Homemade Custom Truck Bike Rack ( Total Cost $10)

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Project by HairyMoccasins posted 05-14-2011 01:43 AM 17600 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So i needed a way to transport my bike. I was NOT about to pay $100 bucks or so for a stupid rack that i could just make up myself. So i did some thinking and came up with this solution. All it took was 79 cent L brackets that i had to drill out a 1/2inch hole in each (for the fork), and 2 on the end’s that i screwed into my funky junky truck. One 2×4 and a 3/8 X 6inch bolt with a “wing nut”. The drill bits i had weren’t quite big enough, so i had to bust out my 1/2 Inch masonry bit to finish the job ( i know, i know, masonry for metal?? WTF) its all i had!!!. I plan on mounting another on the other side and maybe one in the middle, once i get a 1/2 metal drill bit. The L brackets and bolt w/wing nut hold the bike in place like its being held by the Governator “AAARRRRRRGHHH” himself. I hope you guys like it!!!

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#1 posted 05-14-2011 02:38 AM

If you have a truck why do you need a bike? :) interesting project. Could you bolt that rig to the toolbox and save bedspace?
Welcome to lumberjocks!

-- Jeff,

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 03:20 AM

Hey Jeffro , yea i could bolt it to my toolbox, but i dont want to do that. I have a bike because i like to hit the trails and i live in a town were lots of people get around on their bikes. I am very pleased with this set-up. All i have to do is keep the tail gate down. As long as i don’t have beer bottles and ham sandwiches in the bed, nothing bad can happen! Hooray $10 bike transport!!

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 06:27 AM

Practical, efficient, saves money. Great. Thanks for posting and welcome.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#4 posted 05-14-2011 01:27 PM

what a cool idea

after years of carrying bikes in a similar way with professionally made mounts i can say you need a strong mount to hold the bike steady

so after saying this my suggestion to you is to slip a piece of half inch or 3 quarter inch pipe over the bolt between the brackets so the brackets dont flex when you tighten the bolt because if it flexes the bike will fall out (they really do vibrate sideways on the mounts especially at speed)

having said that i dont think i will ever by another professional mount again after seeing your mount



-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#5 posted 05-14-2011 06:29 PM

I got an extra quick release bolt for my bike at the bike store to build my mount. I screwed a block of wood the width of the fork to a 2X4, with a hole to mount the frame. It makes a very steady mount that way and I just pop the release on my wheel, put the fork in between the quick release on the block, and press down on the handle to tighten. I used scrap wood that didn’t cost anything and the bike shop owner gave me a couple of old quick releases he had in the junk pile. Mine was $10 cheeper. LOL

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 05-14-2011 06:44 PM

Having reached the point where I no longer need a toolbox in my pickup, I can just throw my bike in the
the back and head for the trailheads, but when the wife wants to join me that creates a problem, I guess
I will have to build one modeled on Hal’s, since I seem to have a couple of quick releases in the tool box.
thank you for sharing and giving me one more project. Welcome to Lumberjocks, if nothing else this
site will make sure you never run out of great projects and the wonderful people that build them.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 05-14-2011 06:46 PM

LOL with Jeff. I’m a truck guy but I have a bike that hangs up in my truckport.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 05-14-2011 10:41 PM

Hooky, i like your idea about the pipe sleeve. Hal, thanks for showing me up on the material costs. Your idea is super simple and yet doesn’t require a bar across the bed. Respect

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#9 posted 05-14-2011 10:44 PM

Also Hal, would you mind posting up a picture of your setup?

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#10 posted 05-14-2011 10:56 PM

A few years back I was driving in the country when a truck about a hundred yards in fron of me suddenly shed it’s (not tied down ) load of heavy triple aluminium ladders I swerved and they just missed me the looked embarrased as heck when they struggled to put it all back on the truck but why did the not just tie it down.I like your project as long as it allows itself to be firmly tied down ok wish you well. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 05-15-2011 05:32 PM

Very nice bike!$$$ $10.rack what did you do with the wheel? thanks!

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#12 posted 08-21-2011 07:21 PM

Update: I’ve realized that the 2×4 looks pretty ridiculous, so i removed it. I think I’m going to mount the assembly to my tool box.

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