About Us

Brothers and a buddy – Tom is the buddy and Stephen and Brian are the brothers.  All 3 of us are mechanical engineers by trade, but we decided to start The HandleBar Toledo to expand the outdoor opportunities in the city and have a little fun along the way. By starting The Handlebar Toledo, we are combining our love of being outdoors with socializing and having a good time.  The HandleBar is a way to help locals and out of town visitors enjoy this great midwestern city in a unique way.




Henk and Zwier with BrianThe history of the bikes we use dates back to the world headquarters of the bicycle – in The Netherlands.  19 years ago the bike that you see in Toledo today was invented by Brothers Henk and Zwier Van Laar.  They were asked by a friend who owned a bar to make a float for the Queen’s Day Parade – the request was to make a bicycle bar combining 2 favorites of the Dutch: Beer and biking.   Henk and Zwier went to work and what you see is the result!  After the parade it was such a hit they started renting it and the rest is history.  We’re honored to offer tours of Toledo with the world’s first bicycle bar.  Look close and you’ll see dutch wording “Het Fietscafe” on the bike, which is a word that Henk and Zwier made up of existing words (Het = the, Fiets = bicycle, cafe = bar)  Pictured above are Henk and Zwier with their HandleBar t-shirts and 2 of our bikes before they were shipped from Amsterdam!  Something else The HandleBar is proud of is that we’ve made design improvement suggestions to the clutch system and they have already been implemented to the bikes that are shipping worldwide 🙂