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post #1 of 15 Old 09-19-2010, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Spare Tire Bike Rack

I have seen posts here that talk about the spare tire mount not being strong enough to use a spare tire rack (I am looking to get the Thule Spare Me 963).

Others say they use it with no issues. My bike is 30 lbs and I would maybe use it a few times a month, with most rides being less than 20 miles.

Is there anybody here who has used a spare tire mount for a while? Did you have any issues? I have a 2008 Wrangler X.

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-19-2010, 09:08 PM
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your bike is 30 lbs?!?!?!? pics!
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-20-2010, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Pictures of my bicycle???

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Why not just get a bike holder that goes in the trailer hitch. Ive been using that method for years and can hold 3 bikes easy. I think most people using the trailer hitch as well. If you have the stock tire on the carrier you can prolly get away with it, just dont go on like bumpy roads or anything.

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No trailer hitch...

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Hidden Hitch 87424 - Hidden Hitch Class III 2" Receiver Hitch for 07-10 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

here is one, great to use as a recovery point as well..

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Its gonna end up costing me $700. If the spare tire rack works, that is the preferred method. Thats why I'm asking if anybody out there uses that.

Thanx anyway for your help.

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I use a spare tire rack with the stock 32" Mud Terrain. Haven't had any issues at all.
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-20-2010, 09:56 AM
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I used a spare tire bike rack when I had 31.10.5s, I had no problems. A hitch one is probably stronger, but if it's only 1 or 2 bikes, I bet you'll be fine if you're running stock tires.

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Its gonna end up costing me $700. If the spare tire rack works, that is the preferred method. Thats why I'm asking if anybody out there uses that.

Thanx anyway for your help.
$700
Where do you get that number
With the hitch listed above and a rack like this Amazon.com: Hollywood Racks HR6000 Traveler 3-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (2-Inch Receiver): Gateway
You're only in for around $225
It will however cost you $700 or more if the spare mount fails!
It could be an even greater loss if it causes an accident with the cars behind you
Just something to think about.

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You sure you're not mounting a dirtbike?! 30lbs!! Well I have a big 29er that weighs about 10lbs or so and my wife's that weighs about the same and we have had both on the Thule SpareMe and haven't had any issues at all...

Seriously though, a 30 lb bike???

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You sure you're not mounting a dirtbike?! 30lbs!! Well I have a big 29er that weighs about 10lbs or so and my wife's that weighs about the same and we have had both on the Thule SpareMe and haven't had any issues at all...

Seriously though, a 30 lb bike???
Your 29er may be light but, at 10lbs ... you have the lightest bike ever built and that includes road bikes. My single speed 29er mtb is light and it weighs in at ~23.5lbs. Most entry and mid level geared mtb's weight 27-30 lbs, road bikes ~19-21. And that's without a water bottle/spare tube. Downhill mtb's are tipping the scales at 35-40 lbs!

Spare tire mounts are fine and your mount should be fine for one bike, two on occasion. I wouldn't put a nice bike on that type of rack for it will surely get beat up during transport.
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10 lbs??? or do you mean 10 kg?

My Cannondale F5 is about 30 lbs. You're up on things enough to go for the 29er, but you didn't know that ten pounds for a bike is nowhere near possible (unless you ride for Team NASA!)?

On a separate note...how do you like te 29er?

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Hahaha...well put sir...I may have skewed the weight a bit at the thought of a 30lb bike but I guess 30lbs feels a hell of alot lighter the more distributed the weight. My apologies...glad you at least had your bike's true weight to offer advice... If it's any help, I have had both my wife's and mine on there (weights TBD) and they have worked fine, but like he said...it wasn't for too long a distance...

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10 lbs??? or do you mean 10 kg?

My Cannondale F5 is about 30 lbs. You're up on things enough to go for the 29er, but you didn't know that ten pounds for a bike is nowhere near possible (unless you ride for Team NASA!)?

On a separate note...how do you like te 29er?
Yeah, I was just saying I apparently had NO idea how much my bike weighed...hahaha! Maybe it's because I'm so damn strong

To answer your question, I'm 6'5", 240lbs and I don't know how I ever lived without the 29er. No kidding...I will never buy another bike again, unless it's a 29er. I got a Diamondback front-shock fork for only $700...the least expensive 29er I could find by almost $300...I highly recommend it!

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