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Old 03-31-18, 04:57 PM
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Truck bike rack

Hello, recently purchased a beautiful Specialized hybrid. Im currently transporting it to riding trails in the bed of my pick up. You can definitely call it a bed because to protect it I lay more blankets for it than I have on my bed! With so many to choose from any suggestions for a truck bike rack that youve used?
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Old 03-31-18, 05:20 PM
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Buy this.

https://www.ebay.com/i/321823289498?chn=ps&dispItem=1

Buy a 2x6. Almost all truck beds have grooves or other ways to keep a 2x6 in place. Screw the fork mount to the 2X and you are done.
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Old 03-31-18, 05:27 PM
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What kind of truck? I have a Chevy Silverado and use a board with a fork mount in the bed indents. Cheap and works great.
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Old 03-31-18, 06:27 PM
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What kind of truck? I have a Chevy Silverado and use a board with a fork mount in the bed indents. Cheap and works great.
I have 03 Toyota Tundra. The fork mounts seem very secure, no long term issues with the bike tire on and off for mounting or fork issues? Yes there are 2x6 groves. Yall prefer that over a rack that holds the tire?
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KUAT Transfer 2...very happy with this bike rack. $289.00 shipped.
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Old 03-31-18, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Tacorock View Post
I have 03 Toyota Tundra. The fork mounts seem very secure, no long term issues with the bike tire on and off for mounting or fork issues? Yes there are 2x6 groves. Yall prefer that over a rack that holds the tire?
No problems with this set-up. I prefer it because like I said it's cheap
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Old 04-02-18, 06:02 AM
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I had a rack that held the tires (homemade from PVC, with pipe insulation for padding and to hold the front wheel more securely.) If you have quick release tires, I'd go with the fork mount - especially if you are carrying multiple bikes. In the time you tie off the bikes to keep them from flopping around, lock them with a chain, etc., you can easily remove the tire and lock the bike in place.
But you should also consider a good hitch-mounted rack.
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Old 04-02-18, 10:05 AM
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I just lay the bike down flat on the non drive side. The bed may pick up a scratch or 2 here and there, -- but its a truck

Alternately, i also use cam buckle tie downs, (motorcycle tie downs) - and transport them upright when i am transporting multiple bikes or need spac e for other gear back there--- dont use the ratchet straps, they are overkill for a bicycle. If your truck has been built anytime within the last decade or 2 you likely already have tie down attachment points in your bed
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Scratches in your truck bed add character.
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Originally Posted by Tacorock View Post
I have 03 Toyota Tundra. The fork mounts seem very secure, no long term issues with the bike tire on and off for mounting or fork issues? Yes there are 2x6 groves. Yall prefer that over a rack that holds the tire?
I have one issue with fork mount racks, since you have a newer bike it shouldn't be a problem. Some of my older bikes don't have lawyer lips or safety tabs on the ends of the forks, on long rides my fork has wiggled free from the fork rack and fell over so the bike was dangling by the rear wheel strap, scratching up the side of my car. Now I use a rack that holds the bike by the front tire.
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Old 04-02-18, 01:28 PM
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Top Line model UG2500. Holds bike upright and tight. No disassembly required. Got mine for Christmas last and love it.
BTW I drive an F150 with 8' bed. No problems with the bike rolling around with the Top Line rack.
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Old 04-02-18, 02:29 PM
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This picture isn't me but I strap my bikes (and motorcycles) down the same way. Put two soft ties on the bars and strap them down with two friction straps. Takes about 30 seconds. I've driven from NJ to El Paso with a bike in the truck with no issues.



You need this for $8

https://www.cyclegear.com/accessorie...own-extensions

And this for $18

https://www.cyclegear.com/accessorie...uckle-tie-down
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Old 04-02-18, 06:05 PM
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Decided

Well I decided on the Sunlite fork mount bike block on a 2x4. $14.00 and I already have the wood. Thanks for the suggestions, time and use will tell.
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Old 04-03-18, 05:00 AM
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Fork mount on the back of my toolbox, just enough room to clear the tailgate on my 05 Dakota. Works as well or better than the Yakima on the wifes Sportage.
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