What To Bring On A Bike Ride

June 17, 2021

There’s nothing worse than having your bike or body break down on a ride and being unprepared to deal with it. Sometimes it takes learning the hard way or years of experience under your belt to be prepared for whatever situation comes your way. Let us share our years of experience here with you to help flatten the learning curve.

Food And Water

If you’ve ever bonked before you know what a terrible feeling it can be. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s essentially one your body starts to shut down because you don’t have enough food or water in your system. Always make sure to bring a couple snacks and enough water on your ride. Even if it’s just a short one. Sometimes it can be hotter than you expected, or the ride can end up longer than anticipated. Sometimes having extra water and food can come in handy if you have a friend who is thirsty or hungry, or helping someone out on the trail in a similar situation.

Multi Tool

Having a multi-tool it’s like the Swiss Army knife of the bike world. A multi-tool comes in many different shapes sizes and combinations. The most important things to look for in a tool are hex wrenches, chain breaker, and torx. It seems like almost every group ride we go on someone needs a multi-tool for something whether it’s lowering their seat, tightening up a loose bolt, or making a quick adjustment. There are tons of creative ways to stash multi-tools on or in your bike. Check out one of our favorite stashable tools here.


Being able to pump up your tires is crucial on the trail or road and will help save you from a long walk home. Whether it’s having a small hand pump attached to your bike or CO2 cartridges stashed in your jersey, you’ll want to be able to fix a flat when it happens. There are pros and cons for both pumps and CO2 canisters, but either will work fine. The plus side to having a pump is that it can give you an infinite amount of air, while CO2 cartridges are sort of one and done. CO2 cartridges work really well with road bikes which require super high psi that will give you an arm workout with a hand pump.

Tubes and Patches

Being able to fix your flat is going to require a new tube or a patch kit. We recommend always carrying a tube as a fail-safe option for fixing a flat. Make sure to get the right size tube that will work with your tire. It’s worth bringing along a patch kit to try and fix punctured tubes. Being able to fix a tube on the trail will give you more of a safety net in case you get another flat. If you’re running tubeless tires, grab a tubeless plug kit. These work the same way as a plug for your car tire and will save you the next you get a puncture!


Other items worth bringing along that don’t take up a lot of space are a quick link, extra valve core, derailleur hanger, light, and tire levers. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!

Things To Look For In A Mountain Bike

June 15, 2021

When it comes to buying a mountain bike, it can get overwhelming pretty fast. This is especially true if you are new to the sport and not sure what to look for in the first place. We’ve broken down into 3 easy steps to check off during the shopping or research process.

Full Suspension or Hard Tail

The most common first question is whether to buy a full-suspension or hardtail. If you are new to mountain biking, a hardtail can be a great option for a few reasons. Hardtails are less expensive making the entry point into mountain biking more accessible. It’s a good way to get your feet wet without dropping too much money on a sport you’ve never done! Hardtails are usually less expensive because they are less complicated to build, design, and assemble than full-suspension bikes. Bikes like the Giant Fathom or the Specialized Rockhopper are great entry-level hardtail bikes.

If you are a more advanced rider you might be considering a full suspension bike. Short of being a total masochist or minimalist, the vast majority of mountain bikers eventually switch over to full suspension bikes. They are more comfortable, make it easier to get through rough terrain, and help absorb the shocks and impacts that are inevitable with mountain biking. Full suspension bikes can start at around $1500 and go up from there. They are a bit more complicated than hardtails due to the addition of rear suspension and creative frame designs that make it all possible.

If you’re new to the sport or on a limited budget, maybe try a hardtail. If you are looking to upgrade or know that you’ll eventually want a full suspension bike, dive in!

27.5 or 29

Look at any mountain bike forum whether it’s pinkbike.com, Reddit, or a Facebook group, and you will find a debate about which wheel size is better, 27.5 or 29. At the end of the day, it’s all personal preference. Well, that doesn’t help you much if you’ve never mountain biked before! Here are the common pros and cons associated with each wheel size.

Work down the list and see what matters most to you and choose from there. Overall 27.5 inch wheels are going to be more nimble, lighter, and easy to maneuver. 29-inch wheels are going to be slower and heavier, but give better grip, traction, and help smooth out rough terrain. What sounds more like you?

