Before the Bag: the Kitsbow Mixed Shell

January 08, 2013

Our new Mixed Shell Jacket was born out of necessity: it's an essential piece of gear that you'd be remiss for riding without, especially in these "off-season" periods. From the first stitch to the final packaging, construction of the Kitsbow Mixed Shell Jacket is spread across over 30 different steps and nearly two hours on the production floor at Tamoda.

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December Demo at The Mob Shop

December 23, 2012

We were recently invited by the Mob boys to join up with an event they were hosting with Pivot Bicycles, who was sending a trailer packed with Mach 5.7 and 429 Carbon demo bikes through town. Having just come off an extremely wet trip to the Pacific Northwest, we jumped at the chance to soak up some Ventura County sunshine and get our own demo fleet of A/M Shorts dirty in the process.

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The House That Dirt Built

December 14, 2012

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance has taken it upon themselves to make Washington state one of the best places in the country to ride a mountain bike. And if last weekend's Kitsbow-sponsored Swamp Tromp event was any indication, Evergreen is going above and beyond the call by rallying its highly motivated volunteer base and putting shovels in the hands of passionate mountain bikers at a time of year that most of us would otherwise prefer to spend curled up in front of the fireplace.

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Going to Eleven

November 30, 2012

As you may have noticed, our SASTAN Jersey and Soft Shell A/M Shorts are a bit more than your average trail kit. Perhaps your reaction to the pricing even compelled you to wax poetic about it on your favorite social media channel, and that's fine, we don't blame you. Can't say we didn't see it coming. Still, if we could impart the one thing that we feel most strongly about, it's that Kitsbow is not merely expensive for the sake of being expensive. We love mountain biking, and could certainly express that love by offering another price-conscious jersey or short made overseas from standard-issue materials and processes. However, we believe this to be an avenue with few stones left unturned.

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Shaking Hands with Steeplechasers

November 19, 2012

It may say “Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear” on the side of our Sprinter van, but our love of riding is non-denominational. Nowhere is this more evident than the glorious Autumn bastard child of cyclocross. Yes, these roadie hardmen should probably be riding mountain bikes, but it’s the “wrong-tool-for-the-job” challenge that makes CX so thoroughly enjoyable. It’s also the hard-and-dirty-efforts, the cacophony of cowbells, silly hand-ups, and the phenomenal gourmet tacos, but that’s all beside the point. At any rate, our friends at Bike Monkey were getting down and dirty this past weekend in Santa Rosa, so we thought we’d be [...]
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Kitsbow, Ibis, and Your Neighborhood LBS

November 09, 2012

We’re well aware that the Kitsbow online experience hardly does justice to the amazing feel of our SASTAN mountain bike Jersey fabric, or the excellent fit of our Soft Shell A/M Shorts. That’s why the the Kitsbow Sprinter will be stretching its legs and hitting the road this Saturday, November 10 for our second demo event. Just a short drive from Kitsbow’s Larkspur office, our friends at Sunshine Bicycles in Fairfax are hosting an Ibis Demo Day, and have been kind enough to invite us along. So as you wait to swoon over the Mojo HD or agonize over whether [...]
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The Metaphor of a Startup

October 24, 2012

It's the story against which all other metaphors are made. The starting of a new business. The pushing of the big green button (or the throwing of a small red lever -- whichever visual you prefer). Well this isn't 'like' starting a new business, because we are starting a new business and its launch is every bit as monumental as any metaphorical implications could possibly suggest.

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