Companion Bike Seat Preview and Install

Last week I met with one of the owners of the Companion Bike Seat, Michael Babb for lunch. During our meeting we discussed the intricacies of the bike seat and how it became an actual product. We hung out for about an hour eating delicious Korean food that we had no idea what it was called.

Michael gave me a test unit to review and I’ve finally installed it on my wife’s bike. This was the only bike I had in my stable of 15 rigs that would work with the Companion. But more on that later. The installation only took about 10-15m minutes. All I needed were my basic tools such as a ratchet, extension and 15mm socket (for axle nuts). The Companion comes with 5mm allen key so you can tighten the rack onto the pegs.

companion bike seat

The seat cushion is VERY comfortable and soft. It also acts as a lockable trunk unit in which two keys are provided.
companion bike seat on bikecommuters.com

The trunk compartment has enough room for your lock, lunch, beer, cigars or whatever you want to keep safe.
Companion bike seat preview

So let’s go back to what I meant by using this seat on my wife’s bike. You see her Nirve Scurvy was the only bike I have in our collection that would allow for me to install those pegs. I can’t use it with a Quick Release or a bike with a Nexus shifter. Upon my first test ride with me being the passenger, basically all I did was scoot myself far enough to sit on the Companion and I have to say that cushion is like sitting on a pillow. Very comfy and even with my weight (202lbs, 2lbs above the suggested limit), the seat felt stable.

The Companion has an MSRP of $149.95.

I plan on reviewing this in the next few weeks and give you a low down how it does once we put it through the paces.


5 Comments

  1. IdahoSpud April 15, 2014 11:12 am 

    Too bad it’s not available in fine white Corinthian leather… which would look GOOD on that Cadillac-Pink bike! The black isn’t too bad, however. (The orange metalflake might clash a bit with the pink…)

  2. Raiyn April 15, 2014 3:40 pm 

    @ Spud
    Ricardo Montalbán is spinning in his grave. Soft Corinthian leather is exclusive to Chrysler luxury vehicles like the 1975 Chrysler Cordoba. To infer that a mere Cadillac would rate what is perhaps the finest leather to ever come out of New Jersey is preposterous. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold… in space.
    »sarcasm«

  3. bigbenaugust April 17, 2014 7:48 pm 

    So it is limited to nutted axles… do you really want to carry a whole extra human being on a singlespeed?

  4. Raiyn April 17, 2014 8:44 pm 

    Nutted axles aren’t limited to single speeds.

  5. bigbenaugust April 18, 2014 7:38 pm 

    This is true.

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