Company founder Bobby Noyes started Rocky Mounts out of the trunk of his car.
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This is in no way a knock against Thule, Yakima, or any of the other rack makers out there, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout-out to Rocky Mounts the company. Noyes and his nine-person staff are a easy-going bunch that have long been an integral part of Boulder’s local cycling community and two-wheeled advocacy efforts.
Besides being a showroom, sales, and install facility, company HQ occasionally serves as a de facto cycling community center, hosting number pick up for local amateur bike races and opening its doors for fundraising events. Each month, Rocky Mounts puts on celebrity guest bartender events that benefit a variety of causes. Noyes was also one of the main players in getting Boulder’s famed Valmont Bike Park built.
“It’s a sometimes stratified community that we try to bring together by being a gathering place for the local cycling population,” said Noyes, a former bike shop employee who started the company out of the back of his car in 1994 after hearing one too many bike rack buying customers ask, isn’t there another option? “In the beginning we hung our hat on fork mount racks. Then came pick-up truck racks and tandem racks, then ski racks and upright mounts and hitch racks. Now we’re focusing on our own roof systems and not just attachments. The next progression is towers and crossbars.”
Guest bartender charity fundraising nights always draw a crowd to Rocky Mounts HQ.
We’ll update this review in a couple months with notes on durability and whether we’re able to get the sticking issue to abate. In the meantime, you can learn more about Rocky Mounts BrassKnuckles at www.rockymounts.com.