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Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack

Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack

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  • 9mm Axle
  • 15mm Thru-Axle
  • 20mm Thru-Axle
  • 1 Bike
  • Compact Trucks
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1986 Dodge Ram Pickup - Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack

An excellent alternative to the hitch mounted bike rack, this single bike carrier fits perfectly into your truck bed. Its solid design makes loading and unloading a breeze and no wheel removal is necessary.


  • Works with most bikes regardless of frame design, suspension, or wheel size
  • Quickly installs in the bed of your truck
    • Held in place at the tailgate opening of the truck bed
    • No drilling or bolting required
  • Powder coating on bike rack provides weather resistance
  • Mounting system designed for quick and easy loading of bikes into carrier
    • No wheel removal necessary
    • Cushioned bar on mounting mechanism secures bike behind the bike fork and adjusts to wheel height
  • Durable steel construction is perfect for travel over rough terrain
  • Carries 1 bike, but more than one rack can be mounted side-by-side to carry 2 to 4 bikes depending upon the width of your truck bed


  • Holds bikes with a wheel size from 20" to 29" and a tire width of up to 3"
  • Carrying capacity: 1 bike
  • Weight capacity: 50 lbs
  • Optional One Key System Locks are available to secure the bike to the bike carrier
    • Requires 1 lock cylinders

The Sportworks Insta-Gater easily installs in the pickup truck bed. Simply lower the tailgate, place the Insta-Gater straps inside the opening between the tailgate and the truck bed (pictured above). Close the tailgate. Then tighten the straps with the built-in ratchets (pictured below). This pulls the bike carrier up next to the tailgate eliminating any movement.

Another great option for your truck bed, the Insta-Gater provides an excellent alternative to a hitch mounted bike carrier, especially if your hitch is already being used for towing. The solid design of this bike rack makes loading and unloading quick and simple, and the front wheel mounting system eliminates all frame contact making it ideal for today's monocoque and aggressive frame designs. Perfect for carrying one bike but another rack can also be mounted side-by-side to accommodate more bikes for your friends and family.

501 Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack

Replaces Sportworks # 254100

TH501 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details TH501 Installation instructions

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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford F-150

Today, in our 2016 Ford F150, we've got out the Thule Instigator. We're going to test if it for you, and show you how it fits in the back of the vehicle, here. Now the Instigator is a very quick way of installing a bike rack in the bed of your truck, with no tools required, at all. At 17 1/2" wide, you should be able to get three across the back of your Ford pickup. Now to use it, what we're going to do is set the Instigator right here at the rear of the vehicle. You'll see the T-straps have already gone down into their location where we'll want those to be. It's going to be in the gap between the tailgate and the bed of the truck.

Then it's just a matter of closing the tailgate. You can see, as we do that, that gap is going to narrow, and we've got our rack held in position now. To secure it, we'll pull all the way forward on it, and pull out whatever slack that we can in our straps. Then we can use our ratcheting cams here to give that just a little more pressure. It really is, once you get these straps tightened down, it's like rock solid.

The thing just doesn't go anywhere. It doesn't move. I think this is a great solution, especially for the road bikes. At that point, we're going to grab our lever, and move our arm all the way to the top and press it down. We want to bring our bike in. We're going to position that front tire right up against the gate, and right on top of that little bar.

Then it will be a matter of . If you have a wheel strap, it won't work with it, so you need to get rid of that. It's just a matter of bringing that up right behind our wheel and giving it a little bit of pressure forward, line up our bike, and that's it. I mean, we're ready to head down the road, go to our favorite spot. Just as easy to unload it.

We just move up our arm, put it down, and pull our bike right out of the back. Now that we've had a good look at the Thule Instigator, we see how it's going to fit our 2016 Ford F150, that's going to complete our test fit for today.

Customer Reviews

Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack - TH501

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

An excellent alternative to the hitch mounted bike rack, this single bike carrier fits perfectly into your truck bed. Its solid design makes loading and unloading a breeze and no wheel removal is necessary.

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2017 Nissan Titan

Fast shipping, great service. Nice. 456041

- TH501

Just what I was looking for. I just got a new bike and I'm real happy that this carrier won't damage the frame and I can easily and safely secure my bike. When I lock the bike in the rack and my tail gate is locked everything is locked down. It's also easy in and easy out. I'm looking forward to years of use of this bike carrier. 452947



Arthur R - 11/17/2018


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1992 Ford F-150

This bed-mounted bike rack works out great to secure my ProdecoTech Phantom XRS e-bike onto the bed of my Ford F-150 Flareside. Etrailer is a good outfit, too. They quickly honored their lowest price pledge after I found an online dealer selling this product at a lower price. 353897

