I wanted to be able to put my families bikes into my truck bed without having them slosh around all over the place. All the bike racks I found were quite expensive. For example this this one is $300 with shipping. Too steep for my blood thank you. I could have put the bikes on the roof but I have plans to put a roof basket on the truck with lights so that wasn't going to happen. Besides, if I wanted them on the roof I'd have to invest $800+ on it. Heck, one bike tray is $200. I'm not the Prince of Monaco. Time to get cheap.
I know lot's of people make truck bed bike racks out of PVC. Here is a great one by Louislam. I respect the idea but I just can't bring myself to putting a PVC rack in my truck. It needs to be metal. I'm old fashioned that way, now get off my lawn.
Step 1: Amazon is my BFF
After scouring the internet for various options, I found these little gems on Amazon. They are floor sitting bike racks. The beauty of them is you can clamp additional ones together making a bike rack as long as you need.
At $29 each or 4 for $85 I have found my solution. Now, time to order them and see if they can be mounted to my truck bed somehow.
BUT WAIT! THERE IS MOAR!
This is where I start customizing and stop sounding like a tv commercial for cheap asian bike racks.
Step 2: Well crap, it's a bit too wide.
I assembled the 4 bike stands I slapped it in the bed of my truck and it seemed to fit perfect. Unfortunalty once I put a full sized bike in I realized I didn't have enough forward wheel clearance and the bike wouldn't drop into the rack.
Crap. That means I need to do some cuttin'