Top Ways to Stay Visible While Cycling

February 6, 2020

In recent years the number of accidents involving cars hitting cyclists has gone up considerably. More than 700 cyclists are killed in accidents involving cars annually. While there is no way to eliminate the risk of an accident when you’re cycling make sure that you and your bike are as visible to drivers as possible is a good way to lower the risk of being involved in a serious or fatal car accident.   Following are some tried and true ways for cyclists to stay visible when they are riding.

Wear Neon Colors

Neon colors were popular with everyone in the 80s, but they’re still a popular choice for cyclists because they can make you much more visible when you’re a bike at night. Invest in some high-quality performance wear for cycling that has neon patches or stripes that will light up when car lights hit them. That will increase your visibility and keep you safer when you’re cycling. 

Install Lights On Your Bike

Another way to boost your visibility is to have front and rear lights put on your bike if your bike doesn’t have them already. The front and rear light will function like the lights on a car to make your bike more visible to drivers around you. A front light will also make it easier for you to see the road ahead of you and avoid broken pavement or obstructions. 

Get A Safety Vest

Every cyclist should have a safety vest. Actually, you should have more than one. You should keep one in your saddlebag, one with your bike, and one in the car or at work so that you always have one nearby when you want to go for a ride. Safety vests are inexpensive lightweight vests made from reflective material that will light up brightly when lights hit them. Safety vests are easy to wear, don’t add bulk, and can be worn over any type of clothing. They’re great for visibility and so inexpensive that you can afford to have several of them. 

Ride During The Day

If you like to ride after work to relax this might not be something that you really want to do, but statistically riding during the day when there’s more light means that you’re less likely to be in an accident. Be flexible with your ride times and if there’s a lot of traffic on your usual ride route you should think about switching to a daytime ride to be safer. 

Ride In A Group

Another way to boost your visibility and lower the risk of an accident is to ride in a group with friends. A driver may not see one cyclist that is riding next to the car but they will not be able to avoid multiple cyclists. It doesn’t have to be a big group of bikers to increase visibility and safety. If you can get a couple of friends to ride at lunchtime or after work with you that will help you stay visible and stay safer when you’re cycling. 

This article was provided by www.personalinjury-law.com, an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally.


TONIGHT! 2019 Bike Safety Talk with The Cyclist Lawyer

May 23, 2019

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

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

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

When: May 23, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 PM

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

Bonus: Participants of the class enjoy: 

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

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


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

May 9, 2019

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

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

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

Why: 

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

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

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


5 Great Reasons to Join Peak Cycles Shop Rides 

April 25, 2019

If you’re like most cyclists, then riding alone is the default when you first start riding. If you’re not competing or part of a club, then over time, you may long for others to ride and train with to increase fitness and explore new rides and trails.  

Riding with others can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of cycling. Yet, it can be a little intimidating if you haven’t done it before or it has been a while since you have ridden your bike in a group setting. But, it doesn’t have to be! At Peak Cycles, we head out every Wednesday evening for a fun ride. Here are some of the benefits as to why cyclist enjoy riding with us. 

  1. Build camaraderie. Riding alone can get lonely. Meet other riders and make new friends. 
  2. Learn new skills! Not sure how to clear a complicated obstacle? Unsure how to navigate a certain line? Build confidence in learning from and watching others.
  3. Ride proudly! Show off your new mountain bike or cycling gear! Or, ask others about why they have certain bike parts or cycling accessories. Discover the pros and cons of other rider’s choices and see what is best for you
  4. Up your skill level and get comfortable riding in a group environment. Conquer nervousness about riding with others. Learn how to ride safely and in your comfort zone while being part of the pack.
  5. Most of all, have fun! Riding with others is just plain fun! Laugh, cheer each other on, make jokes, suffer together! It’s all good! 

Join us on our weekly shop ride. Meet at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop at 1224 Washington Avenue in Golden, Colorado.  We leave right around 6PMRides are weather permitting. And the bonus – it’s a no drop ride.  What exactly does no drop mean? This means that no rider is left behind, and you can count on one of the riders in the group to be on the lookout for you and ensure that everyone stays together.  

If you aren’t sure about the weather or you have a question, call the shop at (303) 216-1616 and check out our Facebook page for details.  See you next Wednesday! 


Bike Safety Comes First

April 27, 2017

Helmets at BikeParts.com keep riders safe!

Vehicle and motorcycle drivers understand that there are certain rules that make things safer for everyone on the roads.

However, they may not know that there are specific guidelines for dealing with cyclists. Likewise, riders must obey certain traffic laws to keep things safe for themselves and motorists. However, you don’t need a license to ride a bike. That’s why it’s even more important to educate both drivers and cyclists about safety on the road.    

At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we provide cycling accessories and cycling apparel to keep cyclist safe.  While having a bike bell, lights, a safety vest, and a helmet are all helpful, we also encourage riders to know the rules of the road.  

