I took Companion Bike Seat out for an early morning ride down Valencia Street in the Mission, and passed a cafe playing some music as they were prepping for the day. Of course I just had to dance!
I heard back from the factory this week on manufacturing progress for the backrests, and we now have a delivery date for completion! They'll be finished and ready to ship on August 10th. From there, it will take another three to four weeks for freight shipping across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco. Once I receive them, I'll prep all of the pre-orders and will ship them out immediately after!
If all goes according to plan, the backrests will be shipping out right around Labor Day, just in time for back-to-school!
I also have some great news about the pannier hooks. Now that the backrests are almost complete, I've started working with the factory on prototyping the new pannier hooks for the bike seat! Initial prototyping will take about 7 to 10 days, and I'll share pictures of the progress made as soon as I have them back from the factory.
More updates to come soon!
Maxine comes home to find her and her boyfriend's apartment as clean as a whistle. She texts him to thank him, and gets a cryptic response about their "special day" though she can't for the life of her remember what the occasion is. But, going along with it, she runs all over town on her bicycle, picking up various gifts and things for dinner. All is revealed to her when her boyfriend finally gets home that evening.
Check it out!
This is the short-video that we shot a couple of months ago down in the Silverlake and Hollywood areas in So Cal. Directed by Brandon Martin and edited by Timothy Rogan, it's a fun little film that features Companion Bike Seat to help Maxine get everything she needs.
This is the shorter version of the video. We'll be releasing a longer version in a couple of weeks that elaborates a bit more on Maxine's escapades while riding around town.
Back in March we had a customer in the UK pre-order a backrest for his bike seat and he asked about a seat belt for Companion bike seat. He has an 8 year old son that he bought the bike seat and backrest for, and wanted to make sure he could be safely buckled-in while out on a bike ride. I told him that we didn't have anything available right then, but I would work start working on a solution once we got closer towards releasing the backrest for our bike seats.
Since we're about a month away from the first backrests being shipped out, I finally made it over to the hardware store to start working on a seat belt for the bike seat. Turns out my neighborhood hardware stores had everything I needed to make a fully functional, removable seat-belt for the bike seat that can be strapped on to the the backrest.
I plan on doing some user-testing with this seat-belt over the next couple of weeks, and if it works well and is comfortable, I'll make these new seat-belts for the bike seat available for sale on the website soon after!
Illustrations for the backrest installation guide arrived this week as we gear up for the first shipment of bike seat backrests to go out! The backrests are designed to be installed and removed without needing any tools.
The complete installation guide for the backrest can be downloaded on our Installation and FAQ page.
The latest backrest prototype from the factory arrived today and it looks like we're ready to start manufacturing the backrests for Companion Bike Seat!
The new backrest worked like magic! We took the backrest out for a ride to Dolores Park for the day (just like everyone else in the Mission) and the backrest exceeded expectations. We brought the dog with us for the inaugural bike ride, and she enjoyed every minute of it. The backrest made it much easier to ride as a passenger, such that holding the dog in arms while riding to the park was a piece of cake.
I've let the factory know that we're a GO for manufacturing the bike seat backrests. As soon as we have a delivery date from the factory for the backrests we'll let you know!
We've been using Weebly to build and publish the website ever since we first got started back in 2011. They reached out to me a couple of months ago to help them with some user-testing for a new product their working on, and I mentioned to them in passing how I'd recently redesigned the website and was seeing a huge improvement with how people were engaging with the new design.
I ended up writing a short article for their Inspiration Center about the benefits of keeping a website fresh and up-to-date. A couple weeks later they sent a team out to shoot a video up on the top of Bernal Hill overlooking the SF skyline. The video is predominantly promoting Weebly of course, but I got a couple of plugs in for the bike seat as well. Check it out when you have the chance!
We received some pictures from the factory this morning of prototype number three of the backrest, and things are definitely moving in the right direction. We noticed that the screws holding the cushion to the base-plate of the backrest frame are coming loose, so we're trying out a couple different ways to solve this. We should hopefully have this fixed in a week and shipping out to SF for inspection soon after!
If you're ever planning to go to Coachella (or any other multi-day music festival) and want an easy way to get to and from the shows without having to deal with parking or pay expensive taxi or Uber fares, why not ride your bicycle?! If you don't have a bike or can't bring yours to the show, there are usually bike-rental options available as well. It makes it incredibly easy and a whole lot more fun!
Remember, ALWAYS wear a HELMET!