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A Final Review of the Burley Travoy

by Bike Shop Girl

Burley Travoy

To be honest, I’ve never walked into a review for a product so excited, yet so worried about the outcome.  Normally, I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll feel about a product – sometimes my decision or opinion will be swayed one way or another based on product durability or features.  The Burley Travoy is a unique trailer system, that would either completely sell me on trailers for daily use or leave me hoping for more.

Initial Reactions

When I pulled the Travoy out of the shipping box I was pleasantly surprised in the weight and how small the trailer could pack down into.  (Folded size: 21″ x 18″ x 8″.  The details of the design are pure Burley – from how easy the handles turned within each tier of the folding system, to how the wheels popped off and even to how the bags or rain fly installed. To see these in action, view the video below.

The plastic wheels and height worried me. Would the system be easy to use on all my bikes, and would I break the plastic wheels on my short off road and gravel excursions??

Riding with the Travoy

The Travoy was tested, maybe too hard at times, on all of my bikes and on many different surfaces..  Everything shy of mountain biking this little Travoy saw, and it seemed to do well on all of them.  The small 12″ wheels tracked well and the Travoy never seemed to want to pitch over, even on shaky gravel hills.  The wheels are even still straight and the tires show only a slight bit of wear.

Every bike I tried the Travoy on, worked well.

  • Burley TravoyThe Trek Madone seen in the video we used a rubber sleeve between the clamp and the carbon as not to scuff or scratch the carbon.
  • The closest encounter I had with compatibility issues was with my Salsa Casseroll and rear rack.  The arm of the Travoy was very close to touching the rack, and if the bike/trailer ever were on different levels of terrain I’m sure it would of hit.

Accessories for the Travoy

The Burley Travoy comes as a naked system seen here.  It comes with two straps, and a carrying bag that doubles as a large bag that goes on the bottom tier..  If you want to purchase the Grocery or Transit bags they are additional, but are dual use for in the grocery store (Travoy Grocery Bag), or as a messenger bag for your laptop (Travoy Transit Bag.)

Overall Impressions of the Travoy

The Burley Travoy is a great commuter or urban cargo system.  The upright position of the trailer makes it more viewable for cars and other cyclist.  The thought out bag system allows you to commute to work with your laptop, or go grocery shopping with ease.

This system is by far my favorite grocery hauler that I’ve tried.  The fact I can take the Travoy in as my shopping cart and dual use the bag system in the grocery store, ring up my groceries and have everything already put in place when I leave the store is AMAZING.  Simply hook the trailer on and you are riding off into the sunset.

The trailer due to the 12″ wheels and low clearance isn’t for anyone going off road, and the wheels would even limit me personally for using this for a loaded tour, but for a short stint would work fine.

Pros and Cons of the Burley Travoy

Pro.  :

  • Easy to use
  • Upright position for viewing and carrying
  • Two wheels for stability
  • Weight of system
  • Small collapsible system

Cons :

  • Small wheels
  • Needed additional accessories
  • Low clearance

The Burley Travoy will be continued to be tested through the fall.  I plan on a short overnight tour (S24O) utilizing it, and other little test.  You should see this revisited so keep your eye on BikeShopGirl.com.

If you are interested in purchasing a Burley Travoy visit our friends and sponsors at Bike Trailer Shop.

This product was given to us from Burley at no charge for reviewing.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.
 
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10 Responses to “A Final Review of the Burley Travoy”

  1. microzen says:

    I have had a travoy for about 3 months now. It is great. I’ve used it in all sorts of cargo situations from shopping to recycling to sign carrying to bike moves to airline travel.

    Some problems I have found with are:
    - you have to really know how to use the straps so that they won’t come loose. It may help to also have some bungees.
    - while traveling on rough streets, one of the screws holding a reflector popped out. I heard the reflector fall, so I was able to get it. & the nut somehow didn’t pop out, so all I needed was a new screw.
    - however, poor baggage handling on a flight resulted in the reflectors getting crushed. While the carry bag is great, if you want to fly with it, remove the reflectors or cushion them.
    - I mainly use my Travoy with my Dahon foldie. The screws for hitch are too short for the foldie stem, so you will need to buy additional screws at a hardware store. It is easy to switch the hitch from bike to bike, but you may want to purchase additional hitches if you regularly change bikes.
    - Also on the Dahon, the hitch really gets in the way to the reflector on the stem. It also blocks the rear light on the rack. There is no convenient placement on the Travoy for a light, tho clipping it to a bag is clunky but possible. & if you didn’t take it with you on a plane, you’ll at least have the reflectors at the bottom.
    - The clearance for the bar is too low to put a trunk bag on the rack of a full-sized bike. However, the foldie rack is low enough that you can still use the top of that rack with the Travoy.
    -While there is a rain cover accessory, bike with it in the rain still kicks up road dirt that gets into the crevices of its folding parts.
    - After just 3 months of heavy use, the Burley logo its body has started to peel:)

    You can see a picture of my Travoy on a hybrid bike from a move on my above website link.

  2. BluesCat says:

    Great review, BSG.

    My reservations about the small plastic wheels has always been about their durability. Good to see that — in the case of the Travoy, at least — that isn’t a problem.

  3. MJ says:

    So what’s the scoop with the rain cover? It appears in the photos to be shredded. Did this happen through riding/use?

  4. VeloCello says:

    The Burley Travoy can also mount on your rear rack, with a rack mount hitch adapter they make. This eliminates rear rack clearance issues, but reduces space available on the rack.

    It also lengthens the Travoy by lowering its angle and extending the trailer further back, allowing you to load taller objects.

  5. Tracey says:

    That’s not shredded. That’s the logo and folding of the material it’s made of. Perhaps a trip to the Optometrist is in order?

  6. Tee Gee says:

    Honestly, I think it looked ripped/shredded also.

  7. juergen says:

    I am riding 3 months now with my travoy. It is a really great help for transportation. However in my opinion the hike is the weak spot.

    I just did a trip of 50 km with luggage, travoy not overloaded. When I arrived at destination I realized that I had a stroke of good look that no fatal accident happend. The hitches´ bolt became loosen and the snap mechanism for locking the towing bar lost it´s tension because the spring was worn out.

    In the meantime I did some conversions with stronger springs. I also put a security strap around the seat post so if travoy gets decoupled during a ride it gets assured.
    Also need to stop every 30 min to control the tightness of the bolt.

    Not nice

  8. Thanks for the review. I also thought it was a rip/tear.

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