Chose the right e-bike.

December 5, 2019

So you’re in the market for an e-bike and you’ve been researching different makes, models battery sizes and styles. With all the information and different options out there, it can be overwhelming. We’d like to share a few tools you can use to help pick the right e-bike for you. And we’ll also give a few recommendations for our favorite e-bikes on the market right now. Let’s dive in and get one step closer to riding away on your new ride.

The e-bike world has been expanding rapidly. What started out as a commuter phenomenon has now turned into everything from high-performance road bikes to full suspension mountain bikes. In the years to come, we will most definitely see new types of e-bikes pop up on the market. Currently, however, there are four main types of e-bikes you’ll find: Road, Comfort, Commuting, and Mountain. Choosing the right type of e-bike for you should be fairly intuitive. Are you an avid road rider who wants to keep up with your younger counterparts, the new Creo would be a sweet choice for you. Are you looking to venture on the mountain bike trails with your kids? The Levo absolutely makes the most sense. Looking for a fun ride to get around town? The Como or Vado are both great options.

At Peak Cycles, we’ve found that most people are concerned with how long the battery will last. Generally speaking, the higher you go up in price the more powerful the motor and the higher the battery capacity will be. In turn, the more you spend on your bike, the more range it will get. But that number isn’t exactly straight forward. There are many factors that determine the range of an e-bike including height and weight, how hilly the terrain is, average speed, turbo level, and how often you stop. Luckily Specialized has created a calculator that lets you figure out the bikes range easily, based on your inputs. Simply choose the bike that you’re interested in and put in your information. Check it out here at the link below.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/turbo-calculator/app

One last factor to consider when purchasing your e-bike are the accessories that come with it. And again, just like battery and motor size, the more you spend the more accessories your bike will come with. Some of the most popular accessories include fenders for keeping rain and mud off of your clothes and built-in lighting systems that run off the bike’s internal battery. Consider whether or not these features are important to you before purchasing the bike. One of the great things about going with a brand like specialized is the mission control app that connects to the bikes computer. This app lets you monitor your battery life, speed, and other important trip stats. Our personal favorite feature is the ability to plan rides. If you open the app and let it know that you want to ride 45 miles, it will moderate your battery usage to ensure the battery doesn’t run out before the rides over. This amazing feature reduces or totally eliminates battery anxiety and the fear of running out of battery while you’re out riding.

Thanks for checking out this article. If you’re interested in riding a particular e-bike, come see us at Peak Cycles. We have various models for you to try and offer free test rides. Here are our favorite e-bikes of 2019 – 2020. 


Specialized Turbo Vado 2.0 

ON SALE $2565 PRICE $2850

For the Vado 2.0, we developed a custom 460 Wh battery, the Specialized U1-460, that seamlessly integrates into the frame, is lockable, and is easily removable for simplified charging. Depending on your riding style, terrain, and setup, there’s plenty of juice to take you to and from work, make a trip to the grocery store, or to even head over to that new café on the other side of town.

2020 Specialized S Works Turbo Creo SL


PRICE $13500

The Creo SL is the lightest e-bike in its class literally kilograms lighter than the competition. Not only does the lightweight and stiff FACT 11r carbon frame inspire dancing on the pedals and diving into corners, but it also reduces overall system weight and increases the range.


Specialized Turbo Levo Comp Carbon

ON SALE $5907.94 PRICE $6950

When you’re ripping around the trail on the Turbo Levo Comp Carbon, there’s no denying that you’re on a fully-fledged trail bike. In fact, the only thing that feels turbo-charged about it is the massive smile on your face. That’s because the new Turbo Levo houses all of the things you know and love about our newest trail bikes, like the Stumpjumper, and also gives you a little more power to the pedals. And with perfectly tuned kinematics, true Trail Geometry, and a new custom battery and motor, the power to ride more trails is yours.



Bliss Out This Holiday Season with Our HUGE Specialized Closeout Sale! 

December 5, 2019

Tis the season to be jolly! It also the time to bliss out on bike parts, cycling apparel, and cycling accessories at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop.  

We’ve got a HUGE Specialized closeout sale going on. It’s so great that we’ll make your Christmas tree look good! 

You know you want a new bike so here’s your chance to save money and feed your cycling passion. 

Specialized Bikes: We have a wide variety of Specialized bikes on sale including Specialized Albi, Allez, Ariel, CrossTrail Elite, Dolce, Enduro Elite, Epic, Fuse, Rockhopper, and others. One important caveat: the Specialized bikes are available for pickup only in Golden, Colorado shop. They cannot be shipped. But you can take a sneak peek at them Specialized Bikes

And guess what? All of these bike parts and cycling accessories can be shipped! In fact, we offer free shipping on orders over $75 and many of the sale items offer free shipping!  You can’t beat it! A sale AND free shipping! Click through the items and see how much you can save!

