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Old 02-04-2023, 04:52 AM   #1
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BilleBars

I want to carry two gravel bikes on top of my truck bed. I've been looking at BilleBars since they say they are designed to fit over my tonneau cover. But I'm wondering how I'll be able to roll back the tonneau when needed. Anyone use BilleBars here? What's your opinion?
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Not us. We use a bed slide and truck cap to keep our mountain bikes out of the weather and safe from thieves.
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Old 02-05-2023, 05:36 AM   #3
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Do you have a stand mounted to the truck bedís floor? Also do other things ever shift and bump into the bikes?
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I donít think you will be able to open the tonneau cover wo removing the cross bars. You could purchase a bed rack that may be tall enough to open the cover, but it would be difficult to mount the bikes bc the rack would be so tall. I currently use a Retrax pro xr cover with Sherpa mounts and custom cut aluminum cross bars from 8020.net. I have Sherpa mounts to hold the bars to the track in the cover, and a locking Rocky Mounts for the front thru axle and a rear tire tray with a Voile strap. I apply an ulock on the rear tires when I am away from the truck. It is a great system, but the Tonneau cover does fill up some of the bed behind the cab. Good Luck and happy trails.
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Mountain bikes are axle mounted with a mount from Amazon. I can link if you need the specific one we use. Requires us to take off the front wheel and those are just tied down to the side away from all moving parts with ratcheting tie downs.

Occasionally things run up against the bikes but they are mountain bikes, so naturally have scrapes and bruising. The rub marks donít bother us and over the years we have figured out how to pack to truck so that things no longer shift around.

In our opinion, the truck cap is the way to go for bike transport if travel is full time or extended time. Otherwise exposed to elements is fine for quick trips or transport.
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