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Yakima SpareRide Spare Tire Mount 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Yakima SpareRide Spare Tire Mount 2 Bike Rack


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima SpareRide 2 bike rack, part number Y02599. The Yakima SpareRide allows you to carry 2 bikes on your spare tire mount, no need for a hitch. It secures our bikes with 3 point of contact. We have 2 straps for the top tube and 1 strap for our down tube. That's our anti-sway. I've gone ahead and removed both bikes so we can get a closer look.

It's going to fit spare tire widths ranging from 7-11/16 of an inch to 12 and a half inches wide. Our cradles and our zip strips feature super cush padding that helps reduce road vibration and protect our bikes finish. Our dual arms our going to provide excellent support for our 2 bikes. When not in use, they fold down for compact storage. This will be ideal for pulling in a close quarter parking spot or in your garage overnight. The whole bike rack is made up of a strong durable steel construction that features a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike and has a limited lifetime warranty.

It even comes with the Yakima signature bottle openers, that way when you're done with a hard ride, you can get a cold drink. Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. We won't spare any details. First thing we'll need to do is remove our spare tire. Once we have all the lugs out we can just remove the tire. It's not a bad idea if you need to, to get an extra set of hands.

Now let's place on our bracket. There's only 2 ways you can do this. If you have a tire support bracket, you will need to remove this plate here so it can simply fit through. As you can see, we don't have one. So we're just going to flip it like this and put it in place. Next we need to determine which tongue we're going to be using.

You'll need to check your tire size and then refer to your instructions on which one. We're going to be using the medium one. Then we'll grab our included tool and our bolt, we'll line up the holes, we'll start that in. Now we're over here at a tire, we'll need to remove the center cap. We're just coming around behind and pushing it out. Then we can set that cap aside for safe keeping and bring our tire back over and then line it up. We can scoot our tire on, aligning the bolts and then we can replace our lugs. Now we can grab our spare ride and put it on. If you notice on the back here, we've got these skid plates that are just going to rest up against our tire. We'll push it all the way on. When scooting it back, you may need to adjust your cradles a little bit, that way we can get it all the way on and rest it up against the plates. Then we can grab our red knob and our locking loop. We want to be sure to make sure that faces upward. We'll need to be sure and tighten it all the way down completely. Once we've got it tight, then we can lock it up. As you can see, by locking it up, it allows it to spin freely and unable to become loosened. To load up our bikes, we'll come up here to this gray lever, we'll pull up, and rotate our arms in place. Now we can undo our zip strips. We'll just press in on the 2 tabs on either side and just pull them out. Now when loading up your bikes, it's recommended that you put the heaviest bike on first. We're just going to work our way over the dual arms. We'll need to make sure that our down tube is nice and snug up against this cradle here. This is going to be our anti-sway cradle. It's going to help reduce a lot of the sway in the bike while we're on the road as well as bike-to-bike contact and bike-to-vehicle contact. We'll just take our zip strips, press firmly on the top, and then we've got it. Now I've gone ahead and loaded up the second bike. Some bikes, such as women's, children's, and bikes with alternative 00:04:09 frame styles may require the need for a bike adapter bar to sit evenly on the cradles. The Yakima makes one and that's part number Y02531. Last thing left to do is to take our included cable lock and run it through our bikes. We'll first run it through our loop on our mask and then over our frames, put in place like that and we'll grab our keys and lock it up. This is the same key that is used to lock up your knob. It comes with 2. With everything secured and locked up, let's go ahead and take it on our test course and see how it performs. Let's go into our inaudible 00:04:48. This is going to show a side-to-side action, such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps, this is going to show a twisting action, such as going over pot holes or uneven pavement. Finally, under our solid speed ups, this is going to show an up and down action, such as pulling in and out of a driveway, or out of a parking lot. That's going to complete our look at the Yakima SpareRide 2 bike rack, part number Y02599.


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