History of the American Speedster-family of environmentally friendly vehicles
American Speedster was started in Waterville, Ohio in 1995. I was a frustrated High School shop teacher who decided to open a small shop devoted to restoring antique cars. For my grandson, Joshua, I experimented with building the SPEEDER cars from plastic barrels, and the wood bodied ZEPHYR. People were impressed with the simple design. They began to be used as a child’s amusement ride at local festivals and parades. A few years later I was forced to close my restoration business because of my health. We moved to Tallahassee Florida in 1997.
I went to work for Xerox. AMERICAN SPEEDSTER became just a hobby, until that fateful day 9-11-2001. Xerox was forced to cut back and I was a last hire. This was just 10 days after moving into our new home. Being a christian, I went to prayer and felt I was to pursue The Pedal Vehicle business.
The internet made it possible to reach a vast number of people with my plans at a very reasonable cost. The idea of the PVC frame came to me, making it possible for people with basic skills and few tools to construct the frame. The fact that no welding was required is a big plus. In a few weeks I had built the first prototype. I thought it looked like some of the off road cars use in the Baja desert races, so I named it THE BAJA, after that race. The SUN COASTER was next, because some potential buyers wanted a higher seat for adult riders, and it appealed to retired folks here in Florida. This was my first adult cycle. The GOLF COASTER was my answer to people who desired a second rider, it was updated to the two passenger SIDE-KICK by the use of larger diameter tubing. The SIDE-KICK is by far the most popular model. The potential to customize the bike to your individual requirements is without bounds. They are even being modified to be used by the handicapped community. Many are converted to electric assist.
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We have had great feedback with our kits and hope that many people can continue to build and use these quadricycles for fun and exercise activities. Uses:
- Exercising around town
- Visiting Family and Friends
- Riding to the beach or the park
- or just plain cruising!
I really enjoy taking some commonly available materials and making something new. Like a child’s pedal car from a plastic barrel, or a Quadricycle from PVC plumbing pipe.
This business is a continual challenge. I am always improving the bikes and the methods I use to produce the parts. Now I have builders like yourself to add your ideas and talents to the mix. Welcome aboard to the AMERICAN SPEEDSTER Experience.
I encourage you to contact me with your ideas or questions.
The American Speedster Experience
American Speedsters cycles are designed for individuals looking for a quadricycle that is affordable, yet uniquely constructed, and durable. For those who enjoy the satisfaction of a Do-It-Yourself project, this bike is for you. All of our kits require the purchase of additional items, such as seats, paint and top material. We offer a standard design, which can be easily customized utilizing your creative talent. The plans contain diagrams of the metal parts need. If you prefer to purchase the specialty hardware parts kit featuring parts not common to either the bike shop or hardware store, they are available for purchase. We also offer a bicycle parts kit if you are not using preowned bikes. The frame’s are constructed from common PVC pipe with a steel tube inside the lower frame for strength. Welding and fabricating of hardware is not required with our kits. Your one-of-a kind quadricycle can be completed in a few weekends.