Taking your dog with you on bike rides can be a very dangerous idea if you do not have a safe means of doing so. Not only could your pet get hurt should he fall out, you could get hurt as well as others around you. Bicycle baskets for dogs are designed to safely attach to your bike, and have added features to ensure your pet has a safe ride.
I purchased the Solvit 62331 Tagalong Dog Bicycle Basket and decided to write up a review based to my experiences. In this review, I will discuss how easy it was to install, how well it works, some minor drawbacks, and where to get the best deal when you buy it online. By the end of this review, you should have a good idea as to whether the Solvit 62331 Tagalong Dog Bicycle Basket is right for you and your dog.
Designed to Provided a Safe Ride For You And Your Dog
The Solvit 62331 Tagalong Dog Bicycle Basket is a basket designed to solve the problem of how to take your dog with you on rides. By providing a means to attach the basket to your bike and a leash attachment to attach to your dog’s harness, Solvit hopes to have created a safe solution to taking your dog with you on bike rides. But does it actually work as intended? The rest of this review will focus on my experiences with this product, from initial impressions, to installation and use.
What’s In The Box?
After reading lots of online reviews about this product, I decided to order it myself. I like the look of rattan wicker, and with the added features of a sunshade and ways to tether my dog to the basket, this basket looked to be a stylish and versatile choice. The product came in two days and upon opening the box, I found the following:
The first thing I noticed is that the basket is not rattan at all, but rather a plastic, vinyl type material that is rattan colored. Additionally, the “full sheepskin liner” is not sheepskin, but rather a synthetic fleece. I went back to Amazon to check to see if I had made a mistake, and read things wrong. Below is a screenshot and confirmation that I had not misread:
I was not happy with these misrepresentations, but decided to proceed with the installation.
The Installation Experience
Installation was a breeze for me, and I did it without looking at the provided instructions . But, I’ve always been that way, only looking at instructions as a last resort! 🙂 I know that not all people are like this, so I decided to read them over so I could make an accurate report to you. Honestly, I found them to be a bit on the confusing side. But with the pictures provided they will help explain what you might not understand at first. The only thing not provided is a phillips screwdriver. The rest is just knowing what to put where. Look over the instructions I’ve included in this review if you are concerned. Following are what I considered the best qualities of this basket, and the few issues I discovered.
- Adjustable – Bracket ensures a good fit on most bikes
- Convieniet – Mounting system makes removing basket easy when not taking your dog for a ride
- Safe – Leash attachment included to hook on to your dog’s harness
- Versatile – Removable sunshade to keep your dog comfortable on hot days
- Warranty – 1 year
- Material – Not really rattan wicker as advertised
- Details – Some manufacturing inconsistencies – holes in several straps weren’t punched all the way through
The Solvit 62331 Tagalong Dog Bicycle Basket did a great job of solving the problem of how to safely take my dog riding with me. The bracket securely attaches to handlebars and the leash attachment relieved my worries that my little Holly could jump out while we were rolling down the road. I would highly recommend this basket if, like me, you have a small dog. The recommended weight capacity for this basket is only 13 lbs, and based on my observations should not be exceeded. With proper installation and adjustment, and minding the weight limitation, I think that you will be very happy with this basket’s features and versatility.
Where to Buy
I’ve done a lot of research of where to buy this product. I bought from Amazon.com because I am a Prime member and have come to rely on their two day delivery. I like the almost instant gratification Amazon Prime gives me. When I finally decide on a product, I hate having to wait! 🙂 Patience is not one of my virtues. Additionally, I have always experienced excellent customer service with Amazon when I’ve had to return items, so I trust them. However, if you like having other choices, this basket is also available from several retailers through Walmart.com for $59.95 to $69.95 with free shipping. 1-800-PetMeds offers it for $56.99 + shipping. But, I can not vouch for the later’s return policies.
Info At A Glance
PRODUCT NAME: Solvit 62331 Tagalong Wicker Dog Bicycle Basket
MODEL/MAKE/STYLE: Solvit 62331 Tagalong Wicker Dog Bicycle Basket
DIMENSIONS: 15 inches L x 11 inches W x 9.5 inches H
WEIGHT: 4 lbs
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 13 lbs
WARRANTY INFORMATION: 1 Year against defective materials and workmanship
DELIVERY COST: Free Shipping
DELIVERY TIME: 2 days with Amazon Prime. 5-8 days for Non-Prime customers
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