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Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack

Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack

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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. Lowest Prices for the best truck bed bike racks from Thule. Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack part number TH501 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks - TH501

  • Wheel Mount
  • Tailgate Mount
  • Thule
  • 9mm Axle
  • 15mm Thru-Axle
  • 20mm Thru-Axle
  • 1 Bike
  • Compact Trucks
  • Mid Size Trucks
  • Full Size Trucks
  • Locks Not Included

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.

50100 Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack

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Installation 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:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (6 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.

- 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


- TH501
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

- TH501

This review is about service only as I have not had an opportunity to use the product yet. Service at e.trailer is among the best I have experienced. Their communication and product knowledge is exceptional! They fill orders fast and shipments are completed very timely. Whenever the opportunity presents, I will choose them above all others. 733692

- TH501
2017 Nissan Titan

Fast shipping, great service. Nice. 456041

- TH501
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

- TH501
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


Ask the Experts about this Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks

  • Will the Thule Insta-Gater Work On a Bike with Fenders
    I do have a few other options for you but the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack part # TH501 will not work with bikes that have fenders. Instead, you can use the Topline 1 Bike Carrier Truck Bed Mounted Expandable Bike Rack part # UG2500-1 or the Inno Velo Gripper Bike Rack for Truck Beds part # INRT201 depending on the weight of your bike but these are the only truck bed mounted options that will work for your bike without removing the wheel. Please note, if you have RamBoxes...
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  • Recommended Truck Bed Bike Rack For 2019 Chevy Silverado To Carry 1 Fat Tire Bike
    If your tires are 4" wide you will need the Thule Insta-Gater Pro Truck Bed Bike Rack - 1 Bike part # TH93VR which fits fat tires up to 5" wide. The Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack part # TH501 is a great option to carry the fat tire bike in the truck however, the TH501 Insta-Gater can only hold wheel sizes with a tire width up to 3". A great feature of the Insta-Gater is it mounts using the tailgate of the truck and does not require removal of the front tire of your bike...
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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 # e98891 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Secure the Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 in a Truck Bed to Deter Theft
    You can lock your bike to the Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 using the lock cores # TH450200 but, as you noted, the straps can be cut or simply removed. To deter theft of the Insta-Gator I recommend using a cable lock like part # e98891 to secure the bike rack to an anchor point in your truck bed.
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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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  • Can Cruiser Bikes With Front Fenders Fit On The Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Bike Rack, # TH501
    I called Thule about the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Bike Rack, # TH501, being used with cruiser bikes with front fenders. They said if there is room between the fender and the tire which will allow the wheel hook to be installed underneath the fender, then you would be fine. They do not recommend attaching the wheel hook over the fenders, because when it is tightened down it could damage the fenders. Also, if you have a hitch on your truck you can go to a hitch bike rack, which comes...
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  • Can I Use the Thule Insta-Gator on a Long Road Trip
    As long as you do not use a bike that is over the 50 lbs weight capacity and as long as you have it installed properly, the Thule Insta-Gator # TH501 will work great for a long road trip with your 2012 Ford F-150. This bike rack is very solid and actually works great with rough terrain so if you are traveling mostly interstate highways you will have no problems with it. To help deter theft of your bike while you are making pit stops, I recommend using the Thule One-Key System Lock...
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  • Replacement Anchor Strap For Thule Insta-Gator
    Sounds like you are looking for the Replacement Molded Strap for Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Bike Rack # 853-7056 which has the anchor that holds the rack to the tailgate.
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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack for a 2014 Ram 3500 with Factory Puck System and B&W Companion Hitch Installed
    In the 2014 Ram 3500 with the factory puck system there isn't a lot of space between the hitch and the wheel well humps with B&W hitch # BWRVK3600. If they were road bikes with skinny tires then it would not be a problem to use 2 of the Thule Instagaters # TH501. But on regular or wide tires they would likely have to set partially on the hitch. It wouldn't hut anything but there would be contact. If your truck is a short bed then the pedals become a concern although I am confident they...
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  • Will Thule Insta-Gator Carry an ElliptiGO Outdoor Elliptical Bike
    The Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 holds bikes by the front wheel so the unique frame of your ElliptiGO will not be a factor. The only concern is the wheel size which must be between 20 to 29 inches and up to a 3 inch tire.
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  • Could Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack # TH501 be Used in Van Interior
    You could install the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack # TH501 in the interior of a van if you wanted to. It would install there just like it would in the bed of a truck. Basically you just need to close the anchors in the rear doors, ratchet them down, and it will be held there securely. I attached an install video that shows how it works for more info as well.
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  • Installing Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 By Placing Bike in Rack First
    You can install the bike and rack as you describe, but as a final step, you will need to pull the arm that secures the bike to the carrier toward you until you hear two clicks. This will ensure that the front of the bike tire is tightly held against the tailgate, as described in the instructions. I discussed this with my Thule rep, and she said getting the rack into place with a bike attached to it might be kind of awkward, but other than that, she had no problem with it. You can see...
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  • Truck Bed Bike Rack to Carry One Bike Upright
    It sounds like the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack # TH501 is exactly what you're looking for. This will carry a single bike in your truck's bed and holds the bike by the wheel behind the forks. So the bike stands upright and the wheel does't need to be removed. The Insta-Gater is held in place by the opening of your tail gate. Check out the video I've linked to see how it works.
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  • Using Thule Insta-Gater Part # TH501 on Ford F250 with Tool Box in Bed
    The Thule Insta-Gater part # TH501 will need to be installed square to the tailgate, but if the back wheel of the bike is shifted to the left or right by a few inches before the hook on the Insta-Gater is ratcheted down, the bike will stay upright for you and should fit just fine. To see a demonstration video featuring the Insta-Gater, click on the provided link.
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  • Will Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Bike Rack, Part TH501, Work With Road Bikes?
    Although a mountain bike with a wide tire is shown in the product description photos, the Thule Insta-Gater will work great with your road bike. The foam padded locking bar with ratcheting action will tightly grip your bike wheel, keeping your bike secure. This rack is also lockable, with the optional Thule Lock Cylinders, part number # TH450200. I will include links to the parts, as well as a video that goes into more detail on the Insta-Gaters features. You can find the links below.
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  • Will the Thule Insta-Gater Bike Rack Fit a 2017 GMC Sierra 2500
    Nice truck! I'm jealous. And the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack Item # TH501 is going to look great in the bed because yes, it does indeed fit your 2017 GMC Sierra 2500! I linked a video featuring this rack on a 2016 Silverado and it will be similar on your truck. Provided that your bike fits in the truck bed with the tail gate closed it will still fit when using the Insta-Gater.
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