How to Ride During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 9, 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and Coloradans are charged with stay at home orders, cyclists are left wondering how to ride during the coronavirus. Given this is a rapidly developing situation, it’s important to stay attuned to the most current and updated information by checking resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regularly. Yet, the following are suggestions for riding safely during this unprecedented time.

If you are going to ride outside:
Perform bike inspections before you go out. It’s important to ride responsibly right now and that means ensuring that your road bike or mountain bike is in proper working order. Check your bike parts, your frame, air up your tires, lube your chain and give your bike a good look over before heading out. First responders and health care workers are needed elsewhere and the option of calling a friend to pick you up is not an option. So, make sure your bike is good to go before heading out on your ride.

You may be tempted to ride with a friend but don’t. Ride alone and maintain the suggested distance of at least six feet from others that you pass. Carry your essential items with you so you don’t have to touch anyone else’s bike and they don’t have to touch yours. Here are the cycling accessories that you need:

At least one spare tube
A glueless patch kit
A mini-tool with fittings for the most crucial bolts on your bike (most common are 2mm to 6mm hex keys, T25 Torx head, Phillips-head screwdriver)
A chain tool
Spare chain link or connector pin
Two tire levers
A pump and/or CO2 inflator (with two cartridges)
A tire boot (old Tyvek envelopes work great)
A spare derailleur hanger, especially for mountain bikers
Bonus: zip-ties and a short section of duct tape, wrapped around one tire lever

Finally – bring your mask.
CDC guidelines have recently been updated to recommend “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) to help reduce the spread of the virus from spreading between people interacting in close proximity.”   Many have asked if they need to wear a mask while cycling. The bottom line is this, “It’s a good idea to keep a mask or neck gaiter on hand when heading out for a ride, but the situation determines the importance of when to wear it.” We suggest being responsible and prepared.

If you opt to ride indoors:
The trainer can be a love/hate relationship.  As a training aid, cyclists love it because it offers training options during poor weather and winter months and especially in times like this.  Yet, on the flip side, trainer rides can be boring, lead to muscle-specific fatigue, and basically, offer uninspired riding. So mix it up and make the best of the situation. Start by getting the equipment you need.  It makes all the difference! The right equipment and bike parts can make your indoor workouts less boring and more effective. When we’re talking about equipment, sure, we mean having your road bike on the trainer, but we’re also talking about having a fan, a trainer tire, a riser block, a sweat towel, a trainer mat, indoor riding clothes, a cadence sensor, a power meter, and a heart rate monitor.  You might not think all of these cycling accessories add up to a great trainer workout, but it makes all the difference in the world because you have biofeedback available to you to keep you motivated.

Speaking of motivation, there are a handful of apps available to keep your head in the game while riding indoors. These apps make your time on the trainer more productive and entertaining and they also record your workout so you can analyze your effort and get your best bang for the buck workout wise. The post, Indoor cycling apps compared: which is best for you? offers a list of apps and a description of how they function to help you decide which is best for you.  Some of our favorites from the list include Zwift, CycleOps Virtual Training, and TrainerRoad.

If you find yourself struggling with the challenges that the stay at home orders are presenting or the uncertainties of our current circumstance, shift your focus to relieving that stress and anxiety on your rides. Whether riding indoors or out, exercise boosts your immune system, elevates stress stored in the body, and invites a healthy, mindful perspective.  So get on your bike and ride!

Also, as a 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.

Be well friends! Ride on and ride responsibly!


We’re Open. We’re Here to Help You. Find Out How.

April 2, 2020

While we all face the uncertainties and challenges of our current circumstances, there are a few things to be grateful for. One point of gratitude is that Colorado has not shut down bike shops over COVID-19. Because bicycle shops are listed as a critical business, we are able to remain open and provide quality service to you. Here’s how to take advantage of our offerings while still respecting social distancing and your health and wellbeing. 

Yes – We Really Are Open
In-store: In our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado we continue to perform bike repairs and sales. 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. Our service department is also performing pick-up and drop-off of repair bikes outside. We offer Standard Bike Tunes starting at $90. 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. Regarding rentals, we are not allowing any bike rentals or demos at this time.  Stay tuned for updates on bike rentals and demo use.  

