The 10 Best Fall Front Range Mountain Bike Trails 

September 8, 2016

BikeParts.com Team Rider Shredding the Front Range MTB Trails Autumn is upon us. And while the weather is still looking similar to our old friend summer, it is bound to drop in temperature very soon. Many cyclist grieve the loss of summer; yet, fall bike riding offers the chance to enjoy cooler temperatures, view the changing colors of the leaves, and enjoy the fitness gains achieved over the summer months.  

Officially, fall begins September 22 and while we’re only two weeks away from the official fall season, you can see the season transitioning.  Days are shorter. The temperatures are cooler.  Kids are back in school. And, sadly, vacationing is nearing an end. Now is the time to mark your calendar to get in your favorite rides before winter heads our way.  

With that in mind, which Front Range trails should you have on your bucket list?  Following are some of our favorites.

  1. Buffalo Creek
  2. Centennial Cone
  3. White Ranch
  4. Mount Falcon
  5. Lair O’ the Bear
  6. Green Mountain
  7. Apex + trails
  8. Golden Gate Canyon 
  9. Hall Ranch 
  10. Lake Pueblo 

An essential element to successful fall cycling is knowing what to wear. As the seasons transition from summer to fall, the temperatures change, the days are shorter, and the easy “go to clothing” options for riding are replaced with additional items to keep us warm, dry, and safe.  Always aiming on the safe side, at Peak Cycles Bicycle shop, we recommend getting a tune-up, having a set of reliable lights and wearing the right bike clothing. Regarding clothing options, following is our list for smoothing transitioning through the season.  

Wind Vest – The wind vest is one of the most used pieces of cool weather gear. It keeps your core body protected from frontal winds, but vents in the rear to keep you from overheating. The wind vest is also very versatile and can be added to different clothing combinations, using it with regular jerseys, winter jerseys, and arm warmers. It’s also easily stowed in a pack or shirt pocket.

Wind / Rain Jacket – It’s always a good idea to keep a water resistant jacket handy when rain is in the forecast.

Arm Warmers – Arm warmers are a must during the Fall season.  While they don’t take up much room, they are great for temperature control.

Full Finger / Windproof Gloves – When riding in cooler temps, one of the first things to freeze is the fingers. Protect your hands with full fingerers and / or windproof gloves.

Knickers, Knee Warmers, and Pants – As the temperatures drop, it’s a good idea to cover your knees. Many cyclist prefer tights whereas others prefer leg warmers.  There are also knickers which allow more airflow over the legs, and they are good for those in-between days. Consider trying out each option and experiment to dial in your preference.

Lights – Within a month, the days will be much shorter! Plan ahead and get your lights ready. Get a red blinker for the rear that mounts to the bike or your pack, and a decent headlight for the front.

Tool kit – The bicycle tools needed to have on hand in inclement weather matter.  Discover what the best bike parts for fall commuting and build a tool kit that meets your needs.

Why is all this important?  Because having access to resources, tips, and a supportive environment makes it easier to enjoy all the benefits cycling has to offer.  It gets you outside – on the bike and riding!  As you can see, it’s easy to embrace the transition from summer to fall when you have great rides to look forward to riding.  Being mindful of the best clothing options, cycling apparel, bike parts, and nutritional needs during the changing season helps too!  Happy Trails to you! 

Advertisements

Quiz: Name that Golden Mountain Bike Trail

June 13, 2013

As many Golden locals well know,  mountain bike  trails along the Colorado Front Range take on a different view as the seasons unfold here in Colorado.  While many trail riders will tell you, riding in the opposite direction on a trail can make the trail look entirely different.  Well, our trails take on a different form whether that be during the Summer, Fall, Spring, and even Winter – when rideable.

Now that we are in full swing summer riding, local riders and tourist alike are scoring new bike parts, replacing dated cycling apparel, and headed out to the trails.  Can you name these Golden mountain bike trails?

Trail A:

trail a

Trail B:

trail b

Trail C:

Trail D:

Want to know the answers?  Follow us on Twitter or stop by the Peak Cycles Bike Shop to pick up some much needed bike parts and also to see if you guessed right!


Video View of North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, and Green Mountain

May 23, 2013

Spring is finally here!  The sun is shining, the temperatures are warmer, and the trails are dry!  The Peak Cycle Bicycle Shop is buzzing with activity. Folks are stopping by to select new jerseys, replace old bike parts and schedule bike maintenance.  Now is the time to get your ride ready!

What’s stopping you from getting out there on your mountain bike and riding?  If our great weather isn’t enough inspiration to get you out pedaling, then check out our video featuring a sneak peak of North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, and Green Mountain.  Fun trails for families, recreational riders, and competitive cyclist alike.

