• Bike Maintenance Tips

    Folks, proper routine bike maintenance is important. Here are nine tips and a video to help you with performing safety checks and keeping your bicycle in good condition.

    1. Keep it clean. Want to prolong the life of your bike? Clean it! All you need is a bike repair stand, some soapy water, rags and a soft brush. Oil and grit can be tough to remove from your chain and gear sprockets, but a decent degreaser will help break down this gunky build up. No time post-ride? Use a baby wipe for a quick clean up job.

    2. Inflate tires properly. Poorly inflated tires are prone to issues like flats or punctures. Get a good floor pump with a pressure gauge to do the inflation job. Do you know what all those numbers on your tire are for? Check your tires before every ride.

    STOP! Let's talk about brakes. Their job is important, so you need to be sure they are up for the task of stopping the momentum of your bike (and YOU) in any situation.

    3. Squeaky brakes? Noisy brakes are often dirty brakes, or at least dirty wheel rims. Clean and dry both properly and most of the time, problem solved. If that doesn’t work, they might need adjusting. See Vilano Bikes' knowledgebase for help.

    4. Check your brake pads. Worn brake pads mean they should be tossed.  If you can hardly see the grooves any more, they're worn. Fitting new brake pads is a cheap and easy fix. All you need is a set of Allen wrenches and a little patience.

    5. Tighten and adjust (caliper) brakes. If your brakes seem "sluggish", meaning if you squeeze the brake lever and it moves more than halfway towards the handlebars – they should be tightened. Just twist the barrel adjuster by the brake lever for a quick fix. If that does not work, grab the Allen wrenches and open the brake nut to free the brake cable, pull it taut and close the nut again.

    6. Lube it up! Grab some bike lubricant and use sparingly on any parts of your bike where metal touches metal. Be sure to clean it well before lubing, or lubing will be a waste of time.

    7. Check your wheels to see if they are “true”. Turn your bike upside down and spin your wheels. Do they wobble from side to side? If so, they need “truing”. This is a quick fix, but not one for an amateur, as you need special equipment. Your local bike shop will do this for a small fee.

    8. Adjust your saddle for the best fit. If you find you are sore after a ride, try experimenting with your saddle. You can raise or tilt it to suit your riding style. If your saddle is too low, it may cause your knees to become sore. Keep in mind your legs should be nearly straight on the downwards revolution as you pedal.

    9. Go see a pro. Once a year may be fine, especially if you keep up with routine maintenance yourself. However it is a good idea to periodically have a professional bike mechanic look at your bike.

    Take care of your bike, and it'll take care of you.

    Check out this routine bike maintenance video from Vilano Bikes:

  • National Volunteer Week

    Every year during April in the United States, we celebrate National Volunteer Week. It is the perfect time to appreciate volunteerism and volunteering.

    Get Involved!

    We would like to share with you a few of the organizations where our employees either serve on the board and/or volunteer their time:

    Green Hands Initiative with musician Jack Johnson, photo: Brett Snare

    Get Inspired!

    In addition to time, the wonderful opportunity has come along to donate goods (like Vilano bicycles) to some amazing local organizations, including:

    Get Energized!

    Even the smallest action can make a difference in someone's life.  As a company, we value involvement with our community, and strive to help make it a better place. National Volunteer Week is a wonderful time to recognize this! We are grateful to have a chance to be involved with causes we care about here in Northeast Florida.

    We'd love to hear about your volunteer experiences, please share them with us here in the comments, on Facebook, Instagram, or send us an email to customercare@roadbikeoutlet.com.

    Investing In Kids, Vilano Bikes Investing In Kids, Vilano Bikes
  • Performance Hybrids from Vilano Bikes

    Performance hybrid bikes like the Diverse series from Vilano combine the best of all worlds. They are perfect for varied riding conditions and considered great all purpose bikes.

    Vilano Diverse 3.0 Vilano Diverse 3.0

    The Vilano Diverse 3.0 is an awesome  choice  for the daily commute. With 24 speeds and disc brakes, it's suitable for whatever weather you need to  pedal through and can tackle all the hills.

