Chariot Carriers CORSAIRECTS Owner`s manual

OWNER’S MANUAL
CLASSIC SERIES:
Cabriolet, Corsaire XL
Keep this Owner’s Manual for future reference.
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WARNING
You should not use the Chariot child carrier before you have read and understood the contents of this Owner’s
Manual. Failure to comply with the instructions contained herein may lead to an otherwise avoidable accident in which
you and/or your passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
09/2006
51100453
Chariot Carriers Inc.
Bay F - 6810 6th ST SE
Calgary AB T2H 2K4
CANADA
Table of Contents
1.General Items......................................................................... 3
2.Overview of Components....................................................... 4
Telephone Numbers:
1-403-640-0822 ext 10
1-403-640-0759 (fax)
Chariot Carriers Inc. retains all rights to this Owner’s Manual.
No text, details, or illustrations from this manual may be either
reproduced, distributed, or become the subject of unauthorized
use for commercial purposes, nor may they be made available
to others.
Additional Manuals for using this carrier may be downloaded
from www.chariotcarriers.com.
Great care has been taken in assembling this manual.
Nevertheless, should you discover any errors, we would be
grateful if you could bring them to our attention.
3.Safety.....................................................................................
3.1 Explanation of symbols and instructions............................
3.2 General safety instructions................................................
3.3 Before each journey...........................................................
3.4 Safety instructions for travelling............................................
3.5 Safety instructions for maintenance and repairs................
3.6 Warning against unauthorised modifications......................
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4.Description of the carrier......................................................... 7
4.1 Supplied as standard.......................................................... 7
4.2 Erecting and folding the carrier........................................... 7
4.3 Wheel assembly................................................................. 8
4.4 Assembling the reflectors and the safety flag.................... 9
4.5 Legal requirements........................................................... 10
4.6 Attaching the hitcharm....................................................... 11
4.7 Attaching the Axle-Mount ezHitch...................................... 12
4.8 Attaching the carrier........................................................... 13
4.9 Weight distribution and hitcharm load............................... 14
4.10 Suitability of the bicycle used for towing......................... 15
4.11 Travelling......................................................................... 15
4.12 Use as a pull wagon........................................................ 16
4.13 Safety wrist strap (Corsaire only).................................... 16
4.14 Seat and seatbelts.......................................................... 17
4.15 Climate control................................................................ 19
4.16 Adjusting the suspension (Corsaire XL only)................... 21
4.17 Parking brake (Corsaire XL only).................................... 21
5.Parts lists and exploded views.............................................. 23
6. Accessories.......................................................................... 25
7.Service, Care and Storage.................................................... 25
8.Specifications........................................................................ 26
9. Wear and Tear...................................................................... 26
10.Warranty.............................................................................. 28
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1. General Items
Intended Use
Congratulations and thank you for purchasing a
Chariot Carrier!
Use as intended
Congratulations on choosing a Classic series CTS Trailer, the
key component of the world‘s premiere Child Transport System
(CTS). Your new CTS carrier offers superior quality, safety
features and comfort. In addition, Chariot CTS Conversion Kits
can provide you with the versatility to meet all of your child
transportation needs.
The CTS Conversion Kits available from your Chariot dealer are
the following:
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The carrier is intended for use within the performance ranges
specified for the carrying of children in daylight hours, on
sidewalks, light traffic public roads, and smooth paths.
Luggage may also be carried in the storage bags intended for
that purpose, provided the children in the carrier are not put at
risk.
If the child carrier is used in conditions of poor visibility, at dusk
or in the hours of darkness, it is highly recommended to be
fitted with a safety approved working light set.
As part of the recommended use, you should also follow this
Owner’s Manual and comply with the prescribed maintenance
requirements.
Hiking CTS Kit
Jogging CTS Kit
Strolling CTS Kit
XC Skiing CTS Kit (Corsaire only)
Use not recommended
Any use that goes beyond the above is not recommended.
Who is this Manual intended for?
This Manual is intended for the purchaser and user of the
carrier, who is also responsible for keeping it in proper
condition, carrying out maintenance as prescribed and
performing repairs.
When using this carrier, please also follow the owner’s manual
of the bicycle used for towing and the specifications given there
regarding the maximum allowable full load for the bicycle.
Use not recommended is primarily the conveying of people
together with animals, use of this carrier on rough off-road
terrain, use for commercial purposes, overloading, excessive
speed and improper repair of defects or modifications.
The manufacturer is not liable for damages arising from use that
is not recommended – this is at the risk of the user.
Performance characteristics
Cargo load
45 kg / 100 lb,
maximum of 2 children
Maximum body height of the children,
Corsaire XL
117 cm / 46˝
(head or helmet must not protrude above the carrier frame)
Maximum body height of the children,
Cabriolet
103 cm / 40.5˝
(head or helmet must not protrude above the carrier frame)
Top speed
25 km/h / 15 mph
Top speed on corners or rough roads
walking pace
(10 km/h / 6 mph)
Permitted hitcharm load
(tongue or nose weight, to be ensured
by good load distribution, see page 32) 1 - 6 kg / 2.2-13.2lb
Permissible rear wheel size
on the towing bicycle
26 or 28 inches /
650 C or 700 C
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2. Overview of Components
3. Safety
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The purpose of this section is to acquaint you with the symbols
and safety instructions and make you aware of general dangers
that might arise in using the carrier. In addition, here you will
get to know about the particular dangers when using the carrier
in road traffic, as well as being warned against unauthorised
rebuilds or modifications.
Here you will find instructions where failure to comply may
result in injury or even death to the user and/or the carrier‘s
passenger(s).
