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Old 04-16-12, 12:00 PM   #1
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Anyone bike with their dog?

Have a small dog you put in a bike basket? Which basket did you get? I'm considering getting either a backpack or a wicker basket like these:


Which do you think would be safer and easier to attach to a Tern Link D8? I could buy a luggage truss and adapter for the wicker basket but I'm not sure how I'd attach the backpack to the bike if that would be the safer option. I'd rather not have it on my back while riding. I suppose I could get the Kanga rack with the luggage truss and strap the backpack to it.
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Ask Bailey. He's always taking his human for a ride.
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BTW, Bailey is the boss of the human the we know as 2ManyBikes or just 2MB for short.
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Thanks. I want something on the front of my bike rather than being pulled behind me. I will buy some doggles but if I can't find a helmet I'd want something with a top on it. Will send a message to calamarichris. But where's Bailey?
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Old 04-16-12, 02:22 PM   #9
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No dog, but Apache really likes to ride on my shoulder on road and MTB rides.




.....and Sixty Fiver has a very cool trike set up that I like.

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I got a Globe Live 3, which comes standard with a solid porteur-style rack. And I ordered a tall-walled pet bed, and was delighted at how well it fit, and the color even matched my bike.






Strangers approach all the time and want to know where I got the Dog Bike. But the matching/perfectly fitting bed was a complete fluke. The porteur rack is a




Sadly it appears Specialized (who acquired Globe bikes) has discontinued the Live line, but after much searching I was able to find a Globe Live 2 for my father & his dog Rusty. Rusty is still a little young, so Pa doesn't completely trust him in there, so I'm ordering a custom Bate's Crate that will fit the Live 2's porteur rack, like
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It's been my experience that, even though they look cute in doggles, dogs generally HATE wearing anything on their heads or faces. Angel is 14 years old now and still has great vision, despite motorcycling with me for most of her life. I've tried three different kinds of doggles, (one pair was SEVENTY bucks!), but I've always gotten good windscreens for her to ride behind on the motorcycles, and we seldom ride on the freeway.


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YOU TALKING TO ME ?! BAILEY ?













Of course if you can pick up your dog there's no need for a ramp. I have a bad back.

Ultimately the size of your dog has the most bearing on what method you use. Bailey is 30 lbs. And he moves around. This is difficult to do on a two wheeler. A trailer, a trike, or a side car is easier with a dog this heavy. I have a side car for sale with .5 miles on it.
The trike is much better all around than a trailer. It's much better in hot weather. Loading and unloading is much easier. It rolls better with three wheels instead of four. Of course the slow speed stability of a trike is a lot better than a bike.
The problem with the trike is , it's width, and not fitting into most cars and not folding for storage. Most trailers fold up nice, and will fit in a trunk.

Video of my pet human pedaling me around.

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Nice trike setup.
Casbah is 9lbs.

I wouldn't be riding fast when she is on the bike with me as I don't even ride fast when it is just me on it. I might try strapping my milk crate to the rear rack with her dog bed inside it and I could try to loop her car seat-belt around my seat post once just to see how she reacts to riding in the bike. But that seems a little unsafe. Maybe the backpack will get too hot for her in the summer which I wouldn't want because Shih Tzu don't tolerate heat that well. I thought about ordering this one but they don't show the back of it so I don't know how I'd attach the Snoozer basket to the bike. So maybe the wicker basket with the roll cage would be the better option. If it doesn't work with the luggage truss and adapter that attaches to the frame on the front of my bike then I'll probably have to return it as I think any basket that has to be attached to the handlebars would get in the way of the folding mechanism if it wouldn even fit.

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Nice trike setup.
Casbah is 9lbs.

