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Dog Bike Leash
All about our homemade dog bike leash!
If you're in an urban area with limited access to off leash areas, it can be difficult to give him or her a way to discharge energy and get a proper workout.
Compared to most dogs, we are slowwww...
However, once you're on a bicycle, it becomes easier to keep pace with your dog. That's where using a leash that you can attach to your bike comes in!
About our Dog Bicycle Leash
Sure, you can go and buy different bike leash products - but they tend to cost quite a bit more than the homemade variety.
Our homemade B-Loop can be made for around four USD (or less)!
It takes under half an hour, even if you're sewing by hand.
How to Use the B-Loop
- Wrap a sturdy piece of webbing (blue in photo), with a loop sewn on either end, around the front stem of your bicycle
- Place it as low down as possible to get the best center of gravity, and fit it underneath the brake cable
- Put a sturdy snap link through the loops (off to the side you want your dog on)
- Attach your dog to his or her leash
- Thread the end of the leash through the snap link
- Loop the leash handle onto the handlebar and pin it with your hand when it grips the handlebar
- If your leash has no handle, simply wrap the end once around the handlebar instead
- Make adjustments in slack to accommodate conditions
- At the end of your ride or if you want to park the bike and walk, simply slip the leash out through the link
The B-Loop needs to be used responsibly, regardless of the age of the person using the dog bike leash.
Here are some pointers:
- Your dog needs to be reasonably leash trained and you need to be a bicycle rider experienced in traffic before using this device on the road.
- If you weigh about the same or less than your dog, use a shorter bicycle if possible or lower the bicycle seat so you can instantly put your feet down on the ground on both sides if you need to.
- Always start out as slowly as possible.
- Keep the leash short for the first several sessions to get your dog used to running alongside the bicycle on one side.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars so that if the dog suddenly lunges, your weight will be forward enough so your steering does not become unbalanced.
- Watch out for a slack leash getting tangled around your foot.
- Make sure you can still use both your brakes!
- Watch your dog for signs of limping - it is best not to run the dog on hard road surfaces every day and to alternate with other forms of exercise.
Wishing you and your dog many happy bicycle trips!
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