Out With the Old,  In With the New. Peak Cycles Guide to Transitioning into The New Year  

December 26, 2019

Recreational and competitive cyclists know the goal of riding any bike is to move forward. The phrase “out with the old, in with the new”, literally means to move forward.

 

The phrase suggests that in order to move forward, one must purge, remove or let go of one thing, with the expectation of gaining something else.  In cycling, this is called the transition period and this runs from the completion of your last race, until the start of the prep period in a few weeks. Or, the transition period the link between two annual training plans—it marks the end of last season and the official beginning of the next season.

As we’re on the verge of the New Year, now is prime time to evaluate your cycling experiences from 2019 and plan for 2020.  The obvious goal here is to identify what in your training plan, cycling tool kit, bike setup, and bike parts need to go – and what new strategies and cycling accessories and training aids need to be brought into your cycling experience so that you move forward towards your 2020 goals.

Do A Year-End Bike Review – How you reflect upon the past year has some bearing as to how you plan for the coming year. A cycling year-end review offers insights to truly optimize your training and racing regimen. Consider asking yourself questions such as, “What goals did you achieve this past season?” and “What was your greatest disappointment? Why?” Answering these questions and more, in our Year-End Bike Review post help to identify the steps you must take to achieve your goals next season. After all, there’s a reward in pushing yourself, gaining new skills, getting faster, and staying fit. A cycling year-end review can expose what you can improve upon from this past year, as well as, identify your strengths to build upon going into the next year.

Do A Bike Parts Review – We know you love your bike, but reflecting back over the past year ask yourself if it was the right bike for the kind of riding you actually ended up riding. And, is it the right bike for the cycling you plan to do in 2020?  Ask yourself the same questions about your bike parts – especially the cycling accessories that wear out. Helmets, saddles, drive train components, all of these items need replacing due to wear and also because newer, preferred technology may be available and suit you better. Take an inventory of what needs replacing and take advantage of the Specialized sale we have going on right now.

Do A Review of Your Cycling Apparel – Digging through your closet and drawers may not seem like the most fun thing to do during the holidays but you can save a lot of money and heartache later by discovering which items need replacing and save money on those items now with the sales we have going on.  We have a huge Specialized Sale. Think helmets, tires, jerseys, saddles, gloves, bike frames and more. Check it out!!  Also, you can save up to 50% off last year’s cycling shoes. Plan ahead and purchase the cycling apparel you will need for the kind of riding you plan to do during the early months of 2020.

As we close in 2019, take a moment to pause and reflect on what worked and what didn’t in your season. With these personal insights in mind, you are better equipped to plan and execute a rewarding and successful 2020 cycling season.  When we at Peak Cycles look back on 2019, we know that what worked for us is having valuable customers and a great cycling community in which to ride with and celebrate living life on two wheels. We look forward to all of this and more in the New Year!


Holiday Gifts for Every Cyclist On Your List 

December 19, 2019

As the holiday season is in full swing, you may find yourself reflecting on what to buy your favorite cyclist for the gift-giving season.

Fortunately, whether your favorite cyclist is interested in racing, commuting, or recreational bike riding, at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we’ve got your gift ideas covered.

From stocking stuffers to big presents to place under the tree, read through this list and find exactly what you need! 

