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AMBC x Kitsbow

All images provided courtesy of AMBC with photo credit to ALM Photo. APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB Digging More Trails in Tennessee   Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC) is committed to providing great trail experiences in Tennessee's Knox County area. AMBC is a non-profit organization doing phenomenal work to engage the mountain...

Fall-ing in Love.

Kitsbow Ambassador Grant is new to the North Carolina mountains, yet he already looks forward to the fall season the most. And, no matter where we live, it's a feeling many share.Fall is quickly approaching and gone will be the afternoons of daily showers and getting overheated going both up...

Remember When... "Supply Chain" Was Mysterious?

In the Before Times, most of us riding bikes and wearing clothes didn't really understand what "Supply Chain" meant... or perhaps hadn't even heard the term used before in regular conversation. That's over. We all know what "Supply Chain" means now, whether your personal experience in 2020 was with a...

Bookwalter Binge x Kitsbow

For The Love of the Sport Brent Bookwalter, American professional cyclist for Team Bike Exchange, friend of Kitsbow and our Asheville-area hometown hero, retires at the end of the 2021 cycling season.  Brent’s professional cycling career spans 16 years achieving aspirational accomplishments, including helping Cadel Evans win the Tour de...

Outdoor Industry Hub of the East

INVITING MORE OUTDOOR COMPANIES & ENTHUSIASTS TO START, GROW & THRIVE IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA.  Western North Carolina is an amazing region with a deep-rooted history of storytelling. It's home to thousands of explorers, makers, and doers, who have been shaped by this place. The WNC Made By Mountains Project (MADE...

Now Open!

KITSBOW WELCOMES NEW BIKE SHOP TO THE OLD FORT RIDE HOUSE We are excited to share that we are bringing bike service and repair needs to Old Fort... for the first time in many years (decades, really). Please meet the Old Fort Ride House Bike Shop, Powered by Schoenauer Service Course...

Make It Last

AN ICON REPAIR STORY Ambassador, Robin Walker had a bit of a dust-up in his favorite Icon Shirt. He's okay, but his trusty wool friend was, let's say, a bit torn up about the incident. The story doesn't end here: I’m Robin Walker, a working dad in Washington, D.C. I...

Gone Platinum.

We are proud to receive a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for 2021 from the League of American Bicyclists. The Platinum Level is the highest recognition in the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program. We were a little surprised but also proud to learn that Kitsbow is the only business...

G5 Trail Collective x KITSBOW

MORE SINGLETRACK!Increasing volunteerism and financial support for trails maintenance and development in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. Do you wish for more trails in Pisgah? With the addition of new trails, you have more reasons to come explore Pisgah, and our local communities thrive. It's a win-win....

Even Better!

A PRODUCT REVIEW:  Haskell Shortby Grant Godfrey As soon as I got a hold of the latest Haskell Short, I felt that these shorts were higher quality than even the last iteration of the short. What did I notice first? FIT. The fit is much better than the previous pair, especially in the...

Asheville on Bikes x KITSBOW

SAFER RIDES, BETTER LIVES.Proudly rep the non-profit that’s cultivating advocacy for all who ride in Asheville, NC -- Kitsbow does! Do you wish for safer cycling around your city? Our lives are better, and healthier, when cycling culture and multi-modal transportation thrive. That why we've teamed up with the Asheville on...

Ready to Play Hard

A PRODUCT REVIEW: Coleman Valley Bibsby Connor Koch  One of the marks of a great pair of bibs? You forget you’re wearing them. The upgraded Coleman Valley hits that mark and more, coming out of the packaging ready to keep you comfy and help you get into whatever 2-wheeled trouble you...

CAMTB x Kitsbow Gear

MORE SINGLETRACK IN CALIFORNIA Kitsbow gear that enables you to show your support trail access across California with this via this innovative advocacy organization. Do you wish for access to more local singletrack? California needs more trail development to match the explosive growth of the sport. That's why we've teamed up with...

Artisan Quality.

GREAT PRODUCTS REQUIRE GREAT PEOPLE.  With lean manufacturing and the discipline of making one product at a time, the most valuable part of the Kitsbow factory isn’t the $1.5 million in sewing machines and equipment we’ve installed in Old Fort, NC. Our most precious assets are the skilled artisans that...

Owning vs. Renting

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CAPITALIST IN OLD FORT At Kitsbow we have combined our love of riding bikes, hiking, fishing, hunting, and enjoying the outdoors with our commitment to taking care of our planet Earth. It seems inconsistent to make outdoor apparel in harmful ways, and then ship it across oceans...

The Stakes Couldn't be Higher

WHY BUILD COMMUNITY?  It’s become default messaging for companies to label ‘Community’ as one of their pillars or core values. We’re supportive of this enthusiasm in a fractured world, but a tiny bit cynical. At Kitsbow, we’ve approached this not as an aspiration, but as a necessity. We don’t just want...