Available in different sizes and has one of the highest weight capacities we've seen (up to 35 lbs.) Ideal for a leisurely bike ride with a calm dog. Chest straps help distribute the weight from being concentrated on your back. Great for older dogs.
Dogs with longer legs may not be able to get comfortable. Chest straps can break off easily.
Designed to comfortably carry your dog as you both face the same way. Has a layer of sponge between the dog and your stomach to maximize comfort for both. Comes with a breathable mesh to help heat escape. Good for up to small-medium dogs (the XL can carry up to 22 lbs.)
Dogs might struggle to get comfortable as they're awkwardly situated.
Built for small dogs (10 lbs. or less), that prefer to go everywhere with their owners. Has a comfy inner-material that helps calm the dog. Easy to add or remove from your bike's handlebar.
Features an inner strap to secure the dog that can snap if you aren't careful.
The safety leash on the inside of the carrier provides security by attaching to the dog's harness. Doesn't tend to sway. Mesh sides provide air flow for pets. Comes is various colors.
Somewhat challenging to attach. At least one owner had issues with it fitting a mountain bike.
The perfect option for owners of intrepid small dogs (it has a capacity of 10 lbs.) Features storage pockets and is stable when installed properly. The bottom is firm and machine washable. Fashionable design.
Take it for a test ride before putting your dog in it. The strap inside the basket could be of better material and is a bit long.
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Humans love to spoil their furry friends. They let dogs jump onto the couch, lick plates, and have one too many treats. Many people take dogs everywhere from the office to the beach.
There are doggie seat belts for the car, fashionable dog handbags for easy carrying, and dog bike carriers that are perfect for taking Fido or Fluffy on the go. People who own small to medium dogs can sport backpacks or attach baskets to their bikes that pups can ride along in.
There are several different styles of dog bike carriers available. Choosing a style mostly depends on how big your dog is and how comfortable you want to be while biking.
Backpack-style dog bike carriers are worn on the back like traditional backpacks. They have holes for your dog’s legs to stick out. These carriers can carry dogs that weigh as much as 30 pounds. Use this type of carrier if your dog has a relaxed personality and won’t mind having limited movement.
Front-facing backpack carriers are worn on the chest like baby carriers. The front-facing style offers you more control over what your dog is doing. If your pooch starts to struggle, then you can comfort her and offer soothing words. Your dog may also feel more comfortable close to your chest and face rather than facing backward on your back.
Basket-style carriers are the best choice for squirmy dogs and slightly larger dogs. Basket carriers are attached to either the front or back of bikes for dogs to sit in and enjoy the ride. They are square, made from mesh-like materials, and can be used as shoulder bags when detached from the bike. Basket carriers are the most versatile dog bike carriers. You’ll need to keep your dog’s weight in mind when shopping for a basket carrier, but you won’t need to take any other measurements.
Dog bike carriers are generally for dogs that weigh less than 20 pounds and are short in stature. It’s recommended that you weigh your dog before purchasing a carrier. Don’t guess or estimate. It’s unsafe to carry a dog that’s too heavy or too tall because the lack of support could result in injury.
Most dog bike carriers are made with a tough exterior material and mesh panels for air ventilation. The best exterior materials are weather-resistant and can’t be scratched by your dog’s claws or teeth. The sides of a dog bike carrier are often mesh, allowing for airflow. Basket dog bike carriers will most likely have some sort of padding for the dog to sit on as well.
Almost every dog bike carrier comes in a number of colors. Choose your favorite color or match the color of the carrier to your bike. Fastidious owners may also want to keep in mind the dog’s fur color so that they don’t buy a carrier in a color that will clash.
Dog bike carriers range in price from $15 to $100.
If you’ve never used a dog bike carrier before, you may want to start with a less expensive option until you are sure your dog enjoys the carrier. Basic carriers range from $15 to $30.
If you know your dog will be okay with riding along with you, go for a mid-range carrier. These dog bike carriers have extra features like different carrying straps and hidden pockets. They range from $40 to $60.
If you take your dog biking daily, it’s a smart idea to buy a high-end dog bike carrier that will last for years. These carriers cost $70 to $100, have a number of extra features, and tend to be more durable and weather-resistant.
A. If you have two very small dogs, it may be possible to fit them both in a basket-style carrier. But there aren’t any backpack-style carriers available that allow you to bike with two dogs at once.
A. Regular backpacks don’t have holes for legs or tails, and they aren’t made of breathable fabrics. If you used a regular backpack, it’s possible your pet could become too hot. It’s better to purchase a dog bike carrier that is made to carry a dog rather than risk anything happening to your beloved pet.
A. There are straps on some basket carriers that work almost like a seat belt. Other dog bike carriers require the use of a leash, which hooks to the dog’s collar and to the carrier. It’s also a good idea to train your dog to stay seated while traveling in a basket dog bike carrier.