These last couple months
have been very busy at Buddy Bike with contests, attending
the AutismOne expo in Chicago and working on product
development for our new inventory to arrive in early 2013.
Here is an update but first of all...
Please vote for Us in Mission Small
you love what we do, please VOTE for Buddy
Mission Small Business! We need 250
votes by JUNE 30 for a chance to win
a $250,000 grant from Chase and LivingSocial
to help our very small business. Plans for
those funds may include ordering larger
quantities of bikes and purchasing a Buddy
Bike van to hold a 2013 summer promotional
tour to organize adaptive cycling rides in
the northeast and/or midwest. TO VOTE
missionsmallbusiness.com > click the LOG
IN & SUPPORT button > create an account or
log in with Facebook > search "Buddy Bike"
in "Florida" and VOTE! Thank you!
We recently sold
out Buddy Bike Sport and Buddy Bike Family Limited
Edition featuring the
NuVinci N360 CVP drivetrain. If you have been working
on funding, we have plenty of Buddy Bike Family models
featuring Shimano Inter-8 speed hub in stock and ready to
ship. We hope to begin accepting pre-orders on 2013
inventory within the next month. Price increases will be
in effect on new inventory so watch your inbox for an
announcement regarding new pricing and special offers! If you are in Florida or
California, check out our
demo bikes for sale.
New inventory for 2013 will
include 2 Buddy Bike Sport models and a special edition
for bike rental shops. Bike model names may change and we
are open to suggestions!
New frame color for Buddy Bike Sport
featuring NuVinci N360 CVP drivetrain
Do you like this
Let me know what you think!
We're very excited about the new Buddy Bike Sport equipped
NuVinci N360 CVP drivetrain which will be
available in a blue aluminum frame. This drivetrain
was featured on our earlier Buddy Bike Family
Limited Edition. It makes shifting as easy as
tuning a radio dial. This easy-to-use, no maintenance
hub will allow parents to focus on enjoying the ride
with their child rather than worrying about missed
gears, chains falling off and cadence changes that can
be hard on knees. The NuVinci drivetrain is featured
on a variety of bikes from commuters to folding bikes.
For more information visit
Bike Sport 30 will be available in our popular
high polish silver aluminum frame with an upgrade to
the Shimano Deore 30-speed hub. Cycling enthusiasts
will love this bike with the latest in cycling
technology and its wide range of gears.
Bike Family 8 features the Shimano Inter 8 speed
hub and is currently available but new models for 2013
will include an increased angle on the rear rider's
seat tube which will provide more rear rider leg room
without increasing the bike size and will provide a
more comfortable pedaling position than our early bike
Buddy Bike Single Speed will be a scaled down
version of the Buddy Bike and will be available
exclusively for bike rental shops. We hope to make
this product available at more locations where
families can try and enjoy Buddy Bikes.
Choose the Right Bike-Side-by-Side Model Comparison
will help you choose the right bike model for your
family's needs. We will update this page soon.
Announces Helping Hand Financial Aid for Autism Families
way to fund a Buddy Bike? Today National Autism
Association announced that they are accepting applications
through JULY 31 for their Helping Hand program
which which provides
grant funding for medical treatment, supplements and
therapies not covered by insurance. Funding for this
program is limited, and will be awarded to only families
who are in dire need of financial assistance.
Click for grant guidelines, details and the Helping Hand
Cross Blue Shield Covers First Buddy Bike
Over the years, many of our customers have used Medicaid
Waivers and other medical funds to purchase the Buddy Bike
as therapeutic equipment. I am happy to report that Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is covering a Buddy Bike as
Durable Medical Equipment! We are not sure yet how much
they are covering or how long the process will take; but I
hope this is encouraging new for our other families. You
won't know if you don't try!
Bike Funded Through Nana's Wish
Nana's Wish, has provided funding assistance through
their "A Bike From Austin" program to provide a Buddy Bike
to another special needs family. This is the fourth Buddy
Bike since 2010 that has been funded through the
cooperation of Buddy Bike and Nana's Wish and two lucky
families are on deck for future funding. To learn more
about Nana's Wish visit
nanaswish.org. Cory, age 11, was the latest recipient
of funding assistance. Cory has Duchennes Muscular
Dystrophy and is unable to ride a bike on his own; but now
he is not only riding a bike but taking part in a much
bigger picture. Cory recently participated in a portion of
a cross-country ride to raise $12,000 for the Jett
Foundation to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular
Dystrophy. Mac Sullivan and Drew Gottman are doing the
ride as their senior project, and they’re dedicating it to
Read more about the ride and
Cory's story in video.
Congratulations to Austin Howell who
won 3rd place with 1508 votes in
The Great Bike Giveaway by
The Friendship Circle of Michigan.
Although Austin, age 13, is deaf and blind,
he is strong and active but can't bike on
his own. The donated Buddy Bike will allow
him to ride with his family and experience a
feeling of freedom unknown to him until now.
To read about the other winners visit
Offer! In a special thank you to all
the families who participated in the
contest, if you submitted an entry but did
not win, you can receive a $100 discount on
the purchase of a Buddy Bike Family 8 speed
if you place your order by 6/22/12.
Thanks to everyone who
entered the "Pick Your Prize Contest" by
Disability Today Network. If you didn't win this time,
watch for another contest coming up this fall!
Congratulations to Missouri's Maryanne McCauley who
selected a JOB Beach Wheelchair from Special Needs Group
as her prize to enjoy a day at the beach that she has been
planning with her cousins. Maryanne has a Spinal Cord
Injury at T11 and has been using a wheelchair over five
Touch This Summer!
If your summer plans
include your Buddy Bike please share your photos at the
Buddy Bike Facebook Page or send them to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org along with a note of permission
to use the photos in our web site and/or Facebook page. We
use first names only in our references!