Online: For online customers, BikeParts.com is running at normal capacity as are our shipping companies USPS and FedEx. We have experienced very few delays for most of our US customers. 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.

Take advantage of our sales! You’ll be inspired to ride, relieve stress, and boost your immune system.

With all these great sales, if you STILL haven’t found what you are looking for, then check out our catalog of over 45,000 bike parts and cycling accessories.  No doubt, we have all the cycling components, tools, and cycling accessories you need.  And, it all comes with an extra bonus. Get FREE Shipping on orders over $75.

Together we’ll make it through these unprecedented times. At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we are committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19, and to keep our customers, employees, and communities safe. We hope that this situation ends soon and in the meantime, know that we are here for you. Take care of yourself, your family, your two-wheeled friends and be well both mentally and physically. Ride your bike for stress release and relieve your pocketbook by taking advantage of our sale items. You’ll be inspired to ride as it helps with stress and anxiety during these difficult times. Be well friends! 


Peak Cycles – BikeParts.com IS OPEN

March 30, 2020

On behalf of Peak Cycles and BikeParts.com we hope that everyone is safe and well. We will remain open under normal business hours until further notice. We are taking every precaution necessary to remain open.

In our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado we will continue to perform bike repairs and sales. 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. Our service department is also performing pick-up and drop-off of repair bikes outside. We are not allowing any bike rentals or demos until further notice.

For online customers, BikeParts.com is running at normal capacity as are our shipping companies USPS and Fedex. We have experienced very few delays for most of our US customers over the 2 weeks. For local online customers, you can pick up your will-call orders at Peak Cycles. Call ahead for curbside pickup or come to front door and we will grab your order for you.

We are committed to slowing the spread of Covid-19, and to keep our customers, employees, and communities safe. We hope that this horrible situation ends soon and that everyone takes care of themselves both mentally and physically. If you can get out and walk, hike or ride, then take advantage of it. It certainly helps with stress and anxiety during difficult times. Lastly, don’t forget to stay in close contact with friends and family, especially those isolated. Thank you for reading and we wish you well.

If you have any questions, please email us at contact@bikeparts.com 24/7 or call 888-606-1616 Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM MST, Sat 10AM-5 PM MST, closed Sun.


How to Get Your Cycling Fix Amidst the Covid-19 Outbreak

March 26, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus, or Covid-19, has already had a significant impact on the pro cycling calendar, with races canceled indefinitely. Many local races in Colorado have delayed registration and cyclist in other parts of the world are finding themselves restricted to indoor riding only. With much uncertainty at present, it’s difficult to maintain a normal daily routine, much less a training regimen.  As Covid-19 continues to cause concern and uncertainty around the world, what do cyclists need to know?

First and foremost, remain healthy! Continue to wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing, avoid touching your face, stay at home, and avoid interacting with anyone who has had—or even may have had—contact with others who may be contaminated.  Now, what about riding your bike? Can you ride it outside?  According to the post, Everything you need to know about riding your bike during the COVID outbreak by Bicycle Colorado, riding your bike is a great way to stay healthy—physically and mentally—while living in a socially-distanced world. 

“In a USA Cycling conference call with bicyclists and bicycling event organizers on March 17, 2020, Dr. Michael Roshon noted that riding bikes also carries little risk of contamination or infection. For bicyclists, Roshon notes that you are very unlikely to contract COVID-19 while riding outside, and especially not while riding by yourself.”  

The following are recommendations made for people who race on their bikes and event organizers, yet also apply to everyone who rides a bike. 

  • First and foremost: if you think you’ve been exposed, self-quarantine. Including being outdoors. Do not ride outside.
  • Maintain six feet of distance when riding with or around others.
  • If you are going to ride with others, do so in a small group of 3-4 people you know very well. If in doubt, ask them about how they’ve been feeling and their recent travel experiences. Conversations we’ve had with CDPHE confirm this thinking.
  • Practice good hand hygiene at all times.
  • Get your sleep! Your immune system is stronger when you practice healthy sleep habits. Roshon recommends 8-9 hours.
  • Eat healthily. Now is not the time to fast; fasting hinders your immune system.
  • Exercise!
  • But keep in mind that it’s important not to overdo it. When you push yourself too hard, you can limit your immune system’s response to a virus.  
  • Do not spit or snot-rocket in group rides or around other people walking or biking.
  • If you have to do so, move to the back of the group and make sure no one else is around you. Check out this article from Bicycling Magazine which dives deeper into the topic.
  • If you’re in a shelter-in-place area, it’s important to heed those rules and stay home. Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk because you want to go for a ride. For a list of communities with shelter-in-place orders, scroll down to the “What We’re Hearing” section.
  • Finally, don’t ride risky. This is an especially bad time to be in a bike crash. You don’t want to go to the hospital right now, and doctors don’t want to see you unless they need to, so taking reasonable precautions while riding is especially important right now.

