Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • How to Change a Rear Flat Tire on Your Road Bike

    If you ride a bike enough, there is a good chance you will hit a pothole or pick up a nail or a piece of glass in one of your tires. Bicycle flats can be frustrating, and yet changing one is a simple process that can be done in about ten minutes.

    Changing a rear flat can be a little tricky, but like everything, the more you practice the better you will get at it. Don’t wait until you are stuck on the road to learn how.

    Here are the quick steps to changing a rear flat on a multi geared bike:

    1. Shift gears to the highest gear to move the chain to the smallest rear cog.
    2. Open up the brake.
    3. Take the wheel off.
    4. Take the tire and the tube off.
    5. Inspect the tire to try to find what caused the flat.
    6. Install the spare tube and the tire.
    7. Replace the wheel.

    Need more detail? Vilano Bikes made a great video on changing a rear flat on a multi geared bike. Check it out:

    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tneob00nNK8&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

    Preparing for a flat in the first place helps too. Keep spare tubes around. Ride with a repair kit and tire patches, tire levers and a mini pump. Make sure your bike tires are properly inflated in the first place, as this can help prevent pinch flats.

    A flat tire shouldn't keep you off your bike for long!

  • The All New Vilano Inflatable SUP Boards Have Arrived!

    Are you ready to try the latest and greatest water sports craze? Vilano Bikes has expanded its inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) board line with three brand new models, and we have them all here at RoadBikeOutlet. Inflatable SUP boards are the perfect choice for simple storage and portability.

    The Vilano Navigator inflatable SUP board The Vilano Navigator inflatable SUP board

    No car rack? No problem! These SUP boards roll up to a compact size and fit into the included backpack style carry bag. They are lightweight and easy to take on your next water adventure.

    The Vilano Journey is 10 feet long, 31 inches wide and 4 inches thick. The Vilano Navigator is also 10 feet long and 31 inches wide, but it is 6 inches thick. And the Vilano Voyager comes in at 11 feet in length, 31 inches wide and 6 inches thick.

    The Vilano Journey inflatable SUP board The Vilano Journey inflatable SUP board

    All three models have a detachable single fin, and come with a paddle, pump and patch kit. The diamond grooved deck pad will help keep you on your feet and the drop stitch construction is durable. There’s a handy bungee for stowing cargo on board, and D ring hooks for attaching a SUP leash, kayak seat and anything else you need as you head out for a fun day of paddling.

    Vilano SUP boards are great for fun and fitness, leisurely outings and all day touring.

    As always, we offer free shipping to the continental US on SUP boards and accessories, and every other item in the store.

    Now is the time to explore a fresh water spring in Florida or Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, the Jersey shore Atlantic or the Huntington Beach Pacific! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned paddler, RoadBikeOutlet has the Vilano Inflatable SUP board for you.

    Vilano Voyager inflatable SUP board Vilano Voyager inflatable SUP board
  • 6 Tips to Help Prepare You for Spring Bike Rides

    The calendar page has turned, days are getting longer and warmer and you want to get outside and ride! If you are thinking about riding to work or have an upcoming charity ride, these tips will help you get ready to pedal this spring.

    Stretch.  Take care of your body.  Do some light stretching or even throw down a yoga pose or two before you head out and when you get back. This is a great way to limber up and then cool down post-ride.

    Take care of the machine. If your bike sat in the garage all winter, it will need some lovin’. Consider bringing it into your local bike shop for a quick tune up, or better yet, slap it on a repair stand and do it yourself! Clean the bike, inspect the brakes and wheels, inspect the drivetrain, inspect all cables, and check your tires.

    Check your clothes/other equipment. Inventory your on board repair kit to make sure you have a few basic tools, tubes, mini pump, etc. Be sure the cleats on your cycling shoes are sound. Treat yourself to a new pair of cycling shorts (especially if you can’t remember when you last got any). The same thing goes for your helmet. Sweat, sun and the elements eventually wreak havoc on helmets, so it may be a good idea to get a new one.

    Prepare for unpredictable conditions. Be ready for swings in the weather and dress and ride accordingly. Even over the course of a day, the spring season can bring extreme temperature changes and severe storms.

    Take it slow. I am not at all implying you are out of shape from the winter… but admit it, keeping in decent cycling shape can be tough especially if you live in a colder area. Take it easy on your first ride or three! After a few weeks of regular rides, you will feel stronger and faster and ready to dial up the intensity.

    Break up your old routines. Spring is a perfect time for fresh starts. It is easy to do the same route over and over, especially if your time is limited. But why not shake it up? Think about finding a new rail trail in your area to explore. Try a group ride. No group rides in your area? Start one yourself. Sign up for a charity ride or a sprint triathlon to give yourself a training goal.

    Have fun as you head out on the road or trail!

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