Frequently Asked Questions
What do you call these things?
We call them a Quadribike or a Sociable Tandem. A traditional front-to-back tandem, often called the "divorce bike," doesn't offer the stability and sociability of this side-by-side formation.
We call these the best way to enjoy a bike ride together, side-by-side!
Can either rider steer a Blackbird Bike?
Yes. All models offer co-captain steering allowing either rider to pilot the vehicle. A fixed steering option may also be available as an adaptive feature.
Do both riders have to pedal all the time?
No. The dual-drive allows people with different physical abilities or energy levels to ride together with either rider generating from 0 to 100 percent of the pedal power. Cyclists can ride together while each person pedals at their own pace.
How do people use a Sociable Tandem?
Blackbird Bikes are designed so two people of different physical or visual abilities can ride together. They are ideal for adult riders with a child. They stand out in the crowd for parades and charity events. Blackbird Bikes are used as rental cycles, environmentally- friendly taxis, and as moving billboard advertisements for businesses. All that, and still perfect for everyday biking.
Is adaptive equipment available for special needs riders?
Yes. We've specifically designed adaptive options for physically challenged riders and special needs adventurers. Children, teens, and adults with special needs can enjoy a Blackbird Bike using adaptive accessories like chest level seat belts, toe clips and pedal connectors to engage weak muscles. Let us know what you need.
Can I ride a Blackbird Bike alone?
Yes. You can ride the sociable tandem alone with caution. If you are driving from the left side be sure to slow down making right hand turns so you don't get the quad bike up on two wheels.
Can I separate a Blackbird Bike into two bikes?
Yes. All the models can be separated without tools (using our quick release pins) into two independent bikes for solo riding, easy transport, or off season storage.
Are the seats adjustable?
Yes. The seats adjust. See specific models for details.
Can I bring my pet along?
Yes. Many cats, dogs and smaller animals will fit in a well secured carrier or pet backpack on the cargo rack or jump seat. Connect with us about your larger dog to see if a cargo platform may be an option for you.
What if you never learned to ride a bike?
A Blackbird Bike can be a really fun way to learn the basics of riding a bike. Without having to worry about falling over on just 2 wheels, a new rider can focus on steering, braking, pedaling, and bike safety with a knowledgeable teacher right by their side.
Is BlackbirdBikes.net the same as BlackbirdBikes.com?
Yes. That is our legacy website from over a decade ago. Those bikes and prices are no longer available. We've updated and improved this BlackbirdBikes.net site to show all of our current offerings.
Why don't other companies make these?
Blackbird bikes has held a couple Patents, and this current Go4-E Connection Kit design is protected by a Provisional Utility Patent. Plus, our engineer has spent years refining this system to be strong, stable, smart and adaptive to the needs of a variety of riders.
How much do they cost?