Bike Parts and Cycling Accessories You Need to Keep Your 2020 Fitness Goals 

January 23, 2020

Well, we are well into 2020 and hopefully, you officially made it past “quitters day.”  Which means you are fully committed to keeping and maintaining your 2020 cycling goals. Aside from will power and determination, there are other factors that support your training motivation. And that’s where this post comes in handy! Bike parts and cycling accessories can enhance your cycling experience, and at the same time, fuel you towards your 2020 goals.  

Weigh InAs cyclists, we all know weight is important. Bike weight, the weight of bike parts, and even our bodies. Unfortunately, it’s that time of year again! Weight creep or at least dropping weight accumulated over the holidays and the off-season! A simple yet effective means of managing weight is using a scale. Our pick? The Garmin Index Smart Scale. The Garmin Index Smart Scale provides the precise metrics you need to track progress and see results. The bonus? Others in your family can use it too! It supports up 10 16 different users and measures weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat and water percentages, muscle mass, and bone mass. Use the scale to manage weight and track how your weight correlates to your performance on the bike over time. And, by regularly paying attention to your weight, you can course-correct quickly before gaining or losing too much weight experiencing adverse effects on the bike. 

Use Your Tools – Specifically, we’re talking about heart rate monitors and power meters.  Both provide biofeedback and when tracked and paired with your cycling goals, this information can greatly assist in providing clarity as to benchmarking your progress.  One question for those new to power meters is to know which power meter is best for you?  With so many bike parts and cycling accessories available, choosing the ideal product for your training and fitness goals is important. Fortunately, the post What to Know Before Buying a Power Meter offers a breakdown of available power meters. Now, you might be wondering about costs? In the recent past, training with power was outside of the price range for most cyclists.  However, times have changed and power meters are much more affordable. Stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and let us help you select the best bike accessories for you and your goals. 

Upgrade your Bike and Bike Parts – Sure, it may sound like an excuse to purchase much-desired bike parts or a new bike, but the truth is if new technology is available to support you riding faster and stronger, then isn’t it holding you back? If you are training consistently and putting forth the effort, then support your goals by having the cycling components you need. One component that is nearly always worth upgrading is the wheelset. Or, maybe upgrading your bike parts isn’t in the cards. Maybe you prefer to upgrade your cycling accessories or cycling apparel. Having a new jersey or new cycling shoes may be just what you need to bring a fresh approach and enthusiasm to the season. We have a Specialized Sale going on right now. Check out the sale items and get what you need to support your goals. 

So, what’s ahead for 2020? We’re looking forward to helping our customers get fitter and faster on the bike! Whether that is outfitting others with the best cycling apparel or improving bike efficiency with new bike parts or a bike fit, at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we’re all about creating the ultimate ride experience. Happy 2020 to all!


Find Great Bike Deals at Peak Cycles Specialized Sale

January 16, 2020

You know you want to ride your bike. You know you do. And, you also know you want to have killer cycling gear while riding your bike. No one wants to pay top dollar for all the cycling accessories that add up. And right now, you don’t have to! You can get killer deals on quality cycling gear, apparel, and bike parts with our Specialized Sale.

Sales are great because they save you money. But there’s more to our Specialized sale than that.  Cash in on comfortable cycling apparel that is engineered to keep you dry, comfortable and in the saddle for those long training rides.  Discover new bike parts or upgrade cycling components to optimize your ride. Fuel your motivation to ride this New Year and reach new levels of fitness.  Our Specialized sale has all the key ingredients to save you money and have you riding in style.  Check out the sale we’ve got going on.

Specialized Bikes: We have a wide variety of Specialized bikes on sale including Specialized Albi, Allez, Ariel, CrossTrail Elite, Dolce, Enduro Elite, Epic, Fuse, Rockhopper, and others. One important caveat: the Specialized bikes are available for pickup only in Golden, Colorado shop. They cannot be shipped. But you can take a sneak peek at them Specialized Bikes

On the contrary, all the bike parts and cycling accessories listed below can be shipped! In fact, we offer free shipping on orders over $75 and many of the sale items offer free shipping!  You can’t beat it! A sale AND free shipping! Click through the items and see how much you can save!

Specialized Goodies: If you haven’t gotten your fix of Specialized cycling apparel, then you’ll want to see the bike parts, Specialized tights and knickers, and other cycling accessories. Click here to get your fix of Specialized Sale Items

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 to take advantage of our extensive Specialized Sale. 


Don’t Be a Quitter on January 19th. Use Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop’s Tips to Keep your 2020 Cycling Resolutions

January 9, 2020

Strava has announced its prediction for 2020’s Quitter’s Day as Sunday 19 January – the day that most people give up on their new year’s resolutions. But wait! You’re not a quitter! You’re a die-hard cyclist! Or at least a cyclist with passion and a commitment to riding. So be a winner on January 19. Follow our tips to not only keep your New Year’s resolutions but also, make 2020 one of your best years yet!

Goal Planning: Make sure your New Year’s Cycling Resolutions are SMARTBy SMART, we mean specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.  SMART goals not only increase your chance of attaining your goals, but you also become a better cyclist in the process  How so? By making measurable and time-bound goals, you’re introducing a level of discipline and consistency in your training to meet your objectives. Extra discipline yields better results.  This is where heart rate monitors and power meters come in handy.  These cycling tools offer biofeedback to better help you gauge your effort and output as it relates to your cycling goals workout by workout and month over month. Set some SMART goals and then move on to our next tip.

Goal StrategyDefine your approach.  Get a game plan together of how you plan to train and race.  As a point of reference, reflect on last year’s performances and think about this year’s SMART goals.  Compare the two and see where can you improve.   Some cyclist focuses exclusively on race day performance and evaluate results on a single day. However, take a look at how the days leading up to your event impacted the result.  How was you bike nutrition? How was your sleep? Did you have a race strategy in place? Were you familiar with the logistics of the event, as well as, the course profile itself?  All of these factors impact the day of results.  Take time now to review and plan ahead.  As part of your goal strategy, consider experimenting with new ideas, products, and approaches. As in, maybe try a new on-bike nutrition product. Experiment with different bike parts and bike components.  Consider designing and refining a pre-event routine, like a race day ritual.  This thoughtful process brings a fresh approach to 2020 and keeps you motivated through the winter months.

