Croozer Dog

Owner’s Manual
2-in-1
Bicycle Trailer
Stroller
ENGLISH
Croozer Dog
CroozerDog17-ENG-3-17
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CroozerDog17-ENG-3-17
www.croozer.com
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IMPRINT
Published by: Croozer GmbH
Oskar-Jäger-Str. 125
D-50825 Cologne
Germany
Copyright © 2017 Croozer GmbH. All rights reserved. No part of this manual
may be reproduced or transmitted in any form for any purpose other than the
purchaser’s personal use.
Additional manuals and instructions on the use of this vehicle and its accessories can be ordered from Croozer GmbH or downloaded from the website
www.croozer.eu. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this
manual. However, if you do find an error, we would appreciate hearing about
it so that we can correct it.
Planning, text, graphic design and editing:
W. Piontek, www.technik-transparent.de
Photos: W. Piontek and Croozer GmbH
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Table of Contents
Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
What’s what? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2-in-1 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is the Croozer Dog? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How should the Croozer Dog be used? . . . . . . . . How shouldn’t the Croozer Dog be used? . . . . . . . Orientation and wording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Applicable standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Safety Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Symbols and warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Read and observe this manual! . . . . . . . . . . . . Who can ride in the Croozer Dog? . . . . . . . . . . .
Requirements for the towing bicycle . . . . . . . . . .
Legal requirements for using a Bicycle Trailer . . . . .
Before your first ride ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pulling the Croozer Dog as a Bicycle Trailer . . . . . Using the Croozer Dog as a Stroller . . . . . . . . . . Use, storage and transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Assembly, maintenance and repair . . . . . . . . . . 5
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Cleaning and Storing the Croozer Dog . 27
How do I clean and maintain my Croozer Dog? . . . . 27
How do I store my Croozer Dog? . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Preparing the Croozer Dog for disposal . . . . . . . . 28
Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Servicing and warranty claims . . . . . 30
Initial Assembly and Unfolding the
Croozer Dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Checking package contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Unfolding the Croozer Dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attaching the mat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching and removing the wheels . . . . . . . . . . 7
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Converting the Croozer Dog to
a Bicycle Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Installing and removing the hitch arm . . . . . . . . . 10
Installing the axle hitch to the towing bicycle . . . . . 10
Installing the safety flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Converting the Croozer Dog to
a Stroller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Installing and removing the Stroller wheel . . . . . . . 14
Attaching and removing the handlebar . . . . . . . . 15
Using your Croozer Dog . . . . . . . . . 16
Getting your dog used to the Croozer Dog . . . . . . 16
Loading, unloading and securing your dog . . . . . . 16
Opening and closing the front window . . . . . . . . 16
Transporting dog and cargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Special considerations when riding with the
Bicycle Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Special Considerations When Using the Stroller . . . 22
Transporting your Croozer Dog . . . . . 23
Croozer Dog Inspections and
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Inspection intervals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Service intervals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Inspecting the hitch arm, hitch connector and
Stroller Kit components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Inspect the fabric body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Checking tyre pressure and treads . . . . . . . . . . 25
Cleaning and lubricating the wheel axles . . . . . . . 26
Servicing the Stroller wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Servicing the hitch-connector joint . . . . . . . . . . 26
Inspecting the Croozer Dog after an accident . . . . . 26
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Description
Description
Mesh front window
What’s what?
Handlebar
Mesh side windows
Front pocket
Hitch arm
Stroller wheel
socket
Quick-release wheels
Hitch connector
Hitch arm
attachment bracket
Front reflectors
Stroller wheel
Safety flag
Mesh side windows
Rear door
Rear pocket
Rear reflectors
Push button for
quick-release wheels
Handlebar attachment socket
Spoke reflectors
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Description
2-in-1 System
+
Bicycle Kit
Safety flag,
Axle hitch
=
Croozer Dog
Bicycle Trailer
Croozer Dog Chassis
with hitch arm
+
Stroller Kit
Handlebar,
Stroller wheel
=
Croozer Dog
Stroller
Fastening Systems
Click & Crooz fastening system
Security pin for stroller wheel
simply insert, automatic locking, press button for removal
Open
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Closed
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Description
What is the Croozer Dog?
Orientation and wording
The Croozer Dog is a vehicle for transporting dogs and
other small animals. It can also be quickly and easily converted to a dog stroller using a stroller wheel and handlebar.
Unless otherwise indicated, the terms right and left in this
manual refer to the passenger’s right or left when seated in
the Croozer Dog, facing forward (i.e. relative to the direction of travel).
How should the Croozer Dog be used?
Applicable standards
The Croozer Dog is intended for private use for transporting dogs or other small animals in daylight hours on roads
and other smooth, well-surfaced paths as a bicycle trailer
or stroller. The instructions and safety guidelines provided
in this manual must be followed at all times. For your
safety and the safety of your dog and other road users,
dogs should always be leashed inside the trailer.
The following standards were taken into consideration:
EN 15918:2011
Maximum Weight of Loaded
Trailer
110 lbs (50 kg)
(Trailer + Dog)
Maximum Load*
(Dog)
Hitch-arm Load (Nose Weight)
88 lbs (40 kg)
6.6 - 16.6 lbs (3 - 7.5 kg)
* Weight limits only apply if the hitch-arm load is within the specified range of 6.6 to 16.6 lbs (3-7.5 kg). See page 17.
When in use as a Bicycle Trailer in poor visibility conditions or at night, dusk, or dawn, the Croozer Dog must
be equipped with a lighting system that complies with the
applicable laws and regulations in the country of use. Any
spare parts used for the Croozer Dog must be approved by
Croozer GmbH and properly installed, ideally by a professional bicycle mechanic. Use only accessories that are
suited for the Croozer Dog and/or have been approved by
Croozer GmbH.
How shouldn’t the Croozer Dog be used?
The Croozer Dog may not be used in any manner other
than as specified above. Never transport children in the
Croozer Dog. Never use the Croozer Dog as a cargo
trailer. Never use the Stroller for jogging or skating. Commercial use, overloading, excessive speeds (of more than
15 mph, or 25 km/h, when in use as Dog Trailer or more
than walking speed when used as Stroller), improper
repairs and use on unsurfaced roads or paths are not
permitted.
Never pull the Croozer Dog with a motorised vehicle, such
as a moped or scooter. This also applies to motorised
bicycles with a maximum speed of more than 15 mph,
(25 km/h). Do not mount the hitch to a bicycle with a
rear-wheel hub motor, unless this modification is approved
by the manufacturer of the bicycle and/or motor. Croozer
GmbH will not be liable for any damages resulting from
non-compliance with these requirements.
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Safety Guidelines
Safety Guidelines
Symbols and warnings
DANGER indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.
NOTICE indicates a situation which, if not avoided, could
result in damage to the Croozer Dog or the environment.
Tip: In this manual, “Tip” indicates helpful advice about
the use or maintenance of the Croozer Dog.
Read and observe this manual!
This manual contains information that is extremely important for the safety of you, your dog and other road users.
Therefore, it is essential that you read the entire manual
carefully and follow the instructions closely. If you should
experience difficulties understanding any of the information
or instructions, please contact your Croozer dealer. Keep
this manual handy at all times for future reference. If you
loan or sell your Croozer Dog, pass on this manual to the
new user. It is also vitally important that you read and observe the instructions provided in the manual of the towing
bicycle.
