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.
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, sleeping bag as I am staying in hotels, guesthouses and sometimes invited by a family.