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Old 02-09-2010, 08:58 PM
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I have been keeping an eye on CL for a bike for this year, gonna get my butt outta the house and into shape!

I was wondering for those that bring your dogs with you, what do you do re: the leash. Are they off leash... or are you holding the leash?

Anyone hear good things about the *wand* system that you attach to your bike so you have hands-free riding?
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:02 PM
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I have gone offleash, and also holding the leash in my hand. Depends on where I go. But I'm not a serious biker or anything lol
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:05 PM
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I would never bike with my dogs... everytime I have been on a bike I have fallen off and almost killed myself... I wouldnt subject them to my lack of coordination... I envy people who can do this though.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:09 PM
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I do!

I used to use a leash, but my dog isn't always the smartest thing and won'tt hink twice about diving between the wheels to go after a squirrel or something And I don't really have a place I'd be comfortable biking without a leash.

Have you heard of the springer? My dad made an attachment to my bike that is similar to it. We just attached a HUGE spring (a foot long, 4 inches wide?) right behind the backseat and then attached a short bungee cord to that. The bungee cord has a clip instead of the hook that attaches to Jack's harness. I wish I had a picture of it.

It works BEAUTIFULLY! He can pull as much as he wants and it doesn't affect the stability of the bike at all. He can also veer off to the side and even if he sees a squirrel and lunges at it or speeds up it doesn't affect me on the bike at all. I just keep peddeling forward.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:38 PM
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Yea! I couldn't think of what it was called and it wasn't coming up on google for me.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:41 PM
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I do and I love it. Someday I would like to get the springer(or similar attachment) for the bike. Right now I have a 2 foot lead attached under the seat that attaches to his harness and then I have a lead attached to his collar or halti(just for a bit of extra control) as we do alot of biking on trails with lots of wild life.
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I've been thinking about buying a bike this year too Mere..
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I do. I just hold the leashes. I can bike my two at the same time. I always go before dawn or after dusk so they can't see the squirrels etc. I live in a decent enough neighborhood, so I just bike around the block. We never go faster than a trot, and I waited until my dogs were done growing before starting.
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I have with Blaze. I just hold the leash. But he knows commands like slow down, here, walk, no (= stop), and don't pull on leash when biking! lol
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:28 PM
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I do. Both on and off lead. Always with a harness on if on lead. It's great fun. Take it slow. The pit bull forums actually have a really good tutorial on how to teach your dog how to do it properly on lead.
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