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Toyota Tacoma

I was excited to recieve the Insta-Gater, however, when I tried it in my truck bed of my toyota tacoma it didn't fit with my bike frame, the bed of my truck was too small. Other than that I think the rack would have been fine. The only real compliant is I ordered two insta-gater truck bed racks and one box came wrapped nice but the other was completely damaged. 45160

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Pontiac Trans Sport Van

I've only had the insta-gator long enough to use it couple times. Bikes are held in firm with little movement during transport. I especially like that they are not hanging off the back, my biggest fear has always been getting rear ended. With this device they are much safer 9322


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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack for 2013 Ford F-150
  • An E-bike is not meant to be used with a fork-mounted bike rack. There may be a way for you to fit them in your truck bed though if you let me know what year your F-150 is.
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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack Recommendation for Bike with Disc Brakes to Leave Front Wheel On
  • Best option we have since you want to keep the front wheel on would be the Topline truck bed bike rack part # UG2500 since the Insta-Gator # TH501 isn't going to work for you and there isn't an adapter available.
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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack for 4 Bikes at Front of Bed on a 2017 Toyota Tacoma
  • Technically if you are willing to modify the truck bed you could install the Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 at the front of a truck bed. But it was not designed or tested for that. What I recommend is to use Topline rack # UG2500-4 (as long as the truck does not have the cargo management rails on the bed sides (would have to be removed it is does to use this rack)). One end attaches to the inside bed side and holds the first bike, the second and subsequent bikes are then linked with the additional...
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  • Do You Carry a Truck Bed Bike Mount That is Not Permanent and Does not Require Bike Wheel Removal
  • We do have a bike rack system that will fit your needs. Topline 2 Bike Bed Carrier, part # UG2500. It comes with the parts for 2 bikes, but you can omit the 2nd bike portion. It is not permanent, it simply clamps to the bed and then around the frame of the bike. We have a video reviewing the rack and showing a run-through of the installation that you may find helpful. I have added a link to it below. We also have the Thule Insta-Gater, part # TH501 that sits in the bed and is held...
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  • Best Truck Bed Bike Rack for 2019 Toyota Tacoma with Cargo Management System
  • The perfect option for you is the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Bike Rack # TH501 because it allows you to keep the wheels on your bikes and installs easily at the tailgate of your 2019 Toyota Tacoma without any type of drilling or interference from your truck's cargo management system. This bike rack is simple to use because all you need to do is open your Tacoma's tailgate, place the rack in the truck bed with the anchors installed below the bed and close your tailgate. You can then...
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  • Way to Lock Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bike Rack to 2017 Ford F-150
  • For the Thule Insta-Gater truck bike rack # TH501 an accessory lock is available to allow locking the loaded bike to the rack, part # TH450200, but this does not secure the rack itself as you noted. To do this I recommend a cost-effective cable lock such as # CAB-10 that can be routed through the rack tubing and to your hitch receiver safety chain loops. You could also use one cable lock to secure the bike to the Insta-Gater, if you prefer not to use Thule's own lock core, and another...
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  • Recommendation for Carrying Bikes in Bed of 2017 Honda Ridgeline without Drilling Into Truck Bed
  • I have a solution to carry your bikes in the bed of your 2017 Honda Ridgeline that will not require bolting to the truck bed, but the Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 is not confirmed or guaranteed to work in your truck bed. The best solution I have for you is the Swagman Tailwhip Tailgate Pad and Bike Rack # S64761. This tailgate pad allows you to carry your bikes over the tailgate of your truck, does not require any drilling, and will not require the bike's front wheel to be removed. The...
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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2017 Honda Ridgeline and Bike with Fenders
  • The Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 could be used on a bike with a fender provided that it does not clamp down on the fender and not because it could lead to corrosion but because the fender is not a secure place to ratchet down the hook. The truck bed rack options are limited for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline but the Tailwhip # S64761 is a great option. I know you mentioned not wanting something like this but they are actually more versatile than you might think. It protects the truck and securely...
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  • Will Inno Velo Gripper Bike Rack Work With Tonneau Cover Rails On 2009 Ford F-150
  • Since you have rails for your tonneau cover on your 2009 F-150, the Inno Velo Gripper Bike Rack, part # INRT201 you asked about will not fit. I have attached a photo that shows how the # INRT201 is attached to the bed rail. I may have a solution that will work for you. I recommend the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack, part # TH501. This bike rack he held in place at the tailgate opening and no drilling is required when installing. I have attached a link to an installation...
