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    Hitch Bike Racks and Women's frame bikes... Looking for help/advice

    Howdy,

    So, I ordered a (2") hitch for my car, and wanted a tray/platform style rack. So I bought a Yakima Holdup and I was pretty excited about it, until I realized that it won't work with our bikes (Trek Allant & Electra Ticino) because we have fenders:


    So, I was thinking, well... I guess I'll go exchange it for the Yakima Stickup:


    But then I read that these don't work for women's frames bikes. And installing the Yakima TubeTop adapter piece won't work, because apparently the downward force releases the mechanism.


    I was trying to stay away from the hanging rack systems, because it doesn't seem as though the TubeTop adapter would be able to hold up the bike correctly.

    Here is the bike in question:


    Anyway, if anyone has any advice, I would be really appreciative.

    Thanks!
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    those dummy temporary top tube things,
    work fine with racks that hold up the bike by the top tube.
    (typically simple strap-on ones) .. that is their purpose..

    you will find many more brands than Yakima make them.
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    I had to buy the Stickup instead of the Holdup for the exact same reason: among all of our bikes, while most don't have fenders, two we ride a lot do, so we needed the totally versitile type.

    One fault with the Stickup is that it will mar the paint on the top tube, and will do so very significantly if you drive in dusty conditions at all. We solve that by simply putting a piece of heavy duct tape on the top tube where contact is made. On the bikes we transport regularly, I bought some heavy duty clear frame protection tape (also sold as car body protective material - in tapes or sheets). That does the job and is virtually invisible. Just watch it and replace it before it gets worn through.

    As for the sloping top tubes, the only thing I can suggest is to try it. I think you might be surprised that they will work OK on sloping top tubes. I know they work OK on sloping top tube mountain bikes i've transported.

    The top tube adapter is intended for use with the hanging style racks, not the Stickup type. I have a couple which I bought when I was using a hanging type rack (which I HATE) and they work great for that.

    On the blue "women's" bike you have pictured above, I believe the top tube adapter could actually work. Put one end above the head tube on the qull stem. Put the other end on the seat post down by where the seat post collar is, and/or where the seat stays meet the main frame (seat stays are the thin metal pieces that run from the seat tube at an angle down to the rear axle). I really think that would work if just using the frame itself doesn't.

    But do everything you can to avoid the hanging type. They are just an inherently fussy and poor design imno. YOu really have to be careful, and fuss a lot to keep bikes from swaying and damaging each other in transit. Note I did not say it couldn't be done, just that it is not intrinsic to the design, not intuitive how to do it, and requires figuiring, fussing, extra straps, pads and bungies to make it work.
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    Hey, thanks for the feedback! I'm going to take the bike to shop and try the Stickup. If that doesn't work, I guess I'll be coming home with a hanging rack and the adapter...

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    This Swagman rack works with the step through frames: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001VO1YY/...hvptwo=&hvqmt=
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinsonp2 View Post
    This Swagman rack works with the step through frames: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001VO1YY/...hvptwo=&hvqmt=
    I've used the 4 bike version of that with kids and adult bikes and it seems to adapt to any size / design pretty well.
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    I have one of the Thule hanging style hitch racks and it works great. I use the straps that they supply to stabilize the bikes as well as the anti sway devices and it works fine. For my wife's bike, I use one of the adapters and it works well.

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    Well, I ended up going with the Stickup. I took my wife's bike with me and tested it out first this time (wish I thought of that originally!) It isn't the best fit, but seems very stable. I guess we will see! Hope to test it out soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinsonp2 View Post
    This Swagman rack works with the step through frames: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001VO1YY/...hvptwo=&hvqmt=
    If that works with a step through frame, so will the Stickup and similar -they're essentially the same design. Good to hear.

    Quote Originally Posted by SpookyReverb View Post
    Well, I ended up going with the Stickup. I took my wife's bike with me and tested it out first this time (wish I thought of that originally!) It isn't the best fit, but seems very stable. I guess we will see! Hope to test it out soon.
    Be sure to put a layer of tough tape - either clear frame-saver type tape or temporary duct tape - on the frame where the padded bar fits onto the top tube. You'll get abrasion of the bike's paint if you don't. I've put little permanent clear framesaver on the bikes we transport regularly. Virtually invisible. I keep a roll of duct tape in the car for when I carry a friend's bike. Easy on/easy off and no damage to the paint. It's not the pad - if it were just the clean pad touching the bike I doubt there'd be any damage. But any little bit of road dust will get in there and abrade the paint. I live on a very dusty road in a very dusty location so I might have more of a problem than most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camilo View Post



    Be sure to put a layer of tough tape - either clear frame-saver type tape or temporary duct tape - on the frame where the padded bar fits onto the top tube. You'll get abrasion of the bike's paint if you don't. I've put little permanent clear framesaver on the bikes we transport regularly. Virtually invisible. I keep a roll of duct tape in the car for when I carry a friend's bike. Easy on/easy off and no damage to the paint. It's not the pad - if it were just the clean pad touching the bike I doubt there'd be any damage. But any little bit of road dust will get in there and abrade the paint. I live on a very dusty road in a very dusty location so I might have more of a problem than most.
    Thanks for the advice, it is very good to know! If I damaged the paint on my wife's bike, I probably wouldn't live to try the frame-saver tape the next time, haha

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