Unmotivated? Stressed? How to Maintain Cycling Fitness During COVID 19 

May 28, 2020

The weather is warm and inviting. The days are longer. It’s almost June – the beginning of another season of cycling along the Front Range.

Yet, do you find yourself lacking the motivation to ride? Could it be you miss your riding buddies? Or that the trails are packed with people making it hard to ride and ride with social distancing in place?  

No doubt these unprecedented times have taken their toll on motivation to get out and ride. Without races and events and group rides to inspire training, it makes it a little harder to reach that upper range in high-intensity workouts. Even if you are getting out for rides, maybe you’re cutting them short or worse, beating yourself up for losing fitness.  

The aim during these challenging times is to find a healthy balance between riding and managing other factors like stress and anxieties of the day. So, how do you find that balance?  A good first step is to give up beating yourself up for missed rides.  The post, Missing training – Adjusting the plan, suggest a few options for recalibrating your weekly training schedule.  The big take away is the mindset. “Often remind yourself of the big picture. It’s easy to beat yourself up over missed training, but if you have been steady with training, give yourself a break. Gaining fitness doesn’t happen in one or two days and losing fitness doesn’t happen in one or two days. It takes months of steady training to gain good fitness. A few days missed or logging a few less hours than planned for a week is a small blip on the radar.”  

Another piece of encouragement comes from the post, Will I Lose Fitness During Quarantine? which emphasizes that doing something is infinitely better than doing nothing and that while many athletes have been facing limitations on their training, your fitness might not be as dire as you think.  That’s encouraging, right?

A way to spark that hope and re-ignite your motivation for riding might be to Experiment With Different Bike Parts to Keep Training Motivation HighMix up your routine and ride different bikes on different days. Mondays might be your mountain bike. Tuesdays your cross bike. Wednesdays you ride your road bike and so on.  Experiment with new bike parts. Swap out your saddle or add some new grips. If experimentation isn’t your thing, then at least replace worn out bike parts or catch deals on bike close-outsbike parts and components. Or, maybe training just isn’t in the cards for you right now.  That’s okay. You can still ride! Swap your car ride for an easy bike commute. Any of these activities help to extend the fitness gains you’ve made and will also help reduce the anxieties and stress accompanied by the pandemic.  

Given all that is occurring in our world right now, it’s natural to feel frustrated, anxious, confused, and even well. What’s not needed is more self-imposed judgment for not riding or not riding as frequently as you would like. Let that go. Instead, use this time to reconnect with your bikes and the love of cycling that you have. Let that fuel your motivation for training and hopefully soon we’ll all be able to ride together and cherish more profoundly our cycling events and races and group rides.  


Peak Cycles Tips for Cycling this Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2020

As the state starts to reopen after more than nine weeks in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in the US, many people are wondering what they can do this Memorial Day Weekend. Our suggestion? Ride, of course!  And ride safely!

Following our guidelines for staying safe and healthy while also so having some fun this Memorial Day weekend.

As a general rule and worth repeating, keep these guidelines in mind when planning your rides:

– Follow social distancing by only riding solo or with members of your household
– Follow the recommended 6 feet distance, leaving as much space between you and others
– Be extra courteous when passing others walking or biking, announcing that you’re passing and leaving as much space as possible. This is especially important on bike paths given more people are walking, jogging, and using paths as there are fewer alternatives available now.
– Ride respectfully and carefully, taking care not to take risks that would need medical resources

It’s also important to prepare for your ride with more attention to detail. Meaning, before you head on any of these rides, be sure to be prepared!
– Know the profile – How much climbing and descending should you expect?
– Know the route – Where is the trailhead?  How long is the route?  What is the technical difficulty? What type of terrain will you be riding?  And, What are the current trail conditions?
– Know the weather conditions before, during, and soon after you expect to ride.  Colorado weather changes quickly and sometimes, radically.  Be prepared.Know what cycling apparel to wear.  Being over or underdressed makes for an uncomfortable ride.
– Know which bike components are best for the terrain type and the right mountain bike tire to use.

While these may seem like common sense things to address,  you’ll want a checklist of essential bike parts and components to carry with you.
– Food, gels, and on the bike nutrition
– Tubes, lube, a pump or C02
– Chain and multi-tool
– Rain jacket
– Sunscreen
– Hydration pack and extra bottles for fluids

If you find yourself without any of these items, don’t fret! Just head over to Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and we’ve got you covered. We have several bike parts and cycling accessories, as well as, cycling apparel on sale to help get you rolling into the holiday weekend.

