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For female or oddly shaped frames, throw on a Tube Top Adapter. The adapter attaches quickly and easily between your handlebars and seat post to form a sturdy, horizontal bar, which makes the bike compatible with most hitch mounted carriers.
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Today we're going to be reviewing the Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar, Part number Y02531. This is going to give you the horizontal bar needed to mount women's or other non-traditional bike frames onto hanging style bike racks. It's easy to retract and extend by simply lightly twisting and pulling apart or twisting and pushing together. It's easy to open and close the clamps by pressing the gold button down and rotating it, which will then allow you to hook it around your seat post and your handle bars. Closing them is as easy as spinning it around until it clicks into place. The overall length of the tube top adapter, outer edge to outer edge, comes right to 24 inches. The inside measurements from here to here are going to measure about 14 and a quarter inches. We'll extend it and repeat those measurements that we have that for reference also.
Outer edge to outer edge is right at 31 and a half inches. Inside to inside, we're going to measure 22 and a half inches. The tube top adapter bar is designed to match most bike frames. Giving you the diameter of the smaller tube is one and 1/8th of an inch. The larger tube is one and 3/8th of an inch. So that you can verify this is going to be a good fit for your application at home, we'll grab the distance between the length and the width for the bigger clamp. The length is going to be about 4 and a quarter.
The wide comes to 2 and an eighth. We'll grab the smaller measurement also, which is about 3 and 3/4 and one and a half inches in width. We'll show you the bike adapter bar on a variety of different bike frames. We'll get them loaded on top of the rack that we can see how they work getting installed. With it loaded up here, we'll go ahead and strap it down. As you can see, our adapter bar works well with our mountain bike with a slightly slanted frame.
Next, we'll move to the kids' bike, which has much more of a slanted frame on it. We also have a bike here with a non-traditional drop frame style. As you can see, the adapter bar is definitely necessary for loading this type of bike onto a hanging bike rack. We've installed the adapter bar in several different frame types. We started with our mountain bike, which has a slightly slanted frame. Next, we used our kids' bike, which, as you can see, has much more of a slant to it. Now, we've installed it on a bike with an alternative style frame.
The tube top adapter bar installs quickly and easily. Extending the bar, and then pressing the button to open up the clamps is going to allow you to fit it around the seat post and the handle bar post. You'll then want to bring it together and close your clamps. With the adapter bar installed on our women's bike, we'll load it onto our bike rack. All that's left to do is strap it down and we're ready to hit the road. The tube top adapter has a 45 pound weight capacity. It attaches to the bike with the molded collars. These collars are gentle on the bike stem and offer a rubber coating to help prevent any damage to your bike. Works with dual arm, single arm, and platform bike racks that mount to a hitch, trunk, or spare tire. The tube top adapter also features a lifetime warranty. Now, we can take it out and show you what it's going to look like in action through our test course. We'll take it through the slalom, which show the side to side action. Our alternating bumps will give you the twisting motion. The solid bumps will give you the up and down movement of the bikes. That completes today's review of the Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar, Part number Y02531. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (78 Customer Reviews)For female or oddly shaped frames, throw on a Tube Top Adapter. The adapter attaches quickly and easily between your handlebars and seat post to form a sturdy, horizontal bar, which makes the bike compatible with most hitch mounted carriers.
by: Dave R08/18/2013
Purchased this unit only after my original adapter bar (from Swagman) was on back order. I called eTrailer after not seeing any activity from my order in 2 days. That's when I was made aware that it was not available for another couple of weeks. Not a big deal but would have liked to be notified sooner and not have the rest of my order delayed because of the adapter bar. The unit is well built, heavy duty and very sturdy. Locking arms lock in place with a click to let you know they're locked. Doesn't fit my wife's bike that well (a bit long) but I've gotten it to work. Used it over the weekend on a 4hr trip and looked and performed great. Thanks eTrailer 95705
by: Julie K06/29/2014
Prior to purchasing the bike rack, we loaded our bikes in the back of our CRV. We had not purchased a rack before as we were told that there weren't any racks that would fit a CRV. That's where etrailer.com came in - I went on line and found the site and the rest is history. The bike rack came quickly and with a few adjustments, it was soon on the back of the CRV. Unfortunately, I did not realize that a female bike required an adapter bar so we were unable to use the rack with both bikes until the second order arrived with the adapter enclosed. Friendly and prompt communication from etrailer.com on both orders. I definitely recommend purchasing this product from etrailer.com - just don't forget a Tube Top adapter if one of your two bikes is for a woman! 138237
