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Postby chrisoleary » 8 Jul 2008, 12:55pm

Looking at buying a large y-frame trailer but need to convince myself (and the wife) that I really need one.
I am hoping to do a couple of 4-5 day unsupported tours where it will obviously come in handy - but could i cope with panniers. Other jobs it could be used for include fishing, camping, shopping, recycling?????
Could anyone give me advice on what other jobs they use their trailers for and is the y-frame the best choice.

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Postby Si » 8 Jul 2008, 1:03pm

Mine has recently been used for carrying bags of compost from the garden centre to my plot and on Friday: taking broken old CRT monitor + printer+ scanner to dump. Couldn't manage either of these without the trailer.

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Postby Willpower » 8 Jul 2008, 1:04pm

Yes you need one. Have one and think it#s great. Been used on near 1000mile tour, but also for trips to the garden centre (70kgs compost? No problem....) shops, bike shop, picking stuff up from parcelfarce depot etc etc.

IF you're considering large or heavy loads, I think the yframe is near unbeatable.

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Postby MarySkater » 8 Jul 2008, 2:16pm

I'm happy with my Burley Nomad, bought several years ago, but there are cheaper options around now. Heavy items to the dump. Also cats to the vet. (Bit of cushioning under the cat box, and a screen on the front to protect them from flicked-up pebbles.)
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Postby Wildduck » 8 Jul 2008, 3:03pm

Anybody got views on the Croozer cargo trailer?

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Postby yakdiver » 8 Jul 2008, 3:46pm

mule trailer
saw one of these at Asda today looked good

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Postby essexman » 8 Jul 2008, 3:52pm

For touring i'd suspect panniers are better. Less weight and bulk.

Another trailer use is moving bikes. Ever needed to get a bike somewhere on your bike? If you live near a station its a common requirement.
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Postby Wildduck » 8 Jul 2008, 3:55pm

But panniers have problems with the four plus four litre bottles of squash on special that Mrs.Wildduck insists on buying along with the rest of the weekly shop!
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Postby Wildduck » 8 Jul 2008, 4:14pm

Re: the mule trailer, did you see any reflective material on the back or mounting opportunities for led lights?
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Postby yakdiver » 8 Jul 2008, 4:31pm

Re: the mule trailer, did you see any reflective material on the back or mounting opportunities for led lights?

no sorry, but you must be able to bolt something on

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Postby Mick F » 8 Jul 2008, 4:53pm

essexman wrote:For touring i'd suspect panniers are better. Less weight and bulk.


Couldn't be more wrong!

I've used my CF YF for many thousands of miles. I wouldn't even consider using panniers again. Panniers load down a bike, a CF trailer with two wheels at the back, supports itself. All you need to do is tow it behind.

Your bike will still feel like a bike - not like a tank.

No prematurely worn tyres, no heavy bike, no worries about how much stuff you can take. I took my laptop!

I had a plastic suitcase strapped to mine. No doubt you've read my blogs
www.lejogandback.blogspot.com
www.my-grand-tour.blogspot.com

The suitcase has bitten the dust now. Zip packed in. I'm on the lookout for another or something more waterproof.

For shopping, I made a wooden box. Holds tons of stuff!
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Postby Willpower » 8 Jul 2008, 5:30pm

Ah yes I forgot about the handling.
You won't notice a CF trailer is there handling-wise until you get to about 20-30 kgs load. Then all you'll notice is it nudges you when you're slowing down a bit and you'll feel when it goes over bumps (like speedbumps etc not little ones)
Although the trailer is 'limited' at something like 15mph according to the manufacturers, I've done 40 mph with mine loaded and it was steady as a rock. Not all trailers are like this. I suspect the mfrs limit is more to do with the tug-bike's brakeing ability if loaded to the max (90kgs - not many trailers will carry this much).

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Postby dkmwt » 8 Jul 2008, 5:41pm

I use a Radical Cyclone trailer as well as panniers to carry lots of things ie: 3.5m closed ext ladder , mates bike, petrol strimmer, plastic compost heap (empty), kangol with transformer, garden waste, shopping and just about anything I can get on it. Oh and I took it on the train to York fully loaded. Take a look at the link below to see some pics.

I once came home from a workshop that was closing were I attended a woodturning club. I had my trailer and both sets of panniers full to the brim. I'm certain that I was overloaded, it sure was hard work getting it home. I think I had well over 50kg of wood for turning.
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Postby Manx Cat » 8 Jul 2008, 6:33pm

Great pics donald. Pity you are always behind the camera, the pics can almost look like your bike got there its self! :lol:

Liked the ladder pic you can indeed do a lot with a trailer!


I fancy doing the weekly shop with one. Chas is rather doubtful, then again he can get the kitty litter - cos that is mighty heavy. What are they like on hills?


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Postby dkmwt » 8 Jul 2008, 7:06pm

Going down it gives you a push, going up if it's full it's hard work. but don't let that put you off just use a lower gear and keep chugging. When I used it behind my mtb years ago, if it was to heavy on hills I'd push it.
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