City dwellers often find the expense and hassle of an automobile more trouble than it’s worth. The obvious alternative? A bicycle. But what about those times when a bike has to be carried onto the train or city bus? Or once the destination has been reached, how does one get the bike up the stairs without that awkward, uncomfortable balancing game of the bike’s frame on the rider’s shoulder?
Enter the Frame Handle, alternately called “The Little Lifter,” the brainchild of Portland, Oregon’s design duo Geoffrey and Valerie Franklin of Walnut Studiolo. Quite simply, it is a made-in-the-USA leather strap that affixes to the frame of the bike and allows the user to carry the bike using the same muscles you’d use for “lifting a grocery bag or carrying a briefcase.” The Frame Handle’s designers recently completed a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund further manufacture of the product on a grander scale.