• Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, is it for you?

    Want to shake up your yoga routine? If you are bored of your indoor yoga studio with its recorded nature sounds, hardwood floors and closed door it may be time to bust out of those confining walls and try a stand up paddle (SUP) board yoga class. Get outside and get on the water!

    SUP yoga is an awesome way to strengthen your core and improve flexibility while you enjoy being outdoors, floating blissfully on the water. Experience the beauty of the open sky and the feel of waves gently lapping the side of your SUP board.

    Considered more of a workout than “inside” yoga, when you hold a pose on the SUP board, you must actively engage your core in order to maintain balance.

    An inflatable SUP is the way to go for a SUP yoga class. It’s more comfortable than a hard board when you are stretching, lying on your back or holding a posture.

    The Vilano Navigator, Vilano Voyager, Aqua Marina SPK-3 are all fantastic choices for your next SUP yoga class.

    FLOW Yoga Inflatable SUP FLOW Yoga Inflatable SUP

    The Flow Yoga Inflatable SUP board was made by Aqua Marina specifically with yoga buffs in mind. The deck pad runs edge to edge, and the front and tail of the board are squared off, just like your favorite yoga mat. The 9’9” length board is easy to tote to the water (while inflated or deflated) for your next class. The 31” width along with 6” thickness provide superior stability as you move from posture to posture.

    Not convinced yet? Here are some reasons you should try yoga on a SUP board.

    If your area has a body of water, there is likely a SUP yoga class being held there. Grab an inflatable SUP board and go for it!

  • Inflatable SUP Boards--Tips & Tricks for the Beginner

    Whether you are thinking about purchasing an Inflatable SUP Board or recently purchased your first one, we have a few tips for the beginning paddler!

    Enjoying the SPK-1 inflatable SUP board Enjoying the SPK-1 inflatable SUP board

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

    Be sure to face the right way. Before you begin, check where the fin(s) on the underside of the SUP board are. The fin(s) should be behind you as you paddle. Fins help the board “track” in the water and keep it in a straight line.

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

    Stand up on the board. 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, and start paddling!

    Use your body to paddle, not only your arms. 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 you have a paddle that has an angled or sloped blade, be sure to 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.

    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 will happen out of the water, or in too-shallow water. The fin is not meant to run aground or be dropped onto a hard surface from any height. For optimal performance, be sure your inflatable SUP board is pumped to the recommended PSI.  Also, if you find yourself in the surf lineup, steer clear of other wave riders until you are comfortable. A wave can tumble you and the board over, and damage your gear or theirs.

    Have fun! Stand up paddle boarding is fun and relaxing as you glide through the water under your own power. Know that with practice you’ll improve quickly, and soon will be showing others the right way to SUP.

  • 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:

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    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!

  • My bike got stolen! What do I do?

    The scene: You leave work, home, the store that you ran into for only a minute. You get outside and see the pole where you locked your bike up and… your heart sinks. Thoughts race: “Is that just my front wheel?” “Wait, is this where I locked it?” “Oh no! Where’s my trusty steed?!?”

    The bike thief left the wheel and broken lock. The bike thief left the wheel and broken lock.

    Now what? One option is to hop on the mope-wagon, cut your losses and go buy another bike.

    But won’t taking action feel a little better? Here is what you need to do in the unfortunate event your bike is stolen.

    • Call the police and report it! Make sure to provide them with as much information as possible, including a good photo of your bike, its serial number, any distinctive features, and a receipt or invoice if possible.
    • If your bike was insured, contact the insurance company as soon as you can (within 24 hours). Keep in mind that if you carry a renter’s insurance policy, if the bike was parked outside of your apartment it may be covered as well.
    • List your bike as stolen on websites like Bike Index and National Bike Registry.
    • Check online sites like Craigslist and eBay to see whether your stolen bike has been listed for sale. The listing description will most likely be generic and broad, without much detailed information of your bike’s features. You can also create “alert” searches on these sites to email you daily with listings of products that match your search. If you think you have found your bike, notify the police first before confronting or meeting anyone.
    • Shout it out and let people know! Blast it on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, etc. Look at bike theft forums and be sure to visit or call local bike shops, especially those that sell or trade used bikes. Make up posters with the bike’s photo and your contact information and post them in your neighborhood and around town. Both friends and strangers may be able to help you spread the word and the more you do, the more likely that someone will make a connection.

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    Need transport and prefer pedal power? Borrow a friend’s bike for now. If you do not have access to a spare bike, see if your city has a bike share program. Eventually, see if your local police hold periodic bike auctions. If they recover a bike, yet cannot find the owner, it may be sold at one of these sales.

    Moving forward, whether you borrow or purchase a new/used bike, take preventative measures so it doesn't happen again. Lock the bike well with a U-Lock/cable, and or heavy duty chain/lock combo.

    Documenting ownership of your bike is vitally important, too! Keep a file in paper or electronic form. Take photos of your bike and its serial number and email them to yourself. Most bike manufacturers will have an online registry. The process is usually simple, entering a few pieces of info on a web form. It is crucial for there to be a record of your serial number for law enforcement in the best case scenario of your bike being recovered.

    If you have a Vilano bicycle and you haven’t done so already, I urge you to register it on the Vilano Bikes website.

    It is not impossible to recover your stolen bike. Taking these steps will increase your chances.

