Utility Cycling - Carrying dogs longtail posible or suitable trailer better?
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Considering options for carrying 2 x Labrador size dogs (60-70lbs each)
Has anyone used a Yuba / Big Dummy to carry a couple of med / large dogs, one each side in 'something' mounted on the side loaders?
Or is this a silly idea that something like a bikes at work trailer with suitable 'bodywork' would be much better for?
12-07-11, 08:34 PM
I don't know about the side mounts, but have you looked at these? There are several manufacturers besides the one below.
12-07-11, 10:55 PM
you going to use a pet carrier enclosure?
12-08-11, 09:34 AM
I have a Corski (Corgi/Husky), she only weighs 50 lbs but she is so long, at least 40 inches, that I can't carry her on the Xtracycle. I suggest a trailer for 2 fairly large dogs. For short trips, it might work but they probably wouldn't be comfortable on the bike itself.
12-08-11, 05:31 PM
Problem would be balance I think. I used to carry my 26 kg Border Collie on a longtail all the time. Now I used a trailer for some time but decided to tune up the longtail again. The extra drag/ weight of the trailer is not welcome, especialy on shorter rides when I bring it "just in case". I think loading and offloading the dogs is going to be your main problem. It is fine doing one dog but balancing the bike w one dog innside trying to get the other one in there is a bigger issue.
So far my dog is sitting in the bag only but I`ve been thinking of getting (or making) a long narrow plastic container so that the dog can more or less jump in on his own and be safe from falling out.
I do not strap my dog to the cage/ bike or trailer becouse if something happens he can just jump out and land quite elegant on his four feet.
I just ordered a Carry Freedom Y-frame trailer small. I also just bought a folding plastic crate exacteliy the same size. Ataching the crate to the trailer is going to give us a perfect sized quick folding small trailer to take on bus and train w our folding bikes.
Actually I should finish my 20" detatchable folding bike. That I should start in January.
Thanks for feedback.
Sounds like for 1 dog a longtail would work fine. Might not be so good for 2 larger dogs when a trailer sounds more practical.
I've got one of those spring loaded seatpost mounted leash holders and it works a treat, except one of the dogs always wants to go slower downhill (as in slower than they'll go uphill!) so I have to be careful about routes
12-14-11, 03:09 PM
Riding could work fine if the dogs sit still. Loading and unloading I would expect you need one more person.
Riding with 26 kg on one side and nothing or wery little on the other is weird but you get used.
I think you have a "Springer". I would try to mount it on the seattube not the seatpost, unless your bike has a seriousely sloping toptube. http://www.springer.no/Mainpage.asp?pass=
Downhill is where you really like to put the dog on the bike or in a trailer. Can be boooring to ride at the same speed up hills and down hills.
12-19-11, 08:05 PM
been pulling my girl for 13 plus years in a trailer. she is so happy in the trailer and moves back and forth ( left / right) that i would say to try a trailer. that kind of movement on a bike would be bad. dogs on trailers is also another tricky thing, mine was good but most dogs seem to freak out. try options out before you dump alot of cash into something.
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