Goal MotivatorAs we mentioned earlier, regular and consistent riding velds results. Don’t let poor weather force you to quit your New Year’s resolutions. Make friends with the trainer. Invest in cycling apparel and cycling accessories that allow you to ride in a variety of weather conditions. If you really can’t bear the winter months, don’t forgo your resolutions, trade saddle time for gym time to gain core strength. Another option?  Focus on nutrition.  Many subscribe to the idea of eating pasta and carbs for fueling training and racing.  Yet, there is a growing shift in nutritional information towards a strong focus on vegetables, fruits, and lean meats as fuel.  Consider experimenting with your diet and nutrition as a means for making gains in your 2020 cycling program.

Finally, remind yourself why you made your New Year’s Resolutions in the first place. There’s a reason you were compelled to reach for these goals. Write them down. Put them on a mirror or someplace where you see them often. Fuel your passion and your goals in ways that uniquely inspire you to reach for and be your best cyclist this year. 


New Cycling Goals to Challenge Yourself in 2020

January 2, 2020

Happy New Year folks!  What big goals do you have for yourself this year? If you’re looking for some fresh and alternative goals to motivate you in 2020, then look no further.  See which one or all of these cycling goals you want to take on for 2020. 

Ride regardless of the weather. There’s a saying about the weather and it goes like this, “There is no such thing as bad weather. It’s just bad clothing.” So, bail on the bad weather excuses in 2020 and invest in the right cycling apparel to do the job. Ask yourself, what clothing do you need to wear in different weather conditions?  Do you have waterproof and wind-resistant clothing? Do you have enough of the basic cycling necessities, as in leggings? Arm warmers? Knee warmers? Scullcap? What about your base layers?  Do you have enough of them or do you need to add in some fleece-lined clothing?  Lucky for you, at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we still have some holiday sales on these items so you can stock up and save money too.  

Make friends with indoor cycling. So maybe there are days when riding outside just isn’t going to work. The trainer can be a love/hate relationship but you can make it more of a love relationship by getting the equipment you need and setting up your environment to support your goals. Check out our post, Indoor Cycling Made Easy for tips. And while you’re at it, you might want to glance at one of our more popular trainers: Feedback Sports Omnium Portable Trainer. It’s a great overall trainer and you can basically take it anywhere. No excuses here. 

Ride a different bike. Mix it up. If you are a roadie, try riding a mountain bike.  If you only ride trails, opt for a gravel grinder event. Have you ever ridden a fat bike? Try it! You might like it! Opt for variety and trying something new. Keep it fresh and fun! If you ride only during the weekend, opt for bike commuting during the week.  Ride a different bike each day of the week! Get creative with it and have fun! By mixing it up, you keep your ride routine fresh which keeps you riding more regularly.    

Experiment with your gear. Many of us get in a rut with our favorite cycling brands. New technology keeps innovating cycling clothing, bike parts, and gear. Take for instance the Specialized S-Works Prevail II with ANGI.  When combined with Specialize’s iOS or Android app, the sensor will detect a crash and send a text message to specified contacts on your phone.  It’s definitely worth a look if you are safety conscious.  Or, experiment with different cycling shoes like the S-Works 7. They are super light and stiff to maximize power transfer.  There are so many innovative bike parts and cycling accessories on the market. Use 2020 to see what is out there.  Just because your favorite tried and true brands have worked for you in the past doesn’t mean something even better is available to you now. You just have to experiment with it. 

Build up your core with core exercises.  For some cyclists, strength training is a welcomed part of the training process; however, for others, it is a necessary evil. Yet, to avoid injury as well as get stronger on the bike, strength training is becoming a critical aspect of year-round training.  The best way to train all parts of the body is through working with a full range of motion while strength training. Commit to overall strength in 2020 and dial in the best core exercises for you by reading Year-Round Strength Training for Cyclists.

Improve your flexibility.  Consider doing yoga. Yeah, stretching hurts but it helps cyclists who have overdeveloped quadriceps and tight hamstrings, which can pull the hips out of alignment. Also, a cyclist’s spine is constantly flexed forward. If the proper form isn’t maintained, it can result in muscle pain and strain in the back and shoulders. Yoga helps ease the tightness, creating core strength, and aligning the spine.  Even if you aren’t into yoga, there are 3 poses you should practice.

Set epic goals for 2020. Set your sights high! Reach for bigger goals in 2020!  Stretch yourself and see what you can accomplish. Think big! Many cyclists resolve to ride more frequently or adventure on longer rides in the coming year; yet without actually quantifying the specific actions required to support these goals, no gains are actually made. The post, Make Proper Goal Setting a Priority for Your Next Cycling Season highlights this fact offering 10 questions to evaluate the past season’s cycling performance and arms you with insights to making better training choices that lead to better performance in 2020. Write down your goals and make them happen! 

The New Year is all about out with the old and in with the new. Maybe last year’s cycling resolutions were to get in shape, build fitness, or get stronger on the bike. This year, branch out! Challenge yourself!  Wishing you many happy miles in 2020!  


Out With the Old,  In With the New. Peak Cycles Guide to Transitioning into The New Year  

December 26, 2019

Recreational and competitive cyclists know the goal of riding any bike is to move forward. The phrase “out with the old, in with the new”, literally means to move forward.

 

The phrase suggests that in order to move forward, one must purge, remove or let go of one thing, with the expectation of gaining something else.  In cycling, this is called the transition period and this runs from the completion of your last race, until the start of the prep period in a few weeks. Or, the transition period the link between two annual training plans—it marks the end of last season and the official beginning of the next season.

As we’re on the verge of the New Year, now is prime time to evaluate your cycling experiences from 2019 and plan for 2020.  The obvious goal here is to identify what in your training plan, cycling tool kit, bike setup, and bike parts need to go – and what new strategies and cycling accessories and training aids need to be brought into your cycling experience so that you move forward towards your 2020 goals.

Do A Year-End Bike Review – How you reflect upon the past year has some bearing as to how you plan for the coming year. A cycling year-end review offers insights to truly optimize your training and racing regimen. Consider asking yourself questions such as, “What goals did you achieve this past season?” and “What was your greatest disappointment? Why?” Answering these questions and more, in our Year-End Bike Review post help to identify the steps you must take to achieve your goals next season. After all, there’s a reward in pushing yourself, gaining new skills, getting faster, and staying fit. A cycling year-end review can expose what you can improve upon from this past year, as well as, identify your strengths to build upon going into the next year.

Do A Bike Parts Review – We know you love your bike, but reflecting back over the past year ask yourself if it was the right bike for the kind of riding you actually ended up riding. And, is it the right bike for the cycling you plan to do in 2020?  Ask yourself the same questions about your bike parts – especially the cycling accessories that wear out. Helmets, saddles, drive train components, all of these items need replacing due to wear and also because newer, preferred technology may be available and suit you better. Take an inventory of what needs replacing and take advantage of the Specialized sale we have going on right now.

