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Burley Travoy Urban Bike Traileris rated4.7273out of5by11.
Rated5out of5byBikinMomfromTwo years and running: Still fantastic!Truly, this trailer has been a game changer. For years I towed a kid's trailer in order to do my grocery shopping for a family of five. Yes, the kiddie trailer got repurposed for a long time, but honestly, it was not a perfect solution. Groceries roll around in it, the trailer tows like a parachute when its windy, and the whole thing is not very stable unless its loaded up.
When I first saw the Travoy I was intrigued, but the price point kept me from making the leap. I eyed it for over a year, picking the brains of people who I knew had bought one. I eventually took the plunge when it became beyond challenging to get my son's golf clubs to school and back each day. I also was incentivized by the concept of bike camping...
So, not quite two years ago, I bit. I bought the trailer. I have NO REGRETS to this day. It is *incredibly* well designed. Clearly the Burley engineers actually used this thing until all the flaws were tweaked out.
1. It carries a ton of stuff. Because you have a stable platform at the bottom, you can actually put things like bags of kitty litter or dog kibble, cases of water/pop/beer, and those mega packs of paper towels. On top of that, you can put your groceries bags or what have you.
2. The "storage" bag that is shipped with the trailer is eminently useful for most day-to-day shopping and hauling. The only caveat is that you need to make sure the wheels aren't rubbing the fabric or you will wear a hole in the sides of the bag.
3. After a few months, I upgraded to the Grocery Bags. I could have continued using the default bag, but I like being able to organize my shopping a bit while out and I liked the fact that I could see what was in the bag.
4. The rain cover is not standard, but it is a very useful upgrade if you ride year round like I do. If you plan on using this for camping or travel, it's a necessity. It is very large, so it easily covers your tent, duffle, golf clubs, etc. It's much bigger than than what could be covered by the default bag and trailer, but it does have bungee cords crisscrossed up the back so you can easily adjust it. It is bright yellow and has reflective trim.
5. You can EASILY take this into the store to use as a shopping cart--which is how I use it. You can go from store to store with your items without needing to leave anything behind or outside on the bike rack. The attachment takes literally two seconds to hook and unhook.
6. Reflective details are well thought out. You can also attach a Planet Bike Superflash at the top rail split, which makes this *very* visible to traffic.
7. Bungees with large hooks can be attached at various points on the frame. There are also 6 button things which work with the Burley bags sold for the Travoy. The trailer also comes with 2 adjustable straps, but I was disappointed with how short these are. Bungees work better for most of my needs.
8. The trailer is very, very lightweight and folds up easily in seconds.
9. I have used this as a hand cart/trolley on a couple of occasions.
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated5out of5byBiker TimfromHighly recommenedThis is the best bicycle accessory I have ever owned; it gets regular use, stores easily, and works well.
It rides very smoothly (you really do find yourself checking at times to make sure it is still there); though, like any trailer, it slows you down a bit (even empty).
I added a plastic tupperware rectangular container into the black bag that comes with the travoy. This prevents the bag from rubbing against the wheels from shifting loads. With this addition, I have not needed to buy any additional special bags made for the travoy.
It fits on all bikes in the family, though longer bolts were helpful on our folding bikes (that have very large seat posts).
I plan on doing some touring with it soon.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated4out of5byfjfromHave not used it yetI have not used the Burley Travoy yet -- after two weeks -- and have given this a high rating because of the high ratings of friends I highly trust.
The bag that came with the Burley Travoy is not easy to use as a backpack or connect to my mountain bike rack like my Ortlieb bags.
Since I have to cross bridges and in traffic I am not terribly interested in hauling the empty Travoy the whole distance behind my bike; and, have not been in the mood to figure out something when I am finally able to get out of the house; especially with all the ice and snow these days.
With backpack capability I'd be able to easily take it on my bike & even use NYC Citibike Bikeshare; where I first saw the Travoy used by Bikeshare mechanics.
With Ortlieb capability I can carry the Travoy on my mountain bike rack or even use Ortlieb's backpack option for its "Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Rear Waterproof Pannier" that probably should be a good thing for REI to carry as well.
Can't wait to use it.
Hope this helps.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated4out of5bykartinfromhitching challengeUnfortunately, 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.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated4out of5byall around boyfromnice little helperI was a little worried that the Travoy would not do the job. I only ride my bike, no car. But it works fine! The real problem here is distrust of bikes & the trailer seems to help that. Everybody seems to like the oddity of it! Attaching the Travoy to my Novara Safari over the rack took a minute to check all the angles for clearance, but now its just plug & play! I bungee & use the included tie-downs on my bags even the rei xxl duffle (be careful of the sides) and off i go.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated5out of5bymmkfromgreat light weight trailer!I love this trailer! It's light weight, easy to set up, easy to fold and store, and handles great! I can easily haul my cello on it so lighter, more compact loads should be a breeze. Then I can easily detach it and wheel my cello on it like a dolly. Love it!
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated5out of5byHikeSkiBikefromBest 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.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated5out of5byTokyoToddfromHigh Customer Ratings Are Well-DeservedI 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!
Date published: 2013-05-18
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