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Mike Colpo 1975-2011 – Raising our Glasses to Localcrew

Mike Colpo 1975-2011 – Raising our Glasses to Localcrew

Dec 22, 2011 December 22, 2011

Mike Colpo, associate editor of this blog and frequent contributor (as “localcrew”), died suddenly on December 7 while trail running on his lunch hour near the Patagonia Distribution Center in Reno. He was 36. [Above: Mike and Skeena share some love. East Humboldt Range, Nevada. Photo: Old… Read More

In honor of our dear colleague, Holger Bismann

In honor of our dear colleague, Holger Bismann

By Casey Sheahan   |   Oct 21, 2011 October 21, 2011

I write to convey the news of the passing of our dear friend and wonderful colleague, Holger Bismann. Although you wouldn't have known it by the way Holger's exceptionally positive attitude prevailed through the challenge of his recent health issues, he had been ill for the… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: The Shorts – Penance

Dirtbag Diaries: The Shorts – Penance

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Jun 20, 2011 June 20, 2011

Do as I say, not as I've done. It's the central paradox of many father-son relationships. We strive to learn from our mistakes and grow throughout our lives.  We want to see our hard earned wisdom reflected to others. After road racing bicycles for seven years, and pushing his… Read More

Celebrating Bike to Work Week 2011

Celebrating Bike to Work Week 2011

By localcrew   |   Jun 17, 2011 June 17, 2011

We celebrated our most successful Bike to Work Week event ever this year with riders, walkers, runners company-wide tallying over 11,991 miles! Employees in Ventura logged in 2,262 miles; Reno logged in 2,155, our U.S. and Toronto retail stores combined logged in 7,151 and our 35 colleagues in Annecy,… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Ditch Logic

Dirtbag Diaries: Ditch Logic

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Apr 22, 2011 April 22, 2011

In 2005, Gregg Bleakney was on the rise. He was crushing his job as a software executive. At 30, he owned a beautiful home complete with white picket fence in North Seattle. He had a serious girlfriend. He drove a fast car. His sofa was black Italian… Read More

Photo: Holger Bisman collection

One Man’s Road to Patagonia

By greenewsurfer   |   Mar 22, 2010 March 22, 2010

Most of our employees have interesting stories to tell, but few have spent 15 months in an East German jail after abandoning a plan to somersault the Berlin Wall from a trampoline before trying to escape the country on foot. Holger Bismann, managing director of Patagonia Europe, was generous enough… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: The Shorts – Forty Miles A Poem

Dirtbag Diaries: The Shorts – Forty Miles A Poem

Dec 23, 2009 December 23, 2009

Before you start that next batch of cookies, throw on today's Short and listen joyfully while visions of riding dance in your head. Happy holidays from Fitz Cahall and The Dirtbag Diaries. Whether you swing a hammer or hammer on the keyboard, we all find ways… Read More

The Voodoo Bike

The Voodoo Bike

By Craig Holloway   |   Jul 7, 2009 July 7, 2009

Sometime in the late ’80s, my bike mechanic friend John finally agreed to sell me his 1972 British-made Raleigh bicycle. I handed him $150 dollars in cash and a cold, six-pack of beer. He cracked open two brews, handed one back to me, and we both took… Read More

Bike To Work Week Wrap Up

Bike To Work Week Wrap Up

May 18, 2009 May 18, 2009

Last week's Bike-to-Work celebrations kept our dedicated team of coordinators hopping – volunteers made sure events were supplied and staffed, area business folks presented informational clinics on everything from bike tuning to trip planning and route-finding, and supporting businesses offered prizes designed to spread the word and keep the… Read More

Bike to Work Week – Young Lust and New Love

Bike to Work Week – Young Lust and New Love

May 14, 2009 May 14, 2009

Today's post comes to us from Patagonia E-mail Maestro, Steve Wages. Steve's the kind of cyclist who celebrates Bike to Work Week every week of the year, finding a way to stay true to the saddle despite obligations as a professional, a husband, and a dad. His story gives us… Read More

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