Who can ride in the Croozer Dog?
The Croozer Dog is intended for use with dogs and other
small animals up to 19 inches (48 cm) in height (paws to
top of head when standing). The vehicle is designed to
carry a maximum weight of 88 lbs (40 kg).
Who can ride the towing bicycle?
Be sure to acquaint yourself with the applicable laws in the
state or country where you plan to use the Croozer Dog.
Requirements for the towing bicycle
The towing bicycle must be approved by its manufacturer
for pulling a trailer. This information can be found in the
owner’s manual of the bicycle. Furthermore, the towing
bicycle must be in perfect working order and have strong,
properly functioning brakes. The rear wheel of the towing
bicycle must be equipped with an effective splashguard.
Otherwise, your dog could be injured by stones and other
debris thrown up from the road. Motorised vehicles may
not be used for pulling Bicycle Trailers. The only exception
to this rule is a pedelec. This special type of e-bicycle has
an electric motor that delivers assist only when the rider
pedals. In many countries, pedelecs legally qualify as
bicycles. However, e-bikes with a maximum speed of more
than 15 mph (25 km/h) may not be used for pulling the
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trailer. The towing bicycle should be equipped with a sturdy
rear-mount kickstand to ensure safety when loading and
unloading your dog.
Be sure to familiarise yourself with the legal requirements
that apply to towing bicycles in the country or state where
you will be using the Croozer Dog.
The towing bicycle must have a 26” to 29” (559 to 635 mm)
rear wheel. This information can be found on the tyre
sidewalls. The numbers 42-622, for example, indicate that
the tyre has a width of 42 mm and a bead-seat diameter of
622 mm (28 inches).
Legal requirements for using a Bicycle
Trailer
Be sure to familiarise yourself with the legal requirements
that apply to pulling a Bicycle Trailer in the country or state
where you will be using the Croozer Dog.
Before your first ride ...
It is vitally important that you familiarise yourself with the
Croozer Dog before you use it for transporting your dog.
You will also need to help your dog get used to the Croozer
Dog (see page 16). Prior to your first trip, Croozer GmbH
recommends taking a practice ride (without your dog) in
a calm, traffic-free area; load the Trailer with cargo of approximately the same weight as your dog, for example, by
strapping a loaded rucksack into the cabin. This is a great
way to become acquainted with the handling of the bicycle
and the dimensions of the trailer.
Buckle up!
For your safety and the safety of your dog and other road
users, dogs should always be leashed inside the trailer.
Crushing hazard
When folding and unfolding the Croozer Dog, keep fingers
and hands clear of all possible pinch points (e.g. movable
frame parts and locking mechanisms).
Pulling the Croozer Dog as a Bicycle Trailer
Before each ride, check the following:
• Are the wheels securely attached?
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re both vertical frame tubes snapped securely into the
clips?
• Is the hitch arm properly attached and secured? Is the
trailer properly hitched to the towing bicycle and secured with the safety strap? Is the security pin on the
Stroller wheel socket locked securely in place? Never
leave security pins hanging freely from their straps.
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heck tyre pressure prior to each ride. The actual tyre
pressure should never be higher or lower than the
maximum and minimum inflation pressures marked on
the tyre sidewall. (See also page 25). Never use compressed air, e.g. from a gas/petrol station, to fill your
tyres. The rapid airflow and high pressure can overinflate the tyres, causing the tube and/or tyre to burst.
Turning
Always reduce your speed to a walking pace when making turns with the Bicycle Trailer. Keep in mind that riding
speed is often underestimated, especially on bikes with
electric assist. When turning at high speeds, the increased
centrifugal force can cause the trailer to skid or tip over
and result in accidents with serious injury or death.
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Safety Guidelines
Riding downhill
Always reduce your speed when riding downhill. Riding at
excessive speeds can cause the Trailer to skid, potentially
resulting in accidents with serious injury or death.
Riding over curbs or uneven surfaces
Riding over a curb or other obstacle with only one wheel
of the Bicycle Trailer could cause the trailer to tip over,
resulting in accidents with serious injury or death. Empty
trailers are especially susceptible to tipping. Therefore, if
you have to ride over a curb or similar obstruction, always
use extreme caution and ride at very low speeds. Never
use the Croozer Dog on stairs or escalators.
Being visible to others
Never use your Croozer Dog as a Bicycle Trailer in road
traffic without the safety flag mounted. The safety flag
makes it easier for other road users to see you.
Carrying cargo
Never transport cargo items together with a dog or other
animal in the Trailer. Never attach cargo, such as bags
or panniers, to the outside of the Trailer. Cargo attached
outside of the Trailer can drastically affect the handling and
stability of the Croozer Dog, potentially resulting in accidents with serious injury or death. Smaller objects, such as
leashes etc., can be stowed in the pockets on the front and
rear panels of the Trailer.
Using the Croozer Dog as a Stroller
The Croozer Dog with Stroller Kit is not approved for jogging or skating. Pushing the Stroller faster than a walking
pace is not permitted.
Proper assembly and repair
The Croozer Dog must be properly assembled. Follow the
instructions for the correct installation of the axle hitch,
hitch arm and Stroller Kit components. When in doubt,
contact your Croozer dealer. All repairs must be carried out
to professional standards using only original Croozer parts,
ideally by a professional bicycle mechanic. Incorrect installation or repair work could result in accidents with serious
injury or death.
Suitable accessories and original spare parts
Only use accessories and original spare parts that have
been recommended and approved by Croozer GmbH.
These are the only components that can be used safely
with the Croozer Dog. When in doubt, consult a Croozer
dealer. The use of non-approved accessories or incompatible spare parts could result in accidents with serious
injury or death. Croozer GmbH cannot be held responsible
for any damage resulting from the use of non-approved
accessories or incompatible spare parts.
Changes and modifications
For safety reasons, no modifications or changes can be
made to the Croozer Dog.
Do not install attachment parts, such as luggage racks etc.
Making modifications or changes to your Croozer Dog can
result in accidents with serious injury or death. Furthermore, changes or modifications the vehicle will void any
warranty claims. Croozer GmbH will not be liable for damages of any kind resulting from changes or modifications
that have been made to the Croozer Dog.
Use, storage and transport
Never transport the Croozer Dog – even when folded – on
the roof of a motor vehicle.
Never use or store the Croozer Dog at temperatures below
- 4°F (-20°C).
Assembly, maintenance and repair
If you have purchased the Croozer Dog from a shop, the
dealer should have installed the axle hitch to the towing
bicycle. If you ordered your Croozer Dog online or by mailorder catalogue, we recommend having the initial assembly performed by a professional bicycle mechanic. Furthermore, dealers are required to provide the customer with all
important information on the use of the Croozer Dog.
Technical condition
Never use the Croozer Dog if it is not in perfect working
order. The Croozer Dog must be periodically inspected for
damage and/or wear to the wheels, hitch arm, frame, fabric
body, security pins and axle hitch. If any of these parts are
found to be damaged, the Croozer Dog may not be used
until the damage has been properly repaired, ideally by a
professional bicycle mechanic.
