Why Cycling is so Good For You in Later Life

June 6, 2019

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to cycling options in Colorado.  We have the Colorado Bicycles and Byways map helping people find a bike route to suit their cycling experience. And at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we have our regular group shop rides that help cyclists of all abilities to gain confidence in the saddle and meet people. For seniors, in particular, cycling can be an invaluable way of staying active and healthy. The varied routes in Colorado also provide great training opportunities when it comes to taking part in the many cycling events offered. Whatever your reasons for cycling, its physical and mental benefits make it the ideal form of exercise for seniors.

Cycling slows down the aging process

Not only is cycling an affordable way of exercising in retirement, but research shows cycling regularly can keep you young. Studies published in the journal Aging Cell revealed that seniors who cycle regularly have the immune systems of people decades younger than them. This is thanks to the increased activity of T-Cells, which are responsible for combating illness and infection. This provides a good incentive for older adults to train well for a race, or attend one of the regular Wednesday night shop rides at Peak Cycles.

Cycling is good for the brain

Not only can cycling keep you physically healthy, but studies show that it is good for the mind and brain. The repeated motion of pedaling prompts the production of new brain cells, helping to offset the decline of brain health that comes with age. As well as providing a natural morale boost thanks to the release of endorphins, the studies have also shown that cycling can make us more mentally resilient. This is something that stands you in good stead when on a challenging bike ride or race. In fact, we wrote a blog post on this subject worth reading: Train the Brain. The Power of Mental Suffering.

Cycling is accessible and easily incorporated into daily life

Finding ways of fitting in the recommended 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week may seem daunting to many. However, the versatility of cycling makes this very achievable. For example, you can go for short road rides over the course of the week, whether as part of a training ride or when running errands. If motivation is an issue, team up with a friend and arrange a regular road or mountain bike ride with them. Ride to local friends’ houses and social events, instead of taking the car or bus. These strategies will help you keep active without having to think too much about it (especially as it becomes a habit). If you are concerned with how to effectively bike commute, you may want to read our post, Summer Bike Commuting – Making it Work for You for tips and ideas on much-needed bike parts, cycling routes, and cycling accessories to have on hand for bike commuting. 

It may seem harder to exercise as you get older, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The many bike routes in Colorado, together with the various cycling events offered in the state, ultimately means that there are several ways to embrace cycling in your later years. Doing so will help keep your emotional and physical health in good shape. 

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Your Summer Riding Check List 

May 30, 2019
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While our weather in Colorado has been on the cooler side, warmer days are just around the corner. As spring turns to summer, long trail rides on your mountain bike and epic road ride on your road bike lie just ahead. But it can be a thrill kill to plan the most epic of rides only to arrive at the trailhead or meet the group and be without a required bike part or cycling item. Do you have all of the cycling accessories and gear you need to make the most of the summer riding season? Make the most of late spring and early summer riding with our checklist of cycling apparel and bike part must haves! 

If your riding or training has been intermittent through the winter months and early spring, then chances are your bike maintenance may have been intermittent too. Before logging big miles, you should conduct bike maintenance and safety check. This includes a good cleaning of your bike, careful attention of your chain and drivetrain components, and inspection of your brake pads, wheels and tires. For some extra pointers on getting your bike ride ready, check out our post  Spring Cleaning! 4 Essential Bike Maintenance Tips to Get Your Bike on the Road

If it’s been a while since you’ve logged extended miles, you may have forgotten what you usually bring along with you. Following are a few to have in your jersey pocket or saddle bag.

  • Basic repair and maintenance kit The basic supplies you should have in your kit include a spare inner tube, tire leverspatch kit, mini-pump, and a folding multi-tool. In case of a chain break, bring a chain master link. A small paper clip or zip tie can help keep the chain together to limp the bike home. While not considered essential items, some cyclist take their basic kit a bit further and include other items like a small amount of duck tape, zip ties or rubber bands.
  • Water and/or sports drink and a light snack
  • Cash, ATM card, Personal Identification
  • The right cycling apparelWhether you want to ride in the new spring cycling styles or spin in your usual cycling gear, the main point to remember is to have clothing options available to you while riding. The weather turns quick and a rain shower or quick drop in temperature can make the best of rides turn sour quickly. Consider having a standby bike ready bag available. Pack it with arm and leg warmers, a headband or caprain jacket, and lube.
  • Map or a GPS
  • Sunscreen

Additionally, if you are competing in any of the upcoming races like The Growler, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Dirty Kanza, or other events, you might want to check out our Comprehensive Checklist for Spring Racing

There you have it. The quick, yet a thorough list of items to have on hand.  Keep in mind, as you ride more through the season, some worn bike parts that weren’t visible upon your first bike inspections may become apparent as the season progresses.  Be sure to stop by the Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop to pick up the cycling accessories you need! Hope to see you soon! 


