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Posts tagged: Rides

Think Small

Room to Grow  Simple ways to grow beyond the walls  Livin' Large  Jacki Cronin's footprint may be small, but it is the larger landscape that fuels her passions. Originally a triathlete, Jacki also enjoys dirt riding, trail running, and adventuring in the Western North Carolina mountains, her newly adopted home state.  Do you hear fiddle tunes floating from her 224 square foot home? It's not her Spotify mix — it's just Jacki sawing away on her viola! Without further delay, here is Jacki. Five Questions    What are you most passionate about?I’m passionate about being outside, seeing new places (I love learning the history behind everywhere I’ve been!), and love to constantly be learning. Learning Spanish is something I’ve put a lot of time into lately. An older woman here at the tiny home village has been helping me speak the language more while working together in the community garden! Gardening is new to me too so this has been fun! How has the coronavirus impacted you and your family?My job usually involves a lot of travel, I work at Spartan and Ironman expos throughout the year. With everything postponed or canceled now I’m just working from home. We’ve been primarily working on sharing more about our professional athletes and ambassadors while everyone is stuck at home.  What would you like to encourage others to do?I would encourage people to live with less and in smaller spaces!! I spent a year living in our AltRed sprinter van in 2018. We were an IRONMAN partner so I went to as many races in the US as I could. It was exhausting but an awesome experience. In December 2018 I got a huge upgrade which was a 224 sq ft tiny home that I’d spent months designing. Don’t worry, it has room for 3 bikes inside. Living tiny leaves you more time, more financial freedom, and forces you to spend as much time as possible outside! What are you looking forward to?I’m just waiting on a few more parts to arrive before I can build up my new YetiSB100 this week!! What is your favorite Kitsbow piece?My first order of Kitsbow is on its way! I can’t wait to order more too… even though the weather is getting warmer, the Icon will be next and I’m pretty excited about it.

36 Hours in Kitsbow: Escape from New York

“Ours is a film about family, so it’s only fitting that making it was a family affair. The core team was me, my wife, our daughter, and two of our nephews; but the spirit of the film was meant to include our entire family -- some who couldn’t participate and one...

36 Hours In Kitsbow: Not Quite out of the Woods

 “I hope this film inspires other parents to provide their kids with experiences of adventure through bikepacking, and cycling in general. And for parents of kids undergoing medical treatment, I hope Eleanor’s smile and positive attitude encourages hope and strength, proving that happiness is found in pushing limits and seeking...

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

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.

36 Hours in Kitsbow: Petaluma to Marin

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.

Dirty Kanza Gravel Camp

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...

Do you have what it takes to be a Grasshopper?

  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...

Destination Alaska – Sam Schultz

  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...

Getting Involved

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...

Kitsbow and the Grasshopper

 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...

Turkeys and Wheelies

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!   The post Turkeys and Wheelies appeared...

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...

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...

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...

Confessions of a Downieville Veteran

With the Downieville Classic only days away, the small town of Downieville, nestled in the heart of California’s Sierra County is preparing for the masses. Whether or not your quest for the hot and crazy has already begun with packing and pre-rides, we thought it fitting to get Yuri’s perspective...