Monday, August 31, 2015

The Plain Dealer visits Peninsula while biking the Towpath Trail

Photo: Tim Warsinskey/The Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Tim Warsinskey and artist Ted Crow took a 2-day bicycle trip the entire length of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail from Cleveland to New Philadelphia, Ohio. The trip was chronicled in an article for the newpaper that was published on Sunday, August 30, 2015. You can read the full article here.

Along the way, the duo stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula and spoke to manager Doug Charnock about how the village and the surrounding Cuyahoga Valley National Park has become a "bicycle boom town."
Bike rentals are available at several shops near the park, the busiest of which is Century Cycles in Peninsula, which has more than 50 bikes available. We had not planned to visit the shop until my front derailleur bent out of alignment and was in need of repair, as it happened, just outside of Peninsula.
I have visited the postcard-worthy town all my life and have never seen it more vibrant than in recent years. During most weekends, the streets are full of hikers and bikers who hop off the trail and come into town, or begin their journey there.
"We have seen growth every year because of the towpath," Century Cycles manager Doug Charnock said as he straightened my derailleur. Charnock has worked there 17 years. "The towpath is getting more and more popular.
"It's an easy park to get to. It's safe. You don't have to do an epic, 12-mile hike to see something really cool. Brandywine Falls is a short hike, and so is Blue Hen Falls, but you can do long hikes if you want to."


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bike Winner from Bike to Breakfast at Herb's Tavern of Rocky River

Congratulations to Christine Cowen, the winner of the Raleigh Bicycles Circa 1 bike at the finale party for Bike to Breakfast at Herb's Tavern of Rocky River on August 23!

Christine (no relation to Century Cycles owner Scott Cowan) first went to Herb's Tavern earlier this year, to kill time while waiting for our Rocky River store to open to get a flat tire fixed on her bike. She ended up coming back to Herb's (and Century Cycles) multiple times, which really helped her odds of winning the bike! She was so confident that she was going to win, she RAN from Lakewood to Herb's so she could ride the bike home!

Christine is pictured above (in white, second from left) with Herb's Tavern owner Kim (on the left) and Josh from the Century Cycles store in Rocky River (with his baby girl Layla).

Stay tuned for Bike To Breakfast at Herb's Tavern in 2016!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride - Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Lake Medina

For the past few years, Century Cycles, in partnership with the Medina County Parks District, has organized Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Rides.

These FREE beginner-friendly rides are a great way to get out on your bicycle for a non-aggressive ride and experience the wonderful multipurpose trails of the parks of Medina County.

The final ride of the 2015 season will take place tomorrow:

  • Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Lake Medina (meet at the Route 18 parking lot)

Lynne from the Century Cycles store in Medina will start the 6-10 mile ride with some basic tips for how to keep you and your bike fit.

Adults only; helmets are required. No pre-registration is necessary.

Here's a photo from the last Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride on August 4:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Night Ride on the Towpath Trail Photos - Aug. 22, 2015

We had a great turnout for our latest Night Ride on the Towpath Trail this past Saturday, without almost 150 riders! Thanks to everyone for joining us!

Our next Night Ride is on Saturday, September 5, and then our final ride of the 2015 season is on Saturday, September 26. Hope to see you there!

More photos:

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bike to Breakfast at Herb's Tavern: Finale Party this Sunday, August 23

Fans of bikes and breakfast food have been enjoying our first-annual Bike to Breakfast at Herb's Tavern of Rocky River since May! Ride your bike to Herb's for breakfast, Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am, or Sunday, 8:00am - 1:00pm, and get 15% off your bill!

This Sunday, August 23, 2015, is the Finale Party for Bike to Breakfast! At 1:00pm, we'll hold the drawing for this Raleigh Circa 1 hybrid bike, valued at $500:
The winner MUST be present! Sorry, the bike cannot be exchanged for a different size or color.

Herb's Tavern is located at 19925 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 (right next-door to the Century Cycles store in Rocky River).

