4th of July – Declare Independence from Your Car

July 4, 2013
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Joshua Murdock climbing Old Three Mile Highway in Linnville, North Carolina.

Guess how many trips Americans take in a day?  It’s a big number.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that Americans take over 1.1 billion trips per day. They also reported that 78% of these were in single occupant vehicles.  It is estimated that motor vehicles account for roughly 50% of urban air pollution and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions -all contributing to climate change and air pollution.

In celebration of Fourth of July, why not declare independence from your car?  Ride a bike!  Along the Front Range, and in particular, our home town of Golden, Colorado, it’s easy to commute by bike.  Not only do we have a vast network of well maintained bike paths, but at bikeparts.com, we also have all the road parts and mtb parts, commuter bikes, and cycling accessories to make any bike commute easy and fun!

In fact, many people bike commute to work and to run errands, but have you ever considered getting your groceries by bike?  One of our favorite products, the Burley Travoy makes it easy to shop and get your groceries on your bike.

All in all, you may ask, why is all this important?  Because as a supporter of our local community and race teams, we know bike commuting is a win-win for our local community and both businesses and individuals looking to reduce costs, embrace eco awareness, and promote healthy, livable cities.

Here’s the catch: to take advantage of all the great things cycling offers, you have to actually get ON the bike and ride it!  Stop by the Peak Cycles Bike Shop to check out our cool selection of commuter bikes and get rolling today.


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

You Know You Want It! Here’s How to Buy a New Bike

May 30, 2013

IMG_3455For many people, buying a new bike is a more difficult decision than buying a new car.  Why?  Because today, manufacturers offer more models than ever in a wider variety of price points. And there are an exceptional array of bike parts, wheels, brakes and shifting systems that operate like never before.  Having a variety of choices is a wonderful thing but at BikeParts.com, we’re here to help you navigate the confusion to help you get the bike you want – and the bike you will ride.

First off, build your bike profile.  Decide what type of riding you will be doing, how often, and the types of terrain you plan to ride. Because there are so many bike parts to build a new mountain bike or road bike, it’s important to get clear on what you are looking to do.  Here are some questions you need to get you started:

  • What type of bicycle do I want?  Will I be mountain biking, road cycling, or is comfort my biggest factor in a bike?
  • Am I interested in casual riding? Entry level competitive cycling? Full on racing?
  • How many miles might I log per week, or year?
  • What type of tires should my bike have?
  • What color bike do I want?
  • What size bike do I need?  The size of the bicycle is critical for comfortable riding.  It is helpful if the bike shop has a fit service.  Fortunately, at Peak Cycles, we do! Learn more here.
  • Do I want a bike with gears? If so, How many?
  • Do I prefer squishy handlebar pads, hard ones, or ones with tassels?
  • What kind of seat do I want?
  • Cycling accessories – what matters to me most: high-tech gadgets or are simpler designs?
  • What kind of handle bars do I want? Straight or curved?
  • Am I interested in the highest quality bike parts?  Or, can I get by with industry standard bicycle accessories?
  • How much am I willing to spend on a bike?

Finally, buy what you like. Feel good about what you’re buying, how it looks, how it rides.  Because of our varied mountain bike trials in Golden, Colorado and road ride circuits along the Front Range, we are asked for our advice on other bike accessories cyclist may need or want. Of course, buy a helmet first, and wear it. There are many other products which can enhance the riding experience as in hydration packs, eye protection, cycling apparel as well as numerous books and magazines available to help you educate yourself about the nuances of cycling.  We’re here to help you with all of it.

You couldn’t pick a better time to shop for a new bike. There are so many attractive choices today. Visit us at Peak Cycles in Golden or online at bikeparts.com and we can help with your decision making and offer advice you need to get you rolling on your new bike just in time for summer riding


Boom! The 2013 Peak Cycles Race Season if Off!

May 16, 2013

ridgeline BESTWhat does the Ridgeline Rampage, Battle of the Bear, Eagle 40, and 12 Hours of Mesa Verde all have in common?  Sure, they are all mountain bike races but they are also all races in which the Peak Cycles Race Team have all raced AND celebrated their success on the podium!

Congrats to all of our racers!  At BikeParts.com, we do all we can to support our competitive and non completive athletes.  And while our racers can tell you, racing takes its toll on themselves as athletes, but also on their bikes.  The season is in full swing and most venturing into the shop want to know how to ride faster, ride easier, and what they need to do either get their bike parts in order or keep them well maintained.

So, what can we learn from our podium finishers that the rest of us can use to better our cycling season?  For starters, they start their races with a clean and lubricated chain.  They make sure to lubricate the moving parts of brakes and derailleurs. Their brake pads are in good shape and tires have the appropriate air pressure.  And, most importantly, after they race, they inspect their bike and replace damaged bike parts.

