If you are within cycling distance to your nearest break, then why not have a go at making a rack for your bike? It will make the journey to the beach a little safer if you have both hands free to ride with and your board is not obscuring your view. This is a quick, easy, and cheap method of making your own surfboard bike rack.
Let's check the materials that we are going to need:
You should be able to pick up all the parts from any hardware store. If you don't have any of the tools, then see if you can borrow them from someone. Your neighbour is bound to have them.
What we'll be making is a rack consisting of two arms that attach to the bike. (See the diagram below.) Both arms have a "U" shape where the board sits. The board is held in place in transit by the bungee cords.
First things first — go and check that you'll be able to mount the rack on your bike without it getting in the way of your cables. You'll still need to be able to change gear (especially if you have a hilly ride to your break), and more importantly you have to ensure you can still use your brakes! Check the diagram below for spots to attach your rack arms.
If you're happy that you'll be able to attach the rack safely to your bike, then continue reading. If not, you'll have to go out and buy a new bike just so you can make these racks.
This is what the arms of your bike rack will look like. Each part is labeled with the description from the materials listed above.
That's it for starters. You are now ready to go crazy with the drill and hacksaw. Surfboard Bike Rack Part 2 >>