I posted this in the General Dicussion page,but maybe I'll get a reponse here. I saw a neat little handle bar bag that was made for carrying small dogs,like miniture poodle,pug,etc. I know a lot of people that carry their small dogs everywhere.Why not on a bike ride? I'm not saying for a high intense century,but a laid back ride,even a day tour or two. If I get a small dog,I would feel comfortable with this. How about any of you all?
My wife bought a Tail Wagon type bicycle trailer for our two mini poodles, (they are about 15 lbs each). We take them sometimes when we are not going very far or long. They seem to like it and jump right in. I think they're just happy to be with us.
I actually was given a newish green bicycle trailer by the mechanics at work, who saw me go out for my ride dragging a weird metal frame behind me. I got it and was planning to add a bottom eventually to be able to take my beagle along to a nearby dog park. The jack russell seemed to really enjoy his trip in a backpack.
To comment on your handlebar pack-thingy: I'd just get a regular basket. The handlebar pack when I looked seemed very expensive in my opinion. Also you mentioned "getting" a small dog, which means you don't have one yet. That might be a good thing, so you can get a puppy used to riding easily, perhaps. You could also consider a larger basket on a rear rack. The benefit of a front one is being able to see the dog, obviously. Jackjack also wasn't thrilled with being behind me- he would lean on the sides to see forward around me, and my basket was homemade and rather bendy. The backpack worked very well for him so far as I could tell, and I didn't have to worry about him falling out.
I saw on another site where folks would pull their dogs behind on trailers.Pretty big dogs,on tour yet. I can't see myself on a loaded bike pulling a trailer with a additonal 70 lbs. I couldn't see me pulling my 120 lb dog down the road,she would rather run.I would prefer a mini or maybe a toy dog.
I just bought an attachment for my bike called a Springer, it enables your dog to run beside you as you are riding. We both needed to exercise and she seems to be enjoying it after our first week of using it, although i am sure she would love to be along for the ride in a basket as well.
Before Joey died I kept joking about getting a tandem and training him as a stoker. Then I could get a trailer and take Wheatley also. No more dog problems. (They were 105 lbs each, correct weight, not fat).