This section, which is entitled »Safety«, is the most important
section in this Owner’s Manual. For this reason you need
to read through it with particular care and take note of all
instructions and safety concerns.
Instructions introduced with this symbol indicate possible risk
of material damage. Failure to heed this warning may result
in material damage.
3.1 Explanation of symbols and instructions
In this Owner’s Manual all items relating to safety are provided
with a warning.
In the designation of the possible hazards, distinctions are drawn
based on the severity of the possible harm that may arise.
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Here you will find instructions that will make using the product easier for you.
3.2 General safety instructions
With regards to the carrier
Basics
• Never carry any heavy or sharp protruding items in the
storage space of the carrier if you are also carrying children
at the same time (risk of injury on braking).
• Items of luggage should be well secured so that they cannot
move around during the journey. Unsecured items of luggage
and overloading reduce riding stability and make the carrier
more difficult to handle.
• The carriers are bicycle carriers and must never be towed
behind motorised vehicles.
• The carriers must not be carried on the roof of a vehicle,
even when folded, as they will get damaged.
• At various points on the carrier, self-locking nuts are used. If
these have been loosened they must not be reused. Once
they have been loosened they lose their original function,
and this can lead to unexpected loosening of the screw
connection with potentially serious safety consequences.
• Do not use the carrier at temperatures below -20°C/-4°F
and do not store it at these temperatures. The windows may
break.
• When folding up or opening the carrier, there is a risk of
pinching your hand or fingers.
• When the carrier is towed behind a bicycle, the stroller
wheels must never be fixed in their use position (wheels
down). They may only be carried in their out-of-use position
(wheels up).
• Remember that on right-hand turns the radius of the turn is
restricted. If the rear wheel of the bicycle comes into contact
with the hitcharm, there is a risk of the cyclist falling and
injury.
• Please ensure that when manoeuvring, the carrier is not set
at an angle of more than 90° to the bicycle, otherwise the
hitch may be damaged.
• Reflectors that comply with CPSC regulations shall be visible
on the rear of the trailer and on the side of the wheels.
• Before using the carrier, please read through the Owner’s
Manual carefully. Failure to comply with the safety
instructions may result in serious personal injury or death to
both the user and/or the occupants of the carrier.
• When using the carrier, always comply with local safety and
accident prevention regulations, as well as the local Road
Traffic Act, all of which may restrict use in some way.
• Safe and appropriate use of the carrier is your responsibility.
Before using the carrier for the first time, acquaint yourself
with its handling characteristics away from public roads and
without carrying children. An empty carrier will tip over more
easily when going over obstacles with one wheel only than
one carrying a load. A fully loaded carrier makes greater
demands on the deceleration devices.
• Negotiate inclines and corners with the utmost caution and
reduce speed when doing so.
• Only cyclists who are experienced and strong enough may
tow bicycle trailers. If you wish to carry children in the bicycle
trailer, you must be 16 years old or over.
• Make sure that your bicycle is in good and safe condition.
We recommend you have your bicycle regularly serviced by
a bicycle retailer.
• If you are not sure whether your bicycle is suitable for towing
a carrier, please ask your specialist dealer.
• General warning: Travelling by bicycle with a child is an
activity that is potentially hazardous
• We recommend that especially long rear wheel mudguards
and rear-view mirrors be fitted to the bicycle that is to tow.
• When using this trailer, please also follow the Owner’s
Manual of the bicycle used for towing. Find out whether your
bicycle is permitted for use in towing bicycle trailers and the
permitted overall weight of the bicycle/carrier outfit.
• Do not use a kickstand or other parking device to support
the bicycle with a carrier attached. Attaching a carrier
can change the balance of the bicycle making kickstands
ineffective. The bicycle can fall over, damaging it and/or the
carrier.
With regards to transporting children
• Never leave your child unsupervised in the carrier.
• Regularly check that your children are appropriately clothed
and that they feel comfortable, especially in hot and cold
temperatures.
• The maximum height of children who may be carried is:
103 cm for the Cabriolet, 117 cm for Corsaire XL
• Maximum two children maybe carried.
• Make sure that the limbs, clothing and toys of the child do not
come into contact with the carrier wheels or the rear wheel of
the towing bicycle.
• Children carried in the bicycle carrier must be at least 1 year
old and be able to sit up without support.
• The rider and the children being carried must wear suitable
CPSC or CE approved helmets.
• If only one child is being carried in a two-seater carrier, then,
in the interests of safety, the central sitting position must
be used. The carrier might otherwise tip over, with serious
consequences for the child.
With regards to the children in the carrier
• Please remember that the carrier should only be connected
or disconnected provided there is no child in the carrier.
• When converting with other CTS Conversion Kits, no
child should be sitting in the carrier, nor when carrying out
maintenance or repair work.
• The permitted total cargo load of the carrier is limited
to 45 kg. This must never be exceeded. The cargo load is the
weight of the children together with any luggage there might
be.
• Instruct your children not to bounce, rock or lean when riding
in the carrier.
• Never cycle without closing the two-in-one weather cover
otherwise your child may be injured by insects, dirt or rocks
thrown up from the road.
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3.3 Before each ride:
• Make sure that the hitcharm is correctly fitted and secured to
the carrier, see section 4.6.
• Make sure the hitch is firmly attached on the bicycle. A hitch
that is not securely attached may work loose from the rear
axle and result in losing the carrier, see section 4.7.
• Make sure that the hitcharm is correctly coupled and secured
to the bicycle, see section 4.8.
• Before each journey, check the full function of the warning
devices: spoke reflectors, rear reflectors, safety flag, and
lights if necessary.