Do A Review of Your Cycling Apparel – Digging through your closet and drawers may not seem like the most fun thing to do during the holidays but you can save a lot of money and heartache later by discovering which items need replacing and save money on those items now with the sales we have going on.  We have a huge Specialized Sale. Think helmets, tires, jerseys, saddles, gloves, bike frames and more. Check it out!!  Also, you can save up to 50% off last year’s cycling shoes. Plan ahead and purchase the cycling apparel you will need for the kind of riding you plan to do during the early months of 2020.

As we close in 2019, take a moment to pause and reflect on what worked and what didn’t in your season. With these personal insights in mind, you are better equipped to plan and execute a rewarding and successful 2020 cycling season.  When we at Peak Cycles look back on 2019, we know that what worked for us is having valuable customers and a great cycling community in which to ride with and celebrate living life on two wheels. We look forward to all of this and more in the New Year!


Holiday Gifts for Every Cyclist On Your List 

December 19, 2019

As the holiday season is in full swing, you may find yourself reflecting on what to buy your favorite cyclist for the gift-giving season.

Fortunately, whether your favorite cyclist is interested in racing, commuting, or recreational bike riding, at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we’ve got your gift ideas covered.

From stocking stuffers to big presents to place under the tree, read through this list and find exactly what you need! 

  1. Tubes: This is one gift you can have confidence will get used. Make sure you get the right size of tube. If you aren’t sure, stop in the Peaks Cycles Bicycle Shop and ask one of our friendly staff to help you. Or, visit us online at bikeparts.com
  2. Tires: While you’re getting tubes, you might as well get some new rubber! All Continental tires are 10-20% off.
  3. 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, as in Gu or nutrition products. 
  4. Socks: Did you know cyclists like to wear their cycling socks even when they aren’t riding?  Why? Because they are so comfortable.  Pick out a pair of socks you like for your cyclist and maybe even get a pair for yourself!
  5. Warmers: We’re talking about head warmers, ear warmers, arm warmers, leg warmers, and shoe covers – all the necessities to keep your favorite cyclist warm and comfortable out on those chilly winter rides.  The nice thing about these is that they fit nicely in a holiday stocking in as much as they do a cycling jersey!
  6. Gloves: Say bye-bye to smelly gloves. This is another item that every cyclist already has, but which every cyclist can always use more of. 
  7. Is your favorite cyclist a bike commuter? We’ve got 15% off Kryptonite lights and 10% off Kryptonite locks. The ideal bike safety combination for bike commuting.
  8. Bike nutrition: Think energy bars / gels / chews.  Instead of chocolate, fill the stocking (or water bottle) with nutritional items, bars, gels, and drinks.
  9. Lube: Every cyclist goes through chain lube and we’ve got tons of it. 
  10. A gift for off the bike.  Maybe your favorite cyclist would enjoy a pint glass, a poster, or some other bike parts goodie.
  11. Gift a Bike fit –  Does your cyclist complain of hands falling asleep while riding? Or shoulder or neck pain after a long ride? 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 but it also impacts technique which is crucial to preventing overuse injuries and how an athlete rides. Consider the gift of giving your favorite cyclist a bike fit for Christmas. Not only can we help them with the fit, but we carry all the bike parts required to get the bike in the very best setup for their riding needs.  Give us a call (303) 216-1616 or stop by the shop in Golden to schedule your bike fit.
  12. Demo a fat bike!  That’s right! Fat bikes are all the rage – they thrive in snow, sand, desert, bogs, and mud as well as riding what is considered normal mountain biking.   Book a fat bike demo for your favorite cyclist.
  13. What if your favorite cyclist is a kid? We all know, the best Christmas Gift for a Kid is a bike! Lucky for you, we have a huge selection of kids bikes, children’s cycling apparel, helmets, and cycling accessories. This includes windbreakers, gloves, shorts, jersey’s, chamois, pedals, hats, backpacks, and all the cool things that kids love. Stop in the shop to see our huge selection of children’s cycling apparel and gear.
  14. For the cyclist that loves to do their own bike maintenance, surprise them with the Starter Kit from Park Tools and pair it with the Feedback Sports Work Mechanic Workstand. You’ll have a happy cyclist for sure!
  15. A cyclist dream gift?  Bike parts! What cyclist doesn’t love bike parts? Whether it’s a new saddle, shifters, brakes, seat post, fork, pedals, hubs or wheels, your favorite cyclist wants it.  The usual problem is how to know exactly what to get. Our answer, get a gift certificate.

Bonus gifts. These are for you! If you’re looking to save a little money and you want to win big with your favorite cyclist, then you’ll love these sales. 

  1. Super Specialized Sale on bikes, tires, helmets, saddles, shoes, socks, bike frames. In fact, we’ve got over 500 Specialized Bicycles on sale right now, including E-Bikes! Check it out!
  2. Save up to 50% off last year’s cycling shoes
  3. 20% Off ALL WTB Products!
  4. Closeout sale. Get 5-70% off before it’s gone!
  5. And, we offer free shipping on orders over $75.00. Yay!

Here at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we feel that the true Christmas spirit of cycling is the love of the bike.  It’s the adventure cycling brings – the challenge of a new ride, the experimentation with new or different bike parts, the joy of connecting with friends in meaningful ways, and the building of camaraderie with teammates.  These are all the very blessings we wish for you and your family this holiday season.  Merry Christmas from Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and BikeParts.com!


Santa’s Helpers: Saving Money on Bike Parts at Peak Cycles  

December 12, 2019

At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we consider ourselves Santa’s helpers.

Why? Because right now, we have so many crazy, awesome sales and discounts on bike parts and cycling accessories that we’re convinced Santa wants to trade in his sleigh and ride a bike to deliver presents this year.

There is a reason to Bliss Out This Holiday Season with our Huge Specialized Sale. We’ve also got you covered with these special deals too!  

We have holiday gifts for every cyclist on your list.  Save time and money by shopping online at BikeParts.com. The time you save shopping online means you now have time to make those special cookies for Santa, right?!  

Happy Holidays friends! 


Thanksgiving Day: A Rest Day Before Our Big Sales

November 28, 2019

It’s too cold to ride this Thanksgiving. And, the roads are icy here in Colorado which makes riding outdoors treacherous anyway. So, what is a cyclist to do on Thanksgiving day such as this? Recover and get ready for a sprint into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop on Black Friday.  Thanksgiving is the rest day before three big days of shopping savings: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.  Each day offers deals, savings, and sales on bike parts, complete bicycles, and cycling apparel.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
We have in-store specials that you don’t want to miss.  

