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Old 06-28-06, 04:29 PM   #1
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Bike rack for dirt roads

I need a strong bike rack for dirt road driving and I don't want a hitch rack because of the dirt. I drive a 2000 Chevy pickup and its usually full of equipment. Any suggestions??
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Use a hitch rack and a tarp or two. Modify as necessary.
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Old 06-28-06, 05:07 PM   #3
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I don't want a hitch rack because of the dirt.
I hear ya *cough* *cough*. How about welding a receiver socket on the front of your truck; then using a hitch rack?
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Well you're limiting your options for sure. The only other thing is a roof mount, but depending on the roof of the truck it may not work out so well.
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A roof rack could probably work if you have an extended cab with either 4-doors or a short roof kit. I've never seen that kind of setup, but I have seen pickups with racks mounted to a canopy. That would probably limit the max weight a little more than mounting on a regular roof.

Another option would be to weld up a frame that would fix somehow to the bed rails and support bike trays at the bed level, assuming that's high enough to clear whatever gear is in the bed. Actually, maybe I should hold onto that idea for myself...
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how high do you stack your gear in the bed of the truck? you can mount those in the bed fork mounts up on top o fthe front of the bed and let the rear wheel sit on your cargo, or you can mount the fork mount on the front corners of the bed and the use some type of "C" clamp to hold the rear wheel to the side rail of the bed.
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Thule makes a thing that goes across the bed and allows you to mount bikes by the fork.
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how high do you stack your gear in the bed of the truck? you can mount those in the bed fork mounts up on top o fthe front of the bed and let the rear wheel sit on your cargo . . . .
If he carries around equipment all of the time in the back, he probably has to get at it regularly too. Keep it simple; rack on the front keeps it out of the dust backwash and leaves the bed unexcumbered.
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Thanks for the tips! Sounds like I might just have to use a tarp!
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