I'm looking for a rack to hold a couple of bikes inside the back of an SUV. What do you suggest? A friend has one from Rhode Gear thats heavy and holds two bikes, and because of the weight of the rack, it isn't necessary to bolt it to the interior of the truck. However, I'm not able to find it anywhere. Laura San Antonio, Texas
XPORT Bike Mount
But, there's an easier and cheaper way to accomplish this. Many bike riders who own SUVs make their own racks. You can buy two or three front-fork mountssuch as Yakima's Blockhead fork mount ($20; www.yakima.com) or Performance's XPORT Universal Bike Mount ($20, though often on sale for $10; www.performancebike.com). Then cut a length of two-by-six wood to fit across your SUV's cargo floor. Screw the fork mounts to the lumber, and you're all set. The bikes will sit nice and stable with that setup.
I used something similar in my Mitsubishi Montero for years, and now have a homemade three-bike stand that goes in the back of the old Ford F250 I use to rattle up to mountain-biking trails near here. Your total outlay will probably be around $60.