New Year Cycling Resolutions – A Visual Journey – Looking to the Past to Bring in a Bright Future

January 1, 2015

Out with the old – in with the new.  That’s pretty much the motto of the New Year.

As we transition from the last year into the new one, it causes many to reflect on the past. Thoughtfulness and evaluation of cycling progress and fitness gained, review of goals achieved, as well as, forward thinking dreams and compelling images of a future to live into. What will 2015 bring?

At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we invite you to join us on a visual journey of years past.  We also hope 2015 will bring more of what we’ve accomplished in servicing our customers these last few years.

Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop First Store FrontStaring with humble beginnings here in Golden, Colorado, not only has our shop grown locally, but it has also expanded world wide with our BikeParts.com website.

Cycling Apparel at BikeParts.comReflecting on our growth, it’s easy to attribute our growth to carrying quality brands like Giant, Specialized, Pearl Izumi and specialty bike parts.  Our highly rated bike parts and components have become favorites among many.

But offering the best cycling apparel and bicycles isn’t what has really fueled our growth.  No different than training, maintaining dietary and fitness routines, and racing to optimize fitness, our bike shop has focused on our own training regimen:  Quality customer care. Timely services repairs. Educated and informed product use.  Excellent bike fits. Bike Fits at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop

Fun shop rides. And most of all, fully supporting our local community and customers.  Looking to the past, it’s been rewarding to bring the Pro Cycling Challenge to Golden, Colorado.  We’ve embraced the sponsoring of bicycle recycling programs, local racers, and community events.

Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop and US Pro Cycling Challenge Supporters

As we reflect on year’s past, it’s with gratitude to our customers, the City of Golden, and our fellow cyclist that we celebrate how far we’ve come.  More so, it is with enthusiasm and full commitment to serve and help our customers that we look to a bright and prosperous future.

Wishing you a year that is filled with all the joys, personal rewards, and the grand adventure that cycling brings.  Happy New Year 2015.

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Will Stage 7 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge Determine the KOM? 

August 14, 2014

USA Pro ChallengeJust days away from the start of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, Colorado sports enthusiasts and cycling fans around the world wait with anticipation of yet another phenomenal pro race.  With stunning Colorado backdrops, high adrenaline , high altitude thrills of pro cycling, what’s more to like? Anticipation.  Watching the race unfold as leaders compete for different classification wins is thrilling. Yet, here in Golden, Colorado, we anticipate our very own Lookout Mountain may be the deciding factor in the KOM race.

The 2014 USA Pro Challenge takes place August 18-24 and will test riders’ strength and endurance over a 550-mile course.   The final stage, Stage 7, while titled Boulder – Denver, Golden is where the real racing will happen.  A a breakaway will stick or be caught by the time the riders complete what locals call the Lariat Loop. The climb up Lookout mountain is short and steep and possibly the decider in the KOM race.  The post, On the path of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge – Golden, shares details on what you need to know about the stage and Lookout Mountain.

STAGE 7 : 78 miles  Stage Map PDF   Stage Profile PDF
Boulder – Golden – Lookout Mountain – circuits in Denver
Race Begins: Approximately 12:30 p.m.
Race Ends: Approximately 3:50 p.m.
State Highways Impacted: SH 93, US 40, SH 391 (Kipling Street), SH 121 (Wadsworth), SH 95 (Sheridan), I-25.  (Route and Street Closure information)
Lookout Mountain Closure Friday – Sunday
Lookout Mountain will be closed to all vehicle traffic between white pillars and Buffalo Bill’s entrance. 3:00pm Friday 8/22/14 through 2:00pm Sunday 8/24/14.

About the climb of Lookout Mountain
Length: 5.1 miles
Total elevation: 1,438 ft
Average Grade: 5.3% (7%) (steeper in the corners)
Lookout Mountain climb is called Pillar to Post for the landmarks at the start and finish.

This final stage can be a make it or break it for the KOM race.  The climb up and the descent down the treacherous Lookout Mountain provides an intense challenge on the tour’s final day.  Where’s the best place to watch the pro cyclist on Lookout Mountain? Stop by the Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop for details on what to do near Golden and the best local places to ride in Golden. Need help before the race? Visit us at BikeParts.com


2014 Specialized Fatboy

December 9, 2013

Never one to be left out of all the fun, Specialized has joined Trek and many small brands in debuting a fatbike for the 2013/2014 winter.  However, unlike Trek and many other brands, the Fatboy is mass produced in great numbers and available world-wide.  With a carbon fork, press-fit bottom bracket and Sram 2×10 drivetrain, the Fatboy is definitely one of the more race-ready fatbikes available.  The Fatboy also shares the same geometry as the legendary Specialized Stumpjumper, the first and longest mass-produced mountain bike in the world.  Not just for racers, though, the frame has rear rack mounts for long rides and multi-day fun!

We’ve got a Fatboy in the shop just in time for winter here in Golden.  Jump past the break to see what bike parts and features make this fatbike stand out from the rest!

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(Photo: Specialized Bicycle Components)

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Fat Bikes Are Big in Colorado – Here’s Why!

