Bicycle Touring Trailers

If you’re thinking about a trip by bike, you might consider the use of a trailer. While backpacks and panniers are great for some, many traveling by bike choose to carry their gear in a trailer pulled behind their bike.

There are bicycle trailers made to haul just about anything (from dogs to children, and yes, even boats), but what you’ll find here is a list of trailers that can be used for long-distance bike touring. While they have not all been specifically designed for bicycle travel, each trailer here could be used in that way if so desired.

So, without further adieu, here it is:  The ultimate list of bicycle touring trailers.

Adventure Cargo Trailer

Avenir

BicycleR Evolution

Bob Ibex

Bob Yak

Burley Nomad

Burley Flatbed

Carry Freedom City

Carry Freedom Y-Frame

Croozer Cargo

Croozer Travel

Extrawheel

Maya Cycle

Nashbar Cargo Trailer

Optima Quik-Pak

Radical Design Cyclone II

Velorbis Jumbo/Junior Trailer

velorbis-trailer

Weber Monoporter

If you know of a trailer that I’ve missed and should be listed here, please leave a comment below. Make sure you leave the name of the trailer, the company that makes it and (if possible) a link to the company website. Thanks!

By the way… Have you used any of these trailers yourself? If so, which one(s) have you used and what did you think?

47 Comments

  1. August 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm ·

    Hey there!

    Great article. I think you covered the gamut of trailers. One blog I follow that describes these trailers in use is http://biketrailerblog.com/. I believe they are a little business located in AZ. Clever folks with some great ideas and sponsors of durability testing of trailers. :)

    One trailer I thought of in addition to this list is “the hauler” by human powered machines in Eugene, OR. http://hpm.catoregon.org/?page_id=83 I guess its more of a utility trailer than a touring rig but I guess it depends on how much you want to pull behind you on a touring adventure. ;)

    Cheers,
    Logan.

  2. BobH
    August 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm ·

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the Bike Friday Travel System considering you’ve toured on a BF!

    http://community.bikefriday.com/newtravelsystem

    I did love your articles on your European sojourn though!

    Keep pedaling.

    Bob

  3. JimboTrek
    August 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm ·

    Bike Nashbar Cargo Trailer 1 & 2 (note 2 versions)…they are basically BOB clones, but much cheaper.

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_171080_-1___
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_171082_-1___

  4. JimboTrek
    August 6, 2009 at 9:13 pm ·

    My full review for the BOB Ibex is already posted on BTP under the comments section [link below]…. Title: B.O.B. Ibex Trailer ****1/2 “Great trailer…recommended!”

    http://bicycletouringpro.com/blog/bob-ibex-bicycle-trailer-an-in-depth-review/

    I think if you’re doing a tour such as the Great Divide Route, your best choices are either BOB or the Extrawheel…although the Maya looks good too. (that must be new on the market, never heard of it!)

  5. August 7, 2009 at 3:11 am ·

    Bob,

    Thanks for mentioning the Bike Friday Trailer. I knew I was going to forget that one. haha!

    However, because the Bike Friday Travel Trailer is really just a BicycleR Evolution trailer with a Samsonite suitcase mounted on top of it, I have decided to list the BicycleR Evolution trailer on this list instead of the Bike Friday version of this trailer. (Is that okay? Does that make sense?)

    But for those who are interested, you can order a very similar trailer from Bike Friday. The difference is that it has a suitcase on top of it instead of the ice chest type of thing that is currently used on the top of the BicycleR Evolution trailer.

  6. August 7, 2009 at 3:18 am ·

    Jimbo, I’ve added the Nashbar trailers to the list as well. Thank you!

  7. JimboTrek
    August 7, 2009 at 8:27 am ·

    Bike Trailer Blog has a complete list of trailers with links here:

    The Bike Trailer List: Bike Cargo Trailers
    http://biketrailerblog.com/2009/03/the-bike-trailer-list-bike-cargo-trailers/

  8. Darren
    August 8, 2009 at 1:38 am ·

    What about Wicycle? Either their large cargo trailer, or the DIY trailer. Don’t have one, but they look as good or better than the ones you listed.

