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Old 08-05-08, 04:38 AM   #1
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Lugging your bike upstairs.!

I live in a flat on the third floor,when lifting the bike for going down the stairs i position the pedals horizontal and the pedal nearest to me facing backwards,for going up the stairs again i position the pedals horizontal facing forward it works for me..!When walking with my bike i have the pedal in the same position as i do when going upstairs.......!........!peace!Is this the best method??????
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Old 08-05-08, 05:40 AM   #2
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I live on the third floor as well, so I have to carry my bike down some stairs to start each ride as well. I don't reposition the pedals or anything... I just hoist the top-tube onto my shoulder, walk on down, and start my ride.
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Old 08-05-08, 08:59 AM   #3
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The easiest way for me is to lift it up cyclocross-style, pointing my arm through the front triangle, setting the top tube on my shoulder, and holding somewhere on the downtube with my hand.

Doesn't work for a women's/mixte/drop-style frame, though. For those, or if I don't feel like reaching through the frame of one of my regular bikes, I just reach down over the bike and grasp the downtube near the crank.

Here's a short how-to cyclocross vid that'll give an idea. It's obviously not necessary to do it as fast as possible when all you're doing is coming home, and you can vary your hand position a bit to fit the bike more easily through a stairwell, and you can give the front brake a jerk to help pivot the bike up & forward... but anyway, have a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxzwX8AUL3g
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Old 08-05-08, 09:03 AM   #4
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I once lived on the third floor. I hated lugging my heavier tour bike. And try not to wear a white jersey.
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I was living in a third floor appartment until last July for two years: as it was a very old place, the stairs were sketchy to negociate. I had to grab my stem and the seattube and lift it in the air for the 6 flights of stairs. It wasn't too bad unless I came home after a 3h rugby practice, groceries in hands, but still manageable.

I kept that way now in my new place, even if I have more space (the stairs are outside and it's only two stories), I guess that the stairs are still steep or whatever... I have not thought about doing it otherwise now that I'm used to do it that way
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Old 08-05-08, 09:16 AM   #6
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i live on the 5th floor. and while we have an elevator, sometimes i still take the stairs if it's full and i'm a disgusting sweaty mess.

just make sure to wear shoes with traction. it was hellishly dangerous using my road shoes\cleats on the concrete stairs. i switched over to mountain bike shoes for this very reason.
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My bottle cages always seem to poke me no matter how I carry it. It's less annoying if the bottles are actually in the cages, but I typically don't take the bottles to work with me. I suppose I could remove the cages, but... meh.
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it also really sucks if you have a brake cable routed on the bottom of the top tube. really digs in.
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Old 08-05-08, 09:23 AM   #9
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My bottle cages always seem to poke me no matter how I carry it. It's less annoying if the bottles are actually in the cages, but I typically don't take the bottles to work with me. I suppose I could remove the cages, but... meh.
Come to think of it, my bottle cages aren't really a problem, but I also have fairly large bikes, so there's a lot of room in the triangle. On a compact frame (or my FS mountain bike), I reach over the outside of the bike and carry it that way.

The brake cables don't seem to affect me that much (could be some extra fat.. I mean, muscle up there ).
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Old 08-05-08, 09:24 AM   #10
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Plus, this is when it's nice to be wearing gloves. All the crap on the downtube that got kicked up by the front tire would make a mess of bare hands.
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Old 08-05-08, 09:28 AM   #11
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If you have a larger road bike then you can carry it on your shoulders. Otherwise, grab the front of the crossbar if you're going upstairs or back of the crossbar if going downstairs. Put the pedals in whatever position that not in your way.
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Old 08-05-08, 11:10 AM   #12
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When I had a two wheeler I invested in a small bag. It connected to the top tube and the seat tube, and was made so the bike could comfortably sit on your shoulder -- with the obvious advantage of being able to hold something like a multi-tool, patch kit, and even a tube and gauge. I had only one water bottle cage, connected to the down tube, so that didn't interfere with the bag at all. Another water bottle connected to the seat tube might have interfered, however.

But with the bag, I could even briefly balance the bike on one shoulder and have both hands free.
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Old 08-05-08, 08:10 PM   #13
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I ride mt. bikes, and I have a lot of seat tube, so shouldering under the top tube usually results in saddle rub on the stairwell ceiling. I hang the nose of the saddle on my shoulder, and it's always front wheel point down the steps.

Haven't had to deal with stairs in 1 1/2 years, since I built the last one (built it in my upstairs bedroom during the winter).
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I live in a 5th floor walk up, no elevator. I shoulder my road bike, which isn't too bad although the bottle cages can get in the way, particularly if I'm carrying two bottles. It really sucks with my touring bike, which has front & rear racks and a sloping top tube. I can't shoulder it because the triangle is too crowded with the bottle cages, so I just have to hold it up high on the top tube with my right hand and carry the pannier(s) separately with my left hand. As a result, my right bicep is noticeably bigger than the left. Next apartment WILL have an elevator.
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Old 08-05-08, 08:40 PM   #15
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I work on the 10th floor of an office building in soho. I go up the freight elevator in the morning, and down the 10 flights of stairs at the end of the day. Bike goes over my shoulder. When the freight operator has been awol, I have carried my bike up the 10 flights. Not too bad. Both of mine are probably 25lbs 80's steel road bikes now as single speeds. I don't mind at all, beats locking. Bikes get stolen all the time in this area.
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I live in a flat on the third floor,when lifting the bike for going down the stairs i position the pedals horizontal and the pedal nearest to me facing backwards,for going up the stairs again i position the pedals horizontal facing forward it works for me..!When walking with my bike i have the pedal in the same position as i do when going upstairs.......!........!peace!Is this the best method??????
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Buy a 15lb racing bike to make it easier on yourself.
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Old 08-06-08, 09:18 AM   #18
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My old mountain bike had a very sloped top tube, so putting my arm through the frame usually meant getting chain scuzz on my arm. I put the front of the saddle on my shoulder, or took the bike by the seat tube and stem.
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I lift my bikes up 1 floor. The road bike isn't bad as it is way lighter than my mountain bike (which has a rack and fenders and stuff, too). I lift mostly by the seat tube and hold onto the stem to keep the front wheel from flopping around and hitting stuff.
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Folding pedals, or MKS quick release pedals.
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i just grab it near the head tube and drag it. i'm 3rd floor as well.
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i lived on the third floor and it was such a hassle...i'd have to carry my shoes in a bag AND carry my bike over my shoulder.I carried my shoes on the way down, but wore them on the way up. Then i'd have to hold the door open, put my bike in the vestibule and put my shoes on, and hold the NEXT door open while I'd take my bike outside. It was so awkward and the doors were so heavy...now i live in a basement so i have to carry my bike DOWN five little stairs.It's so much easier.
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just make sure to wear shoes with traction. it was hellishly dangerous using my road shoes\cleats on the concrete stairs. i switched over to mountain bike shoes for this very reason.
Same here, I fell down a flight of stairs not paying attention because of road shoes and look cleats no fun. MTB shoes only now.
Due to such narrow hallways in my complex on the second floor I prop the bike up on one wheel, the stairs I generally make sure my shin not about to hit the pedal and hold by the top tube going down. Going up I am more likely to shoulder the bike.
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Remote control and some custom pulley system that can allow you to let down a hook, plop bike on it, then push a button to have hoisted to the window? =)
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