• Avoid riding at night. Your ability to see and be seen is
greatly reduced. If you must ride at night, use proper lighting
and reflectors on your bicycle and wear bright and reflective
clothing. Before each journey make sure that the maximum
carrier cargo load is not being exceeded and the specified
permissible hitcharm load (nose weight) is maintained.
3.4 Safety instructions for cycling with a trailer
Basics
• Always cycle with care and look well ahead. Avoid applying
emergency braking. When emergency braking, there is the
risk that the rear wheel of the bicycle may pull to one side
and you lose control of the bicycle/carrier vehicle.
• Always obey all traffic regulations and use proper hand
signals.
• Do not assume that you have the right of way. Do not cycle
with the carrier in heavy traffic areas such as busy streets, on
highways or anywhere it may be unsafe to ride with children.
• The maximum permissible speed for towing this carrier is
25 km/h / 15 mph. Take corners/turns at walking pace, as
there is a risk of tipping over.
• Remember that the steering and braking characteristics of
your bicycle are different when towing a carrier.
• Always avoid going over obstacles with one wheel of the
carrier only, especially on corners – the carrier might tip over,
even at walking pace!
With regards to carrying the children
• Never carry items of luggage on the seat next to your child.
• Never carry animals together with your children.
• Never carry your children without fastening all the seatbelts
in the proper manner, otherwise your child could be seriously
or even fatally injured in the event of an accident. Always
make sure the seatbelts are properly adjusted to the height
of your child.
• When travelling faster than walking pace, always use at the
very least the mesh component of the two-in-one weather
cover.
• As the children get in and out, the parking brake must be on
to prevent the carrier from accidentally rolling away.
With regards to the carrier
• Take care when travelling over uneven surfaces. The carrier
can overturn if driven with one wheel only across uneven
ground, even at very low speed.
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• Before each journey check the tire pressure. The minimum
recommended pressure is 30 psi (2.1 bar) and the maximum
is 35 psi (2.5 bar). Even if a higher pressure is permitted
for the tires fitted, the Manufacturer recommends that
35 psi (2.5 bar) not be exceeded. Air pressure that is too high
considerably reduces the comfort of the children, especially
on carriers without suspension.
• Do not use compressed air lines (e.g. at service stations).
The tires may burst due to the small volume of the tubes.
• Never go up or down steps with the carrier.
• Before each journey check that the wheels are fully engaged.
• Before each journey check that the folding auto-lock disk is
fully engaged.
• Before each journey check that the spring buttons of the
handlebar are fully engaged.
3.5 Safety instructions for maintenance and
repairs
• The maintenance work specified (see Section 12) is
absolutely essential for the long-term safe operation of the
carrier.
• Only use original spare parts. When replacing safety-related
parts, such as the frame, wheels, hitcharm and fabric, only
have this carried out by an Authorized Chariot Retailer.
• Regularly check all safety-related parts, such as the frame,
wheels, hitcharm and fabric, for damage or tearing. At the
first sign of damage have the relevant part replaced by your
Authorized Chariot Retailer.
• Tears in the fabric actually represent a high safety risk. Due
to tears in the fabric your child could come into contact with
the wheels and/or the road surface.
• If you find a tear in the fabric stop using and contact your
Authorized Chariot Retailer immediately: the fabric can either
be repaired or replaced.
• Never try to straighten out bent safety-related parts such
as the frame, wheels or hitcharm. Have the relevant part
replaced by your Authorized Chariot Retailer. – there is a risk
of it cracking and subsequently breaking.
• We recommend annual maintenance of the wheels by your
Authorized Chariot Dealer.
3.6 Warning against unauthorized modifications
and additions
• Unauthorized rebuilds or modifications of the carrier are
not permitted for reasons of safety and render the warranty
invalid.
• Installation of a car safety seats, other seats, or seat
supports that do not carry the approval of the manufacturer is
not permitted.
• Do not fit any additional parts, such as a luggage rack, that
do not carry the express of the manufacturer.
• The carrying of pedal cars, which are attached to the
handlebar or some other part of the carrier, is not permitted.
4. Description of the Carrier
NOTE: All references to orientation (i.e. left or right) is from
the passengers point of view while sitting in the carrier.
4.1 Supplied as standard
Pull the W shaped frame rearwards, until the frame is fully
uprighted and both right-hand and left-hand auto-lock disks
audibly engage.
Passenger compartment with two-in-one weather cover folded
up, two 20” (51cm) wheels, Hitcharm with Axle-Mount ezHitch
(including quick-release skewer), rear and wheel spoke
reflectors, and safety flag.
4.2 Erecting and folding the carrier
Transport strap lock
To be able to erect the passenger compartment, you first need
to undo the transport strap lock.
You can use the strap lock anytime for holding the carrier fixed
in its folded state.
Auto-lock
disk
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Erecting the carrier
With one hand, lift the rear end of the top frame tube upwards,
at the same time as holding the bottom part of the rear of the
carrier with the other hand.
Before each journey make sure that both auto-lock disks
are engaged. If this does not happen, the passenger
compartment may collapse unintentionally in which your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
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Folding the carrier
4.3 Wheel assembly
To fold the carrier, pull on both auto-lock disks simultaneously,
at the same time as pushing the W shaped frame forwards.
Wheel assembly on the Cabriolet
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The easiest way to assemble the wheel is to lay the carrier
on its side.
To assemble the wheel, push the axle into the axle socket until
it can go no further. As you do this, the spring clip of the
axle socket must audibly engage in the axle groove of the
wheel.
This is how the auto-lock disk is released.
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Do not attempt to fold up the passenger compartment without
disengaging the auto-lock disk.
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Folding the carrier with the wheels attached is made easier
if you apply the parking brake (see Section 4.17) before you
start.
