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Carl in San Angelo

I have the Springer on an '02 Giant Cypress. Its low fulcrum point and large spring really does reduce the amount of sideways pull from the dog.

We have two large and rambunctious dogs (a 65lb black and tan coonhound and a 75lb german shepherd). It took some training of both humans and dogs before we got comfortable with it, and we still have to be alert to distractions (especially cats - they would love to eat a cat) but when dog and bike and human are all in sync, it's a joy to run around the neighborhood.

It is a fairly clunky contraption - you'll need 3 or 4 inches of seatpost to clamp the mounting brackets. The U-shaped spring assembly can be removed and replaced fairly quickly, but the mount is more or less permanently attached. We just leave it on that old hybrid bike - we call it the dog's bike.

Be sure to use a well-fitted harness. Early on, Cleo managed to slip out of her harness while we were out riding. The most important thing is staying aware of what the dog is doing at all times. And watch out for cats.

Catherine

I use the Springer bike attatchment with my dog who is only about 20lbs. I wasn't sure if the bike attatchment would work for smaller dogs like mine, but we have had no problems whatsoever with it! My dog absolutely loves going on our daily bike rides around the neighborhood! While I was researching bike attatchments, I asked my friend if I could try out her WalkyDog attatchment so I could see what it was like, but I found that it was difficult to bike with my dog because every jerk he made, I could feel. The Springer was definitely worth the extra money, because my dog's pulls don't affect which direction my bike goes, and so I always feel safe whenever we go on bike rides together!

Tim

Another great alternative is the K9 Cruiser Bike Leash for Dogs. It has a bungee cord and attaches to the back wheel. Both small and large dogs can use it, and you can ride with up to three dogs at a time. I'm a dog trainer in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area and I take my dogs out with it all the time! Check it out at http://k9cruiser.com. I have some great videos on my YouTube channel, as well.

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