The Best Jeep Bike Rack for Your Jeep

April 16, 2014

Even though it snowed here last night, Spring is in the air in upstate, NY. That means it’s bicycle/ family vacation season, and when space inside your Jeep is at premium, you’ll need a great rack solution for carrying your bike on your Jeep.

Let’s start with the most iconic model in the Jeep lineup, the Jeep Wrangler. Assuming you still have a spare tire on the back (99.9% of you will), a great way to go is the Thule Spare Me. Attaching directly to your Wrangler’s spare tire, the Spare Me 963PRO is our most popular Jeep Bike Rack. It holds up to two bikes, yet remains a lightweight and dependable option and has been updated to fit stock and even over-sized spare tires. This rack’s arms also fold down when not carrying bikes, so as not to stick out unnecessarily. This is also a great solution for the older Jeep Liberty or any other vehicle with a spare tire.

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Any Jeep that has a hitch receiver can have a Jeep Bike Rack attached to said hitch. We carry both the Thule Parkway which is an affordable hitch-mount bicycle rack and the new Thule Vertex, which is a higher-end model that folds away from your Jeep to allowing your tailgate to open.  Both will work for either the standard 2 inch or 1.25 inch receiver. One end attaches to the hitch, the other holds the bike/s.  In the case that your vehicle has a spare tire, a hitch extender can be used but is not an ideal option.

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Our last favorite option for a Jeep Bike Rack is a trunk-mount rack option. In our opinion, this is a great rack option for smaller Jeep vehicles like the Liberty, Patriot, Compass, and all-new Jeep Cherokee. Using 4 arms and a series of straps, the Thule Gateway Trunk Mount Bike Rack is great for carrying 2 or 3 bikes on the rear of your Jeep. Making for a affordable option for short trips and quick use, this is just one more option for carrying your bicycle.

No matter what option you choose, be sure that we have a solution for you available. Have questions? Feel free to call one of our bike rack experts at (800)511-8645 and we will be happy to help you out the best we can.

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How To: Carry Skis & Snowboards on your Jeep Wrangler (the 2013 edition)

January 3, 2013

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We’re in the midst of what is shaping up to be an epic Winter here in the Northeast (knock on wood). With record numbers of skiers and riders headed to the mountains in their Jeep Wranglers, the eternal question of how to get your skis to their destination safely and securely is raised once again. What’s that you ask? “Can’t I just throw my skis or snowboards down the middle of the inside of my Jeep”? Go for it. And enjoy the wet snow melting all over you and your interior while you and your buddies/family elbow your gear for room during the long ride home. Is there a better option(s)? Yes.

Thule has updated their Jeep Ski Rack solutions for us for 2013 (see above). Step 1: Attach the Thule Spare Me (963PRO) Bicycle Rack to your Jeep Wrangler’s Rear Mounted Spare Tire. Yes this doubles as a bicycle rack in the off season. Step 2: Hook the newly re-designed Thule 9033 Tram (carrying capacity of up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards) to the Spare Me. Step 3: Get up to the mountains and start having fun! Note: This solution works for any Jeep (or other vehicle) with a spare tire.

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The other option for a Jeep Wrangler Ski Rack here at JeepWorld.com, which also happens to be the solution I use personally, is the Thule 300 Footer with Thule 58″ Load Bars combined with a Thule Flat Top Ski & Snowboard Carrier. Simply attach the footers to the rain gutters on your Jeep’s Hard Top and attach one of Thule’s Flat Top Ski Carriers to the load bars. Voila! Another easy and safe solution for getting your gear to your favorite ski area. This solution is for 2007-2014 Jeep Wrangler JKs with Hard Tops only.

Both options are available here at JeepWorld and can ship same day (if your order arrives by 2pm EST).

We know that your Jeep is your favorite vehicle, so tell us what your favorite mountain to ski and ride is in the comments below.


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