Blake Owens, a Houston native who was raised in New Orleans has had an interesting path leading up to this point. Growing up in the 7th ward of New Orleans, life was not always easy. But with a strong and educated family he learned how to walk the line carefully and manage to succeed in the classroom and survive in the streets. He would go on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2006. Years after Hurricane Katrina devastated his hometown, he moved back to the Big Easy and began working for the House of Blues. Being a well known hip hop artist in New Orleans, Blake created his own concert night called New Orleans Most Wanted “Next-Up” where he would find talented local artists and put them on the house of blues stage. Later he would go on to book various events and promote for the venue among other things over a 6 year period. After moving in the French Quarter which was blocks away from his job at the time, he bought a bike and rediscovered his love for riding bikes again. This turned into something he and some close friends would do on a regular basis. Blake says “Our culture did not really ride bikes after childhood, therefore most of us had forgotten how fun it was. This was the reason why almost everyone who comes out for bike night, leaves feeling like it was the most fun they had in a long time”. He and Nick Reed decided to have a bike night on one boring Tuesday, and history was made without either one of them knowing it.
Nicholas Reed is not the typical New Orleans native. Even with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Creative Writing from Xavier University, Nick has always found a way to express himself through fashion and creative writing. With a strong background in promotional marketing, Nick launched Bike Rite, a company that specializes in social rides, bike rentals, and tours in the New Orleans area. Bike Rite has enjoyed rapid growth in its Tuesday night rides, which has grown to over 600 riders in less than one year.