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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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11 Oct

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A bike trip in Canada

11 October 2018 | By | No Comments

Elroy is using the Kit L80 Aevon trailer, he tells us about his latest trip in Jasper National Park, Canada.

In August 2018, I joined some colleagues on a 3-day trip to the Fryatt Valley in Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada). It is not always simple to travel in the backcountry with a young child so we had some discussion about the best way to travel and settled on bikepacking into the valley. They would take their two-wheeled chariot behind one of their bikes but with a child in the chariot it did not leave much room for all their gear. I am not a fan of carrying a big rucksack on my back when cycling. So I looked around for a bike trailer and after much online research, ordered the Aevon Kit L80 trailer. It was easy to fold up and fit into my car for the 4 hour drive to Jasper from my home. I could fit all my gear into the trailer, a fair amount of their gear and food for the dog.

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I have read a lot about the debate between panniers vs. trailers for bike touring but for single-track backcountry bikepacking it is a no-brainer that this single wheel, seat post mounted trailer is the way to go. Panniers are just too wide on the trails.

Rear wheel hub-mounted trailers have a very big turning circle. We were all very surprised how well this trailer performed. You can mostly forget that it is there and just hit the trail. You do feel the weight on the uphill though! The kit L80 tracks beautifully behind the bike. You can choose the best line on rocky trails and the trailer wheel follows the line of the bike. That was not true for the two-wheeled chariot where you have to ride over an obstacle with the bike to avoid hitting it with one of the wheels of the chariot. The chariot overturned a number of times. Fortunately without injury to its occupant!

Most of the trail was single track that got very rocky and rooty in places. The trail is classified as a blue bike route in Canada.

I set the shock on the trailer to its second highest mounting position for ground clearance and never had a ground strike going over obstacles. The shock came pressurized to quite a high value and I reduced it according to the table in the instruction manual to fit the weight of the trailer. I did not really feel the trailer behind me when going over rough ground. Really a smooth ride!
I was very impressed as it was loaded way more than it would be if I just had my own gear in it.

We set off from the trail head near the Athabasca falls and followed the Athabasca River until turning into the stunning Fryatt valley. The bag that comes with the Kit L80 seems very durable
and was completely waterproof. We had several river crossings and I did not always have someone to lift the trailer up, so I sometimes just went right through with the water above the bottom of the trailer, hoping that my waterproof liner bags would keep my gear dry. Not a drop got into the bag though. On inspection afterwards I noticed the seams all seem to be heat welded and quite waterproof.

Here my colleague demonstrates how simple it is to cross with the trailer :
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Some obstacles the trailer could not clear. Aevon may need to work on that ;-) :
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A beautiful view of the Athabasca River as we turn up the ridge to enter the Fryatt Valley :
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We arrived late at Lower Fryatt and had to cycle the last few kilometres in the dark with headlamps and set up camp in the dark. It rained quite hard during the night. Our food was hung up high in a bear hang to avoid attracting bears, but the trailer just stood out in the rain and again remained totally dry inside.

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Bridge over Fryatt Creek :
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I could cross bridges without much thought :
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It was a great trail. I must say I caught a bit of the bikepacking bug and will definitely use this bike trailer on many more backcountry trails as well as hard surface tours where I can fit in more gear to make the trips more comfortable. It has more space than I think I will ever need with just my own gear.
Happy cycling!

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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.

27 Jun

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The Sun Trip 2018

27 June 2018 | By | No Comments

The Sun Trip has started on June 15th for a trip of 12 000km from Lyon to Guangzhou, North East of Hong Kong.
Two participants carry the Aevon flag : Jack Butler and his STD 100 bike trailer and Eymeric Thuliez with his 1000w electric trailer.

Jack has already cycled for 1810km, Eymeric has chosen a different route and announced yesterday he had reached 1200km.
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To follow them live, check out the Sun Trip website.

Both competitors have had their difficulties and managed to overcome them easily.
Jack was forced to stop in Poland because of a problem with his solar pannel. The steel rack had split in two. Luckily a Polish man speaking very good English offered to take him to his workshop where he had all the tools necessary. He helped Jack get on the road again in about 20 minutes, a meeting that probably saved his race.
 
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Jack filmed the first days on the road :

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Eymeric had to face very bad weather. After crossing Austria, he has just arrived in the Czech Republic. He cycled along another participant who had to stop the race because of a failure with his vehicle. Now he’s on his own.
 
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In these conditions, the material is put under a lot of pressure and Aevon trailers will show their strength and efficiency on all types of roads. The STD 100 is in aluminium, which makes is strong enough to cycle for thousands of kilometers. Thanks to its shock absorber, the competitors can count on the flexibility of their travelling companion.

Follow our adventurers :
Click here to see Eymeric’s Facebook
Click here to see Jack’s Facebook
Discover Jack’s Youtube Channel

15 Jun

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Bolivia by bike

15 June 2018 | By | No Comments

After 2430km by bike in Perù, Bertrand gets to Bolivia.

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The first day in Bolivia drives Bertrand at the outskirts of La Paz. He will avoid the city and cycle in the direction of Uyuni. Good weather enables a beautiful view of the mountains Huay Huayna Potosi and Illimani, 6000m high. Betrand plans to climb those mountains later on.

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The road is quite flat and Bertrand cycles quickly in the Bolivian wilderness. At this point, he will celebrate his 10 000km by bike in South America after 18 months cycling. Bertrand started his trip in Mexico in Decembre 2016 and plans to reach Ushuaïa.

On the road to Uyuni, Bertrand will meet a Colombian guy, Luis. They decide to cycle together for a few days. It will break the monotony of these long straight roads that never end.

One of the noticeable changes between Perù and Bolivia is the food. There aren’t more than 2 different dishes to choose from, either served with rice or with French fries.