I placed an order for a Swagman bike rack and and 2 adapter bars with etrailer.com in early August 2016. A week later I received a notice that the adapter bars were on back order, but my order would be sent once they were available. Another several weeks passed and I called etrailer.com to inquire about the status. I spoke with Pat C. who explained that there was no expected date for shipment, but she could replace the adapter bars with another brand. I was happy with the offer and accepted. Then Pat checked the rest of my order and was very happy to tell me that the bike rack was on sale for Labor Day. She cancelled my previous order and started a new one. Pat saved me nearly $50! My order was shipped later that day and I received it two days later. It was a delight to speak with Pat. She was friendly, helpful and showed great interest in making the customer happy. I will definitely use etrailer.com again. 293606
by: Greg Z05/24/2015
What I expected. I do wish the tube include a locking collar (some sort of tension collar) so you could keep the item a fixed length. 195295
by: Lorrie M08/17/2013
We have carried the bikes only once so far. So far we think its a good think. 95576
After a consult with an eTrailer rep, I finally settled on the Saris. I used this for a 3 hour trip (6 hours round trip) with 3 bikes on a lexus NX200T. The video does not show that you need to remove a piece for certain tow hitches. Once I figured that out, it was very easy to assemble. The bikes remained stable and did not get scratched. The locking mechanism added greater stability for the bikes and security when we stopped at rest stops. Remember to buy a cross bar add on if the bike does not have one. I had 2 bikes with the add on, and one without. All 3 bikes remained secure for the trip 292087
by: Joe G10/20/2013
Etrailer.com not only had the best price for the adapter bar I was looking for, but they did not gouge me on shipping costs. After ordering you get emails at every stage, than the best of all, I received an email stating they bumped my order from standard to priority at no additional charges. I will check etrailer.com in the future for purchases, outstanding customer service and delivery. 104451
by: Larry Wildes05/17/2011
The price, and product were great. Delivery was prompt. The bike bar adapter works great, the only issue was when using the front of the bar on the handlebar stem the front wheel was to close to the ground when mounted on the bike rack, but this was resolved by placing the front of the bar on the top of the fork tube of the frame, the extra 1 1/2" gained by doing this leveled ot the bike on the rack, and gave me the clearance needed. The bike is a 1947 Monark Super Deluxe womens bike, with a tank, and dual springer front end. Thanks for a great product !! Sincerly, Larry Wildes 14538
by: Tamara M.01/05/2013
The folks at etrailer gave me a recommendation for what type of hitch and bike rack I needed to fit my 2012 Toyota Sienna. I purchased their recommendation including this bike adapter bar and just came back from a wonderful vacation destination to which I transported 2 adult and 2 kids bikes! A local automotive repair shop installed the hitch for under $100. Will definitely buy from etrailer again in the future. Note - you need an adapter for each kids/womens bike being carried on the bike rack... somehow, I didn't realize that initially :) 62477
by: Teresa R05/08/2014
I received the Yakima bike rack from etrailer for my Jeep. I received it quickly and found it easy to attach. I then determined that since I have a woman's/mountain bike I needed the tube top adapter. I do wish I would have known that so I could have ordered everything at the same time. I now have it all and everything works great! 129602
After finding out the product we planned to order elswhere would not work I called e-trailers. Nik M was a tremedous help in finding the right product for us. It is very sturdy, easy to install and should work out perfect for us. The service at e-trailers was a great experience and got our product before expected and was one of the most pleasant online ordering I have used!!! Thanks Nik and e-trailers!!! 68891
The product is very easy to use and works exactly as intended. And they have EXCELLENT customer service! I ordered it at 4pm on a Tues afternoon (with just regular shipping) and I received it on Thursday morning! I was very surprised and pleased with their speedy delivery. After that, I received a personal email, asking if I had any problems with the product. Very smooth service! 16312
by: Jimmy W.06/20/2016
The top tube adaptor is sturdy and does the job. Only improvement I would say is if there is a way to tighten it to a fixed length once it is installed on the bike. The length is adjustable but since I wasn't able to tighten it at a specific length, I question whether or not the adaptor is fixed on the bike posts. But all in all, the adapter does the job. 262882
by: David W.06/17/2014
Not as good a fit as I had hoped. The telescoping aspect of the unit is a bit sticky causing it to bang into the handlebar when attaching. The fit of the looping ends is not as uniform and proper as I'd like. When bike is secured and tightened to rack the unit has a lot of torque on its loop ends which worry me when time and use start to mount. 135866
i bought this accessory because my bike has a weird / type of bar. i love my bike. though i purchased an awesome rack it still moves when driving,im guessing its the g-force from the wind as i drive....all the parts are YAKIMA. i really like all the products that i have purchased through etrailer.com, and they have a very knowledgable staff. 56092
This Yakima bicycle cross bar does not solve my problem when carrying my Quick 4 Cannondale bike on my Honda CRV. The bike still corkscrews counterclockwise during travel. Don't know what to do other than get a different bike carrier. I am using a Yakama "Joe" that carries 2 bikes on a 2" ball trailer hitch. There must be a better way. 277976
by: Bill S05/02/2012
This is a solid product, but challenging to come up with a true universal piece to handle all frames easily. I had to play with this to come up with a work around. It would be better if the jaws were adjustable. It does the job, just not as cleanly as I had hoped. I don't know that any otheres I saw would be any better. 39127
by: Matt J.09/28/2014
