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 those #obsessives who ride.
Jake provides outdoor event consulting and mechanical bike support for everything from races to adventure fantasy camps. Always on the road and meeting new people, Jake is the first to lend a hand, work on your rig, or ensure you’re having a great time on the trail. This spring, Adventure Seekers LLC will be debuting a mobile service station for bicycles next to food trucks in Boulder and at events across the country.
Based out of Breckenridge, Colorado, Jake was raised on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin where he grew an appreciation for hard work and the outdoors. He started in the bike industry, working for Trek as a bike mechanic when he was just 14 years old, and continued to pursue his passion for the outdoors going into college. “Rowing in college and graduating with a degree in exercise physiology has given me an amazing appreciation for endurance sports. I now have the opportunity to travel the world and provide my kind of mobile bicycle mechanical support for everyone that calls cycling their passion. Give me the bed of a truck and let me sleep under the stars.”
We’ll be featuring more from Jake over the coming months. If you spot him on the road, give him a high-five and chat him up. Maybe even convince him to bring the mustache back.
This year SILCA is celebrating a century of bicycling innovation. This legendary company was the first to include pressure gauges on floorpumps, the first to produce a usable portable pump, and the first to produce a valve-controlled CO2 inflator; all necessities that we now take for granted. SILCA was run by the Sacchi family in Milan until it was sold in 2013 to the former technical director for Zipp Speed Weaponry, Joshua Poertner. SILCA is now based in Indianapolis and has carved out a niche for itself by manufacturing precision-engineered, heritage-grade pumps and tools that walk the line between utilitarian duty and aesthetic beauty. We recently caught up with Josh to talk about cycling, art, and everything in between.
With an opening in our Push to Start Summer Tour schedule, we opted to “take the long way around” for a detour de British Columbia on our way to Sun Valley, Idaho. On a whim we fled north from Seattle, first stopping in Bellingham to soak up as much lush Washington terrain as possible. We roughly sketched out what our next week might hold – entering the mecca via Vancouver, heading north to Pemberton, then working our way east and south to depart the country via Rossland. We let our trip unfold hour by hour, trying to make time to ride in all the spots we’ve read and seen so much about.
Knowing when and when not to wear shorts is a skill we only fully acquire sometime after adolescence – in fact, studies have shown that shorts-related decision-making abilities are directly linked to frontal lobe development. But since we mountain bikers are prone to being hit in the head, let’s not make any assumptions about shorts etiquette.