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22 Nov

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Lost in the Swell in Carnets d’Aventures magazine

22 November 2017 | By | No Comments

Carnets d’Aventures is a magazine dedicated to environment-friendly trips.
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Their latest edition is about Lost in the Swell, this group of adventurers who travelled for a few weeks along the Gabon coast with their fat bikes and Aevon trailers looking for the best waves to surf.

They talk about their incredible journey.

Ronan, Ewen and Aurélien have known each other for more than 15 years. Quickly they found a common passion for surfing and adventure. Ronan also liked to make videos and pictures. Each summer they looked for the quietest surfing spots in Brittany. One day, dissatisfied with their daily routine, they decided to try to combine their passion for surfing with a way of life more respectful of the environment.

Their first experience took place on a deserted island in Indonesia. With 2 chickens, 10kg of rice and 40L of water, they managed to stay on this spot for 23 days, an adventure that brought them closer. The web-series that followed has a little success on the internet and pushed them to go on with their projects.

Their second experience took place on the Solomon islands for 3 months on a boat.

For their trip in Gabon, the threesome wanted to be on the coast, which helps to evaluate the surfing spots. They chose to cycle with their fat bikes with huge tyres and their STD 100 trailers equipped with huge tyres too that they adapted themselves. Each of them carried up to 70kg of equipment. Cycling was very hard in the heat and they had to stop every 15 or 20mn.
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Their adventure became a web-series brodcasted in several cinemas in France and rewarded in several adventure festivals. You can watch all episodes online on their Youtube channel.

14 Nov

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Cycling in Indonesia

14 November 2017 | By | No Comments

Very famous among environment friendly tourists, Indonesia is located between Asia and Australia. To discover all the wonders of this archipelago, why not use a bike to cycle around ?

Where can we cycle  ?

Almost all islands in Indonesia can be discovered by bike. You just need to get a little far away from cities to find tracks and nice roads. These are quite calm and seldom used by motorized vehicles. On your way, you will meet the people of Indonesia but also foreigners on their bikes. The interesting thing about trips in the country is that you can stop wherever you want to admire beautiful lanscapes. Around Gunung Kawi, near Ubud, for example, you will see rice fields and sanctuaries inside the rocks. On the contrary, in cities, streets are generally crowded and traffic is difficult. You might also breathe in the fumes of cars. Not very interesting.

How to rent a bike ?

Renting a bike is quite easy in Indonesia. During your trip, you will find rental spots in big cities, especially in touristic places. If you’re in a village, check in advance if your accomodation offers this type of service during your stay in Indonesia. If you intend to go to Bali with your kids, note that it is possible to rend a MTB with a baby seat. If your kid is older, he can enjoy trips on his own little bike. Generally renting a bike costs between 25 000 and 30 000 rupees.

Some advice

You will need some accessories for your bike trips in Indonesia. In your backpack add a tube of sunscreen and a bottle of water. To complete your sunscreen, don’t forget to wear a hat or even better, a helmet. Cycle in the morning or at the end of the day to avoid the heat.

 

17 Oct

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In Pablo’s footsteps (Colombia)

17 October 2017 | By | No Comments

Bertrand is in Colombia after 2 days by boat from Panama. With his bike and STD 100 trailer he tells us his first feelings about the country.

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The first days in Colombia are beautiful. I cycle in little valleys, green pastures, with small palm trees. The roads are easier to ride too, with trees along the way, so I get a little shade. There are little huts everywhere, people smiling, music in all the huts, fruit sellers all the way… There is a beautiful energy…

Bertrand spends his first night at the fire station : the fire station only has one pick up, a hut with a kitchen and lavatories. They welcome all the kids from the neighbourhood.
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On the first day, Bertrand meets Oscar, a baker on a motorbike who offers him some bread and some religious advice.
On the second day, he meets Juan from Bogota. He’s also by bike for one month and he travels to Medellin so they decide to cycle together. This is the beginning of the Columbian mountains.

The road runs along one of the main rivers of the country, the Rio Causa.”It weaves, goes up and down with the river and is lined with little green valleys where cows and horses graze peacefully… This road is so beautiful, I feel very lucky to enjoy it by bike…”

At Medellin, Bertrand is greeted by many of the locals and the last 40km are very slow as everyone wants to offer him a drink. Here, Bertrand will stay for a few weeks to catch up with his family coming from France. He will spend some time retracing Pablo Escobar’s footsteps.

To be continued…

11 Oct

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In Pablo’s footsteps

11 October 2017 | By | No Comments

After Panama City, Bertrand immediately found a boat for him, his bike and his Aevon STD 100 trailer.

His goal was to stay for a few days in Panama City to organise his passage to Colombia by boat.

An agency offered him a trip of 5 days with a detour by the San Blas islands for 550$, a little too expensive. Finally, Santiago, a Colombian offers a departure the next day in the afternoon. Bertrand has to leave early to get to Puerto Lindo

To save some time on the road, I try to shorten the trip. The idea is to cycle on the highway, it will shorten the trip by 20km. In many of these countries, a bike on the highway is not unusual.

