's Forum Archives - General

Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )

Burley d'lite vs Rhode Gear (by Bell) bike trailer(27 posts)

Burley d'lite vs Rhode Gear (by Bell) bike trailerSpinchick
Apr 17, 2002 12:05 PM
Anyone own the Rhode Gear Bell Pro bike trailer? I'm in the market and always thought I'd get the Burley. I have found a good deal ($149 - LBS sells them for $300) on the Rhode Gear and I'm wondering if it's close to being as well made(safe) as the Burley.
Personally I like the Burley soloColnagoFE
Apr 17, 2002 12:42 PM
Unless you have 2 kids really close in age you won't miss not having room for 2 and it's safer because it's not so wide.
Thing is...Spinchick
Apr 17, 2002 12:56 PM
I really am going to need the room for 2 kids. Otherwise I'd opt for the solo.
re: Burley d'lite vs Rhode Gear (by Bell) bike trailervgraziano
Apr 17, 2002 12:46 PM
I received from feedback from a post on and the recommendations were to go for a Wike.
Never heard of Wike...Spinchick
Apr 17, 2002 12:57 PM
do you have any other info?
Never heard of Wike...vgraziano
Apr 18, 2002 7:45 AM
Web Site is:

Also got some good feedback on Cycletotes but haven't found anything out on them yet.
I have and the Bell/Rhode Gear...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2002 1:00 PM
and haven't had any problems so far. i think we paid $135 from costco (warehouse club) for the trailer, so the burley and the bell/rhode gear seem to be pretty close in price, if you're considering a *new* burley. personally, i'd check them both out. unfortunately, the bell wasn't availbile as a built-up to examine before i bought it. i think i'd go with the burley just 'cuz you are getting such a good deal on a well-reputed manufacturer. otherwise, i have no regrets about buying the bell/rhode gear, and would do it again without a second thought.

does the burley have a webbing front or a plastic front? the bell we have only has a plastic front, which can be detached and rolled up at the top. good for ventilation, not-so-good that it doesn't provide a screen.

some other considerations: these things (at least the one i have) attach to your bike via a rubber-coated clamp that fastens to the rear, non-drive-side chainstay, and uses a nylon webbing with clip and recepticle at either end as a safety. i would not attach it to my main ride, for fear of marring the paint; i pull it around either with my mtb or the ol' cruiser. maybe i'll get you a pic tonight and post it tomorrow--we were riding 'round the 'hood last night.

it's built for two kids, up to 90 pounds or something, but really only comfortably fits one with a bunch of toys and stuff. before ours was old enough to sit up and support himself well, i had his carseat rigged in the trailer. he slept while i pedaled, 'cept when i got out of the saddle. now (he's 2) he sits there with a bewildered look on his face and eats cookies.

it's a good investment, either way. it's also the only way i can get my wife on a bike (she rides alongside and makes goo-goo faces).
I have and the Bell/Rhode Gear...Spinchick
Apr 17, 2002 1:34 PM
Wow, where did you see a new Burley for $135? If I found one at that price I'd buy it. I haven't seen a new one for less than $350 - usually closer to $400.

The Burleys I've seen all seem to have the plastic front too. I was a little concerned about that on hot days. Roll it up and the kiddos are gonna end up with bugs in their teeth/eyes. I liked the fact that they had the extra cargo space in the back - does the RG have decent space in back?

So, you're thinking 2 kids in the trailer might be a bit much?
we misread each other's posts...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 18, 2002 5:33 AM
sorry, i misinterpreted your post to say that the LBS had the burley for $150...and...i meant to say that the bell cost us $135 at the warehouse club. i don't know if the same bell trailer (pic later today) that i have is a steal at $150! seems overpriced, then discounted, yet still a bit overpriced (typical LBS tactics 'round here), to me.

my thing was: if you can get the burley for $150, then go for it! otherwise, the bell is worth $135. it's probably even worth $150. btw, check ebay. there were a bunch of 'em out there. search for "bike triailer".
re: Burley d'lite vs Rhode Gear (by Bell) bike trailerKing Henry
Apr 17, 2002 1:12 PM
We bought a Trek two seater last year and have generally been pleased with it. We picked it over the Burley on the advice of our LBS and the price difference, and over the Rhode Gear simply because we wanted to buy from our LBS, which carried only Burleys and Treks (hardly scientific).

