Where to Ride Your Fatbike in Colorado

January 29, 2015

Fatbikes at BikeParts.comFat Biking is abuzz in Colorado. Colorado is already a favorite state for cyclists due to the mountainous terrain, rugged trails, scenic views, and outdoorsy population. But now, Colorado is a hot destination for a new phenomenon in the cycling world: Fat Biking.

Fatbikes can be used during any season and in any terrain, but they are most popular during the winter months and in snowy conditions. Fatbikes have made it possible for cyclist to bike all year, even in states like Colorado with snowy months.

Opportunities to fatbike are popping up all over the state. Nordic centers and ski resorts are beginning to allow fat bikers on groomed trails. Many ski areas also offer lessons with the help of staff instructors. Examples include:

  • Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System
  • Breckenridge Gold Run Nordic Ski Center
  • Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash
  • Latigo Ranch in Kremmling
  • Durango Mountain Resort
  • Howelson Hill Nordic Center in Steamboat Springs
  • Lake Catamount Touring Center in Steamboat Springs
  • Sunlight Mountain Resort
  • YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch

A number of nordic centers and fat bike enthusiasts are also hosting fatbike races. You might consider trying to race one of these:

Beerd Belly – Evergreen CO

Abominable Winter Fat Bike Race  – Como Colorado

Alley Loop Fat Bike Race – Crested Butte

Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series:

              – Winterbike at Copper

              – Tennessee Pass Night Jam

              – Mineral Belt Mayhem

              – Eastside Epic

And that’s not all!  There are also fat bike tours in the Colorado area!

  • Paragon Outdoors in Telluride
  • Absolute Bikes Adventures in Salida
  • Front Range Guides in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins
  • Break Bike Guides in Breckenridge

For our local customers BikeParts.com, you don’t have to go far to ride your fatbike.  There are some really great trails along the Front Range that are great for fatbikes. Some favorites include North Table Mesa in Golden.   In fact, why don’t you demo a fat bike at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado?  Stay tuned for more upcoming blog posts on fatbike selections, cycling apparel, hydration strategies, fat bike bike parts, and accessories.  Or, take some time and enjoy the following posts for additional reading.


9 Great Fatbike Events for 2015

January 22, 2015
Fatbikes at BikeParts.com

Fatbikes at BikeParts.com

We already told you why fat bikes are all the rage.  We’ve even shared Why We Love the Specialized Fat Boy Bike. Now, you need someplace to ride your fat bike, right?!  

Fatbikes are the hottest trend in the mountain biking world right now and not surprisingly, super fun fatbike events are popping up everywhere.  Following are our top 9 events to get in on the fat bike action.

4th Annual Global Fat-Bike Summit – Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole, WY -January 23-25th, 2015.  Hosted by QBP, along with Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Hoback Sports, Wyoming Pathways, and Mountain Bike the Tetons/IMPA. Here’s what you can expect:

“On Friday the summit will focus on training sessions and panel discussions featuring the latest in the evolving world of best management practices for fat-bike use on public lands. Management practices will be discussed with a focus on winter use since the majority of access issues fall in the winter months. This interactive training day will include land managers from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and state and local governments, along with bike advocates and industry representatives.”

The festival portion of the event begins Friday night with a fat-bike night ride and evening banquet, and continues through Saturday and Sunday with a variety of demo rides, product clinics, and riding events that include an optional guided fat bike tour of Grand Teton National Park.”

Winterbike at Copper – Leadville Series – Jan 24th, 2015.  Here’s why you want to try this event.  Join Copper and the Cloud City Wheelers for WinterBike, part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series. Competitors will ride into the night for this cross-country race slipping, sliding and riding on the mountain and throughout the Village. Make it a family affair and bring the tykes for LittleBike, a free fun ride.

Arrowhead 135 – Last week in January.  Here’s what separates the Arrowhead from the other events.  “The Arrowhead 135 is recognized in the book “The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges” by Richard Hoad and Paul Moore as one of the 50 toughest races in the world.  It is a human powered Ultra Marathon taking place in the coldest part of winter in the coldest city in the lower 48 states.  Our average finish rate is less than 50%, the finish rate for new racers is much lower.  2014 finish rate was 35%.”