At the toll booths, the guy doesn’t even lift his eye from his phone. A few kilometers after that, I cycle past a police station on the side of the road. No reaction.

A few kilometers later, a pick up overtakes me and an officer asks me to stop… The next exit is 25km away but he asks me to get out of the highway immediately. I really need to get to the next exit. He tells me to put my bike and my STD 100 trailer in the pick up. I enjoy 25km in an air-conditionned pick up before getting back on the road under a rain that won’t leave me until I reach my destination…’

Bertrand passes by the sole WIFI post of the village, no message from Santiago, no news.
The end of day slowly arrives, he decides to go to the marina to explain his situation. The captain of the sailing boat ‘La Sangria’ accepts to take him on board.

I will work on the sailing boat until we reach Cartagena. The boat leaves early in the morning after a night of heavy rains, winds and thunderstorms that were raging a few days ago above the islands of Saint Martin, Saint Barth & Barbuda…’
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Bertrand spends 3 days sailing between the San Blas islands with a few stops along the way to admire the landscape. On his way, he see Santiago’s boat a little farther up…
At Cartagena, it’s the day of the pope’s visit. The captain offers Bertrand to sleep on the boat as long as he needs as he’s not planning to leave until October 18th.

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06 Oct

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From Panama with my Aevon trailer

6 October 2017 | By | No Comments

Here is the next episode of Bertrand’s adventures with his bike and STD 100 trailer in Panama.

For his first night in Tolé, Panama, no firehouse and no Red Cross for Bertrand to stay so he chose the option : ‘church’. The house of the priest is a kind of camp where you can also find a school, a canteen and a few buildings. Bertrand shares his dormitory with three other people. These people haven’t got the means for a place to stay and some of them are stick. That night, Bertrand slept with a father and his son :

The father had an hernia operation a month ago. They still haven’t got back hom because Tolé is only 1 hour from the hospital whereas their house is much farther. The father isn’t well. I’m not a doctor but his situation is painful to see. His son is there to support and help him with everything : to get up, go the bathroom, eat… He spends all his time in bed. This father really loved me.

In Panama, like many countries, there is no social security.

Bertrand puts his alarm clock at 5.45am each morning to get on his bike as soon as possible. So for his first morning in Panama, he was running 1h late… due to the time difference.

After a few kilometers, he met Cyril, a French guy from the South of France, who’s been travelling by bike for 2 years and has cycled for 50000km. On this road, he meets many other bike travellers, one of which is Marc, an English guy who’s going from Ushuaïa to Alaska.

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The first two days by bike are hard with a temperature of 40°C and dense traffice near Panama City. The outskirts of big cities are always complicated by bike, whatever the country.

In Panama City, Bertrand is currently looking for a boat to go from Panama to Colombia. We’ll find him soon in South America.

My bike trailer is amazing. Easy to ride, very steady when going downhill at full speed. My stuff is easy to load and stays dry thanks to the waterproof bag. It goes anywhere and people are surprised. The shock absorber‘s pressure is adjustable to any types of roads, it’s really useful.’

30 Jan

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‘Retrouvailles’, New Zealand : from Timaru to Omarama

30 January 2017 | By | No Comments

Cyril and Elodie’s bike trip has started in New Zealand on the banks of the Timaru and Omarama lakes.

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Their first encounters with the people were very pleasant because “the Kiwis are extraordinarily kind, welcoming, easy and patient.” To spend as much time with the New Zealanders as possible Cyril and Elodie have chosen to stay at the locals’ homes thanks to the websites Couchsurfing and Warmshowers. When they can’t find a place to stay they’ll go camping.

For the beginning of the trip the roads are quite easy to cycle, there are lots of cycle paths and the others users are patient and careful.

The first kilometers enabled us to test the material, make some adjustments, recover from the flight and the jetlag.” In 5 days, the couple has cycled for 220km.

The concept of city centre doesn’t really exist. It seems the English tried to establish this way of living but it didn’t work. Usually there is one main street lined with a few shops in the middle of the city, the houses are set around this main street and the farms are at the entrance and exit of the city. You won’t find a central area with restaurants and bars like in Europe !

After stopping at Fairlie, Cyril and Elodie took the road to the lakes through the State Highway 8. Steep roads and a strong wind forced them to reduce their speed until Lake Tepako 710m high.

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Then the pair reached one of the most famous bike trails in New Zealand : the ‘Alps 2 Oceans Bike Trail’ to reach lake Pukaki, the biggest lake in New Zealand with Mount Cook (3754m high) in the background.

On the way to Omarama. To reach this village we were quite lucky : wind in our backs, a slight slope, we can cycle up to 30km/h easily, it lifts our spirits up.

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After 480km and a hill of 1750m, the pair is quite enthusiast about the KIT L80 bike trailer :

All our stuff is easily carried in our AEVON bike trailer which follows us everywhere ! It’s really handy and completely waterproof ! Our total load was quite heavy and when we’re going downhill it doesn’t waver (up until 71km/h). The fact the trailer is suspended (with a shock absorber) is very handy as you can climb any type of obstacle without any damage to the rim or tyre. We are happy with our choice and recommend it to other bikpackers like us.
The photovoltaic panel was a brilliant idea, our GPS and phones’ batteries are always full. That’s exactly what we needed !

