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    Pick up truck bike racks?

    Looking for an alternative to just throwing my bike in the bed of my truck. i can fabricate and was thinking of making something but id like to see whats available(if such a thing even exists). I was thinking of something that mounts on the rails of the bed so that you still had your cargo space. i suppose i could also just get a hitch mount(which literally, JUST occured tome). I do like making things though, but if the price is right i would consider just buying something.

    thanks!

    for the record i have an 06 GMC Sierra 2500.

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    A guy I ride with has these... and loves them. I can't imagine they would be THAT hard to make.

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    check these out...locking and non locking versions.

    http://www.cracksandracks.com/advanc...Submit2=Search

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    Quote Originally Posted by cracksandracks.com
    check these out...locking and non locking versions.

    http://www.cracksandracks.com/advanc...Submit2=Search


    Just ordered that from yah Scott! i dont think the MTBR coupon code worked for me, but its alright. I probably did it wrong, haha.

    look forward to getting it and hope its safe and secure.

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    I bought this Curtis Bike rack for my truck it bolts thru the ball mount hole in the step bumper

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    Pickup Truck bike rack ...

    This discussion has come-up before on this forum ...

    There are basically four types of racks for trucks;

    1. The improvised bike hitch on a board or rail
    2. The stand-up slot - much like the traditional sidewalk bike rack, but in your truck. These are both manufactured and improvised using PVC pipe.
    3. There are small bracket type systems that brace your bike in standing position to the sidewall, and then addition brackets to tie additional bike toward the center. RecRac is the well known brand for this.
    4. Specialty racks that might go over the tailgate, or even use the tailgate gap to secure a rack of some sort - or, do highly compacting stuff like RempRack does (great for families that are pulling trailers).

    There are - of course - the broad range of hitch-mounted racks which will also work with trucks.

    Personally, I use the RempRack, and I am a huge fan.
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    I was looking into this one:
    http://www.thule.com/en/US/Products/...d%20Rider.aspx

    But those RecRac's look even easier!

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    When you say you have been throwing the bikes in the bed, do you mean just laying them down in there? Most ppl with pickup trucks up here just use a Dakine tailgate pad and are done with it!

    Cheers

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    or get some sheet metal screws, some silicone, and one of these and spend 10 minutes installing it....


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    I made one out of angle iron, and a few of those fork mounts pictured above.

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    I have the Thule Instagator...


    I have a Tacoma 4-door with the short bed. I can fit my Large Santa Cruz in it with no problems by pointing the frame to the front corner. It's the best solution so far with thru-axle forks since you don't have to remove the front wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz
    When you say you have been throwing the bikes in the bed, do you mean just laying them down in there? Most ppl with pickup trucks up here just use a Dakine tailgate pad and are done with it!

    Cheers

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    +1 moving blanket works well too, or the softride tailgate pad

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    PT Lumber

    I made my rack out of PT lumber. I used 2x8's and basically made a rectangle with channels in it to "wedge" the tires into. I have 2 slots on the outside of the rectangle (outside of the bed) and one in the middle. The one in the middle is raised to half way up the 2x8 so that 3 bikes can all be loaded, front wheel forward, without handlebars hitting each other. The middle bike rides up higher than the 2 on the sides. I then use a bungee around the seat post and attach it to the rail for stabilization. The middle bike has a long bungee that mounts to the rack, comes up and over the top tube, and attaches to an eye-bolt on the other side. This rack allows you to leave your wheels on your bike during transport.

    I built the rack so it is just about 1/8 inch too wide for the bed. That way, I can stand on it to wedge it into place and it won't move around. The 2 x 8 's are heavy enough that it's plenty stable.

    If I want to carry more bikes, I can turn 2 bikes around and bungee them between the bikes in the slots so the entire bike is in the bed, or I can hang 2 over the tailgate shuttle style and there is plenty of room to stash gear in the vacant spots in the rack. Total of 5 bikes with the wheels on is a piece of cake.

    I also screwed a piece of climbing webbing to the front of the rack so it has a handle. This makes it portable if I need to use the bed of my truck for other stuff.

