If comfort and safety are priorities for you and your best friend then there is no better alternative than the Buddyrider® pet seat. Your dog sits in a comfortable position safely strapped in making the experience very enjoyable for both of you. The unique design has been engineered to fit almost any modern adult bicycle, with a measurment of at least 48cm (19") between the seat post and the handlebar stem. Center mounted seats for children, and in this case for pets, have proven to be far superior to those mounted behind the bicycle seat and also those mounted on the handlebars. It gives the rider much better control because of where the extra weight is positioned over the center of the bicycle. Being able to see them at all times is a bonus.
The Buddyrider story starts, like many other invention stories, with someone searching for a better way— in this case— a better way to safely carry children on a bike. Unhappy with the rear mounted child seat that he had previously purchased and used for transporting his children, Colin Catton, from Vancouver Island , Canada, took a standard bicycle seat and attached it to the cross bar of his bicycle as an experiment. The central positioning proved to be a much safer option due to the better weight distribution and ease of handling and provided a more satisfying riding experience for both child and adult. The children eventually moved on to riding their own bikes, but the experience of carrying a passenger directly in front of the rider convinced him that he was on to something.
I leave the final words to Colin, the man who started it all, “ If you decide to purchase a Buddyrider®, I'm sure you will have many hours of healthy outdoor enjoyment with your best friend, the way we have with ours.”
Colin remains on Vancouver Island today with his wife Diane spending as much time as possible on his boat and in his shop tinkering with his next invention. Buddyrider® continues, with General Manager Shelley MacDonald, and her excellent crew of Buddyrider® enthusiasts.