It is critical that all maintenance work specified in the section “Croozer Dog Inspections and Maintenance” (page 24)
be performed in the specified intervals.
Using the Croozer Dog when it is not in perfect working
order can result in accidents with serious injury or death.
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Initial Assembly and Unfolding the Croozer Dog
Initial Assembly and Unfolding the
Croozer Dog
If you have purchased the Croozer Dog from a shop, the
dealer should have installed the axle hitch to the towing
bicycle and sold the vehicle “ready to use”. If you ordered
your Croozer Dog from an online or mail-order catalogue,
we recommend having the initial assembly performed by
a professional bicycle mechanic. Furthermore, dealers are
required to provide the customer with all important information on the use of the Croozer Dog. If the initial assembly
has been performed, you can skip the first few steps of this
section.
If your Croozer Dog was not assembled prior to sale, then
have the initial assembly performed by a professional bicycle mechanic or follow the assembly instructions below. No
tools are required for the assembly.
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The Croozer Dog must be properly assembled. Improper
assembly can result in accidents with serious injury or
death.
Checking package contents
The Croozer Dog is packaged in a box for shipment. In order to minimise package size, the Croozer Dog is shipped
in its folded state (1). All of the removable parts are packed
inside the Trailer.
1. Take the folded Croozer Dog out of the box and remove all packaging materials.
2. Open the cabin and remove all individual parts from
inside the Trailer.
These parts include the wheels (2), hitch arm with axle
hitch (3), handlebar (consists of two parts) (4), Stroller
wheel (5), mat (6), safety flag (7) and this manual (8).
3. Remove all packaging material from the individual
parts and recycle if possible. It is advisable to keep the
box, e.g. for future storage or transport.
4. Remove all transport restraints on the frame of the
Croozer Dog.
Unfold the Croozer Dog completely before installing the
individual parts.
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Initial Assembly and Unfolding the Croozer Dog
Unfolding the Croozer Dog
1. Place the folded Trailer on a clean and stable surface.
2. Pull up the two side panels (1).
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3. Pull the rear frame tube (2) towards the back and
press it into the clips (3) on both sides until you hear
and feel it snap into place.
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4. Pull the front frame tube (4) forwards and press it into
the clips (5) until you hear and feel it snap into place.
RISK OF PINCHING OR CRUSHING! There are pinch
points between the tubes and clips, that may cause
painful injuries. Use caution to avoid these points when
folding or unfolding the trailer.
Tip: A new Croozer Dog will be slightly more difficult to
unfold because the canvas is still stiff.
5. Check that the front and rear frame tubes (2 and 4)
are snapped fully into the clips on both sides (3 and
5) by pulling the two frame tubes inwards with gentle
pressure. There should be no movement in the frame
tubes when you press against them.
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If the locking mechanisms are not properly engaged, the
frame of the Croozer Dog could collapse while riding,
potentially resulting in serious injuries for the dog.
6. To fold the Trailer, follow these instructions in the reverse order. Open all zippers and pull the frame tubes
out of the clips (3 and 5 on both sides).
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Initial Assembly and Unfolding the Croozer Dog
Attaching the mat
The mat is fastened inside the Trailer with four snap hooks.
It can be easily removed at any time, e.g. for cleaning.
1. Open the zippers on the rear or front of the Croozer
Dog.
2. Lay the mat (1) inside and secure it by connecting the
four snap hooks to the D-rings (2) in the inside corners
of the Croozer Dog.
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Attaching and removing the wheels
The wheels of the Croozer Dog are equipped with pushbutton axles. By pressing the dust cap (1) on the wheel
hub, the retaining balls (2) will retract within the axle to
permit the attachment or removal of the wheel. The wheels
cannot be attached or removed unless the dust cap is
pressed in.
1. Remove the protective caps (3) from the wheel axles.
It is advisable to keep the protective caps for future
use, e.g. when transporting the Croozer Dog.
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2. Use one hand to lift up the back of the Croozer Dog.
3. Press the dust cap (1) of the wheel hub with the marking “PUSH”.
4. Insert the wheel axle (4) into the axle receiver (5) of
the Croozer Dog as far as it will go and release the
dust cap.
5. Check whether the wheel is locked securely into the
axle receiver by pulling firmly on the wheel without
pressing the dust cap. It should not be possible to
remove the wheel unless the dust cap is pressed.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 to attach the second wheel.
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Wheels that have not been securely attached can fall
off when riding, resulting in accidents with serious injury
or death. After you have attached the wheels, it is vitally
important that you check whether the axles are securely
locked into the axle receivers by firmly pulling on the
wheels. It should not be possible to remove the wheels
without pressing on the dust cap.
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7. To remove the wheels, follow these instructions in the
reverse order. Press the dust caps (1) and pull the
wheel axles out of the receivers.
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Converting the Croozer Dog to a Bicycle Trailer
Converting the Croozer Dog to a
Bicycle Trailer
Installing and removing the hitch arm
The hitch arm is installed on the front left side of the
Croozer Dog (relative to the direction of travel). The front
of the Trailer has white reflectors.
1. Lift the front of the Croozer Dog.
2. Hold the hitch arm with the curvature and the hole (1)
facing outwards, and slide the end into the hitch arm
attachment bracket (2) until you hear and feel it snap
into place.
Click!
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It is very important that you do not confuse the hitch
arm attachment bracket with the handlebar attachment
bracket (marked with a warning label). The handlebar
attachment bracket is not intended for use with the hitch
arm. The use of the Trailer with the hitch arm attached
to the wrong bracket could cause accidents with serious
injury or death. The improper use of the brackets could
also damage the Trailer.
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3. To remove the hitch arm, press the release mechanism (3) and pull the hitch arm out of the bracket.
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Installing the axle hitch to the towing bicycle
The hitch assembly is mounted to the left side of the bicycle (relative to the direction of travel) and consists of two
parts: a hitch connector (1) on the hitch arm of the Croozer
Dog and an axle hitch (2), which is mounted to the rear
axle of the towing bicycle.
However, before using a bicycle for pulling the Croozer
Dog, you must first check whether it is suitable for use as
a towing bicycle. This information can be obtained from
the bicycle manufacturer, a bicycle shop or the owner’s
manual of the bicycle.
It is vitally important to confirm that the towing bicycle is
suitable for pulling trailers. Pulling a trailer with a bicycle
that has not been approved by its manufacturer for use
as a towing bicycle can result in frame breakage or other
material damage. This could cause accidents with serious injury or death.
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If you are not completely confident about your ability to
install the axle hitch correctly, please consult with, or
have the installation performed by, a professional bicycle
mechanic.
It is vitally important that the hitch be properly installed.
An improperly installed hitch could come loose while riding and cause accidents with serious injury or death.
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Converting the Croozer Dog to a Bicycle Trailer
Installing the axle hitch to a bicycle with a quickrelease axle
The quick-release lever (1) must be positioned on the right
side of the bicycle (relative to the direction of travel). If the
lever is on the left side, the quick-release assembly must
be removed and reinserted from the right side. Be sure to
follow the applicable instructions in the owner’s manual of
the bicycle and/or consult a professional bicycle mechanic.
1. Disengage the quick-release lever (1) on the rear
wheel of the towing bicycle or loosen the hex bolt
(5 mm), depending on the version. Often, the open
position is indicated on the lever by the word “OPEN”.
