Peak Cycles Tips for Cycling this Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

May 14, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Be well. Be Safe. Be Happy. 


Why Now Is The Best Time to Buy a New Bike 

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

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

April 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


How to Ride During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be well friends! Ride on and ride responsibly!


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

April 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

March 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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