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Thule Bike Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes

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Code:   TH982XT

Price:$39.95


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Thule Accessories and Parts - TH982XT

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.

Features:

  • Adapts women's, alternative, oversize and some children's bike frames to fit various bike racks
    • Allows for safe, level transport of your bicycles
    • Telescopes from 16" to 31-1/2" long to accommodate different bike sizes
  • Attaches to your bike's seat post and handlebar stern post, providing a horizontal bar for the bike rack to grab
  • Installs and removes in a snap with redesigned push-button clamps
  • Protects your bike's finish with molded rubber clamp ends
  • Works with dual-arm, single-arm, and platform-style bike carriers that mount on a hitch, trunk or spare tire
  • Capacity: 50 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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 stern 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.



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Video Transcript for Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier for Spare Tire Mounts Review

Today we are going to take a look at the Thule Spare Me 2 bike carrier, part number TH963XTR. The Spare Me is designed to mount on a spare tire mount on the back of an SUV. To install the rack, first remove the spare tire. Next we will put our mounting plate over the studs on our spare tire mount. Note that the cutout can either be in the 6 o’clock or the 12 o’clock position. We have a good fit where we are at so we are going to put our spare tire back on top of the mount. With our spare tire securely mounted over our bike rack mount, we are ready to install the bike rack. 0:52

Fit the bike rack over the post and push it back. Line up your rubber bumpers so that they make contact with the tire. This will help support the rack and keep it from flopping around against the tire. The mount for our rack can be installed in three places: on the far right, on the center or on the far left. Since we have an offset spare that sits to the right side of the vehicle, we went to the far right on our rack. This will help shift some of the bike towards the center of the vehicle and help keep a better balance. To secure the rack, feed the hand knob through. Be careful to make sure that you do not get the threads crossed. Once you have gotten the threads started properly, tighten the hand knob down. This is one of the locations where you can install the Thule one key lock. Simply pop this knockout out and install the lock core. Using the lock core will turn this hand knob into a free spinning knob so the rack cannot be removed from the vehicle. 1:41

When not in use, you can fold down the arms of the Spare Me to allow clearance behind the rear of your vehicle. Simply loosen the knobs on each arm to allow enough slack to fold them down. The T3 cradle features grooved rubber pads to accommodate gear cables and brake cables. We are ready to go ahead and load up some bikes. Remember to load your heaviest bikes closer toward the vehicle, that way they are better supported. If you are only carrying one bike, go ahead and mount it closer to the vehicle as well. Since we have a woman frame bike, we are using a bike adapter bar to accommodate so we can fit over our arms, part number TH982XT. Once you have the bike positioned in the cradle, take the rubber strap, bring it over the top of your adapter bar or your frame tube and slip it over the hook. At the seat upright post, there is an anti-sway cage. And there is one more strap towards the front of the bike. 2:46

Included with the Spare Me is a coated steel cable bike lock that you can feed through the frame of your bike and back to the rack to secure the bike to the rack. The cable lock uses the Thule one key lock core system, like other Thule accessories. Included with the bike rack are two matching lock cores, one for this cable lock and the other for the knob that tightens the rack to the vehicle. With our bike loaded and secured and our rack properly mounted to our vehicle, we are ready to hit the road for a little road test. We will check to see if the rack is stable on the vehicle and if the bike is stable on the rack. And that does it for the Thule Spare Me 2 bike carrier, part number TH963XTR.


Customer Reviews

Thule Bike Adapter Bar for Women - TH982XT

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.5 out of 5 stars   (82 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paula11/08/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Denise K08/06/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Adapter for Hybrid11/07/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave D07/29/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill A07/19/2013

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Note that the minimum length this telescoping closes up is 16" -- too long for my wife's hybrid women's bike. Other models, including the Yakima go down to 14", so check the distance between the handlebar post and seat post before you order.90517



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim A.02/25/2013

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This is a beautifully made accessory. A little more expensive than others but worth every penny. No need to add tape or tubing to protect your bike. Well engineered, strong and easy to use. I highly recommend it.67642



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brandon E.06/04/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Thomas S.08/01/2011

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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 disappointed20675



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom B.05/14/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Margie B06/04/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike07/07/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Whitew00d04/02/2014

