Peak Cycles Crushing Colorado Mountain Bike Races

June 27, 2013

These are beautiful days on our Colorado mountain bike trails.  What makes them even better?  Cool bikes, new bike parts, and team riders crushing it on the Front Rage trails and mountain bike races.   Check out some of team riders styling with our latest mtb parts.

Team Rider Josh Murdock on the podium after crushing it on his Specialized Stumpjumper.

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Team rider Sam Cory has been crushing it lately on his Specialized Demo 8!

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Team rider Taylor Schmidt at Apex Park in Golden, Colorado

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Team riders at the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series Ridgeline Rampage

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What’s next on tap for the Peak Cycles race team?  Lots! Visit us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop to find out or look for our bike parts.com team tent at upcoming races!

  • Winter Park Epic Singletrack Series
  • Keystone enduro
  • Rocky Mountain Endurance Series
  • Snake River Mountain Bike Race & Festival
  • Guanella Pass Hill Climb
  • Leadville Silver Rush 50 MTB Race
  • Breckenridge 100

5 Race Day Strategies for Spring Races in Colorado

April 11, 2013

11895116_879913045419413_8627429630943288070_oThe Spring Racing Season in Colorado is here! With upcoming events like the Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial SeriesFront Range Cycling ClassicRidgeline Rampage, and Fruita Fat Tire Festival, road and mountain bike racers are ready to ride.  But, don’t think that just showing up on the line is enough.  Preparing mentally, physically, and being bike ready will ensure a successful start to the season.  Following are 5 strategies successfully used by our Bike Parts Race Team. 

Set Goals – For some, early season races are just about getting harder efforts in and saddle time.  However, having defined goals can help reduce pre race anxiety and also help you better evaluate your performance post race.  Identify what you want to accomplish with this event whether it be a targeted Heart Rate or Power zone, a solid nutrition plan, or attacking certain areas on the race course.

Race Route – Know the course and the conditions.  Spring weather can alter race course conditions considerably.  Take into consideration the bike parts you’ll be racing and confirm you have the bike components and gear needed to successfully race the course.  For mountain bike components – consider tire selection carefully when riding wet and muddy trails.

Race Day Rituals – Designing and refining a pre-event routine is an important part of building a successful race season.  Does having a checklist of race day activities help structure your preparation to the start line?  Include items such as nutrition, hydration, clothes, gear, extra bike parts and basic bike tools. This way, you won’t be forgetting anything as you prepare for your start.  Maybe visualization, mantras, and breathing exercises are your thing.  Regardless, early season races offer a chance to build on race day rituals that have helped you in the past and also enhance your support for the season going forward.

Start Line Mental State – Your thoughts, emotions, and pre race behaviors are components of your mental state, so take inventory of your mental state and align them with your goals.  It’s easy early Season to compare your training and fitness to others.  Here is where having your race plan and goals specific to this event comes in handy.

Success Parameters – Evaluate your results based on your goals.  What worked?  What didn’t?  What can you do next race to get a better result?  Be objective and explore how your mental and physical training helped prepare you for this event.  Remember to evaluate your bike and cycling accessory selections.  Did you race the right bike?  Would a different wheel set make a difference?  Did you suffer from mechanicals?  Now is the time to dial in, replace, and buy the bike parts that you need going into your next event.

Do you have any race strategies you’d like to share?  Post them here or stop by the Peak Cycles Bike Shop in Golden, Colorado!  We’d love to hear them!


8 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Favorite Cyclist

November 29, 2012

The Holiday Season is full on and if you have a cyclist or occasional bicycle rider on your Christmas list, it may be difficult to find just the right bike-related gift.  But have no fear!  We’ll help you blaze through your holiday shopping list and keep the holiday cheer.  For starters, we’ll focus on small things — stuff that fits in a stocking.

  • 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 cyclist 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!
  • 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.  They nice thing about these is that they fit nicely in a holiday stocking in as much as they do a cycling jersey!
  • Gloves: Here’s another thing that every cyclist already has, but which every cyclist can always use more of.
  • Bike nutrition – as in Energy bars / gels / chews: Instead of chocolate, fill the stocking (or water bottle) with nutrition, bars, gels, and drinks
    your cyclist can use on the bike.
  • Lube: Every cyclist goes through it and we’ve got tons of it.
  • A gift for off the bike.  Maybe your cyclist would enjoy a pint glass, a poster, or some other bike parts goodie.

Now, for bigger items, are you unsure of what to get?   Check out popular mountainbike bike parts and popular road bike parts on our website for gift ideas.  Another option?  Give a gift that’s easy on the pocket book and light on the bike with PEAK CYCLES BICYCLE CLOSEOUTS!!!   With 5-70% off on top products and over 2200 closeout and overstocked items you’ll be sure find a few bicycle components or cycling goodies your favorite cyclist will enjoy!

See how easy it is to purchase bike parts for your favorite cyclist?  Happy Holidays!


10 + 1 Really BIG Reason to be Grateful for Cycling

November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving: A day to eat turkey, watch football, and give personal thanks for the fortunes of the year.  It is also an opportunity to reflect and give thanks.  With that in mind, we celebrate the joys of cycling:

  1. Meet great people.
  2. Get to ride with great bike parts.
  3. Enjoy your natural surroundings.
  4. Go car free and pollutant free.
  5. It is great exercise.
  6. Wear brightly colored jerseys.
  7. Freedom to ride anywhere.
  8. Time for personal reflection.
  9. Explore different towns and local areas.
  10. Guilt free consumption of mass quantities of calories – well earned, of course!

