Keeping your bike secure in your truck bed could be done the low-tech way of laying it down flat.
But, if you are taking it on adventures often you’ll want a more secure solution. We get it.
Thankfully there are some options for attaching a bike rack to your truck bed and we’ve picked the the top choices for you to take a look at.
Here are the 4 best truck bed bike racks:
1. INNO Truck Bed Bike Mount System
Of all the options available, this tends to be the best selling for truck beds. Inno has hit a sweet spot in quality, ease of installation, and value. The C-clamp mounts use a pressure fit to attach to the side of your truck bed.
One of the coolest things about this product is that you won’t have to jump into your truck bed to secure it again. Lots of people just lift their bike up after installing this and clamp it down in about 30 seconds.
This will fit any size bike because of how the loop system that tightens around your frame as you pull it. This will keep your bike secured during your ride with two points of contact.
For security you can use a cable lock on these with the included d-ring. This is only going to be able to fit one bike. If you want some options that make more sense for multiple bikes, we have some below.
Overall, this is an excellent choice that will keep your truck bed organized.
2. Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Rack
Softride has an extremely simplistic option for those of you just wanting to get your bike from point A to point B.
If you want something you can easily remove, and not a whole mounting system, then this is the style of product that’s better suited to your needs.
For install, it simply wraps around the bottom of your truck bed. Then just tighten it down with their strap system. They call it a tailgate pad. There is some extra padding at the top and two mounts to lay your bikes over it.
Secure them with the included loops and you’re good to go. You can also use this to throw a surfboard over your truck bed and keep your paint clean. They’re pretty affordable as well.
One thing to be mindful about here is security. This isn’t meant to be an option you rely on to keep your bike safe while you’re shopping around. A knife can cut through this easily. If you use this as intended then it will suit your needs perfectly.
3. Thule Bed Rider XTR
This is a telescoping rod setup so you won’t need to drill into your truck. There are a couple lock cylinders included for you to secure your bikes with. Despite it looking like a rail setup, it can only fit two bikes at most.
This is a super simple setup but honestly, you might find better value elsewhere. We recommend getting your own locks instead of relying on included ones. It will not work with over the rail bed liners.
4. INNO Racks - Truck Bed Rack System
Inno is back in the game with their truck bed rack system. We like Inno, they make good quality products.
This product makes your truck able to have the capability to mount many things on top, like those darned SUVs.
Whether it’s kayaks, or bicycles, you’ll be able to use this for it. But, not out of the box! This is the racking system that gives you the capability to add these mounting upgrades. We thought we’d include it because of the options it adds to a truck.
It’s a well-made system that customers are happy with! It comes in two options, c-channel and standard.
Should I get a hitch rack or is this truck mount better?
A gripe many owners seem to have with hitch racks is the space they take up for parking. They’re also a bit obtrusive in general and not appealing to look at. When you’re using a truck bicycle mount, it’s more of a sleek ad on.
Also, most of these systems are going to keep your bike more secure as many have two points of contact. Your also shielding it from the road. A random rock isn’t going to kick up and hit your bike while it’s in your bed.
Lastly, not that we’re against the population of earth but this helps keep your bike away from people. It’s not as easy for some kid to come up and get his hands over your pride and joy when it’s strapped away in your truck bed.
How do I keep my bicycle secure with my rack?
Locks don’t prevent a bike from being stolen, anyone with the right tools can break a lock. Here’s a great youtuber that will shatter your expectations of security. In general, he dislikes any cable lock. There is one lock that performs reasonably well, and that’s the Abus.
So with good faith, we say do your research and don’t leave your bike in vulnerable places thinking a mount will give you peace of mind with a lock. Locks at the end of the day are simply a deterrent that an angle grinder can slice through.
If you’re a bicycle enthusiast and looking for some permanent options to add to your truck bed, we hope we’ve helped you make up your mind.
If you found this review helpful, or ended up purchasing one of these products, let us know! We love to hear from our readers. Have fun on your adventures.
I'm the owner of Beast Auto. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I love anything automotive related, and taking road trips all across my beautiful state.