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: RAS03/31/2014

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Becca Y08/23/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brad F08/21/2013

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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 etraler.com is working with me to find an adapter bar that will fit properly.96160



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Blake A.08/15/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Frank08/02/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Noel07/16/2013

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We have a Diamond Back mountain bike that has a very low middle pipe. This bike adapter is absolutely necessary or the bike won't fit on the rack. Highly recommended if you are using a bike rack for alternative frames.89803



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Slide ER06/25/2013

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I want to give this thing 4 starts because it's a clever device. It gets a three because the rivets holding each end hook is what sits on the arms of my thule bike rack. I think a better design is in order.86147



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: SurfFisher06/24/2013

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Great product! Fits perfectly on my wife's bike and our Yakima hitch rack. eTrailer is great too. Fast service, updated emails throughout the process, awesome company to order gear from. Will order more soon.! Thanks, SF85797



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James04/21/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: CissyB10/11/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Audrey W07/24/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JACK04/09/2012

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CARRIER ARRIVED DAY EARLY AND FIT MY JEEP UNLIMITED PERFECT WITH SOME ROOM TO SPARE. IT IS WELL MADE AND EASY TO USE IT GIVES ME ENOUGH ROOM TO OPEN THE TAILGATE AND OPEN MY WINDOW FOR FULL ACCESS. THIS IS FOR THULE VERTEX SWING BIKE CARRIER.36676



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KPR07/10/2011

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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 combination19052



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Richard03/12/2013

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The Thule Raceway rack is an excellent product and works well on my BMW 5 Series. Even more impressive was the service from etrailer. The best on line buying experience I have ever had. 70205



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sliktop05/14/2012

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Simple sturdy design. Only improvement would be the addition of an internal tensioning spring to keep the adaptor snug on each end. As with most competing products, it is difficult to use the downtube/ seat-tube clamp on the car rack. 40324



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott R.01/09/2012

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I have bought Thule products before and found them to be excellent and this bike carrier is no exception. It carries my Trek Rumblefish on my Honda CRV perfectly!29394



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Luis C.04/03/2014

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Haven't tried on yet no bike at the moment but looks to be a great product!123663



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: donnyjay03/26/2014

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Fits quite well. Does what it is intended for. The box it came looks like someone tried it out and returned it. But, not an issue.122276



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: howard northrop03/22/2014

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JoJo02/24/2014

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Heavy duty. Well worth the money. 117522



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tim P01/22/2014

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Product was just what I needed and the price was perfect so I bought two. Fast deliver and what use etrailer again!114493



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bobby L.12/19/2013

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Strongly recommended. Very sturdy. Rubber ends protect my bikes. Thule brand a 10. ;) TEXAS110473



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Matt11/11/2013

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Sturdy and fits a 20" kids bike perfectly. Nice addition to my Thule rack. 106930



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Herb10/02/2013

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Great quality 102237



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dphotog09/25/2013

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Great bar to level out bike. Strong. Easy to use. Could use more adjustment holes when extended but I just let it float since it can't go anywhere. Works great.101437



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Lynn S09/13/2013

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Will be a huge help in smooth trips with our bikes. 99798



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Elsie09/12/2013

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Light, strong and easy to use love it!! !!99613



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kevin D08/21/2013

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So easy and much safer for a female bike a must have96207



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Julie B08/16/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Julie G.08/05/2013

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Easy to use and very sturdy. 93411



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Justin A07/30/2013

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Product is very durable and gets the job done! I Love the easy setup and off you go. Had questions and called, staff were amazing at etrailer and helped pick the right product for me. Five Stars!!!92436



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave07/30/2013

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This works great! 92356



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Juan V07/23/2013

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The Thule bike adapters works perfect in my kids bikes. I definitely recommend this accessory if you have a hitch bike rack. 91191



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Aga07/17/2013

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Great product that easily took care of mounting women's frame bike. 90108



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry07/16/2013

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Great Thule extender bar. Great service and prompt delivery.89796



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Eric07/12/2013

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Demonstration videos on this and the bike carrier for my car made them so easy to use! Thanks for those.89127



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ralph D.07/09/2013

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Easy to use and a must to carry a woman's bike securely.88490