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ride Report: Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride in Medina

Thanks to the seven people who came to the Century Cycles store in Medina this past Sunday, August 16, 2015 for our monthly Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride!

Ride leader Cathy (center above, in the yellow jersey) reports that the day was beautiful, starting out pleasant, but warming up quickly. The group navigated their way around the many construction zones in the Medina area, but are looking forward to when Branch Road re-opens.

We've still got two more months of Sunday Service Group Road Bike Rides left, and hopefully two more months of good weather to go with them! The next rides are:

For the full schedule, go to: http://centurycycles.com/for/SundayService

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thanks for coming to Bike Night at The Burntwood Tavern!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the second annual Bike Night at the Burntwood Tavern of Rocky River! And congratulations to Mo and Tom Marshall, the winners of the Raleigh Bicycles Circa 1 hybrid bike at the Bike Night Finale Party on Tuesday, August 11, 2015!


Friday, August 14, 2015

We are one of America's Best Bike Shops for the 17th year in a row!

Yesterday, we learned that for the 17th year in a row, we have been named one of America's Best Bike Shops in a survey by the bicycle industry trade association National Bicycle Dealers Association. We couldn't do it without our dedicated staff, but most of all, thank you to our loyal customers for helping us make it happen!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ride Report: Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway

It has been almost two weeks now since the inaugural Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway! Thank you to all of the riders, and most of all donors, for helping to make Team Left Hand / Century Cycles the #1 fund-raising team, with over $53,000 raised to help the over 20,000 people in Ohio living with Multiple Sclerosis.

The new route and the new overnight location at Ashland University have been almost universally praised by all of the participants. Thanks to the National MS Society - Ohio Buckeye Chapter for organizing a successful event, and thank you to all of the generous sponsors and volunteers!

A special thanks to Left Hand Brewing Company for teaming up with Century Cycles, and for providing the libations for the post-ride party on Saturday in Ashland.

A big Thanks to Debbie Petch (aka Lady Petch) for taking all of these fantastic photos and sharing them with us!

Chris Lennert from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado, and national team caption for Team Left Hand and co-captain of Team Left Hand / Century Cycles, reports that he enjoyed riding the rolling hills of Ohio. He adds, "I personally had a great time over the weekend, and was humbled and honored to get to spend time with all of you the last few months. Thank you for doing what you can for others! And big shout out to all the volunteers, all of our sponsors, and, of course, the great crew @ Century Cycles for making it all happen."

Joe Darwal, mechanic from the Century Cycles store in Peninsula, said "Loved the new route, second half of ride going into Ashland with easy rolling hills was a wonderful change of scenery. Dorm was convenient, and a welcome choice instead of a gym floor. Nice to have all the riders in one place at finish, got to see everyone and mingle instead of spreading out across Sandusky after the finish in prior years. Beer truck, couches, ice bath, live music and tent were all first rate from our partners at Left Hand Brewery. The university welcomed us, and dinner and breakfast was plentiful and fantastic."

Cathy Kasper, our sales floor manager in Medina, says, "This year's MS Ride was certainly different from the Pedal to the Point. Overall, the experience was nice. The route was doable. Many people would like the fact that the ride was mainly flat. I liked the hills and rollers because it's nice to have some variance in elevations. The scenery was beautiful with all of the pastures and fields and rolling hills off in the distance.  The weather was perfect both days, except as the day rolled on it became increasingly warmer. I'm a fan of warm weather but not hot weather."

"The accommodations in Ashland were wonderful! Clean bathrooms, clean and private showers and brightly lit. The food in the cafeteria was absolutely marvelous!!! So many choices! If anyone walked out of the cafeteria hungry, then it was their own fault! The next morning, breakfast was just this endless smorgasbord of food as well! It was nice to enjoy the air conditioned atmosphere and there was no one rushing you to leave."

"The food in Brunswick was just as good as in years past. The volunteers along the route were smiling, friendly and encouraging. As always, it is nice to support a wonderful cause such as the MS Society."

