The first batch of pannier hooks finally arrived this week, and after reviewing them, everything looks great. Orders start shipping out immediately! They turned out really clean, fitting snugly onto the rim of the bike seat storage compartment. Two pannier hooks are included with every set, and they feature small padding on the inside edge so that it doesn't scratch the outside rim of your bike seat.
The photos here feature the pannier hooks here on a red leather Companion Bike Seat, with a Green Guru pannier (made entirely from recycled materials).
Order your pannier hooks for your bike seat today!
Received some pictures today from one of our first customers to use our ebike pegs and had to post it to our blog. This is a bike seat install on a bike using an ebike conversion kit on the rear wheel. This particular kit required the M14x1.5 thread pitch ebike pegs that we offer, and installation went without a hitch! Thanks Brandon for sending in the pics of your bicycle and bike seat!
For most of us, videos are easier to understand than printed manuals with illustrations, and I was finally able to put together a quick video tutorial on how to install and remove the new backrest for Companion Bike Seat. You can watch it here on thebikeseat.com or on YouTube. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated on all our new products and videos!
We're excited to introduce a new accessory for your Companion Bike Seat: a sound cloth for the storage compartment! If you've put anything small and metal inside your storage compartment while you're out riding, you'll have definitely noticed how much noise it can make bouncing around. We've designed a custom neoprene mat for the walls and the bottom of the storage compartment to help block out all the noise. It's easy to put in or remove, and since it's neoprene, you can wash it if anything ever spills inside the storage compartment.
We're still working out the details on manufacturing (this is one of two prototypes sent for us to test out), but they'll be made in Southern California, so turn-around time should be very quick. We hope to have them available for sale within the next couple months. Stay tuned for more info soon!
I spot-checked the first shipment of backrests as I prepped all of the pre-orders for shipment over the last couple of days, and everything looked great with this first back of backrests, no issues or defects at all with the manufacturing process. It ultimately took me 3 full days of packing and shipping to get all of the hundred or so pre-orders out, but I got it done, with the last shipment dropped off at the post office on Saturday afternoon.
Once that was all taken care of, I finally had a chance to take one of the new backrests out for a photo shoot out on the Embarcadero this afternoon. It was a gorgeous San Francisco Sunday afternoon (gotta love the Indian summers here in the city) with all sorts of folks out walking, running, bicycling, and roller-blading along the waterfront.
The backrest lives up to expectations ... mine anyways. It's easy to install and remove, comfortable yet durable backrest cushion, and more than enough support to lean back against while riding (we do like to over-engineer things here at Companion Bike Seat, just in case). Can't wait to hear what the world thinks about these backrests for Companion Bike Seat once the pre-orders start arriving this week!
I met Doug at ELV Motors in Sunnyvale CA a couple of months ago after he found us online and emailed me about more info on our bike seats. I went down and visited him at the bike shop, and after talking for an hour, decided to dive head first into creating a foot peg solution for ebikes where the throttle plugs into the rear axle.
We decided to use the Sondors eBike as our base model to prototype with (based on their success on Kickstarter last year). After some testing and some modifications, we were able to successfully install Companion Bike Seat onto a Sondors eBike with a modified peg, specifically for ebikes. Included below are pictures of the bike seat installed on the Sondors, including close-ups of the modified pegs used for the installation.
Now that we've proven out the concept, we're working on scaling out manufacturing for these pegs so that we can start offering them on the website. We should have ebike pegs available for ebikes with both 12mm and 14mm diameter axles within the next couple of weeks.
The first shipment of backrests for the bike seat arrived safely today, and pre-orders of the backrests will start shipping out first thing tomorrow.
As soon as the shipment arrived this morning, I broke down the pallets and filled up my car with the hundred or so backrests that have been pre-ordered so far. I put the rest of the backrests into storage, then drove my car full of backrests home to prep them for shipping.
Once the shipment was received and the backrests were all safely in storage or at home, I had to run back to the office for a couple afternoon meetings. I of course brought a couple of them with me to the office to show off, and made sure I had some time to pose for some photos outside as well.
One of my co-workers (on the right above) had supported us during the Indiegogo campaign and purchased a bike seat and backrest, so I was able to deliver his backrest to him in person. We tested it out on the bike seat, confirming everything was delivered as expected with the shipment of backrests. That's him on the right giving the thumbs up sign.
I'll dig through the backrests to make sure we don't have any quality issues tomorrow and if looks good, all pre-orders domestic and international will boxed up and shipped out by this weekend!
If you've had metal objects (bike lock, tools, etc.) in the storage compartment of your bike seat while riding around on your bicycle, then you know it makes for a pretty loud riding experience. Depending on how well-paved the road is that you're riding on, people can you hear you coming from a pretty long ways away.
Now that the backrest is almost ready for sale and manufacturing has started with the pannier hooks, I decided to start focusing on a solution for this "sound problem" with the storage compartment of the bike seat. I ordered a variety of different materials of varying thicknesses to test out, and once they arrived, started prototyping (with the help of Blake Johnson of course).
We tested shelf-liner, polyurethane foam, and neoprene to see what the effect on sound-deadening each material had. All of them interestingly enough had a similar effect, and the thickness of the material did not seem to be important at all, which was interesting. During the process of testing each of the materials out, it became apparent that the sound cloth needed to be removable so that it and the storage compartment could be cleaned out in case any liquid was spilled or leaked into it while riding.
Based on this realization of the need for the sound cushion to be removable (and washable), we've pretty much settled on neoprene for the material. We're going to do some further testing with thinner neoprene to make sure we minimize the impact on storage capacity . Once that's concluded, we'll start working with our factory on manufacturing!
Remember, ALWAYS wear a HELMET!