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Thule 501 Insta-Gater Pick Up Truck Rack

  • Turn Truck Bed Into A Versatile Bike Carrier
  • No Drilling Or Bolting required
  • Carries 1 Bike
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Insta-Gater Pick Up Truck Rack

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Turn Truck Bed Into A Versatile Bike Carrier

No Drilling Or Bolting required

Carries 1 Bike
12.00 lbs

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  • Alan P.
  • 7/20/2012 7:08:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is cool!

Pros: Easy to setup, holds bike securely, works with any truck bed and all but the biggest of bikes. It's nice and light so it's easy to both install and remove, so I can drive to a bike path, put the rack in the cab so it's locked up while I'm riding and then reinstall it for the drive home. It also feels very well built. Perfect!

No problems with my mountain bike in a 2001 Dodge Dakota.

Cons: Holds the bike securely, but doesn't lock it. There's a security lock option, but if your truck's tailgate doesn't lock (mine doesn't) it's not really locked. Even if the rack was locked to the truck the bike wouldn't be locked, since most bikes (like mine) have an easily detachable front wheel. A long cable lock securing the bike to the truck's tie-downs would fix this.

Other Thoughts: It's simple, elegant and holds the bike securely. Had the truck up to 60 MPH with no problems; freeway speeds and bumpy back roads are fine. If you have other accessories on your bike that are removable (I have a cell phone holder), make sure you remove them so you don't lose them.

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