Cabin Fever with Burley Bike Trailers
you know it
spring will be here and you're not the only one who's been suffering
with cabin fever. The whole family's been holed up and the
kid's will appreciate a bike ride as much as you will. If
they're too young to ride a bicycle all hope is not lost.
After all, bike trailers aren't too difficult to locate, either at your
bike store, a box store, or online. If you're in need of a
certain level of guidance in figuring out which trailer’s the
best for your family, the amount of useful help you'll get is greatest
at the bike store and drops off precipitously from there.
has been producing bike trailers from the Eugene, Oregon area for over
30 years. There's an interesting story to the genesis of
Seems Alan Scholz envisioned a 'car-free' lifestyle far before it was
trendy... and barely feasible. Humble Alan was scraping out a
livelihood selling bike bags at a bazaar on the week-ends outside of
Eugene. It must have irked him to be driving back and forth
to the flea market, because he took some tools to his kid's swing-set
and turned it into a primitive bike trailer. From then on,
the 'swing-set' trailer went to the bazaar loaded up with bike bags,
and on a good day bounced home empty.
I don't know the time span between the grief that the Scholz children
suffered at the hand of Father Alan and his toolkit and when the first
commercial trailers appeared. I'm pretty sure that I must
have been pulling one of the first models in 1989 when I purchased a
used trailer that was most likely a precursor to the Burley
It was just a
simple model without a suspension, without very many creature comforts,
but with enough structural integrity to withstand some gnarly
forest-service road adventures that my wife is still unaware of,
after-all she loved our little children dearly.
Generation of Burley Trailers
Burley trailers like the top of the line
have an extensive 'feature-set'. Yes, there are enough highly
specialized pockets in the D'lite to make taking a peek at the user's
guide worthwhile. It wouldn't be acceptable to mistake the
bottle holder pocket for a place to store your gloves!
The D'Lite has a reclining seat, an elastomer suspension, a helmet
pocket, quick detach wheels for easy storage, UV protected windows, a
removable seat /5 point harness for quick cleanup, ...and the list goes
on an on. The same applies to the Burley
Solo, which is
merely a one passenger version of the D'lite.
Unique Trailer Called the Travois
Burley trailer is the Travois.
It looks like a beefed up golf
handcart that attaches to the seat-post of your bike. After
it's finished dutifully following you along the bike lane to work, it
easily detaches and can be rolled up to the office with all that work
you told yourself you wouldn't take home with you. In case my
questionable journalistic skills haven't yet painted a vivid picture of
the Travois in your hypoxic brain, here's a description by 'Chris'...
“part cargo trailer, part grocery cart, part
Hauls Cargo Too
trailers are perfect for extended overnight bike camping
trips. The Nomad can carry up 100 lbs, but only weighs 15
lbs. It's covered to protect items from the
elements. The Flatbed is even more no-nonsense, consisting of
a flat platform with seven inch sides. It's the kind of
trailer that'll carry a hefty load with very little sophistication.
Leave Fido Home
discussion of Burley trailers without mentioning the Tail
Wagon. In homes in which the canines rule the roost, this
functions as a 'Kings Chariot'.
The royal pet follows along behind the bike barking out
periodic commands to the human servant who's straining at the
pedals. At times, the ride is interrupted so that the pooch
can relieve himself beside the path and the human servant can
'glove-up' to pick up and carefully dispose of the 'doggy tootsie
treat' into a trash receptacle.
I hope you've enjoyed this little trip through the Burley showroom with
a detour through the historical origins of one of the premiere
companies in the bike trailer business. They're a high
quality line of bicycle equipment, from which our family received hours
About the author: Ron Fritzke is a cycling product
reviewer with a
passion for ‘all things cycling’. A former 2:17
marathoner, he now directs his competitive efforts toward racing his
bike…and looking for good cycling products.