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Behind the Name

Help us name our next product   More than anything else, we love riding trails. To remind us of what we love to do, we name our products after our favorite trails. Want a piece of Kitsbow gear named after your favorite trail?Hop on over to our Instagram account and simply...

Chainsaws, Chain Lube, & Duct Tape

Meet Kelley Carter. She is currently a property manager of a campground in Stokesville, Virginia; a bike mechanic; and mama to an amazing two-and-a-half year old.  Kelley came to Kitsbow through a shared Iove: biking and wool. Yes, wool! There just aren’t many brands that combine the two anymore, especially one that includes a...

The Adventure Starts Now

Kitsbow Ambassadors Nancy Peterson and Dave Ertel both former corporate types who traded chasing the brass ring for chasing the next adventure. Living fairly simply, they don't have a lot of stuff and spend most of the extra money on experiences and bikepacking gear. Their first extended bike adventure was a trip across the...

Swift X Kitsbow Collection is Here

SWIFT x KITSBOWAnchor Hip Pack, Custom Icon Shirt Cut from the same cloth and mutual admiration of cycling and outdoor adventure, Kitsbow and Swift Industries are excited to announce the launch of the Swift Anchor Pack and specialty Icon Shirt, both born from the collaboration blend of Swift’s adventure-true aesthetic...

How to dress with the Three Layer System

At Kitsbow, we stay dry, warm and comfortable by following the Three Layer System: a base-layer for removing moisture, a mid-layer to keep you warm, and an outer-layer to protect you from the elements. 1. Base Layer — Breathable layer for wicking away moisture. Outdoor comfort starts with the layer that touches your skin — the base-layer. When choosing the right...

A Path Forward for All

EQUITABLE TRAILS Working Towards True Community-driven Trails.  What does what does “equitable trails” mean to you?For Lavita Logan of Old Fort, NC, it means reclaiming for her community of color, the woods she’s loved and enjoyed since she was a kid. Sadly for Lavita, she doesn’t see other Black people enjoying the...

Fires, Rocks, and Fastest Known Times

PLAN THE PLAN But above all, enjoy the process.  Failure is never an option; however, we rarely control the outcomes.So, how do we respond when failure is the outcome? Ambassador Connor Koch shares a recent experience. Strange Rain Con Koch _____  We rode into the burn zone at mile 105, finally arriving...

(Birthday Miles) x 10

ENJOY THE ADVENTURE Kitsbow Ambassador Ana Pimsler, currently in her 11th year as a high school math teacher, is learning how to adapt to distance teaching. But that's not all she is learning. Ana recently celebrated another year around the sun and chose to celebrate with an adventure, let's see how the adventure went....

Start Small, But Live Large.

GET LOSTAnd how to Briefly Disappear from Reality. Kitsbow Ambassador Kurt Stafki often day dreams about bikepacking; his head overflowing with thoughts of disappearing via bike. For many of us, life has a way of scuttling a hoped-for trip. But in 2016, Kurt discovered Swift Campout and decided to go bike-camping every year. Here we highlight his latest trip.The Swift Campout is designed...

Bikepacking Setup - Pro Tips

GET TO PACKINGBikepacking that is! Now that the Swift Campout's global call has been issued, it's time to talk bikepacking set-up with Kisbow's Tim Bateman.Among his many talents, Tim has over 20 years of experience guiding multi-day bike tours; most notably 14 seasons of them at Western Spirit Cycling in...

357 Miles, One Gear

MONSTER CHALLENGETrans North Georgia Adventure Ambassador Jakub Jiráček was introduced to "serious" biking late in life when he moved to Alaska. Jakub, recently completed the Trans North Georgia Route — which consists of a 357 mile journey through the Appalachian Mountains — and this year he set the fastest known time (60 hours) on...

Fuel for the Journey

CONNECTING THROUGH FRIENDS & EXPLORATION Ambassador Tommy Butler was born and raised on a small nursery in the Garden State. Here he learned to embrace the gratification of long days of hard work, and perhaps fueled an early love for landscape.Now he and his wife call Denver home, lured here a decade ago by...

Connecting People Through Bikes

Everyone, Together Ambassador Abby Walker loves racing cyclocross and a trip to race Cross Nationals highlights every year. This year too, fingers crossed.That said, racing is only one facet of Abby's involvement in cycling. What really excites her is bringing people together through bikes.Her involvement in Asheville on Bikes, NICA Pisgah Rage Mountain Bike Team, Asheville...

Skiing, hiking, biking and girlfriends.

Filling the well of positive vibes.  One of our very own, and a Kitsbow brand champion, Stefanie Walters found her escape in the outdoors. She has been creating positive outdoor experiences through backcountry skiing, hiking, and now mountain biking.  With an athletic background in skiing and hiking, how did you...

Mountain bike jumping

Mountain bike jumping, the art of flying while riding Dirt jumping a mountain bike is a blast, and we love to send it. Some of us get bigger air than others. We all love that swift rush. Ambassador Grand Godfrey, who is a 9th-grade science teacher that has some pretty...

A big, WHAT IF

“Life in a Day” Seeking purity within an intense experience SEARCHING FOR SUMMER Summer. What will it look like this year? Who knows. We do know that we're in need of an escape — a simple, audacious, and flexible escape. It could be something epic, AND in your own backyard. Time now to work...