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Bike rack for pickup...(13 posts)

Bike rack for pickup...4bykn
Sep 7, 2001 6:43 AM
I'm getting a new truck, and need a new bike rack. Two options are available. ARE makes a fiberglass bed cover with a rack option available. The other option is a receiver-type mount.
Any experiences with these, anybody?
Yakimabianchi boy
Sep 7, 2001 6:49 AM
I've got a Yakima bed-mount rack in my Ford Ranger. Very simple to load and unload bikes from, and it locks to the bed. It wouldn't take a safe-cracker to steal a bike from it, the lock does serve as a deterent. Easy to remove if you want to haul some mulch or dirt in your truck. Bottom line: it's a nice rack for the money and convenient to use.
re: Bike rack for pickup...jaybird
Sep 7, 2001 6:58 AM
dont buy the rack setup from ARE. Check with the place that you are buying your shell and see if they carry any yakima components. The best product is called the Bolt-top loader. This is a small bracket that mounts on top of your shell that will allow you to use either the 1A raingutter or Q towers(with q41 clips) The thing to check out is if the shell shop will mount these attachments for you if they dont sell them. Otherwise you can do it yourself, but just be careful that you mount everything straight.

The reciever mounts can be good but my experience with them is has shown me that it is better to put everything on top of a vehicle if you can. Just be careful and watch that overhang at the Taco Bell drive up window.

Yakima has a great team of customer service people otherwise check out their websit at yakima.com
Why?Humma Hah
Sep 7, 2001 6:59 AM
I've got a Dodge Dakota, 6.5' bed. I have a couple of sets of motorcycle tie-down straps from my enduro days, and I just roll the bikes in, front wheels against the front of the load bed, and strap them to the forward tie-down points on the siderails.

This is quick (no need even to pull the front wheel) and very secure, not to mention the lowest-price option. It also probably produces less aerodynamic drag than some of the higher-tech options.
Why?jaybird
Sep 7, 2001 7:33 AM
if he has a shell, it is a pain to climb in the bed and strap things down... also you might have to remove/lower a seat for your bike to stand upright inside
Why?4bykn
Sep 7, 2001 11:18 AM
Not a shell, but a flat bed cover. I'm looking for ways to carry a bike on top of the cover, if possible.
re: Bike rack for pickup...jtolleson
Sep 7, 2001 7:36 AM
with a shell, anything other than a receiver or hitch mounted rack is inconvenient, IMHO. I had a Toyota truck with a shell for many years. When riding alone I'd slide the bike in the back, but also had a hitch mounted rack. The bonus is that for serious road trips where you want luggage, dogs, whatever in the back, you still have a good secure bike spot. I've seen roof mtd racks on trucks but that's way to high for me.
re: Bike rack for pickup...Tig
Sep 7, 2001 8:25 AM
I just bolted some BikeTight fork mounts to a 4x4 that runs across the bed floor near the front of the bed. It has a 2x4 on each end of the 4x4 to form a sideways "I". Very stable, cheap, removable, and actually looks professional (painted it black and custom fitted the 2x4's to fit against the wheelwells, etc.). Drilling holes in the bed to mount the BikeTights was NOT an option.

Otherwise check out the Yakima hitch racks at http://www.rackwarehouse.com/yakima-hitch-racks.html
good pointjaybird
Sep 7, 2001 8:56 AM
I had the exact same setup, but as soon as I put a shell on my truck it turned out to be more of a hassle than it was worth... The original poster was just talking about what to do with a shell on the back.
4bykn, a question.Ian
Sep 7, 2001 9:01 AM
Are you getting a fiberglass bedcover regardless of your bike mount situation? And is this just a bedcover and not a topper?

If so, then I can't say I am familiar with the ARE, but Yakima makes products that will work. Quite a few truck accessories dealers carry Yakima, so discuss your options with them. One would be laying track on the bedcover, mounting Locking Railriders and whatever bike mounts you would like.

And of course you have a ton of hitch options out there.
4bykn, a question.4bykn
Sep 7, 2001 11:10 AM
I'm getting a hard bed cover. This choice is for non-cycling related duties my truck must do. I'm not too wild about drilling holes through the cover, probably would void the warantee. I may check out the Yakima, there are a couple dealers in town. If I don't find what I like, I'll go with a receiver hitch rack.
I am so prejudicedStickers
Sep 7, 2001 9:14 AM
Once a shell is on the truck, the pick-up option is gone. Now I'm a lumber rack type of narrow minded person. The rack is a frame for so many options. Get the New York Locks for your bike. Keep your dog in the truck when you have to leave it, and cover the entire rack/truck top with aluminun colored tarp. Keeps the pooch cool. Pick-ups rule.
sorry...jaybird
Sep 7, 2001 11:31 AM
sorry, I understood you to mean a topper, shell, cap or whatever you call those things... You can still mount the yakima rack on top of it as I described in my first post and if you have the ARE dealer do it they should waranty their work... Good luck and show us a picture of whatever you come up with.

I would still give the guys at Yakima a call. They are usually full of inside secrets.