Mike Petcher (aka Petch), General Manager in our Medina store, said:
"New route: Great! Much more scenic than to Sandusky.
Food at Ashland: FANTASTIC!
The weather - stellar, couldn't have been any better.
Team Left Hand/Century Cycles: awesome! Kudos to Left Hand Brewing for delivering big-time on the whole event."
In addition, Petch added a plug for his new bike:
"Giant Defy Advanced 2: Excellent! LOVE the carbon frame, and the D-Fuse seatpost is a real plus for absorbing butt-damaging shocks."

Kevin Madzia, our bicycle fit specialist and IT Manager in Peninsula, says, "If you looked at the route profile ahead of time, it might have seemed intimidating, because it appeared mostly uphill for much of the day to Ashland. However, we were pleasantly surprised that it was very flat and at worst gently rolling. Probably an even easier route than the old one to Sandusky. I hope once the word gets out, more people decide to re-join the ride next year. Also, my Surly Cross-Check bike felt great; the ride confirmed this bike's place as my go-to for long days in the saddle."

Bob Soroky, sales associate in our Medina store, echoes Kevin's thoughts on the route: "I know the big threat out there for months were the hills, but they never really materialized. If anything, I would say it was actually a bit easier than the Sandusky route." He added, "Food was AWESOME. Done."

You can see all of Debbie Petcher's photos in this slide show:
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There were only a few negative comments heard among all the feedback from the ride. Many thought that the sections of State Route 82 and State Route 18 were too busy with motor traffic; if there were a way around these, that would make the ride a little more pleasant. Same goes for the final hill on Grafton Road coming back into Brunswick. The heat in the dorm rooms got a little too much for some. A couple people wished that the after-ride festivities on Saturday would last a little longer into the evening.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Attention Mountain Bikers! Give your input to Geauga County Parks!


Attention all mountain bikers! There is another opportunity coming up to help get more places to ride in Northeast Ohio. Geauga Park District is considering mountain biking trails in Geauga County parks. At the Geauga Park District's monthly meeting, there is an open comment period where you can make your wishes known. Please attend if you can!

When: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:30pm
Where: Donald Meyer Center, Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024

If you can't make it to the meeting, you can also call, write, or email to:

Phone: (440) 286-9516

Geauga Park District
9160 Robinson Rd.
Chardon, OH  44024

info@geaugaparkdistrict.org

Even if you don't live in Geauga County, your input is appreciated. If you've ever visited Geauga County for a bicycling event (e.g. Sunday in June, Road Apple Roubaix), be sure to mention that, and mention that you'd visit even more for mountain biking!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Got aching feet while cycling? Some tips to help...

Do your feet get sore during long bicycle rides? There may be an easy fix -- check out these tips from Bicycling Magazine, 5 Easy Ways to Soothe your Aching Feet.

More stubborn foot issues, as well as other aches and pains that you may be having on your bike, can be addressed by a session with our Bicycle Fit Specialists. We've got trained experts in all three Century Cycles stores that can do a one-on-one consultation to make sure that your bike is set up perfectly for you to provide you the optimum comfort and performance.

For more information, see: www.centurycycles.com/get/fit

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Finale Party and Prize Drawing for Bike Night at The Burntwood Tavern - Tues. Aug. 11

It's the FINAL Bike Night at The Burntwood Tavern of Rocky River! Ride your bike to Burntwood and get 15% off your total food and drink bill!

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Time: 6:00pm to closing
Location: The Burntwood Tavern, 19304 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116

We'll start drawing for prizes at 7:30pm, which will include Gift Cards from Century Cycles and The Burntwood Tavern, other items from Century Cycles and Raleigh Bicycles, and the GRAND PRIZE of a Raleigh Women's Circa 1 hybrid bike (valued at $500)!

Winners MUST be present!
Raleigh Women's Circa 1 Bicycle
Sorry, the bicycle cannot be exchanged for a different size or color.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Happy Holidays! Sales Tax Holiday, that is.

The Ohio Department of Taxation has enacted a Sales Tax Holiday to help families preparing for the back-to-school season. The Sales Tax Holiday will take place this Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9, 2015.

