5 Bike Worthy Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund 

April 11, 2019

Getting a big tax refund? Maybe not even a big one but just some extra cash? Don’t let it go to waste! Invest it! Invest it in yourself: your health, wellbeing, and peace of mind.  It’s not every day when you have a small or large windfall come your way where you can purchase guilt-free items. So why not make your tax refund count for something that will enrich your life and your health?  Following are 5 great ideas for your income tax refund that you won’t regret doing.

#1 Buy a new road or mountain bike. We’ve got Specialized, Liv, and Giant bikes in the shop. Check out the new bicycles we have online at BikeParts.com.  And if you need to upgrade your bike purchasing skills, check out our post What to Look for When Buying a Bike to guide you.

#2 Purchase a demo bike. We’ve got a few on hand and they are going fast:

#3 Take advantage of our spring service special. Get a safety or standard tune-up, a Drivetrain Degrease and Tune or even a comprehensive overhaul for your road or mountain bike.

#4 Make a date with our bike fitter, George Mullen. Use that extra cash to dial in your saddle, shoes, bike parts and frame geometry to your body and riding style.  We offer a professional Bicycle Fit Studio with either a 3 Dimensional Fit or Dynamic 3 Dimensional Fit (includes detailed Computrainer™ session). To set an appointment for a fit, please contact George Mullen at 303 522-1494 or by email at gjmmullen@yahoo.com.

#5 Get new gear! Whether you are in the market for jerseys, short, glove, shoes, hydration packs or even bike parts, we have got it all! in fact, have you seen our catalog of bike parts? It’s crazy! We have over 45,000 parts and 700+ manufacturers! This means we have all the road bike, MTB, cycling tools, and cycling accessories you could ever dream of.

Investing in your health and wellbeing is not only a smart way to use your tax refund dollars but a wise one! Be wise. Stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop for your guilt-free purchases of bike parts and cycling gear. See you soon!

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How to Keep Riding Through the Time Change

November 2, 2017

With the time change this upcoming weekend, darkness will fall earlier each day making it more challenging to fit training rides in the schedule. You’ve worked hard all year long, it seems a waste to let your fitness fall off.  Given that the days with long sunshine hours are ending, what are the best strategies for continued training and maintaining fitness?   

Time management – It all begins with time management. Scheduling your workouts in your calendar; shifting meetings and family obligations to early morning, late afternoon and early evening; and optimizing your lunch hour as ride time,  are three areas that can assist in getting your scheduled training in during the daylight hours.  Again, the idea here is to create a plan and stick to it.  If you plan a ride during the daylight hours and miss it, then it creates stress on how to make that ride up.  So, if you do, then night riding becomes your option.

Night riding – To begin, don’t be afraid of the dark!  Get the right bike parts and cycling apparel to ride and you’ll be inspired to do it.  Remember, visibility is crucial – for you and your bike. Outfit your bike with a good light system.  You will want lights for the front of your bike.  Consider having multiple lights for the front of your bike.  One on your helmet so you can shine side roads and traffic and have a second light on your handlebars so you can see at least 10 ft. or more in front of you.  For the rear of your bike, opt for a rear red light-particularly one that blinks. A blinking red light is much more likely to get the attention of a passing motorist who might otherwise not notice you.  

Don’t forget to wear cycling apparel that is visible.  There are options to choose from including vests and ankle bands.  Also, reflective tape is a good idea. 3M makes black reflective tape that is great to put on black wheels.

Indoor riding – Maybe you just can’t swing riding during the day and night riding isn’t your thing.  You can maintain fitness with indoor training on the trainer.  Most cyclist have a love / hate relationship with the trainer. Yet, there are ways to make it work.  Check out our post, Trainer Techniques for Winter Training for tips and suggestions on getting the best out of your indoor rides.

Now that the time change is upon us, it doesn’t mean you have to put your cycling regime on the shelf!  With an enthusiastic attitude and a few bike part changes, you can shift your end of season cycling experience to be the best one yet!