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Best Spare Tire Mounted Bike Rack Comparison Thule Vs Yakima

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My wife and I are looking at either the Thule or the Yakima Spare Tire Bike racks. We have several questions. Looking at the videos of the Spare Me Bike Racks for both the Thule and Yakima brands, it seems that the Thule has a few more features. Both have locking features for the rack itself but there seems to be more straps provided by the Thule rack to secure the bikes. Also it seems that the Thule attachments are more adaptable. They can be rotated to fit different frames. So is this essentially correct/ Second we have mountain bikes with fairly odd geometries compared to a straight bar road bike. I am providing a photo of my Trek 8 Remedy Mountain Bike to give you an idea .. I have heard that you recommend adaptor bars in such cases. What is the difference between the Swagman Easy Out Alternative Frame Bike Adapter code 64005 and the Yakima Tube Top Bike Adaptor Bar code: Y02531 in trying to fit our bikes on to the rack? Thanks

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The Thule Spare Me Bike rack part # TH963PRO and the Yakima Spare Tire part # Y02599 both do come with locks to secure the rack to your spare tire and cable locks to secure the bikes to the carrier. The biggest difference between the two and is only an advantage for some people is that the Yakima can fit on spare tires that are up to 12.5 inches wide whereas the Thule can only fit tires that are up to 10 inches wide. Aside from that the only actual feature that the Yakima has that the Thule doesn't is a bottle opener at the end of the cradle arms.

The Yakima does have more positive reviews than the Thule, but that doesn't mean it isn't as good. If you like the way the Thule installs or is set up then I guarantee it would work just fine for you.

As far as the adapter bars go, we all agree here that the best one to use is the Swagman part # 64005. It is the easiest to use by far and can work on any brand bike rack so I would recommend it for you. For your bike frame you would want to use an adapter bar. Check out the review video I attached.

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Jameson C

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Hi Jameson, Very thorough answer and very timely as well... So the Swagman adapter seems like the way to go. So am I right in assuming I need one adapter for each bike? Thanks

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Yes, you would need one adapter per bike if the top tube isn't horizontal or would be otherwise difficult to attach to a bike rack. Thanks for the kind words as well!

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The Yakima Tube Top Bike Rack has a bottle opener at the end of the tube? Why didnt you say that in the first place!!! The bikes could fly off my car at 70 MPH, but at least I would have something to open my favorite adult beverage! That would have saved a lot of time and trouble! : I think I will go with the Yakima...

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Haha! Good call, I am glad I could help.

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