Dan Dwyer- The 2020 Roubaix and road to 100,000 miles

May 2, 2019

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Q: Three words to describe your brand new 2020 Roubaix?
A: Fast, Comfortable, and Efficient

Q: How many total miles have you put on your old Roubaix? Why the switch now as opposed to last year?
A: 70K +. I knew the remodeled Roubaix was coming out with the new SRAM AXS 12 Speed, and I also wanted Disc Brakes this time around- the new bike is more aero, and not bad looking either. The 2013 Roubaix will still be in the stable and ridden.

Q: In addition to the Roubaix, we’ve seen you on your Diverge. Are the rumors that you’ll be selling that true? How come?
A: It’s a real possibility, pending what size tire I can put on the new Roubaix.

Q: How many centuries have you done, that are accounted for?
A: Fewer than 50 until 1,000 centuries!

Q: What’s the most memorable single day bike ride you’ve done?

A: There are many for different reasons- weather, speed, company. If I had to pick one I would say the West Elk Classic out of Gunnison, Colorado, but then there is the Denver-Aspen ride that was pretty cool as well.

Q: How long have you been doing centuries every week?
A: Two Centuries a week for the last 12 years weather permitting, but many before.

Q: Why don’t you like whip cream on your Hot Chocolate?
A: I don’t know why, just started drinking it that way many years ago. If I had to guess I probably thought back then that it was unneeded calories- LOL!

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Why Do You Ride? How Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is Kicking off National Bike Month 

May 2, 2019

Why do you Ride? Do you even need a reason to get on your bicycle? Considering the freedom riding a bike gives you, the access to the outdoors, being in nature, or even getting from point A to point B in an eco-friendly fashion, who wouldn’t have a reason to ride?  

Fortunately, the cycling community in Golden, Colorado and those along the Front Range support our love of cycling.  Even more so, do does the League of American Bicyclist.  May is recognized as National Bike Month and we’ve got a ton of ways to kick it off in grand cycling fashion!

You’re Invited to Our Bike Safety Class: We’re all about riding safely. In fact, you can ride our blog post, Bike Safety Comes First for some initial suggestions on safe riding. More importantly, we invite you to join our May 23rd bike safety event! We are proud to host a bike safety prevention by The Cyclist Lawyer, Megan Hottman. You’ll want to swing by the shop on Thursday, May 23rd at 6 PM. We’re located at 1224 Washington Ave, Ste 145, Golden, Colorado Give us a call at (303) 216-1616 to let us know you’ll be joining us or RSVP on our Facebook Page.

Bike CommutingAs the weather is steadily improving, now is the time to get into a steady habit of riding your bike to work to run errands. Check out our posts Bike Commuting – Making it Work For You and Get Your Kids Bike Commuting – Here’s How! for suggestions on getting started and which are best bike parts and cycling accessories for a comfortable ride.  If you are questioning the benefits of bike commuting, check out the convincing and inspiration post, New Study Reveals Why Biking is a Healthy Form of Transportation. Chances are, you’ll commit to riding more often. 

Join our Shop RideAnswering the question why do you ride? We love riding together in a social setting for our shop rides. Our rides are fun, we learn new skills, and we talk about bikes and all things cycling. You can enjoy Bike Month all summer long by joining us on Wednesday evenings at 6PM for our weekly shop ride. If you need more convincing, read this: 5 Great Reasons to Join Peak Cycles Shop Rides.

Business can celebrate National Bike Month tooFor businesses looking to celebrate National Bike Month, there are resources for you as well.  You can create a bike-friendly shopping program to encourage employees to bike commute this month and through the year.  Many aspiring bike riding enthusiast appreciates a shop that offers quality bike parts and components along with solid advice on bike parts and cycling apparel. Convenience helps too.  Look for a shop that offers online and storefront shopping to aid in your cyclist needs.  Fortunately, Peak Cycles offers both!  You and your employees will be happy for your support!

So tell us, why do you ride? Is it your love of the bike? The exercise? Training and fitness? Could it be that riding a bike is just plain FUN! We love it all. Happy National Bike Month! 


5 Great Reasons to Join Peak Cycles Shop Rides 

April 25, 2019

If you’re like most cyclists, then riding alone is the default when you first start riding. If you’re not competing or part of a club, then over time, you may long for others to ride and train with to increase fitness and explore new rides and trails.  

Riding with others can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of cycling. Yet, it can be a little intimidating if you haven’t done it before or it has been a while since you have ridden your bike in a group setting. But, it doesn’t have to be! At Peak Cycles, we head out every Wednesday evening for a fun ride. Here are some of the benefits as to why cyclist enjoy riding with us. 

  1. Build camaraderie. Riding alone can get lonely. Meet other riders and make new friends. 
  2. Learn new skills! Not sure how to clear a complicated obstacle? Unsure how to navigate a certain line? Build confidence in learning from and watching others.
  3. Ride proudly! Show off your new mountain bike or cycling gear! Or, ask others about why they have certain bike parts or cycling accessories. Discover the pros and cons of other rider’s choices and see what is best for you
  4. Up your skill level and get comfortable riding in a group environment. Conquer nervousness about riding with others. Learn how to ride safely and in your comfort zone while being part of the pack.
  5. Most of all, have fun! Riding with others is just plain fun! Laugh, cheer each other on, make jokes, suffer together! It’s all good! 

Join us on our weekly shop ride. Meet at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop at 1224 Washington Avenue in Golden, Colorado.  We leave right around 6PMRides are weather permitting. And the bonus – it’s a no drop ride.  What exactly does no drop mean? This means that no rider is left behind, and you can count on one of the riders in the group to be on the lookout for you and ensure that everyone stays together.  

If you aren’t sure about the weather or you have a question, call the shop at (303) 216-1616 and check out our Facebook page for details.  See you next Wednesday! 


Crazy Awesome Sale on Bikes, Shoes, and Cycling Apparel

April 18, 2019

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

Bikes –  Purchase a demo bike. Only 4 left! 

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

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

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

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

Shorts – Save big on men’s cycling shorts.

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

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

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


5 Bike Worthy Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund 

April 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

April 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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


Sitting down with George Mullen- The Bike Fitter

April 2, 2019

THE FITTER

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

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Q: Who needs a bike fit?

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What’s your favorite local ride?

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

Q: Scariest cycling moment?

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

Q: Best cup of coffee in Golden?

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