My thru axle size is not listed in the fit guide; is there another way I can attach the Steel Hitch to my bike?
Burley tries to offer a solution for many common thru axle sizes. If your thru axle size is not listed in the Thru Axle Fit Guide, we recommend getting a kid trailer adapted thru axle from the Robert Axle Project as they offer additional specialty sizes.
Can I use my older trailer with a Classic Hitch on a bike with disc brakes?
The Classic Hitch attaches by clamping to the bike frame. Disc brake calipers get in the way of this connection, so a different hitching method is needed. Our Steel Hitch (included with all newer trailers) is our axle-mounted hitch system that is compatible with most bikes. To hitch your older trailer to a bike with disc brakes, you will need the Steel Hitch, part number 960116, and a Flex Connector. Flex Connectors are made for both round and square tow bars. If your tow bar has round tubing, the part number you need is 950037; if it is square tubing, the part number is 950038. Both the Steel Hitch and a Flex Connector are required to go from the Classic Hitch to the quick-release connection that the Steel Hitch offers. In some setups an adapter may be required to use the Steel Hitch. Check the Hitch Guide for more information on identifying if an adapter is necessary for your bike to accept the Steel Hitch.
Will a Burley work on my folding bike with 20” wheels?
Riders have used our 2-wheel kid and cargo trailers on bicycles with a 20” wheel in the past with success. The front of the trailer may ride a little lower than on a larger wheeled bicycle but should have clearance for standard roadways. It is important to be mindful of speed bumps, inclines, etc. We advise against mounting the steel hitch upside down (to create additional clearance) on the bicycle axle because it will alter the load point and may affect the integrity of the connection.
The Travoy cargo trailer is a popular option for folding bike users since it folds down to store in a tote bag (included). This is a great commuting option for those on the go that are conscious about their storage footprint. The hitch for the Travoy needs to be mounted between 28-34 inches above the ground.
For the Coho XC single-wheel trailer, we have not validated how the riding and handling characteristics would be impacted on a 20” wheel. Therefore, we do not recommend the Coho XC for use with a 20”-wheel bike as it will reduce the ground clearance of the trailer and would lose the functionality of the included trailer kickstand due to the low height. We hope one of our other cargo trailers will accommodate your needs.
Can I use a Burley trailer with a tricycle?
Burley trailers are compatible with many recumbents and trikes with a single rear wheel. If the rear wheel of the recumbent or trike has a set-up similar to most bicycle rear wheels, you should be able to hitch it to a Burley trailer. If the trike has a 20” or 16” rear wheel, the front of the trailer may ride a little lower than on a larger wheeled bicycle but should have clearance for standard roadways. It is important to be mindful of speed bumps, inclines, etc. Unfortunately, Burley does not have an approved hitch method for a tricycle with 2 rear wheels.
Will a Burley connect to my ebike?
Most of our trailers are compatible with ebikes! Depending on the bike’s axle, a hitch adapter may be needed. See the hitching guide for more information. When using a trailer with an ebike, it is important to maintain a safe speed throughout the ride. The max recommended speed when towing a Burley trailer with an e-bike is 15mph (24km/h) on straight, smooth roads and 5mph (8km/h) when turning and on rough roads.
For ebikes with rear hub motors, if there is a cable routed through the bolt axle of the rear hub, we do not currently have a solution for attaching the Coho XC cargo trailer.