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.
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.
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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January 3, 2013
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.
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.
October 14, 2008
You have found an older blog entry , click the link for the updated version of our Jeep Ski Rack options. The ski racks found below are slightly out of date (although the design basics are still the same, just improved upon).
As the nights get frosty and leaves turn bright here in the Northeast, many thoughts wander to fresh powder. Skiers and snowboarders rejoice! Winter is on it way. So pack up those skis and head up to the mountains, it’s as easy as that. Or is it? Those of us with Jeep Wranglers know just how tricky it can be to stow our equipment for the journey to the resort. Some of us just throw the skis and/or snowboards between the seats, making holding your coffee difficult and awkward let alone shifting. Still others lean their boards diagnolly in the backseat, with the ever looming risk of having something poke through a soft window. Believe it or not, there are a couple of easy solutions out there. The Jeep Wrangler Ski Rack, by Mopar, attaches directly to the spare tire (this one won’t work on Rubicons or other oversized tires) and safely carries up to four pairs of skis.
Another option for snowboarders and skiers both is the Jeep Wrangler Ski & Snowboard Rack by Thule. This one is a little more expensive, but works as a carrier for all seasons, holding two bikes as well. This high quality product holds up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hit the slopes. Let is snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!