Do you have an unquenchable thirst for wild terrain bike adventure but can’t go there because of the distance? Don’t worry. The Thule 963PRO Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier will lead you through wherever you want to go. Regardless of whether you want to cycle on flat terrain or even in valleys with hilly surfaces; the bike carrier from Thule allows you to mount your bikes with the spare tire of your vehicle with ease. You can carry your bikes with you anywhere you want.
Let’s dive deep into the features and benefits of this bike carrier to know how it will give you an enhanced experience.
Features and Benefits
Compact Design with Easy Folding Facility
The Thule Bike Carrier comes with a compact design. This carrier is 40”x 19” x 5” in size. However, it can also be folded down to a more compact size at just 4.01”x18.5”x38.5”. That means, when you don’t need the carrier, you can easily fold the arms of the rack. This compact design provides you with a quick and easy installation facility. The easy folding feature allows you to not go past the fenders of your vehicle; as you can turn your rack in different angles.
It will take around 5 minutes to connect the carrier to your vehicle and, as it’s made up of a sturdy material it gives you a secure and solid frame to work on.
Load Bearing Capacity
This 34.4lbs bike carrier can carry two bikes at once having a total load carrying capacity of 75lbs or approximately 34kgs. You can easily carry one 29” sized large wheel frame bike along with another bike.
For carrying a women’s bike, child’s bike or even any non-conventional frame, you may require inverted mounting or additional frame adapter for rear mounting. For carrying full suspension mountain bikes, it is preferable to use a top tube (a horizontal bar that joints seat tube with the head tube) adapter bar.
Perfect Attachment with Any Kind of Tires
This bike carrier gets attached perfectly either with a spare tire or even with regular tires. For an oversized 35” tire, it suits perfectly. You may find it difficult to fit a tri-wheeled bike in this rack. You can easily attach it to a Jeep Wrangler and it’s well-matched for the 33”x12.5” Jeep Wrangler tires. Though using a scamp or trailer or towed is not preferable, you can still try if it suits!
These types of vehicles have different suspension designs than normal passenger vehicles.
It has a farther forwarded rear axle in comparison with the passenger vehicle. So, whenever you are out for a long ride, due to the extreme vibrations and bumps there can be a movement in the racks. For this reason, it may cause a blockage over the visibility of your brake light vision problem.
It’s unlikely, but something to still consider.
Integrated and Secure Locking Facility
This model of bike carrier from the manufacturer Thule comes with secure locking facility with your vehicle. This integrated locking not only provides secure attachment of bikes to the carrier but also helps to attach the carrier securely with your vehicle. You will find rubber binders or straps with the rack system to keep your bikes safe and tight. But be careful while attaching the rack to your vehicle- applying additional torque to the rack might decrease its stability.
The main problem you face with other bike carriers; you need to remove the wheel while detaching the carrier. But for Thule carrier, you only need to attach the carrier to your vehicle and that’s that!
Detachable Cage to Prevent Vehicle Contact
Your vehicle might get damaged or be scratched badly due to the thrust of the bike you are carrying with your vehicle. But to prevent this accidental vehicle contact, the Thule Bike Carrier comes with a stay-put cradle. This cradle is equipped with anti-sway cages which are detachable. This mechanism helps to keep your vehicle safe and provide a perfect bike- vehicle clearance. This mechanically engineered frame not only helps to keep your bike and vehicle protected but also provides additional stability.
This bike clearance can vary from bike-to-bike. Usually, the arms of this carrier are 13 inches. Now if the handlebar of your bike is about 5-8 inches, the clearance will be only 20 inches. The distance between your bikes and vehicle might get shorter but won’t ever touch your vehicle. Generally, the center-to-center distance between the arms and the rack is 14.75 inches.
The bike carrier comes with an easy to use adjust feature. which means you can easily adjust it for any off-center tire. You can effortlessly shift the carrier in right or left direction for securely locking with your spare vehicle tires.
Also, you can permanently mount your carrier with your vehicle wherever it adjusts perfectly. But be careful whenever you are screwing the bolts to attach with your vehicle. Using a lock washer is preferable for flawless tightening. Otherwise, there can a risk of bikes sliding from the rack.
No Blocking to Your Center Brake Light
This is one of the most crucial issues for carrying your bikes in a carrier. But this Thule Spare Me Bike Carrier overcomes this obstacle. Whenever you fit this bike carrier in your spare tire, you can see that the horizontal bar is almost near to the third brake light. It might cover a minimal portion of your third brake light, but it is still visible.
Furthermore, you can easily open the rear door/gate of your vehicle without any hassle.
Overall, the Thule 963PRO Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier allows you to carry almost all brands of bike. No matter whether you own a 14” tire bike or even 35 “tire bike, each one will suit perfectly within this rack. To summarize, the compact design with an impressive weight capacity, bike clearance, and security make for an impressive bike carrier. Be sure to use our review to help you decide whether it’s the right choice for your biking needs.