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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...

Changing an Industry

Stop Buying Mass Produced Gear -- Take the Long View There are three decisions that project Kitsbow into the future. We’ve described the first decision: to make apparel ourselves in the U.S. after nearly 8 years of partners making it for us in Vietnam, China, and Canada.    Our second...

Newfound Love.

STOKING THE LOVE OF CYCLING THROUGH COMMUNITY It's natural that a rail transit planner would advocate for equitable and safe mobility options — especially bikes. So it’s also understandable that this same transit planner would also fall in love with cycling, all of it, commuting, gravel riding, bikepacking, mountain biking, road...

Sense of Place.

THIS COMPLICATED, RESILIENT PLACE.    Why did we choose Old Fort?  Why ride your bike, fish the streams, hike the trails, explore by horse, and camp in the Pisgah National Forest? The obvious answer is the stunning natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains all around us.  And then there...

Seven Years then What?

A PROVEN DESIGN MADE BETTER. Blog Written By: Tim Bateman  I recently got my hands on a new pair of Mescal shorts fresh off of our production floor in Old Fort, and it oddly took me back to my first introduction to Kitsbow Cycling Apparel. One sunny October afternoon I...

HOW Do We Do It?

HOW IT'S MADEThere are SO many steps that go into the making of a Kitsbow Icon Shirt. Ever wonder how we do it? Here the key steps to making an Icon in our Old Fort factory. Start with Pendleton® wool. The comfort, durability, and classic ombre fade of Pendleton® wool is...

Hometown Trails

GROWING THROUGH DIVERSITY & INCLUSION. Kitsbow and the town of Old Fort now sit at the doorstep of over seventy miles of glorious MTB trails.But we are getting ahead of ourselves.The Old Fort Trail Project — located in the Pisgah National Forest surrounding Old Fort, NC — has a unique opportunity to diversify its trail offerings, and...

A New MTB Trail... and MORE

TRAIL ADVOCACY FOR ALL Over the last year, in the midst of a pandemic, the national mountain bike community has exploded in numbers. Thankfully, this explosion brings new riders of all shapes, backgrounds, and abilities to the sport, which is why we are so grateful for the innovative trail advocacy of folks like...

Feed Your New Habit

Everyday Transport?How to make this a daily reality. Most of us are riding our bikes more than ever, including for transportation. But as normal life returns, can we keep our new habit going?Yes we can.Bike to Work Week is May 17-23. And, for the occasion, we’ve tapped Kitsbow Ambassador and Bike Advocate,...

Getting the Basics Right

Let’s Include Every Body in Cycling! We’ve had a number of important shifts at Kitsbow, with more to come. We thought it is time to let you in on what we’ve been up to and offer a glimpse of what’s to come. Only thirteen months ago Kitsbow had 15 employees...

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...