Unsolved Challenges of Cycle Tourism so far

2017-06-20T09:32:17+00:00 Bike Tourism, Design and Tech|

Unsolved Challenges of Cycle Tourism so far

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Sir Rannulph Fiennes

…and there is not a bad bike travelling day if you get the right gear!

When planning to go into bike touring, the first challenge is choosing exactly the right bike. Aluminium, carbon or steel? Fixed or suspended forks? What’s the best size of wheels? Will the bike be affected by the panniers that I will need to fix on it?

Packing is actually the second trial to resolve. How to take all the stuff you need for your road trip or cycling holidays? While panniers seem a fast solution, that provides easy access to stored things, they are quite uncomfy when carrying them one-by-one into your tent or hotel room. Even more, they can cause broken spokes, particularly in the back wheel, increase tire wear and wind resistance and make your ride unstable.

In the other hand, bike trailers haven’t developed a big advance in the last years. The still haven’t solved the difficulty to bring it on a train, plane or hotel room, or the sorting of your luggage into different parts and small storage, providing an uncomfortable bike experience. Until now…


After some years and tours of research, at Sentier we came up with an innovative progressive bike trailer design to help you reach your destination, quick release your trailer, leave it in the lodge or a safe location and visit the surroundings, even on your own crazy carbon, naked bike masterpiece.

Whereas panniers reduce stability and manoeuvrability, no doubt that the lowered centre of gravity provided by a bike trailer will provide you a neutral cycling experience. From time to time you may find yourself looking back checking whether the trailer is still firmly hooked at your vehicle.

The ability to keep your bicycle in its original weight will let you drive safely, no matter how long is your journey. The wheels will never be stressed by overload so spokes and rims will not be compromised.

While storing bulky, heavy items like camping tools or even the luggage of your travelling fellow, a trailer will be handy for home use as well as touring.

Sentier Adventure Gear will deliver to market a disruptive product that will enhance the experience of bike touring. It gives you the freedom to carry all the luggage while riding your preferred bike, whether a race, city or a mountain bike, clean of rack supports.

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The Future Of Cycling According To Industry Leaders

2017-06-20T09:32:18+00:00 Bike Industry, Design and Tech|

The Future Of Cycling According To Industry Leaders

Bicycle Industry Taipei 2016

A Global Cycle Dimension

Fred Kent

The Velo-city 2016 Global Conference , organized by the city of Taipei last February 27-March 01, was a premier worldwide event about the evolution of cycling.

Some of the top industry leaders lined-up to speak for cycling advocacy and collaboration with governments. Both Presidents of Trek and Giant assisted in order to defend a clear message: getting more people on bikes more often, brings better business. But how much better ?

Conference Bicycle 2016

A Target Market of Over 4 Billion New Customers

Trek President John Burke affirmed that if cycling reached the 26% of modal share, as it is now in the Netherlands, the industry would grow 5 times its current size. Giant President Tony Lo added that by the time we achieve that goal, the cycling industry would have over 4 billion extra customers. “Our target market is 4.3 billion people on the planet who don’t cycle yet”, he confirmed.

But how to gain that milestone? According to Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike systems, the secret ingredients are Governments and their investments. “It is not enough to have opinion makers, it is not enough to have technology, we need to have the proper infrastructures. Only then can the sales go up. And who can make the infrastructures? Cities and local governments”.

Thanks to Velo-city Taipei 2016 the cycling industry has gained a renewed conscience of its global dimension and has united voices behind a common vision: to grow the market for cycling through collaboration with cities, governments and consumers.

At Sentier Adventure Gear we believe in the role of cycling, not only as a leisure and adventure activity but as an everyday mode of transport, as a smart solution for urban mobility.

As Robert Wu from KMC remarked, “Three are the main challenges the world has to face at present: climate change, urbanisation and obesity. The good news is that we already have the solution for the three of them: the bicycle”.

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The Next Big Thing in Bike Touring

2017-06-20T09:32:18+00:00 Active Travel, Bike Tourism, Design and Tech|

The Next Big Thing in Bike Touring

Henry Miller

Have you ever experienced the feeling when discovering a new place by bike? If you have, you probably agree that bike speed during bike touring is like a perfect speed, not too fast not too slow. A perfect rhythm to enjoy kilometers of landscape, nature, cultures, and wildlife. Bike travelling it’s a great mixture of sport, vacation and cultures exploration.

