Community, Cloud Forests, and Coffee: Jeff Kendall-Weed Mountain Biking Costa Rica

Community, Cloud Forests, and Coffee: Jeff Kendall-Weed Mountain Biking Costa Rica

July 30, 2018

Mountain biking is an incredible sport, but what really makes it special are the communities that form when riders and trails support one another. Costa Rica is a glowing example of this.

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36 Hours in Kitsbow

36 Hours in Kitsbow

July 18, 2018

At Kitsbow we strive to fit it all in: work, family, and fun.

But when it feels like adventure is something others do, it's time to hit pause. Then eject.

Because adventure is just outside our door, maybe even a short train ride away. The key is to go.

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Dirty Kanza Gravel Camp

Dirty Kanza Gravel Camp

April 20, 2017

Kitsbow Ambassador Yuri Hauswald is a professional endurance racer who gets to travel the world by bike. Here’s what Yuri’s been up to recently. “This one time, at gravel camp, I spent three days riding with forty folks from all over the country in the windswept Flint Hills which surround Emporia, Kansas, the launch pad for the Dirty Kanza gravel camp and the home of the Dirty Kanza 200, arguably the hardest gravel race in the world. There are no National Parks in Kansas, there’s no BLM land, the paved roads rarely have safe shoulders to ride on and there [...]
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Do you have what it takes to be a Grasshopper?

Do you have what it takes to be a Grasshopper?

January 18, 2017

  Started in 1998 by Miguel Crawford and the tight-knit Gianni cycling club out of Occidental, CA, the Grasshopper Adventure Series are long, fun, hard rides with cold beer and good stories at the end. Road, cross, and MTB skills are all tested to their limits, with each ride often blurring the line between cycling disciplines. With the start of the Grasshopper Adventure Series drawing near, Kitsbow Ambassador Nicholas Haig-Arack asks fellow Ambassador Mig Crawford about the Series and what it takes to become a Grasshopper.   What kind of rider should sign up? “A rider who comes out to [...]
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Destination Alaska – Sam Schultz

Destination Alaska – Sam Schultz

December 05, 2016

  Kitsbow Ambassador Sam Schultz has been on and off the road in his newly acquired Sprinter. Most recently, he and his girlfriend, Emily returned from their two month adventure through Alaska and Canada. Before he hit the road again last week for another 6 months, we were lucky enough to hear some details from their trip! Tell us about your van setup. What are the essentials for van life? What worked well, or didn’t, about your rig for life on the road? “The van is a 2004 Freightliner Sprinter. I bought it used and already built for adventures by [...]
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

November 28, 2016

Kitsbow is a small company founded and staffed by dedicated cyclists from all over the United States. With ambassadors all over the western states and roots all over the country, why did we choose to make our home base in Northern California? We’ll be the first to admit that we have it pretty good here in Sonoma County. From the surfeit of world-class microbreweries to the breathtaking coastline, this area is full of wonders. But if you were to ask a mountain biker what the crown jewel of the area is, any rider would give you the same answer: Annadel [...]
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Kitsbow and the Grasshopper

Kitsbow and the Grasshopper

November 28, 2016

 Kitsbow is proud to have ambassadors who are involved in the mountain bike community locally and across the country. Meet Kitsbow’s newest ambassador Miguel “Mig” Crawford. Miguel’s life has revolved around the bike since 1988, when he sold his first car to buy a Stumpjumper. Every weekend he swapped commuter skinnies for burly knobbies and spent days buried in the Arcata, California redwoods. In the summers he rigged his mountain bike for touring and spent several weeks camped out on the north coast. After a brief detour to Colorado by way of Oregon and Idaho, ‘Mig’ realized that Sebastopol was [...]
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Turkeys and Wheelies

Turkeys and Wheelies

November 23, 2016

Done with all your ‘Honey-Do’s’? Waiting for the turkey to hit the table? Here’s some inspirational ‘Tips & Tricks’ from Kitsbow Ambassadors, Jeff Kendall-Weed and Wes Shirey to help kill time on Thanksgiving day.   Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Kitsbow!  

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With Thanks

With Thanks

November 10, 2016

    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 a look into a special group of amazing men that served their country via 2-wheeled steed. Produced by Montana PBS and Directed by Gus Chambers, this is the story of the 25th Infantry’s bicycle trip from Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. The African American infantry took the [...]
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Savoring Daylight

Savoring Daylight

November 04, 2016

  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 trails? Early. Very, very early. Mary is up and out before sunrise. While most of us are still sawing logs, she’s out pedaling in the woods on a Remedy. She begins with lights ablaze, fully layered to brave the morning frost. The forest comes alive as the sun begins its [...]
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Taking Care Of The Important Places

Taking Care Of The Important Places

October 18, 2016

  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 us through these extraordinary journeys. Without access to them, we stick to the road. Kitsbow Ambassador, Pete Thomas, recently shared some photos of riding along northwest Montana’s Whitefish Divide. The ridge ride, connecting Werner Peak to Red Meadow via the Ralph Thayer Memorial Trail, is a serene piece of singletrack [...]
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Adventure IS Out There – Pete Thomas

Adventure IS Out There – Pete Thomas

September 15, 2016

  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 just came out of the blue. But with all the two-wheeled options, choice paralysis has got the best of me. Clock ticking and head spinning, my brain starts to process tire widths, air pressure, tackiness of the dirt, available buddies, overall mood, etc., like a math problem. I force myself [...]
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