Best Dog Basket For Bike
The joy of cycling; the fast, environmentally friendly, healthy way to travel. But what’s missing? A cyclist’s best friend, perhaps? You’re not the only one that likes to feel the wind in your hair, so wouldn’t it be fun to bring your prized pet along too?
Bike transportation has come a long way from a plastic basket stuck on the front. Pets really can travel in style, comfort, and safety. They’re also great for old or injured dogs who can’t walk very far, or for providing some cooling air in hot weather. And the best bit is, like all the most useful gear, they can be versatile and used off the bike and without the dog as well.
So don’t let the dog days be over. Take a look at our picks of the best canine carriers on the road.
- Solvit Tagalong
- Removable sunshade
- Snoozer Sporty
- Rain cover
- Chin rest
- Travelin K9
- Secure attachment
- Reflective strips
10 Best Dog Baskets For Bikes
16.5 x 10 x 13 (length, depth and height) inches, and can take a pet up to 13 lbs. It’s a heavier model at 5.8 lbs, but it certainly feels solid and safe. However, be prepared for that weight plus your pet.
Front handlebars, and will be difficult to fit on anything wider than 1 inch in diameter. Otherwise, installation is easy and there is no further bracket needed to fit it, which is a bonus.
Such a classic look, it’s a good-looking addition to your bike or for your home. You’ll be happy to leave your pet to relax in here even when it’s not on your bike. There’s also a silver, fabric version in the same style if you don’t like the wicker.
The basket is wicker, with an optional inner wire cage in case you need more protection. Despite being made of wicker, it’s treated and the sheepskin is fake, so neither will get damaged in wet weather.
The removable sunshade is a nice touch - a way to cover up without that boxy look. The faux-sheepskin is also breathable.
There are two adjustable straps and a built-in leash for security.
The Tagalong is what a dog basket should be - well, the one you imagine from the old movies, anyway. It hides security and function and the sun shade is a great feature too. It’s rare that something that looks good also works so well.
It’s 13 x 10 x 10 (length x width x depth) inches, almost a square design. It looks as though it’s for small dogs, but can actually take up to 14 lbs. It’s also collapsible when not in use for storage.
Sits on the front of the bike and is easy to install. A note on the buckles: they’re an inch thick and 10 inches apart, so ensure this will work with your bike. There’s also an adjustable brace for added security.
The Snoozer comes in two neutral tones in a quilted design. It has several pockets, some of them mesh, so you can take all the other essentials along with you as well. Just beware of the weight when filling the basket - remember it’s going on the front of your bike.
The quilted material is soft and comfortable inside. It’s easy to clean, just using microfiber wipes. There’s a removable inner pad and chin rest for comfort.
While there’s no overhead shelter, there is a rain cover with an opening like a turtleneck for wet weather!
There is a clip inside to attach to a leash or harness.
The classic Snoozer is deceptively big and ticks almost all the boxes. A nifty bag with some cool features - you might find yourself using it without your dog!
Small with a large capacity
No inner leash or harness
The top opening measures 14 x 9 inches, and the walls are 8.5 deep, so it’s a nice size. With the padded floor inserted, the inside space is 12 x 7 inches, so be sure your pet will fit. It can take pets up to 10 lbs, so is on the small to medium side. Some users have fit larger dogs, but beware of overloading. It’s also available in a ‘MAX’ version for a bigger size.
Sits on the front of the bike on its own bracket, and Pet-Pilot are sure of the security and lack of sway. It will need a minimum of 11 inches of space above the front wheel.
It’s a fairly simple box shape, and mostly black with fun neon inserts, which are interchangeable if you purchase spares! The Pet-Pilot has added pockets. Otherwise, it’s got a wire handle so carries like a shopping basket. There are also reflective strips, which are a great safety feature.
There is a mesh air vent at the front for cooling.
No shelter or overhead elements.
There is a 2-point, chrome clasp with an inner leash to attach to your dog’s harness.
