We're excited to introduce Companion Red, the first of our limited edition handmade leather bike seats! The leather bike seat cushions are all hand-stitched by Mark Christian Bolick based here in the Bay Area. We chose a really rich plonge leather for this limited edition, and only ordered a half-hide of the leather, enough to make about five bike seats in total (including the one used for these photos).
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!
I gave Mark a bike seat to play with late last year, as well as a couple extra bike seat cushions I had lying around, so that he could do some initial "prototyping" with some extra leather he had at his shop. This is a picture of the first custom leather bike seat cushion he made for me, including our Companion logo on the seat. It's a beautiful black leather cushion, incredibly soft. You can't really see it, but through the perforations that make up the logo, he included our colors behind the top layer of black leather.
We figure folks aren't going to want to have a Companion Bike Seat logo on the seat of their custom leather bike seats, so this is just an example of the quality craftsmanship that Mark brings to his work.
Each of our custom handmade leather bike seats will be made-to-order after they're purchased. We're offering them in a variety of different colors of leather for the custom seat, including, brown, black, white, red, and blue. You'll also be able to choose the color of the stitching used at the corners of the cushion, for a completely customized bike seat.
Consider these the "Eddie Bauer edition" of Companion Bike Seat ... or better yet, the "MCB edition" Companion Bike Seat! Our custom handmade leather bike seats will be available mid-January for order on our website, and will take two to four weeks to ship (since Mark doesn't start on your bike seat until you order it).
Remember, ALWAYS wear a HELMET!