Sizzling Hot 4th of July Cycling Deals 

July 2, 2020

While most Americans celebrate the 4th by grilling, outfitting themselves in the American flag, and watch fireworks, cyclists around the country seem to agree with the notion that July 4th should be celebrated on a bike.

Even with the coronavirus pandemic, most cyclists are planning bike rides and safe outings to celebrate the holiday.  At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we’re celebrating by offering great sales on bike parts and cycling accessories.  What’s better than saving a little money AND getting new bike parts? Not much! See if any of these specials don’t spark your interest! 

For more savings check out our bike closeouts and shop our catalog of over 45,000 bike parts, cycling accessories, and bike maintenance tools. 
 
As a reminder this 4th of July, our shop BikeParts.com offers a huge selection of road bike partsmountain bike partsBMX bike parts, and more. If you need it for your bike, then we have it! Because we sell our bicycle parts online, we are able to help customers all over the world – even if you don’t celebrate the 4th.
The shop will be closed July 3rd – 6th so we can get some celebratory riding in too! Visit us online at BikeParts.com.  
Happy 4th of July friends! 

Last Minute Cycling Gifts for Father’s Day

June 18, 2020

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21. That’s just 3 days from now.

If you haven’t found the perfect gift for your cycling Dad, don’t panic. We’ve got you covered with gift ideas. From upgrading your Dad’s man cave to purchasing spin worthy gifts, you’ll be sure to find what you need at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop. Read on.

New bike
For those going all out for their cycling Dad, nothing beats a new bike! You might think, he already has one – maybe two- or even three bikes…how could he need another? Truth is, you can’t ever have enough bikes. Consider a new road bicycle or mountain bike for your Dad.  Even better, opt for a fat bike or try an electric bike!

Bike parts
A no brainer for Father’s day is bike parts! Think new drivetrain parts, brakes, saddle, and wheelset.  Or, check out our post, Father’s Day Gift Guide for Cyclists, Road Bikers, and Mountain Bikers for more ideas.

Cycling accessories
There are so many options and choices available if you opt to gift your Dad cycling accessories. Easy picks include:
Tubes: This is one gift you absolutely positively will get used. Make sure you get the right size of tube. If you aren’t sure, stop in the Peaks Cycling Store and ask one of our friendly staff to help you. Or, visit us online at bikeparts.com
A good bottle: Every cyclist has a ton of bottles, but that’s not the same as having good bottles. Buy a good bottle and stuff it with other goodies.
Socks: Did you know Dad likes to wear their cycling socks even when he isn’t riding?  Why? Because they are so comfortable.  Pick out a pair of socks you like for your Dad and maybe even get a pair for yourself!
Tires: Treat yourself to Dad to some new rubber! We have a ton of tires for road and mountain bikes.

Cycling apparel
What do you get a Dad that has everything? Clothes! You can’t have too many jerseys, shorts, tights, jacket, sunglasses, and cycling shoes!  Cycling apparel is much better than just getting another tie!

Gift certificates
Gift certificates can be used for purchasing bike parts and cycling accessories.  Also consider a variety of gift certificates, as in, those to Starbucks for after ride coffee.  Or, even a trial membership for yoga.  If your cycling Dad complains of tight muscles, yoga helps ease the tightness, creating core strength, and aligning the spine.

Bonus gift – Ride with your Dad
Riding together with your Dad on Father’s day could be one of his most favorite and memorable shared activities to do.  Consider selecting one of the 20 Colorado Front Range Bucket List Rides or keep it local and ride some of the best mountain bike trails Golden, Colorado has to offer.

Make your Father’s Day memorable!  Gift him with bike parts and cycling accessories that tap into his cycling passion.  Happy Father’s Day!


Upgrade The Man Cave – Father’s Day Gift Guide for Cycling Dads

June 11, 2020

While this year’s Father’s Day proves to be strikingly different than previous years due to safer at home orders and social distancing, that doesn’t mean you can’t spoil your favorite cycling dad with bike-related gifts for Father’s Day.  

No doubt, events, and races have been put on hold, but bike riding isn’t!  

This year, gift your cycling Dad with bike parts and tools to keep his fleet of bikes rolling!

For the DIY bike maintenance Dad, boost your Dad’s talent for bike maintenance by gifting him with a work stand and the right bike maintenance tools.  Our favorite work stands are the Feedback Sports work stands. You can choose between the Classic, Sports, or Pro-Elite models and you can’t go wrong with any of them.  Pair the work stand with a bike parts tool kit. Options to consider are Feedback Sports Ride Prep Toolkit which is great pre and post-ride bike maintenance. Or, step it up and go for the Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit. And don’t forget much-needed basics like bike lube! If you’re not sure which bike chain lubrication to get, check out our post Dry Pavement, Sloppy Slush and A Muddy Trail: Which Chain Lube Works Best? for suggestions.

 
Add some room to your Dad’s man cave by gifting him with bike storage options. Whether your Dad has one bike or several bikes, bike storage options like the Velo Wall Rack or the Velo Hinge Pivoting Wall Hook are innovative and affordable options for creating more space in the garage. 
 
Top it all off with a favorite pump at Peak Cycles, the Specialized Air Tool Pro is full metal construction that is durable and stylish. This will work great for road and mountain bikes and your Dad will appreciate it for years to come. 
 
See how easy it is to get your cycling Dad a great gift for Father’s Day? If by chance you are still in need of ideas for creative Father’s Day gifts, stop by the shop in Golden, Colorado or give us a call at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop (303) 216-1616 and we’ll gladly help you out!  Happy Father’s Day!

Fine Tuning Your Protein Intake For Maximum On-Road Performance

June 4, 2020

Cycling is a form of exercise that, while generally easier on the joints, still gets the muscles pumping. As a result, certain studies, including one influential study conducted at the International Center for Sports Nutrition, have concluded that cyclists need a greater protein intake to deal with the endurance factor needed by many rides. However, with carbohydrates equally important for the long road, it can be easy to overeat if bulking up on both. As a result, those looking to really boost their performance need to fine-tune their intake and search for smart nutrition.

