The handle: A bike innovation that should have been on every bike in the first place

Bike handle in action
CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ Mikael Colville-Andersen lifting bike

April describes A bike innovation that all city cyclists will covet the Bike Lift&Carry, which adds a retractible shoulder strap to your bike. It's useful for a lot of cyclists who have to deal with stairs or get bikes up to their apartments or workspaces.

bike handle closeupLloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

I smiled when I saw the post; It's also a problem that has been around for a while. In Copenhagen, Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize showed me one of his older bikes designed for urban cycling. It had a little folding handle built right into the bike, mounted in just the right place so that you could carry the bike like a briefcase under your arm. Mikael lists it at Number 3 of his Top Ten Details We Want Back and writes:

My Crescent bicycle has a handle on the tube which is wonderfully balanced and makes lifting up the bike easy as pie. Especially vintage Swedish bikes of various brands have this handle, but this was a design detail that was mainstream for a long time.... I don't use mine that often, but I do on occasion and love it every time I do. Brilliant thinking.

It's a sensible idea that could be part of any bike. Someone should scan, 3D print and kickstarter this!

Bike with handleLloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

The handle: A bike innovation that should have been on every bike in the first place
Decades ago, some urban bikes came with handles to make them easier to carry. Why don't they anymore?

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