CaniBike | trailrunners

CaniBike or bikejor is where your dog is attached to the front of your bike via a bungee line using a special bike arm. This is done off road and over short distances (5-6km).

 

Due the speeds which the cyclist and the dog reach, there are special precautions which you need to be aware of. 

 

In the UK you are required to have a permit for certain areas if you are training on Forestry Commission land.  For more information please contact your regional office> 

 

You will also need personal liability insurance.​ 

 

If you CaniBike on private land, always get permission from the land owner beforehand. 

Got a question about CaniBike?

 

Check out our FAQs for commonly asked questions

or have a chat with the trailrunners community on Facebook.

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FREE Training plan!

If you and or your dog are starting CaniBike, follow our  free training plan so you both have a positive experience and progress safely.

Is my dog old enough to CaniBike?

If your dog is over 18 months old, has no known health issues and loves to run fast - then yes, they can CaniBike!

The one exception are dogs that are brachycephalic for example Bulldogs, who may struggle with this level of exertion.

You should not be in a rush to train your dog for wheeled events. 

There is no upper age limit as long as your dog is fit and healthy. But if you're not sure please consult your vet.

How do I start to CaniBike with my dog?

You need to teach your dog to pull into harness when walking or running, before progressing to the bike.

 

It’s also important to teach them directional cues (left and right) off the bike so they respond at speed.  

To find out more information go to our CaniCross page>

What equipment do I need to CaniBike?

All you need is a good comfortable fitting harness for your dog, a bungee line, a mountain bike and a bike attachment or bayonet.


Helmet, goggles and gloves are also necessary and body armour is advised if you are new to the sport.


Check out our video on how your dog's harness should fit.

How do I look after my CaniBike dog?

It's important to warm up, hydrate and cool down your dog. 

Dogs need time to adapt to the forces being placed on their bodies, so it's important to build up their training slowly.

Maintaining your dog's all round health will also keep them enjoying CaniSports for many years to come. 

Find out more here>

How do I teach my dog to CaniBike?

First you need to teach your dog to pull into harness when walking or running before progressing to the bike. It’s also important to teach them directional cues off the bike so they respond at speed.  


To find out more information, go to our CaniCross page>

 

Next you need to teach your dog to line out so that you can start safely. Watch the video below to find out how to teach your dog to line out.

On your first outing, ask your dog to 'line out' or ask someone to hold your dog for you. Give them a cue to go such as '3, 2, 1, GO'. 

 

When CaniBiking, make sure you assist your dog sufficiently but don’t out pedal them so they learn to pull into harness. 

 

Your first outing should be no more than 200m.

 

Check out our training plan on how to get your dog from  Zero to CaniBike here>

Always reward your dog with verbal praise and attention so it's a positive experience.

The CaniBike racing season is usually Sept – May. You can race with a multitude of breeds, just be sure to check the events race rules for eligibility.

Race etiquette

Check the rules of the event before competing. 


When waiting to start, give your dog plenty of space as it's a really exciting environment.​

When overtaking, call ahead, clearly indicating the side you are going to overtake on.

​When being overtaken, move over to one side of the trail so they can pass easily.

If necessary bring your dog into your side.

​Be respectful of other competitors and the public.

Race markers  

Turns are marked in red and are placed on the side the turn is.

They are then followed by a blue confirmation marker. 

Blue markers also indicate straight on.

Yellow markers indicate a hazard on the trail.

NO ROW marker means no right of way for overtaking teams. You are nearing the finish.

Zero to CaniBike

This 8 week training plan will guide you and your dog from zero to biking 5km continuously.

Any dog starting out with CaniBike should follow this plan first. If you already ride further than 5k, feel free to do more mileage without your dog.