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Thule Ride-On Adapter

    Thule Ride-On Adapter

    This versatile adapter enables almost any bike carrier to be installed to a vehicle's factory rack. See details

    • $54.95

    Item # 723898

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    This versatile adapter enables almost any bike carrier to be installed to a vehicle's factory rack.

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    This versatile adapter enables almost any bike carrier to be installed to a vehicle's factory rack.

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    This versatile adapter enables almost any bike carrier to be installed to a vehicle's factory rack.

    • Strong and level load bars provide the ideal platform for bike carrier mounting
    • Works with Thule Criterium and Big Mouth upright carriers as well as V2 and Velo Vise, all sold separately
    • Includes two 32" load bars and tamper-resistant universal mounting hardwear
    • Two bike maximum capacity

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    Please note: Thule products cannot be shipped to Canadian addresses.

    Made in USA.

    Item 723898

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    Thule Ride-On Adapter is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not ideal, but does the job for now This product was sold expressly for bikes. There is no weight rating that I could find, other than "two bikes", which could be a lot if you carry an old bike. However, I didn't buy it for bikes. I bought it because nobody makes a good connector for the factory roof rack for the 2013 Outback. I put my 58" bars on these adapters (the factory folding bars no longer fold in), and carried my tandem kayak and a Thule box on these puppies. I know I'm probalby exceeding the design limits, but it seems pretty stable once my cargo box was clamped down. I tried to mount these so that the factory rack would still fold in, but to do that makes the front and rear bars no longer parallel - not good. Nobody makes a good rack for the 2013 Outback (Yakima makes a rack that fits the 2010 to 2012, but Subaru changed the design again for the 2013 and that system doesn't work.) Thule makes something that could have used the crossbars in the folded position, but that puts a smaller spread on the crossbars, and when carrying a 21' kayak, the smaller spacing is just not adequate. So I would have to summarize that I don't really care for the system and the design is all plastic (if it was metal, I'd have felt much better), but it seems solid enough for now. A friend of mine has this system as well, but us using it for bikes. He is not completely satisfied either - over time the plastic appears to relax, and the cross bars can be moved by hand even though they were once as tight as they could be made. I would recommend adding some window screen between the mount and the crossbar to keep the bar from sliding, and when I take the rack of my car next, I will probably add some screen as a preventative measure so it doesn't relax while I have a kayak on top. By "relax", I mean that the mount seems to get a bit looser over time as the plastic gets older. Still, what I have is the only thing I could find out there. If someone comes up with something better, I'll buy it.
    Date published: 2014-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from wish I knew this was available sooner Trying to fit a rack system on a 2011 Subaru Outback can be a pain. I thought I was going to have to purchase an entire rack system before the helpful associate's at REI turned me on to this product. It was easy enough to install although the special wrench can be tough to manuver in tight spots. The rack was stable over a 1600 mile trip with two mountain bikes. I may purchase longer bars to use with this eventually.
    Date published: 2014-03-21

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