And while we were waiting for the camera battery to recharge for the second time that day, I decided to test out the slow-mo video on my new phone. The actors wanted to take a couple test rides on the bike seat to get used to riding with a passenger before doing it on camera, so I pulled out my phone and put this together:
Stay tuned for the actual video. Once it's done being edited, we'll share it with the world!
Mark was super cool, and made a red bicycle seat to compliment the first red leather Companion Bike Seat. We're not offering the custom bike seats, but we're happy to pass you along to Mark if you're interested in getting one made for your bicycle!
This was the first CicLAvia event to be held in the San Fernando Valley and was a huge hit. CicLAvia hosts several events throughout the year, spreading them out all over LA county. CicLAvia aims to change people’s attitudes, behaviors and the public conversation regarding alternative transportation, health and wellness, public spaces and community engagement, and they were certainly successful at it today! What a great experience ... we'll definitely be back again for future CicLAvias.
We did some home-grown load testing to make sure that the backrest could support reasonable weight against it and it held up without a problem. We also filled a pannier with over 25 pounds of water and hung it on the side rail and there were no issues at all. It's very sturdy, and we have just a couple aesthetic elements to clean up to be ready for production.
As soon as the Chinese New Year holiday is finished the factory will start making a second prototype, accounting for all of our change-requests based on this prototype. Hopefully manufacturing won't be too far around the corner from there!
Earlier this week Blake finished up the designs for our bike seat pannier hooks! We spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out a way to make the pannier hooks compatible with the backrest. Then we decided no need ... we'll just make the backrest capable of hanging panniers onto the side rails of the backrest, and avoid the compatibility issue altogether!
The factory is shipping this prototype out to us as we speak and we expect to receive it sometime next week. We'll provide an update as soon as we have this new prototype in hand. If all looks good, we'll start manufacturing right after Chinese New Year!
Remember, ALWAYS wear a HELMET!