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

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

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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. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule accessories and parts part number TH982XT or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Bike Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Thule Accessories and Parts - TH982XT

  • Hitch Bike Racks
  • Trunk Bike Racks
  • Spare Tire Bike Racks
  • Bike Adapter Bar
  • Thule
  • 16 - 31-1/2 Inch Long

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 stem 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 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.



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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Thule Bike Adapter Bar Review

Hey, it's Dustin here at eTrailer.com. Today I've got the Thule bike frame adapter bar to go over with you. This product is gonna be really handy for taking multiple bikes along that normally wouldn't fit on your hanging style bike racks.As you can see, without the bike bar installed, it's certainly not easy to get our kids' bike to fit. A woman's bike, we can get to fit into place. But, if you look at it, it's just at a really awkward angle.The bike adapter bar's gonna let our bike hang at an even angle and it's gonna give us that space we need to be able to get our bike onto rack. The hooks on either end secure around your seat post and your handle bar tube, giving you the support you need.The hooks are rubber coated, so they're not going to scratch or harm your bike.

And, there's a little notch, if you can see it here. That's especially nice for the front, where it's gonna allow your handle bars to have a cradle to rest in.The adapter's also gonna be great for kids' bikes, where, again, here we've got a limited space. Some mountain bikes also have a limited space. Or, there's some bikes, such as a step through bike, where you might not have any place to secure it at all. This is gonna come in handy and allow you still use your hanging bike rack.So, with it installed on kids' bike here, you can now take your kids along for the trip.

The detent locks in place here, and it's part of the setting, but that's really just to prevent the two halves from separating. You can use it at any point in between.And, if you're picking up accessories for your bike rack, Thule also makes a six foot cable lock that will go great with any bike rack.It's really easy to install. I've got our hooks opened up here. You simply use a detent to secure. It'll go around your front, secure that down.

Then you can telescope it out to the length you need. For our kids bike here, it's gonna be the smallest setting. You might need a longer one on a beach cruiser or some kind of other bike.Then from here, just install your bike like you normally would. Get it in place, secure our anti-sway, and our top cradles.Thanks for hanging around with us and taking a look at the Thule bike adapter bar.


Customer Reviews

Thule Bike Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes - TH982XT

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (229 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.

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This is a must if you want to put a ladies bicycle on a Thule rear-mounted bike rack. It is very easy to use and very sturdy in construction. 637322



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A perfect accessory to keep an alternative frame level. My wife has a Walmart Margaritaville and it fit perfectly for keeping it level and secure in the rack. 429559



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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



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it said it's for smaller bikes, but it does not lock into a smaller size, it works ok just not what I thought it would be 433292



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This adaptor bar works as advertised. Each of the two collars at either end has a push-button release to raise and lower a segment of the collar, enabling you to capture the seat post at one end and your handlebar neck on the other. You can adjust the length of the tube as needed; though, the movement does not work as smoothly as I might like. Once in place on the bike, the adaptor fits loosely on the rack, but gravity, the rack straps, and a bungee cord or two keep everything in place. Don't expect it to fit as snugly as a bike frame that doesn't require an adaptor; this thing is merely a jury-rig to get a step-through bike frame to rest on the rack in a conventional manner. To that end it does a satisfactory job. The price is perhaps a bit high for what is otherwise a two-dollar pipe and some interlocking, plastic collars, but overall construction is sturdy enough for normal wear and tear. Keep it stored out of the weather and it should last for years. 554917


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After a year the product operates just as well as it did when purchased. I use it several times a summer and dont have any major complaints. I would likely buy it again.

Donald B - 08/17/2019

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Great product and is a must have if planning on racking your little kiddos bikes. We had to get creative with placement of this bar when using it on one of our smallest bike. Very happy with the purchase, was worth the money. 552355



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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



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Turns out that the adapter bar for women's bikes didn't make it easier for us to put two bikes on the Thule raceway Pro rack. I am returning it. 472844


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Carolyn,Thank you for your review. This adapter bar adapts womens, alternative, oversize and some childrens bike frames to fit various bike racks. It does allow the alternative frame bike to hang level which could create more room for a second bike.

