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Old 06-18-2020, 02:35 PM   #1
Name: Brandon and Wendy
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Roof bike rack?

We're planning the details of our 2 week trip in Aug/Sept. Buy this, get that, mod this, mod that. The wife insists we take our hybrid bikes with us.

So, in this, I'm planning on getting a bed cap for my 2002 F150 supercrew with the 5.5 foot bed for extra storage.

With this in mind, should I opt for a roof-top bike rack, or mount them inside the cap? I can see the advantages and disadvantages of both.
How have you transported your bikes?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-18-2020, 03:33 PM   #2
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If you have the room, mount them inside the cap. It keeps them out of the weather and more secure.

I remove the front wheel and have a simple fork clamp on a piece of OSB.

I collect, buy, restore and sell vintage bicycles. I typically come home with about ten bikes, six bikes as a minimum, Last trip I found too many do I donated three before returning home
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Old 06-18-2020, 04:48 PM   #3
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We have a cap on our Ram pickup that is as high as the cab. We have two bikes that have the quick release front wheel. I use two of the brackets or hold downs that the bike front fork sets on and clamps in place. They are bolted to a piece of plywood that is 32" X 42" which is just a piece that I had on hand. The hold down brackets are mounted so the bikes stand up close to each other, front fork towards the truck tailgate. So I back the bikes in and off to the side and clamp them down. I use those foam floor mats that are 2 X 2 feet and go together like puzzle pieces as padding between the bikes or the wheels. Basically the same as Bill does. Keeps the bikes inside and out of the weather.
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