If you have a rear mounted spare tire on your Jeep, SUV or crossover, you have more bike hauling options available to you than drivers of ordinary cars. In addition to roof mounted and hitch mounted bike racks, you have the option of using a spare tire mount bike carrier to transport bicycles. But instead of needing a roof rack or trailer hitch for the bike carrier, all you need is your spare tire mount studs, or for some carriers just the spare tire.

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      Rear Wheel Mount Bike Carrier by Rhino-Rack®. Holds 2 bikes. If you're looking for that extra bike carrying capacity and your vehicle has a rear-mounted tire, why not try the Rear Wheel Mount Bike Carrier. The Bike Carrier is...
      Made from an ultra-light materialPowder-coated black
      $143.10
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      # sp832
      Spare Me Spare Tire Bike Rack by Thule®. Transport up to 2 bikes safely and securely with this spare tire mounted bike rack. If you have an SUV with a rear-mounted spare tire, there's no need to install a receiver to haul your...
      $229.95
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      Universal SpareRide Spare Tire Bike Rack by Yakima®. Make that spare tire work for a living – the SpareRide easily attaches to your rear-mounted spare and turns it into a bike rack. Durable, stable and secure, it installs easily....
      New SuperCush ZipStrip™ cradles secure the bikes and make loading and unloading a breezeZipStrips™ secure bikes to the rack and are fully removable
      $186.30
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      Spare Tire Bike Carrier by Rugged Ridge®. Black. Transport up to 2 bikes safely and securely with this spare tire mounted bike carrier. With this handy accessory there's no need to install a receiver to haul your bikes with a hitch...
      Carries up to 2 bikesAttaches to spare tire mounting studs
      $190.99
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      # mpn2681192
      Spare Me™ Spare Tire Bike Rack by Thule®. Transport up to 2 bikes safely and securely with this spare tire mounted bike rack. If you have an SUV with a rear-mounted spare tire, there's no need to install a receiver to haul your...
      Stay-Put cradles with detachable anti-sway cages prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contactAttaches to Spare Tire and fits both regular and oversized tires
      $229.95
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      Universal SpareRide Spare Tire Bike Rack (8002599) by Yakima®. 2 Bikes. Make that spare tire work for a living – the SpareRide easily attaches to your rear-mounted spare and turns it into a bike rack. Durable, stable and secure,...
      New SuperCush ZipStrip cradles secure the bikes and make loading and unloading a breezeZipStrips secure bikes to the rack and are fully removable
      $186.30
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      # mpn2298687
      Universal Rear Wheel Mount Bike Carrier by Rhino-Rack®. The Spare Wheel Bike Carrier allows you to load and unload your bikes faster than any bike carrier. Rhino-Rack are giving you more time to enjoy the ride with friends and...
      The Spare Wheel Bike Carrier is fast and simple to installBikes are secured by thick rubber straps
      $143.10
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      Universal Pathway Deluxe Spare Tire Bike Rack (SR2813) by SportRack®. The Spare Tire Bike Rack attaches to spare tire or trailer for easy bike transport. Made from superior grade tubing, this tough-as-nails roof rack is...
      Attaches to spare tire for easy bike transportRotating clamps with rubber padding holds the bike securely
      $151.20
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      Universal Spare Tire Bike Rack (BT300) by Surco®. Put your spare to work. Made from superior grade tubing, this tough-as-nails roof rack is exceptionally strong to carry all the gear you need for your trip. Designed to maximize the...
      Attaches to any spare tire using a heavy duty mounting plateTransports up to 3 bikes
      $143.96


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    Most spare tire mount bike racks attach to the same studs that your spare tire mounts to. The rack comes in two pieces, the rack mount that attaches to the studs and fits most lug patterns, and the bike holder. The bike holder typically attaches to the mount with a hand knob, and no tools are required. The mount can remain on the vehicle. When you want to transport your bikes, just attach the bike holder to the mount and load your bikes.

    The exception to the above is another style carrier that mounts differently but is equally easy to use. This bike rack has a tubular enclosure that fits over the top of and is supported by the spare tire itself. Tie-down straps secure the carrier to the tire. Regardless of the method of attachment, all spare tire bike racks provide an easy to use and affordable way to carry your bikes. These racks are comparatively inexpensive compared to roof mount and hitch mount racks, plus you don’t have the additional expense of roof rack or trailer hitch purchase and installation.

    In addition to being economical, spare tire bike racks are also easy to use. The bike holding portion of the carrier has one or two support arms that extend rearward, with the capacity to hold two or three bikes, depending on model. The arm(s) have padded cradles that support the bikes under the bike frame’s horizontal top tube. Straps or padded clamps secure the bikes to the carrier, and some racks have anti-sway cradles to prevent bike movement that could cause damage en route. The support arms on some spare tire mount racks can be folded down when the rack is not in use to ease parking and garaging.

    Unlike a roof mount bike rack, a spare tire mount rack is easy to load because you only have to lift your bikes as high as your spare. And in most cases, the bikes won’t stick out so far that you can’t still make use of your trailer hitch, which would not be available to you if you were using a hitch mount bike carrier. Most spare tire bike racks have locking features to secure the carrier to the vehicle and the bikes to the rack. Spare tire racks with a locking knob provide additional security by preventing spare tire theft.

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    Rhino-Rack Rear Wheel Bike Carrier
    This is one of the best bike carriers I've ever had. Very sturdy. Easy to put bikes on and off. And I love that I can still open the back 'trunk' door of my Jeep Liberty, since the bike rack is not attached to the vehicle body. Highly recommend this bike rack!
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    2013 GMC Yukon
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