Increasingly we’re seeing workplaces become more pet friendly and welcome pets to work. It’s no surprise why with studies suggesting that having pets in the office can do great things to people’s happiness in the workplace.
But for those of us that commute by bike, travelling with a dog can be difficult especially if it’s too far to walk with our dog. That’s where baskets for your dog can be a safe and great option for anyone that is looking to take their dog to work for the day or even just join them on their adventures.
Things to Consider When Buying a Dog Basket for your Bike
When buying a basket for your dog, safety should be your number one priority so for this reason we recommend not skimping and going the cheapest option as you’ll generally get what you pay for.
Dog baskets come with the option of either being front mounted in front of your handlebars or at the rear behind your seat. We recommend going a basket that can be mounted front facing to give you better visibility of your dog and be able to relax them if they see another dog and begin to get worked up.
For those of us that don’t intend on commuting every day with a dog basket why not consider something that can be used for other purposes like carrying your bags? For this reason, we recommend a basket that can be used for multi use.
Dome or Mesh Top
Some baskets come open but we recommend looking for one that has either a dome or mesh top to protect your dog in wet conditions. Generally dog baskets have two different roof types, solid domes or mesh. From our experience domes are great for completely covering your dog whilst mesh types completely cover but do let in a small amount of rain.
As we said at the beginning of this section, safety for your dog should be the number one priority when riding which is why we recommend looking for a basket that gives you the ability to securely clip your dog into the basket.
We’d recommend looking for a bag where your dog is securely strapped into the basket with little wriggle room. This works best if in the unfortunate event that you have a crash as it means your dog will remain in the same position and not go flying. While this also works well if you’re worried that your dog may try jump out when it sees passing dogs or pedestrians.
Commuting with your dog whether that’s to work or taking them on a little outing means you’ll probably want to carry some water, drinking bowl and other bits for them and possibly yourself.
For this reasons, we recommend looking for a basket that comes with pockets so you can store your dogs and possibly your bits.
Will My Dog Fit in a Dog Basket
For front facing baskets, we recommend a weight range of 6.8kg (15 lbs) to 13.5 kg (30 lbs). This is for two reasons:
- Most dog baskets are only rated to this weight range so by putting more weight in the basket, you run the risk that the basket could break and you will have a bigger issue on your hands.
- Makes your bike too front heavy. By having a dog that weighs in excess of the above weight range, you run the risk that your bike will become very front heavy which will affect braking efficiency and quite dangerous in the wet.
If you’re looking to carry a dog larger than this weight range, we’d recommend consider a trailer or stroller which can cater for dogs in the weight range of up to 30 kg (70 lbs) and also cope better with the weight.
Best Dog Basket and Over Shoulder Bag Combo
Jack and Dixie Traveler
The Jack and Dixie is a dog carrying basket catered for people with smaller dogs with a carrying capacity of up to 6.5 kg (15 lbs). Included with the bag is 2 zippered compartments which works great for storing your dogs accessories you might need on your trip.
From a safety perspective, the Jack and Dixie ticks the box with a safety leash designed to ensure your pet is safe.
Included with the bag are supports to mount the bag to your bike so no additional accessories are required there.
Two things we really liked about the Jack and Dixie Traveler was the inclusion of an adjustable strap which means you can carry the bag when you’re on the move and off your bike. This is a great idea especially when the bag is designed for people with smaller dogs. Secondly, we really liked the stabilising bar which helps avoid the bag from rocking too much. This is a great idea as it means a more comfortable ride for your dog and also helps with making the ride easier on you.
Best Dog Basket and Bag Combo
Arkmiido Pet Carrier
The Arkmiido Pet Carrier is another bag designed for people with smaller dogs with a weight limit of 5 kg (11 lbs). Included with the bag is two elastic mesh storage bags which are convenient for storing your dogs accessories.
Similar to the Jack and Dixie Traveler bag, the Arkmiido can also be used when not on the bike as a backpack and also securely strapped into your bike.
The Arkmiido ticks the box from a safety perspective coming with a safety rope that is designed to clip onto your dogs safety harness.
No assembly is required with the Arkmiido with the bag relying on a quick release bracket that is strapped to your bike’s front handlebars that then allow you to quickly add or remove the bag as needed.
One thing we really liked about this bag was the mesh ventilation materials used in the design of the bag. These can be used on a hot day to let a steady stream of airflow into the bag for your pet or on cold and wet days, designed to be rolled over the top of your pet to protect them from the rain.
Best Dog Basket
The Sunlite Racklite basket is a bit different to some of the other bags we reviewed where it’s made using a powder coated steel instead of a nice soft material. We’d recommend buying a cheap blanket and adding some padding that way.
In terms of weight carrying capacity, the Sunlite Racklite is rated to hold up to 10 kg (22 lbs) which is much more than some of the other bags we reviewed.
Similar to the Arkmiido carrying bag, the Sunlite relies on a quick release handlebar mounting system which when attached to the bike, allows you to quickly add and remove the basket from your bike.
From a safety perspective, the Sunlite ticks the box with a clip to attach to your dogs harness. The basket also comes with a wire dome top cage which helps create additional safety for your dog.
One thing you’ll notice with this basket is that it can make your bike quite front heavy especially when riding with a dog that weighs 7-10 kg. We’d recommend taking your bike out without your dog in it for the first time to get used to riding and cornering with the additional weight on the front.
Best Dog Basket and Over Shoulder Bag Combo Runner Up
The Walky Basket is a basket bag designed to double up as an over the shoulder bag for when you’re off the bike and on the move. The bag is made to carry smaller dogs dogs up to 6.8 kg (15 lbs).
From a storage perspective, the Walky Basket includes a zippered storage pocket and also a mesh pocket which is useful for carrying a drink bottle to top up your dog on those warmer days.
Similar to other bags we reviewed, the Walky Basket includes a quick release system which attaches to your handle bars that makes taking the bag on and off your bike a breeze. The only downside with the Walky Basket is that it takes a bit more effort to fit the quick release system compared to other bags we reviewed.
From a safety perspective, the Walky Basket ticks the boxes with a short leash inside that attaches to your dogs harness. While also including a zippered mesh cover which works well for protecting your dog against the elements and also securing them in the basket.
Best Bike Trailer
Schwinn Rascal Bike Trailer
Ok ok! We acknowledge that this article is geared towards sharing dog carrying bags and baskets for your bike but we wanted to share something for people with heavy dogs. Enter the Schwinn Rascal Bike Trailer capable of carrying dogs up to 22 kg (50 lbs).
The Schwinn Rascal Bike Trailer is designed for comfort using two 16 inch air filled tyres which provides a smooth ride for your dog.
One of the good things about the Schwinn Rascal is that it folds up quite well with the wheels easily being detached from the bike meaning it won’t take up too much room when not in use.
Similar to other bags we reviewed, the Schwinn ticks the boxes when it comes to a safety perspective with an internal leash and roof that will ensure your dog remains safe at all times.
Included with the Schwinn Rascal is a coupler which easily attaches to your bike. Schwinn say that this is a universal mount and will attach to any bike on the market.
One thing we noticed when researching this trailer is that some users have reported that the trailer can tip over with more heavier dogs. This occurs when heavier dogs stand up that can then make the centre of gravity too high and cause the trailer to tip. There’s ways around this by closing the flap on the front and using a tighter leash which would cause your dog to sit down but where’s the fun in that?
I’m Ben! I used to catch a bus to work until one day I decided the time would be better spent commuting by bike to save time and keep fit. Ever since then, I’ve loved commuting to work with this blog sharing some of my favourite tips and equipment for fellow commuters.