The sales tax exemption during the Sales Tax Holiday period applies to certain clothing and school supplies items. For complete details about what is included and what is not, see the Ohio Department of Taxation Sales Tax Holiday FAQ page.

Based on that information, we have determined that the following clothing items available in our stores are eligible for the sales tax exemption this Friday through Sunday:
  • Bicycling jerseys
  • Bicycling shorts
  • Jackets and vests
  • T-shirts and sweatshirts
  • Pants
  • Hats, caps, skullcaps, and ear bands
  • Socks
  • Shoe covers and toe covers
  • Shop aprons
There is no limit on the total amount of your purchase to be eligible for the sales tax exemption, but each INDIVIDUAL ITEM must be priced at $75.00 or LESS to be eligible. Partial exemptions can NOT be given for items over $75.

The following items are NOT eligible for the Sales Tax Holiday:
  • Bicycles and bicycle parts
  • Bike locks, other bicycling accessories, and tools
  • Bicycling shoes
  • Bike helmets
  • Other protective equipment (e.g. elbow and knee pads)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike rental
  • Labor and service
If you're in need to stock up on bicycling clothing, this weekend is a great opportunity!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Chris from Left Hand Brewing rides the CC high-wheeler!

Last week, in preparation for the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway, Chris Lennert from the Left Hand Brewing Company was visiting the Century Cycles store in Medina. To provide him with a proper initiation into Team CC, he tried out our signature high-wheeler bicycle!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trip Report - SaddleDrive 2015: Test-riding Surly Bikes and new Salsa Cycles

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Ogden, Utah, the home of the western distribution center of Quality Bicycle Products. QBP is the big-daddy/big-momma company of both Salsa Cycles and Surly Bikes, among other brands, as well as a distributor for a host of other well-known bicycling products.

Every July, QBP hosts their top dealers (like us here at Century Cycles) at an event called SaddleDrive. In addition to meetings, warehouse tours, and great food, the highlight of the trip is that we attendees get to test-ride the latest and greatest bikes from QBP brands.

The festivities kicked off on Sunday evening with a party hosted by All-City Cycles, another sister brand to Surly and Salsa. On display was the latest iteration of their Mr. Pink road bike:
2016 All-City Cycles Mr. Pink
All-City has a fine selection of steel road, cyclocross, touring, and track bikes. We don't carry them in stock, but check them out at allcitycycles.com, and if you see something you like, we can special-order it for you.

Hanging out at the party was Jay Petervary, the Salsa-sponsored ultra-endurance bike racer, best known as the winner and previous record holder of a few past Tour Divide races.
Me and JayP
On Monday, at the bike demo up at Snowbasin ski area, they had Jay's actual Tour Divide bike on display:
Jay Petervary's Salsa Cutthroat bike from the 2015 Tour Divide
This is the new Salsa Cutthroat bike that they announced last month. Like its uncle the Salsa Fargo, it's a drop-bar mountain bike designed for off-road touring. But, it's got an all-carbon frame and fork, and different geometry, with a shorter wheelbase built for speed and handling, and bigger frame pack hauling capacity. I got the chance to ride the Cutthroat on the test track, which was a combination of gravel road and singletrack of about one mile.
2016 Salsa Cycles Cutthroat off-road touring bike
Like my own Fargo, it felt comfortable and stable at both high and low speeds. It was a bit harsh, as you'd expect of any rigid mountain bike, but the light weight made it a quick climber, and it handled the twisty singletrack like a true mountain bike should. If you're looking for a mountain bike that can do double-duty as a lightweight gravel racer, this bike would fit the bill.

When I attended SaddleDrive back in 2013, it was 100 degrees with what felt like 0% humidity. The last thing I thought I'd need when I packed this year was a rain jacket (or anything with long sleeves, for that matter). But, much to our surprise, Monday morning we woke up to a light drizzle, which continued in the demo area up in the mountains. This gave us a good opportunity for test-riding bikes in more typical Ohio conditions, though!

