Young or old, big or small, just about anyone and any dog can enjoy DoggyRide trailers and strollers. Mark Solow, and avid bike rider and DoggyRide enthusiast in Texas shares his story about how biking with the DoggyRide has helped both him and his dog make new friends and increase visibility for his local cycling group. Mark has also gotten healthier and lost weight with the increased use of his bike and the DoggyRide.
Read on for more of Mark Solow’s story with 6 key takeaways on riding with the DoggyRide.
We hope that his adventures with his dog Roxy inspires you to continue to ride and explore with your dog and the DoggyRide as well.
Q1.What motivated you to originally purchase your Mini dog bike trailer?
A1. We took our dog on walks daily until we got into biking. My wife and I fell in love with biking again (we call it “rebiking”) in our 50s over a year ago. We wanted to still be able to get exercise and include our dog. Now we take our dog on adventures. She loves it more than walks!
Q2. What have you enjoyed most about the product?
A2. Since most of our bike riding is shorter trips, usually under 7 miles, it allows me to get more exercise in a shorter distance. i.e. pulling a trailer is like running with ankle weights. That’s my favorite thing. We also love to talk to people we meet along the way and in our biking group.
Roxy in her Mini DoggyRide has become our group mascot. We try to bike whenever we can (grocery store, bank, hair salon, hardware store, dental appointments, restaurants, etc.) and it is very unusual for us not to include our dog wherever we can bike.
Q3. What have you enjoyed least about the DoggyRide?
A3. We love the way the Mini is designed. We love and use the large rear pocket and the water bottle holder. We love the balance and overall design. We are in Texas. In the summer I wish there was some sort of on-board water dispenser that was splash-proof.
The good news here is that we’re currently working on finding an effective way to add an on-board water dispensation system.
Q4. What kind of other experiences or reactions has riding with the DoggyRide trailer elicited?
A4.My wife and I rode in the 30th Annual Hotter‘N Hell bike rally in Wichita Falls, TX last August (along with over 13,000 others). Roxy and the trailer were a huge hit. We can’t wait to take her to more events like this. We know that whenever we go to either of the local pet stores (PetSmart, Petco) that we will need to plan on spending more time because dog owners there always want to talk to us.
The DoggyRide is a great conversation starter and tool with which to break the ice and hopefully make new friends!
Q5. How has riding with the trailer and your dog improved the overall enjoyment of your biking experience?
A5. Adding the dog to our biking experience has made biking so much more enjoyable. Our dog gets so excited to go when we say, “You want to go in your trailer?”. I am always looking for errands to run. I’ve lost over 20 lbs.
We love hearing how owners have grown to enjoy exercise even more — now even with their pets in tow! Better still is hearing about happy owners’ improved health!
Q6. What other information/tips/details would you like to share with other consumers who may be considering buying a DoggyRide trailer or stroller?
A6. I can’t speak to the stroller. That makes sense to me for someone who may not bike and has a really old dog or one with a disability that can’t go on a walk on their own. Or, maybe for a runner/jogger who wants to include their dog in their routine like we do. Since we organize weekly group rides (see www.facebook.com/cyclehighlandvillage click on “Events” to see past events), unlike other riding groups, we are anything but routine. We like to change the route and destination every week. Sometimes that involves what we call a “drive and drop”. We drive our cars to a starting destination and ride our bikes from there. I love how easy and quick it is to fold up the trailer so we can easily fit it in our car and include Roxy.
Other DoggyRide owners who drive hatchback or SUV vehicles may be happy to know that DoggyRide trailers can also be used as a carrying crate in the back of the car once the wheels are easily removed to allow for a dog to continue to ride safely, comfortably and in style, in the back of the car.
You can learn more about Mark and his Texas cycling group, Cycle Highland Village, on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cyclehighlandvillage. They also have a Facebook Group for cycling members and interested parties to use for discussions and sharing of news, stories, etc.
Photos courtesy of Mark Solow and DoggyRide.
If you have fun cycling stories you’d like to also share with us, please email them to: monika (at) dutchdogdesign.com