Buy One Get One Tires

May 22, 2022

It’s been a number of years since Specialized has offered “buy one get one” on tires. So if it’s time for some new rubber on your mountain bike. be sure to take advantage of this deal!

The Specialized Purgatory is the standard bearer for light trail tire performance. The new, completely redesigned tread features square lugs that bite in on soft soil, while still providing support on hard-packed ground. Additionally, flexible center sipes fold out under braking force for increased ground contact and adhesion. Choose from the CONTROL or GRID casing in the T5 or T7 compound.

Ready to shop? Click here! This deal will expire on May 31st, 2022.

Should You Support Your Local Bike Shop?

April 26, 2022

“The bike shop “stink eye” is what keeps me away from most local shops. I just love feeling uncomfortable and looked down on when I walk into your establishment. Somehow this is NOT a rare thing. The shops that treat people right will always win, because we will always need them!”

This was the most liked comment on a video about Local Bike Shops from Berm Peak (formerly known as Set’s Bike Hacks). Comments like these ring true for many, even those that work in the bike industry. It is a stereotype that has stuck with bike shops at large. It will be hard to shake. This “stink eye” is actually what sparked John to start Peak Cycles in the first place.


Friendliness goes a long way these days. If you have enjoyed coming into our shop, we would love to hear about it. You can do so by leaving us a review on our Google Profile here! In the mean time, we hope you enjoy this video from Berm Peak.

Golden’s Best Bike Shop | Peak Cycles

April 26, 2022

One of the Front Range’s friendliest bike shops lives right in the shadow of an iconic trail

The service at Peak Cycles in Golden is excellent, but it’s also just feet away from the popular Lookout Mountain ride.

Editor’s note: This is part of The Know’s new series, Staff Favorites. Each week, we will offer our opinions on the best that Colorado has to offer for dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities and more. (We’ll also let you in on some hidden gems). 

One of the things I value in a bike, ski or mountaineering shop is the way its salespeople and maintenance technicians treat customers.

When John Polli was treated rudely at a local bike shop two decades ago, he saw a market opportunity and decided to give the offending shop some competition. It was one of the reasons he started Peak Cycles in Golden, my favorite bike shop.

“I have always been annoyed when you go into a shop and someone gives you attitude,” Polli said. “I was like, ‘That’s ridiculous, I’m going to open a bike shop. Those guys are total (jerks).’ Three months later, I had my own bike shop.”

Over the years, I have bought two bikes at Peak Cycles. I have all my maintenance and repair work done there, and I’ve always been impressed by the respect and patience its technicians show customers. It’s clear they understand that friendly, helpful service builds customer loyalty.

“We have kind of a family atmosphere,” said Dan Dwyer, who has worked there for 12 years. “When somebody comes in the door, it’s not about us, it’s about them.”

Location is part of why I like Peak so much, too. It’s situated in the heart of downtown Golden on a corner at 13th and Washington. The headquarters of Denver-based Icelantic skis is situated on another corner. Bentgate Mountaineering, my favorite shop for backcountry skiing, is half a block away, and there are all sorts of cool shops and restaurants nearby that make downtown Golden vibrant.

That intersection is also a crossroads for Denver cyclists heading to Lookout Mountain, the metro area’s most iconic ride, along with other great rides and trails nearby.

“Having access to a climb like Lookout Mountain is very, very unique,” Polli said. “That’s one thing I love about Golden, having Lookout Mountain and all the trails right there. It’s a cyclist’s paradise, for sure.”

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostJake Wade, a salesman and bike mechanic at Peak Cycles in downtown Golden, works on bikes at the store on March 28, 2022.

The Peak Cycles story is pretty unique, too. The business started in 1998 after Polli graduated from Colorado State University. He was a competitive mountain biker back then, and he got interested in the sales potential of the internet just as the boom was starting. Driving back to Fort Collins from Englewood one night after a presentation, he decided he wanted to create a website to sell bike parts. The next day, he registered the domain name, which is still going strong today.

In 2003, he opened a small bike shop on Old Golden Road to support the website. Three years later, Peak Cycles moved to downtown Golden next to the Higher Grounds Cafe, a favorite coffee shop for Golden locals, and then to its current location in 2009. The Great Recession was in progress, but business was good for the bike shop and


“People were riding their bikes,” Polli said. “It was a bike boom. Every time there’s something weird going on in the world, people turn to bicycles, whether it’s gas prices or COVID; it’s weird. I don’t want to say it’s recession-proof, but it is what people turn to because it’s a cheaper form of staying healthy.”

