Burley d'lite, D’Lite Owner's manual

Burley d'lite, D’Lite Owner's manual

About Burley Design Cooperative

Burley has been supplying products to the bicycle industry since 1975. Burley products are designed and manufactured at our Eugene, Oregon shop. As worker-owners of our cooperatively owned business, we bring an uncommon degree of personal pride and attention to our work. Use our products with confidence and satisfaction!

Burley Trailer Limited Warranty

Burley will repair or replace any original equipment parts it determines to be defective for the life of the trailer. The owner of a Burley trailer must present the trailer for repair at an authorized Burley dealer, together with an original sales receipt or similar proof of purchase. This warranty applies only to the original owner and is nontransferable. Burley cannot be responsible for failure due to improper assembly, modification of parts or instructions, neglect, abuse, accident, and/or normal wear. The warranty does not cover any trailers used for rental, competition, or commercial use.

Burley neither assumes nor authorizes any person to assume any other liability in connection with Burley trailers, and there are no oral agreements or warranties collateral to or affecting this agreement.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Burley Design Cooperative • 4020 Stewart Rd. • Eugene, OR 97402 USA

(541) 687-1644 • Fax (541) 687-0436

Copyright © 2001 by Burley Design Cooperative • www.burley.com

“Burley” is a registered trademark of Burley Design Cooperative

and “d’Lite” is a trademark of Burley Design Cooperative

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Burley d’Lite










Hardware Bag Contents and Tool List

Mounting the Reflectors

Installing the Quick-Release Levers

Attaching the Wheels



Unfolding and Folding Your Burley d’Lite

Using the Seat Harness

VII. Reclining Seat, Helmet Pocket, Child Seat Divider

VIII. Completing Assembly













Hitching the Burley d’Lite to Your Bicycle

Trailer Maintenance and Care


Safety Guidelines

XII. Safety Checklists

XIII. Parts List and Drawing









You’ve just purchased a Burley® trailer, the leading choice of discriminating bicycle trailer owners worldwide. Every effort has been made to ensure your purchase is of top quality and proven design, ready to provide you with many years and miles of happy, safe trailering.


Because some of the features and guidelines for using the Burley d’Lite merit close attention, it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the trailer by reading this entire manual before use. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact your authorized Burley dealer.


Your Burley d’Lite is shipped almost completely assembled from the factory. This manual is written sequentially to assist initial setup. You need only to install the quick-release levers, mount the reflectors, attach the wheels, unfold the trailer, install the safety flag and snap on the cover. Once you've read the safety guidelines, you're ready to go.

Before trailering, be sure you have a thorough understanding of the safety harness and of trailer hitch operation. Practice folding and unfolding your trailer; it can easily be done in less than a minute after practice, no tools required. Check to see that the trailer wheels and hitch are securely attached. We again request that you read this manual from start to finish before use, and then refer to it as necessary in the future.


Any reference to left or right is made in the direction of travel, as if you were sitting in the child seat looking forward.

When Loaning or Selling Your Trailer

If you loan or sell your Burley d’Lite, supply the new user with this manual. They must familiarize themselves with all sections— especially sections “X. Safety Guidelines” and “XI. Safety Checklists” prior to use. It is essential that they understand the differences between riding a bicycle with a trailer and without one. It is also essential that they understand correct wheel attachment, folding, and use of the harness, safety flag, cover, and hitch. Always ensure that both adult and children are wearing helmets. Never loan your trailer if it is need of maintenance or repair.


Your serial number is located on the bottom of the Left Inner Frame in front of the Wheel Dropout. Please have your serial number ready when requesting replacement parts.


XIII. Parts List and Drawing



















N ote: Subassemblies are indented. Inquire for additional parts.



(1) Preassembled Main Frame Assembly

(1) Front Main Frame, 1" Aluminum Tube

(1) Rear Main Frame, 1" Aluminum Tube

(1) Left Inner Frame, 1" Aluminum Tube

(1) Right Inner Frame, 1" Aluminum Tube

(1) Bag Holder, 3/4" Aluminum Tube

(4) Wheel Dropout

(1) Roll Bar Assembly

(1) Roll Bar Receptacle, Plastic

(1) Roll Bar Hinge, Plastic

(1) Tongue and Hitch Assembly

(1) Tongue, 1 1/8" Aluminum Tube w/Bushing, Spindle &


(1) Hitch w/Hitch Knob & Ball

(1) Hitch Safety Strap

(1) Clip & D-Ring

(1) Rubber Flex Connector

(1) Tongue Receptacle, Plastic

(2) Side Rail, 3/4" Aluminum Tube

(2) Holder for Child Seat Center Support Strap

(2) Pair Plastic Batten Connector (Front & Rear)