It’s a fun, yet simple design, and it’s nice that it does come in a bigger size as the standard size is small to medium so gives owners some options.
Secure attachment to bike
The Walkybasket is 15.5 inches wide and 10 inches deep, so it’s a nice medium size. And with a capacity range of 8 to 15 pounds, it will take a variety of dogs.
The basket attaches to the front of the bike, and has a quick-release button mechanism. However, you might also need to buy the handlebar adaptors, so check your bike model carefully.
It’s a very simple look, with one front and two side mesh pockets. There is a long shoulder strap and a handle for when not attached to the bike. A reflective band runs around the outside for safety and visibility.
Durable PVC fabric, which will work great in all types of weather.
There’s a padded bottom for comfort and a detachable mesh top for rain protection.
The buckles, strap and leash are nylon and attach to your pet’s harness for security.
The Walkybasket is an understated design from a smaller brand. While it hasn’t got the style of some, it offers pretty much all you could need in a pet carrier. It is priced in the medium to high range, however.
Detachable mesh top
Handle and shoulder strap
Easy to attach and release
Slightly more expensive
13 x 10 x 10 (length x depth x height) inches and weighs 5 lbs. It’s billed as being able to take up to a 14 lbs dog, but in practice this probably comes out at a bit less for ease of cycling.
Mounts on the front of your bike with a metal brace for the base. There are no tools or hardware needed for an easy install. However, it does sit quite low, so be careful of your brake cables. Packs flat for ease of storage.
The Sporty comes in red or orange and has two zipped front pockets, and two open side ones. With its handles on top, it really could pass for a regular bag.
Easy to wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.
There’s a detachable rain cover which is stored in the side pocket. There’s also a removable inner pad and chin rest for comfort.
Clip inside for a leash or harness.
The Snoozer Sporty is just that, a sporty version of Snoozer’s classic model, yet loses none of the awesome features.
Detachable rain cover
Small to medium size
Sits low on handlebars
14 x 13 x 10 (length by depth by height) inches and takes a dog up to 15 lbs. So it takes a larger dog but still in a medium size. It actually meets cabin size requirements if you travel with an applicable airline.
Can be positioned on the front or the rear, which is unique among our picks. However, you’ll need a separate attachment for this. However, there’s a five-way carrying strap and a seat belt connection point for car travel.
The cocoon comes in three colors and is a bucket style.
Water-resistant nylon and polyester for great protection against the elements.
As its name suggests, the cocoon boasts a special detachable dome. This gives your pet all-over cover whilst still allowing them their own space.
There is an in-built leash for attaching to a collar or harness.
With its versatility and adaptability, your dog might have to fight to get in there! You can use it as a bed, basket, car seat or for groceries, air travel and more. We really like the mesh dome, too.
Five-way shoulder strap
Removable dome shelter
Car seat connection
Airline cabin size
Measures 15.8 x 12.8 x 9 (length x depth x height) inches, which is nice and long. However, it only weighs 3.6 lbs and can take a dog up to 10 lbs.
Sits on the front of your bike an is easy to install. Packs down completely flat.
There are a few colors going on, which won’t be for everyone, however, it’s mostly gray. There are two mesh side pockets and a long, padded shoulder strap for easy conversion into a bag.
Oxford polyester. The inner pad is machine washable, which is great when it will spend all its time outside beneath a dog!
There isn’t overhead cover as such, but the mesh top is drawstring which can be used to carefully cover your pet. Ensure you leave enough of an opening to keep your dog comfortable.
There is an inside clip for a leash or attaching to a harness.
A fun, handy and affordable option, it’s more compact than you might think, yet still has enough room.
Machine washable inner pad
Padded shoulder strap
No rain cover
Snoozer Rear Rider
It’s large, at 19 x 16 x 10 (length x width x height) inches, but won’t overbalance you. It weighs 6.6 lbs but can take up to whopping 24 lbs! This could be the answer for you if you do have a heavier dog and are comfortable with having this weight on the back of your bike.
