how would u go about carrying a kayak on a bike my broter and i go kayaking alot the beach is 2.5 miles away from my house my boat is eleven and half foot long and weighs about 45 to 50 pounds im think a trailer
I've thought about this problem and all you would need is two old 16" wheels, some rod for an axle and some webbing, maybe some wood or high density foam and you could make a little two wheeled trailer with a cradle for one end of the kayak. Strap the kayak to the trailer you just need a short rope or a bar or something to attach the front of your kayak to the bike. I think it would work fine.
I had a buddy back in the UP that made a trailer out of some plywood, some 2 bys, a couple of front wheels off old 10 speeds, and a piece of conduit for a long arm hitch, plus assorted fasteners. He'd haul his kayak wherever he wanted. I think you could just whip one up in an afternoon if you planned it out first.
I've seen some folks towing whitewater kayaks from a bike trailer here in DC. Of course, whitewater kayaks are significantly shorter than sea kayaks. I'm interested because we have a nice kayak marina about two miles from my house, and it's all accessible from a bike path. I love to paddle.
I have a 19' Kayak. Sports Rig trailers are the way to go. You can actually customize to fit your bikes and Kayak.
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Check out this link for a guy who built a light kayak trailer.
It looks like he made a servicable one out of wood to start with -- that sure makes it cheaper and easier to build. He also supplies contact information for people who want to know more about his trailer. Good luck
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i thought of that too, though i don't have a kayak. yet. but i'd like to take it one step further. do something like this and get the kayak to the water. now add a boat trailer/inflatable bag to take the bike with in the water. do folding bikes fit in kayaks? anyway i think amphibious touring would be pretty cool.Originally Posted by skookum
Maybe not a kayak but you could fit a bike in a canoe. I've been thinking about combining bike touring and fishing trips. Hualling a canoe with the camping gear out to state park would be a cool vacation.
Of course there is aways this as a solution too. http://rtpnet.org/robroy/pakyak/index.html
Last edited by Kokoro; 04-14-05 at 11:37 PM.
get an xtracycle and fit a kayak rack on one side and a road bike on the other.
drop the roadbike on the way up.
xtra to the top with the kayak
paddle down, ride up to pick up the bike.
then go home and do like 5000000 situps since we havn't enough exercize for the day!
I have yakima racks on a Subaru Forester. I can carry two sea kayaks and 2 bikes on the roof, plus additional bikes on the rear carrier.
Yes, but a Subaru is a car, not a bike, and you'd feel like a dweeb firing up a big ole car just for a 5 minute jaunt to the beach.
There's also an outfit that regularly has bike surfboard trailers for sale on ebay that comprises a pair of wheels in a rubber sock like apparatus that the board slides in. A bar on the front end connects the seatpost and surfboard. Probably to small for the kayak to fit into, but the concept could be scaled up for a kayak and wheels either locked with the bike or taken to sea.Originally Posted by iamlucky13
As I live just a five minute stroll from the shore, I will normally just strap my Danish, lightweight cart under the kayak and walk. But there should be no problem putting a bike in front:
I have the Trayak from Tony's Trailers. Last summer I did my first longer tour with it, some 600 kms with the trailer (and kayak) on tow. It worked like a charm.
I have my doubts about normal kayak / canoe cart with bike (I looked into it when considering the Trayak). For most models I don't think the bearings are durable enough for the speed and distances. Also, pneumatic tyres make the ride smoother and are required by the law where I live.
If the cart has good bearings and tyres and you're towing an open-top canoe, you could fit a yoke of sorts between the bow of the canoe and seatpost of your bike and be all set. Swedish canoe manufacturer Linder (http://www.linder.se) even makes such a yoke. Some legal issues may remain, around here for example a safety wire is required around the seatpost as well. That would be easy enough.
But this method is less practical with a closed top kayak, because you need to come up with a way to reliably attach the yoke to the bow. This may prove to be difficult without permanent modifications to the bow.