-- Heather A - 02/06/2018

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I purchased the Thule TH982XT bike adapter. It appears to work as advertised, however, there is no minimum length specification provided. The video claims this model will work on women's, as well as kids bikes; but when the adapter is fully reduced, it is still about 2-3" too long for my wife's bike. This causes the unit to drop down so the bar is not level, nor tight. I suppose it will still perform as intended. 554149


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Per the product description, the Thule TH982XT has a span that is adjustable from 16 to 31-12 inches. The bar with the shortest span would be the Yakima TubeTop, part # Y02531
Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar
$49.00
which is adjustable from 14-12 to 31-12 inches. As long as the clamps on either end are secured and the rack is secured to the adapter bar, the bike wont go anywhere.

-- Mike L - 08/16/2018

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Today I installed the Gateway XT 2 Bike Carrier - Trunk Mount and used the Thule Bike Adapter Bar - Womens & Alt. Frame Bikes to hang two bikes on the back of my 2013 Mustang, 2 dr, with factory spoiler. I read the instructions over breakfast. It seemed pretty simple, and it was. Of course, being the first time installing the carrier it was a little slow as I figured out what went where but referring back to the instructions made the install go smoothly. A couple points of note: 1) Not too comfortable that the strap clips won't scratch the paint. They're coated but not padded. I'll probably glue a thin rubber padding to the inside of the top and bottom clips. The side clips just barely slide on and there is no room for any additional padding. 2) Discovered that I needed to secure the inside pedal upward to ensure it did not bang against the bumper. I used a mini-bungee cord but weaving the supplied tie down strap might do the trick. Not sure (yet) which is fastest/easiest method. Definitely need the tie down strap to keep the front wheel of the inside bike from beating against the car. 3) Although the Adapter Bar does hold my wife's bike level, the bar at its shortest position is a few inches too long leaving gaps at the front and back. There did not appear to be a way to lock the bar length and only the ripple straps to keep the bar from vibrating looser. Hopefully not a problem on long drives or bumpy roads. I'm attaching a couple photos from the install process that you are free to use. Sincerely, JP Hanover, PA 407339



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A very useful addition to any bike rack where female frame bikes are carried. A must have in our house - 4 women who are all avid riders 541118



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Great product and fast shipping would recommend doing business with them anytime great people to work with 509493



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I only drove a short distance and the bar slipped. I'm very uncomfortable with the product and worried the whole time if my bike would end up on the road. Also I think the clips would eventually rub the paint off the car. 424081


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It didnt work out. I only used it once and it slipped around on the car.

PM - 08/25/2018

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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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Very pleased with quality and engineering of Thule bike rack. Assembly was easy and instructions well written and easy to follow. Excellent product! 446254



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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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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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Still holding up without any issues! No rust or any other defects.

Jon C - 05/08/2014

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Fantastic innovation 697149



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This bar is well thought out and really easy to use. It makes mounting my women's bike on our bike rack much easier and the bikes travel more aligned. 696537



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Excellent product and I bought the accessories for the girls bikes. Got it on time like they said and will be using it Labor Day weekend at the Jersey Shore! 697697



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Awesome inventory of products with exceptional quality. Customer service is great also!!!! 682971



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Very impressed with quality of the unit. Couldn’t even find anything near that locally. 682263



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Does not adjust to size needed... (not locking in place). Bar moves aroun and is difficult to set in place on holder. Also does not fit into bike holder grooves.s 644691



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Product is exactly what we need to take my wife's bike with us when we travel 611395



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Doesn't fit as well as I had expected, not quite as versatile as I had hoped, but I was able to make it work. I am using for a girl child's bike and my bike which is a size small frame with low crossbar. It would fit better with larger bike frames, I think. One of the boxes was pretty smashed up when delivered, looked as if had been previously previewed and returned, had small blemishes indicating previous use. Delivery was super fast. 593363



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Easy on and off. Works well with today’s bike frames. 559715



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Everything I purchased has worked out great. Very easy to order and receive my items. Definitely recommend using etrailer.com. 546784



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I never even thought about ordering this part, but was so glad Dan at etrailer.com suggested it. It worked perfectly and actually made it easier to lift my bike up onto the bike rack itself. Would recommend getting to anyone who has a mountain bike like myself. 529824


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Its been a year since I purchased this item and Im so glad I did. I even went and purchased another one for my sons bike.

