I see a lot of people laying their bikes flat in the back of their SUV’s. This works fine of course for one bike. But stacking up multiple bikes back there can get tricky and is likely to cause scratches and dents on your precious cargo.
Now you could go buy a pre-made internal bike rack like the Delta Stableloader 2-Bike Truck Bed Mount Rack, but you’ll save a lot of money if you build one yourself. The whole process takes about a half hour or less to complete!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A scrap piece of 2″ x 4″ wood, measured to fit the width of your SUV with a little wiggle room. NOTE: Some people recommend a piece of plywood. But if your bike has disc brakes, that won’t work. The disc brake needs clearance below the fork mount.
- Fork mounts such as the Yakima BlockHead Bike Fork Mount. NOTE: You can get generic versions of these fork mounts on sale at Performance Bikes for less. You might also need a thru axle adapter.
- Four 2 1/2″ long by 1/4″ wide bolts, locking nuts and washers with a smooth head. (The head of the bolt will face the floor of your SUV.)
- A drill and a 1/4″ drill bit.
- A crescent wrench.
If you have two bikes, this is a two-person job. Take the wheels off and mount the bikes into the fork mounts. Put the 2×4 in place in the back of your SUV. Some people put it behind the front seats so that the bikes are facing forward. Some people like to mount them facing backwards so that it’s easier to roll the bikes into the back. Whichever way you do it, make sure there’s enough clearance around the handlebars to not hit the windows or the roof. (The bikes will move a little bit during transport.) The forks of each bike should be slightly angled on the 2×4 to allow for clearance between the handlebars. Once you’re happy with the position of the bikes within the back of your SUV, mark the 2×4 where the fork mounts are going to be secured.
- Use the fork mounts in their marked position as your guide on where to drill the holes.
- Secure the fork mounts with your blots, a washers and locking nuts.
- You’re done!
Here’s a sample of a finished DIY internal bike rack: