Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility/commuter E-bike), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
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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?