I have never owned or used any kind of bicycle trailer, so
this article is purely my own observations and opinions. I
have seen many broken Bob Yak, Cannondale, Burly and other brands of bicycle
cargo trailers during my bike tour travels. Usually
the cycling trailer frame or wheel axel breaks. I'm not sure why this
happens, but my guess would be that the trailers were overloaded.
I have been told that it is important not to exceed the maximum weight
limits set by bicycle trailer manufactures.
Another thing that worries me about touring with a bicycle
trailer is pickpockets and thieves. Often in crowded cities, I'm
forced to push my loaded touring bike through
a dense mass of people to find a place to eat or a hotel room. With
all my camping gear and worldly possessions are close to me and I can keep an eye on them.
This helps greatly in preventing pickpockets or bag slashers from stealing
from me. A bike trailer would be an easy target to steal from because
it is so far behind me and out of reach.
A couple riding two bikes with trailers would not be able
to draft off each other. When I ride with another person, we can take
advantage of the wind break to save energy on long rides. With a bicycle
trailer taking up all the wind shadow behind the forward driver, there would
be no space left to draft in.
I suppose I am a bit old school. I prefer touring bikes with
waterproof panniers attached to sturdy touring racks. I don't deny that
there are some nifty trailers on the market. And they definitely beat
panniers if you want to travel with children or pets or a surfboard.
BOB Ibex Plus (FS) Suspension Bicycle Touring Trailer
The BOB Ibex Plus FS trailer features an adjustable
suspension system that extends your off-road-adventure possibilities.
* Single-wheel trailer features a minimum of
3 in. wheel travel, damping the shock to the trailer and its load
* Shock can be adjusted for loads ranging from 15 - 70 lbs.
* Elevated swing-arm pivot improves obstacle clearance and roll-over
* Quick-release rear wheel features alloy rim and hub, and stainless-steel
spokes and cartridge bearings
* Includes a water bottle attachment and a waterproof DRY SAK for gear
* Cargo dimensions: 25 x 18 x 16 in.
* 16-in. wheel diameter accepts 16 x 1.75 - 2.2 replacement tube
* BOB Ibex Plus FS trailer fits bikes with 700c size tires (without
wraparound fender) and 26-in. MTB tires and smaller
Burley Nomad Cargo Bike Touring and
The Burley Nomad™ bike trailer is perfect for touring across
country or commuting across town.
* Offers a large carrying capacity; a removable partition
allows for any size load * Interior tie-downs secure gear and interior
pockets organize small essentials * Lightweight, sturdy aluminum frame and a
2-wheel design keep the trailer upright and easy to pull by hand when
detached from the bike * Durable, 16 in. quick-release alloy wheels * Low
tongue weight won't compromise bike handling * Easy to clean fabric * Safety
flag included * Standard forged hitch fits both quick-release and nutted
axles * Folded dimensions: 32.5 x 19 x 9 in. * Add the We! Ski kit (sold
separately) for a winter-ready trailer
The Croozer Travel Trailer supplies plenty of storage
capacity for long bike tours or summer picnics where heavy coolers are
involved. It's also a versatile utility wagon around the garden.
* Croozer has a massive payload of 100 lbs. and if you want
to walk, you can easily pull it behind you by hand
* Includes bicycle hitch arm with 2-part axle hitch and a safety flag
* Built with a weather-resistant wooden floor and a powder-coated steel
* Low center of gravity offers a stable ride
* Peripheral railing secures bulky items
* Folds flat as a unit with the wheels attached to the floor and the hitch
arm folded underneath; no loose parts to worry about
BOB® Yak Plus cargo-only, single-wheel trailer attaches to
the back of your bike and comes with a DRY SAK for protecting your gear.
* Features stronger, lighter trailer wheel fork and rear
dropout design, plus frame-strengthening gussets * Fits on bikes with rear
dropout spacing 110-140mm wide, with 20'', 26'', 27'' or 700C wheels *
Quick-release mechanism inserts into the rear hub quick-release (does not
fit bikes without a rear quick-release skewer--adapters are available) * DRY
SAK is made of PVC-coated nylon for waterproofness, with a double-layer
bottom for toughness and over 5,700 cubic inches of cargo space * Includes a
four-way bungee cord for securing items, plus a fender, safety flag and
reflectors * Alloy 16 x 1.75 inch wheel with stainless-steel spokes provides
reliability and smooth rides with heavy loads * Water bottle bosses on each
side of the frame allow you to carry water for on-the-go hydration *
Features retro-cool black powder coating with 10th anniversary silver decals
The Burley Travoy is an urban bike trailer system that lets
you easily take all your gear with you. Pull the trailer behind your bike
and then bring it with you when you arrive!
Burley Travoy hitches to the seatpost of any bike and
detaches simply with the flip of a switch, so you can wheel it with you
wherever you go Features a sturdy anodized aluminum frame and weighs in at
under 10 lbs.; carries up to 60 pounds of gear Lightweight frame with 2
wheels keeps the trailer upright and steady when riding or walking; track
width is 22 in. Patent-pending design provides excellent stability and
maneuverability; rear reflectors enhance visibility in low light 12 in.
plastic wheels have angled valve stems for easy inflation; anodized aluminum
hitch fits standard seatposts When you reach your destination, fold the top
arm down by using the twist grip on the frame; then pull the trailer behind
you using that twist-grip as a handle Tote bag included features a
cinch-strap closure and carry handles; clips to the tie-down buttons on the
frame, so it won't go astray Travoy trailer folds flat and fits inside its
briefcase-sized tote bag for transport or storage; includes tie-downs for
strapping on extra gear In more than 6 months of testing, Burley hauled just
about everything in the Travoy: groceries, laptops, files, snowshoes, bike
gear, gym and work clothes, books and more! Much more than just a series of
bicycle accessories, the Travoy and its accompanying bags (sold separately)
offer you a complete alternative transportation system
Buzz around town in this honey of a bee! The Burley Honey
Bee trailer seats 1 or 2 children and comes ready to tow behind a bike.
* Comfy suspended seat is built with breathable flow-through
mesh; 5-point harness system with soft padded straps keeps children
comfortable and secure * Padded seat bottom is washable * Large, deep helmet
pocket allows children to ride and sleep comfortably; interior pocket holds
their treasures * Non-zip, 2-in-1 Cover™ shields little ones from bugs, wind
and rain * Clear windows with UV inhibitor provide great visibility inside
and out * Balance point over wheels reduces the weight on the bike and
smoothes the ride for little passengers * Includes easy-glide, retractable
tow bar; hitch positioning designed for superior trailer tracking * Frame
features light, strong aluminum alloy tubing and contoured side roll bars *
Drum-tight, water-repellent fabric keeps children away from wheels and
spokes * Features 20 in. composite wheels * Wheel guards on the trailer's
frame protect the wheels and deflect them from coming in contact with
obstacles * Reflectors, reflective trim and safety flag provide low-light
visibility * Rear cargo net provides generous storage space * Folds quickly
and compactly for easy storage * Convert the Honey Bee to a stroller by
adding the Burley Stroller kit, sold separately