Crazy Awesome Sale on Bikes, Shoes, and Cycling Apparel

April 18, 2019

Springtime is the time to cash in on cycling sales. And guess what? We’ve got a great sale going on! It’s that time of year again when we have fantastic deals on bikes, cycling accessories, and cycling apparel. Check it out: 

Bikes –  Purchase a demo bike. Only 4 left! 

Shoes  – Save up to 50% off of last year’s shoes.

  • Brands include Specialized, Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau, Giant, Five Ten, and BONT. We have shoes for both road and mountain bike riding, as well as for men and women. Many sizes, manufacturers, and styles to choose from so get in on the savings before the picking gets slim. 

Winter tops – Save up to 60% off of winter jackets

  • Brands include Louis Garneau, Craft, 02 Rainwear, Outdoor Research, Race Face and Specialized. Items vary from hooded, to insulated, waterproof and wind/water resistant. Again, we have many styles available for both men and women. Check them out now and cash in on some really great deals on cycling apparel. 

Shorts – Save big on men’s cycling shorts.

  • Sorry ladies, this sale is for the men, that is if you prefer to wear ladies only shorts. These shorts and men’s baggies are on sale. 
  • Brands include Specialized, Royal Racing, Race Face, and 100%. 

While you’re at it, you might as well make a full sweep on the savings. Cash in on our spring service specials. Choose which bike service special is best for you. 

What do you think about this crazy, awesome sale? Stop into Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado to see what else you might find in the store. We have over 50 different types of bikes on sale and even more different types of bike partscycling accessories, and cycling apparel. See you soon! 

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5 Bike Worthy Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund 

April 11, 2019

Getting a big tax refund? Maybe not even a big one but just some extra cash? Don’t let it go to waste! Invest it! Invest it in yourself: your health, wellbeing, and peace of mind.  It’s not every day when you have a small or large windfall come your way where you can purchase guilt-free items. So why not make your tax refund count for something that will enrich your life and your health?  Following are 5 great ideas for your income tax refund that you won’t regret doing.

#1 Buy a new road or mountain bike. We’ve got Specialized, Liv, and Giant bikes in the shop. Check out the new bicycles we have online at BikeParts.com.  And if you need to upgrade your bike purchasing skills, check out our post What to Look for When Buying a Bike to guide you.

#2 Purchase a demo bike. We’ve got a few on hand and they are going fast:

#3 Take advantage of our spring service special. Get a safety or standard tune-up, a Drivetrain Degrease and Tune or even a comprehensive overhaul for your road or mountain bike.

#4 Make a date with our bike fitter, George Mullen. Use that extra cash to dial in your saddle, shoes, bike parts and frame geometry to your body and riding style.  We offer a professional Bicycle Fit Studio with either a 3 Dimensional Fit or Dynamic 3 Dimensional Fit (includes detailed Computrainer™ session). To set an appointment for a fit, please contact George Mullen at 303 522-1494 or by email at gjmmullen@yahoo.com.

#5 Get new gear! Whether you are in the market for jerseys, short, glove, shoes, hydration packs or even bike parts, we have got it all! in fact, have you seen our catalog of bike parts? It’s crazy! We have over 45,000 parts and 700+ manufacturers! This means we have all the road bike, MTB, cycling tools, and cycling accessories you could ever dream of.

Investing in your health and wellbeing is not only a smart way to use your tax refund dollars but a wise one! Be wise. Stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop for your guilt-free purchases of bike parts and cycling gear. See you soon!


Save Money This Spring with Peak Cycles Bicycle Sales and Service Specials 

April 4, 2019

Demo bikes for sale at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop | BikeParts.com

What are the best ways to save money on cycling accessories and bike parts? Sales of course! And we have a great demo bike sale going on and a service special for the month of April. Read on to learn how to save big! 

These demo bikes for sale are going fast! Check them out and get them while they last! 

If your bike has been in storage all winter, it’s time to get it rolling again.  How are the gears shifting? Are the brakes squeaking? Do you have any mystery shifting going on with your derailleurs. It could be your cables or the tubing. Or, might it be another problem? That’s why we are here to help!  To help make sure your bike is ready for spring riding, our bike mechanics standing by to help you with our spring service special offering. Estimates are always free and we guarantee our work. What’s even better is you can walk in to get your bike serviced or schedule a specific type of service.  Choose which bike service special is best for you. 

