Toolbox Compatible Bike Valet With Fork Mounts For Pickup Trucks

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Do you ever wonder how you could fit your bike into your truck without a hassle? Do you have a toolbox and/or a shortbed pickup truck and have no way to transport your bike other than those pesky bungee cords? Look no further, because with my new design, I will revolutionize the way you transport your bikes. This allows you to not only transport your bike, but you can transport two bikes with a load of equipment side by side, no matter what kind of pickup you have. And best news yet, you could keep your tailgate up!
I don't know about you, but I just bought a $1000 bike to ride the trails and was getting frustrated at the small amount of options I had to transport it. I needed to build my own.
Before I instruct you, I must say this is my first instructable and I also have no responsibility for anybodies bikes damaged. This Project does require a bit of basic pvc cementing, and design skills. You should be able to effectively measure out your trucks dimensions and adapt the design to fit your truck. I will not provide measurements but I will tell you what you need to measure. That being said, here we go.
This project cost me roughly $130. That is quite cheap, and I'm sure you could get the price down quite a bit more based on the fact that I had improvised the design multiple times

Materials needed:
2x- Fork mounts (You could get cheap ones from amazon)
6x- 10' x 1" Sections of Pvc ( I used schedule 40 and recommend you do too)
8x- 1" Elbows
14x- 1" Tee shapes
6x- Elbows with side outlet (3 way elbow)
1x- 1" Cross shape (4 way)
6x- Nuts and Bolts (1.5"-2", #10) (Used to bolt in fork mounts)
2x- Velcro straps
2x- Screws or pins(To be able to remove top part of valet for access to the toolbox)

Tools needed:
Tape measure
Pvc primer & Cement
A pair of pliers
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I agree with Fredricksburg. While this works well and serves the purpose, It's overkill and adds more stuff to remove and store when you need your truck to haul supplies. I mounted mine directly to the tool box, except I had to put a piece of unistrut between the fork mount and the tool box to keep the front disk calipers from hitting the toolbox. I also used vinyl washers to prevent leaking. The bike never moves around unless I hit a large bump that bounces everything around. Best part is that my set up only cost $30 and I've had no problems in about 2 years of use.
Nick_momo396 (author)  allaboutsumgsus2 years ago
Yes, as it seems like overkill, I was completely against drilling into my toolbox and needed another way to do it. This thing is sturdy, even when on the rigorous bumps if the trails I bring my bike to, and with the removal of two screws, which will soon be converted to pins, I can pull the top off and slide the rack right out in seconds. This is also multi functional, as it makes a great surfboard rack and keeps my coolers stationary.
OddJob2 years ago
Anything made from PVC is okay by me! I once built a canoe / ladder rack for my pick-up truck out of 3" PVC. Unfortunately, that was before computers and cool websites like this!
Nick_momo396 (author)  OddJob2 years ago
PVC is the greatest and could be used to make anything. I'm actually working on a surfboard/ ladder rack right now out of both 1" and 2" PVC. Also, as cool and convenient as these websites are, as an engineering student, I prefer to design and build it all on my own!
why not mount the fork mounts directly to your tool box?
i did this and added a bit of reinforcing to the underside of the box lid, and it works great.
There were actually quite a few reasons why I didn't do that. The main reason, is that anytime a hole is put into a toolbox, the waterproofness of the box is compromised. That is bad news as tools can become oxidized and rust . You can seal it up with silicone, but with the way it would be set up, I felt like the stress of the bike would create a tug on the bolts, and in turn require regular applications of silicone. Another thing is that this provides a place for the back wheel to rest and not shift around as well as a place for coolers and gear to rest without having to tie them down.
3366carlos2 years ago
very nice, i would redesign so to that you don't have to take the front wheel off.
Nick_momo396 (author)  3366carlos2 years ago
Thank you! And there are a few reasons why I went with the option to take the front wheel off. I have a quick release wheel so it only takes a few seconds to take off. Also, with the size of my bike, it wouldn't be able to fit into my truck unless the tailgate was down or I positioned the front wheel on the toolbox, but that would place the bike quite high up. But if I went with one of those options, it would not be as secure.