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Old 12-23-17, 05:58 PM
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Transporting a Bicycle

What is the recommended way to transport your bicycle a hundred miles or so to a ride? I drive a Toyota Tundra. (p/u) I have just laid it in the bed. I know there has to be better ways to do this. I do not want to go from one bad way to another.
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Old 12-23-17, 06:03 PM
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Just keep if from sliding around and it should be fine. If you need more space you can buy a fork mount and attach it to a 2x4 or piece of plywood that spans the width of the bed.
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Old 12-23-17, 06:09 PM
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^^^^^^ Like this:
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Old 12-23-17, 08:15 PM
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Or fork mounts mounted straight to the lip of your bed walls. Right behind the rear window.
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Old 12-23-17, 10:24 PM
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Check out the Top Line UG 2500-1. They work well and no wheel removal required.
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Old 12-24-17, 12:11 AM
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Usually I straddle the bike, hop on the seat, and get rotate the cranks and pedals with my legs.

Only 100 miles? Isn't that a warmup ride?
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Old 12-24-17, 07:45 AM
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I've used the bed of my truck numerous times. I use an old furniture pad and lay the bike on the none drive side.
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Old 12-24-17, 08:22 AM
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I've got one bike that's too tall to stand up inside the cap, so I lay it down on some indoor/outdoor carpeting. The others stand up. I like standing them up when I can because it frees up the rest of the bed for stuff, but there's no damage to the bike either way.
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Old 12-24-17, 08:58 AM
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I have a Tundra as well, I use a hitch mount receiver mostly. I have at times put it in the rear seat with the front wheel off--it fits in my Crewmax pretty easily that way. I personally don't like the bikes laying in the bed, too worried about sliding around and it's not easy to get them in and out (my truck has a lift).

I like hitch receiver racks that grab the wheels the best...
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Old 12-24-17, 09:22 AM
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This isn't mine, but I strap mine down just like it. Same way you strap down a motorcycle. Takes like 30 seconds. I drove from Texas to NC like that.



Attach soft ties to the bars then strap them down with ratchet straps.

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Old 12-24-17, 05:54 PM
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Thanks for the replies, and a Merry Christmas to all.
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The Thule Insta Gater is the best device to transport your bike upright in the bed of a pu truck.
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Old 12-27-17, 02:43 PM
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I never had any problems just laying my bike in the bed of my Ranger. Don't see any need to transport it in an upright position. If I take the front wheel off, I can actually get it inside the cab behind the seat.
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I had a ladder rack in my F150, so I just strapped a bike to the upright pole. A bungee or strap around the handlebars and the pole, and another one on the rear to a cargo hook.
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I drive a '13 Tundra, 4 dr cab, not the super big one. My road bike fits in the cab with the rear seats folded up. No need to remove the front wheel. Mountain bike goes in bed. I have a shell on back, so it has to lay down.
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