Dropper Posts and 1X

If you ask us, this is more of a requirement than a decision. A dropper post makes riding a mountain bike 1000x more enjoyable. You get the benefit of having an adjustable seat on the fly. This allows you to maximize your climbing by having the seat up high and then quickly getting it out of the way before descending. Even entry-level bikes are coming with them nowadays, but if they don’t, you can usually get one that will work with your bike for a couple hundred bucks. Trust us, you’ll want one.

1X refers to having one chainring in the front and 10, 11, or 12 speeds in the back. Here is to guessing that every year after the time of this article being written, there’s a higher chance of that number being in bigger. 1X drive trains simplify shifting, reduce the chance of your chain flying off, and free up space on your handlebars since you’ll only have one shifter. It works really well for mountain biking and is even starting to creep over into the road bike world. Look for a bike with a 1X drivetrain.

The Final Checklist

  • Full-Suspension or Hardtail?
  • 27.5 or 29-inch Wheels?
  • Does it have a dropper post and 1x?

Hopefully, our quick and dirty checklist will help you navigate your next bike purchase! If you are interested in learning what bikes we have available at the moment, come visit us at Peak Cycles or give us a ring.

Types Of Chain Lube

June 9, 2021

Depending on what type of riding you do and which part of the country you live in, there’s a chain lube best suited for your bike. Who would have thought you would need different types of chain lube? If you didn’t know that, we’ve got you covered. For the most part, road bikes do best with a dry lube while mountain bikes will perform best with an all-around lube or wet lube. Let’s talk about the difference between each kind. Keeping your chain lubed will help cut down on wear and improve shifting over the life of your ride.

Dry Lube

Dry chain lubes are just that. Dry. They do a great job minimizing the dirt and grime build-up on the chain and working really well in dry climates like Colorado. The downside to dry lube is that it washes away easily, so puddles, rain, and other general wetness don’t mix well with it. We recommend using dry lube on your road bike to help keep your chain clean and shifting well.

Wet Lube

Wet lube has considerably more wax, and or other lubricating properties to it. The reason is to hold up to the elements like rain and muck. Wet lube will hold onto your chain for longer and keep it shifting well in wet conditions. If you live somewhere like the PNW, wet lube is the choice for you.

All Around

Then there is the all-around lube. If you’re not sure where you fit in the mix, this is a good option for you. Lubes like Rock N Roll Gold, Squirt, and Pro Gold all work great for general purposes. At the end of the day, keeping your chain lubed up will make you and your bike happy!

Colorado Cycling Groups

May 26, 2021

Cycling groups are a great way to stay psychically motivated and socialize. In a world before COVID, we would host weekly shop rides from Peak Cycles for both mountain biking and road. As things return to normal, we are excited to get back into the groove of things and reconnect with fellow cyclists. If you are looking to join a group ride, be sure to follow our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates! We will likely start-up group rides from the shop sooner than later!

A ladies only, COVID friendly group ride in August 2020!

Finding A Cycling Group Near You

There are tons of great resources online for finding a cycling group that suits your needs. Take for example Pedal and pints which has over 6,000 members that ride to new breweries and enjoy Colorado craft beer. What’s not to like about that? We found this group on Meetup.com. From our research, it looks like there are over 60 cycling groups within a 20-mile radius of Denver for varying ages, abilities, and intentions. Facebook on the other hand, has hundreds of cycling groups worth checking out. You can search by city and narrow down search results to ones close to you. For the more serious road cyclist, we are a partner of Twin Peaks Racing. Check them out if you are interested in the race scene or in their words, “smashin watts and grillin brats.”

Stay Safe Out There

With the recent tragedy of Gwen Inglis being killed by a DUI driver in Lakewood, we want to remind everyone to stay safe on the roads. Not only when you are cycling, but also behind the wheel. We are looking forward to reconnecting with our fellow cycling community now more than ever. If you are looking for some great local rides in the meantime, check out an article we did with the Denver Post in 2019, Five classic bike rides in Colorado that every cyclist should do. Stay safe out there!


May 25, 2021

Ride Your Bike. Do Good.

