Where it all started…
“I guess you could say I got hooked on motorcycles very early in my life. I started riding motorcycles at age 12, having saved up enough money to buy my first bike after mowing what felt like hundreds of lawns. I spent just about every day after school riding in the woods. By the age of 16, I was doing some endurance racing, and for a while had a sponsored ride and was doing some motocross. As I got older the passion for motorcycles never went away, but I also started developing a passion for riding bicycles like my father.”Garrett BlakeFounder of 2x2 Cycles
Then enters the "cage"
Like so many other great ideas the first bicycle rack was born out of necessity. Driving the 15mpg truck every time we wanted to ride our bicycles was grinding against our desires and, frankly, our wallets. We didn't want to miss out on great road rides with the motorcycle nor be out on our motorcycle and discover awesome trails without the bicycle. With these passions colliding, we took to the garage and began work on a solution to this conundrum.
THE VERY FIRST BICYCLE RACK AND THE FIRST MOTORCYCLE IT WAS MOUNTED ON
As serious motorcyclists and bicyclists, three things were incredibly important from the onset of this idea:
1. Safety. First and foremost, we considered how the bicycle was going to be carried. Balance, weight distribution, alignment, and wind effects were just some of the first things we considered when constructing the first rack. After all...this was just for us at the time.
2. Protection of the Bicycle. We wanted to make sure that the bicycle was not going to get stressed in any area of the frame from clamps, straps, or vices of any kind. We also wanted to make sure a carbon fiber 5k road bike was not going to get all scratched up in the process.
3. The motto – “Form Follows Function”: We designed a product that put our goals first and looks second. The rider is safe, the motorcycle is not compromised, the bicycle is not impacted in the least, and it is easy to install. These were the core tenants and they were never sacrificed in the name of beauty or style. Over the past 6 years we have been able to refine the rack into something we are both proud to look at, but also something that retains all of the core functions we strived for in the very beginning.
My hope for riders around the world
“It is my desire that 2x2 Cycles provides racks that open the doors for riders around the world to have the adventures they didn't know they could have. The adventures of a lifetime. To be able to enjoy the best of both worlds, whether that be bicycling, golfing, snowboarding, or whatever else we come up with to mount to a motorcycle. No longer having to choose between this or that, but both. Not only that, but using our cars less and helping the planet.
I love the fact that now I get a nice ride in on my motorcycle while going to my favorite trail head or golf course. I get to enjoy myself on the course or trail, then having a relaxing ride home, and all the while I still have a couple of dollars left in my pocket for the 19th hole after the motorcycle is put away. Who says you can’t take it with you?”Garrett BlakeFounder of 2x2 Cycles