This 2017 Specialized Enduro, size large, was originally $6500. Now $3999. Come get it before it’s gone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Specialized Epic FSR, size small, was $2900. Now $1999.

This Specialized Epic HT Comp 29er, size large was $2800. Now $2240. 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make the most of theses closeout deals and capture more savings on bike parts and cycling apparel, line up at the front first thing Friday morning and head into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado. These bikes won’t stay for long.

Cyber Monday
This is day three of the holiday shopping and no doubt about it, Bikeparts.com  is your best option for cyber shopping.  In addition to the storefront, our online website offers over 45,000 bike parts and accessories. Bikeparts.com not only carries road bicycle parts and mountain bike parts but also complete bikes, nutritional supplements and much more. Get stocking stuffer items, as in socks, arm warmers, and multi-tools.  With our huge selection of cycling accessories, you are bound to find something you like and at a great deal. 

It goes without saying on Thanksgiving that all of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop are grateful for all of our customers near and far. We would also like to share our gratitude to our staff, customers, racers, race teams, and all the passionate cyclist sharing the joy our two-wheeled friends bring us.  Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you soon!


Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday – A 3 Day Shopping Stage Race for Cyclists

November 21, 2019

Many recreational and competitive cyclists have made the progression from participating in one-day races to multi-day events.  The transition from racing a single day to several consecutive days can be easy enough when there is a plan in place.  

Generally, that involves planning the overall strategy and tactics for particular stages.  And much like a stage race, planning is important for making the most of the three most important upcoming holiday shopping days. Namely, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Here’s how to make the most of your holiday purchases. 

Day 1 – Leading out the shopping season is Black Friday.  Here’s your chance to cash in on bike componentsapparel, bicycle parts including trainers and all sorts of bike goodies.  Be on the lookout for discounts on the BikeParts.com. Remember, this is day one. So, don’t go out too fast! 

Day 2 – Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday.  This day, November 30th is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. As we wrote about previously, your support enables us to host community events like the Bike Safety Talk with the Cycling Lawyer, offer Bicycle Demo Days, and contribute to the national races that come through Golden like the Colorado Classic.  

Additionally, your purchases encourage us to give back to the community as in co-hosting the Staunton Blizzard Fat Bike Race each year and supporting local cycling teams. Use Small Business Saturday as a purchase that extends the gift of giving. You may be purchasing bike parts, a new road bike or mountain bike, but you’re also supporting a local bike shop that invests in the cycling community. This is the day to take advantage of big deals and savings. Be strategic in your shopping and plan to stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop on Small Business Saturday to take advantage of the in-store sales, discounts, and offers available. 

Day 3 – Last but not least, we’ve got Cyber Monday.  This is day three and on Monday, December 2, 2019, Bikeparts.com  could be your best option for cyber shopping.  In addition to the storefront, our online website offers over 45,000 bike parts and accessories. Bikeparts.com not only carries road bicycle parts and mountain bike parts but also complete bikes, nutritional supplements and much more.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are the most highly anticipated shopping days of the year.  Be strategic with your holiday shopping. Make the most of the three days by shopping at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden Colorado and online at BikeParts.com.


Fall Cycling: 10 Must-Have Items You Need

November 7, 2019

It’s Cold. No. Now it’s warm. Nope. It is definitely chilly. And where is that breeze coming from?  Does this sound like you? 

Fall riding can be great with the cooler temperatures, the hint of crispness in the air and the beautiful foliage. Yet, riding in the fall has its challenges from a temperature perspective.  One minute you may feel warm, followed by feeling chilled, and then warm again. When your focus shifts from enjoying your ride to your increasingly cold and numb hands and feet, then you either cut your ride short or just suffer.  Given you have the right cycling apparel and you know how to dress for winter riding, you don’t have to do either.   The trick is having the right cycling apparel with you for modulating your body’s temperature while riding.

With that said, the following are the must-have items to have in your cycling wardrobe for fall riding.  

1. Wind Vest – The wind vest is one of the most used pieces of cool weather gear. It keeps your core body protected from frontal winds, but vents in the rear to keep you from overheating. The wind vest is also very versatile and can be added to different clothing combinations, using it with regular jerseys, winter jerseys, and arm warmers. It’s also easily stowed in a pack or shirt pocket.

2. Wind / Rain Jacket – It’s always a good idea to keep a water-resistant jacket handy when rain is in the forecast.

3. Arm Warmers – Arm warmers are a must during the Fall season.  While they don’t take up much room, they are great for temperature control.

4. Full Finger / Windproof Gloves – When riding in cooler temps, one of the first things to get cold are the fingers. Protect your hands with full fingerers and/or windproof gloves. 

5. Knickers, Knee Warmers, and Pants – As the temperatures drop, it’s a good idea to cover your knees. Many cyclists prefer tights whereas others prefer leg warmers.  There are also knickers which allow more airflow over the legs, and they are good for those in-between days. Consider trying out each option and experiment to dial in your preference.

6. Head Band or Skull Cap – The vents in your helmet that are such an asset during the summer months become a major liability when the temperatures begin to drop. To prevent from losing heat from your scalp, be sure to wear a thin skullcap or headband under the helmet

7. Wool Socks – Keeping your feet dry and warm can be a challenge in the cold weather, but nice wool socks are your best bet.

8. Shoe Covers – Shoe covers, also known as booties, cover the exterior of your shoes and protect from cold and wind.  There are several options: some that cover just the toes and others that encompass the entire foot. Toe covers are great for Fall but as you transition to Winter riding, you may wish for a pair that covers your entire foot.  

9. Lights – Daylight Savings Time has ended and if you have noticed, the days have gotten much shorter! Plan ahead and get your lights ready. Get a red blinker for the rear that mounts to the bike or your pack, and a decent headlight for the front.

10. Tool kit – Nothing is worse than experiencing a mechanical issue with your bike when the weather is cold, wet, windy or a combination of all three.  Make sure you have handy bicycle tools or a multi-tool to have on hand in inclement weather.  

Ultimately, dressing successfully boils down to experimenting with what works for you. You may find you it’s important to keep your head and core warm for a productive ride rather than dressing full out and including knee and leg warmers.  Or, you may find a long-sleeved jersey sans a base layer works. Do your best with the weather and be sure to stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop to pick up any cycling accessoriesbike parts, or cycling apparel you may need.  And lucky for you, we have some great sales on winter tops right now. Up to 60% off jackets. https://bit.ly/2WLkYFT Stay warm and see you soon! 


