Bike Trailer with Jogger Conversion Montalban Trailer 4

Bike Trailer with Jogger Conversion Montalban Trailer 4
Owner’s Instructions and Safety Manual
Montalban Trailer 4
Bike Trailer with Jogger Conversion
Contents
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Trailer Components
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Assembling Your Trailer
3.
Attaching the Tow Arm
4.
Attaching the Trailer to a Bike
5.
Configuring the Trailer into a Jogger
6.
Attaching the Jogger Fork Tubes
7.
Attaching the Jogger Wheel
8.
Attaching the Safety Flag
9.
Using the Cover and Windscreen
10.
Using the Brake
11. Securing Children and Cargo
12.
Disassembly, Folding and Storage
13.
Securing and Removing Children and Cargo
14. Maintenance, Storage and Customer Service
15. Safety Warnings
Caution!
Biking and bicycle touring are increasingly popular recreational activities. Your new trailer is designed
and constructed to provide a portable, comfortable and sturdy addition to your outdoor ventures. Please
read the instruction manual and all safety warnings closely before using your trailer and keep manuals
for future use. For questions or additional information please visit www.viavelobike.com
or e-mail us at [email protected]
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Package Contents:
Trailer body, 2 rear wheels, tow bar with hitch connector, jogger wheel, 2 jogger fork arms, 2 fork arm
screw mounts, flag, manual
Required Tools:
10 mm wrench (for attaching to non quick-release bicycles only)
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Trailer Mode
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Jogger Mode
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Trailer Components
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1. All weather/mesh access panel
5. Push bar/folding assembly
2. Tow bar and hitch connector
6. Push button release wheels
3. Jogger fork arm
7. Tow bar/jogger fork receiver
4. Jogger wheel
8. Rear brake straps
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Tow Bar and Hitch Connector Components
1. Hitch connector
2. Safety strap
3. Lock pin
4. Tow bar
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Assembling your Trailer
1. Remove the trailer parts from the box. Set the main trailer body flat on the ground with the black side
down.
2. To open the frame, lift the front cabin tubing up, then the rear tubing and allow the rear cabin tube
to meet and rest in the plastic cradles of the front tube. Note this may require some initial force.
Lift the handlebar, rotating it toward the back of the trailer and press down until the latches engage.
3. Close the black paddle latch in the centre of the handlebar assembly to lock the frame into place.
WARNING! Immediately discard all plastic bags and plastic wrapping materials.
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Using Lock Pin and Spring Clip Fasteners
To use the lock pin and spring clip fasteners, insert the pin at attachment
point until it pushes through the opposite hole. Rotate the spring clip up and
over until it snaps into place over the pin head. To unlock, reverse order.
Attaching the Wheels
1. Push in the rubber button on the outside of the wheel hub.
2. Insert the wheel axle into the axle receiver on the trailer body. Pull firmly on the wheel to confirm the
axle is fully engaged and locked.
WARNING! You must make certain the frame and wheels are locked before using the trailer. Failure
to do so could result in serious injury to you or your child. Make sure the secondary paddle latch is
engaged prior to use. Both latches are necessary for safe operation.
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Attaching the Tow Arm (for use as a trailer)
1. The hitch arm is held in place by a spring pin and a quick-release pin. Depress the spring pin and
slide the tow arm into the receiver on the left side of the trailer as shown.
2. Once the spring pin locks in place in the hole in the bracket, locate the quick-release pin (tethered
on the trailer frame), then insert the pin through the bracket and into the hole in the tow arm. The pin
should go completely through the tow arm and bracket. Once the pin is through, flip the safety clasp
over and onto the pin. Give the pin a tug to be sure it is secure.
WARNING! Check this pin periodically during and before each use to be sure it has not become
loose. Failure to do so could result in serious injury to you or your child.
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Attaching the Trailer to a Bike
Your trailer is designed to attach easily to just about any full-size bicycle. Once installed the hitch connector can be left on the bicycle and the trailer released using the spring clip.
The hitch fitting must be attached to the left rear axle of the bike. Do not attach to any cycle where
it cannot attach to the axle. It is recommended that the bicycle(s) to which the trailer will be attached
undergo a safety check by a qualified bicycle mechanic before attaching the trailer to it. This trailer is
not designed to be used with electric bikes or motorcycles.
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Attaching the Trailer to a Bike
1. Remove the quick-release or nut from the left side of the bike’s rear axle. Install the hitch connector
between the quick-release or nut and the bike frame. Tighten the quick-release or nut according to the
manufacturer’s recommendation.