Fixes to the rear only, so you will need to make sure that your bike is set up for this with a flat rack. It works well with existing racks but you might need to seek some further instructions than those provided.
Very discreet style - just black quilting and lining. The reflective strip is red/orange to contrast with this and runs around the middle. Its shape is more like a traditional stationary dog box or basket. In fact, it could easily have a dual function as a dog bed as well.
It’s machine washable, which is a massive bonus. The lining is soft and furry.
There is no shelter or overhead cover due to its size and box-bed style.
The inner strap is tight but only works with harnessed dogs. As a relatively large and shallow carrier, a leash wouldn’t be safe, and you must ensure your pet is secured sideways across the width of the basket.
Overall a large yet practical rear mounted design. It’s essential if you’ve got a larger dog and don’t want to go with a trailer instead of a basket. It’s also reasonably priced for its size and functionality.
No rain cover
Our largest pick at 21 x 15 inches at the top and 18 x 12 inches at the base. It’s also 9 inches deep so feels a nice size. However, it is 7.8 lbs, also our heaviest basket, so do keep in mind how much it will weigh including your dog.
Attaches to the front of the bike by legs, cargo bands and handlebar clamps. Probably our most secure choice.
It’s very minimal, coming in black or silver metal. If you want a sleek, modern look with no frills, and something you could definitely keep on your bike without your dog, the Wald is for you.
The metal is strong and won’t rust and is obviously easy to clean. Can be used to transport much more than just your dog.
There is no attached or in-built cover as it is designed to be purely a basket. We’d recommend fixing a blanket or pad in place for your pet for their comfort.
Again, there are no in-built fastenings so you’ll need to be really careful about attaching your dog’s leash or harness to the metal securely.
So, if you want a durable basket you can use for everything that comes with you on your bike, go for this. If you want something dedicated to your pooch, this might not be for you.
No overhead cover
No leash or harness attachments
Fully extended it’s 11 x 13.75 x 10 (length x width x height) inches, folds down to 3 inches deep when flat. It can carry up to 11 lbs. You must have at least 12 inches between the handlebars and front wheel.
Attaches to the top front of your bike, almost in line with your handlebars for a smooth look. It’s also got a patented quick-release button mounting system.
There’s not much to it, just black with a metal handle, bucket or basket-style. There is a built-in zip pocket and a drawstring tightened section.
Durable Oxford polyester with waterproof coating and an aluminium frame.
There is no in-built shelter. We’d also recommend adding some padding for your pet’s comfort.
There’s no dedicated leash or harness fastening so you’ll need to make sure that your pet’s leash is securely attached to the frame.
If you like a simple look and something durable that you can use for more than just your pet, consider the ANZOME.
No leash or harness attachment
Criteria Used For Evaluation
Types of basket
There are three main types of a dog basket for bike: wicker, wired, and fabric. Within that, there is some variation, but to some extent, the material dictates the design. You’ll probably be drawn to one type in terms of style, and this will then inform a few of your function and feature decisions. If you have specific concerns and need certain features, do look for those first before settling on a material or style that you like.
Wicker baskets are classic-looking, environmentally friendly and suit most styles of bike. They’re also tougher than you think and will last a long time – after all, it is a natural material. However, painted and dyed models may not be biodegradable so check first if you want something eco-friendly. If your wicker basket gets wet, make sure it dries out properly somewhere warm before being used again or getting any wetter. They’re naturally ventilated but can be hard to clean. Warm, slightly soapy water is best; avoid detergents. If there is no padding included, we’d recommend adding a blanket or pillow as they can be hard for a dog to rest on and might make it less likely that they’ll settle.
Wired baskets are the more traditional, utilitarian bike basket look. They’re minimal, durable, functional and easy to clean. They are also usually bigger and hold more weight. However, as they may not be designed for a dog, so carefully check and test the weight, being careful not to overload it. Again, they’re well-ventilated but you might want to add padding or a blanket to make it more comfortable.
