How to Carry Bikes in a Twin Cab or Ute

Posted on Thursday, 05 November 2015   |  Viewed: 18541

One of the most popular styles of car around at the moment is the twin cab or dual cab ute.  They’re able to carry the family around comfortably but great for carrying a load as well.  If you want to take your bikes with you, there are a multitude of ways to do it.  Have a read below if you’ve bought yourself  a Toyota Hilux, VW Amarok, Mitsubishi Triton, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT50, Isuzu DMax, Holden Colorado, Nissan Navara etc and the choice should be much clearer.

 

Roof Racks

You could get a set of roof racks and bike carriers and leave the tray for your other gear.

Click here to see roof rack options for your car

Click here to see roof mounted bike carrier options for your car

 

Tow Ball Bicycle Mounts

Most utes come with at least a towball and most have a receiver hitch.  You can use the ball or receiver and once again keep the tray clear for your camping gear or other.

Click here to see the tow ball bike mount carrier options for your car

Click here to see the hitch mount bike carrier options for your car

 

 

The items below are all pretty much dual cab/ute style specific items that utilise the tray feature of your car. They are all non permanent and removable and do not require drilling.

 

Yakima GateKeeper/ProRack Tailgate Pad

The Tailgate style mats are becoming very popular here in Australia and if you’ve been to the USA you will have seen them everywhere. Quick and easy to fit and work a charm!

https://www.roofrackstore.com.au/yakima-gatekeeper-medium-5-bike-carrier-8007410-p-575413.html

https://www.roofrackstore.com.au/prorack-tailgate-pad-5-bike-carrier-pr3500-p-586146.html

 

 

The unit below carries up to three bikes across the tray via the front fork’s tips. Expandable, multi-width and quick to install,  no drilling required and it’ll  fit just about anything.

Click here to see the Yakima BikerBar  8001141

 

 

The Yakima Locking BedHead allow you to attach your bike to the inside lip of your truck bed rail without any drilling.

Click here to see the Yakima Locking Bedhead 8001118

 

 

 

The units in the links below all require permanent mounting and require drilling. They simply bolt into the side of the tray and attach your bike via the front forks. As with any of these style of fork mounted carriers, you will need a thru axle adaptor if your bike has a 15 or 20mm thru axle.

Click here to see the Yakima BlockHead 8001117

Click here to see the Yakima Locking BlockHead 800111

Click here to see the Thule Low Rider BA 821

Click here to see the Thule Low Rider Locking BA 821XT