About Carry Freedom
the bike trailer company

About Carry Freedom

We design the best bike load trailers in the world. Read all about what we are, what we do and what we believe in.

The first question is why use bike trailers at all?


The Y - our workhorse trailer

The Y - our workhorse trailer


Our trailers are...

Efficient - A bicycle trailer is more efficient than rucksack or panniers. Trailers isolate your bike from the load so you don't waste energy wiggling the load.

Safe - A bicycle towing a bicycle trailer handle normally. It corners predictably, and remains maneuverable.

Practical - Bicycle trailers are easier to live with. They're easy to pack, convenient to hitch, and light to walk with. Our trailers also flatten easily for storage.

Another choice - A bike/trailer combination is a good addition to your car and public transport, offering another way to carry. But bicycle trailers and bikes can also piggyback on cars and trains.


Why trailers are better...

Huge capacity - Our bicycle trailer's will carry up to 300 Litres / 90 kg of luggage on a normal bike. You will hardly ever carry this much, but you could do a week's shopping for a family of four in one trip.

Cycling "feels" normal - A two wheel bicycle trailer lets your bike handle normally, even if carrying a lot. It corners normally. It's as maneuverable as normal, and it simply feels normal when cycling. However it takes longer to brake and accelerate, and hills seem steeper (going down as well as up).

No damage to your bike - Carrying heavy loads in bicycle panniers or mono-wheel trailer's needs a strong bike with strong wheels and frame. Two wheel bicycle trailers are rotationally isolated from your bike, so even suspended or lightweight bikes don't suffer.


The Science of Trailers

See "Bicycle Trailer Science" below to learn why two wheel trailers offer all these advantages. The main reason a bicycle trailer is more efficient for you, and less damaging to your bike, is it isolates the load from your bike as the bike wiggles. Bikes wiggle left to right every time your pedals turn. Isolating the load from this motion saves energy and reduces forces on your bike frame.

Download "Bicycle Trailer Science" for more information about why you should be riding with a trailer - DOWNLOAD


Get your firewood

Get your firewood


Why two wheel trailers work:

Bikes wiggle when you cycle - As you cycle your bike is always leaning slightly left then slightly right. Every time you turn your pedals, or adjust direction, or balance, your bike leans slightly.

Bicycle Panniers wiggle, costing energy - With mono wheel bicycle trailers, panniers, and courier bags the load leans with the bike. This movement although very slight is constant, and during a ride a lot of energy is used that could be better spent cycling further or faster.


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Two wheel bicycle trailers don't wiggle - Our two wheel trailers stay level as the bike wiggles, so you don't waste energy moving the load left to right.

No wiggle, no waste - You don't waste energy moving the load from left to right and back again, consequently no forces pass through your frame to move the load left/right.

The Products
and the accessories

Products: Moving everything and the kitchen sink

We carry kayaks, luggage, beer crates, guitars, firewood, furniture, school books, fruit and veg, long loads, short loads, wide loads or just your regular old shopping basket. Welcome to the Pandoras Box that is Carry Freedom. If you want to compare the trailers and get more detailed information, go to the Product Info page.

  • The Y large

    The Y large

    08 October, 2013

    The Y large

    Carry Freedom - Y-FRAME: Simple, elegant, versatile trailer the Y-FRAME is a multifunctional trailer platform available in two sizes. Fits for all kinds of attachment like boxes, backpacks, dog baskets and so on - the list is never ending. You can change the attachment in a few seconds.

    With the approved Lollypop elastomer hitch incl. 1 hitch bracket. The Lollypop towing bracket needs 4mm of space on the rear axle of the bicycle.

    Details:

    • frame: 6064t6 aluminium, anodized
    • wheels: 20"
    • load bed: 700 x 500 mm
    • max. load area: 900 x 640 mm
    • weight: 7,5 kg
    • load capacity: 90 kg (80 kg with Weber hitch)

    Attention: When using the trailer with quick release the maximum load is reduced to 50 kg.

    Hand Cart Handle

    Hand Cart Handle

    07 October, 2013

    Hand Cart Handle

    Hand Cart Handle for Y-Frame (Small and Large): A simple handle that pins to the right hand Y-Frame arm. This allows you to walk with the Y-Frame while keeping the load bed level. It does not need to be removed for cycling. The handle also has a foot to keep the trailer level.

