The San Francisco area is a mecca for dog lovers, and bike lovers, so why not combine the two so both of you can enjoy the outdoors together? Solvit has developed the perfect solution with their Bicycle Pet Trailer which can handle the urban streets of the city along with a bit of off-roading on the local trails.
The Mr rarely does exercise but when he does it will be on a bicycle so when Solvit asked me to review one of their products I thought the Bicycle Pet Trailer would be the perfect way for us to spend some time together and to bring the dogs along with us so we can cover more miles. Only one problem. We don't own a bike! I know, crazy not to own one in the Bay Area, but my hipster coworker who lives in a co-op in Berkeley had the perfect bike for us!
We pulled up to his place and when he opened the garage door to about 10 bikes hanging on the walls I knew I had asked the right person. Nothing too fancy, because that would be unhipster of him, but perfect for a leisurely ride along the waterfront at the former Ford Factory in Richmond.
(You'll have to forgive my formatting, unfortunately the one downside to Squarespace is that it doesn't format well on an iPad and I'm writing this away from my computer so forgive this rambling rant. Note to self: buy laptop!)
The dogs loved the pet trailer, especially Cody, who wanted to peak his head out the entire time we were cruising around. The trailer collapses down flat once the wheels are off so it makes it easy to transport and comes together quickly which makes it easy to travel with. All three fit in the large size with room to spare so if you needed to put in a few extra items for the road it would be easy to throw them in also. Their leashes all fit in the side pocket and the side vents came in handy when the weather warmed up in the afternoon. The tires are the best part- they are large, rugged, and most importantly are real rubber tires- not plastic- so they ride really nicely. You barely know you even have the trailer on the back of your bike so be careful going around turns and swing wide when going around corners.
The only drawback is that the directions are a bit sparse so it helps to have someone a little handy with putting things together to help you out.
We liked the pet trailer so much that we are going to head out and get a couple of our own bikes next weekend so we can bike over to our local park to go for a walk instead of driving! Can't wait!
(this post was sponsored by Solvit but all comments, photographs, and opinions are my own!)