Join Date: May 2008
Location: Gainesville, FL
Bikes: 2007 Gary Fisher Wahoo
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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.