Don’t get me wrong. Crawling up rocky passes and slinging up mud in a Ford pickup is a lot of fun, but hitting a trail on something smaller, lighter, and more maneuverable, such as a mountain bike, can be a great way to experience nature and spend time with friends.
For those that do more of the latter, startup company Hoodworks has just the ticket. The Portland, Oregon firm’s GearGate System tailgate is designed for avid cyclists. Its Cycling Comp One (GGS-CC1) is made out of corrosion-resistant powder-coated steel and aluminum, weighs between 30 and 60 pounds, has shafts that can hold the front ends of three bikes in place, internal and external waterproof LED bed lighting, and 18 feet of military-grade square-link chain infused with titanium.