2. Insert the flex connector onto the hitch connector. Insert the lock pin and close the spring clip. Wrap
the safety strap around the frame of the bike and latch to the D-ring on the tow bar.
WARNING! Safety strap must attach to the bike frame when using this product in trailer mode. Quickrelease lock pin must be in place and locked before riding.
The height of the hitch clamp shall not exceed 40 cm (15.5 in) above the road surface and the stan-
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dard drawbar load shall be between 30 and 80N.
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Removing the Trailer from the Bike
1. Remove the safety strap by releasing the clip on the D-ring. Remove the quick-release lock pin to
release the flex connector and trailer. The hitch connector can remain on the bike when the trailer is
removed.
Note: Additional hitch connectors for use on multiple bikes can be purchased at
www.viavelobike.com.
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Configuring your Trailer into a Jogger
Your trailer can accept an optional jogger kit.
Tow Bar and Hitch Connector Components
1. 2 fork tubes
2. 2 fixing screws
3. Quick-release 16 inch wheel
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Attaching the Jogger Fork Tubes
1. To install the jogger kit, first remove the tow arm by releasing the lock pin and then press the spring
pin and pull out the arm.
2. Take one jogger fork tube and insert into the corresponding receiver on the trailer body and insert
the lock pin and close the spring clip.
3. Tighten the fixing screw into the threaded nut in the bottom of the front frame tube. Perform same
action for both fork tubes.
WARNING! Make sure spring pin is locked. If not locked, the pin may fall out, releasing the fork.
This may cause injury to you or your child.
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Attaching the Jogger Wheel
1. Open the quick-release axle skewer on the wheel to allow the axle to fit inside the plastic fork tips.
Align the flats on the axle with the flats on the fork tips, and slide into the slots. Close the quick-release
lever, making sure it is tight. If the wheel is still loose in the frame, open the release lever, tighten the
thumb nut, and close the lever again. Repeat this until there is sufficient resistance to securely lock the
wheel.
Note: If the wheel does not track straight, loosen the lever and shift the wheel slightly in the slot to
adjust the direction, retighten and check the tracking.
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Attaching the Safety Flag
1. Assemble the flag and insert the end into the small sleeve on the left side of the trailer body.
WARNING! This flag is meant for use only with the trailer and greatly increases your visibility to others. This flag is not a toy. Do not let your child play with this flag when not in use. Failure to comply
with this warning could result in serious injury to your child.
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Using the Cover and Windscreen
1. The clear vinyl windscreen and the protective mesh barrier zip open for loading. In inclement
weather, the clear windscreen protects your passengers from the elements. Weather permitting, you
can roll up the clear window and affix with the elastic straps provided. The mesh allows ventilation,
but prevents debris from entering the trailer.
WARNING! Rocks and debris from the bicycle wheels could injure your child. Never use the trailer
without closing the mesh cover. Failure to do so could result in serious injury to your child.
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Fixed Wheel Brakes
Some trailer models are equipped with fixed wheel brakes for added safety. When loading or unloading or parking your trailer, engage the parking brake to prevent the trailer from moving. The brake housing also deflects possible obstructions from impacting the wheels.
Fixed Wheel Brake Components
1. 2 brake assemblies
2. 4 mounting screws
3. Hex key
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Attaching the Brakes
1. Locate the two holes in the trailer frame just forward of the rear wheels.
2. Place screws through holes in frame – from inside to outside, as shown. (You do not need to remove
fabric to install.)
3. Place the brake assembly against the frame, and use the hex key wrench provided to tighten the
screws until snug. Repeat on both sides noting the orientation of the brake assembly.
Note: The nut is secured inside the plastic housing so you will not need a wrench or pliers to hold the
nut while tightening the fixing screw.
WARNING! Check the security of the mounted brakes before each use.
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Using the Brakes
1. To operate brake, simply move lever outward to contact tire. Release by pushing the lever in toward
frame as shown.
Note: This brake is self-adjusting to tire wear, but for best function, make sure to keep tires within the
recommended pressure on sidewall, and replace tires when you notice visible signs of wear.
WARNING! For safety, lock both brakes to prevent rolling, and make certain both brakes are released prior to riding.
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Attaching the Hand Brake
(not included with all models)
Some trailer models that feature the optional jogger kit also include a hand-brake that operates on the
front jogger wheel. For the jogger kit installation, please first follow the instructions above under “Configuring your trailer into a jogger.”
1. After the forks are installed as shown, insert wheel into forks, and secure with quick release lever.
Notice that the cable and brake lever are all attached to one side of the brake caliper. This allows for
easy setup and easy removal. Note that the brake calipers should be facing up as shown.
2. Pull the two sides of the caliper together to allow you to hook the cable ferrule with the connector on
the other side of the caliper as shown. Once connected, the correctly assembled brake caliper should
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appear as shown in fig 4.
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Velro closure
Cable
Attaching the Hand Brake
3. Route the cable under the trailer on the right side, between frame and fabric (as standing behind the
trailer), and secure with velcro closures provided under the trailer frame.
4. Finally, open the brake lever handlebar clamp by releasing the thumb knob, then wrap around the
opening in the centre of the handlebar, reinsert the knob and tighten securely.
Note: The tension of the cable can be adjusted at the brake lever. If adjustment is not sufficient consult
your local bike shop.
WARNING! To prevent serious injury ensure that the cable and brake are secure before each ride
and do not interfere with any moving parts of the unit!
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Securing Your Child
Place a single child in the centre and use the centre strap in the middle. For two children use the outer
centre straps and shoulder straps.
1. Unclip the straps and place your child in the seat. Adjust the upper buckles to fit snugly above your
child’s shoulders. The crotch strap buckle should come just below your child’s belly button, where a normal
belt would lay. Adjust the ladder lock so the buckle is in the correct position.
2. Buckle the two side straps to the crotch strap and adjust snugly so you can fit average size fingers
between belt and your child. The buckle should be centred in your child’s abdomen. Hook the shoulder
straps to the D-rings on the buckle and adjust the ladder locks so they fit snugly.
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WARNING! To avoid serious injury or death, children should always wear the seat belt and shoulder
straps. There should be a minimum distance of 4 cm (1.5 in) between the top of the child’s head (without
a helmet on) and the roof of the cabin. If the child’s head protrudes above the upper crossbeam when
seated, he or she is too tall to ride safely in the trailer.
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Cargo Storage
The trailer has a rear storage area. This is not intended for items weighing more than 4.5 kg (10 lbs).
WARNING! Distribute items carefully and evenly. Items may cause the trailer to become unstable.
Failure to comply with this warning could result in serious injury to you or your child
Folding Your Trailer
To fold your trailer, simply open the rear compartment flap and locate the release latches on the vertical
frame tubes. To operate the latches, first depress the locking button, and then lift to open the frame.
Push forward to fold. The trailer can be folded with or without the wheels on. If the wheels are removed, they can be stowed inside the trailer when not in use. To remove the wheels, simply push the
button in the wheel, and pull the wheel out from the frame.
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General Maintenance
From time to time, check your trailer for loose hardware, worn parts, torn material or stitching.
Repair or replace parts as needed. Over or under-inflation of tires may cause handling issues for the trailer.
Replace tires only with street tread tires.
We suggest you periodically clean all parts, wipe dry and then let air dry, especially if exposed to salt
water, salt spray, beach sand, etc.
WARNING! Do not make any modifications to the trailer. Be sure that the trailer and bike are in good
working condition. A bike dealer can help you with inspection and maintenance.
Do not use cleaning solvents. Clean only with mild soap and water.
Seasonal Storage of Your Trailer
Inspect the trailer and its parts before and after each use and storage. Check the working conditions of
both trailer and bike before each use.
Store trailer in a dry area and always make sure trailer is dry before storing.
WARNING! To prevent colour fading and eventual weakening of the fabrics or components, store the
trailer out of direct sunlight.
Service and Repair of Your Trailer
Service and repair can be performed by any bike shop.
For any assembly questions or for replacement parts, PLEASE DO NOT RETURN TO THE STORE!
Call customer service by phone
877-645-0113
Email customer service at
[email protected]
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WARNINGS!
Please read the warnings carefully. Failure to follow these warnings and assembly instructions
could result in serious injury or death.
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Passengers and riders must always wear properly fitted CPSC approved cycling helmets.
Maximum weight capacity for one child is 22 kg (50 lb), and for two children is 44 kg
(100 lb). Exceeding capacity may cause the trailer to become unstable.
Not for use with children under 12 months or over 5 years of age or with an upper body
height of 59.5 cm (23.5 in).
Children must be able to hold up head with helmet on. Check with your pediatrician to make
sure your child’s development makes him or her a suitable passenger in this trailer.
Do not carry more than two children. When pulling one child in the trailer, seat child in the
centre.
Do not place more than 5 kg (10 lb) in storage compartment. Accessories or parcels placed in
trailer may cause it to change balance and become unstable.
