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    Truck bed bike mount

    Anyone have a clever way of mounting bikes in the bed of a truck and keeping both wheels on? I have seen all of the Yakima, Thule products but they mostly require taking off the front wheel. I'd like to be able to mount 4 bikes also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeder
    Anyone have a clever way of mounting bikes in the bed of a truck and keeping both wheels on? I have seen all of the Yakima, Thule products but they mostly require taking off the front wheel. I'd like to be able to mount 4 bikes also.
    I drew up a schematic of such a mount but I never got around to building it. In a nutshell, it invloved wood built to slots to hold the wheel, then a ratcheting strap to hold the bike firmly against the rack. with the right spacing and alternating front/back/front/back facing, you can easily fit four bikes in a compact truck. Longer handlebars may require some kind of staggering.

    That's the hard way. The easy way is to use the ratcheting tie-downs from Home Depot, Walmart, etc., to pull the bars against the wall of the bed as they're hooked to the truck bed tie-down loops. I've seen it done, done it, and it works fine. Just a matter of having enough places to tie the straps to the bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeder
    Anyone have a clever way of mounting bikes in the bed of a truck and keeping both wheels on? I have seen all of the Yakima, Thule products but they mostly require taking off the front wheel. I'd like to be able to mount 4 bikes also.
    By mostly I take it you've seen the Yakima Anklebiter rack mounts that clamp to a crankarm and do not require removal of either wheel?
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    I've seen the anklebiter but I don't want to permanantly mount that big of a rack to my bed.

    I want to mount those short yakima trays with straps to the bedrail at the front of the bed to grab one wheel. I am not sure if that would be enough though. Ideally I would have something grab the other wheel or frame or crank.

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    May work if you use the rear wheel, maybe.

    I'l still feel more secure myself with a 2nd point of attachment though.

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    my husband came up with a great design, but you have to take the front wheel off and i know you said you didn't want that so never mind
    Can't we just let them crash into the creekbed?

    All we need in the world are beautiful trails, sunny days and lot's of time to ride...

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