Is Your Bike Haunted? How to Rid Your Bike of Scary Squeaks and Creaks this Halloween 

October 31, 2019

Do you hear squeaks and creaks, clanks and clatters, or rattles and clicks coming from your bike? Are you in fear that your bike is haunted? That perhaps a competitor has put a curse on you? Or quite possibly your bike is possessed?  It is Halloween after all! And frightful things can happen! Take it from our bike mechanics here at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, a frightful terror we have seen is the use of WD-40 as chain lubrication!  The horror!

Given our bike maintenance experience, we can help you expel the frightful sounds originating from your bike. Granted, our tips and tricks won’t cover a full exorcism but you’ll be well on your way to fixing those annoying noises and back to peaceful pedaling.

Squeaks and CreeksThese super common sounds are usually due to dirty or dry bearings. You’ll often find that after riding your bike for a while or in harsh conditions these noises start to creep in. Areas to check if you’re hearing these noises would be:
Crankset/ Bottom Bracket
Headset
Pivots (MTB)
Derailleur jockey wheels or chain guide pulleys
Chain
Derailleur “clutch” or lockout area
Saddle rail clamp bolt
Clipless pedals

Clunks and ClattersAnother common noise that sounds a bit scarier is a clunk or clatter. This noise should scare you because it generally means something on your bike is loose! Here are some important bolts to check if you hear this noise:
Headset
Front/Rear wheel axles
Pivots (MTB)
Derailleur bolt
Water bottle cage (ok, this one’s not that scary… but super common!)

Rattles and Clicks – While there are countless recommendations on keeping your road bike or mountain bike in good, working order, try these tips to help with rattles, clicks, and the like.
Pay Attention to Your Chain. If you’ve been training regularly then no doubt your chain is showing some wear and tear. Take time to actually clean your chain. For an easy-clean, scrub your drivetrain parts with a brush and eco-friendly degreaser and re-lubricate the chain when you are done. For something more thorough, you could buy a chain cleaner like Park Tool’s Cyclone Chain Scrubber, fill it with a non-aerosol degreaser like Pedros Oranj Peelzturn your crank 15-20 revolutions and let your scrubber do the job for you. As for the best chain lube, check out our post, Dry Pavement, Sloppy Slush, and A Muddy Trail: Which Chain Lube Works Best? for options.

Check your Wheels and Tires. Both your wheels and tires are essential for bike safety.  Accompanying the snow and wet riding conditions are salt, debris, and miscellaneous items found in the cycling lanes and roads. Have you checked your tires lately? They may actually need replacing. Begin by cleaning the wheels with rubbing alcohol and dry with a cloth. Check the rims for damage and examine for loose spokes. Your wheel should run smoothly without any side-to-side wobble. Next, replace your tires. If you aren’t up for doing this yourself, let us help you.

Inspect Your Brakes. Nothing is more frightening than shredding down a long, winding road and not having brakes! Bike brakes use brake pads to stop your wheels from turning. Brake pads wear down over time and especially so under wet and grimy conditions. Be mindful to examine your brake pads for any uneven or extensive wear. If you do find uneven abrasions, you probably need to get your brakes adjusted and/or replaced.

Replace old bike parts! 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 chainscassetteschainringsbrake pads, and cleats.

Finally, if you can’t find the cause of the annoying noises, bring your bike into Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado. We’ll be able to zero in on the source and type of noise fast and efficiently and get you back to riding in peace and quiet in no time. See you soon and Happy Halloween Friends!


Cycling Will Help You Manage Diabetes

October 24, 2019

At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, our passion for cycling and bikes is fueled by the joyful experiences shared while riding a bike. Whether that is riding with friends and family, participating in a community event, or pushing personal limits in training or a race.  Yet, underneath that is a deep appreciation for what cycling and bike riding does to support health, longevity, and preserve the quality of life as we age.  

Previously we’ve written about The Benefits Of Cycling For Seniors Living with Arthritis, Cycling when Pregnant, How to Remain Injury-Free with Cycling, and Why Cycling is so Good For You in Later Life. Today, our focus is on how cycling can help you manage diabetes.

If you are unaware, America is facing a healthcare crisis with levels of diabetes, and Colorado is no different, having 9.8% of the adult population diagnosed with some form of the disease according to Diabetes.org. A complex condition that is never healed, it requires lifelong lifestyle changes to keep in check. A big part of this is exercise, and cycling can be one of the best ways to keep diabetes under control.

How cycling helps – physically
All exercise is beneficial for keeping diabetes in check, but there is evidence that cycling may be particularly effective and especially so in terms of prevention. A 2016 study published in PLOS found that cycling – whether recreational or commuter – significantly reduced the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, and also aided pregnant women with avoiding gestational diabetes. Apart from the inherent accessibility and effectiveness of cycling, associated lifestyle changes were marked as indicators for why cycling is so effective.

Cyclists make it routine
By cycling to and from work and home or running errands via bike commuting the semi-vigorous exercise is introduced to the daily routine. More so than even walking, this means that the body is more regularly engaged in exercise and that hormone levels are kept in check. This, in turn, influences diet and blood sugar. For both preventing and mitigating the symptoms of diabetes, this is an invaluable factor. Being on the road makes it less tempting to be sedentary and eat unhealthy snacks, too.

Changing nutrition
In addition to being generally more active, cyclists are more likely to eat a well-balanced diet. This was the findings of an influential 2001 study that outlined how cyclists will typically eat a well-balanced plate every day with a good mix of macro and micronutrients. A good diet is an incredibly important part of diabetes control and likely the most important singular factor. The introduction of a good diet as a by-product of the cycling culture and exertion can only be seen as a positive contributory factor.

In many ways, the benefits that those diagnosed with diabetes generate from cycling are formed in a holistic way. While the physical activity of cycling is absolutely beneficial for mitigating a diagnosis of diabetes, it’s the lifestyle that many cyclists pick up that ends up being the defining factor. If you’re looking for the perfect undertaking to help you manage your diagnosis of diabetes, consider cycling – you’ll more than likely be feeling better without even knowing it. 

As we’re transitioning into the fall and winter climates, maintaining motivation to ride in inclement weather can be a factor.  Those dedicated to bike commuting and managing diabetes know that wearing base layers for warmth, combined with a wind jacket or rain jacket can keep their core warm while they ride comfortably. In addition, long fingered gloves and knee warmers keep the fingers and knees toasty warm contributing to a comfortable commuting or training experience. 

When you have the right bike parts and cycling accessories, it’s easy to ride no matter what the conditions.  Cycling consistently supports overall health and well being. So when your motivation is wavering, remember that cycling supports your health well beyond the thrill of a great bike ride.