    When only one hand cart handle is fitted the Y-Frame can either be used as a bicycle trailer or a walking cart. It is easiest to walk the trailer with the handle in your right hand, so the wheels are at the front and you are behind the trailer. This prevents your feet hitting the trailer, and allows you to watch the load. When the trailer is at rest and not attached to the bicycle it will rest on the lower leg of the walking handle.

    The walking handle can be left in place when the Y-Frame is being used as a bicycle trailer, and the towing arm can be left in place when the Y- Frame is being used as a walking cart.

    Details:

    • Attaching - The Hand Cart Handle is normally connected to the right hand arm of the Y on the Y-Frame chassis, its held in place using a supplied spring gate pin. You can replace the Spring Gate Pin with a M6 bolt for increased security.
    • Adjusting - The height and angle of the walking handle can be adjusted using a 5mm allen key.
    • Pre 2004 - If your trailer was made in 2004 you will need to drill a hole in the frame for it to attach to. This hole is identical to the towing arm hole. It should be 6.5mm in diameter 50mm from the end, and in the centre of the tube face.
    • 5 year guarantee.
  • The Y small

    The Y small

    07 October, 2013

    The Y small

    Carry Freedom - Y-FRAME: Simple, elegant, versatile trailer the Y-FRAME is a multifunctional trailer platform available in two sizes. Fits for all kinds of attachment like boxes, backpacks, dog baskets and so on - the list is never ending. You can change the attachment in a few seconds.

    With the approved Lollypop elastomer hitch incl. 1 hitch bracket. The Lollypop towing bracket needs 4mm of space on the rear axle of the bicycle.

    Details:

    • frame: 6064t6 aluminium, anodized
    • wheels: 16"
    • load bed: 580 x 380 mm
    • max. load area: 900 x 490 mm
    • weight: 6 kg
    • load capacity: 45kg
    Folding Box

    Folding Box

    07 October, 2013

    Folding Box

    This folding box is robust and versatile. It folds small when not in use. Using our "Y - Quick release system" with the four rubber feet that are included with every "Y", makes it easy to tie down and easy to remove. It's perfect for that shopping trip.

    Dimensions::

    • 600 x 400 x 320 mm (fits for Y-Frame small)
    • 800 x 600 x 445 mm (fits for Y-Frame large)/li>

    Details:

    • material: plastic, grey - solid version
    • solid folding mechanism
    • easy and safe to fold
    • integrated two-piece hinged lid
    • open and close with one hand movement
    • stackable
    • stores flat for space-saving when not in use
    Details: - material: plastic, grey - solid version - solid folding mechanism - easy and safe to fold - integrated two-piece hinged lid - to open and close with one hand movement - stackable - stores flat for space-saving when not in use - dimensions: 600 x 400 x 320 mm (fits for Y-Frame small) 800 x 600 x 445 mm (fits for Y-Frame large)
  • The CITY Trailer

    The CITY Trailer

    07 October, 2013

    The CITY Trailer

    The City Trailer from Carry Freedom - integrates carrying; with innovation and style. This luggage system can tackle all situations, transforming between bicycle trailer, wheeled suitcase or courier bag, even folding flat quickly for storage or travel. Uniquely and significantly the city is useful on all modes of transport, helping you join up your journey.

    Details:

    • frame material: 6064t6 aluminium
    • wheels: 12"
    • courier bag: this 70 litre courier bag is made from heavy-duty waterproof nylon edged with reflective cord and with a rain flap to protect the lockable horseshoe zip.
    • suspension: elastomer
    • weight: 5 kg
    • load: used as a trailer 45kg, as a courier bag 15kg, as a wheeled suitcase 25kg
    • special feature: folds within seconds
    • includes bag and hitch

    With the approved Lollypop elastomer hitch incl. 1 hitch bracket.

    The Lollypop towing bracket needs 4mm of space on the rear axle of the bicycle.

    Looong Arm

    Looong Arm

    07 October, 2013

    Looong Arm

    Long Arm for towing Bicycles, Surfboards, Canoes and Kayaks. Comes with 2 x 1.5 meter long tow bars, which can be used together to make the tow bar 3 meters long. The 2 pieces can be cut down for specific use.

