If you’re thinking of transporting bicycles on a pickup truck, chances are, you’ll need to have some custom modifications done to ensure the bikes can securely set up on the truck. There’s, pretty much, no other option. Unless, of course, this GearGate Cycling Comp 1 actually hits the shelves, which allows you to replace your tailgate with one that’s designed to accommodate a trio of bicycles for transport.
Created by Hoodworks, it’s a replacement tailgate with an integrated storage and locking solution that allows you to secure up to three bikes on the back of the truck. No additional installations necessary – just switch in this new tailgate and your truck is ready to get on the road with a trio of bicycles in tow.
The Hoodworks GearGate Cycling Comp 1 uses universal bike shafts to secure the bikes in the back, allowing it to accommodate both open dropout forks and thru-axle designs for hub widths of up to 150 mm. To prevent theft, the bikes are secured in their spot using a heavy-duty lock chain that’s anchored to a tactical-grade U-bolt installed inside the tailgate, making it downright impossible for would-be thieves to access, while a passive locking system automatically locks the chain as soon as the tailgate is locked. Features include an integrated Nanuk toolbox, built-in LED lighting (1000+ lumens), a Cannon-brand safe (yep, right on the tailgate), and, of course, an integrated bottle opener.
A crowdfunding campaign is currently running for the Hoodworks GearGate Cycling Comp 1. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $1,590.