One of the most important features of a
kayak cart or kayak trolley is the wheels. Kayak carts usually
feature wheels of various styles attached to a frame which can
temporarily be attached to the kayak.
Depending on the model of the
kayak cart the method of attaching the kayak to the frame will vary
and so will the style of wheels on the cart.
A great pair of kayak
cart wheels will allow for an overall agile movement that
provides the ability to turn and move quickly in tight spaces. Why
would this be important? Simple, most kayaks can cost a good chunk of
money and most people dont want the kayaks to get any unnecessary
scrapes or body damage.
Different types of wheels can be used
on a kayak cart to suit different terrain, different types of wheels
for kayak carts have their advantages and disadvantages.
Plastic wheels are lightweight, cheap,
won’t go flat and work well on paved surfaces. However a disadvantage
with this type of wheel is that narrow ones wont work well on
sand. Pneumatic or air filled tires can be used on pretty much any
surface and the pressure of the tires can be regulated for different
types of terrain, which is useful. A disadvantage with these types of
tires is that they can easily go flat. Additionally, the pressure
seal on the tire can fail which means air would not stay within the
tire and the tire would be permanently unusable.
A better option for your kayak
cart in comparison to pneumatic tires may be foam filled
tires. The advantages of foam filled tires are that they will never
go flat and can be used on any surface; however, with these tires air
pressure cannot be regulated and they are often a lot more of an
expensive option for your kayak cart than other types of wheel.
Another type of tire that can be used on your kayak cart is the
balloon tire. This type of tire allows your kayak cart to move with
ease on wet sand; however, it is expensive and can be punctured on
rocky, jagged surfaces.
Dont forget that the wheels and
tires will need to be maintained. If the wheels have tires that
require air, make sure the air pressure is equal amongst the tires as
this promotes stability for the kayak cart and will go to ensure the
kayak remains in the best position when crossing over terrain.
Additionally, the wheels may require cleaning. While this may sound
like a mere cosmetic concern, it is not, as it will promote stability
by the removal of debris and it will keep the possible tire tread in
a proper condition to deal with terrain that has wet inclines and