43 comments


  • Thanks for the thorough and practical review! I’ve been thinking of getting a Travoy for awhile now and you’re pushing me further in that direction.

    I’m looking forward to reading more!

    November 13, 2012
  • Jim

    I have been using my Travoy for a couple of years for getting my wildlife photography to remote locations that would otherwise be very difficult. The Travoy coupled with my 29er makes a true alternative to an SUV I jokingly tell people this is my interpretation of the Hummer.

    November 13, 2012
  • Cool! Nice to see another photographer using the Travoy. Makes a great photo dolly!

    November 13, 2012
  • RufusZulu

    I’ve been using a Travoy for nearly two years and never miss an opportunity to hitch it up; so-much-so, my Nomad and Carry Freedom Y frame are feeling quite shunned!

    November 14, 2012
  • Excellent review. What’s the pricetag of the Travoy?

    November 14, 2012
  • Most sell it for $299 US. BikeTrailerShop has it for $269 at the moment. Best price we’ve seen for it.

    November 14, 2012
  • Nate Briggs

    An amazing device – and a credit to its designers.

    The first few times I used it, I also frequently looked back to make sure the thing was still attached. In most situations – where you’re not pulling a huge amount of weight – its presence is almost undetectable.

    The linkage, while seeming very frail, is very robust. You can actually tip the trailer over, and drag it for a few feet, without breaking the trailer’s connection to the bike.

    November 14, 2012
  • Look at all the photographers using the Travoy!

    Makes me wonder if there is a market for Travoy-specific camera cases.

    November 14, 2012
  • PS: That rear rack of yours might be a candidate for a Travoy Rack Mount Hitch Adapter

    http://www.biketrailershop.com/b-p-2057.html

    November 14, 2012
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    November 15, 2012
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    November 16, 2012
  • Andy

    1. Have you tried it with your Bromptons? I know some people have, so I’m curious about your experiences.

    2. From the picture, it looks like your week of emergency food consists of: (A) pumpkin pie filling; (B) dehydrated potatoes; (C) canned chili; and (D) hot sauce. :-)

    November 18, 2012
  • Ian Butler

    Great post! I’ve carted loads of old IT books to the town library on my Travoy (book sale items). Piece of cake.

    Regarding the Travoy and Brompton: Brompton does not support using the Travoy. I recently bought a Brompton and wrote the company specifically on this point.

    They argue that strain from the Travoy (high on the seat post) could crack the seat tube over time. If that happened, you would be out of warranty for repairs.

    Trying to figure how to put the folded Brompton on the Travoy, though. Seems a bit wide for the trailer. Oh well.

    Cheers.

    November 19, 2012
  • Great idea! I work for Burley and I know we do make straps that can work on anything and attach to the Travoy so people can use their own bags. I like your idea though!!

    November 21, 2012
  • It’s $299 and the yellow one is now in stock! http://www.burley.com/home/bur/page_4152/travoy.html?x=1

    November 21, 2012
  • Rich Bailey

    Oh my goodness! My wife and I just had this conversation this morning as we were riding back from a week’s house sitting here in Tokyo, with me pulling the trailer. Although we were talking about a zombie apocalypse and what we would need to carry…

    November 26, 2012
  • Jim

    Nice. What kind of speed hit are you taking vs. unladen and what is the max flat speed you’ve attained?

    Thanks!

    December 01, 2012
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    December 06, 2012
  • Jim

    Ok. I get it. I will remove the bookmark now.

    December 06, 2012
  • Microzen

    I’ve had my Travoy almost 3 years and I love it. I took it and my Dahon with me when I lived overseas. Bringing them on the plane was easy, and everything Russ says about the travel bag is correct. One thing I did find with the plane travel though is that the bottom reflectors easily break off.

    Another thing I have found is that hitting curbs wrong can cause it to tip. I found this once when making too tight a left turn and hitting the edge of the curb with one of the Travoy wheels. Also, when living overseas in a country with poor pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, I had to hop many curbs, which the Travoy did not like when loaded down with 4 gallon jugs of water.

