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Old 09-13-12, 09:55 AM   #1
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How do you steady the bike while attaching a trailer?

I'm wondering how others steady their bike while attaching/detaching a kid trailer? I put a kick stand on my bike awhile back, but I'm starting to think I'd like to take it off, as it's pretty darn heavy, and really too short for the BB height of my bike (bike leans over farther than I'd like). Then there's the issue of our sloping driveway. Both cars are in the garage most of the time when I hook up the bike, so I have to have the bike sideways across the driveway, kick stand towards the up-slope side. But then any fore/aft movement of the trailer or bike during attachment/detachment can unsettle the kickstand.

The trailer is an InStep trailer with the spring-type hitch attachment (spring allows the trailer to move in all directions). I've seen people attach a trailer with the bike laying on the ground, but that was probably something with a ball-type attachment. I don't think I could do that with this spring attachment.

I'm thinking a stand that holds either the front or rear wheel might be better, and attach the trailer with the bike facing up the driveway slope. Other thoughts or suggestions?
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Old 09-13-12, 11:00 AM   #2
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I have a burley cub which has a pin type attachment, and a kickstand on my bike.

Normally i use a combination of the kickstand and my hip against the frame/rearwheel/seat to steady it.

I've found that's the most practical regardless of the terrain (which for me is a pretty steeply inclined hill).
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Old 09-13-12, 01:12 PM   #3
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I'm getting to where I despise this POS Wally Mart kick stand on my bike, though. Too heavy, and too short. The bike is really unstable on any sort of incline.
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Maybe replace existing kickstand with one those that have two legs and keep the bike vertical???
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