    Requirements

    • The Long Arm works on Y-Small and Y-Large trailers.
    • You can cut the tow bar down to the size you require. This makes it easy to carry kayaks, boats and tons more.

    Warning: The total weight of the load must not exceed 45 kg.

  • Lollypop Hitch

    Lollypop Hitch

    07 October, 2013

    Lollypop Hitch

    Simple and strong. The Lollypop hitch (with the red elastomer) for Carry Freedom trailers ensures a proper connection. In addition it enables you to connect the trailer fast and securely. Delivery includes one hitch bracket.

    Works for Carry Freedom Y-Frame and City Trailer - also compatible with older versions. The Lollypop towing bracket need 4mm of space on the rear axle of the bicycle.

    When using with other trailers then Carry Freedom: The trailers towing arm tube needs a 19mm internal diameter.

The Carry Freedom Range
The Y, the City, the Bamboo Project and the new Leaf

Product Info - Find a Carry Freedom Trailer

The first tab is a comparison, the other tabs are detailed information about all the the Carry Freedom Trailers.

Product info - Compare the Carry Freedom trailers

THE Y smally-studio-below-web1920x1000 THE Y largeCity Side View CITY Trailercity-1920-1 LeafThe Leaf
Trailer Type Flat platform Flat platform Foldable trailer Foldable trolley
Frame Material Aluminium 6000T6 Aluminium 6000T6 Aluminium 6000T6 Aluminium 6000T6
Frame Finish Silver anodized Silver anodized Silver anodized Silver anodized
Bag / Load Bed multilayer weatherproof plywood multilayer weatherproof plywood waterproof nylon - 70 liters multilayer weatherproof plywood
Load capacity 45 kg 90 kg - 50 kg with QR axle 45 kg 45 kg
Frame / Load bed size 580 x 380 mm 700 x 500 mm 700 x 500 mm In progress
Track Width 560 mm 710 mm 560 mm In progress
Tire Size 16" with reflective stripe 20" with reflective stripe 12" 16" with reflective stripe
Trailer Weight (Unloaded) 6,4 kg 8,2 kg 5,5 kg In progress
Hitch lollipop hitch and one bike hook lollipop hitch and one bike hook lollipop hitch and one bike hook lollipop hitch and one bike hook
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Carry Freedom - Y-FRAME:

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The Y
With a range of uses and an ever increasing range of accessories, the award winning Y-Frame trailer really is the most versatile trailer on the market.


Expedition touring
A durable simple bicycle trailer that is reliable and field repairable. Carry more, more effectively and efficiently than bicycle panniers. Add a lockable aluminium box for added strength and security.


Industrial
A new way to work – stand out from the crowd! Whatever it is you do: Tree-Surgery, Window Cleaning, Ice-Cream Selling,  Sandwich Delivery, Taco-Making, Fire-Breathing,  Cycle Couriering, Cycle Mechanics, Performance Art,  Mobile DJ’ing, Surveying and Archaeology, Face-Painting, to name but a few!  The Y-Frame can work for any business.


Commute
Small and light, slice through traffic with your computer, charge across town with your tools in toe. Teachers carry all your books.


Shopping

Take advantage of those bulk-buy supermarket offers, stock up on cans, or do a weeks worth of shopping for two in a single trip. Carry heavy things home without stretching your arms.


Hobby
Take your surfboards down to the beach; carry your fishing equipment to the river; take your sewing machine to class; or take your veg home from the allotment – The Y-Frame is ready for anything!


A simple design made from high quality components, that will go on and on.


The true strength of the Y-Frame bicycle trailer is flexibility. Strap a load straight onto the load bed, or fit a bag or box to suit your purpose. 100’s of commercially available bags and boxes will bolt or strap onto the trailer; we supply a range of tried and tested boxes to choose from.


