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Old 01-02-09, 08:12 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever toured with a large surf board?

I am attempting to buy/build a rig that can handle a 6-6 1/2 foot board. It seems that a trailer might be in order but I am not sure yet. Does anyone have any ideas? Am I crazy for even considering it? I have seen people haul them with extra cycles but not as big of a board as i am talking about and not with camping/touring gear on top of the board. If you have does this kind of thin g please send me suggestions or pictures! Thanks all!
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Any old bike will do! Haha, just yesterday I posted some pics from my mate Josh's trip in the "Loaded rigs" branch. See here (bottom of page): Pictures of your loaded rigs?
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I don't have a picture, but I saw a guy out in San Diego with a small board hanging off a frame that stuck out on the left side of his bike. Not sure if it would work w/ a full-size board for too many miles.
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Outside of a trailer, these are the two ways that I know how:
http://www.surfwonders.com/category/...rd-bike-racks/
I've used both types of racks for boards on cruisers and prefer the side rack. But I have never tried it with a loaded bike.
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Any old bike will do! Haha, just yesterday I posted some pics from my mate Josh's trip in the "Loaded rigs" branch. See here (bottom of page): Pictures of your loaded rigs?
Riding that into a powerful headwind would be a miserable experience. You might even get pushed backwards.
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This is being offered on eBay in Australia (expensive):

www.quiverkaddy.com

I'm not sure about riding with the surfboard on its side and the windage it would cause. Having had an incident with a queen-size double bed loaded flat on a bike trailer in strong gust -- the whole lot was picked up and dumped -- the configuration just doesn't appeal to me much.

It might give you some ideas for a solution, though. The website says there are outlets in the US.

There are also some other tradenames mentioned at the bottom of the portal page that no doubt could lead you on a useful google search (Mule Surfboard and Tolo).
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I rode from Guerrero Negro to Mulege on my moto with a guy who had a five and a half foot amp board strapped to the side of his r1150gs. He was having trouble keeping the bike on the road, and that was with 85 hp . . . I would imagine cycling through a crosswind would invite a knockdown.
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Any old bike will do! Haha, just yesterday I posted some pics from my mate Josh's trip in the "Loaded rigs" branch. See here (bottom of page): Pictures of your loaded rigs?
Duke, nice JS.

There is 2 common styles here in Florida. this one, and this one. The only style I've ever seen. I would opt for the side rack if it were me.

Google image search "surfboard bike" to get some more ideas.
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Riding that into a powerful headwind would be a miserable experience. You might even get pushed backwards.
But the tailwinds totally make up for it!!
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A friend made his own side rack w/ p-clamps, pvc, bungie cords. Solid enough to get from his house to the beach but I don't know about racking up serious mileage.
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