A surfboard bike rack is your ticket to getting to the waves on two wheels. Seriously, these things are cool. If you’re thinking about bagging one for your rig, we can’t be more certain: Do it! They’ve helped us out in little villages on the south-west Sri Lanka coast, in the bustling towns of Bali (we’re not the type to scooter around), and even along the rugged shores of Portugal. We LOVE em’!
This guide takes a look at five of the top options that are readily available on the market today. There are products that are best for shortboards, others for longboards, and some with extra lightness and bungee chords, all of which are features you’ll have to think about when you come to buy.
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Top surfboard bike racks quick links
- Moved By Bikes MBB Shortboard Rack – The best surfboard bike rack of all
- Moved By Bikes MBB Longboard Rack – The best longboard rack
- Ho Stevie! Surfboard Bike Rack – A solid option with multiple color choices
- Carver Surfboard Bike Rack – Shortboard – A very solid option on the premium side
- Onefeng Sports Surfboard Scooter Moped Bike Rack – The one for those with a scooter or moped.
- COR Surf Shortboard Bike Carrier Rack – A rack with easy on-off release
PRICE WHEN REVIEWED: $56.22
We’ll just go right ahead and say it: The Moved By Bikes MBB Shortboard Rack should be your go-to bike rack option for 2022. It just ticks all the boxes and comes in at a pretty attractive sub-$60 price. On top of that, it’s crafted by one of the leading names in the surf-bike-rack niche. Clue: This isn’t the last time you’ll see Moved By listed here (there’s better option for loggers just below).
This product follows the classic design. It’s a single fixture that clamps on easily just below the main seat. From that, two curved arms reach out to the base of the wheels ultilizing aluminium construction to keep things on the lighter side. We’ve already mentioned the price, but it’s the main talking point here, since this rack does just about everything all the others will but won’t break the bank. It works on all boards up to about 7ft.
- The best shortboard option
- Very light
- Doesn’t work with longboards
PRICE WHEN REVIEWED: $91.99
Smooth, mellow sets the order of the day? Crack out the log and rely on this specially designed longboard rack to get you and your quiver to the break. You’ll notice how the design is split across two fixtures. That’s to ensure that there’s enough weight distribution for the extra bulk of eight or nine footers. Moved By gets good plaudits for their sturdiness and strength, so there’s no having to worry about cracked metal if you’re riding on potholed roads, either – Sri Lanka, we’re looking at you!
The MBB is a different beast to most of the surfboard bike rack products on this page. That’s because it requires two fixings to get it onto the bike itself, as opposed to just the one. Maybe…potentially irritating if you’re worried about scratching the finish on your new retro cruiser? However, the dual fixings are there to widen the balance on the hold, making them a great option for longboarders and for cycling over rough surfaces. They’re also well padded, so don’t don’t mark easily.
We also really like the versatility that comes with the Moved By model. It’s good for a whole range of bikes, including classic Cali beach cruisers and mountain bikes. What’s more, both frames are detachable without you having to unscrew the main bolts. That’s a godsend if you store your ride somewhere tight. Just click the rack off and whack it back on again when you roll out for the dawnie. Easy.
- The longboard option
- Sturdy metalwork
- Easily detatchable
- Two fixtures required
- Not the best choice for shortboards
PRICE WHEN REVIEWED: $69.67
The Ho Stevie! Surfboard Bike Rack has risen to become a bit of an industry standard. Not only is the top seller on a few major marketplaces (*cough* Amazon *cough*), but it’s also got some stonking great reviews. They really cut their teeth on simplicity. We love step-by-step fixing instructions for this piece of kit. The setup relies on just one clinch pin that you goes straight beneath the saddle. It’s not rocket science, folks!
The Ho Stevie! also comes with adjustment options that are easy to do with just a nifty pull of one leg or the other. It should stand up for a good range of board sizes but gets a little tricky with anything that’s 8″+. Loggers beware. The construction is aluminium, so it’s light and rust resistant (good for cycling surfers in wetter locations). We also love that there are different color options. Zingy yellow anyone?
- Easy to fix and adjust
- Rust resistant
- Not enough clearance for anything over 8 foot
- Just the basic adjustment options
PRICE WHEN REVIEWED: $91.26
The Carver is probably one of the more premium options on this list. It’s constructed with high-quality welded alum and the designers have really thought about keeping the weight down and the strength factor up. We’ve used this bad boy to cruise in NZ with pretty high-volume boards and it stood up like Kelly Slater at Pipe – AKA pretty damn well.
It’s an easy-fix prospect with just one join between the saddle stem and the rack itself. It’s built to handle shoraboards and mids up to about eight foot. However, we’ve found that the Carver offers just a touch more angle on the setting, so you can sometimes fit longers boards and Malibus on too, so long as you’re comfy riding with them.
- A very solid option
- Wide settings means it can handle mid lengths and shortboards
- Pricier than other choices
PRICE WHEN REVIEWED: $87.99
The Onefeng scooter and moped rack is a good all-rounder option that takes care of those with petrol-powered bikes. With a singe lynch pin fixture that goes around the base of the saddle at the back of your moped, this one is for folks who turn the ignition and ride their way to the breaks. It’s compatible with all sorts of rides, from big Harleys to the smaller scooters that you rent in Sri Lanka and the like.
Talking of adjustments, the arms can be extended to accommodate surfboards with bigger volumes and widths. They also come with stretchy bungees for that extra adhesion (great if you’re planning on cycling in high-traffic areas or on hills). The only downside with this all-rounder model is the fact it’s only good for boards up to a max of eight foot. It also can’t do SUP boards.
- Designed for mopeds and scooters
- Adjustable for different board volumes
- Fixing bungee ropes
- No good for true longboards
- No good for SUP
PRICE WHEN REVIEWED: $83.99
COR shortboard rack stands out on account of just how light it is. The metal is full aluminium alloy, so the grammage is cut to next to nothing. Upshot? It’s a fine option for getting to and from the breaks on two wheels if you like in hilly areas or have a heavy board. The metal is also rust resistant and has graded welding work, so you should find those all-important joints hold up well, even after waiting by the beach in the salt air.
There’s another feature that makes the COR surfboard rack stand out from the crowd: The bungee. On this model it’s totally inbuilt. We can’t stress just how nice that is. You won’t be fiddling around with annoying pull chords and fixtures while you miss the sets. It’s just a case of whacking the elasticated cables over your ride and pulling them tight. Viola: Off you pedal! The COR also employs quick-release buttons for when the rack’s not needed.
One potential downside is that this is a V-rack (made from a single fixture, not two) and a small one at that. It’s only really good for shortboards. But, hey, the clue’s in the name!
- Very light
- In-built elastic bungee chords to secure your board
- Easy on-off release buttons
- Only for shortboards
- Not adjustable to different rails and board widths
If you’ve sampled any other surfboard bike rack and really think we’ve missed a trick by not having them on this list of the best buys, be sure to drop your thoughts in the comments below. We always love to share in-the-know tips about the best surf gear.