The Snoozer Sporty Bike Basket is a well thought out product among a dependable line of bike accessories for small pets. Are you in the market for pet products in general, such as beds or carriers? Then I suggest that you have a look at the entire Snoozer Pet Products line. But, for this article, I am just looking at the Sporty Bike Basket and how well it performs it’s task – carrying a dog with you safely on a bike ride. Read on to find out the good, the bad, and the possibly looked over if you aren’t really thinking things through!
Many Well Thought Out Features
This particular basket sports many features that are unique to pet bicycle baskets, designed to make both you and your pet feel at ease on rides. For your pet’s comfort, the Snoozer put a removable inner pad and chin rest. For the unexpected thundershower, they included a rain cover that stores away in the side pocket of the basket. The ability to cover your pet in a flash makes this basket a nice choice over other baskets on the market. Most of this basket is made out of microfiber, an extremely durable and easy to clean material, with Orange and a dark Red to chose from. All in all, this is a basket will satisfy all requirements for both you and your dog!
Lots of Places to Store Needed Items
I like to take lots of things with me on rides. Taking my dog with me requires that I add a few more things to the list. This basket has plenty of places to store additional small items like my dog’s leash, a few dog treats (and people treats!!), a book, my keys and a water bottle in storage pockets that zip shut so they don’t fall out along the way.
Considerations Before Buying
I can see that for some bikes, this basket would not work. It would be a good idea before purchasing to measure the distance between the lowest part of your handlebars, where the basket will hang from, and the top of your front tire. If you don’t have enough clearance, the basket will rub on top of your front tire when you ride. For reference, this basket measures 10 x 13 x 10. Also keep in mind that this product is not suitable for dogs over 15 lbs, and may not be a good fit depending on the shape of your dog. Again, keep in mind the 10 x 13 x 10 measurement of the basket .
The Snoozer Sporty Bike Basket retails on Amazon for $59.95 – $64.95, depending on what color you go with. This is a very competitive price when compared with other products on the market. Pay attention when shopping at the Amazon website though. The photos that Snoozer has posted up of this product are not accurate. They mix photos of the Sporty model and the Buddy model. For reference:
This basket is extremely easy to install, use and remove when not in use. Included with the basket are installation instructions. Click on the link to read things over: Sporty Installation Instructions The basket is attached to the handlebars with two straps. If you have handlebars that are flat and smooth, the basket will likely slide from side to side. This basket works best with bars that are angled, that have a rise in them so that the straps will settle into the low part and not be able to slide from side to side.
All in All – A Great Basket, Loaded With Features!
All in all, this basket does what it’s designed to do, provided you keep in mind the fit suggestions I mentioned. It really is loaded with nice touches that makes the basket a great pet specific bike accessory:
- Chin rests for pet’s comfort
- Two side water bottle pockets
- Removable rain cover with opening for dog’s head
- 2 large zippered front pockets
- Includes internal harness clip for keeping pet secured
- Reflective accents for added safety
I’ve actually left it on my bike even when I’m not taking my dog with me. I can toss things in and head to the park, or down to the grocery store to pick up a few items. Give it a try! I think you and your pooch will be happy you did.
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