  • The Conquer Vertical Climber

    For a complete body, low impact, high intensity workout all in one machine, check out the Conquer Vertical Climber! From the same folks that offer a great line of inexpensive cycling trainers, Conquer has once again come up with an excellent exercise option with its new fitness climbing machine.

    Conquer Vertical Climber Conquer Vertical Climber

    A perfect addition to any home gym, this climber provides an awesome whole body workout and is offered on roadbikeoutlet.com at an amazing price.

    Conquer Vertical Climber Conquer Vertical Climber, folded for storage

    Your own body weight provides all the resistance you need on this ingenious climbing machine. Use the adjustable height handles and exercise your upper and lower body, or rest your arms on the stationary handles and work your legs. The ergonomic grips are comfortable, non-slip and easy to clean.

    The climber is simple to assemble with the included tool and hardware. The base is wide and stable, with four non skid rubber feet. If space in your exercise area is an issue, the climber has a slim profile when opened, yet it easily folds for out of the way storage when not in use.

    Build strong core muscles and get a great cardio work out at the same time! The Conquer Vertical Climber will help you burn calories, tone muscles and have fun while keeping fit.

  • 4 Quick Tips for Winter Cycling

    No matter what the groundhog said (and why do we listen to a rodent’s weather predictions anyway?), much of the country will still be in winter’s grip for at least a few more weeks. For some of us, staying inside to ride or taking a spin class are good enough options.

    But if cabin fever has you antsy to get out there for a bike ride, here are four quick tips to help you succeed.

    Layer, layer, layer! It is important to dress for success in cold, wet or otherwise unpredictable conditions. Start with a thin, moisture-wicking base layer then add an insulating one. Top it off with a water resistant wind breaker. You can always take off a layer if you get too warm, but you don’t want to be 15 miles in and realize you’re unprepared for the day’s ride.

    Safety first! While the days are indeed getting longer, you still need to outfit your bike with proper lights so you are visible to other road traffic. Check weather conditions before you ride. File your “flight plan” so someone knows where you are headed. Cycle defensively and always wear your helmet.

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You may not feel as thirsty when the thermometer’s mercury is low. But it is just as crucial to maintain proper hydration during a ride in winter as it is in hot summer months. Take along a hydration backpack and drink lots of water.

    Take care of your bike! The thought of getting the hose and washing off your bike may not be appealing on a freezing February afternoon. Residual sand and salt from icy road treatments will eventually take a toll on your trusty steed, and it’s better to take care of cleaning it off right away. Look at it like this; you wouldn't wait three days to take your own shower after a training session, would you? Respect the machine, and it’ll take care of you.

    Think of the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when you rise to the special challenges of cycling outdoors in the winter. Avoid the boredom of staring at your garage wall while sitting on a cycling trainer, outfit yourself and your bike correctly, and get out there for a ride.

  • Gavin Delivers Yet Another Awesome MTB Cycling Shoe!

    Gavin Mountain MTB Sneaker Style Cycling Shoe The new Gavin MTB Sneaker Style cycling shoe checks itself out before a photo shoot

    Gavin once again delivers another great MTB shoe just in time for holiday gifting! Now available on RoadBikeOutlet, the Gavin Mountain MTB Sneaker Style Cycling Shoe is the newest edition to an already awesome selection of cycling shoes and accessories found here at discounted prices.

    This lace up, sneaker style cycling shoe is the perfect multipurpose bike shoe at home in a spin class, on a mountain bike, or on the daily commute. The synthetic micro fiber leather and breathable mesh uppers will keep feet cool during a ride. The soles are stiff and transfer power well while pedaling, yet are flexible enough for comfortable walking on the trail or on the town. Compatible with SPD, SPD-R & SPD-SL cleats, the Gavin Mountain MTB Sneaker Style Cycling Shoes are lightweight, comfortable and ready for any cycling action.

    We are exited about this versatile new Gavin MTB shoe, and you should be too!

    Gavin Mountain MTB Sneaker Style Cycling Shoe Gavin Mountain MTB Sneaker Style Cycling Shoe
  • Double Down on the 2015 Vilano Blackjack 2.0!!

    In the market for an affordable 29er MTB Mountain Bike?  Look no further!  The 2015 Vilano Blackjack 2.0 is here, and it’s been completely revamped for the new year.

    Vilano Blackjack 2.0 29er Mountain Bike Vilano Blackjack 2.0 29er Mountain Bike

    The 2015 Vilano Blackjack 2.0 29er MTB Mountain Bike now features a hand built hydroformed alloy frame, and its larger 30.9mm diameter seatpost saves weight and while adding stiffness, giving you more control over your ride.  With the new frame also comes new geometry, designed with maximum comfort and increased performance in mind.

    An upgraded drivetrain, (3x8 Shimano Altus 24 speed) brings more gear options and smoother shifting.  Match that with the disc brakes new larger 160mm rear rotor for maximum stopping power, and you have complete control over your ride.  Don’t forget the 100mm front suspension paired with the large double walled 29” alloy wheels, a power combo that can handle any obstacle that the trails put in your way.

    Whether you’re new to the world of mountain biking, or an experienced rider looking for an affordable way to explore the world of 29ers, the new Vilano Blackjack 2.0 was designed for you.  Check it out for yourself at RoadBikeOutlet

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