  9. Darren
    August 8, 2009 at 1:39 am ·

    Let’s try leaving the link for wicycle again:

    http://www.wicycle.com/

  10. Norm
    August 12, 2009 at 1:47 am ·

    I thought you folks might get a kick out of this…
    [IMG]http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/wdnnsb/biketrailer.jpg[/IMG]

  11. Norm
    August 12, 2009 at 1:53 am ·

    That first link does not seem to work, lets try this one, just copy and paste to see the picture.
    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/wdnnsb/biketrailer.jpg

  12. Larry
    August 14, 2009 at 2:21 am ·

    Can you recommend any of the trailers listed that will work with a Bike Friday Bike other than their suitcase? I own a Pocket Lama.

    Thanks,

  13. Steve Roper
    August 21, 2009 at 11:39 am ·

    Hi Darren,

    Well done for your great site.

    Thought you may be interested to include the Aevon range of mono trailers http://www.aevo.eu.

    Also the Oxtail range. They have a unique high attachment to maintain rear wheel suspension, unlike most axel attachments http://www.oxtailbicyletrailers.com

    May I suggest in the future you may like to consider polarising the trailers into mono trailers and dual trailers (i.e. single wheel for off road trekking and dual wheel for road touring/general)

    Keep up the good work.

    Steve (UK)

  14. Jimbo
    August 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm ·
  15. September 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm ·

    Cycletote.com A small company that hand builds trailers in Colorado out of Aluminum. They use a two wheeled design with full sized wheels to match your bikes. They have a unique hitch design that attaches to the seatpost. Check em out if you like supporting American.

  16. Rui Oliveira
    October 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm ·

    Hello I use a BOB Yak from 2000 until now, never use another brand. I like a lot this trailer because, I forgot, I am travel whit 40 kg of things. I try panniers but it´s more dificult to role. I ride more than 5000 km whit my BOB. (you must sorry my bad english)
    Rui

  17. Chet Rideout
    November 23, 2009 at 1:05 pm ·

    I’ve used three of the trailers you picture; the BOB Yak, the Quik-Pak (an early version), and the Burley Nomad during tours totalling over 6,000 miles. All worked well for me, although some of my touring companions found the Nomad created some instability at speed. The two wheel trailers (all but the BOB) were less twitchy, not influencing the bike performance at all, and were easier to load, unload, and wheel around in the campground. The BOB puts a little more weight on the back wheel, but most likely results in less wind resistance and rolling resistance; it also is better if you are on a trail. My favorite trailer has been the Burley Nomad, since it is so easy to break down into a flat package. My friend Piero and I have towed the Burleys on two tours and loaded them in their bags on Amtrak with our boxed bikes for a return to Seattle with no problems.

  18. November 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm ·

    Here is a very interesting bike trailer. http://www.koolstop.com/trailers/mule.html

  19. November 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm ·
  20. Chet Rideout
    December 2, 2009 at 4:36 am ·

    Correction:
    In my comments I meant to say some people found the BOB trailer to be unstable at speed, not the Nomad. The two wheel trailers are more stable.

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  22. April 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm ·

    I suggest that you include the CycleTote trailer. Lifetime guarantee, full size wheels, convenient hitch, and strong as an ox. It is adaptable for all sorts of uses, from touring, to kids, even to carrying a 6’4″ 250 pound adult.

  23. Ben
    July 1, 2010 at 2:03 am ·

    The Aevon trailer is currently the most stable trailer… on the road and off-road. It is very strong too!
    => http://www.aevon-trailers.com

  24. August 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm ·

    Aevon is good, but the price is not so good.

  25. Glen Aldridge
    August 14, 2010 at 9:47 am ·

    Hi Darren, here’s a link for a trailer that’s available in several sizes. I have used mine aroud town & find it very handy as it folds down almost flat. What really surprised me was the cost – about $100. u.s. The weight may be a little high for touring but I really haven’t had any problem towing it locally. / Glen

    http://www.aosom.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=29

  26. Ted
    August 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm ·

    The OXTAIL TRAILER should be in your list. It has the sort of simplicity and adaptability which has made the bicycle such a classic. Find it here:

    http://www.oxtailbicycletrailers.com/

  27. Rui Oliveira
    December 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm ·

    Hello I use a BOB yak For 10 years. For me Ít´s the best thing to travel and to use in the day to day.
    Rui

  28. December 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm ·

    Thanks for the post of the New Maya Cycle. The website is http://www.mayacycle.com. We are also giving some away when you sign up for the Revolution of Cycling Blog at http://mayacycle.web2.hubspot.com

