Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thanks for joining the Global Solidarity Ride!

The brave women of the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team have a mission: to break through the gender barriers that exist in their country and around the world by riding their bikes.

Century Cycles and Liv Cycling USA support the team's efforts and were proud to be part of an event called the Global Solidarity Ride. Taking place on August 30, 2014 all around the world, this was a way for us all to show the women of Afghanistan that they are not alone in their revolutionary actions.

All cyclists (women & men) were welcome!

19 riders showed up for the ride, which was a 25-mile route beginning and ending at our Medina store. Thanks to everyone who attended! It was a beautiful day, and we all enjoyed the scenery and conversation during the ride.
Afghan National Women's Cycling Team

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Michigan to DC by bike

Pat Frey and Larry Deck stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula on Aug. 28, 2014 while riding from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Washington, DC. Once they reach western Pennsylvania, they'll follow the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Towpath Trail to DC.

You can see more pictures of long-distance cyclists who have visited all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sept. 1, 2014: All three stores CLOSED for Labor Day

PLEASE NOTE: All three Century Cycles stores will be CLOSED on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Sorry for any inconvenience!

We will be open for our regular hours on all other days.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bike-touring visitors continue in Peninsula

K.C. stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula on August 21, 2014 while riding from Detroit, MI to Washington, DC. He's on his Surly Long Haul Trucker, and said he's riding "just for fun."

Troy Rank is riding on an Xtracycle cargo bike with a lithium-ion battery-powered electric assist. He started in Rochester, NY, rode to Denver, CO, and was heading back home to Rochester when he stopped in Peninsula on August 25, 2014. He's attempting to set the world record for the longest bike tour on an e-bike, and hopes to have completed over 4,200 miles by the time he gets home. He's tried to get 200 miles a day on most days, and if all goes well, will have completed his whole trip in less than a month. You can read about his journey at: www.troyrank.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ales were hailed, bikes were ridden at night.

Our 5th annual "All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride on the Towpath Trail was a huge success this past Saturday, August 23, 2014. We had over 140 riders show up on a beautiful summer evening, many of whom followed the "dress as your favorite beer" theme. The grand-prize winner of a $25 Century Cycles Gift Card for the best costume was Jennifer (above, right) as the St. Pauli Girl. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Thanks to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company for providing us with door prizes and exclusive keg-tappings at The Winking Lizard Tavern next door!

Here are some more great photos from the event:
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Test-ride bikes at The Manatoc Experience on Aug. 30

Northeast Ohio's most popular off-road cycling festival is back on August 30-31. The Manatoc Experience features trails that are only open for mountain biking for this one weekend a year! It takes place at Camp Manatoc, located at 1075 Truxell Road in Peninsula, Ohio.

On Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm, visit the demo area to test-ride mountain bikes from Giant Bicycles, Surly Bikes, and Salsa Cycles!

We'll have the Surly Krampus bike in a range of sizes for you to try out on the 1-mile demo trail. Once you try this new breed of mountain bike with its unique 29x3-inch tires, you'll be hooked! We'll also have 27.5-inch wheeled bikes from Giant, and Salsa snow bikes!

FOR WOMEN: Liv Cycling USA's women's-specific mountain and road bikes will be available to demo!

For all bike demos, please bring your helmet, cycling shoes, credit card, and photo ID.
Surly Krampus

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bike Cleveland's Jacob Van Sickle featured in the latest Rails-to-Trails magazine

In the last two years since the founding of our local bicycle advocacy organization Bike Cleveland, Executive Director Jacob Van Sickle has done a great deal to lead the organization towards making Cleveland and Northeast Ohio a more bicycle-friendly place. His efforts, and the progress the region has made, are recognized in the latest issue of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's magazine. You can read the full article here.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is the premiere organization that works nationwide to convert former railroad corridors into multi-use paths for fitness, recreation, and active transportation. If you enjoy riding any any local rail-trails, you should consider joining them to support their efforts. Find more at: www.railstotrails.org

ALERT: Towpath Trail Bike Rentals in Peninsula


PLEASE NOTE: Due to a special event, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, our Towpath Trail Bicycle Rental at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula will be UNAVAILABLE before 3:00pm.

Normal bike rental service will resume at 3:00pm on that day.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

FINAL Bike Night at Herb's Tavern at Rocky River -- Sun. Aug. 24

Following on the heels of our successful Bike Night at The Burntwood Tavern, this Sunday, August 24, 2014 is the final night of this season for Bike Night at Herb's Tavern!

Ride your bike to Herb's Tavern tomorrow from 3:00pm to closing, and receive 15% off your bill, plus an entry in the drawing to win a hybrid bike from Raleigh Bicycles (valued at $450).

The drawing will take place at 7:30pm, and you MUST be present to win!

Herb's Tavern is located right next to the Century Cycles store in Rocky River at 19925 Detroit Road.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Final week to WIN with the Summer Biking Spree!

We are approaching the FINAL week of the Summer Biking Spree! Cyclists of all ages can earn free rewards.* Ride at least five different sections of the multipurpose trails managed by Summit Metro Parks: the Bike & Hike Trail, the Towpath Trail and the new Freedom Trail by August 31.

One lucky participant – drawn at random from submitted forms (due by 10/15) – will win a new Raleigh bicycle from Century Cycles. The drawing will be held October 16. The number of completed forms will determine the odds of winning.