Specialized Tires 

Specialized Helmets 

Specialized Saddles 

Specialized Shoes 

Specialized Jackets 

Specialized Jerseys for Men  and Women 

Specialized Baggies for Men  and Women 

Specialized Bibs for Men  and Women  

Specialized Shorts for Men and Women 

Specialized Goodies: If you haven’t gotten your fix of Specialized cycling apparel, then you’ll want to see the bike parts, Specialized tights and knickers, and other cycling accessories. Click here to get your fix of Specialized Sale Items

Our Specialized Closeout Sale makes holiday shopping easy. Save time and money by shopping online at BikeParts.com. The time you save shopping online means extra bonus time on the bike, right?!  

Happy Holidays friends! 


Thanksgiving Day: A Rest Day Before Our Big Sales

November 28, 2019

It’s too cold to ride this Thanksgiving. And, the roads are icy here in Colorado which makes riding outdoors treacherous anyway. So, what is a cyclist to do on Thanksgiving day such as this? Recover and get ready for a sprint into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop on Black Friday.  Thanksgiving is the rest day before three big days of shopping savings: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.  Each day offers deals, savings, and sales on bike parts, complete bicycles, and cycling apparel.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
We have in-store specials that you don’t want to miss.  

This 2017 Specialized Enduro, size large, was originally $6500. Now $3999. Come get it before it’s gone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Specialized Epic FSR, size small, was $2900. Now $1999.

This Specialized Epic HT Comp 29er, size large was $2800. Now $2240. 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make the most of theses closeout deals and capture more savings on bike parts and cycling apparel, line up at the front first thing Friday morning and head into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado. These bikes won’t stay for long.

Cyber Monday
This is day three of the holiday shopping and no doubt about it, Bikeparts.com  is your best option for cyber shopping.  In addition to the storefront, our online website offers over 45,000 bike parts and accessories. Bikeparts.com not only carries road bicycle parts and mountain bike parts but also complete bikes, nutritional supplements and much more. Get stocking stuffer items, as in socks, arm warmers, and multi-tools.  With our huge selection of cycling accessories, you are bound to find something you like and at a great deal. 

It goes without saying on Thanksgiving that all of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop are grateful for all of our customers near and far. We would also like to share our gratitude to our staff, customers, racers, race teams, and all the passionate cyclist sharing the joy our two-wheeled friends bring us.  Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you soon!


Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday – A 3 Day Shopping Stage Race for Cyclists

November 21, 2019

Many recreational and competitive cyclists have made the progression from participating in one-day races to multi-day events.  The transition from racing a single day to several consecutive days can be easy enough when there is a plan in place.  

Generally, that involves planning the overall strategy and tactics for particular stages.  And much like a stage race, planning is important for making the most of the three most important upcoming holiday shopping days. Namely, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Here’s how to make the most of your holiday purchases. 

Day 1 – Leading out the shopping season is Black Friday.  Here’s your chance to cash in on bike componentsapparel, bicycle parts including trainers and all sorts of bike goodies.  Be on the lookout for discounts on the BikeParts.com. Remember, this is day one. So, don’t go out too fast! 

Day 2 – Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday.  This day, November 30th is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. As we wrote about previously, your support enables us to host community events like the Bike Safety Talk with the Cycling Lawyer, offer Bicycle Demo Days, and contribute to the national races that come through Golden like the Colorado Classic.  

Additionally, your purchases encourage us to give back to the community as in co-hosting the Staunton Blizzard Fat Bike Race each year and supporting local cycling teams. Use Small Business Saturday as a purchase that extends the gift of giving. You may be purchasing bike parts, a new road bike or mountain bike, but you’re also supporting a local bike shop that invests in the cycling community. This is the day to take advantage of big deals and savings. Be strategic in your shopping and plan to stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop on Small Business Saturday to take advantage of the in-store sales, discounts, and offers available. 

Day 3 – Last but not least, we’ve got Cyber Monday.  This is day three and on Monday, December 2, 2019, Bikeparts.com  could be your best option for cyber shopping.  In addition to the storefront, our online website offers over 45,000 bike parts and accessories. Bikeparts.com not only carries road bicycle parts and mountain bike parts but also complete bikes, nutritional supplements and much more.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are the most highly anticipated shopping days of the year.  Be strategic with your holiday shopping. Make the most of the three days by shopping at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden Colorado and online at BikeParts.com.


