the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem

the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem

a tricycle style bicycle with a removable front seat lets wheelchair users ride in tandem. originally designed for those with mobility challenges, the bike features a removable front seat and footrest that can accommodate riders who can’t cycle themselves.

the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem

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the seat mount frame, which can take up to 300 pounds in weight, is held in place by a set of quick release clamps. meanwhile, the footrest hooks over the unfolded axle of the bicycle frame, a lightweight carbon fiber that folds and disassembles for easy storage and transport.

the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem



the frame closes like a clamshell into the expanded bike frame and two latches in the back secure the seat mount to the bike frame. the top roller is designed to move up when the seat mount frame is attached and to lock it into place so that it cannot come apart.

the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem



when deployed, the footrest support bar braces on the bar across the bottom of the seat and allows the two footrests to be deployed in position. when folded, the whole assembly can be carried by the integral handle in the top of the chair.

the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem



changes were made to the design to reduce the minimum height of the seat by about 3.75 inches to suit an average user height of 5 foot 4 inches to 6 foot 2 inches. the seat support and footrest area were developed to reduce complexity and make the folding functionality easier to accomplish.


the companion bike is currently seeking funding via kickstarter, with the campaign ending on april 2nd, 2020.

the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem

the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem

the companion bike lets wheelchair users ride in tandem


project info


name: companion bike

  • Awesome!

    JMB says:
  • As a paraplegic in a wheelchair, this product is not accessible. How am I supposed to transfer to it? It’s very hard. Secondly, how do I adjust it to my lack of balance, how do I keep my legs intact?
    When planning for a community, you have to know the real facts and probl ms to be solved.

    Iddo says:
  • This tandem bike is not accessible to wheelchair users at all. How as a paralyzed person am I to transfer to this chair from my wheelchair? There is no way to get close, no good angle, no handle to hold, it’s too high. And let’s say I did transfer or let myself be transferred to the chair, which I wouldn’t want to. How am I to keep balanced? How do I keep my legs intact? Where do I put my cushion to prevent pressure wounds? And this is just me… Someone else might need support for their head, side, hands and do on.. maybe their legs are not the same height.

    Please be more cautious and respectful when publishing an accessible design. Research deeply.

    I am an architect/designer in a wheelchair.
    Thank you

    Iddo Gruengard says:
  • As a person with Duchenne muscular dystrophy this bicycle is totally unsuitable for me, there is no head support, it doesn’t have place for pressure relief cushion and no restraints or seatbelts. It seems that the designer didn’t resurch his or her target audience.

    Eilon says:

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