Bike carrier for man’s best friend
Do you love cycling and love your dog? Do you find it heart wrenching to leave your woebegone pet at home each time you go cycling because you know that having it run beside or behind your cycle is dangerous? If that’s the case, it’s obvious that you are not yet aware of the existence of the bike carrier! All you need to do is to choose one that is appropriate for your pet’s size and voila, the next time you cycle, you can take your furry best friend along!
The size and weight of your pet are the primary considerations that determine the type of bike carrier that you should get for your pet. If you have a small pet that is approximately 20 to 24 pounds, then you can opt for a dog bike basket. These baskets can be attached either to the handlebars of the cycle or to the rear rack and have a form of restraint to keep the pet safely in the basket. They can be in the form of soft padded baskets or hard carriers. The Snoozer pet bicycle basket, Solvit tagalong basket and the Petgear 3-in-1 bike basket are some of the more popular cycle baskets.
If your pet is larger or heavier, carrying it in a bike basket would be dangerous, as you can easily lose your balance if your pet gets excited and refuses to sit still. For such pet owners, the option of the dog bike trailer is available. These trailers are like small compartments, having a sturdy metal frame with two wheels and padded walls. The dog is usually restrained in the trailer and has sufficient space to lie down. The Burley bike trailer, Doggy-ride trailer and the Solvit Hound-about bicycle trailers are some popular bike trailers.
Some of the additional factors that you need to take into consideration when you buy a bike carrier are:
- The ease of attachment and removal
- The ease of cleaning
- Other accessories available such as storage compartments, provisions for protection from the sun and rain, and so on.
So, before the next time you go cycling; remember to get your pet a dog bike carrier. A word of caution- your pet is likely to need some time to familiarize itself with the carrier and to get used to traveling in it.