Yakima SpareJoe Bike Rack Customer Reviews
10 Customer Reviews
Rear-mounted spare tires make changing out a flat easy, but they get in the way of most hitch-mounted bike racks. You can't exactly leave your wheel behind, but you can put it to good use with the Yakima SpareJoe Bike Rack. This innovative, affordable Yakima Bike Rack connects to your spare, dishing up the ideal platform for carrying up to 2 bicycles.
Whether you've got a standard spare or a paddle-tread mud bogger, the Yakima SpareJoe Bike Rack adjusts to fit nearly any spare tire. Even if your spare is offset mounted, you can fine-tune the fit of your SpareJoe, making it right in the center.
Strength and stability are the cornerstones of the Yakima SpareJoe Bike Rack design. For superhero-grade muscle, Yakima built the SpareJoe from bomber steel. One its arms, you'll find anti-sway cradles to keep your 2-wheelers firmly planted in their seat. What's more, the arms fold flush against your spare tire when not in use. Lifetime Warranty.
10 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Rodney M (Cameron, MO) Reviewed for a 2008 Jeep Patriot — Jun 28, 2012 6:32 AM
This is the 1st carrier we've purchased and am very happy with it. It took the weight of our two Schwinn Sidewinder Mountain bikes, which aren't light, with ease. It mounted to our 01 Tracker spare with no trouble. The service from AutoAnything was outstanding. Thanks, R & V
Reviewed by chris n (New Castle, PA) Reviewed for a 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara — Jun 01, 2012 8:10 PM
this bike rack fits well on my suzuki grand vitara. the bike doesnt extend past either side of the car. it sits low enough to not interfer with the view from the rear view mirror. it is easy to fold down the arms when not carrying a bike. i recommend locking the rack thru the spare tire (since the cover needs to be off) and then onto the bike when it is on.
Reviewed by Stanley E. S (Eureka, CA) Reviewed for a 2011 Subaru Outback — Jun 20, 2011 9:09 PM
Nice small unit and a good buy. It should have more adjustments to fit any spare tire though. Easy to put on but doesn't fit most of the newer bikes with slanted cross bars. I felt the cost was very fair but would spend more money next time to get a heavier duty unit that I can lok on the spare. Service from Autoanything was great will use ther service again. Stan
Reviewed by Ken P (Barto, PA) Reviewed for a 2005 Jeep Liberty — May 31, 2011 7:38 PM
Got a great idea on a bike rack. IF they took another 5 minutes thinking about it they could have made it a LOT better. Could have had better adjistment to fit over the tire better and the tie down straps could have been designed better to hold it onto the tire. Could be more secure. Overall not a bad product, it will work but could have been better.
Reviewed by Karen J (Melbourne, FL) Reviewed for a 2004 Chevy Blazer — Aug 11, 2010 8:38 PM
Love how easy this was to install, adjust and use and that the arms fold up and over the spare tire to keep from having to remove the rack to fit my truck in the garage. The plastic hub to tighten the arms in place broke while hand tightening on install. I recommended it to a friend and hers arrived with that part broken as well. I believe the plastic will not do well in the florida sun. It will deteriorate quickly. I did receive the replacement parts under warranty with no questions asked however. I also would have preferred the ratcheting tie down straps as opposed to the simple plastic loop if you plan to redesign this product in the future. Much more secure. For the price and look and simple lightweight design, it still works great and makes easier transport for up to two bikes.
Reviewed by Chuck E (Winfield, IL) Reviewed for a 2000 Honda CRV — Jul 17, 2009 6:08 AM
The bike rack I bought is offset set that the arms that hold the bikes are more toward the center of the car while the spare tire is more to the passanger side of the car and to me the designer used their brain for this. My wife and I put our bikes on the rack and our kids bikes in the car and drive to parks so the kids can learn to ride and we could not do that if we did not have the rack.
Reviewed by Gary W (Sequim, WA) Reviewed for a 2007 Toyota RAV4 — Sep 12, 2008 8:55 AM
I purchased this rack for my 2007 Toyota Rav4 based on Yakima's product selection guide. The guide said this product would work on my car, but my tire size was larger than their specification. I took a chance and ordered the product. This unit is designed for 15" tires, mine are 17", but I was still able to make it work. The lower arm of the rack did not rest against the bottom of the tire. It hit the rim of the tire. I purchased some 7/8" inside diameter rubber pipe insulation from Home Depot and cut it to length. I attached it to the bottom of the lower arm, and the rack works great. The instructions say it's very easy to adjust the support arms with the rack mounted. This is not true. Once you set the arms, don't try to adjust them with the rack mounted. The rack is very easy to remove and reinstall.
Reviewed by rachel m (Leesburg, VA) Reviewed for a 2006 Honda CR-V — Aug 14, 2008 12:59 PM
We have had the chance to use our new bike rack for one trip. The trip was a long one (9 hours) and the rack worked wonderfully on our Honda CR-V the entire trip. In addition the shipping was very speedy and the service was great.