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In 1991, a new type of specialty store was born. The Bauer family business started in a tiny shop in Redwood City, California, with only a few dozen products on the shelf. Over the years, the store grew, as did the selection of the merchandise and the involvement of more family members in the business. During the years that followed, Bauer Industries, d.b.a. Sports Rack, experienced tremendous growth as more stores were opened around California and throughout the West. This growth was fueled partly by the American infatuation with a new breed of vehicle - the SUV. In fact, the whole Sports Rack showroom was designed with the road trip enthusiast in mind. Just about all of Sports Rack's products were displayed for easy demonstration and every product could be installed right there at the store.

Through constant growth and change, Sports Rack eventually outgrew its name. Over the past 17 years we have become more than just a "Sports Rack" store. While we are still the nation's leader in sports racks and rack accessories, our current enhanced product line includes a wide array of vehicle racks, trailer hitches and hitch accessories, cargo boxes, travel gear, auto accessories and truck accessories for the entire family. We needed to change our name to reflect the growth and changes in our company. Though no name really could capture everything that we offer, Rack N Road became our new moniker to reflect the company's new direction. Spring 2005 was the perfect time to roll out our new name… since we already had plans to give a few of the stores a facelift and update some signage anyway. Rack N Road is still the same great company with the same cool people, just with a new name and a wider variety of products.

Presently, we have eight Rack N Road stores in California, Washington, and Utah. The original 40 products grew into an inventory of 7,200 products per store. Customers that live outside of the country and those who prefer to shop online can find vehicle outfitting information 24-hours a day at is the newly updated web site featuring some of the latest e-commerce innovations and educational tips from our outfitting experts! Our company is ready for continued growth as we continue to make a positive contribution in the communities we serve.

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Corporate Offices
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Rack N Road Mission
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Corporate Offices

Internet Offices:

Telephone: 916-563-7333

Fax: (866) 532-9049

Mail: Rack N Road Sacramento
2021 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

Corporate Headquarters:

Telephone: 916-648-9200
Fax: 866-532-9049

Marketing (traditional, digital & event), PR & Advertising:

Contact us by sending an email to marketing 'at'

Mail: Bauer Industries

2021 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95825


Fast Facts

Year founded: 1991
Number of Employees: 80

Company President and CEO Greg Bauer, privately held company,  John Bauer and Tom Mollerus make up the complete ownership team.

One of Yakima's and Thule's top accounts in the country.

Daily visits: More than 3500 guests visit our stores each week.
Web Site Traffic: More than 35,000 visit each week.
Stores: 8 stores (CA, WA, and UT)
Distinctions: Ranked one of Northern California's fastest growing companies cited in newspapers and magazines such as: The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury news, The Orange County Register, The Seattle P.I., The Sacramento Bee, Microsoft CarPoint, and Car and Driver.


Online Sales Support

Internet Store Hours Sacramento, CA
Mon-Sat: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sun: Closed 

Email us at or call 1-800-722-5872 during business hours


Rack N Road Mission

The fundamental purpose of Rack N Road is to provide outdoor enthusiasts with Cargo Management solutions that promote and ensure a safer and different way to travel. Our goal is to offer high quality and innovative products in a knowledge-based and interactive environment. At Rack N Road, we respect and uphold the road…either one paved smooth by mankind or one intricately carved by nature. We acknowledge the road as a beginning for opportunity, a path for passion, and a playground for families. We are committed to growing and building the business by securing lifetime customers that join our family. We are your Vehicle Cargo Management experts and the place to start before you go… Rack N Road.


Store Contact Information

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From our manufacturing partners...

"Since 1991, Rack N Road has been the nation's leader in selling, renting and installing car racks, hitches and Sport Utility Transportation products. They have led the country in innovation as a retailer. Nobody provides better service and product selection."

- Fred Clark, President THULE Inc.

"What makes Rack N Road Unique: They have over 15 years experience as a Rack Specialty retailer, they are the only rack retailer to offer rentals and trade ins, they have certified technicians that can handle any installation. Their rack knowledge is second to none! All of these help make Rack N Road the nation's leader and a premier partner of Yakima's"

Liz Szulczewski
Regional Sales Director
Yakima Products Inc.

From our customers...

The site was very easy to navigate but, the best thing is the pricing...the lowest around. My products arrived in a timely fashion in a box that was not destroyed. All of the parts and pieces were there along with instructions that made it pretty simple for me to install the rack myself. The guys at the store are so helpful I know that if I have any problems they are always more than willing to help. I have already referred my friends and family to the Rack N Road site.

Thank you,

-Shannon Presson…Oakland Ca.


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