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Phil M.06/23/2013

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Product worked great. I struggled a little when attaching it the first time but now I get it. This will actually work just as well as an anti-sway clip on the rack as well.85650



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brad J.06/12/2013

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Works as advertised, cheaper products are available that would probably do the job. 84261



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tyrohe H05/29/2013

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Product worked as advertised with no co mplications.82264



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom T05/09/2013

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Great product. It came in a flash, well packaged. I used it the day it arrived, and it worked perfectly. Nice job etrailer!79582



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve D.05/08/2013

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The adapter bar performed as advertised and was necessary to transport my wife's bicycle on the rear wheel Thule Spare Me 2 bike carrier. 79526



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jon C.05/08/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: THOMAS04/22/2013

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WORKS GREAT WITH MY WIFES WOMENS BIKE 77243



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jon T04/16/2013

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While this adapter bar is ok for womens bikes it does not work with most 16" and below kids bike as the bar does not adjust down very far76411



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Margaret04/09/2013

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The product arrived quickly and was just as described online. Thank you for such great service!75176



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: James02/19/2013

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Haven't used the bar yet. It looks well constructed and adopts to the bike well.66979



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robin F12/07/2012

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Updated from the other version I have. The added tab to push the release is easier to use. Great quality.60878



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Helen G12/05/2012

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Works perfectly to allow me to mount my women's bike. Etrailer delivered promptly. Easy tansaction.60790



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Randy R.10/19/2012

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I do not have the womens bike yet to be able to use this item. I have inspected it and imagine it will work great. 57664



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brian S.09/21/2012

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A must have if you have a full suspenion MTB.55379



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Julio G09/15/2012

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You must get this bar if you have a Mountain Bike or a Women's bike that don't have straight bars. This bar is easily adjustable.54802



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mr & Mrs Harris09/09/2012

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Very glad I purchased as it keeps the womans bike level on bike carrier. 54140



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff B08/01/2012

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Nicely redone. Wife can load bikes easier on Thule rack now.50110



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott C07/28/2012

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Did not fit for my sons 16 inch bike. Frame to small on bike. Should be able to use next year when he gets a bigger bike. Appears very easy to use. 49664



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Corby Leach07/19/2012

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Great product! 48595



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris G06/29/2012

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Very nice product... 46177



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry B06/05/2012

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Your site is great...easy to use...great shipping times and lots of good info !....Larry42823



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Doug H05/24/2012

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The Apex 4 Bike carrier is an awesome product. It is very well made and the assembly was easy. It is very high quality and look forward to it providing many years of service.41602



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John C05/17/2012

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Received product much quicker than expected; got exactly what I ordered.40860



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob04/23/2012

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Works well with my kids bikes and alternative mountain bike frame I have. Would not have been able to fit all 4 bikes without it.Easy to use with no bolts to tighten or nuts to loosen.38049



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kathy R.04/07/2012

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Great product, helped my women's frame bike mount perfectly on the bike carrier. 36494



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jcp09/26/2011

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product as described. Fast shipping and great service. Would buy from again.24655



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dallas G08/29/2011

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Easy to use. Looks sturdy enough 23093



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Randy08/14/2011

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Works great, exactly as advertised. Recommended for women's or mountain bikes.21879



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim K.08/01/2011

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Product arrived very quickly, in good shape, and as advertised. I have yet to actually use it as it just arrived, but I'm sure it will easily let me carry my wife's bike on our bicycle rack.20707



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ken F07/28/2011

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Worked perfect right out of the box. 20462



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve L.04/14/2011

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Does what it says. Works on my wife's bike and my son's 24" bike.11773



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: D.K.04/08/2011

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Great price, great communication, great product and unbelievably quick ship!!11311



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Raceway 206/03/2013

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Great service-fast delivery and the carrier works great!!83120



