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11 Aug

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Travelling by bike is healthy

11 August 2020 | By | No Comments

To stay fit and healthy means to be as regularly active as possible. What could be a better way to do that than using the holidays to experience it?
If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, going on a bike trip will help you get your cardio back at the pace that’s the most confortable for you. Just prepare your bike, put everything you need in a single-wheel bike trailer and get on cycle paths. Many websites help you find the best cycle path possible.

Cycling is easy

Cycling is accessible to almost anyone because it’s a low-impact activity and people from all ages can do it. Also, it’s cheap and fun and you don’t need a lot of planning or training.

Cycling is healthy

When you ride your bike you use most of the major muscle groups. There is low risk of injury compared to other activities such as running for instance.
And during your holidays, you can do it for long stretches of time at a low intensity which is one of the best ways to train your heart.

Cycling helps you control your weight

Working out in general raises your metabolic rate, builds muscle and burns fat. You can adjust the intensity and duration of the pedalling depending on the results needed. On a bike trip, you will probably be riding for a few hours every day and burn loads of calories. You can then indulge in some holiday snacks because you deserve it :-) . Cycling at a steady pace burns about 300 calories an hour.

Cycling makes you smile

A bike trip is the best way to get as much sun as possible (vitamin C) and to be outdoors every day. This, combined with the pedalling will reduce any stress you might have felt during the long working hours at the office.

Cycling is environment friendly

Forget about the plane or the car, use your legs and the planet will thank you. Due to recent events worldwide, people have opened up to new ways of living, in accordance with the environment. Using a bike everyday and during the holidays will considerably reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.

09 Jul

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Travelling by bike in Provence

9 July 2020 | By | No Comments

Let’s take a bike trip among lavender fields to the sound of cicadas.
Provence in France is the favorite holiday spot for French and European travellers because it’s always sunny. South French cities have the best sunshine ratio.
Be careful about heatwaves periods. Prefer Spring or September for your bike holidays in Provence.

Today, let’s explore the Gorges de la Nesque with beautiful views of the famous Mont Ventoux. Be prepared: it’s a little climb.

Several touristic places can be your starting point, why not Saint-Didier, small Provençal village.

From there, you’ll cycle for 35km on the D942 until the beautiful village of Monieux..

The Gorges de la Nesque road winds along the Nesque with a few steep cliffs and a breathtaking view.

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However, you’ll be rewarded upon your arrival, on the condition you stop at the restaurant ‘Les Lavandes’ where you can enjoy a bite or just have a drink.

If you are on a journey, cycle up to Sault to spend the night there. It’s only 6km away.

If you’d like to get back to your starting point, take a different road, the D5. Cycle down to the Monieux lake and then take the road that goes uphill. You will soon get to a plateau with a lavender field and a nice view on the Mont Ventoux.

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The rest of the trip will be smooth as you’ll just have to ride down.

At Saint-Didier, take a stroll by the church to visit the old part of the village.

For your bike trip a UNO 100 bike trailer will be perfect for this type of route. You can carry up to 100L / 35kg so you can bring everything you need for a few nights in B&Bs or campingsites.

06 Jan

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Sun Trip 2020

6 January 2020 | By | No Comments

A new year begins, full of projects. For some of us, it’s already time to prepare for the famous Sun Trip 2020.

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The Sun Trip is a race by electric bikes only powered by solar pannels. The road goes from Lyon, in France, to Guangzhou, in China along the old silk roads. Each contestant chooses his own route and just needs to pass by the Tibetan plateau for those who’re willing to win the solar challenge.

Each year, some Aevon bike trailers are on the starting line. During the last edition, you met Eymeric and Jack Butler. Jack won the price of the jury thanks to his communication during this amazing bike trip.

This year, we would like to introduce our first adventurer, Yannick :
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Yannick is a French engineer who currently works in Lisbon, Portugal. He has good mechanical and technical skills and also speaks Chinese, which might be very useful for the trip.
For this project, he has decided to leave with his recumbent bike Nazca. He will adapt a classical seat post on the frame of the bike, so he can attach the single wheel trailer STD 100 behind his bike.

Aevon bike trailers are a strategic choice for this kind of trip because their aluminium frames enable them to resist the mechanical pressures along the way. The roads are not always negotiable, sometimes there aren’t even roads to speak of. You also need to take into account the weather, the tiredness and the potential mechanical worries.

Yannick’s goal: to get to Guangzhou !

Follow his adventure on Facebook or Instagram !

If you aren’t an official contestant but you’d like to take part in the adventure, find the departure village of the Sun Trip in Lyon from May 28th to May 30th. The departure will be on May 30th.
If you like to cycle, you can cycle with the contestants on the first 100km between Aix-Les-Bains and Albertville on May 31st. The atmosphere is always very special there.

11 Dec

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Travelling by bike in Canada

11 December 2019 | By | No Comments

We’d like to take you on a bike trip, to discover this beautiful country : Canada.
Take your KIT L80 bike trailer on the plane and follow us !

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The road we chose can be done in about a week if you cycle for 30 to 60km a day so you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
During this trip, you will cycle mainly on cycle paths and sometimes use secondary roads with few traffic.

Starting from Québec, take the public transports to the Lac St Jean where you can start your bike trip.
Going around the Lac St-Jean is a wonderful way to start this bike trip. You will use the famous véloroute des bleuets, 256km long. If you have enough time, spend a day at the wild zoo at St Félicien, it’s worth the detour. West from the lake, you will go past a Native American reservation in which you can visit a museum.
Finally, at the South of the lake is a History and archeological center, at Métabetchouane, you can also stop by the Trou de la Fée cave if you feel bold enough for the steep climb.

Cycle down to the Kénogami lake to admire the hills that separate the regions of Saguenay from the Lac St-Jean. This day by bike will be in the middle of nature until you reach the Sables river near Jonquière.

A visit to Chicoutimi city, located at the confluence between the rivers Chicoutoumi and Saguenay, is recommended before going back on the saddle in the direction of the Baie.

If you feel like it, take the shuttle to discover the Saguenay fjord, this unique landscape created for thousands of years by huge glaciers. The shuttle stops at the level of one of the most beautiful villages in Québec : Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, and stops at Tadoussac where you can rest for one night.
From Tadoussac, don’t hesitate to go on a whale trip.

Back on your bike, discover the regional park of Hautes-Gorges of the Malbaie river, 224.9km2, a unique region because of the diversity of flora. You will be amazed by the waterfalls, the highest being 160m high. And maybe you’ll be lucky enough to meet a caribou on the summits.

Go back to Quebec for the end of the trip.

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, riding in an Aevon STD 100. The owner chose a container to protect him when he is braking. It also protects the dog 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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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.

Don’t miss the day trip to St Emilion to visit the biggest underground church in Europe, built in a single rock.

During this very nice trip, the KIT L80 trailer also boarded a train.

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.