World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0012510874
Reproduction Date:

Title: Sociable  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Hydrocycle, Worksman Cycles, Yaldhurst Museum, Bicycle drivetrain systems, List of cycling topics
Collection: Cycle Types
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Two people enjoying a sociable
Malvern Star sociable from the 1930s

The Sociable or Buddy Bike[1] or Side By Side Bicycle is a bicycle that supports two riders who sit side by side.

This type of bicycle should not be confused with a tandem bicycle, where the riders sit fore and aft rather than beside each other.


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The Sociable is said by some to have been invented by Hubert Opperman,[2] although in its basic form it has been around for longer, since the end of the 19th century. It was originally marketed by the Punnett Cycle Company. Historically it has been used as a courting bike; gentlemen would be able to spend time with young ladies in an activity that allowed proximity.[3]

There are currently no commercially available sociable two-wheelers, although there are plans in circulation by which a person with welding and metal fabrication skills could make one. There are some sociable three- and four-wheeled machines on the market, however.

See also


  1. ^ "Weird Bike Stuff - The Buddy Bike". Charlie Kelly. Retrieved 2012-07-17. All the disadvantages of a tandem and none of the advantages! 
  2. ^ """Australians Ride Side by Side on a "Bicycle Built For Two.  
  3. ^ "The History of Side-By-Cycle". August 2007. 

External links

  • A YouTube video of a Sociable in action.
  • How to build your own Sociable.


  • US4,178,008Side by side bicycle— Robert C. Barrett

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.