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Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 3:35pm
by geomannie
Hi

I am in the market for a relatively inexpensive, basic bike trailer, mainly just to travel a few miles to local shops. I have limited space so that one that folds is essential.

Can anyone recommend a brand that is reasonable quality but will not break the bank? There are quite a few priced around the £75 mark on eBay (e.g. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Folding-Bike ... SwStZbc2-o) but I am very suspicious of quality. Happy to pay more for the right item.

Thanks

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 4:17pm
by thirdcrank
Having seen MickF's, I'd recommend one of these, but sit down when you look at the price

https://www.reallyusefulbikes.co.uk/tra ... -y-trailer

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 5:14pm
by geomannie
thirdcrank wrote:Having seen MickF's, I'd recommend one of these, but sit down when you look at the price

https://www.reallyusefulbikes.co.uk/tra ... -y-trailer


Want! Perhaps a bit steep of price but no doubt you get what you pay for.

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 5:19pm
by hemo
The CF is good and does compact down well for storage, wheels and tow bar are removable, mine isn't so compact now as I have added diy mudguards.

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 5:25pm
by geomannie
hemo wrote:The CF is good and does compact down well for storage, wheels and tow bar are removable, mine isn't so compact now as I have added diy mudguards.

Sounds interesting but I can't find anything on line searching for "CF bike trailer".

Any more info?

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 5:45pm
by Cunobelin
geomannie wrote:
hemo wrote:The CF is good and does compact down well for storage, wheels and tow bar are removable, mine isn't so compact now as I have added diy mudguards.

Sounds interesting but I can't find anything on line searching for "CF bike trailer".

Any more info?


Try Carry Freedom as opposed to CF

This is the website

I also like their new "Leaf" trailer, a bit like the "Bike Hod" but a firmer frame

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 7:19pm
by thirdcrank
I'm surprised MickF hasn't posted: he's done all sorts with his trailer including the End-to-End and other tours, fitted a huge metal box, and towed concrete blocks around.

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 7:51pm
by reohn2
Just watched a couple of videos on th CF Leaf trailer,looks to be a brilliant bit of kit for local shopping work!

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 8:42pm
by TrevA
I think most bike trailers fold down. We’ve just bought a DoggyRide Mini trailer for our dog. The wheels and tow bar come off and it folds down but is still about 8 inches high when folded.

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 3 Aug 2020, 9:03pm
by thirdcrank
I had a BoB Yak. A great trailer but it did not fold down at all. Stored it hanging up in the garage when not in use.

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 4 Aug 2020, 8:00am
by iandusud
I used a double child trailer for many years (5 kids) which I bought from Decathlon for not very much - around £100 I think. It was weather-proof, light weight, folded flat in seconds and even had quick release wheels meaning it could be stored flat against the garage wall taking up next to no space. We eventually sold it on when we moved to the UK. It would however have been perfect for carrying shopping etc. Therefore you might like to look for a s/h child trailer as there are many in circulation.

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 4 Aug 2020, 10:41am
by Jdsk
Definitely worth considering a children's trailer, as above. Ours is an Adventure AT3 two seater: rides well and folds flat. They explicitly advertise it as converting to a cargo trailer, but I might consider adding a strong floor or a crate.

https://www.avonvalleycyclery.co.uk/3936/products/adventure-at3-2-seater-kids-trailer.aspx

Jonathan

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Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 4 Aug 2020, 10:49am
by Brucey
much as Iandusud suggests quite often child-carrying trailers reach the end of their useful child-carrying life (eg the 'tent' falls apart) and then become ideal candidates for conversion to load-carrying trailers. Some have QD wheels and a flat chassis so can easily be 'stored flat' against a wall.

For example this

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=115932.0

is a case in point. A bit far gone (it was freecycled) but you can buy something better for a few quid?

cheers

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 4 Aug 2020, 12:07pm
by paddler
Jdsk wrote:Definitely worth considering a children's trailer, as above. Ours is an Adventure AT3 two seater: rides well and folds flat. They explicitly advertise it as converting to a cargo trailer, but I might consider adding a strong floor or a crate.

https://www.avonvalleycyclery.co.uk/3936/products/adventure-at3-2-seater-kids-trailer.aspx

Jonathan

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This is the one I've got. I have put a flat board on it so it's similar to a Carry Freedom one - just apparently can't carry as much weight, although to be fair I don't know if the max weight given is because of the material itself rather than anything else.

It's been ok with some biggish logs so far far though.

Dave

Re: Folding bike trailer

Posted: 4 Aug 2020, 12:41pm
by geomannie
Thanks all for your suggestions. I am particularly taken by Burcey's suggestion of looking for an old old trailer past its child-carrying design life but still good for cargo. Gumtree has a couple of possible candidates not far from me at not much money.

A plan.

Cheers