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Old 06-11-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
speedymatt
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Lightbulb Make your own bike rack for under $30

I found this site while searching for some sort of solution to the bike rack problem faced by most of us.
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The concept was so simple its one of those "why didn't i think of that" things. I don't have bikes with quick release fronts so having something that holds the entire bike up is key. With the rack in place the rear wheel of my bike sits at the end of the down tailgate.

Suggested modifications to the directions are change the 6-16.5"s to 6-11.75"s for the shortened width of the baja bed. I also used 9 of the 1.75" spacers to make all three slots suitable for mountain bike treads. If you choose to make one slot thinner that will change that 11.75". Best bet is to build the tire slots first then measure for the filler peices thats what worked for me. Last is I'm planning to add some eylets to the underside of the rack to connect a turnbuckle to that eylet and the rear hook on the bed (plactic on plastic slides bad). I will add pictures when the rack is all painted and the mount is worked out but this racks works and is super easy to make.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:15 AM   #2
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Nice find. I just have fork mounts attached to a 2x4. Fits into either 2x4 slot in the bed. I'll take pics later today.

I do like the pipe version since it seems more secure than a bungied down 2x4, but I've not had problems with my setup (knock on wood).
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:18 PM   #3
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yeah i think the fork mount setup is probably as cheap and easy but the wife and i didn't want to invest in anything more that walmart special bikes and at the time we bought them (may have changed) that price point of bike didn't come with a quick release front wheel. so for me this works just fine, if you have a quick release front (and if i had one) i'd use it.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:21 PM   #4
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i literally just saw this last night around the corner from, my house in the back of a pickup.......very cool...also works outside the truck too!!!!
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:47 PM   #5
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I've been hauling around my bikes on a hitch rack all last year, but i finally got fed up with the bikes banging around, so i looked around and constructed a bike rack in the bed, its fits four bikes, fork mounted (front wheel removed) fork mounts are lockable, it cost about 12 bucks per mount, the horizontal bar is a 7/8 galvanized unistrut (avaliable at your local electrical supplier for like 12 bucks per 10 foot piece), its fits perfectly into the metal hooks mounted in the baja bed, and used 1/4-20 bolts, nuts and washer to put it together. Total price was about 80 bucks, really secure and sturdy.




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Old 06-22-2009, 12:40 PM   #6
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hey Jakub911 any chance of pix that are a bit bigger? (link to the picasa page?) and/or pix of the bar without bikes???
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:59 PM   #7
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HERE'S A CLOSE OF UP, WHERE THE UNISTRUT ATTACHES TO THE LOOP
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:00 PM   #8
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ITS A LITTLE TIGHT, BUT STILL WORKS GOOD WITH FOUR BIKES AND I JUST SLIDE THE FRONT TIRES IN BETWEEN THE BIKES



HERE'S A CLOSE OF UP, WHERE THE UNISTRUT ATTACHES TO THE LOOP
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:12 PM   #9
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Cool!!!!!!!
thanks for the pix.....
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