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Old 09-11-2009, 10:51 PM   #29
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My husband is a serious cyclist and we are a biking family. We took the AS to the Savannah Century last weekend and will be in North GA for the Six Gap ride in a few weeks.

We love our Yakima Bed Heads. We have four in the bed of our GMC 2500. They clamp onto the side rail, two on each side. We mesh the bikes together, alternating sides. We can run a cable through the frames and lock the bikes to the truck's tie-down rings.

We are bike snobs, so all of our bikes have quick release wheels. A must for this rack system as you remove the front wheel and clamp the forks in the Bed Head. We have mountain bikes and road bikes. I am not sure if cruisers or kids bikes would work. You also cannot use this system if you have a cap on your truck.

This is a great system if you do not want all of your bikes rubbing together and bouncing around.

The Bed Heads are so unobtrusive that we leave them on the truck all of the time. No more fighting with a rack system when we go out of town. We just load the bikes and go. This is the fastest system we have ever had for loading four bikes.

Here is a link:
Yakima Products - BedHead
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Old 09-12-2009, 05:59 AM   #30
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:00 AM   #31
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We've been using this for a couple of years now:

ProStor at Lowe's: Two Bicycle Steel Stand





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A testimonial for this thing...

We stopped at a Lowe's on our way back from the OBX and bought one of these. When we stopped overnight in VA on our way back to OH, I put this together after dinner. It went very easy as tools were included (always the mark of a quality piece of machinery). It works great although I'm sure that I will still use a tie-down to hold them in the rack while underway.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:43 AM   #32
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My mountain bike has disc brakes and originally would not fit into the rack. A slight modification (bend) to one of the down tubes corrected the problem.
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:25 PM   #33
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This is great! We went and got the Lowe's 2 bike rack and it fits with the two bikes in the aisle of our trailer perfectly. We will be covering the bikes when we travel but it is pretty stable. I have learned so much from all of you. Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:34 PM   #34
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why can;t you put a rack on the back of the car or suv , they have thule ones that atttach to the window from the top. Not quite sure, I do love the Lowes idea i am going to ck that out.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:02 PM   #35
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Definitely don't monunt a bike rack at the rear bumper. But contrary to SteveH, I've had great success with a rack mounted on the "A" frame over the propane bottles. We carry two "beach cruisers" and have never had any difficulty with them in terms of banging into the trailer.

Here's the website to learn more: WELCOME to Top Pop Rails Website !

The only challenges is that I needed help to mount the brackets, but the rest of it went up easily. It also is easily removed when not needed - it will block opening your front window.

And, it is not cheap - about $500.00 when i bought a year ago. Other then mounting bikes on top of our Suburban (tougher to handle than with the Top Pop IMO), this was the best solution I came up with. Jack
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:47 PM   #36
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The Bed Head is what we use....

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My husband is a serious cyclist and we are a biking family. We took the AS to the Savannah Century last weekend and will be in North GA for the Six Gap ride in a few weeks.

We love our Yakima Bed Heads. We have four in the bed of our GMC 2500. They clamp onto the side rail, two on each side. We mesh the bikes together, alternating sides. We can run a cable through the frames and lock the bikes to the truck's tie-down rings.

We are bike snobs, so all of our bikes have quick release wheels. A must for this rack system as you remove the front wheel and clamp the forks in the Bed Head. We have mountain bikes and road bikes. I am not sure if cruisers or kids bikes would work. You also cannot use this system if you have a cap on your truck.

This is a great system if you do not want all of your bikes rubbing together and bouncing around.

The Bed Heads are so unobtrusive that we leave them on the truck all of the time. No more fighting with a rack system when we go out of town. We just load the bikes and go. This is the fastest system we have ever had for loading four bikes.

Here is a link:
Yakima Products - BedHead
We have these on the bed of our truck and they work great.....

