Is it bad to leave my bike strapped to the trailer.....

6 replies to this topic
  • ftw808

Posted May 29, 2002 - 09:22 PM


damage to the front end?

[ May 29, 2002: Message edited by: ftw808 ]

  • FOX426

Posted May 29, 2002 - 09:39 PM


Why do you think bike stands support the bike with no weight on the suspension? Seriously you can cause the springs to fatigue and compress over time. :)

  • yznvegas

Posted May 29, 2002 - 10:14 AM


Go find my post on this very same subject from a few days ago titled "tying bikes down"

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  • 98yz

Posted May 29, 2002 - 11:14 AM


Yes it is bad.

  • ltrosson

Posted May 29, 2002 - 03:11 PM


We leave three on the trailer all of the time, no tension on the forks, just enough to keep them from falling over, no problem with springs.

  • Bill

Posted May 30, 2002 - 12:36 AM


You can buy a "bike shoe" it hold just the front wheel and uses no tie downs. The only problem with these, is if you get a flat front tire. Then the holder doesn't work so well.

I have a piece of 4" x 4" cut to around 11 inches. I put it between the front tire and fender and then tighten down the straps. You have to use ratcheting or Ancra tiedowns, any other type may come loose during transport :)


  • Fireball

Posted May 30, 2002 - 03:06 PM


I had a "bike shoe" before, then sold it. I had it mounted on an open trailer. One day, I was looking in the rear view mirror and noticed how the bike leaned and swayed as I traveled. All I could think was... man! that must be stressful on the front wheel spokes & hubs. Went back to tie downs... pulled just enough to safely hold the bike.

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