Companion Bike Seat is based in San Francisco CA and was founded in 2011 by two life-long friends and biking enthusiasts. We believe riding a bike is more fun when you can bring a friend along. And our bike seat provides a safe, healthy, and green option for getting you and a friend around town. Now your bike can get you where you want to go, even when there are two of you!
We've been steadfast friends since our pre-school years, and both of us have been riding bikes recreationally all of our lives. Soon after the company’s creation, we brought in an additional engineer-extraordinaire to aid in the bike seat frame design. We then linked up with well-known bicycle manufacturer, Rick Hunter (Hunter Cycles) in order to construct our first working prototype, proving we could build the bike seat we envisioned - at least for one bike.
We built a couple more bike seats, adding features and reworking designs to fit on several different types of bikes. Then we took the prototypes to SXSW in 2012, offering free bike rides as a taxi service all week long and got great reviews. Finally, after two and a half years of designing and prototyping, we started shipping out Companion Bike Seats in October 2013 and now have customers in 15 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Not only is a Companion Bike Seat a really fun way to get around, it dramatically expands the functionality of your bicycle, allowing for an additional passenger to ride safely behind the rider. Now bicyclists can offer rides to their friends, pick them up from work or the train station, or even start bike-taxi and ride-sharing services to get people from point a to point b.
The growing popularity in bike sharing programs in major cities throughout the U.S. speaks to the fact that bicycling is quickly becoming regarded as a relevant form of mass transit for commuting within the city. We aspire to make bicycle commuting even more efficient and accessible by enabling a second bike-commuter to ride on every bike. Now people can "car-pool" to work on their bike!
Companion Bike Seat is Patent Pending