Shimano Groupset Hierarchy for Road Bikes

February 26, 2021

When it comes to bike components, the groupset goes a long way towards the overall performance of the bike. As bikes climb in price, the groupset will get lighter, crisper, and more high-tech (electronic shifting anyone?). Before we get too deep into this, let’s talk about what a groupset is. A groupset is generally defined as “any mechanical or electronic parts that are involved in braking, changing gear, or the running of the drivetrain. That means the shifters, brake levers, front and rear brake calipers, front and rear derailleurs, crankset, bottom bracket, chain, and cassette,” according to Cycling Weekly. Now let’s cover the Shimano Groupset Hierarchy for Road Bikes from least expensive to most expensive.

Shimano Claris

The CLARIS group is developed completely to cover a very broad range of use. It will equip fitness bikes, touring bikes or even turn road bikes into genuine racers for entry-level road races. CLARIS ensures easy-to-operate, accurate and light-action shifting with SHIMANO 8-speed index system, powerful brakes, and smoothly rotating hubs. Durable and low maintenance quality 8-speed drivetrain gives you the optimal range of gears for on-road cycling. The simple and intuitive Dual Control Lever offers comfortable riding.

Shimano Sora

The new SORA is the most attractive and robust 9-speed component ever. SORA is pitched towards sports/fitness cyclists with a stylish and clean design. Now with technology adopted from higher level groupsets, both new starters and enthusiasts will feel comfortable sport riding with the features that 9-speed SORA R3000 introduces.

Shimano Tiagra

New 10-speed TIAGRA provides serious entry-level riding performance with cascaded technology from top-tier lines. It also features more intuitive control for shifting, a new 10-speed cable pitch for wider frame compatibility, upgraded with cascaded technology from DURA-ACE, and a 30% increase in brake power (same level as BR-5700).

Shimano 105

Shimano 105 will empower more riders than ever before to embrace the sport of road cycling. It will become the supportive 11-speed groupset that beginner riders choose to help them train for, and ride in more serious races.
By combining trickle-down technology with greater accessibility, Shimano 105 will continue to motivate and inspire more riders than ever to go after greater challenges.

Shimano Ultegra

The ULTEGRA R8000 series is “pro-proven” as it is a direct trickle down from DURA-ACE groupset. As road bike component, the stress-free operation is one of the most important feature to lead all day riding comfort with braking and shifting. The next step up from the Ultegra R8000 is the R8050, otherwise known as Di2 (Digital Intergrated Inteligence).

Shimano Dura-Ace

System engineering at its peak. Each of the components magnifies the qualities of the others for an unparalleled level of performance. Optimizing input to maximize output. That’s how it achieves supremacy.


Bike Storage

February 19, 2021

Setting up a storage solution for your bikes can be a fun project or a daunting task depending on how much extra space you have and how easily accessible you want the bikes to be. Whether you have a house or an apartment, there is a bike storage solution out there for you. Keeping your bikes stored properly will help protect them from accidental damage, free up extra space, and keep things organized.

DELTA ADJUSTABLE FLOOR STAND WITH WHEELS

Apartment / In-Home Storage

No garage? No problem. Using the walls, ceiling, and floor will all work as potential bike storage. Keeping the bikes off the floor will free up the most space, so using wall-mounted hooks, racks, or bike pulleys are the best option. Looking to show off your bike? There are several decorative wall mounting options for your trusty steed. You may not be allowed to drill into the wall, so if that is the case using a free-standing bike rack will keep your bikes organized and reduce visual clutter in your room. There are many options for bike storage for apartments and small houses, and checking out or indoor/outdoor rack collection will help give you some creative ideas.

DELTA SINGLE BIKE WALL MOUNT RACK WITH SHELF: HOLDS ONE BIKE

Garage Storage

Storing bikes in the garage can be a cluttered mess, but with dedicated bike stands or racks, it will look organized and clean. Here at Peak Cycles, we hang the bikes upside down from rubberized hooks. Alternating the direction of the bikes keeps the handlebars from hitting one another, and lets us hang 20+ bikes in a relatively small space. Hanging bikes vertically from hooks will take up more room, but getting them on and off is a bit easier than lifting them over your head. If you frequently work on your bike, why not choose storage that doubles as a repair station? Bike repair stands are a great way to keep your bike in top shape and store them in a secure location. The easiest option would be a parking rack, like the Saris Mighty Mite.


Bikes On Sale?

February 5, 2021

Yes, that is right. We actually have mountain bikes on sale which is hard to believe in a COVID world. Come spring this will certainly not be the case. So take our advice and act quickly! We currently have two 2020 Stumpjumper Experts in a Small and Medium. These bikes are marked down $1000.

Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon 29 GLOSS NAVY / WHITE MOUNTAINS M - 2020
SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER EXPERT CARBON 29 GLOSS NAVY / WHITE 

Specialized Stumpjumper

In addition to the Stumpjumper Experts, we have two Custom Stumpjumper’s on sale at Peak Cycles right now. They are a mix between an expert and a pro-level build. These custom Stumpys feature an S Works grade FACT 11m carbon chassis and rear-end, asymmetrical design. In addition to that, they come with an amazing component and suspension package including Fox Factory Suspension, a GX drivetrain, Roval Carbon Wheels, and 130mm dropper post. The two models that we have in stock are size small. One comes with a coil and the other comes with an air shock.

Save $1500 on a Custom Specialized Stumpjumper! This is the coil version in oak green.

Giant Reign

The Giant Reign is an all-around fun bike that climbs super well and is a blast on the descent! We think it’s best suited for riders who want an aggressive one quiver bike that has modern geometry and high-end components. Compared to similar bikes in the same category, there is a ton of value for the price!