Protein building blocks

Understanding amino acids is key in getting your performance plan right. At their base, proteins are amino acids strung together with polymer bands. The essential amino acids include lysine, threonine, and valine. Perhaps most crucial for cyclists is isoleucine, which is influential in terms of endurance and power. The impact of selecting the right amino acids in your protein cannot be underestimated. One study, published in the European Nutricion Hospitalaria journal, concluded that the use of the correct amino acids in endurance athletes lessened muscle pain, lowered perceived fatigue, and encouraged a better anabolic response.

The right foods

What can contribute to these amino acids? All of your common protein sources will be doing something right: meat, fish, legumes, pulses, and meat substitutes. However, certain sources are better than others. When it comes to isoleucine, tuna, soy, nuts, and whole grains are rich, and will provide that endurance-boosting impact.

What about supplementation?

Supplementation can be controversial, but when it comes to amino acids there isn’t much to be worried about. It can be beneficial for those who have a restrictive diet, whether for health reasons or for personal beliefs. For instance, many vegetarians have a sensitivity to soy but cannot get isoleucine from fish; therefore, having a whole-grain diet supplemented with extra isoleucine can help to give a rounded view of nutrition. This is where fine-tuning comes in – look at your foods and your meal plan, and isolate or add the foods that can add the most beneficial forms of protein for your performance.

Protein is beneficial for all athletes, but not all proteins are equal. When it comes to cycling, identifying which amino acids your protein source will provide is important to boosting your performance. Tailor your diet plan to your goals, and you will feel the positive effects.

And while we’re on the topic of building blocks, having the proper bike fit, bike parts, and cycling components makes a difference too. Fueling your body for your workouts is one component of a successful cycling regime. Having the right bike parts and bikes is the other. Stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop for all of your nutritional and cycling needs.


Unmotivated? Stressed? How to Maintain Cycling Fitness During COVID 19 

May 28, 2020

The weather is warm and inviting. The days are longer. It’s almost June – the beginning of another season of cycling along the Front Range.

Yet, do you find yourself lacking the motivation to ride? Could it be you miss your riding buddies? Or that the trails are packed with people making it hard to ride and ride with social distancing in place?  

No doubt these unprecedented times have taken their toll on motivation to get out and ride. Without races and events and group rides to inspire training, it makes it a little harder to reach that upper range in high-intensity workouts. Even if you are getting out for rides, maybe you’re cutting them short or worse, beating yourself up for losing fitness.  

The aim during these challenging times is to find a healthy balance between riding and managing other factors like stress and anxieties of the day. So, how do you find that balance?  A good first step is to give up beating yourself up for missed rides.  The post, Missing training – Adjusting the plan, suggest a few options for recalibrating your weekly training schedule.  The big take away is the mindset. “Often remind yourself of the big picture. It’s easy to beat yourself up over missed training, but if you have been steady with training, give yourself a break. Gaining fitness doesn’t happen in one or two days and losing fitness doesn’t happen in one or two days. It takes months of steady training to gain good fitness. A few days missed or logging a few less hours than planned for a week is a small blip on the radar.”  

Another piece of encouragement comes from the post, Will I Lose Fitness During Quarantine? which emphasizes that doing something is infinitely better than doing nothing and that while many athletes have been facing limitations on their training, your fitness might not be as dire as you think.  That’s encouraging, right?

A way to spark that hope and re-ignite your motivation for riding might be to Experiment With Different Bike Parts to Keep Training Motivation HighMix up your routine and ride different bikes on different days. Mondays might be your mountain bike. Tuesdays your cross bike. Wednesdays you ride your road bike and so on.  Experiment with new bike parts. Swap out your saddle or add some new grips. If experimentation isn’t your thing, then at least replace worn out bike parts or catch deals on bike close-outsbike parts and components. Or, maybe training just isn’t in the cards for you right now.  That’s okay. You can still ride! Swap your car ride for an easy bike commute. Any of these activities help to extend the fitness gains you’ve made and will also help reduce the anxieties and stress accompanied by the pandemic.  

Given all that is occurring in our world right now, it’s natural to feel frustrated, anxious, confused, and even well. What’s not needed is more self-imposed judgment for not riding or not riding as frequently as you would like. Let that go. Instead, use this time to reconnect with your bikes and the love of cycling that you have. Let that fuel your motivation for training and hopefully soon we’ll all be able to ride together and cherish more profoundly our cycling events and races and group rides.  


Peak Cycles Tips for Cycling this Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2020

As the state starts to reopen after more than nine weeks in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in the US, many people are wondering what they can do this Memorial Day Weekend. Our suggestion? Ride, of course!  And ride safely!

Following our guidelines for staying safe and healthy while also so having some fun this Memorial Day weekend.

As a general rule and worth repeating, keep these guidelines in mind when planning your rides:

– Follow social distancing by only riding solo or with members of your household
– Follow the recommended 6 feet distance, leaving as much space between you and others
– Be extra courteous when passing others walking or biking, announcing that you’re passing and leaving as much space as possible. This is especially important on bike paths given more people are walking, jogging, and using paths as there are fewer alternatives available now.
– Ride respectfully and carefully, taking care not to take risks that would need medical resources

It’s also important to prepare for your ride with more attention to detail. Meaning, before you head on any of these rides, be sure to be prepared!
– Know the profile – How much climbing and descending should you expect?
– Know the route – Where is the trailhead?  How long is the route?  What is the technical difficulty? What type of terrain will you be riding?  And, What are the current trail conditions?
– Know the weather conditions before, during, and soon after you expect to ride.  Colorado weather changes quickly and sometimes, radically.  Be prepared.Know what cycling apparel to wear.  Being over or underdressed makes for an uncomfortable ride.
– Know which bike components are best for the terrain type and the right mountain bike tire to use.

While these may seem like common sense things to address,  you’ll want a checklist of essential bike parts and components to carry with you.
– Food, gels, and on the bike nutrition
– Tubes, lube, a pump or C02
– Chain and multi-tool
– Rain jacket
– Sunscreen
– Hydration pack and extra bottles for fluids

If you find yourself without any of these items, don’t fret! Just head over to Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and we’ve got you covered. We have several bike parts and cycling accessories, as well as, cycling apparel on sale to help get you rolling into the holiday weekend.

Riding this Memorial Day weekend may be different than in previous years, but it can be equally as fun. Plan ahead and be ready for the adventure!

