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2009 owner's manual

(Newer Owner's Manual below)

         Thank you for purchasing your Quik-Pak bicycle cargo trailer.  Your Quik-Pak trailer was designed by Cycle Tectonics of Canon City, Colorado (USA), and built through Optima-Cycles of Holland (2005-2012).  The new Quik-Pak is designed to provide you with “Simply the Best” in bicycle trailers.  You can carry cargo without the hassle of panniers, or more cumbersome trailers. 

Read your owner’s manual thoroughly to familiarize yourself with your new Quik-Pak.  Ride with caution when pulling your Quik-Pak cargo trailer to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

  The Quik-Pak is a cargo trailer.  Never carry children or adults on your bicycle or your Quik-Pak. 

  Customer satisfaction is our greatest concern, your comments, suggestions and comments are always welcome.

Hardware/parts check-off list:

          Package #1:

            Frame/cargo-hold (black bag) (1)

            Yellow cargo lid w/ bungee web (1)

            Quick-release wheels/tires/tubes  (2)

            Two-piece safety flag (1)

                Package #2:

            Fiberglass cargo-lid bow, 20-in. (508 mm)  (1)

            Tongue/hitch/hitch mount (1 ea.)

            Tongue attachment bolt and QR  (1 ea.)

            Axle-support assembly  (1)

            Flag mounting strap/hardware (1 set)

            Reflectors (1 red rear, 2 white for wheels)

           Tools needed:

             Small flat bladed and/or Phillips screwdrivers

              Adjustable wrench

Important notice:

Use Loctite 242 (medium hold) or fingernail polish on the left side axle bolts to reduce the likelihood of wheel spin-off.

Use Loctite 222 (light hold) or fingernail polish on all threads during assembly

  Transport bags are available through Cycle Tectonics, LLC

  Some assembly required!  

Assembly:  

Open packages #1 and #2

  Take an inventory to make sure all parts are included.  Lay out all parts before assembly so you understand how they might fit together.  

 

    

 

    

Assemble your Quik-Pak on a soft surface to avoid scratches.  

Cut the plastic ties to remove your flag and wheels.  Open your frame/cargo-hold like a box.  Lift and Velcro both sides of your cargo hold over the frame with the side frame holes visible through the grommets.  Turn your frame/cargo-hold with the bottom facing upward.

Using a 5mm Allen hex key install the axle support cross-member across the base of the trailer.  Pushing down on the center of the base will make it easier to install the axle support cross-member.    Next, install the wheels with the indented side of the hub facing outward.  It is best to use Loctite 242 or fingernail polish on the threads of the left axle to reduce the risk of axle spin-off.   Trailer height may be adjusted by moving the axles into the second set of threaded holes found in the axle support.

 

    

Turn your trailer onto its wheels to continue assembly.  Complete the frame/cargo-hold assembly by threading the corner frame straps through the corner cargo-hold loops, securing the straps with the plastic Ladderlocks.    Ladderlocks must be threaded correctly to hold the frame in place.  Tighten the straps snugly to create a tight cargo-hold.  The corner straps may need tightened occasionally to keep the cargo-hold tight. 

 

          

  The lower left frame tube at the front of the trailer has two holes to receive the drawbar/tongue hardware.  Install the tongue under the front frame tube by inserting the bolt/saddle-washer in the holes closest to the center frame joint.   The quick-release will be located at the lower left hand corner of the frame.  The quick-release allows you to fold the tongue back against the frame during storage. 

 

        

Your Quik-Pak is a cargo trailer.  Never carry children or adults on your bicycle or in your Quik-Pak trailer. 

  Frustrated?  Call us for help!!

(719) 269-7535, (719) 289-6210  

Insert the 20-in. x 3/16-in. (508 x 5 mm) fiberglass cargo-lid bow into the center holes on each side of the frame.   Slip the cargo-hold lid over the frame always starting with front of the lid.

       

Remove all plastic and metal hardware from the long nylon flag-mounting strap.  It is to be attached to the frame at the left rear side using this hardware.  The metal mounting brackets will be attached to the upper and lower left holes in the frame.  The flag-mounting strap has a small pocket sewn along it to receive the flag’s staff.  Make sure this pocket faces upward when assembling.   Keep in mind that the plastic hardware must be installed correctly to make a secure connection.  Tighten the flag-mounting strap to create a secure flag mount.   If problems arise with the flag’s staff coming out of its pocket you may wish to make a criss-cross pattern with hot glue around the lower portion of the staff to give its’ surface more grip.