Because bike accidents involving vehicles is not as uncommon as you might think, we encourage riders to be mindful of having a well maintained bike with properly working bike parts to maintain safe riding conditions.  We also support mindful bike riding.  As in, not riding on the sidewalk, not riding to close to the curb, maintaining eye contact with pedestrians and motorist, and always wearing a proper fitting helmet. 

The post, An Essential Cyclist Safety Guide for Riders and Motorists, shares more details on bike safety.  Additionally, the post How to Not Get Hit by Cars shares important lessons in bike safety.  Be an informed and safe rider – know the rules of the road and ride safe. 


The Smart Cyclist’s Guide to Preventing Bike Theft

March 2, 2017

Bikes are Safe and Secure at BikeParts.com

About 15,000 bicycles have been reported stolen to the Denver police since 2011. That’s about seven bikes a day taken by bike thieves.  

In fact, Denver consistently ranks in the top ten cities nationwide for bike theft. More so, over a million bikes are stolen every year across the United States. Bike theft is on the rise.  Beyond the financial cost of the crime, it’s heartbreaking to find out someone stole your bike.  Cyclist love their bikes.

As much time as cyclist invest in selecting their road and mountain bikes, and choosing the perfect bike parts and cycling accessories, it’s imperative to protect the bikes we love.  Here’s how.

Make it hard to steal
This is obvious and a no brainer; however, how many times have you been on a ride to find yourself dismounting from your bike to quickly run into a corner store for food or water?  Most times, your bike is left without supervision.  Do not leave your bike unattended. For even safer keeping, do not store bikes unlocked inside home garages.  Leave your bicycle in a visible, well lit area.  When commuting, if possible, avoid leaving your bike locked overnight.

Location
There are numerous bike racks strategically located around coffee shops, stores, and workplaces.  These bike racks are typically in public locations where theft is obvious and rarely occurs. If, however, a bike is parked or locked at a location other than these racks—for instance, attached to a tree or street sign—theft is more likely to occur.   Be mindful as to where you leave your bike.

Lock it
You should always carry a secure lock whenever you plan to leave your bicycle unattended. The U-locks have proven to be most effective, but like all locks they can be defeated. At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we have bicycle locksU locks, and U lock combination kits.  Depending on your bicycle components, you may opt for one lock or multiple ones. 

Lock it correctly
Yes, there is a right way to lock your bike!  When locking any bike on the street, secure both the wheels and frame. (hint – that is why you may want more than one lock and opt for a combination kit.) Remove, or take with you, any easily removed bike parts. Specifically, remove cycling accessories, your helmet, locking skewers on wheels, locking saddle rings and  lights.  If you bike commute regularly, you may consider installing fixed baskets and panniers vs having removable ones.  It’s a good idea to have a messenger bag or something similar to use on a regular basis as well.  These are the basic necessities needed to secure your road or mountain bike while you’re away at work or running errands.  

Register it
No different than a car, it’s important to register your bike.  Start with documenting ownership of your bike(s): take photos and document the bike’s serial number and all bike parts. Retain all purchase receipts.  Next, register your bike with the National Bike Registry.  If you live in Denver you can register your bike at the Denver Bike Registry.   

What if your bike is stolen?
If your bike is stolen, act fast!  File a police report. Bike Denver offers more information including filing a police report.  You may be hesitant, but have an officer come and take down the report.  Alternatively, if you can, or go to the station with your information, including the bike’s serial number, make, model, and photos of the bike for the report. If you have any video surveillance of the incident—or know there were cameras in the area—include that information with the report.  Take action! Spread news about your stolen bike far and wide throughout your social networks. Post a photo of your bike on Facebook and Twitter and get your friends to repost. The more eyes you have on the streets looking for your bike, the far more likely you are to uncover it.

Prevent bike theft by adhering to the above tips. Of course, no one is guaranteed that their bike will be safe, but these tips will help keep you and your bike safe.


Know the Rules of the Road – Register for Our Bike Safety Class

May 19, 2016

Now that the rain has passed and spring has officially sprung, the roads and mountain bike trails on the Front Range trails are beckoning us to ride them.  Anticipating the fresh air and the sun on our faces, it’s easy to get caught up in the experience and forget critical riding safety tips that were all so familiar at the end of last season.

Now is the time to check your bike for spring riding! Do you have a flat that needs changing? Are your brakes working properly? Is your chain lubed?  Do you need new bike parts?  But wait!  It’s not all about the bike, right? Spring is also the time to reacquaint yourself with bike safety, the rules of the road, and proper cycling etiquette.  In fact, the most important thing a cyclist can do to ensure bicycle safety is to follow the rules of the road.