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 M Charcoal, 2020
IANT REIGN ADVANCED PRO 29 1 M CHARCOAL

Benefits of Bike Commuting

February 2, 2021

We all know that riding our bikes is, well, good for us. But how many of us actually use our trusty steeds to get us to and from work? While driving a car to and from work certainly has it conveniences, it comes with environmental, financial, and emotional costs (think sitting in traffic slamming your head on the steering wheel). Cities like Denver have robust bike path networks that makes bike commuting an increasingly safer option.

Exercise

Riding your bike to and from work gets your exercise in for the day and takes care of your commute at the same time. In this busy world we live in, time is one of our most valuable assets. Carving out an hour to exercise each day after a full day of work can be a lot to ask. Bike commuting solves this issue by killing two birds with one stone. Don’t feel like showing up to work sweaty? E-Bikes are becoming an increasingly popular option worth checking out!

Cost

Whether it’s paying for parking, gas, or tolls, driving to and from work every day adds up. With the average American spending about $2,600 per year getting to and from work, according to Citi’s 2015 Commuter Index, commuting by bike can help reduce that expense!

Get Inspired

Thinking about commuting to and from work but not sure where to start? Give us a call at Peak Cycles and we can help set you up with a bike commuting setup that is practical and cost-effective. Be sure to check out the Cyclist Lawyer on Instagram, too! She is an avid bike commuter and all around advocate for cyclists! If you’re interested in checking out a commuting option via bike path, Google Maps has a built-in feature to show Bike Paths.


Measuring Your Sit Bones

January 25, 2021

Sit Bone Measurement

You could buy the most expensive saddle available but if it’s not the right size for your anatomy, it’s not worth much. Bike saddles come in a variety of sizes for this exact reason. Our sit bones support us on the bike saddle, and if they aren’t sitting right on the cushion it can lead to some serious pain and discomfort. Measuring your sit bones is easy. Most bike shops, like Peak Cycles, have a sit bone measuring tool. It’s essentially a gel pad that you sit on and leave an impression on. Your sit bones will leave two dimples in the gel pad that you can measure to find the proper width. 

Measuring Your Sit Bones At Home

If going into a bike shop isn’t an option right now, there are some creative ways you can measure your sit bones at home. The first method is to take a sheet of aluminum foil and set it on something soft like carpeting or a yoga mat. Doing this on some steps or a low table works the best for really exposing your sit bones. Sit on the foil for about 30 seconds and then stand up. Measure from center to center on each of the dimples. A typical range for most sit bones is between 100-200mm. Once you know your measurement, a general rule of thumb is to add 20 mm to your sit bone measurement when selecting a saddle. If your sit bones measure 135mm, go with a 155mm saddle.

More of a Guideline Than A Rule

Knowing your sit bone measurement will put you leaps and bounds ahead of riding whatever saddle comes on your bike, but it’s no replacement for a bike fit or your own personal preference. Once you know your sit bone measurement, find a saddle that matches your riding style and go from there! If you’re in need of any help selecting a saddle, give us a call at Peak Cycles to talk shop, (303) 216-1616.


Our Favorite Tires for Road, Gravel, and Mountain

January 13, 2021

It is conventional wisdom that most bike tires will last 1000-3000 miles on average. Depending on how often you ride this can be as often as every 6 months. If it’s time for new tires on your bike, consider some of these shop favorites for road, gravel, and mountain bikes.

Specialized Turbo Pro

Specialized has been really stepping up their tires in recent years and a standout tire in our minds in the Specialized Turbo Pro. This tire features a great tread, supple casing, and unrivaled GRIPTON® compound, extremely low rolling resistance, and superior cornering traction. Put it all together, and you’ll be climbing and descending with confidence and speed.

SPECIALIZED TURBO PRO 700 X 28 – 2021

Panaracer GravelKing

Panaracer makes reliable tires for gravel biking. The tried and true GravelKing is a high-performance all-road tire that can handle a wide variety of road or trail conditions and performs well through a wide range of inflation levels. The nearly smooth tread keeps rolling resistance low. At $50, they won’t break the bank either.

PANARACER GRAVELKING TIRE – 650B X 48, TUBELESS, FOLDING, BLACK/BROWN

Maxxis DHF

The Minion DHF from Maxxis is a great tire that is intended for the front but also works great on the rear. It has become the benchmark for riders wanting maximum control in loose and muddy conditions. The directional ramped center knobs provide low rolling resistance and signature channel cut side knobs provide excellent cornering traction. This tire thrives in loose, loose over hard, medium, and wet conditions.

MAXXIS MINION DHF TIRE – 29 X 2.5, TUBELESS, FOLDING, BLACK, 3C MAXX TERRA, EXO+, WIDE TRAIL

Everyday Bike Maintenance

January 8, 2021

Putting a little love into your bike every time you ride will help it go a long way. We recommend taking these steps before and after riding your bike to help keep you on the road or trail with a bike that’s performing in tip-top shape.

Before Your Ride

Pump up those tires! Get them to your desired pressure before each ride. Tubes hold air pretty well but tubeless tires have a knack for losing it. Not sure what tire pressure to use? There are formulas out there like Schwalbe’s Tire Pressure Professor that can help you figure it out. You can also check the sidewall of your tire for the correct pressure range.

After Your Ride

We are believers that lubing your chain after each ride is the way to go. Applying lube before your ride can be a magnet for dirt! Doing it after lets any excess lube dry overnight, which means less dirt and crud clinging to your chain. Taking the time to do this after every ride is the best way to prolong the life of your drivetrain and improve shifting simultaneously. There are three primary categories of lube: wet, dry, and hybrid. Depending on where you live and the type of riding you do will dictate which is the best to use! Check out this older article explaining the difference between the three.

