How to Choose a Spare-Tire-Bike Rack

Benefits of a Spare Tire Bike Rack

To help you choose a spare tire bike rack that is compatible with your vehicle and bikes it is important to consider four simple points:

Vehicle Compatibility

Spare Tire Bike rack tilted left on vehicle with a offset spare tire

Do you have a spare tire?

Does your spare tire have a cover?

How deep is your spare tire?

Each rack offers an option for vehicles with offset spare tires that ensures your bikes are centered behind your vehicle

NOTE: Not recommended for use behind trailers or pop-up campers

Dual-Arm Spare Tire Mounted Bike Rack

Bike Compatibility

Spare tire bike racks come in two styles. Consider what style bike rack would be most compatible with your bike frames and transportation requirements.

Dual-Arm Models

Single-Arm Spare Tire Bike RackSingle, Rotating Cradles on a Single-Arm Spare Tire Mounted Bike Rack

Single-Arm Models

Vehicle Accessibility

Bike racks can remain on spare tire while rear door is operated. However, the bikes themselves may need to be removed from the bike rack before you open the rear door.

User Compatibility

Choose a rack with features that make it convenient and easy for you to handle.

Bike Rack Attached to Base PlateBase Plate for Bolt on Spare Tire Bike Rack


Bolt On

Straps Demonstrating how a Strap on Spare Tire Bike Rack is Carried

Strap on


Updated by: Raymond P.

Last updated: 6/26/18

Questions and Comments about this Article


I need a bike rack that will mount on the back door of a 2002 Honda CRV (it has a swing out door and spare tire on back door). Can you recommend a couple sturdy racks for 1-2 bikes that are under? Driving across the country. Thank you!

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Reply from Jon G.

Here is a link to all of our available spare tire bike racks that will fit your 2002 Honda CR-V. I really like the Yakima SpareRide # Y02599 . Please note that you will need to remove the bikes prior to opening up your rear door.

Reply from Sandra

@JonG Thanks! Will I have to remove the bike before opening rear door for all the models on your list, or were you referring just to the Yakima SpareRide rack?

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Reply from Jon G.

@Sandra Good question - sorry if I was a bit confusing in my previous response. Removing your bike(s) prior to opening your rear door would apply to any of those bike racks. It's just not something that those manufacturers are willing to budge on.

Reply from Sandra

@JonG Got it, thanks!

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Reply from Jon G.

You're welcome!


Great information on your web site. Can you recommend a spare-tire mounted bike rack? Looking for 1 sturdy no risk damage car or bike, 2 able to remove easy enough when going through car wash, 3 2 bikes.Thank you!!

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Reply from Jason S.

The Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Rack - Spare Tire Mount - Folding Dual Arms # TH963PRO is a great option for you. It will allow you to quickly and easily remove the rack for the car wash, will be a sturdy option for carrying two bikes, and it provides security. It is also adjustable side to side if you have an off-center spare tire or other components to account for.



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