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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Thule accessories and parts part number TH982XT or order online at Free expert support on all Thule products. Great prices 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
  • Spare Tire Bike Racks
  • Trunk Bike Racks
  • Adapter Bar
  • Frame
  • 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.


  • 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.

982XT Thule Bike Frame Adapter Bar

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (329 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.


I bought this version because it is rated to 50 lbs and so it should work for the heavier electric bike. I have been using the lighter version for several years without any problems on my Thule bike rack.

Old E.


Have used this product to carry my E-bike more than 4000 miles on my bike rack without any problems.


I bought a bike rack that just wouldn't work for my bike. I gave up on carrying my bike anywhere. Until your company reached out to me again through email. I was told about the adaption bar I could purchase. Thank you so much. It works perfectly. Now my bike and I can travel together.

Karen C.


I used the adaptor once. The day I used it, my bike fell from the rack on my car and onto the hwy. By the time I turned around on this major road, someone stole my bike. So Im not happy with the adaptor. I lost a $3000 electric bike due to that.

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Mike L.


@KarenC We're sorry to hear that, the # TH982XT adapter bar has a 50 lb capacity so it isn't the best choice for a heavy e-bike. What type of bike rack were you using?


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.


The Thule crossbar arrived on schedule and packaged well (double-boxed). I had previously purchased a crossbar made by another brand to mate with my Thule bike rack, a big mistake. Pleased that the dimensions of the Thule crossbar were a perfect fit for my 910X bike rack and step-through bike.


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!


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.


Hanover, PA


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.


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


Received torn-up and taped Thule box with damaged product inside. I choose to give the "little guy" a chance against [online]. I will not shop or recommend etrailer to friends and family.


These Thule crossbars are now holding two heavy e-bikes on wall racks in our garage.


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.


So pleased with this bike rack! Simple to install and remove. I like that the rack locks onto the receiver hitch and that the bikes lock onto the rack. Sturdy, but light enough that this 63 year old woman can handle it herself.


Works just as planned to transport a step through ebike on a regular bike rack.
Joshua was very helpfui. He made sure I bought the correct adapter bar (one that would accommodate the bike’s weight).


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 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 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

T.j. M.


Thanks, I’m very happy with them. They work like they’re supposed to and have given me no trouble.


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!


Haven’t used it yet but I’m hoping it will allow me to purchase the Aventon Aventure Ebike step over. The Aventon webpage says that my Thule EasyFold will not fit the on this rack, if not it will be returned.


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.

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Mike L.


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 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.


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.


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.

Etrailer Expert

Heather A.


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.


The Thule bike rack and security strap work very well. We had to purchase an extra bar for my wife's bicycle. Consequently, her bike doesn't fit as perfectly to the rack's tightening straps as mine. But overall, with some adjustments, we were able to make it work.


It works as intended


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.

Donald B.


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.


Easy to put on and take off. Works fine on my mountain bike.


I never even thought about ordering this part, but was so glad Dan at 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.



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.


My order was delivered quickly, and Sarah H. was great helping me solve a problem I didn't know I had. I didn't notice the size range for the bike adapter bar I ordered, and when it wasn't immediately available, she helped me get a bar that would fit the bike I needed to carry.

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  • Is a Small Amount of Play in the Thule Bike Frame Adapter Bar TH982XT Normal
    Your setup sounds just fine. The adapter bar part # TH982XT will have a bit of play in it but it will not cause any problems. The ends of the bars do have different sizes. Typically it's the steering stem that requires the wider portion but as long as you get both the seat post and stem secured either way will work fine.
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    I spoke with my contact at Thule and found that the adapter bar # TH982XT has a 35 pound capacity. If your bike is right at 35 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...
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