Today, about a third of his revenue comes from, while the bike shop accounts for the remainder. During the height of the pandemic, it was about 50-50.

“We’re the brick and mortar for,” Dwyer said. “It’s a symbiotic relationship. A lot of the parts somebody orders on might be here in the store, and they can stop by to pick them up. At the same time, ( reaches out to the whole country (and even) internationally.”

Article originally published by the Denver Post.

Why Do People Spend So Much Money On Bikes?

April 26, 2022

The short answer is, that it really depends. There are some people who just want the best bike possible. There are others who need certain performance qualities out of their bikes. There are also people who have outgrown less expensive bikes and want to have something nicer. They have realized the limitations of their bike and see the value in something more expensive. It could also be any combination of these three groups.

As bikes go up in price, there is a noticeable difference in ride quality and performance. As with anything, though, returns start to diminish as you approach the upper price points. These differences are most noticeable as you jump from lower price points to mid-level. For example, a sub $1000 bike with rim brakes, basic components, and cheap tires is going to feel clunky, sluggish, and might not stand the test of time. A $2000 bike with better components like hydraulic disk brakes and a lightweight carbon frame will feel all-around better than the latter. The hydraulic brakes will be easier to handle and provide more stopping power, the carbon frame will be lighter and more responsive, and the upgraded drivetrain will shift smoothly compared to the sub $1000 bike.

People spend a lot of money on bikes depending on their needs. If it is just a bike to get around town, there isn’t a real need for spending thousands of dollars. Unless we are talking about e-bikes, which are in a category of their own, a bike for getting around town is probably better off being on the cheaper side, to be honest. That is since bikes left outside do run the risk of getting stolen. On the other hand, if someone is looking for a road bike that they plan on riding multiple times a week up and down Lookout Mountain, then there is some serious value in spending money on a road bike that can perform.

On the surface level, spending thousands of dollars on a bike is shocking to most people. You can get a bike at Walmart for a couple hundred dollars. Won’t those work fine? It’s just a bike, right? Yes, it is just a bike and it will work, but after hours in the saddle, you will start to notice things.

What will you notice? The shifting might not feel right. The seat is probably terribly uncomfortable. The tires are starting to fall apart after a couple months. In some cases, like with department store bikes, you can’t really make upgrades to the bike. But even if you can, after getting a new saddle, drivetrain, and better tires you might be close to the cost of that brand new nicer bike that was initially out of your budget. The most common components that will hinder your performance are suspension, brakes, and drivetrain. The better the performance of these items, the more expensive they get. When you start to notice the limitations of your bike, it’s natural to want something that won’t hold you back. After hours in the saddle, you will notice. Or you can take our word for it.

With most things in life, once we get accustomed to something it is hard to go back. With bikes, it is the same way. Ask any mountain biker who currently rides with a dropper post if they would buy a bike without a dropper post. 99.99% of them will tell you absolutely not. In 2022, a full-suspension mountain bike with a dropper post is going to cost you at least $1500. The same goes for road cyclists who use carbon wheels. It is this “I need to have it” mentality that gets people to spend thousands of dollars on a bike. It is worth noting that the bike should fit properly. The most expensive bike in the world isn’t worth much if it doesn’t fit you right. Here is an article on that!

When it comes to spending this kind of money on a bike, it certainly sounds crazy to most people. Unfortunately, unless you have spent countless hours on a bike saddle, it is hard to justify the cost. Once you do start to ride more often, however, you will notice how the bike could be better. Through time and experience, you just might find yourself driving around in a car worth less than the bike that is hanging off the back.

Bike Tools To Bring To The Trailhead

April 17, 2022

Before you load up the car and head over to the trailhead, here is our list of tools we won’t leave the house without!

Floor Pump

This is an absolute must for the trailhead. There is nothing worse than having to pump up your tires with a hand pump which is both tedious and tiring. You might be asking, why not just pump up your tires at home? Well, you might be prepared but your friends might not be. It’s good to have a floor pump to get your pressures dialed before you head out for a ride. Throw it in the car so you have it on hand. You might be able to help out someone in the parking lot and earn some karma points, too.

Chain Lube and Rag

We advocate for lubing up your chain at the end of each ride. This helps any extra lube dry off, which keeps dirt and grime from building up. It is worth keeping a bottle on hand for your friend that has a squeaky drivetrain and questionable shifting. The rag can wipe off any last-minute crud before you hit the trails.

