This post with a chart and videos compares five of the best dog bike baskets, including baskets that are front and rear mounted, plus trailers for dogs. Are you thinking about taking your dog along on a bike ride? It’s always great to take your dog along for some outdoor fun, but it is important to find the best pet bike basket. And of course, to make sure you keep your dog safe. This post will help!
To start, we have made a chart comparing the best dog bike baskets. Then, we share some important tips we have learned over the years as we have transported our beloved dogs. Finally, we have reviews of each of the top rated baskets.
Chart Comparing 5 of the Best Dog Bike Baskets
|Pets up to 13 lb||Front handlebars||Safety harness; extra pockets; shoulder strap for use as pet carrier; removable sun shade; lifetime warranty. Also available in a wicker option||Usually around $42. Please click here for exact current price on Amazon.|
|Pets up to 20 lb||Front handlebars||Strong steel frame; does not sway; quick to put on and take off; 2-point chrome clasp and safety leash||Usually around $89. Please click here for exact current price on Amazon.|
|Pets up to 12 lb||Front handlebars or rear rack||Can be attached to handlebars or rack; super secure; spring loaded caging on the top; safety leash; padded carry handle so it doubles as a pet carrier; easy to put on the bike and remove||Usually around $74. Please click here for exact current price on Amazon.|
|Pets up to 24 lb||Rear rack||Comfort basket with padded foam; 3-point safety strap; washable cover; made by a company that specializes in making dogs happy!||Usually around $80. Please click here for exact current price on Amazon.|
|Pets up to 55 pounds and up to 15 inch shoulder height||Attaches to the bike frame, and trails behind||Ideal for bigger dogs, or for smaller dogs who don't like to be high up; includes sun roof for dog to stick head out; front flap can be rolled up so your dog can enjoy the view||Usually around $200. Please click here for exact current price on Amazon.|
You could use any old bike basket to transport your dog, but if you want to keep your dog safe, it is best to stick to dedicated dog bike baskets. Of course, you will be focused on ensuring the safety of your dog.
Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe while Cycling
Always make sure your dog cannot get hurt by jumping out. Ensure that he or she is very firmly tethered with a safety leash of some kind. Most good dog bike baskets are set up for this. Some come with built-in short leashes; others have a spot to attach your existing leash to.
It is also better if your dog is wearing a harness, because if he or she does manage to jump out while leashed, you don’t want your dog hurting its neck while suspended from the basket! With our dogs, we make sure the leash is too short for it to be possible for them to jump at all.
Our Top 5 Picks for Best Pet Bike Baskets
The slideshow below highlights our top 5 picks. Slideshow tips: hover your mouse over a slide to pause that slide; click on a slide to find out the latest Amazon price on the dog bike basket in that slide.
Front-Mounted or Rear-Mounted Basket?
You will also need to decide if you want your dog at the front or the back of your bike. On the front, the basket will usually attach to your handlebars. On the back, it will usually be mounted on your rack. We find it is nice to have our dogs in the front, so we can keep on eye on them, and reassure them when needed.
But the drawback to having your dog at the front of your bike is that it makes the cycling experience quite different by putting a weight on the handlebars. For this reason, front-mounted bike seats are best suited to very small dogs. They will not work at all well for a dog over 20 pounds. And for dogs over 25 pounds, you are going to have to consider a bike trailer – see our highly rated no. 5 choice.
Tips to Get your Dog Used to a Bike Basket
Get your dog used to his new dog bike basket by leaving it available on the floor while not in use. Your dog is likely to start napping in the basket, and this will give him a great chance to become comfortable with it, so he is not nervous when you take him along for a bike ride.
Also, there are many other ways to get your dog comfortable on your bike, as detailed in this post:
Note that the first time you take your dog out on your bike, it is best to just slowly walk the bike, while reassuring your dog. Here is a video of us doing that with our dog Billy, when he was just a three-pound puppy.
This is a very handy, multi-purpose, front-mounted dog bike basket for small dogs. Your dog is kept secure with an included adjustable safety leash. You can take the basket on and off your bike in seconds with one hand, thanks to the useful bracket system. The bracket system has 3-way adjustability so you can fit the basket on any bike. It has zippered pockets so you can carry your belongings, or dog treats/poo bags, etc. This dog bike basket also includes an unusual feature – a removable sunshade to keep the sun off your dog! It is rated for pets up to 13 lb, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Solvit Tagalong also includes a shoulder strap so that it can double as a pet carrier once you are off your bike. This is handy for those who use bikes as well as transit, because most transit systems require pets to be in carriers.