(2) Upper Aluminum Batten 21





26 dows

(2) Lower Aluminum Batten

(2) Pair Side Rail Hinges, Per Side Rail

(10) Side Rail Snap Stud

(4) Reflector Bracket

(1) Fabric Bottom Bag and Side Panel Assembly w/Vinyl Win-



& Side Pockets

(1) Fabric Child Seat with Harness

(1) Buckle for Lap Belt

29 (1) 2-Piece Safety Flag

30 (1) Bungee Cord

31 (1) Sunscreen Cover

32 (1) Hardware Bag containing:

33 (2) Front Reflector with Self-Tapping Screw

34 (2) Rear Reflector with Self-Tapping Screw

(2) Wheel Quick-Release Levers (not shown)

(2) Dished Wheels w/Quick-Release Seal-Mech Hubs (not shown)

35 (1) Upper Buckle Strap

36 (1) Lower Buckle Strap

Options (at additional cost):

Flow-Thru 2-in-1 Cover (not shown)

Walk ’n Roller stroller kit (not shown)



Hardware Bag Contents and Tool List


Please verify that you have received all of the contents listed. Do not proceed with assembly if any parts are missing; contact Burley immediately for replacement parts.

Hardware Bag Contents


(2) Front reflector, clear

(2) Rear reflector, red

(4) Self-tapping screw, reflector

Quick-Release Levers:

(2) Quick-release lever


Trailer Checklist

Tools Required:

5/16", 8mm or small adjustable wrench

Warranty Card Small, straight blade screwdriver

Burley d’Lite Owner’s Instruction & Safety Manual


Mounting the Reflectors

1. With the trailer side panels in folded position locate one of the black molded hinges (A) at the rear trailer corner.

2. At the top of the hinge locate the screw hole (B) and reflector locating boss (C). Each reflector has a screw hole (D) and a location stub (E).



3. Take a red reflector and screw it to the hinge as shown in the figure below.

Line the reflector hole (D) up with the hinge screw hole (B) and the reflector stub

(E) with the hinge locating boss (C).



4. Repeat the procedure with the second red reflector, on the other rear trailer hinge.


5. In similar fashion, repeat steps 1 through 4 on the trailer front using the two clear reflectors.



Installing the Quick-Release Levers

In the bag with the reflectors you’ll find two quick-release levers.

Install these through the hollow axle of the wheel. Make sure the lever is on the flat side of the wheel, the thumb nut is on the deepdished side, and the springs are mounted on each side as shown in the illustration below.

Deep Dish Flat

The quick-release lever must be on flat side of wheel and thumb nut on deep-dished side. This ensures that the lever will be on the outside when wheel is properly installed.

Thumb Nut





Attaching the Wheels

First, verify that the tires are inflated to 30–35 P.S.I. Next, tip the trailer frame on its back end. If you are working on a rough or dirty surface, lay down a cloth or other protective barrier to avoid damage to your trailer. Move the quick-release lever to the unlocked position and place the wheels into the dropouts, making certain that the axles go all the way into the slots.

The quickrelease lever and flat side of wheel must be installed toward outside of trailer.

XII. Safety Checklists

Before Each Ride, Ensure the Following:

Wheels tightly attached

Tire pressure 30–35 P.S.I.

Hitch properly secured with safety strap in place

Locked safety pins for tongue and roll bar

Maximum load 100 lbs.

Bicycle safety check, especially brakes and tires

Helmets for children & rider

Safety flag in place

Both seat buckles in rear of seat are securely fastened

Monthly Checklist

Inspect tongue and hitch for damage, scratches, or loose fasteners

Inspect tongue pivot for smooth operation: tongue should fold and unfold freely; lubricate brass bushing if necessary

Inspect frame tubing and hardware for cracks, damage, or loose parts

Inspect tires; worn out or cracked tires can lead to blowout

Inspect wheels for trueness and cracks

Inspect wheel bearings for wear

Inspect fabric canopy, child seat, and harness for rips, abrasion, or missing/damaged hardware

Contact authorized Burley dealer for repairs/replacement of any damaged or worn out parts


Refer to section “X. Trailer Maintenance and Care” of this manual for additional periodic maintenance. Unless you are a qualified bicycle mechanic, contact your Burley dealer for repairs and maintenance.


