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Old 08-17-10, 12:11 PM   #1
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Of Dogs and Bikes: What do you use to carry your dog? 25 LB Boston wants to join me

Often I want to take out largish Boston on a bike ride or to a local event. She has little stamina so running with me is out of the question

Anyone found a preferred DYI project, trailer, rear rack carrier... for bigger than purse dog/dogs to come along in?

If we go trailer, I would prefer something that can carry the dog, and later a child. Maybe big enough for both. If I get a Burley, for instance, I was told that a price of card board on the bottom with something to grip the paws while she stood would be a good way to go.

Axiom had a front rack set up that looked interesting, might be barely big enough?

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Old 08-17-10, 02:18 PM   #2
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For an event maybe:

http://www.tonystrailers.com/Departm...g_trailers.htm

Don't see it being much fun for the dog though. Putting BMX wheels, a hitch, and a kennel box on a piece of plywood might work as well and be cheaper.
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Old 08-17-10, 02:37 PM   #3
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Blast From the Past...

Bailey knows how to roll in style.
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Old 08-17-10, 05:17 PM   #4
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i have two smaller dogs, one is about 14-15 lbs and the other 6 lbs. i stick a 6-gallon milk crate in the freeloader on one side of my xtracycle, line it with a blanket and put them in there. tie their leashes to the bottom of the crate and clip them to the underside of their harnesses so they can't jump out. works great.
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Old 08-18-10, 02:24 AM   #5
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i have two smaller dogs, one is about 14-15 lbs and the other 6 lbs. i stick a 6-gallon milk crate in the freeloader on one side of my xtracycle, line it with a blanket and put them in there. tie their leashes to the bottom of the crate and clip them to the underside of their harnesses so they can't jump out. works great.
did you try the kid into a milk crate on the other side?
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Is there any way he can hold on to the handlebars ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXDjAuTIvvk
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"did you try the kid into a milk crate on the other side? "

sometimes :-)

in the photo though, she is just sitting in the freeloader bag.
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i have two smaller dogs, one is about 14-15 lbs and the other 6 lbs. i stick a 6-gallon milk crate in the freeloader on one side of my xtracycle, line it with a blanket and put them in there. tie their leashes to the bottom of the crate and clip them to the underside of their harnesses so they can't jump out. works great.
I wonder if this could work for two dogs of different sizes...75lb labradoodle and a 40lb Aussie lab...compensating of course for the difference in weight. Or if I'm nuts and would be better off with a trailer. I just love the Big Dummy/Extracycle.
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it works fine. a couple times i have used this arrangement and let my daughter ride in one of the crates. she is 3 1/2 and weighs about 40 lbs, so i ended up with about 20lbs on one side and about 40 lbs on either side. because it is mounted so low and and in close to the frame on the big dummy/xtracycle (we have a big dummy, a radish, and a mt bike i put a freerad on) the weight difference side to side is hardly noticeable. in fact, last trip to the dog park we went this way, and when we got to the park we kicked the dogs off the bike and rode around with just her in one of the crates. several people asked me why her being on one side like that wasn't causing me to tip over. you have to balance the bike when parked obviously, or it will tip over, but once the rider is on it and moving it rides great.

i am going to go to the big hardware store today to see if i can find a tub big enough for our big dog to fit in and try giving him a ride.
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^Good to know...thanks! You mentioned balancing while parked. Is that kickstand stock? That would be the tricky part. Getting both dogs comfortable/trusting enough during the loading/unloading.
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I have an Xtracycle "Kickback" right now.

http://www.xtracycle.com/cargo-bicyc.../kickback.html

I have done this with the regular kickstand installed as well, but in that case it was much more difficult because you had to hold the bike the entire time or it would tip over.
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xargaun- Thanks for posting the pic of your bike set up,my little guy, 7#, cries cause he can't go.Was trying to figure out
how to take him.
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The Tanjor trailer we used to carry our twins in works fine for my 140lb bull mastiff, but it's too small to carry him plus the two Great Danes.

None of the cats wants to go with us, don't have to worry about them.
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She loves the trailer...



I also made some side baskets for my extrabike to carry the puppies...
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She stays very calm, besides the harness(seat belt per se'), and even lays down occaisonally!


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Blast From the Past...

Bailey knows how to roll in style.
I read this earlier today and have been scouring Craigslist for a cheap adult trike. I have a 20 pound wire fox terrier - cannot get him into a trailer as he fights me viciously. He is old now and his back legs don't work well so I can't take him for the long walks he loves anymore, or chase him around with my mountain bike. This would be PAWFECT!
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Anyone wishing to carry their pooch in a trailer might care to look at this video featuring a Burley Travoy trailer and a (fairly) contented looking pup.<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67CMhdqmPcM&feature=related>. I'm planning on getting a Travoy trailer for its utility as a cargo carrier and a shopping cart but have been concerned that I might be better off with a pet trailer to carry my middle-ageing Jack Russell around. Now I see that the Travoy can do it all even though it is a bit pricey.
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