    The Diverse 4.0 is a beautiful bike with clean lines and a low

    Shimano Alfine hub Shimano Alfine hub

    maintenance belt drive with a Shimano 8 Speed Alfine internally geared hub. Hydraulic disc brakes for superior stopping power, bottle mounts and the included platform pedals make this a commuter's dream bike.

    Vilano Diverse 4.0 Vilano Diverse 4.0

     

    Getting to work or school under your own power is extremely satisfying.  It is a great way to get fit, see the sights in your town, and be kind to the Earth.

    Vilano and RoadBike Outlet are here to make any bike commute easy and fun. There is a great selection of hybrid, road, and fixed gear bikes for however you want to ride.

  • Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0 Workout Ideas

    The Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0 is the perfect machine for a complete body workout.

    But I am not an expert fitness professional!

    So why you should take my advice? I am in respectable shape, and use the climber to supplement my somewhat “regular” exercise routine of stand up paddleboarding , commuting by bike to work and playing adult-league soccer.

    In my experience, using the vertical climber a couple of times a week is great low impact exercise with a lot of bang for the buck. My heart gets pumping and it’s fun to pretend I am scaling Half Dome in Yosemite rather than staring at my garage wall.

    Here is the basic, non-certified Jen work out on a Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0:

    Warm up with a minute or two of jumping jacks or jog in place. Hop on the climber, and go to it!

    Keep your feet flat on the pedals and work to keep your glutes and hamstrings engaged. Go up on your toes a little if you want to fire up your calf muscles too. Don't slam the pedals down and don’t let them go all the way up to get a great burn in your quads. This fitness machine uses your own body weight for resistance, and that is all I (personally) need!

    Hold the adjustable handles and let your arms, shoulders, chest, and back join the workout party. Need an arm break? Place your hands on the comfortable stationary handle grips. Be sure to keep your head straight and eyes forward and avoid straining your neck as you move. Stay engaged with your form, if your mind slips your form is likely to as well.

    Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0 This is NOT Jen, on the Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0

    If you want to keep it simple, use a cheap pedometer to track your steps taken and calories burned. Or get fancier and pick up one of those electronic fitness activity trackers. They can track everything from your heart rate to what kind of shampoo you use. Obviously I am joking, but you get the idea! The PC Mag  website has a good list of the latest fitness trackers here.

    Typically, I spend between 20-30 minutes on the climber. My warm up is 5 minutes, I’ll ramp up and go hard for about 15, then cool down for another 5. I tend to exercise intuitively and use my own personal RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) scale. Don’t forget, I am not a personal trainer, just an average gal trying to maintain her fitness.

    My RPE scale from 0-10 goes something like this:

    • Level 0-1: Thinking about lunch.
    • Level 2-3: Picking up laundry off the floor and shooting it at the basket from across the room.
    • Level 4-5: Walking a 90 pound Labrador retriever. On a sunny afternoon in July.
    • Level 6-7: Whoa, sweat! Working out is fun! I’m in the zone and can do this for a while.
    • Level 8-9: Breathing hard. May be able to grunt a response to a direct question.
    • Level 10+: Can’t. Talk. At. All. Please save me.

    Find a couple of other versions of the RPE scale here and here.

    Need more motivation? Pick out your favorite tunes or freshen up your playlist with some new ones. Music enhances a work out and here are some of the best music streaming services.

    The Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0 gets my heart going and I have seen results in my arm tone since I started using it. I love this compact home exercise machine because it does not take up a lot of room in the corner of my garage. It is easy to adjust the handles for different family member’s heights.

    For me? The most important thing in any exercise regimen is to keep moving and have fun. What is your favorite way to work out on the climber?

     

  • Don't put your bike away!

    Leaves are dropping from the trees and you find yourself searching the far reaches of your closet for a flannel shirt. Suddenly you have an overwhelming  desire for anything  pumpkin spice...