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  • Bike Rack Compatible With Utili-Track on 2016 Nissan Frontier
  • For a fork mount bike rack that fits your Utili-Track system in your 2016 Nissan Frontier you would need a bolt-on option like the Thule Low-Rider Bike Block # TH821 and attach it to a piece of wood like in the linked review video. You other option would be to go with a wheel mount rack such as the Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 which will not require any drilling or bolting, and instead is held in place at the tailgate opening of the truck bed. I've left a video review of this rack for you as well.
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  • Recommended Truck Bed Mounted Bike Rack Which Allows Both Tires to Remain on Standing Bike
  • I have a solution for you but the # AB2600 is the one bike add-on to the # UG2500-1 which will mount to the inner bed rail on your 2014 Ram 1500. This truck bed rack will allow the bike to be mounted with both wheels on and in the standing position, like you want. It's important to note that this type of rack will only work with non-RamBox models. If you have a RamBox on your 2014 then you will want the Thule Insta-Gater # TH501. This will be a truck bed mounted rack that will allow...
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  • Truck Bed Bike Racks Compatible With Tonneau Cover
  • The Thule Insta-Gater, part # TH501 would be a very good choice that wouldn't involve any drilling into the vehicle. Because the rack is a wheel mount bike rack, you wouldn't need to remove the bike's front wheel. Because the rack is closed in the tailgate, it can easily be removed when it's not needed. I've linked you to some product description videos and an FAQ article that I think you'll find helpful.
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  • Availability of Replacement Straps for Thule # TH501 Insta-Gater
  • We offer replacement straps for the Insta-Gater truck bed bike rack. The straps are sold individually as part # 853-7056. You can order them online using the provided link.
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  • What Type of Bike Rack to Use on Truck with Tonneau Cover
  • Because your tonneau cover attaches to the bed rails by grabbing the inside of the bed rail you would want to go with the truck bed bike rack Thule part # TH501 that attaches to the floor. The Swagman part # S64701 would interfere with the tonneau since it would be putting pressure on the setup. Check out the review video I attached for this rack as well.
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  • Fit of A Thule Insta-Gater Bike Rack on A 2016 Ford F-150
  • Yes, the Thule Insta-Gater bike Rack # TH501 will fit all models of the 2016 Ford F-150. I recommend the Thule One-Key System Lock, # TH450200 for this bike rack. The One-Key system will allow you to attach a lock to the rachet arm while the other end of the bike rack is secured by the closed truck tailgate.
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  • Truck bed Bike Rack Recommendation for a Truck with Tonneau Cover Mounting Rails
  • The rails for a tonneau cover extend too far out for the brackets on the Topline bike rack, # UG2500, to safely attach. What I recommend that will not require any drilling into the bed or modification is the Thule Insta-Gator # TH501. This rack secures by anchors that mount in the tail gate hinge. Take a look at the video and isntructions I have linked.
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  • Truck Bed Mount Bike Carrier Options for a 2013 Ford F-150
  • We have one truck bed bike carrier that holds the bike at the wheel and fits your 2013 Ford F-150. It is the Thule Insta-Gater, # TH501. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you. Another option is the Topline carrier # UG2500. One end attaches to the bed side and the first bike. Then there is a second piece to go between the bikes. I have linked a video review of this carrier as well. And for a third option and what I would probably use if I had a truck is a tailgate pad....
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  • Will Swagman Bed-Mounted Bike Rack Work With Spray-In Bed Liner and Plastic End Rail Caps?
  • So long as you are comfortable drilling then yes, the Swagman Pick-Up Truck-Bed-Mounted 2 Bike Carrier # S64702 will work in your 2016 Ram 1500 with a spray-in bed liner and plastic rail caps. If not then I recommend the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack # TH501 which is a great rack that gets held in place at your truck's tailgate opening and does not require any type of drilling or bolting down. I've added links to video reviews of both parts for you to take a look at as well.
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  • Will the Thule Insta-Gater or a Ladder Mount Bike Rack Fit a Keystone Raptor Toy Hauler Trailer
  • A truck bed bike rack such as the Thule Insta-Gater, # TH501, could work for you. Basically it works by running a strap through the gap between the ramp or tailgate and body. At the end of the strap is a cylinder that cannot fit through the small gap. You would need to have a side exit in order to install this rack because the ramp would have to be closed and then the straps tightened. Opening the ramp again to exit the trailer could affect the fit. You also asked about using a ladder...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Ram 1500 with RamBox
  • There are several different ways you can haul bike(s) on your 2016 Ram 1500. The best way to do so would pertain to what type of bike(s) you have and how you would like to carry them i.e. roof, hitch, bed etc. However, since you have the RamBox and it is not ideal to lift a bike on top of a truck, I recommend using a hitch mounted bike rack as there is also a good chance that you have a trailer hitch installed on your Ram. We have a few option which are platform style, hanging style,...
