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/Hitch Bike Racks, Trunk Bike Racks, Spare Tire Bike Racks
/Bike Adapter Bar
/16 - 31-1/2 Inch
Large push buttons on the clamps make it even easier to transport your alternative frame, child's or woman's bike on a hanging-style bike rack. Molded rubber ends protect the bike. Telescoping design works with most size bikes.
This bike-frame adapter bar from Thule is exactly what you need to carry a woman's, alternative, oversize or child's bike on your bike carrier. The frame adapter bar installs with the push of a button. It attaches to your bike's seat post and handlebar stem post, providing a horizontal bar for the bike rack to grab.
Depending on the type of bike rack you have, you may need to secure the adapter bar to the bike with a cable lock (sold separately) to deter theft.
Video of Thule Bike Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes
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Today we are going to take a look at the Thule bike adapter bar for women and alternative frame bikes, part number TH982XT. Bike adapter bars mount to the seat post and the handle bar stem of your bike to provide a nice, level tube for attaching the bike into the cradles of a bike rack. The Thule bike adapter bar adjusts from 16 to 31-1/2 inches. The Thule bike adapter bar is designed to work with not only dual-arm bike racks, but also single-arm and platform style bike racks that clamp on to the frame of the bike. Like many other Thule products, the bike adapter bar is covered by a limited lifetime warranty. 0:38
Today we have a women frame bike with us. On a mens frame bike, there would be a tube that goes across that is nice and level. This tube runs downward at an angle to allow some extra leg room. The problem is when you mount the bike to a rack using this tube, the bike is not sitting level. The rear tire is higher than the front and it can make it difficult to load other bikes onto the rack. The Thule bike adapter bar is going to help us with this problem. The new push button design allows us to quickly and easily open the bail. Once open, we hook it around our seat post and close it. The bike adapter bar is a telescopic bar to allows us to adjust for different bike sizes. It will adjust from 16 to 31-1/2 inches. Use the push button to allow the two halves to collapse again. You will attach the other end to the handle bar stem. With the bike adapter bar, we have a nice level tube to hold our bike from. With the adapter bar, we have quickly and easily set up our bike so that it will sit level on our rack. Alright, let us take the Thule for a little road test. Our bike is sitting nice and stable inside of our rack. And that does it for the Thule bike adapter bar, part number TH982XT.
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (178 Customer Reviews)Large push buttons on the clamps make it even easier to transport your alternative frame, child's or woman's bike on a hanging-style bike rack. Molded rubber ends protect the bike. Telescoping design works with most size bikes.
by: T.J. McD.09/02/2016
I'm from a generation that's still very skeptical about making purchases online, sight unseen, without ever putting my hands on it. Yes, I'm that guy. I surfed around looking at different bike carriers for my Jeep with 17" wheels. I mention that because I wanted to use my trailer hitch for the carrier. I even went to a few brick and mortar stores so I could "touch" it. Couldn't find the right one so I went back to the web and found etrailer.com. It was the only site that I felt offered the best selection and had enough reviews to back them up. Still being a skeptic and missing that "touch" I put off the purchase for a few more weeks. Gave me time to look a little more at the brick and mortar shops for kicks. Finally I was ready. I came back etrailer.com and phoned in to order. Still wanted to have a human in the process. Times are changing and I'm changing with them, so when a woman answered the phone I had a momentary reaction that made me think that she wouldn't be able to help. Before I took another second to doubt, I just started with questions and she knew all the answers. The reviews were right and that was a pleasant surprise. She gave me some options but we both agreed that for what I wanted, my original selection was the best option. No pressure to upsell me, just the right equipment for the job. I paid for the carrier and she said I'd have it by the end of the week. I doubted that even though it was Monday evening. Thursday of that week my order arrived. Two bolts and it was attached to my Jeep. Just like that I was ready to go. Thanks to all the helpful folks at etrailer.com 290387
by: Jim G.07/17/2016
