2015 Ford F-150: Will the Bike Fit?
April 20, 2015
I know what you're thinking. Of course it will fit. The 2015 Ford F-150 is a pickup with a bed hanging off the back, for crying out loud.
Yes, but then I'd need some sort of rack, a lock and a wary eye in certain parking lots. I can avoid all this because ours has a crew cab or, as Ford fondly calls it, a SuperCrew cab.
Aluminum wasn't the only big change for 2015. Ford also shifted the central door post of the crew cab forward a couple of inches to improve access to the back half of the cab.
This alteration greatly enlarges the gap between the post and the leading edge of the seat bottom, which makes it much easier for passengers to swing their feet on board. Engineers actually use the term 'foot-swing distance" when referring to the width of this opening.
The B-pillar shift also eases cargo loading, because the entire door is that much wider. It makes it easier to take full advantage of the SuperCrew's sizable cargo capacity, made possible by flip-up seat bottoms, compact seat bottom supports and an ultra-flat floor.
The upshot of all this is my XL-size Giant hardtail mountain bike with 29-inch rims fits easily. It's a non-issue. And the bars go through the door with no monkeying around. In fact, there is enough room left over for another similar-sized bike to fit in from the other side if I angle mine slightly.
Sure, a large SUV like an Expedition offers secure storage space, too. But then I wouldn't have a bed for the dirty stuff and the rear half of the SuperCrew is arguably more useful for certain items - like bicycles - because of the tall vertical space that results from a pickup's unique seat-folding strategy.