After a few days, the two travellers arrive at the famous Salar de Uyuni, under the waters in this season.

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This salt desert is located 3 658m high. With a surface area of 10 582km2, it’s the largest salt desert in the world and represents a third of the exploitable Lithium stock of the planet. Its dimensions are 150km x 100.

Bertrand than plans to take 3 weeks to discover the area, to climb the two mountains he saw upon his arrival in Bolivia. His bike and STD 100 trailer will stay at Uyuni for the moment. He will then cross the Lipez desert for 10 days in total autonomy before reaching the Chilean frontier.

05 Jun

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From Perù to Bolivia

5 June 2018 | By | No Comments

We follow Bertrand, from Perù to Bolivia.

“I’m back on the road by bike, the sun is shining, at least at the beginning of the day as it’s still the rainy season.
The road will take me to Uyuni in Bolivia.

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The first day is peaceful. The road is quite flat. I’m smiling and I have a good stride, I’m cycling along the Rio Vilcanota for a few days.

I will go through a little village, Oropesa, the capital city of the bread. Only 300m along but there is an incredible amount of bakeries along the way. They all sell the same bread.
One of the main activities around here is the culture of eucalyptus trees.

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I get to cycle one last time in the hail at 4400m high in Perù and will then cycle in the direction of the Lake Titicaca that marks the border between Perù and Bolivia.

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The Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America (in terms of volumes of water) and the highest navigable lake in the world.

After cycling for 2430km in Perù, I’ll finally reach Bolivia !”

21 May

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Arrival at Cusco

21 May 2018 | By | No Comments

Just a few days left before Bertrand reaches Cusco, a particularly difficult part of the trip as the difference in height is amazingly high. At 4000m, air is rarer and consequently, it’s more difficult to make physical efforts.

It’s the rainy season when Bertrand reaches the plateau of Perù at more than 4600m. He quickly needs to put on waterproof and warm clothes. Here, the rain transforms into tiny snowflakes that whip his face while he’s cycling.
Fortunately, the sun comes back as soon as he gets down again, along the Río Pachachaca Abancay, on his way to Abancay. The landscape is beautiful and nature is everywhere.

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Between Abancay and Curahuasi (100km of mountains between and 4100m), he finds loads of eucalyptus trees. It smells good but brings an overbearing dampness.

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A last day cycling from 2500 to 3400m and Bertrand reaches a high plateau for the last staight line in the direction of Cusco.

As soon as he gets to Cusco, Bertrand takes a shower and goes for a drink in a local bar with a Greek friend he met a few days earlier on the road of Huaraz.

Despite the first days which were very strenuous and the rainy season, I’m full of joy and well-being after this part of the trip. I’m discovering and rediscovering the joy of moving on by bike and I have a sense of fulfilment..”

My Aevon trailer STD100 is still working fine despite a little accident that bent my swing arm. I have been able to repair it temporarily but a new swing arm will be arriving soon so I can go on my trip serenely. Thank you Aevon for helping me with this !

03 May

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I’m leaving on a bike trip

3 May 2018 | By | No Comments

When and how do you decide to leave for a bike trip around the world ? Amédée tells us about his experience.

After breaking my foot a few years ago, I decided to start cycling to avoid repeated shocks and enjoy an outdoor activity again. I leave in the South of France which is particularly adapted to MTB.
After a few month, I decided to travel by bike and to leave my house and my job. Using a trailer seemed the most suited for this project. I spent some time checking websites and forums to finally conclude that an Aevon trailer would be the best choice.
I bought a KIT L80 and I’m going to the North West of France to see my family. Why a KIT L80 ? I have no idea of the energy needed to pull this kind of weight so that’s a first experiment. I’ll be cycling for 100km each day, in total 1200km along the Mediterranean coast, then along the Atlantic ocean.

After lunch with a friend at Brignoles, it’s the big departure. I tested the trailer with my new MTB and here I go for my first night at another friend’s house. After 76km I’m happy to take a break, to rest and have dinner. The trailer doesn’t move, even at 60km/h downhill, everything is perfect.

My departure from Brignoles :

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I chose this tent to hang up :
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Beautiful view from Marseille :
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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.

27 Mar

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Travelling through Kyrgyzstan

27 March 2018 | By | No Comments

Here is an idea for your next trip : Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan is a country from Central Asia, close to China. The country is mountainous but the main cities are located in the lowest parts of the country, which offers the possibility to do a part of the trip by bike. In the North, the capital city : Bichkek is ideal to start your trip. This city offers a pleasant stroll to visit several monuments built at the time of the USSR, such as the Erkindink statue. You will also find beautiful parks. The park Ala Archa offers visitors several kilometers of hiking through the mountains to the tops with a moderate climate. This park also shelters some rare species of animals, like the snow leopard, wild goats and some marmots.

Discovering Issyk-Koul lake

To visit Kyrgyzstan, you must visit Issyk-koul, the largest alpine lake in Central Asia. It’s at the top of a mountain. Many travellers choose to do a little mountaineering. While climbing, visitors will admire the beautiful landscape that you can see among the farmers’ villages. The village of Tamtchy, located along the lake, should be visited. Travellers will enjoy bathing in the big pool as these waters have healing powers.

Why not stay a few days in Och?

With this particular name, this area seems very mysterious. It’s the second biggest city of the country. Tourists will be attracted to this place because of the numerous sites to visit. Among them, the mountain Takhti-suleyman, considered as a place of pilmigrage. Some religious buildings are quite famous, such as Dom Babura mosquee. The Och bazaar, one of the biggest markets of Asia, will seduce visitors with multiple objects displayed : hats, traditional knifes or fruits, but also clothes and shoes.