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  30. January 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm ·

    Hi, I like your site
    I wanted to let you know that we have started a small trailer fabrication business here in Santa Cruz CA. The trailers are single wheel of my own design and the product of years of testing. We do all the fabrication and sewing in house and source U.S. made materials as much as possible. Take a look
    http://www.fftouring.com
    thanks
    Quentin

  31. Sifredo Martinez
    March 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm ·

    I”ve considered buying a trailer, but generally have decided against it. Can’t picture
    me raising the trailer 20 ft off the ground, between two trees, in an effort to keep my
    food away from bears and such. So I used panniers when I bicycled to the Arctic
    Circle and when I bicycled across the USA.

    This coming summer I will bicycle from my home in Denver to Niagara Falls (on the
    Canadian side}. I ride a mountain bike with water-proof panniers. I”m 79 yrs young. Am 5’8″ now, but used to be 6’5″, an shrinking a bit. Ha,ha,ha.

  32. July 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm ·

    the cargo bin trailer with cover is excellent for touring. Light, aerodynamic and smooth.

  33. Bruce Morrow
    October 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm ·

    Look at the Equinox Cargo Trailer. It looks alot like to OLD Burley Cargo Trailer from the ’90′s. It is pricey but it looks well made here in the USA

  34. Bruce Morrow
    October 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm ·

    I recently purchased the Aosom Cargo Trailer from Amazon.com. It frame and botton of the trailer is steel. Weighs about 35 lbs. The interior space is about the same as my old Burley Cargo Trailer (not the new Nomad from Burley)

  35. Will
    March 17, 2012 at 2:29 am ·
  36. Pat
    March 22, 2012 at 8:48 am ·

    I have been very impressed with Farfarer’s second generation trailer that I recently purchased. It is a uniquely styled single wheeled trailer that weighs less than 10lb. It is seatpost mounted for stability with a QR at the seatpost and a QR wheel. It also breaks down small enough to ship with your bike. t doesn’t come with a drybag, but that wasn’t an issue for me since I already had the bag.

    fftouring.com . .

  37. Wally Tamsen
    July 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm ·

    Firstly thanks for a lot of great info from your book and website.

    For various reasons I settled on the oxtail trailer (pic attached and see http://www.oxtailbicycletrailers.com).

    It tows like a dream although for muddy roads I will be fitting mudguards.

    It’s winter in South Africa right now and Cape Town is wet and windy. We’ll be doing a short three day tour in spring and perhaps longer tours afterwards, on gravel roads as much as possible – I hate traffic.

    Keep up the good work on your book and if you want to, include this trailer in your write-up.

  38. Andrew
    January 27, 2013 at 11:19 am ·

    Does anyone know the price for the Aevon STD 100 bike trailer or the price for the tout terrain Mule bike trailer. Both are German companies and don’t list their prices?

    I just purchased a new kona and all current bike trailers that hook to the axle are now obsolete as the new bike has through axles.

  39. robert
    March 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm ·

    i have an adventure trailer that i use for ham radio/camping cant wait for the good old scottish weather to brighten up. great site btw. wish more peolpe in glasgow would use a trailer dont see many use them.

  40. March 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm ·

    Just bought your book Darren. This is a good service to cyclists, congratulations! I’m extremely happy with my TWBents “Bob-style trailer” which I bought in Australia for $240 Aus. Bobs here then were $600 for a yak and $700 for an Ibex! American gear is much more expensive than Asian gear down here. I have towed my modified trailer, full of food, cook-set, spares , fishing tackle, water and tools for 20000km around Queensland for the seven years I have owned it. I also pack a set of Radical Design rear panniers and a seat back bag strapped to the rear pannier rack on my Optima Lynxx Recumbent Touring cycle, in which I carry my clothes, tent, mattress, wet weather gear, medication, first aid kit, iPad, phone, torches and recharging equipment. If i could get away with not needing the trailer to carry my necessities, then I’d gladly do without it. This rig works VERY WELL FOR ME. I don’t care what any body else rides. I found my zippy light mountain bike gave me a sore crutch, hands and back when I did my first supported 500km ride on it but it was most excellent in the mountains doing what it was designed to do. I decided CYCLE TOURING was what I wanted to do in my retirement and so I have set my self up to go! The best effort I’ve achieved in 24 hrs fully loaded is 245km last September. Im 65 in October this year! Viva! Tailwinds and Declines!!
    So Darren I’d like to say, keep up the good work of telling the enthusiastic and uninitiated WHAT CHOICES ARE AVAILABLE and don’t set yourself up for derision by suggesting you know WHAT IS BEST for everyone.
    Have many more good days cycling!
    Roger