For road bikes, we recommend wiping down any sweat that may accumulate on your bike, especially if you’re using an indoor trainer. The reason being the salt in our sweat will corrode away at our bike over time. For mountain bikes, wiping down the stanchions and dropper post will help prolong the life of the seals and overall performance.

It Adds Up

Taking the extra few minutes to pump up your tires before each ride will help you avoid unnecessary flats, punctures, and other tire mishaps. Keeping your bike lubed up and wiped down will keep it running smoother for longer. We hope you found these tips helpful. As always, you can shop online for all of your bike part needs at www.bikeparts.com!


Mountain Bike Shoes For Flat Pedals

January 2, 2021

When it comes to using flat pedals on a mountain bike, having the right shoes makes a world of difference. Between the sticky rubber and stiffer sole, you get better grip and support with a pair of mountain bike specific shoes. While many of the big-name brands make them, Five Ten is widely regarded as the industry leader. Five Ten, now owned by Adidas, has a proprietary compound called Stealth Rubber that is known for its durability and tackiness. Born from rubber used on climbing shoes, Five Ten began making shoes in 1985.

Benefits

So what are the benefits of using a mountain bike specific shoe? Incredible grip and support is the number one reason. They will also give added protection for smashing into rocks and other hard stuff. Compared to clipless shoes, they give you an instant release in case you need to put your foot down or are flying over the handlebars. They’re also easier to walk in, although most mountain bike clipless shoes are easy to walk in as well (compared to road bike shoes). They have the cool factor too. You could hang out in your mountain bike shoes at the bar, at a restaurant, or a barbecue with your friends and no one would think twice. Not that that’s much of a reason, but it’s definitely an added bonus.

Downsides

What are the downsides of a flat pedal shoe? Well, you don’t get the same power that you would be if you were clipped in. There’s no doubt about that and there’s no point in trying to argue any different. While being able to get off your pedals quickly and easily with flat pedal shoes is a benefit in a lot of instances, it can also be a detractor when your foot is bouncing on and off the pedal in rowdy situations. Another downside is that they don’t last as long as we’d hope. Even after one season of riding, a pair of Five Ten shoes will have significant wear from the pedal pins digging into the rubber. 

What We’re Using

The Holy Grail of mountain bike shoes that most riders gravitate towards is the Five Ten Freerider Pro. This shoe gives a great balance of ruggedness, stiffness, and grip. It isn’t the lightest or most breathable shoe, but the positives greatly outweigh any of the negatives with this shoe. Due to the pandemic, most of their stock has been completely wiped out. We should start to see these come back on stock in the spring so keep your eyes peeled!


Christmas Gifts for Any Budget

December 21, 2020

Gifts under $50 

As a cyclist, it’s really great to get an upgrade on a bike where you can truly feel the difference. A new pair of grips or fresh bar tape does just that, plus it won’t break the bank! For mountain bikes, checkout Deity. The Supracush and Knuckleduster are both good options. So good in fact that Specialized has been putting them on their 2020 and 2021 bikes. For road bikers, there is no doubt that Lizard Skins makes the best bar tape in the game. While it is pricey at $40 + the cost of installation, it’s hard to deny the feel and quality. If you’re feeling adventurous and would like the wrap the bars yourself, check out this video from ParkTool on how to do it. Other great options would be the EDC Lite tool, water bottles, a tubeless tire plug kit, or a pair of cool socks

Gifts Under $100

For gifts in the $50-$100 price point, think outerwear. For road bikers, a new jersey from their favorite shop would be a great gift. Cyclists are often nostalgic and loyal to their local bike shops, so this purchase will feel good to them and support small businesses at the same time! Club Ride makes some sweet gear for mountain bikers that’s functional and looks good both on and off the bike. Check out some of their button-down shirts like the Motive or the New West.

Gifts Under $200

A new set of tires is a practical gift that will make any avid cyclist smile. Tires are wearable and eventually need to be changed but many cyclists will try and get every last bit of use of their tires before replacing them. Often times, much later than they probably should have. It’s all too easy to keep riding until a mountain bike tire starts to look like a road tire. To get the right ones, just sneak in the garage and see what tires they have on their bike and order those. Even if they don’t need them at this very moment, they eventually will. You might be surprised that tires would fall into this category, but that is the reality! High-end mountain bike tires run around $90 per tire! Another great gift could be a tuneup on their bike, a dropper seat post, or a deep tissue massage they can give themselves! 

Gifts Under $500-ish

Wow, you’re a big spender! With a budget like this, there are many great options to choose from but a cycling computer is a gift that will make anyone grin. Our top-selling is the Garmin 1030. This would be best suited for a road biker because it comes packed with features like real-time data including speed, distance, and cadence. Plus it provides great directions and routes for easy navigation and will record the ride every time they go out. It can also be used alongside the Garmin Varia taillight which is an incredibly powerful safety feature to add to any bike. This smart taillight monitors cars approaching from the rear and displays this information on the computer screen. As cars approach the light will blink faster and shine brighter to make the cyclist that much more visible.

Gifts $1000 and Up

Ok, now you’re starting to enter new bike territory. The best thing to do here would be to call the shop and talk bikes with us. We have great deals on 2020 bikes like these Custom Stimpjumpers, e-Bikes, and more. You can see some of our inventory online at www.bikeparts.com, but we’ve got more here in the store. Check out our recent blog post that details some of the newest bikes we’ve received at Peak Cycles. Give us a call at (303)216-1616 to discuss more options, here what we have in stock, or just talk to someone other than your quaranteam. 


