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Old 02-22-07, 11:52 AM
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Carrying a bike in a pickup.

I have a ride coming up this weekend that takes place about 100 miles from my house. I will be driving our F-150 (which will be replaced when we take delivery of our CR-V). I want to carry my bike in an upright position, and am in the process of rigging something up accordingly. This is a one-off deal - I won't be investing in a carrier for the F-150 - will do so for the CR-V. Any thoughts/ideas will be appreciated.

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Old 02-22-07, 12:04 PM
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If you have a small bike stand (the type you park a bike in), you can use that up against the front of your trucks bed, bikes rear wheel in the stand, and a ratcheting tie down strap attached to the front corners of the bed and around the bike's frame. You might need a bungee cord to keep the bike's fork straight. That is how I carried my recumbents until I invested in a hitch rack.
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A ratcheting tie down on the frame on the rear and a second one on the bars, going to the four corners of the bed will get it done.
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Originally Posted by Terrierman
A ratcheting tie down on the frame on the rear and a second one on the bars, going to the four corners of the bed will get it done.
Yep. That's how I do it. I'm not 50, but it works for me. My Tacoma has nifty tie down cleat things on rails at the top of the bed. Very convenient.
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My problem is how to carry a pickup on my bike. She refuses to sit on the handlebars.
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A receiver-mounted rack could be used for both your present and new vehicles, if both are so equipped.
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How about a bolt on fork mount (about $10) screwed down to a 1 X 4 that runs across the back of the pickup. Wont tip sideways because of the 1 X 4, wont tip for or aft because of the wheel and fork mt. You can find a use for the mount later.
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For a one-shot deal, I'd just lay it down in the back. What's it going to hurt?
If you don't want to do that, though, I second the motion of a fork-mount holder bolted to a board. You can put it together for about 20 bucks, less if you already have a board, and it works great. I have four mounts on a 2x6, angled so the handlebars can overlap, and I've carried one to four bikes tens of thousands of miles that way.
But if I were only going to do it once, I'd still lay it down in the back.
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Old 02-22-07, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog
For a one-shot deal, I'd just lay it down in the back. What's it going to hurt?
If you don't want to do that, though, I second the motion of a fork-mount holder bolted to a board. You can put it together for about 20 bucks, less if you already have a board, and it works great. I have four mounts on a 2x6, angled so the handlebars can overlap, and I've carried one to four bikes tens of thousands of miles that way.
But if I were only going to do it once, I'd still lay it down in the back.
^What he said.^
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Everyone is coming up with a bunch of silly, convoluted solutions (except terrierman) that can easily be solved with a pair of motorcycle tie-downs.
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F-150 here. Two to four tie down staps works well, but with a tool box you have to turn the front wheel to get it in. I don't really like just laying my bike in the back to scoot around, even with a bed liner.

For less than $100 (if you have a receiver hitch) U-Haul has a really cheap and simple rack that folds up over the tailgate when not in use and will haul 3 bikes. You will, however, need bungie cords to immobilize the bikes as the rack just supports them by the top tube.
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Old 02-22-07, 03:53 PM
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Most pickups have a groove in the side of the bed walls that a 2 x 4 will fit into perfectly(cut to the appropriate length). Go to your LBS and get a $15 front fork clamp to mount to the 2 x 4. I have transported bikes in my PU for several years this way. Toyota Tundra with a bed liner if it makes a difference. I know this may be hard to visulaize but the 2 x 4 is wedged across the bed about a foot from the floor of the bed and the front fork clamps on to the gizmo, with the wheel removed of course. Works for mt. or road bikes. Good luck.
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Just find suitable tie points and use Bungy cords to hold in the upright position.
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Originally Posted by maddmaxx
How about a bolt on fork mount (about $10) screwed down to a 1 X 4 that runs across the back of the pickup. Wont tip sideways because of the 1 X 4, wont tip for or aft because of the wheel and fork mt. You can find a use for the mount later.
that's what I use: one 1x4 has two of them, the board is about 4' long and fits into the back of my Dodge van (with the rear seats removed). My wife & I travel with our bikes out of town that way and don't have to worry about theft off a rear rack. Have a second bolt-on fork mount on a shorter 1x4 that will allow me to carry 3 bikes in the van if needed.
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Simple, 4x8ft plywood with 2 2x4's or 1x4's. One on each side of both wheels nailed down to the plywood forms a channel for both wheels, then a strap around seat post to hold it down. little cost, easy, secure. thats how I did it.
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Originally Posted by dminor
Everyone is coming up with a bunch of silly, convoluted solutions (except terrierman) that can easily be solved with a pair of motorcycle tie-downs.
Yeah, laying a bike down in the back of a truck is so silly and convoluted.
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Old 02-22-07, 06:22 PM
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Most full size trucks,if equipted with the exta cab,the bike fit upright behind the 2 front seats.
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