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 basket for your dog. This post will help, by comparing 5 of the best dog bike baskets. To start, Joe has made a chart comparing the best dog bike baskets. Then, I 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||$39.95|
|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||$79.83|
|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||$56.29|
|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!||$79.95|
|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||$199.00|
You could use any old bike basket to transport your dog, but if you want to keep her safe, it is best to stick to dedicated dog bike baskets. Of course, you will be focused on ensuring the safety of your dog. So always make sure your dog cannot get hurt by jumping out. Ensure that he 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 she does manage to jump out while leashed, you don’t want her hurting her 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.
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.
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. It is nice to have your dog on the front, so you can keep on eye on him, and reassure him. 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. For dogs over 25 pounds you are going to have to consider a bike trailer – see our highly rated no. 5 choice.
Tip: 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.
No. 1: Solvit Tagalong front-mounted Dog Bike Basket
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! 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. Here’s our dog Billy on the train, where the law requires that he travels in a carrier.
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!
Coincidentally, this basket was also rated no. 1 by Wiki. You can see more of it in their video, at minute 4:19 below:
No. 2: Pet Pilot Front-mounted Dog Bike Basket
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. The 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 this 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 are not stuck with it when not transporting your dog. 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.
No. 4: Snoozer Pet Rider Dog Bike Basket
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).
No. 5: DoggyRide Bike Trailer
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!
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. Comes with a 1-year warranty on the fabric, and a 5-year warranty on the frame.
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 ride 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.
Bike often and have fun! – Maggie
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