Adventure...On us.

Adventure...On us.

August 01, 2018

We want to see what your 36-hour mountain, gravel, or even road adventure looks like, and we want to foot the bill.

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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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Oakridge

Oakridge

August 18, 2017

With the size and proliferation of mountain bike events growing every year, it’s always a treat to visit the quaint, slow-paced logging town of Oakridge for Mountain Bike Oregon. With a vast trail system complemented by an extensive network of old logging roads, Oakridge is best enjoyed with the help of shuttles. MBO offers all the shuttles you’d want, and way more.

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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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Out There – Rangers of the Great Divide

Out There – Rangers of the Great Divide

November 15, 2016

  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, Laura and Katie face the challenges, anxieties and . . . joys, of crossing the Great Basin during their bike trip along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail. Katie and Laura have been good friends and neighbors in East Palo Alto, California and decided to submit an application together in [...]
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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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Confessions of a Downieville Veteran

July 28, 2016

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 on what the fun-fest has meant to him over the years and how he’s been prepping for the epic event.     Confessions of a Downieville Veteran – Yuri Hauswald   I have a confession to make. I went well over five months without touching my mountain bike, geared or [...]
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Tour de Frănks

July 05, 2016

In the wide world of professional sports, there is no greater spectacle, no single endurance event more renowned than the world’s biggest cycling race. Competitors from all over the world gather in the picturesque countryside to test their mettle in the ultimate battle of two-wheeled prowess with a side of frites. Welcome to a 73-mile day of sausage gluttony and pure endurance. Mmes et mssrs, bienvenue to the Tour de Frănks. Bon Tour! On Monday, our field of four eager racers met at Kitsbow HQ with a hunger for three things: hot dogs with all the fixings, miles of country [...]
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Independence Day Inspiration

June 29, 2016

  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 by a gourmet meal. But not just any meal – in addition to cycling and coffee, we are obsessive about food, especially grilling outdoors over an open fire. We’ve partnered with our favorite chef, Zander Ault of The Cyclist’s Menu, to provide a few of his favorite summertime recipes for [...]
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The Sun Voyager

June 09, 2016

The most renowned sculpture in Reykjavík is the Sun Voyager (Icelandic: Sólfar) by Jón Gunnar Árnason, a stainless steel sun ship that looks to the sea, representing the allure of undiscovered territory. The spirit of exploration and reverence for nature are key themes in the culture of Iceland, as well as our own culture here at Kitsbow. Our ambassador Weston Shirey, a professional guide at Western Spirit Cycling and protean outdoorsman extraordinaire, recounts a recent trip he made to this land of sweeping landscapes and untamed beauty. On May 2nd, myself and 2 compadres met in Reykjavík to embark on a [...]
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