Custom Stumpjumpers On Sale

December 16, 2020

$4,999.99 $6,500.00

We have two custom Stumpjumper’s on sale at Peak Cycles right now. They are a mix between an expert and a pro-level build. These custom Stumpys feature an S Works grade FACT 11m carbon chassis and rear-end, asymmetrical design. They come with an amazing component and suspension package including Fox Factory Suspension, a GX drivetrain, Roval Carbon Wheels, and 130mm dropper post. The two models that we have in stock are size small. One comes with a coil and the other comes with an air shock.

Save $1500 on a Custom Specialized Stumpjumper! This is the coil version in oak green.

Two Size Small’s

The size small Stumpjumper would fit someone between 5’2” and 5’6”. Specialized has done away with gender-specific bikes so this would work for men or women. We are really big fans of the Stumpjumper for its versatile nature and the fact that it’s just a really fun bike ride. If you’re looking to upgrade your mountain bike and fit into the size window for this bike, come check it out. We are closed to in-person shopping but can assist curbside or over the phone. As always you can shop online at www.bikeparts.com and choose Free Store Pickup!


Alert: More Bikes Arrived Last Week!

December 10, 2020

Happy Holidays everyone. What a crazy year we have had here at Peak Cycles. We have been out of most bikes since June but are now just starting to see some bikes trickle in. Over the past 2 weeks we have received some townies, mountain bikes, kids bikes and gravel bikes. Our website is not showing all of the bikes we have in the shop so please call or email (303 216-1616 – contact@bikeparts.com) if you are interested in any of these bikes.

Here is what is new in our inventory at Peak Cycles over the past couple of weeks.

2021 Specialized Sirrus X 3.0 – $950

Some Sirrus X bikes arrived last week and we quickly built these up. They are our #1 townie that we sell. This bike can handle just about anything. Specialized increased the tire size this year and tweaked the geometry making it perform better on gravel. With bigger, confidence inspiring tires, a slightly more upright riding position it rips on dirt. It also features a super intuitive one-by drivetrain and plenty of mounts for racks and fenders for hauling and staying dry.

Fathom 29 2 – $1200

The Fathom 29ers were a surprise and Giant finally sent us some affordable mountain bikes under $1500.00! Thank you Giant. This aluminum hardtail 29er delivers a balanced ride quality with a nice build. It has a Giant Crest 34, 100mm fork and an SX Eagle 1×12 drivetain. These won’t last long..

Escape City Disc 3 – $710

Available in all sizes and recently added to our sales floor, this fully loaded affordable townie is ready to go. It comes with integrated pannier racks and fenders and as an added bonus, there’s clearance for larger tires up to 45c, which makes it easier to ride rougher roads including gravel. The 2x Shimano drivetrain has enough range for whatever road or path you choose..

Riprock Coaster 12″ and 20″- $250

Unfortunately we have been absolutely starved of kids bikes this year. It’s feels like the year without a Santa Claus with hardly any kids bikes in here. Luckily Specialized was kind enough to send us a couple of 12 and 20 single speed Riprocks that will probably not last long. We also have a few Striders and Hotwalks for anyone looking for a balance bike.

2021 Specialized Diverge Sport Carbon – $2900

If you are looking for a Gravel Grinder, you are in luck. We have received a bunch of the new redesigned 2021 Diverge Sport Carbon bicycles. Gravel riding may be new but the Diverge Sport Carbon has been developed thanks to over four decades of experience. It features a Future Shock 1.5 and a FACT 8r carbon frame for a fast, confident and comfortable ride on road, in the dirt, and over thick gravel. It has the new Shimano GRX 600 1×11 drivetrain and a solid pair of DT Swiss G540 wheels. The entire Diverge line is as capable as it is versatile.

2021 Specialized Enduro Comp Carbon – $4499

Dollar-for-dollar, the Enduro Comp is hard to beat. You get the same full-carbon frame as the Enduro Expert and Elite models, loaded with great components that include powerful four-piston disc brakes, a wide-range 1X drivetrain, and capable RockShox suspension.

Here are a few other mountain bikes we have in the shop right now that are on sale.

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 XL Charcoal, 2020 $5,000.00 $4000

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Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 M Charcoal, 2020 $5,000.00 $4000

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Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 2 Blue, 2020 $4000.00 $3200

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Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 3 L Red $3,350.00 $2850

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Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 3 L Black $3,350.00 $2850

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Well that’s what’s new here at the shop as far as bikes. Give us call or email if you have any questions (303 216-1616 – contact@bikeparts.com). Happy Holiday’s!


New Mountain Bikes In Stock

December 2, 2020

What a Year It’s Been!

2020 has been a crazy year for the cycling industry. The pandemic sparked the inner cyclist in many of us and caused a surge in bicycle sales as we’ve never seen before. Unfortunately, this meant that many of you were unable to buy a bike due to the limited supply. Companies are getting things in order now and the next wave of models have begun to arrive at Peak Cycles

New Mountain Bikes We’re Drooling Over

Two models in particular that were excited about are the Specialized Enduro and Giant Trance X. Both of these mountain bikes feature some of the most innovative technology and modern geometry that you can find. Slack head tube angles, steep seat tube angles, updated suspension design, crisp 12-speed drive trains, and powerful 4-piston brakes. Let’s dive into each of these bikes and talk about what we like, what we don’t, and whether it’s the right fit for you.

Specialized Enduro

As of 12/2/20 we have an S3, S4, and S5 Comp Carbon available for $4510.

The new Specialized Enduro was one of the first bikes to be released during the pandemic. It features an updated suspension design that brings the linkages down low giving the bike a planted and confident feel at high speeds. This bike was designed similarly to the Demo, the downhill counterpart to the Enduro. While the Enduro certainly excels on the downhills, it also is a capable climber and will get you back to the top of the hill. 

