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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

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