Bought this Thule bike adapter bar for my wife's Mango Longboard fat-tire beach cruiser. We already had the Thule 2-bike carrier, not sure what model number. The bar works fine for hanging the bike on the carrier, but we haven't traveled with it yet; it will get a 1000+ mile trial run soon. With this bar and this particular bike the bike's front wheel hangs too low to leave it on the bike. It's a quick-release style wheel, so not a big deal to remove, but the wheel takes up extra space inside the vehicle. I don't like that the weight of the bike is being held by the handle bar post and the seat, but that's just the nature of these adapters and there is really no other way to put this type of bike on this type of carrier without it. The bar is rated for 50 lbs. and the bike weighs 37 lbs., including the front wheel, so I expect this bar to work fine for us. 272842
by: Fred L.08/08/2013
We got the Thule Raceway 2 carrier and a pair of Thule adapter bars. Both seem to be well designed and solidly constructed. The carrier itself is very heavy, and I'm a little worried about the stress that it and the bikes must put on the trunk lid. I'll be interested to see if it has deformed any sheet metal or the plastic bumper covering when I remove it. I'm using the carrier on a new Dodge Dart, which is listed in the printed instructions, but just with a note to look online for updated new-model information. Unfortunately the Thule website seems to the even more outdated. It doesn't even list the Dart, and the carriers it shows are completely different models from the ones available now. But a phone call to E-trailer got me the information I needed for installation. In connection with my purchase, I consulted several different E-trailer people via phone and e-mail, and all were very helpful and professional. Delivery was extremely fast. I entered my online order late Monday afternoon, and the shipment arrived shortly after noon on Wednesday. 327077
by: Brandon E.06/04/2012
This works great on full-size bikes, like my son's small frame 26" mountain bike, but was too big for smaller kid's bikes. On the small frame MTB, the triangle is too small to use the top tube on the carrier arms, but adding this bar spanning from the seat to the stem did the trick. We did have to raise the seat all the way to make it work, but that was easy enough. I had hoped to be able to mount my youngest son's 16" bike with this, but even at the shortest setting, the bar was still too long to fit the bike. We still had to put the 16" bike in the back of the vehicle instead of on the rack because the bar just wouldn't accomodate that small of a frame. It MIGHT fit an 18" and would probably fit a 20" frame, though I haven't tried it with either of those. 42701
by: Jon C.05/08/2013
Thule Adapter Bar works as described. I bought two of them, one for my wife's bike and one for my full suspension. They both work as they should with the Spare Me Carrier. 79397
by: howard northrop03/22/2014
great products my purchases from etrailer have been positives one customer service personal are great I keewould recommend etrailer too everyone keep up the good work thanxs howard Northrop 121716
by: Julie B08/16/2013
This is a must for loading a women's bike on the carrier. I hesitated spending the extra $$, but it makes loading and unloading such a breeze! Glad I made the purchase. 95528
by: Davis T.10/27/2014
Great service from ETRAILER.com. I placed my order and it was here faster than their Web page stated. The only thing standard about mountain bikes is that none of them fit into a standard format. I have 3 bike and all of the frames need the th982xt frame adapter bar. It would be nice if Thule had a few more holes drilled along the tube for the detent balls to come in at a closer fit for most frames. A close fit is better nothing close. I have a 4 door sedan with the thule 9025 rack and have to use the above product. I was able to watch the bikes going down the road and everything is super stable and secure. Great design that can always be improved 158009
by: Lucy P04/29/2015
Kat at etrailer was very specific and knowledgeable as to what I needed for my car. The installation was done by a mechanic but I probably could have figured it out. My husband was grateful that he didn't have to install it but he was super impressed on how it looked and its sturdy strength. Haven't had a nice day in Texas since it was installed so I will report back as to how the bike rides on the rack. Overall, very impressed. Shipping was fast too! 188798
by: Thomas S.08/01/2011
The entire order came in one box and the folks at eTrailer are indeed an awesome group, they followed the order every step of the way and nothing was left to chance. I do customer service for a living and cannot find people this good and well trained! The adaptor bar for women’s bikes is a must, easily installed and keeps the bike level to avoid dragging on the driveway when leaving your home. The Thule Roadway 2 bike carrier, installation is a snap, about 15 minutes and it works as promised, is a solid and well built hitch, none better the same goes for the eTrailer group. Already place a second order, and sure I will not be disappointed 20675
