Best Bike Carrier for Dogs & Cats

Best Bike Carrier for Dogs & Cats

  • 17 min read
  • Last Updated: 07/10/2020
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

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:

 

 

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

7/10

Versatile as bike basket, backpack, shoulder pet carrier, car seat

Good ventilation

Easy installation

Stable frame

Runs a bit small

Material
Unspecified (looks like canvas)
sheepskin liner
Capacity
18 lbs.
Dimensions
11"Lx12"Wx14.5"D
Interior tether

Overhead cover

Storage pocket

Extras
Roll-up front window
removable fleece mat
adjustable opening
removable floorboard
backpack and shoulder straps
car seat straps

Snoozer Pet Rider Rear Bicycle Seat

5/10

Very sturdy base

Visible in low light

For rear of bike only - MUST have bike rack (not included)

Sides are foam, not firm - dog can fall or jump out

Material
Unspecified (appears to be nylon)
faux fleece lining
Capacity
24 lbs.
Dimensions
19"x16"x10" (exterior)
15"x12" (interior)
Interior tether

(3-pt. safety strap)
Overhead cover

Storage pocket

Extras
Reflective strip
1-year limited warranty

Walky Basket Pet Dog Bike Basket & Carrier

4/10

Adapts to different sizes of handlebars

Spacious inside

Visible in dim light

Easy to clean

Professional installation recommended (inconvenient)

Not suitable for car seat

Plastic bracket doesn't always tighten well

Dogs can jump out

Minimal bottom support

Material
Canvas
nylon floorboard
Capacity
15 lbs.
Dimensions
15.5”Wx10”D
Interior tether

Overhead cover

Storage pocket

Extras
Padded bottom
reflective strip
padded adjustable shoulder strap
removable
washable floorboard

Petsfit Dog Basket/Pet Carrier for Bicycle

8/10

Versatile

Packs flat for storage

Easy to attach to bike

Solid foundation

Leash strap too long

Material
Oxford cloth
Capacity
10 lbs.
Dimensions
15.8”x12.8”x9.1”
Interior tether

Overhead cover

Storage pocket

Extras
Drawstring opening
machine washable inner pad
padded shoulder strap

Petall Dog Bicycle Carrier/Basket

7/10

Easy to install

Push-button detach

Versatile as handbag

Washable

Folds almost flat

Replacement bracket available

Available in fun colors and prints

Soft sides, collapses with pet in it

Brackets don't always tighten well

Sags

Material
600 Denier polyester heavy duty fabric
Capacity
11 lbs.
Dimensions
13.78"x10.63"x10.24"
Interior tether

Overhead cover
Drawstring top closure
Storage pocket

Extras
Aluminum frame
PVC board bottom
Best Quality

Beach and Dog Co Monterey Large Willow Bicycle Basket

10/10

Lightweight

Very sturdy

Versatile - used for carrying dogs, groceries, picnics

No padded cushion (a folded towel will work)

Material
Natural willow
Capacity
26 lbs.
Dimensions
15”x10” (inside)
18”Wx14”Lx14”H (outside)
Interior tether

(2)
Overhead cover

Storage pocket

Extras

Anzome Removable Handlebar Pet Basket

6/10

Folds flat for storage

Easy on/off (after attached to bike)

Waterproof

Difficult to attach to bike

Material
Oxford cloth canvas
waterproof lining
Capacity
11 lbs.
Dimensions
13.8”x9.2”x9.4”
Interior tether

Overhead cover

(drawstring cover)
Storage pocket

Extras
Padded carry strap
bottom feet

Sunlite RackTop/Handlebar Pet-Friendly QR Basket

6/10

Good ventilation

Versatile - can be attached to front or back of bike

Easy to clean

Difficult to attach to bike

Quality control issues with hardware

Material
Powder coated steel
Capacity
22 lbs.
Dimensions
15.7”Wx16.9”Lx12”D
Interior tether

Overhead cover

(wire)
Storage pocket

Extras
Padded carry handle
padded insert
Best Overall

PetSafe Solvit Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket

9/10

Very stylish and comfortable

Made of breathable material with matching sunshade

Spacious on the bottom -- perfect for a pet's snooze

Adjustable security leash

Installing and securing the basket may be a bit difficult

Material
Wicker with faux sheepskin lining
Capacity
15lbs
Dimensions
15 in. x 11 in. x 9.5 in.
Interior tether

Overhead cover

Storage pocket

Extras
Removable and washable lining
Best Budget

Solvit Deluxe Tagalong Sport Pet Bicycle Basket

7/10

Once installed, easy to use bracket

Lots of extra storage

Overhead canopy

Reinforced bottom

Attachment brackets are plastic

For very small dogs only

Material
Nylon
plastic
metal
Capacity
Up to 13 lbs
Dimensions
16 x 12 x 11
Interior tether

Overhead cover

Storage pocket

Extras

Best Rear-Mount Style

Beach and Dog Co Cape May Rear Mount Bike Basket with Cage

9/10

Beautiful craftsmanship

Accommodates larger dogs

Wire cover

Higher price point

Not for tall/long dogs

Material
Wicker
wood
steel
pleather
Capacity
25 lbs
Dimensions
W 19 in x L 15 in x H 14.5 in (outside)
Interior tether

Overhead cover
Wire cover
Storage pocket

Extras
Rear mounting bracket

DoggyRide DRCCPCXL-GR Cocoon Pet Carrier

5/10

Can be used in all weather

Meets airline carrier dimension requirements

Shoulder strap converts to carry handle

Can be mounted to front or rear of bike

Bike attachment must be purchased separately

Needs separate "potty pad"

Only supports dogs 10 lbs or less

Material
Unspecified (appears to be polyester oxford cloth)
Capacity
Reg: 12 lbs.
XL: 20 lbs.
Dimensions
Reg: 14”x10”x13”
XL: 17”x11”x16”
Interior tether

Overhead cover

Storage pocket

Extras
Seat belt strap
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.

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Which type?

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If you regularly use your bike without your dog along for the ride, choose a basket that detaches easily.
  8. Do not ever ever EVER leave your bike unattended with your pup still in the basket.