 

Suggested Reading for Riding During the Coronavirus:
How To Ride During the Coronavirus
Back To Basics: Getting Kids on Bikes
How To Take a Family Bike Ride During the Coronavirus


It’s Not Just a Bike – It’s Happiness!

May 14, 2020

Cycling makes us happy.  Anyone who rides knows that. We experience it when we finish a hard training ride or race.  We feel the freedom and sense of adventure it brings while riding around town on a bike path or exploring a mountain bike trail. But cycling has positive psychology to it. According to the post, Why cycling makes us happy: the positive psychology of being on the bike, “Cycling seems to possess an array of attributes that boost happiness in ways that few other sports can claim.”

No doubt, bike riding provides the space and time apart from the pulls and tugs of work, stress, and technology. The ride itself provides both a time in which to pay attention to gratitude and the many things for which to feel thankful. Fortunately, there are hidden blessings in feeling gratitude. According to the post, Thank You. No, Thank you, “adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections, and more happiness than those who do not.”   As we manage the challenges presented to us from the coronavirus, gratitude and happiness are two essential emotions that we might not be feeling a lot of but can shift our mindsets and immune systems into healthier and more balanced perspectives. And the result? Feeling more peace in an uncertain world.

How do you focus on gratitude and happiness with your bike?  Easy – ride it! Whether you prefer riding a road bike, a mountain bike, or an e-bike, the idea here is to just ride your bike!  Given social distancing orders, local road riders might find happiness exploring a new route to ride. Check out some of our favorite road rides mentioned here.  For those interested in riding some dirt, explore Front Range trails listed in our post, Best Front Range Trails for Riding this Memorial Day Weekend.  Get Mom’s on bikes and don’t forget the kiddos too.  Get your family together and make a family bike ride a regular thing.

Even if you are experiencing stress from the tensions and challenges of our current circumstances, with each pedal stroke, you are releasing endorphins in the brain and helping your muscles to relax and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind. We all want and need peace of mind right now. Get out and ride your bike!

And, as a gentle reminder, all of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop are still here for you. We’re open if you need to come into the shop and we welcome your support of our small, local business.  You can visit us in Golden, Colorado for bike repairs, bike parts, and cycling accessories. However, due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. We have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. If you prefer to shop from home, you can visit us online at BikeParts.com and you can pick up your new bike and bike parts with curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you.

Be well. Be Safe. Be Happy. 


Why Now Is The Best Time to Buy a New Bike 

April 30, 2020
Buying a new bike right now might seem counter-intuitive. But it’s not. Now IS the right time to purchase a new bike and here’s why. 
 
Granted there are a few givens with this reasoning – the weather is warm, the sunshine is out, and many of us have more time on our hands. But the reasoning to purchase a new bike right now goes beyond that. 
 
It starts with the human spirit.  Our current circumstances can feel overwhelming, restricting, limiting and well, depressing.  All of those emotions are normal and expected during this time; however, if those emotions linger for too long or become chronic, the physical body’s immune system becomes hampered. Aside from the natural benefits of stress and tension relief garnered by riding a bike, regular exercise prompts a healthy immune system.  
 
Having a new road bike or mountain bike to ride lifts your spirit.  Owning a new bike invites a forward-thinking approach and gives you something to look forward to doing. Sure, that takes your mind off of things but it also invites fresh ideas to counter the realities we are all facing.  Whether you opt to challenge yourself with new fitness goals or plan new routes to ride, you are focusing your thoughts and planning on an activity that supports your physical, emotional, and mental aspects of yourself. Because of the uncertainty we are facing, there are many things that are simply beyond our control; yet, exercise and having new fitness goals, or exploring new routes and inviting your family along for a family bike ride is within your ability.  All of this offers a much-needed sense of achievement and accomplishment. 
 
If those reasons aren’t enough to inspire your new bike purchase, consider driving less going forward as our stores and economy resume business operations. Because of the stay at home orders across the country, there is less pollution. Continue to support this by driving less.  Commit to bike commuting more and supporting the environment. Bike commuting as alternative transportation helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions. And while you may feel like purchasing a new bike contributes to the manufacturing emissions of a bicycle, consider that bicycles emit virtually no pollution when in use and they require far fewer materials, energy, and waste in their production than even the ‘greenest’ car.  An added bonus to purchasing a new bike is that you are supporting a local business.  And all of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop appreciate that! 
 
If you are wondering what to look for in purchasing a new bike, let us know at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop.  We’re here to help you and yes, we are open!  In addition to buying a new bike, you can visit us at our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado for bike repairs, bike parts, and cycling accessories. Due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. However, we have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. If you prefer to shop from home, you can visit us online at BikeParts.com and you can pick up your new bike and bike parts with curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you.
 
Take advantage of our sales right now and treat your body and spirit to a breath of fresh air by riding your new bicycle! 

Back to Basics: Getting Kids on Bikes (even during the Coronavirus)

April 23, 2020

As we wrote last week, if you are looking for ways to keep your family healthy and also release stress associated with managing the coronavirus pandemic, then a family bike ride might be in order. But that assumes that your children have been riding bikes for a while. Given that our temperatures are warmed up and the state is reopening to some businesses, there is more opportunity to get around town more and enjoy the outdoors by bike. Use our suggestions to get your kids riding bikes. 

It all starts with having the right bike.  We mean it! This means having a bike that fits. If you need to purchase a new toddler or youth bike, make sure you avoid the common mistake of buying a bike that they’ll “grow into.” Doing so can set your child back a couple of years. When shopping, be aware that children’s bikes are measured by their wheel size (not frame size). The right size is one where your child can comfortably get on the bike and stand with his or her feet on the ground. If you have questions on the right size bike for your child, visit our staff at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop. We’re more than happy to help you select the right size bike for your child. Given the current circumstances, we are continuing to take safety precautions during this time to maintain the safety of our employees and customers. Consider calling ahead so that we can coordinate some time to best help you, while also maintaining social distancing and safety measures. 

Another important factor in getting your kids to ride their bike with you is to have the proper clothing. Dress your kids for cycling success. Investing in a well-fitting helmet, along with a jersey, cycling shorts, and a good pair of gloves inspires your kids and affects enjoyment levels and performance. If your child is comfortable, they are going to want to ride. We have bike parts and cycling accessories that include windbreakers, gloves, shorts, jersey’s, chamois, pedals, hats, backpacks, and bikes that kids love. Most importantly, we have reflective materials to put on your child’s bike to make sure they are visible.  If you aren’t sure about sizes, again, we’re happy to help dial those details in.