Hex Wrenches

Sure you have a multi-tool on you, but it’s probably buried in your backpack or neatly stowed on your bike with a strap. Having some hex wrenches on hand will make your life easier. We like the 3-way hexes from Park Tool.


While not exactly a tool, this is a “nice to have” for relaxing, socializing, taking off your shoes, and enjoying a post-ride libation.

Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 Rated Top-5 XC Bikes for 2022

March 6, 2022

BikeRadar has selected the all-new Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 as one of their top-5 XC Bikes for 2022! With revamped suspension and a modified bottom bracket for increased stiffness, the Advanced Pro 29 is lighter, stiffer, and more capable than its predecessors. The Anthem is an amazing bike for those racing XC of course, but also those who want to go uphill just as fast as they go down.

FlexPoint Pro Suspension

Developed as a superlight rear suspension setup for XC bikes that demand efficiency, control and responsive handling, FlexPoint Pro is a linkage-driven, single-pivot system that delivers 100mm of rear-wheel travel. It’s engineered with a full-composite swingarm that significantly reduces overall frame weight.

Redesigned XC Machine

Engineered with a full composite frameset, this 29er has 100mm of rear suspension travel and 110mm up front. The linkage-driven, single-pivot FlexPoint Pro rear suspension makes room for shorter chainstays to improve climbing capabilities and overall agility. Other updates include new 29er-specific XC race geometry with a longer reach and a slacker headtube angle plus a lightweight, stiff composite wheelset for quick, precise handling.

Correct Body Position For Cornering | Tips From Aaron Gwin

March 6, 2022

Looking to enhance your cornering game? That makes two of us! Whether you are trying to shave seconds off your PR or just looking to feel more confident in the corners, these tips from 5 Time World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin will help take your cornering confidence to the next level. Be sure to take it slow and build on these foundational elements over time. Using the correct body position when cornering may feel awkward at first but will pay dividends in the long run.

Keeping Your Head and Chest Square Over the Bike

Imagine sliding across a hardwood floor in socks. You can do this by being light on your feet. The harder you press into the ground the less you glide, right? The same goes for mountain biking. Being light on your tires is how you wash out, downward pressure is how you get traction. So how do you generate downward pressure in a corner? Keeping your head and chest square over the bike will generate the maximum amount of downward pressure on your tires. This is how you can prevent the bike from washing out from under you.

Dropping The Outside Foot

Again, this is all about traction. When you drop the outside foot, it shifts your weight to the outside pedal. Doing this increases the downward pressure you are putting on the bike the same way your square body positioning does. The outside pedal keeps the weight on top of the bike, while the inside pedal pushes the weight laterally. Dropping your outside foot in flat corners is extremely helpful, but is less necessary in a berm or rut.

Cornering Drills

Later in the video, Aaron provides a few cornering drills to help practice body positioning techniques. Luckily, you don’t need to drive over to a trail to practice these drills, just a parking lot or patch of dirt will do fine! Good luck out there and let us know in the comments below if you found these tips and drills helpful for your cornering abilities.

Brand New 29″ Version of Liv Embolden

February 22, 2022

29″ Liv Embolden

The Liv Embolden has been one of the most popular mountain bikes in the lineup since it launched in 2016. Until recently, this bike was only available with 27.5″ wheels but now Liv has added a 29″ wheel option to the mix.

This brand new 29″ version of the Embolden has 120mm of rear travel using a FlexPoint Suspension design with a 130mm fork up front. The 27.5-inch wheel models are available in XS, S and M, and 29-inch wheel models are available in S, M, and L. This bike packs a ton of value and performance at its price point. The Embolden 1 is $2,250 USD and the Embolden 2 is $1,800 USD.


• 120mm (rear) / 130mm (front)

• 67-degree head tube angle (29″)

• 27.5 and 29″ options

• ALUXX-Grade Aluminum frame

• FlexPoint Suspension design

• Sizes: XS, S, M (27.5″) + S, M, L (29)

• MSRP: $1,800 – $2,250 USD

All models come with dropper posts, tubeless-ready wheels, a Liv Sylvia trail saddle, 1x drivetrain, and a 35mm handlebar and stem setup. Stay tuned for when we will be getting these in stock at Peak Cycles!

Building Brandon Semenuk’s Rampage Bike

February 18, 2022

Thinking about tinkering with your bike? Check out this video from Trek and SRAM where they show master mechanic, Sean Murphy, of Fluid Function in Squamish, B.C. assembling one of the two builds Brandon Semenuk used during Red Bull Rampage where he was crowned with a 4th championship title.