  1. Tubes: This is one gift you can have confidence will get used. Make sure you get the right size of tube. If you aren’t sure, stop in the Peaks Cycles Bicycle Shop and ask one of our friendly staff to help you. Or, visit us online at bikeparts.com
  2. Tires: While you’re getting tubes, you might as well get some new rubber! All Continental tires are 10-20% off.
  3. A good bottle: Every cyclist has a ton of bottles, but that’s not the same as having good bottles. Buy a good bottle and stuff it with other goodies, as in Gu or nutrition products. 
  4. Socks: Did you know cyclists like to wear their cycling socks even when they aren’t riding?  Why? Because they are so comfortable.  Pick out a pair of socks you like for your cyclist and maybe even get a pair for yourself!
  5. Warmers: We’re talking about head warmers, ear warmers, arm warmers, leg warmers, and shoe covers – all the necessities to keep your favorite cyclist warm and comfortable out on those chilly winter rides.  The nice thing about these is that they fit nicely in a holiday stocking in as much as they do a cycling jersey!
  6. Gloves: Say bye-bye to smelly gloves. This is another item that every cyclist already has, but which every cyclist can always use more of. 
  7. Is your favorite cyclist a bike commuter? We’ve got 15% off Kryptonite lights and 10% off Kryptonite locks. The ideal bike safety combination for bike commuting.
  8. Bike nutrition: Think energy bars / gels / chews.  Instead of chocolate, fill the stocking (or water bottle) with nutritional items, bars, gels, and drinks.
  9. Lube: Every cyclist goes through chain lube and we’ve got tons of it. 
  10. A gift for off the bike.  Maybe your favorite cyclist would enjoy a pint glass, a poster, or some other bike parts goodie.
  11. Gift a Bike fit –  Does your cyclist complain of hands falling asleep while riding? Or shoulder or neck pain after a long ride? A bike fit isn’t just for professional riders – they are for anyone who rides whether they are a beginner or advanced rider. A bike fit helps ensure riding comfort but it also impacts technique which is crucial to preventing overuse injuries and how an athlete rides. Consider the gift of giving your favorite cyclist a bike fit for Christmas. Not only can we help them with the fit, but we carry all the bike parts required to get the bike in the very best setup for their riding needs.  Give us a call (303) 216-1616 or stop by the shop in Golden to schedule your bike fit.
  12. Demo a fat bike!  That’s right! Fat bikes are all the rage – they thrive in snow, sand, desert, bogs, and mud as well as riding what is considered normal mountain biking.   Book a fat bike demo for your favorite cyclist.
  13. What if your favorite cyclist is a kid? We all know, the best Christmas Gift for a Kid is a bike! Lucky for you, we have a huge selection of kids bikes, children’s cycling apparel, helmets, and cycling accessories. This includes windbreakers, gloves, shorts, jersey’s, chamois, pedals, hats, backpacks, and all the cool things that kids love. Stop in the shop to see our huge selection of children’s cycling apparel and gear.
  14. For the cyclist that loves to do their own bike maintenance, surprise them with the Starter Kit from Park Tools and pair it with the Feedback Sports Work Mechanic Workstand. You’ll have a happy cyclist for sure!
  15. A cyclist dream gift?  Bike parts! What cyclist doesn’t love bike parts? Whether it’s a new saddle, shifters, brakes, seat post, fork, pedals, hubs or wheels, your favorite cyclist wants it.  The usual problem is how to know exactly what to get. Our answer, get a gift certificate.

Bonus gifts. These are for you! If you’re looking to save a little money and you want to win big with your favorite cyclist, then you’ll love these sales. 

  1. Super Specialized Sale on bikes, tires, helmets, saddles, shoes, socks, bike frames. In fact, we’ve got over 500 Specialized Bicycles on sale right now, including E-Bikes! Check it out!
  2. Save up to 50% off last year’s cycling shoes
  3. 20% Off ALL WTB Products!
  4. Closeout sale. Get 5-70% off before it’s gone!
  5. And, we offer free shipping on orders over $75.00. Yay!

Here at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we feel that the true Christmas spirit of cycling is the love of the bike.  It’s the adventure cycling brings – the challenge of a new ride, the experimentation with new or different bike parts, the joy of connecting with friends in meaningful ways, and the building of camaraderie with teammates.  These are all the very blessings we wish for you and your family this holiday season.  Merry Christmas from Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and BikeParts.com!


Santa’s Helpers: Saving Money on Bike Parts at Peak Cycles  

December 12, 2019

At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we consider ourselves Santa’s helpers.

Why? Because right now, we have so many crazy, awesome sales and discounts on bike parts and cycling accessories that we’re convinced Santa wants to trade in his sleigh and ride a bike to deliver presents this year.

There is a reason to Bliss Out This Holiday Season with our Huge Specialized Sale. We’ve also got you covered with these special deals too!  

We have holiday gifts for every cyclist on your list.  Save time and money by shopping online at BikeParts.com. The time you save shopping online means you now have time to make those special cookies for Santa, right?!  

Happy Holidays friends! 


Chose the right e-bike.

December 5, 2019

So you’re in the market for an e-bike and you’ve been researching different makes, models battery sizes and styles. With all the information and different options out there, it can be overwhelming. We’d like to share a few tools you can use to help pick the right e-bike for you. And we’ll also give a few recommendations for our favorite e-bikes on the market right now. Let’s dive in and get one step closer to riding away on your new ride.