         

Mount your hitch-mount to the left rear side of your machine’s frame.  Hitch mounts for custom applications are available by contacting Cycle Tectonics (www.quik-pak.com).   Nutted axles require the hole in the hitch mount to be drilled to 10mm or 13/32-in.  The hitch-ball should sit sloped slightly to the rear so it is perpendicular to the hitch as it’s mounted.

                                      

Using a small screwdriver install the red reflector around the rear lower left frame tube near the flag-mounting strap.   A white reflector is mounted on the outside spokes of each wheel. 


Care and feeding of your Quik-Pak:

              Proper care will extend the life of your Quik-Pak trailer.  The hitch material provides permanent lubrication.  Occasional lubrication with a Teflon or Silicone based dry lubricant will keep it clean.  Do not use a petroleum-based oil.  Your Quik-Pak is fabricated from tough, waterproof fabric.  Clean with mild soap or detergent and water.  When not in use, store your trailer in a dry, well-ventilated area out of solar rays.  Keep the fabric dry to prevent mildew.  

            Cycling with a trailer requires adjustments to your riding style.  Riding with a load will slow down acceleration and deceleration.  Anticipate starting, stopping, and turning needs to avoid unsafe situations.  Familiarize yourself with the loaded trailer before you ride in traffic or near other hazards

            Inspect your bike and trailer before each ride.  Make sure all parts are in safe working condition.  Replace any part that shows any sign of deterioration, or wear.  Loose, worn, or damaged parts may result in injury or death

  Safety guidelines:

            1.  Bicycles are designed for one rider; never carry passengers while riding.

2.      Always ride with a helmet to reduce injury.  Head injuries are the leading cause of bicycle fatalities. 

            3.  Do not ride with earphones; you need to hear the sounds around you.

4.      Your Quik-Pak is designed only for pedal-powered bicycles, never motorized vehicles.

            5.  Pulling a trailer safely requires an experienced cyclist.  Riders under the age of 18        should ride with adult supervision.

5.      Make sure all reflectors are in place if it’s necessary to ride at night.  You may add other safety devices or lights to increase your visibility.

            7.  Make sure both axles, the hitch, and all connections are secured properly.

            8.  Inflate tires to the pressure recommended on the side of the tire.      

            9.  Don’t overload your trailer.  Maximum trailer load is 75 lbs.  Pack the  load evenly.  Objects should not come in contact with the axle-support cross-member.  If necessary use a piece of Masonite or plywood to create a hard cargo-hold bottom, but remember this may cause undue wear on the bottom of the cargo-hold.  

            10. Remember, an unloaded trailer may move around more than you wish in windy, and/or rocky conditions.

        11. To avoid tipping, avoid rocks, never pull an empty trailer, corner slowly, and maintain safe controllable speeds.

12.    Trailers take up more space than bicycles.  Allow extra room on both sides to avoid curbs, obstacles, or traffic. 

13.    Riding in traffic may be hazardous.  Never assume you will be given the Right-of-way.  Pull your trailer on bicycle-designated routes to reduce chances of injury.

14.    The Quik-Pak is not designed for off-road.  On paved roads use caution when approaching railroad tracks, drainage grates, and other obstacles.

15.    Don’t pull your trailer over stairs, curbs, or other obstacles.  Disconnect your Quik-Pak, then pull or carry it around potentially unsafe situations.

            16.  Use extreme caution if you need to ride while it is wet or slick.

            17.  Always use a safety flag.  The in     creased width of your trailer makes it necessary to mark its’ outer limits. 

18.    As a vehicle on the road, you have the responsibility to ride safely and to avoid interfering with vehicles.

            19.  Follow all country, state, and federal laws applying to bicycles.

20.    RIDE DEFENSIVELY!

  Before each ride:

   ·         Complete a bicycle/trailer safety check; brakes, hitch, axle bolts, quick-releases, tire pressure, etc.

·         Make sure you are wearing a helmet.

·         Secure your hitch correctly to the bike.

·         See that your load is less than 75 lbs.

·         See that your safety flag is in place.

  Monthly:

  ·         Inspect your Quik-Pak for damage or wear, making sure all parts are safe and functioning properly.

·         Apply dry-lubricant to hitch joints.  

·         Check for tire wear and damage.

  Thank you for purchasing your Quik-Pak,  

Designed by Cycle Tectonics in Colorado, USA,

Built by Optima –Cycles of Holland  

End of Quik-Pak Owner's Manual 2009

 

  USAquikpak logo                 2010-2014 Owner's Manuals:            USAquikpak logo

Since 2010 the Quik-Pak has been manufactured with a new cargo hold seams and corner reinforcements, plus new axle lock washers/spacers to increase axle security.