Specialized increased the anti-squat and redirected the chainstay angles so the suspension better resists pedal bob. Additionally, the 76-degree seat tube angle keeps the rider in the center of the bike for a more balanced climbing position. We love the integration of the SWAT tube on this bike as can pretty much eliminate the need for a fanny pack or backpack. We would have liked to see this bike come with a GX groupset, but this would have brought the price up on the bike. We’d recommend the new Specialized Enduro to the type of rider who loves Enchanted Forrest, White Ranch, and other fast smashing downhills. Give us a call or visit the shop to see if we have your size in stock!

Giant Trance X

We also have the Trance X Advanced Pro 29 2 in Medium and Large! Call to purchase!

Another bike that we have stocked at Peak Cycles right now is the Giant Trance X 29er. We would describe this bike as a great all-arounder. 150 mm of travel in the front and 135 in the rear give it enough travel to make it through the toughest downhill sections while not being overkill for the climbs. Giant uses their proprietary Maestro rear suspension design with an adjustable composite flip-chip that will change the head tube angle and bottom bracket drop on the bike. Choose between a 66.2 or 65.5 degree head tube angle and a 77.9 or 77.2 degrees seat tube angle which will change the bottom bracket drop to either 30 mm or 40 mm. 

Steeper seat tube angles make it generally easier to climb. Slacker head tube angles make for a smoother descent. We like the Trance X 29er 2 build which features a Fox 36 Float Rythym Fork and Shimano SLX drivetrain. The dropper post is a bit shorter than we would like to see but an easy upgrade if the rider feels it’s necessary. This bike would be best suited for someone who is looking to ride it all. The Trance X 29 is a bike that handles long days in the saddle, big climbs, jumps, bike parts, or any of the trails around here in Golden. It sits comfortably in the category of a Trail Bike.

Shop Now!

There is no saying how long these bikes will be in stock at Peak Cycles. As a reminder, we are not doing in-person shopping at this time, so give the shop a call to see if we have your size in stock! 


Bike Repair Stands

November 21, 2020

A Great Gift For the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner which has all of us thinking about great gifts for our loved ones. One item that comes to mind is a bike repair stand. Bike Repair Stands are great for avid cyclists who enjoy working on or fixing up bikes. A good bike stand will keep that garage full of bikes running smoothly and makes most repair jobs that much easier. Whether you’re looking for a full-on mechanic stand or one that mounts to the wall, there’s something out there for your needs.

PARK TOOL PRS-4W-1 DELUXE WALL MOUNT REPAIR STAND AND 100-3C CLAMP

Why are Bike Stands Awesome?

Why are bike stands such a great thing to have? Think about something as simple as fixing a flat tire. The bike is held in place as you’re doing it. No more trying to balance the bike upside down on the handlebars. How about trying to align a derailleur? A bike stand allows you to wrench on the bike while it’s hanging in the stand. Trying to do this on the ground is much more tedious and time-consuming. In a bike stand, the job can be done in a matter of minutes.

FEEDBACK SPORTS PRO-ELITE WORK STAND

Our Favorite Stands

Bike stands cost anywhere from $150 and up, and as you go up in price, you will usually be getting sturdier materials and a heavier weight capacity. The benefit of this is being able to work on e-bikes, which can weigh over 50 pounds. Bikeparts.com carries stands from two of the most popular brands, Park Tool and Feedback Sports. Some of our favorites are the 10.2 Home Mechanic Stand and the Pro-Elite Work Stand.

PARK PCS-10.2 HOME MECHANIC REPAIR STAND

Back in Stock Soon

Due to COVID-19 and the surge in demand for bike-related products, most stands are completely sold out. Luckily, our suppliers are showing bike stands coming back into stock in early December. Keep your eyes peeled on Bikeparts.com for them! If you need ideas for tools to go along with your new bike stand, check out our article on the best bike tools for your at-home kit. 


Riding in the Fall

November 12, 2020
Learn the essentials of riding during the fall. We’ll cover pre-ride preparation, proper layering, staying warm and dry, and a hack for finding weather windows!

The leaves are turning and temperatures are dropping. Yes, Fall is certainly in the air but don’t put those bikes away just yet. The cooler temps can make for a comfortable outing and you may find it to be less crowded. At the same time, you also run the chance of being caught in a freak snow/hail/rain/sleet storm. Especially here in Colorado! But with a bit of preparation, you can prepare yourself for the elements. Bringing along the proper layers will help keep you warm, dry, and hopefully smiling on your fall bike ride.

Grand Teton National Park on a Fall Day. Featuring the 2020 Specialized Tarmac Sport.
📸 Hunter Swanson

Pre Ride Preparation

It’s best to check the weather before you head out. Using an app like MyRadar can be invaluable for seeing what the weather is doing. We’ve been able to sneak in some rides on days where calling it quits looks like the only option. If you plan things right, you might be able to find a weather window and enjoy your ride with minimal crowds. It’s also worth noting the type of riding you’ll be doing. You might need fewer layers when mountain biking, since your moving speed is typically slower. Road biking, on the other hand, can feel colder since you’re moving quickly. Know the type of riding and know your own tolerance for cold and wet conditions.

Layering Up

What type of person are you? Be bold, start cold? Bundle up at first then shed layers? There isn’t a right or wrong answer here but you’ll often hear that it’s best to not sweat, as this will make you colder in the long run. For that reason, it’s best to wear breathable, wicking layers that will keep you dry when you’re putting down the watts. We recommend avoiding cotton as it’s not known for quick-drying properties. Being prepared for precipitation is important too, so bringing along a packable windbreaker often does the trick. Keep in mind windbreakers won’t keep you completely dry if it really starts coming down. The plus side is, they’re often lighter weight and more compact than a full-on rain jacket. You make the call!

