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    Obsessive Trailbuilding Tools

      Whether you’re already enjoying near-summer conditions, or just getting thawed out, it’s time to take care of your favorite trails. Trail work takes trail tools, and being obsessives, tools are half the fun. We’ve come to know a few trail tools and have formed… Opinions. Shovels, Rakes, Pick Axes, Hoes… these are the basics and readily available. But these are, again, basic. As obsessives, we seek The Right Tool For The Job. This leads us to the heart of the tool shed of any serious trail builder. Here we find cool multi-purpose tools that handle the unique trials of […]
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    May 13, 2015

  • Profile of an Obsessive: Bruce Gordon

    The #obsessives: Bruce Gordon

    Kitsbow is proud to present the first video in our Obsessives series: a profile of old-school frame builder, Bruce Gordon. Bruce Gordon, notorious, legendary, and stubborn, is part of a small group of early frame builders in the US who integrated his passion for artistic expression in his classic frames. Though recognized by cycling’s inner circle with a long list of accolades and best-in-show awards, Bruce has been living largely in the shadows, working away in his cavernous workshop in Petaluma, California. With Kitsbow Headquarters right around the corner from Bruce’s shop, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him, sharing our passion for […]
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    April 11, 2015

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    It’s all about the base

      Words from Charlie Cronk, our lead designer, stylist, and eloquently sophisticated creative director on the elusive subject of “the base” and how it has dominated music, ancient clothing design, and technical apparel systems. It’s All About The Base Although I agree with Meghan Trainor, that’s not the base I’m here to talk about. I want to share some thoughts on base layers. But since music is everything for me, humor me for a second… The bass is the instrument that gives music its genre, its moves, its style. Whether funk, rock, or jazz, the bass is the foundation of […]
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    March 12, 2015

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    Oh, Delicious Daylight

    Inspiring words from our founder, scholar, and gear guru Zander Nosler as he ushers in the new season and another amazing year of riding bikes. ——————— March 8 is the official end/beginning of daylight savings time. And you know what that means. Another hour of delicious daylight to spend on a bike, on a trail, or otherwise enjoying the outside! During my 10 years in Seattle, the cherry blossoms or the increasing existence of daylight when I left work, were the most profound markers of the seasons. They meant the return of mountain biking and the possibility of after-work rides. […]
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    March 7, 2015

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    Introducing the Alpha Snap Jacket

    An insulated jacket is essential in any person’s wardrobe. The Alpha Snap Jacket is our take on this go-to garment for when the mercury falls… To make a jacket that worked equally well on- and off-the-bike we melded the highest performance materials with our urban, clean-lined style and tailored fit. The core of the Alpha Snap Jacket is insulation developed for the United States Special Forces – Polartec® Alpha – an advancement in adaptable, breathable insulation. Alpha’s “magic” comes from it’s ability to breathe and efficiently transport moisture without sacrificing durability, while continuing to perform after heavy wear and repeated laundering. […]
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    February 18, 2015

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    #Wornin

    Zander Nosler, Founder of Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear shares his unique perspective on quality and products standing the test of time. There are a few products in my life (mostly in the #EveryDayCarry genre) that have just gotten better with age. My iPhone, my pocket knife, and my denim. Yeah, that’s right, my iphone. I’m pretty careful with that ridiculously useful piece of tech, but I don’t put it in a case, either. And the iPhone 5 is the first iPhone that took a patina of use with some grace. For that reason, it’s my favorite iPhone they’ve designed. Minor […]
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    January 15, 2015

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    Kitsbow Mountain Bike Apparel’s Join The #Obsessives Giveaway

    Join the #ObsessivesGiveaway   At Kitsbow mountain bike apparel, we obsess over all things bike, great design, innovation, and of course the ride.  Enter a photo of what makes you an obsessive… the perfect load out, the conquered climb, your workshop, your morning coffee. Tag @Kitsbow and use #ObsessivesGiveaway to enter. You may be rewarded with Obsessive gear worth over $1,200 which includes the NEW low-pressure pump from SILCA.      

    December 1, 2014

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    History of Cycling Clothing

    When the “safety bicycle” turned up replacing the big wheelers of the 1800’s, cycling became accessible for the first time. And before long, people were racing. Athletic competition often drives innovation and at the dawn of cycling as a competitive sport, most cycling clothing was wool. It was scratchy, and when it got soaked it fit like a saggy sack, but was faster drying and more comfortable than cotton nevertherless. The first big evolution occurred when Armando Castelli, Italian tailor turned clothing manufacturer, introduced silk jerseys in the 40’s. Castelli was primarily making a functional improvement to help racers go […]
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    November 14, 2014

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    Across The Great Divide

    Guest Blogger, Matt McLoone, shares about his 2,765 mile mountain bike adventure down the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route with Brett Ziegler’s, which put their Kitsbow gear through the test. – – Ever since we met in photo school over 8 years ago, we have talked about an epic adventure. Having the idea in the back of our heads for so long, we finally just had to get out and do it. So on August 19, we arrived in Banff, Canada, and set about putting our bikes together and gathering last minute supplies. That day we would embark on our grand […]
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    November 7, 2014

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    Welcoming new Obsessive Ava Frances

    One of the reasons we got into making mountain biking apparel is because of great experiences with products we really love and companies that were doing things right. Those moments are inspiring. Our goals for Kitsbow come from wanting to create those kinds of experiences. So, when we received this letter from our customer, Andy, it really made our hearts sing. This is one of those letters that fuels us ever onward. Read Andy’s letter below. ————————       Kitsbow Team: As a relatively new business, I’m sure you wonder what impact your work has on your customers. I […]
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    November 3, 2014