Spring clip
Test for proper assembly by trying to pull the wheel outwards
after assembling. The wheel’s axle should remain locked in the
axle socket and cannot be pulled outwards.
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Before each journey make sure that the wheels are securely
locked in the axle socket. Failure to do so could result in the
lose of the wheels causing an accident in which you and/or
your passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
To remove the wheel, pull the spring clip out of the hole in the
axle socket and pull the wheel out of the axle socket.
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Wheel assembly on the Corsaire XL
4.4 Assembling the reflectors and safety flag
The wheels of the Corsaire XL are equipped with so-called
push-button axles. Pressing on the rubber cap in the wheel
centre will loosen the retaining balls which lock the axle in the
axle socket. The wheels can only be assembled and removed
with the plastic cap pushed in.
Position a spoke reflector between two outer spokes and an
inner spoke in such a way that the inner spoke lies in the guide
slot of the reflector.
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The easiest way to fit the wheel is to lay the carrier on its
side.
To fit the wheel, press in the rubber cap and insert the wheel
axle into the axle socket until it can go no further. Release the
rubber cap. By moving the wheel from side to side, check that it
is locked in the axle socket and cannot be pulled off.
Insert the plastic clip into its slot over the inner spoke and into
the hole of the reflector. Secure the clip by tightening it a quarter
turn using a screwdriver.
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Attach a reflector on each wheel.
Before each journey make sure that the wheels are securely
locked in the axle socket. Failure to do so could result in the
lose of the wheels causing an accident in which you and/or
your passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
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To fasten the rear reflectors you need a Philips screwdriver.
4.5 Legal requirements
Remember that at dusk and in the dark, the bicycle and carrier
must be equipped with CPSE approved lighting. Rear batterypowered lights for instance are suitable as working lighting.
They can be attached to the exposed tube ends on the top right
and left on the rear of the carrier, or hooked onto the web tabs
located on the upper corners of the back flap.
Screw the red reflector into the left grommet on the
passenger compartment.
Ask your authorized Chariot retailer for suitable lights and the
right way to attach them.
Push the two safety flag rods together and guide the bottom
end of the rod through the cord loop at the back left side of the
carrier. Push the end of the rod into the sleeve located at the
lower left corner of the passenger compartment until it can go
no further.
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4.6 Attaching the hitcharm
The hitcharm should now protrude about 2 cm / 3/4 inch out of
the rear side of the VersaWing 2.0, and the rear vertical holes in
the VersaWing 2.0 and hitcharm must align with each other.
The hitcharm is attached to the CTS Ready Chassis into the left
“VersaWing 2.0” bracket.
The hitcharm must always be attached into the left-hand
side of the carrier (as seen in the direction of travel). The
hitcharm must always be attached with both spring buttons
pointing upwards.
Press down the small button and slide the hitcharm into the
VersaWing 2.0 until the large button engages in the VersaWing
2.0 (Figures 1 to 3).
Insert the security pin into the rear vertical hole of the
VersaWing 2.0 and push it down completely through the
hitcharm until the retaining ring is touching the top of the
VersaWing 2.0.
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The security pin must always be inserted, in addition to
the large spring button in the bicycle hitcharm! A hitcharm
that has not been secured properly may come loose during travel resulting in an accident in which you and/or your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
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Attaching the Axle-Mount ezHitch to the bicycle
The Axle-Mount ezHitch must always be attached to the
left-hand side of the bicycle (as seen in the direction of
travel).
Bicycle with solid axles:
The quick-release skewer is not used in this case.
Correctly installed hitcharm.
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Unscrew the rear wheels left-hand axle nut and the spacer or
plane washer.
Install the Axle-Mount ezHitch on the axle.
The opening for the hitch ball and the vertical hole for the
security pin must point forward.
Make sure that the hitcharm is correctly attached and secured to the carrier. Any kind of incorrect assembly may lead
to loss of the carrier during travel resulting in an accident
in which you and/or your passenger(s) could suffer serious
injury or death.
4.7 Attaching the Axle-Mount ezHitch
Attaching the Axle-Mount ezHitch
Your authorized Chariot retailer should fit the Chariot AxleMount ezHitch to your bicycle on delivery of the carrier.
In certain special cases, however, you may have to fit it
yourself, e.g. after removing the rear wheel or when fitting the
Axle-Mount ezHitch to a second bicycle. Assembly for such
cases is described below.
In all cases, we recommend that you have the Axle-Mount
ezHitch fitted by your authorized Chariot retailer.
Screw the wheels axle nut and the spacer or plain washer back
on and tighten them securely.
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The rear wheels axle nut must be tightened on the axle
thread by at least 5 full turns, so that adequate clamping
force is ensured. A thread which is too short can lead to
accidental loosening of the rear wheel which may lead to
an otherwise avoidable accident in which you and/or your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
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Depending on the hub type, the existing torque support
washer for the hub must stay on the frame. Please follow the
assembly instructions for the hub and the manufacturer’s torque specifications when fastening the axle nut. Failure to do
so may lead to an otherwise avoidable accident in which you
and/or your passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
Axle-Mount ezHitch and accompanying quick-release skewer.
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Bicycles with a quick-release skewer
Remove the existing quick-release skewer as it is no longer
needed. Loosen the nut of the Chariot quick-release skewer.
Push the Chariot quick-release skewer through the hitch and
then through the axle of the wheel.
The opening for the hitch ball and the vertical hole for the
security pin must point forward.
In order to ensure that the hub is clamped sufficiently in
the bicycle‘s chainstay, the quick-release lever must begin
gripping as it moves from the open to the middle position,
and approaching the closed position you should clearly feel
resistance as you tighten.
If it is too easy or too difficult to move the quick-release lever,
tighten or loosen the lock nut on the other side of the hub to
adjust.
