Well, Tobi is getting closer to that age when he can start cycling with me... in a bike trailer. I built one using the frame with two wheels that I have with my regular touring bike trailer (from www.bikefriday.com). Instead of the usual suitcase, I attached the bottom half of a dog crate, padded with a piece of a yoga mat.
Right now, we are practicing at home - to get Tobi in and out of it, sit, lie down... the basics are good. He has been scared of being in the trailer when it moves, so I am being extra slow and patient (with hands extra filled with cheese treats). Today he actually stayed in for a full ride around the livingroom - with me pulling the trailer and giving treats. Soon we will be venturing outside... to the deck... and then actually attaching the bike...

Anybody has any experience with cycling with your dog? Suggestions you could share? Tobi is a labradoodle at about 50 pounds and 17 months of age.

Thanks,
Simon & Tobi
Well, Tobi is getting closer to that age when he can start cycling with me... in a bike trailer. I ... with your dog? Suggestions you could share? Tobi is a labradoodle at about 50 pounds and 17 months of age.

I might suggest harnessing him in securely once he gets used to it. Otherwise, seems too much like letting a dog ride loose in the back of a pickup truck or something.
Maybe I've pictured this wrong, but it sounds like he could jump right out if he wanted to. Naturally, he could and should be trained not to. But it seems a good idea to secure him also, as presumably you'll be out in traffic.
flick 100785
Well, Tobi is getting closer to that age when he can start cycling with me... in a bike trailer. I ... with your dog? Suggestions you could share? Tobi is a labradoodle at about 50 pounds and 17 months of age.

My dogs run with me when I mountain bike, but back when the kids were little we had Burley d'Lite trailers with the Walk n' Roller accessory kit. This consisted of a push handle attached to the back of the trailer, and a third wheel up front that could be pivoted down into place when the trailer was detached from the bike, effectively converting the trailer to a stroller. Maybe you could rig up something like that so that you could practice with the dog on longer walks outside. http://www.burley.com/products/trailers/default.aspx?p=Walk+'n+Roller+Kit&i=9 I'd also serious consider building some sort of enclosure so that the dog can't bail out on you while you're riding. Maybe something similar to a cabana crate. Not only might he hurt himself by jumping out at speed, you don't want to have him ending up loose in traffic.

Kathleen
Maybe I've pictured this wrong, but it sounds like he could jump right out if he wanted to. Naturally, he could and should be trained not to. But it seems a good idea to secure him also, as presumably you'll be out in traffic.

Having seen a big, beautiful but very dead GR on the freeway the other day, I heartily endorse securing all dogs so that they cannot escape when they are put in vehicles.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
I think with the right conditions it could be possible. But a 50 lb dog is quite a load. Fully loaded tourist cyclists top out what they carry at about 40 lbs. You have 50 lbs and then the trailer. I am a cyclist and have seen dogs all sizes and breed being toted in all sorts of trailers. I have a friend that rides the neighborhood with Jack Russell. She loves it. She is restrained in the trailer, but when he stops, she's allowed to socialize, in fact, she's often the main event, cuz it's so darn cute. Acclimate the dog to movements of the trailer..practice and avoid heavy traffic, say the morning or evening commute. But on a quiet bike path, if that sort of thing isn't frowned on.
Good luck.
Perry
Perry,
Now you tell me about the 40 lbs... ;-)
See, I have an annoying tendency to carry too much with me. When I cycled through parts of Chile and Argentina just over 2 years ago, I started with waay too much. I would say that with the bike, the trailer, and the gear - I was probably carrying at least twice that weight (I think it was about 45 kg). After the first long ride actross the Chilean desert, I promptly sent home all my camping gear and lots of other stuff as well.
Now I am getting back into shape - this time for Tobi... ;-)

My trailer has a metal "loop" thing welded to it, so that I can lock it if need be. I am thinking that Tobi will be leashed to it while we ride, so that even if something happens and he jumps out, he won't be able to run away or far.

Simon
My husband and I are on the warm showers list (we host traveling cyclists), and one of the recurring anecdotes from cyclist guests is how fast they pare down their load.
I ride a recumbent and pull a BOB. No dogs yet, but I do daydream about it. Perry
Small world Perry. I know the warm showers list and am on it as well (or was on it and not any more... can't remember).
Today Tobi and I ventured into our first cycling trip outside, and it was a great success. Tobi stayed in the trailer for most of it, with a very few occasional jumps out. Lots of treats, lots of play breaks later, he is getting used to it.
Given that I ride a recumbent, I do get lots of looks anyway. Now, with a dog in the trailer, it is probably going to rise quite a bit... ;-)

Simon