how to bike videos

  • 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:

  • How to Pick the Best Bike and Find the Right Bike Size

    Are you new to cycling? Are you ready to purchase but wonder what type of bike you want or need? And now that you have decided, do you have questions about sizing information?

    Choosing the right bike , in the correct size requires gathering a little information, but don't worry! We are here to help.

    Check out our bike tech Jeff's video that will answer all your questions, and more:

    At RoadBikeOutlet, we have the right bike for you. From road bikes to hybrids, MTBs to fixed gears, our selection of affordable and stylish Vilano bikes will get you on the road, fast.

    Our outstanding, smart and fun-loving customer service team is available to answer any questions you may have via phone, email or live chat. Reach out! The online knowledgebase has many answers to FAQs about maintenance, Vilano Bikes, and more.

     

     

  • 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!

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    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.

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