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  • Cycling in the Fall

    Summer? Check your rear view mirror. The leaves are turning, and shadows are growing long while the days grow short.

    Get cycling this fall! Get cycling this fall!

    This doesn't mean you have to put your bike away! Just know that caution is needed when cycling during autumn. The weather may be unpredictable with high winds and mixed precipitation, the sun is low and angled, and slippery wet surfaces or debris in the road (like leaves!) can be a challenge. These are all good reasons to slow down and pay attention.

    Be ready for everything and carry a waterproof jacket, tool kit, tubes, water, a snack and a few dollars on board your bike or person. Even if you don't need them, maybe you'll be able to help a fellow cyclist out with either a quick roadside repair or an energy boost.

    It is a good year-round practice to make sure your bike is tuned correctly, but take an extra few minutes now and give it a once over. Visually inspect the entire bicycle. Make sure the brakes are working well. Double and triple check that your front white light and rear red light's batteries are functioning. Look at the chain and go through the gears. Now is not the time to be stranded and unprepared!

    When you are ready to head out for a ride , wear bright clothing, and add reflective strips to your body parts that move (legs, shoes, wrists) for extra safety. If you wear a pack or bag, put reflective strips and a light on it also. Think about putting a flashing light on the back of your helmet to be more visible. I love this idea as it puts light at a motorist's eye level.

    Don't let the season's change prevent you from having fun out on the road or trails. Have fun and happy riding!

  • Holiday Return Policy

    The holiday shopping season has arrived!

    Our return policy for the holidays is similar to our already generous return policy. This year, for your convenience we have made it even longer. Anything purchased from our site from November 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2016 can be returned through January 31st, 2017.

    If you purchase an item that requires assembly (like a bicycle), we encourage you to put it together before the holidays. And let us know if you need anything! We have an extensive online knowledgebase full of handy assembly videos, helpful maintenance tips, and informative articles. Our customer service and tech departments will work hard to be sure you are pleased. Call us at 855-762-3245 or email customercare@roadbikeoutlet.com if you need anything.

    A gift from RoadBikeOutlet! A gift from RoadBikeOutlet!

    Be sure to check the size charts on bikes and cycling shoes. We have kid's bikes and inline skates in various sizes too.

    We love the outdoors and staying active. Check out our  fantastic selection of inflatable stand up paddle boards, fitness equipment, cycling trainers and outdoor games. They all make wonderful gifts for the sports enthusiast in your life.

    Do you know the history of Black Friday (at least in regards to the holiday shopping season)? The term has been used for over fifty years!

    Whether you want get an early jump on it or wait until the last minute, remember RoadBikeOutlet.com is here to make it easy to shop from the comfort of your home.

    Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike Vilano EDGE Fixed Gear / Single Speed Bike
  • We Can Help You Hydrate!

    Record hot temperatures all over the country don't have us worried! The good folks at Conquer have brought on board two brand new hydration options to RoadBikeOutlet.com.

    Conquer 3L Hydration Backpack Conquer 3L Hydration Backpack

    Conquer 2L Hydration Backpack w/ BPA Free Bladder Conquer 2L Hydration Pack

    The Conquer 2L Hydration Pack is the perfect size for a bike ride or run. The 2 liter BPA free bladder holds plenty of water, and this pack has adjustable shoulder and chest straps. A handy front pocket will keep your keys and mobile phone secure.

    The Conquer 3L Hydration Backpack is an amazing day pack, suitable for an all day hike in the mountains, a long rail trail ride, or a fun stand up paddle board excursion!

    This pack has zippered front pockets to hold your wallet, keys and phone, and two front compartments will hold maps, guidebooks and a ton of granola bars. Even more gear will fit under the bungee!

    Conquer 3L pack, rear view Conquer 3L pack, rear view

    The 3 liter BPA free bladder is easy to fill and clean, and the no kink tube has a leak-free and simple to use bite valve. The tube can position on either the right or the left padded shoulder strap. There are plenty of loops for hanging gear or storing the pack.

    Learn the signs of dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids before and after exercise.

    Fling that sweat off your brow and conquer the dog days of summer with one of these awesome hydration packs.

  • How to Assemble a Vilano Fixed Gear Single Speed Bike

    Do you have a Vilano Fixed Gear/Single Speed Bike on the way? The friendly folks at Vilano Bikes made this short and informative video to help you through the simple process of assembling it:

    Please know that Vilano Bikes ship in a factory direct state! While the above video highlights the main points of assembly, the bike may require additional tuning. Please visit help.roadbikeoutlet.com for lots of great information and more videos.

    We have bike techs on staff available to assist as well. Call us at 855-762-3245 or send and email to customercare@roadbikeoutlet.com. We are here to help!

  • 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!

  • 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 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:

    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tneob00nNK8&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

    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!

  • 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
  • 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!

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