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I want to take my dog cross country.

Old 09-01-14, 01:52 PM
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I want to take my dog cross country.

My little Chihuahua weighs about 20 pounds and she's a great watch dog, not to mention a nice companion. So, I'd really like to take her with me cross country ride next year. The BOB YAK trailer certainly has room for her but I'm think'n maybe it'd be much better if she sat on a platform between the saddle and handlebars. That way she'd be under my rain poncho when the liquid sunshine arrives. Does anybody make a rack and platform that'd hold her or am I going to have to build my own?
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A piece of plywood and a couple U-bolts should work just fine.
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One of those Pet to the Vet Boxes should bolt down to The BoB deck easily ,,
But the dog shifting its weight around will, perhaps, wobble the 1 wheel trailer .

[ I hated how even a tall box in the BoB made the bike handle. ]

the dog being, then, the tail that wags the Bike.


how about a big Wald Newsboy Basket? on the front..

20 pounds seems more than a Chihuahua , maybe yours, not as Miniaturized as I'm thinking..


your legs need the space between the bars and the seat to pedal the bike..

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A platform on the top tube would really be in the way. The easiest way for me to get on a loaded bike is to swing my foot over the top tube. I rode a guy's bike who had installed a platform on the top tube for his small daughter to sit on; it was not very practical. I do not have any suggestions, but some the other ideas discussed above may work better.

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Old 09-01-14, 04:16 PM
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Do a search on the Crazy Guy On A Bike site. I think I remember seeing several blogs about people touring with their dogs and the challenges they faced and solutions they developed.
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What does the dog say?
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A top tube platform would have to be well above the top tube to avoid interfering with your legs as you pedal. If you want the dog up front, put a front basket on top of a front rack and outfit it such that the dog is comfy. Pay particular attention to keeping the dog properly restrained; neither of you is going to do will if the dog ends up in the front wheel.

Thankfully, you aren't trying to bring a great dane. A chihuahua should be doable if the dog is agreeable.
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A chihuahua shoulder holster.

On Ferry between Canada and U.S.



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Originally Posted by fietsbob
But the dog shifting its weight around will wobble the 1 wheel trailer.
I doubt it would be a problem with a small dog. I have met folks carrying fairly large dogs that way without a problem.

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20 pounds seems more than a Chihuahua , maybe yours, not as Miniaturized as I'm thinking.
They typically are 4-6 pounds so either his isn't a pure bred Chihuahua or it is VERY fat. They can get very fat if over fed, but 20 pounds seems pretty extreme.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
They typically are 4-6 pounds so either his isn't a pure bred Chihuahua or it is VERY fat. They can get very fat if over fed, but 20 pounds seems pretty extreme.
+1. My giant, orange tabby Tom is 24" nose to butt (i.e. not including the tail) and only tips the scales at 17 lbs.

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Here is a video. I know I was all over the road, but it was hard to film and ride at the same time LOL................

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I'm someone who loves their dog too much to leave home while I go on trips so I've tried a few things so far. Pics below.




She didn't care for the trailer too much, so I went with the basket and it's still a work in progress. I might have to check out one of those Wald oversized baskets. I think she would enjoy being on the front much more. Wonder if it would fit on my Trek 520.
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They make top tube child seats. Perhaps something similar?
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there is one type, that attaches to the near side of the handlebars .. It may be far enough ahead to give knee clearance.
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Originally Posted by lhendrick
What does the dog say?
ARF!
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I saw this or something very similar on the Tsawwassen Ferry a couple of weeks ago:
Snoozer Buddy Bike Basket in Gray & Black - Bicycle Dog Carrier from petco.com
Says for dogs to 15 lbs. though.
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Originally Posted by lhendrick
What does the dog say?
The trouble is getting him to shut up.
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I rode with someone who did:
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Well, I've mulled this over in my mind and I've pretty much come to the conclusion that a box on the rack over the rear tire is going to have to suffice. Thanks for all the input.
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a leash, a skateboard, and some bungee chords.


just don't ride the skateboard into a ditch, or you might chock him to death.
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Not bicycle related but i ran into this in Northern California in May. Gotta love it!

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2WD Ural side car rigs are Cool ..Siberian, Irkutsk, Russians .. ride them onto Lake Baikal to go Ice Fishing.
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I had a Dnepr. The 2wd ones go very well in the snow...like a tank!
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Regarding carrying a dog during a ride. I use a Burley child chariot. I have had my dachshund with me for a few overnighters. Never long week tours, just the 24 hour overnighters. He travels well and enjoys the breeze. He has a heart murmur and can't do a great deal of exertion. I only take bare essentials to put in cart because i don't want to over load it and cause myself excess work. Years ago, i had a BOB trailer and a very obedient a fun dog. We would ride 40-50 mile rail to trails and other rides. Amusing pup, Simba would get off and run all over around where i was riding, jumping into creek, etc...then run back out and jump on with no problems and just chill out! I could never get over the fact that every time if came to a hill...the little bugger would sit on for the ride. ugh!

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You can outfit the little guy with a helmet, jacket and safety googles. Its adorable.
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