The e-bike world has been expanding rapidly. What started out as a commuter phenomenon has now turned into everything from high-performance road bikes to full suspension mountain bikes. In the years to come, we will most definitely see new types of e-bikes pop up on the market. Currently, however, there are four main types of e-bikes you’ll find: Road, Comfort, Commuting, and Mountain. Choosing the right type of e-bike for you should be fairly intuitive. Are you an avid road rider who wants to keep up with your younger counterparts, the new Creo would be a sweet choice for you. Are you looking to venture on the mountain bike trails with your kids? The Levo absolutely makes the most sense. Looking for a fun ride to get around town? The Como or Vado are both great options.

At Peak Cycles, we’ve found that most people are concerned with how long the battery will last. Generally speaking, the higher you go up in price the more powerful the motor and the higher the battery capacity will be. In turn, the more you spend on your bike, the more range it will get. But that number isn’t exactly straight forward. There are many factors that determine the range of an e-bike including height and weight, how hilly the terrain is, average speed, turbo level, and how often you stop. Luckily Specialized has created a calculator that lets you figure out the bikes range easily, based on your inputs. Simply choose the bike that you’re interested in and put in your information. Check it out here at the link below.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/turbo-calculator/app

One last factor to consider when purchasing your e-bike are the accessories that come with it. And again, just like battery and motor size, the more you spend the more accessories your bike will come with. Some of the most popular accessories include fenders for keeping rain and mud off of your clothes and built-in lighting systems that run off the bike’s internal battery. Consider whether or not these features are important to you before purchasing the bike. One of the great things about going with a brand like specialized is the mission control app that connects to the bikes computer. This app lets you monitor your battery life, speed, and other important trip stats. Our personal favorite feature is the ability to plan rides. If you open the app and let it know that you want to ride 45 miles, it will moderate your battery usage to ensure the battery doesn’t run out before the rides over. This amazing feature reduces or totally eliminates battery anxiety and the fear of running out of battery while you’re out riding.

Thanks for checking out this article. If you’re interested in riding a particular e-bike, come see us at Peak Cycles. We have various models for you to try and offer free test rides. Here are our favorite e-bikes of 2019 – 2020. 


Specialized Turbo Vado 2.0 

ON SALE $2565 PRICE $2850

For the Vado 2.0, we developed a custom 460 Wh battery, the Specialized U1-460, that seamlessly integrates into the frame, is lockable, and is easily removable for simplified charging. Depending on your riding style, terrain, and setup, there’s plenty of juice to take you to and from work, make a trip to the grocery store, or to even head over to that new café on the other side of town.

2020 Specialized S Works Turbo Creo SL


PRICE $13500

The Creo SL is the lightest e-bike in its class literally kilograms lighter than the competition. Not only does the lightweight and stiff FACT 11r carbon frame inspire dancing on the pedals and diving into corners, but it also reduces overall system weight and increases the range.


Specialized Turbo Levo Comp Carbon

ON SALE $5907.94 PRICE $6950

When you’re ripping around the trail on the Turbo Levo Comp Carbon, there’s no denying that you’re on a fully-fledged trail bike. In fact, the only thing that feels turbo-charged about it is the massive smile on your face. That’s because the new Turbo Levo houses all of the things you know and love about our newest trail bikes, like the Stumpjumper, and also gives you a little more power to the pedals. And with perfectly tuned kinematics, true Trail Geometry, and a new custom battery and motor, the power to ride more trails is yours.



Bliss Out This Holiday Season with Our HUGE Specialized Closeout Sale! 

December 5, 2019

Tis the season to be jolly! It also the time to bliss out on bike parts, cycling apparel, and cycling accessories at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop.  

We’ve got a HUGE Specialized closeout sale going on. It’s so great that we’ll make your Christmas tree look good! 

You know you want a new bike so here’s your chance to save money and feed your cycling passion. 

Specialized Bikes: We have a wide variety of Specialized bikes on sale including Specialized Albi, Allez, Ariel, CrossTrail Elite, Dolce, Enduro Elite, Epic, Fuse, Rockhopper, and others. One important caveat: the Specialized bikes are available for pickup only in Golden, Colorado shop. They cannot be shipped. But you can take a sneak peek at them Specialized Bikes

And guess what? All of these bike parts and cycling accessories can be shipped! In fact, we offer free shipping on orders over $75 and many of the sale items offer free shipping!  You can’t beat it! A sale AND free shipping! Click through the items and see how much you can save!

