What is a WheelWally made of?
It’s made of 3/4″ thick HDPE plastic, corrosion resistant hardware, and tough nylon Omni strap material. It is extremely durable and was designed for full-time outdoor use.
What’s an “Off-road kit”?
The “Off-road kit” (O.R.K.) was originally designed for mountain bikers headed out to the backcountry but it is equally effective when hauling bikes on paved city streets. The O.R.K. eliminates lateral bike movement. It keeps your bike fixed in place, whether you’re navigating rough fire roads or traversing speed bumps and curb cuts.
The O.R.K. connects your bike’s saddle rail to the side rail of your truck. Overall O.R.K. length can easily be adjusted to fit just about any bike/truck combination. Simple design. Quality construction. Please see the homepage images, installation instructions, “Short Video”, and F.A.Q. “Is there a bike weight limit?”.
What’s a “Rear wheel tie down kit”?
The “Rear wheel tie down kit” (R.W.T.D.K.) is a small, block-shaped, device that prevents your rear wheel from jumping sideways or “endo-ing” over the WheelWally. It keeps your rear wheel “planted” to the truck bed.
However, the R.W.T.D.K. does not provide any lateral stability for your bike. On rough sections of road or when turning sharply, you will notice some side-to-side bike sway. For this reason, we recommend that you upgrade to the “Off-road kit”. Please see the homepage images, installation instructions, “Short Video”, and F.A.Q. “Is there a bike weight limit?”.
Is there a bike weight limit?
Yes, there is.
For bikes weighing up to 25 pounds, use the “Off-road kit” or the “Rear wheel tie down kit” in combination with your WheelWally. (We highly recommend choosing the “Off-road kit” since it resists lateral bike movement during transport.)
For bikes weighing between 25 and 50 pounds, only use the “Off-road kit” in combination with your WheelWally. (This setup provides superior lateral stability.)
WheelWally products should not be used to transport any bike that weighs more than 50 pounds.
Is the WheelWally compatible with “track systems”?
When you order your WheelWally there is an option to choose hardware for various “track systems”. Please contact us if your track system is not shown.
Does it work with short bed trucks?
That depends on your bike and the length of your truck bed. If your truck has an 8′ bed, your bike will fit. For beds that are shorter, see if your bike fits in a straight line, with the tailgate closed. Make sure you have at least 2 1/2″ of extra space for your WheelWally.
If your truck bed is too short, consider purchasing a truck bed “extender”. This is a great option and should give you plenty of extra space. Do the math. Make sure an “extender” will work for your situation. Verify with the manufacturer that the truck bed “extender” will remain solidly fixed in place and that it will secure the contents of your bed.
We do not recommend opening (or removing) your tailgate in order to create extra space for your bike. This could allow loose items to fall out of your truck bed. Also, tailgates left in the “down” position can sometimes bounce around or become completely detached. We do not recommend installing your bike “backwards”. In other words, do not attach the rear wheel of your bike to your WheelWally and then angle the front wheel up against your tailgate.
For more information, please refer to our Compatibility Checklist and Installation Instructions.
What colors are available?
The WheelWally is currently available in the following colors: Black.
My bike has fenders. Is that ok?
Fenders are usually not a problem but if they extend too far around the wheel, they interfere with the connection between the bike wheel and the WheelWally. Please contact us to discuss this in more detail.
Does installation require drilling?
Our installation instructions are very detailed and you should read them carefully. Here are the basics. Assemble the three WheelWally boards. Choose a WheelWally location along the front rail of your truck. Drill two 1/4″ holes in the front rail of your truck for the “head bolts”. (Skip this step if your truck has a “track system” on the front rail.) Attach the head bolts to the truck rail, 5″ apart. Locate and drill two 1/4″ holes in the truck bed for the “toe bolts”. (Skip this step if your truck has a “track system” on the bed.) Attach the “toe bolts” to the WheelWally. Finally, to install your “Rear wheel tie down kit” or “Off-road kit”, drill one 1/4″ hole in the truck bed or side rail. (Skip this step if your truck has a “track system” on the bed or side rail.) That’s it. You’re done!
How many bikes does it hold?
Your WheelWally can hold one bike. Your truck bed can hold one, or two, WheelWallies.
What makes the WheelWally unique?
There are many truck bicycle racks on the market…what’s so special about the WheelWally? The WheelWally is attached to your truck with “head bolts” and “toe bolts”. These provide a positive connection to your truck unlike some other racks that use compression bars and clamps. Once your WheelWally is installed, you can safely and easily carry just about any bike. Carbon fiber road bikes, fat tire mountain bikes, and solid axle cruisers all fit.
The WheelWally holds your bike securely. Stand outside your truck bed and strap your front wheel to the WheelWally. (Note: if your truck is so tall that you can’t reach over and touch the bed, this may not work! Watch the Short Video.) Now your front wheel is prevented from moving forward, backward, up, or down. Finish by connecting the the rear of your bike with the “Rear wheel tie down kit”, or better yet, upgrade to the “Off-road kit” for maximum lateral stability and performance.
