With so many people starting to take an interest in the sport of bikejoring and not knowing where to start with what to look for in a bikejor attachment, I thought I would write a quick blog to highlight the features of each of the attachments we sell here at K9 Trail Time.
The purpose of the attachment for bikejoring is only to help keep the line away from the wheel and the bungee lead you use to connect to your dogs’ harness must always be wrapped around the main headset on the frame of the bike. Never fix the line to the end of the attachment or to your handle bars. The attachments are not designed to take the weight of the dog pulling and if you attach your line to the handle bars you risk the dog pulling your bike in a different direction to the one you would like to be travelling in!
Arctic Wolf Attachment – Suitable for both bikes and scooters – Link to website:
This attachment is made of metal with a big rubber bungee providing the flexibility in it for unexpected stops. The Arctic Wolf attachment fixes around your bike’s headset with a clamp which is tightened with a spanner and provides a strong point for the arm to be fixed to your bike. The rubber joint and metal arm can be screwed and unscrewed, making the arm easily detachable if you leave the metal clamp on the bike. This attachment is great for keeping strong dogs directed towards the front of the bike, although it it the heaviest of the attachments and it ‘bounces’ slightly with the movement of your bike.
Arctic Wolf Pro Antenna – Suitable for both both bikes and scooters – Link to
The Arctic Wolf Pro Antenna is much lighter weight than the other Arctic Wolf attachment and fixes to the bike or scooter frame with a connection that requires an allen key to tighten it in place and clamps neatly on the steerer tube spacers below the stem on most bikes or scooters, without the need to remove the stem. There is a strong coiled metal spring which provides the flexibility in the attachment if your dog moves to the side or stops. The Pro Antenna comes with a custom manufactured silicon channel to protect the paintwork on your bike so is a good one if you want to try and avoid damaging the frame!
Non-stop Bikejor/ Scooter Attachment – Suitable for both bikes and scooters – Link to website:
Non-stop’s Bike/Scooter attachment is very lightweight and is fitted on standard width bike or scooter headsets by replacing a spacer, which is quick and simple to do using an allen key.
It is similar in style to the Arctic Wolf Pro Antenna with a strong spring coil to absorb shock and be flexible if your dog stops suddenly or darts to one side. The difference between the two is that this one does require a spacer to be removed on the bike or scooter, will only fit the standard frames and has a bigger ring at the end to accommodate a line with a wider clip.
Rower-land Attachment – Suitable for bikes only – Link to website:
The Rower-land bikejor attachment fixes to the bike with velcro and webbing straps, which makes it very quick and easy to fit or remove the whole unit. Once it is strapped into place however, it doesn’t move at all and provides rigidity out the front of the bike to keep the line from dropping into the wheel. The attachment is make from a very strong plastic, which also has the benefit of being flexible enough to bend if your dog were to stop suddenly. This attachment will not fit on bikes that do not have a standard, slightly angled, mountain bike frame, so you will have to check it will work with your bike.
Windog Attachment – Suitable for both bikes and scooters – Link to website:
The Windog bike and scooter attachment is the most flexible of the attachments we sell and also the cheapest. It attaches using a very simple system of bolts and washers to fix to itself around the headset of your bike, meaning it will not mark your bike or scooter in any way. It has two different width settings but could also be adapted for thinner frames by using foam padding underneath. The Windog attachment is made of very pliable plastic covered in material, which gives maximum sideways movement to the attachment, whilst still holding you line away from the front wheel.
Hopefully you will find this short guide useful in making your choice but if you would like more information on any of the products we sell, please do get in touch through the website: http://www.k9trailtime.com