Burley D’Lite Product manual

Burley D’Lite Product manual
 About Burley Design Cooperative
Burley has been supplying products to the bicycle industry since
1975, all of which are designed and manufactured at our Eugene,
Oregon shop. As worker-owners of our cooperatively owned busi-
ness, 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 forthe 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 fo the original owner andis 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.
ep BUARLEH
Burley Design Cooperative * 4080 Stewart Rd. * Eugene, OR 97402 USA
(503) 687-1644 e Fax (503) 687-0436
Copyright © 1995 by Burley Design Cooperative
“Burley” and “d’Lite” are trademarks of Burley Design Cooperative
£2» Printed on recycled paper rev 10/95
Burley d’ Lite”
OWNER’S INSTRUCTION & SAFETY MANUAL
Contents
Section
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ill.
IV.
VII.
VEN.
Xl.
XI.
Introduction
Hardware Bag Contents and Tool Lisf
Mounting the Reflectors
Installing the Quick-Release Levers
Attaching the Wheels
Unfolding and Folding Your Burley d'Lite
Using the Seat Harness
Completing Assembly
Hitching the Burley d’Lite to Your Bicycle
Trailer Maintenance and Care
Safety Guidelines
Safety Checklists
Parts List and Drawing
Warranty
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Congratulations!
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 thousands of
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 manual all the way through
before use. If you have any questions we encourage you to contact
your Burley dealer.
Introduction
Your Burley d'Lite is shipped 95% factory assembled. Your Burley
dealer needs only to mount the reflectors, install the quick-release
levers, attach the wheels, and unfold the trailer. One you've read the
safety guidelines, you're ready to go. Initial assembly should take 5-
10 minutes. Subsequent folding and unfolding can easily be done in
less than a minute, with no tools required.
This manual is written sequentially to assist initial assembly. In
addition to mounting the reflectors and installing the quick-release
levers, your Burley dealer will perform safety checks on your Burley
d’Lite, and demonstrate wheel attachment, folding, and use of the
seat harness, safety flag, cover, and hitch. We again request that you
read this manual from start to finish before use, and then refer to
it as necessary in the future.
NOTE: Any reference to left or right is made in the direction of travel,
as if you were sitting in the child seat locking 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 Check-
lists” 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 child are wearing helmets.
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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.
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XII. Parts List and Drawing
Note: Subassemblies are indented. Inquire for additional parts.
A (1) Preassembled Main Frame Assembly
Al (1) Front Main Frame, 1" Aluminum Tube
A2 (1) Rear Main Frame, 1" Aluminum Tube
A3 (1) Left Inner Frame, 1" Aluminum Tube
A4 (1) Right Inner Frame, 1" Aluminum Tube
A5 (1) Bag Holder, 3/4" Aluminum Tube
A6 (4) Wheel Dropout
A7 (1) Roll Bar Assembly
A8 (1) Roll Bar Receptacle, Plastic
A9 (1) Roll Bar Hinge, Plastic
А10 (1) Tongue and Hitch Assembly
All (1) Tongue, 1 1/8" Aluminum Tube w/Bushing, Spindle &
"Dropout |
Al2 (1) Hitch w/Hitch Knob & Ball
Al3 (1) Hitch Safety Strap
Ala (1) Clip & D-Ring
Alb (1) Rubber Flex Connector
A16 (1} Tongue Receptacle, Plastic
A17 (2} Side Rail, 3/4" Aluminum Tube
A18 (2} Pair Side Rail Hinges, Per Side Rail
Al9 (10) Side Rail Snap Stud
A20 (4} Reflector Bracket
AZ] (1) Fabric Bottom Bag and Side Panel Assembly w/Vinyl Windows
& Side Pockets
A22 (1) Fabric Child Seat with Harness
A23 (1) Buckle for Lap Belt
B (2) Dished Wheels w/Quick-Release Seal-Mech Hubs (not
shown)
C (1) 2-Piece Safety Flag
D (1) Bungi Cord
E (1) Hardware Bag containing:
El (2) Front Reflector with Self-Tapping Screw
E2 (2) Rear Reflector with Self-Tapping Screw
E3 (2) Wheel Quick-Release Levers (not shown)
F (1) Sunscreen Cover
Options (at additional cost):
G 2-in-1 Cover (not shown)
H Walk 'n Roller stroller kit (not shown)
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L Hardware Bag Contents and Tool List
BURLEY DEALER: Please verily 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
Reflectors:
(2) Front reflector, clear
(2) Rear reflector, red
(4) Self-tapping screw, reflector
Quick-Release Levers:
(2) Quick-release lever
Envelope:
Trailer Checklist
Warranty Card
Burley d'Lite Ouner’s Instruction & Safety Manual
Tools required
5/16", 8mm, or small adjustable wrench
lI. Mounting the Reflectors
You'll find the following parts in the hardware bag:
(2) Front reflector, clear
(2) Rear reflector, red
(4) Self-tapping screw
Fasten the reflectors to the brackets located on the front and rear of
the main frame using the self-tapping screws found in the hardware
bag. (Note the designation “Top” on the back of each reflector.) Use
a wrench; there isn't clearance for a screwdriver.
