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Old 09-18-07, 02:37 PM   #1
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How I lock my bike in bed of my Ford Ranger

So I bought my Specialized HRXC about a week and a half ago, and for the time being, when transporting the bike home from a ride (I live 800 feet above town, and I am not ready to do a 800 foot climb in 3 miles) taking the front wheel off, leaving bike standing up, and securing with tie-downs.

Unfortunately, I cannot stop at a store, or some place to eat, before or after the ride, since the bike was not locked.

I found the truck bed rack (below)


The Cable lock I bought, was too big to fit through the hole on the rack, so I bought a Eye-Bolt at a local hardware store, drilled through the bed of the truck near where the bike was, and used loc-tite and bolts under the truck to secure it super tight. Then, for just a little more security, so nobody could get underneath and try to unscrew that eye-bolt, I had it welded on the underside, and a little on the topside near the base.

Now I can wrap my cable lock around the frame, and through the eye-bolt, and have the peace of mind I can leave the bike for awhile and not have to worry about it. I just put the front wheel in the bed of the truck when driving, or leave locked up in the cab


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Bed of pickup with rack and eye-bolt


Bike securely locked!
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Old 09-18-07, 04:08 PM   #2
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nice work.

one thing comes to mind:

an interesting choice of locations for the eyebolt. why not closer to the side of the bed, like behind the wheel well? now when you wanna haul plywood or something that lies flat, there's a big eyebolt in the way...
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Old 09-18-07, 05:13 PM   #3
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nice work.

one thing comes to mind:

an interesting choice of locations for the eyebolt. why not closer to the side of the bed, like behind the wheel well? now when you wanna haul plywood or something that lies flat, there's a big eyebolt in the way...
I made a couple of spacers out of 2x4's, to put around the eye-bolt, and the bike rack. Keep them in the toolbox if I need them.
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Old 09-18-07, 06:35 PM   #4
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I used to own a Ranger step side. It had a couple of cleats that were built into the sides. I bought 2 keyed alike padlocks and ran a cable across from cleat to cleat.
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Old 09-22-07, 07:07 PM   #5
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You could just weld the fork to the truck bed and I doubt anyone would even bother trying to steal it.

It actually looks like a great deterrent if we're talking about someone just walking by and making a spur-of-the-moment grab. But anyone who really wanted it would just cut right through that cable in 30 seconds and be gone with your bike. How about buying a camper shell?
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Old 09-22-07, 09:24 PM   #6
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Bike securely locked!
Funniest caption of the century, given the type of lock and what it's locked to.
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