Riders can earn a bicycle license plate, reflective sticker, and vehicle-window cling.

You can download an entry form here. Additional forms are available at the visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, the park district's administrative offices, at Century Cycles in Peninsula, and all Acme Fresh Market stores.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.

* Out-of-county residents pay $5 to receive their rewards.
Summer Biking Spree bike license plate
Summer Biking Spree window cling

August 30: Global Solidarity Ride

The brave women of the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team have a mission: to break through the gender barriers that exist in their country and around the world by riding their bikes.

Century Cycles and Liv Cycling USA support the team's efforts and are proud to be part of an event called the Global Solidarity Ride. Scheduled to take place on August 30, all around the world, this is a way for us all to show the women of Afghanistan that they are not alone in their revolutionary actions.

All cyclists (women & men) are welcome!

When: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:00 - 10:00am
Where: Century Cycles, 1059 North Court Street, Medina, OH 44256

Please RSVP by calling the store at 330-722-7119.

Also, the evening before, check out our Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

We are once again one of "America's Best Bike Shops!"

We have just learned that once again, we have been named one of "America's Best Bike Shops" for 2014! Thank you to you, our loyal customers, and to our dedicated staff. We could not have done it without you!

The America's Best Bike Shops program is administered by the National Bicycle Dealers Association, and conducted by an outside independent agency using surveys, secret shoppers, and a range of other criteria.

Poll: How do you feel about electric bicycles?


Sales of electric bicycles in Europe and Asia have exploded in recent years, but have been slow to grow in North America. It could be a classic chicken-and-egg scenario: consumers are not buying them because not many bike shops are carrying them, but bike shops are reluctant to stock them because of low demand from consumers.

How do you feel about electric bicycles? Click here to take our latest online poll to let us know!

Our last online poll asked "[After flat tire repair], which of these bicycling and maintenance skills would you most like to learn?" Here are the responses:

  • 60% - Shifting adjustment
  • 19% - Brake adjustment
  • 11% - Chain cleaining and lubrication
  • 5% - Bike touring
  • 4% - Riding in traffic
Our FINAL Flat Tire Repair class for the summer season is TONIGHT at 7:00pm at all three Century Cycles stores. The class is FREE and no RSVP is necessary; just show up with one of your wheels! Look for our schedule of upcoming Winter Bicycling & Maintenance Classes, which will include all of the above topics and more, starting in November.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic presented by Liv Cycling

Join us for a Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic, presented by the road crew from Liv Cycling USA, the women's-specific brand of Giant Bicycles!

When: Friday, August 29, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Where: Century Cycles, 1059 N. Court St, Medina, Ohio 44256

Agenda:

  • 3F’s (Fit, Form & Function) - Learn how to pick out the best bike for your riding style and ability along with learning about Liv’s 2015 bicycle line up!
  • Basic bike maintenance covers bike parts, how to perform a safety check, basic day to day maintenance, how to troubleshoot issues on the road and trailside, how to change a flat tire and remove/reinstall a rear wheel.
  • Refreshments and fun swag will be provided!

Please RSVP by calling the store at 330-722-7119.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The "All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride on the Towpath Trail returns this Sat, Aug. 23, 2014!

It's BAAACK!!! Our annual celebration of bicycles and beer returns this Saturday!

What: "All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Where: Century Cycles, 1621 Main St, Peninsula, Ohio

Decorate yourself or your bike in tribute to the event theme "All Hail the Ale!" While beer costumes are not required, they are highly encouraged. Those in costume will have a chance to win prizes, plus they won't have their beer loyalty questioned.

Schedule of events:

  • 6:30pm - Riders check in at the store parking lot, and enjoy cycle-your-own-smoothies from our famous Blender Bike.
  • 7:30pm - Drawings for door prizes from Century Cycles and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company begin, followed by selection of the best costume winner for the grand prize.
  • 8:00pm - Ride begins; we'll head south on the Towpath Trail, about 7 miles each way to the Botzum Trailhead, where you'll enjoy Oktoberfest-themed snacks to fuel you up for the ride back to The Winking Lizard.
At the post-ride party at The Winking Lizard Tavern next door, enjoy the following exlusive tappings from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company:
  • In the restaurant and bar upstairs:
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Nooner Session Ale
  • In the Lizard Cellar:
    • Ovila Abbey Quad with Plums collaboration (with Abbey of New Clairvaux)
    • Maillard's Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale collaboration (with Bell's Brewery)
    • There and Back Again English Bitter collaboration (with New Glarus Brewing)
    • Chico King Pale Ale collaboration (with Three Floyds Brewing)
For general information about Century Cycles' Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, including directions to the store and tips on how to prepare for the ride and riding safely, see: www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides

While the Night Ride is FREE and requires no advance registration, Night Riders must sign a waiver before participating and are responsible for the purchase of their own beer and food at the Winking Lizard. This ride is at night, in the dark woods on an un-lit trail. That is why bicycle lights and helmets are REQUIRED. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; young adults under 21 should ignore all the excitement about the beer tapping. Finally, make sure those beer costumes don't hang or catch in a bicycle's spokes or chain (falling off your bike tends to ruin the fun) and that you can still wear your bike helmet in costume.