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Obsessive. The term can be interpreted in multiple ways depending on its connotation. In terms of Kitsbow’s new Obsessives video series, the word refers to those who are completely devoted to their craft in a decidedly good way. Builders like Bruce Gordon, one of the true ‘OG’ frame builders  who is still shaping metal into beautiful, functional art in his Petaluma workshop. Sometimes it’s good to be obsessive.

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From Fault Line TV:

Quadra Island’s website states that the island residents are an extremely diverse and unique community of individuals, who share the passion of the island existence, but enjoy a variety of different professions. When we talk about individuality, a picture is painted of forging your own path and creating one’s own free existence. Sam Whittingham is very much so at the core of individuality. Sam created Naked Bicycles, a handmade bicycle manufacturer situated on Quadra Island, a cornerstone in the discovery islands.

Our first stop on Quadra was Naked Bicycles; to meet Sam, and thoroughly discuss the trail network he is responsible for creating. After an enlightening conversation about his workshop, and the interesting client base he has created, we got guided around the trails in the forest behind his house. This was a great introduction to the trail designs that trend across the island.

The trails that we were lucky enough to ride incorporated steep climbs, steep descents, and everything in between with one exception to the rule. Crikey Creek is the local shuttle trail, this trail is short and fast, best enjoyed on a trail bike. It includes from what we’ve seen, the largest amount of man-made jumps and turns. Due to deforestation methods, Crikey Creek did not succumb to clear cutting. Because it is situated right alongside a stream, the area has been preserved. The lack of logging makes for an absolutely beautiful second growth, moss-covered understory, and the trail seems to be painted into the landscape.

When juxtaposed against the ridge trail Silk Stockings, which is composed primarily of rock, we start to get an idea of what Quadra’s trail network offers in its entirety. Though polar to Crikey Creek, Silk Stockings brings the same beauty through its wide-open views of the ocean and abundance of moss covered rock. It’s not as developed, and requires work to go fast, but the pain suffered on the climb is well worth the descent.

The Quadra trail network is incredible, but don’t stop there. With a large portion of the island being uninhabited, this offers the chance to witness relatively undisturbed ecosystems. Make sure to bring your mountain bike on any adventure you wish to undertake.

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From Ludo May:

Episode 3 “la blanche…” by Nico Falquet shot around Verbier, Switzerland. I almost lost my feet while shooting and here is the result 😉 !
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From Scott Sports:

Holger Meyer is a mountain biking legend. Go for a typical day of riding with he and his wife, Karen Eller, in the mountains of Garmisch. #NOSHORTCUTS

From Teton Gravity Research:

Ep. 4 of Mind the Gap: The Making of unReal takes us into British Columbia’s dusty interior with World Cup downhill racers Stevie Smith and Brook Macdonald. For years, Stevie has dreamed of riding a wide-open track where he could drift into corners at full speed. For Brook and Stevie, this one-of-a-kind track is what mountain bike dreams are made of.

Sony presents unReal with Shimano & Trek, a new film produced by Teton Gravity Research & Anthill Films starring Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Graham Agassiz, Steve Smith, Tom van Steenbergen & Thomas Vanderham, with Brook Macdonald, Finn Isles, Ian Morrison, James Doerfling & Matty Miles. Written, directed and edited by Anthill Films. Art direction and additional writing by Good Fortune Collective. Additional support from Bike Magazine, Evoc, Knolly, Pinkbike.com, Rocky Mountain, Western Digital & Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

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9 years ago

Bruce is a legend. He was building allroad/monstercross bikes long before anyone made such. He even had his own tires made. The Rock N Road is still my favorite monstercross tire out there.

Had a chance to meet Bruce at his shop in Pentaluma. It’s an experience the short above touches on. It’s worth a visit for sure.

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