ABOUT Quadribents, BlackBird Designs and BlackBird Bikes
Designs Inc. designs and manufactures innovative,
fun-to-ride Quadribent™ recumbent vehicles that enable almost
everyone to enjoy cycling.
We design custom adaptiveQuadribents™ for special
needs people and kids.
We work with electric
motors for bikes, electric scooters and conversion kits.
We develop Sunroof canopies for recumbent bicycles and design removable "rumble seats" for the Quadribent so the whole family can go biking together. We also provide engineering
services, Autocad design and prototyping.
We have several products in development.
Article in This Week Online
See the article about Jim Black, inventor of the Quadribent, in This Week Online.
More about Jim Black and BlackBird Designs
The Wright Brothers were bicycle mechanics who invented an airplane that took flight. I admire their innovation and creativity. I am also inspired by inventors like Gardner Martin who designed the EZ-1 recumbent bicycle. Different modes of transporation and vehicles of all sorts have always fascinated me.
I am a pilot, aeronautical engineer, and inventor who designs and builds airplanes, ultralights, and bicycles for two.
The Quadribent™ is one of my patented inventions that makes it possible for people to enjoy biking together. Almost anyone can go biking with the Quadribent.
Below are pictures of a few other modes of transporation.
My favorite airplane is The Blackbird, a Lockheed Mach 3 spy plane. Pictured here in front of the Air and Space Museum, San Diego, California.
My Redwing Blackbird
This is one of my other projects, a one-person home-built ultra light aircraft. I call it the Redwing Blackbird because I painted the top of the wings with red enamel paint for U/V surface protection.
Landing my Redwing Blackbird
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Coming in for a landing. That's me, Jim Black.
Another Plane Picture
My Redwing Blackbird ultra light aircraft with fields of corn in the background.