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The Buddy Bike®
Customer Testimonials

Our customers provide their testimonials, comments and stories to help other families learn of the benefits of riding The Buddy Bike with their riders who have disabililities.

Love at first ride!

Thank you!

- Sandy, CA


Carty's finished putting [our daughter's] bike together yesterday, and we were able to pick it up last night. We had a Little time to try it out before bed time last night. [She] LOVES it. She did not want to get off of it...It is such a blessing to our family especially to [our daughter].❤

- Tammy, OH

I would be glad to say that we were very happy with the bike and your service...We ride the bike quite frequently.

- Rex, IN

We just picked up the buddy bike a few days ago & it seems great! [We] have both biked with [our daughter]. She loves it! It also fits on our bike rack!! Yay!

- Bridget, MN

We picked up the Buddy Bike from the bike shop. Let me just say that thing is amazing.

- Krista, KY

I wanted to give you an update and share the great news about how it is going so far. The bike has been awesome and on our first ride together, [my son] pedaled for 45 minutes and held onto his handlebars the entire time. I was really surprised! For us, it has been literally life-changing because now we have an outlet and therapeutic activity for him in this COVID-19 reality/world that we can do together. For that reason alone, I cannot thank you all enough for your support and advocacy to make this happen. It means the world to us! Attached is a photo of us riding together on our first ride...It really does make a huge difference for our kids!

- David, GA

Thank you for the reach out about how we are doing with the Buddy Bike. In short, it is going amazingly! We are riding our community almost daily and Sofia is so thrilled each time we head out. It has become one of her favorite preferred activities...and for our special kiddos, it is always great when you can add another one to the repertoire!

- Kristen, CA

Let me just tell you how much joy your product brings to the world...Madeline and I love the new Buddy Bike and her old bike has gone to a new home where it is being used and loved. I'm including a picture of Madeline and me taking a ride last weekend. Thank you for all your help.

- Peter, IL

We purchased our Buddy Bike in 2015 after seeing it at a local conference a year before. Outside our budget but knew it was for the best, we saved and partnered with extended family to purchase.
After more than five years we have 100's if not 1000's of miles on this family building piece of our family. Still (weather permitting) hardly a week goes by that we don't take at least a short ride but we are know to take as much as 8-10 miles ride now that our stamina is built up. We even rode a leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run with the flame attached to the back of the bike.
The one side effect that I didn't even consider is the core strength our son has developed over the years. Have DS and the hypertonia that comes with it he is stronger and more stable because of it. When we let other kids ride with me to try the bike it is obvious just how unstable they are in comparison.
Note: we went the first year without the Hollywood bike rack and were "trapped" in our local surroundings. After we purchased the rack we became travelers with our bikes we have traveled several hours to ride the Mission Trail in San Antonio and other trails in the region.
We couldn't be more grateful to the team for creating this Inclusive and Liberating bike. Thanks BB!
*We were not compensated in any way for this review. We just love this bike. :)

- Kelly, TX

So excited to finally get the bike back out!!! And so thankful for our Buddy Bike - The Alternative Tandem Bicycle

- Coralyn, AZ

Check out this beautiful video of a Buddy Bike family and how they are using the Buddy Bike to get out into the world to have adventures! As you can see, the benefits of the Buddy Bike provide not only physical and therapeutic activity but it also provides a way to get kids with special needs out into their communities and having daily life experiences.

Rejoice received a Buddy Bike for Christmas through the 3rd Annual Buddy Bikes for Christmas program. Here is a message and some photos sent by the family:

"Hi Shelley!!

We got into Olympia to pick up our girls bike today!! We got a chance to take it for a spin around the neighborhood close by. It is such an amazing tandem bike. It rolls so smoothly and the fancy gear mechanism on the Sport model is amazing. Both my husband and I were completely comfortable riding with Rejoice and she was ALL Smiles being able to sit up straight and pedal confidently down the road. She wants to know how fast we can go next time!! ;o)

We will be out again tomorrow for sure.

The staff at Bike Tech were so very helpful and spent time with us to ensure we were comfortable with her new bike, how to get on and off the tandem, and how to take the front wheel off so it will fit safely in our short bed truck.

Thank you Thank you to You, Buddy Bike and everyone else for their donations towards this generous routine/health changer for our daughter.

She says "I so like it!"

Merry Christmas.

Gratefully Dakari"

- Dakari, WA

I also wanted to take this time to thank you and your team for representing/creating such an amazing product!! It's been a real struggle to get my son outside and active for a long time until I purchased [the Buddy Bike]. I may have mentioned that my son is on the Autism spectrum and this Bike has done more for him than you know. He is fully engaged, is getting physical activity each day, now playing with the community of kids in the neighborhood, having full conversations with him and the list goes on and on….God Bless you all for creating such an amazing tool. Best decision I have ever made purchasing this bike! I've been sharing my discovery with everyone I know! Thank you doesn't even begin to express the gratitude I feel!!!

The joy I have literally brings tears to mine and my wife's eyes. I can't even talk about how much it's doing for my son without getting emotional!! All I wanted to see my entire life is to see my son enjoy/embrace the things like riding a bike that make for great memories as a child. Now has this opportunity thanks to you all!!

- David, ON, Canada

The Buddy Bike became part of our is always with us...Peer likes to ride the bike 30 km and more is not a the moment he uses the footpegs - he don't like the movement with the pedals, yet. But I thing it takes a while an he will help me uphill...Here are two pictures out of my series "The Buddy Bike at..."

- Timo, Germany

Attention Parents: If you have a child with any sort of advanced special need and is unable to learn to ride a bike on their own, this bike is a wonderful invention! On this bike the Stoker sits in FRONT, not in back! (the stoker is the individual providing locomotion but not steering). The Captain rides in back and is somewhat higher than the stoker, and has elongated steering handles so that they are reaching around the stoker. It sounds awkward, but I've seen this bike in action, and it's so cool!

Because the stoker is in front, they can see everything that's going on, they feel the wind in their face, and they can get the sensation of steering (as they have handlebars that are connected to the main column). They truly get the complete sensation of riding a bike on their own.

I have friends who have a severely autistic son. He loves to participate in sports, but had been completely unable to use a traditional tandem bike because he would jump off the back at any unexpected moment. He absolutely LOVES this bike! He and his dad ride it every single day, many times multiple times a day (dad is getting a bit tired out!).

If you know someone who might benefit from this bike, please share this post! It's pricey, but honestly no more than a high end mountain or racing bike. And, with some disabilities you might be able to get subsidies to help with the expense, and Shelley Patterson of Buddy Bike - The Alternative Tandem Bicycle can help you find those resources.

- Anne, OH

The Buddy Bike has been a life changing experience that offers the freedom of riding a bicycle safely in the community while bonding together. My daughter is now an avid bike rider who happens to be diagnosed with autism and Down syndrome. In other words, she is so much more than her limitations. My gratitude to the Buddy Bike and CILB! #NoLimits #PeopleFirstLanguage #BikeRidingIsFun

- Debra, FL

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