Last year, more than $130,000 was raised towards COVID-19 relief efforts in the first ever Giddy Up Challenge. Hosted by professional athlete /author / emmy winner / and activist Rebbeca Rusch, the Giddy Up Challenge invited people around the world to run or ride and raise money for COVID relief. The challenge was broken down into varying levels of difficulty, the hardest being 29,032 of climbing!

This Years Challenge

This year the Giddy Up For Good Challenge is aiming to raise twice that amount to support efforts that protect and preserve outdoor spaces for future generations to come. Just like last year, the challenge will be focused on running and riding uphill. The money raised this year will support the work of the Be Good™ Foundation, using exercise and adventure as a catalyst for healing, empowerment and evolution.

Get Involved

Registration for Rebecca’s Giddy Up Challenge is now open! Participants can ride or run (outdoors or indoors) the elevation of one of 4 climbing challenges. Register online here! For those participating in this Years Giddy Up For Good Challenge, all of us here at bikeparts.com wish you good luck!

Is It Time To Upgrade Your Kit?

May 12, 2021

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to dust off the old road bike. But if you’re like us, sometimes you can let your riding kit go into a state of tattered holes and tears. Is it time to upgrade your kit? Here are some of our favorite road biking cycling apparel.

Specialized RBX Merino

The RBX drirelease® Merino Jersey will keep you feeling cool and fresh with it’s natural odor busting capabilities. The fit is somewhere between race and classic, so if you’re looking for a jersey that is form fitting without cutting off your circulation this is it.

Specialized Men's RBX Merino Jersey Slate XL - 2021

Endura FS260 or Pro SL

When it comes to the Chamois, you’ll want to invest in yourself. That’s why we recommend Endura! Endura is known for its high-quality chamois pads that use multi-density open-cell foam with an Italian Lyrca backing for a buttery smooth ride! Plus, they come in three widths to fit your sit bones perfectly. For a racer-tight fit, you’ll want to opt for the Pro SL, and for a more forgiving fit, go with the FS260.


Up Your Sock Game

A new pair of socks can go a long way to revitalizing your kit and your soul. Socks can be a fun way to add a pop of color to your kit. We really like these tricycle socks from the sock guy, which are a throw back to childhood cycling memories.

Denmark Cycling Inspiration

May 10, 2021

I felt like I saw more bikes than cars during the morning commute and afternoon rush-hour. The bike lanes were as wide as the sidewalk and had stoplights of their own. I couldn’t help but notice the similar style and features of most of the bikes I saw, too. Wanting to share this with others like myself, who had no idea of this bicycle oasis, I took notes of what I saw. Here are five things I saw in Copenhagen that inspired my inner cyclist. 

Bike Lanes

The streets were almost divided into thirds. 1/3 for cars, 1/3 for bikes, and 1/3 for pedestrians. It seemed as if the city had taken out a car lane and dedicated it to bikes. Turns out, they did. Copenhagen intentionally removed car lanes to make traffic worse. This motivated people to get out of their cars and bike to work. It seem to be doing just that, with the number of people on bikes outnumbering those in cars. The bike lanes are different from what we have in the US, too. Rather than being separated by a white line on the road there is an an entirely separate raised “sidewalk” for bikes to help reduce accidents.

Frame Locks

The second thing I noticed was a simple yet effective lock on almost every bike, called a frame lock. These locks are attached to the bike and lock around the rear wheel. What I found useful about these was that they are built right onto the bike, so there was no forgetting it at home. They seemed to work well in Copenhagen where crime is low, but wouldn’t do well in a city like New York. The lock wouldn’t stop someone from loading it into a truck, but it would keep them from being able to ride off with it.

Cycling Etiquette

I noticed a strong sense of cycling etiquette as I watched people navigating the city streets. Hand signals and obeying the dedicated cyclist stoplights and street signs were the norm and you would get funny looks or called out otherwise. It seems that there is less emphasis on cycling etiquette here. That’s why courses and advocacy offered by people like Megan Hoffman a.k.a. the cyclist lawyer are a great resource to the cycling community.