TONIGHT! 2019 Bike Safety Talk with The Cyclist Lawyer

May 23, 2019

The joys of riding a bike are numerous. Bicycling is one of the best ways to get exercise, see the sights, reduce stress, and even get from place to place as a commuter.  Yet, there are some inherent risks to riding a bike.  Most think those risks are about bike maintenance. As in, ensuring your brakes work or wearing a helmet in case of a crash or mishap. Yet, more importantly, it’s important to know the rules of the road so that you feel comfortable and safe while riding a bike in traffic.   

Do you feel you know enough to teach your children how to ride cautiously and conspicuously while on their own? When you drive a car, are you confident on how to share the road with people on bikes?

Bicycle accidents aren’t as uncommon as most people think. They are avoidable when you are educated on bike safety and the rules of the road – whether that is as cyclist or driver.  Join us, Peak Cycles/Bikeparts.com, and  Megan Hottman, the Cyclist-Lawyer, for our bike safety class tonight.  

When: May 23, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where: Peak Cycles – Bikeparts.com 1224 Washington Ave, Ste 145, Golden, Colorado 80401

Bonus: Participants of the class enjoy: 

  • 15% off non-closeout cycling accessories
  • 10% off bikes
  • Light refreshments
  • Bike Safety Talk

Our Bike Safety Talk will not only give you the confidence to ride, but you’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect you with other cyclist and advocates in the area.  RSVP on our Facebook Page and we’ll see you tonight!


Memorial Day Savings on Bike Parts and Cycling Gear  

May 16, 2019

Knowing the best time to purchase a new bike or cycling gear can save you money. Fortunately, Memorial Day is one of those times to cash in on money-saving opportunities.  

Whether you need a new bike, cycling clothing, bike parts or cycling components, you’ll find the best deals at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop.  

Now, if you’re scratching your head thinking you don’t need anything “new” per se, think again. Summer riding is right around the corner.  Now is a great time to stock up on bike parts that wear out with regular use.  Don’t wait until you hear odd little noises or you notice that your bike is taking too long for the brakes to engage before investigating. Take inventory now of soon to be needed parts, as in chainscassetteschainringsbrake pads, and cleats and save on the current sales we have going on.  Check out if any bike parts sales might be a good upgrade or replacement for your current setup. 

If these savings don’t entice you and you need an additional rationale for making bike purchases, just remember bike parts matter. They keep you safe, comfortable, and physically active. What are you waiting for?  Pump up your tires, lube your chain, and head into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop or visit us online.  Enjoy a great Memorial Day weekend of riding!  


Join Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop for the 2019 Bike Safety Course with The Cyclist Lawyer

May 9, 2019

Who hasn’t felt surprised and anger when a car has rushed by too close to you while riding? It’s a frightening experience.

Drivers too experience frustration with cyclist turning without hand signals, running stop signs, and miscommunication of their intentions. Tensions like this are unnecessary.  Cyclist and vehicle drivers alike understand that there are certain rules that make things safer for everyone on the roads. Yet, as many of us know, there can be confusion and uncertainty as to what the laws and requirements are. Now is your chance to get caught up on bike safety and the current rules of the road in Colorado.  

Join Peak Cycles/Bikeparts.com in collaboration with Megan Hottman, the Cyclist-Lawyer are hosting a bike safety class.  

Why: 

  • 15% off non-closeout accessories
  • 10% off bikes
  • Refreshments
  • Bike Safety Talk

Learn what the laws are for cyclists; how you legally and appropriately ride on public roads; what the rules are for turning, stopping, passing; your rights and obligations; become educated on bike safety, commuting and much, much more! 

Join the fun! There will be food, drinks, cycling education, and even bike parts to drool over!  Become a street smart, savvy, safe, educated, conscientious cyclist.   Sign up on our Facebook page or give us a call at the shop (303) 216-1616. We look forward to seeing you on May 18th! 


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

May 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

May 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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