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    Default Springer Bike Attachment Review

    Hi guys,

    I just wanted to post a mini review of sorts of a bike attachment I bought for my dog Keeda a while ago. It's called the Springer and I got it from an online Australian dog accessory store, though I can't remember the name of it now.

    Basically, it's an attachment that is secured onto your bike - the main component being a big spring. You would then attach the dog (with a harness, a collar isn't the best option) to the other end of the Springer and start cycling. The first time I tried it with Keeda she was a bit confused as we've never cycled together before, but she quickly got into the stride of things. And even when she jerked toward another dog or pulled, I would barely feel the pull, so the Springer helped me to keep my balance.

    Keeda loves cycling now. I haven't got any dog boots for her, I try to cycle with her on the side of the grass line, so she can trot along on the grass as I cycle on the sidewalk.

    Has anyone else here tried the Springer or any other dog bicycle attachments?

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    Hi Liza, many years ago I had a springer and i found it really good , but i allways prefered the lead in hand way, as I can throw it if needs be, like if i am about to stack I dont want the dog anywhere near the bike lol.
    Very rare but it has happened a couple times to me before.

    But the springer is great I really liked it, and I would recommend people new to biking with dogs to give it a go. Biking with dogs is a great thing for fun and exercise, I allways varied the surface for the dog to run on between grass and dirt, and only ever went on pavement very slowly when it was necessary to get to good trails.

    Remember to build up your dogs fitness slowly over time, and be wary of pavement running as dogs get shin splints like people do.

    I tried to follow the enduro test rules as a rule for rest breaks etc when biking with my dog.

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    Thanks for your reply and thoughts on the springer, Beau!

    Yeah, it's really important to build up to faster and longer distances slowly as dogs get sore just like we do. I used to run a website about cycling with dogs and got lots of great feedback about both the Springer and other bike attachments, and also heard from many people who prefer biking with a lead in hand. I guess there isn't one "right" method - whatever you feel is safest and gives you more control is what's right for you.
    Last edited by Liza; 11-01-2009 at 01:56 PM.

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    Hate to be a party pooper

    But Australian Road Rules say - no leading an animal while in/riding a vehicle and it's been updated to include "passengers" as well as "drivers"

    Cycling on Roads and Shared Paths

    This page mentions
    "animals must not be tied to a moving bike"
    specifically for shared paths, but I think it applies to roads as well.

    I was thinking it would be all good to ride bike with Frosty but the Nanny State has decided we can't do it.

    So if you see the police (before they see you) get off the bike.

    I'm pretty sure that having a lead in your hand (so you can drop it if need be) is outlawed too.

    Note (and this took a while) but a bicycle is defined as a type of vehicle and Aust road rules say "no leading an animal while in control of a vehicle" and were updated to include no leading animal while in/on a vehicle and being a passenger.

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    I'd never cycle with my dog on a road, but I have cycled on freeway bike paths and sidewalks before, and also passed police officers who didn't say anything. I'm definitely careful not to go into highly populated areas when I can help it because I've read that it's not exactly legal or at least frowned upon. But from what I remember hearing a canine organization in WA actually offers a test/trial of some sort that involves cycling with your dog and many dog owners in the area cycle, so from what I see they tend to just turn a blind eye as long as you're not putting yourself in traffic.

    Edit: Thanks a lot for that link, very helpful! Haven't seen that particular page before. It might also be worth looking into what exactly classifies as a "shared path". If we're cycling on the grass next to a path instead of on the laws are being broken, right?
    Last edited by Liza; 11-01-2009 at 05:09 PM.

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    Hi Liza

    No idea. You're probably right, so long as you keep control and don't crash, it's all good, they're not going to enforce that law. I'm amazed at how many road rules traffic cops don't know. One of our local traffic cops lives around the corner from me and walks his dogs on the same oval so I sometimes ask him questions and he usually doesn't know the answers.

    I think the shared paths are things like that big car free track that goes around the Swan near Nedlands? And there's others in some of the big parks.

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