The only real problem we had was the tendency of a two year old to elbow his younger sister and grab her toys. Therefore, you might consider a front/back model over a side by side, although I am not sure who makes the former. Fortunately, our son has graduated to a trailer bike and is no longer a threat to his sister, at least on bike rides.
Have a Bell here,djg
Apr 17, 2002 1:25 PM
which I purchased at costco a couple of years ago. Mine is strinkingly similar to a couple of Burly models I've seen (down to the colors), but I think the costco ones vary a little bit job-by-job. In any case, mine has worked quite well--mostly with one child and sometimes with two. I bought it with an eye towards price, but frankly I'm not sure what else I might have got or wanted out of a different one.
Have a Bell here,Spinchick
Apr 17, 2002 1:39 PM
How old/big are your kids? Is there enough room for two kids comfortably? We'll be using it for a 9/10 month old (big enough to stick a helmet on her head) and a 4 1/2 year old when we start using it. We're thinking about a camping/biking vacation along the Allegheny Highlands bike trail next year. I wouldn't plan on any more than 10 miles in one day.
My daughter is 4 1/2,djg
Apr 18, 2002 6:26 AM
twins are newborn and not ready for the trailer. My daughter rode in the trailer last summer sometimes with her cousin, who was six--almost 7--(but frankly a pretty skinny six, and it was a bit short for him). The one I have should be fine for two kids of the ages you list--the harnesses should keep them more-or-less from piling into each other. Why not just take them to the shop and have them sit in one? If that's not possible, you're welcome to check mine out if you happen to be anywhere near Arlington, Va. I think your idea about limiting the mileage is a good one. We've done fifteen mile rides and had everybody happy, but I think it would get old for little kids if you tried multi-hour rides (and my daughter now likes to toodle around on her Trek "mountain cub" a little bit).
re: Burley d'liteAndante
Apr 17, 2002 4:48 PM
I have been using the Burley since the kid was 8 weeks old. Now we have two in the back. You will not be able to get another american made trailer with this quality. That is why the Burley is so expensive, and keeps its resale value. The other trailers are throwaways in comparison. If you want to do it on the cheap, and safety and construction are not your highest priorities, I suggest something at Cosco. Otherwise invest in america and the Burley.
Burley might welldjg
Apr 18, 2002 6:40 AM
be the best, but I've had no problems with the Bell after a couple of years of use. The five point harness keeps the child stable, there's adequate mesh ventilation when I roll up the rain cover, the clamping mechanism has never slipped, the pivot keeps the thing upright, no matter what I do with the bike, and the whole thing is surrounded by a tubular AL frame. Frankly, I don't really see what could go wrong, so long as I stay out of traffic. And it's easy to fold up and shove in the back of the (gulp) mini-van. Maybe the current ones are different--I don't know. But I'd be hesitant to slam something as unsafe without having a particular idea as to how it's unsafe.
8 weeks? What age do most start using trailers?bigdave
Apr 18, 2002 9:54 AM
Can you tell me more about using it when your child was 8 weeks old? Did your child wear a helmet? Did you put the child in a carseat?

My son is now 15 weeks old and my wife (who used to fly down rocky mountain bike descents) is very leery about a trailer this summer. She is thinking next summer.

If you, or anyone else, could elaborate on when you started using them (child's age), and how, that would be great.


