Pac Blue Concepts is a husband and wife team out of Southern California. Steven Adams invented Rescue Pegs, for use on dirt bikes, and The Hooker truck bed hooks for pick-up trucks. Both Steven and his wife Tre have day jobs, but use their company to foster new ideas and turn those ideas into product. The Rescue Pegs concept initially sat on the shelf for a few years then Steven realized one day he could have really used them on his dirt bike. Read more about Pac Blue Concepts and their innovative Rescue Pegs.
Business name: Pac Blue Concepts, LLC
Year Founded: 2012
Who Founded: Steven & Tre Adams
Where headquartered: Moreno Valley, California
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- What are these "Rescue Pegs" you developed?
Rescue Pegs are off-road passenger footpegs designed to add a safe place for a passenger's feet on almost any dirt bike. They work on all types of off-road motorcycles; full-size or mini, motocross or off-road, Japanese or European, and most aftermarket pegs. Rescue Pegs are not permanent and install in just seconds. They clip on to the existing stock or aftermarket footpegs on dirt bikes and provide a safe, comfortable place for a passenger to rest their feet.
They work great in emergency situations, as the name implies, and also for taking a friend for a ride or for carrying your mechanic to and from the starting line. Pro XC2 rider Jason Thomas from Shane Watts' race team uses them to take his wife to the starting line of the GNCCs.
- Where did the idea come from?
My wife and I live in a semi-rural area surrounded by a lot of mountains and open land. She rides a street bike quite well, but hasn't gotten the hang of off-road quite yet. So she likes to jump on the back of my bike while we explore the hills around our house. One day, after a particularly long ride on my KTM 520, I got tired of riding with my feet on the engine cases while she used the footpegs. We got home and I got to work in the garage. I'm creative and inventive by nature, and I knew there had to be a better way. So I grabbed some scrap metal, my vise, and my welder and built a rough (very rough) prototype. I liked the idea, but had too much going on to develop it at the time. So it sat on my shelf for about two years.
Then one day I was out on a full dirt ride and crashed and broke my right wrist. We were about 15 miles from the trucks and I didn’t have any real good option but to ride out. By the time I got to the truck, my wrist was so badly damaged that it took two surgeries, including a partial wrist fusion, to fix it. It was then that I saw the potential for my footpegs to help people and Rescue Pegs were formally born.
- It's one thing to have an idea, how did you make Rescue Pegs a reality?
I started asking industry friends (I am fortunate to have a background in the motorcycle industry) if they had any manufacturing contacts to build them. A friend put me in touch with a supplier in Asia who built a prototype to spec. We went through a few rounds of refinements via email and mechanical drawings before I settled on the final design. From there it was just a matter of finding some money, working out the logistics, and placing the order. Three months later they showed up and I started selling them online. Things like this are always a learning experience and Rescue Pegs have been no different. It's been a lot of fun along the way.
- How do they differ from regular passenger pegs?
Full dirt bikes don't have passenger pegs. Some of today's dual sport bikes come equipped with passenger pegs, but not your typical motocross or off-road bikes. My goal was to build something that riders can keep in their backpack, tool pack, or gear bag and use when needed without permanently altering their favorite toy. There are a few aftermarket add-on passenger footpeg kits out there but they require welding or bolting on mounts or hardware to your expensive motorcycle. Who wants to do that?
Rescue Pegs clip on in seconds and remove just as quickly. When they're on, they’re solid. When they're off, you never know they were there in the first place. Rescue Pegs aren't something you'll install on your bike and leave there forever - that's not what they're intended for. But they’re perfect if you want to take your wife for a quick ride on a Saturday afternoon or your buddy crashes and breaks his arm miles from care. We like to say Rescue Pegs are the easiest passenger pegs on the planet and I really believe they are.
- Can they be used on street motorcycles or just dirt bikes?
Rescue Pegs are pretty specific to dirt bikes. They are designed to fit down through an open web-style steel footpeg. They won't fit a street bike's rubber pad-equipped or solid footpegs. Plus, most street bikes come stock with passenger footpegs.
- You have a day job, where does Pac Blue Concepts fit into your life?
Pac Blue is kind of a hobby - at least at this point. My day job keeps me busy, but not in a way that feeds my creativity and inventiveness. I love to create, especially new products. So Pac Blue helps with that. I do most of my Pac Blue work in the evenings and on weekends. A lot of research and development takes place on Sunday afternoons. My wife claims it's just riding with buddies, but I maintain I'm doing critical research and testing.
I hope to someday turn Pac Blue into my primary occupation and I'm trying to work toward that end by developing new products of my own and ideas from clients. Pac Blue Concepts is an idea development engine - a source to develop new products and take them to market. It's a process I like to call "ideation," or turning ideas into creations. Someday I hope to have a stable full of innovative products and a bunch of new ideas in development.
- Can you share any other ideas under development?
Right now I'm working on two new products. One is an off-road motorcycle product, the other is in a brand-new market for Pac Blue: the home décor market. Instaglams (coming soon) let you decorate your picture frames and other household items quickly, easily, and inexpensively for any season or occasion. The motorcycle product is still too early to talk about, but, if it works well, just may have a huge impact on the world of Supercross and motocross racing.
- What kind of racing are you involved in and what do you ride?
I ride a 2013 KTM 250 XC which is, by far, the best motorcycle I've ever had the privilege of throwing a leg over. It's pure magic. I used to race GNCCs and D5 hare scrambles when I grew up in Pennsylvania, then raced some local enduros, GPs, and desert races in So Cal when I moved here years ago. Now, I ride almost every weekend when it’s not near 100 degrees in the desert. And until recently I thought my racing days were behind me. But I raced the 2013 Ontario EnduroCross in the Vet class and really enjoyed it. I discovered, however, that I lost my racer's edge during my racing retirement.
So I've set a goal to race four or five races before the next EnduroCross to regain my competitive spirit. Regardless, I feel unbelievably fortunate that I am one of the lucky few that get to experience this wonderful sport of motorcycling. From the products to the people to the companies to the riding, this is the greatest sport/activity/profession in the world and I am eternally grateful that my dad loaned me $90 to buy that 1974 Honda MR50 Elsinore at age six. Life wouldn't be the same without it.
Written By: AndrewT