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How many adult bicycles can you load ...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by USA, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:48 PM
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    USA

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    Hi

    I am looking for folks with experience in loading a lot of bikes on a truck. I don't have a truck to try out. So if you've done it before, could you please share how many adult bicycles you can load on a Tacoma 5-foot bed, or 6-foot bed ?

    I know that if one spends time, one might be able to load many bikes. I am looking for easy loading and unloading that should not take too long to execute.

    Thank you.

    PS: I would need to haul up to 7 bicycles on a regular basis.
     
  2. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM
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    darkgreentaco

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    How many adult movie stars can you put in the bed?
     
  3. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:01 PM
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    BenWA

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    With a Dakine tailgate pad, you can load 6+ mountain bikes comfortably with the front wheels hanging over the tailgate, and then fit 2-3 more in the bed. Road or cyclocross bikes would be trickier because of the drop handlebars.

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  4. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:13 PM
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    Thank you BenWA for the pics.

    Ideally for me, I'd add a bed extender but would prefer not to use any additional rack attached to the hitch. The idea of Dakine tailgate pad is great.

    I'd haul mainly road bikes.
     
  5. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:18 PM
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    I have a Dakine tailgate pad and it works great. We do a lot of downhill mountain bike shuttle runs here in the PNW where loading and unloading bikes quickly all is part of the game.

    (for those not familiar with shuttling, you drive truck up to top of hill loaded with bikes and riders, everybody ride bikes down the downhill trails, and then the driver hitches a ride back to the top of the hill to fetch the truck).
     
  6. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:19 PM
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    you might think about getting osmething with an 8 foot bed.. if you want it to be really easy... but tacomas are awesome

    and you can get 7 bikes in
     
  7. Apr 16, 2011 at 6:26 AM
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    Chris(NJ)

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    5ft bed makes it tough. I can throw 2 back there w/o removing wheels. If you're worried about scratches or anything like that, you might want to make a rack or carrier of some sort so they're not laying on top of each other.
    6ft bed will make things soooo much easier though.
     
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