The Rhoades Car Story

Nearly 30 years ago, J. David Rhoades had a unique idea – to design and market a 4-wheel bicycle that everyone could enjoy. He appropriately named it the Rhoades Car.

The very first Rhoades Car was designed, manufactured, marketed and shipped from David Rhoades’ small barn in Hendersonville, TN. It didn’t take long for Rhoades Car to outgrow that small barn and, in 1999, David moved his manufacturing facility and showroom to an industrial park in Nashville, TN.

Like any successful entrepreneur, David continued to build and improve on the original design until he had created a line of 4-wheel bikes that would appeal to all individuals and industries. Today there are 1-person, 2-person and 4-person pedal bike models in a variety of configurations. These popular Rhodes Car quadricycles are even available with an electric-assist feature – a small electric motor powered by two 12-volt batteries just in case you get tired while pedaling! David depended on local companies that shared his high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for his 4-wheel “quad” bikes.

Well, the new idea prospered and David was well on his way to success with a unique product along with an advertising strategy that was second to none. His small 2” Rhoades Car box ad became a staple in the advertising industry. David became an expert at attracting attention to his website as well and today, thousands of individuals visit the Rhoades Car website every week. As a matter of fact, we recently welcomed our 1,000,000th visitor to the Rhoades Car website.

Others have tried (and continue to try) to emulate Rhoades Car designs but fail when it comes to his most unique concept – which is to build THE most quality-conscious 4-wheel bicycle products on the market – made in the USA! David called them “The 4-Wheel Bikes that Drive Like a Car” and now his dream claims international fame. What started in Johnny Cash’s tiny little home town of Hendersonville, TN, Rhoades Cars have been shipped all over the world – to every continent except Antarctica!

Rhoades Car features a plethora of 4-wheel bikes that touch literally every demographic. There are so many uses it’s hard to name them all! Here are just a few:

  • Energy-conscious consumers looking to save our environment
  • Families looking to reclaim that special time with children
  • ANYONE looking to shed a few pounds and get in shape
  • Retirees (young and not so young) looking for a fun way to stay in touch with their spouses
  • Elder adults looking to keep active
  • Entrepreneurs looking for a great earnings opportunity (e.g., AdBikes, resort town rentals, national, international and regional distribution opportunities, etc.)
  • Manufacturing facilities looking to “go-green” with their maintenance and “plant tour” vehicles
  • The ideas are endless!

In late 2009, I am sad to report, David Rhoades passed away from heart disease at age 60. What I can promise you is that his dream will always continue and one principle will never change – the Rhoades Car reputation for high quality! That will ALWAYS be paramount and engrained in every employee of Rhoades Car. You’ll notice that we have a bit of fun at Rhoades Car too. After all, we’re making 4-wheel bicycles that people have fun driving! We want our employees to have fun producing them, our suppliers to enjoy making the parts for us, our advertisers to enjoy placing our ads, our drivers to have fun delivering the bikes to our customers but, most importantly, we want our customers to enjoy the experience of purchasing a Rhoades Car – every step of the way.

There are so many new things happening at Rhoades Car with new ideas being generated each day! Can you feel the excitement? I hope so. We sure look forward to building YOUR very own Rhoades Car so that you can join the proud family of Rhoades Car owners!