Alena - 08/11/2019

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Works like a charm. 513868



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I haven't tried these yet but Thule's reputation is why I bought these and also because etrailer has been great so far...they seem to actually care about customer service...I'll continue to use them for that and the products they offer. 510659



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Good price! works great! 504616



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Product fits perfectly for our dual shock mountain bikes. (His and hers have same style, Y frame) Allowing us to mount 2 adult mountain and 1 youth BMX bikes on our Thule trunk mount. Thanks guys! 496710



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Exactly what is needed! 484670



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One year Updated Review: I can't remember my first review but I do know it was positive. That said, I'm still in love with my Thule 2-Bike Rack! It has held up beautifully with me feeling relaxed knowing my bikes are secure and safe as I transport them to and fro! Within the next two years, I will be in the market for a new vehicle and as such, I'm thinking about the type vehicle and all the 'accessories' I will expect. One of my 'must haves' WILL be another Thule Bike rack similar to what I purchased prior in order to accommodate my new vehicle! I will NOT consider any other product and I'm so grateful a friend recommended I look into Thule for my first purchase of bike racks! It may seem silly, but I observe ALL cars passing me on the streets that have bike racks...... I think to myself, 'mine is BETTER than theirs'!!! Lol. 484062



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High quality - - easy to install 447875



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So far, very good! 433681



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Very well made product, but doesn't fit my wife's Trek Verve 2 ladies bike very well. I finally found a way to get it to work but it's not optimal. 431349



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This product allows me to easily transport Day6 semi-recumbent bike despite bike's unusual frame and long wheel base. 422418



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Would not work on my wife's pass through style bike, but worked on the kids bikes. Bar was almost too long for the kids bikes. 418439



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Pretty neat little product that was a snap to use. 417199



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Great to have found an enterprise that can supply many different types of accessories for a myriad of brand products. My locking cable fit perfect and was at a great price, Thanks etrailer Don 415294



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Assembly was a breeze, shipping was quick, quality is fantastic. 418760



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Fast shipping and products were packaged well! I bought a Curt 1.25" receiver hitch for my wife's brand new 2017 Hyundai Tucson Sport as well as a Thule Vertex 2 bike rack. The receiver hitch install was easy enough for me by myself but would've been a lot easier with an extra set of hands! Bike rack looks great installed! Can't wait to test everything out! Thanks etrailer.com! 417733



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It does not hold the bike tightly. The adjustment tube only has one hole which is not the correct size for my bike. I did drill another hole in the tube to gain additional adjustment, and it will work. 405378



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This extender barely fits my son's 20" mountain bike, but I got it on there by extending the seat up and moving a reflector. Pretty expensive for what you get, but it is necessary for small and odd shaped bikes. 399884



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Did the trick! Didn't snug well on my son's bike (age 11), but fit well enough to use the bike rack. Excellent quality and easy to use. 381868



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Love it. Fits great, very well constructed. Used it to take the bikes up to Yosemite, worked like a charm. 367063



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etrailer was super responsive to my many questions regarding this product and enabled me to make my decision quickly, great company to deal with. Can't wait to use my new bike rack! 360063



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This product works as described. It can be a bit difficult to get on the bike at times. 352658



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Excellent Bike Rack. Timely delivery of product. Easy installation. Minimal parts to attach. The Rack is solid. We will be transporting our bikes for various biking events and exploration around the state. I am extremely pleased with etrailer and their staff. Very informative - Video Reviews and How To...Also ordered Bike adapter and snug tite hitch lock. Very Pleased!! 352340