Our truck mounted bike rack keeps your bike inside the bed. This allows for independent use of your tailgate (unless you’re using a bed extender) and helps keep your bike protected. Bikes that are transported outside the bed with hitch-mount racks or tailgate pads can be damaged by road debris or parking and fender-bender accidents. Another benefit is that the WheelWally does not contact your frame or fork. This keeps your bike from getting scuffed up or dented. Your bike rims, including carbon fiber rims, will be fine because Omni straps are soft and supple.
Perhaps best of all, you can transport your bike without removing the wheel. If your bike fits in the bed, load it up and go for a ride. “Fork mount” racks require you to remove, store, and re-install your wheel for every ride and you’ll probably need fork mount “adapters” whenever you switch between standard QR skewers and through axles. In addition, “fork mounts” are rigid and they tend to concentrate stresses at the ends of your fork. Our design eliminates rigid bike-to-truck connections and directs transport stresses into your WheelWally, not your bike.
What are Omni straps?
Omni straps are made of all-in-one velcro that attaches to itself. They’re thin, flexible, strong, durable, vibration resistant, and infinitely adjustable. Their holding power is quite amazing. If your straps ever become worn or frayed, we’ll send you a new set free of charge.
Can I install a WheelWally over my drop-in bed liner?
We don’t recommend it.
WheelWally installation for metal, spray-on, or composite (plastic) truck beds typically requires drilling 2 – 1/4″ dia. holes in the truck rail and 2 -1/4″ dia. holes in the truck bed. “Head bolts” are then bolted to the rail and “toe bolts” are pinned or bolted to the bed. With the addition of a bed liner, it can be difficult to locate the toe bolts and determine where they will penetrate the bed. This means it is harder to verify that no truck parts, underneath the truck bed, will be damaged by drilling. Additionally, bed liners may not be particularly strong or stable and they may not work well for attaching our “Rear wheel tie down kit”. Finally, drilling the bed liner could allow water and dirt to become trapped between the liner and the truck bed which promotes rust and damage to the bed.
Interestingly, your bed liner may already have penetrations (at tie-down locations, for example) and may already be trapping grit and moisture against the metal bed. So what are your options? You could remove your bed liner completely, you could convert to a spray-on bed, or you could choose a different bike rack system that does not require any drilling or at least limits drilling to higher up on the rails.
How long does it take to assemble, layout, install, and attach?
Assembly is quick, maybe 15 minutes or so, and you only do this once. Layout is the most time-consuming step. Layout is finding the exact location for your WheelWally, the hba’s, and the tba’s. Spend as much time as you need to make sure your layout (both above and below the truck bed) works well. Installation takes about an hour. It takes longer if you’re in a hurry. Bike attachment is fast. Watch the Short Video.
Does the WheelWally have a locking feature?
No, it does not.
The WheelWally does not “lock” to your truck and your bike does not “lock” to the WheelWally. If you must leave your bike unattended for a minute or two, lock it with a high quality cable (not included). Run the cable through a strong tie-down point in your truck bed, through your WheelWally wheel-board, and through your bike frame and wheels.
Are all WheelWally installations the same?
No, they’re not!
Depending on the type of truck bed you have, you will choose either a “track system” installation or a “standard” (non-track) installation. Please refer to the Online Store drop-down menus. Tracks may be located on the front rail, the side rails, the floor of the bed, or some combination of these. Don’t worry, we review these details with every customer before we build your order or ship anything!
You can do a basic “pinned” toe bolt installation which allows you to install or remove your WheelWally quickly. This is demonstrated in the “Long Video”. For more security, run a locking cable (sold separately) through your truck bed tie-downs and your WheelWally wheel-board. Now you can lock your WheelWally to your truck and you’ll also have a cable available to lock your bike.
For the ultimate full-time installation, lock everything with a cable as described above, but add washers and wing nuts to the tba’s that project under the bed. Keep in mind, this only works if you have access to the projecting tba’s. If you ride often and will rarely need to remove your WheelWally, this is the way to go!
Will my truck bed rust if I drill holes in it?
Truck beds rust (unless they’re made of plastic or wood). They rust a little faster when they are drilled, dented, scratched, clamped with accessories, modified with parts that trap water, or exposed to the elements.
Can I get replacement WheelWally hardware?
Absolutely. Please contact us so we can provide you with the hardware you need.
Can I get a plain toe-board, without the 8 pre-drilled holes?
Yes, we have plain toe-boards in stock. Please contact us!
Where are WheelWallies made?
WheelWally truck bed bicycle rack is made in the U.S.A. All materials are ordered from companies located in the U.S.A. All fabrication and assembly is done in the U.S.A.