If you don’t feel confident operating the quick-release
skewer, please ask your specialist retailer for assistance.
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Always make sure that the quick-release is correctly attached. An incorrectly tensioned quick-release may lead to
an otherwise avoidable accident in which you and/or your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
4.8 Attaching the carrier
Fit the quick-release nut on the right-hand side. Both skewer
springs must be located in such a way that the narrow side of
each spring points towards the centre of the hub.
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From the front, insert the elastomer ball, which is attached to
the hitcharm, into the Axle-Mount ezHitch.
Pull the hitch ball rearward to the end of the socket in the axle
mounted hitch cup.
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The quick-release nut must be tightened on the axle thread
by at least 5 full turns, so that adequate clamping force is
ensured. A thread which is too short can lead to accidental
loosening of the rear wheel which may lead to an otherwise
avoidable accident in which you and/or your passenger(s)
could suffer serious injury or death.
If in doubt ask your specialist retailer!
Close the quick-release lever with the end of the lever pointing
upwards. In this position there is enough space to insert the
security pin.
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Push the security pin from the top through both holes of the
Axle-Mount ezHitch.
Finally, always attach the hitch’s back-up safety strap around the
bicycle frame. To do this, from above, put the hitch back-up safety
strap around the chain stay, and attach the hook of the hitch backup safety strap to the hitcharm D-ring located on the underside of
the hitcharm.
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Secure the pin by pulling the hole of the rubber tab over the
protruding end of the pin.
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Always attach the hitch’s back-up safety strap in the manner
described above. It serves as additional protection against losing the carrier during operation. Do not use the Bicycle Trailer
if you cannot attach the hitch’s back-up safety strap around your
bicycle frame for any reason!
Failure to install the hitch‘s back up safety strap may lead to
an otherwise avoidable accident in which you and/or your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
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4.9 Weight distribution and hitcharm load
(tongue or nose weight) on the hitch
The exact position of the seat in the Chariot has been specially
chosen so as to give optimum weight distribution if there are
only children sitting in the carrier.
The only other factor in weight distribution is the weight of
luggage items. The storage compartment is intended for the
carrying of luggage items. The carrying of luggage items next to
the child on the seat is prohibited. We would also urge against
carrying luggage items in the foot space.
Checking of the hitcharm load (tongue or nose weight) is
important if you want to carry a heavy load in the storage
compartment along with a light child, or if you are using your
Chariot as a Bicycle Trailer.
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The hitcharm load (tongue or nose weight) on the carrier hitch
needs to be 1 - 6 kg / 2.2 – 13.2 lb for safe road handling.
The hitcharm load (tongue or nose weight) is the weight that
you lift on the hitch when the carrier is loaded up.
If you are not confident about estimating the hitcharm load
(tongue or nose weight), use a bathroom scale to help you:
1. Put the bathroom scales next to the hitcharm of the loaded
carrier.
2. Stand on the scales and note your own weight.
3. Lift up the hitcharm at the hitch to around 30 cm/12 inches
above the ground.
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When used as a Bicycle Trailer, the stroller wheels must
never be installed in their use position (wheels down). They
may only be carried in their out-of-use position (wheels up)
Failure to do so may lead to an otherwise avoidable accident
in which you and/or your passenger(s) could suffer serious
injury or death . For a description of the positions of the stroller wheels, see Section 7.
The weight as displayed should now be 1 - 6 kg/2.2 – 13.2 lb
above your own weight.
4.10 Suitability of the bicycle used for towing
Always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s specifications
in the owner’s manual of the bicycle used for towing, where the
suitability specifications of the bicycle are to be found.
Example 1: If the manufacturer states, this bicycle is suitable
for pulling an unbraked trailer of overall weight 40 kg, then
you may add a maximum load of 30 kg, since the carrier itself
weighs approximately 11 kg/24 lb (e.g. Cabriolet).
Example 2: If the manufacturer states, the permissible bicycle
full load of 120 kg/ 265 lb may not be exceeded, then please
note that the permissible full load may also not be exceeded if
you attach a trailer. In order to determine the cargo load, you
need to subtract the weight of the bicycle, your own weight and
the carrier unloaded weight from the permissible full load.
For instance, if the bicycle weighs 15 kg/ 33 lb and the cyclist
weighs 72 kg/ 159 lb, then a maximum of 22 kg/ 49 lb additional
cargo load may be carried (120 - 15 - 72 - 11 = 22)/(265 – 33
– 159 – 24 = 49).
You will find the weight specifications for your carrier in
Section 11 “Specifications”.
If there is nothing specified in the owner’s manual of your
bicycle regarding towing a trailer, this does not mean that there
are no limitations. In such a case, always ask your authorized
Chariot retailer.
Wrong!!!
Correct assembly of the stroller
wheels for carrying them
out-of-use when used as a
Bicycle Trailer.
Pay attention to the following when travelling:
Follow all safety instructions at the beginning of this
section and the general safety instructions at the beginning
of the Owner’s Manual.
!
WARN IN G
When turning round or manoeuvring the vehicle, the angle
between the towing bicycle and the carrier must not exceed
90°. The hitch ball may get damaged (overstretched) and
lose its stiffness which may lead to an otherwise avoidable
accident in which you and/or your passengers could suffer
serious injury or death.
4.11 Travelling
Please ensure the following before each journey:
Follow all safety instructions at the beginning of this
section and the general safety instructions at the beginning
of the Owner’s Manual.
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4.12 Use as a pull wagon
On short stretches and level surfaces, the carrier may be used
as a pull wagon.
