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5 More Ways to Enjoy a Rhoades Car


Rhoades Car Cycle Car 4 wheel bike

One of the great advantages of owning a Rhoades Car is getting to explore the vast amount of applications that it can give you.  We love hearing and seeing customers send us their experiences with their Rhoades Cars and how they’ve either added something that they made to the quad or how they use it within their family for extra time together (and exercising).  The personal stories are truly amazing of weight loss, business application, restoration of health, and even a mobile DJ platform!  We hope to share more of these stories throughout the year so if you want to share your story, please send us an email at info@rhoadescar.com because we’d love to hear it and share it.

We recently released the Top 10 Reasons To Own a Rhoades Car but it couldn’t stop there.  We wanted to let you know about 5 other ways we’ve heard customers enjoy their Rhoades Cars:

  1. Parents with disabled children.  We’ve have a tremendous amount of interests from parents who are eager to get their disabled or challenged kids outside and exercising.  The two and four seat models allow for the parent(s) to ride and/or drive the Rhoades Car while their child participates as well.  Not only does it allow for your child to pedal, but it gives them a boost of esteem when they feel like they’re contributing AND exercising at the same time.  We love that our quads can offer such a life-changing and energizing time with parents and kids!
  2. Developmental Achievement Centers.  Otherwise known as DACs, these centers service mentally-challenged adults and with Rhoades Cars added to their activities, it brings to life the outdoors and exercise that wasn’t there before.  Since either one or both of the riders can pedal, it allows the staff member to drive while the passenger pedals and can feel the wind in their face from their physical action.  We also have made modifications to their quads in order to specifically meet their needs such as a swivel seat, trailer with a seat on it, and other customized options.
  3. Custom-made electric motor.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of customers that have told us how much their motor has changed their riding experience.  We recently had a customer visit our headquarters in Nashville and as they were leaving, they mentioned how we need to make sure and let everyone know how much better they enjoy their Rhoades Car when they finally decided to upgrade to the motor.  We would tend to agree.  The most common misconception is that you get to workout less with a motor.  Please know that the electric motor is primarily meant to assist as you continue to pedal.  Since it is throttle activated, you get to choose when it works and when it doesn’t.  It’s perfect for long distances and different terrains because it gives you that little boost right when you need it.
  4. Pets enjoy it too.  Our four-legged pals enjoy four wheels too!  We’ve created boxes or baskets made just for pets and why not?  They’re part of the family too.
  5. Rental fleet.  Tourism is growing everywhere and tourists are continuing to look for newer and more enjoyable experiences than the usual bus or trolley tours.  If you can imagine yourself enjoying a ride down your sidewalk or street, now imagine yourself doing it on a “pedicab” Rhoades Car with the background skylines of some of the most beautiful destination cities in the world.  Don’t be surprised when you see some tour companies expanding into the four-wheel bike option.  It’s safer, greener, and you get to take in the great sights and sounds of your favorite vacation spots!

 

Rhoades Car 4-wheel bike

Rhoades Car offers a unique line of 1, 2, and 4-person quadracycles with multiple speeds and an optional motor that provides sustainable transportation for families and industry, helps fight obesity, and provides a way for disabled people to exercise safely either alone or with loved ones or caregivers.  Celebrating its 26th year in business in 2017, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA.

Rhoades Car – forward thinking!


We have a ground swell of interest building on Facebook and around the country. We’ve had a cult following on the internet for many years. Who are we? We manufacture the Rhoades Car, the four-wheel bike that drives like a car.

Phyllis Shelton, Vice President

Phyllis Shelton, Vice President

Here’s a list of the forward-thinking applications:

Wellness: We make four wheel bikes with 1, 2, or 4 seats that are stable and don’t tip, and we can brand them to wellness programs. The stability expands biking to millions more people. We have a ComfortRide which is a one-person with a 20″ wide seat that is extremely comfortable and easily holds up to 350 lbs. We have a two seater that allows two people or employees to exercise together and have a great visit at the same time! The two-seat ConnectBike (GoBoy) takes up less room that two people riding two-wheel bikes side by side. It’s much more fun to ride a bike outside than in a gym and enjoy the beautiful weather, and many families or companies are close to a greenway or have walk/bike trails already built.

Obesity/Disabled: People who are weight-challenged, have balance issues or certain disabilities can enjoy the experience of biking without the worry of falling. The two- or Polio Survivor Bike with Crutchesfour-seaters allow a healthy person to take a disabled person – even a blind person – out for exercise as well. As an example of forward-thinking, the Governor of Ohio just signed a law recognizing four wheel bikes as perfectly legal wherever 2 or 3 wheel bikes can go. This happened as a result of a family who bought one for their autistic son in Lakewood, Ohio and the local police wrote them a ticket for having a toy on the streets. The disability community fought it and with our help, it wound up on the Governor’s desk who agreed with all of us that it is a full-fledged vehicle.

Industrial Fitness: Another really exciting thing is we offer a complete line of industrial bikes. Companies are using golf carts that allow no exercise or three wheel bikes that tip. IMG_7966Our bikes are safe and include an optional motor for a pedal assist for hauling a lot of weight. So this way employees can exercise throughout the day WHILE THEY ARE WORKING…so it builds fitness right into the job! You can see them here: http://www.rhoadescar.com/go-boy-industrial-series.html

Social connection (“Leave It to Beaver” vs. Virtual Reality): The four seater versions make it fun for the whole family to spend quality time together at a time when families are more fragmented due to kids preferring online games. Kids of all ages love the Rhoades Car. Thanks to the Tennessee Tech senior design engineering class who designed it as a jaceyclass project, this year we are coming out with a four person Connect-Bike (Go-Boy) that will allow all four people to pedal…then four friends, family members or employees can exercise together! The optional motor makes it possible to use them as sustainable transportation in neighborhoods instead of golf carts. We have a number of buyers who use them as their only vehicle in small towns and rural America. We offer single, 7 and 42 speeds. Each person pedals independently — a unique feature as people can pedal side-by-side in a different gear. Made in America: If all of that wasn’t enough, you have to consider that the Rhoades Car is a certified Made in the USA product. Over 80% of our components are made in the USA and we use middle Tennessee suppliers as much as possible. The frame is made of U.S. steel, the most recycled substance in America.

We are just outside of Nashville, giving Tennesseans jobs. The company is 22 years old.   When you look at our website and our active Facebook page, we think you will agree that we are very forward-thinking. Between the obesity crisis, the high cost of gas, the sustainability movement and the popularity of Made in America products, there is a HUGE market for four-wheel bikes….after all, that’s how Henry Ford got started!

Be sure to watch this segment on Tennessee Crossroads which tells the Rhoades Car story

is six short minutes: http://www.rhoadescar.com/in-the-news.html

Company Description: Rhoades Car International manufactures a Certified Made in the USA product — a four wheel bicycle that drives like a car with one, two or four seat capacity with multiple speeds and an optional motor that provides sustainable transportation for families and industry, helps fight obesity, and provides a way for disabled people to exercise safely either alone, depending on their condition, or with loved ones or attendants/caregivers.