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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!

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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!

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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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    $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.
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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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    Use a bed extender as a bike rack

    I use my bed extender. I put some foam duct taped to the tubing as padding, use a strap to tie the downtube to the bed extender and ratchet strap to keep the rear from bouncing

    it frees up the bed for camping gear, is useful when not carrying bikes and is super fast to load as I dont have to get into the bed to load bikes. It carries 4 bikes.


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    I use a Delta fork mount for my Frontier.
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    I'm liking the $0 idea with the moving blanket because I'm still looking at spending a few hundo on my first mtnbk and some other equipment. My only questions are does it shift or move? Do you have to strap your baby down at all?

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    You have to strap it down. It doesn't take much, you'll see the tailgate pads have little straps at the top. You can just use a strap across the top, making a round on each top tube.

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    Lots of great ideas here! Thanks as I will incorporate some of these for myself!

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    I really like those delta fork mounts ... an easy solution for transporting your bike with your truck. Not bad for a $15 part.

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    I also like the fork mount. I went ahead and splurged on a wheel bracket as well.
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    I modified the plans for the PVC rack for 2 bikes and to fit the bed of a 1994 Chevy S-10; took me about two hours all told and fits perfect! VERY happy with the results! Pics to follow once I get it painted and it quits raining...

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    i fit 3 29er's in my 09 tacoma with the rocky mounts no problem.. but there's a third bike missing in this pic though (middle)
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    An easy DIY Mountain Bike Fork Truck Mount

    For forks with a 15mm through hole axle, I made a custom mount for <$10. Sure, there are conversion kits you can buy from Thule and Yakima, but they are upwards of $40 and clip on to an existing rack system. If you want to mount to a truck bed or SUV floor, then you need to buy two components, totaling ~$80. I went to two local bike shops and a specialty rack shop and no one had what I was looking for so I decided to make a quick stop by the local hardware store and design this on the fly.

    I posted how to do this, search for "Mountain Bike Fork Truck Mount" on instructables.com to find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaTiRo View Post
    I use a Delta fork mount for my Frontier.
    i love this set-up. is it permanently attached to the utili-track, or removeable?
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    DIY version with Yakima trays

    My DIY version, holds four bikes on my long bed Chevy.
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    The obvious flaw is that the toolbox cannot be opened more than a few inches while the bike is mounted. This rarely bothers me as I keep most of my biking stuff in the back seat anyway. I paid about 13 bucks for the Delta hitch on Amazon. I reinforced the toolbox lid by bolting a 1x10 on the bottom side and used neoprene washers on all bolts to prevent leaking.

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    mb2boost, for some reason your pics aren't showing. Could you please repost? I'm trying to find a good way to load three bikes into the back of my Dodge Ram. I tried the highly inefficient way of laying them in the bed. I like the idea of the pvc setup also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karrack View Post
    mb2boost, for some reason your pics aren't showing. Could you please repost? I'm trying to find a good way to load three bikes into the back of my Dodge Ram. I tried the highly inefficient way of laying them in the bed. I like the idea of the pvc setup also.
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    IM me if this doesn't work and I can email you a picture with details.

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    Wait... somebody tell me what I'm doing wrong.


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    Not a thing Zmy, but throw a third in there somewhere. Pedals and spokes everywhere.

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    I really like all the posts and replys concerning bike racks on tonneau covers; I have 2005 GMC Sierra 1500 with a hardtop Undercover Tonneau Cover. I was wondering if there has been amy progress in the industry for my type of tonneau cover. I really like the post with the Nissan Titan pickup because it looked to be the closest to my tonneu cover; however, I don't know the weight rating on the hydraulic cyclinders while the TC is open like in the photos of the Titan pickup truck.

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    I TIG welded a pair of yakima bars end to end (with dom sleeve) and setup cross bars across my bed 2" narrower than my mirrors. landing pads are drilled and bolted through the top of the bed sides.

    we love this setup, and have found it has numerous advantages.

    1. doesn't mess with the bed floor! i can still go get a 4x8 sheet of plywood if i need it. its a truck! i haul crap with it! this is a big one for me.

    2. doesn't interfere with the tool box. i can open and close the tool box if bikes are on the racks or not. it would be an EPIC hassle to have bikes mounted on the tool box.

    3. wide enough to hold three bikes racks, ski racks, and my thule box.

    4. surplus bike mounting over tailgate.

    5. doesn't interfere with use of the bed!!

    6. can be easily removed and resintalled with one person. easier with two, but totally doable with one.

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    I needed an efficient solution to get 5 bikes in my truck bed, and went with the Delta stableload load bar. It's a no frills no bling device, but has worked well so far and is expandable to 5 bikes, which is what I was after since my truck will seat 5. It also goes in and out easy, and I can use it with or without the toolbox--8' bed.

