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Old 03-14-10, 03:31 PM   #1
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What about the dog?

Any thoughts from dog owners on the best way to take them riding on a tandem? Know the most obvious is a trailer, this dog is 10 to 13 lbs.
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Old 03-14-10, 03:36 PM   #2
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Any thoughts from dog owners on the best way to take them riding on a tandem? Know the most obvious is a trailer, this dog is 10 to 13 lbs.
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You answered your own question. The next question is obviously which trailer? We use a cheap Nashbar that works fine but it doesn't get heavy duty use although we do haul two dogs, one 10 lb one 20.
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Was hoping for othe solution like a bike mounted kenel or .. Backpack or...
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Old 03-14-10, 04:27 PM   #4
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I would carry it on top of a pannier rack over either the front or rear wheel. Bike handling would be better over the rear wheel but as it is only a small dog I think it may be acceptable over the front if he didn't move around much. The dog would probably like it on the front the most. If it upset the handling too much, move him to the back. You would only need a flat platform with an edge a few inches high around it. Put something a bit soft in it like a sheepskin and I am sure he would love it. I have seen plenty of dogs traveling on motorcycle fuel tanks and the back of farm bikes. They balance and stay on very well.
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Old 03-14-10, 04:52 PM   #5
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Our 13 lb. Westie Lily fits in a basket (from Cynthia's Twigs) on the handlebars okay, although this wouldn't work for longer rides. It is neat while riding to see Lily look around, and sniff the air, and then look back at me. It handles okay with the weight up front, but in a cruising around the neighborhood sort of way.



Our 33 lb. Westie Snowy is more at home in the Bob trailer, which I've padded with foam padding using zip ties. A leash keeps him from jumping out.


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^ Think an 80 pound lab would fit in the Bob trailer?
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I have a friend who used to put his French Bulldog in a Bob trailer and take it everywhere. Make sure you bring enough water for the dog on hot days.
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