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Truck bed bike rack

Thule Insta-Gater

Upright bike rack to carry a bike in the bed of a pickup truck with no bolting or drilling (for 1 bike).



  • SecureHook holds the bike by grabbing the front wheel – no frame contact is made
  • Easy loading and unloading by raising and lowering the ratcheting arm over the wheel
  • Fits 20" to 29" wheel diameter and up to 3" wide tires
  • Locks the bike to the bike rack with Thule One-Key lock cylinder (sold separately)

Technical specifications

Max number of bikes 1
Dimensions 30 x 17.8 x 9 in
Weight 9.9 lb
One Key System compatible
Lockable bike-to-rack
Lockable rack-to-vehicle
Model number 501
Spare parts



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Good with some issues


Works well and easy to use, but... 1) The bike rear end would bounce around in the bed of the truck. Used tie down strap through seat to keep it from bouncing. 2) My truck is old and the tailgate will not lock. All you need to do to steal the bike is open the tailgate and take the rack and bike. 3) After a few years, the rivet holding one of the straps broke. Still waiting if Thule will repair it under warranty.



Simple and secure


I use a couple of these in the back of my truck. They are locked in with the tailgate locked. I suppose someone could release the locked in straps and remove the rack leaving the straps. I like this option a lot better than a tailgate pad.Sometimes I use it in addition to my hitch rack when more riders come along.


St. George, Utah


doesn't fit 29 X 3


Works well with my road and CX bikes, but does not actually fit a mid fat 29x3 (mine is a trek stache) as the description says. Another review also confirms this. The arm needs to be longer to grab the ratchet. I actually have two of these bolted to the front of my truck bed instead of using the tailgate to secure them. They work well for most bikes as I said, Thule just needs to either make the arms longer or correct the stated range of use.




Thule Insta-Gater

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