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Bicycle trailers for dogs?
  • DjinnDjinn
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    We don't have car licences and although I had fantasies about getting a sidecar so we could take the dogs with us by motorbike, it's looking expensive and complicated. In the meantime I an itching to do a roadtrip and so I'm thinking about attempting a cycling holiday, staying at campsites and taking the puppies in either a child or dog bicycle trailer. Has anyone ever used a trailer? The dog specific ones like DoggyRide had nice design features like a sunroof they can stick their heads out of, and you can use the trailer for cargo with the dogs aren't in it. On the other hand, ones designed for kids have harnesses and I am guessing better suspension. Any advice?http://sopheliajapan.blogspot.com
    Post edited by Sangmort at 2011-09-21 01:35:44
  • myamamomyamamo
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    Our friend Uni has two "servants" that are avid cyclists. Uni travels in the Doggyride. Here is their blog....
    http://myshibaisadiva.tumblr.com/post/2334587703/human-no-2-the-lady-in-waiting
  • XabiXabi
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    I've been researching dog trailers a lot lately, and I think I'm ready to pull the trigger on a purchase in a week or two. I just thought I'd revive this thread and see if any one else had any advice. I'm looking to get one like the one pictured in the link above by @myamamo. My only concern is that I have two shibas and they'll probably top out in weight together at about 50lbs. I don't plan on taking them more than a couple miles in any direction, but I like these specialized trailers more than the discounted craigslist ones I've been keeping my eye out for. Of course, saying it's for your dog seems to spike the cost considerably. I've found some online near $100, and one from my local bike shop at $300! (X_X)'

    Of course, I'm going with the cheap version. If anyone has any advice, recommendations or anything relating to bike trailers and their dogs, I'd be very appreciative of the response!
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  • DebDeb
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    I have a doggy ride trailer. It works well but has pretty much no suspension, but neither does my bicycle. Ted likes riding in it.
  • DjinnDjinn
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    According to the doggyride website, the lack of suspension is intentional because it reduces motion sickness. Hayate still throws up in it if we go for more than 15 minutes without a break though (Kuri is fine).
  • Hey Guys, I ride around in the front of a Christiania Trike - they are the BEST.
    It is very safe, stable and they love to look around.

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  • DjinnDjinn
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    Wow, that looks handy for grocery shopping too!
  • XabiXabi
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    Now that looks ideal!
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  • XabiXabi
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    I just found out about the price. NOT IDEAL!!! :(
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  • Ha ha! I was traded mine as I did some design for the people that sell them in the UK. They are not cheap, but you can find second hand ones, they are very robust and work just as well than brand new. If it's not worth it, there are other great cargo bikes out there which would mean you could carry dogs, groceries, and your bags around safely.

    I personally don't like trailers I think they can be dangerous, I like to have the dogs in front of me so I can keep an eye on them!
  • XabiXabi
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    I now I'm really jealous! Two shibas AND this killer bike? I may talk to an engineer friend of mine and see if there's a way to merge a shopping cart and a bike together for this. Maybe I'll have a franken-cargo bike?
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  • Ha ha! There are lots of more affordable cargo bikes around, or you could always get a strong butchers bike with front and rear baskets, one for each shiba!
  • YumeYume
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    @Takoyaki - Did you star in Stephen Fry's 'Gadget Man' modelling the pet toys?
    I am desperately seeking some means of cycle transport for my boy, Yume. We're also from the UK and would be thrilled to find a cargo-bike such as yours - Have you any word on any affordable/reliable dealers in the UK?
  • JuniJuni
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    If you're in the UK you can probably get hold of these Dutch baskets:
    http://olivegreendog.com/basil-pasja-pet-bicycle-basket-1/
    I have one and it works perfect for Juni, although we've come up with some solution that keeps her tied to it since we don't have the top net.
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  • YumeYume
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    @Juni - A great picture! What wonderful means of travel. I have considered the basket option, but was exploring the possibilities of a cargo-bike first. My budget does deem the basket a more plausible option right now though...
  • JuniJuni
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    The cargo bike is really cute but I would find it too clumsy and heavy. I can fit some other baggage in the basket too with Juni, without problem.Or stuff it with pillows and blankets for her highness comfort...
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  • Yume said:

    @Takoyaki - Did you star in Stephen Fry's 'Gadget Man' modelling the pet toys?
    I am desperately seeking some nmeans of cycle transport for my boy, Yume. We're also from the UK and would be thrilled to find a cargo-bike such as yours - Have you any word on any affordable/reliable dealers in the UK?



    Yes @Yumi that was me!!!! We were on TV!!! We can help you with cycles we know a great company - who do different kinds not just Dutch bikes or Christianias like we have (the new Shiba mobile has been redesigned and arrives on Monday we will post a picture. ) check - londongreencycles.com or.co.uk
  • Also depends how heavy you are, I used to have Tako in my front basket but she grew out of it. You can also look on Velorution (google the shop) they have Butchers or Postal bikes that can carry heavy loads without affecting steering.
  • I got a front facing backpack to carry Hiiro in while I ride my bike.
  • DjinnDjinn
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    We had a dog carrier for biking with Hayate before we added Kuri to the family (http://www.toughtraveler.com/dogbags.asp) but Hayate had a habit of biting the back of our heads when he got excited and vomiting down the back of our necks when he got motion sick, so the whole experience was less carefree and pleasant than we had imagined ;)

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