How to Make a Bike Mount for a Hitch

How to Make a Bike Mount for a Hitch
Before you can shred the trails you have to get to the trails. If you need to transport your bikes a long distance and need the interior space in the vehicle, consider making a bike mount for your vehicle's hitch. You will need welding tools, a cutting torch and experience, along with a workspace which is very well ventilated.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape
  • Welding and cutting torch
  • Hacksaw
  • Welding goggles
  • Welding gloves
  • Power drill with metal bits - 1/2 inch size
  • Apron
  • Steel metal tubing the size to match your hitch
  • Two 8-inch lengths of 1-inch support metal beam
  • Bicycle cradles
  • Foam PVC wrapper tubes
  • Cotter pin to fit your hitch
Step 1
Measure a distance of 3 feet out from the end of one of the metal tubes. Mark the line with a scratch to the metal. Suit up with your welding gear, open the shop windows and spark the torch. Cut the metal tube at the marked line. One inch from the end of the tube, drill a half-inch hole through the tube so there are holes on adjoining sides where the cotter pin will slide in.
Step 2
Cut one more piece of metal tube 3 feet high. Weld this piece to the end of the other tube on the non-drilled hole side, perpendicular to the other tube. Weld the two 8-inch support metal pieces onto the end of the two tubes at their connecting point, at a 45-degree angle on each side of the tube. Your result should look like two triangles forming at the right angle of the tubes' meeting point. These give weight support to the bike mount.
Step 3
Cut a 2-foot piece of metal tubing and weld it to the top of the upright metal tube so the mount is equal distance on both sides of the upright tube. Weld the bicycle saddles onto this top tube, at a distance or 1 1/2 feet and at least 6 inches from either end of the tube.
Step 4
Allow the metal welds to cool and set.
Step 5
Split the foam tubes in half (lengthwise) and then cut them to the same size as the bicycle saddles. Slide half of the tubes over the exposed metal edges on the saddles as a protective device to prevent abrasion on the bicycle frame when hung.
Step 6
Slide the bike mount into the hitch with the drilled holes going into the receiving side of the hitch. Slide the cotter pin through the holes in the bike mount and the hitch, then lock it with the clevis pin surrounding the cotter pin.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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