Bicycle Trailers – A Complete List of The World’s Best Bike Trailers

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If you’re thinking about a trip by bike, you might consider the use of a trailer. While backpacks and bicycle 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 local commuting or long-distance bike touring. This isn’t a list of EVERY bicycle trailer in the world, but instead, a list of the best and most popular bicycle trailers used for commuting (carrying food to and from the supermarket, for example) or hauling gear (camping equipment, for example) on a local or long-distance bicycle touring adventure.

Without further adieu:  The ultimate list of the world’s best bicycle trailers.


Adventure Cargo Trailer

Day-to-day practicality make the Adventure Cargo Trailer a really useful addition to any bike around town. Double handle design makes transporting items away from the bike as easy as it is when on the bike. The trailer’s simple fitting system works with any bike and features a simple towball design for ease of attachment. The folding frame means easy storage when packed flat. Zero-hassle mag-style wheels are durable. Reflector and flag included for added visibility. Tough rigid box-bag is water resistant, removable and has an elastic mesh for added external storage capacity.

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The Avenir Cargo Trailer is perfect for carrying groceries, camping gear, sporting goods or whatever else you need to take with you when you go by bike! A sturdy, handy companion on long bike trips or gear-loaded runs around town, the Avenir Cargo Bicycle Trailer lets you take it with you. Ideal for toting groceries, camping gear, sporting goods, or whatever else you need on your ride, the trailer features tool-free assembly right out of the box. Quick-release 20-inch wheels provide easy on-and-off when you need to store the trailer or pack it in the car, and rugged 420-denier nylon fabric resists all kinds of outdoor abuse. The trailer, which has a 77-pound cargo capacity, comes complete with rain cover and a two-piece safety flag.

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BicycleR Evolution

If you’re trying to lower your environmental impact and maintain a healthy lifestyle, then look no further! These trailers will give you the flexibility to haul many of those items you’d justify using your car for. It is easily disassembles with three thumb screws and fits inside the box for easy shipping or storage. The bike hitch attaches and releases in seconds. It fits nearly any bike – in the rare case that it does not fit your specific bicycle, the company will customize a hitch that fits your bike at no additional charge. The 24 gallon capacity container is large enough to hold four large paper grocery bags. You can also strap your backpack to the top of the trailer.

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Bob Ibex full suspension mountain biking trailer

Bob Ibex

With its rugged, three inches of adjustable suspension travel, the Ibex trailer will follow you to the ends of the earth. Ride single track, riverbeds and washboard roads, the Ibex will faithfully bring your gear, tools and supplies along with you. Its 70 pound capacity means you can go farther and see more without leaving anything behind.

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Bob Yak

The BOB Yak bicycle trailer set the standard for all other bicycle trailers to come: tough, dependable and ready to roll wherever life moves you. The Yak Trailer carries up to 70 pounds of what you need to ride longer and further. It attaches to most bicycles’ rear wheel hub, creating a low and stable center of gravity with excellent aerodynamics.
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Burley Nomad

Designed specifically for cycle touring, the Nomad encourages comfortable wanderlust with its large carrying capacity and weatherproof cover. It attaches quickly and easily, has a balance point designed to reduce torque on the bike and features a hitch that is ideally positioned to provide superior tracking and stability. It has a cargo space of 105 L, carries up to 100 lb., and weighs less than 15 lb. 

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Burley Flatbed

The utilitarian choice for pulling larger loads, the Burley Flatbed bicycle trailer can haul up to 100 lb. easily with a balance point designed to reduce torque on the bike and a hitch that is ideally positioned to provide superior tracking and stability. The trailer’s open front and back makes it easy to haul long loads.

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Carry Freedom City

Perfectly designed as a bike trailer, the City fits any bike and lets you forget your burden. Even when carrying a full 100 lbs, your bike feels as lively and nimble as normal as the trailer hitches to the bike’s rear axle. This optimum hitch point isolates the trailer from the bike’s twisting and turning movements, making the load feel lighter than if it were in panniers. Plus, the ingenious suspended handle cushions the load and is height adjustable to keep the trailer level no matter what size your bike’s rear wheel is.

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Carry Freedom Y-Frame

The Carry Freedom Y-Frame bicycle trailer features a tough plywood load bed, bolted onto a durable aluminum frame, finished with quality components. The trailer’s wheels & handle release in seconds for flat storage. The tires have Kevlar armor and reflex stripes. The radially SS spoked wheels are fitted with sealed cartridge bearings. The axles are sturdy button release 12mm wheelchair axles. And best of all, the trailer comes in two different sizes: The Carry Freedom Y-Small trailer is better if you like going through doors and the Y-Large trailer is better if you carry silly amounts of stuff all the time.

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Croozer Cargo

The Croozer Cargo is a great general purpose cargo trailer. The Croozer Cargo has plenty of space for groceries, running routine errands – like recycling – or daily commuting. With precious perishable cargo like beer or bratwurst, the key to a good cargo trailer is stability and security, and you get both in abundance with the low-profile Croozer Cargo carrier. The frame is steel with a nylon flat-bed and a denier nylon fabric cover (which can be opened at the back for extra long cargo).

