About Sportworks


Our Story

Sportworks has been designing and manufacturing bicycle products since 1990. We designed the industry’s first Bike-Rack-for-Buses™ in 1993, and currently supply these transit racks to over 500 municipalities throughout North America. In 2011, we developed a line of stationary bike parking products including the innovative No Scratch®rack, the first bike rack with a fully integrated non-abrasive bumper that protects bikes. Sportworks transit racks are Buy America certified, and all of our bike parking products meet the strict material sourcing criteria of the Living Building Challenge and LEED.

So what’s the Sportworks difference? We don’t settle for the status quo! We are dedicated to the continual pursuit of improving the way bicycles, public transportation and urban environments work together. We work hand-in-hand with customers to create innovative products, and push what it means to be a company that lives by its’ core values. At Sportworks, we’re passionate about making the world more accessible to bicycling, and are proud to offer thoughtful, well-engineered products that promote bicycing, healthy lifestyles and global sustainability.

Our History

1990

Founded in 1990, Sportworks started in a space not much bigger than a two-car garage, manufacturing bicycle handlebars and bar-ends for Scott USA. We also manufactured one of the first front-suspension mountain bike shocks ever produced.

1993

By 1993 we were operating out of three separate spaces and consolidated into a new 9,000 sq. ft. facility just outside Seattle in Woodinville, WA. Responding to an RFP to design and produce a bike rack for transit buses, we designed the first easy-to-use bike rack for transit vehicles. The product immediately struck a chord with bike activists and transit agencies alike.

1996

Within three years, sales of our Bike-Rack-for-Buses™ products were growing fast, and we quickly out grew our factory. In 1996 we moved our headquarter offices and manufacturing facility into a new 21,000 sq/ft building.

1997

In 1997 we used the design features from our Bike-Rack-for-Buses™ product, and entered the consumer bike rack market with a trailer hitch mounted rack marketed under the name TranSport. The product took the industry by storm, offering an innovative fast and easy loading system, and no-scratch features unlike anything else available in the market. Demand for Sportworks consumer bike racks continued, and over the next few years we developed and released five additional products under our TranSport consumer rack division.

2003

By 2003 we moved into an even larger facility to accommodate the growth of both our Bike-Rack-for-Buses™ product line and TranSport consumer bike racks.

2005

In 2005 TranSport was sold to Thule of Sweden - the world leader in bicycle, snow sport and equipment racks for consumer vehicles.

2011

In 2011 we began designing a new line of stationary bike racks, and entered the market with a handful of products. As avid cyclist ourselves, we saw an opportunity to improve upon the highly commoditized products available in the market, and develop a new cost effective, highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing bike rack that would change the industry forever. We also introduced the new Apex 3™ transit rack to address the ongoing demand for carrying more bikes on transit vehicles. The Apex 3™ is our flagship product combining best-in-breed features from Sportworks VeloPorter and Dual-Latch (DL) series racks. The Apex 3™ offers our most compact layout of any 3-position transit rack and takes safety, convenience, and durability to the next level.

2012

In April of 2012 we officially launched a new line of revolutionary No Scratch® bike parking products including the Tofino™ and Westport™ stationary racks. These highly functional racks utilize a durable, non-abrasive bumper that protects bikes from scratches and other minor damage.