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.
In the early
1990s Robert “Bob” Gardner from Willits, California created
what would eventually become the Buddy Bike. Bob, a bicycle
enthusiast, was inspired to customize a bike to ride with
his young son Isaac. Bob had the innovation of adding a seat
and foot pegs in front of his seat. Isaac enjoyed riding in
front but wanted his own pedals so Bob welded two bicycle
frames together. He called the unique tandem bicycle the
Love Bike and began production in 1996.
In 2003, Barry Nelson, the father of
a child with autism, began searching for a bicycle to use
with his son Jesse. Barry enjoyed outdoor activities with
his other children but had difficulty finding an activity
that he could share with Jesse. Barry tried many options
without success until he purchased a used Love Bike. Barry
enjoyed the time that he spent with Jesse on the Love Bike
and wanted other families to have the same experience. In
2005, Barry purchased the patent and remaining inventory of
the Love Bike with a Trust benefiting Jesse and he changed
the name of the bicycle to the Buddy Bike.
In 2005, Barry hired his
long-time law firm Marketing Coordinator, Shelley Patterson
as the Director of Marketing and Business Development of
Buddy Bike. Shelley manages all aspects of the business
including product development and provides excellent and
timely service to customers and bicycle dealers. She takes
pride in representing a company that provides a quality
bicycle that changes the lives of many families. Shelley
strives to build a company that promotes cycling and brings
the cycling experience to as many special needs families as
possible, especially those who might not otherwise be able
to ride a bicycle.
Buddy Bike, LLC is the manufacturer and distributor of The
Buddy Bike, an alternative inline tandem bicycle. Buddy
Bike, LLC operates from its office in North Miami Beach,
Florida. Fairing Industries in Chino, California coordinates
product development, manufacturing and shipping. The Buddy
Bike is currently manufactured in China. Since founding the
business in 2005, over 700 Buddy Bikes and Love Bikes have
been sold worldwide.