Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • Wintertime Dehydration?!

    With the holidays right around the corner, Winter is almost here.  The days are getting shorter, temperatures are getting lower, and those sunny days spent at the beach are long gone.  Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), the desire to ride still remains.

    As we bundle up and set out on the road, often times the last thing we think about is a cold drink, but we should.  Dehydration is still a very serious threat during cold weather, though it happens in a slightly different way than what we typically think.  You know how your lips will tend to become chapped during the winter?  The same process can happen to skin anywhere on your body.  As our bodies sweat, the cold air sucks moisture out through our skin, drying you up from the outside in, even though you may not feel as thirsty as you would when facing dehydration in the summer months.

    Conquer 2L Hyrdration Backpack w/ BPA Free Bladder (16.5" x 8.5") Conquer 2L Hyrdration Backpack w/ BPA Free Bladder (16.5" x 8.5")

    The perfect tool to help combat this is the Conquer 2L Hydration Backpack.  With its 2 liter BPA free bladder, you can conveniently transport plenty of water on any ride and stay hydrated hands free.  It’s reflective piping helps you stay visible during night time, and with its lightweight mesh material, you’ll hardly even notice you’re wearing it.

    We all like to add some Winter base miles to our training, so being able to carry plenty of H2O is never a bad thing.   Don’t succumb to dehydration this winter, pick up the Conquer 2L Hydration Backpack and always be prepared.

  • Shopping For a Cyclist This Holiday?

    With the holidays upon us, a lot us find ourselves wondering what to get the cyclist in our lives.  Well, wonder no longer, because the ultimate gift for any bicyclist is tools!

    Conquer Bicycle Repair Tool Kit - Bike Mechanic Tool Set Conquer Bicycle Repair Tool Kit - Bike Mechanic Tool Set

    Whether it’s for a quick cleaning or an important repair, tools are mandatory for any rider.  I have been a professional bike mechanic for 20 years, and trust me, it can take a lot of time and money to acquire a great tool collection.

    The Conquer Bicycle Repair Tool Kit pairs over 21 tools ready to tackle jobs on any style bike, from Road Bikes to Mountain Bikes.  With its well organized and easy to transport carrying case, this tool kit is equipped with essential items that I couldn't live without (like a chain whip, cassette tool, freewheel tool, and chain breaker).  There’s also a full range of Allen wrenches (1.5mm-8mm) that will be needed for every type of maintenance.

    Conquer Compact Bike Repair Tool Kit Conquer Compact Bike Repair Tool Kit

     

     

     

    Just looking for a stocking stuffer?  The Conquer Compact Bike Repair Tool Kit fits almost everything needed to keep any bike on the road in to its convenient nylon carrying bag.  Complete with dual action pump, tube repair kit, and tire levers, your favorite rider will always be able to fix that pesky flat, even while out on the road!

    With any of the Conquer Bike Tools, any cyclist will be able to keep their ride in tip top shape for the Spring time.  They make the perfect gift for any rider, even if that rider is you!

  • Why Consider a 27.5” (650B) Mountain Bike?

    A 27.5” or 650B mountain bike (MTB) balances the best of both worlds between a 26” and a 29” MTB. It is lighter and more nimble than a 29er and will roll over obstacles better than a traditional 26" bike. A 27.5” MTB is also a good option if you are on the smaller side, as sometimes a 29er can feel pretty large to average (and under) riders.

    Vilano Deuce 650b MTB Vilano Deuce 650b MTB

    The Vilano Deuce 650B Mountain Bike MTB 24 Speed with 27.5 Inch Wheels has these qualities, and more! The frame is made of a lightweight, handcrafted 6061 aluminum, and together with the suspension fork and 24 speeds the Vilano Deuce smoothly handles any situation on the trail.

    Here’s a little bit of MTB history:

    Previously the industry standard, the 26” mountain bike was born when folks started taking modified cruisers down mountains back in the 1970s. These morphed into the 26” MTBs we know today, typically ridden on trails and other unpaved areas with varied terrain.

    Some advantages of 26” mountain bikes include quicker acceleration in different riding situations, they are generally lighter and responsive, and also give a good sense of control. However, one drawback of a 26” MTB is the wheels hit roots, rocks and holes at steeper angles, causing riders to lose speed faster than they would on a bike with larger wheels.

    Vilano Blackjack 29er MTB Vilano Blackjack 29er MTB

    Eventually, bike manufacturers started making 29” MTBs. A 29” mountain bike, or 29er (such as the Vilano Blackjack 29er MTB) has bigger wheels that roll over obstacles with ease. The larger wheels have more contact with the ground and provide better braking and grip. 29ers are also great for average to larger sized riders.

    A 27.5”, 650B mountain bike is the perfect compromise between 26” and 29er MTBs. The larger wheels will better navigate tough terrain, yet the wheels are not so large that decent acceleration is an issue.

    The Vilano Deuce 650B Mountain Bike is equally comfortable on dirt roads or trails, pavement or paths. Check out the full specs of this versatile 27.5" MTB on Road Bike Outlet.

    Vilano Deuce 650b 27.5 MTB Vilano Deuce 650b 27.5 MTB
  • Indoor Cycling Trainers

    Has cooler or inclement weather driven you to ride inside? Are you time-crunched and looking for a quick fitness option that can be done in the comfort of your home? Did Daylight Savings Time set the clock back on your outside workouts?

    An indoor cycling trainer is a great choice for beginners through advanced cyclists, or even those folks who are interested in cross-training.

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand

    At Road Bike Outlet, we have a great selection of magnetic resistance cycling trainers. This category of stationary cycling trainers is the least expensive, and of course we offer the highest quality bike trainers at the lowest prices.

    The Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand will have you riding your road bike through the winter. This bike trainer is simple to set up and has many awesome features. The Conquer Indoor Cycling Trainer is compatible with 26”, 27” and 700c bikes, comes with a front wheel riser block, and a quick release skewer (which will replace the rear wheel skewer on your bike to make it compatible with this bike trainer). When not in use, the bike trainer folds up and can be easily stowed until your next indoor riding session.

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand

    The resistance on an adjustable magnetic resistance cycling trainer is determined by the amount of separation between magnets and changes when the magnet unit is adjusted. Of course, when you are using a bike trainer you may also change the gears on your bike to increase and decrease the amount of resistance as well.

    Don’t let poor weather or lighting keep you out of the saddle! An indoor bike trainer is the perfect solution to keep your training going year-round, no matter the conditions.

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