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I've got a 4-door F-150 that I plan to drive (with wife and baby) to my first IM. After the race, we'll be staying in the area for a weeks vacation. So, I'm trying to decide what to do w/ my bike... My best idea is to get a bed cover and lay it down flat. I was thinking wrap in in traveling blankets for transit. But I thought someone here may have a better idea?


2013-09-03 8:55 PM
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I have the Yakima Beddy Jo: http://www.yakima.com/shop/bike/truck-bed/beddyjo

Simple as pie to use and install.  Use a bungie to secure it down more if needed.

2013-09-03 9:04 PM
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Transport as usual, leave bike in hotel room.
2013-09-03 9:41 PM
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Transport as usual, leave bike in hotel room.


The problem is that we'll be traveling for 2 weeks and staying lots of different places (so would be easier to leave it locked in back seat or locked under bed cover)... and we'll be driving for a total of 5-6 days as well (so dont want to leave my baby exposed to the weather, sun, etc. for that long (I usually just transport it on a bike mount inside my truck bed).
2013-09-03 9:43 PM
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I have the Yakima Beddy Jo: http://www.yakima.com/shop/bike/truck-bed/beddyjo

Simple as pie to use and install.  Use a bungie to secure it down more if needed.




Thanks, but I already have a mount attached to the inside of my bed... I'm trying to figure out the best way to transport it under a bed cover or maybe frame in back seat area...
2013-09-03 10:01 PM
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The back seat area is huge in those trucks when folded down.  This can't be difficult......it's ONE bike.  I've hauled 4 bikes behind the back seat of a suburban when we were on a trip like you are talking about.  Take it apart and secure it.....you'll hardly know it's back there.

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2013-09-03 11:15 PM
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Originally posted by Left Brain

The back seat area is huge in those trucks when folded down.  This can't be difficult......it's ONE bike.  I've hauled 4 bikes behind the back seat of a suburban when we were on a trip like you are talking about.  Take it apart and secure it.....you'll hardly know it's back there.


Well, I'll have a baby seat in the middle, which means I can only fold up the side single seat. But, I think I may still be able to get the frame back there across the floorboard if I take the wheels off...
2013-09-03 11:15 PM
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Originally posted by pistuo I've got a 4-door F-150 that I plan to drive (with wife and baby) to my first IM. After the race, we'll be staying in the area for a weeks vacation. So, I'm trying to decide what to do w/ my bike... My best idea is to get a bed cover and lay it down flat. I was thinking wrap in in traveling blankets for transit. But I thought someone here may have a better idea?

How old is your baby and how big is your bike?

I have a 4-door F-150 and my bike rides in the back without any tinkering.  I also have a three year old, and he chills in his Britax (only mention this because it's a big azz car seat), with my bike rolled in upright in the back. He and the bike have coexisted back there for 18 months :)

That being said, I used to always roll it in cockpit first from the drivers side (so the cockpit was on the rear passengers side), but that is the side my son sits on, and he loves playing with the gears and whatnot.  So now when he's in there,  the bike goes in rear wheel first, from the drivers side.

If you're a big dude with a big bike, this may not work.  I ride a M Shiv and rarely have a passenger in the front, so I can move that seat up pretty far if need be.

2013-09-04 8:27 AM
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Originally posted by pistuo
Originally posted by Left Brain The back seat area is huge in those trucks when folded down.  This can't be difficult......it's ONE bike.  I've hauled 4 bikes behind the back seat of a suburban when we were on a trip like you are talking about.  Take it apart and secure it.....you'll hardly know it's back there.
Well, I'll have a baby seat in the middle, which means I can only fold up the side single seat. But, I think I may still be able to get the frame back there across the floorboard if I take the wheels off...

Why lay it down?  Take the wheels off and stand the frame up......you'll still have room for plenty of luggage.

2013-09-04 2:59 PM
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Baby is only 6 months old, so that shouldn't be a problem... She probably already thinks the bike is her brother since she sits in a baby chair and watches me ride the trainer all the time... ha. I have a tri bike (size 54 or 56) and I've already tried it and it will not go in with the back seats down... however, I'm going to try taking one or both wheels off and see if it will fit.

Left Brain - to answer your question, I would have to lay it down if I keep it in the back because I would have a bed cover on.
2013-09-04 3:26 PM
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Originally posted by pistuo Baby is only 6 months old, so that shouldn't be a problem... She probably already thinks the bike is her brother since she sits in a baby chair and watches me ride the trainer all the time... ha. I have a tri bike (size 54 or 56) and I've already tried it and it will not go in with the back seats down... however, I'm going to try taking one or both wheels off and see if it will fit. Left Brain - to answer your question, I would have to lay it down if I keep it in the back because I would have a bed cover on.

 hmm. I have a tri bike very close to that size and it just rolls in with one seat down one seat up (in the back).  It is on a pretty serious diagnol.  Maybe you just can't get the angle with where you need the front seats?  Maybe it has to do with the year/trim of your truck too.

Anyway, with the tire off it will absolutely work.



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