What if you don’t want to ride outside at all? You have a few options available to get your cycling fix.

Your first option is to ride indoors. We’ve written quite a few posts on indoor training which you may find helpful. This includes Indoor Cycling Made Easy and Making the Most of Winter with Trainers, Rollers, and Indoor Riding. Both posts offer trainer suggestions and the bike parts needed to keep you comfortable and motivated to ride at length, indoors. 

Next, focus on bike maintenance.  Check out our post, Spring Cleaning! 4 Essential Bike Maintenance Tips to Get Your Bike on the Road, so when you are ready to ride, your bike will be too. 

Get your cycling apparel and gear in order. With the extra time on your hands, take an inventory of the jerseys, shorts, gloves, and other cycling accessories that are worn out and need replacing. You can easily take advantage of our huge Specialized sale going on right now to stock up and save money at the same time. 

No doubt, these are challenging times.  Yet, 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 small, local business.  Please keep in mind our current policies for Covid-19. which includes no groups larger than 3 and no casual “browsing” in the shop.  We have temporarily discontinued bike rentals and demos. Remember, we have a huge Spring Sale going on that will bolster your spirits!  Save up to 40% on select Specialized bikes and gear through April 19th.  

Where there’s a will – there’s a way! We’re all in this together and we will get through it together.  Be well and be safe friends! 


Do It Yourself Spring Bike Inspections

March 19, 2020

Does your bike have cobwebs on it from non-use during the winter months?  Or maybe you’ve been riding and it’s time to wash off the snow, salt, grime, and mud.  Either way, spring is nearly here. The warmer temperatures and the longer daylight hours invite you to get your bike in tip-top shape and hit the roads. Follow our simple steps to get your bike and bike parts in working order so you can enjoy those early season rides.  

Frame inspection
No doubt, bike maintenance can feel like a chore, but it is a necessity.  As you ride more through the early spring season, some things that weren’t visible upon your first bike inspection may become apparent as the season progresses.  Regular maintenance is essential.  There are several things you want to do to keep it in good working order for the early season cycling months.  For starters, wipe down and inspect the frame.  Rain, snow, mud, and road elements pose different cleaning challenges to your frame and bicycle parts, so clean them well.  Look for any dents, rust, corrosion or any possible areas of damage and make notes as to the severity of the issue. If in doubt, bring your bike into Peak Cycles and our mechanics can help assess your situation and offer recommendations for remedies.

Chain inspection
When you are cleaning your bike, you are going to eventually get to your chain and cassette. You will want to pay extra attention to these as they are essential for making your bike go. For an easy-clean, scrub your chain and cassette with a brush and eco-friendly degreaser and re-lubricate the chain when you are done. For something more thorough, you could buy a chain cleaner like Park Tool’s Cyclone Chain Scrubber, fill it with a non-aerosol degreaser like Pedros Oranj Peelzturn your crank 15-20 revolutions and let your scrubber do the job for you.

Bike parts inspection
Look at the side of the seat, handlebars, pedals, and derailleurs. If you see scratches or gouges in these places, make note of any bike parts that need to be replaced.  Keep in mind that while your saddle may look and feel fine, looks can be deceiving.  Materials and composition deteriorate beyond what is visible.  Also, neck, shoulder, and bike pain can result in an improper fitting bike.  Handlebars stems and bike position all contribute to a rider’s stability, endurance, and safety. So if any of these cycling components aren’t in proper working order, it’s imperative to replace or upgrade your bike parts. Also, remember to inspect your brake pads. You’ll want to make sure the brake pads are not worn. 

