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This is a very simple bike rack that was designed to carry 3 bikes in the back of a pickup truck. This has got to be a lot cheaper than any commercial version. There is even a 5-bike model at the end of the build instructions.

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. noisygecko says:

    Just a reminder that white PVC doesn’t withstand UV damage very well. I built a bike rack for the back of a pickup years ago, and it broke after a few months.

    So I rebuilt it out of aluminum tubes and 2x4s. That worked great and I even made it so that it would fold up out of the way when I needed to use the bed.


    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      I think that is why they painted it in the article. Although, I don’t thing the paint would last. I really like the idea of remaking it out of aluminum. Thanks!

  2. jesse says:

    why would you do this when you have a $3000 mountian bike?…. stupid, spend $200 on a nice rack.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:


      Wow, I had no idea those bike were so much? Does seem a bit funny.

  3. erik says:

    i have a nissan frontier 4 door cab with the short bed.made this bike rike in about an hour and used black electric tape to tape the bike rack to protect the pvc pipe.Works great.holds 3 bikes without problem and spent about 30 bucks total on the bike rack.Heck with that kind of savings i went ahead i bought some good tie downs and the bikes are loaded in the back of my truck with the tailgate down a the bikes dont move an inch.Better than spending 200 plus dollars on a bike rack thats for sure.

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