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.  


Indoor Cycling Made Easy 

October 10, 2019
Trainers and Rollers at BikeParts.com

Trainers and Rollers at BikeParts.com

The cold is here! It’s our first really cold day of the fall season.  There may be some hardcore cyclists cycling outside; however, most cyclists are either skipping their regular training ride or pushing their workout off a day.  Either way, trainer season is officially beginning!  And by trainer season, we mean, training and cycling indoors. 

The trainer can be a love/hate relationship.  As a training aid, cyclist love it because it offers training options during poor weather and winter months.  Yet, on the flip side, trainer rides can be boring, lead to muscle-specific fatigue, and basically, offer uninspired riding.  Ugh. Is there a way to make it work?  Yes!  There is!  With a mixture of planning and dose of discipline, you can motivate yourself to get in quality trainer rides.  Here’s how. 

Get the equipment you need
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. 

Set up your environment
Aside from the actual cycling components, it’s critical to create an inviting cycling environment. Why? Well, you need an environment that limits excuses and supports your fitness goals.  What do you need to inspire you?  As in, do you need bright lights to keep you motivated?  An upbeat playlist? Is there a time of day that works best for you?  Then, schedule your trainer training time then.  Your primary objective in creating a support structure is to foster an environment in which you are supported and held accountable.

Motivation
Sometimes seeing is believing!  Keep your motivation strong with visual effects.  Pop in a DVD training video or select a few YouTube clips to get your mind in the game.  Posters, a vision board, books, maps, apps, or pictures of upcoming races can trigger your motivation to not only get on the bike but maybe even dig a little deeper than you would have otherwise. Growing popular platforms make your time on the trainer more productive and entertaining. The post, Choosing the Right Indoor Cycling App, 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 ZwiftCycleOps Virtual Training, and TrainerRoad.  Try one or a few to dial in which best suits your riding style and aids with motivation. 

Vary your workouts
One way to make riding indoors work is to shorten your ride and add strength training to your workouts.  One way to do this is to avoid long rides on the trainer altogether. Year-round strength training for cyclists matters and substituting your indoor rides with strength training will do more for your cycling later on in the season than doing another trainer session.  In fact, a one-hour hard trainer workout will do more to improve your cycling and race fitness than 2 to 4 hours easy on the trainer. So, plan your time on the trainer accordingly and substitute ride time for strength training time. 

It may seem obvious, but scheduling workouts on the same day every week will help with consistency.  By creating a repeating schedule that you know works for you you minimize the chances of missing a workout. The post, 4 Habits to Increase Your Consistency, offers more suggestions on increasing consistency, such as, being purposeful, following your plan as best as possible, and getting in shorter rides when you have less time to train.

Granted, trainer rides will never replace the joy of cycling outside. However, you can take pride in that you are getting your rides in and building your cycling base for the season ahead. 


Cycling with a Bump – Is Cycling Safe During Pregnancy?

October 3, 2019

If you are an avid cyclist then you missing a ride here or there is fine. Yet, missing a season of riding isn’t okay! Many women love the sport of cycling and often wonder what to do when pregnant. Ride? Not ride? Maybe a little in between?

Most healthy pregnant women can benefit from twenty to thirty minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week, guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state. If you’re an avid cyclist, there’s no reason why you can’t continue to cycle during pregnancy. There are just a few things you should do to stay safe, comfortable, and healthy

Support your body with nutrition
A healthy and balanced diet is important during pregnancy. Make sure you eat enough calories to sustain your cycling — roughly 1,800 calories per day in the first trimester; 2,200 calories per day in the second trimester; and 2,400 calories per day in the third trimester. However, your appetite may not always be normal. Supplementing with prenatal vitamins can make nutrition manageable during pregnancy and provide the nutrients needed to support prenatal development. They’re even associated with lower risk of autism in children. In one study, 14.1% of children whose mothers took prenatal vitamins in the first month of pregnancy developed autism, compared with 32.7% of children whose mothers did not.

Be ready to make adjustments
Your bike will probably be comfortable enough during your first trimester, but you may need to make some adjustments once you enter your second. As your bump grows, try adjusting the height of your handlebars and saddle. If you raise the handlebars, you’ll be forced to sit in a more upright position with your shoulders back — a position more comfortable for your stomach. Moreover, if sitting on your saddle becomes uncomfortable, consider changing it. Saddles designed specifically for women often come with comfy extra padding. At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we can help fit you to your bike and we also have a variety of bike parts in the store and online to make the adjustments to your bike and cycling position as often as needed. 

Take it easy
Some people caution against cycling during pregnancy due to risk of falling. While many women continue to cycle safely during pregnancy, it’s important to take caution. Tiredness may become an issue in your first trimester, so avoid long routes. While it’s okay to get your heart rate up, don’t let yourself overheat. Additionally, your lung capacity decreases during pregnancy, so you’ll get out of breath quicker than normal. If this happens, slow down or stop and have a rest. 

Ultimately, you should get advice from your doctor about cycling at the beginning of your pregnancy. There may be a medical reason preventing you from cycling. And that’s okay. Do something else and resume cycling after pregnancy. The key is to do what’s best for you and the baby for the next nine months.

 


Get Ready For The Golden Giddyup

September 12, 2019

Only 2 days until the Golden Giddyup! Wait, what? Haven’t you heard of the Golden Giddyup?  Well, it’s a mountain bike community-sponsored bike event and trail stewardship program held in Golden, Colorado and it’s THIS weekend! All of us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop are excited about the event. You’re invited to learn all about the GoldenGiddyup and encouraged to take part!

The History: The Golden Giddyup is a 501c3 nonprofit originally created to support Jefferson County Open Space with competent volunteer trail builders who help maintain some of the most loved and heavily used Open Space Parks. Each year in September, the partners at Jeffco Open Space close Apex, Windy Saddle and North Table Mountain Parks to host the annual Golden Giddyup race and there is a party, the Giddyup Get-Down, in downtown Golden. All of the proceeds from the event go back to supporting the Giddyup Trail Team and the stewardship efforts on the trail and off.

What is it? The Golden Giddyup is an all-day mountain bike event.  Part of the day is racing and all of the day is pure fun! As for the racing part, the Golden Giddyup features an enduro-style format, with three timed descents and three timed climbs.  As for course and race descriptions, there’s the Classic, the Chimpex, and the Lite. Each course option offers stiff climbs and bomb worthy descents.  As for the fun part, well, that’s an all-day thing.  The Giddyup Expo is from 10 AM – 5 PM in Lions Park. There is a free concert from noon until 5 PM. And the best part? Family fun and bike activities throughout the day!  There is a skills course for strider riders on up, a climbing wall, face painting and a variety of family fun activities.

