Burley Bike Trailer Review

Folded up for storage
View of single rider

Shopping for a bike trailer can be a quite daunting task. There are several options and not a whole lot of places to go and see them in person.

After lots of discussion and searching, both in stores and online, we decided to buy the Burley Bee Bike Trailer. I wanted to share with you my opinion of this trailer, because I have found this info to be elusive and would have been helpful to us when trying to make a purchase decision.

If you are on the hunt for a bike trailer and are deciding between a single or a double, go for the double. We started searching for a trailer when we only had one little and thought “we don’t need the extra seat”. While that may be true there are a few things I didn’t know. In the Burley Bee double there are straps and belts set up so that one or two children can ride. No one will be riding lopsided, which was what I had imagined. A child seated singly will be in the middle, so weight distribution is centered. Also when it comes to kids, how can more space be a bad thing?

The Burley Bee’s connection to the bike is made out of aluminum, unlike the plastic we found on one of their competitors. The plastic on the display of the InStep Sierra Double Bicycle Trailer was actually broken. It was too easy to picture that happening in use, and immediately turned me away from it. (doesn’t mean that will happen, it was just my own concern)

I highly recommend you add Burley Bicycle Trailer Hitch (Standard, Forged) to your purchase. Why? It has to be removed to hook the trailer up to a different bike. In our house we have one quick release bike, and one regular nutted bike. (I’m talking about the back tire, how it is removed) That means without taking a wrench with us on any long bike ride, one person has to do all the work. With an extra hitch, you can just leave the piece on both bikes and switch as you like.

Hitch on quick release

This bike trailer holds up to 100 lbs, and seats two children. The only problem with this is that my youngest, at 15 months now, doesn’t know how to claim his space. He often looks tucked into the corner, and my daughter looks like a queen. (maybe that’s how he likes it?!) This mean’s children who don’t like close quarters, will not be very happy.

This trailer is great. It holds both kids and has a cargo space in the back for things like diaper bag, a small amount of groceries, lunch, whatever.

Pack everything inside for storage

I will add, we were discouraged and a bit upset when after buying this, we found out it is not convertible into a jogging stroller. The sales persons at both locations we shopped at misinformed us, and online information was confusing. I kind of justified spending the extra money on the trailer because for a bit more it could also become a jogging stroller, without having to buy and store another large item. For those of you who absolutely want both a jogging stroller and bike trailer buy the Burley Design Honey Bee. Although maybe when you start bike riding you won’t want to jog.

Something that was key for our Christmas light viewing this past holiday season, is the plastic cover that can be pulled down to lock in the warmth. That, a blanket, and a flashlight, and our Christmas light viewing was both interesting and fun.

The Burley Bee bike trailer folds up small enough to store away when not in use. The wheels even come off. It is also not to heavy to “dig out” every time you want to use it. At 18.5lbs considering it’s size, it’s light.

So how does it ride, you ask? Smooth. Essentially there is no drag. The only time I have noticed anything is going over speed bumps, like those intended for cars. Other than the added weight of what, or who, I’m dragging, I don’t even notice the trailer is there.

Don’t forget that while your children are in the trailer they should still be wearing helmets. It is recommended that children do not ride in a bike trailer until 12 months of age, and they can wear a helmet. My daughter, who started riding in the Burley bike trailer at two years old, never had any issues with her helmet. My son however, who started riding in the trailer right at 12 months, has had issues with his helmet resting on the seat and pushing it forward on his face. Be sure that your child’s helmet is snug fitting.

I really enjoy this bike trailer, and hope you find this review helpful.

Happy riding!

This is not a sponsored post. I bought this item and loved it and wanted to share my honest opinion and experience with you. Amazon affiliate links are included, because if you did decide to purchase I would love the 10 cents. 

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3 Responses to 'Burley Bike Trailer Review'

  1. Nancy says:

    This is great information. I find it so frustrating when I can’t find what I need to make an informed decision.

  2. Amanda Athan says:

    Thank you for the review! I need this for my children!!!

  3. Jenn says:

    How did you know I was looking at bike trailers? Mind reader! Thank you for the info, makes my search that much easier.

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