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Old 02-28-2018, 08:40 AM
ndwgolf ndwgolf is offline
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Default Help with transporting a Bicycle on a Ranger

Guys
I have a new 2018 Ford Ranger double cab 3.2 widetrack. I will be using this to transport my mountain bike to and from the MB track. I initially had and still have a Thule Bike rack that was sitting on top of my Porsche Cayenne when I was living in Malaysia. I want to use this same rack but this time install the rack on the rear compartment lid that I have ordered from a local supplier. The issue I have is that the lid I ordered doesn't have the side rails to attach the Thule cross bars and bike rack to, Also the guy that is installing this lid for me says he doesn't think there is enough room on the back of the cargo bay to put my bike standing up as the built in Roll Bar will be in the way. I am currently offshore on an Oil Rig so unable to see for myself.
Does anyone else transport there mountain bikes and if so how do you do it WITHOUT having to remove the front wheel??

Neil
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Old 02-28-2018, 02:04 PM
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Here is a novel idea....pick up the bicycle and put it in the bed of the truck.
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Old 02-28-2018, 07:17 PM
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I think the bed on those is like 2.5 feet deep. Yeah, pull the wheels off and toss it in the back. Sorry but a six foot bed should have been a minimum.
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Old 02-28-2018, 07:42 PM
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Easy man. I have a diamondback hard tail 29 er that i leave it standing up with no wheels removed. Put front wheel centered on bed hitting the wall of the rear window. Strap handle bars to front side loops compressing the suspension OF THE BIKE a little not too crazy. On my 2010 6ft bed the rear wheel hits the tailgate if the bike is straight so i move the rear to the side and shut the tailgate and then move the rear of the bike till it gets SNUG with the rear tailgate. I then get a bungee cord and wrap it a few times on the seat post and hook it to both rear hooks on the bed. It aint gonna move. To test it before you head out give your ranger a few brake checks like a MAN real quick and quick swerves too. MAKE SURE THE FRONT TIRE IS PEEFECTLY STRAIGHT ON THE BED WHERE IT STOPS. THIS IS A LOT SAFER THIS WAY for the bike VS having the frame sitting on the tailgate because rough roads can pose a major risk on bending aluminum frames specially if it is a light expensive aluminum bike.

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Here is a novel idea....pick up the bicycle and put it in the bed of the truck.
You mean laying down? If so read the following:


This might not be a great idea because the bottom bracket of the bike will take the hits on rough roads and maybe i mean maybe be rough on the bottom bracket bearings. If it is a walmart roadmaster piece of junk yeah who cares about the bottom bracket. IF IT IS A NICE EXPENSIVE bike putting it laying down with the pedals constantly moving up and down putting pressure on those bearings and smacking them might not be a good idea.
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Old 03-01-2018, 04:56 AM
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Thanks for the feed back........I have ordered this https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/bike-...ld-2-_-1684676
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:29 PM
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Guys
I have a new 2018 Ford Ranger double cab 3.2 widetrack. I will be using this to transport my mountain bike to and from the MB track. I initially had and still have a Thule Bike rack that was sitting on top of my Porsche Cayenne when I was living in Malaysia. I want to use this same rack but this time install the rack on the rear compartment lid that I have ordered from a local supplier. The issue I have is that the lid I ordered doesn't have the side rails to attach the Thule cross bars and bike rack to, Also the guy that is installing this lid for me says he doesn't think there is enough room on the back of the cargo bay to put my bike standing up as the built in Roll Bar will be in the way. I am currently offshore on an Oil Rig so unable to see for myself.
Does anyone else transport there mountain bikes and if so how do you do it WITHOUT having to remove the front wheel??

Neil

I'm almost positive that the Thai spec Ranger is the same as the new US variant and or the T6 world Ranger. I've not seen the built in roll bar to make a complete assessment and I am a little unclear whether you're putting a tonneau cover of sorts over the bed or not. Could you clarify that?

I don't know if this helps you or stimulates other ideas but for the sake of variety in options. Many of our cyclist but overlanding clients have a few wants and needs. They need a multipurpose and lightweight rack for gear and then to keep the bed space open for other things, but in the event of needing further room. Something that can be removed while maintaining the beds status-quo of functionality and simple in/out.

We have over 55 vehicle specific racks for both bed and roof racks and about 9 universal racks if you will with 65 different accessories that all work with our Slimline II racks. We probably have about 3 dozen or so other brackets and misc components available to utilize and work other popular world brand components like awnings and road showers as well.

If you wanted to stay simple with load bars:
https://www.12degnorth.com/product-p...y-front-runner

Full Bed Rack option NOTE: We have a version like this for the NEW Ranger too
https://www.12degnorth.com/product-p...d-bed-rack-kit

The only thing we don't seem to have available is a non-removing front wheel option. Which I think for the sake of possible theft, why give them the whole bike. Make them buy a new wheel at least before they ride it. jk

Bike Racking Accessories:
https://www.12degnorth.com/product-p...y-front-runner

Cab mounted roof rack option:
https://www.12degnorth.com/product-p...y-front-runner

And if you're looking to compliment your rack with additional gear in a more water/dust proof option opposite of the rack or just in the bed of the truck, Our Monsoon bags are IP66 rated and work well . There's additional information and use options in the description and side bars for these.
https://www.12degnorth.com/product-p...y-front-runner

Let us know if this helps in options or if you have questions.
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