Journal

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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

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    Destination Alaska – Sam Schultz

      Kitsbow Ambassador Sam Schultz has been on and off the road in his newly acquired Sprinter. Most recently, he and his girlfriend, Emily returned from their two month adventure through Alaska and Canada. Before he hit the road again last week for another 6 months, we were lucky enough to hear some details from their trip! Tell us about your van setup. What are the essentials for van life? What worked well, or didn’t, about your rig for life on the road? “The van is a 2004 Freightliner Sprinter. I bought it used and already built for adventures by […]
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    December 5, 2016

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    Getting Involved

    Kitsbow is a small company founded and staffed by dedicated cyclists from all over the United States. With ambassadors all over the western states and roots all over the country, why did we choose to make our home base in Northern California? We’ll be the first to admit that we have it pretty good here in Sonoma County. From the surfeit of world-class microbreweries to the breathtaking coastline, this area is full of wonders. But if you were to ask a mountain biker what the crown jewel of the area is, any rider would give you the same answer: Annadel […]
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    November 28, 2016

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    Kitsbow and the Grasshopper

     Kitsbow is proud to have ambassadors who are involved in the mountain bike community locally and across the country. Meet Kitsbow’s newest ambassador Miguel “Mig” Crawford. Miguel’s life has revolved around the bike since 1988, when he sold his first car to buy a Stumpjumper. Every weekend he swapped commuter skinnies for burly knobbies and spent days buried in the Arcata, California redwoods. In the summers he rigged his mountain bike for touring and spent several weeks camped out on the north coast. After a brief detour to Colorado by way of Oregon and Idaho, ‘Mig’ realized that Sebastopol was […]
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    November 28, 2016