Wheel Inspection
After the frameset, the wheels are the most expensive part of most road bikes. To check them, start by feeling for bearing play. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know about bearings to do this check. All you do is hold the wheel at 12 o’clock and push and pull sideways. thIf the wheels pass the bearing check, the next thing to do is to inspect them to make sure they’re straight (not wobbly). The obvious inspection includes tires, rims, and spokes. Check that there is adequate air pressure in the tires. Check that there aren’t any cuts or nicks in the sidewall or tread of the tires.

Finally, if you find yourself questioning the integrity of your bike frame or bike parts, don’t take the risk of injury or mishap. Bring your bike into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop for a free service estimate. When you bring in your bike for service, we give you a free estimate of the work that’s needed. One of our service technicians will discuss in detail what we recommend for your repair according to your needs and budget. Whether you do your spring bike inspections yourself or you bring your bike to the shop, now is the time to give your bike some TLC for a great cycling season ahead! 


Specialized Spring Sale at Peak Cycles  

March 12, 2020

How do you save money when buying a bike without compromising the quality of the ride?  Easy! Buy a bike on sale!  Yep, it’s that time of year again folks when we have fantastic deals on bikes, bike partscycling accessories, and cycling apparel.  Don’t let these savings pass you by! 

2019 Stumpjumpers are $3750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great deals on other mountain bikes like this Liv Intrigue Advanced 2.0. Originally $3885 now $3305. There is only one left, size medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are still tons of tires on sale right now at bikeparts.com! Head over to the site to save some money on tires from brands like Maxxis Tires – USA and Continental Bicycle Tires!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select grips are on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A smorgasbord of Specialized cycling apparel on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.   If you have been looking to upgrade your cycling apparel or buy your first mountain bike, then this is one sale you don’t want to miss.  See you soon at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop! 


Is Caffeine the Ultimate Performance Enhancer for Cyclists?

March 12, 2020

More than 450 million cups of coffee are consumed in the United States each day, proving just how popular the beverage is across the country. However, as coffee is widely consumed for its well-known caffeine kick by many, those who have an active lifestyle may reap added benefits from their morning cup of joe. With that said, here’s what you need to know when it comes to caffeine consumption as a cyclist. Regardless if you are on a road bike or a mountain bike, a cup of coffee might hold more than just an energy boost.

The benefits of caffeine
If you received a coffee-related gift for Christmas or Valentine’s Day — such as an instant coffee or cold brew maker — you may be excited to start using it, and with good reason. The caffeine in coffee has several well-known health benefits that go far beyond a kick of energy. For example, it can boost your mood, memory, and other mental functions (like reaction times). These benefits can prove to be useful for most anyone who drinks the beverage, though caffeine may also hold some especially appealing benefits for those who live an active lifestyle. 

Caffeine has been known to aid in weight loss, as it’s a natural fat burner, and has even been a popular performance enhancer among athletes. This is mainly because research shows that caffeine can significantly improve physical performance for athletes, and may even increase muscle strength — something that can be especially valuable for cyclists. Using power meters, heart rate monitors and other biofeedback related bike parts can offer visibility to these fitness gains. However, does that mean you should only be drinking coffee in preparation for training or even a competition?

Maintaining a healthy balance 
As the age-old saying goes, too much of anything can be a bad thing — coffee included. While the popular drink is well regarded for its numerous health and performance-enhancing benefits, there are some things to consider. One study found that the regular intake of caffeine may actually desensitize people to the performance-enhancing benefits, meaning that you can become immune, making drinking coffee can be less effective if you drink it regularly. 

If you do choose to make coffee a part of your cycling routine, it’s therefore important to maintain a healthy balance of other liquids as well. In order to fight dehydration while cycling, your body will need much more than a cup or two of coffee. For such reasons, it’s important to drink plenty of water, and replenish your electrolytes with appropriate sports drinks throughout the day, too. Having a healthy diet is also important, as drinking coffee on an empty stomach can bring unwanted side effects such as jitters, shaking, and can even increase symptoms of anxiety, which isn’t something you want on the day of a race.

Coffee is a popular beverage around the world, probably because of the effects of the caffeine involved. For cyclists, this can mean a range of health benefits in addition to performance enhancement, though it’s important to realize that you can become immune to these advantages if it’s not consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.