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Old 07-06-12, 07:21 AM   #1
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Carrying your bent up and down stairs

I have a Bacchetta Giro 20. In setting it up I discovered that I had to be very careful to make sure that I could grasp the frame at the center of balance; or carrying it up and down stairs would be all but impossible. What have other people's experiences been?
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Old 07-06-12, 07:32 AM   #2
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There's a lot of things to think about before buying your first recumbent. That's one of them. I'm thinking a nice LWB with underseat steering would be fun, or how about a delta trike?
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Not that there's a lot of room in a stairwell, but I find them easier to carry if you first point your bike skyward by balancing on the rear wheel with front wheel up and then grip the main tube with your hands far apart (one at shoulder height and the other at its natural low point) while standing on the side away from the chain. Kind of like moving an extension ladder around while its vertical, but to me it's easier to balance and manuver, especially if the stairway reverses on a landing on it's way up to the top. Plus, if you need to rest or you begin to lose your grip, you can just set it back down on the rear wheel and pause a moment.
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+1. I do same as Wilbur Bud, although I prefer to wrap one hand around a chainstay & the other around the boom. When you lift, stand on the non-drive side so you don't get smeared with oil. Also, if you have tweener bars keep your head outside of the area between the grips.
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My SWB 'bent, a Volae Tour, is a workhorse. I commute regularly and run errands with it hence it wears a rear rack and front and rear fenders.

I currently have the luxury of garage storage but I did take the Volae on a trip to Milwaukee a few years back. It was challanging getting the bike up and down from the hotel lobby to our fourth floor room. The elevator was a very tight fit and I only used it once. The stairwells were a bit more spacious but very challanging none the less. It's amazing how long a SWB is once it's indoors!!

I don't envy your stair situation and can offer no advice other than make sure you protect your big ring. I was so nervous about damaging my new ring on a steel handrail or block wall.
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Old 07-06-12, 05:02 PM   #6
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Must confess that I have never carried a recumbent up or down stairs. If I had to pick one of my bikes to carry, it would be the V-Rex. I guess it might be more of a handful than I had imagined.
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I ride a Bacchetta Giro 26, with rack and bags on it, as a daily commuter. Every day I take it up and down the stairs from my sun room to the driveway (about five steps). The bike has a large 'brain box' bag on the back of the seat, with a grab handle right in the center of the backrest on the bike. I grab the handlebars at the center (where the riser and handlebar come together) and the grab handle and go up the stairs. Then I set it down for a moment while I reach forward and open the door, and in we go. Going out, especially fully loaded, I lift the front tire, and let the rear go down the steps, thump-thump-thump-thump-thump! Then go back and close the door. If I had to carry it up a full flight of stairs (I have in a hotel) it's the same carry as I just described, and the same thump-thump-thump going down.

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Aside from a tenuous hold near the center of balance the only stairway help I've found is in combination of taking it slowly with some restrained obloquy. Fortunately that performance is rare.
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I remove the seat from my Trice QNT (a trike). My grips are where the rear fork inserts the front body and on the crossbar of the front wheels where I can find the balance. Then in we go! I've gotten so used to it, I can even balance on one foot to kick the propped open apartment building door closed AND open the outer and inner doors of our unit with my chain guard.

Pretty good for a 5'2" woman and a unweildy, LWB trike. I have an easier time with it than my hubby does.

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I'd go slowly upstairs, pulling the 26" rear wheel over each step while holding the front of the bike. If you can stay away fromt he pedals, you could back it down the stairs.
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I have a Bike E that I have to maneuver up & down three flights via a very narrow staircase with a tight turn with low overhead room in a RailRoad (floor through) flat in Brooklyn every day. The awkward to grab, unique "construction girder beam" body seems to make this bike particularly difficult to manage in my situation, cutting into my aging (62 years worth) fingers as I carefully inch the bike forward. I'll be looking for a Bachetta Giro 20 or a Rans Enduro SWB type next. Hopefully, whichever model I choose will ease my dilemma a bit.
P.S. - Not that it matters much within the context of this thread, but my crank forward Rans Fusion (which I thought was cumbersome before I purchased my first recumbent), which has the same wheelbase as my Bike E, is a breeze to transport up & down my staircase in comparison..... it's low enough & well balanced enough to carry under my arm like a suitcase.
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I recommend a garage, and a bar mounted remote door opener. It's the only way to fly.
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I recommend a garage, and a bar mounted remote door opener. It's the only way to fly.
Sounds great. Now if I could only put it in my 2nd floor apartment.
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Sounds great. Now if I could only put it in my 2nd floor apartment.
Let me know how this works out for you, as I'd like to construct one for my third floor apartment.
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Let me know how this works out for you, as I'd like to construct one for my third floor apartment.
Once again, the Dutch are ahead of us. Note the beams sticking out of the front of the buildings, allowing block and tackle to be used to gently raise a bicycle to the desired height.

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Once again, the Dutch are ahead of us. Note the beams sticking out of the front of the buildings, allowing block and tackle to be used to gently raise a bicycle to the desired height.

That is too cool.
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Part of our Bridge of the Gods loop goes on the Historic Columbia River Highway trail near Cascade Locks, Oregon. At one point you need to transition off of the "new" highway to the old by climbing stairs along the hillside. Fortunately, there's a wheel track built into the side of the stairs:


(From http://lynnerides.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html )
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