Dakine Pickup Tailgate Pad
The Dakine Pick-Up pad allows you to use your tailgate as an extremely efficient bike rack for shuttling or travel. It's thick padding protects your bike's frame and fork from getting scratched up by the truck's tailgate as you roll to the trailhead. It also helps protect against scratches, dents and dings your truck would probably get without it. Transport your bikes with ease and keep your truck's tailgate looking fresh and new, with the Dakine Pick-Up Pad.
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I have this on my Tacoma and have loved it for years. There isn't much to it, and that's what's so great. It installed in just a few minutes and I haven't adjusted anything since day one. I can easily open the flap when I need my tailgate down and sitting on the tailgate is more comfy now that I have some padding under me so it's a win win. I can't think of any drawbacks to it. I've left it on over winter and it survives just fine. If you have a truck, get this pad. Simple as that. And since half of your bike will be hanging off the back, you have more room for gear, coolers, camping stuff, bodies, stray animals or whatever you put in the back of your truck. Every once in a while I'll have another motorist lose their cool on the highway and start flagging me down, thinking that my bike is somehow about to fall off my truck. But I just turn the stereo up, give'em my fist of metal and keep on truckin'. I've put all sorts of bikes on mine and they all fit just fine. I even gave a roadie a ride home when he double flatted on on a ride. The Dakine pad doesn't care, it's job is to hold bikes securely for transport and it does its job quite well. I can't think of a better way to shuttle up nasty roads. Roof/hitch racks have the bikes getting yanked all over the place, putting crazy amounts of lateral forces on the wheels & hubs. Not the Dakine pad, it doesn't care. It just holds them safely so when you get to your destination you're ready to ride.
Some people in an unnamed bike mag reviewed the original poorly due to no bike tye downs wich it looks like the fixed in this newer version. But my respone to that was what kind of truck owner don't have a tie down strap in their truk? Great product I use mine all the time.
I have been using the Dakine tailgate pad for about 2 months now. After personal experience with other bike transport methods this has proven to be the easiest and most efficient by a long shot. The large size fits my 2011 Toyota Tundra perfectly and looks great too. It seems to be very weatherproof so far, as I never take it off my truck. The straps keep your bike from going anywhere and allow you to carry up to seven bikes securely.