    FALL IS HERE!

    Autumn trail Autumn trail

    This doesn't mean you have to put your bike away just yet. Know that caution is needed when cycling during autumn months. The weather may be unpredictable with high winds and mixed precipitation, the sun is low and angled, and slippery wet surfaces or debris in the road can be a challenge. These are all good reasons to slow down and pay attention.

    Be prepared for anything and carry a waterproof jacket, tool kit, tubes, water, a snack and a few dollars. Even if you don't need them, maybe you'll be able to help a fellow cyclist out with either a quick roadside repair or an energy boost.

    Vilano Diverse 2.0 Performance hybrid Vilano Diverse 2.0 Performance Hybrid

    It is a good year-round practice to make sure your bike is tuned correctly, but take an extra few minutes now and give it a once over.

    Visually inspect the entire bicycle. Make sure the brakes are working well. Double and triple check that your front white light and rear red light's batteries are functioning. Look at the chain and go through the gears. Now is not the time to be stranded and unprepared! If it does happen, remember that AAA now offers roadside assistance to cyclists, too!

    When you are ready to head out for a ride, wear bright clothing, and add reflective strips to your body parts that move (legs, shoes, wrists) for extra safety. If you wear a pack or bag, put reflective strips and a light on it also. Put a flashing light on the back of your helmet to be more visible. I love this idea as it puts light at a motorist's eye level.

    Pumpkins = fall Pumpkins = fall

    The season's change should not prevent you from having fun out on the road or trails. There is even more reason to get out there, as studies show that regular exercise (like cycling every day for 1/2 hour) is great for the mind and the body.

    Have fun and happy riding!

  • Why stand?

    Have you heard about recent studies linking prolonged sitting to poor health outcomes? Things like back pain. A foggy brain. Sore shoulders. Muscle degeneration. Disease. Scary stuff.

    Do you spend a lot of time desk-bound and stationary?

    Conquer can help you up!

    Desktop Tabletop Standing Desk Desktop Tabletop Standing Desk

    The Conquer Desktop Tabletop Standing Desk is an adjustable height sit to stand ergonomic workstation that is easy to use.  Fully assembled out of the box, this standing desk is designed to help alleviate issues stemming from inactivity.

    With a large workspace area, variable height adjustment (from 6"-19.5"), and plenty of room for a full size keyboard and mouse, this standing desk is a smart choice at a great price.

    For years the folks at Conquer have been at the forefront of the battle against the modern sedentary lifestyle, offering such fitness items as their wildly popular cycling trainer and the Conquer Vertical Climber.

    Reduce the health hazards of sitting too much. Stand up, walk away from your desk, stretch when you're in front of the TV,  do anything to take a "movement break".  Try a standing desk. And know that RoadBikeOutlet and Conquer are  committed to your health and well-being.

  • Conquer Racing Seat Driving Simulator Chair

    Conquer Racing Seat Driving Simulator Chair Gaming Sim Conquer Racing Seat Driving Simulator

    In time for the holidays, the Conquer Racing Seat Driving Simulator Chair is here! This gaming chair is a true racing car seat that glides forward, back and reclines. The sturdy steel frame has adjustable mounts for a steering wheel, pedals and shifter.

    This racing simulator seat is designed to work with: Logitech G29 Driving Force Race Wheel (941-000110), Logitech G920 (941-000121), Logitech G27 and G25, and most Thrustmaster racing wheels, pedals and shifters.

    The good folks of Conquer even made a quick video to help put it together:

    As always, RoadBikeOutlet is the place to go for quality products at amazing prices. With bikes, games, stand up paddleboards and more, we are your source for fun and fitness!

  • Seasonal Cycling

    Summer? Check your rear view mirror. The leaves are turning, and shadows are growing long while the days grow short.

    Get cycling this fall! Get cycling this fall!

