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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.

06 Nov

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Aevon, all around the world

6 November 2018 | By | No Comments

Aevon attracts more and more globetrotters around the world with trailers specifically designed for bike trips. Attached to the seat post and equipped with a single wheel, their handling ability is perfect.

Our bestseller : the KIT L80

The distinctive feature of the KIT L80 is that it’s completely foldable. Ideal for travellers taking the plane.

We remember the Iceland trip of Infinite Trails :

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Or the trip of ‘Voyage Elements Terre’ in South America :

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The KIT L80 has been elected best trailer in the world by two magazines :Carnets d’Aventure (France) and Adventure Magazine (USA).

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The KIT L80 is in aluminium, a strong material to resist the extreme conditions of challenging trips.

Its waterproof bag, of 100L, can carry all the gear necessary for 2 travellers who go bivouacking.

The strongest : the STD 100

Its waterproof bag can carry up to 45kg and 145L.

The STD 100 also went travelling with many adventurers.

Enrique chose to make a bike trip around Ibiza :

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Here is a picture from a honeymoon in Istanbul :

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Bertrand’s long trip, from Mexico to Ushuaïa :

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We also have more and more customers from the United States, Canada and Australia and we’d like to take this opportunity to say hi to Les from Australia.
He adapted his bike trailer to carry his daughter’s bike and go along with her to school every day.

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Elroy from Canada discovered the pleasure of going bivouacking with his bike and KIT L80 trailer :

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Alee, manager of the website Cycling.About tested the KIT L80 during a trip to Japan. We remember the famous bear attack, that ended with a few scratches on the trailer’s bag.

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Keep on sending us your experiences, we’ll be happy to share them.

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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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 !

14 Mar

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From Huaraz to Cuzco

14 March 2018 | By | No Comments

Still travelling in Perù, Bertrand gives us some news.

After spending a few weeks hiking around Huaraz, it’s time to go to Cuzco.

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These few weeks in Huaraz seriously reduced the initial plans and the tourist visa will soon expire. There is only one solution : take the bus for a few miles. But when you’re travelling by bike, taking the bus is a real issue.

You’re not really taking the bus are you ? Our personal pride really takes a hit… The sense of taking it easy, betraying yourself, not respecting the rules you made for yourself…

In the end Bertrand will take the bus until Nazca, to avoid the road of Lima, particularly complicated to cycle on. Then he will get back on his bike, after 2 months without pedalling. There are 10 days to go to his next destination : Cuzco. 10 days uphill.

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In the first 2 days, Bertrand climbs 3800m by bike. He reaches the Pampas Galeras reservation. This national reservation is located at 4200m and covers about 6000 hectares. The rangers are particularly welcoming and even have a special dormitory for travellers like Bertrand.

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Bertrand spends some nights in churches and restaurants. As it’s the rainy season, it’s really pleasant.

Father Efren, from Puquio church, will even feed me dinner and some beer and offer a hot shower and the Internet ! Awesome !

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The landscape is beautiful with stony mountains without a single hiker, such as Hatun Machay.

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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.”

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.

Cross country

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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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