Now that you either have a new bike or your current one that is well serviced and ready to go, join us on our weekly shop ride! Every Wednesday (weather permitting) join our Peak Cycles MTB ride! This is a no-drop ride up either Chimney Gulch or North Table. Take a look at our Facebook or Instagram page for updates.  See you soon!


Sitting down with George Mullen- The Bike Fitter

April 2, 2019

THE FITTER

George Mullen
George has 19 years of fitting experience and has completed thousands of fits. He has completed Serotta Elements™ and Serotta Advanced Fit™ courses as well as Specialized™ BG fit school. What makes George unique  is simple – experience.  The time spent fitting people over the past two decades is what makes George a true fit specialist. He has the experience, the tools and the advanced training to handle any fit scenario.

george

Q: Who needs a bike fit?

A: “I hear the phrase ‘I’m not a pro, or ” I don’t race”, so I don’t need a bike fit’ fairly frequently. Truth is, you don’t have to be a pro to have a bike that fits you properly. Bikes aren’t supposed to hurt- most of the time, shoulder, neck, and back pain can be solved (or at least mitigated) with a professional fit”.

Q: How to you “fit” somebody to a bike?

A: “Feet, seat, and the handlebars. While the frames leave little room for adjustment, your contact points are what matter when it comes to a proper fit. It’s amazing what a centimeter fore or aft can do for saddle position.

Q: How has the fitting process changed over the last two decades?

A: The Evolution of Bicycle fitting, like anything else, has become much more specific and detailed. Everything from saddles and shoes, to frame geometries and bicycle types, give us the ability to accommodate many more people”.

Q: What’s your favorite local ride?

A: “The Grapevine Road ascent, off of Bear Creek Canyon”

Q: Scariest cycling moment?

A: “My rear tire blew out while descending the lower switchbacks on Lookout Mountain. Skidded all the way to the guardrail, and nearly went over”.

Q: Best cup of coffee in Golden?

A: “Cafe 13. Light roast, ‘Lots of cream, lots of sugar'”.


Best Cycling Training Tools  to Improve Performance

March 28, 2019

If you’ve been looking to get faster on the bike, then most likely you have explored cycling training tools, as in power meters, heart rate monitors and the like. No doubt, today’s technology provides instant biofeedback and structure to workouts.  And over time, this aggregated training data offers visibility to your training program and progress. The ultimate goal of using training tools is to get faster, stronger, fitter, and optimize athletic performance.  Given that, which training tools are best for you? Read on to find out. 

Heart rate Training – Heart rate training has been viewed in many ways over the years, from very precise to not so precise. Now, a growing number of coaches and exercise physiologists support the use of heart rates as an important part of biological feedback, as heart rates are a direct reflection of what is happening internally.  The post, The Variables and Trends of Heart Rate Training,  walks you through the steps of learning your “threshold” heart rate range, setting up heart rate training zones, and identifying the daily variables that affect heart rate. If you do not have a trainer or coach to keep you disciplined during your workout, a heart rate monitor can be a great substitute. It can tell you when your exercise is falling below your ideal intensity so you can instantly improve your performance.  It can be a great biofeedback tool and also help you to monitor your fitness, prevent overtraining, and take your performance to the next level.

Power meters – Training with a power meter is one of the most effective ways to get results. The more power you can produce, the faster your bike will go. Unlike a heart rate monitor that is subjective, watts or power output is not. Watts are watts. Training with a power meter helps establish a baseline fitness and eliminates the guesswork out of measuring fitness gains.  The data provided also helps to get a better handle on overreaching and overtraining during training blocks.  There are different power meters available based on your fitness goals and budget. So be sure to stop by the shop to dial in which power meter is best for you. 

Bike Fit – While a bike fit isn’t necessarily a training tool, it is your first defense in injury prevention.  It’s also one of the quickest ways to get faster on the bike. Leg strength, endurance, and fitness are at the heart of cycling speed, but without a proper bike fit, you are sabotaging your training efforts.  As you know, bikes come in all sizes and shapes, and there are endless bike parts and cycling accessories that can be added or swapped to make a bike become a better fit for you. At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we believe that there is much more to fitting a cyclist to his/her bicycle than just the physical dimensions of a bike. Each cyclist has a different history, experience, comfort level, and goal on the bike; each of these variables is important to the bike-fit process.  Take advantage of our bike fit studio and schedule a bike fit to align your bike with your body posture and improve your cycling

Use power meters and heart rate monitors to guide you through you.  By monitoring your training efforts with specific data, you objectively know when you are pushing beyond your targeted indicators, as well as when you aren’t pushing hard enough.  This allows your body to adjust to increased training load over time and in a manner that meets your 2019 cycling season goals.


