How to Tie Up a Bike on a Trailer

How to Tie Up a Bike on a Trailer
Transporting bikes may be accomplished in several different ways. Roof, trunk and hitch mounts are available for hauling bikes to destinations or events. Trailers can also be used, especially when a number of bikes are involved or as a matter of convenience. A challenge with transporting a road or mountain bike upright in a trailer is securing the bike so that it is not damaged during the trip. Trailers with low side walls are often used for transporting bikes and other gear.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Trailer
  • Bike
  • Ratchet straps
  • Rope
Step 1
Examine the trailer to locate points where a ratchet strap or rope may be attached to secure a bike. Depending on the design or model, there may be tie-down hooks inside the trailer. Also look for tie-down points on the outside of the trailer side wall.
Step 2
Position the bike along the side of the trailer side wall. Roll the bike to the front of the trailer so that the wheel contacts the front wall of the trailer. This will provide a secure point to prevent forward movement of the bike.
Step 3
Adjust the bike so that the end of the bike handle bar is contacting the wall and the bike remains upright and does not lean. Make sure the hand brake levers and pedals are not rubbing against the side of the trailer, which could potentially cause damage to the bike.
Step 4
Attach a ratchet tie-down strap to the bike. Position the hook at one end of the strap to the bike and the hook on the other end to a tie-down point. Adjust the tension on the strap by ratcheting the strap until tight. Refer to manufacturer's directions for more information on using ratchet straps.
Step 5
Tie one end of a rope to the bike with a secure knot. Pull the rope tight and secure the other end to a tie-down point on the trailer. It may be necessary to loosen the knots, pull the rope tight and cinch the knot down again to remove slack in the rope.

Tips & Warnings

Position the bike in the corner of a trailer to provide as much support as possible while transporting.
Make sure the ratchet mechanism is locked down to prevent the strap from coming loose.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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