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.
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.