Plan Ahead! Small Business Day is Coming – Why it Matters to You and to Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop 

November 14, 2019

The holidays are coming! And much like a stage race, there are three days of holiday shopping worth noting. An important one might be missed. And that is Small Business Saturday. Nestled in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is one day every year set aside to support small businesses across the entire United States. The event was started by American Express in 2010 and is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

There may be some obvious reasons why Small Business Saturday is important, as in personalized customer service, product diversity, and overall just supporting a local business.  But the reasons to support small, local businesses goes beyond that. Specific to Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, your purchases go a long way from just keeping the mechanics busy and the shop bringing in bike parts, and cycling gear.  Your support enables us to host community events like the Bike Safety Talk with the Cycling Lawyer, offer Bicycle Demo Days, and contribute to the national races that come through Golden like the Colorado Classic.  Your purchases encourage us to give back to the community as in co-hosting the Staunton Blizzard Fat Bike Race each year. More so, your purchasing dollars extend to our youth through Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop’s support of a variety of race teams. Over the years we have been proud sponsors of The School of Mines cycling team, Golden High School cycling team, Twin Peaks Racing, The Colorado Collective, and Tough Girl Cycling Team. Not to mention the BikeParts.com Racing team too! 

With all that said, our customers benefit too. Sure you have access to new road bikes, mountain bikes, fat bikes, and cyclocross bikes.  And yes, you can even take bikes out for demos and we’re happy to share where the best road and mountain bike trails are for dialing in trialing the demo bikes.  But most importantly, by investing in our local shop, you are investing in a cycling community.  A community in which you ride, live and play in. One that supports healthy, active living for people of all ages.  

The holidays are about expressing our appreciation of others and the meaning they bring to our lives.  We’re grateful for our wonderful customers. And, we invite you to join us to Shop Small on November 30th for Small Business Saturday. Your purchases make a huge difference to us and our community.  


Fall Cycling: 10 Must-Have Items You Need

November 7, 2019

It’s Cold. No. Now it’s warm. Nope. It is definitely chilly. And where is that breeze coming from?  Does this sound like you? 

Fall riding can be great with the cooler temperatures, the hint of crispness in the air and the beautiful foliage. Yet, riding in the fall has its challenges from a temperature perspective.  One minute you may feel warm, followed by feeling chilled, and then warm again. When your focus shifts from enjoying your ride to your increasingly cold and numb hands and feet, then you either cut your ride short or just suffer.  Given you have the right cycling apparel and you know how to dress for winter riding, you don’t have to do either.   The trick is having the right cycling apparel with you for modulating your body’s temperature while riding.

With that said, the following are the must-have items to have in your cycling wardrobe for fall riding.  

1. Wind Vest – The wind vest is one of the most used pieces of cool weather gear. It keeps your core body protected from frontal winds, but vents in the rear to keep you from overheating. The wind vest is also very versatile and can be added to different clothing combinations, using it with regular jerseys, winter jerseys, and arm warmers. It’s also easily stowed in a pack or shirt pocket.

2. Wind / Rain Jacket – It’s always a good idea to keep a water-resistant jacket handy when rain is in the forecast.

3. Arm Warmers – Arm warmers are a must during the Fall season.  While they don’t take up much room, they are great for temperature control.

4. Full Finger / Windproof Gloves – When riding in cooler temps, one of the first things to get cold are the fingers. Protect your hands with full fingerers and/or windproof gloves. 

5. Knickers, Knee Warmers, and Pants – As the temperatures drop, it’s a good idea to cover your knees. Many cyclists prefer tights whereas others prefer leg warmers.  There are also knickers which allow more airflow over the legs, and they are good for those in-between days. Consider trying out each option and experiment to dial in your preference.

6. Head Band or Skull Cap – The vents in your helmet that are such an asset during the summer months become a major liability when the temperatures begin to drop. To prevent from losing heat from your scalp, be sure to wear a thin skullcap or headband under the helmet

7. Wool Socks – Keeping your feet dry and warm can be a challenge in the cold weather, but nice wool socks are your best bet.

8. Shoe Covers – Shoe covers, also known as booties, cover the exterior of your shoes and protect from cold and wind.  There are several options: some that cover just the toes and others that encompass the entire foot. Toe covers are great for Fall but as you transition to Winter riding, you may wish for a pair that covers your entire foot.  

