Fork mounted bike hauler
So I did a lot of searching the internet and this forum for a good way to haul my bike in the back of my pickup truck. There are a lot of options for this, some of them are very expensive. I read several threads here that mentioned mounting a fork mount to a 2x8 as a cheap solution. I couldn't find any pictures though so after I made mine I figured I'd post up for any others looking for some tips. Every truck bed will be slightly different. I happen to have a factory bedliner for my Mazda b2300 (AKA Ford Ranger) which has little cut outs for a 2x4. They are small though, and won't actually hold a 2x4 by itself. I cut down a 2x4 and made mounting "legs" to which I attached a 2x6 board which was cut to a width that made it fit very snug so it won't move around between the bed rails.
Total cost was around $20.00. The fork mount was $15.00 and the wood was $5.00
Around town it works very well. The bike is secure and isn't going anywhere. I haven't taken it on highway speeds or anything but for around town it works fine.
Sorry about the image size. I have resized them but for some reason when linking offsite photobucket still displays them full size.
I had one that I used to carry a third bike if needed. But I used a sheet of plywood. Mine face the towards teh front though. I cut it to match the space between the front of the bed and the wheel wells. Didn't move a bit. It was placed at flat at the bottom of the bed. I hardly used it so I gave to some dude in need!
The plywood is a good idea although I don't have a lot of extra space in my garage to store something that large. I actually found out the rack I made fits behind my seat in the truck but I had to remove the rear speaker grills (no speakers anyway since the truck doesn't have a radio) so its very portable and handy when I need it. I was going to mount the fork in the front near the cab but having it near the bed seamed to make it easier to get loaded into the truck.
Good idea on the mount near the rear. The plywood was only 1 ft wide by 3 0r 4 ft. Stood quietly in the corners of my closet.
My main rack is a bar that extends from one side to the other of the bed. Forkmounts near the rear window at the front/top of the bed. I have no problems reaching being tall 6'1. Others I know would have problems.
I see Mazda on your truck, Is it lifted that it would be a problem for you to reach? I think a stock Mazda, I might be able to straddle the bed! An exaggeration of course, well maybe!
Its all stock at the moment, although it sits a little higher than others I've seen. It also sits a lot higher than other compact pickups such as S10s and tacomas. I'm only 5'8" so the top of the bed sides are at mid chest..hard to reach down into the bed.