Meet The Owners Of The HandleBar

The HandleBar Toledo, LLC was founded in September 2016 by downtown Toledo resident Tom Van Wingen and his friends from college, brothers Brian and Stephen Lindsay. Tom, Brian, and Stephen share a love for biking, great beer, being active, and all things outdoors, so starting a business that combined those passions into one was a natural fit! All 3 are also mechanical engineers by trade and over the years they have provided design improvements to the bike manufacturer in an effort to continuously improve the on-bike experience for HandleBar customers.

HandleBar Toledo Co-Owners

Interested in the history of the bicycle bar?

The history of the bike bar dates back to the world headquarters of the bicycle – in The Netherlands. 19 years ago the bike that you see around downtown Toledo, Ohio 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 at right 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.

What Our Riders Are Saying

See What It’s Like

Curious about what The HandleBar experience is really like? Check out these photos of riders having a great time with friends, family, and coworkers while biking and checking out bars downtown.

Ready to get in the action and get the most unique tour of downtown Toledo? The bikes are waiting, the beer is flowing, and we’re ready to guide you through the streets.

Still Have Questions?

We are more than happy to help you better understand what The HandleBar experience is all about, how to book your tour, and to let you know what to expect during your ride through our amazing city’s streets.