    Also, I often switch it between bikes, so I sometimes wish I had an extra hitch. Some things to note are that you will need to go down to your hardware store to get longer screws if you want to put the hitch on a wider seatpost, like on a foldie like the Dahon; and if you have a rear rack on a full-sized bike, you will only be able to use side panniers as the hitch stem will be in the way of the top of the rack.

    In all I have used it as a shopping cart, bike move trailer, carrier for taking a bike into the shop, and commuter bag.

    December 07, 2012
  • Annie

    Will it work to haul an upright bass? You know, a stand-up bass as in bluegrass band? Thanks.

    February 22, 2013
  • Annie,
    Don’t know for sure. Width of the Travoy is actually fairly narrow, so it depends on how wide the bass is. I know it will work with a standard sized guitar.

    Russ

    February 24, 2013
  • aikibike

    I switched from a my trusted BOB to the travoy last year that coincided with loss of space ( livin in Philly) and have been impressed. I use it for everything from camping to shopping to my disc golf carrier! I even have a 13 gal trash can from Rubbermaid that has a flat locking top for a waterproof storage that fits like a glove. I’m running it on a Troll and the only caveat is that on bikes like that ( or Vaya) the hitch is strained due to angle. No problems so far but it rides smoother on more upright seat tubes.

    February 26, 2013
  • Annie

    I wonder if we can modify it to extend the width. Either that or we have to go with a flat bed trailer. Thanks Russ.

    February 26, 2013
  • Alan

    Great review. I’m looking at getting back into bicycling after a long absence. I’ll probably set up a Surly Cross Check as a general purpose rig, but I’d also like to use it for touring. While touring is doable, the geometry is less than ideal (but better for general riding).

    I was thinking that for touring I’d use a combination of medium panniers and a trailer. While trailers like the Bob Yak and Burley Nomad can carry lots of gear, they also seem bit unwieldy.

    The Travoy seems like the perfect compliment to touring with mid-size panniers. It seems like you could place the bulkier, lighter items (sleeping bag, pad, tent, etc.) on the panniers while using the Travoy for heavier, more compact items (food and cooking equipment).

    I’d like to here from persons who might have used it for longer tours in a variety of conditions to see how it worked.

    Really great review! :-)

    April 19, 2013
  • Dan

    As a follow up question to the comment about combining this with a folding bike for travel – any idea if a Samsonite F’Lite (30″) hard case could be successfully strapped on to a Travoy? I assume it would have to be put in on the narrow axis to fit (12″ across), with some of the case sticking out off the back of the cargo shelf. i am thinking of that as an alternative to the Wike or Bike Friday F’lite suitcase trailers.

    May 08, 2013
  • Hello from germany,
    my wife and i we used two Travoys. Long distance travel from the atlantic coast of france to Switzerland in 2012, about 1500 km.
    The Tote-bag is not as good as it looks. we saw a lot of damage at the wheelside.
    If it would be useful i will send some pictures
    Best regards from Karlsruhe (Baden) Germany.
    Bettina and Karl

    May 25, 2013
  • Matt

    Any thoughts about how this handles on packed gravel roads?

    May 29, 2013
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    June 03, 2013
  • steve413

    It handles okay on gravel….at least as well as a bike does. i just “four wheeled” my touring bike and travoy in ultra low gear up some loose dirt and gravel 15 percent incline to climb up to some railway tracks today and had no problems. And on the other side of the tracks it was packed dirt and gravel for a bit and, again, no problems.

    June 03, 2013
  • Angela Lum Klein

    Hi Karl,

    I would love to see some picks from your travels (France – Switzerland). We were just given a travoy for our wedding and already we’ve been using for grocery getting and general touring around town.

    BTW — I love seeing the shots from Russ’ video dolly.

