I have a Specialized Stumpjumper with a 20mm Maxle through axle on the front fork. This is a very handy system for my bike, but it has been a real pain finding a bike rack for my Specialized. After visiting a few shops I have come to realize the cheapest option was to get a standard truck bed bike rack (www.thule.com), and then add an adapter to it. This was great that I had finally found an option, but after spending between $85-$140 I would only be able to haul around one bike still.
Truck Bed Bike Rack $25-$80
20mm Maxle Through-Axle Adapter $30-$60
Total : $85-$140
Then I spoke with my mechanic, and he suggested doing what downhill riders do to run their bikes up and down the mountain. Throw a pad over the tailgate, and put my front tire over the tailgate. So I strapped down the pad with a couple pull straps, and then strapped down my bike, and there you go. A quick and easy fix for less than $20. And now I can haul around 2 bikes with ease.
Total : $20
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