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The Extrawheel Voyager is an incredible single wheel trailer design. Unlike other trailers, the cargo is propped on either side of a full size wheel. This unique placement allows the load to be placed along the the center point of the wheel for tighter turning clearances and a shorter overall profile. The cargo also sits with the center of gravity below the axle of the wheel to keep the wheel pressed firmly against the ground rather than bouncing when riding over rough terrain.

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Maya Cycle

Maya Cycle bike trailers are compact and easy-to-use for city streets, rides to the beach, camping getaways, cross-country touring, and any other type of bike trip you would like to experience with no hassle. Maya Cycle follows directly in-line with your bicycle wheels at all times and will NOT fishtail, even downhill at high speed. Maya Cycle bike trailers ride only one meter behind your bike, making it easy to maneuver around tight turns and corners. The trailer bed easily detaches from the fork at the pivot point, converting it into a fully functional wheelbarrow with simple rotation of the handle bars. Plus, the retractable kickstand will hold your bicycle upright for easy loading/unloading of cargo. Each Maya Cycle trailer comes with a free storage bag and two bungee straps.

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Nashbar Cargo Trailer

The Nashbar Cargo Trailer is constructed from chromoly steel and is powder-coated for a great looking, durable finish. The design uses a series of triangulated struts resulting in a strong and durable platform for carrying your stuff.

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Optima Quik-Pak

When you need quality in a bicycle cargo trailer, one that is ready for a world tour or simply a trip to the market without options, The Quik-Pak is the one that rises to the top – performance and price wise. This trailer is ready for a fully-loaded bike tour or simply a quick trip to the supermarket.

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Radical Design Cyclone

The Cyclone is an award-winning bike trailer. Cyclone bicycle trailers have been used all over the world for cycling holidays, long bike rides and even expeditions. Due to its robustness, very low rolling resistance and quick conversion to a duffel bag, the Cyclone  Trekking is the perfect trailer for any bike trip with luggage.

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Radical Design Cyclone Cargo

The Cyclone Cargo lets you transport whatever bag, box or container you want. The many lashing points enable you to attach any kind of luggage. Available in two versions: one for bikes with 16-20 inch rear wheel and one for bikes with 26-29 inch rear wheel. Due to its robustness and very low rolling resistance, the Cyclone Cargo is the perfect trailer to move loads with your bike. When the wheels are inserted in the rear axle bushings, the Cyclone can be used as a walking trailer. This way you can easily cover considerable distances, even with a fully loaded bike trailer.

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Radical Design Cyclone Chubby

Specially designed to travel with the Brompton or another very compact folding bike. This version of the Cyclone bicycle trailer is wider and shorter than the regular Cyclone and has a black “padded” bag. The wheels of the Chubby have the same size as the wheels on the Brompton. With the Chubby you can travel by plane, with your Brompton or Airnimal folding bicycle safely stored inside the padded Chubby bag. On arrival, just take out the bike, put your luggage in and connect the Chubby to your bike to have a comfortable travel set-up with up to a 100 liters of storage.

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Weber Monoporter

Boasting smart German engineering and excellent build quality, the Monoporter bicycle trailer is a well-thought out single wheel trailer. The whole thing comes to bits and folds up to produce a very compact, convenient pack for transporting. At 25kg its max load is a little low compared to other trailers and I would be a bit concerned about its low slung platform grounding on very rough tracks.

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

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!

Also, be sure to check out the complete list of popular bicycle panniers. On this detailed list your fill find bicycle panniers from popular companies such as Arkel, Axiom, Lone Peak, Ortlieb,  Vaude and more.


55 thoughts on “Bicycle Trailers – A Complete List of The World’s Best Bike Trailers

  1. Logan says:

    Hey there!

    Great article. I think you covered the gamut of trailers.

    One trailer I thought of in addition to this list is “the hauler” by human powered machines in Eugene, OR. 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. 😉


  2. Darren Alff says:


    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.

  3. Darren says:

    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.

    • matt says:

      Having used a Wike Moonlite for a few years towing my kid (and putting about 10k miles on it) I can attest that they do make the best child trailer on the market. Unfortunately Wike discontinued their touring trailer. If you needed a really large trailer for touring, one of their child trailers would make an excellent pack mule.

  4. Norm says:

    I thought you folks might get a kick out of this…

  5. Larry says:

    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.


  6. Steve Roper says:

    Hi Darren,

    Well done for your great site.

    Thought you may be interested to include the Aevon range of mono trailers

    Also the Oxtail range. They have a unique high attachment to maintain rear wheel suspension, unlike most axel attachments

    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)

  7. Brian says: 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.

  8. Rui Oliveira says:

    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)

  9. Chet Rideout says:

    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.

  10. Chet Rideout says:

    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.

  11. Paul Hogan says:

    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.

  12. Glen Aldridge says:

    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

  13. Rui Oliveira says:

    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.

