Many cyclists look for ways to include their dog in their bike experience. For some with small dogs, it's carrying them along. We have seen people use a pannier, a crate, a wagon, a basket, a trailer, and even build an entire bike specifically for dog portage.
For others with large dogs the hope is to provide a way for man and man's best friend to enjoy the experience together. Some have mixed feelings about what is referred to as bikejoring, however dogs engaged in such activity typically look extraordinarily happy. Two products we have covered in the past for the more recreational minded were the WalkyDog and the Springer. One reader submitted their own DIY version of such a manufactured product as well.
The latest submission of such a product seems to be a mix of what we have seen to date. The TugNTow appears to be a product that mixes bikejoring and a leisurely ride together. We received the following submission and picture. Reader comments, rants, user experience, thoughts are welcome. I know there are some out there who think attaching a dog to a bike is abusive and/or dangerous, others think it is the greatest thing ever.
Me? As long as a dog is on a leash when I am on a bike path, I am happy. Just the other day a pedestrian had no leash on her dog and in the span of a few seconds two bike accidents almost occurred in which both the dog and cyclist would not have escaped without harm. The pedestrian had her headphones on and was obliviously walking along with the dog-less leash just dangling from her hand. I am sure she thought she was doing right for her dog, but she most definitely was selfish and ignorant. But I'll try to hide my true feelings =)
I will say I have a few scars on my body due to having my 100 pound, extremely energetic Labrador Retriever pull me on a skateboard when I was a kid. And no, in those days we did not wear helmets and most parents just shrugged and said we were kids being kids as we dog skitched down the street.
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The TugNTow is high strength recoiling leash for your bike. It allows your dog the freedom to run with you on a 7ft leash while keeping the line out of your bike tire.
It provides graduated resistance (the line gets harder to pull as more line is pulled out). This allows the rider to balance with their dog in a fluid way where the are no supprise jerks at the line.
The TugNTow also makes a slight noise and vibration as the line goes in or out to keep the rider aware of the line at all times. In addition the line can be changed so there is no need to buy another unit when the line wears out.