Best bike racks for Jeep Wrangler?
Type “Best Bike Rack For A Jeep Wrangler” into Google and you get nearly two million results.
Now, some folks might have the time, patience, and lack-of-anything-better-to-do to scroll through all of those to find the rack that’s right for them….but, if you’re anything like me, what you really want is a shortlist of the Best of the Best.
Choose the one you want. Get it delivered. Take off in your Wrangler with your bike strapped securely on ready for your next big cycling adventure.
So, I’ve done some research on your behalf to find the best racks, based on the key features and customer reviews. Shall we take a look?
Spare tire bike rack for Jeep Wrangler
There are a ton of excellent bike racks out there, but I’ve narrowed these down to a shortlist of the ones I believe are the best. Let’s go through these now.
This is an excellent rack from Hollywood Racks. Take a look at the Amazon photos and you’ll see that it makes use of both the spare tire and tire fixings.
The rack fits on to the spare tire mounting bolts with a hand-tightening knob to secure it. The frame then sits snugly up against the spare tire which keeps it firm and stops any wobbling when the rack is fully loaded.
It can carry one or two bikes securely and fitting is very easy – just hook the bike crossbar over the top arms of the rack and secure in place with the rubber straps. For extra peace-of-mind, I always add a ratchet strap over bikes and rack to lock everything in place.
Bear in mind that for bikes without a top tube (such as ladies bikes and some kids bikes) you will need to use a top tube adaptor to fit them onto hanging bike racks like these. They’re cheap to buy and very easy to fit. This one from Allen Sports is excellent.
Another rack from Hollywood Racks. This one has a different fitting to the spare tire. Instead of bolting on to the tire fixings, this has a bar and straps that wrap over and fix to the tire itself. Both methods of fixing are very secure and it really comes down to personal preference as to which you want to go with.
On the other side of the rack (i.e. the bike side), it’s business-as-usual. There’s space for one or two bikes and these are hooked over the top bar and secured with the straps.
For both of the Hollywood racks, the frames can carry bikes of up to 35 lbs or 15 kg each (70 lbs / 30 kg in total for both bikes). As this rack is also a ‘hook over’ type then kids or ladies bikes without a top tube will also need an adaptor.
Bike racks like these are easy to store when they’re off the car. They’re light and easy to maneuver and small enough to tuck away somewhere safe till you need them again.
If you have a tow bar fitted then it opens up more possibilities for bike carrying on your Wrangler.
Allen Sports do a great hitch rack to fit onto tow bars and this one can take up to four bikes. Having struggled for ages with a family of four and a bike rack for three I know the pain of trying to fit the remaining bike somewhere in the car before setting off….
The rack locks on to the hitch and comes with two keys (because, if you’re like me, you’ll put one key in a ‘safe place’ and then forget where that is). It fits round the spare tire and can lay flat to allow access to the tailgate. Bikes hook over the top arms and have the rubber straps to secure them in position for travel.
Reading through the positive reviews on Amazon (of which there are thousands), the phrases that tend to jump out are “easy to assemble”, “easy to install”, “easy to use”. Interestingly one reviewer has posted a review after three years of use showing how well the rack has held up, despite being left on the car most of the time and used regularly.
Rugged. Just like a Wrangler.
How to fit your bike in your car
If you’d like a bit of reassurance that you’re doing the right thing in buying a bike rack, then check out this video. It’s basically a how-to guide to fitting a bike inside a car for transport.
The summary? Yes, it’s possible to fit a bike in a car if you don’t have a bike rack. Would I recommend it? Nope. Too much opportunity to damage components. Or even misplace important bits – watch till the end to see what I mean!
Best of the Best bike racks
Thanks for joining me to look at bike racks today. I hope that this selection has given you a few choices for the perfect rack for you, your bike and your car. Taking your bike away by car is fantastic and can really expand your cycling opportunities, but only if you have the right kit (much like any sport). Cheap racks can be okay but, if you really want to get the most out of your cycling, then these racks are (in my humble opinion) unbeatable.
Pick the right rack for you. Hit ‘Buy Now’ and put your cycling into overdrive!
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