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Recommendations on Bikes for use with Bicycle Trailers

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10:46 am
June 13, 2012

Josh Lipton


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I have several bikes, including a touring bike.  my most comfortable bike is a Soma Smoothie ES, and steel frame.  It has a light weight rear wheel, 20 spokes, laced 2-cross.  I would like to do camping / touring with this bike.  Obviously, it will not handle racks and panniers.
So, can I safely use this bike with a two-wheeled trailer, such as the Burley Nomad?
I am looking for advice and recommendations from an experienced user of bicycle trailers. I don't need a guarantee. The evasive answer I got back from Burley sounded as if it came from their legal adviser.


12:51 pm
June 13, 2012

Fire Chief Carlson


posts 76

Post edited 6:03 am – June 14, 2012 by Josh Lipton

Yes, I believe that the Burley Nomad would be just fine with the Soma ES.  The drop outs are standard so the Burley forged hitch will mount flush.   

When packing this trailer make sure to place the heavy items over the trailer axle, you want to minimize tongue weight as much as possible.  20 spoke wheels are far from optimal in this application.

4:56 am
June 14, 2012

peleus t


posts 52

Sounds ike a good deal. Dies anyone have a link to take a look at the Burley Nomade?

Setting up bike mods. 

5:35 pm
June 15, 2012

Fire Chief Carlson


posts 76

Sounds ike a good deal. Dies anyone have a link to take a look at the Burley Nomade?

Burley Nomad

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