Bike-Jor, or how to wear down your hyper dog

I am the proud owner of a 90-pound Weimaraner named Rodney, and Rodney is one tough bugger to wear down. We run three to five times a week together, but he still needs more.

Enter: Bike-joring.

I’ve written two stories in the past month on so-called dryland dog sports (one for New York Times; another for a local paper here in Minneapolis). All the inundation got me interested in trying it out on my own, and thus I called my friend John Thompson at about some gear.


(Here’s a picture of Thompson with his two huskies on the bike.)

Thompson sent out a harness for Rodney and an elasticized line for the bike. A girth hitch around the tube under my handlebars secured the line to my mountain bike, and within a couple minutes Rodney and I were off.

In bike-jor competition (yes, there is such a thing), the rider pedals hard to take as much strain off the dog as possible. I pretty much do the opposite with my frisky Weimaraner.


(This is Rodney.)

Rodney loves to pull, and on the bike I let him. We cruise on flat trails, and going uphill I pedal to take the weight off.

A three-mile loop and Rodney is, well, dog tired.

Anyway, that’s my take on bike-joring as of late. Still waiting for the snow to fall here in Minnesota, then I’ll hook him up for some skijoring. . .

Posted by Chris - 09/11/2009 06:06 PM

I have been skijoring with my husky for the last couple years and love it. It’s one of the only ways to really tire her out in the winter when less time is spent outside. When I initially started trying bikejoring, I found she got distracted sometimes my other dogs, smells, leaves blowing in the wind etc… So to prevent any slack in the line from getting tangled in my front wheel I ran the line through a very small and light gauge piece of pvc pipe about 4’ long. It works great.

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