Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar

Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar

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  • Hitch Bike Racks
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  • Bike Adapter Bar
  • Yakima
  • 14-1/2 - 31-1/2 Inch Long
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. Call 800-298-8924 to order Yakima accessories and parts part number Y02531 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Yakima products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.


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Yakima Accessories and Parts - Y02531

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.


Features:

  • Creates a straight tube top for female or oddly shaped bike frames
  • Installs quickly and securely on wide range of bikes
    • Keeps bikes secure on single- or dual-arm mounts
  • Has adjustable, large-diameter tubing and anti-rotation inserts
    • Provides greater bike stability
  • Attaches to bike with molded collars
    • Collars are gentle on bike stem and seat post


Specs:

  • Fits most bike frames and styles
  • Capacity: 1 bike at 45 lbs
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 14-1/2" long at shortest; 31-1/2" at maximum length
  • Lifetime warranty


8002531 Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar



Y02531 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details Y02531 Installation instructions


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




Video Transcript for Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar Review

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. .


Customer Reviews

Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar - Y02531

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (106 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.

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works great 570740



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The tube top adapter bar works great. Took a little doing to get it on but now my girlfriend can go riding! 486872



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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



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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



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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



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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


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Well, its been over a year now and the Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter still looks great and is holding up well to the rigors Ive put it through. Thanks again eTrailer.com

Dave R - 02/23/2015

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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


Comments

Hi, is your Honda CRV a 2014 5door?How many stabilizing straps do you have?Thank you!Janet

-- comment by: Janet - 07/08/2014

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We looked up Julie's order and it is a 2005 Honda CR-V. The bike rack is a Yakima SpareTime, it bolts to the spare tire mount so there are no straps used to secure the rack to the vehicle. Each bike is held on with 3 straps, 2 across the top tube to secure the bike to the rack and 1 around the seat post to keep the bike from swinging. As you know, your 2014 doesn't have the rear mounted spare, so your bike rack options are roof, hitch or trunk/hatch mounted. I've added a link to all the trunk racks we have that will fit your CR-V, if you're interested in roof or hitch mounte instead, let me know.

-- Patrick B - 7/10/2014


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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


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very happy with this purchase would buy again

Greg Z - 05/28/2016

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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



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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



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Jesse M did a great job helping me get the bike adapter bars ordered, they came quickly and they fit all our bikes. I am happy with this product and this purchase. 561698



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Expensive for what does. But it works as advertised. 597664



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worked exactly as I expected with my Yakima hitch rack. I was able to use it with a smaller women's bike and a kid's mountain bike. 588241



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Ordered Thule. Backordered, etrailer called and offered Yakima, turns out they have a wider range and fit girls bikes better. Great quality and better price. 538953



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Solid and simple, just the way things should be. 517261



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It works. Allows your bike to ride level. Just make sure your seat and handlebars are tight since they carry the weight of your bike. I drew a pencil line on the stem so I can check if anything slips. 514695



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Great adapter bar. No scratches, no issues. Holds the bike securely. Locking ends may require a tool to push down the locking button. (Key, pen, stick) 508627



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Works as advertised. 505538



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Good product. You need this if you are mounting ladies bikes to a bike rack. 489668



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Works great 427522



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easy ordering fast shipping 418997



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Only mens bikes really fit well on bike racks, so we use these for the youth bikes and women's frames . They have been very durable over several trips in the last year. 403905



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a necessity if you have women and kids bike. Worked out perfect with these, without them i would of not been able to install quickly. 403693



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Works great on Electra Townie Women's B ike 400082



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Great service 378630



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Works well, video for use excellent. 377065



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Couldn't be any happier with the whole process, research, ordering and the delivery. Although my parts were not yet installed, they are waiting for me at home so when I get back from my winter vacation, I can entertain myself installing them. All the videos are absolute a great help and informative. Great place to do business with, one would hope there are more businesses like this. Congratulations guys!! 374097


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Didn’t use it a lot, but it was perrrfect!!

Jose K - 04/29/2018

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Makes mounting the bikes a breeze. You can do it without these but get ready for a battle and a good bit of time dedicated to figuring the exact placement of each bike so it fits this rack. 362430



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Does the what the product was designed for 361817



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Delivered in short order and worked as I expected 356101



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Really useful gadget! 345547



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We've had one for years and needed a second one for another women's bike. This is the best way to transport a men's or women's bike that doesn't have the top cross bar if you are using a hitch mounted bike rack. Sturdy construction and easy to mount on the bike. 345459



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Easy to use and does great job with the Fullback bike carrier. 334452



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Easy to use. Works well. 321844



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This bar enabled me to place a very small toddlers bike on my Yakima bike rack and it works very well overall, but it would have been nice to be able to rotate the bar along it's y axis for greater flexibility with installation. It's very well built and matches my bike rack. Great product! 313693



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Yakima makes a great product and e-trailer makes it easy to find. My order was filled and shipped accurately and timely. I will order from e-trailer again as the need arises with no hesitation. 302339



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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


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I am still living both products!

Jen - 10/23/2017

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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



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Good product! 278444



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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



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Part works as expected 265386



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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



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Works great 257645



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This product and delivery is excellent. 251800



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Easy to assemble and use. 243529



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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



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I had to use it on a girl's bike since it didn't properly fit on my bike rack. It worked. 235186



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Great quality 227920



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The product arrived in a timely manner and the quality exceeded my expectations. 214284



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its strong, nice looking and easy. 213564


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  • There is a way to transport your beach cruisers with this Topline 2 Bike Carrier, part # UG2500, but I would not recommend attaching it to the down tube of your bike. I would recommend you use a Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar, part # Y02531, to provide you with an attachment point for the # UG2500. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out as well as installation instructions. You will want to measure the distance from your seat post to your handlebars, and as...
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  • Recommended Rear Mounted Bike Rack for a 2014 Subaru Forester with Electric Lift Gate and Spoiler
  • There are many options available for rear mounted bike racks on your 2014 Subaru Forester with the electric lift gate and spoiler. I have linked the page with all of them to this page for your convenience, but the Thule # TH910XT isn't one of them. One that I really like is the Yakima FullBack 2 # Y02634. This rear rack will mount to the back of your Forester with minimal roof interference. The FullBack includes an integrated bike lock and a rack lock to secure your bikes to the rack...
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  • What are the Dimensions for the Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar, # Y02531
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Yakima Tube Top Adapter Bar, # Y02531. When measured from the inside of the clamp on one end to the inside clamp on the other end, the shortest length is 14-1/2 inches. The longest inside dimension with the bar pulled all the way out measured 30 inches. Overall length, with the bar collapsed is 23-3/4 inches, fully extended it is 31-1/2 inches long. The 2 clamps are different sizes. The internal dimensions of the smaller one are 1-1/2 inches wide...
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  • Spare Tire Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 35 inch Tall Tire
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  • At this time the only trunk or hatch mounted bike racks available for the 2005 Honda Odyssey is the Hollywood Racks # HRF2 for 2 bikes or the # HRF3 for 3 bikes. It will mount to the rear hatch, crossbars, or existing rails on your Odyssey. There are other options available if you need to transport more that 2 bikes. The most versatile being a hitch and hitch mounted bike rack. A hitch will allow you to not only put a bike rack on your Odyssey, but also cargo carriers and many other...
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