Spring Roll on Fresh Trails

Spring Roll on Fresh Trails

April 06, 2017

Spring is a time of revitalization, when fresh greenery emerges from the fertile ground and all of Earth’s creatures head outside to play in the sunshine. For the mountain biker, spring is all about fresh trails and brown pow. For the mountain bike trailbuilder, it’s the time to put the finishing touches on winter’s hard work so everyone can enjoy the fruits of their labor. We asked a few of our favorite trailbuilders to let us know what fresh trails they’re excited about. Tyson Swasey, Trails Specialist, IMBA Trails Solutions: Being on Interstate 15, within the “Zion Triangle” (Thunder Mountain, [...]
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Sedona to Moab: NAHBS the Hard Way

Sedona to Moab: NAHBS the Hard Way

March 18, 2017

  I shot over Tehachapi toward the red Mecca, stopping first in Bakersfield to camp lakeside in my fully loaded Element. The next day I drove endlessly, listening only to Jonathan Richman and Dan Deacon, and ended up in Kingman, AZ, late afternoon, just in time to unload the Retrotec for a quick loop in the rich desert landscape of the Cerbat Foothills. Spindly, squat, sculptural, looming – a wide variety of cacti thrived in that rocky, contradictory environment. The stop was well worth it.   I arrived in Sedona after sundown and met up with the Kitsbow crew, then [...]
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Desert Trail – Sam Schultz

Desert Trail – Sam Schultz

March 16, 2017

With spring right around the corner and my migration back to Montana coming up quick, it seems like a good time to reflect upon one of the best days on the bike this winter. I have been lucky enough to spend the last couple months working in Tucson, AZ as a ride guide for a great company called The Cycling House. I have been working on and off for them for the past 10 years now, and to say I’m proud of what my good buddy Owen has built would be the hugest understatement. The Cycling House is a full-service [...]
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Return to Old Caz

Return to Old Caz

February 07, 2017

Kitsbow Ambassador Yuri Hauswald has had a long and rich history at the Grasshopper Adventure Series, so we asked him to write about his experience at this year’s Old Caz ride. Here’s what the Diesel had to say: “Swallows have the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Monarch butterflies have the sanctuary trees of Pacific Grove. And grasshoppers? They have the wooded hamlet of Occidental, nestled in the hazy coastal hills of Northern California. In case you didn’t know, grasshoppers have been flocking to this sacred spot for the past 19 years – not to take rest on their yearly migration, but [...]
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Ask the Experts: Winter Training, Spring Dreaming

Ask the Experts: Winter Training, Spring Dreaming

January 25, 2017

  The harsh onslaught of winter weather often makes cycling difficult, if not downright impossible. Sloppy conditions, pouring rain, and heavy snow are all valid reasons to take a day off from the bike without losing all of your trail cred. Even if you’ve earned a brief hibernation, there are plenty of alternatives to riding that will keep you physically fit, mentally prepared, and thoroughly stoked for spring when it finally arrives. We asked a few of our favorite experts to let us know how they stay sharp during winter and to inspire us with their plans for spring.   [...]
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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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2016 In Review

December 31, 2016

Thanks for the memories 2016! These are some of our favorite moments captured this year by our friends and family.

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Kitsbow Festivus – LET’S RUMBLE!

Kitsbow Festivus – LET’S RUMBLE!

December 14, 2016

  Happy Festivus, Georgie! Getting ready for the holidays can be tough. So, why not channel our inner Costanza and make the most out of the holiday that brings us joyous occasions such as ‘Feats of Strength’ and ‘The Airing of Grievances’? Won’t you rumble with us? Feats of Strength - We’re giving away a pair of Kitsbow Gloves with any purchase over $250! Use code: FESTGLOVES       Airing of Grievances – Email Christine with your Kitsbow biking Grievance to get a discount on Kitsbow gear! Have that friend who’s always holding up your ride? Waiting too long [...]
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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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Thanksgiving Cooking OFF-the-Road

Thanksgiving Cooking OFF-the-Road

November 18, 2016

  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 for us all to enjoy. Whether your in the kitchen or cooking dinner by campfire in The Canyonlands (just sayin…), you’ll be able to impress! Here’s how Zander and Heidi are doing it. “For this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, we’re staying home and celebrating the incredible local foods that are produced [...]
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