Ride slower than you would if you were riding without the trailer.
You will require extra stopping distance. Use your brakes early. Take corners very gradually.
Do not exceed a speed over 13 km/h (8 mph) and reduce speed to 5 km/h (3 mph) when
turning.
Use on smooth roads only. Do not ride over curbs, potholes or off-road.
Do not install a car seat or any other seating device to this trailer.
Do not make any modifications to the trailer.
Children must always fasten safety belts and wear bike helmets.
Always instruct children NOT to rock, bounce, lean or extend limbs outside of the cabin.
Install a rearview mirror on your bike to inspect children in the trailer while riding.
Never leave children unattended in or around the trailer.
Put on all brakes and fasten parking straps whenever you park the vehicle.
Always use the flag supplied with the trailer to allow others to see you.
Never allow children to assemble, fold, or disassemble this unit.
Periodically re-check all fasteners to make sure they are tight.
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Pre-ride Safety Check
Before every ride the following safety check should be performed.
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Check to ensure hitch connector is tight.
Check to ensure hitch safety strap is secure.
BUCKLE UP! Check seat harness and secure all baggage.
HELMETS ON! Ensure rider and child helmets are on and secure.
Check TIRE AIR PRESSURE. Always maintain between 25 PSI and 435 PSI (2.0 BAR and
2.8 BAR) or as indicated on tire sidewall.
General Safety Guidelines
SAFETY FIRST! Check the working conditions of both bike and trailer before each use. If you
discover broken components, misalignments or missing parts, correct the problem prior to use.
Please refer to all warnings and guidelines for the proper use of this trailer. Be aware of what
is necessary to safely control the bike-trailer combination. Follow these safety guidelines for
safe and effective performance.
• Inspect the trailer and its parts before and after each use. Proper care and maintenance of
the trailer are essential to safety.
• When assembling the trailer, make sure that the wheels are correctly and securely installed
as described in the assembly instructions. Inflate the tires to the desired pressure and check
the pressure before each use. Over-inflation may cause the trailer to bounce or turn over.
Use only tires with street tread and not with BMX or knobby tread.
• Attach the hitch connector securely to the bicycle frame. The connector should be tightened
and the safety strap wrapped around the stay or frame and the hook snapped into the
D-ring.
• The person riding the towing bicycle should be at least 18 years of age and in good
physical condition.
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• Be sure that the bicycle used with the trailer is in good working condition and has good
brakes. A bicycle shop can help you with inspection and maintenance. Please have your
bicycle inspected by a qualified bicycle mechanic for compatibility.
• Riding at dusk or dawn with this trailer is not recommended. A reflector that complies with
CPSC regulations must be mounted and visible on the rear and sides of the trailer.
• Be aware of exposure hazards such as wind-chill and heat exhaustion by less-active
trailer passengers in prolonged exposure in colder temperatures, or by extended periods
in warmer temperatures without adequate ventilation and hydration Do not overload the
trailer. The load limit for cargo and/or passengers is 45 kg(100 lb). Position the load
as low as possible and centre it within the trailer (front to rear and left to right). Any extra
gear should be placed towards the rear. All loads should be secured so that it does not
shift.
• Use extra caution when turning on uneven pavement, and going downhill.
• Do not ride over curbs. Avoid bumps and holes. Always signal your turns.
• Do not travel on the highways, busy streets or in areas unsafe for bicycling.
• Do not use trailer in snow or icy conditions.
• Do not travel or descend at high speeds.
• Do not allow any of the child’s body, clothing, shoelaces, or toys to come in contact with
moving parts.
IMPORTANT: Instruct children riding in the trailer not to bounce, rock or lean; such movements
may cause the trailer to lean or flip. The tow-bar must not bear any extra load.
Do not attempt to install other seating systems in the trailer. It is not designed for car seats,
stroller seats, infant beds, or any other type of seating. Use of any seating system other than
the original equipment seat will void the warranty, and may result in damage to the trailer or
injury of the passengers.
Pulling this trailer affects the operation of the bicycle. Stopping, starting and turning are affected, depending on the weight of the cargo. To familiarize yourself with the changes, load the
trailer to capacity and practice in a safe area. Do not use your trailer until you have become
accustomed to how it affects your bicycle handling.
SUFFOCATION WARNING: Plastic bags can be dangerous. To avoid danger of suffocation,
keep plastic bags away from babies and children.
For more on the world of Via Velo please visit us at
www.viavelobike.com
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