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If you've ever tried loading and unloading sporting equipment onto the roof of your car, you know that it can be a real pain in the neck - literally. Well, hauling your bikes, boats, and utility boxes doesn't have to be such a chore, thanks to the Rack and Roll Personal Gear Trailer. It's a super-cool, lightweight, ultra-durable roof rack on wheels that's revolutionizing the way people enjoy the great outdoors.

The Rack and Roll was designed by former SLO resident John Coch, who used his background in structural engineering to create a sleek, stylish alternative to the clunky utility trailer. Its 148-pound, all-aluminum frame easily hitches to the back of any car or motorcycle and the 16-inch alloys wheels guarantee a smooth, aerodynamic ride. It's strong enough to hold up to 250 pounds of gear, but light enough to roll around by hand when fully loaded, plus it's easy to disassemble for fast, convenient storage. It's totally compatible with both Thule and Yakima roof rack systems, so there's no need to replace existing storage equipment. And, of course, it's approved for highway use by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Not only is it functional, but it's good-looking, too; the perfect accessory to your luxury vehicle or sports car.

The business end of Rack and Roll is run by Patrice, who in addition to having only one name to her name, can regularly be spotted zipping around town in her blue-green Camry, Rack and Roll in tow. She proudly sports the trailer, which has gained international attention for its style and convenience, and has even helped to open her up to lots of different outdoor activities.

"I can't say enough great things about this trailer," she said, nonetheless adding, "it's light, it's gorgeous, it's the only one of its kind out there." And it's here, on the Central Coast, another example of the area's booming entrepreneurial industry.

The Rack and Roll is all about style and performance, perfect for anyone looking to load up their rack without breaking their back. And it looks great, too. For more info, call 441-9300 or go to www.RackandRoll.com.

 

 

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New Times Contributor Alice Moss compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. What's new with you? E-mail her at amoss@newtimesslo.com.

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