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We recently bought two bikes and instead of just throwing the bikes onto the bed of the truck and get them scratched, I build one using PVC pipes from the hardware store.

I made it at TechShop since it's a lot more spacious and they have all the tools available.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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- Four 10-ft 3/4" PVC pipes
- 6 3/4" elbows
- 18 3/4" Tees
- Chop Saw
- PVC glues
- mallet (optional)

Step 2: Cutting the pieces

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The first step is to measure and cut all the pipes. I have a 1996 Toyota Tacoma and I built the rack to fit my truck. If you have a different truck you'll want to measure your truck and cut the pipes accordingly to fit your truck bed.

Even though we only have two bikes I wanted to build a rack that fits four bikes but my truck is too narrow so I settled for three. The pipes I needed are:

10" pipes x 12
12" pipes x 6
6" pipes x 6
2" pipes x 9

A chop saw cuts the pipes very nicely and make sure you wear safety goggles since the debris from cutting can fly. Also be very carefully when you cut the 2" pipes.

Step 3: Assembly Step 1

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I started putting the pipes together without using any glue first to make sure the final rack will fit my truck. Since I needed to take it apart later to glue, I didn't push the pipes all the way into the tees/elbows. This made the rack slightly larger at this point. Make sure you take this into account when you try to dry-fit the rack in your truck.

The first pieces to build are three horizonal pieces. They were each built with:

 - two elbows
 - four tees
 - three 2" pipes 
 - two 10" pipes

Step 4: Assembly Step 2

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Now we build the vertical pieces where the bike tires will go. They're very simple and are each made of:

 - one 12" pipe
 - one 10" pipe
 - one tee

easy , piece of cake.made the 3 bike rack. SWEET

prosend made it!1 month ago

Love this idea. We made a three bike rack.

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esms061 month ago
works great!
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Snarley1 month ago

Actually I made this and it turned out great. There is only 2 10' pieces of 3/4" PVC needed not 4. This may save you some money as I took 2 back.

adbkwhitley10 months ago
Clever. Do you also strap the rear of the bikes? If not, you might want to consider it. That bike will likely go airborne if the front of your truck and something else decide to attempt to occupy the same space at the same time. It would probably take the bike rack with it . . . in pieces.

Well done.
I think it will be fine because of the tie down straps it would hold the front end and the bike rack down
Could also use a second rack for the rear wheels, if space permits...
mrpesas10 months ago
Great idea! And can easily be adapted to many other trucks. My only suggestion would be to paint it because I don't think PVC will hold up to UV rays from the sun.
tinpusher10 months ago
Great 'ible! I too love working with PVC. I've often called it "lincoln logs for grown-ups".
arnoldroff10 months ago
Outstanding idea, Great job!
Monomann10 months ago
Great job!!
Outstanding job!!!
bob303010 months ago
I've made the same rack myself and it works great. It keeps the bikes secure and protects the truck from scratches! I've made other projects from PVC pipe. It's one of my favorite supplies for being creative. Thanks for posting.
aabernethy10 months ago
This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!
audreyobscura10 months ago
This came out great!