This post is about a great, strong, safe pet bike basket that we found – the Axiom Pet Bike Basket. A while ago I asked for advice on a good pet bike basket for transporting a small dog – our new puppy, Billy. Billy is a Yorkie-Poo, but as I find that name embarrassing to say out loud in public, I prefer to call him “mainly a Poodle.” A lot of good advice poured in, and we did a bit of investigating on our own.
Related: 5 of the Best Dog Bike Baskets
Billy is a tiny guy, and a little timid (which is probably sensible when one weighs less than four pounds). So we needed a basket he could be well confined in, and feel secure. We did quite a bit of research before buying an Axiom Dual Function Premium Pet Bike Basket. It’s constructed out of sturdy wire, with a non-slip rubber bottom, and is rated to carry pets up to 55 pounds (about 12 Billy’s).
Here’s a video of Billy’s first ride in the Axiom Pet Basket.
As you can see, we introduced him to the experience of riding in a pet basket very slowly and gently!
Installation of the Axiom Basket was pretty simple. The cool thing is that you can attach the Axiom Dual Function Premium Pet Bike Basket to a quick release bracket on the handle bars, or use the built-in adjustable brackets on the bottom to simply snap it onto your rear bike rack. We chose to install it on the front of the bike. I was happy to find that the quick release really is quick, and that it is a cinch to put the basket back on.
This is Billy, the first time he got in the basket:
At first, Billy was not at all convinced he wanted to be in a pet bike basket. Fortunately, this pet bike basket is set up to control ambivalent pets. First, there are these easy lift-and-place wire flaps, so that the dog’s shoulders are covered, while his head pops up. However, Billy is so small that all of him can pretty much pop up. So fortunately there is also a handy little clip to attach to his harness (or collar, but I think a harness is safer, as you don’t want to hang your dog if he decides to jump out).
When I first pulled off Billy decided he would rather not, and attempted to step out of the front of the basket. This could have been disastrous, as about 180 pounds of me and my bike riding over his 4 pound body would have been really, really bad. Fortunately, the clip attached to his harness saved him. I was able to stop and gently scoop him back in.
After that, Billy settled right down, and within 5 minutes seemed to be enjoying the experience, even though it was a very cold day. Within a few weeks, we were doing really fun rides with him.
One of the advantages we discovered about taking Billy along on a bike ride – when we found ourselves on a quiet trail, we could let Billy stretch his legs and enjoy a run!
Billy is so little and light that he runs and leaps like a lamb.
Bottom Line on the Axiom Dual Function Premium Pet Bike Basket
At a reasonable price from Amazon, this pet bike basket is sturdy, easy-to-use and great value for money. It offers a simple no-fuss-no-muss way to safely transport your small pet. And it could double as a picnic basket as well, or for transporting small loads of groceries. The two options for installation are a bonus, as this offers versatility. Ride quality was slightly compromised by the weight added to the front handlebars. However, that’s a small price to pay for a committed pet lover.
Update: All the time we spent with Billy paid off. He grew up to be an endlessly loving dog, and he now works as a Pet Therapy dog. This means that once a week he goes with Maggie to visit people in hospital, bringing a smile and some stress relief to sick children and other people, including people undergoing chemotherapy. And Billy loves his job!
Other Pet Baskets
Here are some other pet baskets that we recommend.
|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 $31. 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.|
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