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This is a really easy project made out of a Thule rack and a bed extender. I really don’t like roof racks that much since they can be a challenge to load and unload. It is much easier to get a couple of bikes on this rack.

I bought a Thule roof rack from Goodwill a couple of years ago. I have only had it on the RL once because it is too much to put up there and take down and frankly I’m not a fan of roof racks anyways. I also had a $30 bed extender (the other kind for wood that hangs over your tail gate) sitting in the corner which I have only used once. I also had some steel stock sitting in another corner of the garage. (Yes, I have a lot of crap sitting in corners. If there were any more crap in the corners, my garage would be round.

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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. its a truck says:

    pretty interesting idea (‘they’ do sell these though)… may work well for other vehicles….

    but your vehicle is a TRUCK. may i suggest you put the bikes IN the truck. that’s what that big empty rectangular box is for — you know the one behind the cab. :)

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      “that’s what that big empty rectangular box is for” That’s funny….I know too many people with pickups that have never used the bed for anything.

      I have never owned a pickup truck, but I would think having an attachment to the hitch is desirable for several reasons.

      It is easy to get the rack on/off (should be just a pin to remove)

      Easier to get the bikes on/off (OK, not that much easier)

      In certain cases I would think it is better to have the bed available for other “things”

      Remember, you can put this on an small SUV and/or cross-over vehicle too. The kind without the big empty rectangular box. :)

  2. Wilson! says:

    Do Ridgeline owners consider them to be “trucks” ???

    Seriously, though, is the bed long enough to carry ATBs without removing the front wheel?