  14. Quentin says:

    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

  15. Sifredo Martinez says:

    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.

  16. Bruce Morrow says:

    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

  17. Bruce Morrow says:

    I recently purchased the Aosom Cargo Trailer from 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)

  18. Pat says:

    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. . .

  19. Wally Tamsen says:

    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

    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.

  20. Andrew says:

    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.

  21. robert says:

    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.

  22. Penny Kemert says:

    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.

  23. matt says:

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

  24. Michael E. says:

    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.

  25. Mike says:

    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.

  26. Hoss says:

    Personally I don’t give a brass farthing about positive reviews. I go directly to bad reviews, and do similar comparisons to notice trends / issues in the product.
    Thanks Jim, had some misgivings jumping into a new product on the market. Sounds pretty damn short sighted on the owners part, (a) not offering a upgraded component for free, and (b) not updating future production shipped with new hitch. It is a interesting design with stand and reverse handles. Needs a little refinement, better quality control, and exec leadership running this start-up from what I gather.

    Going to a Bob or Nomad.

  27. Claude Doucet says:

    I used the Extrawheel trailer, on a trip from Montréal, Québec, to North Carolina, in 2013. I covered 1393 km (865.57 mi)in three weeks. I was using modified army surplus backpacks as panniers (it was cheaper than buying actual panniers, and worked just fine).

    The first day, I had regular panniers in front, and two of the army backpacks on the Extrawheel. With the size of the backpacks, the trailer would sway around 25 km/h (15 .5 mph).
    You can see what the whole rig looked like, here:

    The second day, I switched the smaller front panniers and the trailer’s backpacks. It rode perfectly afterwards. Although I probably was nowhere near the maximum weight recommended, I am guessing that it was the bulk, which probably caused wind resistance, that caused the swaying at such low speeds. Later in the trip, I descended hills at 69 km/h (42.9 mph), and the trailer followed like it was on a railroad track! You can see the new setup, the next day, on this page:

    Yes, the backpacks were overkill… and I packed too quickly, without taking time to plan properly, so I definitely carried too much weight. I am looking to buy some mid-sized army surplus backpacks to replace two of those. They would be somewhere between the size of those backpacks and the size of the panniers.

    I have gained weight again since that trip, so I am planning on taking the trailer again for the trip I am planning this year, so as to relieve a bit of stress on the back wheel. Although I am planning to make efforts to carry less weight in the luggage, as well.

  28. Trisch says:

    I have had my BOB Yak for over 10 years now and I still love it! My favourite feature is how it attaches to my bike. It makes it so it stays directly behind my bike which is very important to me because I ride on high traffic roads with a-hole drivers that don’t keep their space. The only thing I wish I could get for it is an attachable handle/wheel that allows me to convert it into a wagon for days that I feel like walking instead of riding 🙂

  29. Peter Hornung says:

    Since 2013, in munich, germany, the sophisticated trailers of munich bike trailers are ready to ship. They are not cheap, but really well done and available in several sizes and colours. And they can be converted from Trailer to Trolley to handcart with only some clicks. We love them 🙂

  30. Wayne Lewis says:

    Im interested in the Aevon standard 100. Looks a bit pricey but light, well-built, and has suspension. Would like to hear from anyone who has one, and if can be purchesd/ delivered to Australia 🙂 Thanks

  31. Quinn says:

    Hey, great info! I’m trying to plan a US NYC to Pacific Ocean tour soon, and I’d be doing it with my 45 pound mutt in tow. Would you recommend any trailers that I could use for my dog? Ideally one that could fit him and some gear, along with maybe rear panniers? I’ll actually likely be doing it with a mountain bike, as I may extend and head into Mexico / Latin America and want the terrain options a MTB provides. Specifically a 2008 23″ Specialized Rockhopper V-Brakes. Thanks!

  32. Colin Gilligan says:

    Anyone had any experience with the OVO aero?
    It looks superior for fast and light adventures. Planning on cycling the Blueridge Parkway this September. Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  33. John Schnell says:

    hi Darren,

    I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your YouTube videos. I’m afraid you’ve inspired me to follow in your footsteps!

    I’ve started purchasing some of the “guide” and “how-to” books from your site.

    I am currently reading is about panniers and trailers… in this guide you suggested that we contact you with information about new equipment.

    Here are the links to a couple of trailers that I have been evaluating:




    John Schnell

  34. Kenneth G. says:

    The Aosom cargo trailer boast 180lbs of cargo carrying capacity. I have been using one for 9 months. I bought it from I have hauled groceries to an ice chest full of soda and water. I believe that I have pushed it to it’s limit.

  35. Gale says:

    The single wheel option looks quite amazing. I used a suspended BOB from DC to Astoria Oregon (across USA) and it smoothed the bumpy C&O canal trail across MD and PA, but it seemed heavy on a lot of the trip. I used wide road tires so I was not generally looking to go on crazy terrain. Hands down best touring device article I’ve seen (Since trailers are the best, and since I’ve never seen much besides 2-wheeled and Bob trailers).

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