Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The BuddyBike - An Alternative Tandem Bicycle
I first tried this bike quite a few years ago, when it was an earlier incarnation known as the Love Bike. At that time I didn't get much time with it and never quite got the hang of it. I was especially interested to see how user friendly it would feel this time. I was pleased to discover it took me, as an average adult cyclist, just a minute or so to get the feel of riding the BuddyBike. I test rode it with 6 year old Nate Coleman, then in both in back and front with Nate's mom Kerri, who is a sales rep for Bike-on.com, a regional distributor of the Florida-based BuddyBikes.
Riding with an obedient child is easy. Riding with an adult also went well - the BuddyBike can handle up to 380 pounds. If an adult sized person up front were to be antsy or erratic in their weight and balance on the bike, it might be problematic - I didn't test for that. The noticeable challenge for me was that my knees easily knocked the seat in front of me so I had to sit a little back on my seat, with my knees a little wider apart than usual. That wouldn't be a comfortable ride over any significant distance. We were testing the family model - there is also a more expensive sport model in which the back seat can be angled back further from the front seat. I would like to try that one and compare. At the very average adult height of 5'8", I felt at the tallest limit of this model for back rider comfort. I should also mention it has a wide steering radius and that the pedals are located more centrally below you than on a typical bike.
Check out the BuddyBike via their website and facebook page! Kerri tells me that Bike-on has BuddyBikes available right now, while the home warehouses are currently out of stock.