The Companion Bike: A Creation from MAKO's Austin-Based Office

MAKO Client Spotlight: Companion Bike!

One of our greatest pleasures at MAKO Design + Invent is getting to meet and work with talented and passionate inventors from around the world! We’ve worked hard as a company to expand our services worldwide and bring world-class design to some of the most booming cities in the world for product design and entrepreneurship.

Thus, opening our office in Austin, Texas has been an exceptionally gratifying experience as we’ve met and got to work with extremely talented minds to help create and bring the next big and innovative products to market using the best Austin product design services!

One particularly brilliant client our team at MAKO’s Austin office had the pleasure of working with is Quan Pham, inventor of The Companion Bike!

About the Companion Bike

Invented by our client Quan Pham, the Companion Bike is a tricycle-style bicycle that features a removable front seat and a foldable carbon fiber frame. Like every genius product, the Companion Bike is the perfect solution for those who are unable to ride bikes.

What the companion bike can offer is the freeing feeling of riding a bike accompanied by a close family member or friend! While one person can sit in the front, the other can ride the bicycle from behind and help transport the other person around.

Not only is this invention perfect for those with mobility challenges, such as elders or kids, but it also works as a great option for when you need to move large items from one place to another! The Companion Bike also comes with bunch of great features that make it a convenient and efficient product for the owner.

Thanks to our top Austin product design experts, the Companion Bike features a carbon fiber frame that is designed to fold, making it easy to store or place on a car rack for travel, is adaptable and easy to use, is effortless in its set up or getting to other places and is allowed for use no matter where you want to go!

How We Developed the Companion Bike

When Mako Design first heard about this idea, we were intrigued and excited to create such an interesting and helpful product that we were sure many would enjoy! Our client, Quan Pham, is a passionate inventor who had a clear vision for the Companion Bike after being inspired by his trip to Vietnam and using mini rickshaws as taxis.

Once picking up this project, our Austin Design team – led by our Director of Design Tim Uys – was challenged with restyling the bike to make it look more modern and exciting, leading up to how it looks today! The most difficult part of the innovation process that Tim and the team faced was making the Companion Bike design foldable so that it could be stored conveniently or take up as much room as a regular bike when built.

After restyling the bike, we began to work on the prototype for the new design of the Companion Bike. What our Austin office incorporated into the bike includes state-of-the-art carbon fiber, which makes up the composition of the bike in order to make the bike high quality due to the material’s structural strength, weight-reducing features, and its ability to form complex shapes that were suggested during the bike concept phase.

As seen from the videos, we were able to create a functional and quality prototype!

Check out the first test run of the companion bike, featuring a look into our Austin office, commentary from the inventor Quan Pham, and our very own director of design, Tim Uys!

The team at MAKO Design would like to thank our client Quan for being such a pleasure to work with and wish you the best of success with this wonderful and helpful life-changing innovation!

If you want to learn more about the Companion Bike and its inventor or are interested in purchasing the Companion Bike for yourself, please visit both the Kickstarter and Facebook page for the Companion Bike to stay up to date on its production and for when you can get one for yourself! You can also directly contact

If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO today and visit our website to find out more. Or feel free to give us a call at +1 (888) 806-MAKO, and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!

About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!


  1. Sydney Shotton

    2020-05-05 at 9:52 am

    Cool! I’ve been trying to make something like that for years!!!!👍🏻😜😊

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      2020-05-05 at 11:37 am

      Thanks for your comment, Sydney! 🙂 Feel free to reach out to the Mako Team if you ever need help making your ideas come to life!


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