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A Motto to Ride By

FAMILY LIFE ON AND OFF TWO WHEELS Meet Melissa Hall.  As the saying goes, look at a person's calendar and see what is important them.Melissa's calendar is surely jam-packed; however, as you'll see below, there's plenty of room for the important things! Hi Melissa, tell us a little about yourself!I was born and...

A Bright Spot in the Midst of Difficult Times.

WHAT HAS THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT YOU? Meet Jason Stern, who from his home in Maryland, has become quite the catalyst for enabling others toward their growth in cycling.Today we explore Jason's experiences and thoughts ranging from opportunities brought from the pandemic, to his involvement in developing youth MTB riders. He also has a few tips for the...

Hey, That Looks Good on You, Joe J.

We think that the biggest benefit to wearing a favorite garment is getting a compliment for how it looks on you.  That's why we obsess — and offer so many kinds of — fit. In this series we highlight a different Kitsbow Team member, and show how they wear their favorite Kitsbow gear. Today, meet Joe!...

The Secrets of a Family Man

TIMELESS WAYS TO MENTOR NEW RIDERS Meet Jon Sarver. Jon is a force of nature in Asheville, NC; a Kitsbow Ambassador and Ride Leader; and all-around great guy!Though Jon is super connected within his extensive riding community, it's riding with his kids — his 11 year-old most recently — where he finds a powerful and...

Hey, That Looks Good on You, Katherine

We think that the biggest benefit to wearing a favorite garment is getting a compliment for how it looks on you. That's why we obsess so much about fit, and offer so many kinds.In this series we highlight a different Kitsbow Team member, and show how they wear their favorite Kitsbow gear.Today, meet Katherine! Hi Katherine, tell...

Hey, That Looks Good on You, Dustin

We think that the biggest benefit to wearing a favorite garment is getting a compliment for how it looks on you. That's why we obsess so much about fit, and offer so many kinds.In this series we highlight a different Kitsbow Team member, and show how they wear their favorite Kitsbow gear.Today, meet Dustin! Hi Dustin, tell...

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...