Back in the day when Bike Hacks was on WordPress Andrew posted a few entries on ways to incorporate your pooch into your cycling habit. Two of the products he posted on were the WalkyDog and the Springer. Andrew said he had something in store for a follow up and requested that I re-post. So these come to you in the form of a BikeHacks Classic entry.
This is actually a good time to once again make a general request of the audience regarding web publishing. If anyone has expertise, or knows someone that has expertise, related to importing WordPress information into a TypePad platform give us a shout out. I hear that it can be done with .htaccess which means nothing to me, but may mean something to you readers out there.
For now, enjoy the following and look out for a post by Andrew as a follow up soon.
The WalkyDog® dog bike leash lets you safely take your dog with you on bike rides. The WalkyDog installs in just minutes and is incredibly easy to use. Its patented design includes an internal shock-absorbing system and quick lock and release capability for easy switching between bikes. The WalkyDog "lead" can be extended to a maximum of 14". If you find that the combination of the height of your bike and the 14" lead isn't enough, you can attach the WalkyDog lead to your dogs current lead for additional length or, you may easily replace the cord used in the WalkyDog lead with a cord of a custom length (same width required for use). You can purchase cord of this type at many hardware stores with the same diameter currently used.
Photo credit goes to Springeramerica
In a previous post we covered a product called WalkyDog, which is a device for walking your dog while riding your bike. Hot on the heels of WalkyDog comes Springer! Springeramerica was recently named the exclusive distributor for North America.
Springer America is owned by Kjell Ottesen, a native Norwegian who immigrated to the U.S. ten years ago. Like all Norwegians, Kjell is very proud of the products made in Norway and will personally attempt to make every buyer of Springer happy with his or her purchase.
According to Kjells blog, Norwegian-based manufacturer Springer AS recently named Springer America the exclusive North American importer of the Springer bicycle attachment, used successfully by over 500,000 dog-loving bicyclists, mushers and K9 corps around the world since 1988. The Springer bicycle attachment, which allows cyclists to exercise themselves and their pets at the same time, uses a low-mounted, heavy-duty steel spring to absorb up to 90% of the force of a dog’s unexpected tugs, enabling bike riders to keep their balance, while protecting their dogs from traffic, pedals, and wheels. Its patented safety release frees the dog instantly if he gets caught around a tree or hydrant.
At $69 for the Springer Black colorway and $74 for the Springer Chrome colorway its slightly more expensive than the WalkyDog. I think once a dog was trained with one of these he/she would love it! It is recommended that a harness be used with any product like this, for Fido's safety. For more information on Springer, visit Springeramerica.com