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Homemade fork mount for inside the vehicle bike transport...(6 posts)

Homemade fork mount for inside the vehicle bike transport...Fez
May 18, 2003 10:00 AM
I'm proud of myself. Finally made a inside the vehicle transport for my bike. Works great for minivans, tall wagons, and suvs.

Bought a Performance fork mount and drilled it in a block of 2X12" piece of scrap wood I got at Home Depot for $2.

The bike is facing the rear so its easy to roll the bike in and out with the back tire from the liftgate area.

I used a velcro strap to attach the back rim against a tie down hook located right behind the driver seat.

Right now, I left the 2x12" block of wood at 30 inches wide.

How much narrower can I trim it down and still maintain lateral stability? I will mount metal hooks (loops) on either side so I can secure the piece of wood to the cargo tie downs on both sides of the floor.

I don't plan on mounting more than one bike, so I was wondering how narrow I could cut it down. Should it at least be the width of the handlebars (approx 18 inches)?

Thanks.
I use something similarDave Hickey
May 18, 2003 11:13 AM
You're picture didn't show up so it's hard to tell how narrow you can go. My saddle hits the top of the roof so my bike is wedged in. Another suggestion is to find an old fork. I found an old Sears 10 speed left out for the trash. I took the fork off and cut off the steerer about an inch from the fork. I drilled a hole in the wood the same diameter and epoxyed the fork in. It holds the front wheel great.
That is a great idea!Fez
May 18, 2003 6:17 PM
The Thule wheel holder is expensive, and it is designed to fit around the square bars, so you kind of would have to fudge it so that it would work on the wood block.

Right now I put my front bike wheel right next to my auto spare tire, which is mounted perpendicular to the cargo floor on the driver side. 2 velcro straps holds the bike wheel securely next to the auto spare tire.

The old bike fork idea is a great one. The only thing that would make it better is if it could swivel down 90 degrees or detach easily to free up cargo room.
re: Homemade fork mount for inside the vehicle bike transport...B2
May 18, 2003 11:28 AM
I've got an Astro Van with a similar setup. However I just took a 2x4 laid flat accross the entire width of the vehicle (no stability issues there). I attached two fork mounts to it. If I put one bike at an angle and the other so the rear wheel sits right next to the right side of the middle seat, I don't have to remove the middle seat (the rear seat is almost always out).

I did a road trip to Libby, MT for a ride last weekend and put two bikes inside and two on top. There was plenty of room for four with bikes. I guess we could have put a couple more on top if we wanted, but there was really only one more seat inside anyway.

Bryan
I had considered that ...Humma Hah
May 19, 2003 8:29 AM
I have a pair of Performance pickup bed fork mounts, but was not happy with them. They don't mount well on the front of the bed of my Dodge Dakota, and I was looking for an alternative. Instead of messing with it, I just used motorcycle tie-downs, allowing me to transport bikes with the front wheel installed.

If I were ever in need of transporting two bikes in the Explorer, I'd probably do that with a longer piece of wood.
Humma...Fez
May 19, 2003 9:48 AM
Do you have a pic of a motorcycle tie-down setup in the back of a pickup truck?

But back to the original issue. My block of wood is 30" wide - great for 2 bikes. But I only need it for 1 bike and it feels remarkably steady on the fork block with the rear rim securely tied down with velcro on a horizontal and vertical plane.

What if I cut it down from 30" to 12"? Will it have enough lateral stability? I also mounted side hooks so I can tie the piece of wood down on both sides of the floor.

Am I crazy? Will a quick sudden maneuver result in an airborne bike?