    Sorry I dont have a picture. It's buried under snow in the yard somewhere. Hope this made a little sense.

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    I have a tonneau cover on my truck... keeps my gear safe and dry, it also allows more room in the cab for passengers... i made a bike mount using flat iron supports and a pair of sette hitch-it bike mounts..
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    Quote Originally Posted by vudu
    I have a tonneau cover on my truck... keeps my gear safe and dry, it also allows more room in the cab for passengers... i made a bike mount using flat iron supports and a pair of sette hitch-it bike mounts..
    That is awesome.

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    This if you want to spend $0



    This if you want to spend $70


    Either way you can fit 9 bikes across a full size tail gate.

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    softride's bed cover can be found pretty cheap
    http://www.softride.com/rack-product..._tail_gate_pad

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    I posted this in "General Discussion" not realizing there was a Car & Driver section. I just bought an XTC 29er with this particular fork.


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    Quote Originally Posted by achtungpv
    I have the Thule Instagator...


    I have a Tacoma 4-door with the short bed. I can fit my Large Santa Cruz in it with no problems by pointing the frame to the front corner. It's the best solution so far with thru-axle forks since you don't have to remove the front wheel.

    I have a Taco myself. Can anyone confirm that the InstaGator will work with a 64* HA?
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    Here is what I use. I have 2x4s under it, in an H pattern, as bracing. I made it just wide enough to fit between the fender wells of my buddy's step side ranger and run a tie down strap through the fork brackets to hold it in place. I spent 40 for the two brackets and 30 on treated wood.


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    I just use a cheap garage rack and then strap them down.

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    I use strap extentions to tie to the bike, then motorcycle tie downs, the scrap wood rack holds the front wheel in place, the bunge cord holds the rear wheel in place, the wood rack is not bolted in so removeable, I made it for one bicycle on each side and big enough for a motorcycle in the center.. some scrap wood a few drywall screws and it done.

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    I am in the process of making one myself. I got two of the hollywood fork mounts similair to the thule pictured above. They were available at the local shop and half the price. Mouinted to a 2x4, the drilled two holes, and used 3/8 toggles bolts to mount into the stake pockets.

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    I just finished my over the soft cover rack.

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    just wanted to follow up. Ive been using that one from cracks and racks in the 3rd post and it works great. its cheap and just bolts right on, comes with everything you need.

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    I have been against a hard tonnaue since I toutinely haul furniture, mulch, etc in my truck.
    I did want a way to carry the bikes up higher and be able to put camping gear liek tents, coolers, totes, etc. underneath them. this little 5-1/2 foot bed fills up pretty quickly.
    When I spotted this fiberglass cover on Craigslist, I couldn't pass it up.
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    $95 ARE bed cover
    $50 Yakima rails and crossbars setup also from craigslist a few days later.
    $25 in bike trays found over time at Flea market and garage sales. (came with a rood rack for a honda)
    Finally pulled it all together and got it on the truck.
    Will be either painted or bedlinered soon to make it look as great as it works.
    Had to improvise since the trays were for rectangle crossbars. A couple u-bolts was all it took to make them work on this.
    It is attached with clevises for easy removal to haul mulch, furniture, etc..


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    The THULE Instagator is the absolute bomb. I love mine and have two of them in the back of my truck. Very quick, stable, and secure. Couldn't ask for anything more.

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    Rack, who needs a rack.

    No rack needed. Perfect fit. Current Chameleon fits at a little of an angle.
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    I built this one.

    Make your own Bike Rack

    Holds three bikes, don't have to remove the front wheel, and you don't even have to bungee them for short drives. I painted mine black and just leave it in the bed.

    I do have to pt them in rearward facing because the front rotor hits the PVC so they don't stay quite as straight as they would otherwise. Not a biggie, though.

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    I got some great ideas from this site and others but ended up doing my own variation which I think may be more stable. I used 1 1/2" pvc,cleaned it with acetone, and painted it. It can also be adjusted so the back wheel comes in contact with the tail gate and holds the bike in place.
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    I liked the idea of the DaKine pickup pad but I just went out to my Tacoma and threw a moving pad over the tailgate. Threw my 29er on and the wheel hangs about 6" below the bumper. Seems like the wheel is in a pretty vulnerable place hanging that low. Dont think a 29er will work on a smaller truck this way. Definitly wouldnt have been a problem on a full size truck though.