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  • Using a Thule Adapter Bar # TH982XT To Secure Womens Bike To a Two Arm Bike Rack
  • The best way to get a good fit with a rack such as the Thule Vertex 2 Bike rack, part # TH9028 would be to use the Thule Adapter Bar, part # TH982XT. One end would attach to the seat post of the bike, the other attaches to the handlebar gooseneck. The adapter provides an attachment point for the cradles on the bike rack. This adapter would be handy to use for any two arm bike rack used to carry womens and childrens bikes. The Thule Vertex 2 would be a great choice. I would also recommend t
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  • Is There a Shorter Bike Frame Adapter Than the Thule Bike Frame Adapter Bar # TH982
  • We do have some smaller adapters. Fully collapsed the Thule adapter bar is 16 inches. We have 3 adapter bars that when fully collapsed measure under 16 inches. The SportRack Adapter Bar, part # A34500, has a minimum of 14-5/8 inches. Both the Yakima bar, part # Y02531, and the Swagman bar, part # S64004, have a minimum of 14-1/2 inches. I would measure the kids bike frames to make sure one of these adapters will fit.
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  • Comparing Thule Frame Bike Adapter Bar # TH982 and the Newer # TH982XT for Bike Racks
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Thule Adapter Bar, # TH982, and the updated version, # TH982XT. There are a few key differences between each product. For the TH982XT, Thule made several upgrades including an easier pushbutton mechanism to open the hooks on each end. Each rubber molded clamp end is the same size in the newer version. And the telescoping feature now has a pushbutton stop. The old design had a round shaft that would allow the smaller end to rotate inside the larger end.
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  • Parts Needed to Carry a Mongoose XR-75 on the Thule TH914XT Roadway Bike Rack with a 2011 Rogue
  • I checked out the Mongoose XR-75 online and the frame design will require the addition of an adapter bar. There will not be enough room in the frame for installation on a 2 arm bike rack like the Thule Roadway, # TH914XT. I would recommend the Thule Bike Adapter Bar, item # TH982XT, for your application, one for each bike that an adapter will be required for.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations For a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI With 1-1/4 Hitch
  • We have exactly what you will need to carry a womens and a mans bike with your 2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The first decision you will want to make is the style of bike rack that you want. You can get either a platform-style bike rack or a hanging style bike rack. The main difference between the two, other than the mounting style, is that an adapter bar, like the Thule Bike Adapter Bar, # TH982XT, may be necessary for angled or alternative bike frames with the hanging style bike racks. Mo
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  • Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2002 Honda CR-V
  • There are several spare tire mount bike racks that will fit your 2002 Honda CR-V including the Thule Spare Me, # TH963PRO. I have included a link to the options for you. You would need an adapter for the step-through frame design of the womans bike for any of the available racks. For the other bike, you would not have to have an adapter but it would help to make the bike more level. The other option is to use bike rack # S64920. It has a single arm so you would not need to use an adapter bar
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  • Will the Thule Bike Adapter Bar # TH982XT Fit a Specialized Vita XS Bike
  • I did some research on the Specialized Vita XS and have come to the conclusion that the Thule adapter bar # TH982XT will fit. But please note that the maximum length of the adapter is 31-1/2 inches. I have included a link to a video showing how the adapter works.
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  • What is the Weight Capacity of the Thule Bike Adapter Bar TH982XT
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and found that the adapter bar # TH982XT has a 50 pound capacity. If your bike is right at 50 pounds it would be a good idea to reduce the weight somehow if at all possible. Other adapter bars are rated lower so the Thule model is the best option. You will also need to make sure your bike rack is rated high enough for the bike. Most racks have a total capacity and a single bike capacity. If you can tell me the rack you have I might be able to determine the single
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  • How Wide is the Opening on the Thule Bike Adapter Bar # TH982XT
  • The widest opening on the Thule adapter bar # TH982XT is 2-1/4 inches. The smaller end is 2 inches. I measured the other bike adapter bars that we have in the demo studio and 2-1/4 inches is the largest of any of them. If you are unable to use this or any other bar (and if you have to use an adapter bar) then I recommend a platform style bike rack instead. I have included a link to the options for you.
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  • Bike Adapter Bar Recommendation that the Inner Tube will Not Rotate in the Outer Tube
  • For an adapter bar that the ends do not rotate check out the Hollywood Rack Adapter Bar # HRBA-PRO. This adapter uses a square bar design that would prevent the inner tube from rotating in the outer tube. I am not completely sure if this bar would solve your problem but I do know that it would not rotate like you said you needed.
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