Whether you are looking for a bike trailer to make a quick trip to the grocery store, or a long tour across a country or continent, there are some things you should learn about bike trailers. They can be commercially made, or fabricated in the garage. Learning about different bike trailers will help you make the right choice when selecting one for your purposes.
BOB Bike Trailers
BOB Yak bicycle cargo trailer is their original single wheel bike trailer. It debuted in 1994. It has gone through several upgrades and is still one of the most popular trailers available. It is almost 50" by 17" inside for hauling items behind your bike. It weighs 13 lbs. and can carry 70 lbs. in the cargo area. The BOB Yak comes with a 16" wheel and has a low center of gravity for stability. Because it only has one wheel, it is ideal for narrow bike paths and crowded streets.
BOB Ibex cargo trailer is a sturdier version of the Yak intended for off-road use. At 54" it is slightly longer than the Yak, while maintaining the same width. The Ibex weighs 17 lbs. and carries 70 lbs. of equipment. It maintains the 16" wheel like the Yak, but is an off-road model. The front has suspension built in just behind the bike tire, but in front of the cargo area.
Burley Bike Trailers
The Burley Nomad holds a huge 8000 cubic inches of storage. With that space you will be glad to know that it is designed to haul 100 lbs. even though the trailer weighs less than 15 lbs. When not in service it will fold into a 32.5" x 19" x 9" package without needing any tools. This trailer, like many others in the list, attaches to the left side of the bike axle. It comes with 16" wheels and plenty of organizational options with its configurable dividers.
The Burley Flatbed bicycle cargo trailer has the same amount of storage weight as the Burley Nomad (100 lbs.), but it is an open flatbed trailer. This makes it more versatile for bulkier loads. It has a 34" x 20" storage bed. It weighs 13 lbs. and can fold to 36.6" x 30.9" x 16.1" for easy storage. The Burley Flatbed trailer has 16" wheels.
A different kind of cargo trailer is the Burley Travoy bike trailer. This trailer is a mix between a pull behind suitcase, a upright hand truck and a bike trailer. It connects to the seat post and stands up instead of laying down behind the bike. It is designed for an urban setting, not for a round-the-world trip. The Burley Travoy weighs 10 lbs. and can haul up to 60 lbs. When folded it takes up just 18" x 8" x 21" of space. The wheels are 12.5". Accessories include items that convert the trailer into a luggage system, or shopping cart.
Croozer Bike Trailers
A Croozer Cargo trailer has 30.5" x 19.5" of 17" of storage capacity inside its cargo box. It will carry up to 65 lbs. on its 16" wheels. It is a covered trailer, which is ideal for traveling and needing to keep your stuff dry. The hitch arm folds up in such a way that allows you to easily handle the trailer when it is not connected to the bike. The Croozer Cargo will fold for storage into a 33.5" x 22" x 19.5" bundle.
The Croozer Travel cargo trailer is a flatbed trailer with a 34" x 17" surface for loading items on to. It will hold 100 lbs. Because it is a flatbed trailer, it is a great choice for when you need to carry bulky items. It will fold down to 36" x 23" x 6". The Croozer Travel cargo trailer is a versatile trailer that can easily be used at home or while touring the back roads.
Carry Freedom Bike Trailer
The Carry Freedom City is a small trailer designed for smaller spaces, both behind the bike and when it is being carried as a backpack. Unloaded it weighs less than 12 lbs. yet can easily carry 100 lbs. of cargo in its detachable carrying bag. It features 12" tires and will fold down to 4" x 20" x 29". Once disconnected from the bicycle, this trailer looks much like any ordinary pull-behind luggage. However, it can be worn as a backpack when the cargo bag is detached from the trailer frame.
The Carry Freedom Y-Frame has many accessories, but can be used as a great flatbed trailer hauling your own bags and boxes. This trailer is popular with bicycle tourists for its compactness, yet ability to stand up to rough roads and heavy loads. There are two different sizes for this trailer. The small one weighs 12 lbs. and can carry 100 lbs. The large Y-Frame trailer weighs 15 lbs. and can handle 200 lbs. of gear. They come with 16" and 20" wheels respectively.
Besides having the two sizes, there are various accessories for the Carry Freedom Y-Frame trailer. Different boxes can be purchased to put your stuff into, or you can choose to use it just as a flatbed trailer. There is an optional handle for this trailer so that it can be pulled without bending over or spilling the contents. There is also an extra long hitch arm that can be purchased which allows the user to carry a kayak or canoe behind the bike.
Build Your Own Bike Trailer
There is always the option to build your own trailer. The kind folks at Carry Freedom also make plans available free upon request to make your own bike trailer. The plans are designed so that the trailer does not have to cost much, and can be made with simple construction materials found in just about every country around the world.
When visiting their website to get the plans for building your own, you will see pictures of the different modifications and trailers that have been built using their plans. Depending on how much you have to buy, as opposed to finding on the side of the road, this homemade trailer can cost as little as nothing, up to about $100 if you have to buy new wheels and all the construction material. I built a bamboo bike trailer and spent less than $20, but had to buy very few materials.
Those are some of the many bike trailer options that are available. Shop around to find the best deals, either through your local bike shop or through online retailers.