Bicycle Frame Handle - "Little Lifter"

Our "Little Lifter" Frame Handle offers a solution to a common bicycle commuting problem: it makes lifting and maneuvering your bike easier. Everyday obstacles like stairs, curbs, garage hooks, trolleys and trains can make carrying your bike challenging.

Like attaching a briefcase handle to your bike, the Frame Handle lowers the bike's center of gravity and takes advantage of your most commonly-used muscle groups to make lifting feel easier, lighter, and more in control. 

Originally launched on Kickstarter and featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Design Store, the Frame Handle is easy to install, weatherproofed, sustainably handcrafted from American leather, and available in colors to match your leather saddles. It comes in sizes Regular and Large for different size frame tubes (see Size info below). 

Watch a 1-minute video telling the Kickstarter story behind the Bicycle Frame Handle: 

INSTALLATION:

See a short installation video on our YouTube channel:   

See a picture guide showing how to install your frame handle on our Snapguide channel:
How to Install a Bicycle Frame Handle by Walnut Studiolo on Snapguide.

COLORS: Honey, Dark Brown, or Black. 

MATERIALS: Bridle leather, nickel-plated steel hardware

DIMENSIONS: The Frame Handle measures approximately 7.5” end-to-end, with the handle itself running approximately 5.5” long. 

SIZES: If in doubt, order the size Large.  

  • The "Regular" size Frame Handle will fit most bikes. It fits tube circumferences approximately 3.15" - 5.75". 
  • The "Large" size fits tube circumferences approximately 3.75" - 8.25" (usually mountain bikes and e-bikes). 

SIZE NOTE: The standard "Large" order comes with one regular belt, to fit the seat tube, and one large belt to fit the down tube. In nearly all cases, the seat tube is a size Regular to fit the standard-sized seat post, but if you need TWO large end belts - such as for a Brompton top tube - simply leave us a note under 'Special Instructions' and we will include two large end belts upon request at no additional charge.  

MONOGRAMMING: Yes! This item can be monogrammed with up to 4 characters using our 1/2" font set. Monogramming can add 2-3 days to the turnaround time. Monogram placement is shown in the last photo. Learn more about monogramming.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Credit to Erin Berzel Photography and Austin Goodman.  

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Based on 164 reviews
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N.R.
Functional, beautiful, priced accordingly

Yes, this handle is rather expensive considering what it does: for me, it is only enabling me to carry my bike up one flight of stairs at my apartment. However, considering the fact that I make this little climb at least three times every week, the cumulative amount of comfort provided by this little handle over the months is adding up. Furthermore, Walnut as a business does an excellent job at character and branding, from their packaging and presentation to their occasional and relevant email follow-up messages. Workmanship is high-quality, and I am proud to have supported this company with my purchase.

J
J.
Good, but could be improved

I had one of these on my bike, that was recently stolen. I was looking to reorder it, but have found the price has increased by about 65% since I had originally purchased it.

The good - I used it on two different bikes, one with a step-through frame and one with a mixte frame. It worked well for both.

One frame was painted and it scratched the frame. I also found I frequently needed to readjust the straps/buckles because they would fall out. This didn't impact security but was annoying. It was more problematic on the step through frame as it brushed against the cranks.

On the mixte frame, it seemed the straps stayed in place more securely, and with age as the straps curled they were more apt to stay In place. Additionally this bike was powder coated, so I noticed much fewer scratches to the paint job, they were very minimal.

This strap does mess up wet paint, but powder coat holds up pretty well.

The strap is really durable, I used it for about 6 years with no issues. So the cost per use is easy to justify, just watch out for your paint job.

K
K.
Great customer service

When my first one got lost in the mail, they made it so quick and easy for me to get a new one, and filed a claim so I could get a refund on my old one! Amazing! This thing makes it so much easier to get my bike up and down stairs. Thank you!!!

D
D.B.
Easy Carry

Makes it a lot easier to carry my bike up and down apartment steps.

T
T.M.
Little Lifter

Excellent quality and workmanship!

Customer Reviews

Based on 164 reviews
85%
(139)
10%
(17)
3%
(5)
1%
(1)
1%
(2)
N
N.R.
Functional, beautiful, priced accordingly

Yes, this handle is rather expensive considering what it does: for me, it is only enabling me to carry my bike up one flight of stairs at my apartment. However, considering the fact that I make this little climb at least three times every week, the cumulative amount of comfort provided by this little handle over the months is adding up. Furthermore, Walnut as a business does an excellent job at character and branding, from their packaging and presentation to their occasional and relevant email follow-up messages. Workmanship is high-quality, and I am proud to have supported this company with my purchase.

J
J.
Good, but could be improved

I had one of these on my bike, that was recently stolen. I was looking to reorder it, but have found the price has increased by about 65% since I had originally purchased it.

The good - I used it on two different bikes, one with a step-through frame and one with a mixte frame. It worked well for both.

One frame was painted and it scratched the frame. I also found I frequently needed to readjust the straps/buckles because they would fall out. This didn't impact security but was annoying. It was more problematic on the step through frame as it brushed against the cranks.

On the mixte frame, it seemed the straps stayed in place more securely, and with age as the straps curled they were more apt to stay In place. Additionally this bike was powder coated, so I noticed much fewer scratches to the paint job, they were very minimal.

This strap does mess up wet paint, but powder coat holds up pretty well.

The strap is really durable, I used it for about 6 years with no issues. So the cost per use is easy to justify, just watch out for your paint job.

K
K.
Great customer service

When my first one got lost in the mail, they made it so quick and easy for me to get a new one, and filed a claim so I could get a refund on my old one! Amazing! This thing makes it so much easier to get my bike up and down stairs. Thank you!!!

D
D.B.
Easy Carry

Makes it a lot easier to carry my bike up and down apartment steps.

T
T.M.
Little Lifter

Excellent quality and workmanship!

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