“135 miles Deep Winter across Northern Minnesota on rugged, scenic Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail from Frostbite I-Falls to Tower, MN Fortune Bay Casino. Pick mode of transport at start: bicycle, ski or foot.  This is our 11th year, beginning with 10 entrants in 2005 to ~150 starters 2014, featuring some of the best winter ultra-athletes in the world.”  Obviously, this event isn’t for the faint of heart – but one definitely to aspire to doing!

Abominable Winter Fat Bike Race – Como, CO – January 31st, 2015.  If you are feeling a little wild, then this event might be for you.  Abominable events are for those with a little wild in them. Not for the timid, they are challenging you to come get after it in the whitest Colorado has to offer. On January 31st get “yeti” for a winter adventure run, fat bike rides hot chocolate and more. Grab your friends, hop in the car, and crank up the heat because it’s gonna be cold, wild one out there!

Alley Loop Fat Bike Race – Crested Butte, CO – February 6th, 2015.  This fun fatbike event takes place simultaneously with the 28th Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon.  If you have any skiers in the family, this is a great event to combine your two passions.  The plus side, for those on the fence about whether to race or not, they offer same day registration.

Big Fat Bike Festival – Homer AK – Feb 6-8th, 2015.  Concerned about getting cold while racing your fatbike?  Well, this event lures you in with a cozy bonfire about 8 miles in where you can warm up before venturing on or returning to the start.  “The ride is approximately 16 miles long (or more if you choose), follows the beautiful bluffs of the south shore with ample opportunity to enjoy the view.”

Tennessee Pass Night Jam – Leadville Series – Feb 7th, 2015.  This is part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series.  For customers of our Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and locals in Colorado, you’ll note the 12 mile course starts at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Tennessee Pass, and the cost of entry is $20.

Frozen Fat Fondo Fest – Davenport IA – Saturday, Feb 7th, 2015.  This event challenges you to be a fatbike hero!  “Make history being a part of FORC’s first Fat Bike challenge, the Frozen Fat Fondo Festival! The FFFFestival will be held — rain or shine, snow or slime — on the beautiful shores of the Mississippi River at the newly rebuilt Credit Island Lodge. Riders will test their mettle on a circuit featuring many technical challenges through thick lowland forest and chunky river shoreline on this 3 hour endurance ride. Participate as a 3-person relay team or solo. 3.5″ tires or greater required! All proceeds from this event benefit FORC to continue maintaining and improving local trails.”

Mineral Belt Mayhem – Leadville Series – March 7th, 2015.  Again, this is part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series.  However, this event starts at the mineral belt trail in Leadville, Colorado. Entry costs $20

US National Fat-Bike Championship – Cable, WI – March 7th, 2015. What? There’s a National Fatbike championship? Yep! That’s how popular these bikes and events are!  The 47-kilometer event will be, for the second year in a row be  the “U.S. National Fat Bike Championships” with cash prizes for the top three women and men. The field limit for the third annual Fat Bike Birkie on March 7, 2015, has been bumped up to 750 riders and is quickly filling.

Eastside Epic – Leadville Series – Apr 18th.  Another great event that is part of the Leadville winter mountain bike series.  This one starts in Leadville and entry is $20.

Does reading about all these great fatbike events make you curious about fat bike riding? Demo a fat bike at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado and stay tuned for more upcoming blog posts on fat bike bike selections, cycling apparel, hydration strategies, fat bike bike parts, and accessories.


When Lack of Training Motivation Rears Its Ugly Head – Do this!

January 15, 2015

1268667251419-1ejx8psc3zdah-500-90-500-70It’s tough being a bike rider from December through late March. Keeping up the motivation to exercise on a cold winter day instead of curling up under a warm blanket on the sofa can be difficult. Sometimes lack of motivation rears its ugly head during these challenging times despite our best efforts to press on.  Yet, this time of year, many cyclists, competitive and recreational, are fighting regular demons whether that is general fatigue, lack of time, seasonal illness or just plain boredom.