Fabric baskets probably offer the widest range of styles. They’re anything that’s more like a bag or backpack material. They’re probably the most common basket that’s specifically designed for a dog, as this material allows for an almost endless array of features. You can have pockets, pouches, drawstrings, mesh, covers, zippers, padding, in-built leashes and much more. They’re even fairly durable and waterproof and can have metal frames for a strong structure. However, even with this, they’re likely to be the least rigid because they’re made of fabric.
The beauty of most bike dog baskets is that they can be used for other things. So if you prefer the look of something which could work as a bag or grocery basket, you can still go with a dedicated dog basket. Increasingly, they look more like bags and detach very easily for when you’re on the move. Many also have a variety of handles and straps. We’d just advise making sure they’re cleaned out after your dog has used them, depending on what else you want to carry. They’re also great as general stationary beds and baskets, as they’re big enough and comfortable enough for dogs of the right size to spend time in.
Size and capacity
Perhaps of most importance is the size of the basket and how much weight it can take. This will inform how much extra weight will be loaded on your bike. As much as you want a particular look or feature, ensure the size and weight works for you first.
To some extent, any extra weight on your bike will affect your riding, and it’s something you’ll need to get used to as much as your dog will. Make sure you’re comfortable and practice with different weights without your dog first.
Once you know you’re ready for a basket, start with the size and weight of your dog. Dogs over a certain weight – around 25 lbs – shouldn’t be transported in a dog basket. This is partly because it will be too much extra weight concentrated on a small area, and partly because the basket itself would need to accommodate a larger dog. A bigger basket, especially with a heavier dog, will overbalance your bike. It’s important on the rear because you’ll be less aware of the weight swaying the bike, and important on the front because it will distract you and obscure your field of vision.
Fixing the basket to the bike itself is usually fairly easy, and dog baskets should come with all the parts you need. If you need more instructions on how to attach it, do seek extra help, as it’s really important that the basket is as secure as it can be. Sometimes you’ll need an extra bracket.
With front-attaching baskets, there might be a minimum distance needed between the handlebars and wheel because this is the space in which the basket will sit. Definitely check this first before buying any front-mounted basket, don’t just assume it will fit your bike as standard.
With rear-attaching baskets, you’ll mostly need to ensure you have a traditional flat rack. You shouldn’t try and attach a front basket or a regular basket to the back of your bike. We’d advise only using manufacturer-approved mounts.
As well as security and safety, the other element of mounting is ease of use. Especially with bag styles, you’ll probably want to remove the carrier fairly regularly, and even use it for other things. You don’t want to have to get the tools out every time you use it or if you’re on the go. Some of the best bag baskets have a quick-release button like a seatbelt.
While not something seen on traditional baskets, an overhead cover is a great feature of some of the newer models. These can come in a variety of styles but more often than not removable for versatility. The most useful type if your dog really doesn’t like the rain is an all-over cover like a roof or dome. If they don’t mind too much, there are covers which come up to their necks. The more easily a cover can be removed and stowed, the easier it is to adapt your carrier to another use if that’s important to you.
In general, waterproofing should be a consideration, regardless of whether or not your dog likes the rain! Your basket will spend a lot of time outside, and as much as you want to detach it and get it out of the elements, there will be times when it is exposed. Wicker is a durable natural material, metal is usually fine as long as it is rustproof, and most fabrics are waterproofed. While they won’t survive months in a downpour or the snow – and your bike probably wouldn’t either – to a point manufacturers are aware that these are outdoor products and protect them appropriately. Just be mindful of anything else you’re keeping in the basket or an extra blanket. It might be an idea to remove any padding when not in use as well, as this could get damaged.
Along with the size and weight, the security of your pet is one of the most important factors. However calm your dog, or however well they fit in the basket, they’ll need to be secured. Most dedicated dog basket models will include some kind of clip at the least for you to attach a leash or harness to. Some will even have a whole leash built-in. In general, a harness is the best way to keep your dog secure in its basket, and for a rear-mounted model, we’d say it’s essential as they are more open and less contained.