Single crown fork at Rampage?

With big travel and big trick potential, his custom 27.5 / 26 mulleted Trek Session was set up with a one-of-a-kind BlackBox AXS drivetrain, and a 190mm single crown RockShox ZEB Ultimate. Master mechanic, Sean Murphy, of Fluid Function in Squamish, B.C. assembled one of his two builds that he rode at Red Bull Rampage. The use of the single crown fork gave Semenuk the competitive advantage to unlock tricks that are impossible with a double crown fork.

  • Frame: Custom built Trek Session 27.5″ / 26″ Mullet
  • Derailleur: BlackBox XX1 Eagle AXS short cage
  • Controller: SRAM AXS
  • Cassette: SRAM X01 DH
  • Chain: SRAM Eagle 
  • Crankset: SRAM X01 DH DUB | 165mm, with custom crank damper
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate | 190mm, 44m offset, 3 Tokens, 63.5 PSI, HSC open, LSC 9 clicks to closed
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH with MegNeg air can | 270 PSI, 4.5 tokens in Positive, 2 Bands in Negative, Rebound 5 clicks to closed, LSC 9 clicks to closed.
  • Front Brake: SRAM Code RSC | Routed through Zeb steerer tube.
  • Rear Brake: SRAM Code RSC | Extra long brake hose for 3 full rotations of handlebars.
  • Rotors: SRAM HS2 200mm (front & rear)
  • Wheels: Industry Nine 27.5″ / 26″
  • Handlebar: Chromag 
  • Stem: Chromag 
  • Seatpost: Truvativ Noir T40
  • Tire Front: Maxxis Assegai 27.5 x 2.5″ EXO+ Maxx Grip
  • Tire Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR2 26 x 2.4″ DH Casing Maxx Grip
  • Saddle: Chromag 
  • Grips: Chromag 
  • Pedals: Chromag 

What do you think of Brandon’s Red Bull Rampage build for 2021? It worked well enough for him to take an unprecedented 4th win at Rampage. Will we see other riders make the switch to single crown forks next year? Only time will tell. 

Bike Commuting Tips

February 17, 2022

Commuting by bike can be a big step towards a healthier lifestyle that’s better for the environment and friendly on your wallet. With a bike, you can commute distances that would be totally impractical on foot. You aren’t constrained to bus or train schedules, and there are no fees or tolls to get you where you want to go. A bike is obviously much cheaper to purchase than a car, but a bike’s only required fuel is burned calories.

The hardest part about bike commuting is just getting started, so with the help of a few ideas from Liv Cycling, here are 5 tips to help you begin the journey of bike commuting.

1. You Can Commute On Any Bike

Fear not, whatever bike you have will likely do the trick for commuting. Often times it is better to have a cheaper bike that wouldn’t be a huge loss if it was stolen. But, if you’re looking to purchase a new bike specifically for commuting there are a few things to consider.

  • How far will you be riding and how fast do you want/need to get there?
  • Will you have to lift your bike or carry it up stairs?
  • Will you be riding on rough roads or off-roading?
  • Are you going to be climbing hills or is your commute relatively flat?
  • Will you be riding in rain and snow?
  • Are you a confident cyclist?
  • What is your current fitness level?

Road/ Hybrid bikes: For long-distance commutes that might involve lifting your bike and carrying it up stairs, road or hybrid bikes are a great option if you are riding on paved surfaces.

Gravel or Mountain bikes: Bikes with wider, knobby tires can be beneficial for commutes that involve rough roads, unpaved bike paths, or nasty weather conditions. Sometimes, a suspension fork can make your commute more comfortable.

E-bikes: If you’re looking to get where you’re going faster and have the ability to choose how much of a workout you’re in for, E-bikes are a great option. They are also a great option if you will be hauling a heavy load, such as doing grocery shopping or towing the kids in a trailer. An E-bike might not be the best option if you must carry your bike at any point in your commute (up stairs at the office or to your apartment).

Used Bikes: You don’t have to purchase a new bike to start commuting. Check out the local used bike listings and secondhand stores, chances are there is a bike that can get you from A to B. If buying used, do make sure the bike fits you and is in decent working condition. An ill-fitting bike that is constantly breaking down isn’t very motivating and it could make you late for work!

2. Be safe and prepared.

Any time you jump on a bike, make sure you and your bike can be seen and you’re equipped for what could go wrong.