Correct Wrong


held securely. For maximum stability and safety, seat a single child in the center of the trailer. Periodically check placement of shoulder straps, especially for a sleeping child. Check that a child cannot put a finger into the wheel spokes.

Be aware that children get thirsty when riding in the trailer. Bring plenty of water, especially on longer rides; keep a full water bottle in the trailer where your children can easily quench their thirst when they desire.

Observe Age and Height Restrictions

The trailer seat is intended only for children old enough to wear a helmet and sit upright alone. Your child must have adequate neck strength to hold his or her head up while trailering. Check with your pediatrician if you are unsure about your child’s ability to sit upright and hold his or her head up. Never carry a child whose sitting height

(with helmet) is above the roll bar, because their chance of injury is significantly higher in the event of tip over.

Follow the Rules of the Road

Bicycles are vehicles, and are required to observe all rules of the road. Always signal turns and stops; ride with both hands on the handlebars except when signalling. Scan ahead for dangerous situations, and anticipate turning traffic. Watch out for parked cars and opening doors. Never run stop signals, and never ride against oncoming traffic. On bike paths, give audible warning when passing pedestrians from behind. If you are not aware of your local and state bicycle regulations, contact your nearby police or motor-vehicles office for more information. Refer to the owner’s manual of your lead bicycle for safe cycling information.

Have Fun Defensively

Besides being practical and easy-to-use, the Burley d’Lite allows people and children to get outdoors for some fun together, rain or shine. The fact that you’re getting exercise and fresh air at the same time is an added benefit! So, whether you’re going down to the corner store, across town on a picnic, or off for an extended vacation, enjoy your Burley d’Lite and remember . . .




Wheels are dished off-center and must be installed so that tires are offset


from side panels, closest to outer frame.

Dished wheels are a unique feature from Burley; they create a wider track, and thus a more stable trailer.

Once the wheels are fully seated in the dropout slots, the quickrelease lever should be positioned so that it operates in the fore and aft direction. The lever is marked for open or closed positions.

Tighten the right-hand wheel by moving the lever from the front

(open) to the rear (closed) position. Tighten the left-hand wheel by moving the lever from the rear (open) to the front (closed) position.

Use the thumb nut to adjust for correct spacing of the quick-release lever.

When properly adjusted, you will feel resistance halfway through tightening the lever (when the lever is pointing straight out away from the trailer). If you are unfamiliar with the use of quick-release levers, contact your Burley dealer for a demonstration.

The quick-release lever operates in fore-aft direction (with lever below the axle). The drawing shows left-hand wheel in the closed position.





Make sure wheels are held securely; you should not be able to rock or shift wheels. Improperly installed wheels can fall off, causing accident and serious injury.

Only use dished, 20 x 1.75 wheels supplied with Burley d’Lite. Do not operate with tires inflated above 35 P.S.I. Failure to comply can cause trailer tip over, resulting in accident and serious injury to cyclist or passengers.




Unfolding and Folding Your

Burley d’Lite

Your Burley d’Lite is designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, complete roll cage, and bright-colored nylon software. Setting it up or folding it down is accomplished in a few easy steps as follows:

Raise the Side Panels

With the trailer frame lying flat, unfold the two side panels so that they are vertical. You will find the roll bar lying against the left side panel. Raise it to a horizontal position and pull it into the right rollbar receptacle at the top of the right side rail. Slip the safety pin through the hole in the roll-bar receptacle to lock the roll bar in place. Refer to the illustration on the following page showing the locked position of the safety pin. Connect the buckles at the back of the child seat and tighten the straps.


Receptacle Detail


Always fasten upper and lower buckles behind child seat when using trailer.

Cool Weather Use

When the temperature is 60-70˚ or colder you may be comfortable without heavy clothing because your pedaling effort helps keep you warm. However, when you consider the child’s inactivity sitting in the trailer—coupled with a potential windchill factor—an extra sweater or jacket may be needed for them to keep from getting too cold.

Wear Helmets

Numerous studies have shown that:

• Head injury is the leading cause of bicycling fatalities; and,

• Helmets prevent or reduce bicyclists’ head injuries.

For safety, it is essential that both cyclist and passengers use approved bicycling helmets at all times. Don’t take chances.