The vision of a bike traveler arriving on the horizon usually creates a deep feeling of empathy in the locals, I’m usually on the bike side so I can feel it really often. Most of the time people are curious about you, your trip and what have you seen day by day. It is a slow tourism option really rewarding in terms of community, locals and self-improvement.

Bike Touring Gear Innovation 2016 Trailer

Of course, travelling by is not quite easy and has prominent downsides. The sum of different amount of gear needed can be a big hassle depending on the trip you are taking and the terrain or journey characteristics.

One of the most used solutions are panniers, side bags usually made out of waterproof material that allow you to load your bike with all you need for you exploration. This option requests tailored supports fixed on you bike and some skills to drive the bike with up to 30 Kilos of load on it!

But there is a better solution. The next level approach it’s to use a bike trailer to be pulled behind your bike. Easier, safer, and more rewarding to your body after 8 hours of cycling. Believe me.

That’s why at Sentier Adventure Gear we decided to dedicate our first product to improve the bike touring experience through a new disruptive model of this trailer.

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Sentier Bike Trailer for a Higher Level of Bike Touring

It’s amazing how bicycles and hardware gear has technologically evolved in the last 10 years. So many new materials, hundreds of new designs each year, and thousands of creative minds working in the industry to improve these amazing products.

It is sad though that the industry has seemed to forget one thing. In the last years, the bike trailer hasn’t experienced any significant performance evolution, until now!

We are working on a disruptive design to produce the most innovative and high-tech bike trailer in the market. It is born to help everybody to approach the bike touring in a smarter, easier and safer way.

After a long process and few prototypes, we achieved a Version 1.0 tested during 1.300 Km trip in the wilderness of Sweden land. During those 10 days, we got the chance to prove the reliability and decide all the final features to improve. 

Since that day, and back in our Sentier HQ we are working day by day, close to our right partners, to produce this amazing gear so you can enjoy a higher level of bike holidays this summer.

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Why Starting Your Own Outdoor Brand

2017-06-20T09:32:18+00:00 Design and Tech|

Why Starting Your Own Outdoor Brand

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Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia

If you are addicted to nature as we are, you probably already came up with a couple ideas on how to improve your outdoor activities. Maybe by covering a necessity more efficiently, or by opening a new opportunity to experience the wilderness. But the dream of building your own outdoor brand have crossed your mind more than once.

In our case, the Alps were our home, refuge and play-ground. We grew up in a rural ecosystem where everything is deeply connected and ruled by nature. Learning how to better adapt to its conditions becomes a necessity. The outdoor life offers us unlimited adventures, our way to freedom.

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Day by day, during our time spent in outdoor activities we realized the importance to backup safety with the best quality gear. It is essential to find out what each situation requires in order to fully experience the moment without risks. “In the wild take nothing less, but especially nothing more”.

That is when we found our mission, to provide progressive and reliable gear for us, our friends and all the other outdoor enthusiasts around the world. By mixing our passion for the wilderness with the design and technology knowledge we came up with disruptive exploratory gear ready to be tested.

Said upfront that the prototyping phases can become an extenuating part of the process. You have to be nimble, and smart, and change your strategies on the fly. But it is so well worth it.

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So how to produce your outdoor gear for more than family and friends? Which is the best way to start small? What are the steps needed to upscale?

1| STARTING POINT So you have experienced the power of nature at its deepest. You have got lost in the unknown, facing new horizons, discovering new grounds. You are so connected to nature and the relationship created through open-air activities, that you came up with new ways to improve them. Awesome! Because you are about to bring the outdoor experiences to a higher level for all of us! Stick to it, research and get serious about the details.

2| FINDING SUPPORT Starting a brand can be a lot of risks. You can put a huge amount of money into your idea to find out there is a better way. Get professional advice at an early stage can save you a lot of time and energy. Probably your ready-to-go product is still an early-state-pre-prototype version 1.0 ready for uncountable upgrades. Even more important, you want to face the bureaucratic ecosystem with helpful experienced experts by your side. How should the company be organized? LLC? Proprietorship? Patents? Too many questions. Find yourself a mentor.

3| GETTING OUT THERE  No matter what your outdoor brand offers, your product has only one mission, make others lives better. So spread your product and goals around the world in order to reach as many alike minded people as possible. There is a big probability they are already looking for what you have to offer.

Sentier Adventure Gear is born with the goal to beat boundaries, and fuel new epic outdoor moments to be shared with others, starting from the bicycle industry. Follow us to find the new product that is gonna provide a new dimension in cycle tourism. More coming up soon!

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