The S-Phyre booties from Shimano are fire! Note the Patagonia Houdini jacket stuffed in the water bottle cage! 📸 Hunter Swanson

Staying Warm and Dry

Stay warm but avoid sweating! Good areas to layer up include your head, hands, and feet. Something as simple as a buff under your helmet or long finger gloves can make all the difference if the weather turns south. As you’re riding try to shed layers as necessary. This is where apparel like arm and leg warmers, booties, or overshoes can come in handy. They don’t take up much space and if it gets too warm, you can easily stash these in your jersey, saddlebag, or SWAT tube. Look for fabrics that dry quickly like polyester, rayon, or Lycra.

Get Out For a Ride!

Fall is a great time to ride and enjoy the cool weather. Doing a pre-ride preparation by analyzing the weather goes a long way. Bringing along the right layers that will keep you warm and dry. Remember to bring layers that are breathable and packable while keeping in mind your personal tolerance for cold weather and plan accordingly. Happy fall everyone! 


Best Bicycle Tools

September 22, 2020

We polled our mechanics and asked them which tools are essential for your at-home workshop. Here are their top picks!

Tool Kit or Mix and Match?

When it comes to putting together a bike toolkit, you can make it easy with something premade like this one from Park Tool. It will come with a variety of tools to get you started like a pedal wrench, hex keys, and a chain breaker. You can also piece together a tool kit over time if you’re not trying to break the bank. If that sounds like you, our mechanics have curated a list of our most used tools at Peak Cycles.

Hex and Torx Wrenches

The most used tool our shop has to be hex wrenches. Some of the most common sizes you’ll find on a bike are 4,5, and 6mm. We really like using the Park Tool AWS-1 Three-Way 4,5,6mm Hex. It’s easy to use, feels good in your hand, and has the most common sizes all in one tool. Park Tool also makes a Torx version that is a must-have in your home tool kit. This comes in handy for cockpit related items that use a Torx bolt!

Cassette and Bottom Bracket

Want to take your cassette or bottom bracket off? You’ll need a few specialty tools to pull off these jobs. They don’t take up to much space and don’t break the bank either. The Park Tool BBT-9 and BBT-22 are two of the most common bottom bracket tools we use in the shop. In addition to these BB tools, you’ll need a chain whip. We really like the SR-12.2 because it can be used on a wide variety of cassettes including 12 speed. You will also need a cassette lockring tool. When shopping for a bottom bracket tool, it’s important to verify that the tool will work with your bottom bracket. 

Other Tools

Many pedals today can be installed or removed with a hex wrench. Despite this, we recommend having a good pedal wrench on hand. We’ve even used them to press pistons back into a hydraulic caliper. Another great tool to eventually add to your tool kit is cable cutters? These are essential for cutting down brake or derailleur cables and housing. Check out the CN-10 from Park Tool. While messing around with spokes takes attention and a bit of know-how, a spoke wrench is a great tool worth having in the kit. Last but not least, a chain tool! Having a tool like this will allow you to remove, replace, or install a new chain on your bike. 

Working on Your Bike

Working on your bike is fun and rewarding to learn. There are great resources out there on YouTube from Park Tool, GMBN Tech, GCN Tech, and Berm Peak. Just to name a few. But if you aren’t the fix it yourself type or you’re in over your head, we are here for you. If you would like to service your bike at Peak Cycle, give us a call at (303) 216-1616.

The Full List

  • Park Tool PW-5 Pedal Wrench – Buy Now
  • Park Tool AWS-1 Three-Way 4,5,6mm Hex – Buy Now
  • Park Tool TWS-3 Three-Way 10,25,30 Torx – Buy Now
  • Park Tool CT-5 Chain Tool – Buy Now
  • Park Tool BBT-9 Bottom Bracket Tool – Buy Now
  • Park Tool BBT-22 Bottom Bracket Tool – Buy Now
  • Park Tool FR-5.2 Cassette Lockring Tool – Buy Now
  • Park Tool CN-10 Cable Cutter – Buy Now
  • Park Tool SW-0 Spoke Wrench – Buy Now
  • Park Tool SR-12.2 Chain Whip – Buy Now

Tubeless Tire Essentials

September 22, 2020

We’ll get you up and running with tubeless tires before you can say sealant!

Tubeless Tires Overview

Tubeless tires are an awesome innovation in cycling. Going tubeless means you can run lower tire pressures, offering more traction, a lower rolling resistance, and reducing the frequency of flats. There are some essential items and things you need to know about going tubeless, starting with the setup. We will walk you through the process of setting up your tires and go over a few tools to carry on the trail.  We recommend watching this video from Park Tool which covers the complete installation of tubeless tires. 

How To Set Up Tubeless Tires

To start, you’ll need a tubeless-ready tire and taped rim. Can all rims or wheels go tubeless? Any clincher rim or wheel can be used for a tubeless setup. This is the most common type of rim you will find today. The rim must be taped to seal the spoke holes, which can be done with Stan’s Rim Tape or Guerilla tape. We recommend using Stan’s Tape which is much easier to clean up and doesn’t leave behind a residue like Guerilla Tape! How do you know if your tires are Tubeless Ready? The tire will often say so on the sidewall or packaging it came in. When in doubt, check the manufacturer’s website. You can’t just use any tire for a tubeless setup. Tubeless tires have a special bead that hooks onto the rim that keeps the tire from blowing off the rim when inflated! This is a great way to spray sealant everywhere and damage your eardrums from a loud explosion! Note: you can still blow a tubeless specific tire off the rim from over inflation!

We’ve made it easy for you to shop for tubeless tires on Bikeparts.com. Just filter for Tubeless Compatible tires under the special features tab. Be sure to pick add some tubeless valve stems and tire sealant to your cart too. We have a wide variety of valve stems to choose from brands like Stans and Industry Nine. Our favorite sealants are the Race Sealant from Stans and Endurance Sealant from Orange Seal. For a smooth installation, we recommend an air compressor, but with a bit of elbow grease and will power you can do it with a floor pump. 

