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JSteiner 05-05-08 08:18 PM

Surfboard on a bike
Does anyone here have any experience with carrying a surfboard on their bike? I'm moving to San Jose in about a month, which is about 40 miles to the nearest surf break. I like the idea of packing up surfing and camping gear and heading to the beach on the weekends, but have to find a good way to carry the board.

I've never been much attracted to a trailer. They add too much weight, rolling resistance, and akwardness. I can fit everything I need in my panniers, on the racks, or in a backpack. But the surfboard can't.

I'm not a very great surfer, so I ride a longer board (6'2"-6'6" or so). I'm worried about it being too long to really manage on a long ride. I've seen the DIY page where the guy made his own out of PVC. I like the idea, but his design looks like the bike is literally impossible to pedal:

Electra distributes a rack made by Carver, but I'm hesitant to drop $100 on a rack without knowing anything about it.

Has anyone used a surfboard rack or knows someone who has? Any suggestions on one that would be good for a longer ride?

coldfeet 05-05-08 08:45 PM

You can get a surfboard on an Xtracycle equiped bike if you use their longloader attachment.
They used to have a video on the site somewhere of a dude riding down a woodland path
with a surfboard on board.

keisatsu 05-06-08 08:01 AM

I imagine you're going to go to Santa Cruz to surf (I used to live in Capitola, best town eVar, make sure you check out Mr. Toots!). Just ask one of the many people riding around with their boards where they got their rack.

Jerseysbest 05-06-08 08:16 AM

I see people all the time with boards on special racks that hang on the the side of their bike. 40 miles might be kinda awkward though

1fluffhead 05-06-08 08:28 AM

I have used something like the mule and it worked okay.

thePig 05-06-08 09:20 AM

The mule looks great! Not sure I would want to ride over any big bumps though.
When I was a teenager I lived 3 miles from the beech and used to ride there with my board under my arm - guess you can't do that for 40miles though.

Artkansas 05-06-08 02:14 PM

That trailer 1fluffhead showed looked good. You definitely need a good rig to get over the Santa Cruz mountains. I saw the rod n tube design, looks like it would be okay if you lived in downtown Santa Cruz, but not for an odyssey as you are planning. Check in the Northern California forum for the best route to follow. Have fun.

ggriffinslo 05-13-08 10:24 PM

SurfBoard transport
Seems that the distance makes bike only a tough call. many cities in Coastal California have bike racks for commuters. I ride one to my work,get off and pedal a few miles through the town to work. I wonder if your regional transit has a similar set up.


peace_piper 05-15-08 04:47 PM

I used one of these: when I was living in Hawai'i. It worked out great. I still have it somewhere, but it's far too cold to surf now that I moved to NorCal. They say they can carry boards up to 10'. It worked fine for my board which was 5'10".

Lindi 11-07-10 10:59 AM

you might check out the wheele surfboard trailer.

attercoppe 11-07-10 08:57 PM

Originally Posted by Lindi (Post 11748192)
you might check out the wheele surfboard trailer.

Yes! I have a Wheele, slightly different than what's shown on the website. (Mine is an older model, in fact I understood they were out of business.) I don't surf, but use the trailer pretty extensively. It trails well and is low drag - I don't really even notice it. Mine also folds up - there is a hinged break in the middle of the main pole, covered by a sliding metal sleeve when unfolded for use. I've mainly hauled groceries and laundry, and currently use it primarily to haul my backpack to school and back. Here's a picture from a few years back of it full of groceries after a run to the store (click for larger).
The hitch system is great, pretty much can't come off accidentally. The bike-mounted piece is unobtrusive and solidly in place once installed, yet can easily be removed, or swap your whole saddle and stem to another bike and the hitch goes with it.

Lindi 11-18-10 10:56 PM

You have an orginal Wheele. I love that you pick up groceries, what an excellent idea!!

Nitram 11-23-10 04:19 PM

I use this one. used on boards up to 7ft. it works fine

countersTrike 11-29-10 10:57 PM

Originally Posted by Artkansas (Post 6647027)
You definitely need a good rig to get over the Santa Cruz mountains. I saw the rod n tube design, looks like it would be okay if you lived in downtown Santa Cruz, but not for an odyssey as you are planning.

I doubt it would be possible to pedal over one of the worst highways in the US. I live downtown Santa Cruz and that highway has become a crowded and very busy nightmare (usually with daily accidents). Sorry to mess up the idea using a bike trailer. Best of luck, but as the 'actor auditioneer' said: "NEXT!!!!" :D

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