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Old 05-26-12, 12:08 AM
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Baskets for dogs?

Hi everyone,

First time here and pretty excited. I'm getting a new beach cruiser bike and I"m looking for a basket for my dog. It's a 23lb jack russell terrier and I'm looking for a basket for the front of a beach cruiser or mountain bike. I found some large baskets, but they are mostly in the back, I'm hoping to find something in the front.

I would appreciate any suggestions you have. Thank you!
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Old 05-26-12, 07:32 AM
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I'd be too scared to ride with my dog, though I think it would be fun. I wouldn't want him to spill out onto the road or sidewalk if I tipped the bike too far, or in a crash as he would have no protection, or in a fast stop.
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Old 05-26-12, 09:42 AM
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As you'll see in this vid you don't need a fancy basket you just need a dog with the right attitude:

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Old 05-26-12, 10:35 AM
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Try Cynthia's Twings if you want a wicker dog basket.
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A Jack Russell? I'm not sure there's been a basket made that can contain that much distilled spastic energy.
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Old 05-26-12, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
A Jack Russell? I'm not sure there's been a basket made that can contain that much distilled spastic energy.
LOL! Very true! However he's pretty good though and seems to have some decent common sense where he wont jump out of the car or bolt out.
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Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
Try Cynthia's Twings if you want a wicker dog basket.
Thank you! I'll check them out, I was also looking at backpacks that carry dogs...
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Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
I'd be too scared to ride with my dog, though I think it would be fun. I wouldn't want him to spill out onto the road or sidewalk if I tipped the bike too far, or in a crash as he would have no protection, or in a fast stop.
Ya, I thought of this too, but the dog could easily get injured just walking him in the park or something. So to me, it's not that big of a deal. Plus I would be bike riding in less busy areas too.
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How about a picnic basket?



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Originally Posted by groovdafied View Post
Ya, I thought of this too, but the dog could easily get injured just walking him in the park or something. So to me, it's not that big of a deal. Plus I would be bike riding in less busy areas too.
For me (speaking for myself only), I would rather not take the risk. I would be kicking myself for a long time if I my dog got hurt because I put him on the bike. To me it is just not worth the risk. I am not saying it is wrong for someone to go Bowser-biking, Fido-Fixie-ing, or Spot-spinning. It looks like great fun and the dogs are so cute on the bikes! But just not a risk I would be willing to take with my baby boy...though he would look cute with some shades and a doggie helmet in a handlebar basket...

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Originally Posted by groovdafied View Post
Hi everyone,

First time here and pretty excited. I'm getting a new beach cruiser bike and I"m looking for a basket for my dog. It's a 23lb jack russell terrier and I'm looking for a basket for the front of a beach cruiser or mountain bike. I found some large baskets, but they are mostly in the back, I'm hoping to find something in the front.

I would appreciate any suggestions you have. Thank you!
I'm looking for ways to bring my 22 pound terrier mix along when I bike. From what I've read, dogs over 15 pounds are probably too heavy to carry in the front, expecially if they move around or try to jump out. You'd probably do better with a larger basket in the back and a good way to keep him there. Others have recommended a 3 point harness to secure the pup to the bottom of the basket. I'd imagine it takes some training too so be patient and don't expect miracles overnight.
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Old 06-05-12, 05:09 AM
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Topeak makes a dog specific basket but the load limit is only 10 lbs.

Croozer makes dog specific trailers in two sizes that will do the job better: http://www.croozerdesigns.com/croozer_dog.html
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Klick fix makes doggy baskets, but 23# is probably stretching it
for carrying capacity, especially the front,
Doubly where the load has a mind of it's own.

I'd hit the yard sales for Kid carrying trailers for sale,
outgrown by the kids ..

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Suggestion from a veterinarian: Don't. Just don't. Any breed that ends in terrier should not be in a basket on a bike. Recipe for disaster.
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My 100lb oaf will not be going for a bike ride with me.

I'm in the process of attaching a small front rack and wicker basket to my girlfriend's bike for her 9lb min-pin. We'll use a harness and cable to keep her from jumping out should she see a squirrel or other interesting thing to chase.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
As you'll see in this vid you don't need a fancy basket you just need a dog with the right attitude:



I've seen someone carrying two little dogs on the rear rack with a kind of basket without cover. I'm not sure if the dogs were restrained in anyway, but they seemed to be moving freely.
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I would say the Wald 157... but 23lbs is a lot of weight to be putting out on the front wheel, especially if that weight will be moving around. A trailer would be a safer bet.
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Originally Posted by groovdafied View Post
LOL! Very true! However he's pretty good though and seems to have some decent common sense where he wont jump out of the car or bolt out.
Better make sure that the leash is so short that he can't jump or he will... one day.

I used to use a large backpack worn backwards to carry my Jack. He liked getting the "big dog" view and the pack was soft enough that it was hard for him to get out of, but the right height that his head and paws could be above the top of the backpack.
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