I love my cargo bike (Gazelle Cabby). Can't really fault it, being able to ride over to the Metro and chuck a trolley load of groceries in it is bloody marvellous. I did have one small problem, and that is how do I secure the bike?

It has a nice wide, stable stand so I didn't need to lean it against anything, and it has a built in Axa lock on the back wheel, so people can't ride away on it. But I was still worried about people dicking with it when they shouldn't be. Now I have found a solution to that problem: chain two large dogs to it. No worries!

The greyhounds are pretty good, I tie their leads to the backrack (one on each side), and they keep pace as we ride along the footpath. No worries about them keeping up, according to Wikipedia their top speed is 65kph - I don't think I could push the Cabby that fast. Maybe I could train them to run in front of the bike and act as a wind break! That would save me having to install a beach ball!

I do have some reservations about their usefulness as guard dogs, when I came out of Woolies there was two old ladies patting and hugging the dogs. I'm pretty sure the ladies had no intentions of making off with the bike, but really, the dogs could try a bit harder with the security thing.

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Comment by back street baron on June 10, 2010 at 5:28pm
I suppose you could upgrade to pitbulls, but not so kid friendly
Comment by cafard à deux roues on June 10, 2010 at 6:51pm
Nice dogs (and nice kid).
What will happen if a cat wanders past? (been there, done that)
Comment by Mark Lambert on June 10, 2010 at 9:38pm
Got the dogs disciplined enough that they don't react to cats or other dogs when they are on the lead, but I may have issues if we are passed by a motorized bunny.
Comment by baa baa on June 11, 2010 at 10:12am
Ex racers?( the hounds, not you) .
Time for us to get another dog and we like the idea of a greyhound but I dont think the chooks feel the same. ( would welcome your thoughts)
Comment by Mark Lambert on June 11, 2010 at 10:48am
Hey Baa Baa,

The girl had two or three races then was dumped when her owner went to jail for something, the boy never raced because he was born with only one eye (I guess he can only run around the track clockwise or something), I got him when he was very young. Greyhounds do make fantastic pets, they have a lovely, calm temperament. It is not hard to acquire one, check out the various greyhound adoption websites, last time I checked the costs were less than $200. I got my two from a friendly vet for free, they were both sent in to be put down.
As for the chickens, it really depends on the dog. We have been thinking about getting chickens for a while now, so I did a bit of asking around on greyhound forums and they consensus is that some greys are good with them, some aren't. I'm pretty sure mine will be okay, we did a farm stay a few years ago and they left the chooks alone, but kept chasing the horses.
Comment by Mark Lambert on June 11, 2010 at 10:53am
Truth is the donuts are for the dogs, not allow to feed them to the boy (palm oil = bad)
Comment by baa baa on June 11, 2010 at 12:20pm
Thks Mark
Forgot to mention that we also have a rabbit, which runs free in the backyard....
May need to go back to soft mouth gun dog types we have had in the past.
palm oil = glossy coats


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