I bet you weren’t expecting that, were you?
Here is a little herd* of radiused spacers:
Cute little critters, aren’t they? But they are notoriously shy. As are their best mates, the star-loc washers:
The point of these spacers and washers is that they prevent wear and tear on the moving, metal parts of your trolley. You can’t see the spacers, but it is an easy task to undo a few nuts and bolts and pop new ones in.
The kits are available here. Only £10, but such a worthwhile investment of a little time and money. We have also added how-to articles about these in our Advice Centre. Here is the one on radiused spacers; and here is the related paper on star-loc washers. These articles also explain all about the job these spares do – the unsung heroes of your trolley, basically.
The wear on these, especially the spacers, will not be obvious with a visual check, so we advise replacing them every season, especially if you play every week.
A job for this weekend, perhaps? Well, it’s more fun than the supermarket…
* collective noun for radiused spacers? We have gone with herd, but Kirsten thinks that a squeeze of radiused spacers is probably a better one. – Ed