You want to transport your skateboard (and maybe other stuff) with your bike. You could either buy a carrying basket or make one yourself. I will describe how to do this for a regular bike without a rear rack (e.g., beach cruiser and mountain bikes).
What you need:
A bike (obviously)
A lock (preferably U-lock)
Some tools or at least Allen keys/screwdrivers of the correct sizes. If you have non-standard size screws on the mounting point, just come over, and we can figure something out together.
For example, my screw is 8mm, but it’s too long, so I cut the head off and just left the screw part. I don’t think it’s possible to damage your bike with a shorter version, but feel free to experiment and comment below on what worked best for you!
A skateboard (duh)
Optional: hacksaw, Dremel tool, drill with 1mm drill bit (or 9/64 in the US), file, or sandpaper.
Overview of the setup
The whole idea here is that when locked onto the rack, the skateboard hangs off under its weight without much force applied to the mounting points on either end (of course, this depends on the size and shape of the skateboard).
A cable lock runs through the bike frame and the mounting points on both ends of the skateboard. The rear wheel of the bicycle serves as a third point of contact, so there is no need for an extra mount or bracket to hold up the front end.
I have multiple holes drilled in my bike rack at the same height, so installing this carrying mechanism onto another bike with different geometry would work almost the same. The only difference would be how high up or low down you adjust it to fit your bike’s rack properly.
Remove any old brackets/mounts/etc. Those are already on your bike rack! If screwed in, use the appropriate screwdriver (usually flathead) if riveted/welded on.
how to carry a skateboard on a bike
The first thing you’ll need to do is drill a small hole into the rack where it will be closest to the ground when mounted onto your bike. You can eyeball this or measure it out with a ruler if you want. Use the Dremel tool to grind away any jagged edges until it looks nice and smooth.
Next, take your hacksaw and cut one part off of the U-lock so that you have half of it. It will serve as your “hook” for the cable lock later. The other half can sit inside your U-lock holster for safekeeping.
Now drill a hole into the end of the skateboard that you want to mount first. The placement depends on how far down your rack is from your handlebars, but it should be somewhere around 1/3 of the distance if you want optimal stability for both ends of the board.
It’s usually a good idea to practice this part on an old piece of scrap wood before drilling into anything expensive like your new deck or whatever board you ride (I’ll assume that everyone reading knows what kind of board they’re trying to attach in my future blog post). Once again, use some sandpaper or file down any jagged edges you drilled through, and make sure it looks neat.
Now take your other hole saw bit and drill another starter hole into another end of the skateboard so that you have two holes drilled in opposite directions. This way, they form a perfect 90-degree angle when you line up both holes along the same plane. Now use sandpaper or file any jagged edges to clean it up real nice.
You can also leave it if you don’t care about aesthetics. All the edges are hidden underneath the bike rack using my method.
Next, take your Allen keys/screwdrivers/whatever tools came with your bike rack and tighten down one part of the mounting point on either end using them. You want these screws to be as tight as possible to make sure your board doesn’t move around at all once it’s mounted onto the rack.
Take your cable lock and run it through both holes on the front end of the skateboard, then through both mounting points underneath your bike’s rack (it should go first through the back end of one hole, then diagonally under/up to the front end of the other hole near where you’re standing).
Once you finish running it through these two points, use a carabineer or something similar that is heavy-duty enough to be used as a keychain if need be to clip that U-lock half onto this cable lock. Lock up your rear wheel so no one can walk off with your whole bicycle while you step away or into a store, then step away and admire your handy work.
I have attached my skateboard to my bike’s rack while holding it up instead of on the ground where you usually put it when riding around on it. This way, I can quickly pop out my board anytime I want without stepping down on the side stand every time. Now I don’t have to worry about forgetting about it wherever I go.
I hope this post has been helpful for anyone that wants to know how to carry a skateboard on a bike. If you have any questions feel free to comment below. Thank you for reading.
How do you carry things while riding a bike?
Bicycles are not safe when carrying things in your hands or having passengers on the back of your seat. I recommend using a bicycle rack to carry things while riding,
Is it harder to ride a bike or skateboard?
It’s easier to ride a bike because your feet are closer to the ground, and you’re going more slowly, but it’s harder to balance. Riding a skateboard is more challenging at first, but you can get good at it after some practice.
Is a skateboard a good mode of transportation?
Yes, skateboards are excellent for transportation. They can be faster than walking and much easier than driving, but not as easy as public transit.
Can a skateboard go as fast as a bike?
A skateboard is slower than a bike because it has less contact with the ground, and you use your arms to move. However, if you want to go fast on a skateboard, all you have to do is lean forward and stand utterly straight with your arms at your side.
Can you skateboard with a backpack?
Yes, you can. Just make sure the backpack is tightly strapped to your back so it doesn’t interfere with your balance or cause you to slip off the board. It would help if you were very careful when turning around or transferring your weight on and off the board because you could bump into something, lose your balance, and fall over.