Also, we had a 69 Overlander that had a rack on the back from a PO that we had removed before we noticed the rear end separation..........wish I had known about about what to look for before we purchased the trailer. Anyway, that trailer was broadsided and was totalled so no one else will have to worry about it at least. Do we know for sure that the rack and whatever was on it caused the rear end separation? Not really. paula
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:34 PM   #37
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Want to see the Yakima Bed heads in action?
I don't have the photos on my computer but I can link these videos from our trip last summer.
It is a quick shot as we are leaving the sand dunes in this video.
YouTube - The Epic Grad Trip - day 4
In this one you can see the bikes in the bed behind Nick as he is talking.
YouTube - The Epic Grad Trip - Day 3 (Second Half)
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:44 PM   #38
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Bike racks: Yakima "Beddy-Jo"

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We love our Yakima Bed Heads. We have four in the bed of our GMC 2500. They clamp onto the side rail, two on each side. We mesh the bikes together, alternating sides. We can run a cable through the frames and lock the bikes to the truck's tie-down rings.

We are bike snobs, so all of our bikes have quick release wheels. A must for this rack system as you remove the front wheel and clamp the forks in the Bed Head. We have mountain bikes and road bikes. I am not sure if cruisers or kids bikes would work. You also cannot use this system if you have a cap on your truck.

Here is a link:
Yakima Products - BedHead
I have a Ford F150 Supercrew short bed on order, and I plan to put a shell (maybe a Flip-Pac) on the truck. Yakima makes the "Beddy-Jo", which looks like it will fit my set-up, short bed, shell and all. Here's the link:

Yakima Beddy Jo - Yakima Truck Bed Bike Racks

Has anyone used this? If so, how'd it work for you?

Cheers,
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yo! beddy-jo...

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...Yakima makes the "Beddy-Jo", which looks like it will fit my set-up, short bed, shell and all. Here's the link:

Has anyone used this? If so, how'd it work for you?
yep got one, works fine.

it's designed with webbing and small 'blocks' that attach it to the lift gate when closed.

so the bikes must face reward for this feature.

the problem is the handle bars on many bikes will hang over the tail gate when it's up.

which means the bikes are a tiny bit OUT outside the truck bed, and limits the use with a hard shell/rear window.

one can LOOSEN the bar at the stem and rotate the bars UP, out of the way on some bikes...

the rack can be reversed (bikes forward) but then it's not tethered anywhere (no biggie)

i use it FORWARD in the truck bed often, then slide it to the front of the bed with gear packed behind it...

it doesn't come with front WHEEL forks/racks, they can be added for extra $$...

and the fork attachment is funky for some forks (doesn't clear ALL suspension fork designs) ...

overall it's a good piece and can do triple duty...

1. truck bed rack

2. it can go INSIDE the 'stream with the bike mounted and stable on the floor...

3. it can be used as a 'bike stand/rack' at the camp site...

and one can make a 'base' for it that provides even more stability for #2 and #3...

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Old 01-26-2010, 04:15 PM   #40
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Bed rack

After further searching, I found a Yakima product, the BlockHead. It's pretty much a bolt/screw mount fork base that can be mounted to any surface, including a free-standing wood platform. Once our short bed truck arrives, I'll test these out on our two bikes. If it saves bed space, you can even stand the bikes up in opposite directions (forward and rearward). Our bikes have straight handlebars, not the street-type handlebars that might peek out over the tailgate, so I'm pretty sure a shell will cover everything without a problem.

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Old 01-26-2010, 04:28 PM   #41
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Howie and myself have the same setup


I think before I send out any more pictures I had better crop out the POTTY

Yes this rack has been on there for over 50,000 miles and has carried 4 bikes

If you are interested in a clearer picture of the rack its4elf and how to attach a bike rack to the rear of an newer Airstream with a frame, not the older 3 in frames look at this tread, post #36 and 38

How do you carry bicycles?
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Again, this system works great when you don't have a pickup bed or room for muddy bikes inside your trailer.
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