    This doesn't mean you have to put your bike away! Just know that caution is needed when cycling during autumn. The weather may be unpredictable with high winds and mixed precipitation, the sun is low and angled, and slippery wet surfaces or debris in the road (like leaves!) can be a challenge. These are all good reasons to slow down and pay attention.

    Be ready for everything and carry a waterproof jacket, tool kit, tubes, water, a snack and a few dollars on board your bike or person. Even if you don't need them, maybe you'll be able to help a fellow cyclist out with either a quick roadside repair or an energy boost.

    It is a good year-round practice to make sure your bike is tuned correctly, but take an extra few minutes now and give it a once over. Visually inspect the entire bicycle. Make sure the brakes are working well. Double and triple check that your front white light and rear red light's batteries are functioning. Look at the chain and go through the gears. Now is not the time to be stranded and unprepared!

    When you are ready to head out for a ride , wear bright clothing, and add reflective strips to your body parts that move (legs, shoes, wrists) for extra safety. If you wear a pack or bag, put reflective strips and a light on it also. Think about putting a flashing light on the back of your helmet to be more visible. I love this idea as it puts light at a motorist's eye level.

    Don't let the season's change prevent you from having fun out on the road or trails. Have fun and happy riding!

  • Holiday Return Policy

    The holiday shopping season has arrived!

    Our return policy for the holidays is similar to our already generous return policy. This year, for your convenience we have made it even longer. Anything purchased from our site from November 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2016 can be returned through January 31st, 2017.

    If you purchase an item that requires assembly (like a bicycle), we encourage you to put it together before the holidays. And let us know if you need anything! We have an extensive online knowledgebase full of handy assembly videos, helpful maintenance tips, and informative articles. Our customer service and tech departments will work hard to be sure you are pleased. Call us at 855-762-3245 or email customercare@roadbikeoutlet.com if you need anything.

    A gift from RoadBikeOutlet! A gift from RoadBikeOutlet!

    Be sure to check the size charts on bikes and cycling shoes. We have kid's bikes and inline skates in various sizes too.

    We love the outdoors and staying active. Check out our  fantastic selection of inflatable stand up paddle boards, fitness equipment, cycling trainers and outdoor games. They all make wonderful gifts for the sports enthusiast in your life.

    Do you know the history of Black Friday (at least in regards to the holiday shopping season)? The term has been used for over fifty years!

    Whether you want get an early jump on it or wait until the last minute, remember RoadBikeOutlet.com is here to make it easy to shop from the comfort of your home.

    Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike
  • Soccer Goals and Lacrosse Cages

    From bikes to exercise equipment to the now available soccer and lacrosse goals, RoadBikeOutlet provides quality sporting goods at great prices.

    Today's lifestyle is an active one! Participating in team sports like soccer or lacrosse is great for the mind and body.

    Whether you are a youth trying out for a travel team, or an adult playing in a rec league the Optima Portable Pop-Up Soccer Goals are perfect for every need.

    Optima Pop Up Soccer Goals Optima Pop Up Soccer Goals

    Available in four-foot and six-foot sizes, set one net up for precision shot practice, or pop-up both goals and play a pick up game at the park, the beach or wherever.

    These soccer goals come as a set of two in a convenient carry case. They are simple to pop open and get a game started in minutes.  No assembly required! Each goal has stakes to secure it onto the playing surface.

    Have you heard? All over the US, scholastic participation in lacrosse is growing every year for boys and girls.  Optima now carries a regulation size lacrosse net. This goal is great for backyard drills for goalies, offensive practice, and more.

    Optima Lacrosse Goal Net Optima Lacrosse Goal Net

    Optima Lacrosse Goal Net Optima Lacrosse Goal Net

    The Optima Lacrosse Goal Net, is a six foot by six foot official size cage made from sturdy steel and with a  midweight net.

    The benefits of team sports are proven so get out there and participate. Regular exercise is good for everyone's well being and any kind of movement helps. Go for a walk, take a ride on the bike path, or play goalie while your kid practices her shots.  And don't forget,  RoadBikeOutlet.com is your source for all things fun!

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