Great bike bar.It took care of the problem.Now I am able to get my bike on the rack with ease. 219297
by: Karen Dyer07/30/2016
When you buy an expensive bike rack for your boyfriend for his birthday (not from etrailer), you expect it will work for all bikes and it can be disappointing to discover your boyfriend's bike will fit on the new bike rack, but yours won't. Enter this reasonably priced bar adapter thing. It saved me from having to return the new bike rack. And they shipped it super-quick. This bar adapter thing arrived before something I ordered from Amazon the day before. Very pleased. One star off because the bar is a little loose. The manufacturer of the bar should include better instructions. But 5 stars for etrailer. 277657
by: Tom B.05/14/2013
I purchased the Thuler TH9001 bike carrier along with the TH982XT adapter bar. I was very impressed with the thought and engineering put into the Thuler products. They looked great online, and even better after receiving them. Mounting to the vehicle was simple and understandable. The ordering online from etrailer.com was very easy, and shipment was received within three days of the order placement. Etrailer.com was very good about communication of order placement, shipment, and after delivery follow-up. I would definitely recommend both Thuler and etrailer.com for products and service. 80171
by: Adapter for Hybrid11/07/2013
Good sturdy tool. Would not be able to load the women's hybrid on the Thule Raceway 2 Bike Carrier without it. It's somewhat of an awkward fit and that's just because the bike is a bit of a beast. 106617
by: Dale p07/30/2014
Works as expected. Very sturdy. 143664
Heavy duty. Well worth the money. 117522
by: Ken H.05/18/2015
Works as advertised. 194213
I bought 3 adapters (1 women's cruiser, 2 kids bikes). The adapter on the women's bike worked easily and the bike slipped right on to our Thule bike rack. Seems to be a high quality product. The adapters for the kid's bikes work but it was a little tricky. I had to remove the front reflectors on both bikes which isn't a big deal but the bikes just barely fit onto the rack with the adapter. I have to rotate the rack holders to slide them on. They are a great adapter and work for my kid's bikes but the may not work for all. 133256
by: Audrey W07/24/2012
I installed this bike rack on a 2007 Rav4. The interface with the spare tire mount was simple and sturdy. The anti sway cages don't fit as in the instructions but do hold the bike very steady. I appreciate how the design allows full use of the back door w bike attached. I had some trouble with getting the lock installed on the attachment knob, better instructions ( there were none) would have saved a call to Thule with 20 min on hold. Overall it's a very well designed and stable system, I'd recommend it. 49217
by: Jody F06/19/2016
I recently upgraded to a new women's frame Juliana mountain bike and couldn't wait to pick it up after waiting for 3 weeks. Imagine my disappointment when I started mounting it on my current $400 Thule bike rack and it wouldn't fit the smaller frame! The bike shop offered a discount on a new rack but my bike buddy told me they made adapters for it ---- enter etrailer.com and easily finding and ordering a new "bike adapter bar for Women's frame bikes"! It's easy to install and works perfectly... 262511
by: Blake A.08/15/2013
This product seems to work fairly well. It does what it says it will do. However, I bought two of these and one of the "gate" openings on one end is hard to close. I can see that this is a manufacturing defect but I will just file it down a little bit to make it close smoother. This device has one (and only one) locking position and that is at it's longest length when telescoped. Not sure what the point of that is since all bikes will vary in their distance from seat post to stem. 95256
by: Tammy M08/05/2016
I bought with my rack because it said I needed it for hybrid and female bikes (kids too). I found I did not need it and I was able to get my bikes on without. To be honest it did not fit any of my bikes one which is a small adult hybrid (unless I am putting it on wrong) it was too big and only has one lock area. I recommend get your bike rack first and see what you need. I am not using mine. With that said the quality of the product is Thule....so it will last. 279941
Too big even after I measured my bikes to see if they would fit. Don't even bother if you have a medium, small, XS, XXS, or kids bike. These guys are really made for large frame bikes that has oddly shaped top tubes that will not fit on the bike rack like a high end aluminum or carbon fiber frame bike. I would return it but then I would have to pay for return shipping so I'm probably going to end up selling or giving it to someone who can use it instead. 134156
