If you’ve got an SUV with an exterior-mounted spare, a spare-tire-mounted bike rack is a great alternative to hitch-mounted bike racks or other choices.
Spare-tire-mounted bike racks from Thule or Yakima fit easily on most sizes of spares, from P205/75R15 to 32 x 11.5/R15M, and adjust to make a tight, secure fit. The bikes are actually suspended in cradles on a spare-tire-mounted bike rack, rather than supported from underneath on a platform. Straps and a locking knob help secure the bikes into place while on the road, while the bike rack itself attaches to the bolt holes of the spare tire.
So…installing the spare-tire-mounted bike rack couldn’t be easier, and hauling the bikes themselves is safe and secure. That’s because the engineers and designers at Thule and Yakima are bike enthusiasts themselves, and draw their inspiration for design and innovation in the field. They see a problem as a direct path to improvement, then take their ideas back to the office and see them through!