Riding this Memorial Day weekend may be different than in previous years, but it can be equally as fun. Plan ahead and be ready for the adventure!

 

Suggested Reading for Riding During the Coronavirus:
How To Ride During the Coronavirus
Back To Basics: Getting Kids on Bikes
How To Take a Family Bike Ride During the Coronavirus


It’s Not Just a Bike – It’s Happiness!

May 14, 2020

Cycling makes us happy.  Anyone who rides knows that. We experience it when we finish a hard training ride or race.  We feel the freedom and sense of adventure it brings while riding around town on a bike path or exploring a mountain bike trail. But cycling has positive psychology to it. According to the post, Why cycling makes us happy: the positive psychology of being on the bike, “Cycling seems to possess an array of attributes that boost happiness in ways that few other sports can claim.”

No doubt, bike riding provides the space and time apart from the pulls and tugs of work, stress, and technology. The ride itself provides both a time in which to pay attention to gratitude and the many things for which to feel thankful. Fortunately, there are hidden blessings in feeling gratitude. According to the post, Thank You. No, Thank you, “adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections, and more happiness than those who do not.”   As we manage the challenges presented to us from the coronavirus, gratitude and happiness are two essential emotions that we might not be feeling a lot of but can shift our mindsets and immune systems into healthier and more balanced perspectives. And the result? Feeling more peace in an uncertain world.

How do you focus on gratitude and happiness with your bike?  Easy – ride it! Whether you prefer riding a road bike, a mountain bike, or an e-bike, the idea here is to just ride your bike!  Given social distancing orders, local road riders might find happiness exploring a new route to ride. Check out some of our favorite road rides mentioned here.  For those interested in riding some dirt, explore Front Range trails listed in our post, Best Front Range Trails for Riding this Memorial Day Weekend.  Get Mom’s on bikes and don’t forget the kiddos too.  Get your family together and make a family bike ride a regular thing.

Even if you are experiencing stress from the tensions and challenges of our current circumstances, with each pedal stroke, you are releasing endorphins in the brain and helping your muscles to relax and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind. We all want and need peace of mind right now. Get out and ride your bike!

And, as a gentle reminder, all of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop are still here for you. We’re open if you need to come into the shop and we welcome your support of our small, local business.  You can visit us in Golden, Colorado for bike repairs, bike parts, and cycling accessories. However, due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. We have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. If you prefer to shop from home, you can visit us online at BikeParts.com and you can pick up your new bike and bike parts with curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you.

Be well. Be Safe. Be Happy. 


Cycling Mom’s Deserve The Best Cycling Gifts  and We’ve Got ‘Em

May 7, 2020

Specialized Turbo Como 3.0 at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop / BikeParts.com

If you’re looking for some last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, then guess what? We’ve got you covered. And, in case you forgot, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. May 10, 2020. At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we’ve got a variety of bike parts, cycling apparel, and bikes that your cycling Mom will love.  

Gifts for bike commuting Moms –There’s a handful of cycling accessories we can suggest for bike commuting but first, you have to have a bike to bike commute, right? Two staff favorites include the Turbo Como from Specialized and the Sirrus X. The Turbo Como e-bike from Specialized proves itself as the ultimate city bike.  If you want a bike to get around town, exercise, go on a road ride, as well as, bike commute, then there are few bikes as versatile as the Sirrus X. Combine a portable bike pump, multi-tool, bike lock and front, and rear bike lights and you’re good to go! 

The Roadie Mom – Every woman wants to ride so gift your cycling Mom with some new threads! We have Specialized jerseys, shorts, and bibs  on sale. Maybe tech is your cycling Mom’s thing. If so, check out the best GPS cycling computers you can buy right now.  Consider pairing the cycling computer with Heart Rate functionality and inspire Mom to take her fitness to the next level. 

The MTB Mom – Mom’s that shred new tires! And we have a huge selection of mountain bike tires. Pair that with a new hydration pack and some fun socks and your cycling Mom will be doing wheelies all over the place!  