Proper Wheels and Tires are Essential

Use only the factory-supplied wheels, and keep them properly maintained. Inflate tires to 30–35 P.S.I. and check pressure before each use. Do not use higher-pressure tires, as the trailer will be bouncy and prone to tip over with light loads. We only recommend tires with street tread. Do not use knobbies. For stability, dished wheels must be offset to the outside of the trailer (with tires close to the outer frame, providing a wider track).

Know Your Trailer Hitch

Clamp the hitch securely to the bicycle frame, and check for a tight attachment each time you use the trailer. Refer to sections “IX.

Hitching the Burley d’Lite to Your Bicycle” and “X. Trailer Maintenance and Care” of this manual for proper installation, use and maintenance of your hitch.

Use Your Flag

Always use the safety flag—it’s an essential safety device. The moving flag will help make you more visible to motorists and other cyclists.

Protect Your Child

When pulling a child, use the shoulder harness, lap belt, and child helmet at all times. Always fasten the seat belt so that each child is


Do not ride on surfaces where sand, gravel, ice, oil, or other slippery substances are present; if you must pass over slippery surfaces, walk your bike and trailer.

Navigating Curbs, Stairs, and Escalators

Never tow your trailer over curbs; rider must dismount and walk over any curbs. If you must traverse stairs, prevent a hazardous loss of control: have the children get out of the trailer and disconnect it from the bike; carefully roll your trailer and bike, independently, up or down the stairs. Never take your bike or trailer on escalators.

Use Cautiously with Pets

Your trailer is not designed to secure pets. A cat or other small pet can be towed if they are in a pet carrier secured to the trailer frame.

A sedate dog can be towed seated on the trailer floor: add carpet for comfort, always use a cover, and do not exceed 100 lbs. Never tow an excitable dog in your trailer, as it may lunge or try to jump out causing tip over or other accident.

Avoid Riding at Night

Make every effort to schedule your rides so you are not pulling a trailer at night. Because your vehicle is longer and heavier you will be less able to react to unseen hazards. Automobile drivers may not be accustomed to your longer vehicle and may not react to it appropriately. If you must ride at night, wear bright, reflective clothing, use a bright headlight and a red blinking taillight on your bike. Similarly, put a red blinking light in the light-holder tab sewn onto the back of your cover so you can be more easily seen. Do not operate without properly attached reflectors; replace cracked or missing reflectors.

Always Use Your Cover

Affix your Wide Screen 2-in-1 Cover to protect your child from flying debris when pulling your trailer. Never leave a child unattended in direct sunlight because heat buildup in the trailer can cause serious harm. Open or close the vinyl cover depending on the weather, to help keep your child cooler or warmer. Check periodically to ensure that they are comfortable.


Swing Tongue and Hitch into Place

Tip your trailer frame on its back end. If you are working on a rough or dirty surface, lay down a cloth or other protective barrier to avoid damage to your trailer. Swing the tongue 180˚ forward, so that it snaps into the plastic tongue receptacle at the front frame. Slip the safety pin through the hole in the tongue receptacle to lock the tongue in place. Refer to the illustration below for correct use of the safety pin. The elastic (bungee) cord is provided to hold the tongue and keep it from moving when folded.

Open Locked

Swing tongue completely into receptacle. Do not operate without safety pin locked in place.

Both safety pins must be locked in place before using trailer, otherwise roll bar or tongue could shift and cause accident and serious injury.

Installing the Safety Flag

Insert the safety flag pole through the upper vertical casing of the left side panel on the outside of the aluminum side rail. Note that there is a black fabric tab sewn on the inside of the lower sidepanel casing. Push the bottom of the flag pole toward the side panel, pull out on the upper edge of the black fabric tab, and slide the pole into the pocket, pushing the pole all the way to the bottom.

Slide flag pole through upper sidepanel casing and insert bottom of pole into fabric tab on lower side-panel casing.


Folding Your Burley d’Lite

Folding your Burley d’Lite is basically the reverse of unfolding it.

Familiarize yourself with unfolding the trailer as outlined above. To fold your trailer:

1. Remove the safety flag.

2. Remove the safety pin at the roll bar and disconnect the two buckles at the back of the child seat. Fold the roll bar against the side panel. Fold the left side panel first, then the right side panel.