How To Fix A Tubeless Puncture

Once you’ve gone through the tubeless setup process you’re up and rolling! Tubeless tires do mean you will get flats less often, but they do happen from time to time. Especially if you ride somewhere very rocky like Golden. If you puncture your tire having tire plugs can be the difference between a quick fix and a long day on the trail. You’ll know you’ve punctured your tire when you hear a dreaded hiss and see sealant spraying. Grab your tubeless patch kit like this one from Lezyne. Thread the plug through the insertion device and push it in the puncture. Note, it might take multiple plugs to completely seal a puncture.

Once the hole is completely sealed, pump it back up to the desired pressure. This is where a digital pressure gauge comes in handy! In some instances, you might have lost enough air that the tire bead broke away from the rim. You can use a CO2 inflator for a quick blast of pressure to reseat the tire bead. How long with a tubeless plug last? We’ve seen tubeless plugs will last the life of the tire if installed correctly. 

Went Tubeless!

Having tubeless tires is awesome and we highly recommend it. Making sure you’re prepared with the right tools and supplies will keep you feeling confident about taking care of issues when they pop up. Have fun exploring different tire pressures and seeing what feels best. The right pressure is different for everyone and depends on a variety of factors including wheel size, tire size, riding style, and terrain. We hope this article helped guide you towards being more knowledgable and prepared when it comes to tubeless tires. Shop now at bikeparts.com for everything you need!


Sale Sale Sale!

September 22, 2020

We have a few bikes on sale right now at Peak Cycles. With bike sales going through the roof, they won’t be around much longer. If you’re looking for a new road bike we’ve got you covered. How about an e-bike? We’ve got a great deal on one of those too! We have three bikes, all size large or 56c, that are built up and ready to ride! Keep reading to learn more about this selection of sale bikes or to purchase, get in touch with us at Peak Cycles. You can reach us by phone at (303)216-1616 or shoot an email to contact@bikeparts.com!

Turbo Vado 2.0 

Originally $2850. Now $2565.

The Vado features a lightweight alloy frame that’s been designed with a comfortable Fitness/Transportation Geometry. The Vado’s Specialized 1.2 motor is fully integrated with the frame, and it’s also been custom-tuned for city riding. It intuitively reacts to the force of your pedaling, so the harder you pedal, the more power it delivers. And with an internal belt drive design, it does this without added vibration for the smoothest and most silent ride possible.

Custom Specialized U1-460 battery is fully integrated with the frame, removable for easy charging, and lockable for added security. It communicates with the display and has multiple modes to maximize the overall efficiency and range.

Buy Now

Tarmac SL5 Expert

Originally $4000. Now $2850.

The Tarmac Expert with Shimano Dura-Ace finds the optimal blend of value and performance and ups the ante.

The FACT 10r carbon frame combines the lightweight performance and compliance of our top-end carbon production methods with our Rider-First Engineered™ design that ensures every frame size has the same legendary climbing responsiveness and descending prowess you’d expect from a Tarmac.

The 11-speed Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 shifting offers the smoothest, crispest shifts, while keeping overall bike weights extremely low.

Buy Now

Tarmac SL6 Expert

Originally $4000. Now $2850.

This new Tarmac comes ready to race out of the box, featuring a crisp Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset, resplendent Roval SLX 24 alloy rims laced to DT Swiss hubs, our fastest S-Works Turbo 26mm tires, and a sublime Toupé Expert Gel saddle.

S-Works full FACT carbon fork with a tapered construction provides incredible front end stiffness and steering response for instantaneous accelerations and high-speed descents.

The 11-speed Shimano Ultegra 8000 shifting is extremely reliable, lightweight, and precise.

Buy Now


Reign Advanced 29 Pro 1 Review

September 22, 2020

The updated 2020 Reign features a steep seat tube angle and great component package. Look to the Giant Reign for a bike that’s ready to rip!

Originally $5000. Now $4500.

The Skinny

The Reign is an all-around fun bike that climbs super well and is a blast on the descent! We think it’s best suited for riders who want an aggressive one quiver bike that has a modern geometry and high-end components. Compared to similar bikes in the same category, there is a ton of value for the price!

ProsCons
An overall fun aggressive ride
Modern geometry
Capable climber 
Fox Suspension package
SRAM Code Brakes
125mm dropper post
Problematic saddle

The Components

Right out of the gate this bike impressed us on many levels. For a bike at this price point, it comes spec’d with some impressive components. The Fox Performance Elite fork and X2 rear shock feel plush and well-matched. The SRAM code brakes are powerful 4 piston brakes that can stop on a dime with ease. We can’t talk enough about the modern geometry and steep seat tube angle making this bike a capable climber. Don’t let the long reach fool you. The steep seat tube angle brings you closer to the bars than other bikes with far shorter reaches. 

Giant did fall short with the dropper post 125mm dropper post on the medium and 150mm on the Large and XL. We swapped out the stock post for a OneUp Components 180 which let us slam the post down to the collar when in the dropped position. The stock saddle also gave us issues because of a plastic serrated edge, which scraped up our legs when cornering. We changed this saddle out with an Ergon SM Comp saddle. Which, if you’re looking for a new mountain bike saddle, we highly recommend! 

The Ride

Overall, we love the feel and ride quality of this bike. The modern geometry makes it a very capable climber and total beast on the descent. We will start to see other bikes adopting the slack headtube/steep seat tube moving forward and for good reason. It really makes a difference. So, who will like this bike? Aggressive enduro type riders Someone who wants a bike that can climb to the top but doesn’t want to be under-biked when the trail gets rowdy. This would be an awesome bike if you like trails like White Ranch or Enchanted Forrest. It would crush the Whole Enchilada and would have no problem ripping up the downhill trails at Trestle

Sound Like You?

