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Basil Pluto (Bike Dog Basket - Front), does it fit on my Cervélo RS?

Basil Pluto (Bike Dog Basket)

I am considering purchasing it but I have to make sure that it would fit on my bike otherwise it would be wasting my money. All the images are taken from the DuckDuckGo'ed images on the Internet.

Edo (what does this mean? Is it related to ancient name of Tokyo?) can be fitted, according to the manual, on a 30 mm to 50 mm round tube. My Cervélo RS has a headtube shaped in a squarish form. I have to measure it. This first image is telling me that this black plastic adapter is needed to cramp on a 30 mm pipe.

Edo-one.png

Also the camp need 30 mm of length. This means that the edo has 30 mm of hight in the second image. I guess Edo can camp on a 50 mm pipe without the black plastic adapter but with a thin layer of protective agent.


Edo-two.png

This image seems to suggest that the length of this protruding basket stay can extend several inches.

basilplutostay.jpg

It can fit on this kind of bike. If I swap the basket to a smaller one, I think I can use it on my bike.

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In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Basil Pluto (Bike Dog Basket - Front), does it fit on my Cervélo RS?]の続きを読む

テーマ:猫のいる生活 - ジャンル:ペット

  1. 2020/07/25(土) 15:11:32|
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How to fasten Hannah on the bike (road racer)

How to fasten Hannah on my road racer bike

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I bought this bag a while ago but it does not fit my road racer out of the box.
(image 1: image taken from Amazon.de)


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I was thinking of buying this bug but was not sure of the size of the stem-vice device.
(image 2: image taken from Amazon.de)


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I am thinking of buying this front carrier and it needs extra parts to fix it on my bike.
(image 3: image taken from the manufacturer's site basil.com)


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This one is needed
(image 4: image taken from ditto)


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This picture shows a subtle but clear image of another stay that goes on the caliper brake fixing bolt (L-shaped bar)
(image 5: image taken from ditto)


How do I fasten Hannah (a cat) on my bike while I ride my bike?
Options that I found are:
1. Place her in a back pack style carrier and on my back
2. Place her in a front bag that hangs on the handle bar
3. Place her in a pet trailer that attaches on the bike
4. Place her in a bag that attaches on a front carrier that attaches on the front fork

Every option has its ups and downs (pros and cons). I am now considering the fourth (4th) option. The pros are as follow.
a. It does not make steering unstable (as opposed to option 2)
b. I can always keep my eyes on her(as opposed to option 1)
c. The whole system is not so cumbersome to carry - my Mazda MX-5 does not have much cargo space (as opposed to option3)

While I do find cons as follow.
d. Visually (aesthetically) a bit ugly
e. The caliper brake stay can not be removed or installed so easily

I can certainly tolerate d. and e. I am hoping the small plastic device that came with the front bag (image1) that regulates the distance between the bag and the stem could be used to replace this semi-permanent ugly L-shaped angle.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [How to fasten Hannah on the bike (road racer)]の続きを読む

テーマ:猫のいる生活 - ジャンル:ペット

  1. 2020/07/20(月) 15:03:20|
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Saris Axis (2-bike) bike rack costs more than € 150 Today

The price is back to a normal

So Yesterday I stumbled upon an incredibly price of this bike rack and ordered it incredulously.

Today, just out of curiosity and out of practicality (cheking its status), I took a look at it again and sure enought the price was more than € 150 (completely normal).

I ordered it for a price of well under € 40 including the shipping.

WTF?

I know that they (Amazon) have limited time sales occasionally but the discount rates are normally around 10 %, 20 % or 30 % as far as I know.

The discount I had was around 75 % reduction. This isn't normal, at all is it?

Anyway, I am happy. I don't care really what had transpired Yesterday but I was just there.


Seasucker.com HOGG

I have been wondering why this tiny piece of bike rack accessory is so expensive in Europe or in Japan. It is notoo expensive in its native country U.S.A. The price gab is almost double, in other words, it is sold twice as expensive.

The price has started decreasing gradually but it is still out of my budget.


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Saris Axis (2-bike) bike rack costs more than € 150 Today]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車(スポーツ用) - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2020/01/05(日) 16:47:37|
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Saris Axis (2-bike) bike rack again?

Saris Axis 2-bike rack

I bought this almost two years ago (I think) on Amazon Germany. This bike rack worked well and served me well during the car trip vacation back in July, 2019

The rack was attached to the Euro-style trailer hitch installed on my Mazda MX-5 (ND). This installation of the trailer hitch cost me dear. I had to drive to a remote town in Northern Germany and stayed there the previous night.

The rack had a defective part when I opened the box. I don't know how it happened. Anyway, the broken plastic (of some kind, ABS? or ?) part did not affect the use of the rack.

I contacted the local "authorized" wholesaler (who supplies Saris products in my area, namely, Belgium, Luxembourg and so) if they could provide me with a replacement part (not just the plastic part but as an assembly including the defective portion). They said that they could not. The exact model (or compatible models) that use this particular part (the arm) had been off the inventory and thus (subsequently) they had stopped providing the repair parts.

The logic they used was not totally agreeable but I could not hire a lawyer to sue them. So I gave up.

From time to time, I search the part on e-bay or Amazon hoping that some people have new or used Saris products that I can salvage the needed parts for reasonable cost.

Saris Axis 2-bike rack can be fitted with 3-bike rack's arms, Bones 2-bike or 3-bike rack's arms.

So far the search has not been fruitful until just now.

I found a really incredible deal on Amazon Germany. I found that I could buy the entire Axis 2-bike rack for a price of the replacement arms including the shipping charges. How is it possible?

Maybe Saris (and/or its European branch?) wants to stop selling Axis series for good and this seller wants to sell its stock because the sales have been too slow. I don't know.

So I bought a second Saris Axis 2-bike rack but the price was irresistible.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Saris Axis (2-bike) bike rack again?]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車(スポーツ用) - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2020/01/04(土) 19:59:21|
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Saris Axis (2-bike) bike rack installation

Saris Axis 2-bike rack installation is done!

It was done in a hurry, of course. I was with Hannah and I don't have much time before my vacation. I did not shoot a video. I took some photos.

I did the so-called unboxing and to my dismay I found pieces of plastic in the box that had broke off the rack. It still functioned but I was not too happy.

The installation on the (European style) hitch ball was easy. The trick, as described in the installation manual, was to shake the rack as you tighten the fixing nut (ring). The spanner (wrench) provided by Saris is found in the box is simple but works. After you tighten the ring, you have to shake the rack softly to see if the rack is securely tightened. Repeat this process several times until the rack is securely fixed.

I put my bike on it and tightened the straps (three of them) on it without the wheels. And then I put the two wheels on it after applying the ZIPP wheel sleeves on them. The bike is securely fixed on the rack. I drove my beloved Mazda MX-5 for a while with the bike and found it very good.

The only additional thing I added was two short bungee cords to keep the front fork (wheel) from steering. When the front wheel steers, it hits the car or I can not open the boot lid as the handle bar is too close to the lid.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Saris Axis (2-bike) bike rack installation]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2019/07/01(月) 16:23:07|
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