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rla1999 08-27-2013 08:51 PM

Best bike rack available?
 
I am interested in getting a bike rack that can hold two bikes for my JK. What do you guys recommend? Something $150 or less if possible

pezzo33 08-27-2013 09:04 PM

The Yakima spare time is $199, but it is also the one rack out there that will fit an oversized tire 33" or more


Plus it has bottle openers built in

100% worth it!

rla1999 08-27-2013 09:40 PM

I just saw a picture of it...looks real nice

rla1999 08-27-2013 09:43 PM

Thanks for the recommendation

Namtaru 08-27-2013 10:14 PM

It's $158 on amazon

brianjw 08-27-2013 10:18 PM

I just bought the spare time rack. I have a 35" spare mounted on the tailgate with this rack and it still works. Obviously I'm concerned about damage to the tailgate/mount with a 35" and two bikes but it seems to be a decent rack for me when I'm only hauling my bike (until I get a different bumper with tire carrier. It should be fine with a stock tire on the mount.

FYI my wife's bike is a small woman's frame with the drop bar, and it just barely fits. Due to the angle it hangs it doesn't really sit on there properly with both bikes.

AlbertaJeeper 08-28-2013 08:08 AM

Anything Thule is usually pretty sturdy (I have the big mouth one where the bike stands in it). And I believe the company is called oneup or 1up...something like that. After seeing theirs in person I'd say it looks the nicest and most sturdy. Either one would set you back a few hundred, but I would personally never cheap out on something holding my bike!

Insane 08-28-2013 11:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pezzo33 (Post 15844059)
The Yakima spare time is $199, but it is also the one rack out there that will fit an oversized tire 33" or more


Plus it has bottle openers built in

100% worth it!

Looking at that too!

duneslider 08-28-2013 01:41 PM

I don't have one but the 1up is a fantastic bike rack. It will cost more than some others mentioned but they are very nice.

My next bike rack will be a 1UP. They will even custom make it for you so everything clears your spare tire. Most of the others will require you to buy a hitch extender.

varnerme 08-28-2013 07:20 PM

I have a Kuat NV rack. Expensive but worth it to me. Carrying around expensive carbon road bikes...

rla1999 08-29-2013 04:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlbertaJeeper (Post 15845128)
Anything Thule is usually pretty sturdy (I have the big mouth one where the bike stands in it). And I believe the company is called oneup or 1up...something like that. After seeing theirs in person I'd say it looks the nicest and most sturdy. Either one would set you back a few hundred, but I would personally never cheap out on something holding my bike!

I have been looking at Thule, Yakima and 1 UP USA. They are what most people use from what i have seen and read. Thanks for the info

MikeHoncho88 08-29-2013 06:05 AM

I have owned both the thule and yakima. The yakima spare time is far better, it looks better, better design, fits on a 35" spare, and it has bottle openers. Its only fault i could find is the plate that goes behind the spare is not as good a design as the thule and took some work to fit on my jeep. But once i got it on, it is awesome. :-)

spyder6 08-29-2013 07:29 AM

Wish the spare time rack would fit with my ORFAB carrier. Looks like I have to explore other options

AlbertaJeeper 08-29-2013 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by rla1999 (Post 15848886)
I have been looking at Thule, Yakima and 1 UP USA. They are what most people use from what i have seen and read. Thanks for the info

http://i1348.photobucket.com/albums/...ps938821cd.jpg

Here's what the Thule looks like. It is a 2 bike rack, but an extra extension for 2 more can be added. It pivots down which should allow the opening of the tailgate...but the tire still hits it on these things! Just a warning. But all in all, we trust it a ton. This is about 25 grand worth of bikes on there and we're fine driving 20 hours with them on there.

A word of advice for any rack: get some magnetic towing lights to act as signal and brake lights!

rla1999 08-29-2013 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by AlbertaJeeper (Post 15850178)



Here's what the Thule looks like. It is a 2 bike rack, but an extra extension for 2 more can be added. It pivots down which should allow the opening of the tailgate...but the tire still hits it on these things! Just a warning. But all in all, we trust it a ton. This is about 25 grand worth of bikes on there and we're fine driving 20 hours with them on there.

A word of advice for any rack: get some magnetic towing lights to act as signal and brake lights!

Great picture! I am leaning towards this Thule T2. I really didn't think about the lights. Good point!
is this a 2 in or 1.25 in? Not sure what my Rubicon hitch size is.


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