  • Be aware of the local laws in your community. Bikes are sometimes required to have front and rear lights to ride on the road. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to have lights if you are riding on the road with cars.
  • Know the rules of the road and practice safe bike handling techniques, like using hand signals.
  • Use a bell when riding in the city and on multi-use bike paths.
  • Carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump, multi tool, and the knowledge of how to use them. Gettin a flat tires is always a possibility.
  • With regular maintenance, you can keep your bike running great for your daily commute. Plan a trip to your Peak Cycles for a service.

3. Any clothes can be biking clothes.

You don’t have to look like you’re riding the Tour De France on your bike commute. If you feel comfortable and your clothing is not impairing your ability to ride a bike, you’re good to go. That said, there are a couple things you might want to consider when preparing for bike commuting.

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing near any part of the bike that moves (like the gears and wheels). Secure wide-leg pants with a strap or by rolling up the pant leg. Watch out for loose scarves or long jackets.
  • Dress in layers. Sometimes the temperature when you arrive to where you are going can be different than when you left, plus you may work up a sweat!
  • If you plan on commuting by bike in wet conditions, rain pants, waterproof shoes, rain jacket, and waterproof bags would be a smart investment.
  • When biking to work, consider bringing a change of clothes or even stashing some work-appropriate attire at the office.

4. Find a way to carry your stuff.

When commuting by bike, you can pack your gear on your bike, your body, or both. It all depends on how much you’re hauling and what kind of bike you have. Some bikes, like gravel bikes and hybrids, have mounts for racks that can help you haul your bags. Other bikes may not have as many options. When choosing a way to carry your gear, make sure any bag you carry on your body fits snug and does not move around while riding. Waterproof bags are a good choice if you plan on commuting in a variety of weather conditions.

5. Lock your bike.

You can never 100 percent prevent your bike from being stolen. However, you can take steps to help reduce the risk of it being stolen.

  • Be thoughtful about the location. Lock your bike to an object that cannot be cut or moved and make sure the area is well-lit.
  • Remove all accessories from your bike that are not locked to it.
  • Get a good lock. Most bike locks have ratings, check them out and get something you are comfortable with.
  • If your wheels and seat post are quick release, get a locking skewer and collar or lock your wheels separately with a cable lock and remove your saddle.
  • If your bike cannot be easily replaced, don’t leave it out of your sight.

Hybrid Rental Bikes On Sale

February 3, 2022

We are selling a select number of our hybrid bikes rental bikes for $175 each. On the Men’s side, we have the Giant Escape 2 in size Large and XL. On the Women’s side, we have the LIV Alight 2 in Extra Small, Small, and Medium. While supplies last!

Giant Escape 2 – Size Large and XL
LIV Alight 2 – XS, Small, and Medium
LIV Alight 2 – XS, Small, and Medium

Virginia Canyon Mountain Park – Idaho Springs

February 3, 2022

This just in from COMBA, construction has begun on Phase 1 of the Virginia Canyon Mountain Park in Idaho Springs. With an expected opening in Spring 2022, Phase 1 will establish the main multi-use trail and a hiking spur to one of the Peak Overlooks at 8,400′ feet. This multi-use trail will be for ascending only, while the next two phases will bring the top-to-bottom mountain bike descents. Nearly 4-miles of trails will be built during this Phase, creating access from the Argo Mine and allowing riders to connect directly to the Clear Creek Greenway Trail.

The Virginia Canyon Mountain Park encompasses 400 acres and is located just north of Idaho Springs, above the iconic Argo Mine and Mill which can be seen from I-70. The terrain is steep and rugged, providing a great landscape for this new trail network. COMBA has approximately 12 miles of trail planned, with a combination of multi-use, hiker-only, and bike-only directional options. Most of the trails will be rated blue and black, with some double-black technical trail features on the more advanced lines.

The fundraising process is ongoing for phases two and three. Funds raised by the community will help not only with construction but also assist the City of Idaho Springs in acquiring matching grants.  You can learn more about this project, here. Looking for some mountain bike trails locally in Golden? Check out this article here.

How To: Lowers Fork Service

January 26, 2022

Are you the DIY type and looking to take care of your own lower-leg fork service? While this job isn’t easy by any standard, if you have the right tools it is doable. Keeping up on this service will keep your fork feeling good and help prolong the life and overall performance. This video from Pinkbike does a great job of breaking down how to do get the job done and check out our list of essential items you will need to tackle this job at home. Let us know if you decide to take on this job yourself in the comment section below! If you decide that leaving it to a professional is for the best, we don’t blame you. Check out Dirtlabs for all of your suspension and dropper post-service needs, and just in case you didn’t know, we are an Authorized Dirtlabs Drop Off Location.