We will follow Cyril and Elodie along their trip, don’t hesitate to read their blog.

11 Jan

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Lost in the Swell – A trip with an Aevon trailer

11 January 2016 | By | No Comments

Ronan, Aurélien and Ewen are part of a team of daring surfers, fascinated by adventures in the open air. They have decided to go for a trip by bikes and surfs.
For this trip, they will travel with two Aevon bike trailers and fat-bikes to better stick to the beaches they intend to discover.

This trip is not their first. They already have a first experience on a desert island and a boat trip around the Salomon islands.
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To carry tents, sleeping bags, wetsuits, clothes, surboards, a solar panel and cameras, they needed a trailer with a big loading capacity : the STD 100. ‘We chose this kind of trailer also because it has a single wheel. We replaced the rear wheel with a wheelbarrow wheel to better stick to the sand’. In all, the load reaches 45kg for each of the trailers, the maximum load recommended.
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This autumn, the team tested the material in Aquitaine, from Soulac to Capbreton : 300km of beaches and three weeks of pedalling and surfing. It’s only next July that the ‘real’ trip will take place in a foreign and savage country which they chose to keep a secret for now : ‘We maintain the suspense to the end’.
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Here is a first video of their trip :

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Lost in the Swell website

09 Oct

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Special price for the E-trailer

9 October 2015 | By | No Comments

Enjoy our special discount of 100€ on the electric bike trailer equipped with a 1000w motor.
The Xtrême kit is a very strong motor, specially designed to carry load.
It is able to push the trailer with a load of 45kg, the bike and the user.

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You just need to choose a 36 or 48v battery, depending on the intensity of your use and the speed you would like.
In terms of autonomy, you can reach up to 100km and even more, depending on the capacity of the battery.

If you are a bike traveller, the trailer can increase the distance of your trips and get you even further.
Daily, the electric trailer can replace your car to carry your purchases. For professionals, it becomes easy to move from one place to the next with material or to make deliveries.

The Aevon bike trailer is able to carry up to 45kg on roads and up to 35kg on MTB tracks. Its aluminium frame is designed for an intensive use and the hitch system on the seat post enables your trailer to follow you on any type of track.

01 Oct

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Honeymoon with an STD 100

1 October 2015 | By | No Comments

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Vincent and Sarah, two doctors, decided to go to Istanbul by bike and trailer for their honeymoon (July 2015).
To fulfill their project of a journey by bike, Vincent and Sarah bought a trailer AEVON STD 100 to help them carry all their stuff.
This bike trailer’s bag is waterproof, which is essential for a bike trip.

Here are some extracts from Sarah’s logbook :

Day 7 : from Saint-Jean de Losne to Besançon : 105 km. We went through the Doubs’ valley and reached Switzerland’s border faster than expected.
Day 12 : from Lörrach to Stühlingen : 105 km. We didn’t really intended to cycle for so many kilometers, but there is only a camping every 50km and we didn’t want to sleep under the stars so we had to cycle.
Day 19 : from Ingoldstadt to Bad Abbach : 70 km. The sun is back and the road is more and more beautiful !
Day 25 : from Schönbühel to Klosterneuburg, 10 km before Vienna : 98 km. This is it ! We reached our first goal : join a capital ! After facing the wind which slowed us, we arrived exhausted in the capital of Austria.
Day 30 : from Komaron to Budapest : 126 km. We broke the record !! !We speeded up because we wanted to arrive fast at this third capital, final destination of many bike travellers we met. […] Day 36 : from Kopacevo to Ilok: 85 km. Second and last day in Croatia, and we already regret leaving this welcoming country. All the people we met are extremely kind…

Day 37 : from Ilok to Surduk : 97 km. It’s the beginning of problems. Probably because of the rain… 3 bike falls, 1 broken rack, only 7 km in 2 hours, and all of this under the rain and thunder. Fortunately for us, anything can switch off our good mood, and we create a motto : « sing and keep smiling even if you meet difficulties »
Day 43 : from Brza to Simeonovo : 106 km. We broke the speed record with 62km/h, we travelled for more than 3000 km (3024 km exactly).

Day 51 : from Biser to Edirne : 76 km. […] Almost 3x months, 3634 km, a lot of love, and a big adventure.

You can find all info about Sarah and Vincent’ trip by bike on : http://sarahvincent.jimdo.com/journal-de-bord/

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03 Jun

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The famous network of bike dealers Cyclable, sells the Aevon trailer

3 June 2015 | By | No Comments

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Cyclable is a network of 25x shops, all located in city centres across France.
Specialized in city bikes and travels by bikes, they choose only quality and innovative products with very little maintenance.
5000x users choose their bike at Cyclable every year.

Now these users will be able to choose their Aevon trailers as well, the only trailers made in aluminium with a very easy to handle system of hitch on the seat post.
Making a U-turn, taking a ride on mountain tracks is only possible if you choose the Aevon brand.

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