6 Tips to Get Ready for Colorado’s Bike to Work Day

June 20, 2019

June is Bike to Work Month here in Colorado and the big day, Bike to Work Day is next Wednesday – June 26th. While many are regular bike commuters, some are using the day to either “try out” bike commuting or using the day as a commitment to keep a regular practice of it. Either way, the following are our tips to make the most of Colorado’s Bike to Work Day.

Tip #1 – Bike safety comes first. That means, riding a safe and well-maintained bike. Whether that is a road bike, mountain bike, or another type of bike, make sure your brakes are in working order, your helmet fits, your tires are properly inflated, and your bike chain has bike lubrication on it. For a bonus tip on prepping your bike, check out our post, Spring Cleaning! 4 Essential Bike Maintenance Tips to Get Your Bike on the Road for additional suggestions on easy to do bike maintenance.

Tip #2 – Personal safety matters too. There’s some basic protective gear you want to wear and a few necessities to have with you. The basic essentials include wearing a helmet, sunglasses or other eye protection, and cycling gloves, in case of a mishap. You will also want to have a repair or maintenance tool kit, a lock, a light, and a way to carry personal items. This could be as simple as a messenger bag or as elaborate as a set of touring panniers.  

Tip #3 Know the rules of the road. It’s important to know the rules of the road so that you feel comfortable and safe while riding a bike in traffic. To become acquainted with or to refresh your memory regarding the rules of the road, visit Bicycle Colorado. The site summarizes all you need to know to confidently bike commute on the roads. 

Tip #4 – Dress for success. Plan to wear clothing that is comfortable for your ride, as well as, your planned daily activity. You could celebrate the day by purchasing some new cycling apparel. We have a great assortment of jerseys, shorts and skirts, cycling shoes, t-shirts and more. Either way, consider the weather in your planning. If the day is on the warmer side, you may consider packing a “clean up kit” to freshen up after your ride.  Your clean up kit can be as simple as having some baby wipes, deodorant, a comb, face wash, and sunscreen for your return trip home.  

Tip #5 Route planning. To get the most out of your bike commute it’s best to plan a good route. Knowing a clear path to your destination avoids the frustration of getting lost while also prevents overheating and sweating unnecessarily.  Learn how to pick a route you like before the big day. Google maps for cycling is a good option. If you are new to bike commuting, you will want to give yourself more time than you need.  This allows for a pressure-free experience. You may also want to join the Bike to Work day events and stations happening along your route.  Bike to Work Breakfast stations are open from 6:30 – 9:00 AM. Water stations are open from 3:30 – 6:00 PM, offering water only. Bike Parties may have variable hours in the evening. To find stations of a particular, visit this page and type, use “breakfast,” “water,” or “bike party” in the search box.

Tip #6 Join a group ride. If you aren’t up for riding solo on Bike to Work Day, then consider joining a group. There are group rides scheduled throughout the city.  Visit the Bike To Work Day Group Rides page https://biketoworkday.us/group-rides to find one that best suits your route and location.  Another option is to join us for our regular, Wednesday night shop ride.  Our rides are fun, we learn new skills, and we talk about bikes and all things cycling. You can enjoy Bike Month all summer long by joining us on Wednesday evenings at 6 PM. If you need more convincing, read this: 5 Great Reasons to Join Peak Cycles Shop Rides.

All in all, the most important factor for Bike To Work Day is to have fun! Enjoy the fun of riding your bike to work.  The fun includes enjoying the adventure, as well as, feeling confident in riding the bike paths and the roads. Stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop or visit us online at BikeParts.com to pick up the bike parts, cycling accessories, and cycling apparel you may need to make this Bike to Work Day the best one yet!  

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10 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Cyclists

June 13, 2019

Father’s Day Gifts at BikeParts.com/ Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop

For Father’s day, your dad doesn’t need a tie. He doesn’t need a gift with ribbons, fluff, or something that is going to sit on his desk.  What he needs are no fluff gifts that make your dad’s cycling experience better!

