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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-23-2007, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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trailers?

Hello. Im here in sarasota and i decided not to ride the 750 miles home. So i rented a trailer. Anybody know if the ties to tie down the bike usually come with a rented trailer. and the proper way to load it up and tie it down so it doesnt fall in the trip. thanks
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Unless you get a trailer from a Bike shop, It Will Not have the tie downs or the canyon dancer. Their not that expensive to get maybe 40$ total depending where you go.
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Here is a lil' help, but if you take your bike and trailer to a shop I'm sure they will help you load & secure it for free....
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-23-2007, 12:56 PM
 
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Enclosed or open trailer?

I use an open trailer. I use nylon "loops" on the clip-ons, then attach the tie-downs to the loops and front corners of the trailer. I alternate tightening each side to keep the bike vertical. (After you get the bike supported, lift your sidestand) Tighten til you compress the front forks 5-6 inches.

DON'T FORGET TO PUT YOUR SIDESTAND BACK DOWN WHEN LOOSENING

You shouldn't have to secure the rear, but some people do. I don't
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-23-2007, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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OK i bought the handlebar slipon thing. canyon dancer i think. and some tie downs. i think i got it. canyon dancer and 4 ties where 60 bucks
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How about:

Step 1: Once bike is in the truck or trailer, wrap soft loop around base of Left handle bar and place hook end of strap through soft loop and secure other hook of strap to secure spot in truck or trailer, pull slack out of strap and ratchet a few times, repeat for Right handle bar.

Step 2: Once both Ratchet straps are in place, tighten each snugly so that bike will sit in the upright position on its own. BE SURE TO NOT COMPRESS THE FRONT FORKS, SERIOUS DAMAGE MAY OCCUR TO SUSPENSION OF BIKE (see owners manual).

Step 3: Now for the rear of the bike. Find a stable member of the bike and wrap soft loop around and secure in same fashion as front (because each bike is a little different there is not just one specific spot to wrap the soft loop.)

Step 4: Periodically check tightness and condition of straps and load before and during trip, to ensure stability.

Step 5 Optional: The use of a wheel chock is a great security feature for your bike. If you choose to use one position straps so that they are pulling the bike in the forward position against the wheel chock.
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