Lock up your bike and keep it from sliding around in the back of your pick-up truck with Thule's Insta-Gater.
Thule made the Insta-Gater Bike Rack because they know you don't want your expensive bike sliding around in the back of your pickup. Thule's Insta-Gater quickly installs in most pick-up beds without any drilling or bolting. The Ratcheting Quick Load System holds the front wheel securely holds the bike—it can even be locked down so your bike doesn't get stolen out of your truck. The Insta-Gater fits wheels 20 to 29 inches and up to three-inch-wide tires.
- Secures bike to avoid damage
- No drilling or bolting
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Sturdy and easy to use!
Quickest way to take your bike with you anywhere you go. It works on mid size double cab trucks, but you bike won't look good. Ideal for trucks with long beds.
Best Truck Rack!
These are awesome! They are easy to put in the truck and I can load the bike easily and quickly, which is just want I want after a long ride!
2nd one bought
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is the second Thule Insta-Gator I bought. Backcountry is GREAT on ordering and delivery! However, I was disappointed that Thule sent a semi-defective unit. The main foot bars are off-kilter from their welding process. It is still functional, in that my bed has ridges and one foot lies lower than the other, but again disappointed they let an 'odd' part leave their manufacturing plant. It's still solid as good as my 1st unit. Love the design and functionality.
Sweet bike rack
This thing is pretty sweet. Not much to say about it. It simply does exactly what its supposed to do. If you want to crry your bike uprightin your truck bed without mounting anything to the truck itself, this is your rack, plain and simple. Easy to use, holds even my heavy downhill bikes solidly in place.
If you have a short bed truck, like my...
If you have a short bed truck, like my Tacoma, could you put the front wheel in the rack and turn the back end of the bike to one side without any damage to the bike?
It wouldn't damage the bike as there is not weight on the frame. If you haven't already, I would put the bike in the bed sideways like to mentioned, to make sure it fits okay.
Very impressive design
Extremely quick and easy to use. I keep it in the cab so it wont get stolen. Takes less than a minute to set up in the tailgate, set the bike in, tighten down and go. Works equally well on my road and mountain bike. Extremely stable, nothing touches the frame, and no worries. Just make sure the truck bed is long enough for your bike and you are good to go.
Do the anchors used in between the tailgate...
Do the anchors used in between the tailgate have potential to damage the paint? Move around? What are they made of?
The anchors appear to be made out of reinforced hard nylon plastic. Where they fit into the tailgate there shouldn't be any visible damage if it caused any. It wedges between the bottom edge of the tailgate and the leaded edge of the bed. It becomes locked in place when the tailgate is latched shut.
Thule is truely awesome
Have been throwing my bikes in back of my truck while hoping they didn't get scratched or damaged. Most mounting systems included drilling and my truck bed liner didn't help. Saw the Thule truck system, read the reviews and ordered one. Best thing I could have done. Used it right out of the box. Fast and easy to install. My bike was secure and easily road the bumps and curves as I drove. When I was done with my bicycling, I just uninstalled the system in a matter of a couple of minutes and put it in the back seat of my truck for my next trip. Will be buying a second one, now that I've tested the system and it's easy of installation, compatibility w/my bikes and secure way of cradling them. Finally...RealCyclist is not kidding when they advertise "wicked fast" delivery. And the free delivery met a savings after shopping around and realizing the system was priced about the same everywhere else!
This rack works great for my 29" MTB and road bike. This is the second one I've purchased and this time I purchased the locks along with it. I also secure it with a bike lock to a tie down in the truck bed. Without this level of security, this lock is a quick steal for those theiving a-holes out there.
I have three bikes and a tacoma pick up....
I have three bikes and a tacoma pick up. will three fit?
I have three bike and a tacoma pick up....
I have three bike and a tacoma pick up. will three fit?
I have a Nissan crew cab with a four foot...
I have a Nissan crew cab with a four foot bed. Will I be able to use this mount in this bed...
We are getting a Honda Ridgeline and are...
We are getting a Honda Ridgeline and are looking to have this as our bike rack. I am selling my Thule T2 hitchmount and want a replacement that doesn't require taking tires off. Is the Ridgeline bed long enough? It is 60.0 / 79.0 with tailgate up / down.
This rack has to be used with the tailgate up. It uses the gap between the bed and the tailgate to get secured in place. So the answer to your question, it'll work if the bikes will fit in the bed of the truck standing up. You can't gain extra length by lowering the tailgate.
I'm not sure of the length of your bikes, but my guess is that unless they are very small or kids bikes you'll have to get a rack that has you taking of the tires. Standard bike tires are 26" so that already puts you at 52" in length. so if you have more than 8" between the tires, then the bike won't fit.
In summary, once you get the Ridgline, try to stand the bike up in the bed and see if it fits with the tailgate up and not on an angle.
I like the rack, but I mau be doing something...
I like the rack, but I mau be doing something wrong, seems like a juggling act. Do I need to lift bike over the side of the truck bed instead of dropping tailgate to load? With tailgate down and bike in bed then I have to steady bike while reaching to close tailgate (while standing in bed) then rachet the rack into place, then secure bike in rack. Please let me know how I can streamline my bike load. I do use the rack in my garage to hold bike when not in transit and that serves a dual purpose.
Here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08SSRb3UdV4
You can also put your bike in the bed, lean it against the side then close the tailgate, climb in secure the rack then load the bike
will this mount in my 09 tacoma
will this mount in my 09 tacoma
Hi, I have a 2009 Tacoma with a standard bed, and this rack works for me. I use for a 6" travel specialized enduro mb. I think if you have the short bed it would not work.
Has anyone tried this with a cruiser? I...
Has anyone tried this with a cruiser? I am looking for a convenient way to load multiple bikes in the bed of my truck without removing wheels, and two of the bikes are cruisers. This seems like it would work, but not sure if it's strong enough to support the weight or big enough to fit cruiser tires.
As long as the tires are 3 inches wide or less you should be fine. I wouldn't have any concern with the strength.
a curious question about the lock on the...
a curious question about the lock on the system. i know it locked the "hook", but most of the bikes have quick release on the front wheel, so how does the lock help?
The quick release drops the wheel down, with the lock on, the wheel has no room to drop down. Also looking at the image it appears the release latch is covered instead.
How is this lockable? I realize that you...
How is this lockable? I realize that you secure it by closing the tailgate, but is the rack itself lockable so my bike doesn't get stolen?
You can lock the slider so that the front wheel can't be released.
Thule 501 Insta-gater
This bike carrier is great. very easy to install and remove from your truck and very user friendly. I bought two of them and have had no problems what so ever.
I have been looking for a bike rack for...
I have been looking for a bike rack for my Ranger that doesn't require drilling, bolting or wheel removal, and this item seems to fit those requirements. But for the life of me I can't figure from the photo what keeps this thing, along with the bike, from falling over when the truck makes a turn. Can someone enlighten me?
It has two anchors that you place when your tailgate is down. When you close the tailgate they keep the rack from moving. If your tailgate doesn't lock then the lock on the holding arm isn't that big of a deal.