lll. 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 deep-
dished 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.
Quick
Release
“ Lever
Thumb Nui
IV. Attaching the Wheels
First, verify that the tires are inflated to 30-35 P.S.1. 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.
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release lever and
flat side of wheel
must be installed
toward the
outside of the
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XI. Safety Checklists
Before Each Ride, Ensure the Following:
Y Wheels tightly attached.
Y Tire pressure 30-35 P.S.1,
Y Hitch properly secured with safety strap in place
Y Locked safety pins for tongue and roll bar.
Y Maximum load 100 Ibs.
Y Bicycle safety check, especially brakes and tires.
Y Helmets for children 8: rider.
Y Safety flag in place.
Monthly Checklist
v Inspect the tongue and hitch for damage, scratches, or loose fasteners.
v Inspect tongue pivot for smooth operation: tongue should fold and unfold
freely. Lubricate brass bushing if necessary.
v Inspect frame tubing and hardware for cracks, damage, or loose parts.
v Inspect tires. Worn out or cracked tires can lead to blowout.
V Inspect wheels for trueness and cracks.
v Inspect wheel bearings for wear.
y Inspect fabric canopy, child seat, and harness for rips, abrasion, or
missing/damaged hardware.
Y Repair or replace any damaged or worn-out parts.
IMPORTANT: Refer to section “IX. 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.
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IMPORTANT: Wheels are dished off-center and must be installed so
that tires are offset away from side panels, closest to outer frame.
Bolts sticking out from inner frame at rear are designed to interfere
with improper installation of wheel. 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 quick-
release 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 axie).
The drawing shows left-hand
wheel in the closed position.
Make sure wheels a are held securely: you should not be able to rock
or shift wheels. Improperly installed wheels can fall off, causing
accident and serious injury
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Only use > dished, 20: X 1. 75 wheels supplied with h Burley € а’ Lite. | Do not
operate with fires inflated above 35 P.S.|. Failure to comply can
cause trailer tip over, resulting in accident and serious injury to cyclist
or passengers. |
V. 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 flat against the left
side panel. Raise it to a horizontal position and pull it into the right
roll-bar 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 below for correct use of the safety pin.
Roll-Bar
Receptacle
Bb Detail
Connect snap hooks on
back of seat to D-rings at
rear of side panels,
IMPORTANT: Always keep both snap hooks connected during use;
only release the right snap hook when folding the trailer.
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Use Your Flag
Always use the safety flas—its 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
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.
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.
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 . . .
ALWAYS RIDE DEFENSIVELY!
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Always Use Your Cover
Affix your Sunscreen Cover or optional 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 build-up in the trailer
can cause serious harm. If you have the optional 2-in-1 Cover, 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.
Cool Weather Use
When the temperature is 60-70" or colder you may be comfortable
without heavy clothing because your pedalling 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 “VIII.
Hitching the Burley d’Lite to Your Bicycle” and “IX. Trailer Mainte-
nance and Care” of this manual for proper installation, use and
maintenance of your hitch.
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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 (bung) cord is provided to hold the tongue and
keep it from moving when folded.
Swing tongue completely into —
«receptacle. Do not operate without
\ safety pin locked in place.
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Both safety pins must be locked in place before using trailer, other-
wise roll bar or tongue could shift and cause accident and serious
injury.
Installing the Safety Flag
Insert the safety flag pole into the vertical casing of the left side panel
on the outside of the aluminum side rail. Note that there is a black
fabric tab sewn at the bottom of the side panel casing. Slip the flag
pole into this tab to hold the flag securely.
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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 crash,
resulting in serious injury.
