Buddy Bike, LLC manufactures
and distributes The Buddy Bike® an alternative tandem bicycle that provides
safe family fun and therapeutic activity for cyclists with special needs.
Bike for autism, down syndrome, sight impairment and other disabilities.
The Buddy Bike is a "tandem bicycle"
although it is shorter than the typical tandem. Some bike
racks specify that they are not for use with tandem
bicycles. For safety, read your bike rack Owner's Manual
before mounting the Buddy Bike on any rack.
The weight of the Buddy Bike is
approximately 53-62 pounds (without accessories). This
weight is well under that required by most bike racks but
due to the size and dimensions of the Buddy Bike, not all
bike racks could be safely used. Buddy Bike does not suggest
any strap rack for carrying Buddy Bikes. Pick up trucks, SUVs and vans
are by far the best option for transporting Buddy Bikes.
If you don't have any of these options,
a hitch rack is your next option. Some vehicles come with a
hitch installed. If not, take your car to your dealer to
install a hitch. U-haul also provides this service and it
will most likely be less expensive. They will select the
hitch that is appropriate for your car make and model. The
dealer may also install a bike rack but your local bike shop
can probably provide a rack at a lower cost. Extra security
by anti-sway cradles or straps is highly suggested.
does not endorse any of the products mentioned below nor
guarantee the safety of these products.
This photo was
sent in by one of our Canadian dealers, Cora at
Hamilton Trike & 'Bent. She put the Buddy Bike on a
standard (not recumbent) Hollywood Rack. It just fits the
bike, the wheel saddles are at the end of the bar and the
front seat needs to move to put the clamp down. Fits 1.25"
The makers of DraftMaster & Tandem Topper. Models for
Every Kind of Cycle - We make racks to carry bikes,
trikes, tandems and recumbents. If you have to pedal it
we probably make a rack to carry it.
Rec-Rac is an Economical rack system for pick up trucks. Buddy
Bike is up to 84" long so some pick ups may need to keep
rear gate lowered or quick release front tire may be
I drive a Honda Civic equipped with a hitch and a hitch
rack. My hitch was installed by U-Haul but you can also
check with your auto dealer. I bought my hitch rack at my
local bike shop (Bell's
Bicycles). You have to match your hitch rack to your
hitch size. For example, my rack fits a 1.25" hitch. To make
the Buddy Bike extra secure, especially for long trips, I
use an anti-sway cradle and straps to secure it to the hitch.
My favorite strap to use is a nylon dog leash. The just
don't break and are easy to wrap, tie and clip on to the
bike and hitch.
What Our Customers Use
I ordered the most "stable" hitch rack I
could find that will accommodate the [Buddy Bike Family
Limited Edition] and essentially supports the weight. The
make/model is Hollywood Racks HR1400. It's a "platform"
style rack. It can support up to four bikes (200 lbs) but
I'll only be using it for now in the two bike configuration
(100 lbs). It supports a wheelbase up to 60" and weight of
50 lbs per bike but I think the [Buddy Bike Family Limited
Edition] at 53 lbs should be fine since that will be the
only bike on the rack. It's an expensive heavy duty unit
but worth it to protect my [Buddy Bike Family Limited
Edition] and should alleviate any safety issues.
We use the Yakima Sidewinder,
which is their tandem carrier. As expected, it's actually
designed for a longer wheelbase, but it just barely works.
It would work better if I took one part over to a machine
ship to have them move something around. And their fork
mount skewer thing nicely swings out over the edge of the
car so you can get it locked in before having to push the
bike up. It works quite well. I looked at the Thule 558P,
but the single axis pivot didn't look nearly as useful as
what Yakima has done.
Performance Xport Flatbed
4-bike Hitch Rack Item #40-3560M. The wheelbase on the Buddy
Bike is just a few inches too long to fit both wheels
perfectly in the wheel slots, but it works quite well
anyway. You can strap in both wheels and then I add a bungee
cord for extra security.
I have a Thule 590R V2
Recumbent bike carrier that I mounted to the top of my
Toyota Sienna Mini Van. We traveled over 3,000 miles with it
on top of the van this summer while on vacation and it was
great. I am able to put the bike on by myself but 2 adult
males are recommended to safely put the bike on the vehicle
and to remove it.
Per Thule North America: "The
only carrier we recommend for tandem bikes is our 558P
Tandem Bike Carrier for the roof."
I own two 4 bike racks. A
Yakima and a Thule. the Thule is more friendly towards
recumbents and short tandems.
Mounts in the hitch on back of
a van. Manufactured by DRAW TIGHT (four bike model). I have
to remove front wheel due to size. MAKE THE FRONT WHEEL AND
BRAKE AS EASY AS POSSIBLE TO REMOVE AND REINSTALL.
wheel of the Buddy Bike has a quick release for easy
does not endorse any of the products mentioned above nor
guarantee the safety of these products.