 1650km.

This last day by bike won’t leave me time to think, to analyse, to react to these news : it’s the last day of my bike trip…”

Upon their arrival, the brothers find themselves a hostel 50m from the beach. The month to come will be all about spending time surfing.

It’s always a nice feeling to put down the bike. It’s a little like a ‘holiday feeling’ inside of this long trip…

I already hear you saying I’ve been on holidays for two years and 6 months… Don’t be mistaken, it’s a journey. It helped me get out of my confort zone, learn simple things and simple pleasures, live with a little, put down the barriers we put for ourselves and which are so far from our real capacities.

Well, we can talk about it when I get back next October around a beer :-)

04 Jun

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Travelling in France with a KIT L80

4 June 2019 | By | No Comments

Philippe Calas just published his bike trip guide : “From Royan to Toulouse“, Rando éditions. Guess what : one of the main characters is the KIT L80 trailer.
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From Bordeaux to Agen, this bike trip can be done in 5 to 10 days depending on your physical condition. The author also gives you a few day additional day trips to discover the Gironde estuary, the bassin d’Arcachon, the vineyards around St Emilion or the city of Montauban.

The Arcachon tour will take you from Lacanau to the Cap-Ferret, then you will cross the estuary by boat to Arcachon before getting back on your bike and finding the numerous cycling paths that will bring you back to Lacanau. This very pleasant journey is about 140km.

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Don’t miss the day trip to St Emilion to visit the biggest underground church in Europe, built in a single rock.
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During this very nice trip, the KIT L80 trailer also boarded a train.
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Keep in mind that this bike trailer is completely foldable, so you can bring it on the plane, the train or easily in the boot of your car.

To buy the guide, click here.
To discover the website that Philippe set up to discover the Canal du Midi, click here.

23 May

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Testing the UNO 100 in Germany

23 May 2019 | By | No Comments

I met Katrin and her dog Napoli at the Eurobike last year. She told me she was looking for a single-wheel bike trailer in which she could carry her dog around.

Aevon trailers were not designed to carry dogs initially, they were made for luggage. But we also carry Aevon’s dog sometimes and we find many people do the same now.

We sent Katrin the UNO 100 trailer, the road version of our trailers, without a shock-absorber. She chose this version because the frame is not very high, so it’s easier for the dog to climb inside.
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Katrin made her first tests and here are some of her first thoughts :

I first needed to get used to it. When the dog moves, I need to adapt and the dog feels every tilt of the bike as well.

The assembly was generally quite easy for me. A manual is delivered with the trailer.

The waterproof bag fits the trailer perfectly and has a huge capacity. In this video, I chose to fill it with a tent, sleeping bag, cooker and dishes, hiking shoes, some clothes. And I still had some space left !

 

The attachment to the seat post makes a big difference to most other load bike trailers that are to be attached to the bikes’ back wheel.
Outstanding is the narrow radius of the trailer behind the bike. It is easily possible to change direction on small paths.

But the narrow radius must be considered when riding a curve. If there is an obstacle in the way, it might happen that you cycle around it but get stuck with the trailer. I guess this is just a matter of getting familiar to it.
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Riding the Aevon Uno 100 in my home area on bumpy surfaces like roots, narrow trails and two short and easy downhill paths I felt really fine. Downhill it was unscary. Passing the roots of course the trailer hopped, but the trailer is initially planned to ride on roads and flat surfaces. I could imagine, that the STD 100 and KIT L80 versions do perform much better on such surfaces.

Riding the narrow, bushy pathes I was quite impressed about the manoeuvrability.

I really appreciate that you can lay down the bike on the side as MTB’s usually have no stand. With a two-wheel trailer you always need something to lean the bike against.”

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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.

12 Mar

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From El Calafate to San Sebastian by bike

12 March 2019 | By | No Comments

Bertrand travels with his STD 100 from Mexico to Ushuaïa.
For this part of the trip, Bertrand is joined by Lupe, a brave cyclist as she has never cycled for more than 50km. It will be quite a challenge.

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The first days by bike are what Bertrand calls : “a precious gift. Very little wind and a hot sun. It’s 30 degrees, they hadn’t seen that for more than 100 years“.

To cross the border between Chile and Argentina, Bertrand and his travel partner are forced to eat all their fruits and vegetables. Indeed, it’s not possible to cross this border with fresh products, cheese or meat.

Lupe is getting used to cycling every day. She has lots of energy and character. We’re very lucky to find places to sleep that are very welcoming with a river or a lake to relax at the end of the day.”

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After 5 days cycling and sleeping outdoors, the travellers stop at Puerto Natales.
They sleep at a friend’s house and cook some pastries for the days to come.

Then they cross the strait of Magellan by boat, in the direction of the island : ‘Tierra del Fuego’.
To avoid the wind, they decide to use the bigger roads instead of crossing the island. The view is beautiful on the cliffs around them.

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After cycling for 2 days, they arrive at San Sebastian.

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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21 Dec

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Switzerland trip

21 December 2018 | By | 2 Comments

Let’s catch up with Nicolas on the roads of Switzerland while he’s cycling with his MTB and KIT L80 Aevon trailer.

After crossing the Alps, Nicolas reached the GRE4 (Swiss track) for a trip in full nature, away from civilization.
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I was afraid of following these tracks without having enough information about the type of tracks, the possibility of bypassing them and parts that might be unsuitable for a MTB + trailer.

It was a great surprise to discover single tracks and forests paths. Up the hills, Nicolas can see the valley and the lakes (Léman and Neuchâtel.)
It’s the end of the summer and the few hikers that Nicolas meets on the road always give him a nice word of support.

The main obstacles on the tracks there are the fences and small walls that define the pastures. “In a single day, I become an expert at taking apart and putting together again these walls!
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Clearly, Switzerland likes to keep its tracks neat. The markings are very clear with foot paths and MTB tracks. MTBs are also allowed on footpaths.
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Nicolas has the opportunity to cycle with a group of Swiss mountain bikers. They help him carry his MTB and his trailer over the walls without taking them apart.

One of the highlights of this trip was the drive up Mont Chasseral “Once I reach 1600m, I leave hundreds of hikers behind to cycle to the long crest going East.

The hilly area goes on to the lake of Constanz where the Swiss part of the trip comes to an end.

Nicolas is very positive about his trip in Switzerland :
- “Switzerland has a wonderful range of tracks perfectly marked out. The GRE4 can be cycled on for 80% with a MTB + trailer. There are multiple alternatives if necessary. Especially for climbs of more thanb 300m D+.”
- He also noticed that many people use bikes, as roads have been adapted to bicycles.