As in – bike parts, cycling accessories, and cycling apparel! These are the gifts that keep on giving! If you’re stuck wondering what to get your cycling Dad for Father’s day, then look no further!  At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we have all the cycling apparel and cycling accessories, your Dad wants. 

  1. New Bike: For those going all our for their cycling Dad, nothing beats a new bike! You might think, he already has one – maybe two- or even three bikes…how could he need another? Truth is, you can’t ever have enough bikes. Consider a new road bicycle or mountain bike for your Dad.  Even better, opt for a fat bike!  
  2. Bike Fit: Does your Dad complain of hands falling asleep while riding? Or shoulder or neck pain after a long ride? Ease your Dad’s discomfort with a bike fit. 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. Give us a call (303) 216-1616 or stop by the shop in Golden to schedule your Dad’s bike fit. Not only can we help him with the fit, but we carry all the bike parts required to get the bike in the very best setup for his riding needs.
  3. 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. 
  4. Bottles or hydration packs: 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.
  5. Socks: Did you know Dad likes to wear their cycling socks even when he isn’t riding?  Why? Because they are so comfortable.  Pick out a pair of socks you like for your Dad and maybe even get a pair for yourself!
  6. Tires: Treat yourself to Dad to some new rubber! We have a ton of tires for road and mountain bikes. 
  7. Bike Parts: So many bike parts – the question is what to purchase?  Consider getting your Dad a high-quality wheelset.  A good wheelset impacts ride quality, ease of pedaling, reliability, and functionality.  Maybe purchase some new, lighter tires for your Dad’s wheels. Another option is to reconsider the current crankset and pedals setup.
  8. Power Meter: Is your Dad a data junkie?  Then, this is the ideal gift for him!  The main idea behind using cycling training tools is to dial in training to optimize performance as it relates to specific goals and objectives. Our post, The Best Training Aids to Launch into Spring Cycling, dives into the benefits of training with power. Stop in the shop for help to dial in the best power meter to purchase for your dad. 
  9. Cycling Accessories: So what do you get a Dad that has everything?  Cycling apparel!  You can’t have too many jerseys, shorts, tights, jacket, sunglasses, and cycling shoes!  Cycling apparel is much better than just getting another tie!
  10. Gift Certificates: Renew your Dad’s cycling enthusiasm by trying out new bike parts. Whether it’s a new saddleshiftersbrakes, seat post, forkpedalshubs or wheels, your Dad probably wants it.  The usual problem is how to know exactly what to get. Our answer, get a gift certificate.  Gift certificates can be used for purchasing all kinds of bike parts and cycling accessories. 

See how easy it is to get your cycling Dad a great gift for Father’s Day? If by chance you are still in need of ideas for creative Father’s Day gifts, stop by the shop in Golden, Colorado or give us a call at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop (303) 216-1616 and we’ll gladly help you out!  Happy Father’s Day!


Why Cycling is so Good For You in Later Life

June 6, 2019

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to cycling options in Colorado.  We have the Colorado Bicycles and Byways map helping people find a bike route to suit their cycling experience. And at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we have our regular group shop rides that help cyclists of all abilities to gain confidence in the saddle and meet people. For seniors, in particular, cycling can be an invaluable way of staying active and healthy. The varied routes in Colorado also provide great training opportunities when it comes to taking part in the many cycling events offered. Whatever your reasons for cycling, its physical and mental benefits make it the ideal form of exercise for seniors.

Cycling slows down the aging process

Not only is cycling an affordable way of exercising in retirement, but research shows cycling regularly can keep you young. Studies published in the journal Aging Cell revealed that seniors who cycle regularly have the immune systems of people decades younger than them. This is thanks to the increased activity of T-Cells, which are responsible for combating illness and infection. This provides a good incentive for older adults to train well for a race, or attend one of the regular Wednesday night shop rides at Peak Cycles.

