…and your dog.
On March 5th, a puppy named Bowin came into my life. My sincere belief was that she would have no effect on my biking habits. As a surprise to no one, I was quite wrong.
We had big dreams of a well trained dog, running alongside us as we would ride gracefully down the bike path but at 12 weeks old, she had different ideas. After shopping around for a bit, I was pleasantly surprised to find a pretty wide selection of options to deal with our bike-dog conundrum.
There are two main categories for coupling your two best friends: bike leashes and bike trailers. Bike leashes are a bike component that attach to the bike and also to the dog’s collar. The concept is to allow your dog to run alongside the bike while still being loosely attached to discourage wandering. I can understand going this route with a really high energy dog with the focus of your ride being to tire your leash-loving K-9 out. This was not the case for us; we needed her to be transported to and from work with us on our daily commutes so we chose the second option – a bike trailer.
These days, as crazy dog people become more prolific, there are bike trailers made specifically with dogs in mind. They are often top- rather than front-entry and have harness or leash attachments included. We decided to go with a trailer made for children that my coworker had in her barn and it works wonderfully.
On my first ride, with the trailer, sans the puppy, I was pleasantly surprised at how little the trailer interfered with my ride. However, it did prove a bit more challenging once the 25lb Bowin was in the trailer, jumping around like a crazy woman accompanied with a strong headwind. She howled and barked and squirmed the entirety of the first 10 miles, and a good chunk of the next 10, but by the third or forth trip she got the hang of things.
Even with it’s challenges, biking with Bowin has quickly become the best part of my day and I will leave you with this charming video of a rare peaceful moment.
To all of my fellow dog loving riders, how do you all get around with your pups?
Happy Riding –