YAKIMA Padded Weather Resistant Truck Bed Bike Rack

Last updated date: May 10, 2022

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9.5

YAKIMA Padded Weather Resistant Truck Bed Bike Rack

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Overall Take

This truck bed bike rack is designed for compact truck beds and is capable of holding up to five bicycles at a time. To install the rack, all you need to do is set it over your tailgate and strap it down. Each bicycle is then held in place using a unique Velcro cradle closure system.


In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the YAKIMA Padded Weather Resistant Truck Bed Bike Rack placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The GateKeeper tailgate pad is a perfect companion for pickup bed bike transport. The durable nylon exterior protects your bike from your truck’s tailgate while the soft felt backing keeps your truck’s paint protected. Integrated SitTight bike cradles add extra stability and protection for your bikes and the HindSight tuck-away cover opens up the view for your backup camera, leaving you with a worry free shuttle to the top.

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
1,021 user reviews

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An Overview On

Every bike rack has a limit to how much force it can handle, and a heavier bike will exert more force on the rack during turns, as well as during sudden starts and stops. While the ideal goal is to drive carefully when hauling a bike, unexpected situations can demand unexpected action.

After all, electric bikes can range from 30 to 80 pounds, due to the battery and motor. While street bikes are designed to be as light as possible, mountain bikes are heavier, to not only endure the impact from jumps and rocky terrain but also to absorb some of it, reducing how much force is transmitted to the rider. Based on these weights, you can shop for a bike rack that would be best suited to the bicycle you have.

Not all bike racks can hold larger tire sizes, such as 29-inch diameter tires, or anything wider than 2.5 inches. Most mountain bikes have wider tires, and specialized “fat” bikes have oversized tires. Consider the sizes of your bike tires when shopping for a rack.

If you are having trouble determining whether a bike rack will fit in your truck’s bed, you can contact the company’s customer service line. They will be able to provide more concrete answers about edge cases where you aren’t sure about the compatibility of your truck bed or your particular bike with the rack.

When in doubt, measure your truck bed carefully. Compare those measurements to the manufacturer specifications for any bike rack you’re considering.

The Buying Guide

  • It’s standard practice to choose bike racks based on how they secure your ride.
    • Racks that hold bikes by the wheel are faster to use and don’t damage the paint on the frame, but they have less holding power.
    • Frame-holding racks will hold heavier bikes more securely, but they risk damaging the frame’s paint. Paint is important for preventing rust and reducing drag.
    • Fork-securing racks are best for street bikes, but they require removing the front wheel each time you use them, and they generally have lower weight limits than other types.
  • Before driving but after securing your rack and your bike(s), test the stability of your set-up.
    • Be sure that any rubber pads aren’t shifting against your truck nor against the bikes, which can damage the paint.
    • Check for dirt or debris between any securing pads and the surface where they are in contact.
  • Most bicycle thefts are spur-of-the-moment things when the thief spots an opportunity. If you are driving a long way and expect to leave your vehicle and bikes unattended for any length of time (bathroom breaks, souvenir shopping, ordering food and so on), lock your bikes through their frames, not the wheels, to prevent an opportunistic snatch-and-run.