For this, insert the hitcharm rotated through 90°
counterclockwise in the left-hand (in direction of travel)
VersaWing 2.0 (the same wing as the hitcharm is used for
trailering). The front end of the hitcharm must point upwards.
Push the hitcharm in until the spring buttons, which is now on
the outside side, come up against the VersaWing 2.0.
Then press the smaller button in and slide the hitcharm into the
VersaWing 2.0 until the large spring button audibly engages.
!
WARN IN G
Any assembly of the hitcharm other than the one described
is not permitted. Any kind of incorrect assembly may lead
to loss of the carrier during travel resulting in an accident
in which you and/or your passenger(s) could suffer serious
injury or death.
4.13 Safety wrist strap (Corsaire only)
On the rear left upper frame tube, as seen in the direction of
travel, there is the safety wrist strap, which is required to secure
the carrier to the wrist when using it as a Jogging Stroller or
Stroller. In all other carrier uses, this wrist strap should be stored
safely in the storage compartment at the rear of the carrier.
On this type of assembly, engagement of the spring button is
not visible, however you should be able to see the small spring
button returned to its normal “out” position.
Insert the security pin through the horizontal hole at the back of
the VersaWing 2.0.
! WA R NING
Make sure the spring button engages correctly. Before use,
ensure that the hitcharm is securely locked by giving it a
good forward pull. If this is not the case, the hitcharm might
work loose during travel resulting in an accident in which
your passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
!
! WA R NING
Only park the carrier on flat surfaces and secure it with the
parking brake, otherwise the carrier could role away in which
your passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
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WARN IN G
Always make sure the safety wrist strap is safely stored in
the storage compartment when it is not in use. If this is not
done it could get caught in the wheel spokes, and this may
result in an accident in which you and/or your passenger(s)
could suffer serious injury or death.
4.14 Seat and seatbelts
padded shoulder
harness
buckle of the
shoulder harness
(under tab)
lap belt
crotch harness
To fasten the child into the carrier, proceed as follows:
Adjusting the padded shoulder harness
1. The shoulder harness should always stay fastened to the
crotch belt by their lower buckle.
2. Undo both top buckles releasing the padded shoulder
harness from the carrier‘s back rest. Pull the shoulder
harness towards the front.
3. Open the waist belt.
4. Place the child on the seat.
5. Make sure that the crotch belt is between the child’s legs.
6. The shoulder harness’s corresponding two buckles are
attached to vertical straps. Slide both upper buckles long
these vertical straps until they are directly above the
shoulders of the child.
7. Draw the shoulder harness upwards over the child’s
shoulders and click both of the upper buckles into their
respective buckles on the vertical straps. Make sure that
you do not pinch the child’s neck with the buckles.
8. Once again make sure that the crotch belt is between the
child’s legs.
9. The tension can be adjusted in all three joined straps. The
shoulder harness can be adjusted to fit correctly by pulling
tight or loosening the loose ends of the upper securing
straps to equal degrees. The loose end of the crotch belt
can be pulled tight or loosened as well.
10. Adjust the shoulder harness and crotch belt so that all belts
are tight and the lower end of the padded shoulder harness
with the “Chariot” logo is level with the child’s lower chest
region.
11. Fasten the waist belt. The waist belt must be on the outside
of the crotch belt.
12. On each side of the waist belt buckle, the waist belt has a
loose belt end for adjusting the tension. Adjust the waist
belt until it is tight and the buckle is centered in front of the
crotch belt.
13. Finally check that all belts are tight. Avoid putting too much
pressure on the child’s body.
14. Make sure that the padded shoulder harness’s belt position
is correctly adjusted, as described below.
To achieve the correct size of the padded shoulder harness,
sleeve through or remove the shoulder belts with the plastic
buckle through these adjustment loops, as indicated below:
XS: Do not sleeve through any adjustment loops; thus unsleeve
the shoulder belts from all loops. (without illustration).
S: Only sleeve through the lowest webbing loop. When sized for
XS and S, the un-used, upper sections of the shoulder harness
go loose over the children‘s shoulders. Smooth them down their
back for comfort.
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TIP
M: Sleeve through both webbing loops. This is the default
setting.
Always sleeve or unsleeve the shoulder belts as described above equally on both sides of the padded shoulder
harness, otherwise the shoulder harness will not sit properly,
and correct fit of the seatbelts is not possible.
TIP
Depending on manufacturing tolerance, the above mentioned loops may turn out to be too narrow to pull the buckles
through them. To make unthreading easier in this situation,
you can unthread the buckles and then rethread them as in
the illustration below.
L: Sleeve through both webbing loops and the top cord loop.
! WARN IN G
Always make sure you thread the belt through correctly (see
illustration above). If this is not the case, the belt could slip
out of the buckle resulting in the seatbelt failing in which your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
Whenever you thread the belt through again, always give
it a good pull to check that it cannot be pulled out of the
buckle.
!
WARN IN G
Always make sure the seatbelts are correctly fastened
around your child and are correctly adjusted to the height
of your child. If this is not the case, your passenger(s) could
suffer serious injury or death in the event of an accident.
! WARN IN G
Before each journey check all buckles. If this is not done, the
belt system may fail resulting in an accident in which your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
Comparison of different adjustments of the padded shoulder
harness for children of different heights.
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If only one child is being carried, the child must be placed
in the centre of the seat.
Strap the child in as follows:
4.15 Climate control
1. Fasten one of the shoulder harnesses to the middle two
vertical straps buckles on the backrest.
2. Use the two middle waist belts.
3. Use the additional crotch belt located in the middle of the
seat.
4. The second shoulder harness, the two outer crotch belts,
and the outer two waist belts are not used.
