Join Date: May 2002
Location: Clermont County, Ohio
Bikes: Electra Townie 21D, Fuji Saratoga 1.0
I went through all of this two years ago, trying to take my 18lb Bichon with me on bike rides. I concluded that a child cart (Burley, Schwinn) was the best option. I had one for a while and fixed it up so that she could not jump out while going down the path. This necessitated a harness (NOT collar, she could choke) with a short tether attached to the inside of the trailer. With the top back, the sun beat down on her and she did not take to being tethered. She constantly cried, wanting out of the trailer, to run alongside, but she could not keep up. The ride was not pleasant for either of us so I sold the trailer.
SO....I went to something called a "Canine Cruiser". It attached to the bike with a little lead that allowed her to run alongside the bike. In order for it to be viable, I had to go REALLY SLOW. I mean hardly pedaling. For a medium sized dog this became a problem. Would not recommend it at all for a small dog and would be very conservative in using it for a large dog. We cover a mile or three easily on a bike, but for the dog it is too much. She did not like this either due to the restrictions and constant pulling along and at times would bump into the tire. I would not like it either! So, I ditched this device and left her at home, which was not my first choice, but nothing else seemed to work. Now she loathes my bike because it takes me away from her on adventures that she longs to experience! Yea, she's my buddy and I HATE to always leave her at home.
Since then I am reconsidering another trailer. This time one that will offer a flat, solid bottom. Since she is now an older dog, she might be more amenable to sitting and riding. My elderly mom has an electric scooter and she LOVES riding on that. Sits right up there. BTW, I would not take her on a road where there are cars whizzing by. Only on a bike path. I don't like cars and I would not feel comfortable having my dog sitting out there in traffic in a cart. But that is me...