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    I use two Instagators, and two Rec-Racs to carry four bikes with nothing touching and all the wheels on. If I need to I can strap a fifth into the bed with tie-downs in the center. I also have a Kuat hitch rack to bring the potential total to eight bikes.

    I run a pick-up and drop-off tuning business, so transporting bikes cleanly and safely is pretty key to the whole process. I still find it kind of funny that my truck can only carry three people (and only two will be comfortable, really) but can carry eight bikes...

    Here she is with two in the Instagators and one on the Rec-Rac for shuttling with a couple of friends.
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    Built this from a variety of items.



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    Not unique or especially original but I've used this type of setup since the first bolt on quick release mounts came out 15 years ago or so.
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    Just built this one for about $10 worth of steel


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    how do you like those deltas? thinking about replacing my xport ones, do they lock the fork well? my fork mounts i have to keep twisting to make them tighter and then when i close the lever, it doesnt really tighten up so i dont even bother putting up the lever anymore

    i also tightened the bolt on the lever, didnt make much of a difference..
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazardousmtb View Post
    how do you like those deltas? thinking about replacing my xport ones, do they lock the fork well? my fork mounts i have to keep twisting to make them tighter and then when i close the lever, it doesnt really tighten up so i dont even bother putting up the lever anymore

    i also tightened the bolt on the lever, didnt make much of a difference..
    Yes, they work great. I carried my bike from Los Angeles to Wrightwood (About an hour drive). Bolt didn't loosen and bike was as stiff as when I first bolted it up. And take into consideration that it's a tank of a Kona Stinky the mount is holding in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rui View Post
    Yes, they work great. I carried my bike from Los Angeles to Wrightwood (About an hour drive). Bolt didn't loosen and bike was as stiff as when I first bolted it up. And take into consideration that it's a tank of a Kona Stinky the mount is holding in place.
    good to know, thanks man
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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck View Post
    Not unique or especially original but I've used this type of setup since the first bolt on quick release mounts came out 15 years ago or so.
    mine is just like that, I used a Trex composite board as I dont have a cab and didnt want the wood to rot out.

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    Here's an alternative to fork mounts called the WheelWally that I've just started making for road bikes and 26" and 29" mountain bikes. If you drive a short bed then the fork mount probably makes more sense (unless you have a bed "extender") but if your bike fits front-to-back in your bed, the WheelWally allows for super fast and secure installations with no wheel removal. WheelWally - Truck-Mounted Bike Rack - Wheel Attachment System
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    A tailgate transport is the easiest way to go. It will seem strange but is remarkable useful and stable.

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    Just picked up a rockymounts fork mount to put on the bed rail of my Tacoma. Any good tips on what to do with the front wheel? I'm thinking after a ride when it is dirty. Not great to put it in the cab and it will slide all around in the bed. Guess I could bungie it in the bed

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    This is the setup me and my friends use on a pickup truck when we go for DH run, could fit 8 to 9 bikes in total..



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    Tailgate. You can haul up to 4 bikes for free. Add a 4-pack of cheap tiedowns from Walmart, you can carry 6 or 7. Works pretty well.
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    DIY bed rack works great for me. Simple, light, secure and cheap. For the bigger trips I'll have 3 in the bed and 2 on my Yakima hitch rack.


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    Just curious, sasquatch, what prevents board from sliding around or lifting up?...do you fasten the board to the bed somehow?

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    I've never had a single issue with it sliding or twisting. It literally can't twist since it is cut to fit my bed, so there's no side-to-side movement. I've never had issues with it sliding forward or backward either, but I usually put my shoes and helmet/gear between the tailgate and board. In severe cases either my tailgate or the small diagonal board stops in my bedliner will keep it in place, but I've never taken bikes on that rough of terrain. No bouncing issues and while I bring it inside after use, it's basically weatherproof. I greased everything up and stained the board heavily so it isn't affected by the elements.

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    Simple solution, I like it.

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