Bicycles are great things to ride, but awkward things to carry.

I live in a walk-up, and every so often run into my female neighbor hoisting her bicycle up to her shoulder to schlep it up the stairs. If I run into her at the bottom, I’ll offer to carry it up for her; if I run into her mid-staircase I won’t, because we both know it’s too awkward to transfer from one person to another in that position. That’s when we both stop and look at the camera, infomercial style, and simultaneously say “There has to be a better way!”

That better way is Walnut Studiolo’s Bicycle Frame Handle, a simple leather strap that lets you carry your ride safely, easily, and ergonomically.

The Frame Handle (a.k.a. “The Little Lifter”!)  is a comfortable, stylish, sturdy, and easy-to-use leather handle for carrying your bicycle, whether it’s up the stairs, across the tracks, or into the metro.

Designed for urban commuters, this minimalist handle makes carrying your bike actually feel easier and lighter by lowering the center of gravity and using your normal muscle groups for lifting and holding your bicycle, same as lifting a grocery bag or carrying a briefcase. Because it’s easier to lift and hold, you’re in more control of your bicycle, making it safer to hold in crowded settings.

Leather is an extraordinarily durable material, and the Frame Handle is built to last a lifetime.

The leather we’d like to purchase is USA-tanned leather from American steers in St. Louis, Missouri with hardware sourced from an Ohio leather company.

The Frame Handle measures approximately 7.5” end-to-end, with the handle itself running approximately 5.5” long and the two end belts accommodating tubing diameters from to 1” to 1.5”.

The Frame Handle was field-tested by a dedicated volunteer crew of Walnut Studiolo fans, friends, and customers in March-April 2012. Here’s what they had to say about it in their feedback forms:

  • “It is a useful tool and [I] am finding it to be more helpful every day. But you won’t realize how useful until you try one out. I was showing it to my husband and explaining what it was for but he really didn’t ‘get it’ until I made him pick up my bike with it.”
  • “The other day the side of the bridge I wanted to cross on was closed so I had to ride underneath, lift my bike up the stairs (and running because i was on the way to a final for class!). Get back on my bike cross the bridge, jump off, carry it down the stairs, under the bridge and back up stairs on the other side – the handle makes those sort of activities a breeze.”
  • “I also have found that it is easier to hang my bike upside down in the garage by using the handle to flip the bike.”
  • “It’s been useful for carrying my bike up my apartment stairs, and upstairs for work. It takes the burden of holding it on my shoulder and I can easily pick it up and trot on up, or down stairs!“
  • “The handle made it much easier to lift the bike up onto the hook [on the metro] and for upside down storage at home.”
  • “I have more control of carrying my bike from using the handle instead of the two handed approach of carrying it by the seat or top tube and the handles.”

 

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