• Wintertime Dehydration?!

    With the holidays right around the corner, Winter is almost here.  The days are getting shorter, temperatures are getting lower, and those sunny days spent at the beach are long gone.  Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), the desire to ride still remains.

    As we bundle up and set out on the road, often times the last thing we think about is a cold drink, but we should.  Dehydration is still a very serious threat during cold weather, though it happens in a slightly different way than what we typically think.  You know how your lips will tend to become chapped during the winter?  The same process can happen to skin anywhere on your body.  As our bodies sweat, the cold air sucks moisture out through our skin, drying you up from the outside in, even though you may not feel as thirsty as you would when facing dehydration in the summer months.

    Conquer 2L Hyrdration Backpack w/ BPA Free Bladder (16.5" x 8.5") Conquer 2L Hyrdration Backpack w/ BPA Free Bladder (16.5" x 8.5")

    The perfect tool to help combat this is the Conquer 2L Hydration Backpack.  With its 2 liter BPA free bladder, you can conveniently transport plenty of water on any ride and stay hydrated hands free.  It’s reflective piping helps you stay visible during night time, and with its lightweight mesh material, you’ll hardly even notice you’re wearing it.

    We all like to add some Winter base miles to our training, so being able to carry plenty of H2O is never a bad thing.   Don’t succumb to dehydration this winter, pick up the Conquer 2L Hydration Backpack and always be prepared.

  • Shopping For a Cyclist This Holiday?

    With the holidays upon us, a lot us find ourselves wondering what to get the cyclist in our lives.  Well, wonder no longer, because the ultimate gift for any bicyclist is tools!

    Conquer Bicycle Repair Tool Kit - Bike Mechanic Tool Set Conquer Bicycle Repair Tool Kit - Bike Mechanic Tool Set

    Whether it’s for a quick cleaning or an important repair, tools are mandatory for any rider.  I have been a professional bike mechanic for 20 years, and trust me, it can take a lot of time and money to acquire a great tool collection.

    The Conquer Bicycle Repair Tool Kit pairs over 21 tools ready to tackle jobs on any style bike, from Road Bikes to Mountain Bikes.  With its well organized and easy to transport carrying case, this tool kit is equipped with essential items that I couldn't live without (like a chain whip, cassette tool, freewheel tool, and chain breaker).  There’s also a full range of Allen wrenches (1.5mm-8mm) that will be needed for every type of maintenance.

    Conquer Compact Bike Repair Tool Kit Conquer Compact Bike Repair Tool Kit

     

     

     

    Just looking for a stocking stuffer?  The Conquer Compact Bike Repair Tool Kit fits almost everything needed to keep any bike on the road in to its convenient nylon carrying bag.  Complete with dual action pump, tube repair kit, and tire levers, your favorite rider will always be able to fix that pesky flat, even while out on the road!

    With any of the Conquer Bike Tools, any cyclist will be able to keep their ride in tip top shape for the Spring time.  They make the perfect gift for any rider, even if that rider is you!

  • Why Consider a 27.5” (650B) Mountain Bike?

    A 27.5” or 650B mountain bike (MTB) balances the best of both worlds between a 26” and a 29” MTB. It is lighter and more nimble than a 29er and will roll over obstacles better than a traditional 26" bike. A 27.5” MTB is also a good option if you are on the smaller side, as sometimes a 29er can feel pretty large to average (and under) riders.

    Vilano Deuce 650b MTB Vilano Deuce 650b MTB

    The Vilano Deuce 650B Mountain Bike MTB 24 Speed with 27.5 Inch Wheels has these qualities, and more! The frame is made of a lightweight, handcrafted 6061 aluminum, and together with the suspension fork and 24 speeds the Vilano Deuce smoothly handles any situation on the trail.

    Here’s a little bit of MTB history:

    Previously the industry standard, the 26” mountain bike was born when folks started taking modified cruisers down mountains back in the 1970s. These morphed into the 26” MTBs we know today, typically ridden on trails and other unpaved areas with varied terrain.

    Some advantages of 26” mountain bikes include quicker acceleration in different riding situations, they are generally lighter and responsive, and also give a good sense of control. However, one drawback of a 26” MTB is the wheels hit roots, rocks and holes at steeper angles, causing riders to lose speed faster than they would on a bike with larger wheels.

