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Old 03-23-13, 03:02 PM   #1
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Brompton and Burley Travoy Bike Trailer: Match made in heaven

Note: I've posted more pictures of this at: http://www.bromptonyc.com/2013/03/br...e-trailer.html


Just got a Burley Travoy Bike Trailer. This has been referred to as the "Brompton" of bike trailers.

I needed a bike trailer because I play street hockey once in a while. I play in the goalie position, and thus have a huge gym bag to carry around. I used to do this on through the Subway system; the difficulty there was that I'd have to carry this huge bag up and down several flights of stairs, into the subway station, and onto the subway itself. This would be particularly painful during peak rush hour times, when there would be many people around. Moreover, the specific hockey rink is about a 10 minute walk from the nearest subway station, so after having arrived at the subway station, I would then have to carry this bag to the rink.

Biking to the rink was the ideal solution but I had no way to carry my equipment around on the bike. Enter the Burley Travoy Bike Trailer. This trailer allows me to carry all of my equipment in an efficient and simple manner. I now am able to in the most hassle free way possible bring a significant amount of equipment to a relatively far away from public transportation area without owning a car.

Brompton + Burley = made for each other.








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Old 03-23-13, 03:53 PM   #2
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I like it! But only because we have the same bike
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My Match: Brompton + Carry Freedom City, But the US shop I got mine from
cannot afford to carry them any More.
so now they have to come from the Scottish company..,
though they are jobbed out to Taiwan manufacturing..

Travoy is good , the fridge dolly off the bike function a benefit , as is the pull directly behind you centered tow..

CF-C is centered on the left axle end.. as are most 2 wheel trailers..

They Fold Flat within their own frame , after the bag is removed, Alternatively the Folded up Bike
can lay on top of the bag

and then you can run , to catch the seat on the car always well up the train length from where you are..

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Just watched the promotional video for this on youtube, very impressed a great piece of design.
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It's a fantastic trailer, I got mine last spring. Used it with my NWT and hybrid, mostly to go to farmer's market. Easy to attach, handles beautifully on the bike, easy to fold, light and portable when not in use. I'm considering touring with it for the type of tour when we take trains cormparts of it. It would be much easier to handle luggage on train platforms etc.
Love it!
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I have a Brompton and I have a Burley Travoy though I have never used them together. Maybe this summer I will give it a try. I think they are a great team for portability and compactness. Glad you found that it works for you.
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Travoy is of Native First people origin , in NA.. though originally a load on horse drawn timber poles..

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: a simple vehicle used by Plains Indians consisting of two trailing poles serving as shafts and bearing a platform or net for the load






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Are the wheel pneumatic or solid rubber?
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For mine, they are 12,5"x1.75... 47-203 .. s/v tubes(p/v are available)
bike friday's suitcase trailers use that wheel too..

some tubes get a bent stem to access the valve easier..
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btw, I finally found a rear-light setup I like on the Travoy: Light&Motion 180mini connected on the upper angles metal tube. If you mount it upside down you can angle it to be perpendicular to the road (that is, at the right angle for motorists to see you).
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I wonder if the anchor point, at the top of the seat post, significantly increases the stress at the seat post latch area. It applies force horizontally as opposed to the mostly vertical force due to the rider's weight.
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Consider:How would you set up the instrumentation
to test this, and put force/vector numbers onto your wonderment on the topic..




yes the addition of a rear light to the trailer is Important,
given the loaded trailer blocks all light and reflectors on the bike,

but for the one you may add to the back of the saddle,
or very top of the seatpost

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I wonder if the anchor point, at the top of the seat post, significantly increases the stress at the seat post latch area. It applies force horizontally as opposed to the mostly vertical force due to the rider's weight.
Not a bad question, unfortunately. This is the type of force of which that we don't really want more.

You can estimate how much horizontal force is due to the rider as weight of rider * sin (seat post from vertical angle). What isn't so easy to estimate is how much force there is from the trailer seeing as it's only the acceleration and over-coming friction that usually gets applied. The exception here is climbing hills (which causes both more effective "horizontal" force from the rider and having to carry more of the trailer weight).

So that paragraph has a lot of words and not too much of an answer. To the extent that you are worried about it, lower where the trailer connects to the seat post. For flat terrain, I wouldn't worry about it too much ("famous last words").

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& the more of the seatpost left in the frame the more likely some leverage is
transfer-shared with the inside of the tube of frame..

FWIW the extended Seat post is said to use a 30% thicker wall steel tube, than the standard one,,

IDK about the tube-wall of the telescoping version..
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My minivelo with the Travoy -- note the Light*Motion and Knog tail-lamps at the top!

Fine for traffic in the San Francisco financial district, and the Caltrain conductors are cool with it (folded), too


P1080030 by What Photos Look Like, on Flickr
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