Journal

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    Obsessively Stinner

    We at Kitsbow get to work and ride with a lot of incredible gear and sometimes we can’t help but share with our fellow #obsessives. Meet Stinner Frameworks.   Stinner Frameworks is a Santa Barbara-based bicycle fabrication house that has been getting some well-deserved attention in recent years. Whether they’re crafted from steel or titanium, nimble road racing machines or knobby-tired, slack-angled bruisers, every Stinner bicycle is made to precise standards and their fine quality is immediately apparent. Every detail has been considered, from fit to finish, and every step of the process – design, machining, welding, paint, assembly – is executed by […]
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    August 22, 2016

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    One More Road Trip

    Summer won’t last forever, so make the most of it while you still can. Check out how Kitsbow Vanbassadors Lani and Jordan are squeezing every last drop out of their summertime on the road.   @kitsbow @kitsbow.venture

    August 16, 2016

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    Confessions of a Downieville Veteran

    With the Downieville Classic only days away, the small town of Downieville, nestled in the heart of California’s Sierra County is preparing for the masses. Whether or not your quest for the hot and crazy has already begun with packing and pre-rides, we thought it fitting to get Yuri’s perspective on what the fun-fest has meant to him over the years and how he’s been prepping for the epic event.     Confessions of a Downieville Veteran – Yuri Hauswald   I have a confession to make. I went well over five months without touching my mountain bike, geared or […]
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    July 29, 2016

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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