Don’t Miss It! Cash In on Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop’s Specialized Spring into Spring Sale! Now Through March 31st! 

March 21, 2019

Specialized Spring into Spring Sale at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop

Well, Hello Spring! 

How about these warmer temperatures, sunny and longer days?! It’s about time, right? Finally, we have some good weather to enjoy long rides and get some much-needed saddle time to prep for the season ahead.  

And you know what else is so great about spring? Sales! Springs Sales! At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we have a few great sales going on right now. But here’s the catch – you gotta get into the shop by March 31st to get them! 

  • Save up to 40% on select products! You have to see it to believe it. Stop by the shop, take a look around and you’ll be amazed at the variety of bike parts, cycling accessories, cycling apparel, and other selected items we have on sale. 
  • Need a new pair of cycling shoes? Now is the time to get them. We have last year’s shoe models up to 50% off. Most sizes are still available so come in soon to get your size. 
  • Looking for some new threads?  Slapping on a new pair of tires is one of the best upgrades you can make. Come shop for road or mountain bikes tires from a variety of brands. 20% off tires with the purchase of an install. Good through March 31, 2019 

While you’re in the shop, you might want to pick up any bicycle tools you need for bike maintenance and bike tune-up. Stock up on nutrition items, water bottles, and anything other bike parts you may need.  

Don’t miss the Specialized Speed into Spring event! Stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and check out the sales of up to 40% off our fastest and most popular road, trail and e-bikes. See you before March 31st, 2019. 


Dressing Successfully To Ride in Transitional Weather 

March 14, 2019

How about these spring cycling conditions? In under one week, we’ve seen rain, snow, wind, warm and cold temperatures.  One question is, what’s rideable? The more important question is, how to dress for a ride? Transitioning weather and riding conditions calls for ninja-like skills in navigating the weather to gear up appropriately for an outdoor cycling workout.  

The goal is to ride comfortably  Yet dressing to balance warmth and comfort is tricky.  If you are really bundled up when you start riding, you will likely want to start shedding layers. If you start out with minimal clothing and a front comes in or you experience windy conditions, then you’re left feeling cold and your muscles may ache. Not ideal for spring training. Is there a way to dress successfully for transitional weather? Fortunately, at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we’ve been asked all of these questions.  Here is what we have found works, and works best! 

Take inventory of your cycling wardrobe.  It’s a given that you’ll want to have clothing that is versatile, lightweight, and easy to pack down.  Take inventory of the cycling apparel you currently have and purchase additional items that are missing from your cycling wardrobe.  With this in mind, you might want to consider what type of cycling you plan to do in the early season. That will help you to avoid making unnecessary purchases. Depending on whether you are riding the road, gravel, and maybe a mountain bike trail, your clothing options make the difference between a suffer fest or a great ride.  

Take it a step further. Ask yourself, what clothing do you need to wear in different weather conditions?  Do you have waterproof and wind resistant clothing? Do you have enough of the basic cycling necessities, as in leggings? Arm warmers? Knee warmers? Scullcap? What about your base layers?  Do you have enough of them or do you need to add in some fleece lined clothing?  These items are easy to layer and easy to carry with you while riding. Make sure you have enough. 

Finally, try on the old grade school song for dressing appropriately. It’s the one that goes like this, “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes”…  When gearing up for your ride and deciding on what to wear for your ride, use this song as your motto. Keep those digits nimble! Cold hands make it hard to maneuver the bike.  Definitely go for long-figured gloves or lack liner gloves with thicker gloves in your jersey pockets. Referring to shoulders, think your core or your upper body. The key with upper body warmth and comfort in the winter is layering. Consider a  light, long-sleeved jersey that has pockets in the back is a good base layer and gives you the opportunity to put extra clothes in the back pockets. Next, put another thermal layer on top of the long-sleeved jersey. You want something fairly light, warm, and breathable. As a final option, you want to top your upper body layering with a wind-stopper jacket that deflects wind and preferably is also waterproof.  It’s super easy to keep your knees and legs covered with warmers.  And, last but not least, cover your head!  The relative amount of heat you lose from your head will vary, but it’s been historically said that you lose half of your body heat through your head. You can wear a buff or a cap and headgear to stay warm.  

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.  An important element to keep in mind is that transitional weather is just that. Transitional. It’s not here forever and the spring and summer cycling season is just around the corner.  Do your best with the weather and be sure to stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop to pick up any cycling accessories, bike parts, or cycling apparel you may need.