Before heading out for a ride, review the rules of the road with your child. Know what the bicycle laws are in your area, and follow them. In most areas, they are going to be very similar to vehicular traffic. Make sure you stop at stoplights and stop signs, signal before turning, and ride on the street. It’s important to model good behavior and teach your children the rules on the road. Also, do a pre-check ride with your child to make sure your child’s bike is in good working condition. Doing this together helps instill good cycling habits for years to come. 

There are countless benefits of bike commuting with kids. Sure, it does take a little effort to bike commute with children, but most good things in life do. Bike commuting as a family provides quality time together, as well as, the opportunity to exercise in the natural environment and reduce stress and anxiety during this unprecedented time. 

If you are looking to purchase a new children’s bicycle or upgrade bike parts or cycling apparel, keep in mind that Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is the only store in Golden, CO that serves kids cycling needs. We are open during this crazy time and we are continuing to practice safety guidelines related to COVID-19.  So, do stop by the shop or visit us online at www.BikeParts.com.  We’re here to help you and your family make the best of our current situation and inspire your kids to fall in love with bike riding. 


How to Take Family Bike Rides During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 16, 2020

If you are looking for ways to keep your family healthy and also release stress associated with managing the coronavirus pandemic, then a family bike ride might be in order.  Cycling together as a family helps keep you fit, it keeps the kids occupied, and it helps maintain your sanity!

Given our current social distancing and mask requirements, there are a few extra considerations for making the most of your family ride.  The following are our suggestions for creating a fun and safe way for your family to enjoy cycling together.

As ironic as it may seem, COVID-19 is a great opportunity to get out and explore your local area with the members of your household.

Planning: Before heading out, plan a short destination ride or round trip ride that all in the family can do with ease.  You don’t want to overreach on distance. Also, be mindful of the time of day. Too hot or too cold of temperatures can adversely affect the comfort of the ride.  Put a little planning into your route being mindful that you will want to remain at least 6’ apart from others. Plan a route that isn’t going to be crowded with pedestrians and other cyclists.

Educating: Educate your kids on the rules of the road. Know what the bicycle laws are in your area, and follow them. Give instructions on how to stay together during the ride, as well as, communicate if a family member needs to stop or needs something.

Safety: Make sure all the bikes are in good working condition. Have water bottles, nutritional items and food available. Remember to have sunscreen in case you are out on your ride longer than expected. A good rule of thumb is to carry a basic bike tool kit with you too. All of these items contribute to a positive bike riding experience. Safety extends to wearing a properly fitted helmet and a good pair of gloves.  Our healthcare professionals are focused on helping those fighting the coronavirus; let’s support them by doing our part by being safe while recreating.

Cycling apparel: As mentioned earlier, Coloradans have been asked to wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth when in public. While riding, we recommend wearing either a buff or neck gaiter.  You’ll also find your bike ride more comfortable if you dress for success! Ride in style! Take advantage of our Spring Specialized Sale and invest in some new jerseys, shorts, tights, jackets and bike parts! The more comfortable each family member feels when riding their bike, the happier everyone will be on the ride.

Cleanliness: When you come back home, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Keeping hands clean is one of the most critical steps you can take to minimize the germs you bring home and to prevent infection. You might want to follow up on your ride with some general bike inspections and bike maintenance too. This helps with planning for the next family ride.

Keep your family healthy, both physically and mentally, by going on family bike rides.  Perhaps the most important thing of all, is that riding a bike just makes you smile and we all can use more of that!

REMINDER:
We Are Open! Visit us at our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado for bike repairs and sales. Due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. However, we have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. Our service department is also performing pick-up and drop-off of repair bikes outside. If you’re unsure of what your bike needs, estimates are always free. You can check out our full list of services and pricing and schedule ahead for any potential bike parts you may need in addition to the service.

If you prefer to shop from home, you can visit us online at BikeParts.com. Fortunately, our shipments are running at normal capacity so you won’t have to wait long for your bike parts! Finally, for local online customers, you can pick up your will-call orders at Peak Cycles. Call ahead for curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you.


How to Ride During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 9, 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and Coloradans are charged with stay at home orders, cyclists are left wondering how to ride during the coronavirus. Given this is a rapidly developing situation, it’s important to stay attuned to the most current and updated information by checking resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regularly. Yet, the following are suggestions for riding safely during this unprecedented time.

If you are going to ride outside:
Perform bike inspections before you go out. It’s important to ride responsibly right now and that means ensuring that your road bike or mountain bike is in proper working order. Check your bike parts, your frame, air up your tires, lube your chain and give your bike a good look over before heading out. First responders and health care workers are needed elsewhere and the option of calling a friend to pick you up is not an option. So, make sure your bike is good to go before heading out on your ride.

You may be tempted to ride with a friend but don’t. Ride alone and maintain the suggested distance of at least six feet from others that you pass. Carry your essential items with you so you don’t have to touch anyone else’s bike and they don’t have to touch yours. Here are the cycling accessories that you need:

At least one spare tube
A glueless patch kit
A mini-tool with fittings for the most crucial bolts on your bike (most common are 2mm to 6mm hex keys, T25 Torx head, Phillips-head screwdriver)
A chain tool
Spare chain link or connector pin
Two tire levers
A pump and/or CO2 inflator (with two cartridges)
A tire boot (old Tyvek envelopes work great)
A spare derailleur hanger, especially for mountain bikers
Bonus: zip-ties and a short section of duct tape, wrapped around one tire lever

Finally – bring your mask.
CDC guidelines have recently been updated to recommend “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) to help reduce the spread of the virus from spreading between people interacting in close proximity.”   Many have asked if they need to wear a mask while cycling. The bottom line is this, “It’s a good idea to keep a mask or neck gaiter on hand when heading out for a ride, but the situation determines the importance of when to wear it.” We suggest being responsible and prepared.

