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Locke Hassett

I hail from:
Seeley Lake, Montana and Prescott, Arizona

But I am most at home:
A few days in to the groove of a bikepacking trip.

I pay my bills by:
Riding bikes with kids in the mountains, fixing bikes, and making photos.

I never leave home without:
Some good ole fashion hydrogen dioxide.

My three favorite pieces of Kitsbow kit are:
You're making me choose? The Icon, Collared Henley, and the Ventilated Shorts.

I love them because:
They keep my body comfortable and look just as good at a coffee shop as they do in the saddle.

You see this scar? I got this when I:
Broke my first hardtail in half.

The closest I ever came to dying was:
Getting caught in a supprise blizard at 8500' while bikepacking through Bears Ears National Monument in February.

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:
The first time I pedaled from my childhood home to the top of a mountain that I grew up staring at.

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:
Nelson, B.C. Really, anywhere I can find miles of alpine singletrack, but Nelson just has so much variety.

My favorite secret spot is:
A trailless ridgeline somewhere in Montana, but if I told you where it was, then a trail might get built there. Sorta takes the fun out of it.

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:
Who are you people and how did I get here!?

Lastly, shout out to:
The folks who ride every day, in any weather, just to get where they need to go. The folks riding 90s mtb's with baskets to the food bank, to school, to their camp or to their family, and the folks who keep them moving working at community bike shops.

Because:
They are the true, unsung heros of cycling.

Locke grew up in the mountains of northwestern Montana, discovering his love for biking along the winding stretches of dirt road not far from his backyard. What began as a means to explore the rural forests and ridgelines of his childhood have grown into a deeply rooted love for the raw freedom of exploring by pedal. Locke is an avid mountain biker, bikepacker, and photographer. He has worked as a raft guide, backpacking guide, road and mountain bike guide, bike mechanic, and mountain bike coach. Currently, he spends his summers facilitating outdoor education through youth cycling programs in Montana and California, and his winters studying environmental education and working at the community bike shop at Prescott College in Arizona. When not riding backcountry singletrack or teaching kids about natural history or body positioning on the bike, he is driving around the American West in search of rugged trails, wild rivers, good light, and great coffee.

My Favorite Kitsbow Gear:
For cooler weather, the Merino Ride Tee or Collared Henley are my go to baselayers. They stay out of the way, don't work away too much body heat, and make layering up simple.

If the descent is particularly cool I'll use the Wind Jacket, Icon, or Origin Long Sleeve Jersey depending on moisture.

For warm summer rides, the Delta Tee and Ventilated shorts do exactly what they should; keep me cool.

When things get particularly bushwack-y or if I'm bikepacking, the toughness of the Haskell short and versatility of an Icon is fantastic.

Something few people know: I once had a bag of kimchee explode inside of a seatpost bag. It smelled exactly how it sounds.