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Bicycle Trailer Reviews

Bicycle Trailer Reviews:
Which are Right for Touring?

So you might buy a bicycle trailer. Then the following bicycle trailer reviews are for you. Some of the bicycle trailers are single wheeled and others double wheeled. Which type is better for your needs? And what about the load carrying capacities? If you are riding a tandem, you are going to need one that carries enough gear for two people.


BOB    Burley    Aosom

Carry Freedom    Extra Wheel


My guide for bicycle trailer reviews covers the most popular brands currently available. There may be a few other bicycle trailers that are available but not mentioned here. That doesn’t mean that these other trailers are not suitable for touring. It just means that I don’t have any experience with them.

The purchase of a bicycle trailer is a major commitment in your touring style. I would suggest that after reading my bicycle trailer reviews, please go to the manufacturers’ web sites.

BOB

BOB Yak trailer

BOB Trailers makes two excellent models of single-wheeled trailers: Yak ($300 – $340) and Ibex ($340 – $410). The Ibex incorporates an adjustable suspension system for extreme off-road conditions.

Both models have a load capacity of 70 lbs and use 16″ x 1.75″ tires. The trailers attach quickly and easily to your bike’s rear wheel using the BOB patented QR attachment system. The frame is constructed from 4130 chromoly steel tubing that is strong and weighs about 13.5 lbs. Both bicycle trailers can be use with virtually all rear bicycle rear wheel sizes, including tandem wheels. They also offer the Yak 28 model for bicycles with 28″, 29er, and 700c wheels with full wrap fenders.

The main reason to buy a single wheel trailer is the tracking. The trailer wheel will follow the same track as your bicycle wheel. A great advantage for mountain bike touring on single track trails. Also, the center of gravity on the BOB single wheeled trailers is very low for stability.

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Burley

The two-wheeled design enables the trailer to carry about 100 lbs. of gear. It has a ten-percent tongue load on your bicycle. The Burley designs have excellent stability on and off the bicycle, allowing the disconnected trailer to be loaded and unloaded without tipping over. The typical Burley trailers unloaded weighs about 14.5 lbs, uses 16″ x 1.75″ wheels, and has a cargo area of 32.5″ x 25″ x 23″. If you need additional storage capacity, Burley offers the optional cargo rack. The trailer disassembles in about one minute and folds to 32″ x 19″ x 9″.

The Flatbed is a versatile cargo trailer with removable side panels and tie downs. This trailer allows you to tow just about anything. It folds to 34″ x 32″ x 6″. Weighs about 13 lbs.

The Nomad sells for around $350 at REI.com, plus options. The rack is about $70 at Amazon, while the Flatbed sells for around $300, plus options.

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Aosom

Aosom Bike Trailer

This two-wheeled design enables the trailer to carry about 180 lbs. of gear on its lightweight steel frame ( 57″ long x 27.6″ wide x 19.2″ high). The Aosom trailers (around $100 on Amazon) feature a specially strengthened steel bar beside the wheels that provides excellent balance and stability. The unloaded trailer weighs about 30 lbs and uses 16″ wheels. The trailer disassembles easily and folds down for storage.

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Carry Freedom

The Carry Freedom City trailer ($550) is another excellent two-wheeled bicycle trailer. This two-wheeled design enables the trailer to carry about 110 lbs. of gear on its medium platform bed (24″ x 16″).

The City trailer was designed for the traveling bicyclist. It can be used as an off bike trailer too. It folds up in about 10 seconds to about 28.5″ x 20″ x 4.5″. The included 70 liter cargo bag comes off easily and can be used as luggage. The unloaded trailer weighs about 11 lbs and uses 12″ composite wheels.

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Extra Wheel

 

The ExtraWheel Voyager single-wheeled trailer (about $260 plus panniers) is a unique design. It comes in a 26″ and 700c wheel sizes. The diameter of the trailer wheel can be the same diameter as your bicycle wheel. This eliminates the requirement to carry a special tire and tube for your trailer.

The trailer hitch attaches quickly to a special quick release for your rear hub. Voyager may be attached to all types of bicycles – including recumbent bicycles, racing bicycles and bicycles with full shock absorption. This trailer is an excellent solution for bicycles with disc brakes and/or without a luggage carrier. The trailer utilizes two panniers for its load carrying, for a total weight capacity of 75 lbs.

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About John Stultz

John Stultz is the owner of Bear Paw Tents. He's been bicycle touring for over 30 years and is excited for sharing his insight on cycling. He considers himself an ultralight backpacker and ultralight bicycle tourer. John is the original founder of Bicycle-Touring-Guide.com. He started the website to share his passion for touring and to help people plan for their own bicycle tour.

Comments

  1. Regarding any of the trailers, is it better to have an axle mount or a seat post mount? I’m thinking the axle mount may get in the way of my disc brakes and rack. However the weight would be low and less likely to move me. However, it seems like it could have a bit of strain on the rear wheel. I’m referring to the type of mount where it looks like a V or U coming off the back of the bike.

    Then you have the type of mount that attaches to the non-drive side. I haven’t seen one of these but assume it attaches at the axle or to the chain stay. To me it seems like it would also have the potential to push your rear wheel around a turn.

    Then I’ve seen the seat-post mount. It appears that this would be less stable as it’s mounted higher on the bike. The seat post mount would limit the amount of gear I could carry on my rack and in the panniers but I guess that’s the point of a trailer.

    So the question… which mount type do you have the most control over the trailer and the trailer has least control over you?

  2. Touche. Great arguments. Keep up the good spirit.

  3. A trailer attached at the rear axle or left chainstay is best. The single wheeled trailers (BOB et al) are great as long as your load is under 40 lbs.
    Seatpost mounted trailers are awful as they push up on the seatpost when you slow. Also they have a much longer trailer “wheelbase” as the tongue of the trailer starts at the seat post and require you to swing out much wider in corners to avoid curbing.

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