Ahh! Bob vs. Burley Nomad?? How bout flying w/them?
I've read all the posts comparing these two, but am still stuck. My big question is:
How difficult is it to get the Bob disassembled enough to go on a plane?
The Nomad, at least from the pictures, packs down and fits neatly in a bag. Which seems like it would be wonderful and no-hassle. Is it really?
I test drove both today (with weight), and though they are obviously different, couldn't tell the difference with how they carried weight or followed the bike.
So...the dealmaker/nreaker is how they travel - I think I will get on a plane with them twice a year or so.
I recently bought the Nomad with the rack accessory mainly because my girlfriend and I wanted a trailer that broke down and packed easily for airplane and rail travel. We haven't flown with it yet but plan to next year. On a 5 day tandem trip earlier this summer, it handled very well with about 60 lbs of gear easily stowed. It attaches to the tandem differently than the BOB. Hitch is very strong and the complete unit gave us no problems at all. Even with two tires, compared to the BOB's one, we had no problems with tracking behind the tandem. In fact, the Nomad is even offset slightly to the left so that the right tire on the trailer does not run on a gravel shoulder if you cycle close to the edge of the pavement. Couldn't ask for anything better really.
In fact, the Nomad is even offset slightly to the left so that the right tire on the trailer does not run on a gravel shoulder if you cycle close to the edge of the pavement. Couldn't ask for anything better really.
You could if you're in a left-side driving country
I flew to New Zealand with a BOB and it was really easy. I didn't buy the waterproof bag, I used my backpack in place of it. When it was time to get on the plane, the tire and gooseneck (for lack of a better term) went in the bike box, and the backpack stayed bungeed in the trailer as checked luggage. I used American, United, and Quantas in my travels this way and they were all fine with this setup. I also went on Greyhound and both NZ bus companies with no problems.