That's too young.djg
Apr 18, 2002 10:53 AM
Check with your kid's pediatrician, but I think the general guideline is that the child must be able to sit up and control his or her head movements while wearing a helmet. That is, your wife is probably right.
8 weeks? What age do most start using trailers?Spinchick
Apr 18, 2002 12:48 PM
I guess it's a matter of your personal perception of safety. I didn't put my daughter on my bike (kid seat) until she was 10 months old and could wear a helmet. Some think the kid seats are unsafe - I guess in some ways they are less safe than the trailers. I probably won't put the next baby in the trailer until she can wear a helmet too. I think it also makes a difference where you ride. I would not ride on the roads with traffic without having my kid in a helmet. She's so in the habit now that she won't even get on her bike without it.
8 weeks? Sure!!Andante
Apr 18, 2002 12:58 PM
We put the kid in the infant car seat and strapped it in the trailer. Quite safe. Now that our daughter is 18months, she wears a helmut and rides on the stoker seat of the tandem.
BurleySpoke Wrench
Apr 17, 2002 5:35 PM
I think that Burley d'Lite is head and shoulders better than any of the other child trailers I've seen.

Burley has the only hitch that really attaches positively to the apex of the stays. The others just clamp to the chainstay and can slide forward on downhills.

The d'Lite is the niftiest folding trailer by far. If you don't know what you are doing, it might take you two minutes to fold it completely flat.

The d'Lite has a lightweight frame and real wire wheels.

The d'Lite has more shoulder and elbow room than the others for two kids to fit.

The d'Lite has a flow through ventillation system.

New retail price is about $400.00. If you only have one kid, you will get four years use out of it. After four years you can sell it for $200.00 no trouble. That's $50.00 per year and every time you use it you are not paying a baby sitter.
Rhode Gear, definitelyDT
Apr 17, 2002 7:19 PM
My wife and I bought a new Rhode Gear for the same price off EBay, some guy in Canada that sells new ones. We put our 5-month old daughter in her car seat and strap the crap out of the car seat into the trailer. We then go to a VERY lightly travelled road with excellent pavement and have done 20-mile rides. It's very stable (I looked down at the computer on a downhill and we had crept up to 30mph...even though it was extremely stable at that speed, I won;t be going that fast again!), and clamps well to the chainstay on the left side. I put some electrical tape around the stay there so it won't mar the frame, and I've never had a problem with it slipping. Also, the clamp piece rotates, so if you fall over the trailer won;t follow. The top is reversible, with a screen mesh on one side (with a fold-down plastic cover over it) and a plastic window on the other. It folds down pretty compactly, and the wheels are strudy wire wheels. The whole thing is very light, too. In all, we haven't found anything to complain with about it. Storage room under the seat, too...good trailer!
What!?! No pix of near naked women???MB1
Apr 18, 2002 7:20 AM
What is the world coming to. Don't you know this is the young lad fantasy forum???
Yes, apparently I have come to the wrong forum...Spinchick
Apr 18, 2002 8:11 AM
I was actually trying to get some information/experience from others on a non sex-related, cycling topic. What was I thinking?
safety issues..dotkaye
Apr 18, 2002 11:22 AM
I can no longer find the link, but when I was researching this, there was a study done that found there were not enough accidents with bike trailers or child seats, to draw any statistically significant conclusions about the various makes. All the serious injuries recorded happened in child seats, when the bike fell over. No serious injuries recorded for any trailer. So from a safety point of view, I don't think there's anything to choose.

We bought a trailer from Nashbar, now discontinued. It has a mesh cover for the front as well as a plastic one, which is good for hot days. Everything is solidly made, seems quite robust. It clamps to the chainstay in the same way as the Bell, which has taken chunks of paint off the Continental, not that I care..

Remember that the resale value on a Burley will be really good, so it will probably end up costing little more than the Bell.
Thanks for the info, folks...Spinchick
Apr 18, 2002 12:26 PM
much appreciated.
...and the winner is...(nm)JS Haiku Shop
Apr 18, 2002 1:03 PM
The winner is...Spinchick
Apr 18, 2002 2:36 PM
BAH! I still haven't decided! At least I've got it narrowed down to Burley, Rhode Gear or Wike. 'Bout where I started but a little more informed. I'll be checking out ebay frequently.