Living Car Free - riding with a dog?
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05-17-09, 01:56 PM
Ok, so I have been car free for over a year and have a 15 mile commute each way to work at my bike shop. I have a 17 lbs jack russell/chihuahua mix, that I would love to have at the shop with me everyday. I'm the only employee except for my boss, so I get pretty lonely in here. I was looking at the Burley Rover for taking her to work with me, BUT I ride on a lot of nasty suburban roads, and I don't want to put my dog in danger. How wide are these trailers and would it be ok on some pretty busy roads? Also, is there a way to mount lights on the back of the trailer?
You can mount two superflashes set to blink on the back, or a Dinotte (much brighter); either would take care of the lighting.
05-17-09, 02:15 PM
I'm just worried about the width, I ride on mostly backroads but about 6 or 7 miles of my commute is on pretty busy roads. I just found this, I may have to give this a try http://www.pets2bed.com/site/1405195/product/SPP-13. I can only use it on nice days, BUT it is much less vulnerable than a trailer on busier roads and a lot less weight.
05-17-09, 03:22 PM
There is one member on here Airwick (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=24031) that actually tours with his Jack Russels. IIRC he had a pet carrier mounted on the rear of a long tail bike.
Here is a link to his CrazyGuyOnABike page (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/Airwick), scroll down towards the bottom and there is a picture of his rig. Shoot him a message and ask about the set up. IIRC he did a cross country tour...more than once with his pups.
05-18-09, 01:55 PM
I'm looking for a better method myself.
Carried my mini-doxie Lulu to the park the other day in a shoulder bag draped near my chest. She calmed down after 5 minutes or so and loved it. Although I'm thinking a front rack/box/basket will be a better idea for her, or rather, my back.
05-18-09, 02:26 PM
How about one of these bikes !
My BikeCam video : dogbike.mov(4MB) (http://www.donaldingram.com/Video/dogbikeweb.mov) and here's a link to the owner's own website http://www.oaktreevet.co.uk/Trike/trike.htm
05-18-09, 07:52 PM
I carry my son around on a trailer everywhere. Cars normally cut pretty close when I'm by myself, but if I have the trailer they give me a wiiiide birth, whether he's in it or not.
I'm willing to bet that if you hooked one up, you'd notice an instant change in passing distances.
Just my 2c.
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