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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.

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 ?

13 Nov

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Where can I travel from November to February ?

13 November 2019 | By | No Comments

Winter is slowly settling in at Aevon in France. Temperatures are even dropping to zero in a few days !

Would you like to travel by bike and Aevon bike trailer now, to avoid the crowds ?
What are the best spots to go to from November to February ?

South America

Argentina

Argentina is located in the South hemisphere, which means seasons are reversed. The country is so large that you can find climates completely different from North to South.
Let’s concentrate on the area around Buenos Aires. The hottest month of the year is January with days at 30°degrees. Prefer Spring to visit this part of the country, from September to December. It’s the rainy season from November but usually these quick showers don’t last.

Mexico

The months of October and November are the months to pick to go to Mexico. You’ll avoid the rainy season but also the heat from the arid plateaus in the North. Temperatures are also nice at this period on the seaside.

Australia

From December to January, it’s summer in the South of Australia. Temperatures are perfect to visit the area and enjoy nights in the open. However, you’d better avoid the center of the country, very hot. On the contrary, the North could be particularly rainy then.

Asia

Laos

The dry season lasts from November to March. Temperatures are nice and you don’t feel as much dampness. It’s the ideal time to visit and play the tourist.

Vietnam

There is a difference between the North and the South of the country.
If you’re travelling from November to December, choose the North of the country. Temperatures are cool, especially at night. You’ll avoid the heat and violent rains from July and August.
If you’re travelling from December to February, choose the South of the country. You’ll get a dry and sunny weather, ideal to pedal in the best conditions.

South Europe

Some countries from theSouth of Europe and the Mediterranean bassin enjoy nice weather in Winter : Crete for example. The weather is mild and you’ll avoid the crowds of tourists.

22 Oct

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Travelling with your dog

22 October 2019 | By | No Comments

Katrin always travels with her dog Napoli. She shares her travelling experience with a bike and trailer.

When Katrin first tested her UNO 100 trailer, she used it to carry her luggage. For her, it was the ideal solution to travel through the Alps with a tent and stuff. And when you’re staying in the same place for a few days, you just release the trailer from your bike and go for a ride.

Katrin chose the UNO 100 instead of the STD 100 because the frame of the UNO 100 was lower and her dog Napoli could easily climb inside by himself. The UNO 100 isn’t equipped with a shock absorber so Katrin used a thick mattress for Napoli to sit or lie on it.
On bumpy roads, Napoli still tends to sit instead of lying.

 

“I was very excited to try the trailer. Checking the world wide web for the combination „dog“ and „single-wheel trailer“, I couldn‘t find any comprehensive information about the pro and cons. The videos I saw did either show a dog, that was fixed tightly in his trailer or a much lightweight version of my 20 kg friend.

The UNO 100 is not originally designed to carry a dog but it does the job perfectly. Just be careful when your dog moves around, it might be a little unconfortable when you’re cycling fast. You need to get used to your passenger’s movements.

On Instagram, Katrin found this beautiful picture of Frida and Tilda, riding in an Aevon STD 100. The dogs are so small that they both fit in one trailer together. Their owner chose a container to protect them when he is braking. It also protects the dogs from the sun and the rain.
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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.

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.

05 Feb

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Bike trip in Chile

5 February 2019 | By | No Comments

Let’s catch up with Bertrand, our Latin America bike traveller, heading in the direction of Ushuaïa with his Aevon trailer.

He will always remember his first day in Chile, cycling for 5 hours under the rain and puncturing a tyre. “This day will make me yield to a night in a hostel with a nice shower and some heat to dry my clothes.”

Luckily, the sun will come back to shine on Chilean Patagonia, a wonderful sight. “I am here, a small being in the middle of this vastness, almost all alone to enjoy it…

Before going back on the Carretera Austral, this famous road of 1 240km through Patagonia, Bertrand stops in a small village called Villa Santa Lucia. This village suffered a major catastrophe the year before as half of the village disappeared under a mudslide. Part of a glacier broke and caused the mountain to fall, leading the mud to the village. A little reminder that global warming affects even the deepest corners of Patagonia,

The bike trip goes on under the sun, until Coyhaique, the biggest town in Patagonia (55 000 inhabitants). The road is very pleasant, with very few people, it roams through mountains and rivers.
It may be the most beautiful road I have ever seen during this trip, just have a look for yourself.
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Bertrand also gets the chance to discover marble caves on a lake, a small touristic stop he shares with us.
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At the village of Cochrane, Bertrand decides to stop for the weekend because of the weather. He will participate in the local tournament of ‘Truco’, a card game. “Let’s say that local folklore, food and drinks were there. I had a very nice time
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Back on the road, Bertrand gets to his first ferry. The Carretera Austral comprises three ferry crossings.
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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.

Argentina trip

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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15 Jan

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Test of the UNO 100 in Germany

15 January 2019 | By | No Comments

Hans has decided to test the Aevon trailer UNO 100 after seeing it at the Eurobike show 2018.

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At this year’s Eurobike, I came across Aevon‘s booth. Their bike trailers are made for single-tracks, contrary to the trailers I have known so far. I decided to test the UNO 100, the lowest-priced model from Aevon. It is made of steel and intended for a use on roads.

When you unpack the trailer you need to set up the beam (connecting the trailer to the bike) and the rear wheel with its mudguard, it’s done in a few minutes. I recommend that you add the quick release for the hitch, it makes it easier to connect and disconnect the trailer without using tools. If you’re going on holiday, it seems a really good device.
I first went for a ride of about 15km around my place : the Rhine-Hesse, in Germany. I immediately cycled uphill for 4km with a 7% gradient and went again downhill and was pleasantly surprised. You don’t really feel the trailer behind you.
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I then tested the UNO 100 trailer for an everyday use, loaded it for my shopping, parked near my supermarket, went for regular rides. I checked the usual bike paths in my area. The real challenge is the usual for anyone who cycles regularly : sharing the road with other users (cars and others bikes). That’s already an issue when you’re not equipped with a trailer but you need to keep in mind that your gear is much longer than usual, especially when you’re turning. In the end, I can say it went rather smoothly considering the load your trailer enables to carry.

My conclusion is : the UNO 100 is surprisingly pleasant to use. You just need to get used to the length of the trailer behind you and adapt the way you cycle.”