by: Margie B06/04/2012
The Thule Adapter Bar seems very sturdy and it fits my bike great. It will make putting my bike onto the bike rack so much easier! Also, etrailer.com was amazing. I ordered the adapter bar on Monday 5/28/12 with standard shipping and it was delivered on Friday 6/1/12. I received a confirmation email from etrailer right away, and then another when the order was processed and then a third when it was shipped. They are very thorough and my order was perfect! 42676
by: Matt K.01/14/2012
I am happy with this product. It appears to be made with high quality If you are ordering this for a kids bike, you want to measure first. It fit perfectly for my daughters bike. It doesn't fit my son's bike between the handlebars and seat post because it is about 1/4" too long (at its smallest size). The adapter is ~ 15 3/4" in length at its shortest. I was able to hook it up a different way and it still works fine. It is just the nature of his bike. 29712
by: Brad F08/21/2013
This product does not work well with the Thule TH9001 Raceway bike carrier. If you position the bike to take advantage of the bike rack's anti-sway bar, the adapter bar does not sit well in the cradle. I spoke with Thule about the issue and they suggested to reposition the bike and to not use the anti-sway bar. This solution is not acceptable. I am returning the item and etrailer.com is working with me to find an adapter bar that will fit properly. 96160
by: Bill J06/18/2014
The product is well-made. That being said, it also assumes your bikes have a fair amount of room on the seat post and handlebar stem for this to fit. In my case, none of the four bikes we have (two kid bikes and two adult urban cruiser type bikes) provide much space for this bar to fit around. Rather difficult to make work. My suggestion is shop around to see if there are other options that will work for you. Again, quality not an issue. 136260
by: Ivan P05/26/2016
I purchased 2 of these bars since my daughter and wife bikes are in non standard frames, I tought the bars were just a fancy thing, but they are really helpful and keeps the bikes straight and avoid contacting other bikes as well as avoid the tires to move. The only drawback is that I need to get an additional chain or lock to make sure nobody take my bikes in case I park the car. Minor issue, but great way to transport your bikes. 252056
I rated this Good... Good for nothing. For the money, don't bother. Kmart got one that is better for 20 bucks less. It works, and wears the badge, Thule but a sloppy design. Won't secure your bikes steering to saddle 100% due to pins in holes to adjust. Needs to be a lock in place via twisting the two tube design for a custom fit. Best place for this product? Place it on your cars steering wheel for that anti theft look! 123372
Unfortunately, the adapter bar did not meet my expectation. Although it does telescope for changing the length of it, it locks in only one position, which in my case, does not work to keep it attached to my bike. I just requested info as to how to go about returning the adapter bar, and am not looking forward to the shipping cost to do so! In retrospect, I may have been better off trying to buy a similar device locally. 214489
by: Luis R.06/27/2012
Bought this Bike Adapter Bar so that I can mount my mountain bike on my bike carrier safely. My mountain bike does have an alternative frame design due to the rear suspension. This use of this adapter made mounting my bicycle secure and a breeze. I was concern it would fail to hold my bike if the bar was expanded to its max but I was wrong. This bar is strong, well designed and at a great price compare to others. 45856
by: Dave D07/29/2013
Bar works well with the Thule rack. Look at instructions on how to open it up. Wasn't intuitive just looking at it, but pretty easy to use. It was a good buy and would recommend it if you get a Thule rack. 92285
The Bike Adapter Bar works well on bikes 24" and larger. It didn't fit a 20" bike. A neighbor, who I recommended the product to, said that he was able to fit it on a 20" bike by raising the seat and using the handle bar instead of the neck. I'll try that next time but am not sure how safe it is. The Adapter worked very well on the larger bikes and is easy to put on and off. Overall I'm satisfied. 198090
by: KATHIE KUNZ08/20/2014
Our bikes are unisex, meaning no bar across the center...like a boys bike would have. This bar is used to stabilize the bikes in an upright position...very easy to put on the bike & then you just put it on your rack. You can also ride your bike with the bar on if you want. I would highly recommend this product if your bike does not have a bar going across it for putting on a bike rack. :) 147649