In this case, when the word “OPEN” can be seen, the
lever is in the open position.
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2. Remove the tension-adjusting nut (2) of the quickrelease assembly by turning the nut anticlockwise.
Use caution: the spring located just beneath the nut is
under tension and could fly off when removing the nut.
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3. Fit the axle hitch (3) over the end of the quick-release
skewer by sliding the skewer (with the spring) through
the hole in the hitch.
4. Without removing the spring on the end of the quickrelease skewer, thread the tension-adjusting nut (2)
back onto the skewer. Tighten the tension-adjusting
nut until you feel a slight resistance.
The tension-adjusting nut must engage the threads for at
least five full turns in order to ensure adequate clamping
force for holding the rear wheel securely. Failure to tighten
the tension-adjusting nut adequately may result in accidents
with serious injury or death. If the quick-release skewer is
too short, it must be replaced. Consult a professional bicycle
mechanic for the appropriate parts and assistance.
5. Check that the rear wheel is properly aligned, adjusting
the position if necessary; then close the quick-release
lever (1) or tighten the hex bolt, depending on the version. Often, the closed position is indicated on the lever
by the word “CLOSE”. In this case, when the lever side
marked “CLOSE” can be seen, the lever is in the closed
position. If the tension-adjusting nut has been tightened
the proper amount, you will be able to feel the resistance increase when the lever is about halfway closed,
i.e. parallel to the axle. The adjustment is correct if you
can fully close the lever but with considerable force. In
the closed position, the lever should be parallel to the
frame, i.e. it should not stick out to the side.
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6. Check whether the quick-release is securely engaged
by trying to rotate the endcap of the mechanism
(where the lever is attached) without opening the lever.
If the endcap is loose enough to rotate, then the
clamping force is inadequate. In this case, open the
lever, and tighten the tension-adjusting nut half a turn
clockwise. Repeat steps 5 and 6.
If it is impossible to push the quick-release lever into
the closed position, then open the lever, and unscrew
the tension-adjusting nut half a turn anticlockwise.
Repeat steps 5 and 6. Keep in mind that the tensionadjusting nut must engage the threads of the quickrelease skewer for at least five full turns.
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Converting the Croozer Dog to a Bicycle Trailer
The tension-adjusting nut must engage the threads for at
least five full turns in order to ensure adequate clamping
force for holding the rear wheel securely. Failure to tighten
the tension-adjusting nut adequately may result in accidents
with serious injury or death. If the quick-release skewer is
too short, it must be replaced. Consult a professional bicycle
mechanic for the appropriate parts and assistance.
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7. Hold the rear wheel with both hands, and try to rock it
back and forth to check that the quick-release mechanism is securely fastened. If there is any play in the
wheel, repeat steps 5 and 6.
It is vitally important that the rear wheel with the hitch
be installed correctly. Riding with an incorrectly installed
rear wheel could result in accidents with serious injury or
death. Follow the instructions and warnings given in the
owner’s manual of the towing bicycle. When in doubt,
consult a professional bicycle mechanic.
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Installing the axle hitch to a bicycle with a solid axle
1. Remove the nut (1) on the left side of the solid axle by
turning it anticlockwise.
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It is vitally important that you leave the existing washer on
the axle. This washer prevents the axle from rotating in
the dropouts. Riding without the axle washer can result in
accidents with serious injury or death.
2. Without removing the retaining washer, place the axle
hitch (3) onto the axle by feeding the end of the axle
through the hole in the hitch.
min. 5 x
3. Screw the nut (1) back onto the axle, tightening lightly
at first.
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To ensure adequate clamping force, the axle nut must
be tightened onto the threads of the axle by at least 5 full
turns. If it is not possible to tighten the nut at least 5 full
turns, then the axle is too short, which could allow the
rear wheel or hitch to come loose, resulting in accidents
with serious injury or death.
When in doubt, consult a professional bicycle mechanic!
4. Check that the rear wheel is properly centred, adjusting the position if necessary; then tighten the nut (1)
using the tightening torque specified in the owner’s
manual of the bicycle.
Nm
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5. Finally, hold the rear wheel with both hands and try to
rock it back and forth to check that the wheel is held
securely in the dropouts.
The rear wheel must be properly attached after the
axle hitch has been installed. Riding with an improperly
installed rear wheel can result in accidents with serious
injury or death. Follow the instructions and warnings
given in the owner’s manual of the towing bicycle. When
in doubt, consult a professional bicycle mechanic.
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Converting the Croozer Dog to a Bicycle Trailer
Installing the safety flag
Never use your trailer without the safety flag in place. The
safety flag makes it easier for other road users to see the
Croozer Dog, increasing your safety and the safety of
other road users.
For the attachment of the safety flag, there is a loop (2)
and a canvas sleeve (3) on the left side of the Croozer
Dog.
1. Assemble the flag pole (1) by connecting the two sections of the pole.
2. Slide the flag pole through the loop (2) and into the
canvas sleeve (3).
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When pulling the Croozer Dog as a Bicycle Trailer, the
safety flag must be properly mounted at all times. If the
safety flag is not properly mounted, other road users may
fail to see the Croozer Dog, which could result in accidents with serious injury or death.
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Converting the Croozer Dog to a Stroller
Converting the Croozer Dog to a
Stroller
To convert the Croozer Dog to a Stroller, a Stroller wheel is
mounted on the hitch arm, and a handlebar on the rear of
the Croozer Dog.
Installing and removing the Stroller wheel
1. Lift the hitch arm.
2. Open the wire loop of the security pin (1) on the
Stroller wheel socket (3), and remove the security pin
(1).
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Tip: Apply some silicone spray to the swivel stud of the
Stroller wheel to reduce friction and help the wheel
turn more easily.
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3. Insert the Stroller wheel (2) into the Stroller wheel
socket (3) on the hitch arm.
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4. Push the security pin (1) through the hole in the
Stroller wheel socket (3).
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5. Snap the wire loop (4) of the security pin over the pin
end protruding from the other side of the socket to lock
it into place.
Always check that the wire loop of the security pin is
snapped securely onto the pin end. If the security pin is
not securely locked, the Stroller wheel could fall off while
in use, potentially damaging the hitch arm.
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Open
Closed
6. To remove the Stroller wheel, follow these steps in the
reverse order.
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3
After removing the Stroller wheel, be sure to lock the
security pin back into the hole in the Stroller wheel socket
(3). Never leave the security pin hanging freely from
its strap! It could get caught on passing objects and be
pulled off, damaging the vehicle.
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Attaching and removing the handlebar
The handlebar consists of two parts: a curved lower tube
(1) and the push bar (2). The push bar fits into the lower
tube. The handlebar is installed on the rear right side of the
Croozer Dog (relative to the direction of travel). The rear of
the Trailer has red reflectors.
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1
1. Lift the rear of the Croozer Dog.
2. Hold the curved lower tube (1) with the tube curving
upwards and the hole (3) facing outwards, and slide
the end into the handlebar attachment bracket (4)
(marked with the warning label) until you hear and feel
it snap into place.
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3
Click!
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3. After the curved lower tube has been securely mounted, press the push button (5) on the push bar (2) and
slide it into the upper end of the curved lower tube (1).
