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Old 05-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Been needing a bike rack since we got the new tt and obviously the rear bumper is not a good idea. Didn't want to spend big money so after some searching came up with this. Found blue prints online went to hd and for less than $40 & a couple hours I have a rack. Sits nicely in bed and will ratchet strap to tie down rings. Put bikes in place to which they will stand on own but a few simple bungee cords for insurance.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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Cycle,

Looks like you did an awesome job with the racks... more peace of mind than either hitch or inside tt. I'm sure there are folks who would be interested in blueprints... although your pictures make it look "fairly" simple.

Just curious, if you have 5.5' truck bed -or- larger size? Mine is the short bed and it's a couple inches short; but when I turn bikes slightly to the side, they fit OK. As of now I just bungee them to the side. I'm thinking maybe your rack could work... do you think they would be stable if I cut them down to hold 2 bikes instead of 4?
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:01 PM   #3
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Yeah as long as it wasn't to narrow. I'll look up where I got them and post it up. They showed prints for 3 & 4 bike rack.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:07 PM   #4
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Heres where I got the idea. http://themvmg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=302
And heres another site showing a 3 place. http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/go...edBikeRack.htm
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
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That's a great job. I actually bought one on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Heininger-Auto...7898390&sr=8-2but wish I could have made one like yours. It looks sturdier. The only recommendation is I would put the bicycles in backwards so the rear tire is in the rack. That way the front tire can't move them.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:45 PM   #6
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And yes I got the short box. Like you said just angle bike a bit and it fits
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:57 PM   #7
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The Heini racks also look good... just more expensive. I like that it was easy to assemble without tools...
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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That's a great job. I actually bought one on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Heininger-Auto...7898390&sr=8-2but wish I could have made one like yours. It looks sturdier. The only recommendation is I would put the bicycles in backwards so the rear tire is in the rack. That way the front tire can't move them.
Yeah I looked at that one to but I like simple projects. Putting them in backwards is a hoops idea. I am going to bungee front wheel to rack so shouldn't move.
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I like the Heininger rack, too, but Amazon.com wants $90 to ship it up here to Canada! And then add duty fees on top of that.

I'll look at building the homemade Sch 40 PVC version.
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Very nice DIY project!
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