Journal

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    Jeff Kendell-Weed visits the Pacific North West

    We stole Jeff Kendall-Weed for three days in June to explore a few of Washington’s iconic mountain bike trails. The diversity and quality of riding should be evident from the imagery captured and the smile on Jeff’s face. It’s trails like these that remind us why we enjoy the trail. Day 1: The Palisades – Greenwater  |  Day 2: Xanadu – Leavenworth  |  Day 3: Duthie Bike Park – Issaquah Post ride interview with Jeff   What did you think of Washington? Washington is amazing!  The trails are great, the air is clean, and the people are nice.  And it’s […]
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    June 24, 2015

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    Stormpocalypse – LA with Kyle and the Radavist

    Riding the San Gabriels with Snow, Rocks, Poodle Dog, and Two Metal Heads. “Woe to you, oh earth and sea For the Devil sends the beast with wrath…”  -Iron Maiden During a road trip to Los Angeles, the sunshine capital of the Golden State, our scheduled trail ride with Golden Saddle Cyclery conjured images of urban footpaths, blistering sun, and less-than-satisfying mellow terrain. After an hour’s drive into the dark, moody San Gabriels, we had an experience that upended our expectations. (The bushy plant lining the trail above is Poodle Dog Bush, a highly aggressive skin irritant that is reportedly […]
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    June 18, 2015

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    Yuri Hauswald: A legendary victory from a diesel strongman

    The Dirty Kanza 200 is the nation’s premier endurance gravel race. Kitsbow ambassador and friend, Yuri Hauswald, had raced it the last two years but flat tires took him out of winning contention both times. Known as “the Diesel,” Yuri has an amazing ability to maintain a strong power output over long distances. This year Yuri set his sights on the DK200 as his number one goal and worked with coach Dan Harting to come up with a vicious cycle of training rides that culminated in riding the 700 mile Tour of California course ahead of the Peloton. Attempting to […]
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    June 4, 2015

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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.      

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