Tips for Safer Solo Backcountry Mountain Biking

July 18, 2019

Adventure – we love it!  That’s why we ride bikes, right? The feeling of freedom riding a bike gives us is intoxicating and liberating.  Seeking adventure on our bikes just ups the game!  

The thrill of riding uncharted territory and exploring new rides and routes is exhilarating.  But sometimes, riding into the unknown can also be stressful – especially if you are doing it solo.   Concerns about changing weather conditions, coupled with the fear of a possible crash or getting disoriented or lost, all contribute to less than the ideal ride.  There are some considerations to take on longer rides and recommended gear to carry, whether it’s just for a big one-day adventure or a much longer bikepacking expedition.

At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we’ve discovered that by taking just a few extra precautions, you can increase the likelihood of having a great riding experience, as well as,  coming home safe and in one piece to tell your friends and family all about it.  

Prepare your route and know the profile – How much climbing and descending should you expect?  Have you trained appropriately? Plan within your limits. 

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?  All these factors influence your experience and safety while riding in teh backcountry.  An additional consideration is water. Is water available? No doubt, you will definitely want to bring along hydration options. Think water bottles and hydration packs and consider filter options for epic days or routes.  

Know the weather conditions before, during, and soon after you expect to ride.  Colorado weather changes quickly and sometimes, radically.  Be prepared. Plan ahead. Think through what you will do when faced with challenging weather conditions. 

Be mindful of the cycling apparel to wear.  Being over or underdressed makes for an uncomfortable ride. You’ll want to have a rain jacket, maybe a wind vest, and several layering options available to you depending on the length and location of your ride.

Before you head out on your adventure, know which bike components are best for the terrain type and the right mountain bike tire to use.  

In addition to preparing for your ride, you will want a checklist of essential items to carry with you.  By no means is this a complete list but it’s a good starting place for essentials: 

Plan for problems.  Not every ride goes as planned. Think ahead and work through any potential problems you may encounter and prepare in advance accordingly. If you need additional clothes, plan to pack them. If you need spare bike parts, or extra lube, or other cycling accessories, add them to your list to purchase and have available for your adventure. 

Finally, ride conservatively, especially when riding solo. Ride within your limits.  New ride routes and trails have a way of invoking cycling superpowers!  That is, they inspire us to ride fast and get after it! That is all fine and dandy but when riding solo in remote or uncharted territory, it may be a good idea to pull back just a bit. Keep some reserves in your energy stores in case you do get lost or the ride takes you further from your final, planned destination.  Be mindful of changing weather conditions that may tax your energy reserves and be proactive in eating timely and adding/ removing cycling apparel to make sure you keep your energy steady.  Nothing adds more stress to a ride than getting lost and/or being too cold and not knowing if you can even get to your final destination. 

Riding solo in the backcountry can be a fun adventure. Yet remember, it’s safer to ride with a buddy and safer still to ride the backcountry with a group. If you’re going out solo, take extra time to prepare and be conservative. Safe riding! 

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Our Favorite 4th of July Bike Rides along the Front Range in Colorado  

July 4, 2019

Fireworks, food, and patriotic music are part of July 4 festivities throughout the United States, but beyond that, celebration traditions vary. Cyclists especially have their own way of celebrating the 4th and generally, that is with a great bike ride.  Extra time away from work, combined with good weather and improved fitness makes for an epic day in the saddle. The question is, where to ride?  Check out our pick of ride worthy routes for both road and mountain bike riding along the Front Range. 

Mountain bike rides:

  • 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 
  • Buffalo Creek 
  • Centennial Cone 
  • Hall Ranch  

Road rides: 

  • Historic Lariat Loop 
  • Deer Creek Canyon 
  • Bergen Park or Idaho Springs to Guanella Pass 
  • Red Rocks Park Loop 
  • Bergen Park or Idaho Springs to St. Mary’s Glacier (Alice) 
  • Idaho Springs to Loveland Pass 
  • Golden to Cold Springs Campground via Golden Gate Canyon 
  • Bergen Park to Echo Lake 
  • Idaho Springs to Juniper Pass 
  • Manitou Springs to Pike Peak Summit Parking Lot (Pikes Peak Hill Climb) 
  • Morgul-Bismark Route 
  • Jamestown Canyon Ride 
  • Flagstaff Hill Climb 
  • NCAR Hill Climb 
  • Lookout Mountain Hill Climb 
  • Sunshine Hill Climb 
  • Magnolia Hill Climb 
  • Mt. Evans Hill Climb 
  • Pikes Peak 
  • Trail Ridge Road 

A few reminders before you head out on a day of cycling.   

  • 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. 

In addition to preparing for your ride, you will want a checklist of essential items to carry with you.  

Post-ride, recover with a jump in a lake or pool.  Indulge in grilling, spending time with family and friends and eating 4th of July treats guilt-free.  Show your patriotic spirit by enjoying festivals, parades, and fireworks.  Whatever you do, enjoy! Happy 4th of July!  


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!  


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 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! 


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! 


Don’t Miss It! Cash In on Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop’s Specialized Spring into Spring Sale! Now Through March 31st! 

March 21, 2019

Specialized Spring into Spring Sale at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop

Well, Hello Spring! 

How about these warmer temperatures, sunny and longer days?! It’s about time, right? Finally, we have some good weather to enjoy long rides and get some much-needed saddle time to prep for the season ahead.  

And you know what else is so great about spring? Sales! Springs Sales! At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we have a few great sales going on right now. But here’s the catch – you gotta get into the shop by March 31st to get them! 

  • Save up to 40% on select products! You have to see it to believe it. Stop by the shop, take a look around and you’ll be amazed at the variety of bike parts, cycling accessories, cycling apparel, and other selected items we have on sale. 
  • Need a new pair of cycling shoes? Now is the time to get them. We have last year’s shoe models up to 50% off. Most sizes are still available so come in soon to get your size. 
  • Looking for some new threads?  Slapping on a new pair of tires is one of the best upgrades you can make. Come shop for road or mountain bikes tires from a variety of brands. 20% off tires with the purchase of an install. Good through March 31, 2019 

While you’re in the shop, you might want to pick up any bicycle tools you need for bike maintenance and bike tune-up. Stock up on nutrition items, water bottles, and anything other bike parts you may need.  

Don’t miss the Specialized Speed into Spring event! Stop by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and check out the sales of up to 40% off our fastest and most popular road, trail and e-bikes. See you before March 31st, 2019.