    I have not had 5 bikes on it yet, but it will be tricky to get them all to clear handlebars with one another, but you can bolt the 15mm kuat dirtbags to either the front or top of it to stagger bikes. I haven't tried the dirtbag on it just yet to see if they will bolt up or need redrilled, I know the bolts patterns are different but the rack holes are oversized. I only use this for day trips so bed space concerns are not an issue, I have a 7 bike rack for my trailer that we use for trips.

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    I just got 2 Dirtbags the other day to use in my Tacoma. I did need to re-drill the holes to accommodate larger bolts for the sliding track mounts, but it was not required. I can fit 3 fat bikes side by side, so it should hold more in a full size truck. Maybe 3 facing forward and two in between those facing backwards? BTW, I am underwhelmed by the weld quality of the Dirtbags- lots of slag just painted over. They are made in China, but like Kuat says, it's only $15.

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    I use a Pipeline bike rack. It's awesome. Set the bikes in and go. Super stable.
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    I always build a rack that holds the bike upright in the bed of the truck, then bungie it to the rack. I like it because I can leave the wheels on.
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    I used a similar method already shown in this thread.

    Now I'm trying to figure out a way to come up with a holder for my wheels instead of them just being loose. Any ideas?

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    See post #57 by skullcap. Just bolt two of those to the outside of your board and you're done. I believe Delta makes them, as well as others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferguson65 View Post
    See post #57 by skullcap. Just bolt two of those to the outside of your board and you're done. I believe Delta makes them, as well as others.
    Don't know how I missed that. Thank you!

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    Check out The Base Rack Truck Rack System by Marquette Mounts Truck Racks
    They are also coming out with an aluminum version this spring, watch for the website to change soon to display the new version.

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    those look cool, and made in the UP eh!
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    What I did first.
    Rhode Gear van mount.
    Holds 2 bikes.

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    Not happy with this mounting.
    Need something different...........
    Besides, I now have a 3.0 front tire.
    I'll probably adapt or make something.
    Bed cover is a hard BakFlip, folds up in sections - quickly.
    Bed has a BedRug, so at the moment I just pull the handlebars off and lay the bike down under the cover.
    Takes up to much space though.
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    Maybe a couple fork mounts towards the cab, and short wheel trays spaced back on the 3rd section for the rear tire to sit in?
    i have a solid bed cover, and added Thule tracks, and load bars with a couple bike trays to mine. Love the bikes being up there. Leaves the bed open for camping gear, coolers, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stimpy13 View Post


    Can you elaborate more on this setup?
    Close up pictures?
    What you did?
    How you did it?

    Many thanks.
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    Truck and Gargage even RV bike racks made in America

    I have just the bike rack for you ....check us out and then call us up and we will measure your truck so it ends up being exactly what you want... They are normally Powder coated black. or you can get them raw and save $15 and paint them any way you would like. We are very flexible at Home
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    Pick up truck bike racks?



    Pvc bike rack, cost $30 to make and little elbow grease. Works great as a bike stand too.

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    Here's my current rack. 2x6 was free as were the small pieces. Bought the 2 mounts and made it in about 15 min. The 2x6 is cut to just squeeze into the stake slots in the bed so it doesn't move a bit without some encouragement. I have room for at least 2 more mounts, especially if I offset those forward or back a bit.

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    Great thread ....

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    I'm using or made the same thing Dax did out of PVC works great.

    Considering getting a shell though for the bed. If I do I will probably get a North Shore rack. They are pricey but pretty freaking awesome.
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    Wow. $400 plus! They do look good.
    But if I was paying that much I would go with Tuf Rack
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    I'm amazed at the racks and gizmos that some of you guys are using. I would never haul my bike over the tailgate when there's no reason to jeopardize my paint on either the bike or the truck. Why not just use a couple of straps and bungy the back down? That's all I've ever done. It's cheap easy, no disassembly and no wasted time. This is also easily lockable with a cable and lock.


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    When it's only for one bike, yes, the standard motocross strap the handlebars and be done works fine. How often is there only 1 bike?

    Hauling over the tailgate got popular for taking bikes back up the hill. I agree, I would never transport mine that way, though it works for others, especially when using a tail gate cover or when you cover the bottom of your frame with an old tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I AM CANADIAN View Post
    When it's only for one bike, yes, the standard motocross strap the handlebars and be done works fine. How often is there only 1 bike?

    Hauling over the tailgate got popular for taking bikes back up the hill. I agree, I would never transport mine that way, though it works for others, especially when using a tail gate cover or when you cover the bottom of your frame with an old tire.
    I usually have 2 bikes in the truck but sometimes as many as 4. I can strap 2 pulled to the cab and 2 to opposing with the tailgate without needing a rack, bike disassembly or wasted time.

    I bought a truck to make hauling (and towing) easier not harder. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp Shooter View Post
    I usually have 2 bikes in the truck but sometimes as many as 4. I can strap 2 pulled to the cab and 2 to opposing with the tailgate without needing a rack, bike disassembly or wasted time.

