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Rated5out of5byLindab303fromgood solutionWe typically drive to a bike trail and take our bikes on vacations. Withot the adapter, putting my womans bike on the bike rack was really a pain. This makes it so much easier. Wish I bought this sooner.
Date published: 2013-10-30
Rated5out of5byRocksnropefromNecessary OptionAdaptor improved over earlier version. Adaptor now has lever to aid in depressing locking mechanism - old version would hurt your fingertips.
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated5out of5byJackBlackfromWorks Great!Works great on my 16" mtb frame!
Date published: 2013-09-19
Rated5out of5byRadar RettafromDefinitely Solved My ProblemGot a new mtn bike that just wouldn't fit onto my older Thule spare tire rack - the frame bar was too thick and there wasn't enough length to it so I couldn't get it even onto the two posts of the the rack - this took care of that issue real fast!
My only suggestion - is make the instructions a tiny bit clearer. I am an engineer and it took me a bit to long to figure out how the clamps work because they are very stiff and hard to open - which is good in the long run because it won't come off the bike on the rack but it is sure a struggle when you think you know how to open them but because they are so stiff and tight - they don't open easily so you think you are doing something wrong. Otherwise it has been fantastic!
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated5out of5byGenuine RiskfromWorks PerfectlyThis device works as advertised. I use it with my Allen Bike Rack (trunk mounted) on my small sedan to transport my steel-framed Univega mixte bicycle. The frame adapter is very easy to adjust to fit the bike, the two locks snap into place and stay locked during transport even on bumpy roads/long trips. It handles the weight of the bike without a problem & it is so much eaiser to put my bike onto the rack now! No rear tire sticking way up in the air anylonger!
Being a worrier, however, I do check the bike when I have to stop for gas, etc,on longer trips just to make sure it it still secure on the frame adapter. So far it has not budged nor have the locks on the adapter come loose even once.
If you have an awkwardly sized bike that doesn't fit your rack, you need one of these!
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated4out of5byCarebear1978fromGreat productI use this product on my Thule bicycle rack when mounting women's bicycles. I already own two more of this same product and they have worked well in the past.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated3out of5byhkrf1317fromDecent adapter for non-standard framesI recently bought a Thule hitch-mounted bike rack for my little car and needed this adapter for my women's frame bike. It works well, is easy to get on and off, except one of the rotating joints is stiff, so when you press in on the release, you also have to push up hard at the same time to get it to rotate. On the other hand, it makes the adapter feel more secure and less likely to fail while on the road.
I've read complaints that this adapter will not fit children's bikes or smaller frames. I have an average sized frame for a women's bike and it fits just fine. The telescoping capability is nice for larger bikes but I barely need to extend it to fit properly.
The adapter holds the bike securely, I had no problems with it coming loose, etc. during transport.
A few complaints - the adapter is a little thick at the ends, which keeps those ends from sitting in my bike rack's saddles. I only complain about this because it prevents me from properly using the anti-sway cage that came with my rack, since that requires the seat tube to be positioned right against the saddle. I can't get the seat tube close enough to the saddle/support to use my anti-sway cage.
My other complaint is much more minor and applies more to the bike rack, but someone could very easily steal my bike using this, since all they would need to do is pop my bike out of the adapter to get it loose. My rack comes with a locking cord, but it isn't long enough to properly secure my bike with the adapter on it. It would have been nice if Thule had designed the adapter to lock onto the bike with a key or combination-based release. Otherwise, I'll just buy an extra bike lock and finagle a way to lock it in.
Overall, the Thule adapter does the job. It keeps the bike secure and holds my bike's heavy aluminum frame well. I'm happy with it, but there's nothing great to write home about.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated5out of5byNCStephenfromNot Cheap but provides a solid mountingWhen loading a bike with no top bar or it has a frame that is a very low, tight diamond with rear suspension equipment, this accessory for putting a temporary top bar works very well. The price, like most Thule items, isn't cheap. If you are talented workshop person you can make one. If you aren't and have to carry a bike like this regularly, buy this even if you use another rack. I have this in the car and it gets used regularly when meeting up with friends to go for a ride. It is vastly easier to use this than tilt, angle, slide the bike forward and back, and try to slip rack arms with carriers into tiny frame spots. We recently carried a Specialized Ladies Cruiser bike. It is very upright with a very tall stem bike and using the bar from seat to stem still resulted in the front wheel being very low. This temporary top bar then went from seat to one of the forks and worked well in that position. If you are going to have a bike that will be low to the ground, mount it first on the rack so it will not suffer from being mounted at the end so far from the rear axle so best avoiding a chance of dragging it.
While initially pricey it has made loading a varity of bike styles easily possible. Even if you can load your own bike and you are going to be carrying bikes of friends for outtings, this little gadget makes the experience change from one where it is almost impossible to get a bike mounted to one of ease. It is a good product for this purpose.
Date published: 2013-01-15
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