Makes my biking life SO MUCH EASIER!
For years I towed my 3 kids in my Trek trailer (not to mention another several years of towing an Adams Trail-a-bike), so I am no newbie to towing.
A children's trailer is not the same as a commuting trailer. While the former is stable and durable, it's like towing a parachute behind you at times. It's also not very comfortable to tow when no one or nothing is in the back. It bounces, tugs and otherwise handles poorly. But it does have the great ability to haul a butt load of stuff!
I am a year round bike commuter and I feed a family of 5 by shopping by bike. I needed something that could carry more food and those bulky, bigger items (multipacks of to T.P., case of beer, giant bag of cat kibble, etc). I'd toyed with the idea of a B.o.b., but I didn't like the single wheel or narrow profile of it for my needs. I also considered the Burley Nomad (too much like a baby trailer), Croozer cargo trunk (didn't like the soft sides) and even some lesser known brands like Weber.
I spotted the Burley Travoy right after it was launched and thought that it would be perfect for my needs. Alas, my budget was not as excited by it as I was. After lusting after this for almost 2 years now, I finally indulged my desire when it went on sale at REI.
I've now owned the Travoy for about 3 weeks... and I LOVE it. It's just so easy to use. The trailer pops on and off the bike in about 2 seconds. The trailer holds a great deal of stuff--both in the included bag and with bungees or with the included straps. I can easily roll it into the store to do my shopping, then attach it to the bike... and off I go.
-you don't have to lock it up because it goes into the store with you (however, if you DO decide to lock it up, it's easy... way better than a kid trailer).
-you don't have to remove things from an earlier purchase to slog around with you because you fear theft if you leave it out with your bike.
-it handles very easily both on the bike and while using for shopping.
-it is very lightweight but still nicely built out of quality materials
-storage bag included in initial purchase works great for groceries.
-you can still use panniers. For most bikes, the hitch will clear your rack and any panniers you might be using. I think you'd only have a problem if you are a very tiny rider and/or your bike is too bike for you (ie. the seat sits directly on top of your top tube).
-you can purchase an adaptor that allows you to mount the travoy to the back of your rack leaving you even more room! In my case, it allows my daughter to piggyback ride while I have the travoy attached. It also allows you to use your rack to bungee more stuff (esp. those bulky items like paper towels). I'm sure it's main purpose is to allow you to continue to use a baby seat on your rack.
-very little bounce or jiggle on the back of the bike, even when the trailer is empty.
-SUPER easy to fold and store. It literally takes seconds to set up or take down.
-many available options for purchase such as special bags custom tailored for specific tasks/needs, rain cover, extra straps (it comes with 2, but more are handy), extra hitches for swapping the trailer between different bikes, the rack adaptor, etc.
-handles stairs well
-folds up super compact for it's size and is easy to carry because it is so lightweight
-easily carries golf clubs
-the tubes are pneumatic, so be prepared to pump them up. They are tiny small wheels--but here is the beauty of Burley: the stem valves are angled so you can pump them up easier!
Maybe the fact that it doesn't come with a rain cover as a standard item?
-the fact that to get the total coordinated bag plus trailer option gets pretty expensive?
Mind you, you can be perfectly happy strapping bags that you already own to this. My dry bag works great on it. So does my husband's army duffel. So do my Detours bags.
Perhaps the thing that has me the most excited is thinking about how easy this will be to go bike camping. I can *easily* carry our 10x10' tent (that sleeps all 5 of us... 2 adults, 2 teenagers and a 9 yr old) and still have room for sleeping pads, some sleeping bags or blankets, and maybe even a small soft sided cooler. Oh, and my camping cook gear. Yes!!!
Perfect product! Perfect fit for my uses
I have been considering buying a trailer for five long years, always put it off because of the hassle of securing the trailer/items. Then I found this awesome trailer a couple weeks ago.
I do everything on my bike. Commute, errands, shopping, and trips. Used to pack groceries in a back pack in addition to a Topeak Trac bag with panniers. Now I can strap the back pack to the Trovoy along with the supplied straps and using the carry bag, I can carry all that I used to and more in complete comfort.
As I have had the trailer less than a week I can't speak to the durability of the product but it seems to be well manufactured and the options for it seem to fit just about any application. Looking forward to getting the full array of available bags esp the dry bag and duffle, although I can strap my 35L Boundary Pack to the trailer with no problems.
Assembly was a snap. I was almost embarrassed that I almost asked for help putting it together at the Tukwila REI :) I opened the box and had it assembled in less than a minute. Took longer to open the bags the wheels were in than actually putting them on.
If there were anything about this trailer that might worry me a little bit it would be the kickstand; seems to want to fold if the trailer is a little off balance, but this is so minor as to be a non issue.
In summary this is a wonderful and versatile product and look forward to getting much use from it. Burley nailed it!
Great Design, Super Light Unloaded
I think few people would regret owning this trailer. The tires call for 35 psi but unloaded it bounces around at 35 psi and one must slow down for bumps and curbs or it can actually tip over. (If it tips it doesn't take the bike with it, though). 20-25 psi seems more stable unloaded. It's so light unloaded one forgets it's back there.
You'll want a second lock for it but it's really easy to take inside stores with wide isles like supermarkets. I'd feel okay taking it inside a trasit bus in a pinch. The footprint is pretty small.
The bag that comes with it is mostly useless. The rack folds down to fit inside that bag so that's really all it's good for. It rubs on the tires if one tries to use it.
