Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Specifically I purchased the Thule Spare Me bike rack. It attaches with a plate that goes behind the spare tire and has a threaded square tube that holds the rack in place. Then a lockable bolt tightens the rack against the tire and keeps it from falling off the end. The rack also folds down when not in use to keep it out of the way. I have been satisfied the this bike rack since I purchased it a few years back. I have no complaints it has served its purpose and it does exactly what it is supposed to. But I wish I had bought a receiver hitch bike rack. I already had a receiver hitch on my Jeep and the spare me bike rack adds extra weight to the spare tire that was not designed to support extra weight. I must note I havent seen any problems with the spare tire on my truck but Im still a little concerned.
Tip 5: Who will normally be loading the bikes onto your rack or carrier? Dont assume your 90-pound "5-foot-barely" daughter will be able to load bikes onto the same rack arrangement as your "6-foot-and-taller" 200-pound son the linebacker! This will ultimately be an important factor in deciding what type of bike rack you want to buy and where you will mount it. Tip 6: NOW think about how much you can afford to spend. Pricing should be one of the last considerations if youre serious about getting a quality bike rack. Once youve taken all 6 tips into account go to your local bike shop or take a trip online and see what meets your needs at a price you can afford. If you are able to lead or ride your bicycle literally everywhere you want to go a bike rack may not even be in your thinking. But in the real world bike racks or carriers are necessary for most bikes and biking.
There are a few different ways that bike rack companies employ to mount your bike to the rack. Some have handles that the bicycle will rest on then a strap or securing mechanism to keep the bike attached and safe while the car is in motion. Other racks have bars that attach to the wheels or different parts of the frame to minimize and possible damage to your bike frame. Additionally for bikes with unconventional frames you may have to get an adapter to be able to mount your bike on trunk mount bike racks that are made for standard sized bicycles. As you can see to find the perfect rear trunk bike rack its not as easy as finding one in your price range.