Journal

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    Obsessive Trailbuilding Tools

      It’s trailbuilding time! We originally posted this Journal entry last year to familiarize our fellow Obsessives with a few essential tools for trail work. We proudly present it again now that the mountain bike season is here (not that we ever really stopped). Great rides always start with great trails, and great trails always start with having the right tool for the job. Right now is a great time to support your local trails organization with a donation. Whether you donate money or sweat is up to you. We think that spending a day doing trail maintenance can be […]
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    April 28, 2016

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    The Good Life

    We can’t deny that we have it pretty good here in California. From our climate to our cuisine, we love to partake in and promote the myriad wonders that make the Golden State a destination for cyclists from all over the globe. Every spring we get a chance to show the rest of the cycling industry why we love California. Sea Otter, the largest consumer cycling expo in the US, takes place just 150 miles south of Kitsbow HQ in the picturesque coastal city of Monterey. The annual Sea Otter Classic started in 1991 as a cross country race. Since then it’s […]
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    April 26, 2016

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    Kitsbow Seen In Barcelona

    At Kitsbow, we love seeing our apparel worn by hard-working and hard-riding cyclists around the world. Recently, John Watson (the Radavist) posted some great shots featuring Ken Bloomer of Crema Cycles, Mattia Paganotti of Legor Cicli and their crew savoring a golden afternoon on some rocky trails and fireroads in beautiful Barcelona. These guys (and one cute cat) seem to be living the good life on the warm shores of the Mediterranean.   Hat tip to John Watson for beautiful images! For the full story, check out the Radavist. 

    April 12, 2016

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    Savor, Don’t Suffer

      It’s no secret that dirt runs in our veins at Kitsbow. We began as an apparel company for mountain bikers, made by cyclists. We love the romance of the outdoors, the allure of perfectly cut singletrack, the solitude, the moments of zen on a challenging technical climb, the adrenaline high of letting it all hang out on a fall line descent. This is the origin of the species, the DNA from which Kitsbow was born.      In the past few years we’ve been hearing buzzwords in the road cycling world like adventure, gravel, endurance, all road, and so […]
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    March 31, 2016

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    Roadventure to NAHBS

    For this installment of the Kitsbow Journal, we’re proud to introduce a new voice: Nicholas Haig-Arack (AKA @nicholasmha). He is a man who wears many hats, most of which are bike helmets. Self-appointed Great Chieftan of SCUMB, a “BBQ gang with a mountain biking problem,” he calls Sonoma County home, although his feet rarely touch the ground – he lets his wheels do the walking. When Nick told us he was planning on riding to NAHBS, we thought, “sounds like a roadventure!” and are excited to share the tale. “Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, […]
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    March 4, 2016

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    For The Love of Road

      Road riding is not about racing, competition, countless hours training, spending spare time on rollers, and, especially, it’s not about making a science of our sport.   Sure, we’ve partaken of every one of those activities, but they’re not at the heart of our true passion for cycling. It’s the inherent adventure and the natural high felt only when we’re spinning our cranks. It’s the rhythm of the ride – the sound of asphalt zipping under our tires, the tone of the wind, and the cadence of our heart and breath. Best of all, it’s about camaraderie. Only cyclists […]
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    March 2, 2016

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    Santa Cruz Shred

    Contrary to popular opinion, the sun doesn’t always shine in CA, but in between El Niño downpours we were able to sneak a ride in with our friend Tyler in Santa Cruz. Need a little inspiration to get out and find a winter “weather poach?” Scroll on…   Bikes… camera… action!

    January 21, 2016

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    Winter Escape Wishlist: Exotic Trails

      Hey, guess what? Winter is here. That means we usually have to swap out our trusty mountain machines for road or cross bikes, give the trails a break (and hopefully a hand too), and get a ride in when it’s not dumping rain or snow on us. The hardcore among us won’t stop altogether, but motivation drops like a thermometer’s mercury when we have to get out of a cozy, warm house to go suck freezing air up a slippery, mud-covered ascent. Our minds tend to drift to other places, distant lands and exotic locales where the skies are […]
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    January 6, 2016

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    McKenzie River

    No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face. -John Donne A Kitsbow posse descended upon Oregon in early November when most leaves had fallen and the nights were frigid and damp. Yet, the McKenzie River region was strikingly calm and vacant and once we had a few miles under our belt the weather was just right for a good long ride.  Above Colby Pastore descends an abrasive technical volcanic rock section.   Being largely accustomed to the hardpack cracked earth summer conditions of California, the lush mossy spring-board of the dark river […]
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    December 1, 2015

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    Gifting To Cyclists: 5 Experts Weigh In

      The first rain of the season here in Northern California arrives and evokes feelings of giddy excitement for the committed mountain biker, for whom there is no such thing as an “off-season”. Days become colder and shorter, so we layer accordingly and pack lights for muddy adventures on that ever-elusive hero dirt. What is it that motivates us to leave the warmth and comfort of our couches, to go cut lines through muddy puddles and suffer in the woods while everyone else gets cozy? We all have our reasons. For some, it’s a masochistic urge to push our limits. […]
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    November 18, 2015