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Old 06-10-2004, 08:28 PM   #1
Peloquin
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Subaru Stars Build your own Bed Mounted Bike Rack - for under $25!

You heard me, for less than $25 you can build your own bed mounted bike rack. I was looking for the cheapest way to carry my bike around in my baja, and was searching the internet fervently when I finally came across the Yakima Blockhead. I hate to say it, but when I bought it, it was only $17, but now it appears you can't get it for less than $18, but maybe if you find it locally, your can save on shipping. Mine, shipped, was $22.

Anyway, I digress, first, you need a Yakima Blockhead (Froogle it to find a seller):


I didn't take any pictures during construction, so bear with me as I get overly wordy...

you'll need the Blockhead, 45" long 2x4, two bolts and nuts that fit in the holes on the blockhead, a 12" piece of angle iron (with one inch spaced holes) and some wood screws. Search your Garages, your friend's Garages, your Sheds, back alleys... you may be able to get half of this stuff for nothing. That's how I came up with it. I ordered the Blockhead and then stood in my shed for an hour to see what I needed to make it work.

What you'll need to do is mount it to the center of the 2x4 (or off center if you wanted to carry two bikes, I guess). I mounted it by drilling two 9/16" holes about a half an inch deep in the narrow edge of the 2x4 at the bolt holes on the Blockhead. These were so the heads on the bolts could be set into the 2x4.



Then, put your bolts in the 2x4, threads pointing outward. You should then be able to take your angle iron and slide it over the threads on the bolts and it should sit flush on the 2x4. If not, just drill out the holes for the heads of the bolts a bit more. Then once your angle iron fits snugly, fasten it to the 2x4 with some wood screws (I drilled pilot holes first to make sure not to split the 2x4).



Now all you have to do is slide the Blockhead over the exposed bolt threads, spin some nuts on, and put the 2x4 in the forward most divots in the wheel wells. You get something that looks like this:









Enjoy!
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Old 06-10-2004, 10:00 PM   #2
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nice
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Old 06-11-2004, 08:55 AM   #3
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Very nice indeed. How do you keep that wood cross brace from popping out of the bed pockets on a bumpy road?

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Old 06-11-2004, 09:51 AM   #4
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it actually stays in pretty well all by itself. The snugness in the slots and the weight of the bike seem to hold it down. I guess if I needed some extra holding power, I could anchor it with some bungees (since the tie-downs are right underneath the 2x4 slots).
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Old 06-11-2004, 10:02 AM   #5
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Nice work Peloquin! Through some black paint on it to glamour it up!
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Old 06-11-2004, 01:22 PM   #6
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Yeah, I intend to... I just thought I'd post some pics while its still in the raw format so that the parts are clearer to see. Oh, that and I didn't happen to find any paint in the old shed.
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Old 06-11-2004, 06:18 PM   #7
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Just so you know, nashbar.com, supergo.com and performancebike.com all offer their own version of the overpriced wheel block.....all for at most $14.95 or around there. No fancy Yakima name, but all are lockable. Two have even found thier way onto the Samurai's "bed" rails, which allows side-to-side mounting. These are used when I decide to go truly "offroad" to go biking........The Baja is for light duty "off-roading".

Most also offer wheel holding fixtures as well, that look like thin forks. I've fashioned a similar device for my old Nissan Frontier, and it holds two bikes per rack (two pointing fore, two pointing aft).

If I had not gotten the dealer to throw the bike rack in gratis, I would've done the same thing. One other note, if you have a metal scrapyard (Tampa has one called Scrap-all), you can find billet aluminum stock in 1x4 lengths, which can eliminate the angle iron and paint, and looks really cool.

I gave mine to another Frontier owner when I traded it for the Baja, or I'd send pics, but if you can see, you can build.
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Old 06-24-2004, 09:30 AM   #8
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Nice

I can scratch the bike rack off on my accesories to buy list.

What other toys have you made or going to fabricate?
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Old 08-28-2004, 06:38 PM   #9
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Well i finally got around to building one of these boards as an alternative/addition to my Thule roof setup.

The first major consideration is with re to bikes that have front suspension, which these days are most. The setup that Peloquin describes won't cut it if you have front suspension. They don't clear the back side to allow the arms to secure to the blockhead.

If you notice in Peloquin's photos, he doesn't have front suspension.

So i figured i might be able to just turn the 2x4 around so that the blockhead is facing the rear of the bed. Well then you run into the problem of having no room, unless you're attaching a child's bike that doesn't have the same geometry as an adult's. Your rear tire will be against the cage and the suspension fork will be resting on top of the 2x4 as opposed to being able to attach to the blockhead about 6 inches away.

I still have the other piece of the 2x4 i bought for this project earlier, so i'm going to head back to lowes tomorrow and pick up a flat piece of iron, take the blockhead off and set it up so that the blockhead isn't on the side of the 2x4, but it secured to the top of it, where it was resting earlier. If i'm successful tomorrow or whenever i get around to it this week, i'll post "how to" pics.

The other technical correction is that a 45" 2x4 falls a bit short as i found out. I'd recommend 46" or 47" for a snug fit. In addition, i use short bungees to secure the 2x4 down.

I ended up with the locking blockhead, which isn't necessary, since this isn't a secure setup to begin with. My local shop was selling them for $40 but i walked in asking for the non-lockable, so the kid met me halfway and took $10 off the lockable. So i ended up with the lockable for $3 more than the non-lockable would have cost me to have it shipped thru someone online. I wouldn't recommend viewing this setup as a cheap alternative to a regular thule or yakima stock setup though. I wouldn't go into a convenient store with this setup, its purely a quick alternative to keeping your roofrack on all the time. If you ride on a regular basis, and are going from the house to the trail and back, its perfect. I'm planning on tossing the 2x4 and bungees into the backseat when i head out onto the trail. But certainly don't go from the house to the trail to the mall or a restaurant and then home, or you'll have to make a stop at your local bike shop for a new ride.
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Old 08-29-2004, 12:57 PM   #10
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Funny, just because I had them lying around, I now have the 2x4 fastened down with two short bungies as well. And you are correct, I wouldn't have even known that this set up doesn't work for a bicycle with front fork suspension but it sounds like you found a quick and easy alternative. I'm looking forward to seeing pics of someone else's set up.

And I actually leave mine attatched when I'm at work during the day, I figure if someone tries to snag the bike, first off, they'll be short a wheel as I keep that in the back seat, and secondly, they'll set of the car alarm. But then again, I also work in a pretty safe and secure location.
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