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In-depth discussion of the Carry-Freedom Y-frame trailer, which is thoroughly excellent (if not completely perfect).
Paris-Brest-Paris, the pinnacle of amateur cyclesport, boiled down into forty-four text messages of at most 144 characters each. Now this is a ride report that isn’t too hard to get stuck into! 🙂
Paris-Brest-Paris, the pinnacle of amateur cyclesport, boiled down into forty-four text messages of at most 144 characters each. High points in green, low points in red.
Now this is a ride report that isn’t too hard to get stuck into! 🙂
(If you’re not familiar with the route, you can take a look at the following map:)
To be continued…
The excellent Carry Freedom Y-frame trailer… a superb load hauler for your bicycle, and it flat packs in seconds!
According to the AA*, the marginal cost of a mile driven in Edinburgh is 22.8p, meaning that after somewhat less than 750 miles, I will have spent as much driving around town as I would have buying a Carry Freedom Y-frame trailer.
Needless to say, this is convenient as I’ve done just that, and already ridden it 25 miles that I would otherwise have driven! (So it’s 3.3% paid for itself in the first day…)
Quite apart from that, the trailer also offsets the purchase of a pannier rack and panniers, which I otherwise wouldn’t use (except for touring, but we do plan to go touring).
The cheapest imaginable pannier rack and panniers cost £80 from the LBS, about half the cost of the trailer – but you can’t easily carry random bike frames, boxes, or the recycling on a pannier rack, and the rack is always on the bike (unless you have a lot of free time on your hands).
On the other hand, we already have good-quality drybags and other luggage that will fit right on the trailer.
FYI, Chain Reaction Cycles are selling both large and small Y-Frame trailers at a large discount. This is how I bought mine, and I can only recommend it (get it delivered to the office, put it together and tow the empty box home!)
What’s great about the Carry Freedom?
From the first moment I hitched it to my bike, I knew this was one purchase I wouldn’t have many second thoughts about:
What’s annoying about the Carry Freedom?
So far I haven’t had anything remotely heavy on it, but the trailer is rated up to 90kg (or more precisely, safe braking on the tractor unit is the limiting factor here. Jack-knifed bikes holding up traffic in town would get the Evening News frothing!
I’ll post an update on how I’m getting on in due course, and pictures/video of course. Update: see my growing collection of trailer adventures elsewhere on the site.
* for us. Assumptions available on request.