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 outdoor use.
What’s an “Off-road kit”?
The WheelWally “Off-road kit” (O.R.K.) was designed for mountain bikers headed out to the backcountry. Used in combination with your WheelWally, the “Off-road kit” resists lateral movement over rough roads. Use the O.R.K., instead of the standard “Rear wheel tie down kit”, when a more rigid installation is desired.
The O.R.K. works by connecting 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. For more information, please refer to the Installation Instructions and watch the “Short Video”.
What’s a “Rear wheel tie down kit”?
The “Rear wheel tie down kit” is a small, block-shaped, device that keeps the rear wheel of your bike firmly “planted” to the bed of your truck during transport. Use the “Rear wheel tie down kit” (or the “Off-road kit”) every time you transport a bike with your WheelWally! Refer to the installation Instructions and homepage images for more information.
Is the WheelWally compatible with “track systems”?
Yes. 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, facing forward, no problem. For beds that are shorter, see if your bike fits facing forward, 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 still 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 features make the WheelWally unique?
The WheelWally can safely and easily carry a carbon road bike, fat-tire mountain bike, or solid axle cruiser. (If your bike has fenders, it may not fit. Please contact us to discuss this before ordering your WheelWally.) “Head bolts” and “toe bolts” provide a simple and strong connection to your truck. Install your WheelWally “as needed” or leave it permanently attached in your truck bed. Bike loading and unloading is very fast. Our “infinitely adjustable” Omni straps hold tenaciously, they’re not affected by vibration, and they last a long time! Your carbon fiber frame won’t be damaged since there are no frame or fork contact points. You can load your bike from outside the truck (as long as you can reach over and touch your truck bed) and you can use your tailgate even when your bike is installed (unlike some other rack systems).
Perhaps best of all, no wheel removal is required. If your bike fits in the bed, load it up and go for a ride! With a “fork mount” configuration, you’ll be removing, storing, and re-installing 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 mount racks tend to concentrate stresses on the fork ends of your bike. 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 and flexible, but incredibly strong and durable. 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. Let me explain. 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 install?
The most time-consuming step is “layout”. Layout is finding the exact location for your WheelWally, HBA’s, and tba’s. Spend as much time as you need to make sure that your layout works above, and below, the truck bed. Actual assembly and installation steps take about an hour.
Does the WheelWally have a locking feature?
No, it does not. The WheelWally doesn’t “lock” to your truck and your bike doesn’t “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 as 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. 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!