Contents of the “Y” trailer box are: Load bed and frame - Wheels - Load arm - two safety pins - two Velcro straps - two rubber caps - set of 4 rubber stoppers with screws, washers and bolts (to fix a box to the trailer) - safety strap - deflection device - manual in 5 languages



Details - The Y large:
  • frame: 6064t6 aluminium, anodized
  • wheels: 20"
  • load bed: 700 x 500 mm
  • max. load area: 900 x 640 mm
  • weight: 8,2 kg
  • load capacity: 90 kg (80 kg with Weber hitch)
Details - The Y small:
  • frame: 6064t6 aluminium, anodized
  • wheels: 16"
  • load bed: 580 x 380 mm
  • max. load area: 900 x 490 mm
  • weight: 6 kg
  • load capacity: 45kg
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The Y links:

Technical data sheet- All you need to know
Trailer Science - About trailer theory
Y Promo - Info about the Y
Lollypop Hitch - Our red hitch info
 

Carry Freedom - The City:

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The City Trailer from Carry Freedom - integrates carrying; with innovation and style. This luggage system can tackle all situations, transforming between bicycle trailer, wheeled suitcase or courier bag, even folding flat quickly for storage or travel. Uniquely and significantly the city is useful on all modes of transport, helping you join up your journey.


With the approved Lollypop elastomer hitch incl. 1 hitch bracket. The Lollypop towing bracket needs 4mm of space on the rear axle of the bicycle.


Details - The City:
  • frame material: 6064t6 aluminium
  • wheels: 12"
  • courier bag: this 70 litre courier bag is made from heavy-duty waterproof nylon edged with reflective cord and with a rain flap to protect the lockable horseshoe zip.
  • suspension: elastomer
  • weight: 5 kg
  • load: used as a trailer 45kg, as a courier bag 15kg, as a wheeled suitcase 25kg
  • special feature: folds within seconds
  • includes bag and hitch
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Carry Freedom - The Bamboo Trailer:

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The Bamboo Trailer was designed by Carry Freedom for use in the 3rd world. This simple but strong trailer is built locally from paper plans we supply. What's revolutionary is that anyone can build this trailer, out of practically any material (including bamboo), with hardly any tools. These plans are provided free of charge but are still copyrighted by Carry Freedom. We only ask that you send us a photo of your finished trailer and tell us something about your project.


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Bamboo Trailer - Bicycle trailers, those crude cousins of the bike are unsurprisingly the first stop for many an aspiring home builder. You would think that since Carry Freedom is in the business of exchanging hard currency for their factory made examples they would be doing their best to suppress the urges of the garden shed geniuses amongst you. Far from it, in this article we outline how to make a simple strong bike trailer from anything.


This trailer is special because no tubes need bent or welded, and all joints may be simply pinned or lashed. At one extreme this trailer can be made out of eight pieces of green wood or bamboo lashed together, at the other titanium and Kevlar pinned together. Either way you can have a very respectable stiff light trailer. Variations in width length and strength are easy; it will take any load you have. Hitch it behind a donkey if you lack a bike, or make it foldable if you lack space.


Construction - This is a brief introduction of how to. The full manual is on Carry Freedoms web site. You’ll need eight lengths of material capable of withstanding bending and compression, tubing or angle iron are ideal. You also need eight “spokes” that are good at taking tension. These could be wire, chain, or steel strip. the exotics amongst might like some Kevlar. Oh and two bike wheels and a hitch will also be useful.


Seven of the tubes need to be pinned or bound together at the ten points where they cross to create the basic frame shape. This structure is prone to distorting like a parallelogram, or warping like a sheet of paper.


The clever bit - With the addition of the eight spokes and the last tube this floppy structure transforms into a stiff light structure reminiscent of a square bicycle wheel on its side.



Imagine the square load area as the rim of a wheel, with 8 spokes connecting from its corners to a central hub. Truing these controls how square and flat the trailer frame is. The arrangement can be dished to make it flatter on the load side than the underside. Four spokes stops the structure from parallelograming while the addition of another four and the hub stops the frame warping. The top set of spokes could be replaced by a flat load bed.


The difficult bits - The wheels are supported from each side by brackets attached to the four frame tubes running front to back. These brackets should be attached so they have flat plates facing parallel to each other with slots cut in for the axle stubs. The slots for the axle should be cut over size to allow the ability to adjust the alignment of the wheels so they both are pointing in the same direction and not touching the frame. Attach these plate securely or else you will have no end of problems.


