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Old 08-15-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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Bed Cover Bike Rack and Crap Mileage

Wow! Wind drag can kill your mileage in a hurry. 19-20 down to 13-14. LAME!



I added the bike racks on the bed cover this past Friday. They are Thule roof racks. The cover is a DiamonBack, so mounting the other way wasn't an option. I expected a dip in gas mileage because of the wind drag, but not 6. 6! Holy crap. My state park & lake weekend used a lot more gas than I had planned.

Any ideas to make this better?
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nope My mileage dies when I have 2 bikes in the bed
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I carry a 500 lb motorcycle in the bed and get over 19 MPG. I have the motorcycle dead straight with part of the back wheel on the tailgate which is down.

You may want to try another rack/cover combo that lets you place the bikes in the bed straight ways.
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Wow! Wind drag can kill your mileage in a hurry. 19-20 down to 13-14. LAME!



I added the bike racks on the bed cover this past Friday. They are Thule roof racks. The cover is a DiamonBack, so mounting the other way wasn't an option. I expected a dip in gas mileage because of the wind drag, but not 6. 6! Holy crap. My state park & lake weekend used a lot more gas than I had planned.

Any ideas to make this better?
mine is layd out straight. why cant u do yours?. I have the short bed too.
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Bed cover pivots from the center. Mounting the other way will permanently lock both panels together.

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^^ largest picture I have ever seen
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:59 PM   #7
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^^ largest picture I have ever seen
Sorry about that. In my defense, I fixed it as soon as I realized what I did.
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can you add two more bikes to the hitch mount carrier?
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What about using fork mounts on the front cover and simple wheel straps on the rear part?

Maybe switch to a 29er- those do everything better I've been told!
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can you add two more bikes to the hitch mount carrier?
The hitch rack moves around a lot going down the highway. With the two bike extension, it gets really bad.

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What about using fork mounts on the front cover and simple wheel straps on the rear part?
I would need the trough portion of a roof rack to hold the back wheel secure. To mount the troughs to the cover, I would need some custom stuff made. I had thought about this option, but decided it was more work than the option I used. That was before I realized the wind drag would be gigantic.

I talked to the store that I bought the roof racks from. I can return it for a 100% refund even those I have used it on the highway. I will probably do that and use a two bike extension on the hitch. I don't completely like four bikes on the hitch, but I don't like the wind issue either. It is a question of which option I dislike the least now.
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