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Old 05-12-19, 07:12 PM
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Bike suggestions for bikejoring

Hi there, I hope this is the right forum to post in! I know very little about bikes and am looking to get into bikejoring casually, which is essentially sled-dogging but with a bike instead!

I'm finding very little practical information online about what bike would work best. I would mostly be riding on bikepaths and trails, and wouldn't be doing anything extreme. I'm short (5'4) but not at my best weight at the moment so I'm not sure what bike would work best. Because I'm only planning to ride casually and every weekend or second, I'm really hoping not to spend more than $500. I'd also love some suggestions of bikes I could get secondhand!

Thank you so much
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Old 05-12-19, 07:32 PM
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Had never heard of bikejoring - and have not seen discussion of it on BF. But perhaps others have.
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Bikejoring is riding a bike with dogs pulling you. (Instead of a bike you can also use a dog scooter).

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Old 05-12-19, 07:39 PM
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Wait. You want dogs to pull you on the bike?
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I did this on a skateboard with my Irish Setter as a kid. What a blast!

Trust me. Try it on a skateboard.
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Old 05-12-19, 07:52 PM
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Try to draft an ambulance.
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Old 05-12-19, 09:16 PM
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Imagine the possibilities when a bikejorers gets chased by dogs.

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Old 05-12-19, 09:32 PM
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The author at the above link recommends a bike that can be "dragged along," and no bike is really designed for that. He also says get an old mountain bike, which sounds like the right idea. Or maybe an old BMX or beach cruiser. Old, anyhow, and disposable
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You should try this with a unicycle, assuming you have good health insurance.

Probably just one very little dog just to be safe.
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Old 05-12-19, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
The author at the above link recommends a bike that can be "dragged along," and no bike is really designed for that. He also says get an old mountain bike, which sounds like the right idea. Or maybe an old BMX or beach cruiser. Old, anyhow, and disposable
Great, thank you, that works for me!
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You should try this with a unicycle
I only ride fixies

Pretty sure you want a freewheel for this
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Old 05-12-19, 10:56 PM
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Delta trike?
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Old 05-13-19, 05:41 AM
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For competitive bikejoring you would definitely want an MTB, maybe a CX bike could work too; in any case it must be easily maneuverable and have good, reliable brakes.

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E-Bikejoring is the future of cycling.
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Old 05-13-19, 07:28 AM
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25 years ago when we lived in interior Alaska, in the summertime we would occasionally see dog teams being exercised / trained while attached to a quad (four wheeled) ATV. A mountain or fat bike would probably work very well for skijoring
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Old 05-13-19, 08:16 AM
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I got to try a wheeled summer training sled pulled by a small team of dogs. Fast, Fast, Faster, Sketchfactor Five Fun!
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A bike with very good brakes? And a light anchor.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
E-Bikejoring is the future of cycling.
Indeed.

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An old MTB would work pretty well. Big tires, and maybe a suspension fork, because you won't have a lot of time/choice to avoid small obstacles like ruts / sticks / rocks. Good brakes, especially the back brake; hand-brake, instead of coaster, so you can put your feet out / down while still operating the brakes.

What kind of dog(s) are going to be pulling? What kind of other bike riding experience do you have?

Since it sounds like you don't already have a bike, second hand will be a good way to go. Check your local area's Craigslist, there are always deals to be had.
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Old 05-13-19, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by borzoid View Post
Hi there, I hope this is the right forum to post in! I know very little about bikes and am looking to get into bikejoring casually, which is essentially sled-dogging but with a bike instead!

I'm finding very little practical information online about what bike would work best. I would mostly be riding on bikepaths and trails, and wouldn't be doing anything extreme. I'm short (5'4) but not at my best weight at the moment so I'm not sure what bike would work best. Because I'm only planning to ride casually and every weekend or second, I'm really hoping not to spend more than $500. I'd also love some suggestions of bikes I could get secondhand!

Thank you so much
I would go for an old mountain bike without suspension. I imagine you'll be fighting the dogs a little bit on the precise path - that is you might want to veer a little from path the dogs pull to avoid a puddle or a stick or something. So not having a suspension fork will make that easier, I think. And a mountain bike gives you wide handlebars and wide tires, which I think you'll need.
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First get a dog, or two
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
E-Bikejoring is the future of cycling.
Wouldn't you need an e-dog?
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Old 05-13-19, 01:23 PM
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E-Bikejoring is the future of cycling.
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When I was a kid, we would engage in Radio Flyerjoring, but the wagon almost always flipped over.
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