Nomad Burley behind a light-weight rider?
My daughter asked to go camping. I picked myself off the floor, and suggested we could bike to a nearby campground (44 miles round trip) but I have a road bike, and she has a hybrid with baskets. I was wondering if a Nomad would work, pulling it behind my Specialized Dolce WD bike. I'm only around 110, and wonder if I would have trouble on downhills with a loaded Burley Nomad behind me.
Anybody have any experience with this?
Although I am twice your weight, I have used the Nomad with my road bike and have had no problems. I would suggest that you keep the load less than 50lbs. The only bad thing about a trailer is the urge to fill it up. The Nomad will hold up to 100lbs of gear, and that is a lot even for a rider my size.
Most importantly, do a few rides with the trailer loaded before your trip. You will need to alter how you brake, shift and steer with the trailer behind you.
Agreed! Practice first with your load, braking is THE MOST IMPORTANT issue. Too many riders think that if they can move the load, they can stop it in a quick safe manner. Remember all those overloaded cars/suvs/minivans that you see each vacation season with the back bumper draging? Same principle here.
Originally Posted by metal_cowboy
By saying this I'm not trying to scare you away from taking the trip, just to be careful. Properly loaded I'm sure you will find the Nomad will handle your load with ease.
Oh yes, by all means, have fun!