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Old 01-09-07, 06:58 PM
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Dog pulling a bike (aka bikejoring)

I've been skijoring for a couple of years, but much to my dismay, we haven't had any snow this season in MA.

For those who don't know about skijoring, see http://www.skijornow.com/skijornowhome.html

In order to keep up our training and give my dog a chance to pull, I'm thinking about rigging him to my MTB. Has anyone tried this? If so, I'm curious what system you used. I imagine one would want to connect a towline to the MTB's head tube. A quick release would be nice, should a squirrel cross our path . . . Suggestions and/or photos would be welcomed.

I already have an x-back harness for the dog and a towline.
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Old 01-09-07, 07:27 PM
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My first thought it that the attaching point would want to be very much lower. I was once chased by a lab chained to two concrete blocks, and I wouldn't have wanted to be riding either of them.

A bowline around the tube, with one end running freely through a ring on the harness sounds simple for a quick release. The running end of the line ultimately returns to the hand of the rider, ready to be released in an instant. Sounds awkward, but it's cheap, and I don't really expect the idea to catch on. Let me know if I'm wrong.
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Old 01-09-07, 07:38 PM
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Thanks, Nermal. Not sure what you mean by, "ultimately returns to the hand of the rider." Kindly clarify. The setup would need to be hands free, since I'll need to have full control of the MTB (i.e., both hands on the bars). Ultimately, a quick release of any kind might be impractical, since if things get ugly, I’ll likely not have time or not be able to reach for a quick release. . .
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Attach the towline to your dog and wrap the other end once around your headtube. That should give you enough friction that you will be able to hold on to the rope while keeping both hands on the bar. If you need to bail just let go of the rope and the running dog should pull it clear of the bike. I would suggest keeping the end you're holding short so it will pull free quickly.
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I mean, the rope is one long loop, running from the headtube, through a ring on the harness, and back to your hand. Now, if you need to release from the dog, let go of the end you're holding, and the dog is off and running. You will not have two hands for the bike, but it's a cheap quick release, and will work so long as there isn't a knot in the end of the rope that needs to slip through the harness.

Marylandnewbie's idea sounds workable. A dally around the tube should give you all kinds of control over the lead.
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Old 01-11-07, 10:52 AM
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I've eaten asphalt walking my dog via bike before.. just used a retractable leash and held it in my hand while sorta holding both bars. Dog got in my way and down I went.
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my wife likes to ride with the leash in 1 hand. i can't stand it. you have to countersteer the exact force of your dog or you will turn sharply. i put a seatbelt leash around the head tube and fastened it to a retractable 26ft leash. (seatbelt leash is like a regular leash but meant to tie around a car's seatbelt, and thus is about 1ft long). with that much distance i can predict his movements a little bit, he gets to go very far in front of me so i have a lot of time to stop if he stops suddenly, and sudden turns to chase something aren't as jarring to the bike. and the retractability keeps the cable out of my wheel.
he's a great runner and hill-helper. his favorite trail is 4miles of a 35% grade uphill. he tugs me up it, then we haul down. if there's no cars at the trailhead we let him off his leash. he'll run circles around us all the way up. we don't bike on roads with him though, just trails/paths.
oh we use a full chest harness so he can pull hard without choking himself. one of his harnesses has a backpack on it that we can fill with stuff -- not food though it drives him nuts, so he carries a little first aid kit, water, maps, tools, etc...
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Old 01-11-07, 02:53 PM
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Use a Springer. Works with our dog. Some dogs don't take well to riding. Our's does. She "gets it." Actually she goes insane when I take out the harness. She loves it.

http://www.springerusa.com/
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Thanks for all your suggestions, folks. I'll give it some thought and try to rig something up. I'll let you know how it goes!
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Originally Posted by frisco_rider
I've eaten asphalt walking my dog via bike before.. just used a retractable leash and held it in my hand while sorta holding both bars. Dog got in my way and down I went.

Did the same thing when I was twelve or so.....The squirrel was fine. The dog was fine. I was bloody. The wheel was tacoed.
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Old 01-11-07, 04:08 PM
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I have seen one where the leash was attached to a post sticking out diagonally fron the right chainstay. The leash was attached to the end of the post a few inches off the ground. This prevented any sidways pull by the dog affecting the steering. I think the post might have been hinged or spring mountied so that it bent backwards if the end hit the ground while turning.

When I was a child and went cycling with my mother, our dog would sometimes grab the hem of her skirt in his mouth as he ran along beside her (no leash).
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Old 01-11-07, 10:05 PM
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You are describing a springer. http://www.springerusa.com/ I have one and the dog love's it !!!!! Follow all cautions, and not for kids. Would strongly suggest wearing a helmet when using this product. Some exciting times can be had with your dog and a bike !!!

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