December 5, 2013

If you are living anywhere along the Front Range in Colorado, you’re living in a sea of white.  Snow that is.  Dreading the bicycle rainer and missing the outdoors, what are your options?  Get a fat bike. You know you want it. Who doesn’t?

Fat bikes were originally invented for winter trail riding and racing in sub-arctic Alaska and simultaneously, for touring the deserts of New Mexico. But they have gained severe popularity! Their utility has expanded to include all forms of cycling; they thrive in snow, sand, desert, bogs and mud as well as riding what is considered normal mountain biking.  In fact, fat bikes are the fastest growing segment in the bike industry.

The biggest plus in newer fat bike models is they’re getting lighter. Bike parts and  fat bike tires are easier to get. And, there are more models to choose from.  The best part?  There are just more people out there riding fat bikes.

There are races too! The 2014 – Abominable Winter Adventure Run and Fatbike Race scheduled for January 25, 2014 is held at over 10,000 feet. This fun fat bike race is an opportunity to get some fun, winter FATtire competition. around an amazing groomed terrain and a Rocky Mountain backdrop.  Get off the trainer and on to your new fat bike!

Discover the fat bike craze for yourself! Look at it. It is waiting for you to come get it. The Fatback 190 20″ at Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado.

The Fatback 190 20in at Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado

The Fatback 190 20in at Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado


2014 S-Works Stumpjumper HT

November 23, 2013

What did Specialized do this year with one of the most successful hardtail race bikes on the market?  Redesigned it and made it even better.  Lighter, stiffer and packed with more technology than ever, Specialized still manages to blend innovation and simplicity in this impressive machine.  Weighing in at 20 lbs. out-of-the-box for a size large, this year’s Stumpjumpers are lighter than ever.  Jump past the break to see the features and bike parts that leave everyone drooling over this bike!

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2014 S-Works Stumpjumper… completely redesigned, the bike is somehow even sleeker looking than the previous generation.

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Ladies Night at Peak Cycles – Monday October 28th

October 17, 2013
Ladies Night at Peak Cycles

Ladies Night at Peak Cycles

Ladies!  Are you looking for riding buddies?  Do you have questions on bike parts? Bikes? Or even what is the best cycling apparel to wear for winter riding?

Guess what? You’re in luck!  Join us for Ladies Night at Peak Cycles Monday, October 28th at 7PM.  We’ll be answering all of those questions and more.  All levels and ages are welcome – including our guy friends!  We’ve listened to what you have to say and know that when you have riding buddies to ride with, 42% of our lady cyclist say that having people to ride with would encourage them to ride more.

We also know that comfort on the bike is important. And, having confidence in changing a flat or having a little bike mechanical knowledge can go a long way towards getting on the bike for rides a little easier. That’s why we’re hosting Ladies Night at Peak Cycles.  We want our lady cyclist to have a great community of friends to ride with – confidently!   We’ll answer questions on how to ride smart, what the rules of the road are, what the differences are in mens and ladies bike geometry, what to wear when, and even share some of our favorite rides.

The best part?  We’ll have free food and drink, clinics, raffle prizes from Shimano, Specialized, Endura and POC!

Mark your calendars now!  Stop by that night of get ahead of the pack and RSVP on Facebook.  Either way, Join us for Ladies Night at Peak Cycles in Golden, Monday October 28th at 7PM.

Learn which bike is best for you. Discover the best bike parts and clothing accessories needed for fall and winter riding.  Bond with other female cyclist to share your favorite road routes, mountain bike trails, and even plan to ride together.  See you soon!


FAQ about the US ProCycling Challenge

August 22, 2013

USA Pro ChallengeThe 3rd Annual US Pro Cycling Challenge is well underway in Colorado. Being that Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado participated in the first two years of the race, we’ve had a chance to field many of the questions asked by fans and sports enthusiast.  In fact, just the other day, our friends, Team Jelly Belly were in the shop!

Pro rider’s bikes are a hot conversation topic.  Many are curious as to what the pro’s are riding and what they can do to their own bikes to gain the advantages that the pro riders seem to have.  Following are few favorite questions:

How much does a pro’s bike weigh?  Typically, a road bicycle that the USA Pro Cycling Challenge participants race on will weigh around 15 pounds. You might be wondering, “What does a 15 pound bike feel like?”  Light!  See for yourself.  We have a variety of road bikes and mountain bikes in the shop to try out for feel.  You’d be surprised what a difference a lighter bike makes in climbing.

What makes the bikes so light?  The bike frames in and of themselves are made of lightweight materials but having light weight bike parts and bike accessories keeps the bike light in addition to the light weight frame.  For our customers, it’s easy to swap out older bike components with newer, lighter bike parts.  Granted, it’s not the same as riding a pro riders bike, but every reduction in bike weight means you have the opportunity to go faster.

Where have the professional riders raced in Golden, Colorado and can I ride there?  The last two years of the US Pro Cycling Challenge had racers ride through downtown Golden and up through Lookout Mountain.  This year, if you are visiting Stage 6 Loveland – Fort Collins or heading over to Stage 7 Denver, stop by Peak Cycles bike shop and we’ll be happy to tell you the route.

We’re loving the good cycling vibe that the US Pro Cycling Challenge brings to our state.  Good luck to all racing the ProCycling Challenge!