Get involved!  If you’re a Golden Giddyup first-timer, then show up and enjoy the festivities! If you’re registered to race, then plan ahead and purchase any bike parts or cycling accessories to be prepared. Get your bike maintenance tools and prep your mountain bike for a great day in the saddle. 

The Golden Giddyup is a wonderful event and more so, an opportunity to really thank all those that make our mountain bike trails great. We’ll see you at the Golden Giddyup! 


The Benefits Of Cycling For Seniors Living with Arthritis

September 5, 2019

Nearly 50% of people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with arthritis. Exercise can help alleviate arthritis pain and improve joint flexibility, however, arthritis can also make certain forms of exercise more challenging. Fortunately, cycling is a low-impact exercise option for seniors with arthritis pain, helping them to stay active and improve symptoms of their condition. As we’ve written previously, having the right bike parts can play a role in injury prevention and ease or riding for cyclist of all ages.  Yet, specific to older cyclists, partnership with the government is key to promoting better public health, as government sponsorship of cycling programs for older adults in the community can dramatically improve the quality of life for the 10.9 percent of Colorado residents who are over 65.

Cardiovascular Exercise is Crucial if You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes the body to attack its own tissues, resulting in inflammation. This inflammation is not just limited to the joints but affects all systems of the body, including the heart. As a result, people who have rheumatoid arthritis are 50% more likely to develop heart disease. Cycling is a great way to increase your heart rate and manage weight, reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke. The CDC currently awards 71.4 million dollars at the state and local level to raise awareness, deliver medical care and develop lifestyle programs to prevent and treat heart disease. Needless to say, using these funds towards a cycling program would help seniors with rheumatoid arthritis take charge of their cardiovascular health.

Cycling Improves Joint Health Without Causing Pain
Regular activity has a number of proven benefits for improving the health of people with arthritis. Running or jogging, however, may not be the best choice for seniors with certain types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis wears down the cartilage and tissue between the joints, which means that running while you have this condition results in bone rubbing against bone. Cycling, on the other hand, does not involve bearing any weight on your joints and flushes oxygen-rich blood through the joints to keep them healthy and lubricated. While it may be difficult to motivate yourself to exercise, especially if you’re struggling with pain or discomfort, joining a group at a local senior recreation center can making working out more fun.

It’s Easy to Modify Cycling to Meet Your Needs
Seniors with arthritis can take steps to modify their cycling equipment and bike parts to best ensure their comfort and safety, and the efficacy of their workout. Fortunately, at Peak Cycles, we are your bike fit resource offering improved comfort, efficiency, and performance regardless of the cyclist’s age.  And, since arthritis is the primary diagnosis in nearly 5% of seniors living in nursing homes, government programs can help provide funding for exercise equipment that makes cycling possible for seniors in assisted living facilities. A recumbent bicycle supports the back and allows you to exercise without placing any pressure on your knees. It may also be easier to get on and off a recumbent bicycle. A gel-padded saddle can also help you maintain proper posture and keep your lower back from aching. It’s important to make sure your road, mountain, or hybrid bike is properly adjusted to your height, to avoid having to bend over the handlebars uncomfortably. Again, this is where a bit fit makes a world of difference in comfort. 

Incorporating cycling into your exercise plan is a great way to alleviate arthritis and maintain healthy joints as you age. Finding safe and effective forms of exercise for seniors ensures better overall health and a better quality of life. If you’re over 65 and living with arthritis, start pedaling your way towards living pain-free.

 


End of Summer Sale at Peak Cycles

August 29, 2019

Labor Day weekend is the last chance to enjoy summer for the year.  Most celebrate the holiday with cookouts, family gatherings, and parties.  At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we encourage you to celebrate the holiday with some fresh new cycling gear! 

Right now and through September 2nd, save up to 40% on select Specialized bikes and gear.  In addition, we have some epic deals on new and used bikes! The sale includes bikes from Specialized, Liv Cycling, and Giant. While you’re in the shop checking out those bikes, you might want to take a peek at the new Specialized Turbo Creo SL.  No doubt, it is sure to turn some heads on the road and make your Strava PR’s envious. Bring your cycling apparel and take it for a test spin! 

Another option for saving money while having fun with your bike is to experiment with new or different bike parts or a new bike.  Venture out of your comfort zone and try a new road bike or mountain bike for one of your upcoming events.  If experimentation isn’t your thing, then at least replace worn out bike parts or catch deals on bike close-outsbike parts, and components. Stock up on cycling apparel for the fall and winter months to keep motivation high through the transitioning season. Maybe try a dropper post for your mountain bike or new bar tape for your road bike. Better yet, replace your stinky helmet for a freshly smelling one! The idea here is to take advantage of the sales we’ve got going on while also inspiring you to keep riding through the late summer months as we transition into fall. Keep that fitness and motivation going! 

So, whether you need a new bike, cycling clothing, bike parts or cycling components, you’ll find the best deals at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop. As a reminder, 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. And if you are in the Front Range area, stop by our Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop in Golden, Colorado to pick up the cycling accessories you’ll need for your Labor Day ride adventures or visit us online at BikeParts.com.  

Happy Labor Day friends and be sure to shop with us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop to take advantage of this end of summer sale.  


Inspired by the Colorado Classic? Top Ways You Can Support The Women Cyclists in Your Life and Community  

August 22, 2019

Today kicks off Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and in just a few days, these phenomenal racers will grace the streets of Golden, Colorado. At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we couldn’t be more excited to see the race unfold! More so, we embrace this opportunity to support the movement to inspire women, challenge and redefine female professional cycling, and empower women of all ages to cycle, train, race and enjoy all that the world of cycling offers.  We invite you to do the same! 

As the race develops, witnessing the athleticism, strength, endurance, and race strategies these athletes embody is inspiring. Capture that inspiration and take action on it! Get young girls, teenagers, and women interested in cycling and further support their existing training and racing programs with bike parts, cycling apparel, and cycling related products that the women racing in the Colorado Classic have available to them.  

