My favorite bike schwag on RTR

Leslie ShapiroCulture, Gear, Peak Pedaler

As you all know, I do love to bling out my bike. One of the things I love about Ride The Rockies is that I get to see how 2,000 other people decorate themselves and their bikes. Here are just a few things that made my day so far this year.

Why, hello beautiful…

Ingrid MullerCulture, Gear, Peak Pedaler

There’s something about looking at a ridiculously expensive bike leaning against the wall of a dingy, cut-rate motel room that just feels a little dirty. I was sitting in a tiny, dark, airless room in Cortez, wondering whether I should put the bike in the bed and just take the floor for myself. After all, I didn’t want to ding … Read More

When Good Rides Go Bad

Leslie ShapiroGear, Peak Pedaler, Prep

Wow, this whole bicycle thing is terrific. You’re chugging up the hills and coasting down the other sides. The pedals are going round and round and you’re clicking off the miles. Life is good. The finish line in Colorado Springs is practically in sight. Then, suddenly, disaster strikes! Your tire makes a hissing sound, your spokes make a pinging sound, … Read More

Final Descent

Michael OlivierGear, Peak Pedaler, Prep

To paraphrase the great, late John Denver: “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go, I’m standing here outside your door, I hate to wake you up…but COME ON ALREADY, LET’S GO! I WANT TO RIDE!” I started packing last weekend, a full week out from the start of Ride the Rockies. If you include my packing/purchasing list, I … Read More

Some of it will be out of your control

Jeff ThomasGear, Peak Pedaler

In recent days my fellow Peak Pedalers have offered advice about what to pack for RTR, and how to pick the right kind of lodging. They are wise guides. Take good notes and heed their advice. Then, light a votive candle for the Modanna del Ghisallo. For all your careful planning and packing, sometimes it helps to have guardian angel … Read More

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling!

Leslie ShapiroGear, Peak Pedaler

Biking can be serious business. Very serious. Intervals and hill repeats. Power meters and heart rate zones. Sweat rates and carbo-loading. But, it also can be fun. Lots and lots of fun. In my opinion, a bike that’s fun to ride is going to get ridden more. There are days that I don’t feel like going out, but I look … Read More