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Bike Mount Ques.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by slackdaddy2001, May 16, 2008.

  1. May 16, 2008 at 6:24 AM
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    slackdaddy2001

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    How many bikes can successfully be mounted to bike racks mounts on the deck rail just behind the rear window? I would like to buy mounts for 4 bikes but not sure if the max number will be 2, 3, or 4 total bikes. Thanks.
     
  2. May 16, 2008 at 6:37 AM
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    lsocoee

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    I think putting 4 in there will be tough. I'd try to mount them sideways, alternating them. I haven't checked for space on the Tacoma, but we used to get 4 of them like that in an older Ranger.
     
  3. May 16, 2008 at 6:52 AM
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    On the rail in the nose of the bed, I think maybe 3 road bikes, or 2 mountain bikes. Just because you can't alternate the handlebars. Now, like lsocoee said, if you go sideways and angle them slightly, alternating from one side of the bed to the other, then you should be good for 4 or 5 of either road or mountain bikes in a long bed taco.
     
  4. May 16, 2008 at 7:33 AM
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    I have a short bed taco. How many going sideways with this bed?
     
  5. May 16, 2008 at 7:37 AM
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    get a nice big blanket, drape it over the tail gate, pad the top of the tailgate with towels or something, place your front tire over the tailgate, place a strap over the bikes and your on your way. i've fit 7 bikes in the back easy doing down hill runs with my 06 taco.
     
  6. May 16, 2008 at 7:44 AM
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    Don't know for sure. It really depends on how long the bikes' wheelbases are and how you mount the bike mount. If you do the bike mount to the inside of the bed, you lose some valuable space. If you do the bike mount on top of the bed, you will be much better off (it's too bad I don't know how or what you would need to mount it to the top of the bed.)

    I think you could probably get 4 in there if you could keep the gate down. Alternatively, you could get a 4 bike trailer hitch rack.

    No effin way would I do that to my bikes or my taco.
     
  7. May 16, 2008 at 8:15 AM
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    You could easily get 4 MB's in there, but you would have to loosen the stems and turn the bars a bit to get them all to fit.
    I've tried loading my bike side to side, and it won't fit, wheel base is too long. GT i-Drive Team edition.
     
  8. May 16, 2008 at 8:16 AM
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    yeah, but what size?
     
  9. May 16, 2008 at 9:31 AM
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    I think I will go with what Isocoee says and try mounting 4 bikes to the front of the bed (handle bars turned) with these $9 attachments: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile.cfm?sku=3702

    Best price I've found. Looks like I may have to drill (2) 1/2" holes for the bolts which I will use to mount them to the bed rail but the best price I've seen out there.
     
  10. May 16, 2008 at 10:05 AM
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    This is one easy way to get at least 3 and maybe four. Use two mounts for bikes facing forward as you have described. Then place a bike (or 2) between the two with handle bars facing backward. You can secure using bungee ties or the bike mounts from Performance http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...e.cfm?sku=3702 . The big problem is handlebars. Keep in mind that road bikes have more narrow handlebars, so you'll have more options there. With the track mounts you can place the bikes to the outside of the bed with handlebars hanging outside the truck. That will leave you with quite a bit of room in between. I have a shortbed and you can get a bike in there sideways using a mount. However, you have to angle the back tire quite a bit to make it fit.
     
  12. May 16, 2008 at 11:04 AM
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    With a Short bed I'd be surprised if any bike would fit without removing the front wheel.

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  13. May 16, 2008 at 11:17 AM
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    Size frame? 18"

    Not sure what you are referring to.
     
  14. May 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM
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    that's it. 18" is relatively small, but I think the i-drive stretches the wheelbase a good bit.
     
  15. May 16, 2008 at 1:49 PM
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    18" is considered a medium frame

    16" small
    18" medium
    20" large

    I am talking frame size and not wheel size, that is assuming all are 26" rims.
     
  16. May 16, 2008 at 2:15 PM
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    lsocoee

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    That's what I figured. Some companies go to XL and XL and those end up being ~22" and ~24" Those are big bikes.

    After 8 years of working in a bike shop, the stack of 18" inner tubes did not go down once.
     
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