Hub Shifters

80% of the bikes I saw in Copenhagen used in an internally geared hub shifter. Not sure what that is? Instead of having a cassette and derailleur hanging off the side of the wheel, all of the gears are packed into a metal case around the axle. These heavy yet bulletproof hubs are an effective and straightforward option for a city bicycle. Lasting far longer than a traditional cassette and derailleur system and requiring less maintenance and upkeep. It’s worth considering one of these for your get around town bike. If you need help figuring out which one will work on your bike, reach out to our customer support team here

Hövding Bike Helmets

Invented in Sweden, these “helmets” are more like airbags that detect when a rider gets in a crash. It’s worn around the neck similar to a neck brace and when the helmet senses a change in G Force, the airbag deploys and protects the riders head. From what I could tell, the major advantage of this over a traditional helmet is keeping your hair looking good!

source: hovding.com

Christiana Bikes

Christiania is a funky little utopia just outside the main city center in Copenhagen. The Christiania bike is a front loading cargo tricycle whose roots are traced back to the tiny village. They make for an effective way of hauling children, groceries, or any other goods around town.

I was amazed at how implemented and advance cycling culture was in Denmark. From the bike lanes, to the helmets, and different styles of cargo bikes they offer. I don’t know if bicycles are the answer, but I do know that they puts less of an impact on the environment, keep cars off the road, and get the legs moving. And that’s a great thing. Next on my list, Amsterdam!

Shopping For A Road Bike When You Have No Idea What You’re Looking For

April 30, 2021

We’ve All Been There

When you’re new to road biking it can be intimidating and confusing walking into a bike shop. Especially when you have no idea what you’re looking for. This makes it hard to know what to purchase and expect. That’s why all of us here at Peak Cycles would like to break down three of the most important things to consider when shopping for in a road bike in 2021.

Does It Fit?

The most important aspect of any bike purchase is the fit. The easiest way to know if the bike fits it’s is to get on it and ride around the parking lot. What should you be looking for? It’s sort of like trying on a new pair of pants. You know when they fit and you know when they don’t. We recommend trying as many bikes as you can! This will help you start to feel the difference between bikes. The salesperson there should be able to explain why certain geometry and designs make you feel a certain way. But what if you want to shop online? Well, there are some online tools you can use to figure out the right dimensions, but none of these can really account for personal preference.

Is It The Right Amount Of Bike?

The second most important thing to consider is the level of bike you’re buying. Are you going to be riding a few days a month? Do you hope to start racing eventually? How long do you want it to last? Sometimes these questions can be hard to answer, especially if you have no idea how into it you will be. Having said that, there is a big difference between a $1000 bike and a $3000 bike. When you go up in price you’re getting better components that last longer and perform better. This is totally worth it if you are going to use the bike enough to notice it.

Prepare To Buy Extra Stuff

The last thing is to anticipate spending extra money on additional equipment and accessories. Some road bikes will come with a plastic set of pedals, but many mid-level to high-end bikes don’t come with any at all. If you are getting into road biking, you will probably want clipless pedals which means new shoes. Then factor in accessories like a saddlebag, multi-tool, extra tubes, a pump or CO2 cartridges, chain lube, helmet, the list goes on. Prepare to spend hundreds of dollars on these accessories in addition to the purchase of your bike!

We hope these tips give a good starting point for those of you interested in starting out with a new road bike. Come visit us at Peak Cycles to check out our selection of Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, and Town Cruisers. We also have Kids Bike, Protective Equipment, and Bike Rentals!

Metallic vs Organic Brake Pads | Disk Brakes

April 21, 2021

Disk brakes are known for their superior stopping power and supple feel. The UCI banned disk brakes from events like the Tour De France for years, finally allowing them in 2019. Since then, we’ve seen road bikes like the Specialized Roubaix and Tarmac offer disk brake options. In the mountain bike world, they have been the dominant choice since the late 90’s when Hayes released the Mag Disk. Most disk brakes these days use metallic or organic brake pads, with each of them offering pros and cons. We’re big fans of Metallic Pads for their versatility and consistent stopping power. Organic pads are a good option as well if the noise from metallic pads is too much for your eardrums! Keep reading to learn more.

Metallic Pads

Metallic brake pads are known for their superior stopping power in a variety of conditions. Metallic pads are also less susceptible to brake fade. Brake fade happens on long descents which causes the pads to get too hot. You’ll have to squeeze harder on the brake levers to get the bike to slow down. With metallic pads, the composition of the brake pad doesn’t heat up as quickly as organic pads. This means metallic brake pads do a better job of keeping brake fade at bay. One of the commonly talked about downsides of metallic brake pads is how noisy they are. This can be especially bad when they’re wet.

