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tabriz 06-14-12 03:07 PM

Taking my parrot on the bike
 
Hi,

This might seem like a weird question, but I'm serious. I want to take my cockatoo with me for short bike rides (on bike paths). I have this pack: http://www.celltei.com/pamlcsi.html and I want to put it on a front rack. I want to get a good quality rack so he's safe, and want it to be light weight as well. What would be good options?

Tabriz

jim p 06-14-12 03:11 PM

I think that the price for the carrier was pretty high. I wonder what the helmet is going to cost.

contango 06-14-12 03:17 PM

Do I want to know why you feel the urge to take your parrot in a cage on your bike?

bigbadwullf 06-14-12 03:17 PM

The helmet. LOL.

tabriz 06-14-12 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by contango (Post 14357160)
Do I want to know why you feel the urge to take your parrot in a cage on your bike?

He'd enjoy it.

tabriz 06-14-12 03:20 PM

Ooh, hadn't thought of that. And goggles.....


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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf (Post 14357162)
The helmet. LOL.


contango 06-14-12 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by tabriz (Post 14357176)
He'd enjoy it.

Fair enough. Is putting him on the front rack the best place, I'd have thought if you did have to change direction suddenly it would be more disorienting for him than if he were on the back.

tabriz 06-14-12 03:27 PM

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I would like to keep an eye on him. I could just put him on my back but that could be uncomfortable.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=256001


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Originally Posted by contango (Post 14357190)
Fair enough. Is putting him on the front rack the best place, I'd have thought if you did have to change direction suddenly it would be more disorienting for him than if he were on the back.


tabriz 06-14-12 03:31 PM

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Found the helmet! That wasn't as hard as I thought. I'll have to find the right size, though.


http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=256002


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Originally Posted by jim p (Post 14357136)
I think that the price for the carrier was pretty high. I wonder what the helmet is going to cost.


ChrisM2097 06-14-12 03:38 PM

Several weeks ago I saw a guy riding on the Los Gatos Creek Trail with a green parrot on his shoulder.

There's another guy that tows a trailer with his Pit Bull in it, that I see quite frequently on the same trail.

Rwc5830 06-14-12 04:12 PM

Interesting, take a parrot or cockatoo on your bike. Can't wait until I see the pics. Are you "trolling" for female companionship, assuming you're a guy :)

Years ago I saw a story on TV about a guy who would ride his motorcycle with I believe a black cat that sat with the rear feet on the handlebar and the front feet "hugging" the front headlight. When he leaned into the curves on the motorcyle the cat would lean with the bike. Sounds weird, but true...believe it was in California.

goldfinch 06-14-12 06:15 PM

This is a high quality front rack that detaches easily:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...dL._AA300_.jpg


http://www.velofred.com/product_revi...reviews_id=152

overthehillmedi 06-14-12 06:33 PM

There is a poster( user name Sixtyfiver) over in Foo that takes his parrots/cockateals for walk and flights using a harness. You might want to post your question there and ask him his thoughts. Just be prepared for your thread to go off track in a hurry being as that's the norm for Foo.

RobertL 06-14-12 06:42 PM

Taking my parrot on the bike

Pining for the fjords is he?

CbadRider 06-14-12 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by overthehillmedi (Post 14357863)
There is a poster( user name Sixtyfiver) over in Foo that takes his parrots/cockateals for walk and flights using a harness. You might want to post your question there and ask him his thoughts. Just be prepared for your thread to go off track in a hurry being as that's the norm for Foo.

Stealthammer is another poster who rides his bike with his parrot. You might send him a PM.

BikinPotter 06-14-12 07:47 PM

I saw a guy riding around Greenlake with his cat on his shoulder. Hope the parrot/cat/pit bull don't all decide to...nevermind.

Mort Canard 06-14-12 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by RobertL (Post 14357898)
Taking my parrot on the bike

Pining for the fjords is he?

He's not pining, he's past on! The only reason he was sitting on the bike rack is that he had been nailed there! :roflmao2:

tabriz 06-14-12 08:37 PM

I'm female, and not trolling for another woman. The reason for the carrier is safety. I don't want my bird caught up in the spokes or snatched by a hawk while on my shoulder.

tabriz 06-14-12 08:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by overthehillmedi (Post 14357863)
There is a poster( user name Sixtyfiver) over in Foo that takes his parrots/cockateals for walk and flights using a harness. You might want to post your question there and ask him his thoughts. Just be prepared for your thread to go off track in a hurry being as that's the norm for Foo.

Thanks! I just bought a harness, too, and hope my bird will take to it as well.

chasm54 06-14-12 11:16 PM

Words fail me. There is something too wonderful about being advised by a poster named goldfinch about a rack suitable for a parrot.

Looigi 06-15-12 06:46 AM

Somewhere, recently, I saw/read an item about a road rider who frequently takes his parrot riding. It perched on his shoulder and had no difficulty at all with 30 mph+ speeds, simply streamlining itself into the wind. They are, of course, capable of flying much faster than that.

maddmaxx 06-15-12 07:17 AM

If the parrot enjoys it and is safe why not. There are some things to consider though. One probably wouldn't want to ride a route with beligerent dogs for example and one can expect distracted drivers to be more dangerous than usual. In fact, your parrot might not like routes with loud traffic?

JohnDThompson 06-15-12 08:48 AM

If it's a "Norwegian Blue" parrot, you can just tie it onto the bike.

tabriz 06-15-12 08:50 AM

I have seen this gentleman around town

http://www.farrfeed.com/2010/03/04/b...querque-video/

tabriz 06-15-12 09:30 AM

This is perfect! Thanks, Goldfinche! I just ordered it, can't wait to go for a spin with my cockatoo!

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Originally Posted by goldfinch (Post 14357790)



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