Can You Put a Bike in a Truck Bed?

Packing a bike into a truck bed can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Getting your bike from point A to point B doesn’t have to require you to purchase a special bike rack or trailer.

With a few simple steps, you can safely and securely stow your bicycle in the back of your pickup truck.

Step 1: Secure Your Vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is properly parked and chocked before loading it. You don’t want it rolling away while you’re trying to load the bike!

Step 2: Prepare the Truck Bed. Start by laying out two blankets or sleeping bags in the truck bed.

This will cushion the bike from the metal surface and help prevent scratches or dents.

Step 3: Load Your Bike. Lift your bike up into the truck bed and set it down on top of the blankets. Make sure it is secure and won’t move around as you drive.

Step 4:Secure Your Bike . Using bungee cords or straps, make sure that your bicycle is firmly attached to something in the truck bed so that it doesn’t move around while driving.

Step 5:Cover Your Bike . Covering your bicycle is optional but recommended if you’re worried about dirt or dust getting onto it during transport.

A tarp works well for this!


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Stephen Dunn