A Great, Multi-Purpose Dog Bike Basket for Small Dogs!
All in all, a great, well-made, affordable, multi-purpose dog bike basket for small dogs. It is available in the cloth version shown, and also in a retro wicker version. And it comes with a lifetime warranty and great after-sales customer service. Easy to install, this basket will have you ready to take your dog for a bike ride within minutes!
Here is the wicker version of our top pick!
Coincidentally, this basket was also rated no. 1 by Wiki. You can see more of this dog bike basket in their video, at minute 4:19 below:
This is a strong, sturdy, steel-framed, front-mounted dog bike basket, rated for dogs up to 20 lb. It also has the cute feature that it comes with 5 different color inserts, so you can color code it to match your bike or your shirt! Your dog probably won’t care about this – but he is likely to enjoy the front mesh design that ensures he will stay cool on hot days. And on cooler days, of course you can just line the basket with a small blanket.
This dog bike basket also has a side mesh pocket for small items such as your cell phone and your dog’s leash; plus a side mesh water bottle holder. Importantly, there is a two-point chrome clasp and a safety leash.
The very unusual thing about the Pet Pilot dog bike basket is that it is a front-mounted basket that is designed to carry dogs up to 20 lb, without swaying. The basket is designed to be easy to attach and remove, so you don’t need to keep it on your bike when you are not transporting your dog. This is handy if you have more than one bike. Of course, you can also use the basket to transport groceries or other cargo.
We have owned two of these and never had a problem with either! This sturdy, affordable coated steel wire dog bike basket includes spring loaded top caging to keep your dog more secure, as well as an adjustable short leash to attach to his collar or harness. It also has a padded carry handle, so that it can be used as a pet carrier off the bike. To take it off the bike, just use the quick release bracket.
This pet basket mounts with a quick and easy but very solid spring-loaded attachment on the bottom, and can be attached to your handle bars or your rack. What I especially like about this basket is the extra safety strap that you loop onto the bike, so that you have a fail-safe in the unlikely event that the mount fails (with us, it never has). This basket ships with an anti-microbial padded floor liner, but we find it is more comfortable for your dog if you place a blanket on the bottom as well. It is not very deep, so it is best suited to short-legged dogs, such as our Maltese cross Shih Tzu, Ripley.
This dog bike basket goes on your bike rack, and is rated to carry heavier dogs, up to 24 pounds. It features comfy foam padding. In fact, it is made by a company called G.W. Little, which specializes in making products to make dogs happy. Their slogan is “Where Dogs get Happy”! The cover can be removed and machine washed, but you do have to remove the straps to remove the cover. This basket features a 3-point safety strap to secure your dog. You can watch a video about how to install this dog bike basket here (on the top left).
Strictly speaking, this is a trailer, not a basket. However, I have included it as an option for those with heavier dogs. This trailer will accommodate dogs up to 55 pounds and up to 15 inch shoulder height. Also, some people find their smaller dogs are nervous on the handlebars, but happy in their own little trailer. This trailer certainly has all the options to keep your dog happy, with a sun roof that can be unzipped for your dog to stick his head out, plus the option of rolling up the front rain screen so your dog can enjoy the view and the wind in his face!
Features of the DoggyRide Pet Trailer
This bike trailer boasts a powdered steel frame, and resilient 600 denier nylon with sturdy UV resistant mesh front and side panels. It ships with a tow bar arm, a bike hitch, a pouch on the rear entry door, a safety flag and an interior leash set. It can be easily folded up to put away, simply by releasing one pin. And the wheels are quick release for quick and easy assembly and disassembly. When your dog gets very old, you can even purchase a kit to turn the trailer into a stroller, if you wish!
This trailer meets or exceeds ASTM standards. And it comes with a 1-year warranty on the fabric, and a 5-year warranty on the frame.
Bottom Line on Cycling with Your Dog
Once you find the right dog bike basket, it will be a joy to include your dog on your bike rides. Good luck with finding the best dog basket for your dog! And if you have any advice to add about transporting dogs on bikes, please add a comment or send us a photo. We would love to add reader photos to this post!
We hope you will have a lot of fun cycling with your dog!
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