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tie downs

Postby AndyC » Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:05 am



I want to trailer my trike out west and want to know if I can tie it off in the rear on the trailer hitch, and front use a bike chock with a strap and not tie down the handle bar tree ???? The chock really locks in the front tire well. Thanks !!! AndyC



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Re: tie downs

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:27 am

Depends on which front wheel chock you're using and where you intend to attach the strap(both to the trike and to the trailer)??
Trailer hitch should be OK. Some trike owners have made their own draw bars with a flat piece on the end with holes in it to hold the hooks of the ratchet straps

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Re: tie downs

Postby AndyC » Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:13 am

The chock is a very high quality version of the ones sold @ Harbor freight, drive in and it locks the tire, its a job getting it out. I wrap a strap thru the front tire over the chock to a eyebolt in the trailer floor. You could tip the trailer over and I think it would hold. My concern is whether the shocks will be damaged by not tying off the Tri tree.

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Re: tie downs

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:31 pm

AndyC wrote:The chock is a very high quality version of the ones sold @ Harbor freight, drive in and it locks the tire, its a job getting it out. I wrap a strap thru the front tire over the chock to a eyebolt in the trailer floor. You could tip the trailer over and I think it would hold. My concern is whether the shocks will be damaged by not tying off the Tri tree.


No more than they would be damaged by you riding down the road - as long as you aren't hitting some massive bumps that would slam the upper bump stop in the forks as the wheel is held down, and if you're hitting bumps of that size, you've got other problems.

Have a look at this: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=14030

I would tie down the rear to the actual bike frame, not to the trailer hitch. The hitch is designed primarily for fore/aft force. I suspect you may find it damaged at the end of the trip if you try to tie the bike down on a trailer using it.

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Re: tie downs

Postby sandy1man » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:31 am

Not that I am an expert at any of this but you are creating preasures in directions that the shocks/front end are not designed to withstand. I believe it would be better to tie the tri tree and take the preasure off the front suspension.... But that is just my opinion....

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Re: tie downs

Postby AndyC » Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:46 am

Thanks, the front chock holds the wheel so tight its a pain to get it out of it. I was worried about the "bounce"going down the road not any forward or backward pressure. Thanks Buddy !!!

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Re: tie downs

Postby robb » Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:50 am

This is what I use for transport and it is unbeatable.
http://www.turnoverball.com/products/bi ... ar-product

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Re: tie downs

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:35 pm

robb wrote:This is what I use for transport and it is unbeatable.
http://www.turnoverball.com/products/bi ... ar-product

robb, Interesting concept.
What I'm seeing is a clamp with a bar that grips the bike (I'm assuming the frame under the drivers pegs)
Then the bar locks into the mount that is bolted down to keep it from tipping side to side and moving front to back.
Kind of like putting your bike in a mounted vise.
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Re: tie downs

Postby robb » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:23 pm

Yes it clamps to frame. Set to your height it supports the bike and eliminates bottoming. Wheel chock up front to strap wheel and for safety use a strap across the seat with minimal pressure. Makes it easy to transport under a cover.




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