Buddy got to try bicycling today. It was really hot today so I only went out for about 8 minutes with him.
I purchased a DoggyRide Cocoon back in early May to use to take Buddy on bicycle rides.
I purchased the adaptor to mount the Cocoon to the bike that attached to the bike handlebars.
When I received my items I realized the Cocoon did not fit the adaptor I purchased. I ended up calling the maker of the Cocoon and asked what was going on. They told me they are in the process of a redesign of the mounting system and it will not be ready for a few months.
Although after speaking to them, the new mounting system sounded so much better than the old one. The old one attached to the handle bars of the bike. So when turning, the Cocoon moves with the handlebars. The weight of whatever is in the Cocoon shifts the balance of the bike in the turn. The redesign mounting attaches to the frame of the bike. So when turning it does not move, so it does not shift the balance of the bike at all.
Well yesterday it arrived and I attached it to my Giant bicycle.
1st impressions; man this is heavy. It weighs in just under 5 pounds. It defiantly is sturdy and I feel confident with Buddy using the system.
I used LockTight on the screws that attached the mounting plate to the Cocoon. I was afraid that after some time of riding the nuts could work loose.
The mount uses screws and wing nuts to attach to the frame of the bike. I was a little surprised that there were no lock washers to lock the wing nuts in place. Again, I was worried that they may work loose over time. I did not add any lock washers yet, as I may just use the LockTight as this part will always be attached to the frame.
The extension over the front tire that holds the basket can be removed when not using the Cocoon. This is what I was thinking I was going to do, but think I’ll just leave it there all the time.
I’ll know for sure when I really get to put the system to the test, but I’m thinking it a big thumbs up. .
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