If your basket isn’t specifically designed to be for a dog, ensure it’s adequately sturdy to attach a leash or harness to, and won’t bend or snap if your pet pulls on it. You should knot or fasten the restraints securely but comfortably so they can still sit up and lie down. Baskets with this feature built-in will allow the right amount of room when attached.
Q: Dog basket or trailer?
There are a few options for taking your dog with you on bike rides. You can use a hands-free leash, but this might mean too much running for some dogs or not safe on some roads. The main alternative to dog baskets is trailers. Dog baskets work for small to medium dogs, and rear baskets for slightly larger ones, but for anything bigger, you’ll need a trailer. The maximum you can take, even on a rear basket is probably about 25 lbs. It’s really important to think about your safety with the extra weight on the front or back of the bike, as well as your dog’s comfort, as baskets will only be available up to a maximum size.
There are also considerations with trailers, you’ll have to be confident on your bike, maybe more so, because you’ll be double the length you’re used to, and trailers move somewhat independently. If you have a small to medium dog, a basket will be easier to get used to.
Q: Can I just put my dog in and go?
We wouldn’t advise it! In general, you need to consider your pet’s temperament. It won’t be right for all dogs to be fixed in a small space. You need to think about how your dog deals with other people, cars, and moving fast. Take your dog out in the car first if you can and see how they deal with wind and other road users. As long as you’ve made sure the carrier is the right size for your dog, you can then try it out in it, perhaps stationary on the floor or on the bike. The next step is to do a trial with the bike moving and see how your pet deals with it. We’d also recommend doing a few runs over some rough ground, not too fast at first, so your dog can learn to anticipate bumps in the road.
Q: Can I just use any basket?
There are some non-dedicated dog baskets in our list, and a lot out there. If it’s you and your pet’s first time, or you make a lot of trips, we’d recommend getting something designed for their comfort and yours. They’ll feel more relaxed, be more secure, and the weight and size will be appropriate for you. The weight and potential distraction is something that you’ll have to get used to as well.
If you do use a regular bike bucket or basket, ensure there’s some padding or a blanket to make sure your pet is comfortable, and most importantly secure their leash or harness tightly to the frame. Carriers without a strong inbuilt system fastening will only be appropriate for dogs which are very calm and will sit still. You don’t want a lack of security or a cover if your pet is likely to move around. This will be distressing for you and them, and the weight will keep shifting.
Q: Can I mount any basket at the rear?
We wouldn’t advise mounting anything to the rear of your bike unless it’s designed for it, and only if you have a flat rack or appropriate, recommended bracket. Rear baskets are a specific, shallower shape to sit flat on the back of the bike, whereas front-attaching ones will have the fixings on the back and will sit more vertically. You shouldn’t do anything which will compromise you or your pet’s safety.
Q: How big is too big?
Front baskets don’t get much bigger than 16 inches across, and rear ones about 20 inches. Otherwise, it’s getting to be more of a trailer size. Too big at either end could cause you to overfill them and overbalance – it’s really important to understand how different it will feel having extra weight on the bike. A front basket will also be somewhat in your field of vision, but this another reason why the baskets don’t get too big, so they don’t protrude too much.
In terms of size as related to the weight of your dog, baskets on the front are up to around a capacity of 15 lbs, and rear baskets up to around 25 lbs. Again, this is about not overloading or overbalancing the bike.
To a certain extent, which basket you choose depends on what you like in terms of look and style. Having carefully checked the size of your dog and the capacity of the basket, it’s really about what you need from the basket. If you need shelter, pockets and for it to be portable; or prefer a stripped back natural look. Regardless of material, they’re all fairly durable and attach to most bikes. There also isn’t a massive difference in price across the board so it’s really up to you.
Hopefully, we’ve shown you something you like the look of – it’s great to buy gear where you can express yourself as well as getting the functionality you need. If only you could ask your four-legged passenger what kind of ride they’d like!