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Bicycles in shortbed with a topper?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by musty40, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. Jan 31, 2010 at 1:01 AM
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    musty40

    musty40 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello, first post here.

    Looking at getting 2010 DC TRD OR short bed. Like the idea of the OEM locker vs the LSD. But would like to haul bicycles in the back. Did a search and found some threads on using the OEM rail in the box.

    But I would also like a topper. So do any of you Tacoma owners roll your bikes in rear wheel first? Rear tire against the back of the box and fork mount at tailgate?

    Looking at both a road and mtn bike.

    Would like to see what you guys have. My next step will be to head to the dealer with my bike.

    Thanks, Alan
     
  2. Jan 31, 2010 at 4:48 AM
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    If you have a cap, I can't see any other way to do it (without crawling in the affix the fork) other than have the fork mount at the back. There are several DIY fork mounts (Rocky, etc) available- just mount them to a 2x6 that fits snugly across the box, and you are set. With my 29er's, they barely fit length wise, but with my 'cross bikes, no problem.
     
  3. Jan 31, 2010 at 5:11 AM
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    Can be a pain though sometimes, depending on the bike. Taller Mountain bikes might require you to lower or remove your seat. I'm actually considering not getting a cap next time because of how often I carry bikes. One thing I like is, with tinted windows your bikes are out of sight out of mind from passers-by.

    I think fork mounting to the bed rails would be too high to fit under the cap, unless you get one of the extra tall ones.
     
  4. Jan 31, 2010 at 5:21 AM
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    I have the Thule rack where a single bolt secures a post on the bommom of the rack into the hitch. The rack holds for 4 bikes.

    It nice, very solid and allows for easy on, easy off with the bikes.
     
  5. Jan 31, 2010 at 5:51 AM
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    musty40 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So with the short bed and the fork mounted low near the bed any concerns with the angle of the bars?

    I also like the idea of the tinted windows on the topper.
     
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