The bike most in-demand for test rides was the new Salsa Pony Rustler. It's a 120mm travel full-suspension trail bike inspired (in name and design) by the Salsa Horsethief. The Horsethief uses 29er wheels, where the Pony Rustler uses 27.5+ wheels--that is, 27.5 by 3-inch tires:
2016 Salsa Cycles Pony Rustler Carbon X01
The Pony Rustler will be available in two carbon and one aluminum option. And here's a little secret: the 2016 Horsethief Carbon X01 and the 2016 Pony Rustler Carbon X01 are identical in frame and parts spec. So, get one bike, get a second set of wheels, and you've got the capability to switch from a regular 29er bike to a 27.5+ bike. Both bikes feature the new Boost hub spacing front and rear, which gives you extra clearance for those wide tires.

So, what's the verdict on the 27.5+ platform? All I can say is WOW. The "plus" size tires give you the dirt-eating traction of a fat bike, with the reduced weight and maneuverability of a traditional tire. Of course, Salsa's exclusive Split Pivot suspension eats up the rocks and roots and keeps everything under control. I see a 27.5+ bike in my future.

Speaking of Split Pivot bikes, next I got to take my first true test ride on the ground-breaking Salsa Bucksaw. Introduced for the 2015 model year as the first production full-suspension fat bike, the Bucksaw returns for 2016 in a full-carbon model:
2016 Salsa Cycles Bucksaw Carbon
Call this bike a quiver-killer--the carbon frame option gives you the light weight of a traditional mountain bike, and the fat tires give you your winter snow-riding ability, so pick the Bucksaw if you want one bike to rip year-round. It's also available in two different build options with an aluminum frame.

Back to the plus-size-tired bikes, the Fargo has another new relative, the Salsa Deadwood. Think of it as the bastard child of the Salsa Fargo and the Surly Krampus. The Deadwood shares the drop-bar off-road touring bike style of the Fargo and the Cutthroat, with the 29+ (29x3.0) tires originally pioneered by the Surly Krampus:
The Deadwood features a steel frame with Boost rear hub spacing, and carbon fork with 100mm thru-axle. As a Fargo fan and new plus-tire fan, of course I was impressed. Rack it up, load it up, and disappear for weeks or months on your favorite road or trail. This will be Salsa's "very limited edition" bike for 2016, so if you want one, give us your money NOW.

Big changes are afoot in Salsa's touring bike lineup for 2016. The Vaya touring bike popular in 2014 and 2015 has moved migrated to becoming less of a pure touring bike and more of a "light touring," gravel-road, adventure bike. Gone are the triple cranksets, in favor of compact doubles. All sizes now have 700C wheels. It will be available in a model with titanium frame, carbon fork, and SRAM X0/X9 2.10 drive train, and two steel frame/fork models, one with SRAM X9/X7 2x10 drive train, and Shimano Sora/Deore 2x9 drive train.
2016 Salsa Vaya bicycle line-up
For a true touring bike, Salsa introduces the new Marrakesh bicycles. Featuring triple cranksets, steel frames and forks, Salsa Alternator dropouts for drive train versatility, they will be available in both a drop-handlebar version as well as a flat-handlebar version:
2016 Salsa Marrakesh touring bicycle line-up
The drop-bar Marrakesh will be available in Green or Black, and the flat-bar version will be available in Blue or Cream. Like the original Vaya, both bikes feature Avid BB7 disc brakes and Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. The drive train is Shimano Deore 3x10 with Microshift thumb shifters, for durability and easy serviceability on the road less traveled. Most interesting, the Marrakesh bikes will all come with the Salsa Alternator rear rack pre-installed, plus a Brooks B-17 saddle! All sizes will come with 700C wheels, and the frame and fork provide enough clearance for up to a 29x2.0" tire!

I had the opportunity to ride the Marrakesh Flat-Bar:
2016 Salsa Marrakesh Flat-Bar touring bicycle
The stout steel frame feels like it will stand up to harsh roads you'd find anywhere. Even if you're not into long-distance touring, the bike would make a bomb-proof commuter!

