I never thought I would spend $750 on a bike trailer, but the safety and versatility of Burley’s high-end buggy make me glad I did

Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
  • Burley is an Oregon-based designer of some of the most popular bike accessories in the world.
  • The company’s iconic kids’ trailer, the Bee, starts at $US280 ($AU381), while the D’Lite X starts at $US750 ($AU1,022).
  • After considering both, I chose the D’Lite X for its versatility and features. I’m glad I did.
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My wife and I have a 9-month-old daughter. She’s still too small for bike rides, so I borrowed her teddy bear for this test ride of the Burley D’Lite X.
Burley's D'Lite X with a teddy bear for testing
The D’Lite X looks like a normal bike trailer.
Burley's D'Lite X with the tow bar in biking position
The first advantage is the trailer easily converts to a stroller by lowering the front wheel and retracting the tow bar.
Burley's D'Lite X with the tow bar in stroller position
But if you don’t like the bar, you can quickly change it out using the optional stroller wheel accessory. There’s also an attachment for a jogger wheel. All attachments are sold separately.
Burley's D'Lite X with a tow bar and the optional stroller accessory
A large, sturdy clip secures attachments in place…
Burley's D'Lite X can change from trailer to stroller with a wheel kit
… and a safety pin adds additional security.
A push-button secures the safety pin on Burley's D'Lite X
In trailer mode, the push bar serves as additional rollover protection.
Burley's D'Lite X push bar easily flips to be a roll bar
The roll bar easily flips to become a push bar, and the height is quickly adjustable for short or tall people.
The push bar of Burley's D'Lite X flips over to become a roll bar
My wife and I are both tall, so the higher handle practically sold us on this trailer as an alternative to the normal stroller that causes us to hunch over when walking.
Burley's D'Lite X in stroller mode
We use the stroller every day for walks around the neighborhood, and our daughter loves the comfortably padded seat.
The seat of Burley's D'Lite X
There are mesh pockets on both sides for snacks, toys, or bottles.
Burley's D'Lite X has several side mesh pockets
The rubber floor mat is removable for easily cleaning out Cheerios and Goldfish.
Burley's D'Lite X has a removable floor mat
The bench seat is firm but padded – far more supportive than the saggy seat I recall riding around in when I was a kid. The seat can also be removed to turn the D’Lite X into a cargo trailer.
Burley's D'Lite X seat is firm but padded
The front panel folds away for easier entry (when the child is able to climb in on their own).
The front panel of Burley's D'Lite X folds away for easier entry
The wheels are easily removed with the push of a button, and can be swapped out for more rugged ones or outfitted with skis for wintertime.
The wheels on Burley's D'Lite X are easily removed with the push of a button
The D’Lite X features shocks, which you can adjust depending on the terrain or the weight of the passenger or cargo.
A closeup of the shocks and brakes on Burley's D'Lite X
The shocks make for an incredibly smooth ride, and the hub-brake mechanism fully locks up the wheels.
The hub brake mechanism of Burley's D'Lite X
The hub brake is easily engaged by sliding the foot lever at the back.
The hub brake of Burley's D'Lite X is easily engaged by sliding the foot lever
A clear rain cover zips over the mesh windows on both the front and back of the passenger area…
Burley's D'Lite X has a clear rain cover that zips over its mesh windows
… and a sun shade pulls down for the passenger.
Burley's D'Lite X has a sun shade for the passenger
The seat is reclinable with a button accessed through the rear compartment.
The seat of Burley's D'Lite X is reclinable
The seat leans back pretty far, and on two-seater models they are independently adjustable.
Burley's D'Lite X has a reclinable seat
The interior is spacious with tinted side windows.
Burley's D'Lite X has a spacious interior with tinted side windows
The trailer quickly folds down by releasing two catches above the seat…
Burley's D'Lite X folds down by releasing two catches
… then pushing the seat forward.
Burley's D'Lite X folds down by leaning the seat forward first
The whole thing folds relatively flat…
Burley's D'Lite X folds relatively flat
… especially when the wheels are removed.
Burley's D'Lite X folded flat with wheels removed
The rear compartment easily fits several grocery bags, though it can get a little unbalanced with heavier loads.
Burley's D'Lite X rear compartment fits groceries
The tow bar connects with a bracket that stays attached to your bike. If your bike uses a through-axle, you’ll need a special one to connect the bracket.
Burley's D'Lite X connects to a bike with a bracket
The tow bar is connected to the bracket with a pin…
The connecting pin of Burley's D'Lite X
… and the stroller wheel folds out of the way.
The tow bar's stroller wheel folds away on Burley's D'Lite X
As always, there are backups – for this model, a safety tether in case the hitch comes loose while riding.
Burley's D'Lite X has a safety tether in case the hitch comes loose
The first thing I noticed was how smooth and quiet the ride was.
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
The single-seat trailer isn’t exactly centered, but I realized that allows me to hug the right shoulder more closely without worrying about clipping the curb.
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
A visibility flag is included, and there are several spots to attach safety lights on the back.
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
I was surprised by the trailer’s light weight and maneuverability on pavement…
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
… and off.
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
The shocks really smoothed out the bumps…
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
… and making a tight turn was no problem.
Making a tight turn with the Burley's D'Lite X
The hitch is flexible enough to just lay the bike down when you need to take a break.
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
Considering the fact that some high-end strollers easily top the price of the Burley D’Lite X, I think having something this versatile is actually a pretty good deal.
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X
I’m looking forward to many long rides with my daughter – I just have to wait until she grows into her helmet.
Riding in Burley's D'Lite X