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Bike Rack for Pickup Truck(9 posts)

Bike Rack for Pickup Truckdariow
May 15, 2003 5:14 PM
Now that I bought my Trek 5200 baby, I need to figure out how to schlep it around.

I have a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and would like to transport the bike in the pickup bed.

What is the most economical and hassle free bike rack I can get to put in the pickup bed? My preference is not to have to drill holes in the truck.

Email me at or post your suggestions here.

As always, your help is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!.

Checkout the Yakima Locking BedheadTNSquared
May 15, 2003 7:00 PM
I've been using one for about six months. Works great, especially if you only need to transport one bike. It mounts along the side rail and the bike sits across the bed, rather than lengthwise. You don't have to drill any holes, and it's incredibly small, so I just leave it on the truck all the time. This was a advantage over the telescoping design racks for me, because I haul stuff all the time and didn't want to have take the rack on and off the truck.

Should be able to pick it up for around $50-$60. One thing to check out - I'm not sure it will work if you have a drop-in bed liner.
re: Bike Rack for Pickup TruckGiant_Tom
May 15, 2003 7:50 PM Click on Transporters on the left side of the screen and then click on Stableloaders at the top of the screen.

I have a stable loader that I use for mtn bikes and road bikes. It works great, is out of the way at the front of the box and completely adjustable. With my Ranger there is a few inches between the stake pocket area of the side of the box and I'm able to get the rack in there. When fully assembled and bolted together this rack is going nowhere. Tom

The link is a close up of the left side.
undoubtably the most economical and hassle-freeSteve_0
May 16, 2003 3:39 AM
lay a coupla spare blankets in the bed. Lay the bike in the bed.

Use the pickup for what it's intended; hauling stuff in the bed. No cost, no hassle.
re: Bike Rack for Pickup Trucknodima
May 16, 2003 4:07 AM
In my Ranger, I cut a piece of 2x6 to the width of the truck bed. Then added a piece of 2x4 on each end perpendicular to the 2x6 to make the 2x6 sit about a foot from the front end of the bed. Two screw eyes in each end of the 2x6 for a piece of rope to tie between the front corner tiedowns in the bed and the 2x6. Two delta bike mounts (~20.00 each) bolted to 2x6.

The ropes keep the 2x6 from moving backwards, and the 2x4 keeps the 2x6 from moving forwards. Simple and cheap. I have about 40 bucks into it. Been using it for 3 years, and have not had any issues with it.

If I need to lock my bike, I use a cable lock to lock the bike to one of the rear tie downs in the truck bed--though the delta mounts are sort of lockable with a standard master lock.

MTBR has had some pictures of this sort of set up, ought to be easy to find in their archives.

2nd what Nodima says--mine's worked for 5+ years.cory
May 16, 2003 8:25 AM
Two (or three or four, if you angle them so the bars can overlap) fork holders bolted to a 2x6 works fine, and costs almost nothing. I run a cable from one tie-down through the frames and front wheels to the other tie-down for lockage.
Only problem is that the bikes won't fit when I have the camper shell on, but I don't usually carry more than one or two, so I can lay them down then.
With my Tacoma......jesse1
May 16, 2003 6:56 AM
.....I used a 2X4 (this should fit into the "slot" just behind the cab)across the width - narrow (2") part facing up. Then I screwed a couple of quick release brackets (avail at Performance) to it.
As is, it's pretty stable, but if you're on rough roads, a couple of bungies tied into your steel corner brackets & to the bike would hold it down pretty good, plus, I run a cable/lock through there to secure if I'm at a public place and have to leave the truck.
Motorcycle Tie-downsHillRepeater
May 16, 2003 7:54 AM
Get them at Home Depot for ~$10 for 4. They'll hold the bike as stable as any rack, won't require you to remove the front tire and won't take up any room in the bed when not in use. Lock the bike in the bed with a cable lock and it'll be just as secure as any other rack.
For under $5 bucks!the bull
May 16, 2003 8:46 AM
Get a old junk hub with quick release
Board ct to fit your truck
1 exaust u-clamp