This is a little bit different post. More about the truck than the bikes, but a necessary upgrade to make the biking events easier.
I previously had a 2011 Toyota Tacoma access cab with the longer bed. It worked great to transport the bikes with some side rail mounts and you didn’t even have to remove the front wheel. During the ownership of this truck, my wife early on said she was surprised that I did not have a tonneau cover for the bed. My response was that I couldn’t stand those things.
Long story short, in 2017 my in-laws asked to buy the Tacoma from me. I agreed and purchased a new 2018 double-cab Tacoma with the shorter bed. A trade-off was made that I now needed the extra cab space at work more than the extra bed space. The new truck came with the OEM Tri-Fold cover factory installed. I told the salesman that I didn’t want the cover and that the first thing I was going to do was take it off at the start of biking season, but I grew to like the cover over the winter for a lot of other activities. The problem is that the cover blocks access to 1/3 of the bed and even though it is easy to fully remove, it is heavy and awkward to move with one person. I decided to swap out the OEM cover for a TruXedo Lo Pro roll-up cover.
Here is the OEM Tri-Fold cover:
There is just one bolt that holds the cover to the bed and then you can remove the entire cover.
Unfortunately, the side rail mounting hardware for the OEM cover is in the way of installing any aftermarket covers. A full swap also meant replacing the truck bed side rail caps with versions that were not slotted for the OEM cover.
The rail caps pull right off the top of the bed and then you can remove the OEM hardware.
A Torx head screw driver takes care of the rest.
The OEM cover had used some rubber plugs to seal the front corners of the bed, but these also required slots in the bed rail caps. My option was to cut the new side rail caps to accommodate the OEM plug or switch to the TruXedo foam that self applied to the top rail of the bulkhead. The TruXedo version may not allow an easy transition back to the Tri-Fold cover if needed for the winter, but I went with that option instead of cutting the new rails.
OEM cap and rubber plug:
TruXedo foam seal and new side rail cap:
The TruXedo side rails mount to the Tacoma bed accessory rails. An easy, clean installation.
Once both side rails are in place, the tonneau cover is attached at the bulkhead with clips that slide under the side rails. A main reason for choosing this model was that the cover goes off and on without tools in case it is still an issue for mounting the bikes at the bulkead.
Under cover view of the latching mechanism and self adjusting tension device.
I still need to learn a bit about setting the initial tension, but the cover looks good.
Once the cover is rolled up, you have full access to the bed.
The cyclocross bike will fit with only rolling up the cover, but if it is too close for travel, the cover can be popped off easily.
Looking forward to cyclocross season starting next weekend.