Organic Pads

Organic brake pads actually have more initial bite than metallic and they’re less noisy overall. Organic brake pads might be better for someone who doesn’t need that extra stopping power that metallic brake pads offer. For example, if you’re a cross-country rider or mostly ride on flat roads, organic brake pads should work fine. In general, organic brake pads are made from softer materials and will have less wear on the rotors over time.

Mix and Match?

Urban myth or ultimate bike hack? We have heard rumblings about mixing both organic and metallic brake pads on each side of the caliper to get the best of both worlds. While we can’t attest to this, it did seem like a wacky idea worth mentioning. What brake pads do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

The New Turbo Levo Gen 3

April 16, 2021

The Ultimate E Mountain Bike

Over the past few years, the interest in E-Bikes has been surging like crazy. While the majority of these have been designed for commuting or getting around town, there has been a huge innovation in E Mountain Bikes. Specialized has been leading the charge in terms of style and performance with their E Mountain bike, the Turbo Levo. This Levo falls comfortably into the category of a trail bike and can handle a wide variety of terrain and conditions. Specialized also offers a burly long travel model called the Kenevo!


The latest Specialized Levo is looking slimmer and more convincing than any model before it. With an improved battery and motor, you can expect more power and a longer battery life. This will keep you on the trail all day long, up to 4 or 5 hours according to Specialized. The Gen 3 Levo has 565 watts of peak power and 90 Nm of torque, which sounds like a lot to us!


Many of the new Specialized mountain bikes are running off S-Sizing. This allows the rider to choose a bike that suits their riding style, rather than their height. Someone who is 5’8″ could fit on an S1 for a quick and responsive ride or an S3 for a fast and planted ride. According to Specialized, “S-Sizing is based on what matters—rider size and style, not inseam. Six sizes, all with similar head tube lengths and standover, allow you to choose the size that best suits your individual style. Smaller S-Size numbers are going to be nimble, with their shorter reach and front-center measurement, while larger S-Sizes deliver more stability and a roomier ride.”

Interested in checking out the latest Specialized E Bike Models? Call the shop for the most up to date information on what we have in stock!

Specialized Align II Helmet

April 9, 2021

Wearing a helmet used to be uncool. These days, though, wearing a helmet is becoming more common practice in the cycling world, even for just riding around town. The unexpected pothole, car that pulls out in front of you, or runaway dog off-leash are all hazards that could send you flying over the handlebars. Wearing a helmet greatly reduces the risk of suffering a head injury in a bike crash.

Safety Technology

Bike helmets have come a long way. They are lighter, more breathable, more protective, and in some cases more affordable. That is why we are loving the Specialized Align II. According to the Specialized, the standout feature of the Align II is the inclusion of the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS), a patented technology designed to mitigate against rotational forces transmitted to the brain during certain angled impact scenario. In addition, the Align II became the only $50 helmet to earn the highest Five Star rating from the independent testing done at the renowned Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Wear A Helmet

Wearing a helmet will keep you protected in the case of an accident. Like the old saying goes: it’s not you we’re worried about, it’s the other guy. Keeping your noggin’ protected is one of the best preventive measures you can take, and with helmets like the Align II, you get Grade A protection for only $50.

Dusting Off Your Bike After A Long Winter

March 31, 2021

After a long Colorado winter and living through a pandemic, we are all excited to be getting outside again. The 70-degree weather in the forecast has us reaching for our bikes and looking for an escape from zoom meetings and being trapped indoors. Our bikes give us the freedom to go miles and miles until our legs, our lungs, or both, won’t let us anymore. For those of us who didn’t use bike trainers during the winter, it might even be the first time we’ve got in the saddle all year. Which is both exciting and painful. Exciting because we’re biking again. Painful because we still need to find a better saddle.

