• 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!

  • 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.

  • SUP Camping – Getting Started

    Following is a guest post from Scott Lynch.

    SUP Camping – Getting Started

    Yes! You’re reading those two words together: SUP + Camping. We’ve all heard of canoe camping and kayak camping, so why not stand up paddle board camping? It’s easier than you think, and more fun than you can possibly imagine.

    Vilano Voyager SUP Vilano Voyager on shore

    SUP camping is as easy as strapping camping gear to your SUP, hitting the water, and paddling to a unique destination from anywhere to an overnight camp trip, to a weekend excursion, or multi-week expedition. Imagine waking up on a beach or island that you paddled to with your SUP – the sunset, sunrise, solitude and fresh air are worth the effort. In order to have a safe, fun and comfortable SUP camping trip, here are a few essentials to get you started:

    1. An appropriate SUP: Just about any SUP can be used for camping, however, there are a few things to keep in mind. First is weight capacity. All boards have specified weight capacities for different skill levels. Because of the items required for a camping trip (discussed later in this article), add a minimum of 30 lbs. to your weight when considering a board’s weight limits. The next thing to consider is stability. Since you’re going to be strapping your provisions to your SUP, you need a board that is very stable. Usually greater stability is found in thicker and wider boards. A couple great boards for SUP Camping are the Vilano Voyager 11’ and the Vilano Navigator 10’ boards. Both of these have the necessary weight capacity, stability and there’s plenty of room to strap your gear.

    SUP Paddle SUP Paddle, sunset

    2. Basic camping gear: This is your shelter, sleep and eat systems. For shelter, you can use a tent, hammock, tarp, or bivy. For sleep, you’ll need a sleeping pad, sleeping bag or blanket, and small pillow. And for food, unless you’re planning on eating PB&J for days, you need some way to heat a pot or pan. Whatever you decide on for your gear, remember lighter/smaller is better! There’s no way getting around having to place your gear in a waterproof bag and strapping it to your SUP. This is not going to work with your 12lb. backyard, multi-room, family, car camping tent. Consult a professional outfitter for light weight “backpacking”-style gear choices.

    3. Waterproof bags: If there’s one rule to remember from this article it’s that everything not in a waterproof bag will get completely soaked! Ideally, these bags must be submersible-rated, roll-down, and heavy-duty. All your camping gear, food, clothing and electronics must be protected from water. This often takes as much consideration and care as camping gear selection and packing.

    4. Strapping gear to your SUP: Vilano SUPs have D-rings and bungees for strapping gear on the front and back of the board. This makes things easy. But there’s no need to fret if your SUP doesn’t have these. You can either glue or suction-cup attach D-rings to just about any SUP. If D-rings aren’t your style, and you’re just paddling on flat water, a couple webbing cinch straps around your board and over your gear will get you to your camping destination.

    Vilano Voyager SUP Vilano Voyager Inflatable SUP, great choice for camping
  • Will Santa leave a Vilano Children's Bike under the tree?

    Will Santa leave a Vilano Children's Bike under the tree for a good little girl or boy?

    To help make the holidays easy and stress-free, Vilano has assembly videos for their boys and girls bikes. Santa's elves will appreciate it, for sure!

    Both the Vilano boys and girls bikes come with training wheels and many safety features. All Vilano children's bikes are CPSC tested to ensure your little one is kept safe and sound when they're ready to ride.

    Appropriate for all four sizes of the BMX bike, here is the boys bike style assembly video:

    The Vilano Girl's Bike comes in two sizes. Here is the assembly video:

    Teach your child how to ride a bike this year! It's a childhood rite of passage, and one key to an active and healthy lifestyle. Even if your child is not quite ready to pedal, Vilano Bikes has you covered with a great selection of balance bikes.

    If Santa's helpers waited until the eleventh hour to put a bike together, don't worry, we can help! We have customer service associates and bike techs standing by Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. who are ready answer any questions.

    Happy Holidays from all of us here at RoadBikeOutlet!

     

  • Cycling Trainers and Workout Ideas

    Riding inside in the late fall and winter is unavoidable in many parts of the US. The days are shorter, bad weather is a possibility, or maybe you just don’t feel like going outside.