3. Remove the wheels and store them in a safe area.

4. Remove the safety pin at the tongue/hitch receptacle and fold the tongue hitch back 180˚. Hold the tongue down using the bungee cord.

We recommend reinserting the safety pins in their receptacles for storage or transport to avoid snagging.

You can partially fold your Burley d’Lite as needed. Your options are to fold only the side panels, fold only the tongue and hitch, remove the quick-release wheels, or any combination of the above. Do not operate your Burley d’Lite in a partially folded condition.


Using the Seat Harness


Only passengers who are able to wear a helmet and sit upright, unassisted should ride in a child trailer. Adequate neck strength is required to hold head upright while trailering. A physician should evaluate anyone who is of questionable developmental age for trailering.


Crotch strap O-ring must be positioned at child’s sternum to work correctly.

An O-ring positioned near child’s neck can cause discomfort or serious injury. Check child periodically to ensure he/she is seated correctly.

in your legs, arms, and hands. Never allow a child or adolescent to pull your trailer because it is likely that they lack the necessary physical ability and judgement.

No Headphones or Other Distraction

Do not bicycle or stroll with headphones, radios, or other distractions. You must be able to hear surrounding traffic, and concentrate on safe bicycling at all times.

No Motorized Vehicles

Your Burley d’Lite is only intended for use with pedal-powered cycles; never pull it with a motorized vehicle, as the increased acceleration and speed could damage the trailer or cause the trailer to tip over.

Avoid Riding in Traffic

We recommend against riding in traffic. If you must ride in traffic, do not pull your trailer on highways, busy streets, or on streets unsafe for bicycling with children. Never assume that you will be given the right-of-way, even if it is legally yours. Your child is a precious load; his or her safety should not be entrusted to a car driver whose attention or regard for bike riders is unknown. Use care when pulling your trailer on bike routes or along bike lanes, especially at intersections.

Ride on Clean, Paved Surfaces

Your Burley d’Lite is not intended for off-road use. Towing a child off road can be especially dangerous. Any bumps or irregularities could cause tip over and serious injury to the bicyclist or passenger, or damage to the trailer.

Cross over railroad tracks, curb cutouts, and road grooves at 90˚.

Riding parallel or at acute angle to such obstacles can cause a crash,

Riding When It’s Slippery

Be especially careful in wet, rainy, or freezing conditions. Your ability to control and stop your bicycle when towing a trailer is greatly impaired. In wet conditions apply your brakes periodically to be sure the rims and brake pads are clear of water. Avoid forceful braking which can cause dangerous skidding. Ride slowly and allow a greater margin of safety when starting, stopping, and turning.


Starting and Stopping

Because of the trailer’s additional weight, a bicycle pulling a trailer will be slower to start up and stop, and because of its length it requires more time to cross streets or paths. Your entire vehicle is heavier and less responsive. This means you should think further ahead in anticipating stops, turns, and starts. Note that your trailer extends out further on the left; allow for this difference when turning, passing pedestrians, or approaching obstacles (like posts on bike paths). We recommend you spend some time experimenting with a loaded trailer in an uncongested area to become familiar with how your heavier, longer vehicle responds.

Prevent Trailer Tip Over

Just like automobile and motorcycle trailers, bicycle trailers can tip over. To avoid overturning: Do not pull your trailer over curbs or hit holes or other obstructions in the road. Instruct children not to bounce, rock, or lean, which can cause a shift of weight. Do not make high-speed turns or descents when pulling the trailer. Always corner with caution at 5 m.p.h. or less, as the trailer cannot lean into a turn the way a bicycle can. Do not under any circumstances travel faster than 15 m.p.h.—all road irregularities and your slowness to react are greatly magnified.

Trailers can tip over causing damage to trailer and serious injury to cyclist or passengers.


causes of tip over, especially

• Children leaning or bouncing

• Hitting potholes, curbs, other road obstructions

• Taking turns too fast

• Sudden swerving

• Off-banked turns

• Improper wheel installation

• Improper tire inflation

Fit, Alert, Adult Pilot

To safely pull a trailer, you need to be a fit, experienced cyclist. You must be alert, have good sight and hearing, and adequate strength


Thread each shoulder strap thru the back of each O-ring located on the crotch strap and connect buckle (A) at opposite shoulder.

Tighten as necessary. Adjust the crotch strap (B) so the O-ring is at the child’s sternum. Be sure to connect and tighten the lap belt (C) after connecting the shoulder straps.