    THanks!
    Angela

    September 19, 2013
  • Stefano

    Hi, I am from Italy, living in Milan. Traffic here is a huge problem, as far as parking. No one here knows the travoy, but I’ve seen a local bike shop that sells it, not in stock. The only hassle is the price: it is sold 360€, discouraging potential buyers, but thanks to your article and comments, I think I’ll order it to use for weekly grocery shopping

    September 22, 2013
  • pamela murray

    I love the Travoy and I have the rack mount hitch. I have to use it because I don’t have enough seat post to mount the hitch. Yes, I’m that short and on a 47. But I can still pull about 50 lbs on the Travoy. Well designed, thoughtful and oh so practical. Now I can do anything on my bike.

    February 11, 2014
  • As an original owner of the Travoy it has truly become my #1 bike accessory – I use it to got to Farmers Markets, Grocery Shopping, Bike Camping and even use it off the bike when I need to carry things.

    As I said this has been used for a few bike camping trips to carry my Tent, Sleeping Bag and basic needs package with my clothes in some small front panniers and it works fantastic.

    It truly is one of the most useful and well designed bike trailers ever.

    I have pretty much every Travoy Bag – my regular set up is to use the Large Yellow Ortlieb Style Bag with the black briefcase bag for doing most of my trips.

    I truly can’t imagine life without my Burley Travoy.

    March 07, 2014
  • I would have to say no – anything that bumps into the wheels makes it really hard to use.

    I have used it many times coming back from the Farmers Market fully loaded and even a little contact with the wheels is not good.

    As Russ said a Guitar is doable or possibly a cello but an Upright Bass would be problematic

    March 07, 2014
  • […] This is a multi-part review due to all the images I included. The links to all the parts are: Commuting To Work – Excuse Killer – Burley Travoy Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 1 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 2 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 3 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 4 New Modern Day Miles PR – Burley Travoy First Use Just For Fun (Not My Review) -> Burley Travoy as Post-Apocalyptic Trailer? […]

    March 07, 2014
  • […] This is a multi-part review due to all the images I included. The links to all the parts are: Commuting To Work – Excuse Killer – Burley Travoy Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 1 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 2 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 3 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 4 New Modern Day Miles PR – Burley Travoy First Use Just For Fun (Not My Review) -> Burley Travoy as Post-Apocalyptic Trailer? […]

    March 07, 2014
  • […] This is a multi-part review due to all the images I included. The links to all the parts are: Commuting To Work – Excuse Killer – Burley Travoy Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 1 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 2 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 3 Burley Travoy Trailer Review – Part 4 New Modern Day Miles PR – Burley Travoy First Use Just For Fun (Not My Review) -> Burley Travoy as Post-Apocalyptic Trailer? […]

    March 07, 2014
  • I recently took my folding Montague Navigator bicycle and Burley Travoy on Amtrak. I traveled from Iowa to California by train and took the Amtrak Shuttle to Oroville, California. There I got off the bus, assembled my bike and Travoy and rode to my destination. It was a great feeling of self-sufficiency.

    Here is a link to my biking blog post on the trip.http://www.tomkeplerbicycling.com/2014/01/montague-navigator-folding-bicycle.html

    March 07, 2014
  • Niklas Vollmer

    I love my Travoy — and have been trying to figure out how to transport a second adult-sized bike with it (I am a carless commuter and pick my son up at school, but his mom rarely bikes him there in the morning so my need is to get him his bike so we can bike home together). Has anyone figure out how to adapt the Travoy to do this without breaking the second bike down? Thanks!

    March 08, 2014
  • dyer p

    I’ve had a Travoy for three months and I use it for everything! I don’t understand the negative comments about tires hitting anything while loaded. I’ve been surprised to look back and see a wheel on a curb when loaded with 20+ lbs of textbooks, computer, etc. if I don’t pay attention, usually when slowing down to press the crosswalk button at intersections. It folds down so quickly and compactly I’ll take it into grocery stores and stow it on the bottom rack of a shopping cart so it won’t get stolen outside. Best bicycle accessory I’ve bought!

    June 25, 2014
  • Sara

    Hey Russ,

    I’m thinking of getting a travoy to use with my Brompton. Do you happen to know if the Travoy can carry a folded Brompton?

    Thank you, Sara

    September 08, 2014
  • Yes it can!

    September 15, 2014

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