Specialized Tires 

Specialized Helmets 

Specialized Saddles 

Specialized Shoes 

Specialized Jackets 

Specialized Jerseys for Men  and Women 

Specialized Baggies for Men  and Women 

Specialized Bibs for Men  and Women  

Specialized Shorts for Men and Women 

Specialized Goodies: If you haven’t gotten your fix of Specialized cycling apparel, then you’ll want to see the bike parts, Specialized tights and knickers, and other cycling accessories. Click here to get your fix of Specialized Sale Items

Our Specialized Closeout Sale makes holiday shopping easy. Save time and money by shopping online at BikeParts.com. The time you save shopping online means extra bonus time on the bike, right?!  

Happy Holidays friends! 


Thanksgiving Day: A Rest Day Before Our Big Sales

November 28, 2019

It’s too cold to ride this Thanksgiving. And, the roads are icy here in Colorado which makes riding outdoors treacherous anyway. So, what is a cyclist to do on Thanksgiving day such as this? Recover and get ready for a sprint into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop on Black Friday.  Thanksgiving is the rest day before three big days of shopping savings: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.  Each day offers deals, savings, and sales on bike parts, complete bicycles, and cycling apparel.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
We have in-store specials that you don’t want to miss.  

This 2017 Specialized Enduro, size large, was originally $6500. Now $3999. Come get it before it’s gone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Specialized Epic FSR, size small, was $2900. Now $1999.

This Specialized Epic HT Comp 29er, size large was $2800. Now $2240. 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make the most of theses closeout deals and capture more savings on bike parts and cycling apparel, line up at the front first thing Friday morning and head into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado. These bikes won’t stay for long.

Cyber Monday
This is day three of the holiday shopping and no doubt about it, Bikeparts.com  is your best option for cyber shopping.  In addition to the storefront, our online website offers over 45,000 bike parts and accessories. Bikeparts.com not only carries road bicycle parts and mountain bike parts but also complete bikes, nutritional supplements and much more. Get stocking stuffer items, as in socks, arm warmers, and multi-tools.  With our huge selection of cycling accessories, you are bound to find something you like and at a great deal. 

It goes without saying on Thanksgiving that all of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop are grateful for all of our customers near and far. We would also like to share our gratitude to our staff, customers, racers, race teams, and all the passionate cyclist sharing the joy our two-wheeled friends bring us.  Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you soon!


Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday – A 3 Day Shopping Stage Race for Cyclists

November 21, 2019

Many recreational and competitive cyclists have made the progression from participating in one-day races to multi-day events.  The transition from racing a single day to several consecutive days can be easy enough when there is a plan in place.  

Generally, that involves planning the overall strategy and tactics for particular stages.  And much like a stage race, planning is important for making the most of the three most important upcoming holiday shopping days. Namely, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Here’s how to make the most of your holiday purchases. 

Day 1 – Leading out the shopping season is Black Friday.  Here’s your chance to cash in on bike componentsapparel, bicycle parts including trainers and all sorts of bike goodies.  Be on the lookout for discounts on the BikeParts.com. Remember, this is day one. So, don’t go out too fast! 

Day 2 – Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday.  This day, November 30th is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. As we wrote about previously, your support enables us to host community events like the Bike Safety Talk with the Cycling Lawyer, offer Bicycle Demo Days, and contribute to the national races that come through Golden like the Colorado Classic.  

Additionally, your purchases encourage us to give back to the community as in co-hosting the Staunton Blizzard Fat Bike Race each year and supporting local cycling teams. Use Small Business Saturday as a purchase that extends the gift of giving. You may be purchasing bike parts, a new road bike or mountain bike, but you’re also supporting a local bike shop that invests in the cycling community. This is the day to take advantage of big deals and savings. Be strategic in your shopping and plan to stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop on Small Business Saturday to take advantage of the in-store sales, discounts, and offers available. 

Day 3 – Last but not least, we’ve got Cyber Monday.  This is day three and on Monday, December 2, 2019, Bikeparts.com  could be your best option for cyber shopping.  In addition to the storefront, our online website offers over 45,000 bike parts and accessories. Bikeparts.com not only carries road bicycle parts and mountain bike parts but also complete bikes, nutritional supplements and much more.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are the most highly anticipated shopping days of the year.  Be strategic with your holiday shopping. Make the most of the three days by shopping at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden Colorado and online at BikeParts.com.