If you opt to ride indoors:
The trainer can be a love/hate relationship.  As a training aid, cyclists love it because it offers training options during poor weather and winter months and especially in times like this.  Yet, on the flip side, trainer rides can be boring, lead to muscle-specific fatigue, and basically, offer uninspired riding. So mix it up and make the best of the situation. Start by getting the equipment you need.  It makes all the difference! The right equipment and bike parts can make your indoor workouts less boring and more effective. When we’re talking about equipment, sure, we mean having your road bike on the trainer, but we’re also talking about having a fan, a trainer tire, a riser block, a sweat towel, a trainer mat, indoor riding clothes, a cadence sensor, a power meter, and a heart rate monitor.  You might not think all of these cycling accessories add up to a great trainer workout, but it makes all the difference in the world because you have biofeedback available to you to keep you motivated.

Speaking of motivation, there are a handful of apps available to keep your head in the game while riding indoors. These apps make your time on the trainer more productive and entertaining and they also record your workout so you can analyze your effort and get your best bang for the buck workout wise. The post, Indoor cycling apps compared: which is best for you? offers a list of apps and a description of how they function to help you decide which is best for you.  Some of our favorites from the list include Zwift, CycleOps Virtual Training, and TrainerRoad.

If you find yourself struggling with the challenges that the stay at home orders are presenting or the uncertainties of our current circumstance, shift your focus to relieving that stress and anxiety on your rides. Whether riding indoors or out, exercise boosts your immune system, elevates stress stored in the body, and invites a healthy, mindful perspective.  So get on your bike and ride!

Also, as a reminder – We Are Open! Visit us at our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado for bike repairs and sales. Due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. However, we have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. Our service department is also performing pick-up and drop-off of repair bikes outside. If you’re unsure of what your bike needs, estimates are always free. You can check out our full list of services and pricing and schedule ahead for any potential bike parts you may need in addition to the service.

If you prefer to shop from home, you can visit us online at BikeParts.com. Fortunately, our shipments are running at normal capacity so you won’t have to wait long for your bike parts! Finally, for local online customers, you can pick up your will-call orders at Peak Cycles. Call ahead for curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you.

Be well friends! Ride on and ride responsibly!


We’re Open. We’re Here to Help You. Find Out How.

April 2, 2020

While we all face the uncertainties and challenges of our current circumstances, there are a few things to be grateful for. One point of gratitude is that Colorado has not shut down bike shops over COVID-19. Because bicycle shops are listed as a critical business, we are able to remain open and provide quality service to you. Here’s how to take advantage of our offerings while still respecting social distancing and your health and wellbeing. 

Yes – We Really Are Open
In-store: In our Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado we continue to perform bike repairs and sales. Due to COVID-19, we are not allowing any customers into the shop at this time. We have a table and bike stands in front of the shop so we can bring products and/or bikes to you outside for purchase. Our service department is also performing pick-up and drop-off of repair bikes outside. We offer Standard Bike Tunes starting at $90. If you’re unsure of what your bike needs, estimates are always free. You can check out our full list of services and pricing and schedule ahead for any potential bike parts you may need in addition to the service. Regarding rentals, we are not allowing any bike rentals or demos at this time.  Stay tuned for updates on bike rentals and demo use.  

Online: For online customers, BikeParts.com is running at normal capacity as are our shipping companies USPS and FedEx. We have experienced very few delays for most of our US customers. For local online customers, you can pick up your will-call orders at Peak Cycles. Call ahead for curbside pickup or come to the front door and we will grab your order for you.

Take advantage of our sales! You’ll be inspired to ride, relieve stress, and boost your immune system.

With all these great sales, if you STILL haven’t found what you are looking for, then check out our catalog of over 45,000 bike parts and cycling accessories.  No doubt, we have all the cycling components, tools, and cycling accessories you need.  And, it all comes with an extra bonus. Get FREE Shipping on orders over $75.

Together we’ll make it through these unprecedented times. At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we are committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19, and to keep our customers, employees, and communities safe. We hope that this situation ends soon and in the meantime, know that we are here for you. Take care of yourself, your family, your two-wheeled friends and be well both mentally and physically. Ride your bike for stress release and relieve your pocketbook by taking advantage of our sale items. You’ll be inspired to ride as it helps with stress and anxiety during these difficult times. Be well friends! 


How to Get Your Cycling Fix Amidst the Covid-19 Outbreak

March 26, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus, or Covid-19, has already had a significant impact on the pro cycling calendar, with races canceled indefinitely. Many local races in Colorado have delayed registration and cyclist in other parts of the world are finding themselves restricted to indoor riding only. With much uncertainty at present, it’s difficult to maintain a normal daily routine, much less a training regimen.  As Covid-19 continues to cause concern and uncertainty around the world, what do cyclists need to know?

First and foremost, remain healthy! Continue to wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing, avoid touching your face, stay at home, and avoid interacting with anyone who has had—or even may have had—contact with others who may be contaminated.  Now, what about riding your bike? Can you ride it outside?  According to the post, Everything you need to know about riding your bike during the COVID outbreak by Bicycle Colorado, riding your bike is a great way to stay healthy—physically and mentally—while living in a socially-distanced world. 

“In a USA Cycling conference call with bicyclists and bicycling event organizers on March 17, 2020, Dr. Michael Roshon noted that riding bikes also carries little risk of contamination or infection. For bicyclists, Roshon notes that you are very unlikely to contract COVID-19 while riding outside, and especially not while riding by yourself.”  

The following are recommendations made for people who race on their bikes and event organizers, yet also apply to everyone who rides a bike. 

  • First and foremost: if you think you’ve been exposed, self-quarantine. Including being outdoors. Do not ride outside.
  • Maintain six feet of distance when riding with or around others.
  • If you are going to ride with others, do so in a small group of 3-4 people you know very well. If in doubt, ask them about how they’ve been feeling and their recent travel experiences. Conversations we’ve had with CDPHE confirm this thinking.
  • Practice good hand hygiene at all times.
  • Get your sleep! Your immune system is stronger when you practice healthy sleep habits. Roshon recommends 8-9 hours.
  • Eat healthily. Now is not the time to fast; fasting hinders your immune system.
  • Exercise!
  • But keep in mind that it’s important not to overdo it. When you push yourself too hard, you can limit your immune system’s response to a virus.  
  • Do not spit or snot-rocket in group rides or around other people walking or biking.
  • If you have to do so, move to the back of the group and make sure no one else is around you. Check out this article from Bicycling Magazine which dives deeper into the topic.
  • If you’re in a shelter-in-place area, it’s important to heed those rules and stay home. Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk because you want to go for a ride. For a list of communities with shelter-in-place orders, scroll down to the “What We’re Hearing” section.
  • Finally, don’t ride risky. This is an especially bad time to be in a bike crash. You don’t want to go to the hospital right now, and doctors don’t want to see you unless they need to, so taking reasonable precautions while riding is especially important right now.