What other things can we learn from our top racers?  Find out for yourself!  Stop by the Peak Cycles Bike Shop for the shop ride in Golden, Colorado, follow us on Twitter, or catch up on Colorado racing in our recent blog posts.

What’s next?  Look for Taylor J Schmidt, Weston Burcar, Dan Dwyer and Joshua Murdock at this weekend’s RME Indian Creek race.  Cheer them on, or better yet, get out there and race!


The Quickest Way To Get Faster? Get a Bike Fit!

May 9, 2013

Leg strength, endurance, and fitness are at the heart of cycling speed, but without a proper bike fit, you are sabotaging your training efforts.  Whether you’re just starting to ride or you’ve been cycling for a long time, consider the benefits of a professional bike fit.  At Bikeparts.com, we know how important a bike fit is.  It is so important that we recently devoted an entire room in our Golden, Colorado Peak Cycles Bike shop just for bike fitting.  But in case you are unaware, fit impacts comfort but also technique which is crucial to preventing overuse injuries.  Your body’s position on the bike affects how you ride. It affects how much power you can efficiently deliver to the pedals. It affects how comfortable you are on the bike.

In a sport based on such a highly repetitive action, like pedaling, the first line of defense against injury is a proper bike fit.  So what is a proper bike fit?  It doesn’t simply consist of setting a saddle height and bar reach. In today’s market, bike brands are designing some top-end rides for us to enjoy, but with these bikes come different geometries.  Many cyclist replacing bikes or bike parts inquire about the following bike components and their role in an overall bike fit:

  • Crank Length
  • Saddle Tilt
  • Saddle Height
  • The Fore-Aft Saddle Position
  • Knee over the pedal axle
  • Handlebar Position
  • Stock frame sizing
  • Cleat positioning

Do you know how these bike components fit in YOUR bike fit?  That would be good to know. In our full comprehensive bicycle fits by George Mullen, every cyclist  benefits from a good bike fit.  

  • Beginners who aren’t familiar with how a bike should fit and feel.
  • Current riders who can’t get comfortable on their current setup or have nagging injuries
  • Competitive cyclists who are looking for marginal gains. There’s no doubt that more power can result from tweaking your bike position.  It is well understood that a good aero fit is the most cost-effective way to speed up your bike split.

With eleven years of fitting experience and over over two-thousand fits, George is has the experience, the tools and the advanced training to handle any fit scenario. Stop by the Peak Cycles bike fitting studio to schedule a fit.  Also, order any bike parts you need from a recent fit online at bikeparts.com.  We offer a  huge selection of road bike parts, mountain bike parts, BMX bike parts and more. If you need it for your bike, then we have it!


Colorado Summer Vacations: 2013 Travelers Guide To Golden, Colorado Mountain Biking

May 2, 2013

BikeParts.com Team Rider Sam Dolzani shredding the season-opener Boulder Short Track RacePlanning a trip to Colorado? Why not explore the Front Range from the seat of a mountain bike?

Colorado’s Front Range includes countless mountain bike trails offering an abundance of steep, rocky and sandy terrain with exposed terrain, an abundance of climbing, as well as easy, smooth single track.  Sounds like a mountain biker’s dream – and it is.

Whether you’re traveling solo, with your family, or in a large group, the trick to enjoying the Front Range Single Track is being prepared.

The first step in your trip preparation is selecting the trails you want to ride.  Golden, located just outside of Denver, Colorado offers world class mountain bike riding.  Some of the popular Front Range trails include:

  • White Ranch Trail
  • Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail
  • North Table Mountain
  • Green Mountain Park
  • South Table Mountain
  • Chimney Gulch Trail
  • Apex Park Trail
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park
  • Lair O’ the Bear

Next, you’ll want to gather trail intelligence.  Meaning, there are key elements you should know before heading out on any unfamiliar trail:

  • Know the profile – How much climbing and descending should you expect?
  • Know the route – Where  is the trailhead?  How long is the route?  What is the technical difficulty?  What type of terrain will you be riding?  And, What are the current trail conditions?
  • Know the weather conditions before, during, and soon after you expect to ride.  Colorado weather changes quickly and sometimes, radically.  Be prepared.
  • Know what cycling apparel to wear.  Being over or under dressed makes for an uncomfortable ride.
  • Know which bike components are best for the terrain type and the right mountain bike tire to use.

Finally, there’s a checklist of essential items to carry with you.

The big question is what to ride?   Of course, you can ship or bring your own bike. Our shop, Peak Cycles Bike Shop offers rental bikes and all the bike accessories you may have forgotten to pack.  Or, opt to buy a new bike!  Embark on its inaugural rides here in Golden and ship it home.

