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Transporting Bicycles, What do you use?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by madisonsfinest, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Apr 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM
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    kryten

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    Yes, but not so great once you have more expensive bikes and/or few of them to transport at the same time. It also frees up bed for camping gear etc.

    Just bought Swagman XTC-4 hitch rack. Have to assemble it and will post some pics and quick review then.
     
  2. Apr 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM
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  3. Apr 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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    I used a combination of Yakima and Thule along with some home made aluminum nuts for the rails.

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  4. Apr 26, 2013 at 5:55 AM
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    This^^^

    Keep it out of the bed to fit more stuff??? Or because they don't fit??? Probably could have used and extra 1' in your bed eh?:D
     
  5. Apr 26, 2013 at 5:58 AM
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  6. Apr 26, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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    I have a lot of mountain bikers and grandkids in our family. Once I found out about tailgate pads I have never looked for another method of transporting bikes.

    I regularly take 6 mountain bikes and it is no hassle at all and the cheapest way to transport bikes.

    Yakima, Thule, Softride, and Dakine all have models. I have a Dakine.

    I set them over the trailgate. Hook one strap over them all and presto it is done.

    I'll never go back to something else. Why didn't I discover this years ago.

    Richard
     
  7. Apr 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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    Just got this.

    [​IMG]

    But I lowered the tailgate and figured I could just wheel the bike onto the bead front forward and ratchet strap the handle bars to two cleats on the forward rail.

    Anyone try this? Kinda like motorcycle style.
     
  8. Apr 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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    Bike fork mount attached to the rails in the bed.

    Bike Fork Mount - 03-26-13.jpg
     
  9. Apr 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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    Yeah I have a super fancy kuat nv bike rack for my truck, but when i am carrying one or two bikes I use ratchet straps and use the bed cleat and handlebars motorcycle style. It is very stable and works well. I only do that with my all mountain bike though. I prefer to use a fork mount or my hitch rack for road bike or cross country rides with carbon fiber parts
     
  10. Apr 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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    I just tie it down with some straps like a dirtbike... Downhill bike so its a bit heavier than something like a road/XC bike though.
     
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    Where did you get yours? I like that one.
     
  12. Apr 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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    Im getting there......
    I will let the OP answer but if you crank the fork mount down like you should there should be very little bouncing. I mean I would take corners a bit slow but if you have good mtb tires the should grip the textured edge of the tailgate.
     
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    Bed Crossbars, tailgate cap, side rails.
    Just a bungee cord from the chainstay down to the bottom of the bumper. It never moves.
     
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    Nice. I might try that then. No carbon fiber bits on my bike.
     
  18. Apr 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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    Im getting there......
    Yeah i usually wrap it around the bars between the brake levers and the stem, right where the bars rise a little bit. I use light duty ratchet straps inch wide.
     
  19. Apr 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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    I just made my bed mounts, seriously took 20 min to assemble and install.

    If you live in Canada, go to MEC, they have the mounts for $15 and Home Depot sometimes has the t bolts.
     
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