Neccesary Tools

3 Tips For Finding The Perfect Saddle

January 21, 2022

If you are like most of us, you know what it feels like to have a saddle that just doesn’t sit right with you. You know, one that rubs you the wrong way? Maybe you don’t like the one that came on your bike or maybe you might just be curious as to what goes into picking a saddle. While there is no straightforward answer to this question, there are a few guidelines to help get you there. Here are our three tips for finding the perfect saddle. 

Shop for saddles from brands like Prologo, WTB, and Ergon here.

What Type Of Bike Is It For?

Most saddles are designed for a specific type of bike because each riding discipline has a varying set of demands. Road cyclists might want a saddle that is stiff and lightweight while a bike commuter might want one that is cushy and comfortable. The difference between saddles can be so different that some brands focus on only one type of riding. Take WTB for example, which only makes saddles for mountain biking. So, start with the type of bike and discipline you are going to be doing and then go from there. 

Find The Right Shape

Often the shape of the saddle is determined by the type of riding it was intended for. Mountain bike saddles are designed with a flatter profile, which makes it’s easy to slide on and off the back. Also, most mountain bikers sit in an upright position, so the padding and cutouts are placed with that in mind. As for road biking, riders are usually bent forward so the cutouts and padding are placed to better support that type of position. Road saddles also have a slightly curved profile which helps keep you from sliding back and forth. We won’t lie. The best way to find the right saddle is by sitting on it, but it’s possible to find the right one online. Use your imagination when looking at each saddle and visualize if the shape will work for you.

Sit Bones Width Measurement and Bike Saddle Selection - BikeFit

Know Your Sit Bone Measurement

Most people don’t know that saddles actually come in different widths. The width of your saddle might come in a standard measurement like medium or large. Often times though, the saddle width will be measured in millimeters. The right saddle width for you depends on the distance between the points of your sit bones. These are the bones that support you on the saddle. Generally speaking, men have sit bones between 100mm – 140mm wide and women range between 110mm – 150mm. You can measure your sit bones at home or come visit us at Peak Cycles and we can do it for you. By knowing your sit bone measurement, you can really start to hone in on the perfect saddle for you.

Hopefully, these tips will help guide you to a more comfortable ride. For those riders who really want to get into the finer details, a bike fitter is the next best step for maximizing your comfort and performance on the bike. To learn more about our in-house bike fitter, click here.

Stretching For Cyclists

January 15, 2022

Stretching before and after cycling is one of the best ways to prevent injury and increase mobility. While it may be tempting to lay on the couch after a long and grueling ride, stretching will pay dividends in the long run for your overall health and cycling performance. If you are interested in knowing some of the best stretches that will target the muscle groups used in cycling, you’re in the right place. According to an article from, these are some of the best stretches you can incorporate into your routine. If you are going to perform these stretches before a ride, be sure to warm up for about 4 to 5 minutes before.

Calf Stretch

Photo by Lauren Dangles.

To perform a calf stretch, start by standing in front of a wall with your toes pointing forward. Extend your arms in front of you and place your hands against the wall at shoulder height. Bring one leg behind you and place your foot flat on the floor.

Slowly lean forward over your front leg, keep your back knee straight, and your heel flat on the floor. You should feel this stretch in your calf. Hold for a few seconds on each side then switch.

Downward Dog

Photo by Lauren Dangles.

Downward dogs are a fantastic stretch to loosen up the hamstrings, but the benefits don’t stop there. This stretch will lengthen and release tension in your back, engage your core, and help activate your shoulder muscles too. Most people will aim to have their heels planted in the ground but if your hamstrings are tight like mine, touching the heels to the ground can be achieved by a slight bend in the knees.

Quad Stretch

Photo by Lauren Dangles.

This quad stretch is a great way to undo hours of being hunched over on your bicycle. This stretch will help open up your quad muscles, hips, chest, and shoulders. Start by taking a knee on your right leg and leaning into your right hip. To increase the intensity of the stretch in your quad, you can lift your back foot or prop it against a wall. Make sure to breathe and ease into this stretch as your quad muscles loosen up.

Figure Four

Photo by Lauren Dangles.

Figure four is a great stretch for addressing tight hips and glutes. To do this stretch lie on your back with your knees bent and both feet planted flat on the floor. Place your left ankle over your right knee and then bring your right leg close to your chest. Thread your arms between your legs and interlace your fingers behind your right leg. Pull your right knee toward your chest, pausing when you feel a stretch in your right glute and hip. Hold there for a few seconds then release and repeat on the opposite side.