This trailer hitches to the bike at the bikes left hand rear axle stub. The hitch needs to be able to rotate about all three axis as close to the bike axle as possible. See the manual for details of how to fashion a hitch from plate steel.


The purpose? - If anyone can build a trailer out of practically anything with hardly any tools that can do anything, then a whole new world opens up. The places where bikes are most essential are the very places with the least capacity to fabricate them. This trailer allows what bikes there are to do a more useful job; from acting as ambulances to carrying food to market. Furthermore the building of these trailers provides local jobs, and helps invigorate the local economy.


This venture will be supported by donations from Carry Freedoms European trailer sales.


Link to the plans


Carry Freedom - The Leaf:

Coming soon

The Leaf

The Carry Freedom Blog
news, music, video and a lot of crazy trailer people

Blog News, views and comment

We want to ride around the world…

May 27, 2014/0 Comments

The picture you can see here is from the Trans-Ost-Expedition, with Tanya and Denis Katzer. …will a Carry Freedom trailer take me there and back? We’ve had many trailers go around the world. Many thousands of kilometers in wild conditions gives us a good idea of what will happen and where problems could appear. The […]

Y-Frame best European Trailer

May 15, 2014/0 Comments

Cyclelogistics, European Cyclists Federation and the Danish Cyclists Federation test trailers: The experts at the Danish Cyclists Federation organized and oversaw, on behalf of the EU project, Cyclelogistics and the European Cyclists’ Federation, a thorough test of load trailers. The tests were carried out over a period of five days by five experienced persons or small […]

Carry Freedom – Trans East Expedition

April 28, 2014/0 Comments

Our friends Tanja and Denis Katzer are on a great journey. Starting in Germany, they are traveling to Burma(!) via Mongolia und China on two Riese and Müller bikes which are both equipped with Carry Freedom Y-Frame trailers. Denis pulls a Y-Frame large with a big Zarges box carrying all his electronic equipment and Tanja […]

Another German magazine does the test!

February 27, 2014/0 Comments

The biggest German bicycle magazine “Aktiv Radfahren” has just tested the Carry Freedom Y trailer. The test went very well with the reporter Jens Kockerbeck talking about the flexibility of the Y and the elegant style and simplicity of the trailer. Yes, if you ride it empty it’s a little loud, but put a load […]

German Magazine Tests “the Y”

January 31, 2014/0 Comments

Radtouren (Bike Touring) Magazine in Germany has just tested load trailers in its latest issue. The German Magazine has a circulation of 40,000 readers and is dedicated to touring with bikes. The “Y”topped the list with the best “price-performance ratio” of all load trailers. Link: Radtouren Magazin – German Link

Tech Area – My wheels are stuck!

January 30, 2014/6 Comments

If you have come here because your wheels are stuck in the trailer. we will help you solve this problem. But our first piece of advice is – Don’t let it happen in the first place. Axles almost always get stuck because they have rusted. Often on trailers that have been on long tours, or […]

Bike trailer caravan

January 17, 2014/6 Comments

Nice job here from Wooden Widget who usually make dinghys – they will be releasing the plans for this soon. Link : www.woodenwidget.com

Kayaking – Part two

January 17, 2014/0 Comments

German paddlers Olaf Obsommer, Jens Klatt, and Philip Baues have racked up an impressive list of whitewater expeditions in exotic locations from Chile to Nepal. Then a friend called them out. “That’s pretty cool,” he said. “But what about the environment?” The question inspired the trio to take a more ecological approach, traveling by bicycle […]

Papete – Pedal & Paddle Edinburgh to Exmouth

January 15, 2014/0 Comments

Papete – Pedal & Paddle Edinburgh to Exmouth Alistair travelled over 150 miles of water and over 500 miles of land and has now finished his challenge! Setting off from Edinburgh on 16th August 2013, Alistair Cope cycled over 500 miles towing his canoe and paddled over 150 miles with his bicycle on board his […]

Kayaking with the Y

January 15, 2014/0 Comments

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Carry Freedom History
the story, the people and the future

History - Carry Freedom

How did this bike revolution start? How did it progress from the remote chicken shed in Scotland to be respected across the world? And what does this all have to do with a small village in northern Germany?