Cycling is good for the brain

Not only can cycling keep you physically healthy, but studies show that it is good for the mind and brain. The repeated motion of pedaling prompts the production of new brain cells, helping to offset the decline of brain health that comes with age. As well as providing a natural morale boost thanks to the release of endorphins, the studies have also shown that cycling can make us more mentally resilient. This is something that stands you in good stead when on a challenging bike ride or race. In fact, we wrote a blog post on this subject worth reading: Train the Brain. The Power of Mental Suffering.

Cycling is accessible and easily incorporated into daily life

Finding ways of fitting in the recommended 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week may seem daunting to many. However, the versatility of cycling makes this very achievable. For example, you can go for short road rides over the course of the week, whether as part of a training ride or when running errands. If motivation is an issue, team up with a friend and arrange a regular road or mountain bike ride with them. Ride to local friends’ houses and social events, instead of taking the car or bus. These strategies will help you keep active without having to think too much about it (especially as it becomes a habit). If you are concerned with how to effectively bike commute, you may want to read our post, Summer Bike Commuting – Making it Work for You for tips and ideas on much-needed bike parts, cycling routes, and cycling accessories to have on hand for bike commuting. 

It may seem harder to exercise as you get older, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The many bike routes in Colorado, together with the various cycling events offered in the state, ultimately means that there are several ways to embrace cycling in your later years. Doing so will help keep your emotional and physical health in good shape. 


Your Summer Riding Check List 

May 30, 2019
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While our weather in Colorado has been on the cooler side, warmer days are just around the corner. As spring turns to summer, long trail rides on your mountain bike and epic road ride on your road bike lie just ahead. But it can be a thrill kill to plan the most epic of rides only to arrive at the trailhead or meet the group and be without a required bike part or cycling item. Do you have all of the cycling accessories and gear you need to make the most of the summer riding season? Make the most of late spring and early summer riding with our checklist of cycling apparel and bike part must haves! 

If your riding or training has been intermittent through the winter months and early spring, then chances are your bike maintenance may have been intermittent too. Before logging big miles, you should conduct bike maintenance and safety check. This includes a good cleaning of your bike, careful attention of your chain and drivetrain components, and inspection of your brake pads, wheels and tires. For some extra pointers on getting your bike ride ready, check out our post  Spring Cleaning! 4 Essential Bike Maintenance Tips to Get Your Bike on the Road

If it’s been a while since you’ve logged extended miles, you may have forgotten what you usually bring along with you. Following are a few to have in your jersey pocket or saddle bag.

  • Basic repair and maintenance kit The basic supplies you should have in your kit include a spare inner tube, tire leverspatch kit, mini-pump, and a folding multi-tool. In case of a chain break, bring a chain master link. A small paper clip or zip tie can help keep the chain together to limp the bike home. While not considered essential items, some cyclist take their basic kit a bit further and include other items like a small amount of duck tape, zip ties or rubber bands.
  • Water and/or sports drink and a light snack
  • Cash, ATM card, Personal Identification
  • The right cycling apparelWhether you want to ride in the new spring cycling styles or spin in your usual cycling gear, the main point to remember is to have clothing options available to you while riding. The weather turns quick and a rain shower or quick drop in temperature can make the best of rides turn sour quickly. Consider having a standby bike ready bag available. Pack it with arm and leg warmers, a headband or caprain jacket, and lube.
  • Map or a GPS
  • Sunscreen

Additionally, if you are competing in any of the upcoming races like The Growler, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Dirty Kanza, or other events, you might want to check out our Comprehensive Checklist for Spring Racing

There you have it. The quick, yet a thorough list of items to have on hand.  Keep in mind, as you ride more through the season, some worn bike parts that weren’t visible upon your first bike inspections may become apparent as the season progresses.  Be sure to stop by the Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop to pick up the cycling accessories you need! Hope to see you soon! 


Why Do You Ride? How Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is Kicking off National Bike Month 

May 2, 2019

Why do you Ride? Do you even need a reason to get on your bicycle? Considering the freedom riding a bike gives you, the access to the outdoors, being in nature, or even getting from point A to point B in an eco-friendly fashion, who wouldn’t have a reason to ride?  

