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Thule Spare Me Bike Carrier is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 26.
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Product Description
Item No.   10228564

FEATURES of the Thule Spare Me 963PRO Bike Carrier

  • Stay-Put cradles with anti-sway cages hold bikes in place for frame protection and stability
  • Attaches to spare tire and fits both regular and oversized tires
  • Integrated locking cable and locking knob secure bikes to carrier and carrier to vehicle
  • Arms fold down when not in use
  • Does not work with spare tire covers

Product Specifications
Features: Bike-to-Rack Lockable, Bike Lock Included
Weight: 250.4 oz
Dimensions: 16 x 18.5 x 38.5 in.
Max Bike Storage Capacity: 2
Packed Dimensions: 4 x 18.5 x 38.5 in.
Rack Type: Trunk Rack
Weight Capacity: 75 lbs
Compatible With: Carbon Frame, One Key System
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Travel, Cycling
Product Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still working great after 20 years My Thule bike rack for my jeep wrangler TJ is 20 years old and still works great. I have 33" tires and did have to modify the install for the thicker tire, but I am really impressed that it lasted so long. It does not work for 35" tires (will not unfold fully before it hits the tire), so I'm having to retire it as I replace my tires. Wondering if Thule makes anything that accommodates a 35" spare tire...
Date published: 2022-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use! Easy to install! It’s simple; easy. Though I wish it were a platform spare tire mount (so that my frame didn’t have to have contact). But if you’ve got a spare tire- this is the best!
Date published: 2022-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty rad! I picked up one of these for my first gen RAV4 a couple months ago and I'm quite happy about it. Instructions were easy to follow and installation was quick and painless. I'm happy with how it works and it's high quality. It also looks great on my car and takes up VERY little space when folded. My only gripe is that I did not expect the folding arms that house the bikes to use such a rudimentary design at this price. Don't get me wrong, it works fine, but having only 2 sets of notches for the arms, east west and north south makes for a lot of required leverage to pop the arms out of their 'folded position,' notches and into the unfolded position. It's actually quite difficult to do and when I'm in a rush it's a pain. Would 5* but that design was kinda weak. I would suggest a redesign with locking teeth instead of just two big notches. You should still get this rack though!
Date published: 2022-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product, AWFUL Installation instructions Have used it only once so far for a long road trip and so far so good ! But I must comment on the installation instructions. They’re so bad and Incorrect. One part specifically said based on your tire size, use these parts. It turned out it didn’t require any of those parts and it took and extra couple hours to figure that out- only discovered after watching a you-tube video. Secondly, the plastic “plug” for the lock portion was completely stripped while simply trying to take it out with a screwdriver, like the Instructions said. We had to completely rip apart the whole piece to eventually get it out, likely partially destroying it in the process. WHY would you make that piece plastic in the first place ?? Anyway once we actually got it on, everything seems fine.
Date published: 2022-06-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Backup camera? Bought the spare me 2 thinking it would be equipped to mount with my back up camera. But can’t install it. Not sure what I’m going to do for a bike rack now. Anyone else have a way to make it work?
Date published: 2022-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does Not Fit Many Bikes This rack is made for larger bike frames only. I have a women’s medium FS MTB, and the frame is too short for the top tube to rest on both arms of the rack. (As usual, it’s a man’s world when it comes to mountain biking.) However, if your bike is large enough to fit, be warned - we tried the rack with my buddy’s larger bike, and there was a ton of play. Even when the bike fits, it doesn’t sit securely.
Date published: 2021-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Spare yourself - seriously With a rear spare tire, no hitch, and no desire to use a roof rack, this style was my only option. I read some mixed reviews, but thought I should give it a try since Thule is such a solid brand. This is not a good system if your frame is anything other than a basic bike with a straight top tube. If you have a mountain bike, cruiser, or anything with low standover, you aren't going to have a good time. I have a hybrid bike, and a mountain bike. After getting it home and installing, I discovered I needed to purchase the (pricey IMO) adapter in order to get either of them on the rack. When mounting 2 bikes on it, you need to be very careful, as they sit too close and will bang up against each other. I cut up foam pads and tie them to my forks to prevent damage. Pedals in spokes, kickstands all over the place, saddles bashing against handlebars, dings in paint, pedals into your spare tire, you name it. The quality of the plastic mounts that you attach the rubber straps to is lacking. After one season of light use they are already bent and breaking. I know this will need to be a warranty fix. Finally, it takes a LONG time to mount your bike. Don't expect to get loaded up in a hurry, ever. I am so annoyed, but I will continue to use it, since I'm already in for $500+ with the rack and two adapters. Still, each time I use it, I actually marvel at how bad it is.
Date published: 2021-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rack on a 2013 Jeep JKU Rubicon Once installed correctly, the rack is working well, with two bikes: a cyclocross and heavier hardtail aluminum mountain bike. The instructions for which standoff and metal bracket to use were completely wrong. I'm running the stock Rubicon tire, which are 255. If I followed the instructions to the letter for tires of this size, the mounting bolt cannot be tightened down. It's not even close. I had to experiment until I found the right combination. No standoff is required at all. I don't understand how the instructions can be this wildly incorrect. Secondly, the black safety strap that comes pre-attached to the rack is not long enough. I don't really consider my tire to be really oversized--it's the OEM size fitted with the Jeep. Given that the strap is pre-installed and I'd have to cut it off to replace it, this seems like another oversight in design. Rather than run it around behind the tire as the instructions indicate, I threaded it through the openings in the wheel. This works, sort-of, but I'm not confident that this is optimal, as the strap is nearly parallel to the metal tubes, rather than approaching them from a more oblique angle, from behind the tire. The instructions also do not indicate if this strap should be regularly tightened and loosened as the rack is folded out or in. Once folded out to hold bikes, the strap goes completely limp. The bottom line at the moment is that I'm not sure how completely secure the installation actually is. It's working, it seems okay, but I'm not 100% confident. When driving, when I look in the mirror, there seems to be a fair bit of bobbing when driving over bumpy roads. Thule: update the instructions and be more thorough, and include a longer black strap. The blue strap is fine.
Date published: 2021-06-16
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Hey there! The Thule Spare Me isn't meant to be used on the rear of a towed camper or trailer, where it would be bouncing far more than on the spare tire of a vehicle. All that extra bounce could cause some structural damage and you could lose your bikes. You might be better off using an actual hitch rack on the pop up camper, assuming the pop up camper has a hitch!
Answered by: Scrubba Dub
Date published: 2018-05-30

Is this rack adjustable like the "spare me 2" bike rack to fit better on an offset spare tire?

Asked by: David
Hey David, thanks for the question! As a matter of fact, this is the very same bike rack. As confusing as it is, it goes by a few different names; Spare Me, Spare Me Pro, Spare Me 2 Bike, Spare Me 2...Sorry about the confusion, but I hope this helps!
Answered by: Marty Moose
Date published: 2019-05-29

Does this rack fit on a 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4 door JL?

Asked by: ramy
Hey there thanks for the great question. Thule Spare Me Bike Carrier will fit uncovered rear mounted spare tire. As long as your Jeep has one of those this should work great. I hope this helps ~Gator
Answered by: Gator
Date published: 2021-07-08
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