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I don't have a car and think about biking to ski resorts. So the question is how to carry my XC skis on a bike. Have anyone tried doing this and what was the solution?


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A "Bob"-style trailer is one option. (Look here for "how to carry a surfboard" for other ideas.) – Daniel R Hicks Mar 8 '13 at 22:48
I think a trailer might be an overkill for something that light. Plus, I live in Boston so maneuverability in traffic is desirable. – bezalel Mar 8 '13 at 23:08
The right trailer is very maneuverable. – Daniel R Hicks Mar 9 '13 at 3:44
@DanielRHicks: But still, I agree that a trailer is overkill for skis. The answers from Glenn Gervais and mattnz show that. – Carey Gregory Mar 9 '13 at 6:32
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I have seen people trailer them, but for a local race here, many people go car free and strap them to the top tube extending back behind the seat, usually onto the rack.

Found many images using google image search for "carry skis on bike"

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When ski touring we often carry skis on our backpacks - tied together at top and one each in loops each side. Very stable except in high winds. No reason this would not work riding a bike. Here is a pic

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Here's a DIY solution, adding a vertical ski tube to your rack

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I would use bungees to secure them to the rear rack and let them stick out behind me. As their weight is minimal, the bike's handling should change very little.

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Depending on the length of the skis a "Sandwich" of skis with the frame in the middle can work, using bungees to strap them together. also if you have a rack over the rear wheel this will further support them... Wouldn't try this for my old Downhill boards. by my newer and shorter Slalom boards would do the trick.

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The Burley Travoy trailer is an interesting design and is a good deal more compact than a traditional trailer. Burley Travoy

The trailer folds down to keep it convenient while still being able to carry a good deal of stuff. The benefit of a trailer mounted at an angle rather than parallel with the ground is that you wouldn't need to drag along the length of your skis - it'd only trail by a few feet. In mounting skis you would have to angle them upwards so as to avoid whacking yourself in the head, but with the right arrangement of luggage I don't see that as being a problem. This might be the ideal option if you were to carry more than one pair of skis in addition to your standard gear.

Disclaimer: I am quite fond of my Burley Flatbed trailer and can attest to Burley's design, but have never used the Travoy (it generally gets pretty good reviews, though.)

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Surfers here in San Diego carry their boards to the beach with this little side mounted rack on their beach cruisers.

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