Best Bike Carrier for Dogs & Cats
Bike baskets are the perfect way to take your pet on a cruise with you. After 70+ hours of research and testing, we’re comfortable recommending the Solvit Tagalong Wicker Pet Bicycle Basket as our top pick. Not only is it versatile and user-friendly, but it’s also very safe and stylish.
Best Bike Carrier for Dogs and Cats:
- Beach & Dog Co Monterey Large Willow Bicycle Basket: Best Quality
- PetSafe Solvit Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket: Best Overall
- Cape May Rear Mount Bike Basket with Cage: Best Rear Mount
- Solvit Deluxe Tagalong Sport Pet Bicycle Basket: Runner Up
- Barkbay Pet Carrier Bicycle Basket: Runner Up
Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best pet basket for bikes
Barkbay Pet Carrier Bicycle Basket
removable fleece mat
backpack and shoulder straps
car seat straps
Snoozer Pet Rider Rear Bicycle Seat
faux fleece lining
(3-pt. safety strap)
1-year limited warranty
Walky Basket Pet Dog Bike Basket & Carrier
padded adjustable shoulder strap
Petsfit Dog Basket/Pet Carrier for Bicycle
machine washable inner pad
padded shoulder strap
Petall Dog Bicycle Carrier/Basket
PVC board bottom
Beach and Dog Co Monterey Large Willow Bicycle Basket
Anzome Removable Handlebar Pet Basket
Sunlite RackTop/Handlebar Pet-Friendly QR Basket
PetSafe Solvit Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket
Solvit Deluxe Tagalong Sport Pet Bicycle Basket
Beach and Dog Co Cape May Rear Mount Bike Basket with Cage
DoggyRide DRCCPCXL-GR Cocoon Pet Carrier
XL: 20 lbs.
convertible shoulder strap
How to Choose a Dog-approved Bike Basket
Choosing a bike basket for your dog is pretty easy when you remember a few basics.
- The size and weight of your dog determine if you can or can’t use a bike basket. This is an ideal way for sharing a bike ride with a small dog. It is not so ideal for a large one. (Imagine your Mastiff sitting on the bike’s handlebars. We couldn’t either.)
- Most bike baskets are geared for dogs under 15 pounds. There are a few for slightly larger dogs, but not many. For anything larger than 26 pounds, you’ll need a trailer that attaches to a bike, but that’s another article.
- You’ll need to measure your dog sitting up. If you want your little Fido to be able to lie down, you’ll need to measure him in that position as well. But most dogs sit up so they can enjoy the breeze and the view.
Now let’s visit the types of carriers.
There are basically three types of carriers: wicker, metal, fabric. Wicker is the most earth-friendly material, plus it has a charming vintage look to it. But don’t be fooled – wicker is very durable and strong. Its downside – it’s difficult to clean if your dog has an “accident.” With wicker’s porous nature, it will take some scrubbing to get messes out of the pores.
Metal baskets look a little scary, but they’re the strongest as well as the easiest to clean. Just hose them off and you’re ready to go. Just be sure your dog doesn’t flip out on bike rides as his leg or paw could get caught in a metal grid and get hurt.
Both wicker and metal baskets have the best air circulation too.
Fabric baskets are the ones with the most bells and whistles. Generally made from tough fabrics like canvas or parachute nylon, they come with padded inserts, pockets, and carry handles or shoulder straps. While fabric baskets look cool, they’re also the least rigid and a dog that’s too heavy could blow out the bottom. In addition, fabric baskets are also the most likely to sway while on the ride, which can be disconcerting for your dog.
Things to consider
- As mentioned earlier, weight is not the only consideration when choosing a bike basket. Length (whether the pup is sitting or lying down) is equally important. Measure to be sure. Then measure again.
- No matter how durable you think the basket is, bike baskets are not for mountain biking or off-roading. Every tiny bump you feel will be magnified for your precious pup. Not only can this make the ride uncomfortable, but it can also seriously traumatize more nervous breeds. This could be downright dangerous if you hit a bump and sent them airborne. Stick to smooth paths, sidewalks, or streets.
- Most baskets come with a safety tether attached, and we recommend choosing one of those; however, if you go with one that doesn’t have a built-in tether, plan on adding your own for your safety as well as your furry friend’s. Accidents happen when a dog launches himself out of a basket, which can happen when he sees a squirrel or another dog. Not only can he injure himself when he lands, he can injure you too when you find yourself suddenly off balance and crashing to the ground. Tether your pup. If your dog has a high prey instinct or extremely nervous, be open to the fact that some dogs are just not going to be safe in a basket.
- If your basket of choice doesn’t already come with a washable padded insert, plan on adding your own. This not only adds to your dog’s comfort, but it also absorbs whatever your pup might want to roll around in when you’ve reached your destination. Because as any dog owner knows, dogs will find the raunchiest substance around to roll in.
- As with any new dog accessory, conveyance, or contraption, get your dog used to it before using it. Don’t just toss her in and expect her to be ready to roll. Set it on the ground in your home first and let her explore it. Then put it on the parked bike and put her in it. Then, when she’s comfortable, walk the bike around a bit, maybe down the street and around the block. Only then should you attempt to ride with your canine companion in the basket. You’ll both be better off for taking the time to get her adjusted to it.
- Understand that having the added weight of a basket plus a dog on the front of your bike will make steering harder. Go slow and get used to it before taking off on a 5-mile ride. Use the back brakes first (before the front), and lean back when braking. Dogs in baskets on the back of a bike add stability. Not so the front.
- If you regularly use your bike without your dog along for the ride, choose a basket that detaches easily.
- Do not ever ever EVER leave your bike unattended with your pup still in the basket.