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Name: megan
Location: austin. texas, United States

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

biking the dog

i started biking my dog, molee pie, a few weeks ago. and he took right to it. stays right by my bike and has no fear of the bike and can follow along fine. he can get too excited at times at the sight of other dogs like when we're walking. so this was an idea i had in order to keep us moving at a good clip and not give him a chance to really overreact. its helped alot and he just digs running alongside the bike. sure, at times he can still be a little too interested in passing dogs, but the momentum of the bike and all give him no real options but to continue going forward. my thought is with time and practice he can pull me across the US on a bike.

when we start out he's so excited he is galloping - running full throttle down 46th to guadalupe. people have stopped in their cars to watch us go by. we must be a sight. one girl said: 'you aren't even pedaling are you?'. nope. he's my sled dawg.

we get to the huge parking lot and slow down. we take 2 water breaks and just mull around the lots. he trots along and i'm slow Netherlands-style pedaling along. its great fun.

trotting pie pie...
he loves to trot

waterbreak time


Anonymous Anonymous said...

those pits sure do like pulling bikes along. fun times. time to get a harness though.

6/21/2006 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Arleigh said...

How cute - Really how cute. I do love your dog

6/21/2006 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger mel said...

bet he sleeps good at nite!

6/21/2006 08:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would love to try this with my dog. do you hold the leash or attach it to the bike?

6/22/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never attach the leash to the bike. what happens when the dog goes on one side of a pole and your trying to go on the other? you'd be introducing yourself to the ground.

6/22/2006 08:15:00 PM  
Blogger megan said...

ya. agreed. i hold the leash. i have seen those that attach it to their bike. but thats too scary for me. i have more control when im holding the leash.

try to find a big parking lot to practice. no distractions and no car traffic. enjoy.

thanks for the comments guys...

6/22/2006 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger gwadzilla said...

I want a picture of the action...

fly me down to texas and I will take some photos for ya!

that is absurd

very cook ride set up
I think there are special apparatti for dogs that run along side of bikes
after a google
this is what I found

if you do not mind
that dog is so cute with his big ole tongue
well... I am going to steal that image and put it on my blog
with a link of course

6/22/2006 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Kris Green said...

Hey, Megan Ann.

I want to start by saying I love your blog, love urban cycling cultcha, love Austin, love your beautiful doggies. Your entries over the months have shown that you're totally a smart, thoughtful cyclist who loves her dogs and wants what's best for them.

I think, though, that running your dog with you on the bike is a terrible idea.

Pitbulls (which I've owned for seventeen years) are such "game" dogs that they'll do anything for their owners. They're so physical that they'll run well past the point where they're doing damage to themselves, and won't give any sign of trouble until it's too late. They'll be smiling the whole time, yes, but hurting their muscles, ligaments, and heart.

Austin is too hot, the pavement's too hard, traffic is too dangerous, and your dog is too adoring.

Pit bulls love pulling, and there's a legitimate sport where they do that. I think, though, that it's too much to add an anarobic element to that, especially with traffic and on a hard surface.

Man, I hate to hector someone who's blog I've enjoyed so much, for so long. Please don't consider this an attack. But I hope you'll research this and reconsider. Thanks.

6/26/2006 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may be a stupid question, but what are those handlebars? I'm converting my old Fisher mtn bike into a SUB and right now I am hating the flat bars... =\


- brian

7/02/2006 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger megan said...

hi brian. i can't find the receipt for actual name. but these look like them. nitto north road 560mm. i love em for the xtracycle. have fun building....

7/04/2006 10:19:00 AM  

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