What if you don’t want to ride outside at all? You have a few options available to get your cycling fix.

Your first option is to ride indoors. We’ve written quite a few posts on indoor training which you may find helpful. This includes Indoor Cycling Made Easy and Making the Most of Winter with Trainers, Rollers, and Indoor Riding. Both posts offer trainer suggestions and the bike parts needed to keep you comfortable and motivated to ride at length, indoors. 

Next, focus on bike maintenance.  Check out our post, Spring Cleaning! 4 Essential Bike Maintenance Tips to Get Your Bike on the Road, so when you are ready to ride, your bike will be too. 

Get your cycling apparel and gear in order. With the extra time on your hands, take an inventory of the jerseys, shorts, gloves, and other cycling accessories that are worn out and need replacing. You can easily take advantage of our huge Specialized sale going on right now to stock up and save money at the same time. 

No doubt, these are challenging times.  Yet, all of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop are still here for you. We’re open if you need to come into the shop and we welcome your support of small, local business.  Please keep in mind our current policies for Covid-19. which includes no groups larger than 3 and no casual “browsing” in the shop.  We have temporarily discontinued bike rentals and demos. Remember, we have a huge Spring Sale going on that will bolster your spirits!  Save up to 40% on select Specialized bikes and gear through April 19th.  

Where there’s a will – there’s a way! We’re all in this together and we will get through it together.  Be well and be safe friends! 


Specialized Spring Sale at Peak Cycles  

March 12, 2020

How do you save money when buying a bike without compromising the quality of the ride?  Easy! Buy a bike on sale!  Yep, it’s that time of year again folks when we have fantastic deals on bikes, bike partscycling accessories, and cycling apparel.  Don’t let these savings pass you by! 

2019 Stumpjumpers are $3750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great deals on other mountain bikes like this Liv Intrigue Advanced 2.0. Originally $3885 now $3305. There is only one left, size medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are still tons of tires on sale right now at bikeparts.com! Head over to the site to save some money on tires from brands like Maxxis Tires – USA and Continental Bicycle Tires!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select grips are on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A smorgasbord of Specialized cycling apparel on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While you’re in the shop, you might want to pick up any bicycle tools you need for bike maintenance and bike tune-up. Stock up on nutrition items, water bottles, and anything other bike parts you may need.   If you have been looking to upgrade your cycling apparel or buy your first mountain bike, then this is one sale you don’t want to miss.  See you soon at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop! 


Is Caffeine the Ultimate Performance Enhancer for Cyclists?

March 12, 2020

More than 450 million cups of coffee are consumed in the United States each day, proving just how popular the beverage is across the country. However, as coffee is widely consumed for its well-known caffeine kick by many, those who have an active lifestyle may reap added benefits from their morning cup of joe. With that said, here’s what you need to know when it comes to caffeine consumption as a cyclist. Regardless if you are on a road bike or a mountain bike, a cup of coffee might hold more than just an energy boost.

The benefits of caffeine
If you received a coffee-related gift for Christmas or Valentine’s Day — such as an instant coffee or cold brew maker — you may be excited to start using it, and with good reason. The caffeine in coffee has several well-known health benefits that go far beyond a kick of energy. For example, it can boost your mood, memory, and other mental functions (like reaction times). These benefits can prove to be useful for most anyone who drinks the beverage, though caffeine may also hold some especially appealing benefits for those who live an active lifestyle. 

Caffeine has been known to aid in weight loss, as it’s a natural fat burner, and has even been a popular performance enhancer among athletes. This is mainly because research shows that caffeine can significantly improve physical performance for athletes, and may even increase muscle strength — something that can be especially valuable for cyclists. Using power meters, heart rate monitors and other biofeedback related bike parts can offer visibility to these fitness gains. However, does that mean you should only be drinking coffee in preparation for training or even a competition?

Maintaining a healthy balance 
As the age-old saying goes, too much of anything can be a bad thing — coffee included. While the popular drink is well regarded for its numerous health and performance-enhancing benefits, there are some things to consider. One study found that the regular intake of caffeine may actually desensitize people to the performance-enhancing benefits, meaning that you can become immune, making drinking coffee can be less effective if you drink it regularly. 

If you do choose to make coffee a part of your cycling routine, it’s therefore important to maintain a healthy balance of other liquids as well. In order to fight dehydration while cycling, your body will need much more than a cup or two of coffee. For such reasons, it’s important to drink plenty of water, and replenish your electrolytes with appropriate sports drinks throughout the day, too. Having a healthy diet is also important, as drinking coffee on an empty stomach can bring unwanted side effects such as jitters, shaking, and can even increase symptoms of anxiety, which isn’t something you want on the day of a race.

Coffee is a popular beverage around the world, probably because of the effects of the caffeine involved. For cyclists, this can mean a range of health benefits in addition to performance enhancement, though it’s important to realize that you can become immune to these advantages if it’s not consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.


Make Sure You Have These Three Most Important Elements to Optimize Your Spring Training 

March 5, 2020

The winter months aren’t very conducive to maintaining a solid level of fitness and keeping in shape.  Yet spring is right around the corner and with the warming temperatures and the start of daylight savings time it’s fair to say spring is near.  This can be both hugely exciting, and also slightly nerve-racking for cyclists who have spent the winter months working towards spring or summer goals.

So, what are the best ways to optimize your cycling to prepare best for the upcoming season? Rest assured, we’ve got you covered. It’s a matter of having three important elements. Read on.  

Importance of having the right training tools
If you’ve been looking to get faster on the bike, then most likely you have explored cycling training tools, as in power meters, heart rate monitors and the like. No doubt, today’s technology provides instant biofeedback and structure to workouts.  And over time, this aggregated training data offers visibility to your training program and progress. The ultimate goal of using training tools is to get faster, stronger, fitter, and optimize athletic performance. If you haven’t already, now is the time to invest in the tools that will help you the most. Our suggestions? Consider investing in one or all of the following: a power meter, a bike fit, and even a new cycling computer. The right training tools will keep you motivated through the spring season as you transition your fitness and form from the winter coach potato to the cycling warrior that you are! 

