Originally Posted by Collinp
Here is what I do...
Tailgate Pad Truck Bed Bike Racks | etrailer.com
Works well, very light, easy and quick to mount the bikes and works with most bikes. It does involve contact with the frame so if you are like SilverEscape with high-end road bikes this may not be your thing...I get it. I use it for a mid range road bike and a high-end Mountain bike.
Actually we have one of these as well. We've got the Swagman TailWhip and love it. We take it with us and use it during our trips to get the bikes out to trails that are a drive. We can do the 4 bikes on ours and none of our bikes touch as long as they are organized in the correct order (due to wheel size differences). The frames are obviously hanging on the pad, but we haven't had anything scratched or wrecked yet. I'm quite impressed with the pad.
And our bikes aren't as high end as I made them sound. LOL Mine is a couple grand, the other 2 are just over a grand and the kid's 24" wheel bike was $600. So I guess mid range but we love them and wouldn't have the budget to replace them, and 3 out of the 4 are brand new so I baby them.
(and all hardtails now as my road biking days seem to have ended with kids
Edit: we don't use ours while towing as like I said, I want weather protection, plus it requires our bed cover off entirely or folded to cover our rear window, makes it so of we stop for a night we'd have to haul the bikes inside to prevent theft, and not certain we'd maintain our turning radius as our trailer has a short tongue).
This is what we have http://www.swagman.net/product/tailw...gate-pad-full/
we tried several others but disliked how they folded over the F-150 tailgate.