2021 Kaden Ambassador Liz SwindellFor the past 10 years, Liz has split her time between mountain towns on the East and West coast – torn between her love for the people, landscape, and communities in both. This winter, Liz made a full-time move from Waterbury, VT to Qunicy, CA to open a new retail shop named Wild Pines and try to settle in one place for a while. She learned to mountain bike here, in The Tahoe National Forest in Northern California in the summer of 2010 and has been in love with the sport ever since.

Riding bikes is fun, but for Liz, the real joy comes from being able to explore and discover new places. Her favorite way to build a sense of place is on two wheels. As part of her COVID mental health, she bought a gravel bike and fell in love with exploring Vermont dirt roads all spring. Last summer, she started bike packing, both in Colorado and California. She found this new way of adventuring to be both challenging and rewarding. The feeling of self-sufficiency that is required for bike packing is so empowering and she hopes to share that experience with more friends this season!

When she’s not riding her bike, she can be found at Wild Pines — an eco-conscious retail shop in Graeagle, California that she’s starting this year. The shop will be highlighting brands that create goods with integrity, artists from around the country, accessories for adventuring in the Northern Sierra, and her own upcycled earrings made from bike tubes. If you are in the area, make sure to stop by!

  • Current city, state: Qunicy, CA
  • Day job: Owner of Wild Pines – A boutique shop for your mind, body, and adventures in Graeagle, CA – @WildPinesShop
  • Favorite bike: Juliana Furtado C
  • Number of bikes in your quiver? 2
  • Clipless or flats? Flats
  • Ice cream or popsicles? Strauss chocolate chip – yummm
  • Tacos or burritos? Fish tacos for days
  • Favorite place to ride? Downieville, CA or Stowe, VT
  • Bucket list bike trip? Oregon Timber Trail
  • Go-to activity when not biking? Making art, especially watercolor painting in nature.

Follow Liz’s adventures: @lillbits, @wildpinesshop, @lilbitsstudio

2021 Kaden Ambassador Liz Swindell.    2021 Kaden Ambassador Liz Swindell.    2021 Kaden Ambassador Liz Swindell

2021 Kaden Ambassador Liz Swindell

2021 Kaden Ambassador Liz Swindell