Cycleash is a must-have for any cyclist who enjoys canine companionship on the ride. Cycleash offers your dog a terrific workout while eliminating the risks of holding a dog leash by hand. With Cycleash, you maintain full control of your bike and enjoy a safe, comfortable ride.
Cycleash is made of sturdy, lightweight aluminum alloy (like many bike frames) and weighs less than 2 pounds. It attaches by mounting clamp on the bar under the bike seat. A bungee-style leash attached to the curved bar absorbs sudden pulls from your dog and includes a stainless steel leash clip. The curved design of the leash bar lets the leash hang closer to the dog while preventing contact with the wheels. Works best with a durable harness, sold separately. Easy-to-follow instructions included, as well as installation tool. 15" leash bar with 18" leash.
- Shock Less TPR Technology
- Ultra Light Alloy
- Ergonomic Curved Bar
- Advanced Design Clip Barrel
Getting Started with your Cycleash
Some dogs take to this type of exercise right away, while others need to be acclimated more slowly. We recommend biking only for dogs that are at least 20 lbs and 1 year of age or more.
The best way to start is to connect your dog to the installed bicycle leash and walk alongside your bike on the opposite side as your dog. The idea is to have your dog understand that this is no different than taking a normal walk. For dogs that are tentative, offer positive praise or treats for forward progress. If your dog gets nervous and freezes, please DO NOT attempt to keep pulling him along. In this case, stop walking and coax your dog to continue forward on his own. We want this to be an enjoyable activity for both of you. Once your dog has mastered forward movement, practice turning him left and right. Also practice a U-turn to either side. If your dog seems confident, hop on your bike and ride slowly, practicing the same maneuvers. You may likely find that your dog is ready to go and doesn't need further coaxing.
It is best to begin in an area with few distractions so that your dog focuses on you. The ideal pace is trotting, but you can go faster or slower depending on how comfortable your dog is. The important thing is to never go beyond your dog's pace. Remember, if your dog gets nervous and freezes up, DO NOT attempt to keep pulling him along. Immediately stop and start walking next to the bike again.
How Far to Ride
You shouldn't bike miles on your first trip out, just as you wouldn't expect to run a race without proper conditioning and training. It is very important to gradually increase your dog's stamina over time. Extremely fit dogs can run farther distances per day if the sessions are broken up (less distance is running on pavement, which can be tough on the skeletal system and paw pads). Always bring along water. Be sure to stop and rest occasionally and always monitor your dog for signs that nature is calling. Also please monitor your dog's pads for cuts and scrapes. Consider using a good paw pad wax or even protective booties if riding on rough terrain often.
Dealing with Summer Heat
During the summertime when temperatures spike, it is very important to only bike your dog during cooler parts of the day and for shorter distances. If biking on pavement, be sure to check the temperature of the pavement before biking. Make sure to bring water along for the ride and take frequent breaks. Consider bringing along a dog bike trailer to give your dog a rest on the way home. You may even consider looking into a dog cooling vest. Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion and immediately bring your dog indoors if he shows symptoms.