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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I recently acquired a 1989 Ford F150 4X4 pickup from a friend. I've been using it to drive to more remote spots around Bozeman to go mountain biking. I need to be able to haul more than one bike at a time so I'm looking at various options for holding bikes in pickup beds including building a rack myself. Anyone want to comment on what they use for hauling bikes in their truck?
post #2 of 15
bungee cords?
Ha ha ha..

does the bed of the ford have the corrugated bed or is it flat?<FONT size="1">

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post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
The bed has a thick rubber bed liner in it which creates a flat surface. It also has a canopy which I currently do not have on (I'll probably put it on for ski season though).
post #4 of 15
If you can put a 2x4 in there, across the bed, so that it doesn't move, then you're golden. I built a fork mount rack system that I can fit 3 bikes in tha back of my Blazer, that would work well for a pick-up bed. You'll spend about $5-$10 for a 2x4 and some bolts and washers. Or, instead of bolts and washers, you could buy some quick release skewers to hold the bikes in.

Basically, you run a 2x4 across the bed, then pieces of 2x4 that are the same length as a hub. drill through the short 2x4s and run a 1/4" bolt with large washers and nuts on both ends. Mount the short bolcks on top of the long 2x4 with a couple of 2 1/2" screws, and mount the forks to the short blocks. Presto. Bike rack.
post #5 of 15
ahh. If no liner and had the corrugated bed I was going to suggest using the valleys of the corrugation as channels to set the wheels in and then just setting up some kind of support bar at the handlebars or seat. then clamps or even velcro hold downs riveted to the bed where the wheels sit. Oh well. I guess you could put some channels down and bolt them to the bed.
post #6 of 15
I think all PU beds have holes as attachment points around the lip of the bed. You could connect a crossbar to the top lip of the bed by bolting it through those holes.

A lot of bed liners have "ribs" down the long sides that are meant to fit 2x4s to hold loads in place. If yours has those, then just cut the 2x4 to the right length.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've been surfing the net seeing what's out there and reading reviews on www.mtbr.com. It looks like the best solution is to build something using 2X4s, 2X6s and some fork mounts Thule sells that can be bolted onto any flat surface. I'm now working on a design that will handle at least 3 bikes and won't slide around in the bed.

DChan - Don't joke about bungee cords. They are held in high esteem here in Montana.
post #8 of 15
In CA too. I keep about a dozen in my vehicle at all times.
post #9 of 15

I can take a picture of what I built (I used 2x3 lumber) and e-mail it to you, if you are interested. As I said, it sits in the back of my Blazer, not a PU. The carpet in the Blazer keeps it from moving around, or I could attach it to the tie-downs if I wanted, which a PU doesn't have. But it would be easy to modify to fit in a PU.

Let me know.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
JohnH -

My e-mail address is rrio@epicski.com. Send me a picture if you could.
post #11 of 15

I forgot to take the picture last night. I'll do it tonight.

Is rrio@epicski correct, or should that be rio@epicski?
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
John H -

There are two 'r's in my email address.
post #13 of 15
I do like the 2x4 idea with skewers bolted to them. There is another alternative that I used on my old truck. You can purchase a skewer that has a clamp that attaches to the bed rail of the truck. The bikes sit in sideways and depending on the size of the truck, you should be able to place several bikes in the bed. The set up runs about $30 from what I recall, but it might be worth checking out.
post #14 of 15
I have seen a truck with a single bar mounted toward the rear of the cab with fork mounts on it. The rear tires just rest in the bed.
post #15 of 15
I hope it had tie downs!
if not your roads must be so much better than ours. If you drove down 880 from Oakland to Fremont at the speed limit you might get run over and almost for sure your bike would bounce out of the bed. most of the traffic on that road moves at 10-15 MPH above the limit (1 year of commuting on 880 would require new shocks, annual alignments and maybe kidneys)
280 is a little better but the traffic moves at 80+ most of the time and some pretty big dips and bumps..
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