Importance of having the right bike parts
Most cyclists can’t get enough bike parts. We are gear junkies at heart. But new cycling accessories aren’t just a passion!  Having the proper bike parts makes a difference in injury prevention.  In a sport based on such a highly repetitive action, like pedaling, the first line of defense against injury is having a proper saddle with aligned seat position, height, and angle – not to mention a few other important factors like handlebarsstems, and the correct bike position.  All of these factor into a comfortable riding position as well as a rider’s stability, endurance, and safety.  As you transition to longer and more intense training rides during the spring months, consider upgrading bike parts and also getting a bike fit. Nothing beats a comfortable and well-engineered bike! 

Importance of having the right supplements
At the end of each ride, most cyclists understand the importance of cooling down appropriately. Yet, it’s easy to forget the importance of fueling appropriately post-ride.  Immediately following your ride, Carrie McCusker, an endurance coach, recommends to “restore fluid and electrolyte balance, to replenish muscle and liver glycogen stores, and to stimulate protein synthesis. You can accomplish this by consuming carbohydrates, protein, and fluids within thirty to sixty minutes of finishing your workout. Based on research data, athletes are encouraged to utilize this “glycogen window” to restore the muscles. It is particularly important for glycogen-depleting workouts, those that are longer than two hours or those with high-intensity efforts, or if the day involves two or three workouts.”

At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, a favorite nutritional product available for recovery post-ride is PhysioPhyx.  Here’s what we like about this product.  PhysioPhyx LPR takes recovery nutrition to a new level of support and performance by delivering a powerful, evidence-based blend of Carbohydrates + Protein + Leucine. This potent combination of nutrients has been precisely formulated to help ensure you rapidly and effectively restore muscle energy (glycogen), minimize muscle soreness, stimulate muscle repair and speed training adaptations after moderate, intense and exhaustive exercise or competition. In fact, recent studies have shown the nutrient trio of Carbs + Protein + Leucine taken after exercise creates an absolutely ideal environment for your body to quickly go into recovery overdrive.  

Spring training is transitional. The weather fascinates from good riding conditions to riding indoors and back again causing well-intended cyclists’ motivation to wane. By having these important elements, you can keep your motivation and training in check. And when the weather finally improves, you’ll be able to look back with gratitude that you had the right bike parts and training tools to assist you in meeting your goals. 


How to Encourage a Senior Loved One to Share Your Passion for Cycling

February 27, 2020

Around 100 million Americans ride their bike every year, though few do so as their main means of transportation – as found in research conducted by the Breakaway Research Group. Because cycling does not place weight on the knees and since velocity and effort can be adapted with the change of gears, it can also be an ideal sport for those in their 50s, 60s, or 70s. The use of cycling for leisure purposes indicates the extent to which this sport is a pleasurable way to get around. However, it also wields a host of benefits that seniors, in particular, can take advantage of – for one, cycling can actually slow down aging!

Building Motivation is Key

If discussing the many health benefits of cycling isn’t enough to wrest gramps or gran from their favorite spot on the sofa, then finding the right way to motivate them is key. Research has found that self-determined motivation and perceived competence are vital pillars in getting a senior to exercise more. In a study by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, scientists discovered that the more seniors feel that they are able to make decisions for themselves, the more likely they are to stick to an exercise plan in the long-term. Therefore, instead of making cycling sound like a duty or scaring your loved one with statistics on the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, you might try gentler tactics such as showing your loved one photographs of the beautiful places you cycle to, revealing your physical transformation since you started cycling, or even showing them videos of other senior cyclists enjoying a great day out.

The Right Equipment Boosts Empowerment

It is important for seniors to feel comfortable on their bikes, so if they join you for a day in the sun and they express a wish to cycle more, investing in an appropriate bike is key. Features to look out for include weight, durability, and ease of gear changes.  Bikes to consider are commuter bikes, mountain bikes, and e-bikes.  The right bike may also need to have a suspension system that is good enough to absorb shock and reduce vibrations and a good brake, especially if your loved one will be riding in urban areas. The bike will also need to be ergonomic that can easily be adjusted to the right height and distance from the saddle. All bike parts should be easy to handle and replace; elderly riders may have joint conditions that will make manipulation of stiff or heavy parts painful. If you live in an area with numerous uphills, then an electric bike that will take the edge off the toughest hills will probably be well appreciated by a senior loved one.

If a grandparent or other elderly loved one craves to get out more and give their heart a good workout, cycling may be the perfect solution. Seniors who are highly self-motivated may already have the perfect bike but if not, accompany them so you can try out different bikes. Choose one that is comfortable, sturdy, yet light. The more pleasurable a bike ride is for your senior family member, the more likely cycling is to turn into a lifetime love affair.


Register for This Sunday’s Fat Bike Fun at the Staunton Blizzard 

February 20, 2020

Staunton Blizzard Fat Bike Race and Ride It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the Staunton Blizzard! You know, the super fun fat bike race and ride? Well, it’s happening this Sunday at Staunton State Park.  Here’s what you need to know to get in on the fun action. 


The course:
A beautiful 12.1-mile loop that includes the following trails: Staunton Ranch – Borderline – Mason Creek.  Fatties rollout at 8,100 feet for a route that includes 2,000 feet of breathtaking elevation gain


The race categories:

• Masters Men’s (age 40 and above)

• Masters Women’s (age 40 and above)

• Senior Men’s (age 21-39)

• Senior Women’s (age 21-39)

• Junior Men’s (age 20 and under)

• Junior Women’s (age 20 and under)

If racing isn’t your thing, then opt to join the group ride!


The schedule:

8:15 am Check-in begins

9:00 Races begin

9:30 Group ride begins. After the race categories start, join a “Smiles and Miles” group to enjoy this beautiful course.


The cause:
We love fat biking and we want others to love it too! Because we know great trail conditions can make a good day into an awesome day, Big Ring Cycles and Peak Cycles have partnered with 285 Nordic and Staunton State Park to raise money for trail grooming at Staunton.