    Vilano Blackjack 29er MTB Vilano Blackjack 29er MTB

    Eventually, bike manufacturers started making 29” MTBs. A 29” mountain bike, or 29er (such as the Vilano Blackjack 29er MTB) has bigger wheels that roll over obstacles with ease. The larger wheels have more contact with the ground and provide better braking and grip. 29ers are also great for average to larger sized riders.

    A 27.5”, 650B mountain bike is the perfect compromise between 26” and 29er MTBs. The larger wheels will better navigate tough terrain, yet the wheels are not so large that decent acceleration is an issue.

    The Vilano Deuce 650B Mountain Bike is equally comfortable on dirt roads or trails, pavement or paths. Check out the full specs of this versatile 27.5" MTB on Road Bike Outlet.

    Vilano Deuce 650b 27.5 MTB Vilano Deuce 650b 27.5 MTB
  • Indoor Cycling Trainers

    Has cooler or inclement weather driven you to ride inside? Are you time-crunched and looking for a quick fitness option that can be done in the comfort of your home? Did Daylight Savings Time set the clock back on your outside workouts?

    An indoor cycling trainer is a great choice for beginners through advanced cyclists, or even those folks who are interested in cross-training.

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand

    At Road Bike Outlet, we have a great selection of magnetic resistance cycling trainers. This category of stationary cycling trainers is the least expensive, and of course we offer the highest quality bike trainers at the lowest prices.

    The Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand will have you riding your road bike through the winter. This bike trainer is simple to set up and has many awesome features. The Conquer Indoor Cycling Trainer is compatible with 26”, 27” and 700c bikes, comes with a front wheel riser block, and a quick release skewer (which will replace the rear wheel skewer on your bike to make it compatible with this bike trainer). When not in use, the bike trainer folds up and can be easily stowed until your next indoor riding session.

    Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand Conquer Indoor Bicycle Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand

    The resistance on an adjustable magnetic resistance cycling trainer is determined by the amount of separation between magnets and changes when the magnet unit is adjusted. Of course, when you are using a bike trainer you may also change the gears on your bike to increase and decrease the amount of resistance as well.

    Don’t let poor weather or lighting keep you out of the saddle! An indoor bike trainer is the perfect solution to keep your training going year-round, no matter the conditions.

  • Fixed Gear Bikes

    At RoadBikeOutlet, you will discover a great selection of fixed gear road bikes. Fixies are a great choice for commuting, college students, city dwellers, or anyone looking for a basic, simple-looking and easy to maintain bike.

    Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike

    Nearly every bike in our fixed gear category has a flip-flop hub. Our fixies ship configured as single speed bikes. In order to convert the bike to a fixed gear, start by removing the rear wheel. Loosen the 2 nuts from the axle on the rear wheel. Slide it forward, take the chain off, flip it over to the 'fixed' gear side and re-install.

    When you ride using the free wheel you are able to coast or stop pedaling. Alternatively, when using the fixed gear side, the rear wheel moves and your pedals move with it. This means when you pedal it forward or backward, the wheel will move in that direction.

    If you purchase a fixed gear bike (or any bike) from RoadBikeOutlet, consider adding the pro-build service. Our professional bike mechanics will fully inspect, assemble and tune your bicycle, then disassemble the bicycle just enough to fit it back into the shipping box, add more packing protection, and secure all movable parts to prevent any damage that might occur during transit.

    Of course you may assemble your fixed gear bike yourself. We have many helpful assembly videos and tips available. If you do choose to assemble your fixie on your own, be sure to bring it to a qualified bike mechanic for a final tuning and safety check.

    No gears = easy maintenance!  A fixed gear bike is an awesome choice if you’re looking for a relatively lightweight bike with nice, clean lines. RoadBikeOutlet is sure to have the fixed gear bike for you.

    Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike
  • The Trinx M237 XPLODE 27.5 650b Mountain Bike MTB Bicycle is now available!

    Trinx M237 XPLODE 27.5 650b Mountain Bike MTB Bicycle Trinx M237 XPLODE 27.5 650b Mountain Bike MTB Bicycle

    Looking for an affordable, entry level 27.5" mountain bike? Check out the Trinx M237 XPLODE 27.5 650b Mountain Bike MTB Bicycle Shimano 21 Speed.

    This 27.5 MTB (or a 650B MTB) features a Shimano drivetrain with EZ-fire shifters, front suspension and disc brakes. It has 21 speeds and the frame is 16" 27.5 double butted 6061 Aluminum. There's an alloy crown suspension fork, and 27.5" wheels.

