Can Burley Trailers Work For Rear Suspended Recumbent?

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  1. Edward Wong

    Edward Wong Guest

    I'm thinking of getting a cargo trailer for my new Scooterbike, probably a Burley. The Scooterbike
    is rear suspended and is equiped with a pannier rack combo. I remember reading somewhere that
    trailers could present a challange to rear suspended recumbents though I believe the caution was for
    single wheeled trailers like the B.O.B. units which could place stress on the swingarm as you
    corner. Would a two wheeled trailer work well with rear suspension? What do you guys/gals think?

    Edward Wong Orlando, FL
     
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  2. I ride a BikeE RX, and last fall did a 1200 mile tour with a cheap ($79) kiddie trailer from Target.
    The trailer was supposedly rated for 100 lb loads. I found that lightly loaded (25 to 30 lb) the
    trailer worked fine with the swingarm on the RX; I was hardly aware of the load. But when I carried
    50+ lb the trailer caused a noticeable oscillation in the ride.

    I visited REI a couple weeks ago to see if the standard Burley hitch would work with my BikeE. Nope.
    It's designed for use with rear triangles. Last week I visited Burley's website and left a message
    asking if an alternate hitch is available. No response yet. Since Burley's recumbent bike line does
    not use a rear triangle, you'd think they'd have an alternate hitch. If I don't get a response this
    week I may try calling them.

    Pamela
     
  3. Rick Lindsey

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    Pamela,

    Burley does indeed have an alternate hitch option. It replaces the QR skewer on your rear wheel, and allows you to connect the burley (without the rear-triangle attachment thingy) directly to an attachment on the skewer. I've actually got one laying around, since my Burley got stolen before I got a chance to install it :(.

    -Rick

    -Rick
     
  4. Jay

    Jay Guest

    >Pamela Dallas at pamela.dallas@att.net wrote on 5/24/03 11:28 AM: <snip> I visited REI a couple
    >weeks ago to see if the standard Burley hitch would work with my BikeE. Nope. It's designed for use
    >with rear triangles. Last week I visited Burley's website and left a message asking if an alternate
    >hitch is available. No response yet. Since Burley's recumbent bike line does not use a rear
    >triangle, you'd think they'd have an alternate hitch. If I don't get a response this week I may try
    >calling them.

    The alternative hitch mounts off the axle nut and can be ordered through your Burley dealer. It was
    cheaper if you ordereed it at the same rime as a trailer.
     
  5. bentcruiser

    bentcruiser New Member

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    The Burley Nomad is indeed designed to work with the rear suspended bikes and also non-triangulated chainstays bikes. It has virtually no stress on the hitch due to the placement of the two wheels. They produce a really nice universal alternative hitch. It is really easy to use.

    I highly recommend one of these.

    Derek


     
  6. Edward Wong

    Edward Wong Guest

    > The Burley Nomad is indeed designed to work with the rear suspended bikes and also
    > non-triangulated chainstays bikes. It has virtually no stress on the hitch due to the placement of
    > the two wheels. They produce a really nice universal alternative hitch. It is really easy to use.
    >
    > I highly recommend one of these.
    >
    > Derek

    Cool Derek! The Nomad was the trailer I was referring to. I think it is not only very practical but
    looks really cool with that tonneau cover to protect the cargo. Thanks to you and all who took the
    time to reply;-)

    Edward Wong Orlando, FL
     
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