Keep your Bike Trailer in Top Shape! - July 02, 2019
Annual Bicycle Trailer Inspection
Now that it’s Summer and you’ve had the chance to get outside and bike, have you given any thought to your bike trailer maintenance? You probably checked your bike: the chain, tires, brakes and derailleur when you took it out for its first spin of the season, but did you check the bicycle trailer? We recommend that you perform an annual check of the following items on your bike trailer in addition to you bike maintenance.
Thoroughly inspect your bicycle trailer and all parts for wear. We recommend starting with the tow bar and then moving from front to back of the trailer to ensure all the bolts and screws are tight. If your trailer converts to a stroller, check that the push bar is secure.
Inspect the colored rubber hitch in the end of your trailers towbar. If it is starting to crack then replace it. You should replace the trailer hitch in any case if it is more than 3 years old.
For child bike trailers, check that the secondary safety strap at the hitch is in good condition. If it is frayed, replace it.
Twice a year, apply oil to the moving parts of the axle, and coat the entire axle so that it does not become fused in the receiver.
Check the fabric, bug and rain screens for rips and wear. They can be cleaned by lightly scrubbing with a brush and a mild environmentally friendly detergent. Do not use bleach!
If the fabric starts to tear, patch it. We cannot replace trailer fabric, so take care of it and keep your trailer on the road and trails for years!
Ensure that all buckles still snap and are secure.
Regular Bike Trailer Inpection Tips
Examine the tires. Check the tire pressure and look at the tires for wear and cracks.
Store the trailer indoors, in a cool, dry location to prevent UV damage and mold growth due to moisture. Extended periods in the sun, rain or snow will cause the fabric to become brittle and damaged. We have carry bags and storage covers to help keep your trailer in great condition for years to come.
Its summer now, but keep in mind that these tips are especially important in winter weather! Do not fold the trailer in sub-zero temperatures as the plastic windows may crack.
Do not fold and store your bike trailer if it is wet. Please let the trailer dry first before folfing to store
By keeping your trailer clean, oiled, and stored in a dry location out of the sun, it will last at least 10 years. We have customers’ whose trailers are 25 years old and going strong!