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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

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    The Steamboat Ralleye

    —————— “Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.” Edith Wharton, Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verses —————— Most obsessives know that the journey begins long before the first step is taken. Adventures tend to be preceded by meticulous planning, map scouring, beer-fueled beta acquisition, and lots of fine-tuning our gear. All of this pre-trip activity may seem a little excessive to our friends and companions who haven’t been similarly afflicted, but this behavior doesn’t just come out of nowhere. The pre-trip ritual is rooted in the knowledge that a well-planned journey lets us experience every fortunate moment on […]
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    November 6, 2015

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    Obsessive About Brews

      The desire to create better products isn’t always fueled by economics — sometimes it’s led by pure obsession. This powerful connection is shared between Kitsbow and another Petaluma-based business: HenHouse Brewing Company. Sparked by the contagious enthusiasm of our own team member Adam Yeagley, we profile one of HenHouse’s co-founders, Scott Goyne, and explore our mutual drive towards perfection. Autumn in the Bay Area is indisputably one of the best times of the year for hitting the trails. While the daylight hours tiptoe away much earlier, summer still lingers through the warm, sunshine-filled afternoons that allow folks to shred for […]
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    October 19, 2015

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    Fly Your FULL (Go-To-Hell) CLEVELAND

    Rules. All those rules. From not going into the water until at least half an hour after eating, to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Never wear seersucker before Memorial Day (depends on the latitude and attitude, dude!), don’t wear white after labor Day, but always, ALWAYS wear comfortable underwear. You gotta believe some are just meant to be broken. Using ideas as my maps “We’ll meet on edges soon,” said I Proud ‘neath heated brow Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now. Having grown up in the Midwest I knew that the “Full Cleveland” […]
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    September 9, 2015

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    Shuttle By Air

    #shuttlelife As the content guy for Kitsbow, I get to document some pretty fun stuff. By sheer happenstance, I stumbled into this story which got me in on the adventure. During a conversation with a former landlord, the idea arose to squeeze our bikes into his small Piper prop plane, and “shuttle” our way up to one of northern California’s small airports. Our excitement led to the spreading of aeronautical maps across the kitchen counter, drawing lines and circling runways and flight paths with a highlighter. In moments the plan was born. I called my brother (Tyler), who was in […]
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    September 4, 2015

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    Jeff Kendall-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