A skateboard is a great way to travel short distances. But things get challenging when used for long distances and many prefer bringing a bike and skateboard together.
Could a skateboard be carried on a bike without hooks or handles? Yes, you can transport a board on a bicycle with a backpack, skateboard straps, a bungee cord, or a rack.
How to Carry a Skateboard on a Bike?
1. Carry under your shoulder
You can carry a board under your shoulder. The correct way to do this is to hold the board under your arms in the middle. The trucks should face outwards.
2. Use backpacks or travel bags
Exactly as it sounds, a skateboard backpack is a bag designed to hold skateboards. These can hold your board vertically or horizontally.
3. Lay the board upside down on handlebars
The board gets locked into the handlebars. The handlebars sit between each end of the trucks. It can be a little tricky to do this.
4. Attach to the bike frame
The wheels on skateboards hold the board in place when positioned within the bike frames. Your board will, in essence, be between your legs. Even though it’s a hands-free method, please don’t use it. Your skateboard wheels can hamper your movement while your pedals are still working.
5. Use shoulder strap or shoulder bag
If carrying your skateboard gets tiring, there are options for bags and slings. Skateboard slings or straps provide the simplest and most affordable option while skateboard packs and backpacks accommodate cargo.
6. Try rear bike rack and bungee cord
Your rear bike rack can easily accommodate a skateboard if you already have one. You can secure your skateboard to the rack using bungee cords. Lay the skateboard across the bike rack and secure it with bungee cords.
7. Get a zip tie
You can use a zip tie to secure the board to the front rim underneath your tire.
8. Get a skateboard bike rack
The skate racks attach to the back rack of a bike and block the bike’s back rack, which is a bit of a hassle. You can ride safely by eliminating the clearance problem on your bike’s sides.
9. Build a wooden holder
To do this, you will need:
- 2 pieces of wood
- Some screws
Cut some wood to look like the letter c shape. Screw this to your handlebars
10. Put in a bag
Carrying skateboards in a bag is a little more challenging. These bags usually have an opening for your skateboard and fasteners that secure it.
They are usually used for storing skate equipment and tools.
11. Put the board down your shirt
This isn’t a good idea. The board is not secure enough and can slip out at any time. It also restricts your movement on the bike, which can be dangerous.
11. Sit on it
Face the board, grip tape down, and sit on it. This method isn’t safe though, especially if you were in an accident. The board can fly away and hit someone.
Advantages of carrying a skateboard on a bike
- Taking a skateboard out for a ride helps them build confidence and self-esteem.
- You can get to places that are otherwise unable to travel via skateboard due to uneven ground or terrain
Disadvantages of carrying a skateboard on a bike
- It can be dangerous if the board comes loose
- You risk injury from the board if you fall off
- You won’t have any room to carry a backpack or other goods
Tips to carry a skateboard on a bike
- The rider needs to keep their head and shoulders low when going downhill.
- Shift your weight from the toes to the balls of the feet. This will help you keep the weight centered over the handlebars and the wheel
- Keep your elbows in and knees bent while riding to be safer.
- Remember to secure the wheel to the rear rack of your skateboard bike when using one. Unsecured wheels can come off and get lost.
- Secure the skateboard as close as possible to the rear wheel when using shoulder strap bikes.
Which technique is the best for you?
Each rider will find a technique that is most suitable for them. For example, some may have trouble trying to balance a board on their handlebars. Others may prefer to have it secured in a backpack where it is not likely to come loose.
1. What size skateboard is easiest to carry?
Ans. That decision gets made based on individual preference. If you are carrying a board horizontal, you might want a narrower board. Carrying vertically in a backpack might be easier with a shorter deck.
2. Will holding a skateboard close to my body make my clothes dirty?
Ans. To avoid getting your clothes dirty, carry the board with the trucks and wheels facing away from you. Then, the grip tape won’t be as dirty, and it is better to be against you.