Converted my bike into a dog scooter for $1! ByeBye bikejoring. Hello dog scootering!
It finally dawned on me: I don't need to wait until I save enough money for that dog scooter experience, I can turn my bike into a scooter almost for free. All I had to do was disconnect one of the crank arms (the piece that the pedal connects to), turn it 180% around, and reconnect it, so instead of it being opposite the other side/pedal (one up, one down), it is exactly in the same position so I can stand on both pedals and both of my feet/legs would be extended down (similar to standing on a dog sled or scooter). Then I just removed the bike seat and mounting bar, and voila(!): my mountain bike is now as close to a dog scooter as you can get without actually owning a dog scooter. When I can get my wife out there, I'll have her take some pics for a better visual, but I hope you get the picture.
I was so excited to take it for a spin that I attached King Kaze to me and off we went into the night darkness for a short 2.5 mile ride. We even saw a shooting star blaze across the wide open Idaho sky. I'm headed to bed so I can get back up in 6 hours to take all 4 dogs for their first dog scootering ride (no more calling it bikejoring...ha!). I am so excited, I'm not sure I'll even be able to fall asleep. It is such a different feeling than just sitting on a bike seat. I'm in LOVE!
I didn't have all of the tools to do it myself. I needed what they call a "Puller" to get that crank arm off. I had to take the bike to my local bike shop, where he did it for $1 labor fee. Not kidding. Love small towns! I asked him to order me the Puller so I can convert it from scooter to bike back to scooter as I need to. He sold a $20 Puller in his shop, but my Specialized Mountain Bike needed a different kind of Puller that costs $22, so he put it on special order for me.