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.
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.
Avoid Riding at Night
Make every effort to schedule your rides so you are not pulling a
trailer at night. If you must ride at night, wear bright, reflective
clothing, use a bright headlight on your bike, and red blinking
taillights on both bike and trailer. Do not operate without properly
attached reflectors; replace cracked or missing reflectors.
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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. orless, as the trailer cannot lean into
a turn the way a bicycle can. Do not under any circumstances travel
taster than 15 m.p.h.—all road irregularities and your slowness to
react are greatly magnified.
Trailers can n tip 0 over causing y damage t to trailer and serious injury y to
Cyclist or passengers. Avoid causes of tip over:
« Children leaning or bouncing
e Hitting potholes, curbs, other
road obstructions
Taking turns foo fast
sudden swerving
Off-oanked 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
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 Distractions
Do not bicycle or stroll with headphones, radios, or other distrac-
tions. 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.
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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 right
snap hook on the back of the child seat. Fold the roll bar
against the side panel in front of the child seat. 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
bungi 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.
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VI. Using the Seat Harness
IMPORTANT: The trailer seat is intended only for children old
enough to wear a helmet and sit upright by themselves. Your child
must have enough neck strength to hold his or her head up while
trailering.
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Junction ofchest belt and crolch strap must be positioned atchild's 5
sternum to work correctly, Belts or buckles near your child's neck can
cause discomfort or serious injury, Check child periodically fo make
sure that he or she has not slipped from correct seated position.
Hook each crotch strap to its two chest belts and tighten (A).
Adjust the crotch strap (B) so the chest-belt snap hooks are at the
child's sternum. Be sure to connect and tighten the lap belt (C) after
connecting the chest and crotch straps.
Seat a single child in center
| ‚and use center chest belts and
A HE crotch strap. Adjust and tighten
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Crotch strap and snap hooks
must meet at child's sternum.
Unhook seat separator strap
from D-ring at front of trailer.
For two children, use outer chest
belts and crotch straps. Adjust
and tighten af arrows (a).
Crotch strap and snap hooks
must meet at child’s sternum,
Hook seat separator strap
to D-ring at front of trailer,
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X. 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 "X. 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 “XI. 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 as low as possible, and centered or forward of
the axle. Pack the trailer so items will not shift around.
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.
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ventilated 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.
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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.
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It is essential
is in use. In event of accident, helmets can prevent or significantly
reduce injury.
The straps and sliding buckles sewn to the back 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. At
the same time, the sliding buckles keep the straps from falling off of
the shoulders.
VII. 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. It’s easier to snap these when the trailer is
folded, and they can remain snapped in place during folding and
unfolding.
The elastic bungi cord is handy for securing odd-sized loads. When not
in use, carry itby hooking it across the side rails in back. The bungi 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 Sunscreen Cover or optional 2-in-1 Cover is held in place by
six snaps at the front, rear, and top. Note that the cover has a front
and a rear; the top-to-front snap distance on the cover is greater
than the top-to-rear snap distance. Always use your cover to keep
debris out of (and toys inside) the trailer when it's in tow.
+
You're done! Please go back over these directions and recheck your
work. -
IMPORTANT: Read and study sections “VII. Hitching the Burley
d'Lite to Your Bicycle,” “X. Safety Guidelines,” and “XI. Safety
Checklists” before using your Burley d'Lite.
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VIII. Hitching the Burley d’Lite to Your
Bicycle
‘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). 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. Do not
overtighten the knob. 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.
IMPORTANT: Remove trailer from your bicycle when it’s not in use
to prevent deforming the plastic hitch.
Do not operate trailer without
dangling safety strap can contact spokes and damage rear wheel
or cause accident resulting in serious injury.
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Hitch must $ O 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,
hitch rubber flex connector can become brittle and possibly break,
causing accident resulting in serious injury.
IX. 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.
The tongue-pivot spindle is factory assembled and periodic lubrica-
tion is recommended. Apply two to three drops of light machine oil
or penetrating oil on each end of the brass bushing. Pivot the tongue
back and forth to help the oil penetrate between the bushing and the
tongue spindle. Lubricate twice a year for normal use and monthly
for heavier use—i.e., use in wet or salty conditions. For any spindle
service other than lubrication, contact your Burley dealer.
Fabric Care
Your Burley d’Lite is manufactured from a tough, durable pack-
cloth. 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, well-
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