Introduction: Simple Way to Secure Bikes in a Truck Bed

About: I like to design and build random things.

I like to go trail riding with my son. Living in suburbia, we needed a way to easily transport bikes in my truck. I looked at various racks and hitches sold online as well as a few DIY projects on Instructables. The purchased versions were costly ($100+) while the DIY versions were somewhat clunky and would need to be stored when not in use. This technique uses the existing hooks in my truck (Toyota Tacoma) and two ratchet straps. The multi-purpose straps can be purchased at any big box store or online for around $10.

The steps shown below include single and dual bike options. Watch this video if something isn't clear.


2018 Toyota Tacoma (6 foot bed)

Bike 1: 27.5" Wheel

Bike 2: 29" Wheel

Ratchet Straps (x2): 1" Wide x 8' Long

Step 1: Remove the Seat

Although not necessary, I felt like the bikes fit better without the seats. This takes about 10 seconds with the quick release mechanism.

Step 2: Place Bike in Truck

Flip bike upside down and place the back tire against the front of the truck bed. Note that with the seat removed, the back tire will contact the floor and the front side of the bed.

Step 3: Strap Back

I hooked one end of the strap to the driver's side D-Ring and then looped in around the seat tube of the bike. I connected the other hook of the strap and ratcheted it firmly against the front wall of the bed.

Step 4: Strap Front

Using the rear D-Rings, strap the front of the bikes as shown. I used the excess strap to secure the front tires to prevent free-wheeling while on the highway.

Step 5: All Secure

Single and Dual bike options shown.

Step 6: ​Shut Tailgate

Note that this truck has a six-foot bed which left me with about 16" of bed before the tailgate. Although close, I think this technique should work on a five-foot bed as well.

Step 7: Ready for Transport

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for viewing!