Bicycles

PeakRider puts a bike on your back

Marvin Kiesel using the PeakRider
Marvin Kiesel using the PeakRider
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The whole PeakRider system weighs 190 grams
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The whole PeakRider system weighs 190 grams
When it's time to carry the bike, the rider just hoists it up so that the pouch gets hooked over a knob on the top of the pole, which protrudes out of the pack
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When it's time to carry the bike, the rider just hoists it up so that the pouch gets hooked over a knob on the top of the pole, which protrudes out of the pack
Marvin Kiesel using the PeakRider
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Marvin Kiesel using the PeakRider
PeakRider consists of a small pouch that gets strapped onto the bike's down tube, along with a telescoping rod that is inserted into the cyclist's hydration pack
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PeakRider consists of a small pouch that gets strapped onto the bike's down tube, along with a telescoping rod that is inserted into the cyclist's hydration pack

If you go mountain biking in the actual mountains, it's fairly likely that you'll encounter situations in which you have to carry your bike. And if those situations involve activities like rock-scrambling or otherwise negotiating sketchy terrain, it would really be best if both your hands were free. It was with this in mind that German cyclist Marvin Kiesel created PeakRider, a hands-free bicycle-carrying system.

PeakRider consists of two parts. There's a small pouch that gets strapped onto the bike's down tube, along with a telescoping pole that is inserted into the cyclist's hydration pack – pretty much any pack should work, as long as it has a central opening on top for loading and unloading the water reservoir.

When it's time to carry the bike, the rider just hoists it up so that the pouch gets hooked over a knob on the top of the pole, which protrudes out of the pack. The bike is then balanced across their back, with a plate on the bottom of the pole helping to spread its weight evenly across their hips.

PeakRider consists of a small pouch that gets strapped onto the bike's down tube, along with a telescoping rod that is inserted into the cyclist's hydration pack
PeakRider consists of a small pouch that gets strapped onto the bike's down tube, along with a telescoping rod that is inserted into the cyclist's hydration pack

The whole system weighs 190 grams.

If you're interested in getting a PeakRider of your own, it's currently on Kickstarter. A pledge of €55 (about US$65) will get you one, when and if they each production. The planned retail price is €79 ($93).

It's demonstrated in the video below.

Source: Kickstarter

PeakRider - The First Bike Carrying System

3 comments
MerlinGuy
When I go hiking, I go hiking. When I go biking, I go biking. I have never in all the thousands upon thousands of mile of riding ever had the need to carry my bike up a ladder. When I have had the need to dismount and carry my bike I have done what everyone else does - just stick my arm through the main triangle and then grab the front wheel. Another answer in search of a problem.
Cody Blank
Merlin it's pretty much a euro (even just the alps) thing. They love their via ferrata, bringing the challenge of a mountain down to the average person, or even as a shortcut to the top. Leftovers of mountain warfare...
MerlinGuy
Cody, I did not realize they had ladders in the Alps. I still say anything so difficult to carry your bike up the standard way is too dangerous to climb using this equipment. Looks like a product made to encourage people to injure themselves and then sue. And for that reason, I'm out.