Race registration is $50. Group ride registration is $40.
Your registration fee includes:

• Park entry fee

• Race timing and awards

• After party with burgers, beer (for those over 21) and beverages

• One ticket to win great prizes (additional tickets may be purchased)

• Donation to 285 Nordic for trail grooming


Extra notes: If we have snow, the trails will be groomed for fat bike use. This is a fat bike race only. A minimum 3.8″ tire size is required for all racers. Oh, and by the way, we have fat bike tires on sale


There you have it! All you need to do now is pick up any last-minute bike parts or cycling accessories you might need. Some favorites include 
 Poagies – they are insulated hand covers that slip over your handlebars, are also very useful for keeping your hands warm. You might also want to check out some of the winter riding essentials we have on sale too 

Register for the Staunton Blizzard today and we’ll see you Sunday at Staunton State Park for a fun day of fat bike riding and racing. 


8 Great Valentine’s Day Gifts for Cyclists

February 13, 2020

Tired of the same old same old for Valentine’s Day? Do you want to swap out the card and candy for a more useful and thoughtful gift? Are you unsure what to get the cyclist in your life this Valentine’s day? Stress no more! We’ve got you covered with the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your favorite cyclists.  Check out our top 8 picks.

  1. New Bike: For those going all our for their favorite cyclist, nothing beats a new bike! You might think, they already have one – maybe two- or even three bikes…how could they need another? Truth is, you can’t ever have enough bikes. Consider a new road bicycle or mountain bike.  Even better, opt for a fat bike! Fortunately, we have a huge selection of Specialized road bikes and mountain bikes on sale now making splurging on Valentine’s Day a little easier to show your love and take it easy on your wallet.
  2. Bike Fit: Does your cyclist complain of hands falling asleep while riding? Or shoulder or neck pain after a long ride? Give yourself a break from giving those massages and also ease your cyclist discomfort with a bike fit. A bike fit isn’t just for professional riders – they are for anyone who rides whether they are a beginner or advanced rider. A bike fit helps ensure riding comfort and it is useful in preventing overuse injuries. Give us a call (303) 216-1616 or stop by the shop in Golden to get all the details on gifting a bike fit including information on the bike parts that may be needed as a follow up to the fit.
  3. Tubes: This is one gift you absolutely positively will get used and it’s not expensive. Maybe combine some tubes with other goodies to make a Valentine’s day gift bag. Speaking of which, these are the other cycling accessories to include in your gift bag.
  4. Bottles or hydration packs: Every cyclist has a ton of bottles, but that’s not the same as having good bottles. Buy a good bottle and stuff it with other treats – like nutritional products or even socks!
  5. Socks: Cycling socks are always a coveted item. The more decorative, the better! Again, check out our sale for a variety of sizes and colors.
  6. Tires: Treat your favorite cyclist to some new rubber! We have a ton of tires for road and mountain bikes and quite a few on sale too!
  7. Bike Parts: So many bike parts – the question is what to purchase?  Consider getting your Valentine a Specialized saddle, helmet or shoes.  All worthy gift items that wear out, get stinky and regularly need replacing.
  8. Cycling Accessories: So what do you get a cyclist that has seems to have everything?  Cycling apparel!  Cycling apparel is much better than just getting candy and a card! Our Specialized Sale items include jerseys, shorts, tights, jackets,  and winter riding gear!

Here at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we feel that the true spirit of Valentine’s day is celebrating what you love and we love bikes! So, whether your favorite cyclist is interested in racing, commuting, or recreational bike riding, at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we’ve got your Valentine’s Day gift ideas covered. Happy Valentine’s Day friends! 


Get Ready to Ride FAT 

January 30, 2020

In just over 3 weeks, the Third Annual Staunton Blizzard, the Front Range Fat Bike Race & Ride, will kick-off. No doubt it is a big, fat, fun day of racing and riding for a great cause. But, it’s an even BETTER day when you are riding a new fat bike!

So consider this your official excuse to purchase a fat bike and all the fat bike, bike parts and cycling accessories you need. And, you have over 3 weeks to get it in. Are you ready? 

First, if you are fat bike curious, schedule a demo with us and check it out. You’ll be surprised to learn how easy they handle and the wide variety of riding conditions they easily tackle. We’re especially fond of the Specialized Fatboy. We have found it to be a highly rated, mid-range fat bike that is usable for a wide range of ages and skill levels. 

Once you have your bike, you’re going to have fat bike specific questions. A good first question asked is about tires and tire pressure. What kind of tires should I use? How wide? What pressure do I run? Tube vs. Tubeless?  Here’s what we suggest. You have to match tire pressure with conditions. Softer snow conditions: 6psi. Harder conditions: 8-10psi. (much lower than the normal bike). Fat-bike tires are typically marked as 26 x 4.0 though most are really more like 26 x 3.7 or 3.8. The actual size of the mounted tire will vary depending on the rim width used for the wheel.  Many riders prefer tubeless because they reduce over a point of rotation weight and they provide better traction.

You might be wondering how to dress when fat biking. Obviously, if you are going to be riding out in the cold, you’ll want to dress warm and dress appropriately.  But what does that mean exactly? You have to think a little bit harder before and during your fat bike rides in the cold. Generally, the most important tip for keeping warm is to layer and to carry a pack to put your extra layers away. Some people prefer to wear ski goggles and a ski helmet, and lots of people wear winter boots.  Poagies, insulated hand covers that slip over your handlebars, are also very useful for keeping your hands warm.   Keeping your feet warm is key. Wearing boots, preferably waterproof, with thick socks on flat pedals or clipless boots with multiple pairs of socks works. 

And don’t forget to cover your head! You can wear a buff or a cap and headgear. Buffs are really good for neck protection as well. Another option is balaclavas – especially so if you want to keep almost your entire face warm.  Remember to wear appropriate eye protection too! The glare from the snow can be blinding.  While not as stylish as some of the cycling eyewear we carry on BikeParts.com, you could consider wearing goggles to help protect our eyes and face in snowy conditions.

Now, all you have to do is ride your new fat bike and register for the Staunton Blizzard on February 23rd.

Get in on the fat bike action!  Take your cycling to another level of fun in 2020! See you at the Staunton Blizzard on your new fat bike!