We’ve seen handles built into frames from a number of custom builders at NAHBS and elsewhere over the years, but this is the first we’ve seen to fit any traditional double diamond frame.
The aptly, and simply, named Frame Handle by Walnut Studiolo is a classic looking addition made of leather with two adjustable buckles. It mounts above the front derailleur and below most water bottle mounts. For city dwellers, it makes carrying the bike up flights of stairs much easier by providing a natural-feeling grasp point. Carrying the bike low helps keep it laying flat against you and not flopping around, hitting others or knocking into walls.
This project is on Kickstarter (of course) and has already met its funding goal, but you can still get in with a pledge to secure yours for less than the eventual retail. It’ll be available in black, honey and dark brown and can be custom monogrammed. Video and more pics after the break, along with some other nifty leather cycling goods they make…
This earphone cord management keychain is made from upcycled leather scraps. You’ll get one of these with a small pledge to the campaign.