The best reason to be grateful for cycling at Thanksgiving?   Big savings on bike parts.    Be At the Front of the Pack for Black Friday  there’s going to be a special website discount offered on Black Friday.   Look for the discount on the BikeParts.com  website on Friday, November 23, 2012.  A great chance to win big Friday through Sunday. LINK

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’d 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!


How to Be At the Front of the Pack for Black Friday

November 15, 2012

US Pro Cycling Challenge Most cyclists, whether competitive or not, enjoy being at the front of the pack.  Sure, it’s safer, but it’s also cool to be in front.  As the Thanksgiving Holiday is right around the corner, now’s the time to position yourself to be at the front of the pack – shopping that is!

Leading out the shopping season is Black Friday.  Here’s your chance to cash in on bike components, apparel, bicycle parts including trainers and all sorts of bike goodies.  Why? Because there’s going to be a special website discount offered on Black Friday.  Head’s Up!  Look for the discount on the BikeParts.com  website on Friday, November 23, 2012.  A great chance to win big Friday through Sunday.

Sitting in the pack is Small Business Saturday.  This day, November 24th, is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Be a good domestique and share the love.   Peak Cycles has been pulling at the front by supporting four cycling race teams and generously donating product and time to the local community of  Golden, CO and the Greater Denver Area.

Last but not least, we’ve got Cyber Monday.  Not quite off the back, but Monday, November 26, 2012, Bikeparts.com  may be your best option for cyber shopping.  In addition to the store front, the 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.

So whether you go for a solo attack or a team tactic towards your cycling holiday shopping, one thing is for certain: Bikeparts.com has you covered.


Off to Fruita Mountain States Cup event

April 11, 2008

The BikeParts.com professional racing team is heading to Fruita, Colorado this weekend for the 1st Mountain States Cup Series Event. We will be riding our new Maverick race bikes.

Rabbit Valley, Fruita, CO – The Mountain States Cup, one of the nation’s leading mountain bike race series, kicks off April 12-13 with the Rabbit Valley Rally.
The series opener treats riders to a blistering off-road time trial and a traditional long-loop cross country race.

Stay tuned for race photos, results and team updates.

Event website: http://www.racemsc.com/events/rabbitvalleyrally.html


BikeParts.com You Tube Channel

April 9, 2008

We have setup a YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/bikepartsdotcom to post all of our video. Check it out.

      


2008 Maverick Durance race team mountain bikes

April 8, 2008

The new 2008 Maverick Durance bikes are starting to arrive at the shop!  

Blue Bikes


Ribbon Trail – Grand Junction, Colorado Mountain Bike Ride

March 27, 2008

So Tyler and I spent 5 days of our spring break riding in the Fruita/Grand Junction area.  We rode Rabbit Valley, 18Road, Ribbon Trail, Free Lunch, Moore Fun, Horsethief and Gunny Loop.  Check out some of the photos here and some of the video too!  Props to Ross Schnell for letting us invade his house during the trip!Rabbit Vally - Colorado/Utah border


Colin Osborn, BikeParts.com team rider

March 27, 2008

Colin Osborn, BikeParts.com team rider and Fort Lewis College student, has a sweet blog. check it out.

link: http://www.colinosborn.com/ 


The new team look…Jersey design, Giro helmets and blue Maverick Durance bikes!

March 22, 2008
Here is the new look for Team Bikeparts.com for the 2008 Season! We will be protecting our heads with the Giro Atmos Picture_3
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New team bike?

March 15, 2008

So, I just found this bike for sale on Craigslist… the colors are right and I think it would make a SWEET Super D bike! 😉Lowrider


McDowell Mountain Park Mountain Bike rides

March 12, 2008

It’s finally spring time, at least in AZ. After 3 months of  cold weather riding I headed down to Fountain Hills, AZ for a week of MTB. McDowell Mountain Park is a great local trail system, and former home of the Cactus Cup. In fact, the last time I had ridden there was the 1998 Cactus Cup. Ride you bike to the park from Rio Verde or Fountain Hills and pay $1 to get into the park. Drive and pay $6 for a car.

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I vividly remember my buddy Will making monkey sounds at Gert-Jan Theunisse during the crit. We all use to think that Gert hit the sauce a little too hard in his career and ended up with a Neanderthal forehead. At the time Gert was coaching Bart Brentjens and Filip Meirhaeghe. Filip was later popped for epo.

I rode a new Giant 2007 Anthem 0, stock OTB with mavic crossmax wheelset XTR pedals and Ron Andrews custom Titanium King Cages.

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McDowell has a sweet trail system, directional and clearly marked. The “competitive track” area is composed of three main loops, the long loop ,sport loop and technical loop. All are fairly wide open and fast. The sandy, gravelly trail surface is slippery at high speeds. Drifting corners while navigating cactus is a necessary skill. I ran about 160lb in my Fox front and rp23 rear shox. A little high but ok due to high speed, rocky conditions.

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Corners can be very slippery.

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Click here for more Pics.


A Weekend in Moab, Spring 2008 Mountain Bike Rides

March 6, 2008

So, Matt, Tate, Colin, Josh and I headed west for the weekend and spent a relaxing weekend riding some new trails in Moab. On Saturday, we climbed Amasa Back and looked for the RockStacker trail. After Josh slipped on the sandstone, we found the killer trail. Click here for more photos of the days adventure!Img_4247

Then, while it was snowing 12″ inches in Denver, we went for a ride up Porcupine and down the Portal Trail! It was a little chilly but much better then the Front Range! 🙂 Click here for some photos of Sundays ride!

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Found on Flickr, Boulder Colorado, 2007 cyclocross race, Team BikeParts.com

January 6, 2008

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