Since we will be assembling our trailers again at Cycle Tectonics, LLC, we can immediately address any issues that arise for dealers and retail customers alike.

Assembly:

1. Assemble your Quik-Pak on a soft surface to avoid scratches. An adjustable wrench is the

only tool your will require to assemble your Quik-Pak trailer.

2. Your Quik-Pak trailer has been carefully packaged in a cardboard box for shipping.

3. Remove all items from the cardboard box, and discard any internal packaging. Cut the plastic

ties to remove the wheels, and ensure that you look inside the frame/cargo bag for items which

may have been securely packed inside.

Your Quik-Pak trailer contains the following items:

A. Frame with Black Cargo Bag (1)

B. Axle Assembly (1)

C. Wheels (2)

D. Fiberglass Bow Strut (0) No longer a part of the Quik-Pak trailer

E. Draw Bar Assembly with Hitch Mount (1)

F. Quick-release Bolt Assembly for Draw Bar (1)

G. Fixed Bolt Assembly for Draw Bar (1)

H. Safety Flag (2-piece assembly)

I. Yellow Cargo Cover with Elastic Webbing (1) (2011 models have been reinforced  at the corners.  (2010 customers may send their cargo lid in for modification for no cost to them)).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Owner’s Manual Quik-Pak trailer USA, page 2 of 8.

 

4. Turn your frame/cargo bag with the bottom facing upward. Open your frame/cargo-bag like a

box. Lift and Velcro both sides of your cargo bag over the frame whilst ensuring the side frame

holes are visible through the brass eyelets.

5. Install the axle assembly across the base of the trailer. Secure with the quick-release bolts

which have been pre-assembled in the axle assembly. Make sure that the quick-release bolts are

tightened, and treated with the enclosed Loctite 242.

 

Note: Your trailer has two ride height options. Your ride height may be lowered by moving the

axles into the second set of threaded holes found in the axle support.

6. Next, install the wheels with the indented side of the hub facing outward.  Making sure to install the lock washers provided onto the threaded end of the quick-release.   Loctite 242 may be used, but should not be necessary on the 2011 Quik-Paks.   (2010 customers are welcome to request the new lock washers at no cost to them).

    

7. Turn your trailer onto its wheels to continue assembly. Complete the frame/cargo-bag

assembly by tightening the corner frame straps. The corner straps may need tightening

occasionally to keep the cargo-bag tight.

Owner’s Manual Quik-Pak trailer USA, page 3 of 8.

 

8. The frame of the trailer has two holes to receive the drawbar. Fit the drawbar onto the front

frame tube by inserting the bolt/saddle-washer in the holes closest to the center frame joint.

The quick-release will be located at the lower right hand corner of the frame. The quick-release

allows you to fold the tongue back against the frame during storage. Tighten the bolts and the

quick-release.

Please note: the drawbar may be fitted above (as shown in the picture) or below the front

frame tube, depending on your own personal preference, Mounting below may be the stronger choice.

 

    

Owner’s Manual Quik-Pak trailer USA, page 4 of 8.

9. Insert the 20” x 3/16” (508mm x 4.8 mm) fiberglass cargo-cover bow into the center holes on

each upper side of the frame. The rod should go through the brass eyelets in the cargo-bag.

The cargo-bag cover slips over the frame more easily if you install the front of the cover first.

10. Assemble the 2-piece flag together, and insert through the webbing loop sewn onto the rear left

corner of the cargo cover, and then feed into the pocket sewn into the flag mounting strap on

the rear left corner of the frame/cargo-bag.  If the flag slips out on rough roads, you may apply hot-glue around the lower two inches of the flag pole.

 

 Owner’s Manual Quik-Pak trailer USA, page 5 of 8.

 

11. Ensure that ball-mount is tightly secured to the bracket, and fit your ball-mount bracket to the

left side of your bicycle rear axle, securing in place with the quick-release of your rear wheel.

Nutted axles require the hole in the hitch mount to be drilled to 10mm or 13/32-in.

12. Fit the hitch to the ball-mount by sliding back the collar. Once connected, ensure that collar

has slid back to the forward (locked) position. The ball-mount bracket should sit sloped

slightly down at the rear so it is perpendicular to the hitch as it’s mounted.

13. Your Quik-Pak comes with reflective sidewalls on the tires, and a reflective strip sewn into the

cover, however you may add other safety devices or lights to increase your visibility should you

wish.

Owner’s Manual Quik-Pak trailer USA, page 6

Safety Guidelines:

1. Your Quik-Pak is designed only for pedal-powered bicycles, do not use with any motorized

vehicle.

