|what animals can use the custom cruiser?||the custom cruiser is being used by a variety of small animals at this time, sugargliders, rats, hamsters gerbils, and squirrels. because of the various options of the bounce action, it can fit many of their needs.|
than other wheels?
cruiser being BETTER than other wheels, it is very
different though. There are several good safe running wheels on the
market today. I look at the cruiser as being like a big foot 4x4 as it
climbs up the rocky ledges vs the luxury car that has a smooth even
|Is the cruiser quiet||The cruiser is designed to be quiet if maintained properly|
|does the cruiser ever need to be
||Yes, as in anything with moving
parts, especially when running bearing systems, eventually the friction
on the bearing does use the oil they are sealed with
|Does the cruiser go as fast as other wheels?||No, it doesn't go as fast, as it offers resistance, the animals may not use it as long, but they will use it harder, the difference between riding a bike on flat ground, vs riding it uphill at times.|
|can i use the nail trimmers on the cruiser?||Yes, most of the nail trimmers will work on the cruiser,however; it is not something I recommend. the gliders as an example may run on the outside of the wheel, if it has a solid piece attached to the outside, there would not be something for them to grab onto.Also, since each track width is customized to your size, they may not fit on there correctly.|
|why are the backs of the cruisers so big?||The large piece on the back of the cruiser is a bearing assembly it is designed to serve multiple purposes. it containes a dual bearing assembly, it covers the moving parts of the wheel, it sets the wheel away from the cage so a glider can not hide tightly between the wheel and cage wire, it also serves as a play area, sitting area (for those that take their food and run. some gliders use it as a way to get into or on top the wheel.|
|will it fit in my cage||This
has been a never ending issue with most of the safe wheels on the
market. the diameter of the cruiser is about 12 1/4 inches,
The width however is dependant and how wide you customize the track. The bearing assembly on the back adds an additional 6 inches to the width, so the rule of thumb would be .. the width of the track plus 6 inches plus and additional inch for the cover itself. some cages like the flight cages with smaller doors, many people just open a side to place it in.
make their experience different than other wheels?
for what you want or need. It also has the
bounce action that makes the cruiser more of an exercise wheel , rather
than just a running wheel.With a regular running wheel, they can get
into a system , with the cruiser with bounce action they do a variety
of movements each workout. (link to bounce action page)
of adding a bounce option to your wheels?
wheel that was warped by the heat of the sun, and my
gliders loved it more than their other wheels, I loved the offset idea
and knew it would offer a different type of exercise.
(link to bounce action page)
bounce option offer?
option it simulates tree climbing or climbing up
objects, much like climbing a tree the animal needs to pull down as it
is climbing to get the wheel past the offset, therefore using a
different set of muscles, just as gliders love to flip around on the
branches, it also offers opportunities for those movements as well.
(link to bounce action page)
|I have a seriously obese animal
what is suggested for it?
||for the seriously obese, we
suggest the half bounce
(link to bounce action page)
|i have small gliders, will they
loose weight using a full bounce?
||no more than more exercise
causeing a small built person to lose weight, as long as they are fed
properly, they will actually build their muscles, and firm up. exercise
is always a good thing as long as they are eating as well.
pole leaning back?
heavy for a wheel, it weighs about 4 1/2 lbs, so the
stand pole leaning back helps to offset the weight, so that as time
goes on, the wheel doesn't lean in. It is also a balance position for
the base itself. It reduces any risk of the wheel falling forward if
hit real hard by the animal
|Why offer different heights in
the stand poles?
||the higher the stand pole the
more movement you have, I try to tell people to place the height
of the stand pole in a position where it is not easy for the gliders to
get into them, they will figure it out, it is not only more enriching
for them to problem solve, but it is also more exercise for them.
|for gliders why will you go no
lower than 6 inches from the ground?
||I have video clips of a glider
running in a full bounce, at the same time her cage mate went under the
wheel and was sitting there while she was going, when I seen the video,
I am glad that the extra space was there, I also have a glider that
likes to run on the outside of the wheel, and others that love to ride
around on the outside. For me it is better to be safe then sorry later
|do you have side mounts
||we have been working on side
mounts, a couple of customers, thanks Nancy and Steve, have side mounts
on their wheels we do have pictures of some that are being used at this
time, BUT.... they must be used in a very sturdy cage and most of the
wires in the flight cages are not strong enough to hold the weight of
the wheel with the bounce action. there is also a couple that are
hanging theirs from the roof of the cage. They are aware that the risks
are theirs. we hope to develope a stable sytem that would be suitable
for all wire types.
|what commonly requested colors
are currently not available
||pink, purple and
orange..currently we do not have them, but are always keeping our eye
out for them, there are some lids on the market that do have some of
those colors available, but we did not feel comfortable with using them
on the custom cruiser
|Talk to me about the magnetic
||for any questions regarding the
magnetic therapy please email Linda Sardou at
|how does the magnetic therapy work?||please read this artical written
by Linda Sardou
|where are the magnets located on
the therapy wheel?
is there a risk of the magnets ever coming out of their housing?
|The magnets are located behind
the big white stabilizer plate in the back of the wheel, the stabilizer
plate is pressed flat against the outside of the back of the wheel, and
secured with the stabilizer plate from the front, they are put together
in such a fashion, that it is very difficult to revove the nuts once
they are fully assembled.,there is NO risk of those magnets to ever
leave it's housing, worse case scenerio, the magnets come loose, all
they will do is, make a sliding noise as they are shuffled inside of
the stabilizer plate
|what is the magnetic field range
on the magnets?
||There is a 4inch magnetic field
on the magnets that are used, which is why we only use a 4 inch running
|why do you no longer offer the
plastic running track?
||The plastic running track , we
felt could not hold up to the widths of wheels we were building, we
feel for the custom cruiser the wire mesh was, more sturdy and durable
and fit the cruisers needs much better,
|what wheel widths are available?
||any wheel width you would like,
widths from 3 1/2 inches to 5 1/2 inches are conidered standards, there
are sizes above 5 1/2 inches available at an extra charge, what the
extra charge is depends on exactly what you are wanting, we have
done 6,7,8,10, 12, 18 inch tracks, but with some of those we also have
to go with much thicker stands and extra stability factors.