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Spare Tire Bike Racks Customer Reviews

Reviewed by Robert E (Lexington, MA) Reviewed for a 2006 Honda CRV — 2006-09-06 19:55:21

The OSI Spare Tire Mount 3 bike rack does a fine job of holding bikes in a secure fashion. The bikes lock into the rack, which is locked onto the tire support (with a padlock the user must buy himself--I found a nice weatherproof MasterLock). My only concerns are(1)that there is only one copy of the key that locks the bikes onto the rack -- if this key is lost the entire system fails and some work will be needed to cut the bikes out; (2)I can't find an outfit that can copy the "Euro Locks" key provided -- so I can't make myself a second copy; (3)The total weight of the rack, the tire and my two off-road bikes is around 125 pounds: my CR-V's rear door hinges are much more massive than its side door hinges, so I am not too worried, but I wish I knew what weight was too much, and I doubt I would carry three heavy bikes on this rack (4)I wish bike removal was a bit quicker. Despite these concerns, I greatly appreciate the security provided by the sturdy construction and the locking capabilities: I wouldn't want to risk my bikes (or the safety of other drivers) on anything less secure.

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Reviewed by Larry H (Maumee, OH) Reviewed for a 2008 Dodge Caravan — 2009-04-21 13:23:58

I haven't used it yet to haul bikes but the bike rack looks like it is well made. Simple to install and operate. Well worth the price. One of the knobs was cracked when it arrived but AutoAnything was quick to resolve the issue.

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Reviewed by vincent r (Petoskey, MI) Reviewed for a 2003 Ford Taurus — 2009-07-22 21:16:30

So far, I really like this rack. I have it on a Ford Taurus wagon. One thing that seems different from the picture, is that the pin is actually just a bolt that requires a wrench to screw it on. The picture seems to show something else. If you don't want to deal with keeping a wrench in your glove compartment, then you may be able to use a regular pin (although I guess you'd lose the quiet-ride technology, or whatever they call that bolt--it's just a bolt). The pin on my hitch is too fat for the threaded hole, but I imagine you could fine one slightly thinner. The lowering mechanism works great, and gives a lot of clearance. The rack is stable and feels very well built. Looking around at other racks since I bought this, I'm glad I chose this one. I'm really surprised that other racks require you to remove the bikes to swing the rack out of the way. It's a simple engineering design. Great rack.

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