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anybody use/used a Rhode Gear Truck Shuttle?(8 posts)

anybody use/used a Rhode Gear Truck Shuttle?JS Haiku Shop
Apr 8, 2003 11:59 AM
looks like it would work well in the back of a Honda Element. experience?
Mines not as sophisticated..Dave Hickey
Apr 8, 2003 12:42 PM
In my Mitsu Montero, I use a fork mount attached to a 2 x 4. I also have an old 27" fork glued to 2 x 4 to hold my front wheel.
Me, too. In the back of my pickup truck, though. n/mfracisco
Apr 8, 2003 3:32 PM
Apr 8, 2003 12:46 PM
I made one from a pair of mounts from Hollywood Racks (performance has the exact same ones under the Export name) & a board 1" thick & 5" wide. I covered it in carpet that matched the interior of my van. Works awesome! No need to bolt it to the floor. It never moves a bit & bike is really stable. As a bonus you can quickly remove it & super light. Total cost was probably under $30 for a double mount. Add a wheel holder for $20 if you needed.
re: anybody use/used a Rhode Gear Truck Shuttle?Roundabout
Apr 8, 2003 4:51 PM
I just bought this as a closeout from Sierra Trading Post for $25. (Actually, I got 20% off last week. With shipping, $24.50.) I got an extra mount from Performance for $9.95. I have not used it yet, but it appears sturdy and well designed and looks like it should work in the back of the minivan just fine.
re: anybody use/used a Rhode Gear Truck Shuttle?JS Haiku Shop
Apr 9, 2003 5:34 AM
can it be secured to the bed/SUV floor? how?
I've done various things through the years.Spoke Wrench
Apr 9, 2003 8:42 AM
I've made a couple of different bike fork mounts to fit into the rear of mini-vans. I think that I gave my last one away when I got rid of the van. I much prefer to transport my bikes inside and I think that an Element might be my next car if it's long enough to hold my tandem.

I used to make my own fork mounts, but a new axle and skewer will boost the cost to almost what a factory made fork mount will cost you.

The only time I've felt the need to secure the mounting plate down inside a mini-van was during a panic stop. After that, I just made a simple attachment to fit into one of the seat mounts.

For my pick up, I've had good luck in the past with jig-sawing a treated 1X6 so that the ends fit snugly into the ridges that are formed in the sides of the bed. I never felt the need to either bolt them down or to secure the rear wheel of my bike in any way. Currently, I just have two fork mounts bolted directly to the front of my pick up bed. I have a cable with two keyed alike padlocks to run through my bikes and wheels if I go into a restaurant or do something like that.
re: anybody use/used a Rhode Gear Truck Shuttle?Roundabout
Apr 9, 2003 10:01 AM
Before I upgraded to the Rhode Gear, I used a home-built version of this rack similar to what was described above. I never felt a need to anchor it down (but it is a good idea). There is a broad base and lots of friction to keep it from sliding around in ordinary driving. Even in a panic stop or crash, it couldn't slide forward or around enough to hit a passenger. The rack or the bike would first catch on somthing inside.

This, however, is in a minivan. I would not feel as secure with it in the back of a pickup. Any kind of simple strap to a tie down should do the trick though.