In urban centres and beyond, bicycles are becoming a popular "green" mode of transportation. So it makes sense, then, that as the number of regular bicyclists grows that applications and hacks to allow bike enthusiasts to complete many of the day-to-day tasks they formerly used a car for would grow as well. Pet owning bikers could purchase a costly pet carrier for their bike via retail. Or, with a little gumption and DIY know-how you can make one equally safe out of a milk crate that will ferry pets to and fro wherever you'd like to go.
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Things you need
- Rear bike rack
- Plastic milk crate
- Plastic mesh
- Eight large bulldog clips
- Towel or other soft pet friendly padding
- Tape measure
- Two two-by-four wood pieces cut to 13 inches in length
- Four four inch Hex bolts and matching wingnuts
- Power drill and wood bit
Attach the rear bike rack according to the directions on the packaging. The bike rack is necessary to hold the pet carrier on the bicycle.
Measure the distance between the bolt openings on your bike rack. Make two marks on each 13 inch two-by-four piece of wood where a bolt will go through and attach it to the bike rack. You will also want to note if you need to either centre the wood pieces in the crate or place them along the horizontal edges. (Different bike racks will vary in attachment spacing.)
Drill bolt holes into the wood pieces.
Push the two 13-inch two-by-four pieces of wood into the crate so they are snugly fixed into either a horizontal-centre or horizontal-edge position.
Thread your bolts through the holes in the wood, milk crate and the bike rack. (You may need to wiggle and adjust to make the holes line up with the milk crate.) From underneath the bike rack, screw on the wing nuts so that the milk crate is firmly attached to the bike rack. Test the balance and sway to ensure it is stable for your pet.
Push the towels or other pet friendly padding into the milk crate on top of the boards. Place your pet inside and coax them to lay down. Once the pet snuggles in, attach the mesh screening on top of the milk crate using the large bulldog clips.
Tips and warnings
- For additional security you can thread your pet's leash through the opening of the crate to act as a seat belt.
- Do not take your pet for bike rides on open roads until you are used to riding with the additional weight and you know how your pet will react when contained in the carrier. Failure to properly test ride with your pet in the carrier could result in accident, injury and death of either rider or the pet.
- This pet carrier is designed for small pets up to 20lbs, only.
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