Fat Bike Candy — Everything Fat Bike You Want to Know and See

February 25, 2016

The temperatures may be getting a little warmer this time of year, but we know that many of you are still thinking fat bike! And, in reality, it’s still prime fat bike season. So we thought that we would provide you with some fat bike candy — everything you want to feast your eyes on in regards to fat bikes, bike partscycling accessories, and cycling apparel.

The Intrepid Specialized Fatboy

(Other models include Fatboy Comp, Comp Carbon, Expert Carbon, Trail, and Pro Trail see details here)

We find that the Specialized Fatboy models continually maintain a positive reputation among fat bike riders and critics as a reliable, light weight, and enjoyable all around bike. If you ride around Golden, CO in the winter, you will have most certainly seen Fatboy prints in the snow because we see them all the time, and regularly take our bikes out on test rides.

If you race fat bikes, bikerader.com published a glowing review of the Fatboy Expert Carbon with the verdict that, with a lightweight carbon frame, fork and wheelset, the bike is “race-ready out of the box.” 

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Bike bags, bike bags, and more bike bags!

We’ve been hearing more and more that our riders really appreciate having quality bike bags when they are out on their fat bike for long periods of time. Whether you’re bike packing, bike commuting, our just out for an extended ride, you might find a bike bag for your fat bike very useful.

Similarly, weather is changeable in the winter and spring months so riders are often putting on and taking off layers. And where do they store them? Bike bags! We recommend that you look into bike bags from Apidura, Revelate Designs, and Salsa. These are well-priced, durable bike bags that fit on your frame, handlebars, saddle, or top tube. You won’t regret purchasing one of these!

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Fat Bike Apparel for the Tough Cyclists

If you’re a winter cyclist, you are tough. You’re love of cycle overcomes any inhibitions to stay inside during cold, windy, and snowy winter weather. And while it’s not always easy to be outside in winter, you love the chill on your face and the wind whipping through your helmet holes.

But winter cycling doesn’t have to be a tough experience. Having the right gear can make an otherwise grueling outdoor ride into a much more enjoyable experience. Winter apparel staples include boots, poagies, and layers.

Your feet and hands are critical. bikerumor.com recently released a review of a favorite boot of ours — 45NRTH Wölvhammer which bike rumor described as “burly,” “rugged,” and the “warmest” and “most waterproof” boots tested. Similarly, we always recommend a pair of pogies to keep your hands nice and toasty. 

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If you have have any questions about what you should be riding or wearing for fat bike season, feel no hesitation to stop into our store or see our extensive inventory of bikes, bike partscycling accessories, and cycling apparel online. Happy fat biking!

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The Best Ways to Enjoy Winter Cycling

January 21, 2016
S-works Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6Fattie at BikeParts.com

S-works Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6Fattie at BikeParts.com

January is prime winter cycling time. The holidays are behind us and all that’s left on the cyclist’s mind is, “when can I get out on those chilled, hard-packed trails that I love”. With winter races just on the horizon, we at Peak Cycles wanted to provide you with a guide to the best ways to enjoy winter riding. 

  1. Plus-size Tires: Plus-size tires are a relatively new trend in winter riding this year. They are popular because the 3” tires handle snow really well but have a reasonable tire weight so you aren’t compromising speed performance. As a result, bikes with plus-size tires turn out to be an ideal all-season mountain bike and a purchase you won’t regret. The S-works Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6Fattie is our top-performing and most popular plus-size tired bike right now. Come to our store to check it out! 
  2. Fat Bikes Are Still Fun: Fat biking is still a favored activity in the winter. You can’t beat the feeling of control on snow with big fat tires. We were excited to see that our well-liked Specialized S-Works Fatboy Carbon made the top of Outside Magazine’s Best Fat Bikes of 2016 and the top of The MTBGuide’s 2016 Top Fat Bikes list. 
  3. Introduce Kids to Mountain Biking: Fat bikes are also a great way to introduce your kids to mountain biking. In a Fat-Bike.com post, a cycling-enthusiast father talks about his son’s experience on a 24” Specialized Fatboy. The father proudly claimed that after riding the Fatboy, his son “changed from a timid kid who would put up with going out to ride with a lot of coaxing to asking to go mountain biking on more and more challenging trails.” We have found the Specialized Riprock Plus-size Kids’ Bike to be an excellent all-season starter for younglings. 
  4. Get Your Winter Cycling Accessories: If you’re going to be comfortable riding in the winter, you’re going to need the right bike parts and cycling accessories. For you fat bikers, Kenda released its Juggernaut Pro tires that are lightweight (only 767 grams!) and serve as an excellent racing tire. Some of our other most loved winter riding accessories include the Specialized Defroster cycling boot, Pogies, and long-lasting Endura jackets
  5. Enter a Race: There are a number of winter races/rides coming up including: 

Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop wishes you the best with your winter cycling! And don’t forget that if you ever need advice, don’t hesitate to stop into our store.