Joring

Bikejoring

 

If you're already comfortable with skijoring, or if you've had success with canicross, you might consider bikejoring.  This qualification sequence is deliberate, as bikejoring is exhilarating but can quickly test all your skills!  Adding dogs to the cycling equation changes the handling characteristics of the bicycle, and introduces an element of unpredictability.  The point here is not to discourage bikejoring, but to suggest that candidates become comfortable with each of the elements first, especially controlling the dogs while in motion as well as being a competent cyclist.   Once you're at that point you may consider combining these skills and attempting bikejoring.

Bikejoring, unlike skijoring and canicross, is primarily a vehicle for exercising and training your dog rather than gaining a workout for yourself.  Because at least light tension must be applied to the towline at all times, the bikejorer is required to feather the brakes rather than pedal for most of the outing.  The towline tension is necessary to avoid tangles with the front wheel, which can cause a crash.

In certain conditions, however, it is possible to enjoy a challenging workout while bikejoring.  For example, a hilly trail will require a bikejorer to pedal hard up the climbs, especially if bikejoring with one dog on a steep grade.  Moreover, grassy, sandy or wood chip trails can require significant pedaling input from the bikejorer even on flat sections.  This is due to the increased rolling resistance these surfaces create versus trail surfaces like asphalt or concrete, which should be avoided when possible (long runs on hard surfaces can cause pad, toe nail and impact injury to your dog). 

   
   
   


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