9. Lights – Daylight Savings Time has ended and if you have noticed, the days have gotten much shorter! Plan ahead and get your lights ready. Get a red blinker for the rear that mounts to the bike or your pack, and a decent headlight for the front.

10. Tool kit – Nothing is worse than experiencing a mechanical issue with your bike when the weather is cold, wet, windy or a combination of all three.  Make sure you have handy bicycle tools or a multi-tool to have on hand in inclement weather.  

Ultimately, dressing successfully boils down to experimenting with what works for you. You may find you it’s important to keep your head and core warm for a productive ride rather than dressing full out and including knee and leg warmers.  Or, you may find a long-sleeved jersey sans a base layer works. Do your best with the weather and be sure to stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop to pick up any cycling accessoriesbike parts, or cycling apparel you may need.  And lucky for you, we have some great sales on winter tops right now. Up to 60% off jackets. https://bit.ly/2WLkYFT Stay warm and see you soon! 


Is Your Bike Haunted? How to Rid Your Bike of Scary Squeaks and Creaks this Halloween 

October 31, 2019

Do you hear squeaks and creaks, clanks and clatters, or rattles and clicks coming from your bike? Are you in fear that your bike is haunted? That perhaps a competitor has put a curse on you? Or quite possibly your bike is possessed?  It is Halloween after all! And frightful things can happen! Take it from our bike mechanics here at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, a frightful terror we have seen is the use of WD-40 as chain lubrication!  The horror!

Given our bike maintenance experience, we can help you expel the frightful sounds originating from your bike. Granted, our tips and tricks won’t cover a full exorcism but you’ll be well on your way to fixing those annoying noises and back to peaceful pedaling.

Squeaks and CreeksThese super common sounds are usually due to dirty or dry bearings. You’ll often find that after riding your bike for a while or in harsh conditions these noises start to creep in. Areas to check if you’re hearing these noises would be:
Crankset/ Bottom Bracket
Headset
Pivots (MTB)
Derailleur jockey wheels or chain guide pulleys
Chain
Derailleur “clutch” or lockout area
Saddle rail clamp bolt
Clipless pedals

Clunks and ClattersAnother common noise that sounds a bit scarier is a clunk or clatter. This noise should scare you because it generally means something on your bike is loose! Here are some important bolts to check if you hear this noise:
Headset
Front/Rear wheel axles
Pivots (MTB)
Derailleur bolt
Water bottle cage (ok, this one’s not that scary… but super common!)

Rattles and Clicks – While there are countless recommendations on keeping your road bike or mountain bike in good, working order, try these tips to help with rattles, clicks, and the like.
Pay Attention to Your Chain. If you’ve been training regularly then no doubt your chain is showing some wear and tear. Take time to actually clean your chain. For an easy-clean, scrub your drivetrain parts with a brush and eco-friendly degreaser and re-lubricate the chain when you are done. For something more thorough, you could buy a chain cleaner like Park Tool’s Cyclone Chain Scrubber, fill it with a non-aerosol degreaser like Pedros Oranj Peelzturn your crank 15-20 revolutions and let your scrubber do the job for you. As for the best chain lube, check out our post, Dry Pavement, Sloppy Slush, and A Muddy Trail: Which Chain Lube Works Best? for options.

Check your Wheels and Tires. Both your wheels and tires are essential for bike safety.  Accompanying the snow and wet riding conditions are salt, debris, and miscellaneous items found in the cycling lanes and roads. Have you checked your tires lately? They may actually need replacing. Begin by cleaning the wheels with rubbing alcohol and dry with a cloth. Check the rims for damage and examine for loose spokes. Your wheel should run smoothly without any side-to-side wobble. Next, replace your tires. If you aren’t up for doing this yourself, let us help you.

Inspect Your Brakes. Nothing is more frightening than shredding down a long, winding road and not having brakes! Bike brakes use brake pads to stop your wheels from turning. Brake pads wear down over time and especially so under wet and grimy conditions. Be mindful to examine your brake pads for any uneven or extensive wear. If you do find uneven abrasions, you probably need to get your brakes adjusted and/or replaced.

Replace old bike parts! Don’t wait until you hear odd little noises or you notice that your bike is taking too long for the brakes to engage before investigating.  Some parts of a bike have a set “wear life”. As you put in the miles, they gradually wear out and need to be replaced. Typically, this includes chainscassetteschainringsbrake pads, and cleats.

Finally, if you can’t find the cause of the annoying noises, bring your bike into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado. We’ll be able to zero in on the source and type of noise fast and efficiently and get you back to riding in peace and quiet in no time. See you soon and Happy Halloween Friends!