Dogs on Wheels

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Carlton green
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Re: Dogs on Wheels

Postby Carlton green » 9 Sep 2019, 10:41am

Good advice from Krull, certainly points you in the right direction, and ‘cause he’s done it he knows what works.

What trailers are best is a tricky point and for a short ride to the woods I’m not certain how important it is, but if you’re going a distance then any slight advantage might well be very worthwhile. (Edit. I think that a single wheeler will roll and track easier than a two wheeler but looses out on side to side stability.) My own trailer is a two wheel flat bed type onto which I can mount literally loads of stuff including a large box which might take a dog, so it’s very versatile. However, and maybe it’s just me, it seems a bit draggy and you do need to be aware of both its width and where it’s wheels contact the road. So many pro’s and con’s,

For short journeys I suggest not seeking perfection but going for what will work, is readily available and doesn’t cost that much. Even if your experiment fails a trailer will always come in handy for something - see my comments above on two versus one wheel. Have a good think about how heavy a load you can sustainably pull, the hills on your route and how good your brakes are. Once you have worked out how to get the dogs to the woods - even if you only take one today and another on another day - I think you’ll be very pleased with the end result.
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Psamathe
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Re: Dogs on Wheels

Postby Psamathe » 9 Sep 2019, 10:46am

Carlton green wrote:..... Have a good think about how heavy a load you can sustainably pull, the hills on your route and how good your brakes are. .....

Is e.g. 20Kg trailer+dog noticeably harder work than 20Kg in panniers? I appreciate that you have probably worse aerodynamics and have additional wheel bearings but also my 20Kg touring load is in practice a bit more as I also carry water, etc.

Ian

Carlton green
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Re: Dogs on Wheels

Postby Carlton green » 9 Sep 2019, 11:07am

Psamathe wrote:
Carlton green wrote:..... Have a good think about how heavy a load you can sustainably pull, the hills on your route and how good your brakes are. .....

Is e.g. 20Kg trailer+dog noticeably harder work than 20Kg in panniers? I appreciate that you have probably worse aerodynamics and have additional wheel bearings but also my 20Kg touring load is in practice a bit more as I also carry water, etc.

Ian


The truth is I don’t know for sure but I’d have thought so. I have found that wind drag happens and that each additional wheel you have seems to creat more drag/rolling resistance. If I had suitable panniers available then the touring load would go on the bike, trailers have their uses and are perfect for some things but if you can shift it that way then I’ve found that on the bike is better. Fast cargo bikes have two wheels, I think that that is indicative of what’s considered ideal by ‘professional shifters’. Of course such bikes are both specialist and expensive whereas the rest of us, for our more limited use, can press some suitable size and type of trailer into action to meet our particular needs.

Overall I’m a pragmatist. At times it’s best to accept some imperfection and just use what’s both easy and works tolerably well.
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Tigerbiten
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Re: Dogs on Wheels

Postby Tigerbiten » 9 Sep 2019, 1:52pm

Over the years I've seen a few dogs touring with their helpers on the long distance cycle route in europe ....... :P
They tended to be a medium sized breed and mostly in converted kiddy trailers.

My large Carry Freedom trailer slows me down by roughly 2 mph.
I would say that half of that is probably from the weight of the trailer and the rest from the extra drag.
An extra 10 Kg in the trailer will also slow me down by very roughly an extra 1 mph.

As for theft of dogs from outside shops or from campsite.
I would say it's probably not that common, I've never heard of it.
But the emotional impact if it did happen would be massive.

Luck ........... :D

nigelnightmare
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Re: Dogs on Wheels

Postby nigelnightmare » 10 Sep 2019, 12:29am

I've got a 10yr old shih-Tzu and for the last 18months I've been using a German made "Doggyhut" trailer and she loves it.
It's a two wheel trailer with 16" QR wheels,it folds flat for storage, weighs 12kg (20kg with dog) and has a D ring inside to clip a harness to.
For comfort I've put a small bed in for her and she just sits watching the world go by like a little princess.

The greater effort required is a bonus for me as it means I get the same workout in less miles.

Be careful around potholes! A small bump for 700c is massive for 16" wheels and can really bounce the dog around & it may put them off going in it.

I don't know what the law is but I should think it would be the same as carrying children in trailers.

IMPORTANT!
Make sure that your quick release "skewer" is SOLID, not the hollow type that are becoming more common as they have a tendency to snap!

The law says that there must be rear lights on both the bike and trailer BUT my local police said it would be fine to just have the one on the trailer switched on whilst towing.

Tabby
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Re: Dogs on Wheels

Postby Tabby » 12 Sep 2019, 5:13pm

I use a Trixie (medium size) dog trailer. I weighed it and it’s 14kg and when my dog is in it that adds up to “bloody heavy” :lol: . I (car) camp with him by myself and leave him by himself tied up outside the loos/showers where he invariably acquires an audience (he’s cute and little girls seem to find him irresistible). In my home town I leave him outside supermarkets and have never had a problem. It is a worry though but short of staying at home all the time there is not much else I can do (can’t afford kennels). We tend to camp at Camping & Caravanning Sites which usually have a small shop. One thing he does not do is run beside the bike worst luck! :wink:

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