Intro: Paracord Bike Handle (Permanent)
Living in the city I use my bike for commuting but it's not easy to carry it up 2 flights of stairs because the elevator is old and slow. I found an instructable for Paracord Bike Frame Handle. It was a great post and I made one but having to put it on and take it off was also not convenient so I decided that a permanent one is fine. Considering what paracord costs, I don't care if someone cuts it off and takes the cord. This is how I made mine.
Step 1: Supplies
Paracord (20 feet is more than enough)
Dental pic & Tweezers
Once you have the supplies proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Cut the Lengths of Cord
First cut a 3 foot segment and use the lighter to melt the end. Then cut a 15 foot segment and use the lighter to seal the ends.
Step 3: Place Main Cord
Take the 3 foot section of rope and wrap it around the 2 parts of the frame just above the crank. I used the front derailleur mount as one anchor and one of the bolts for the water bottle holder as anchors. I recommend winding around each bar twice before making a simple knot in the middle, as shown in the pictures. You can use any fancy knot you want but this simple knot is more than enough considering we will be covering it up with the weave.
Step 4: Apply the Cobra Weave
There are many great posts on how to do this weave. It is really easy and very effective. If you want a good reference for learning it then I recommend this post:
Basic Cobra Paracord Survival Lanyard
Find the middle of the 15 foot segment and place it on the bar to begin applying the cobra. Apply the cobra weave all the way to the next bar and covering the knot in the process. At the second bar, loop the two ends around and being the second layer of the weave. This will make it a bigger handle to grab on to.
Step 5: Finishing Up
When you get to the other side you can just tie it up with a standard square knot and cut then burn the ends.
That's it, all done. Congratulations! You can now carry your bike easier.