Best Tailgate Pad for Bikes

Name Summary Buy on Amazon
Yakima

Definite #1 for me, because I own it and I love it. When I bought a new bike at a local specialty bike store, I asked the owner how he transports bikes? I had no idea you could arrange your bike like this over the tailgate. Genius and it works awesome. bigge 

Appx $80.00

Dakine

Probably just as good as the Yakima and it comes in different colors. It is actually bigger than the Yakima so it might protect more tailgate surface space. bigge 

Appx $80.00

Race Face

A little more cushion at the top for added protection, but the size of this one may cause it to “look a little” sloppy on newer designed truck tailgates. Just doesn’t sit perfectly flat. A little more spendy. bigge 

Appx $106.00

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YAKIMA CRASHPAD TRUCK BED PAD

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MY PROBLEM:

TOO Many Bikes, no Trailer:  I went to our local bike store with an issue.  I have 4 kids and am married. So we have 6 bikes and we like to travel to ride.  The problem is I don’t have a trailer and I don’t want to carry one.  I also don’t want to just lay the bikes on top of each other in the bed of my pickup (certain way to ruin bikes).  So I asked the manager of the store:

Is there a bike rack for trucks?

No.  He said.  But there is a tailgate cover.

I was intrigued.  So I watched his demonstration and went home with one:
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How many bikes can I Load?

We had six in very nicely.  I think we could have traveled with 7 or 8 without any problem:

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How does the tailgate pad protect the truck from scratches and dents?

The underside of the bike rests firmly on the pad.  I had no problem with any bike movement.  On our first trip using it we didn’t have any complaints or damage to the bikes or the truck:

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Do the bikes move during travel?

No.  I am way less anxious about these bikes falling out then I am when pulling a trailer.  They fit surprisingly snug and tight.  There is no movement with travel.  Just for extra caution I usually ratchet the back wheels to the truck, but it is not necessary.  I have traveled without it.

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Summary:

Way better than a bike rack.  I am shocked that I haven’t known about these tailgate covers for bikes before.  Seriously a life changing product.  No need to bike an expensive bike trailer and carry it around.  No need for a bike rack that sticks out and is a pain.  This is for me the only want to carry bikes.

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YAKIMA CRASHPAD TRUCK BED PAD

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