    Both roller trainers and stationary magnetic trainers have their benefits for when your training session brings you indoors. Here is a quick guide to choosing and using these two types of indoor cycling trainers from your friends here at RoadBikeOutlet.

    Roller trainers vs. magnetic cycling trainers

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Parabolic Roller Trainer Conquer Parabolic Roller Trainer

    Indoor roller bicycle trainers are simply designed, with most models having two rollers for the rear wheel, and one for the front. The rider puts the bike on top of these three cylinders (rollers), hops on and starts cycling. Concentration and balance are key as you ride. This is great for improving form, pedal stroke and learning to ride in a straight line.

    Conquer now offers an indoor parabolic roller trainer. Parabolic trainers are a good introduction to roller trainers and may be a bit easier for the beginner to learn and stay centered upon.

    Magnetic cycling trainers

    On a magnetic trainer, the rear wheel of the bike is fixed to the unit. Opposing magnetic force creates resistance, and it is adjustable. Benefits of these trainers (like the Conquer Indoor Bike Trainer) include: affordability, stability, compactness and ease of storage.

    Is any indoor cycling trainer completely silent during use?

    You know when your kids are screaming and hollering, maybe playing keep away from their little sister running up and down a hallway while the dog chases everyone and the ball bounces off the hall table and it's NOISY? But… if everybody is outside doing the same thing, the sound is not so bad, right?

    It’s kind of like that with trainers. When riding inside on a trainer, there will be some associated noise when riding inside no matter the type of trainer used.

    When you ride outside, the sounds of your bike shifting through the gears (and you huffing and puffing!) are diffused into the stratosphere with all the rest of the world’s noises. However, when you ride in your 2nd floor apartment, there’s nowhere for the sound of you, your bike and the trainer to go but off the walls and ceiling. Use an exercise mat or replace the rear wheel of the bike with a “slick” or racing tire to cut down noise.

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer

    Riding inside is only boring if you let it be! Indoor bike trainers can provide an awesome workout, in the comfort of your home. Try interval training. Watch that DVD you've been meaning to get to, or plug in to your favorite upbeat music.

    Getting training sessions in on your bike during the winter can only help your cycling fitness in the spring and summer. Keep your indoor training fresh and effective, find a workout you like and enjoy yourself!

  • New Vilano little girls' bike takes cute to the next level!

    Quick, what’s the cutest thing you can think of? A kitten? Baby bunnies in a field of flowers and a rainbow in the sky? Puppies romping in the grass?

    Vilano’s children’s bicycle catalog has dialed up the precious with this adorable new addition designed specifically with your little princess in mind.

    Vilano Girls Bike Vilano Girls Bike

    Perfect for beginning riders, this girl’s bike has arrived just in time for the holidays.

    Vilano Girl's Bike Vilano Girl's Bike

    Vilano Bikes considered everything when they designed this bike. From the stars on the chain guard and frame, to the handlebar tassels and retro-styled daisies on the basket, each charming detail will speak to your child.

    There’s a two tone comfortable seat, training wheels, a handlebar pad and bell. The easy to use coaster brake along with added front caliper safety/ learning brake will help make learning to ride fun! The bike is easy to assemble and available in 14 inch and 16 inch sizes.

    If it is time to teach a special young lady how to ride a bike, be sure to check out the Vilano girl’s bike. And don't forget, RoadBikeOutlet has your children's bike needs covered with balance bikes, kid's MTBs, and more!

  • On Cycling Shoe Sizing and Trivia

    Every day we discover something new. That’s what makes life fun, right? We have a good one for you today.

    At roadbikeoutlet.com (the authorized online retailer of Gavin cycling shoes) we get lots of questions about shoe sizing. The Gavin cycling shoes do run true to size, and use the EU shoe sizing conventions.

    Gavin Road Cycling Shoe Gavin Road Cycling Shoe

    If you are unsure of your EU size, we usually suggest a couple of things. First, grab a pair of your sneakers and flip over the tongue. Quite often the EU size will be listed on the tag there. If it’s not, another idea is go to your local bike shop or a shoe store to be sized, and here is how we used to phrase it: “On one of their metal measuring devices.”

