I’ll keep you from reading my rant of why I feel that child bike seats are unsafe and can lead to danger for the child and adult. That will be saved for another day.
Earlier in the summer Burley sent out a D’Lite Child Trailer for review purposes. Walking into the review I knew from my experience in the past with Burley, their trailers and the quality they take around design and development – I would be pleased with the results of their D’Lite trailer. As my children are grown to 10 and 11 years old, I borrowed and stole children of all sizes for the review and testing. At the bottom of this is a ton of photos to hopefully document all the details that the D’Lite has to offer.
My Burley Trailer History
My first experience with Burley outside of selling them was back in 2005. The shop I was managing outside of Boston had a few rental Burley trailers to use on the local rail to trail. During the early spring before our rental period picked up I adopted a puppy. I used a kids trailer with a couple blankets and a short leash to transport my new puppy to the shop and back. She loved it, I loved it and it was perfect. Since then Burley has actually released the Tail Wagon which is a trailer designed for your dog!
My next experience with Burley was as a bike line. My small shop in Charlotte, NC stocked and sold their road line. Beautiful steel bikes, a dying breed. Since then Burley has restructured and really going after the trailer and pull behind niche.
Details of the Burley D’Lite Child Trailer
Details pulled right from Burley.com
- Available in Green or Orange
- Replacement covers available in Yellow, Blue or Red
- Bowed-out sides for increased interior width/shoulder room
- Elastomer suspension system
- Exclusive height-adjustable handlebar that doubles as roll bar
- All weather cover with waterproof zippers
- Deluxe reclining padded seats
- Five-point harness and padded shoulder harness
- Removable, washable seat pad and shoulder harness
- Tinted side windows
- Adjustable sunshade
- Parking brake
|Number of children||2|
|Capacity||100.0 lb/ 45.4 kg|
|Weight||28.0 lb/ 12.7 kg|
|Interior height||25.2 in/ 64.0 cm|
|Interior width||26.4 in/ 67.1 cm|
|Interior seat width||20.0 in/ 50.8 cm|
|Cargo space||35.0 liters|
|Wheel size||20.0 in/ 50.8 cm|
The things I found unique and completely Burley:
- Tinted side windows
- Rear window that zips down for airflow and the child can see around
- Drink and snack holders on both sides the seats
- Reflective piping and logos all around the shell
- Easy to use
- Push button wheels
- Standard 20″ wheels, not the plastic kind
- Did I mention easy to use?
- Adaptable to all types of bikes
My Overall Feelings
The D’Lite delivered as I expected it to. The trailer isn’t the cheapest out there, but if you purchase an accessory kit this could become your do all stroller, running jogger and kid hauler. The ability to completely flatten, pull the wheels off and stow it in the back of your vehicle is irreplaceable for the family on the go. Why not have one killer trailer/stroller/hauler instead of 3 that do 3 different things?
In the end I do believe that trailers are safer, allow you to bring two kids, clothing, and they are tucked behind UV windows, rain fly’s mesh, and a roll bar. 5 point harness system will keep every kid in place. Extra room allows you to put snacks and toys in with them, without the ability of them throwing it overboard.
I hope to explore how parents can get their children interested in riding in the trailer, how to do it safely and tips/ideas of how to get out with your family. In the end it is completely how the parent handles taking the their child, how they encourage healthy living and being outside.
Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge. I was not paid or bribed for the review and was completely as judgmental as I am with everything else in my life.