2. Your Quik-Pak is a cargo trailer. It should never be used to carry children, adults, livestock or

pets.

3. Familiarize yourself with the loaded trailer before you ride in traffic or near other hazards.

4. Pulling a trailer safely requires an experienced cyclist. Riders under the age of 18 should ride

with adult supervision.

5. Cycling with a trailer requires adjustments to your riding style. Riding with a load will reduce

your acceleration and increase your stopping distance. Anticipate starting, stopping, and

turning needs to avoid unsafe situations.

6. Make sure both axles, the hitch, and all connections are secured properly.

7. Inflate tires to the pressure recommended on the side of the tire.

8. Don’t overload your trailer. Maximum trailer load is 75 lbs (34kg). Pack the load evenly with

heavier items near the bottom. Objects should not come in contact with the axle-support cross

member. If necessary use a piece of Masonite, plywood, or plastic to create a hard cargo-bag bottom,

but remember this may cause undue wear on the cargo-bag base.

9. To avoid tipping, never ride with an empty trailer, pack heavier items lower in cargo-bag, avoid rocks and bumps, corner slowly, and maintain safe controllable speeds. The axles can also be moved to the upper position to increase stability..

10. Trailers may be affected by side winds and wind gusts, particularly when empty or lightly loaded.

11. A bicycle with a trailer is wider and longer than a bicycle by itself. Allow extra room on both

sides to avoid curbs, obstacles, or traffic, and allow for the extra length of the vehicle when

crossing the path of other road users. As a vehicle on the road, you have the responsibility to

ride safely and to avoid interfering with other vehicles. Use bicycle-designated routes

wherever possible to reduce chances of injury.

12. The Quik-Pak is not designed for off-road. On paved roads use caution when approaching

railroad tracks, drainage grates, and other obstacles.

13. Don’t pull your trailer over stairs, curbs, or other obstacles. Disconnect your Quik-Pak, then pull

or carry it around potentially unsafe situations.

14. Use extreme caution if you need to ride while it is wet or slick.

15. Always use a safety flag. The increased width of your trailer makes it necessary to mark its

outer limits.

16. When using your Quik-Pak, follow all country, state, and federal laws applying to bicycles.

Owner’s Manual Quik-Pak trailer USA, page 7 of 8.

 

Care and Maintenance:

Proper care will extend the life of your Quik-Pak trailer.

Your Quik-Pak cargo-bag is fabricated from tough, waterproof fabric. Clean with mild soap or

detergent and water. When not in use, store your trailer in a dry, well-ventilated area out of solar

rays. Keep the fabric dry to prevent mildew.

The hitch material provides permanent lubrication. Occasional lubrication with a Teflon or Silicone

based dry lubricant will keep it clean. Do not use a petroleum-based oil.

Inspect your bike and trailer before each ride. Make sure all parts are in safe working condition.

Replace any part that shows any sign of deterioration, or wear. Loose, worn, or damaged parts

may result in injury or death.

Before each ride:

· Complete a bicycle/trailer safety check; hitch, axle bolts, quick-releases, tire pressures etc.

· Make sure you are wearing a helmet.

· Secure your hitch correctly to the bike.

· See that your load is less than 75 lbs (34 kg).

· See that your safety flag is in place.

Monthly:

· Inspect your Quik-Pak for damage or wear, making sure all parts are safe and working

properly.

· Apply dry-lubricant to hitch joints.

· Check for tire wear and damage.

Accessories:

Accessories and spare parts are available through Cycle Tectonics.

(www.quik-pak.com)

· Transport bags

· Hitch mounts for custom applications

Contact Details:

Thank you for purchasing your Quik-Pak trailer. We hope that your Quik-Pak trailer allows you to

use your bicycle to carry more things more often.

Should you need any further assistance with assembly, or have any queries, please do not

hesitate to call us. We pride ourselves in customer satisfaction, and we value your comments and

suggestions.

Cycle Tectonics Distribution U.S.A. / Canada:

PO Box 470 Greenspeed USA

922 Phay Ave. Mr. Jerome Hediger

Canon City, CO 81215 3030 Cally Lane

(719) 269-7535, (719) 289-6210 (cell) Highland, IL 62249

Email: wrq11@bresnan.net (866) 314-4323

www.quik-pak.com

Owner’s Manual Quik-Pak trailer USA, page 8 of 8.

 

 Enjoy!!

  Bon Voyage!

 

 Cycle Tectonics, LLC

1821 N. 10th St.

Canon City, CO (USA) 81212

(719) 269-7535

wrq1103@gmail.com      www.quik-pak.com

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