Bicycle Trailer FAQs
- How old should a child be to ride in a trailer?
- Does my child need to wear a helmet in the trailer?
- Which is better, a trailer or a baby seat?
- Is there a way to turn my Burley trailer into a stroller?
- Is there a way to turn my Burley trailer into a jogger?
- Why a pet trailer?
- Will the pet trailer be comfortable for my small dog or cat?
- Is it possible to use the pet trailers for activities other than cycling?
Yes. You can hitch these trailers to nearly any kind of bicycle. Burley makes several aternative hitches just in case the standard one doesn't fit your bike.
Most of the Burley trailers run arond 23lbs. However, the "Nomad" cargo trailer weighs less than 15lbs. They're all very light!
The children's trailers, as well as the "Nomad" cargo trailer, have a 100lbs. weight limit. The single child "Solo" and the pet trailers carry 75lbs. That's a lot of L. B.s
Trailers can be easily carried in your trunk or hatch since they fold up so easily. That's one of the beauties of the Burley trailers.
While the width of a trailer in the road is a common concern, it actually tends to make drivers give cyclists a little more room.
Your child should be able to sit upright and hold his or her head up while wearing a helmet. Typically they can ride in the trailer until about age six, or until they become too tall for their helmet to fit below the internal roll bar.
Yes. A child should always wear a helmet when riding in a trailer. Besides providing protection, wearing a helmet in the trailer also develops the habit of always wearing one when biking.
Neither a trailer nor a baby seat are necessarily better than the other. Both have their advantages. The two main benefits of baby seats are that they are, one, more intimate, because your child is closer to you, and two, less expensive. Trailers, on the other hand, are considered safer because they don't tip over if the bike falls over, and in the rare event of a rollover, they provide protection to the passenger. A trailer also has less of a negative affect on how the bike handles.
Yes. The Burley trailers quickly convert into a stroller with the turn of one knob. The trailer comes with a parking brake and push handle. The optional stroller kit comes with a retractable front wheel and safety wrist tether.
Yes. The Burley trailers quickly convert into a jogger. The parking brake and push handle are included with the trailer. The optional jogger kit comes with a 16" spoked front wheel for negotiating the curbs and bigger bumps.
As if you had to ask... Trailers are great for older pets who can't run as far as they used to, but still want to go out with you. They're also good in crowds where a leash is sometimes difficult or where your four legged pal feels safer enclosed. The trailer can double as a kennel.
Yes. Burley offers they're "Critter Compartment" to decrease the space from front to back of the trailer so smaller dogs or cats feel more secure in the space. It can also seperate your cargo from your critter or seperate two critters.
Sure. Besides running errands or hauling gear, the pet trailers are good for walking or jogging. They easily convert to a stroller with the optional stoller kit.
The main benefit of using a trailer instead of panniers is that it enables you to carry very large loads without compromising the handling or contol of the bike. It also reduces the wear on your bike and allows for quick disconnect if you want to take a quick ride without all of your gear.
The main advantage of a two wheel, verses a one wheel trailer, has to do with the balance. A two wheel trailer is easier to handle because it provides it's own balance. It has less of an effect on the handling of the bike. Also, where a single wheel trailer tilts over when it's not attached to the bike, a two wheel trailers stay upright, which makes loading, unloading, and storage easier.
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