Fortunately, the cycling community in Golden, Colorado and those along the Front Range support our love of cycling.  Even more so, do does the League of American Bicyclist.  May is recognized as National Bike Month and we’ve got a ton of ways to kick it off in grand cycling fashion!

You’re Invited to Our Bike Safety Class: We’re all about riding safely. In fact, you can ride our blog post, Bike Safety Comes First for some initial suggestions on safe riding. More importantly, we invite you to join our May 23rd bike safety event! We are proud to host a bike safety prevention by The Cyclist Lawyer, Megan Hottman. You’ll want to swing by the shop on Thursday, May 23rd at 6 PM. We’re located at 1224 Washington Ave, Ste 145, Golden, Colorado Give us a call at (303) 216-1616 to let us know you’ll be joining us or RSVP on our Facebook Page.

Bike CommutingAs the weather is steadily improving, now is the time to get into a steady habit of riding your bike to work to run errands. Check out our posts Bike Commuting – Making it Work For You and Get Your Kids Bike Commuting – Here’s How! for suggestions on getting started and which are best bike parts and cycling accessories for a comfortable ride.  If you are questioning the benefits of bike commuting, check out the convincing and inspiration post, New Study Reveals Why Biking is a Healthy Form of Transportation. Chances are, you’ll commit to riding more often. 

Join our Shop RideAnswering the question why do you ride? We love riding together in a social setting for our shop rides. Our rides are fun, we learn new skills, and we talk about bikes and all things cycling. You can enjoy Bike Month all summer long by joining us on Wednesday evenings at 6PM for our weekly shop ride. If you need more convincing, read this: 5 Great Reasons to Join Peak Cycles Shop Rides.

Business can celebrate National Bike Month tooFor businesses looking to celebrate National Bike Month, there are resources for you as well.  You can create a bike-friendly shopping program to encourage employees to bike commute this month and through the year.  Many aspiring bike riding enthusiast appreciates a shop that offers quality bike parts and components along with solid advice on bike parts and cycling apparel. Convenience helps too.  Look for a shop that offers online and storefront shopping to aid in your cyclist needs.  Fortunately, Peak Cycles offers both!  You and your employees will be happy for your support!

So tell us, why do you ride? Is it your love of the bike? The exercise? Training and fitness? Could it be that riding a bike is just plain FUN! We love it all. Happy National Bike Month! 


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! 


Crazy Awesome Sale on Bikes, Shoes, and Cycling Apparel

April 18, 2019

Springtime is the time to cash in on cycling sales. And guess what? We’ve got a great sale going on! It’s that time of year again when we have fantastic deals on bikes, cycling accessories, and cycling apparel. Check it out: 

Bikes –  Purchase a demo bike. Only 4 left! 

Shoes  – Save up to 50% off of last year’s shoes.

  • Brands include Specialized, Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau, Giant, Five Ten, and BONT. We have shoes for both road and mountain bike riding, as well as for men and women. Many sizes, manufacturers, and styles to choose from so get in on the savings before the picking gets slim. 

Winter tops – Save up to 60% off of winter jackets

  • Brands include Louis Garneau, Craft, 02 Rainwear, Outdoor Research, Race Face and Specialized. Items vary from hooded, to insulated, waterproof and wind/water resistant. Again, we have many styles available for both men and women. Check them out now and cash in on some really great deals on cycling apparel. 

Shorts – Save big on men’s cycling shorts.

  • Sorry ladies, this sale is for the men, that is if you prefer to wear ladies only shorts. These shorts and men’s baggies are on sale. 
  • Brands include Specialized, Royal Racing, Race Face, and 100%. 

While you’re at it, you might as well make a full sweep on the savings. Cash in on our spring service specials. Choose which bike service special is best for you. 

What do you think about this crazy, awesome sale? Stop into Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado to see what else you might find in the store. We have over 50 different types of bikes on sale and even more different types of bike partscycling accessories, and cycling apparel. See you soon!