How to attach a bike trailer to a bike

Written by mark o'brien
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Biking is a great family activity. Young children who cannot ride yet could feel left out, but the next-best thing is to pull them behind the bike in a trailer. Bike trailers easily attach to the rear axle or seat post of a bike. Learn to securely attach the trailer to a bike so they won't become separated during a ride.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wrench set
  • Bike
  • Bike trailer

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  1. 1

    Determine what type of bike trailer hitch system you have. There are quick-release skewers and fixed-nut attachments. The quick-release skewer is just a squeeze clamp and strap that attaches around the bike seat post. The fixed-nut attachment is a horizontal hole through the trailer hitch that will bolt to the rear bike wheel.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the nut holding on the rear tire. This is necessary for the fixed-nut attachment bike trailer hitches.

  3. 3

    Slide the fixed-nut attachment trailer hitch over the rear wheel bolt protruding through the bike frame. Screw the nut back on tightly.

  4. 4

    Wrap the strap around the bike seat post under the bike seat. This is necessary for the quick-release skewer bike trailer hitches.

  5. 5

    Squeeze the clamp on the quick-release skewer. Feed the strap back through the quick-release skewer on the bike trailer. Release the clamp on the quick-release skewer. Pull the strap tight.

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