Training Secrets: How to Use the Fall Transition Phase for Fun and Fitness Gains 

October 17, 2019

While some cyclists are continuing to race cyclocross, many have ended their cycling season.  The epic rides have been replaced with shorter rides. Weekday rides may be exercised on the trainer or supplemented with gym workouts or yoga. The transition from all the summer fun to the end of season experience may have you asking yourself, what to do now?

As we wrote about in our post, Fall isn’t the end of a season, it’s the beginning of a new one, fall is actually the best time to transition from peak cycling form to a relaxed one.  Doing so doesn’t include missing rides.  It means shifting your mindset to embrace fall cycling while actually boosting your cycling performance for next year.  

The relaxed mindset includes maintaining your training regimen, but with a relaxed focus. One that includes fun and experimentation. 

Focus on Fun!
The key to late-season riding, racing and bike events is really to have fun! Earlier in the season, the focus is on improving fitness or achieving goals. Now is the time to enjoy the gains of your hard work. With fitness levels high, late-season bike riding and events offer a chance to experiment with race strategies and try out new cycling accessories. Consider checking out that new wheelset or a dropper post on your mountain bike. You have nothing to lose by experimenting this late in the season. And, if you like the bike parts you experiment with, you have the winter months to dial in your cycling position and bike fit.  If experimentation isn’t your thing, then at least replace worn out bike parts or catch deals on bike close-outs, bike parts, and components. Having a fun, relaxed attitude is a great way to finish your season.

Focus on Fat! Fat bikes that is!
Instead of missing rides and potentially getting fat, just get a fat bike! Fat bikes are the hottest trend in the mountain biking world right now and not surprisingly now is the time to get on board with them. This year there is more competition in the fat bike market than ever which means lower price tags. In addition to more complete bikes, there is a huge selection of fat bike parts available which makes it easy to customize your ride with wheels, tires, and other components that fit your riding style. Better yet, you can keep motivation high and up your giggle factor by participating in fat bike races through the winter months. 

Focus on Night Riding!
Riding at night can bring a fresh sense of adventure to your riding and fall is the time to do it. It’s not too cold and the weather is more cooperative. The trick is to have a There are benefits to night riding too. Riding in the dark heightens your senses, improves your skills and builds awareness.  Switching up the training regime can freshen your attitude, spark some fun, and maintain fitness while transitioning to the winter season. As luck would have it, we have lights on sale right now! LED, rechargeable, and affordable. Check out BikeParts.com for our wide variety of light options.  Or, stop by the shop and see which ones are best for your bike setup and type of riding.

The transition from summer riding to fall riding can actually be fun, interesting, and offer some unique opportunities that the spring and summer months don’t.  With fitness levels high and cooperative weather conditions, the fall season is a great time for experimentation.  Ride new routes! Explore different trials before winter weather arrives!  Test new bike parts.  During the racing and cycling season, the focus is on riding; whereas during the fall, there’s more time for mental wanderings and fun! Use this time to spark renewed interest in your cycling program and begin dreaming of your 2020 cycling goals.  


Cross is Coming – Get Ready with Our Sale of Bike Parts and Omnium Portable Trainer 

August 8, 2019

Omnium Portable Trainer at BikeParts.comIn late summer and early fall, a new slogan can be heard on repeat: “Cross is coming.” Meaning another cyclocross season will soon be underway.   And sure enough, late August is usually when the first cyclocross race is held in Golden, Colorado.  

So, what does this mean? It means, in preparation for the upcoming cyclocross season, now is the time to cash in on all the bike part deals we have!  

An all-time favorite of cross racers is the Feedback Sports Omnium Portable Trainer.  It’s on sale now for $399.  Folks love this trainer for warming up and cooling down for cross races. The Omnium trainer utilizes Internal Progressive Resistance (IPR) delivering a real-road feel with minimal noise. Added benefits are: 

  • Progressive magnetic resistance
  • No assembly required–simply unfold and mount bike
  • Bearings are greased and sealed, requiring no maintenance
  • Includes heavy-duty tote bag for transport and storage

Adding to your savings are the sales we have going on for cycling apparel.  As mentioned in our post, Race Prep: What to Bring to a Cyclocross Race, the list is long for cyclocross packing. There is gear for warming up, gear for racing, gear for cooling down, gear for the bikes and gear for creating a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. In addition, it is often not enough to have a single piece of equipment or clothing; several may be needed for the day. Take advantage of the specials we have to stock up on much-needed cycling accessories and cycling apparel.  

Remember, cross is coming!! Plan your cyclocross season now, order your bike parts at bikeparts.com and grab your cowbell! 


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!  


5 Money Saving Bike Tips for Fall 

October 13, 2016
Replace Drivetrain parts in the Fall

Replace Drivetrain parts in the Fall

Each season has its own ups and downs.  Spring and summer seasons are marked with event registrations, travel, and enjoying the cycling lifestyle.  The winter season is the least expensive as most cyclist scale down their training or ride more indoors.  

However, the fall season is somewhat of a mixture of all that. Racing continues yet weather conditions cause havoc on bikes and bike gear. When you add up all the gear, maintenance, and event fees, then riding bikes can be expensive.  Following are 5 ways to save money saving bike tips for fall. 

  1. Patch your tubes.  When you get a flat, don’t just throw the tube away. Hang on to it and patch it when you get home. Patches are fairly inexpensive and can give your tube new life.
  2. Clean and maintain your bike regularlyThe maintenance schedule for a bike can vary somewhat on how often it’s ridden. However, performing regular bike inspections can provide injury free and enjoyable riding. Also, regular bike maintenance can extend the life of your bike parts and cycling accessories.  
  3. Look for discounted gear online and at bike swaps.  At BikeParts.com we have ongoing closeouts that save on bike parts, cycling apparel, and cycling accessories.  Check out those options.  Another option is to check out the annual Veloswap here in Denver, Colorado on October 22nd.  
  4. Replace bike parts regularly.  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.  Some parts of a bike have a set “wear life”. As you put in the miles, they gradually wear out and need to be replaced. Typically, this includes chains, cassettes, chainrings, brake pads, and cleats.  Stay one step ahead of the game by purchasing these types of bike parts on sale and have them on hand when you need them. 
  5. Sign up early for races or events.  Waiting last minute to register for events can be costly.  Avoid late or day-of registration fees for races and events by signing up ahead of time. You’ll have a little extra cash in your pocket—not to mention the extra motivation that comes with making a financial commitment. 

With a little planning, it’s easy to save money and continue to embrace the transition from summer to fall.  Enjoy!