To help you start the season off right,  Peak Cycles/Bikeparts.com in Collaboration with the Foothills Running and Cycling Club is hosting a League of American Bicyclists Bike Safety Class. The feature presenter will be Golden’s very own Megan Hottman aka “The Cyclist Lawyer“. This is a great opportunity to get caught up on bike safety and the current rules of the road in Colorado.  Learn what the laws are for cyclists; how you legally and appropriately ride on public roads; what the rules are for turning, stopping, passing; your rights and obligations; become educated on bike safety, commuting and much, much more!  And…it gets even better! On the night of the event, Peak Cycles will be offering a 15% discount for all items, including bikes.  Keep in mind, discount excludes already discounted bikes and items. 

  • When: Thursday, June 16th from 6PM – 9PM
  • Where: Peak Cycles, 1224 Washington Ave #145, Golden, CO 80401
  • Who’s it for: All cyclist!  We will provide you with materials and guidance, as well as the laws and etiquette you need to take to the roads and trails. You will leave feeling more informed, more secure in your rights and obligations as a cyclist, and more confident and comfortable as you embark on your cycling journey.   

Join the fun! There will be food, drinks, cycling education, and even bike parts to drool over!  Become a street smart, savvy, safe, educated, conscientious cyclist.   Register today!  


How to Cycle Smart and Safely: Register Now for Peak Cycles- Biking 101

April 10, 2014

photo credit: League of American Bicyclist

Have you noticed?  Spring is here!  And you know what that means, right? The cycling season has launched! Hurray!

Now is the time to check your bike for spring riding! Do you have a flat that needs changing? Are your brakes working properly? Is your chain lubed?  Do you need new bike parts?

But wait!  It’s not all about the bike, right? Spring is also the time to reacquaint yourself with bike safety, the rules of the road, and proper cycling etiquette.  During the winter months, it’s easy to forget many of the basics to riding safely on the road.  And, drivers forget to look for cyclist when they are driving as they transition from the winter to springtime.   No fear – help is near!

Join us for a FREE class offered to all cyclists on laws are for cyclists. Learn what the laws are for cyclists; how you legally and appropriately ride on public roads; what the rules are for turning, stopping, passing; your rights and obligations; become educated on bike safety, commuting and much, much more!  REGISTER HERE.

When:
May 5, 2014
6:30 PM

Where:
Peak Cycles
1224 Washington Ave #145
Golden, CO 80401

Who’s it For:
All cyclist – especially new cyclist.  We will provide you materials and guidance, as well as the laws and etiquette you need to take to the roads and trails. You will leave feeling more informed, more secure in your rights and obligations as a cyclist, and more confident and comfortable as you embark on your cycling journey.

Don’t miss out! There will be food, drinks, cycling education, and even bike parts to drool over!  Become a street smart, savvy, safe, educated, conscientious cyclist.   See you on May 5th at 6:30! 

REGISTER TODAY


Pedal Power for Good: Kicking off National Bike Month in May at Peak Cycles

April 25, 2013

April showers bring May flowers and for us in Golden, Colorado – a long overdue start to the bike riding season!  May is recognized as National Bike Month and as a local bike shop and an online bike parts store serving the nation,  we couldn’t be happier!  Bike commuting, road riding, and mountain bike riding are all part of living a healthy lifestyle but they also serve as alternative transportation, helping the environment, as well as getting families, businesses, and communities involved.

As supporters of several bike race teams and local events, we encourage you to put your pedal power to good use this bike month.  Get committed and enroll your family, colleagues and others to get on a bike! Ride! Here’s how you can participate in National Bike Month with us at Peak Cycling.

For your bike: The bike season is a bit overdue due to the linger winter weather.  Now is the time to dust off that bike, look it over, and perform any bike maintenance to ensure comfortable and safe riding.

  • Get a tune up
  • Replace old bike parts with new ones
  • Replace worn out gear like helmets , shoes , gloves
  • Treat yourself to one of our jerseys – ride local and proud
  • Set a milage goal for the month of May- get a new computer

For your family and friends: Bike commuting has numerous benefits: it improves your health, saves you money on car maintenance and gas bills, and overall, lightens your mood and refreshes your outlook.

For your business: Create a bike commuting program for employees. Bike commuting increases worker productivity, reduces parking cost, reduces carbon emissions and bicycles can be produced and maintained locally by local bike shops (like us – Peak Cycles) contributing to local job opportunities as part of a sustainable economy.

For your community: Bike riding offers a certain connection to the open air and the surrounding trees. It’s amazing how usual surroundings look different when on a bike.  It can can be done by toddlers, teenagers, youngsters and adults as well. It can be used as personal time to reflect upon your day or a means to unite friends for regular rides.

  • Explore and discover your local community by bike
  • Commute by bike for work and play
  • Learn how to use Google maps and the City of Golden website for bike routes

What are you waiting for?  Pump up your tires, lube your chain, and put your pedal power to good use!  Ride ON!