As a reminder, yes – we are open!  We’re here to help make Mother’s Day special and especially so during this crazy time.  In addition to buying a new bike or any of the above-mentioned items, you can visit us at our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado for bike repairs, bike parts, and cycling accessories. However, due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. We have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. If you prefer to shop from home, you can visit us online at BikeParts.com and you can pick up your new bike and bike parts with curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you. And an extra reminder: for all Giant, All-City, S-Works, Specialized and Surly frames and/or bikes, items must be picked up at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado. We cannot and will not ship these items, no exceptions.   

Here’s wishing all the cycling Mom’s out there a wonderful and healthy Mother’s Day! 


Why Now Is The Best Time to Buy a New Bike 

April 30, 2020
Buying a new bike right now might seem counter-intuitive. But it’s not. Now IS the right time to purchase a new bike and here’s why. 
 
Granted there are a few givens with this reasoning – the weather is warm, the sunshine is out, and many of us have more time on our hands. But the reasoning to purchase a new bike right now goes beyond that. 
 
It starts with the human spirit.  Our current circumstances can feel overwhelming, restricting, limiting and well, depressing.  All of those emotions are normal and expected during this time; however, if those emotions linger for too long or become chronic, the physical body’s immune system becomes hampered. Aside from the natural benefits of stress and tension relief garnered by riding a bike, regular exercise prompts a healthy immune system.  
 
Having a new road bike or mountain bike to ride lifts your spirit.  Owning a new bike invites a forward-thinking approach and gives you something to look forward to doing. Sure, that takes your mind off of things but it also invites fresh ideas to counter the realities we are all facing.  Whether you opt to challenge yourself with new fitness goals or plan new routes to ride, you are focusing your thoughts and planning on an activity that supports your physical, emotional, and mental aspects of yourself. Because of the uncertainty we are facing, there are many things that are simply beyond our control; yet, exercise and having new fitness goals, or exploring new routes and inviting your family along for a family bike ride is within your ability.  All of this offers a much-needed sense of achievement and accomplishment. 
 
If those reasons aren’t enough to inspire your new bike purchase, consider driving less going forward as our stores and economy resume business operations. Because of the stay at home orders across the country, there is less pollution. Continue to support this by driving less.  Commit to bike commuting more and supporting the environment. Bike commuting as alternative transportation helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions. And while you may feel like purchasing a new bike contributes to the manufacturing emissions of a bicycle, consider that bicycles emit virtually no pollution when in use and they require far fewer materials, energy, and waste in their production than even the ‘greenest’ car.  An added bonus to purchasing a new bike is that you are supporting a local business.  And all of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop appreciate that! 
 
If you are wondering what to look for in purchasing a new bike, let us know at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop.  We’re here to help you and yes, we are open!  In addition to buying a new bike, you can visit us at our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado for bike repairs, bike parts, and cycling accessories. Due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. However, we have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. If you prefer to shop from home, you can visit us online at BikeParts.com and you can pick up your new bike and bike parts with curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you.
 
Take advantage of our sales right now and treat your body and spirit to a breath of fresh air by riding your new bicycle! 

Back to Basics: Getting Kids on Bikes (even during the Coronavirus)

April 23, 2020

As we wrote last week, if you are looking for ways to keep your family healthy and also release stress associated with managing the coronavirus pandemic, then a family bike ride might be in order. But that assumes that your children have been riding bikes for a while. Given that our temperatures are warmed up and the state is reopening to some businesses, there is more opportunity to get around town more and enjoy the outdoors by bike. Use our suggestions to get your kids riding bikes. 

It all starts with having the right bike.  We mean it! This means having a bike that fits. If you need to purchase a new toddler or youth bike, make sure you avoid the common mistake of buying a bike that they’ll “grow into.” Doing so can set your child back a couple of years. When shopping, be aware that children’s bikes are measured by their wheel size (not frame size). The right size is one where your child can comfortably get on the bike and stand with his or her feet on the ground. If you have questions on the right size bike for your child, visit our staff at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop. We’re more than happy to help you select the right size bike for your child. Given the current circumstances, we are continuing to take safety precautions during this time to maintain the safety of our employees and customers. Consider calling ahead so that we can coordinate some time to best help you, while also maintaining social distancing and safety measures. 