Single Passenger:

Seat single child in center of seat and use right side shoulder strap and center crotch strap.

Fasten shoulder harness to buckle at shoulder ( ). Adjust and tighten at arrows ( ).

Crotch strap O-ring must meet at child’s sternum.

Unhook seat divider strap from snap hook at front of trailer.

Two Passengers:

For two children, use both shoulder harnesses and two outer crotch straps. Fasten shoulder harnesses to buckles at shoulder ( ). Adjust and and tighten at arrows ( ).

Crotch strap O-ring must meet at child’s sternum.

Hook seat divider strap to snap hook at front of trailer.

Child and cyclist must wear helmets when trailering. Helmets can prevent or significantly reduce head injury in event of accident.

The straps and sliding buckles sewn to the backrest of the child seat are part of a self-adjusting system that keeps the shoulder straps at the correct height for children of various sizes. When you tighten the shoulder harness, the sliding buckles allow the shoulder belts to come across the top of the child’s shoulders, creating a snug fit. In addition, the sliding buckles keep the straps from falling off of the shoulders.


Always fasten and adjust the two buckles behind the child seat when using the trailer.


VII. Child Seat Recliner™, Recessed Helmet

Pocket™, and Child Seat Divider™


The trailer seat is intended only for children old enough to wear a helmet and sit upright by themselves unassisted.

Your child must have enough neck strength to hold his or her head up while trailering.

Using the Child Seat Recliner

The child seat can be reclined for added comfort by making the following adjustments:

• Loosen tension on lower buckle strap (A) located behind child seat.

• Connect/tighten upper buckle strap (B), also located behind child seat.

• For maximum recline, the lower buckle strap (A) must be loose to allow seat to move backward.


For added safety, always keep upper and lower buckle straps fastened.




Trailer with damaged or ripped fabric components can permit harmful contact between child and spinning spokes or moving pavement, and cause serious injury. Replace damaged components.

XI. Safety Guidelines

Bicycling with a trailer is different from bicycling without one, in ways which aren’t always obvious. It is therefore essential that you read and understand all of the following safety guidelines—in addition to the warnings and instructions in the previous sections— prior to using your trailer. Before loaning your trailer to others, make sure they too understand its proper, safe use. Contact your dealer or Burley if any of these instructions are unclear.

Bicycling with a trailer, and bicycling in general, can be hazardous. Failure to observe any of section “XI. Safety Guidelines” could result in accident and serious injury or death.

Use Well-Maintained Bicycle and Trailer

Use a bicycle which is in good working condition, with good brakes.

A frequent safety check of your bicycle is essential. Inspect and maintain your trailer as outlined in section “XII. Safety Checklists” of this manual. Have your Burley dealer maintain and inspect your bicycle and trailer if you are not qualified to do so.

Loading Your Trailer

Do not overload the trailer. Maximum trailer load limit for children and/or cargo is 100 lbs. When placing children or cargo into the trailer, keep the load centered or forward of the axle. Pack the load as low as possible and make sure items cannot shift around. Loose, heavy objects can injure passengers in event of a sudden stop or tip over.



Trailer Maintenance and Care

Hitch and Tongue Maintenance

Your trailer is designed for low maintenance and easy care. Clean and grease the eyebolt threads on the hitch periodically to ensure that the eyebolt knob can be properly tightened.

Because of ultraviolet degradation, we recommend that the hitch be replaced every five years under normal use. In sunny or smoggy locations or for trailers that are stored outdoors, the hitch should be replaced every two to three years for safety. Replace your hitch or tongue if there are any signs of damage—i.e., cracks, dents, scratches.

Your Burley d’lite trailer comes with an easy-to-lubricate tonguepivot spindle. Lubricate twice a year for normal use and monthly for heavier use—i.e., use in wet or salty conditions.

1. Gently remove inner cap on the end of tongue with a medium flat-blade screwdriver.

2. Using grease gun equipped with needle type injector, squirt grease into small hole in brass bushing until old grease flushes out ends of bushing.

3. Replace inner cap on end of tongue to protect pivot bushing from dirt and moisture.


For any spindle service other than lubrication, contact your Burley Dealer.

Fabric Care

Your Burley d’Lite is manufactured from a tough, durable packcloth. The nylon fabric is coated for waterproofness and is highly resistant to fading. The fabric can be easily cleaned with any mild soap or detergent and warm water. For more persistent soil, use a nylon bristle brush. When not in use, store your trailer in a dry, wellventilated area; wipe it dry before storing to help avoid mildew.

