The Electric Bicycle
My electric bicycle has been my only mean of transportation from Paris to South East Asia. It is a 2018 Riese und Muller Supercharger GT Nuvinci HS. It has a dual battery system with two 500 Wh Bosch Powertube batteries. I carry 2 extra batteries in my paniers for a total of 2000 Wh. This gives me a range of more than 130 miles/200 kilometers. I recharge my batteries at the hotel. The electric motor is a Bosch Performance Line.
How Do I Define My Route?
I am very interested in ancient architecture, beautiful natural places, cultures of various countries, interior design of noteworthy historical hotels and buildings. I also use the list of the Unesco World heritage sites and have visited more than 120 of these sites so far. Over time, I have created more than 1000 bookmarks in Google Earth, places that seemed to me of great interest. With this information, I plan my route to visit as many as possible of these places. I try to avoid main highways as much as possible.
I use the application Oruxmaps on a Samsung tablet that is fixed on the handlebar. I create a KML route in Google Maps that I convert into a GPX file and upload it to the application. When I have internet, I download country maps in .maps format. The Oruxmaps application uses GPS to indicate the current location. It also displays the current elevation and remaining distance. This setup allows me to follow a predefined route on my tablet with GPS without the need for an internet connection.
The more than 130 miles/200 kms range of my batteries allows me to avoid camping every night. I spend the night in hotels, guesthouses or rooms offered by a family. I try to stay in historic and colonial hotels whenever possible. I usually ride early in the morning, starting at dawn, finishing my 125 kms average ride around noon or 1pm. I then have the whole afternoon to visit the village or city: monuments, markets, museums, buildings of interest…
What Do I Carry?
I carry a total of about 15 kilograms in 2 Ortlieb paniers and one additional Ortlieb bag put on top of my rear rack. Of these 15 kilograms, 5 kilograms are the 2 extra batteries and the electric charger. I have a cell phone and a Macbook computer. I do not carry a tent or sleeping bag.