Journal

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    Introducing – The Insider Series

        We’ve heard you loud and clear. While the team at Kitsbow is passionate about the quality of our products, we’ve heard from many friends who want to know why. Well, we’re listening. This week, Kitsbow is introducing ‘The Insider Series’. Over the next few months, we’ll be collecting and sharing unique perspectives from inside the brand. We’ll share product insights and pieces from our journal that exemplify what it’s like inside the mind of an obsessive. Whether it’s a post from our founder, Zander or industry legend and pioneer of mountain biking, Scot Nicol of Ibis, we think these […]
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    July 26, 2016

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    Ride, Eat, Yurt!

     Photo credits: @IanHylands Kitsbow ambassador and PR honcho, Adrian Montgomery is a pretty well known guy in the bike industry. When he’s not sitting on PR calls or working as the Executive Director of the Wood River Bicycle Coalition, he’s doing cool things. Really cool things. It came as no surprise to the Kitsbow team that earlier this month, Adrian would be working with photographer Ian Hylands, The Cyclist’s Menu’s Zander Ault and Heidi Rentz, and the crew at Niner Bikes to help launch the new Niner JET and RIP trail bikes. As if that wasn’t cool enough, they would […]
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    July 21, 2016

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    UnPredict Yourself

      Someone once wrote, “The spirit of the West made its last stand in Topanga.” So much has happened in this hazy bohemian enclave nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. A litany of rock n’ roll and folk heroes, from Gram Parsons to Neil Young, called Topanga home. From Woody Guthrie to Alice Cooper, the cultural ripples that emanated from this place affected the American landscape we know today. The more things change, the more they stay the same – not much has changed up here in the ensuing decades.The canyon currently still holds a certain allure for the friendly […]
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    July 11, 2016

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    The Kindred Spirits of Breadwinner Cycles

    Bicycles, like most well-crafted things, should strike a perfect balance between passion and precision. Meet Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan, the Kitsbow #obsessives behind Breadwinner Cycles. Tony and Ira are two of Portland’s most prolific frame builders, each with his own rather distinct style and personality. With a gap-toothed big grin and rugged build, Tony is the IPA drinking, blue-collar machinist mountain biker. Ira, an accomplished endurance racer and roadie, is sleek and well spoken, with a thoughtful gaze. Both builders have shops which match their personalities. Tony’s machine shop is alive with the sound of cold war-era industrial routers, […]
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    July 6, 2016

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    Tour de Frănks

    In the wide world of professional sports, there is no greater spectacle, no single endurance event more renowned than the world’s biggest cycling race. Competitors from all over the world gather in the picturesque countryside to test their mettle in the ultimate battle of two-wheeled prowess with a side of frites. Welcome to a 73-mile day of sausage gluttony and pure endurance. Mmes et mssrs, bienvenue to the Tour de Frănks. Bon Tour! On Monday, our field of four eager racers met at Kitsbow HQ with a hunger for three things: hot dogs with all the fixings, miles of country […]
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    July 5, 2016

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    Independence Day Inspiration

      The Fourth of July is traditionally spent grilling hot dogs by a pool, but we like to do things a bit differently in Kitsbow country. To celebrate the spirit of American independence, we like to spend the day getting out there on a big beast of a ride, followed by a gourmet meal. But not just any meal – in addition to cycling and coffee, we are obsessive about food, especially grilling outdoors over an open fire. We’ve partnered with our favorite chef, Zander Ault of The Cyclist’s Menu, to provide a few of his favorite summertime recipes for […]
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    June 29, 2016

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    Summertime Rewind

    As we enter the long, hot days of summer, we’re hitting the local trails less in favor of the time-honored mountain bike roadtrip. But in between sojourns to Mendo, Oakridge, Tahoe, or other destinations further afield, we like to kick back and get stoked on all the great cycling videos that we find online. In honor of summertime good vibes, we’ve pulled together our top three summertime inspirational videos. Here’s to your next sunny day on the trail! We hope you enjoyed rewatching these videos as much as we enjoyed making them. If you have a favorite mountain biking video, […]
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    June 29, 2016

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    Peak Life

    Mountain biking may have been born in Marin County, but its beating heart can be found two hundred miles to the northeast, in rural Plumas County. The small town of Downieville and the vast network of trails there have been considered classic Northern California destinations for well over twenty years. But a region near Downieville is getting a large share of new trail building efforts that are on par with Butcher Ranch, Third Divide, and the other legendary trails of Sierra County. Rockier, wetter, more alpine than the surrounding area, the Lakes Basin region is strewn with gorgeous, bikeable trail […]
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    June 22, 2016

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    Down and Dirty at the Sturdy Dirty

      The Kitsbow Sprinter team has been on the road since May, hitting mountain bike festivals and meeting with trail organizations as they visit North America’s epic trail systems in their diesel-powered home on wheels. Lani recently made a stop at Tiger Mountain, just outside of Issaquah, WA, to participate in the Sturdy Dirty Enduro. This women’s-specific race, now in its third year, offers a world-class race course for all levels of riders in a fun, irreverent package. Now we’ll stop mansplaining and let Lani tell the story.   “The smell of sweet Belgian waffles wafted from the summit of […]
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    June 21, 2016

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    Lemons Into Lemonade

    When we last spoke with Yuri Hauswald, the 2015 winner of the Dirty Kanza 200 was on his way back to Kansas to defend his title as champion of the most difficult gravel race in the world. Training and racing had left “The Diesel” in top shape, prepared to take on a formidable field of pro racers. But as fate would have it, incessant mechanical failures plagued him for the entirety of his race and led Yuri to abdicate after 115 miles in the Flint Hills. We’ll let him tell the rest of the story in his own words.   […]
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    June 16, 2016