Which bikes would we suggest for Front Range riding?  One option is a hard tail Stump Jumper or Giant XTC Composite  hard tail.  If you don’t mind a little extra weight but want a more comfortable ride, the Epic Carbon Expert is a good choice or the Giant Anthem. Both are full suspension bikes.  Whether you go the hard tail option or with a full suspension bike, having the right bike parts and mtb parts is going to make a difference over the long haul in terms of performance and comfort.

Enjoy Colorado’s Front Range mountain bike trails. Stop by our Peak Cycles Bike Shop for trail information, to pick up a map, or visit us online at BikeParts.com to get trail information as you’re planning your trip!  Happy Riding!


Wheelset Buyer Guide: What You Need to Know

March 28, 2013

Unquestionably, wheels matter!  They impact ride quality, ease of pedaling, reliability, and functionality.  The question is, once you’ve decided it’s time for a wheel upgrade, how do you know how to select the best ones?  There are different wheel types, a variety of options for tube or tubeless wheels, and ideas to consider in tubular wheels, rim shape, spoke count, and hub options.

While it seems like it can get overwhelming, it’s really straightforward.  We answer these questions on a day to day basis in our  Peak Cycles Bike Shop in Golden, Colorado.  Whether you are thinking about road bike wheel sets, mountain bike wheel sets or just getting some thoughts together on wheel buying parameters and how your wheel set will affect your overall ride and other bicycle parts, this video will guide your way.

Wheelsets demonstrated in the video are available in our shop or on the bikeparts.com website.  For your convenience, here are some suggestions to consider in your wheel set upgrade.

Ride on!


2013 Colorado Road Racing Calendar: Which Ones Will You Do?

March 21, 2013

For some, the Colorado road racing season has already started; however, for many, it is just around the corner and many athletes may be pondering which tours and races to plan for in 2013. Whenever you want to achieve something, you have to have a definite goal.  As such, it’s important to plan your season right.   Whether you are a casual rider or a competitive cyclist, training, racing, recovering and having the appropriate gear, tools, and bike setup  are critical to reaching your goals.

For starters, what are you’re 2013 cycling goals?  As mentioned in our recent blog post,  it’s important to make your goals SMART.  As in, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.   With that being said, Colorado offers world class riding and racing.  Now that you are thinking about what your goals are, you need to pick the right events during the cycling season to help you best achieve those goals.

Notably, not all events are equal.  Some are harder than others and as such, competitive cyclist can use different course profiles, distances, and bike part options to mindfully select A, B, and C type races according to their training plans and race goals.  When you’re working toward a goal that’s important to you, the last thing you want is to face an obstacle or unexpected challenge.  A successful season starts off right by planning ahead, getting your road bike in order and getting the gear and resources you need.  By selecting the best races based on your specific goals and having the best bike parts associated with your riding style, you are successfully preparing for a rewarding 2013 cycling season.

Now, which races will you do?  While there are many tours, races, and events to choose from in Colorado, at BikeParts.com, here are some of our favorites:

  • Rocky Mountain Road Cup (RMRC)  Road racing events range from March through August.  The Rocky Mountain Road Cup is a season long points competition featuring a three-tiered points system that provides competitive cyclist with a great racing calendar.  Click here for a downloadable calendar of these events   
  • The Koppenberg  May 5, 2013  The Koppenberg race featuring a 17% grade climb is the queen of the spring time cycling events in Colorado.
  • Elephant Rock Cycling Festival: May 31–June 2, 2013  This year’s Elephant Rock Cycling Festival notes the 26th annual pilgrimage to Castle Rock for the Rocky Mountain region’s premier cycling festival.  Riders of all ages turn out for this event.
  • Ride the Rockies  June 8 – 15, 2013  The 28th annual tour will feature 3 scenic mountain passes, a trek over the highest suspension bridge in the U.S. and 20,400 vertical ft. over 7 days and 513 miles.
  • Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride  June 15, 2013  The Denver Century Ride features bicycle courses for all skills levels and benefits BikeDenver. This healthy lifestyle cycling event is Colorado’s premier urban bicycle ride and is open to the public.
  • Mount Evans Hill Climb:  July 2013  Race up 7,000 feet in elevation in just 28 miles on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.
  • Triple Bypass July 13 – 14, 2013  A two day ride from Evergreen to Avon.
  • Copper Triangle  August 3, 2013  The Copper Triangle is a 78-Mile course with an elevation gain of almost 6,000 feet over three mountain passes.  It has has long been considered one of Colorado’s classic alpine road rides Graced with breathtaking scenery, gorgeous roads and three challenging climbs.