When the push bar is fully inserted, you will be able to
hear and see the second button (6) snap into the hole
(7) in the curved lower tube.
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Click!
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5
6
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4. Pull the handlebar upwards to check whether it is
securely attached.
5. To remove the handlebar, follow these instructions in
the reverse order. Press the release mechanism (8)
and pull the curved lower tube out of the bracket.
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Using your Croozer Dog
Using your Croozer Dog
Getting your dog used to the Croozer Dog
Initially, your dog may be afraid of using the Trailer.
Therefore, you should spend some time slowly familiarising your dog to the Croozer Dog. Place the trailer with its
wheels removed in a place that is familiar for your dog
(e.g. in the living room), and hide your dog’s favourite toy
inside, or some small treats etc. Give your dog a few days
to get used to the Croozer Dog. Once your dog seems to
feel comfortable in the Trailer, you can start by taking short
trips with him. On these first few rides, be sure to check on
your dog frequently and observe his reactions to the movement of the Trailer.
Loading, unloading and securing your dog
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The Croozer Dog has a rear door that can be zipped fully
open to allow for easy loading and unloading of your dog.
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1.Open the zippers (1) of the rear door (2) of the
Croozer Dog and fold it upwards.
2.Help your dog into the cabin of the Croozer Dog.
3.Attach your dog’s leash to one of the D-rings (3) in the
inside corners of the cabin.
Always leash your dog inside the cabin when using the
Croozer Dog as a Bicycle Trailer. Sudden movements
and shifting weight, especially with large dogs, can cause
erratic handling, which can lead to accidents with serious
injury or death.
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Always close the rear door of the Bicycle Trailer before
riding! Otherwise, your dog could jump out of the Trailer
while riding, which would put himself and other road
users in danger, and potentially cause accidents with
serious injury or death.
4.When unloading your dog, follow these instructions in
the reverse order.
Opening and closing the front window
To allow your dog to look out from the front of the cabin
when using the Croozer Dog as a Stroller, the front window
can be zipped either halfway open (for large dogs) or fully
open (for small dogs).
1.Open the zippers (4) of the front window (5) of the
Croozer Dog halfway, and drape the window mesh
over the crosspiece (6).
2.Open the zippers (4) of the front window (5) completely, and roll the window mesh inwards.
3.To close the window, follow these instructions in the
reverse order.
When riding with the Croozer Dog as a Bicycle Trailer,
keep the front window closed at all times to prevent insects, small stones and other road debris from flying into
the cabin and injuring your dog!
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Transporting dog and cargo
Loading capacity and cargo compartments
The Croozer Dog has a pocket (1) on the front and rear
panels for holding small take-along items, such as leashes
etc.
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1
Never transport cargo items together with a dog or other
animal in the cabin of the Croozer Dog! The cargo items
can shift during transport, resulting in sudden changes in
weight distribution, especially if the dog reacts by moving around the cabin. Shifting weight can cause erratic
handling, which can lead to accidents with serious injury or
death.
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When using the Croozer Dog, never exceed the weight
limits specified below:
Maximum Loading Capacity* (Dog) 88 lbs (40 kg)
* Weight limits only apply if the hitch-arm load is within the
specified range of 6.6 to 16.6 lbs (3-7.5 kg). See below.
NEVER OVERLOAD THE CROOZER DOG. Doing so
can severely affect the Croozer Dog’s handling and
cause accidents with serious injury or death.
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Proper weight distribution and hitch-arm load
For safe handling, the weight on the hitch connector
should be between 6.6 and 16.6 lbs (3 and 7.5 kg); the
hitch-arm load (nose weight) is associated with an even
distribution of weight in the trailer. If the centre of gravity is
too far forward, the hitch connector will be overloaded. If
the centre of gravity is too far behind the wheels, the rear
wheel of the towing bicycle could lose traction, especially
when making turns. If the centre of gravity is too far right
or left, the trailer has a stronger tendency to tip over when
making turns. Check the weight on the hitch connector
before using the Croozer Dog as a Bicycle Trailer.
Follow these steps, using your bathroom scales, to determine the weight on the hitch connector:
1. Place your bathroom scales beside the hitch arm of
the loaded and unhitched trailer.
2. Step onto the scales and make a note of your weight.
3. Now lift the hitch connector of the hitch arm about 1
foot (30 cm) off the ground.
6.6 - 16.6 lbs
(3 - 7.5 kg)
4. The weight shown on the scales should be 6.6 to
16.6 lbs (3 - 7.5 kg) more than your own weight.
Never overload the trailer and never ride with a hitch-arm
load that is outside the specified range of 6.6 to 16.6 lbs
(3 - 7.5 kg). Always distribute the load evenly. Failure
to do so could compromise the handling properties and
cause accidents with serious injury or death.
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Hitching the Croozer to the towing bicycle
Click!
2
It is vitally important that you check whether the towing
bicycle has been approved by its manufacturer for pulling
a trailer. Towing a trailer with an unsuitable bicycle can
result in frame breakage and accidents with serious injury
or death.
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Never hitch the trailer with pets inside.
1. Lift the hitch arm of the Croozer, and push the hitch
connector (1) as far as it will go onto the axle hitch
(2) that has been installed on the towing bicycle. You
should hear a click and be able to see that the axle
hitch is securely engaged in the hitch connector. Pull
gently on the hitch connector to ensure that it is locked
securely to the axle hitch.
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2. Press the button (3) on the side of the hitch connector
and pull the pin (4) of the hitch-arm safety strap out of
the hole.
4
3
3. Wrap the hitch-arm safety strap (5) around the frame
tube, and push the pin (4) back into the hole until you
hear it click into place. Pull gently on the pin to make
sure that it is locked securely in the hole. Make sure
there is no danger of the hitch-arm safety strap (5) getting caught in the spokes or disc brakes of the towing
bicycle.
5
4
Click
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Always check to make sure that the axle hitch is locked
securely in the hitch connector. If the axle hitch is not
locked securely in the hitch connector, the Croozer could
become unhitched while riding, resulting in accidents with
serious injury or death.
Never pull the Croozer as a Bicycle Trailer without the
hitch-arm safety strap securely fastened to the towing
bicycle. The safety strap ensures that the Croozer would
remain connected to the towing bicycle if the hitch connector were to fall off the axle hitch. Failure to keep the
safety strap mounted can result in serious injury or death.
Never leave the Stroller wheel attached when using the
Croozer as a Bicycle Trailer. The Stroller wheel could get
caught on obstacles as you pass, resulting in accidents
with injuries.
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4. In order to prevent theft or the unhitching of the Croozer from the towing bicycle by an unauthorised person,
the hitch connector is equipped with a hitch lock. This
mechanism makes it possible to lock the Croozer to
the towing bicycle.
Locking: Insert the key into the lock, turn the key to
the horizontal position, and remove it.
Unlocking: Insert the key into the lock, turn the key to
the vertical position, and remove it.
open
closed
Never leave the key in the lock when pulling the Bicycle
Trailer. The key could break off.
The hitch lock by itself does not adequately protect the
Croozer from theft over longer periods of time. Always
use one or more bicycle locks to secure both the towing
bicycle and the Croozer to fixed, immovable objects, like
lamp posts etc.
