What? Who would ever think a big dog would need a stroller? After talking with many people at an animal shelter fundraiser this weekend, that was the question most often asked. So many people are active with their pets and/or avid exercisers that a pet stroller would never come up on the radar.
A big revelation for people was the bicycle trailer for pets. Long bike rides are hard on the paws of the dog that is running beside you. A bike trailer allows you to keep on riding and rest you weary dog. The same goes for the runners. Some dogs will run all day, but many need some rest. Whether overheated, irritated paw pads, or just plain old tired, a little riding is a blessing.
Doggyride makes the perfect stroller for the avid runner. The Original and Novel Jogger-Strollers have a wheel alignment system that keeps the stroller from veering to one side or the other. It is not difficult to calibrate and is very helpful if you have a dog that likes to change positions a lot!
Doggyride uses the same stable cabin for the pet bike trailers. With little effort, you attach the bike trailer to your rear wheel and load up.
Taking your dog along with you on your bike ride ensures a good time for both dog and owner. Choosing the right pet bike basket is key. You need to make sure you pick one that will fit on your bicycle and that is the right size for your pet. I picked three different pet bike baskets to examine. One or more may be appealing and suit your needs just perfectly.
The DoggyRide Cocoon Pet Basket was recently redesigned and is now stronger and more sturdy than before. It is made of 70 denier polyester, which makes it easy to clean with a wet cloth. You can choose to close the mesh dome, or keep it open, and there is a plastic cover included for rainy days. The cocoon pet basket easily attaches to the bike handlebar using the KLICKfix adapter (included). The KLICKfix fits onto handlebars that are between 22 and 26mm (.87-1.02 inches) in diameter. Attach the shoulder strap to the Cocoon to use it as a pet carrier. Purchase an additional tether and the Cocoon can be used as a pet car seat. The Cocoon pet basket comes in Green or Red and can hold up to 15 pounds. The dimensions of the Cocoon are: 15″H x 14.5″L x 10″W
Snoozer makes the Pet Rider pet bike basket which is a carrier that fits onto the rear of the bicycle. You will need to have a rear bike rack in order to attach the Pet Rider to your bike. The Pet Rider has a removable quilted cover that is washable. The interior has a cozy fleece lining and a 3-point safety strap. A reflective strip is sewn into the cover for added safety. This pet bike basket can carry up to 24 pounds and measures: 19″L x 16″W x 10″H
Solvit makes the stylish Tagalong Wicker Pet Bike Basket, which is made of a synthetic rattan material. It has a removable sun shade and a washable sheepskin liner. In the pet basket is an adjustable safety leash and plenty of room for your pet up to 13 pounds. The Tagalong bike basket measures: 15″L x 11″W x 9.5″H. The Tagalong attaches to the bike handlebar with a 3-way adjustable bracket that fits onto any bicycle. The bike basket releases from the bracket easily, with one hand.