I’ve wanted a better way to transport my mountain bike in my xterra and have so forth been using a quilt to wrap it up so it doesn’t get scratched and so I can have a second bike in there; Sloppy but it worked. I decided to take some measurements and build a mounted system to where I could stand the bikes up and have room for a toolbox and riding gear etc. I’ve seen one out in the wild from Thule I think but it was like $400 and I’m not into that horse-hockey. So below is what I built and it works exceptionally well. I can get both bikes standing with the front wheels off and I have plenty of room in there (my dog Jinx as the stand-in model there).
Basic information you’d need to know to build one:
– the tracks are 36″ on/center and I made the board 3″ longer on each edge just cause
– the fork mounts were on sale at Performance Bike for $10 but are $20 normally: link: XPORT Universal Bike Mount
– my bike is a large and I have to take off the seatpost. The handle bars clear the top by about 1.5″ and I have a 5″ travel bike
So I consider this done, at least to the point of I’ll improve it when I get more time. I wanted some hand-tightened things for the main board but didn’t find anything great to solve that so currently going with a 6mm threaded bolt into the stock Xterra track mounts.
Also I’m going to build something to mount the two front tires as well that will also bolt down to the right track but for now I’m just wrapping them with a bungee cord and hanging from the hooks. It doesn’t swing around at all so it works for now.