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Buddy Bike, LLC manufactures and distributes The Buddy Bikeģ 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.

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Jacob - A Big Brother's Editorial on Autism, 2005

You would think that with the many sacrifices parents must make in caring for a disabled child, activities like bike riding would not be a major concern. Itís hard enough teaching a disabled child in painstaking, time consuming methods what other children might pick up instantly, so why make things more challenging?

Of course, it isnít that simple. For many parents, biking has become an activity that both they and their child can enjoy; but my brother, Jesse, is 11 and has autism. Heís physically capable, and, if the planet was deserted, he could ride a two wheeler just as well as the next guy. However, once you bring in people, cars and traffic laws, things get complicated. Jesse doesnít understand much. He wouldnít be able to acknowledge the danger of other vehicles, and he certainly wouldnít be able to grasp the concept of stopping at a stop sign or traffic light. Jesse has to share a bike with someone a bit more competent.

This sharing wasnít a problem when Jesse still fit in the childís seat that sat on the back of my dadís bike. However, as he got older and bigger, it became clear something else was necessary. First, my dad bought a tag-along bike, which is a normal bicycle minus the front wheel. It attached to the back wheel of my dadís bike and allowed the two to ride together. But, this solution was far from perfect. Because my brother was behind my father, Jesse could get away with not pedaling since my dad couldnít always see him. Jesse also sometimes let go of the handlebars, putting himself at risk. When my dad did look back to check on him, the two sometimes crashed since my dad would not be looking ahead.

Then my dad came across the Love Bike (now known as The Buddy Bike), a tandem bicycle with two sets of handlebars in the front and a backseat that is slightly more elevated than the front seat. These two unique differences allow my father to sit behind Jesse while still retaining control of the bikeís steering. Jesse now looks out towards an open view, unblocked by my fatherís back, and my father now interacts with Jesse without risking a collision. Theyíve been riding this way for two years, frequently riding as much as 18 miles a day, and they both love it.

My father purchased the patent for the Buddy Bike in 2005 and is attempting to raise awareness of the Buddy Bikeís benefits for both disabled children as well as those who enjoy riding together with a parent. He is the managing member of Buddy Bike LLC.

Iíve watched my father devote significant time to starting the Buddy Bike business, and I sometimes wonder why he does it. He must know that bike riding, though beneficial to Jesseís physical health, will never cure Jesseís mental impairment. Similarly, the bike wonít cure a child of Down syndrome, hearing loss, or blindness. Why, then, does he put so much work into it?

Maybe he understands that by not letting my brotherís problem interfere with this activity, heís assuring my brother that heíll always be on his side, no matter what. Maybe, by raising awareness of the bike, heís trying to get the world to understand that there will always be ways of getting around these large, burdening obstacles.

Or maybe he just really likes bike riding, and doesnít think anyone should have to give that up.



Buddy Bike, LLC
Office - North Miami Beach, FL
Warehouse - Chino, CA
786.489.BIKE (2453)

Patent Number 5,503,419

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