Support doesn’t have to cost a lot but it could make a huge difference. Think of it this way, your support and inspiration could be the confidence-building or the inspiration needed to take action on dreams, goals, and achievements that would never be realized.  Just like the Colorado Classic. This is the only stand-alone women’s pro race in the Western Hemisphere – with the same prize money as the men. The Colorado Classic is making big strides in the world of women’s cycling and so can you.  There are countless ways to support women’s cycling. Following are just a few:

Ride together!  Whether you are riding the road or hitting some great single track, stick together and ride together. Maybe do intervals or practice skills on the mountain bike.  Riding together rather than dropping your female cyclist can ease the mental toll that creates from the constant pressure to keep up with you or the group. You don’t have to ride together every ride, but certainly, on no-drop rides – ensure they really are no-drop rides.  This invites beginners and riders with less confidence to find their way into the group, gain some skill level, and improve fitness.  Consider it “paying it forward”.  

The pro riders in the Colorado Classic are riding, training, and racing on quality road bikes. Support your female cyclist in having a good bike – and a well-fitting bike!   Surprisingly, great road bicycles don’t have to come at a hefty price tag.  Right now, in our Golden, Colorado shop we have a huge end of summer sale.  Now is the time to take advantage of the 40% off on select Specialized bikes and gear.  We also have a wide selection of women’s cycling apparel so it’s worth taking the time to stop in, try some things on, check out the road and mountain bikes, and cash in on the end of summer sale.

Pay attention to the nutritional differences of female athletes.  Specific to training and racing, many cyclists have different preferences as to how they prefer to get their fuel while riding – whether that is in nutrition bars, gels, and liquids. We have several options including nutritional products just for women. Specifically, Osmo nutrition.  This product is specific to women offering three options: active hydration, acute recovery, and preload hydration. These options are definitely worth looking into considering that oftentimes, female nutritional requirements differ from men’s requirements. 

Take training to another level with heart rate monitors and power meters. Pro riders train with power and heart rate and even recreational riders do too.  Some mistakingly think that technology takes away the “riding experience” or that it is too costly for their level of riding.  However, times have changed and power meters are much more affordable.  Specific to cycling performance, they offer objective biofeedback to help improve fitness related to goals. Many cyclists goes by “feel” as to whether or not they are getting stronger, faster, or “better” but power meters take the guessing out of the equation and offer precise feedback that gives true confidence that there is an improvement.  

Last but not least, get a bike fit! Pro riders get bike fits – and so can you! An often overlooked component of successful racing and training is a bike fit. Leg strength, endurance, and fitness are at the heart of cycling speed, but without a proper bike fit, you are sabotaging your training efforts.  Bike fits aren’t just for the pros, they are for everyone that rides. So go ahead and make the best of your training efforts and schedule a bike fit in our professional bike fit studio.

There are countless suggestions that we can offer for training and racing tips to support women’s cycling.  Stop by the Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop on Saturday during Stage 3 of the Colorado Classic and ask our staff for ideas and suggestions.  Also, keep current by following our Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates.


BikeParts.com Guide to the Colorado Classic – Stage 3 in Golden, Colorado 

August 15, 2019

We are just days away from the start of the 2019 Colorado Classic.  This fabulous, three-day invitation-only event is sanctioned by USA Cycling and will kick off in Breckenridge on August 21 and conclude in Golden on August 23, prior to the start of the last day of racing for the USA Pro Challenge. It is the first time since 1988 that some of the best men and women in the world will be sharing courses at a major, international stage race in Colorado.  And, Colorado sports enthusiasts and cycling fans around the world wait with anticipation of yet another phenomenal pro race.  With stunning Colorado backdrops, high adrenaline, high altitude thrills of pro cycling, what’s more to like? 

Anticipation.  The Colorado Classic is the only women’s stand-alone stage race in the Western Hemisphere on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) calendar and USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour and we are thrilled to watch it play out! The women competing in the Women’s USA Pro Challenge will include top national riders and Olympians. The women will race for the same prize money as the men and it will help lead the way for future equal winnings in races.  More than a race, the Colorado Classic will act as a movement to inspire women, challenge and redefine female professional cycling, and ultimately, empower women of all ages to break the mold, and fight for their goals.

Given that BikeParts.com / Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is located on Washington Street in the heart of downtown Golden, Colorado, we’re poised to give you the rundown on the best ways to experience this fantastic event. 

The Stage
First, take a look at what Stage 3 in Golden, Colorado is all about. On paper, Stage 3 in Golden looks like a sprinter’s delight with seven swift laps of a nine-mile circuit that starts and finishes under the iconic Golden arch downtown. But don’t be fooled as the short steep climb up the historic Washington St. is enough for a mini-QOM on the last lap, combined with additional rollers, add up to over 4,000’ of vertical. Look for breakaway attempts and sprint trains after the non-climbers have waited for two days to get on terrain that suits them.

Highlights of the stage include 3 intermediate sprints and time bonuses; QOM up Washington Street at the start of the last lap; Short steep hill on Washingtons Street right after the Start/Finish

And a great place to spectate is at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop! Of course, there are many other great course-side viewing options as well.  Yet, you’ll want to swing by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop because we have a dazzling display of road bikesmountain bikescycling accessories, and cycling apparel.  It’s enough to make your head spin! It’s the delightful appeal that only a local, mountain town bicycle shop can provide.  

Where to watch
Stage 3 will include three Fan Zones where you will get the best view of the racing. This includes the Start/Finish area; 15th and Washington and the Expo at Parfet Park. 

There are other events as well! 

Golden Women’s Community Ride – August 23rd, 5:30pm, a community ride, and everyone is invited. The ride will start under the Arch and make a quick trip to the Lions Park Ballfields where Movies and Music in the Park will start at 7 pm.  Activities celebrating women athletes will take place before the movie. Come celebrate the city’s deep commitment to women on bikes!

Golden Movie Night  – August 23, free in Lion’s Park, starting at 7 pm with music from the Sweet Lillies followed by a showing of Mary Poppins Returns at dusk under the stars, around 8:30 p.m.  Also, expect some updates on the race — in person!  

The Golden Farmer’s Market  – August 24th, 8 am – 1 pm.  Get some shopping done before the race starts!

Colorado Classic 5k presented by Altra — August 24, free fun run for anyone, any age starting at 9:00 am in Parfet Park and ending at the race finish line under the Golden Arch.

Shopping: Make good use of your day and stop by the shop. Browse through our road bikes and mountain bikes like Giant, and Specialized and check out our specialty bike parts.  Our highly-rated bike parts and components have become favorites among many. You may want to make the day memorable and pick up a select few bike partscycling accessories, or cycling apparel. Or, ask us for details on what to do near Golden and the best local places to ride in Golden. We know the best road rides and mountain bike trails for every type of rider.  Call ahead or visit us at BikeParts.com

We’re loving the good vibe the Colorado Classic brings to the sport of cycling!  Wishing all racers the very best!