Want to get your hands on this bike? Get in touch with us at Peak Cycles. You can reach out to us via phone (303)216-1616 or email contact@bikeparts.com!


When Insuring Your Bike Makes Sense and How to Maintain It

August 27, 2020

Bike sales have surged by as much as 300% across the country as suppliers struggle to keep up with newfound demand. With more Americans than ever before looking to keep fit and travel by bicycle, the situation presents a number of incredible opportunities and a couple of risks. Many of the millions of new cyclists across America may be unfamiliar with proper maintenance of their bike and bike parts,making it more important than ever that awareness is raised for the sake of safety. 

When to insure your bike
The value proposition of bicycle insurance relies heavily on your circumstances. Bike insurance typically covers a wide range of eventualities, including theft, crash or accidental damage, and even damage in transit. For competing athletes, those who routinely put their bike through its paces or travel regularly insurance may make a lot of sense. In these cases, you are at a much higher risk of damaging your bicycle, bike parts, and cycling accessories and have likely invested a lot of money in it. 

Perhaps the most common use case for a bicycle is the daily commute. Cities are notorious for bike theft and their busy roads are often dangerous to cyclists. This is probably the riskiest environment for any bicycle and insurance might mitigate what would otherwise be a difficult situation should the unfortunate occur. Homeowners may find that their bicycle is already covered by their home insurance plan. Many plans allow you to cover additional items so if your bike isn’t explicitly covered already, you may be able to add it to your plan. 

Maintaining your bicycle
Understanding bicycle maintenance is crucial to the long-term viability of your cycling career. While millions of Americans are buying bikes, without proper maintenance those bikes will quickly fall into disrepair and turn to scrap. The most important place to start is likely the drivetrain. Keeping your drivetrain clean and lubricated will ensure the smooth, quiet running of your bike. It’s expensive to replace, but takes very little effort to maintain meaning there’s no excuse for letting it rust.

Tire pressure is something you should check every couple of days and top up when necessary. Punctures and flats are inevitable so make an effort to learn how to replace or repair tires. This way you won’t be stumped when it finally happens. Finally and perhaps most importantly for safety, check your brakes before each journey and adjust them as necessary. Keeping the pads clean will reduce wear and tear while ensuring they perform optimally.

Bicycling is undergoing a renaissance in the US as millions seek a new form of exercise. While it’s an exciting time for the community, we must ensure new cyclists understand the importance of maintaining and protecting their investment. The industry’s growth won’t last if new cyclists let them rust and lose motivation when the repair bill grows too high.


Top Tips for Cycling In The August Heat 

August 20, 2020
Everywhere across the Front Range of Colorado, cyclists are feeling the heat. Record heat continues and given the need to exercise and reduce stress levels caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to get out of the house and maintain wellness through cycling.

The problem with hot weather is that the heat is the ultimate enemy for a cyclist because after a point, the hotter you get, the slower you’ll go.  Unfortunately, to generate pedal power means your body exerts itself and generates heat. With the temperatures climbing, is there a way to beat the heat and still make gains with effective training? You bet! Read on for our strategies to beat the heat.

Tip#1

If you haven’t exposed yourself to the warmer temps, you should.  One tip is to acclimate.  It takes about 10 to 14 days of frequent exposure to heat for your body to adapt. During this period of time workout daily in hot conditions at a lower-than-normal intensity. After a couple of weeks of near-daily exposure to hot conditions, you will begin to perform better in the heat than prior although performance will still likely be diminished from what you might have done in cooler conditions.

Tip #2

This is obvious, but an often overlooked component. Hydrate. Water is 60% of your body weight and the number one concern on any athlete’s intake list. For both performance and health, the importance of your water intake exceeds that of your vitamin, calorie, and electrolyte consumption. For your road racing needs, be sure to carry the water bottles and containers that you need on your road bike but have extras available. If you’re a mountain bike rider, you know tricky descents can bump a bottle right out of its cage.  This time of year, it’s best to wear a full hydration pack as well as have extra bottles on hand.

Tip #3

Protect yourself from the sun.  While some enjoy exposure to the sun, a sunburn does more than fry your skin – it contributes to fatigue and increases your metabolism. Always wear sunscreen; choose jerseys, shorts, and arm skins with built-in sun protection; and wear a cap under your helmet to shield your head. 

Tip #4

Plan ahead. Planning your route in advance and knowing where the nearest sources of water can be handy in case you find yourself running low at any point. Also, planning a route with options to shorten the ride or take a shortcut back to your starting point in case you start to struggle is also a good plan.  If possible with your schedule, consider riding during the cooler times of the day.

Tip#5

Recover. This seems like another overlooked strategy but after a long day in the saddle and the heat, you really do need to cool off. Get your legs up. Stay in the shade or AC. It is important to get your core body temperature down so you can recover. We all know that recovery is a critical element of preparing for the next bout of exercise.  One of our favorite recovery products at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is PhysioPhyx.  PhysioPhyx LPR takes recovery nutrition to a new level of support and performance by delivering a powerful, evidence-based blend of Carbohydrates + Protein + Leucine.  In fact, recent studies have shown the nutrient trio of Carbs +Protein + Leucine taken after exercise creates an absolutely ideal environment for your body to quickly go into recovery overdrive. 

With that said, training in the heat doesn’t have to be so bad.  Wear cooling cycling apparel.  Ride a bike with proper functioning bike parts to avoid over excretion. Stay hydrated and recover. Ride on friends!