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Bike rack in pickup?(7 posts)

Bike rack in pickup?Slatyfork
May 1, 2001 10:47 AM
Has anyone tried a two-tiered approach with regards to loading
bikes in a pickup bed?

I have an extended cab full size pickup with a short bed and this weekend it was a little tight with 3 passengers and 4 bikes in the bed. I use a 2x4 with 4 bike tights mounted to it. We're able to fit some gear between the bikes in the bed but not a lot. I was thinking about building some sort of decking (such as a two-tiered deck) and mounting the bikes to the deck and using the space under the deck for our bags and gear.

I'd really like to avoid drilling holes into the bed which I know is one option that I've seen. (Two round bars bolted in place with "normal" roof rack trays installed).

Thoughts? Ideas? Has anyone tried this approach?
re: Bike rack in pickup?maximum15
May 1, 2001 10:56 AM
This is a little different than what you are asking about but something you may want to consider. I saw this on someone elses truck. They mounted two bikes to the left side rail and two to the right side rail. Problem with this approach is wind load is not normal to design direction for the bike and drilling holes in the side rail. (I won't drill holes in mine either.)
re: Bike rack in pickup?Ian
May 1, 2001 5:11 PM
Yakima has a product called the Bedhead and it clamps to the rail. You can alternate the bikes and have plenty of storage room left.
re: Bike rack in pickup?bayman
May 1, 2001 9:56 PM
If you have $500-700 to spend, get a hard tono cover and mount your bikes on top of cover. The cover clamps to the rails of the bed and no drilling if you don't mount the lift shocks. If you have a bed liner that has the molded slots for 2x4's or 2x6's you could lay a sheet of 3/4" plywood across and mount the bikes to it and have some space for your gear, you could build up the 2x4s for more space.
Here's what I do ...bianchi boy
May 2, 2001 7:10 AM
I have a Yakima rack mounted near the cab of the bed in my Ford Ranger. It's not quite wide enough to fit 3 bikes side by side because of the bars. So I bought some cheap fork mounts and attached them to a 2x4, which I put on the bed near the tailgate. Then I mount one of the bikes on the 2x4, facing backward, and the other two bikes on the Yakima, facing forward. Understand? Fits all three bikes no problem and even have room for wheel mounts on the front rack.
Mine's like bianchi boy's, but I have this other idea...Retro
May 2, 2001 10:00 AM
Haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking...My truck has pockets in the sides of the bed shaped to hold 2x6s, so you can lay them crosswise, about 10 inches or a foot above the bed, and put lumber or pipe or whatever on them with space underneath. I'm thinking if I put the Bike Tites on a 2x6 in those pockets (instead of on a board lying on the bed the way they are now) I'd have room beneath to slide all the other crap.
BTW, if you haven't done it already, angling the bike tites a bit so the handlebars can overlap lets you get the bikes closer together and saves quite a bit of space.
Mine's like bianchi boy's, but I have this other idea...BikeGuy
May 4, 2001 1:31 PM
This is the setup that I use. I put some padding on the ends of the 2X6 to make it easier to take in and out. Another thing, when you mount the bike tights, push the bolt in from the bottom, that way the end of the bolt will not snag whatever you put under it. Or I guess you could counter sink it.

Anyway my setup has been great.

Something that a friend has is a Thule rack system that is designed to mount above a Tono cover. It raises the bars about 5 inches above the sides of the truck. Then you get regular bike mounts for the rails. It works very well, but is not easily removed. I would have to ask him where he got them.