Granted, the amount of downtime you can afford to take in winter depends on your goals for the coming year. If you have a century ride, a bike trip, or a hard race scheduled for June or July, you can probably get away with a layoff.  On the other hand, if an athlete wants to maintain fitness over the winter it it’s important to you get your motivation in gear now to make these gains and keep your cycling training on track.  Here’s how. 

First, it’s important to review your goals for the coming year and create a supportive environment that supports your goals.  Is there a time of day that works best for you?  Then, schedule your training time.  Do you train better with a partner?  Then, enlist the help of your family and friends.  Is your bike riding properly?  Check out your bike components, determine which bike parts you need, and get your bike in proper riding condition.  Your primary objective in creating a support structure is to foster an environment in which you are supported and held accountable. This makes sitting on the sofa eating bonbons a little less attractive and harder to do!

Also, keep it fresh! Winter is a time to build for the year ahead.  Trade saddle time for gym time to gain core strength.  The primary focus when it comes to strength exercises for cyclists is to train in a similar motion to cycling with lower and upper body, while increasing overall core strength and muscular endurance. Check out The Best Strength Exercises for Cyclists or 7 Hip and Core Exercises for Endurance Athletes to get you started and also – to keep you motivated through the winter months.

Another option?  Focus on nutrition.  Many subscribe to the idea of eating pasta and carbs for fueling training and racing.  Yet, there is a growing shift in nutritional information towards a strong focus on vegetables, fruits and lean meats as fuel.  Consider experimenting with your diet and nutrition as a means for making gains in your 2015 cycling program.  For ideas, read Five Ways To Get Started With the Paleo Diet.

Everything else aside, if you still don’t feel compelled to train through the winter, then at least feast your eyes on bike parts, cycling accessories, and new bikes.  Or, bring your bike in for service at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop.  At a minimum, you are fueling your desire to ride when the weather improves!   But, what it boils down to is that an essential element to being a successful athlete is staying motivated throughout the year.  Remember, cycling is supposed to be fun.  Set small goals, create a supportive structure and atmosphere for your training environment, and you’ll be amazed at what you can do in 2015!

 

Why We Love the Specialized Fat Boy Bike 

January 8, 2015
Fatboy Specialized at BikeParts.com

Fatboy Specialized at BikeParts.com

Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is passionate about fat bikes in the winter months. They are fun and versatile bikes that can be used in almost any terrain but are particularly useful in snowy conditions. With the explosion of enthusiastic fat bike cyclists over the past couple of years, new fat bike companies and models have formed in a rush to meet the demand. But with all of these new fat bike brands, how do you choose which fat bike is best for you?

We have found the Specialized Fatboy to be a highly rated, mid-range fat bike that is usable for a wide range of ages and skill-levels.   In fact, the Fatboy was rated as the best mid-range fat bike in 2014 by Gear Patrol, a magazine that covers the best in gear, adventure, and design. The following gives Gear Patrol’s review:

“Double-digit growth year after year has brought in the cycling industry big boys. The Fatboy is Specialized’s first bike in the category, and the big-name brand has delivered a lightweight frame and fork with 4.6-inch Specialized Ground Control tires, a fully butted M4 premium aluminum frame with 190mm rear spacing and a tapered head tube with clearance for five-inch tires. The lightweight frame and mix of quality components from SRAM, Tektro and Specialized at a reasonable price point make the Fatboy a great choice for beginners on up to experienced riders.”

If that isn’t exciting enough, Specialized has developed three different bikes including the Fatboy, Fatboy Expert, and the Fatboy Pro with front suspension. All three bikes share the M4 Premium Aluminum Frame and the Fatboy Expert and Fatboy Pro sport higher components such as Shimano Hydro Discs. While the Fatboy Pro offers more cushioned ride with its Bluto Suspension Fork and Sram’s XO1 rally sport package for a higher price, the other two bikes offer a solid build and smooth ride for lower budgets.