    Until today, that is. Did you know it is called (drum roll please):

    A Brannock Device!

    Unless your uncle is a shoe salesman, you have to admit… you’d never heard of it. We fielded a call from a customer this morning who casually mentioned the term and when my coworker hung up we squealed with glee! Well I did, but I’m a girl. Phillip has a much cooler head.

    Brannock Device Brannock Device

    Invented in the early part of the 20th century by Charles Brannock, the Brannock Device quickly became a worldwide foot measuring industry standard. It’s even featured in the hallowed halls of the Smithsonian Institution.

    You’re welcome. Bust out that little tidbit at your next trivia night.

    Don’t forget to check out our great selection of bike accessories and cycling shoes. From MTB/Spin shoes to awesome lightweight carbon fiber road shoes, we have your feet covered for any type of ride or training session.

    PS:  Try to learn something every day.

  • 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.

  • Conquer Vertical Climber 2.0 Workout Ideas

    The Conquer Vertical Climber 2.0 is the perfect machine for a complete body workout.

    But I am not an expert fitness professional!

    So why you should take my advice? I am in respectable shape, and use the climber to supplement my somewhat “regular” exercise routine of stand up paddleboarding , commuting by bike to work and playing adult-league soccer.

    In my experience, using the vertical climber a couple of times a week is great low impact exercise with a lot of bang for the buck. My heart gets pumping and it’s fun to pretend I am scaling Half Dome in Yosemite rather than staring at my garage wall.

    Here is the basic, non-certified Jen work out on a Conquer Vertical Climber 2.0:

    Warm up with a minute or two of jumping jacks or jog in place. Hop on the climber, and go to it!

    Keep your feet flat on the pedals and work to keep your glutes and hamstrings engaged. Go up on your toes a little if you want to fire up your calf muscles too. Don't slam the pedals down and don’t let them go all the way up to get a great burn in your quads. This fitness machine uses your own body weight for resistance, and that is all I (personally) need!

    Hold the adjustable handles and let your arms, shoulders, chest, and back join the workout party. Need an arm break? Place your hands on the comfortable stationary handle grips. Be sure to keep your head straight and eyes forward and avoid straining your neck as you move. Stay engaged with your form, if your mind slips your form is likely to as well.

    This is not Jen on the Conquer Vertical Climber This is not Jen on the Conquer Vertical Climber

     

    If you want to keep it simple, use a cheap pedometer to track your steps taken and calories burned. Or get fancier and pick up one of those electronic fitness activity trackers. They can track everything from your heart rate to what kind of shampoo you use. Obviously I am joking, but you get the idea! The PC Mag  website has a good list of the latest fitness trackers here.

    Typically, I spend between 20-30 minutes on the climber. My warm up is 5 minutes, I’ll ramp up and go hard for about 15, then cool down for another 5. I tend to exercise intuitively and use my own personal RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) scale. Don’t forget, I am not a personal trainer, just an average gal trying to maintain her fitness.

    My RPE scale from 0-10 goes something like this:

    • Level 0-1: Thinking about lunch.
    • Level 2-3: Picking up laundry off the floor and shooting it at the basket from across the room.
    • Level 4-5: Walking an 80 pound Labrador retriever. On a sunny afternoon in June.
    • Level 6-7: Whoa, sweat! Working out is fun! I’m in the zone and can do this for a while.
    • Level 8-9: Breathing hard. May be able to grunt a response to a direct question.
    • Level 10+: Can’t. Talk. At. All. Please save me.

    Find a couple of other versions of the RPE scale here and here.

    Need more motivation? Pick out your favorite tunes or freshen up your playlist with some new ones. Music enhances a work out and here are some of the best music streaming services.

    The Conquer Vertical Climber gets my heart going and I have seen results in my arm tone since I started using it. I love this compact home exercise machine because it does not take up a lot of room in the corner of my garage. It is easy to adjust the handles for different family member’s heights.

    For me? The most important thing in any exercise regimen is to keep moving and have fun. What is your favorite way to work out on the climber?

     

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