bike repair

  • 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:

  • Bike Maintenance Tips for Springtime

    Spring has sprung, and it's time to ride! Has your bike been sitting in the garage all winter? There is no better time than now to get your bike ride ready.

    This video has some great routine bike maintenance tips, brought to you by our friends at Vilano Bikes.

    It's time to get your bike ready for the season!

    Don't forget, we are here to help even after you purchase your bike with cycling tips, handy how to videos, and more! Our qualified bike techs and amazing customer service team are available to answer any questions you have.

  • How to Adjust Your Bike’s Brakes

    We don’t need to remind you how important brakes are to your bike and its safe operation, do we?

    Taking your bike in to a shop for a tune up is always a great idea. However, there are simple adjustments you can make on your brakes yourself, at home.

    Whether you have mechanical disc brakes, linear pull brakes, or caliper brakes, Vilano Bikes has made a video for you!

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

    The late Sheldon Brown was an authority on bikes and is also an amazing resource. Developed with Harris Cyclery, Sheldonbrown.com is a huge accessible database of technical bike info that I find myself visiting time and again. Here are a bunch of Brown’s articles about brakes.

    I needed some help with the brakes on my Vilano C1 a few weekends ago so I grabbed a cup of coffee and watched Jeff in action as I ate breakfast. Tuning my brakes was simple, and I headed out for a ride in no time. Check out the video below:

    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2VijRzaquU&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

    Jim Langley (cycling author, bike mechanic, and former Bicycling Magazine technical editor) also has some great informative articles on bike repair, including brake adjustments.

    Roadbikeoutlet.com is proud to be the primary authorized online retailer for Vilano Bikes. Vilano Bikes has an ever-expanding awesome instructional video repository. Check it out for assembly, how-to, and general informational tips.

    Be sure your bike’s brakes are well maintained and in perfect working order every time you head out for a ride.

  • Wall and Bench Mounted Bicycle Repair Stands

    Knowing a few simple bike maintenance tricks and routine repairs can be a satisfying and important part of bike ownership. But what if you just don’t have enough room to accomplish these tasks?

    Before you give up and bring your bike to a shop, consider a wall or workbench mounted bike repair stand.

    Bicycle repair stands come in many shapes and sizes from heavy duty professional style bike mechanic stands like you’d find at your local bike shop, to the lightweight folding portable home bike repair stand. Wall or bench mounted stands are the most compact repair stands available and are perfect if your space is limited.

    Conquer Bench Mount Bicycle Repair Stand Bike Rack Conquer Bench Mount Bicycle Repair Stand Bike Rack 

    If you are short on garage or basement space, yet have a sturdy workbench, consider the Conquer Bench Mount Bicycle Repair Stand Bike Rack. This repair stand has a quick release that easily adjusts the height or turns the stand out of the way when not in use. The offset base plate allows ample room to spin your bike’s pedals. The head swivels 360° so you can work on your bike at any angle.

    Another great option for the workbench is the Conquer Bench Mount Bicycle Repair Stand Bike Rack. Super compact and sturdy, it is easily attached to virtually any bench. The arm extends 10” from the bench while the rotating head can adjust the protective rubber clamp to any angle.

    No bench? No problem! The Conquer Wall Mount Bike Repair Stand Bicycle Mechanic Workstand is the ultimate space saver. The mounting plate is easily attached to any stud or post and the stand’s arm detaches from the plate and can be easily stowed when not in use. The arm extends 14” from the wall, and the rubber coated clamp can grab tubes from 30mm to 75mm.

    The easily detachable Conquer Bicycle Wall Mount Repair Stand Bicycle Rack-Rotating Head is one more fantastic option for fixing your bike when space is at a premium. Adjust the quick release clamp to any angle while clamping the top tube or seatpost (be careful if it’s a carbon bike) with its locking 360° rotating head.

    Conquer Bicycle Wall Mount Repair Stand Bicycle Rack - Rotating Head Conquer Bicycle Wall Mount Repair Stand Bicycle Rack - Rotating Head

    This bike repair stand’s angle can also be adjusted at the wall plate. When not in use, it quickly detaches from the wall plates (it comes with two so you may move to another spot).

    Working on your bike, even in a cramped workspace, has never been easier than with one of these wall or workbench mounted repair stands.

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