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    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?

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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by contango View Post
    Do I want to know why you feel the urge to take your parrot in a cage on your bike?
    He'd enjoy it.

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


    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
    The helmet. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabriz View Post
    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.
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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.IMG_9057.jpg


    Quote Originally Posted by contango View Post
    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.

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


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

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    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.
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    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.
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    This is a high quality front rack that detaches easily:




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    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.

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    Taking my parrot on the bike

    Pining for the fjords is he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertL View Post
    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!
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    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.

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

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    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?

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

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    I have seen this gentleman around town

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

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    This is a high quality front rack that detaches easily:




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