March 18th, 2021 | Updated on March 22nd, 2021
As dog lovers, you are always looking for fun ways to incorporate spending time with your pets in your everyday activities. Your dogs love being active and playing with you.
Above all, they enjoy spending time with you, so many dog owners take their dogs hiking in local parks, nature reserves, and on biking trips.
Riding a bike with your pup can be a very fun and worthwhile activity as long as it is done with the protection of both dog and rider in mind.
Bike baskets for dogs have become more popular as cost-efficient ways to spend quality outdoor time with your dog. These baskets also ensure that your dog is safe while riding. This article will discuss the features to consider when purchasing a bike basket for your dog.
Position On Bicycle
There are two places that you can design to attach a dog basket to your bike. You can attach some to the handlebars or on the back rack of your bicycle. But some models are designed to be secured at any location on your bike.
The choice of front position against the back position is determined mostly by your preference, your dog’s size, and character.
If you like to keep an eye on your dog, you may prefer to pick a basket with the handlebars. That way, you’ll be able to watch your pet at all times and your dog can also get a great view.
However, to maintain your dog from blocking your view, you can use a basket designed for the back rack. Your dog will still have a great ride, see all the sights, and enjoy feeling the gentle wind.
Safety And Security Features
At all times, security should be your top priority when purchasing a bike basket for your dog. Bicycle dog baskets should be designed with dog-leashes inside the basket.
Leash hookups will maintain your pup tightly inside the basket in case you hit a bump or your dog seems to be tired of riding and wants to jump out.
The basket should also attach strongly to your bike. Most baskets will have many straps, so you can make sure it’s latched on tight.
A stability bar also features in some models designed to maintain your dog secure inside the basket. Other safety features might include domes or mesh tops to keep your dog from leaping out and protective tops or rain covers.
Storage And Pockets
Various dog baskets are made with extra storage and pocket compartments. If you like to spend hours riding your bike, then you may feel like choosing a basket that has additional storage.
This will give you the option to take requirements for your long ride, such as dog treats and toys, water, leashes, and other items you may like to carry with you.
If you choose to take short brisk rides, then having additional pockets or compartments for storage may not be a choice you’re interested in. It’s worth noting that most baskets come with at least one or two pockets for small things.