    Roll through any terrain with this versatile 27.5 mountain bike. If you need an MTB, are on a budget and yet are unwilling to sacrifice style, the Trinx M237 XPLODE 27.5 650b Mountain Bike MTB Bicycle is for you!

  • The Vilano 2 in 1 Balance Bike Kid’s Pedal Bicycle

    Learning to ride a bike has never been easier for children than with the Vilano 2 in 1 Balance Bike Kid’s Pedal Bicycle. A child will find it simple to transition from coasting along on a balance bike, to pedaling with training wheels, to pedaling unassisted with this awesome convertible bicycle.

    Vilano 2 in 1 Balance Bike Kids Pedal Bicycle Vilano 2 in 1 Balance Bike Kids Pedal Bicycle

    Children can learn to balance with minimal help. A balance bike (or push bike) is a bike with no pedals which a child sits on and propels by walking or running. With pedaling out of the picture, children may fully concentrate on balancing with the confidence of having their feet close to the ground.

    The Vilano 2 in 1 Balance Bike Kid’s Pedal Bicycle comes in vivid pink and cool blue. It has an adjustable seat and handlebars for a perfect fit as your child grows. This convertible bike has 12" pneumatic tires and includes a handlebar pad, bell and training wheels.

    Once the child is comfortable cruising on the balance bike, he/she will be ready in no time to pedal! To convert the Vilano 2 in 1 from balance bike to a pedal bike, simply add the crank and training wheels, and then adjust the rear wheel in the dropout.

    Blue Vilano 2 in 1 Balance Bike Kid’s Pedal Bicycle Blue Vilano 2 in 1 Balance Bike Kid’s Pedal Bicycle

    Remember, basic bike safety rules apply to children too! Children should always wear a helmet and stay away from traffic. Starting children early on a balance bike can lead them to a lifetime love for biking as a great form of exercise and physical activity.

    Available at RoadBikeOutlet.com, the Vilano 2 in 1 Balance Bike Kid’s Pedal Bicycle is a great way to learn, and ride!

  • Spin Class, Spin Shoes... is your head spinning yet?

    When the air temperature drops, perhaps so does your motivation to get outside for a workout. Consider trying a spin cycling class! This awesome inside stationary bike workout can be performed year round at your local gym no matter the cold, wind or precipitation. The spin class bikes allow you to adjust the tension to simulate hills. Even though you may not be moving, you still get the benefits of riding outdoors with elevation changes.

    Considered a low-impact exercise (easier on your joints than running, for example), anyone can do a spinning class. It’s a great cardio and calorie-burning workout with the camaraderie of a motivating group environment. The music is always fun and upbeat, too!

    If you have already signed up for your first spin class and are wondering what to wear, regular workout clothes are fine (you may want to avoid long/baggy pants, however). Cycling shorts aren’t mandatory, but may increase your comfort level as you get used to being on a bike saddle. Normal flat soled athletic shoes are fine to wear, especially for beginners. Spin shoes with cleats that clip into the bike’s pedals can make your workout more effective and may be required for come classes.

    You may be wondering exactly how a spinning shoe may help you in your spin class. Cycling specific shoes have stiff soles that enable powerful pedaling strokes. They can be used with so called “clipless” pedals. These types of pedals ease a push/pull action as well as more efficient pedal strokes.

    Gavin Spin Shoe Gavin Spin Shoe

    While conventional road cycling shoes may be used for spin class, there are also spin shoes made just for this purpose. Many mountain bike shoes work too, including the Gavin Mountain Spin Cycling Bike Shoe MTB. The advantage to wearing a sneaker style spin shoe like this is the cleat is recessed into the sole so you may walk around comfortably. These spinning shoes are made of breathable micro fiber fabric and have three adjustable Velcro closures to ensure a perfect fit.

    The Gavin Mountain Spin Cycling Bike Shoes MTB are compatible with SPD, SPD-R and SPD-L cleats. The SPD system is short for Shimano Pedaling Dynamics, and is an industry standard. This two-hole system is used on most mountain bike shoes and some road shoes.

    Gavin Mountain Spin Cycling Bike Shoe MTB Gavin Mountain Spin Cycling Bike Shoe MTB

    Check with your gym/spin instructor for specific cleat or MTB shoe and spin shoe compatibility questions before you purchase shoes for spinning class. The Shimano Compatible SPD Cleats work for the Gavin MTB Spin Shoes, and are available to order from RoadBikeOutlet.com.