5. Adjust the belts as previously described.
All models are equipped with the Chariot two-in-one weather
cover, which consists of a plastic window that can be rolled up
with mesh beneath it.
!
The two-in-one weather cover
WA R NING
Always make sure you thread the belt through correctly (see
illustration above). If this is not the case, the belt could slip
out of the buckle resulting in the seatbelt failing in which your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
Whenever you thread the belt through again, always give
it a good pull to check that it cannot be pulled out of the
buckle.
!
WA R NING
Always make sure the seatbelts are correctly fastened
around your child and are correctly adjusted to the height
of your child. If this is not the case, your passenger(s) could
suffer serious injury or death in the event of an accident.
!
WA R NING
Before each journey check all buckles. If this is not done, the
belt system may fail resulting in an accident in which your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
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The two-in-one weather cover is attached to the bottom of the
front of the passenger compartment with two buckles.
For better ventilation during high temperatures, the rear flap can
be opened, rolled up and secured in place by two elastic loops.
There is an insect mesh located under the rear flap and
attached at the bottom by two velcro fasteners. This should be
closed if the rear flap is open.
Always make sure that the two-in-one weather cover is securely
attached at the front.
T IP
Make sure that the front section of the two-in-one weather
cover is pulled over the front ends of the passenger compartment to help ensure that no water can penetrate the interior.
The rear flap can also be used at the front as a sunscreen.
For this, it has to be sleeved under the rolled up two-in-one
weather cover towards the front. On the forward sides of the
passenger compartment at this point there are velcro fasteners.
Open these fasteners and connect them to the velcro fasteners
on the rear flap.
The two-in-one weather cover can also be closed with the
sunscreen in place.
Rear flap
The rear flap is attached at the bottom by two velcro fasteners.
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4.17 Parking brake (Corsaire XL only)
Front side air vent
For additional ventilation of the interior, the carriers are
equipped with a side air vent to the front of each side window. It
can be opened either fully or partly from the inside by means of
a fabric flap.
Installing the parking brake
Use an 13 mm wrench to loosen the securing nut on the short
lever in the centre of the brake rigging.
4.16 Adjusting the suspension (Corsaire XL only)
The Corsaire XL is equipped with Chariot‘s Adjustable
Suspension (CAS) system.
Lay the carrier on its roof. To prevent damage, make sure you
have a suitable surface to do this on. Unscrew the nuts from the
two bolts protruding from the bottom at the sides towards the
rear.
After loosening the knob, it is possible to move the clamp that
surrounds both leaf springs. The more this clamp is moved
in the direction of the wheel axle, the stiffer the suspension
becomes (see the weight scale on the top spring).
The weight indications on the scale are calculated from the
weight of the child(ren) and cargo (ie. You do not need to add
the weight of the carrier).
Now guide the bolt on the brake pivoting mechanism through
the hole in the centre at the rear of the carrier, and the two
side bolts on the carrier through their respective holes in the
two long brake bars. Make sure that you position the brake as
illustrated.
The weight indications on the scale relate first and foremost to
use as a Bicycle Trailer. For other uses it may be a good idea
to set the suspension softer. If you discover that when riding
over bumps the suspension can be felt and likely heard, then
the suspension is set too soft and you need to move the knob
rearwards.
NOT E
Make sure that you retighten the knobs once you have adjusted the clamp.
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Screw the two self-locking nuts onto the two side bolts. Screw
them on so that the end of the bolt protrudes through the nut,
but not so tight that the brake cannot move.
To apply the brake, the operating lever must be moved
completely to the left. Once you have moved it past the
middle of the carrier, the operating lever should automatically
overcenter into the left and closed position.
Now both brake arms press on the tires, thereby stopping the
wheels from turning.
Inside the carrier, screw the third self-locking nut onto the bolt of
the brake pivoting mechanism.
! WA R NING
Always make sure that the self-locking nuts are only screwed
onto the bolts until the end of the bolt protrudes through the
nut. If this does not happen, the self-locking nuts cannot
fulfil their self-locking function, and this may result in the
brake working loose resulting in an accident in which your
passenger(s) could suffer serious injury or death.
Operating the parking brake
When the parking brake is released the operating lever points to
the right and should be resting up against the lower rear edge of
the carrier (seen in the direction of travel).
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!
WARN IN G
Depending on the tire pressure, the brake operating lever
can snap with some force into its closed position. Be careful
when doing so as you risk getting pinched and injured!
