Pooch-powered trike

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dog-trike.jpgFancy this! A dog-powered recumbent trike from Mark Schuette, the very same person who delivered the dog-powered scooter. This unique trike uses the same “dog behind a steering wheel” configuration that provides the extra stability offered by a sit-down trike design. In addition, you get double the steering and braking power of a scooter. While the original scooter design allows a human to ride standing up while the dog is harnessed into a frame, being subject to steering and braking. Since the scooter forces the rider to remain standing upright while keeping the entire setup balanced, it certainly isn’t too appealing to certain user groups such as the elderly and physically handicapped. This new trike comes in the form of a tadpole design with a couple of wheels in front while a harness space for your dog is located on each side of the rear wheels.

This special design provides the rider extra precision when it comes to steering control, making it a whole lot safer to navigate through an urban environment. While it has space for a couple of dogs, you can just use one to power it although I’d say leave the chihuahua at home. Just in case you don’t want to overwork your dog, you can always help it out by pedaling this trike for a smoother ride. It tips the scales at roughly the same numbers as a standard bicycle, requiring a small amount of pull/force to maintain a steady speed after the vehicle starts rolling. In addition, it also caters for a hand crank method of propulsion, making it the perfect option for wheel chair athletes.

This unique trike comes with a fender kit to keep your dog safe from the rear spokes, and will retail for $1,100. If you want to add the bolt-on dog rigging kit, it will cost another $200 per dog.

Source: Gizmag

5 reviews or comments

gHoTI Says: February 12, 2008 at 11:25 am

>This new trike comes in the form of a tadpole design with a
>couple of wheels in front while a harness space for your dog
>is located on each side of the rear wheels.

Surely as this is a trike, and if the picture is corrst, this should read “rear wheel” :)

hunterdog93 Says: February 28, 2008 at 8:30 am

If the dogs aren’t precisely equally powerful, you will go in circles!

Renata Says: March 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I ride a similar unit with a single dog and we don’t go in circles (unless I turn the wheels.) What better way to exercise your dog while you get exercise yourself? Hey, and when you stop– you have your lounge chair built into the vehicle. How much pleasure can I stand? We have a blast.

Yolanda Scarlett Says: February 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I would love to get one for my dog – where can I buy one?

joey Says: March 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I find that really cruel in my opionion to have a dog as your main movement source, and either way youd look ridiculous in it

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