Tip: The hitch lock comes with three keys. If you need
additional keys, you can have duplicates made by a
locksmith or another key-cutting service (key blank
Silca no. LS11).
Tip: If the lock becomes hard to turn after a while,
then you can lubricate the cylinder. However, it is
important that you only use penetrating oil or a lockcleaning and lubrication spray. Conventional chain
oil or grease will collect dirt and “gum up” the lock
cylinder.
Unhitching the Croozer from the towing
bicycle
1. To unhitch the Croozer, follow the instructions above
in the reverse order. Open the lock on the hitch connector (7), unfasten the hitch-arm safety strap (5),
and reinsert the pin (4) in the hole. Press the button
marked as (6) in the picture on the right, and pull the
hitch connector (1) off the axle hitch (2).
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Using your Croozer Dog
Special considerations when riding with the
Bicycle Trailer
Speed
When pulling the Croozer Dog, never ride faster than the
trailers’s maximum allowable speed of 15 mph (25 km/h).
Always reduce your speed to a walking pace when turning.
Keep in mind that riding speed is often underestimated,
especially on bikes with electric assist, which require less
muscle power.
Riding too fast could cause the trailer to skid or even tip
over, resulting in accidents with serious injury or death.
Loading capacity
Never transport more than the specified load capacity
(weight of dog). And never ride with less than 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
or more than 16.6 lbs (7.5 kg) of weight on the hitch connector (nose weight). See section “Transporting dog and
cargo” on page 17.
Never overload the Croozer Dog. Excessive weight will
have a significant effect on the Croozer Dog’s handling,
which could result in accidents with serious injury or
death.
Riding in conditions of poor visibility
If you plan to use the Croozer Dog as a Bicycle Trailer
at night, dusk or dawn – or when visibility is in any way
reduced – the trailer must be equipped with a lighting
system. Battery-powered LED lights, for example, are
commonly used lighting options. The tail light is mounted
to a loop (1) in the upper left corner of the rear panel.
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Never use a trailer without lighting at night, dusk or dawn
– or whenever visibility is in any way reduced. Other
road-users may not be able to see you, which could
result in accidents with serious injury or death.
Tips for the towing bicycle
• We recommend using a towing bicycle with multiple
gears. The more speeds the bicycle has, the easier it
will be to find the appropriate gear, for example, when
starting, climbing hills and riding with a headwind.
• T
he towing bicycle must have two strong, in­
dependently operated brakes that are not only in
perfect working order but also work effectively in wet
weather conditions. This is vitally important, as the
brakes must be able to stop the bike with the additional
weight of the trailer.
• The towing bicycle must have a sturdy, rear-mount
kickstand able to hold the bicycle firmly upright to guarantee safety and comfort when loading and unloading
your dog. Single-legged kickstands mounted in the
middle of the bicycle, under the bottom bracket, are
NOT suitable because the weight of the hitched bicycle
trailer, which rests on the chainstay, would make the
parked bicycle unstable. Consult a bicycle shop for
choosing the right kickstand.
• We recommend riding with a rear-view mirror on the
towing bicycle. A rear-view mirror makes it easier to
check on your dog in the trailer and keep an eye on
the vehicles behind you so that you can react appropriately. Always ride defensively.
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• T
he towing bicycle should have a long rear fender
with a mudflap in order to protect the dog from stones
and other road debris that could be thrown up by the
rear tyre and to avoid soiling the body or interior of the
trailer.
Tips for riding with the Trailer
• When pulling a loaded trailer, the handling, balance
and performance of the towing bicycle will be affected,
especially when starting, braking, turning and riding
downhill. Prior to your first trip, we recommend taking
a practice ride (without your dog) in a calm, traffic-free
area; load the Trailer with cargo of approximately the
same weight as your dog, for example, by strapping a
loaded rucksack into the cabin. This is a great way to
become acquainted with the handling of the bicycle and
the dimensions of the Trailer.
• Before using the Trailer in traffic, it is very important
that you take time to familiarise your dog to the Croozer
Dog (see page 16).
• T
he safety flag on the long, vertical pole will make you
more visible to other road-users. Never ride without the
safety flag properly mounted.
• C
yclists should always use available bike paths or lanes,
even when pulling a trailer. Be especially careful when
riding on narrow bike paths or lanes, as well as on paths
and trails with two-way traffic. The trailer is generally
wider than the handlebars of the towing bicycle. In addition, most trailers will not be centred behind the towing
bicycle. Reduce your speed in places where navigation
is especially challenging; and if you are ever in doubt
about whether the trailer will be able to fit through an
opening, dismount and push the bike and trailer through.
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• Reduce your speed when riding on paths or streets
with bumps or uneven surfaces. Reduce your speed
when turning. Otherwise the centrifugal force could
cause the trailer to tip over.
• If you are planning a cycling trip with the trailer in another country, be sure to familiarise yourself in advance
with the legal requirements that apply in the country
or countries you intend to visit. Some countries do not
permit the use of bicycle trailers, and others impose
certain age restrictions for their use.
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• When pushing the towing bicycle backwards, keep in
mind that the angle (1) between the rear wheel of the
towing bicycle and the hitch arm of the Trailer must
never be greater than 90°. The hitch connector (2)
could be damaged if bent beyond this angle. When manoeuvring backwards, it is advisable to lift up the rear
wheel (5) of the towing bicycle or, ideally, the whole
bicycle.
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• The trailer requires a wide turning radius in both directions. Do not turn sharply. When turning left, keep in
mind that the angle (1) between the rear wheel of the
towing bicycle and hitch arm of the Trailer must never
be greater than 90°. Turning at sharper angles could
damage the hitch connector (2). Be extremely cautious
when turning right (3), as sharp right turns can cause the
wheel to hit the hitch arm, potentially damaging the hitch
arm and/or the rear wheel of the towing bicycle (4).
• The equipment legally required for bicycle trailers
varies from country to country, and sometimes even
from state to state. Be sure to observe and comply with
the laws that apply in the country or state in which you
will be using the Croozer Dog.
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Using your Croozer Dog
Special Considerations When Using the
Stroller
Speed and loading capacity
The Croozer Dog with Stroller Kit can only be used as a
dog stroller. Pushing the Stroller faster than a walking pace
is not permitted.
The Stroller has a loading capacity of 88 lbs (40 kg).
Never overload the Croozer Dog. Excessive weight will
have a significant effect on the Croozer Dog’s handling,
which could result in accidents with serious injury or
death.
Tips for using the Stroller
• Never manoeuvre the Stroller over stairs or large obstacles. This could damage the Croozer Dog.
• Always leash a dog inside the cabin to prevent them
from jumping around.
• Never leave your dog or other pet in the Stroller unattended.
• Never let go of the handlebar when pushing the
Stroller. The Stroller could roll away.
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Transporting your Croozer Dog
Transporting your Croozer Dog
The Croozer Dog can be folded to a compact size for
transport.
1. Before folding, make sure that the cabin of the
Croozer Dog is completely empty.
2. Remove the hitch arm, safety flag, handlebar and
Stroller wheel, as applicable.
3. Remove the wheels. See page 9.
4. Place all removed parts inside the cabin of the Croozer
Dog. Use packaging as necessary to protect individual
parts.