It works fine the only thing I don't like about it is the loose hold that it has on the bike, the bar straps down tight but lets the bike move around, but, I solved this with the addition of some straps (This might be a thought to future sales--add straps for an additional price, I paid $7.00 for straps that were of quality construction, or include the straps after adjusting the price) 122944
I really like this item. With our bikes they were hard to put on the Thule bike rake. Using the adapter bar, this was so much easier. I bought one for each bike. The only issue I had was one end was hard to open. It takes some work to loosen up, but that was not a problem after twisting several times to make it easier to move the lever. I would buy more of them if I needed them. 200279
by: Great Thule adapter bars for men s & women s bikes07/28/2015
I purchased the Hidden Hitch trailer receiver, 4-bike rack Thule Apex Swing and two Thule bike adapter bars for my 2011 Honda CRV. The two Thule bike adapter bars fit on my and my husband's bikes. Although it took some time to adjust the bikes on the rack, the bars appear very sturdy! Thanks etrailer for great products at great prices and quick shipping! 215098
by: Denise K08/06/2012
Now I can transport my mixte frame bike without a problem. The adapter also lets me hang the bike on a standard frame stand in the garage. Wonderful product! 50671
Thanks for the great service! The Thule converter bar was exactly what I needed to be able to transport and store my new sissy style women's bike. 106719
by: Becca Y08/23/2013
This is a lot heavier than I thought it would be. Also, I don't like that in the smaller position, there's no pin to lock it in place like there is when it's extended. But because of how it fits onto the bike, it's not going anywhere. Haven't actually used it yet, but hoping this makes it easier to load my women's bike onto our new rack. 96644
by: Wesley Smith09/23/2011
Very easy to install. Comes with all the locks you will need. very stream lined fits my Mazda 2 perfectly. Couldn't be happier. Shipping was amazingly fast ordered on a Tuesday and it arrived Friday. Will def come back to etrailor. Very friendly staff help me choose the right rack for my needs and helped me find the ones that fit my car. 334033
I purchased the Thule adapter bar for my wife's Townie . I made this purchase based on quality and product service after I purchased The Thule bike rack. The etrailer ads perfectly described the product and the shipping, tracking is first rate. I will purchase from etrailer again, their customer support is superlative. 18839
After getting the Thule bike rack for my car, I realized my style bike has no crossbar in which to hang the bike on my new Thule rack. The solution (thank you customer service) is this adapter bar that clips one end under the seat and the other end under the handle bars. Work great!! Now I can haul my bike. Yay! 56997
by: Eric Z06/12/2015
It works well but I wish it would lock in place at the desired size rather than just sort of sliding around. No biggie at all, just a nitpick really. Once it's on the rack, it doesn't move at all. BTW, thanks eTrailer. You guys are the best. Great customer service and lightning fast shipping. 202778
by: David S.06/25/2012
etrailer was most helpful in identifying the proper carrier for the vehicle in question. The installation videos and 800# personnel were very beneficial. The equipment is just beginning to be utilized however it appears to everything it was told to be. Thanks for the help! David S. 45499
by: Dan S.02/27/2015
Product looks nice. Can tell the build quality is top notch. Seems to fit a little loose on my wifes bike. Not sure if that's how it is supposed to be because when you pull up on the attachment it feels solid. We'll see how it behaves when we get it mounted on the rack. Thanks E-Trailer 176344
The product is ok. Not that great. The bar can be a little bit tough to open and close, and it does not stay fixed in all positions. The handles that lock into your bike can also be a little bit hard to open. It is a ok product, but I expected a little bit more from a Thule. 93000
The bike mount came quickly and well packed. Although not the best fit for the womens bike that we plan to use it with, it fits too losely and the bike wiggles we think we can make it work with extra tie-downs. It sure is an improvement over what we were doing previously. 77121
I am very happy with Thule products. They assemble easy and work as advertised. etrailer has very quick shipping and I like they way they keep you informed throughout the buying and shipping process. Great products and a great retailer, a winning combination 19052
We find the wrack easy to set up and remove on our 2012 Prius --though it took us a bit longer the first time we used it. I bought the adapter for a woman's frame. Both bikes travel securely behind us! The assembly and mounting video was very helpful. 249718
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