    A spinning class is a great way to burn some calories, tone your legs and butt, and make some new friends. Visit your local gym and take a class soon!

  • What's SUP with Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards?

    With stand up paddle boarding riding an epic wave of popularity, sales of inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) boards are blowing up as well!

    RoadBikeOutlet now carries three different SUP boards. The Aqua Marina SPK-1, SPK-2 and SPK-3 are rigid when inflated and have a similar feel to a hard board, but are considerably more portable and easier to store.

    These inflatable SUP boards are made from commercial grade PVC material with drop-stitch construction. All three boards have a D rings for cargo, a leash, or even convert the SPK-1 and -2 boards to a sit down kayak by adding the handy Kayak Seat! The three fin set up (one large fin in the center, two smaller fins on each side is perfect for tracking on flat water, while the anti-slip deck pad will keep you on your feet. Included with each package are the SUP board, 3 piece paddle, starter pump, three fins, a patch/repair kit and a carry bag.

    The origins of modern stand-up paddling (and many other water sports) are most likely Hawaiian. The “beach boys” of Waikiki combined their skills at surfing and outrigger canoe paddling, eventually using the stand-up boards to keep a bird’s eye view of their students taking surf lessons. In more recent times, surfers would resort to standing up on large boards on small surf days while waiting for the next big swell.

    Folks from St. Augustine to Seattle, from the Great Lakes to backyard ponds (and beyond!) are enjoying inflatable SUP boards for flat water paddling fun.

    Stand up paddle boarder using an Aqua Marina SPK-1 on the calm Atlantic Ocean Stand up paddle boarder using an Aqua Marina SPK-1 on the calm Atlantic Ocean

    A SUP board is considered by the Coast Guard a vessel when used “beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing or bathing area.” If this is the case, one must wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle. If a stand up paddle board is used within a designated “swimming, surfing or bathing area,” the Coast Guard does not consider it to be a vessel.

    Think about an inflatable stand up paddle board as a durable, lighter and versatile alternative to traditional hard SUP boards. Whether you live in a landlocked area or have a vacation coming up by the sea, all you need is some water and a sense of adventure to enjoy the latest water sport craze of stand up paddle boarding.

  • How to Clean Your Bike

    Cleaning your bike is simple and a crucial part of bike ownership.

    All those moving parts are constantly exposed to the elements, road debris and dirt. To keep your bike working correctly and safely, a regular cleaning routine is a must. If your bike is kept clean, it will be easier to spot potential issues before you get out on the road or trail.

    While it may be tempting to hook up the power washer and shoot the bike with a jet stream of water, this is not a great idea. Along with the dirt, you’ll also blast away the grease that should be there, which has the all important job of lubing the bike’s various components. You will also risk damaging the bearings systems.

    All you need for a good basic bike cleaning are a few fresh rags or sponges, a couple of different size brushes, a degreaser like Simple Green, diluted dishwashing detergent or a bike specific wash, a bucket or two, and a chamois cloth or towel for drying.

    Set your bike up on a repair stand or even your car’s hitch mount bike rack so you don’t have to hunch over it. Pour water from a bucket on or wet the bike with your hose (lightly, just a dribble). Remember-no blasting! You merely want to wet the bike to loosen any stubborn caked on dirt or grime so you don’t scratch the frame when you begin wiping it.

    Fill a bucket with detergent and water, grab a sponge or rag and get cleaning. Wipe the bike with sudsy water. Use a brush for hard to reach places like around the fork, brakes or hubs. Does your bike have standard brakes? Then clean your rims well; this is your braking surface after all!

    Rinse the bike with a bucket of clean water. Or if you decide to hose it down, spray it lightly. Dry the bike thoroughly with an unsoiled towel or chamois cloth.

    Once the bike is clean and dry, if you want the job to be a little easier next time, use some silicon spray on the frame. It will make your bike look pretty and shiny, with the added bonus of repelling dirt and water. Be sure to spray only the frame, though; take care to stay away from the wheels, rims, brakes and chain. Relubricate your chain with a good bike chain lube (there are many fine products available, ask your local bike shop for their recommendation).

    You are now ready to set out on your clean machine!

    Get into a good bike hygiene regimen. Repeat these basic cleaning steps as often as necessary. This is an easy and essential part of owning a bike. On a dirt free bike, it is easier to see potential maintenance problems and get them straightened out. Plus your bike will look great as you ride off down the road.

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