the Yakima bike adapter for my Yakima bike rack is perfect for a female bike or a bike with an "abnormal" frame. I tried to use it for my Cannondale SL5, but it did not really work which is okay because I can put it on the rack directly without much hastle. So, overall, is it excellent for women's framed bikes. 153395
by: Susan W.10/10/2012
Works well and is easy to use. I was disconcerted at first because there is no way to stop the sliding of the bar so that it maintains a fixed length. However, this is immaterial, because once attached to the bike, there is no movement of the bar. Very study. So glad to have this for my step-through bike! 56843
Bar seems to slide in and out much too easily. Did fit a traditional girls type of frame, but it is not a great fit. It is much better than trying to force this type of frame onto the hitch mount carrier. I would suggest trying to fit your bike onto the rack before the bar. 199322
by: Chris M.09/08/2016
Blech. Waste of money. Didn't fit any of our bikes no matter how I manipulated the things. Very narrow range of usefulness. I asked other owners I saw in the parking lot and heard the same thing. Make sure it fits YOUR bike before you buy. Get thee to a bike shop. Good luck. 292334
by: J Dolphin10/13/2014
Amazingly FAST shipping! Thanks! The products work as described. 155736
by: Steve B05/08/2014
I purchased 2 bike adapter bars for my Yakima Double Down Bike Carrier. Product is excellent and easy to use. Built in lock is great. And Etrailer customer service is excellent!. Addtionally, their normal shipping is amazingly fast! Great experience! 129572
by: Daniel O.10/06/2012
Your site was easy to navigate and shipping was fast.My bike rack showed up and was exactly as described.It was better built than I had expected.I would highly recommend your site anyone looking for bike racks and more!Thanks for your great service. 56569
by: Katrina K.06/19/2013
The Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar is easy to use and makes transporting my bike and my daughter's very easy. We had to rig it a bit to fit my son's 16 inch bike due to the length (a little too long), but got it to work! 85319
This product makes the task of loading the bike onto the rack very easy when you do not have a cross bar. Only wish that the length could be locked once you adjust it to your bike. Otherwise, very happy with the purchase. 55132
by: Matt H.08/24/2012
Sturdy device that makes it a lot easier for the bike to sit on my Yakima rack. It's disappointing that I need this, but it works well. A bit pricy but great quality and easy to apply to the bike before loading. 52787
by: Bryan H.05/02/2012
Another great experience with etrailer. Got the product fast and in perfect condition. Good to see a company and employees take pride in their work. A rare thing these days. Keep up the great work! 39111
by: Chuck M.07/11/2015
This is as simple design that works great. The construction is solid. It is quick and easy to use. It solves the problem of safely mounting a girls bike on a bike rack. 211109
by: Laurel O07/13/2014
I was seeking a longer telescoping rod for transporting a step through bike. The Yakima extends to about 31 + or- inches and accommodates my needs very nicely. 141124
by: Michael D.03/03/2016
Just what we needed to use with our bike carrier! The staff talked as through the right equipment, and everything arrived on time and first quality! Thank you! 239448
by: Bob J04/24/2014
This is very sturdy and serves the function. However, it does not have an adjustable locking ability and the front of the bicycle handlebars tend to slip down 127222
by: Carol H08/08/2011
The two bicycle bars I bought to take women's bikes on a bicycle carrier were of high quality and were delivered almost next day. Excellent service. 21391
Purchased 2 separate orders which were completed within very acceptable time frames. Pleased with both company's service and products offered. 156458
Exactly as described. Im certain that it will deliver the service I expect. Delivery was very fast and pricing was very decent. 90255
by: Buddy W.09/27/2014
Man, this thing is much more stout built than I expected. Very good product for the price and should provide a long service life. 153348
by: Leon G06/30/2016
I chose this bar course it may hold a bike up to 45lbs. Easy to use and feels like a solid and strong bar. Glad with my purchase. 266886
by: dave w03/20/2012
Well made and easy to use. etrailer delivered in a timely manner. I would recommend both etrailer and the product from Yakima. 34492
Yakima bike rack and tube top adapter, great products, and arrived on time. etrailer great company, will buy from them again. 211042
by: Rick K10/08/2012
It was hard to find a bar that fit a boy's mountain bike, but this one does (14.5 inch length). My search is now over! 56710
Got to my house in time to use on my trip, and worked well on my sister's "girl bike". Nice quality product. 97831
by: Dave w03/25/2012
Product is well made, price was good. Arrived earlier than expected. Will do business withe etrailer again. 35115
Worked great on my kids bike so I don't have to figure out how to jam it into the back of the van anymore. 41280
by: Walter hopper04/24/2015
These guys rock! Received my bike rack adapter bar within 4 days of order -- excellent price & service! 187847
by: Jim M04/22/2015
Love these bars.... Make mounting womens bikes and bikes with different frame configs alot easier. 187507
by: Barry W.06/12/2013
This is a "must have" for a Woman's frame bike. Mad loading it on my Yakima KingJoe rack easy!! 84303
by: Robert A.04/08/2011
The product came with no instructions but the etrailer video was very helpful. Thank you!! 11372
by: M L01/11/2016
I had to use it on a girl's bike since it didn't properly fit on my bike rack. It worked. 235186
by: Jon b02/27/2012
Item came on time and in good shape. Easily mounted on both bikes. Great service. Thanks 32638
The product arrived in a timely manner and the quality exceeded my expectations. 214284
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