Nylon fabric will eventually fade, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. To extend the life of your fabric, as well as the hitch and other components, do not store your trailer in direct sunlight. Do not use bleach for cleaning, as it will damage the nylon. The nylon fabric is an important part of your trailer’s structure, and provides a safety envelope for child passengers. Replace any nylon fabric that is ripped, scuffed, or otherwise damaged.


Using the Recessed Helmet Pocket

The helmet pocket on the child seat is designed to provide added room for the back side of a child's helmet. The seatback can be modified by making the following adjustments:

• Loosen tension on upper buckle strap (B) located behind child seat (illustration p. 10).

• Connect/tighten lower buckle strap (A) located behind child


seat (illustration p. 10).

The size and shape of the helmet pocket can be adjusted by adding/ subtracting tension from the upper buckle strap (B).

Using the Child Seat Divider

This feature is designed to provide additional comfort and structure to the child seat by limiting two passengers from sliding to the center of the seat.

• Connect center crotch strap O-ring to snap hook located on the front splash guard.

• Seat divider strap tension can be adjusted using the plastic slider on the crotch strap.


We recommend that the Child Seat Divider feature be used when transporting two (2) passengers only. Single passenger loads require placing child in the center of the seat and use of the center crotch strap as part of the safety harness.

VIII. Completing Assembly

At this time your trailer is nearly assembled. Snap the fabric tail gate and splash guard to the upper snap studs on the side rails if you haven’t already done so. NOTE: It’s easier to snap these when the trailer is folded; they can remain snapped in place during folding and unfolding.

The elastic bungee cord is handy for securing odd-sized loads. When not in use, carry it by hooking it across the side rails in back. The bungee cord is also intended to be used for strapping down the tongue and hitch when the trailer is folded, to prevent the tongue from moving.

Pull it across the tongue and hook it to the bolts on the inner frame (near the rear of the trailer).


Your Wide Screen 2-in-1 Cover is held in place by six snaps at the front, rear, and top. Note that the cover has a screened logo on the rear facing panel. Always use your cover to keep debris out (and toys inside) of the trailer when it’s in tow.

The Wide Screen 2-in-1 Cover features a clear plastic flap in front and a tinted plastic flap in the rear. To install, first snap the mesh portion to the roll bars, then fasten the rain flaps to the mesh portion.

To make your trailer more visible, clip a light into the light-holder tab sewn on the upper part of the back of your cover. There are several brands of inexpensive clip-on lights that will make your trailer more visible to motorists and other cyclists. You’re done! Please go back over these directions and recheck your work.


Read and study sections “IX. Hitching the Burley d’Lite to Your Bicycle,” “XI. Safety Guidelines,” and “XII. Safety

Checklists” before using your Burley d’Lite.


Hitching the Burley d’Lite to Your


The trailer hitch was designed to quickly and safely attach to virtually all types of bicycles. It is inserted in front of the left rear dropout of your bicycle.

Hitching the Trailer to Your Bicycle

Loosen the knob on the eyebolt until the two arms are spread fully apart. Slip the lower hitch arm under the chain stay (A) and the upper arm above the seat stay (B). (See illustration on next page.)

Wedge the hitch cone all the way back into the angle formed by the stays at the wheel. Tighten the knob until the arms are firmly clamped against the stays. Wrap the safety strap around the inside of the chain stay, over the hitch body, and back to the D-ring at the end of the tongue.

Make sure that the cone is wedged securely into the stays. The knob should be finger-tight; do not overtighten. The hitch should not move, but should allow the bicycle complete movement, including lying it down on the ground. It should clear any racks, bags, or fittings you have on your bicycle. If there is any interference, contact your Burley dealer.





Remove trailer from your bicycle when it’s not in use to prevent deforming the plastic hitch.

Do not operate trailer without hitch safety strap properly installed. A dangling safety strap can contact spokes and damage rear wheel or cause accident resulting in serious injury.

Hitch must seat properly into stays and not interfere with racks, bags, or fittings. Inspect hitch and tongue frequently for damage or loose fasteners.

Interfering parts or damaged hitch can cause accident resulting in serious injury.

Do not use or store trailer at temperatures below 32˚ Fahrenheit as hitch rubber flex connector can become brittle and possibly break, causing accident resulting in serious injury.


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