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Will Adapter Bar Be Needed for Step Thru Bike Frame on Yakima Y02637 HangOut Trunk Mount Bike Rack  


I am interested in the YakimaHang out to bike rack, will I be able to put non-standard bikes on there? Or will I need a tension bar? Specifically for women step through bikes. Thank you so much,


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The Yakima # Y02637 HangOut bike rack is a quality bike rack that would work well on your 2018 Highlander.

Women's bikes with step-through frames don't fit very well on hanging style bike racks unless a frame adapter bar is used. The adapter bar spans the distance from the seat post to the handlebar gooseneck, and provides a level attachment point for the bike rack. Yakima offers an adapter bar as part # Y02531, but there's no reason why you can't use a less expensive model like the # MPG2165 from Malone.

With an adapter bar, your bike will work just fine, as long as it weighs less than the 35lb per bike capacity of the rack.

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