Pictured: Bailey & Wicket, Sam & Nick's dogs, in Sam's Riese & Muller Load 60 E-Cargo
Can you take your dog with you on your electric bike?
The short answer is 'yes'. Although we are no longer allowed to have our dog on a leash running alongside us while riding there are still many great options for us to get out and about with our furr-friend (or friends if you have more than one). Take a look at the pics of the many options below that our customers have opted for and at some brand new models / accessories designed especially for carrying dogs.
What works best generally depends on the size of your dog(s).
Small and Medium-Sized Dogs
For small and medium sized dogs, you have a vast range of accessories to choose from.
What suits best really depends on how you like to ride and the size of your pooch (for example most front baskets have a 5kg weight limit).
There are front and rear basket options available although, most commonly, we opt for rear as there are dog-specific features and add-ons available that make your little doggo more secure. For example the Basil Buddy rear basket (which also has a cover) on the Moustache XRoad FS 5 ebike in the picture here.
Accompany this with a handlebar mirror for you to check on your fluffy companion's big grin!
Larger Dogs or Multiple Dogs
For larger dogs or multiple dogs we find that the front loader cargo bikes are extremely popular, such as this Riese & Muller Packster pictured here. Trailers are a great option too if you prefer to stick with standard ebikes.
Some things to consider
The ability to securely tether your dog. Apart from it being really inconvenient and dangerous for your pooch if it gets away, if it is able to move around a lot it can upset the balance of the bike.
Watch your leads. Tuck them away safely so they don't get caught in your wheels or any other parts.
Non-slip surface / comfort. Think about whether or not you need to have some extra padding or matting to stop your dog from slipping around and/or to keep them comfortable.
Water. Its really important in the warmer months that you carry water with you for your pooch, especially if you don't have a shade cover.
Start slowly. If your pet is not used to riding on a bike start them off slowly and build their confidence and endurance. For example, have them sit in/ on your carrier first, then a short ride around the block etc.
Brand New E-Bikes - For Carrying Dogs
E-Bikes make carrying dogs so much easier - and fun - and we are seeing more and more new products coming out to support this.
Tern Quick Haul E-Bike
The Tern Quick Haul is a new model from compact cargo specialists, Tern Bicycles, and has an excellent range of Tern accessories. Dog lovers with smaller dogs should have a look at the Soft Crate Mini and Dog Roof Mini from the Quick Haul accessories range.
Riese & Muller Transporter 65 Cargo E-Bike
The Riese & Muller Transporter 65 is a front loader which has been revamped from its original Packster 60 platform.
Slightly longer, the Transporter 65 draws on its dog carrying heritage - it was a very popular doggie bike :) Riese & Muller offer the purpose-designed 'Dog Kit' as one of your configuration choices.
This includes a cushion / bed that fits the box, an adjustable safety belt and the box has a side door that makes it convenient for your dog to get in and out.
Popular Dog Carriers
The above two ebikes are two new options however as long as your ebike has the correct weight ratings then it can carry dogs too. So, there are in reality many more dog carrying options. Be it baskets, panniers, backpacks, trailers, or specific dog accessories there is plenty to choose from.
Here are the most common options used by our customers. If you have any questions or want to get riding with your furr-friend then just get in touch and we'll be happy to help you.
We have a great range of tried and tested accessories in stock and if we don't have what's needed immediately to hand we can order it in for you :)
Enjoy these pics:)