Bike Week Exclusive: Dakine Upgrades the Humble Tailgate Pad

A tighter grip on your bike, a softer touch on your paint job and more colors

By Vernon Felton
Video by Dustin Vance

Just throw the front wheel over the tailgate: It’s the simplest way to haul bikes in a pick-up truck, but it’s not without its hassles. Bikes bump into one another, dents materialize out of nowhere and somebody’s flat pedal just bunged up that pricey paint job on your downtube. Dakine went back to the drawing board and came up with some simple, yet clever, tweaks that make their venerable tailgate pad–the choice of shuttlers everywhere–even better.

Chico Bukovansky of Dakine walks us through the changes.