5. Fold the Croozer Dog as shown in the photos on the
right and on page 8.
6. The Croozer Dog is now ready for transport in a vehicle.
Check that no sharp objects are positioned in such a way
that they could damage the fabric body during transport.
Use packaging material if necessary.
Never transport the Croozer Dog – even when folded –
on the roof of a motor vehicle, as this could damage the
body.
Tip: Use caution when placing the folded Croozer into
the trunk of a car or laying it on the floor of a room
because the exposed metal parts beneath the
Croozer could damage the surface it is placed on.
7. For air travel etc., we recommend packing the folded
Croozer Dog in its original box. Use padding material
so that the Croozer cannot move around inside the
box.
Check that no sharp objects are positioned in such a way
that they could damage the fabric body during transport.
Use packaging material if necessary.
Tip: The cabin of the Croozer Dog with the wheels removed can also be used in a car as a dog carrier.
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Croozer Dog Inspections and Maintenance
Croozer Dog Inspections and Maintenance
To ensure that your Croozer Dog will have a safe, long and
problem-free service life, inspections and maintenance
must be performed at regular intervals. The Croozer Dog’s
wheels, hitch arm, frame, fabric body, security pins, and
hitch connector must be checked periodically for damage.
If any of these parts are found to be damaged, the Croozer
Dog may not be used until the damage has been properly
repaired.
Never use the Croozer Dog if it is not in perfect working
order. Damaged parts could cause accidents with serious
injury or death. Therefore, it is vitally important that you
have your Croozer Dog serviced regularly – at least once
a year – by a professional bicycle mechanic.
Before each use/Daily
What should be done?
Visual Inspection by User
Overall condition
Check for damaged
parts
Fabric body
Check for tears etc.
Locking mechanisms and
security pins
Check for proper
function and whether
securely locked
Hitch arm, hitch connector,
Stroller wheel
Check for damage and
proper installation
Attachment of side wheels
Check that the axles are
locked securely in the
axle receivers
Lighting system (optional)
Check for proper function
Tyres
Check tyre pressure
Check for damage or
cracks
It is vitally important that the maintenance work described
in this section be performed to professional standards
and at the specified intervals.
Inspection intervals
Check the overall condition of the Croozer Dog before
each use, or daily, to identify any parts in need of repair
or replacement. Generally, a visual inspection is sufficient:
is everything where it belongs, are there any tears in the
fabric body, are any of the metal parts cracked or bent, are
the tyres in good condition and properly inflated, are all
security pins securely locked in the appropriate positions
and, if applicable, are the accessories in perfect working
order? A complete checklist for inspection is provided in
the table on the right.
Quick-release axles with retaining balls and push- button
pins (side wheels)
Check for proper function
Cargo weight and hitch-arm
load (nose weight)
Ensure that all values
are within specified
limits
Safety flag on Bicycle Trailer
Check that flag is
mounted
Towing bicycle
Check that towing bicycle is in perfect working
order
Monthly*
What should be done?
Tyres
Check tyre pressure
Check for damage or
cracks
Check tread depth
Service intervals
Have the Croozer Dog serviced by a professional bicycle mechanic at least once a year. The actual necessary
service intervals will depend on various factors, such as
weather conditions, road conditions, loading etc. If the
Croozer Dog is not being used very often, then an annual
service by a professional bicycle mechanic is sufficient.
If the Croozer Dog is used on a daily basis, even in the
winter, then we recommend having it professionally serviced more often, as the parts can wear significantly faster.
Pulling the trailer with an e-bike (with electric assist) will
also subject the Croozer Dog’s parts to much greater wear,
meaning that shorter service intervals will be necessary.
Side wheel axles
Clean and lubricate
retaining balls and
push-button pins
Swivel stud of Stroller wheel
Clean and coat with
silicone spray
Hitch-connector joint
Coat with silicone spray
Yearly*
What should be done?
Thorough maintenance check
Croozer must be serviced by a professional
bicycle mechanic
* depending on type and frequency of use
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Inspecting the hitch arm, hitch connector
and Stroller Kit components
Inspect the hitch arm, hitch connector, Stroller Kit components and their respective attachment brackets regularly
for damage. If a part is cracked, dented, bent or damaged
in any way, the Croozer Dog may not be used with the
respective part until it has been replaced or repaired. Have
all damaged parts repaired or replaced immediately by a
professional bicycle mechanic. Check that the axle hitch is
securely fastened.
Inspect the fabric body
Check the fabric body and the cover regularly for damage.
Small tears or holes can be repaired. In the case of irreparable damage, the fabric body must be replaced.
Inspecting and servicing the wheels
The wheels should be checked for alignment (radial and
lateral true) on a regular basis and retrued as necessary.
An annual wheel inspection by a professional bicycle mechanic is usually sufficient.
Checking tyre pressure and treads
Check the tyre pressure before each use. The actual tyre
pressure should never be higher or lower than the maximum and minimum inflation pressures (1) marked on the
tyre sidewall. Riding with under-inflated tyres can damage
the tyres and rims. Over-inflation can cause the inner tube
or tyre to explode. The inner tubes have Schrader valves,
also known as car valves. You will need a pump with the
appropriate nozzle. Never use compressed air, e.g. from a
gas/petrol station, to fill your tyres. The quick flow and high
pressure can overinflate the tyres, causing the tube and/or
tyre to burst.
Inspect the tyres periodically for adequate tread depth and
any signs of damage or excessive wear. Worn-out or damaged tyres can affect the handling and even burst, which
could result in accidents with serious injury or death.
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Cleaning and lubricating the wheel axles
The wheels of the Croozer Dog are equipped with a
special mechanism for easy attachment and removal. The
retaining balls (1) and push-button pins (2) of the axles
must be cleaned and lubricated on a regular basis.
The retaining balls (1) and push-button pins (2) of the
axles must be cleaned and lubricated on a regular basis.
Otherwise, the wheel could fall off while riding, resulting
in accidents with severe injury or death.
1. Wipe off the axle with a clean cloth to remove dirt and
grime.
2. If any dirt or grime remains around the push-button pin
(2) or retaining balls (1), then clean them with a small
brush.
3. Lubricate these parts, and press the push-button (3)
several times to distribute the lubricant evenly. The
push-button pin and retaining balls must be able to
move freely.
4. Use a clean cloth to wipe off any excess lubricant.
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3
2
1
Tip: The axle can be lubricated using a bicycle-chain
lubricant.
Servicing the Stroller wheel
To ensure that the Stroller wheel is able to pivot freely in
the necessary direction, silicone spray must be applied
periodically to the swivel stud (4) of the wheel.
4
Servicing the hitch-connector joint
To prevent damage to the hitch connector, silicone spray
must be applied periodically to the hitch-connector joint (5).
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Inspecting the Croozer Dog after an accident
If the Croozer Dog has been involved in an accident, it
must be inspected by a professional bicycle mechanic
before it can be used again, even if there is no visible damage. Accidents can leave behind tiny, and often invisible,
hairline cracks in critical components whose failure would
adversely affect the safety of the vehicle.
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Cleaning and Storing the Croozer Dog
Cleaning and Storing the Croozer
Dog
How do I clean and maintain my Croozer
Dog?
