Burley Nomad Bike Trailer Review

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  • ℹ️ Published 9 months ago

I've owned the Burley Nomad bike trailer for two months, and these are my impressions after riding over 200 miles with it attached to my Catrike Expedition recumbent trike.

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Burley makes excellent trailers. I towed a Burley behind my ICE Qnt trike on my first long-haul journey in 2009, and on the trike, I had Arkel GT-54 panniers, along with a rear rack trunk. On that trip, from the Oregon Coast to Death Valley, each tire of the trailer went flat in California when I unwittingly rode through a massive bunch of goathead thorns that were covered by fall leaves (which is why I did not see them). One of the flats was a slow leak, which I just kept refilling along the way, but the other was more serious, so I had to install a new tube. As you noted, the rear wheels easily come off the trailer, so that made the repair quicker. On my trike, I was running Schwalbe Marathon PLUS tires, so none of them went flat in those horrible goatheads like the inexpensive Kenda tires used by Burley. That taught me a valuable lesson about tires: use the best or get used to changing flats out on the road! Thanks for sharing your thoughts Marty!

Author — Trike Hobo


I never rode a recumbent bike but it looks very nice. And that trailed is great to carry heavy stuff.

Author — Follow Thomas


Good video... One thing you want to pay close attention to.. When the weight is properly distributed they do great at following.. You want to put your weight just ahead of the trailer axle. More weight to the front of the trailer. This give the trailer the correct tongue weight.. Have you seen those camp trailers that get to whipping back and forth and end up flipping the entire trailer and pickup on it's side.. Yes that can happen with a trike trailer.. the reason is that the camp trailer had too much weight to the tail of the trailer. When the hitch begins to lift the back of the rig, it causes it to sway uncontrollably.. Take corners slow for safety.. It hurts to roll.

Author — Rob K


Instead of the cardboard and plastic, I use corrugated plastic (it's called corflute here in Australia). Swapped out a metal base plate for corflute on my trailer. Much lighter and solid enough for a load. Reinforced with 2 cross struts of carbon fibre.

Author — Earle Orenstein


Very nice accessory. Thanks for sharing. Happy trails to you!

Author — Mark feldman


Whatever you do, do not fill that trailer up! That’s a lot of capacity, and you just have to drag it up every hill...
Also, I wouldn’t trust using a quick release with that mounting plate behind the QR nut. Carry an extra skewer and crank it. Check it daily, or more. Honestly, those trailers are not built for long distance loaded touring, hence the speed limitation. Too much plastic on them. They’re a grocery getter. You’ll end up ditching it for something else, like a BOB trailer, designed for actual touring. (Pro bike mechanic, here)

Author — Rusty Knorr


I read those push button caps can fall off, maybe see about adding a bit of epoxy or something to keep it in place. Just an idea. I still haven't bought a trailer to know first hand.

Author — Carlos E


Shame Burley dont make recumbents anymore

Author — Taufik Abidin