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Old 09-17-06, 11:43 PM   #1
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How do you carry your bike on stairs?

I have to haul my bike up and down a flight of stairs each time I take it out. The stairs are generously described as narrow with the added bonus of having a locked door at the bottom of the stairs. The door swings through the only flat part in front of the stairs when it opens so it's not really an option to put the bike down to open the door.

Any tricks to carrying a bike on stairs using one hand or should I just take two trips, one to prop the door open and one to actually move the bike?
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Old 09-18-06, 12:09 AM   #2
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I just hoist mine up on my shoulder. If you have a diamond frame it shouldn't be much of a problem to control the bike one handed.
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Old 09-18-06, 12:44 AM   #3
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Carrying up a stairway The lighter ones, I just grab the butt of the stem with my left hand and carry it up the stairs with one hand. My mountain-commuting bike in full winter trim can approach 40+ pounds with my stuff in the bags, so in that case I stand on the right of it, reach down with my left hand and grab it by the seat tube above the front derailleur, and grab the right end of the handlebar with my right hand, and carry it up the stairs like that.

Carrying down a stairway I grab the nose of the seat with my left hand and lift it to shoulder level. If I needed it more nose-down, I'd grab the rear end of the top tube and lift that to shoulder level.
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I just hoist mine up on my shoulder.

Me too.
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Old 09-18-06, 01:44 AM   #5
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Usually I do right hand on the top tube, left hand on the handlebar. The left hand is mostly there for balance, so I can also use it to open doors.

Some times when I'm feeling really strong, it'll go on my shoulder.
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Old 09-18-06, 02:20 AM   #6
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I usually just carry it with one hand under the nose of the seat. The front-wheel is always aimed down the stairs.
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Old 09-18-06, 02:55 AM   #7
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I sometimes just ride mine down the stairs.

If I'm feeling especially strong and the staircase isn't too long, I'll ride up it too.

But for most of the time, I'll hoist it on my shoulders (seat-tube/top-tube intersection resting on the top of my shoulder) if it's a diamond frame. The full-suspension MTB is a bit trickier as it doesn't have enough of an opening in the frame to slip my shoulder through. For walking it down the stairs, I just get it verticle, front-wheel in the air, and holding it by the handlerbars, roll it down on its rear wheel. This can also work going up the stairs but I usually have one hand on the handlebars and another on the saddle while walking behind it pushing it up. Another method I've used it to simply flip the bike upside down and rest the toptube on my shoulder.
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Old 09-18-06, 07:56 AM   #8
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I usually grab as far down on the seat tube as I can with the right hand and just carry one handed.
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Old 09-18-06, 08:13 AM   #9
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I ride a mixte. I reach over the top tubes with my right hand and grab the chainstay. This basically sets the nose of my seat on my shoulder. I use my other hand to keep the front wheel from flopping around but I can let go and open doors. I did have one incedent when I was bounding up some stairs...

Just a few steps from the top, I missed a step and stumbled forward. My bike's front tire stopped the bike at the top step. However, my upper torso was still moving forward and I bashed my face into the handlebar and stem. After a fair amount of cussing and stomping, I got to my desk and applied an ice pack.

The impact was on the bridge of my nose and my right eyebrow. My nose split open and there was a pretty good sized knot just above my eye. A few months later, I got clocked in the head during a soccer game and ended up in the ER. The radiologist was looking at the X-rays and asked me when I had cracked my eye socket.
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Lean over and grasp the seat tube just above the derailleur (as already posted). You can carry a bike of any weight, but more so a commuter with panniers or other bags on it. Usually you will find the bike well balanced. I'd like to see someone sling a fully loaded touring bike over their shoulder!!!

Oh, and one thing all the proponents of lifting the bike on to your shoulder have forgotten to mention... do it from the left-hand side of the bike only (ie, hoist it over your right shoulder).
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Old 09-18-06, 11:35 AM   #12
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For going down stairs - over the right shoulder with right hand on the handle bar keeping the front wheel steady
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Right arm over, the top tube in the arm pit and hold it by the seat tube just above the crank. High enough for the wheels not to interfer too much with walking. Control the front wheel with the the left hand.
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I carry my bike up and down stairs on my right shoulder too but with a slight twist. I take a grip on the head tube and I tip the rear wheel right up and the front right down so the seat tube is on my shoulder more than the top tube. It makes it quite compact and easier to manoeuvre around. It works for me.

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Old 09-18-06, 08:57 PM   #15
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I think one of my problems was carrying the bike on my left shoulder (ouch) but it allows me to manipulate the door better. I'll give the right shoulder a try. And I guess I better go back to doing more upper body work at the gym. This thing isn't getting any lighter and that's before I add a rack, saddle pack or god forbid panniers.
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Old 09-18-06, 09:12 PM   #16
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cyclocross style over my shoulder.
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I prefer to walk my bike up and down the stairs, especially when it has panniers on it stuffed with locks and other heavy items. Up stairs is a no-brainer: just do it. Down stairs can get out of control: the trick is to use both brakes (front's especially important) and stay a steps or maybe two above the one the front wheel is on at any given moment. As you're taking a step downward, go lighter on the front brake to let the wheel turn and bike drop a step down - and lock the front wheel right away to prevent the bike from rolling further down faster than you can walk. With some practice it's actually quite easy to do and I don't have to kill my back carrying 50+ pounds of bike+load on a shoulder.

It should be possible to stop just before the door, hold the brake with one hand and open the door with another.
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Over the shoulder, with the bike on the inside of the turns.
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1) bend down, grab downtube by the bottom bracket with one hand, handlebars by the other.

2) hoist bike up, resting the underside of the saddle on your shoulder. Don't let go of that downtube.

3) angle bike up or down to clear stairs.

4) get going, trooper!
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carry it up, ride it down.
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