Steepgrade’s In-Car Bike Racks Make Bike Moving Simple and Secure

Steepgrade in-car racks, bike on base

While there are plenty of options for good quality hitch or trunk mounted bike racks out there, there are a few reasons why it’s nice to be able to transport your bike(s) inside your SUV or truck. External racks leave bikes vulnerable to the elements and, even worse, to vandals or thieves, so you’ll have to lock your bikes to your rack, and the rack to your vehicle to keep your beloved bikes safe.

If your vehicle has the space, tossing a bike in the trunk keeps it protected from poor weather and all your quick-release components safe from idle hands, with no extra locks required. Steepgrade has decided to make in-car (or truck bed) bike storage easy and highly protective with their simple base-and-strap rack system. Read on past the break to find out how to keep your (expensive!) junk safely in your trunk…

Steepgrade in-car racks, blue single base

Steepgrade’s in-car racks are simply a weighted fork-mount base with a set of nylon compression straps attached to hold your bike upright and in position. The base is not a permanent mount unit, so no drilling or vehicle modifications are required. Each base is made of urethane coated steel, and weighs roughly 8lbs. to ensure stability. With their no-slip coating they sit securely in place once you’ve strapped down your steed.

The bases are available to accommodate QR’s or thru axles. Using the supplied adapters, the racks can fit 20x110mm, or 15mm axles at 100, 135, 142 and 150mm widths. Steepgrade’s double racks can be purchased with any combination of axle sizes.

Steepgrade in-car racks, two bikes in trunk

The base’s angled shape prevents lateral sway or tipping, and fits into the corner of your trunk. To make the most efficient use of your vehicle’s rectangular cargo area the bikes sit diagonally. Steepgrade’s patented wheel holder, which straps around the top tube and stores your front wheel beside your front triangle, is included with every rack.

Steepgrade in-car racks, wheel holder Steepgrade in-car racks, straps

With your fork clamped to the base, route the straps up over your handlebars on both sides of the bike, and secure them to your vehicle’s cargo hooks. If you don’t have cargo hooks, you can strap into the child seat anchors on your back seats.

Steepgrade in-car racks, bikes in trailer

Single and double racks can be combined to hold any number of bikes depending on how much space you have- even cargo trailers can be efficiently stuffed to move larger fleets for teams or cycling clubs.

Steepgrade’s in-car racks are made in the USA, and are available in a wide variety of colors. Prices start at $109 USD for a single and $129 for a double QR style rack, thru axle options will add roughly $10-15. Three and four bike package deals are also available.

www.steepgrade.bike

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christobevii3
christobevii3
7 years ago

$109 when you could just use some plywood and $20 fork mount? Pass

David
David
7 years ago

@christobevii3 Exactly. Scrap lumber FTW!

Jake
Jake
7 years ago

@christobevii3 I actually went cheaper, made a mount out of 3/8 pipe fittings and an old skewer screwed on a piece of plywood. Hand built things look cool.

gfurry
7 years ago

A fork mount on a piece of plywood with male velcro on the bottom of it to stick to your cars carpet works great for me.

mario ramos
mario ramos
7 years ago

My saddle hits the ceiling – im using a 2010 hyundai sta fe – i had plans drawn for that kind of a mount – ready for actual measurement and detail when i tried fitting the bike. I know, i know…saddles could be removed – but thats a game changer for me. its one of those items you would not like to mess with hours before a race or ride. removal of pedals & front wheel is ok.

Will
Will
7 years ago

Nope….. Anything that requires me to remove a wheel from the bike I step away slowly…… Very very slowly…

sss
sss
7 years ago

Is wheel removal beyond your abilities Will?

Chader
Chader
7 years ago

“Will – 09/28/15 – 5:36am

Nope….. Anything that requires me to remove a wheel from the bike I step away slowly…… Very very slowly…”

So, have you ever had to fix a flat? 😉

Big Bill
Big Bill
7 years ago

He just walks away from the bike if it gets a flat. He walks away slowly…..very slowly. Never to return.

Dsand
Dsand
7 years ago

I just put my bike in my trunk. Fits nice. 06 Honda civic coupé.

Henry
Henry
7 years ago

Wow… It does look nice but for that price I would expect some better features other than a simple piece of scrap 2×4 and a $20 fork mount….

Antipodean_eleven
7 years ago

What all you seasoned, handy cyclist types seem to forget is that there are plenty, and I do mean PLENTY, of corporate warrior MAMIL types for whom screwing down a mount to a piece of 4b2 is akin to flying to the moon. This is perfect for them.

Of course it would mean them working out how to remove a wheel and putting it back on, without the aid of ‘their’ ‘mechanic’…

Mechanic
Mechanic
7 years ago

Do not Belittle You “mechanic” or your “bike” will not “work”.

bikerC
bikerC
7 years ago

i am in the market for a new bike hauler. My trusty Tahoe is nolonger trusty. I use the plywood / fork mount. The new Tahoe/Yukon has a built in / not easily removable third row which limits the available height. Has anyone tried bikes upright in an Explorer, Arcadia? What do you use?

Maniachael
Maniachael
7 years ago

Just…uh….hmmmm………just ride everywhere.

truemarmalade
truemarmalade
7 years ago

This is the least efficient use of a rectangular cargo space.

Rich
Rich
6 years ago

Yeah, makes no sense to spend $100 to secure and transport your nice, and sometimes quite expensive ride. Even if that’s something you do several days a week. Nope, not when you can make a POS and save the cost of a tire, or fill-up of your vehicle.