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Old 08-18-16, 11:43 AM
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Good, quality bike rack for truck bed?

Hello all - can anyone here please recommend a good quality bike rack brand or two for my truck bed. Should be one to handle a road and mountain bike - thanks!

I have a 2015 Ford F150.
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Old 08-18-16, 11:49 AM
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One of the easiest solutions I have seen are the quick release mount for the bottom of the bed/piece of board, etc. It just requires you take your front wheel off and climb in. I am sure there are better purpose built items out there.
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Mount a Roof rack system on a sheet of Plywood you anchored to the inside of the Truck bed
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Old 08-18-16, 12:34 PM
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I am really happy with Soft Ride tailgate pad - I get about 5 years out of them, but it's a pretty good buy at $100
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I have some 4' x 3" extruded aluminum tracks with T-slots. They take bolt on fork mounts like this one.

With 2 bikes attached, they are fairly stable on their own, or you can attach the rails to the front of the bed permanently. If you want a bit more stability short of bolting the rails to the bed, you can bolt them to a piece of plywood, so that when it's slid up against the front wall of the bed, the fork is held off a few inches.

One friend bolted a track of this type to the top of the trucks front rail, where it's out of the way, and allows quick and secure mounting of his bike.

BTW- I have a few new copies of this a single track rail, which sells for about $85-90 on the net. I can sell them (rail only, no mounts) at $59.00 delivered anywhere in the USA. PM me if interested
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Originally Posted by bulldog1935 View Post
I am really happy with Soft Ride tailgate pad - I get about 5 years out of them, but it's a pretty good buy at $100
This is what I do, except that I don't have a tailgate pad. Instead, I cut a pool noodle lengthwise and attach it to one side of the fork and the down tube, the place it on top of a second pool noodle which goes along the top of the tailgate. Then I use a flat tie-down strap to hold the bike securely. But that's only if I'm carrying my bike along with a bunch of other stuff, like when going camping. If I'm just carrying the bike but nothing else, I'll just lay it in the bed of the truck.

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Old 08-18-16, 01:26 PM
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they're really rock solid. With the tandem we have to across the front of the bed.
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Old 08-19-16, 07:03 AM
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Here's what I use in my pickup's bed:



Here's the link to the thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cy...kup-truck.html

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I put one of these in the bed of my truck, and cinch the bikes down with a ratchet strap. It comes in handy when prepping for the ride when the bikes don't have kickstands, too.

https://smile.amazon.com/Racor-PBS-2...=two+bike+rack
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I used a 2x4 the width of the truck bed and attached locking QR mounts. I think they were made by Thule. It was solid and worked well. Plus when you didn't need it or were leaving the truck for a long ride, the 2x4 fit inside the vehicle.
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I bought one of those off Ebay for ~$50. Had it for a few years now. Works well.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
I bought one of those off Ebay for ~$50. Had it for a few years now. Works well.
That's very cool! I'm gonna look for one of those. Thanks!
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Old 08-19-16, 09:41 AM
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I have a Toyota Tundra. I use a board with a RockyMounts DriveShaft HM bolted to it. The mount clamps around the front thru axle. Just remove the front wheel.

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Old 08-20-16, 05:16 PM
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I use the Thule Tailgator. They work well and will fit my road and mountain bikes.
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Old 08-20-16, 06:36 PM
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I have a Saris rack in my Ford Ranger. Works great, I've done 3,000 mile trips with 2 bikes with no problems.







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https:/www.yakima.com/beddyjo
I bought this one on sale from Amazon this past winter, its no longer on their site, so not sure its available. Works great, very simple in concept, is portable, a cinch to install and is cheap. You need a locking tailgate at a minimum for security. I would also wind a cable bike lock through the bike frame anchored to a tie down in the truck bed just to slow down any thieves, really all you could ask from any rack.
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These look great but are they strong enough to hold without any swaying? Nothing is holding the back tires from swaying in wind situations?

Very little chance for the fork to snap right?


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I have a Saris rack in my Ford Ranger. Works great, I've done 3,000 mile trips with 2 bikes with no problems.






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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
I bought one of those off Ebay for ~$50. Had it for a few years now. Works well.
Can you let me know the brand name and model please...

Thx
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Old 08-22-16, 05:37 AM
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I can't. Ebay search will get you there.
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Originally Posted by Thlorian View Post
These look great but are they strong enough to hold without any swaying? Nothing is holding the back tires from swaying in wind situations?

Very little chance for the fork to snap right?
They are very stable, never had a problem. I've been using them for about 6 years.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
I bought one of those off Ebay for ~$50. Had it for a few years now. Works well.

Looks pretty slick and a nice DIY project I could do sometime. Usually I just have the bike inside the cab across the back seats or else just laid in the bed on a thick blanket, but would be handy when I need more than a couple bikes but that is very rare.
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