Originally Posted by tom cotter
I'm considering buying a trailer. I'm familiar with BoBs and their reputation for getting the job done. However, I'd like to look at two wheeled trailers as well. I'm looking into Burley Trailers. I seem to remember reading somewhere about axle problems with the Burley? I don't remember if this was just an isolated problem or a problem with the brand. Can anyone tell me how durable the Burley's are and if there are any known problems with them?
I have an older Bell child trailer that I put a Burley round bar hitch on (to replace the stock clamp hitch). I bought it used at a garage sale. I've got around 2000 miles on it and it's going strong. It was the right price at $50. I use it for errands (mostly Goodwill runs and trips to the recycle bins across town). However, I've also towed each of my 3 children around in it a considerable amount, in search of new parks, new adventures, etc. I've never towed more than 200 pounds in it (for less than 3 miles) nor done more than 20 miles in a day (with one of my kids).
If my Bell gives me problems, I can always build new wheels for relatively cheap (two 32h 20" CR18s to Campagnolo veloce hubs would do the trick). The hitches are easily/cheaply replaceable through Burley. Yeah, the fabric is betting worn, but I really don't care about that. When my children are grown, I'm going to take the fabric off anyways and convert it to more of a utility trailer.
The best two wheeled trailer out there (durability, load capacity, loading options) is the bikes at work
. If I was getting one today, I'd get a BAW 64A.
Last edited by hopperja; 03-10-10 at 01:24 AM.