We have some superb dealers (check the map using the Dealers tab in the top navigation). But in some places our reach is limited. You can order all products and spare parts through the CARRY FREEDOM Webshop – HERE. If you are a dealer wanting to stock Carry Freedom, please contact us using the contact form.
The simple aluminium frame, although very light, is incredibly strong, while many luggage options can fix to the plywood load base. Add to this the benefits of easy storage (the wheels and handle ‘Quick-release’ in seconds), and what you have is one of the most affordable, versatile trailers on the market today. The simple but efficient hitch allows fast and secure attachment to and release from your bike.
No, your bike will remain responsive and nimble. However, if you have a one wheel trailer or a trailer that hitches at the seat post, then yes, they can cause your bike handling problems. See “trailer science” for more information.
Yes, but not as much as panniers. Trailers are the most efficient way to carry by bike. They offer low wind resistance, are good at conserving momentum, and have a negligible increase in rolling resistance relative to an equivalent pannier set or rucksack. See “trailer science” for more information.
Monthly maintenance – The Y-Frame needs very little maintenance, however its reliability and length of service can be dramatically improved by following these simple steps:
- Regularly clean and grease the axle shafts.
- DO NOT store the trailer with axles in the frame, condensation can cause them to rust in place.
- NEVER Grease or oil the hitch. Grease attracts grit and shortens the hitches’ life.
- Check wheel condition. Are the spokes tensioned, how worn are the tires, is there any looseness in the wheel bearing’s?
If you do not feel comfortable performing these checks, consult your nearest bike dealer. Are any of the nuts or bolts on the trailer loose?
Inspect for any signs of damage on the frame or load bed.
The legally correct answer to this question is: Check the rules and regulations in your country of use. All Carry Freedom trailers are built to pass safety and transport rules in Europe, which are among the strictest in the world. If you are in doubt, check before use. We provide front and rear reflectors, and our wheels have reflective stripes on the tires. We also appeal to your common sense when using the trailer.
Here is what you should do before every ride:
- Make sure the trailer is correctly hitched, loaded, and assembled.
- Pull at the trailer wheels to make sure they are secure.
- Check your brakes are in good working order.
- Inspect the hitch before every ride to make sure the hitch is safe.
- Once on the move, check your stopping distance for trailer weight, and road conditions.
Things to remember:
- It is easy to forget you are towing a trailer.
- With a heavy trailer, it takes longer than normal to stop.
- The trailer turns tighter than the bike, be careful in corners.
- Stop if you hear an unusual noise, or notice a change in handling.
- Practice with an empty trailer away from traffic until you are comfortable using it.
- Be safe
This is probably the most difficult question to answer. The trailer will fit over 95% of all bicycles. If the quick release axle is too short to fit the hitch adapter get a longer skewer.
Some problems you may meet:
- There is not enough thread on the hub axle. We can use an older hitch for this purpose.
- The drop-out has a strange shape and the hitch adapter will not fit. Try to rotate the hitch adapter. If this does not work you can use another hitch option, from Weber or Chariot. These all fit on the Y tow arm.
90 kg for the Y large and X-large, 45 kg for the Y small. The Y 90 kg weight limit is reduced to 50 kg when using a quick release axle or an extension tow arm. The 50 kg load limit for quick release axles relates to the axle fatigue life, while the 90 kg limit for threaded axles relates to the bicycle’s emergency stopping distance. The hitch itself is tested to 150 kg.
The original hitch was simply never a really good design and was phased out in September 2010. We would be much happier if your trailer was fitted with the newer Lollipop hitch.
The lollipop hitch has been tested under very severe conditions, not only by our customers riding around the world with ridiculous amounts of luggage, but also by certified testing agency Velotech in Germany. The result is a tried and tested hitch that will carry your load safely.
Well, it is not because we have to pay for our yacht ;>). We use premier parts and take care of the way they look. We go an extra mile to make these the best trailers in the world. But talking about expensive – our friends at USED say that if you use a product every day, then the price becomes less important than the result of using the product.
We have all sorts of options: Longer arms for towing kayaks, canoes, and other long stuff. Wider axles if you need the width. Bags, flags, and lights are also available. Even a surf rack.