Carry Freedom - Y-FRAME:
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.
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.
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.
Small and light, slice through traffic with your computer, charge across town with your tools in toe. Teachers carry all your books.
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.
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
Carry Freedom - The City:
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
Carry Freedom - The Bamboo Trailer:
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.
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