Beginner's Guide: Bike-Touring with Burley

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As summer gets into full swing, there’s no better time to plan a bike-touring adventure. If you’re new to bike-touring, think of it as a combination of cycling and backpacking—an exciting way to explore new places, enjoy nature, and immerse yourself in the journey. Whether you’re planning an overnight adventure or a multi-day expedition, Burley’s bike trailers are the perfect solution to carry your most precious cargo. Here’s a beginner-friendly guide to planning your bike-touring trip this summer with Burley.

What is Bike-Touring?

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Bike-touring involves traveling long distances by bike while carrying all the gear you need for your trip. Unlike regular cycling, where speed might be the focus, bike-touring emphasizes the journey itself, allowing you to experience the landscapes and communities you pass through. It’s an adventure that combines the joy of cycling with the freedom of exploring at your own pace.

Planning Your First Bike-Touring Adventure

1. Choosing Your Destination

Start by selecting a route that matches your experience level and interests. Here are some tips:

  • Beginner-Friendly Routes: Opt for routes with gentle terrain and manageable distances. Websites like Rails to Trails and Trail Link can be great resources for seeking out a route that fits your needs.
  • Local Explorations: Staying close to developed areas can provide a level of comfort on your first bike-touring trip. Stop in-town for food, bathrooms, or even stay in hotels along the way!
  • Manageable Distance: When mapping out your route, choose a manageable distance to bike each day. For beginners, try aiming for 30-40 miles per day. Be sure to consider the weight of equipment or your pets/kids that you plan to tow behind you along with the landscape of your route.

2. Packing Your Items

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Burley's cargo trailers are designed to make bike-touring a breeze by efficiently carrying your gear. Whether you’re hauling camping equipment, food, or personal items, our cargo trailers offer ample space and ease of use:

  • Burley Nomad: This lightweight cargo trailer, designed for bike-touring, has a 100-pound carrying capacity and waterproof cover, perfect for carrying your camping gear, clothing, and supplies on longer trips.
  • Burley Flatbed: Ideal for larger or bulky items, this trailer has a 100-pound weight capacity and offers versatile storage options, allowing you to pack everything from tents to coolers.
  • Burley Coho XC: This one-wheel, coil suspension trailer is built for adventure. With a 70-pound weight capacity, adjustable kickstand, and quick release lever, the Coho XC is perfect for everything from the singletrack to the backcountry.

But our trailers aren’t just for cargo! If you’re planning to bring your furry friend or little ones along, Burley has you covered:

  • Burley Pet Trailers: Designed with your pet’s comfort in mind, these trailers are perfect for bringing your furry friend along for the ride, providing them with a safe and cozy ride. Pair the trailer with our Pet Trailer Pouch and Pet Bed for added comfort and storage.
  • Burley Kid Trailers: Our child trailers ensure that even the youngest adventurers can join the journey. They’re built for safety and comfort, making family bike-touring an exciting and safe experience. All Burley kid bike trailers feature a spacious rear storage area for gear, toys, and snacks, making this trailer perfect for the family on the move.
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Essential Gear to Pack

  • Clothing: Pack light, breathable layers and include waterproof gear. A few sets of clothes for cycling and relaxing will suffice.
  • Camping Equipment: A compact tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad are essential if you’re planning to camp.
  • Food and Cooking Supplies: Bring easy-to-prepare meals, snacks, and plenty of water, along with a portable stove and lightweight cookware.
  • Bike Tools and Safety Gear: A basic tool kit, spare tubes, and a pump are must-haves. Don’t forget your helmet and a first-aid kit.
  • Navigation Aids: Use maps or a GPS device to stay on track.

3. Preparing Your Bike and Trailer

Before hitting the road, ensure your bike and Burley trailer are ready:

  • Bike Check: Inspect your tires, brakes, and gears to ensure they’re in good condition.
  • Trailer Setup: Attach your Burley trailer securely and test it with your packed gear. Be sure to inspect the tires, tow bar, steel hitch, flex connector, and all retaining pins to ensure it is safe to ride with.
  • Pack Efficiently: Distribute weight evenly in the trailer to maintain stability. Keep high-use items on top where they’re easy to access.

4. Embrace the Journey

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As you embark on your bike-touring adventure, remember these tips to enhance your experience:

  • Bike Check: Inspect your tires, brakes, and gears to ensure they’re in good condition.
  • Take It Easy: Start with shorter rides and gradually increase your distance. This helps you adapt to the physical demands of bike-touring.
  • Stay Flexible: Be open to changing your plans based on weather, road conditions, or simply to explore a beautiful spot you find along the way.
  • Enjoy the Ride: Take breaks, enjoy the scenery, and savor the freedom of being on the open road.

Burley: Your Partner in Adventure

At Burley, we’re passionate about making your bike-touring experiences unforgettable. Our cargo trailers are designed to provide the reliability and convenience you need for a successful trip. Ready to start planning your summer tour? Explore our range of cargo trailers and get equipped for your adventure here.