Nick lighting his fire, the Carry Freedom mastermind

Nick lighting his fire, the Carry Freedom mastermind

The Beginning - The spark that was to become Carry Freedom struck in 2001. Nick owned a single wheel bicycle trailer that he used for shuttling between his home and his parents house. Nick despaired over the dangerous handling, regular breakages and the frustrating limitation on what he could carry. Over Christmas in 2001 he sat down to work out how to make a better trailer, and slowly formed a wish list of everything needed to make a perfect bike trailer.

The City - From this wish list the City trailer came into being, though it was another three years before it got named. It took a year from the first idea until Nick built a prototype, another year later a second prototype and another year until it was ready for production.

The Y - Carry Freedom collaborated with Bike Box in Canada to create the Y-Frame in mid 2003. Their design finesse simplified the Bike Box concept to create this tough trailer. The true strength of this simple trailer is its accessories and the huge range of loads this versatile trailer can carry.

USED Team - Bob and Daniela

USED Team - Bob and Daniela

The Bamboo Trailer - A bicycle trailer is a great way to carry things by bicycle, but many people simply cannot afford to buy a bicycle trailer like the Y. It is often the people with the least money who would benefit the most from a bicycle trailer. The Bamboo Trailer the answer to this problem. A simple 16 page building plan with no welding or tube bending and anyone can build a trailer. This was our plan for helping others.

USED - Nick first met Bob and Daniela from USED at the IFMA show in Cologne. USED with its modern idea about saving resources, time and money by only selling products people need and use. This led to an over ten year working relationship with USED being the European distributor for Carry Freedom. In 2013 as Nick made the decision to sell the Carry Freedom brand to concentrate on his Paper Bike project, USED was happy to take over the brand, keeping Nick as Chief Engineer.

The Future - We are working on lots of new stuff, 2014 is going to be a good year. And we will continue to promote our Bamboo Trailer plans to the 3rd world.


Environment

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Our trailers - Every journey with a trailer is a journey without a car. By making "stuff carrying" by bike easy we encourage more cycle journeys. Frequently our trailer s are the last step for people to stop depending on their car.

Resources - We reduce our impact on the environment by minimizing our use of resources such as paper and power, and recycling/reusing what we can. Our suppliers have a commitment to the environment, and by supporting charities that promote environmental awareness we help educate people on better ways to live.

Location - USED in Germany, makes 60% more electricity than it uses. The excess is pushed back in to the grid system for others to use. This electricity is made using photovoltaic panels. We heat using wood pellets which use a low temperature to power the heating system. Carry Freedom's workshop is a renovated wooden chicken shed on a working farm. This is incredibly well insulated and has very low lighting and heating requirements.

Manufacturing

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Where? - Most of our trailers are made in Taiwan by Excellent Products, with the custom trailers and most accessories being made by us in our Scottish workshop.

Taiwan - Taiwan is a democratic country with a good social system. We like Taiwan because of the good machining skills available there. Our supplier has become our good friend and is always ready and willing to improve the product. Jim is the owner of Excellent Products. We cannot recommend him more highly. Also Pacific Cycles who make the CITY for us is a small family owned manufacturer dedicated to the high quality production of unusual bicycles.

Distribution

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UK - Carry Freedom is proud to be sold through Extra UK. This fine company distributes our products to dealers in Britain and Ireland and has been doing so for a long time.

Europe - USED GmbH, located in Quakenbrück, Germany has been the European distributor for over ten years now. Now USED is looking for distributors in other European countries to spread the word about CF trailers.

USA - After a successful trade show appearance at the Interbike in Las Vegas, USED has been checking out the opportunities in the USA. Hopefully something will come to fruition in 2014.

Rest - Talks will also be held at the Taipei Show in March with Australian and Asian distributors.

Links
from specs to social media

Carry Freedom HQ/UK Distribution

c/o USED GmbH

Address: Am Bahnhof 3, 49610 Quakenbrück, Germany

Telephone: +49 5431-9089983

Fax: +49 5431-9089987

Email: info@used-HQ.com

Extra UK

Address: Datamex House, Morris Close, Park Farm Industrial Estate, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 6XF

Telephone: 01933 672 170

Telephone: 01933 672 170

Email: mailbox@extrauk.co.uk

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