In a review, the Fatboy expert on fat-bikes.com, reviewer Gomez gave the bike a glowing report: “Our test bike purred like a kitten and did everything I could ask of it….I guess the first thing that I noticed, when riding the Fatboy were the tires. The Ground Control tires are a true to size, four point six inch, big and bad ass, knobby fat/mountain-bike tire. These tires are made for off roading. On my very first ride with the Ground Controls when I was climbing a steep asphalt hill, they brought back an instinctual memory of a familiar tactile feel similar to the best knobbies that I’ve ever ridden…. 26/29 or fat-bike….Climbing was outstanding and carving turns was confidence inspiring. Of course you can’t have all of that grip without some rolling resistance. If you’re looking for a tire that will answer the call for traction each and every time, the Ground Control is your huckleberry….This bike was born and bred to rip and shred!”

The fun isn’t exclusive to adults either!  Specialized has also created a 20” and 24” Fatboy for kids at half the price of a full sized Fat Boy. The two miniature bikes are featured in this short video that would excite any kid who loves to hop into the bike saddle and ride:

For a lighter ride, you can opt for lighter bike parts and also purchase tubeless tires and carbon rims.  All of which will make your FatBoy faster and more maneuverable.  Join the Fat Bike rage! Demo a fat bike at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop today or better yet – get your own!  There’s a Specialized Fatboy, Medium in black and red on sale now!!


Specialized Fatboy Custom XT 2×10, Large, 2015, Blk/Red

January 7, 2015

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  • FRAME: Specialized M4 Premium Aluminum, fully butted w/ smooth welds, tapered headtube, post-mount disc dropouts, 190mm rear hub spacing, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger
  • FORK: Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque, tapered steerer, 135mm hub spacing
  • HEADSET: 1-1/8 upper, 1-1/2 lower, Campy style, integrate d sealed cartridge bearings, split crown race, 3.8mm cone spacer
  • STEM: Easton EA70 31.8 Stem 84/96 degree 100mm
  • HANDLEBARS: Easton EA70 31.8 Hi Rise Alloy Handlebar 720mm
  • GRIPS: ESI Chunky Red
  • FRONT BRAKE: Avid BB7 Mtn Disc Brake Caliper and 180mm G2 Rotor Graphite
  • REAR BRAKE: Avid BB7 Mtn Disc Brake Caliper and 160mm G2 Rotor Graphite
  • BRAKE LEVERS: Avid FR-5
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR: SHIMANO XT Front Derailleur,FD-M785, 2×10, Top-swing, Dual-pull,Silver
  • REAR DERAILLEUR: SHIMANO XT RD-M786-GS-L Black XT Shadow Plus RD, long cage
  • SHIFT LEVERS: SHIMANO XT SL-M780, Shift Lever, Right & Left:10-Speed
  • CASSETTE: SHIMANO XT CS-M771-10 – Deore XT – 10-Speed – 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-36T
  • CHAIN: SHIMANO XT CN-HG95 10 Speed MTB Chain
  • CRANKSET: Custom e.thirteen, TRS+, PF30, 100mm spindle, w/ BB
  • CHAINRINGS: Praxis Works 36/22t
  • PEDALS: None
  • RIMS: Specialized Fatboy SL, alloy disc, single wall, 90mm wide, sleeve joint, hookless design, 32h
  • FRONT HUB: Specialized MTB Hi Lo disc, alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 135mm wide, QR, 32h
  • SPOKES: Stainless, 2.0/1.8/2.0mm
  • FRONT TIRE: Specialized Ground Control Fat, 120TPI, folding bead, 26×4.6
  • REAR TIRE: Specialized Ground Control Fat, 120TPI, folding bead, 26×4.6
  • INNER TUBES: Standard, presta valve
  • SADDLE: Specialized Phenom Comp
  • SEAT BINDER: Alloy, 34.9mm
  • SEATPOST: Easton EA70 Zero Setback 2-Bolt Seatpost 400mm 30.9mm

New Year Cycling Resolutions – A Visual Journey – Looking to the Past to Bring in a Bright Future

January 1, 2015

Out with the old – in with the new.  That’s pretty much the motto of the New Year.

As we transition from the last year into the new one, it causes many to reflect on the past. Thoughtfulness and evaluation of cycling progress and fitness gained, review of goals achieved, as well as, forward thinking dreams and compelling images of a future to live into. What will 2015 bring?

At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we invite you to join us on a visual journey of years past.  We also hope 2015 will bring more of what we’ve accomplished in servicing our customers these last few years.

Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop First Store FrontStaring with humble beginnings here in Golden, Colorado, not only has our shop grown locally, but it has also expanded world wide with our BikeParts.com website.

Cycling Apparel at BikeParts.comReflecting on our growth, it’s easy to attribute our growth to carrying quality brands like Giant, Specialized, Pearl Izumi and specialty bike parts.  Our highly rated bike parts and components have become favorites among many.

But offering the best cycling apparel and bicycles isn’t what has really fueled our growth.  No different than training, maintaining dietary and fitness routines, and racing to optimize fitness, our bike shop has focused on our own training regimen:  Quality customer care. Timely services repairs. Educated and informed product use.  Excellent bike fits. Bike Fits at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop

Fun shop rides. And most of all, fully supporting our local community and customers.  Looking to the past, it’s been rewarding to bring the Pro Cycling Challenge to Golden, Colorado.  We’ve embraced the sponsoring of bicycle recycling programs, local racers, and community events.

Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and US Pro Cycling Challenge Supporters

As we reflect on year’s past, it’s with gratitude to our customers, the City of Golden, and our fellow cyclist that we celebrate how far we’ve come.  More so, it is with enthusiasm and full commitment to serve and help our customers that we look to a bright and prosperous future.

Wishing you a year that is filled with all the joys, personal rewards, and the grand adventure that cycling brings.  Happy New Year 2015.


Specialized Fatboy, Med, 2015, Blk/Red

December 30, 2014

Fatboy custom sidefatboy custom rearFatboy custom frontFATBOY Custom

  • PRICE: ~~$3550.00 ~~
  • ON SALE for $3195.00
  • FRAME: Specialized M4 Premium Aluminum, fully butted w/ smooth welds, tapered headtube, post-mount disc dropouts, 190mm rear hub spacing, replaceable alloy derailleur hanger
  • FORK: Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque, tapered steerer, 135mm  hub spacing
  • HEADSET: 1-1/8 upper, 1-1/2 lower, Campy style, integrated sealed cartridge bearings, split crown race, 3.8mm cone spacer
  • STEM: Thomson Elite X4 Mountain Stem 80mm 100 Degrees
  • HANDLEBARS: Thomson MTB Aluminum Trail Handlebar 750mm 12mm Rise 31.8 Black
  • GRIPS: ESI Chunky Red
  • FRONT BRAKE: Avid BB7 Mtn Disc Brake Caliper and 180mm G2 Rotor Graphite
  • REAR BRAKE: Avid BB7 Mtn Disc Brake Caliper and 160mm G2 Rotor Graphite
  • BRAKE LEVERS: Avid FR-5
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR: None
  • REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM X01 11-Speed X-Horizon Type 2 Rear Derailleur Red Logo
  • SHIFT LEVERS: SRAM X1 11-Speed Right Trigger Shifter with Clamp: Black with Cable
  • CASSETTE: SRAM X1 XG1180 10-42 11 Speed Cassette
  • CHAIN: SRAM XX1 11 Speed
  • CRANKSET: Custom e.thirteen, TRS+, PF30, 100mm spindle, w/ BB
  • CHAINRINGS: e*thirteen Direct Mount M Profile 10/11-speed Guide Ring 30t Narrow Wide
  • PEDALS: None
  • RIMS: Specialized Fatboy SL, alloy disc, single wall, 90mm wide, sleeve joint, hookless design, 32h
  • FRONT HUB: Specialized MTB Hi Lo disc, alloy, sealed cartridge bearings, 135mm wide, QR, 32h
  • SPOKES: Stainless, 2.0/1.8/2.0mm
  • FRONT TIRE: Specialized Ground Control Fat, 120TPI, folding bead, 26×4.6
  • REAR TIRE: Specialized Ground Control Fat, 120TPI, folding bead, 26×4.6
  • INNER TUBES: Standard, presta valve
  • SADDLE: WTB Silverado Pro Saddle Black NiCro Rails
  • SEATPOST: Alloy, 2-bolt, 12.5mm offset, 30.9mm, anti-corrosion hardware
  • SEAT BINDER: Alloy, 34.9mm
  • SEATPOST: Thomson Elite Seatpost: 30.9 x 410mm Black

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