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Posts tagged: Obsessives

Thanksgiving Cooking OFF-the-Road

  Private chef team & Kitsbow Ambassadors, Zander Ault and Heidi Rentz from The Cyclist’s Menu make a living cooking for cyclists on the road. This Thanksgiving, they show us how to park the van, hit the gravel, and be that neighbor everyone loves by bringing savory, local side dishes...

Out There – Rangers of the Great Divide

  Wyoming’s Red Desert contains an expansive and lonely area known as the Great Basin. Although the rolling and hills and spartan features make for relatively easy travel, the area has been long been a formidable obstacle due to it’s lack of water and fierce winds.  Kitsbow #obsessives and Rangers,...

With Thanks

    On this Veteran’s Day, the Kitsbow team would like to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all of the men and women who have served in our armed services at home and abroad. Today, we honor the combination of our Veterans and our favorite mode of transportation. Here’s...

We don’t need no stinkin’ badges – Yes, yes you do.

Well, it’s finally here. Election day. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have been anxiously waiting for this day to arrive…and pass. If you haven’t sent in your absentee ballot, here’s a little help to find your polling location, review ballot issues in your area, and a downloadable...

Savoring Daylight

  Mary Bardell has her hands full. When she’s not the High Priestess of Product Management here at Kitsbow HQ, this hardworking mom is busy raising two girls. So where does she find the time to get out on her bike for a leg-burning, lung-busting, mind-clearing ride on her favorite...

You Need A Friend Like Jake

  Jake Schuppe. Kitsbow Ambassador, bike mechanic, rider, business owner, award-winning mustache contender and possibly one of the nicest guys on the planet. New to the Kitsbow team, Jake is the owner and chief mechanic of Adventure Seekers LLC, helping people fulfill their travel adventure dreams by planning and supporting...

Taking Care Of The Important Places

  As we move into the colder months, the Kitsbow crew has been reflecting on the good times we’ve had this riding season. The joy, the camaraderie, the outstanding dirt, the desert, the mountains, the beer. With that, we remember what makes it all possible. The trails we ride take...

Adventure IS Out There – Pete Thomas

  Although we often romanticize exotic trails in distant locales, the best adventures are often found right outside the back door. This is especially true for Kitsbow Ambassador Pete Thomas, who hails from the recreation wonderland of Whitefish, Montana.   “It’s a good day. A spur-of-the-moment opportunity to go ride...

The Insider Series – The ‘Swamp’ Science of Developing Product

  Product planning is kind of part science, part keeping your eyes open. It doesn’t always happen the same way… Sometimes, a new product need is so obvious, it’s hardly worth committing the idea to a formal brief.   Such was the case with our first product, the SSAM Short....

Road to Recovery – Sam Schultz

Sam Schultz – Olympian, XC National Champion, and Kitsbow Ambassador – has been busy since we last caught up with him. We checked in with him this week just before he hit the road for an epic trip into the gravel covered roads of Alaska. Here’s the update we received...

Ride, Eat, Yurt!

 Photo credits: @IanHylands Kitsbow ambassador and PR honcho, Adrian Montgomery is a pretty well known guy in the bike industry. When he’s not sitting on PR calls or working as the Executive Director of the Wood River Bicycle Coalition, he’s doing cool things. Really cool things. It came as no...

UnPredict Yourself

  Someone once wrote, “The spirit of the West made its last stand in Topanga.” So much has happened in this hazy bohemian enclave nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. A litany of rock n’ roll and folk heroes, from Gram Parsons to Neil Young, called Topanga home. From Woody...

The Kindred Spirits of Breadwinner Cycles

Bicycles, like most well-crafted things, should strike a perfect balance between passion and precision. Meet Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan, the Kitsbow #obsessives behind Breadwinner Cycles. Tony and Ira are two of Portland’s most prolific frame builders, each with his own rather distinct style and personality. With a gap-toothed big...

Independence Day Inspiration

  The Fourth of July is traditionally spent grilling hot dogs by a pool, but we like to do things a bit differently in Kitsbow country. To celebrate the spirit of American independence, we like to spend the day getting out there on a big beast of a ride, followed...

Peak Life

Mountain biking may have been born in Marin County, but its beating heart can be found two hundred miles to the northeast, in rural Plumas County. The small town of Downieville and the vast network of trails there have been considered classic Northern California destinations for well over twenty years....

Lemons Into Lemonade

When we last spoke with Yuri Hauswald, the 2015 winner of the Dirty Kanza 200 was on his way back to Kansas to defend his title as champion of the most difficult gravel race in the world. Training and racing had left “The Diesel” in top shape, prepared to take...