Side Lying T Stretch

Photo by Lauren Dangles.

Lie on your right side with your arm out in front of you and knees bent at a 90-degree angle.
While keeping your right arm on the ground and legs squeezed together, bring your left arm up and over your body while keeping your gaze fixed on this arm. As you open up your chest and rotate your torso to the left, try to touch your arm down on the floor behind you. In this position, your upper body will form a “T” shape. If you can’t reach the floor, go as far as your body will allow and hold for a few seconds, then return to the starting position. Repeat for a few repetitions, then switch sides and repeat.

We hope this article was helpful and that you learned some new stretches to incorporate into your cycling routine. Happy cycling!

Aaron Gwin’s Mountain Bike Braking Tips

January 12, 2022

A video on how to best use your feet to increase braking performance and safety on the trail. This might feel a little strange at first but be patient. Remember, the steeper the trail and harder you brake, the more dropping your heels will help. If you are not braking very hard or on a flat trail, you do not need to drop your heels as far. Hope this helps!” – Aaron Gwin

Specialized Tire Tread Compounds Explained

January 9, 2022

Mountain bikes tires don’t just come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They also come in different treads, casings, and rubber compounds. These various combinations are used to create tires for specific trail conditions and riding styles. Specialized has developed their own rating system for tread compounds, similar to the Maxxis MaxxTerra, MaxxGrip, and MaxxRace.

Tire compounds are important because they play a major part in the feel of your bike. Tire engineers combine hundreds of ingredients to create different compounds with precise hardness, elasticity, durability, and rebound. At Specialized, these compounds are separated into different T ratings for the level varying levels of damping and grip.


The T5 tread compound is highly durable, has low rolling resistance, and is a great option for cross country racing. Tires that have the T5 compound include the Renegade and Fast Trak which come stock on bikes like the Epic and Chisel. If speed is the priority, look for the T5 compound.


T7 is the standard trail tread compound for Specialized. It has low rebound and low hardness which makes for a grippy and supple feel while maintaining durability. This tread compound can be found on popular models like the Eliminator and Purgatory and is a great option for trail and enduro style riding. A T7 used in the rear with a T9 in the front makes for a great combination, too!


Specialized developed the T9 tread compound for those riding the gnarliest terrain, where grip is essential. This compound can be found on the Hillbilly and Butcher. While it excels in the grip category, it is lacking in durability and speed. Rocky terrain will wear this tread out quickly, so we recommend this for tread compound for loamy and softer trails.

T5/T7/T9 Combinations

Certain tires like the Fast Trak and Eliminator come with a combination of tread compounds like T5/T7 and T7/T9. These tires use a faster rolling compound center tread and grippier compound shoulder lugs, for a combination of speed, durability, and cornering traction.

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

December 16, 2021

Time may be dwindling to finish all of your holiday shopping, but there is still plenty to choose from here at Peak Cycles. Skip the long lines at big-box retailers and avoid the possibility of shipping delays by shopping local at your favorite local bike shop. After a year and a half of supply chain issues and low inventory, we are excited to be finally filling our racks with new road bikes, mountain bikes, e-bikes, and kids’ bikes! In addition to these new rides, we have plenty of cycling apparel, protective gear, components, and stocking stuffers to get all of your Christmas shopping done in one place.

Nothing Says Christmas Like A New Bike

It’s been a crazy year and a half for the cycling world. Many of the most anticipated bikes of the year have been delayed due to supply chain issues and shipping delays but the wait is over. We have some of the hottest bikes on the market here at Peak Cycles, like the Specialized Stumpjumper EVO. We also have bikes like the budget-friendly Giant Stance and a new shipment of Specialized Rip Rock kid’s bikes. Call the shop for availability or come give us a visit in person!

Gifts For Any Price Point

Last Christmas we wrote an article Christmas Gifts For Any Budget, so be sure to read that for a breakdown of gifts by cost. It can be challenging to choose gifts for a cyclist, especially because there is a lot of personal taste and preference to factor in. There are some safe bets that remove the element of personal preference like lift tickets to the bike park, a bike fit from a professional fitter, or a gift card! If it’s been a while since their bike has been to the shop, a tuneup from a bike shop can be a gift that feels good and has utility!