The strap system is just okay (one pair is included). One can do just as good or better with quality bungies or regular hardware store straps.
I bought an additional Travoy bag and promptly returned it. Strap a plastic clothes hamper to it (instead of a bag, see photo below) and you can keep filling it all day long and still stack stuff on top of the hamper. I cushion an electric guitar in the hamper without any additional straps for the guitar. No problem.
It's tempting to leave it at home but the times I do, I find a bargain at a yard sale or whatever and am very often sorry I left it behind.
Really a good product.
Great for groceries and errands.
I really like this trailer. Been looking at the BOB for a year or so, but never pulled the trigger. Saw this one and thought it better suited my needs. It is lightweight and seems durable and well made. I love how easy it is to attach and remove from the bike and how it can be used as a handcart. Rides quietly and smoothly and is almost unnoticeable while being towed.
I mainly use the Travoy for shopping. I'm going to add the small upper market bag to increase carrying capacity. I live on a military base overseas and hate wasting fuel by driving the car the short distance to the commissary, exchange, etc. When you get home, just detach it from the bike and roll the groceries into the house. Also, the bags easily detach from the trailer if you'd rather leave it attached to the bike. Additionally, I plan to use the Travoy to carry picnic supplies on longer weekend rides, as well as carrying a small cooler and/or supplies to cookouts, etc.
The only issue I've had so far was the bracket that attaches to the seat post being too big for the post on my bike. This made the trailer bounce more than it should while going over rough terrain, and "jack-knife" a bit during slow sharp turns, resulting in some curb bumping. Luckily, I had some extra spacers from a gps handlebar mount that made for an easy fix.
Great for outtings
This is a great trailer. Very easy to setup, and once folded up, it's surprisingly small and compact. Granted I've only used it once so I can't speak to the long-run quality, but it's maiden voyage didn't give me any indication of build quality issues.
You'll definitely feel the added weight or lag when pulling the trailer but once I got going it wasn't so much an issue. We had packed a cooler with ice and drinks, and on top of it we placed the carry bag with our lunch and some wares. Total weight I would guess at about 30 - 35 lbs. No trouble hauling and pulling that load whatsoever. At one point, the bike fell over because I was on uneven ground, and the trailer didn't even tip over. I was pleasantly surprised. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the Travoy.
One problem I noticed was when we got back to the car, 2 of the latches had come loose and away from the latching points. The bag stayed on the trailer regardless, but I'm going to keep an eye on this as a potential issue.
very very good
This is a very well thought out device. The level of detail is reflected in the price but you do get a very good product. I've used it for shopping, hauling photo gear and garden supplies - it's a piece of cake and works as advertised.
The base cart comes with the carry bag and 2 accessory straps - so far that's all I've needed.
Prior to this I used panniers to carry gear and they work but the cart is much much easier to use. Most of the weight is not on the bike so it's easier to maneuver. When I first used it I was looking behind me because it felt like nothing was there. Getting on and off the bike requires less care and the the cart becomes a dolly so no lugging.
Also the types and sizes of things you can carry - relative to panniers - is much greater.
I like this thing a lot.
High Customer Ratings Are Well-Deserved
I bought this before I moved to Japan nearly 4 months ago. I am an expat without a car in Tokyo and often need to make runs to the grocery store or the shops. The Travoy has been a godsend! It is lightweight that it does have me looking to see if it is still back there! I am able to load a weeks worth of groceries for 2 kids plus myself and the wife. I even hauled a small bookcase I got for free and the Travoy never tipped over. We have taken it to shopping malls and loaded it up with everything from house supplies (laundry baskets, towels,etc) and to clothes. I even took it to Costco that is 10 miles from our home. Although it is bit expensive, it is still worth the purchase. If you can grab it on sale at REI, it is a bargain!
Unfortunately, when I ordered the Travoy I did not understand that this hitch was not compatible with a carbon fiber seat post. On my next bike,with a steel post, the back rack prevents attaching the trailer. On the third, the old springs beneath the saddle get in the way. On the third, the seatpost diameter was too small, needing a wrap of innertube to snuggly fasten the hitch clamp down. It slipped and broke the threads on the hitch pin. It would be wonderful if the hitch were a bit sturdier, and also easier to switch between bikes.
The trailer itself is a beauty. I, too , had the carry tote starting to rub on the wheels, but with re-packing my cargo, and snugging up the cinch cord on it, that problem was solved.
Bought this trailer for bike touring around Japan. It has performed wonderfully on one- and two-week trips, loaded with camping gear. We just strap our backpacks to the trailer and take off. One very nice option is to use it as a luggage cart when traveling on the train. Also, the trailer in its carry bag is small enough to be carry-on luggage on a plane!
I like it compared to panniers because the weight is not on the bike but on the trailer's axle. There is no wobble or weight issue - in fact, I often have to look back to make sure it is still there.
It works really well around town for carrying random things, and I would highly recommend it as an option for touring/bike camping.
Best Bike Cargo System on the Market!
I cannot think of a better way to transport cargo on a bike. I can unhook this and wheel it right into my house, office, or grocery store. When I'm done with it, it folds up easily into a pretty small package. Most of the time, I don't even notice it's behind my bike, even when I'm going over a bump or curb.
Thus far, I've mostly used it in the city for commuting and grocery shopping. I do not own a car so I use this for everything. It has held up brilliantly and carries a ridiculously large amount of stuff if you load it well. I plan to take it bike camping off-road this summer and expect it to hold up well for that too.