Not sure which event is for you?  Stop by the Peak Cycling Bike Shop for help or visit us at bike parts.com for maps, information, or general bike components that you may need for your next big event.


Go Big or Go Home: The EPIC Bike for an Epic Adventure

March 14, 2013

2013 Specialized EpicPowering your fitness goals matter. Motivation doesn’t happen by accident.  Sure, warmer temps and the calling of seasonal races beckon us, but it is going for BIG that really gets the blood flowing.  How BIG are you thinking this cycling season?  “If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough.” There is magic in thinking big: it moves us past limitations, sparks expansion, and delivers on new results. As cyclist, most are gunning for improvement so thinking BIG can serve us well.

How do you think big?  At BikeParts.com we think of BIG in terms of bikes, bike parts, and epic rides.  One of our favorite bikes, the Specialized EPIC, sets the standard for thinking BIG.  It’s a powerhouse and because it’s a bona fide winner, you ride like a champ whether you are one or not.

Here is why you want it:  A three-time XC World Championship winner, the EPIC was the first full-suspension XC bike to capture the coveted Rainbow Jersey. Available in both carbon fiber and alloy models, the Epic features Specialize’s proven 29er geometry, 100mm of FSR suspension, and is equipped with the unique Brain suspension which reads the terrain to provide the perfect ride—whether sprinting uphill or descending at speed on rocky trails.  It offers unrivaled control, speed, and efficiency.  We find one of its best features to be an all carbon wheelset.  And….it’s hot!

Here is where you want to ride it:  Epic rides are the ones that push the limits.  They take a monumental effort to complete.

So think about it.  Do your goals thrill you? Or scare you? Or both?  What will it take for you to step up your game?  Thinking big challenges your confidence and abilities to make your goals come true. Stop by Peak Cycles bike shop or visit us online at BikeParts.com to get the mtb parts you need to set up your 2013 cycling season to be BIG.


The Cure for Mid Week Blues? BikeParts.com Harlem Shake

February 27, 2013

Need a cure for the mid-week blues?  We’ve got it!


Crash Test

February 5, 2013

Early season crashes – not fun!  Get your gear updated now!  Checklist:

What other bike parts do you need?  Stop by the shop to see the new 2013 bikes and get ready for the Spring cycling season.


5 Training Tips to Get You Through the Holiday Season

December 6, 2012

Healthy Holidays! Holiday parties, shorter days, cooler temps, all temptations pulling us away from time on our bikes.  While this time of year poses unique challenges, there are ways to maintain fitness, reduce the holiday stress levels, and prepare for next year’s riding season.

  1. Eat Well: The holidays offer irresistible food temptations adding extra pounds to our waste lines and robbing us of precious energy.  Instead of reaching for the holiday goodies, opt to choose your bike nutrition when you need it most- on the bike.  Being mindful of your food choices can positively affect your energy levels and help maintain your ability to ride and perform better.
  2. Buddy Up: Shorter days creates less motivation and time to ride.  Combat the winter woes by asking a friend to join you for a trainer session. Committing to a time, place, and a friend creates structure and accountability.
  3. Get Visual: Trying something new like a training video or dvd can add a new dimension to your riding schedule keeping it fresh and inspiring you to get on the bike even during the hectic holidays.
  4. Shop Ride: Join us on Sunday mornings at Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado at 9:00 AM for our shop rides.  Nothing is more fun that joining a group of passionate cyclist out for a morning ride.
  5. Relax: If you just can’t find the time or motivation to ride during the holiday season, at least feed your velo passion with pictures of new road bikes , new mountain bikes, and cool bike parts.  It will feed your spirit and breathe life into next year’s bike season.

Maintaining a holiday fitness plan doesn’t have be hard.  Be flexible, mix it up, and enjoy!


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.


ABA BMX Cornhusker Nationals- Team BPC brings home some hardware

May 5, 2011

Team BPC headed to Kearney, Nebraska to race in the Cornhusker Nationals last weekend. Racing was Friday thru Sunday.

Here are the boys results:

Friday PreRace
Conrad 7th
Dillon 1st
Lander 5th

Saturday:
Conrad 5th
Dillon 1st
Lander DNQ

Sunday (all boys qualify for the mains):
Conrad 8th due to a crash (he is ok)
Dillon 1st
Lander 7th (not bad for turning 11 two weeks ago)

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Colorado Premier Training Wind Tunnel Sweepstakes

April 15, 2008

Colorado Premier Training (CPT) and BikeParts.com are offering a chance to win a free wind tunnel session, Mavic Wheelset and Kurt Kinetic Fluid Pro Trainer, valued at over $2000!

Sweepstakes Link