The first ride back usually has a bit of contrast. You were in great biking shape last fall. After a long winter indoors, not so much. “This is harder than I remember,” and “I feel like I used to be faster than this,” are thoughts that might enter the mind. A great athlete once said, “you can’t buy fitness, we’re all just renting it”. Remembering what to wear or what to bring can be a challenge, too. It’s a good reminder of what it feels like to be a “beginner”. Remember that feeling next time you’re getting impatient with someone who is new to biking :]

The start of biking season means a lot of things: the end of ski season, warmer weather, flowers, shorts, spring cleaning, the list goes on. We’re excited about all of it. Whether it’s mountain biking around Table, cruising around Golden with the family, or road biking 100 miles with Dan Dwyer, we hope all of you are ready to get outside and enjoy some time on two wheels. Happy Spring from all of us at Peak Cycles!

POC Kortal Helmet | Now In Stock

March 29, 2021

Epic Protection

The POC Kortal is the newest edition to their mountain bike helmet lineup. Focused on Enduro riding, this lightweight and highly protective helmet is certified for use with e-bikes. According to POC, the helmet passes the Dutch NTA8776 standard, which tests helmets at higher impact speeds than for standard bicycle use. Currently, this is the only standard for e-bike helmets. In addition to that, it comes with the latest technology from Mips, Integra, and in case of a crash the patented breakaway peak will snap away from the helmet, helping to protect against neck injury.

Colors and Fit

The Kortal comes in some rad colorways including Fluorescent Orange, Hydrogen White, Fluorite Green, and Uranium Black. The size can be dialed in on the back for a snug fit which is key for maximizing your protection. The Kortal is covered in vents for supreme cooling ability and the vents are strategically placed to not be blocked by goggle straps. Designed to be worn with either Goggle or Glasses, POC recommends pairing this helmet with their Devour Glasses or Ora Goggles for a streamlined fit.

Our Takeaway

The Kortal is a great-looking helmet with all of the technology and features we want to see on a mountain bike helmet in 2021. Lots of ventilation, Mips, adjustable fit, and great style make this a top pick for a high-end mountain bike helmet. To purchase head on over to Peak Cycles or purchase online!

Five Ten Freerider Pro | Back In Stock

March 19, 2021

The Wait Has Ended

Supply on all things bike-related has been volatile. Over the past year, the bike industry has faced unprecedented demand that couldn’t have been predicted by anyone really. Slowly but surely, we’re starting to see various items come back into stock and we get excited every time. Just when we think we might never be able to get our hands on something, it comes back into stock.

Five Ten Freerider Pro

If we are recommending a flat pedal mountain bike shoe to a rider, it’s the Freerider Pro. That’s because we’re using the Five Ten Freerider Pro, too. The unparalleled grip and classic style have been our standby year after year. The proprietary Stealth® S1 dotty rubber is the driving force behind this shoe. We also love that Five Ten took on a sustainability effort, by using plastic that was intercepted from beaches and coastlines before reaching the ocean. Two thumbs up!



All-day comfort on and off the mountain. The Five Ten Freerider Pro flat pedal biking shoes provide grip and durability for all-mountain and enduro riding. An impact-resistant toe box complements the medium-stiff build for a responsive ride. The signature sticky rubber and purpose-built tread pattern keep your feet firmly planted on your pedals. The shoes have a casual look for times off the bike. Sustainably crafted using PRIMEBLUE technology.

  • PRIMEBLUE upper features Parley Ocean Plastic which is made from recycled waste, intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the oceans
  • Impact-resistant toe box for protection from trail hazards
  • Lace tuck located on the middle of the tongue
  • Mid-flex midsole balances pedal feel and power output
  • Stealth® S1 dotty rubber outsole for unbeatable grip
  • Weight per shoe: 380g

Shop Now

Due to the demand the bike industry has seen over the past year, we recommend acting fast on these shoes before it’s too late! Click here to shop now.

Heart Rate Zones

March 9, 2021

Cycling is an amazing low-impact way to maintain fitness or get into shape. With advances in wearable technology like smartwatches, heart rate monitors, and power meters, you can find out incredibly detailed information about your performance. For heart rate monitors like chest straps or watches, they will often work alongside an app that will present the data in an easy-to-digest format. For the purpose of this article, we will discuss the various heart rate zones, max heart rates, and what you need to know about them!