5. Parts lists and exploded views
Parts List Cabriolet
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Part #
Part
40100105
40100106
41100205
40100403
40100723/4
40100601
41100453
40101109
50103033/4
40101516
40101517
40202002
41101281
41101282
41100803
41102128
32100131
50203031
50101801
50101729
50101307
30100137
41101725
41101802
41100628
50101904
50101906
31100117
Upper Frame - Left
Upper Frame – Right
Lower Frame
Back Frame
Back Tube
Seat Frame
U-Frame
Hitch Arm & Securing Pin Strap
Axle Mounted Hitch & QR Skewer
Versa Wing 2.0 - Left
Versa Wing 2.0 - Right
Backup Safety Strap
Autolock Back Bracket – Left
Autolock Back Bracket – Right
Support Hoop
Seat Riser
Seat
Shoulder Harness
Safety Flag
Spoked Wheel
Clevis Axle with Wave Washer & Retaining Ring
Fabric Body
Hollow Axle
Hollow Plug Glide (Handle Bar Sleeve)
Seat Anchor Tube Assembly
Reflector - Red (not shown)
Reflector - orange (not shown)
All Season Weather Cover (not shown)
Quantity
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
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Parts List Corsaire XL
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
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Part #
Part
40100109
40100110
41100206
40100405
40100723/4
40100601
41100453
41101105
50103033/4
40101516
40101517
40202002
41101281
41101282
41100808
41102128
32300708
50203031
50101801
50101729
50101305
30100225
41101701
50101815
41100628
50101904
50101906
31100214
40101904
Upper Frame - Left
Upper Frame – Right
Lower Frame
Back Frame
Back Tube
Seat Frame
U-Frame
Hitch Arm & Securing Pin Strap
Axle Mounted Hitch & QR Skewer
Versa Wing 2.0 - Left
Versa Wing 2.0 - Right
Backup Safety Strap
Autolock Back Bracket - Left
Autolock Back Bracket - Right
Support Hoop
Seat Riser
Seat
Shoulder Harness
Safety Flag
Spoked Wheel
Clevis Axle
Fabric Body
Suspension tube
Hollow Plug Glide (Handle Bar Sleeve)
Seat Anchor Tube Assembly
Reflector - Red (not shown)
Reflector - orange (not shown)
All Season Weather Cover (not shown)
Parking Brake (not shown)
Quantity
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
6. Accessories
Fabric
Axle-Mount ez-Hitch for additional bike
Baby Bivy
Baby Supporter
Bunting Bag
Classic Cargo Kit
Hydration Kit
Handlebar Bag
Infant Sling
Jogging Brake Kit 1.0
Rain Cover
Side Fenders 2.0
Storage Cover
Travel Bag 2
Check the fabric regularly for signs of damage (e.g. tears).
7. Service, Care and Storage
Contact your authorized Chariot retailer immediately if you find
a tear in the fabric. The fabric can be repaired or replaced.
!
WARN IN G
Tears in the fabric actually represent a high safety risk. Due
to tears in the fabric, your child could come into contact with
the wheels or the road surface and be seriously injured.
Clean the fabric regularly with domestic soap or a mild
cleansing agent and warm water. Never use thinners or
cleaning solvent.
Hitcharm
Storage
Check the hitcharm regularly for signs of damage (e.g. cracks).
Store your Chariot CTS in a dry and well-ventilated place.
Before storing your carrier, it should be dry to prevent the
growth of mould and the formation of mildew. Expose your
carrier as little as possible to direct sunlight to prevent fabric
colours from fading. Do not store the Bicycle Trailer coupled to
the bicycle over a long period of time.
!
WA R NING
If there is any kind of damage whatsoever to the hitcharm,
then it must be replaced so as to prevent breakage which
could result in an accident in which your passenger(s) could
suffer serious injury or death.
Wheels
Clean the wheel axles,
the retaining balls and the
push-button pin regularly.
Apply some grease or oil
to the retaining balls and
push-button pin.
N OTE
As well as rubber, tires contain many chemical substances
which improve their physical characteristics. In unfavourable
circumstances, these substances may lead to staining of the
transparent side and front windows on the carrier. For this
reason, always store wheels in such a way that they do not
come into contact with these windows.
General Maintenance
Look after your carrier. All painted, chrome or galvanised parts
(including screw connectors) should be regularly cleaned and
protected using standard products for this purpose. Ask your
specialist retailer about suitable products for protecting your
carrier.
!
WA R NING
If the retaining balls and push-button pin are not regularly maintained, they may lose their securing function. This
could result could result in the loss of the wheels causing an
accident in which you and/or your passenger(s) could suffer
serious injury or death.
Have the wheels (tires, rims, tension of spokes, axle bearing)
checked by your authorized Chariot retailer at least once every
year.
Clean the wheels regularly and give them a protective wax,
particularly just before the onset of Winter.
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8. Specifications
L x W x H, without hitcharm,
Cabriolet
(39˝ x 32˝ x 36˝)
L x W x H, without hitcharm,
Corsaire XL
(39˝ x 32˝ x 38.5˝)
L x W x H, folded up,
Cabriolet
L x W x H, folded up,
Corsaire XL
Maintenance and care of bicycle trailers and
jogging strollers:
100 x 82 x 92 cm
101 x 82 x 98 cm
(38.5˝ x 31˝ x 11˝)
98 x 78 x 27 cm
(41˝ x 32˝ x 14.5˝)
104 x 82 x 37 cm
Unladen weight of the Ready Chassis
Cabriolet
Corsaire XL
11,1 kg / 24,4 lb
13,4 kg / 29,5 lb
Cargo load
45 kg / 100 lb
Wheel of the Carriers
20˝ (51 cm)
Irrespective of
• Type of use
• Intensity of use
• Care and maintenance
functional-related wear occurs in bicycle trailers or jogging
strollers in the components and parts listed in the following
table. Reaching the wear limit very much depends on how well
the users have looked after and maintained the product as well
as the particular type and intensity of use such as:
• Mileage
• Loading of:
Passengers
Baggage
• Type of ride:
Degree of acceleration and braking
9. Wear and Tear
• Fast cornering
Our products have components or parts which are also subject
to natural wear and tear arising from normal use, depending
very much on the type and degree of use and also how well the
individual product has been serviced and maintained.
• Effects of the weather:
UV rays
Humidity
Dirt
Temperature
Salty air
Contact with salt water
Roads gritted with salt
In particular where there has been a lot of use (day in day out
and in all kinds of weather), individual parts or components
can reach their wear limit before the warranty has expired. Just
because a product has become prematurely worn because of
use, it does not generally mean the product is defective.
For your information we have therefore listed in the following
table the important parts affected by wear and tear, and have
named typical contributing factors relating to use, which may
considerably influence wear limit.
• Storage
• Level of maintenance:
Service intervals
Means of maintenance
Storage
Servicing and inspection work
Please look at the following table: ‘Wear factors’.
You can see from this table which factors particularly affect
the wear and tear on individual parts.
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