    I bought a truck to make hauling (and towing) easier not harder. lol
    No wasted time you say? How long does it take you to strap in 4 bikes? In my experience it can be like playing tetris, and then leaves minimal room in the bed for other items like coolers & camping gear. The tailgate method is fast and bomber when set up correctly. I've used it extensively with carbon frame bikes and rough roads with no issues. 7 bikes fit comfortable on the gate of a full size truck. Do what works for you and enjoy the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchwagon View Post
    No wasted time you say? How long does it take you to strap in 4 bikes? In my experience it can be like playing tetris, and then leaves minimal room in the bed for other items like coolers & camping gear. The tailgate method is fast and bomber when set up correctly. I've used it extensively with carbon frame bikes and rough roads with no issues. 7 bikes fit comfortable on the gate of a full size truck. Do what works for you and enjoy the ride.
    I rarely strap 4 bikes in, but 2 takes a minute at most and half that to unstrap. No worries about scratching up my bike or truck or need to buy protective covers. With an 8 foot bed there's plenty of space for any kind of equipment plus there's room in the cab crew cab.

    I agree, whatever works but I don't get why people waste all the time and money on racks when a truck bed doesn't really require it....

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    I'm not picturing what you're doing, in my head. Two are against the front and two against the back? You just strap them to either side?

    In the end I use an $80 tailgate pad. It stays on 90% of the time with or without bikes and I can simply put up to 6 bikes in without fear of bike paint being scratched. Then I still have room for cargo, gear, boxes, etc in my very short bed.

    I like the pad and I think it's the simplest alternative. The other option with the quick release locks seem more secure, but also like they'd take more time. I guess it comes down to personal preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medicius View Post
    I'm not picturing what you're doing, in my head. Two are against the front and two against the back? You just strap them to either side?

    In the end I use an $80 tailgate pad. It stays on 90% of the time with or without bikes and I can simply put up to 6 bikes in without fear of bike paint being scratched. Then I still have room for cargo, gear, boxes, etc in my very short bed.

    I like the pad and I think it's the simplest alternative. The other option with the quick release locks seem more secure, but also like they'd take more time. I guess it comes down to personal preferences.
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    Personal preferences.....
    Tailgating still gives room for gear
    Rear hitch mount gives room for everything
    Mounted on top of the tent trailer - same thing
    And so on.....

    The main idea of this thread is to SEE what other people are using.
    Not to discuss which is better.
    What works for one doesn't always work for another.
    If it did, we should all be riding the same bike as well.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp Shooter View Post
    I'm amazed at the racks and gizmos that some of you guys are using. I would never haul my bike over the tailgate when there's no reason to jeopardize my paint on either the bike or the truck. Why not just use a couple of straps and bungy the back down?
    Well, I've traveled easily 10,000 miles with a bike over the tailgate and haven't scratched the paint on either the bike or the truck. A tailgate pad provides plenty of protection. Compared to dealing w/ tangled straps, loose straps, where to hook to the handlebars (with brakes and shifters and seatpost levers, all of the available real estate is pretty much gone!).

    I agree, just go with what works. I've been using the tailgate method for over 10 years and haven't seen any reason to do something different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    Well, I've traveled easily 10,000 miles with a bike over the tailgate and haven't scratched the paint on either the bike or the truck. A tailgate pad provides plenty of protection. Compared to dealing w/ tangled straps, loose straps, where to hook to the handlebars (with brakes and shifters and seatpost levers, all of the available real estate is pretty much gone!).

    I agree, just go with what works. I've been using the tailgate method for over 10 years and haven't seen any reason to do something different.
    My questioning was more for the in truck bike racks. They seem unnecessary and require drilling holes in a perfectly good truck bed. I've seen the over the tailgate method and often wondered why anyone would want to hang their bike over the side when it's not necessary. I guess I still don't understand the benefit in that. As far as strapping the bikes I use soft ties around the gooseneck.

    I don't care what people do, I'm just puzzled by some of these methods and I'm looking for reasoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp Shooter View Post
    I've seen the over the tailgate method and often wondered why anyone would want to hang their bike over the side when it's not necessary. I guess I still don't understand the benefit in that. As far as strapping the bikes I use soft ties around the gooseneck.

    I don't care what people do, I'm just puzzled by some of these methods and I'm looking for reasoning.
    I've tried the over the tailgate method, and it worked great for the reason we did it. We wanted to get 8 bikes to the trailhead in one vehicle. It worked great, only went about 3 miles like that. Just covered the tailgate with a heavy blanket, no issues with the bike or truck, and while I don't mind scratches on the bike, I'm very concerned about scratching my new F350. Not something I'd make a habit of. I use a simple delta stableload bar normally that will fit 5 bikes in the bed if staggered properly.
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