Max Heart Rate

A quick and dirty test to calculate your maximum heart rate is by subtracting 220 from your age. According to Bike Radar, the only way to get a precise max heart rate is with a physiological test from scientists. Well, that doesn’t bode well for most of us! The good news is, you can get a pretty good estimate by doing your own max heart test. Instructions as follows!

  • Warm-up for at least 15 minutes
  • On a long, steady hill, start off at a medium pace and increase your effort every minute.
  • Do this seated for at least five minutes until you can’t go any faster while staying seated.
  • At this point, get out of the saddle and sprint as hard as you can for 15 seconds.
  • Immediately check your heart rate reading or, after the ride, download your data and look for the highest heart rate number. This is your max heart rate!

Heart Rate Zones

 The Association of British Cycling recommends a six-zone system for tracking your heart rate:

Zone 1 (60-65% of maximum heart rate): For long, easy rides, and burning fat.

Zone 2 (65-75% of MHR): The basic base training zone. Longish rides of medium difficulty.

Zone 3 (75-82% of MHR): Cardio zone. Increasing aerobic capacity and endurance.

Zone 4 (82-89% of MHR): For simulating a fast pace when preparing for a race.

Zone 5 (89-94% of MHR): For raising anaerobic threshold.

Zone 6 (94-100% of MHR): For high-intensity interval training to increase maximum power and speed.

Using This Information

Using heart rate information will help you become a better cyclist overall. Not only will this data give you something fun to look at after each ride, but you will also get insights into how your performance is changing over time. If you are looking for a smartwatch or heart rate monitor to start tracking your rides, head over here!

What Makes Carbon Great?

March 8, 2021

Carbon is the undisputed champion when it comes to bike frame materials. It’s lighter, stiffer, more comfortable… the list goes on. While it’s simply not black or white, carbon does offer a variety of benefits over your typical aluminum frame bicycle. Here is a list of the most common reasons carbon is worth the extra money.


Carbon is lighter and stronger making it a great material for bicycle frames. According to Bicycle Magazine, “by far the most commonly used bike frame material for higher-end mountain and road bikes (including virtually every bike being raced at the professional level), carbon fiber is a composite of carbon sheets that are bonded together in a mold using resin. The primary advantage of the material is that at a given stiffness, carbon fiber is significantly lighter than aluminum, steel, or titanium.” Carrying less weight on your bike means less energy on your part!

Stiffness Where You Need It

Carbon fiber can be stiff in one direction and flexible in the other. This special attribute of carbon fiber lends well to the design process of bike frames. Engineers have poured hundreds of thousands of hours into optimizing the placement and direction of carbon fiber layers to make the ultimate ride. We’re no scientists, but trying to do this with metal would be a tall task. Adding carbon where extra strength is needed and shedding it where it’s less important helps keep the weight down and tunes the overall feel of the bike.

Comfort With A Caveat

Carbon fiber is less dense than metal and will transmit less chatter and vibrations. While this is true, carbon fiber is stiffer and can feel harsh when riding in rough terrain. This can be especially true on bikes that have carbon wheels and carbon cranks, so there is certainly a balance when it comes to comfort and stiffness. Overall, however, carbon will help reduce the buzz from the road and bumps on the trail making it more comfortable.


Carbon fiber offers many benefits when it comes to the feel and performance of a bike. This light and strong material gives engineers the freedom to optimize construction that would be nearly impossible to do with metal. If you are looking to upgrade your next bike, consider one with a carbon fiber frame for a lightweight high-performance ride. As an added bonus, when you enter the price range of carbon bikes they come with upgraded components that add to the overall experience of your bike!

Shimano Groupset Hierarchy for Road Bikes

February 26, 2021

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

Shimano Claris

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

Shimano Sora

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

Shimano Tiagra

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

Shimano 105

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

Shimano Ultegra

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

Shimano Dura-Ace

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

Bike Storage

February 19, 2021

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


Apartment / In-Home Storage

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


Garage Storage

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

Bikes On Sale?

February 5, 2021

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

Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon 29 GLOSS NAVY / WHITE MOUNTAINS M - 2020

Specialized Stumpjumper

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

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

Giant Reign

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

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 M Charcoal, 2020

Benefits of Bike Commuting

February 2, 2021

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


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


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

Get Inspired

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