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  • Recommended Truck Bed Bike Rack for 2014 Ram Truck with Ramboxes
  • The Thule Insta-Gater bike rack, you mentioned, part # TH501 would be compatible with your truck bed. The rack needs a footprint of about 20 inches, so if you had 50-1/2 inches of tailgate available, you could use two racks side by side. The Thule GateMate Pro, part # TH824PRO would also be a good, inexpensive option. The Ramboxes would prevent you from using any bike rack meant to attach to the side rails, like part # UG2500 as there would be no place to attach the rack. You...
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  • Mounting a Thule InstaGater Bike Rack on the Tonneau Cover of a Toyota Tacoma
  • I have a solution for you, but The Thule Insta-Gater, part # TH501 is only intended to be used with the tailgate of your Toyota Tacoma, and should not be installed anywhere else on your vehicle. If you have a quick release front wheel on your bike, you can use a SeaSucker Talon, part # 298-BT1004 to mount the bike to the roof of your cab or on a smooth, solid plastic tonneau cover. The Talon uses a unique vacuum cup system to mount to any smooth surface and lets you quickly dismount...
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  • Carrying a 1960s Beach Cruiser Bike in the Back of a Truck
  • This item is made for bikes with the quick release on the front wheel. On your 1960's Beach Cruiser the front wheel is most likely mounted with nuts on the ends of the axle, and it would require tools to remove and replace the tire each time you wanted to mount the bike in the truck or remove the bike and reinstall the front wheel/tire. A better option for you may be the # UG2500 Topline truck bed mounted bike carrier which does not require removal of the front tire. If that doesn't...
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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Nissan Frontier with a Utili-Track
  • I have a recommendation for you, but you are correct, the Topline Bike Carrier # UG2500 will not fit on your 2016 Nissan Frontier. However, the Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 will fit in your truck bed, and it is confirmed by Thule to fit your truck. This rack can only hold one bike, and if you wanted to bring another bike, you would have to get two Insta-Gaters for your needs. Like the Topline 2 Carrier, this bike rack does not require you to remove the wheel. This rack quickly installs...
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  • Will the Topline Truck Bed Bike Rack # UG2500 Work with a BAKFlip Fibermax Cover Installed
  • Since the track for the BAKFlip fibermax cover is in the way, you will not be able to use the Topline truck bed bike rack # UG2500. Since the cover is a nice accessory, I do not recommend modifying it for the sake of the Topline rack. Instead, take a look at the Insta-Gator, # TH501. This will not interfere with the cover at all since it is secured by the gap between the tailgate and truck bed. I have included a link to a video review for you.
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  • Replacement Molded Strap for Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Bike Rack
  • We do carry replacement parts for the Thule Insta-Gater truck bed bike rack # TH501. It sounds like you need the replacement molded strap, # 853-7056. If this is not the part you are looking for then let me know.
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  • Will Yakima BedHead Single Bike Truck Bed Mounted Rack, Part # Y01132, Fit Bulkhead of a 2013 F150?
  • The Yakima BedHead Single Bike Truck Bed Mounted Rack, Part # Y01132, requires a mounting surface that provides a place for the mounting bracket to grab. The attached image shows a cross-section of a typical truck bed side rail and how this bracket fits. I have highlighted in yellow the edge of the truck side rail which holds the bracket in place. The bracket needs to reach up behind this surface of the mounting location to secure the carrier. If your F-150 bulkhead provides a place...
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  • Will the Thule GateKeeper Tailgate Pad Fit a 2004 Chevy Avalanche
  • Out of all of the tailgate pads for your 2004 Chevy Avalanche # Y07410 would be the best fit since it is more narrow than the others. But you would still have to bunch it up some since you only have 44 inches of free space. The Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 does physically fit the Avalanche. The length a bike can be though is another story. based on the available truck bed rack options a tailgate pad is your best option. Everything else requires drilling.
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  • Recommended Truck Bed Bike Rack for a 2015 GMC Canyon with OEM Vinyl Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
  • I have a solution for you but the Swagman # S64702, will not work with a OEM soft tonneau cover. I would instead recommend the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Bike Rack # TH501 or a truck tailgate pad like the Thule # TH823PRO. Due to the mounting design of the OEM soft roll-up tonneau cover, you would not be able to mount the Swagman Bike bar. It would need to supported by a flat support on both the top and the inner side of the bed rail, see attached image, and most soft tonneaus have...
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  • Truck Bed Bike Racks for a Toyota Tacoma with Soft Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
  • To avoid having to remove the Tonneau cover from your Toyota Tacoma you could use a tail gate pad carrier such as # S64761. With it the front bike wheels will hang over the tail gate and the bikes secure to the pad. The pad protects the tail gate. For a single bike you can use the Insta-Gator # TH501 which holds the front wheel of the bike and the whole bike will stay in the truck bed. Either of these options will work without you having to modify or remove the Tonneau cover. I have...
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