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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2011 Volvo V50 T-5 Wagon
  • According to Curt Manufacturing, their # C11438 Class I receiver will fit your V50 T-5 R Design. All the hitch and bike rack manufacturers agree that bike racks used in a Class I receiver should be limited to carrying no more than two bikes. This is due to the limited tongue weight capacity of the Class I hitch, which is usually 200 lbs. Although it is certainly possible that the weight of a bike rack plus three or more bikes would come in under the 200 lb figure, any additional bikes...
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  • Trunk Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle to Carry a Beach Cruiser Bicycle
  • There are a number of trunk-mount bike carrier options to fit your 2001 Volkswagen Beetle provided it is a hard top model and not a convertible. Racks are available from both Thule and Yakima and are offered in 2- and 3-bike capacities. Some come equipped with locks for the bike, the carrier or both, while others do not. The link provided will take you to our main page for trunk bike racks for the 2001 Beetle; you can use the filters at the left-hand side of the page to narrow the results...
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  • Comparing 5 Bike Trailer Hitch Mounted Bike Racks From Thule, Yakima, and Swagman
  • For a 5 bike, trailer hitch mounted bike rack, we have a few options. First is the Thule Apex XT, # TH9026XT, that you have referenced. This bike rack does tilt down away from the vehicle to allow you greater access to the rear of your Nissan Armada. With the rack fully tilted down, you should be able to open the rear hatch. This bike rack also features anti-sway cradles and a built-in anti-rattle device. Next we have the Yakima RidgeBack 5, # Y02459. This rack can also tilt down like...
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  • Recommended 5 Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack for Honda Odyssey
  • I recommend the Thule Apex # TH9026XT because it not only accommodates your 5 bike requirement but also tilts away from the vehicle to allow access to your cargo area. I like this rack because it has both an integrated bike cable lock and a hitch lock included, which are keyed alike for your convenience. It also has cradles that provide superior cushion with anti sway capabilities. Another neat feature of this rack is that it has a tool free anti rattle device, this helps eliminate movement...
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  • Are Wider Cradles Available for a Thule Passage Trunk Mount Bike Rack
  • The only other Thule cradle that would fit would be the T3 cradle # 853-5829 which also fits on 1 inch diameter arms. But I do not think it will be as wide as you need (cradle width on the padded surface is about 2 inches). You would also need different anti-sway cradles, # TH955. You may need to use an adapter bar like # TH982XT in order to properly secure the bike to the cradles and just keep the cradles you have. The adapter bar is made for alternative frames so you can safely mount...
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  • Thule Apex Swing XT 4 Bike Rack TH9027XT Fit on 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Yes, the Thule Apex Swing XT 4 Bike Rack # TH9027XT opens toward the passenger side of the vehicle to allow full access to the rear of the vehicle interior. In terms of the clearance for the rack at your rear-mounted spare tire you can check this by measuring the distance from the hitch pin hole back to the rear edge of the spare tire. If the distance from your hitch pin hole to the rear edge of the spare is 8-inches or less then the rack will fit without contacting the tire. Please refer...
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  • Will the Thule Raceway 3 Trunk Bike Rack fit a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • I checked with Thule and they have confirmed that the Thule Raceway 3 Bike Carrier part # TH9002PRO will fit your 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out also. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Thule Bike Adapter Bar # TH982XT to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached a review video for...
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  • Recommendations for a 5 Bike Carrier on a 2010 Honda Odyssey and Tips on Softening Rack Straps
  • We have bike racks that fit the requirements you need, but let me address your concern regarding the straps first. The straps on the bike carriers we carry must be durable to ensure safe and secure transportation. While the straps tend to be stiff at first, they will become softer over time. Another tip is to either place the straps in direct sunlight or indoors prior to transport. This will allow the straps to soften before you need to use your bike rack. I recommend the Thule Apex...
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