Fabric body, mat, frame and metal parts
Clean the fabric body, mat and all metal parts with water, a
soap solution or a mild household detergent. Use biodegradable cleaning agents whenever possible to minimise
environmental impact. A soft brush can be used to clean
areas of heavy soiling. Clean the mat in the same way as
the fabric body. If the mat is heavily soiled, the foam padding (1) can be removed and the canvas shell (2) cleaned
separately.
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Never use solvents, such as mineral spirits, or other aggressive chemicals, as these can damage or destroy the
fabric, the mat or the metal parts. Never use pressure
washers. The force could destroy the fabric or for water
into the wheel bearings, shortening their service life.
To protect metal parts from corrosion, a thin coat of paste
wax can be applied. Preserving metal parts with paste
wax is especially important if you plan to use the Croozer
Dog often in wet weather, in salty air near the sea or in the
winter.
How do I store my Croozer Dog?
General information
Store your Croozer Dog, if possible, in a dry, warm and
well-ventilated area. The minimum storage temperature is
-4°F (-20°C); lower temperatures could cause the fabric to
become brittle.
If you cannot store your Croozer Dog indoors, then use a
waterproof cover to protect it from the rain.
Avoid long-term exposure to direct sunlight, which will fade
the fabric over time.
If possible, avoid using the Croozer Dog in salty air, e.g.
near the sea, or during winter months on salted roads, as
the salt can corrode metal parts. To protect metal parts
from corrosion, apply a thin coating of paste wax to all
metal surfaces.
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Cleaning and Storing the Croozer Dog
Long-term storage
If you will not be using your Croozer Dog for an extended
period of time, for example over the winter months, then
prepare the vehicle for storage as follows:
1. Clean the Croozer Dog thoroughly as described
above.
2. Allow the Croozer Dog to dry completely, and apply
paste wax to protect the metal parts from corrosion.
3. Store the Croozer Dog in a dry, dust-free and well-ventilated room. Cover the Croozer Dog with an appropriate sheet or tarp/tarpaulin.
To prevent mildew and mould growth, the Croozer Dog
must be completely dry and clean before being put into
storage.
Tip: To save space, the Croozer Dog can be stored in its
folded state.
4. Inner tubes will slowly lose pressure over time. Storing
the Croozer Dog on flat tyres for an extended period
of time could damage the tyres. Therefore, if you plan
to store the Croozer Dog several weeks or months,
it should be either hung from the wall or ceiling or
propped up with its wheels off the ground. Otherwise,
check the tyre pressure periodically, and keep the
tyres inflated.
5. Before using your Croozer Dog after a long period of
storage – for example, if you have stored it over the
winter – check that it is in perfect working order, and
have it serviced by a professional bicycle mechanic.
Preparing the Croozer Dog for disposal
Tip: The fabric of the Croozer Dog body is not, in itself,
an ideal medium for the growth of mould and mildew. Moulds feed off organic matter in the fabric,
e.g. food residues, dirt etc., and grow best in warm,
damp and humid conditions. Therefore, it is very
important that you follow these storage guidelines to
prevent mould growth.
However, if you do happen to find mould or mildew
on your Croozer Dog, it can be cleaned in mild
cases, using a mild alcohol-based cleaning agent,
5% household vinegar or a 5% sodium bicarbonate
solution. NEVER USE HARSH CHEMICAL FUNGICIDES. These chemicals are often highly toxic and
could be very dangerous to your dog’s health. For
severe cases of mould or mildew, the fabric body
must be replaced. Contact a Croozer dealer.
The Croozer Dog is extremely durable and robust. However, if the vehicle must be disposed of, e.g., owing to
severe damage etc., then contact your Croozer dealer,
who can help you dispose of the Croozer Dog, or individual
parts, in an environmentally sound manner. Furthermore,
be sure to dispose of any spare parts, such as tyres, in an
environmentally sound manner. In case of doubt, contact
your Croozer dealer.
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Technical Data
Technical Data
Dimensions of Open Chassis
(Without Handlebar, with Wheels L x W x H)
Dimensions of Folded Chassis
(L x W x H)
Internal Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Weight of Empty Chassis
(With Wheels and Hitch Arm)
Maximum Weight of Loaded Trailer
(Trailer + Dog)
Maximum Loading Capacity*
(Dog)
Maximum Head Height
(Dog)
33 x 27.2 x 29.9 inch inch (84 x 69 x 76 cm)
33 x 27.2 x 8.6 inch (84 x 69 x 22 cm)
23 x 19.3 x 19.7 inch (55 x 45 x 50 cm)
22.7 lbs (10.3 kg)
110 lbs (50 kg)
88 lbs (40 kg)
18.9 inch (48 cm)
Maximum Speed with Trailer
Maximum Speed with Stroller
15 mph (25 km/h)
4 mph (7 km/h)
Minimum Temperature for Use/Storage
- 4°F (-20°C)
Wheel/Tyre Size
16”, 16 x 1,75 inch (47- 305)
Recommended Tyre Pressure
Minimum and maximum values marked on tyre sidewall
Valves
Schrader (car valve)
Wheel Size, Stroller Wheel
8”
* Weight limits only apply if the hitch-arm load is within the specified range of 6.6 to 16.6 lbs (3-7.5 kg). See page 17.
Accessories
Several accessories are available for adding even more comfort and versatility to the Croozer. Accessories can be
purchased from any Croozer dealer.
Rain Cover
Axle hitch
for an additional towing bicycle
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Warranty
Warranty
The statutory warranty in the country or state of purchase
has unlimited application to the above-mentioned products.
This warranty only applies to defects inherent to the material supplied and does not cover damage due to improper
use, use of force, lack of maintenance or normal wear and
tear. The period of statutory warranty depends on the law
of the country in question.
Our products have parts and components that, even with
normal use, are subject to natural wear and tear; the rate
of wear, however, will depend very much on the type and
intensity of use, as well as the respective level of care and
maintenance.
Therefore, individual parts or components may reach their
wear limits before the end of the statutory warranty period,
especially if the product has been used intensively (daily
use in any weather, the use of a towing bicycle with electric
assist etc.). In such cases, premature wear is caused by
the product’s use and does not represent a defect in the
sense of the warranty.
The rate at which parts will reach their wear limits depends
very much on the type and intensity of use, the level of
care and maintenance, and the following factors:
• mileage
• loading:
- dog
- cargo
• riding style:
- harshness of acceleration and braking
• high-speed turning
• w
eather and environmental factors:
- UV radiation
- moisture and humidity
- soiling/dirt/dust
- temperature
- salty air
- contact with salt water
- road salt
• storage
• maintenance status:
- service intervals
- use of maintenance products
- maintenance work and inspections
Servicing and warranty claims
If any part of the Croozer Dog is not working properly, if
the vehicle requires servicing or to make a warranty claim,
contact the dealer from whom you purchased your Croozer
Dog. The dealer will either help you directly or forward
your claim to us. In order to process your claim, we – and/
or your dealer – will need the original sales receipt and the
serial number of your Croozer Dog.
The serial number can be found on the sticker that is affixed to the bottom of the black frame on the left side.
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CONTACT
Croozer GmbH
Oskar-Jäger-Straße 125
D-50825 Cologne
Germany
[email protected]
www.croozer.com
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