  41. May 5, 2013 at 8:05 am ·

    The trailer comes with an original hitch for attaching the trailer to the bike. This hitch is much more complicated and frustrating that it has to be. It has several washers, spacers and nuts that fit on a quick release skewer that’s excessively long and cumbersome. When you ride the bike without the trailer, these spacers create an annoying cling and jingle with road vibration. The last of these spacers has a nut with a welded lock washer that grinds and chews up the bike frame. The nuts, spacers and long length of the skewer renders the quick release useless. Its virtually impossible to change a flat tire with this hitch attached. In an email, the owner of the company, Marta Staniszewski, admits that this hitch design is flawed and offered the new hitch at an additional cost, plus an excessive shipping charge. She stated that the new hitch was developed after the company received much feedback about the original hitch. She herself admits finding the hitch frustrating. However, Maya is still selling the trailer with the original hitch and charging extra for a hitch that looks like it would actually work.

    The welds on the trailer are poorly manufactured, the actual weight is more than 2 pounds more than whats specified on the Maya website, the powdercoat is splotchy, the trailer fork grinds inside the steer tube of the trailer. Maya will also sell you a plastic bushing that makes the steer tube slide supposedly smoother, but it too is an additional cost with excessive shipping. Sharp steel flakes or burrs are painted over and create a rough surface to the touch. The wheel was not true out of the box. The hub looks like it came from a terrible department store bike, or wheelbarrow and spins even worse. The fender is floppy and rubs on the wheel. Maybe it wouldn’t rub if the wheel were trued. The tire hold a minimum are pressure and creating more road resistance than is has to. This would need to be replaced as well.

    The less cost is not worth the difference in quality you would get with a high quality trailer like a Topeak or BOB. The excessive additional cost to get the Maya trailer to work correctly, out of the box makes up the difference. I am definitely sending this trailer back, but will still be out the shipping.

  42. May 6, 2013 at 11:00 am ·

    Hi! I’m doing a bike trip this summer using the Bongo Wandertec trailer:
    http://www.biketrailershop.com/wandertec-bongo-bike-cargo-trailer-large-p-1579.html

    Love your blog!
    Happy Trails.
    Anne Marie

  43. Penny Kemert
    May 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm ·

    Hi Darren. Hubby and I both imported the CarryFreedom Large Y-Frames from the UK and have used them on 2 tours here in South Africa. They are a dream to tow on flat roads and slight declines but on steep hills push you down at an alarming rate – we have clocked 67kms/hr going downhill. They are a nightmare to tow uphill but maybe we were a bit overloaded. We plan to use them again but with minimal luggage from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town.

  44. matt
    May 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm ·

    I use xpr performance one wheel trailer. It’s awesome. Maybe u could add that on to your list?

  45. Michael E.
    May 26, 2013 at 5:15 am ·

    I had a B.O.B. Ibex single wheel suspension trailer until it was stolen recently. I had it for seven years. It s a fantastic trailer for the price ($399usd). I put thousands of miles on that trailer and it never gave me any trouble. It is durable and very well built and designed. I modified it by adding a couple of PVC tubes to carry fishing poles and tools, I also added a splash guard in front to keep some tire splash off.
    I just ordered a Wandertec Lg Bongo trailer, I’m excited to get it out of the box and start using it.

  46. Mike
    August 3, 2013 at 9:20 am ·

    I have Maya Cycle and use it for shopping, commuting and recently for longer trips (600 km).
    The trailer seems to work very well on off road trails too.
    The quality of the trailer is excellent! I am really surprised with Jim’s comments. I do not know where he got the trailer from, but I noticed that the cheep copy of Maya Cycle is sold by the Chinese distributor on the internet.
    We got the trailer in mint condition: welds, the paint are very good. The plastic bearings are glued to the pivot tube. The handle bars work well as the wheelbarrow handle.
    The only thing what needs improvement is the quick release, which as far as I can see on the Maya website, is already redesigned and sold on the website too.

  47. March 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm ·

    Have look a the trailers made in Ontario Canada

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