Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • May is National Bike Month

    It is time to celebrate! National Bike Month was established in 1956. Now is the perfect time to promote the countless benefits of biking and help persuade folks to give biking a try.

    The League of American Bicyclists is a national sponsor of Bike Month, and has been involved in bicycle advocacy since its inception (then as the League of American Wheelmen) in 1880.

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    Bike Month is observed every May in communities across the nation with organized rides and events, including National Bike to Work Week from May 12-16 and National Bike to Work Day on May 16.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to examine the reasons you ride, encourage a family member or friend to begin riding, or just celebrate bicycling and bike culture.

    Whether you ride your bike for fitness, fun, transportation, your health or the planet’s health, make sure you get out on your bike this Bike Month.

    Why do you ride? We want to know! Leave a comment below, visit www.facebook.com/RoadBikeOutlet, tweet us @roadbikeoutlet, or email us at service@roadbikeoutlet.com.

  • 6 Ways to Raise Money for Your Charity Bike Ride

    Now you've gone and done it. You signed up for your first long charity ride. Aside from those pesky and time consuming training sessions, one of the hardest things you’ll have to do is raise some money. Whether you have to raise $20 or $2000… fear not! These tips will help get you on your way to your goal:

    Hit up your family, first. Ask your mom or dad to help out (because they haven’t done quite enough for you). Remind your sister in law about all the Girl Scout cookies you bought from your nieces last year. You've been meaning to call your grandmother for a month, now is the perfect time.

    What are friends for? Compose a heartfelt email and send it to your buddies. Get on Facebook and put out the plea. Donations start with asking, so ask everyone.

    Take it to the office. Here you can be passive and tape your contribution sheet to the cluttered break room fridge door. Or better yet, walk from desk to desk with puppy dog eyes and a big smile on your face and go for it. Pit your co-workers against each other: “Hey Susan! Carl just donated 50 bucks to my charity ride. How much can I put you down for?”

    Have a “do good” party. Make sure you tell folks it’s a fundraiser. Get your friend who’s in a band to come and play (for free, of course). Put out an awesome food and drink spread and ask for a cover charge. All proceeds will fund your bike ride for a great cause!

    Sell some of your unneeded junk. Head down to your basement or up in the attic and look around. Admit it, it would be fantastic to organize and get rid of some stuff. Snap a few pictures of the unused dog crate or old surfboard and get them on Craigslist. Have a garage sale or bring the items to the local consignment shop. This is “extra” cash you didn't know you had anyway, so it’s perfect to give to your organization.

    Make people cry. Dramatic? Absolutely! Make people understand the impact of their donation. Know everything there is to know about your cause, and share that knowledge. For example, “Every day X number of people are diagnosed with Y disease or condition. Every day Z people die from it. We need your help.”

    Soliciting for money can be difficult, and getting “No” for an answer will definitely occur. Try not to personalize it. Keep asking around, use the above tips liberally, and your hard work will pay off. Enjoy your charity ride!

  • Volunteering

    There are many excellent reasons to volunteer for a worthy cause. Like these:

    • Help others (what other reason do you need?)
    • Expand your horizons
    • Make a difference
    • Contribute to a cause that you care about
    • Meet new people and make friends
    • Connect with the community
    • Explore a new area of interest

    Phillip at 5K Run to benefit Alpha Omega Children's Home Phillip at 5K Run to benefit Alpha Omega Children's Home

    I could go on forever!

    At RoadBikeOutlet we believe in giving back to the community. We are based in beautiful seaside St. Augustine, FL. Our little city and St. John’s County have loads of amazing non-profits that need help.

    Our employees contribute their time and knowledge to various local and national organizations.

    Recently we picked up trash at the beach with Keepers of the Coast and ran 5K’s to benefit the Alpha Omega Miracle Home (hooray Phil!) and the Friends of Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. We have employees who serve on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and work with a local Girl Scouts troop.

    In the past we have donated bikes to Velo Fest Community Initiative, the North Shores Improvement Association/Vilano Beach Main Street, and the Rhythm & Ribs Festival. RoadBikeOutlet folks have participated in various charity rides, and the company has donated gifts to events as well.

    In April, Suzanna and Jen volunteered at the Rhythm & Ribs Festival. Put on by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club, the proceeds from the entirely volunteer-run festival are donated to local, national and international charitable service organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Augustine Youth Services, the Council on Aging, Pie in the Sky, Habitat for Humanity, Home Again St. John’s and dozens more.

    Suzanna, Michelle & Jen at the Rhythm & Ribs Fest Suzanna, Michelle and Jen at the Rhythm and Ribs Fest

    Most non-profit organizations welcome and truly need the help that volunteers have to offer. I’m sure your community has a group that would be a good fit for you. Get out there, find a cause and make an impact in the lives of others.

  • Adjusting your bicycle saddle

    We have a slew of 'how to videos' and one of my favorites is this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPH510PyFn0

    This quick video shows you how to adjust your saddle. The crazy thing is, that its super easy to do, and you'll notice the difference immediately. I suggest you make small tweaks to get the saddle in the right position.

    If you don't have this multi-tool, get it!

    http://www.roadbikeoutlet.com/multi-function-bike-tool-with-patch-kit-and-tire-levers.html

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