Another important factor in getting your kids to ride their bike with you is to have the proper clothing. Dress your kids for cycling success. Investing in a well-fitting helmet, along with a jersey, cycling shorts, and a good pair of gloves inspires your kids and affects enjoyment levels and performance. If your child is comfortable, they are going to want to ride. We have bike parts and cycling accessories that include windbreakers, gloves, shorts, jersey’s, chamois, pedals, hats, backpacks, and bikes that kids love. Most importantly, we have reflective materials to put on your child’s bike to make sure they are visible.  If you aren’t sure about sizes, again, we’re happy to help dial those details in.

Before heading out for a ride, review the rules of the road with your child. Know what the bicycle laws are in your area, and follow them. In most areas, they are going to be very similar to vehicular traffic. Make sure you stop at stoplights and stop signs, signal before turning, and ride on the street. It’s important to model good behavior and teach your children the rules on the road. Also, do a pre-check ride with your child to make sure your child’s bike is in good working condition. Doing this together helps instill good cycling habits for years to come. 

There are countless benefits of bike commuting with kids. Sure, it does take a little effort to bike commute with children, but most good things in life do. Bike commuting as a family provides quality time together, as well as, the opportunity to exercise in the natural environment and reduce stress and anxiety during this unprecedented time. 

If you are looking to purchase a new children’s bicycle or upgrade bike parts or cycling apparel, keep in mind that Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is the only store in Golden, CO that serves kids cycling needs. We are open during this crazy time and we are continuing to practice safety guidelines related to COVID-19.  So, do stop by the shop or visit us online at www.BikeParts.com.  We’re here to help you and your family make the best of our current situation and inspire your kids to fall in love with bike riding. 


How to Take Family Bike Rides During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 16, 2020

If you are looking for ways to keep your family healthy and also release stress associated with managing the coronavirus pandemic, then a family bike ride might be in order.  Cycling together as a family helps keep you fit, it keeps the kids occupied, and it helps maintain your sanity!

Given our current social distancing and mask requirements, there are a few extra considerations for making the most of your family ride.  The following are our suggestions for creating a fun and safe way for your family to enjoy cycling together.

As ironic as it may seem, COVID-19 is a great opportunity to get out and explore your local area with the members of your household.

Planning: Before heading out, plan a short destination ride or round trip ride that all in the family can do with ease.  You don’t want to overreach on distance. Also, be mindful of the time of day. Too hot or too cold of temperatures can adversely affect the comfort of the ride.  Put a little planning into your route being mindful that you will want to remain at least 6’ apart from others. Plan a route that isn’t going to be crowded with pedestrians and other cyclists.

Educating: Educate your kids on the rules of the road. Know what the bicycle laws are in your area, and follow them. Give instructions on how to stay together during the ride, as well as, communicate if a family member needs to stop or needs something.

Safety: Make sure all the bikes are in good working condition. Have water bottles, nutritional items and food available. Remember to have sunscreen in case you are out on your ride longer than expected. A good rule of thumb is to carry a basic bike tool kit with you too. All of these items contribute to a positive bike riding experience. Safety extends to wearing a properly fitted helmet and a good pair of gloves.  Our healthcare professionals are focused on helping those fighting the coronavirus; let’s support them by doing our part by being safe while recreating.

Cycling apparel: As mentioned earlier, Coloradans have been asked to wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth when in public. While riding, we recommend wearing either a buff or neck gaiter.  You’ll also find your bike ride more comfortable if you dress for success! Ride in style! Take advantage of our Spring Specialized Sale and invest in some new jerseys, shorts, tights, jackets and bike parts! The more comfortable each family member feels when riding their bike, the happier everyone will be on the ride.

Cleanliness: When you come back home, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Keeping hands clean is one of the most critical steps you can take to minimize the germs you bring home and to prevent infection. You might want to follow up on your ride with some general bike inspections and bike maintenance too. This helps with planning for the next family ride.

Keep your family healthy, both physically and mentally, by going on family bike rides.  Perhaps the most important thing of all, is that riding a bike just makes you smile and we all can use more of that!

REMINDER:
We Are Open! Visit us at our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado for bike repairs and sales. Due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. However, we have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. Our service department is also performing pick-up and drop-off of repair bikes outside. If you’re unsure of what your bike needs, estimates are always free. You can check out our full list of services and pricing and schedule ahead for any potential bike parts you may need in addition to the service.

If you prefer to shop from home, you can visit us online at BikeParts.com. Fortunately, our shipments are running at normal capacity so you won’t have to wait long for your bike parts! Finally, for local online customers, you can pick up your will-call orders at Peak Cycles. Call ahead for curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you.