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Best way to transport bike, in the back of pick up truck?(8 posts)

Best way to transport bike, in the back of pick up truck?0_Kewl
Aug 4, 2002 4:11 PM
What's the best way to transport a bike in the back of a pick up truck? The truck has no bike racks or tire racks. It just has the four tie downs; in the 4 corners of the bed.

It is ok to secure it while it's layed down on its left side with the pedals removed, or can I leave the left side pedals on?
lots of options...IAmtnbikr
Aug 4, 2002 5:21 PM
just lay it down, you can use a blanket under it if needed. Or, use the 4 tie downs and get some small motorcycle style tie downs (ratchet type) and secure it with those. Or, use a fork mount bracket. I put 2 of them on the front of the box on my truck, just about 6" from the top. Or, put a fork mount on a 2 X 4 and it can be used in more than one truck. Figure out a way to secure a cable lock also if you plan on leaving the bike in the truck anywhere.
re: Best way to transport bike, in the back of pick up truck?Texas Spinner
Aug 4, 2002 6:57 PM
Single Bike-Yakima Blockhead with Locking Skewer

Double-Beddy Joe

just lay it on a blanket.Steve_0
Aug 5, 2002 3:25 AM
re: Best way to transport bike, in the back of pick up truck?tarwheel
Aug 5, 2002 3:57 AM
The least expensive option is to buy a fork mount clamp, which cost about $20 each, and bolt it to a 2x4 the width of the truck bed. Personally I wouldn't lay my bike on its side because I don't like getting knicks and scratches in my paint. If you don't mind spending more money, some of the racks designed for trucks work real nice. I have a Yakima truck rack in my Ford Ranger and it works great and was reasonably priced. However, I already had the fork mounts from another rack. The Saris rack advertised in magazines also looks nice and is probably less expensive than the Yak. I tried a Performance truck rack but returned it because it wasn't lockable. Although a determined thief could steal my bike, the Yakima locking system at least offers a deterrent.
I likeTarwheel's cheap solutioncory
Aug 5, 2002 7:56 AM
A 2x6 (because that's what I had; 2xanything would work) and as many fork clamps as you have bikes works great, for about $20 a bike. I cut my board to fit around the gas filler at the left front of the bed and angled the clamps so the handlebars could overlap. The back of my Isuzu Hombre will hold four bikes. I lock 'em by running a cable from one tiedown, through the bikes and locking it to the opposite tiedown.
Standing up, two motorcycle tiedowns on handlebars ...Humma Hah
Aug 5, 2002 5:17 AM
... just like a motorcycle. This is fast, lets you transport several bikes plus lots of other gear. No need to remove pedals or wheels.

My truck has a rubber bed pad (not a full liner). Transporting a single bike, I often just toss it in the back on its side, as-is, nothing removed. For a plain metal bed or plastic bed-liner, this is not so good, as the bike will slide around.
(but dont try to compress the front fork like a motorcycle) nmSteve_0
Aug 5, 2002 5:46 AM