THE WIKE BLOG

Keeping your Bike Trailer in Tip Top Shape!

July 02, 2019

Ever wondered how to clean and maintain your bike trailer? Have a read through our tips for ensuring your bike trailer is road-worthy for years to come.

Now that it’s Summer and you’ve had the chance to get outside and bike, have you given any thought to your 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 trailer? We recommend giving your trailer some attention each time you perform regular maintenance on your bike.

  • Thoroughly inspect your 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.
  • Replace the trailer hitch if it is more than 3 years old.
  • Check that all tablock pins are in good working condition.
  • For child 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.
  • 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.

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 20 years old and going strong!

If any part of your trailer is damaged or has wear, replacement parts can be ordered through our website. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

Happy Wiking!


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