We’re centrally located to all of these trails so remember to stop by the shop to pick up any last minute necessities like bike nutrition (bars, gels, drinks), sunscreen, lube, big air, or tubes.  Or, swing by to say hi.  Happy Trails!  


Pedal Power for Good: Kicking off National Bike Month in May at Peak Cycles

April 25, 2013

April showers bring May flowers and for us in Golden, Colorado – a long overdue start to the bike riding season!  May is recognized as National Bike Month and as a local bike shop and an online bike parts store serving the nation,  we couldn’t be happier!  Bike commuting, road riding, and mountain bike riding are all part of living a healthy lifestyle but they also serve as alternative transportation, helping the environment, as well as getting families, businesses, and communities involved.

As supporters of several bike race teams and local events, we encourage you to put your pedal power to good use this bike month.  Get committed and enroll your family, colleagues and others to get on a bike! Ride! Here’s how you can participate in National Bike Month with us at Peak Cycling.

For your bike: The bike season is a bit overdue due to the linger winter weather.  Now is the time to dust off that bike, look it over, and perform any bike maintenance to ensure comfortable and safe riding.

  • Get a tune up
  • Replace old bike parts with new ones
  • Replace worn out gear like helmets , shoes , gloves
  • Treat yourself to one of our jerseys – ride local and proud
  • Set a milage goal for the month of May- get a new computer

For your family and friends: Bike commuting has numerous benefits: it improves your health, saves you money on car maintenance and gas bills, and overall, lightens your mood and refreshes your outlook.

For your business: Create a bike commuting program for employees. Bike commuting increases worker productivity, reduces parking cost, reduces carbon emissions and bicycles can be produced and maintained locally by local bike shops (like us – Peak Cycles) contributing to local job opportunities as part of a sustainable economy.

For your community: Bike riding offers a certain connection to the open air and the surrounding trees. It’s amazing how usual surroundings look different when on a bike.  It can can be done by toddlers, teenagers, youngsters and adults as well. It can be used as personal time to reflect upon your day or a means to unite friends for regular rides.

  • Explore and discover your local community by bike
  • Commute by bike for work and play
  • Learn how to use Google maps and the City of Golden website for bike routes

What are you waiting for?  Pump up your tires, lube your chain, and put your pedal power to good use!  Ride ON!


Green Mountain Trail: Why It’s a Year Long Favorite

February 7, 2013

Green Mountain Open Space near BikeParts.com and Peak Cycles Bike ShopWhether new to the area, a resident, or vacationing in the greater Denver area, recreational and competitive cyclist are always looking for options to get their rides in.  While Colorado is blessed with amazing single track, finding a dry trail during the winter season can be a challenge.

Green Mountain (a.k.a. William F. Hayden Park), a fun, intermediate mountain bike ride about 20 minutes west of Denver and close to the Peak Cycles bike shop in Golden, Colorado is a trail to be ridden year round.  A special perk to this nearly treeless trail is that it can be enjoyed by both novice riders and competitive cyclists.  In general, the trail options are numerous.  Novice riders may forgo the steeper climbs and opt for an easier route while those looking for a challenge have a few hill climbs and intermediate descents to conquer.  The trick to riding the trail well is having the right mindset, bike and gear.

Mindset: Because Green Mountain is less technical than some of the surrounding trails in Golden, some consider it to be boring.  Yet, to others, it can be a great trail to do intervals or even test ride a new bike or dial in new bike components before heading out to a more challenging trail.  For some, Green Mountain offers the mental ease of road riding, but on dirt.  For others, it’s an opportunity to work heart rate and power zones.  Either option works, but having a workout objective when riding Green Mountain trail can spice up the trail to those who consider this trail boring.

Bike: Hardtail or Full Suspension?  The trail is hard packed but it also has loose and bobble head sections.  A full suspension bike, like the Specialized Stump Jumper 29er, might be best for longer or more casual rides; however, opt for a hardtail  like the Specialized Carve Expert 29 for a good workout and speed.  Some ride cyclocross bikes.

Gear: Fortunately, the trail is nearby so it’s not as critical to be as prepared for epic rides.  Do keep in mind, Green Mountain is exposed.  Sunscreen is important.  During the Summer months, thunder and lightening storms can roll in fast. Be prepared with the right gear.  A hydration pack may be your better option during the warmer, summer months but opt for bottles for shorter and faster rides.

What else is great about Green Mountain?  It is awesome for night riding. Of course, be safe – get a good light and be mindful of the evening critters.

Green Mountain may not be the most technical nor scenic trail Golden has to offer, but its accessibility and appeal to a range of cyclist for year round riding makes Green Mountain a keeper.