If you’re like us (and we’re guessing you must be if this article caught your attention) who desires the simple life, and who wants to be able to get their surfboard to the beach without much hassle, then this Carver Surfboard Bike Rack Review might interest you.
Hell, if, like us, you’re someone who doesn’t live too far from the beach to justify having to bring a car to get there, and who doesn’t live too close to the beach to justify walking, then a surfboard bike rack, much like the carver surfboard bike rack, might be exactly what you need.
And because we realize that many people like us are on the market for such a convenience, we’ve decided to check out this particular surfboard bike rack and do a review for you.
We can’t say we’ve tried them all as far as surfboard bike racks are concerned. But we’ve definitely tried a few, so we’re confident that we can objectively tell whether this one is worth the moolah, or whether you should skip it and check out something else.
So, without further adieu, here goes:
The Carver Surf Rack company says on their website that they’ve been in the business of making surf racks for bikes and mopeds for a while now—indeed, they say “since 2003.” That is definitely a good sign. This means they know what they’re doing, are a serious business, not some fly-by-night. Now, you might think this little piece of information isn’t all that insightful but trust us: it is. We’ve encountered many products that boast about having been well-built only for them to break down with the slightest tinkering. Maybe they’re cheap knock-offs, perhaps they were manufactured in some cramped basement in China—who knows? The fact that this company can trace its origins to an actual person who started the business on the shores of Hawaii is an excellent sign!
Firstly, the whole package. We got the Carver Surf Rack CSR Mini—it seems to be the cheapest of all the Carver Surf Racks on offer—and it came with seemingly everything we need to complete the installation.
Aside from the manual that details all the steps for installation and the tubular arms that form the rack itself, the package also came with all the bolts needed to connect the arms (naturally!) and a 5mm hex key (as well as another, smaller hex key) for tightening the bolts.
So far, so good.
Every single piece of metal that’s supposed to form the surfboard rack looks well-made. The mounting bracket, as well as the tubular arms, look strong and sturdy. Not only are the tubular arms made from an aluminum alloy that is built to last, we can also, because of this, expect them to be rust free for years to come. The tubular arms are also foam-padded, which is a nice touch. This means you won’t be scratching your bike or your board as you take off with both.
Installation was a breeze. Indeed, my grandma could have installed this if I asked her to. The installation guide included in the package that detailed the setup process was easy to understand. I even initially browsed Youtube for instructional videos to guide me but ended up reading the installation manual instead, because it was fairly easy to follow and understand. (But, yeah, if you don’t like going through written manual/guides, there are many videos on Youtube that can help!)
The arms snap to each other easily and each arm slots into each bracket’s clamp securely. The mounting bracket is likewise easy enough to bolt to the bike’s seat post. So really, installation of the whole thing shouldn’t take more than a few minutes even for the most technically incompetent individual.
With the rack-mounted onto the bike’s seat post, we found that our 8-foot long surfboard fits perfectly. No problem at all!
The company does say in their website that 8 feet is the maximum surfboard length that the Carver Surfboard Mini Bike Rack can reasonably lug around. However, we suspect we’d still be fine with a board that was a few inches longer. In any case, if you use a longboard that exceeds 8 feet in length by more than a few inches, then you’re better off getting the Carver Surf Rack’s “Max Rack,” which reportedly can carry boards up to 10 feet.
With everything set; with the rack-mounted to our seat post, the bolts carefully tightened, and our 8-foot surfboard in place, we decided to ride the bike around the block a couple of times to test the rack’s balance and stability.
And, boy, does this thing offer excellent balance!
We were fully expecting to have a difficult time on our first ride, not least because the board was side-mounted—i.e., the weight of the whole board was set to one side—but no! It was surprisingly balanced and stable, even for our first ride! In fact, I don’t think we’ll be having any trouble riding our bike for miles with our 8-foot surfboard on tow—it is that stable.
So what are our thoughts on the product?
Well, to be honest, we kinda dig it! It certainly performs as advertised, and we can definitely recommend it to anyone on the market for a surfboard rack.