Stocking Stuffers

Looking for some odds and ends to stuff into a stocking? We have plenty! Tubes, chain lube, multi-tools, nutrition, water bottles, and gift cards just to name a few. Our staff of expert cyclists will help you pick out all of the essentials for the cyclist in your life. If you would prefer to shop online, check out, and if you are local to the Golden area choose free in-store pickup for the fastest and cheapest way to get your gifts!

Bum Bag | Hip Bag | Fanny Pack

December 14, 2021

Plenty of riders are ditching their backpacks for a more comfortable option they can strap around their waist. Yes, the fanny pack has taken the mountain biking world by storm. But why? Well, there is quite a bit of stuff to carry when venturing out for a ride. Spare tubes, extra layers, snacks, water, and a multi-tool are all pretty common items that are usually brought along. The backpack was a standard option for a lot of riders and for good reason, they have a ton of space. Anyone who has ridden with a backpack knows how hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable they can be. To the point that many choose to ride without a backpack at all, risking being unprepared for the price of comfort. The fanny pack briges the gap between carrying nothing and wearing a backpack.

What Are The Benefits Of A Fanny Pack?

There are many reasons to jump on the fanny pack train, but the top benefits are comfort, utility, and performance. Wearing a fanny pack will shift the weight off of your back and shoulders down to your hips. The lower center of gravity helps with balance on your bike and will help keep your back from getting fatigued. One of the big downsides of wearing a backpack is how sweaty things get on your back. We will say that there has been major improvements in backpack ventilation, but having said that, it is really hard to beat having nothing on your back. With a fanny pack you get of the benefits of carrying stuff without the discomfort or sweatiness.

Should I Ride With A Fanny Pack?

Depending on how much you normally bring on a ride, wearing a fanny pack might be a great option. This is especially if you have a Specialized SWAT Door, but if your bike can’t store a Chipotle burrito in your downtube, fear not. There are plenty of options for on bike storage that you can purchase after market and they won’t break the bank. The EDC Lite Tool from OneUp, the Lezyne Bar End Kit, or a simple frame strap are all examples of ways to stash stuff directly on your bike. Wait, I thought this article was about fanny packs? The more stuff you can get on your bike, the less you need to carry, and the more viable a fanny pack becomes.

Get A Fanny Pack

We can’t deny that riding with nothing on your body, other than clothes, pads, and a helmet, feels amazing. As the old saying goes, better safe than sorry, so it’s probably worth bringing along that spare tube or extra layer on your ride. With the widespread ability to stash more and more things on your bike, a fanny back is more than enough to carry everything you need.

Stumpjumper EVO Elite Alloy | Bike Review

December 9, 2021

The Stumpjumper EVO Elite Alloy is a new bike in the Specialized lineup, and it’s paying homage to mountain biking roots. While the trend has certainly been towards carbon fiber, aluminum still has its time and place, especially when it comes to cost. Specialized was able to add some serious value to the EVO Elite Alloy with the suspension aficionado in mind. This build also features the same adjustable head tube angle, 150mm of travel, the adaptability of S-Sizing, and SWAT™ Door integration as the more spendy carbon version.

What Sets The EVO Elite Alloy Apart?

As mentioned before, this build packs in a ton of value when it comes to the suspension package. Featuring a FOX Factory Series 36 fork and FLOAT DPX2 Factory shock, the total value on just the suspension alone is over $1600. The FOX Factory Series is designed to exceed the demands of pro-level riders and feature that slippery smooth, ultra-durable Genuine Kashima Coat. As mentioned earlier, this build comes with many of the same features as its carbon counterpart, our favorite being the SWAT™ Door integration. You’ll never need to wear a backpack again, maybe just an EVOC hip bag.

Who Is The Stumpy EVO Elite Alloy For?

As cliche as it sounds, the Stumpy EVO Elite Alloy is really a do it all bike. It climbs and descends and is best suited for enduro-style riders who are going to pedal all the way up and then descend all the way down. It would be able to handle the bike park, shuttle laps, the whole enchilada, white ranch, enchanted forest, and more. For those who want a bike they can climb but won’t hold them back on the descent, the Stumpy EVO Elite is it. If you geek out over suspension, then look no further than the Stumpjumper EVO Elite Alloy.

Why Chose The Stump EVO Elite Alloy

This bike is for the enduro rider who does not want to compromise when it comes to suspension. It’s a bike for the person that wants all of the latest features common on today’s mountain bikes including adjustable geometry, integrated bike storage, sleek internal cable routing, a 12-speed drive train, etc. We think the combination of these features makes for a kick *** mountain bike at a reasonable price point. Act soon though, there is only one left in stock! Call the shop today for availability.