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    Sedona to Moab: NAHBS the Hard Way

    by Nicholas Haig-Arack photos 1, 8, 9 by John Watson   I shot over Tehachapi toward the red Mecca, stopping first in Bakersfield to camp lakeside in my fully loaded Element. The next day I drove endlessly, listening only to Jonathan Richman and Dan Deacon, and ended up in Kingman, AZ, late afternoon, just in time to unload the Retrotec for a quick loop in the rich desert landscape of the Cerbat Foothills. Spindly, squat, sculptural, looming – a wide variety of cacti thrived in that rocky, contradictory environment. The stop was well worth it.   I arrived in Sedona […]
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    March 18, 2017

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    Desert Trail – Sam Schultz

    With spring right around the corner and my migration back to Montana coming up quick, it seems like a good time to reflect upon one of the best days on the bike this winter. I have been lucky enough to spend the last couple months working in Tucson, AZ as a ride guide for a great company called The Cycling House. I have been working on and off for them for the past 10 years now, and to say I’m proud of what my good buddy Owen has built would be the hugest understatement. The Cycling House is a full-service […]
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    March 16, 2017

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    Verve Coffee Roasters: Obsessive about the Bean

    Verve came to be through the serendipitous union of surf, sweat and a love of life and living. Founders Ryan O’Donovan and Colby Barr first crossed paths as Chico College students. As they grew to know each other, they found their passions paralleled as they bonded over playing music, sharing an unusual obsession of architecture, and drinking coffee. These traits became essential in transforming life as they knew it. In 2007, Verve Coffee Roasters opened its first location on 41st Ave in Santa Cruz, California. A location which offers up iconic surf spots, and invested locals. Colby and Ryan put […]
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    March 14, 2017

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    Greasy Valentine

      It’s February 14th and love is in the air. What a wonderful time to express your adoration for the one who’s always there for you in times of need. That’s right, we’re talking about your bike mechanic. Now’s the time to show your love for that greasy wizard/wizardess who’s working long hours in the back room of your favorite bike shop. After all, who keeps your bike obsessively dialed? Who listens patiently to all of your internet-informed diagnoses and all the strange sounds you make to describe what’s wrong with your bike? Here’s to the underpaid magician of your […]
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    February 13, 2017

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    Return to Old Caz

    Kitsbow Ambassador Yuri Hauswald has had a long and rich history at the Grasshopper Adventure Series, so we asked him to write about his experience at this year’s Old Caz ride. Here’s what the Diesel had to say: “Swallows have the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Monarch butterflies have the sanctuary trees of Pacific Grove. And grasshoppers? They have the wooded hamlet of Occidental, nestled in the hazy coastal hills of Northern California. In case you didn’t know, grasshoppers have been flocking to this sacred spot for the past 19 years – not to take rest on their yearly migration, but […]
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    February 7, 2017

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    Ask the Experts: Winter Training, Spring Dreaming

      The harsh onslaught of winter weather often makes cycling difficult, if not downright impossible. Sloppy conditions, pouring rain, and heavy snow are all valid reasons to take a day off from the bike without losing all of your trail cred. Even if you’ve earned a brief hibernation, there are plenty of alternatives to riding that will keep you physically fit, mentally prepared, and thoroughly stoked for spring when it finally arrives. We asked a few of our favorite experts to let us know how they stay sharp during winter and to inspire us with their plans for spring.   […]
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    January 25, 2017

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    Do you have what it takes to be a Grasshopper?

      Started in 1998 by Miguel Crawford and the tight-knit Gianni cycling club out of Occidental, CA, the Grasshopper Adventure Series are long, fun, hard rides with cold beer and good stories at the end. Road, cross, and MTB skills are all tested to their limits, with each ride often blurring the line between cycling disciplines. With the start of the Grasshopper Adventure Series drawing near, Kitsbow Ambassador Nicholas Haig-Arack asks fellow Ambassador Mig Crawford about the Series and what it takes to become a Grasshopper.   What kind of rider should sign up? “A rider who comes out to […]
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    January 18, 2017

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    Winter kits for all conditions

    Optimize your gear to suit the setting. We suggest these battle-tested combinations for your winter missions. Wind Jacket + Merino Base Short + Haskell Short + The Icon Shirt + Merino Ride Tee Wind vest + Long Sleeve A/M Jersey + Adjustable A/M Short + Merino Knee Warmers Mixed Shell Jacket + Power Wool™ Base + A/M Knicker + Merino Knicker Base Short + Kitsbow Scarf Coleman Valley Bib Short + Geysers’ Jersey + Sleeveless Baselayer + Road Arm Warmers + Road Knee Warmers + King Ridge Windbreaker

    January 12, 2017

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    2016 In Review

    Thanks for the memories 2016! These are some of our favorite moments captured this year by our friends and family.

    December 31, 2016

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    Kitsbow Festivus – LET’S RUMBLE!

      Happy Festivus, Georgie! Getting ready for the holidays can be tough. So, why not channel our inner Costanza and make the most out of the holiday that brings us joyous occasions such as ‘Feats of Strength’ and ‘The Airing of Grievances’? Won’t you rumble with us? Feats of Strength – We’re giving away a pair of Kitsbow Gloves with any purchase over $250! Use code: FESTGLOVES       Airing of Grievances – Email Christine with your Kitsbow biking Grievance to get a discount on Kitsbow gear! Have that friend who’s always holding up your ride? Waiting too long […]
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    December 14, 2016