The Hoodworks GearGate Cycling Comp Tailgate is Made for a Different Type of Off-Roading

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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.

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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.

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Security features include a triple lock system. According to Hoodworks, “When our lock is actuated; three steel bars slide into position. The first secures your GearGate to the truck body. The second moves a piston into the Nanuk [heavy duty toolbox] – you’d have to destroy it to remove it. The third closes a Mantis hook that gives your GearGate a place to secure your chains even when it’s closed.” There’s a safe with a three-digit combination for the storage of valuables that’s bolted and secured by cable to the GearGate’s frame.

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Although Hoodworks is currently seeking crowd-sourced funding for its business, it says its GGS-CC1 model, which is currently designed to fit a variety of late-model domestic trucks, will be ready to ship early next year; applications for Nissan and Toyota full-size trucks are in the works. The first 25 buyers can get it with the LEDs, lock chains, Nanuk toolbox, safe, bike fork shafts, and integrated bottle openers for $1,590; otherwise it’s $1,790. Options include a $300 integrated backup camera, backlit GGS-CC1 lettering in a choice of colors for $150, and one of many powder-coated colors for $150. The GearGate can also be ordered naked and ready for painting in an OEM vehicle color.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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