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Cradle holds bide in back of a pickup.

What's the best way to carry bikes in a pickup truck? Bernard Burnfield of Pacifica, California, came up with this simple wooden rack.

Front tires of two bikes rest in cradles made of 1-inch dowel and 3/4-inch plywood. The twin cradles are mounted to a broad piece of plywood that lies on the truck bed. With the bikes in an upright position, it's easy to tie them down.

When bike hauling isn't part of the plan, the rack lifts out for storage inside the cab or elsewhere.

You can simplify the stand from Burnfield's graceful curving lines by giving the sides a more triangular shape, tapering downward from front to back. Don't let the wood press against wheel spokes.

The key is to brace enough of the front wheels so the bikes stand comfortably upright, close together but not squeezed too tight. The base and cradle sides should sit flush with the bed of the truck, or the stand will tip. Burnfield notched the wheel support pieces to let in the base so his stand sits flush.
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