Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • New, Stylish Vilano Commuter Bikes Put the Fun in Functional!

    We have always carried a great selection of commuter bikes and hybrids. But check out the all new Vilano Retro City Commuter bikes! Their simple hybrid style may look like a throwback,  but these sweet rides are full of contemporary features to make your ride to work, school or town fun.

    Vilano Men's Hybrid Bike 700c Retro City Commuter Vilano Retro City Commuter

    Available in both men's and women's versions, the bikes feature so many bike-to-work perks like a rear rack with spring loaded retention system to keep your gear on board. No need to worry about the weather, the front and rear fenders also have splash guards so you'll arrive clean and dry.  The fenders and the rack are matching shiny, steel chrome.

    Seven speeds (controlled by the easy to use twist grip shifters) are enough to get you over every hill.  Ride in upright posture with the classic hybrid handlebars. Brown grips and a matching brown suspension saddle look great and are comfy too!

    The 700c wheels with 700c x 35c tires are quick and smooth, and linear pull brakes provide plenty of stopping power.

    Vilano Women's Hybrid Bike 700c Retro City Commuter Vilano Women's Retro City Commuter

    Long on style and short on price, the Vilano Retro City Commuter Bikes are the perfect urban hybrids that will look amazing and perform well in any setting: from city streets to the college campus, solitary country roads to group rides on the rail trail.

    As always, shipping is free (continental US) on RoadBikeOutlet.com. We are here for you! With lots of maintenance tips,  handy assembly info, and more, we have all the answers you need available at the touch of a button.

  • How to Stand Up Paddleboard - SUP Beginner Tips

     

    Whether you have an inflatable SUP or a hard SUP board, paddling season is here! Here are some great tips for the beginning stand up paddle boarder.

    Vilano Navigator Good form on a Vilano Navigator

    Face the correct way. Fins help the board “track” in the water and keep it in a straight line as you go. Make sure the fin(s) on the underside of the SUP board are behind you as you paddle.

    Consider a leash. A SUP leash will keep the board tethered to your leg and within reach if you happen to <ahem> “dismount” the board for any reason.

    Start on your knees. Take the board into a few feet of flat, calm water and mount the board on your knees.  Paddle on the right side to move to the left, and vice versa. Get used to the way your weight feels on the board while kneeling. Paddle around a little. Ready to get up?

    Stand up. Keep your feet parallel and shoulder width apart, positioned about in the middle of the SUP board (straddle the handle). Stand up straight and with good posture, but not stiff. Grip the top of the paddle’s handle with one hand, the center of the shaft with the other. It is easier to stand if the board has forward momentum. Start paddling!

    Use your whole body. Bend your knees a little, push the paddle into the water, and twist your torso using your stronger core muscles rather than just your arms. Note: If your paddle has an angled or sloped blade, hold it so the blade slopes away from you. Holding it the other way will cause drag and slow your progress!

    Keep your head up. Your body will follow your eyes/head’s lead, so if you are constantly looking down, you may wind up in the drink! Head up, back straight, and body weight slightly over your toes as you paddle are good habits for the SUP board beginner.

    Vilano Journey Paddling is fun on a Vilano Journey!

    Be aware of conditions. Check tides and wind and weather forecasts before you head out to paddle. Weather can change quickly and you do not want to be caught unaware.

    Fall gracefully. Away from your board and fins! Go ahead and practice so you are ready for the first time it happens spontaneously.

    Mind your equipment. Most “accidents” with the board happen on land, or in too-shallow water. Don't run aground or drop onto a hard surface, the fin will suffer. Pump your inflatable SUP board to the recommended PSI for best performance. If you find yourself in the surf lineup, stay away from other wave riders until you are comfortable. Waves can tumble you and the board over, and damage your gear or theirs.

    HAVE FUN! Relax, glide through the water and enjoy nature. Or turn it into a workout and paddle hard. With practice you’ll go from newbie to pro in no time!

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