I wouldn't be riding fast when she is on the bike with me as I don't even ride fast when it is just me on it. I might try strapping my milk crate to the rear rack with her dog bed inside it and I could try to loop her car seat-belt around my seat post once just to see how she reacts to riding in the bike. But that seems a little unsafe. Maybe the backpack will get too hot for her in the summer which I wouldn't want because Shih Tzu don't tolerate heat that well. I thought about ordering this one but they don't show the back of it so I don't know how I'd attach the Snoozer basket to the bike. So maybe the wicker basket with the roll cage would be the better option. If it doesn't work with the luggage truss and adapter that attaches to the frame on the front of my bike then I'll probably have to return it as I think any basket that has to be attached to the handlebars would get in the way of the folding mechanism if it wouldn even fit.
9 lbs. would be great in an on the bike basket. It sounds like you already know the dog needs to be secured in an open basket. Bailey has a car seat belt harness on too. It goes under his chest there is a clip on it under the chest. I have a screw closed caribiner style clip that holds him to the middle of the bottom of the basket. Sounds like you could do that too.
There is a strong nylon strap crossed across the bottom of the basket. He is fastened tightly to it with a swivel. He can turn around and lean out of the basket, but could never get out. The collar leash fastened to the side of something would allow him to get out, no matter how it is done.
Maybe with an unfolded side photo we could help figure out how to get a basket on that bike. On a hot day if the dog is behind you, your body will block the air flow. You need a breeze for the dog. Corgis don't tolerate heat well either. If it is sunny and over 70f I don't take Bailey out in the heat. Read up on the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in a dog, if you don't already know. One very important find of mine is a dog cooling blanket, it is wonderfull !!!! It is filled with something that absorbs water, maybe silica gel. 15 minutes in the sink full of water will keep it moist for days. The dog temperature is over 100f naturally and a dog with black fur gets very hot very fast. If the air is 70 the pad will bring the dogs back (with the blanket over him) down to around 70f. As you ride the breeze over the blanket increases the evaporation rate and cools even more. That's how air conditioners work, evaporation. A towel with ice is too cold for a dog at first and gets warm on a long ride, not to mention getting everything wet.

the clip on the harness

the straps on the basket floor and the swivel with the clip in it ( the crossed straps help keep the swivel centered in the basket, also two allows one to fail and the other to save him.) I don't carry the ramp like that now.

The cooling blanket on top of him. The fan on him and the blanket when stopped.

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Ok, just wanted to see how she'd react to bike riding before I invest $60-100 on a bike basket. So yesterday, I strapped a milk crate to my rear rack, put her bed in it, then used her car seatbelt attachment to secure her to the basket. She didn't seem scared at all. I rode around for an hour and didn't hear a peep out of her. So now I'm confident that if I get a good/safe basket that can be attached to the front of the bike then we'll both enjoy many bike rides together.
I think if I buy the Tern luggage truss to attach to the front frame of my bike then I'll be able to either attach a wicker pet basket to that &/or I can buy the kanga rack too and secure a pet carrier bag to that.
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Ok, just wanted to see how she'd react to bike riding before I invest $60-100 on a bike basket. So yesterday, I strapped a milk crate to my rear rack, put her bed in it, then used her car seatbelt attachment to secure her to the basket. She didn't seem scared at all. I rode around for an hour and didn't hear a peep out of her. So now I'm confident that if I get a good/safe basket that can be attached to the front of the bike then we'll both enjoy many bike rides together.
I think if I buy the Tern luggage truss to attach to the front frame of my bike then I'll be able to either attach a wicker pet basket to that &/or I can buy the kanga rack too and secure a pet carrier bag to that.
That looks great !

The dog seat belt harness is perfect.

If I think that it may get hot later on the ride, I bring extra water, a whole extra bottle. I have a bowl for the dog so he can drink without licking the bottle spout. That way I can drink from the same bottle. And if it gets too hot, I pour water on the dogs back and try to spread it around.
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Ok, just wanted to see how she'd react to bike riding before I invest $60-100 on a bike basket. So yesterday, I strapped a milk crate to my rear rack, put her bed in it, then used her car seatbelt attachment to secure her to the basket. She didn't seem scared at all. I rode around for an hour and didn't hear a peep out of her. So now I'm confident that if I get a good/safe basket that can be attached to the front of the bike then we'll both enjoy many bike rides together.
I think if I buy the Tern luggage truss to attach to the front frame of my bike then I'll be able to either attach a wicker pet basket to that &/or I can buy the kanga rack too and secure a pet carrier bag to that.
She was passed out in fear!!

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Works good though...
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No me. I did consider trying to train Joey to be a stoker and then taking Wheatley in a trailer.

All part of my fantasy plan to deal with aggressive dogs while riding.

They maxed out at 120 lbs and 105 lbs respectively. A bit big for baskets.
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I mis-read the title as "Anyone bite with their dog?" Around my house, my dogs do the barking and I do the biting.
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Not me. I did consider trying to train Joey to be a stoker and then taking Wheatley in a trailer.

All part of my fantasy plan to deal with aggressive dogs while riding.

They maxed out at 120 lbs and 105 lbs respectively. A bit big for baskets.
No problem. Try bikejoring instead.
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She was passed out in fear!!

JK

Works good though...
Lol. I wasn't riding fast. We were just enjoying the scenery along the River.
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Very cool.

Technically I have done trikejoring.
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Absolutely. Crash, the larger of the two typically would rather run with me. When he sees me get on the bike, he pulls me by the foot for the first few yards.
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Dog on bike

This worked when I had only one, I haven't tried it with the two I now have.
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This video is a couple of years old, but this is how we get our two dogs around on our bikes.

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