On to other fat bike models; the Salsa Mukluk for 2016 will feature the updated trail-like geometry which debuted on the Blackborow for 2015. The Mukluk will be available in two versions, one with a carbon fork and and SRAM X7 2x10 drive train (in two color options, Blue or Yellow), and the other with the RockShox Bluto suspension fork and SRAM GX 1x11 drive train:
2016 Salsa Mukluk fat bike lineup
I rode the rode the Mukluk suspension model:
2016 Salsa Mukluk Suspension
I've been trying to resist the Bluto suspension fork, but having now ridden a couple of bikes that have it, it may be an eventual addition to my 2014 Mukluk. The updated geometry felt like it will work well for both aggressive trail riding and loaded expedition touring.

The Salsa Beargrease is the racing-geometry fat bike in the line, and for 2016, it's also the most aggressively priced.
2016 Salsa Beargrease X5
At $1,599.99, the 2016 Salsa Beargrease X5 features an all-aluminum frame and tubeless-ready SunRingle rims.

I also rode a Salsa Warbird Carbon gravel bike:
2016 Salsa Warbird gravel bike lineup
The Warbird is Salsa's pure racing gravel bike, without any rack or fender mounts or any other bells and whistles. Many people consider gravel bikes to be slightly tweaked cyclocross bikes, but that description really doesn't do them justice. A cyclocross bike is designed to be ridden fast for at most an hour-long race. Gravel races, however, are often hours-long events of up to 200 miles, so the design is much different, with a geometry much more suited to helping you stay comfortable for long days in the saddle. If you haven't tried a gravel bike, you should check one out!

For my favorite, the Salsa Fargo, they went with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy. Thus, the Fargo returns in 2016 with three models, pretty much the same parts specs as the 2015 models, in updated colors:
2016 Salsa Fargo bicycle line-up
The all-steel Fargo features a SRAM X7 drive train (Green), the Fargo X9 has a steel frame and Salsa Firestarter carbon fork (Red), and the Fargo Suspension X9 has has the RockShox Reba RL 29 fork (Black).

For you tandem couples out there, look for the Salsa Powderkeg tandem mountain bike:
2016 Salsa Powderkeg tandem mountain bike
The sun came out on Tuesday, and the previous day's rain kept the dust down, making for perfect test-ride conditions. This day was Surly day for me, riding some old favorites, and old-but-new-to-me classics. I had my first chance to ride an Ice Cream Truck, the 5-inch tire fat bike with trail-ripping geometry (as opposed to the more expedition-friendly geometry of the Moonlander). It rocks (sorry, no photo).

In a repeat of my 2013 visit, I rode the Instigator 2.0, the bike that introduced the world to the 26-plus tire size (don't worry; it'll work with 27.5 and 27.5-plus tires, too!).

The Karate Monkey is one of the oldest old classics, but this was my first opportunity to ever take a real test-ride on one. New for 2016 is a complete singlespeed build in Mint:
Surly Karate Monkey singlespeed mountain bike

Still rippin' it since its introduction in 2013 is the Straggler, aka "disc brake Cross-Check:"
Surly Straggler

Likewise for the original 29+ bike, the Krampus:
Surly Krampus
And the object of my epic 2013 ride, the ECR all-terrain touring 29+ bike:
Surly ECR
Surly did not have any brand new bike models to show off, but they tell me that they'll be introducing a new model soon, but not details will be released until the EuroBike trade show in late August. Based on some experiments I've seen on their blog, my guess (and this is COMPLETELY a guess) is that it'll be a fat-tire cargo bike, a Big Fat Dummy perhaps?

An often overlooked brand, another of Surly and Salsa's sister brands, is Cogburn, who make a fat bike targeted at the fin-fur-and-feather set (it's often shown with a gun rack mounted on the rear). The Cogburn CB4 fat bike comes in cool camo color schemes. With only two sizes, a SM/MD and LG/XL, it's got a very upright geometry, making it feel like "your papa's fat bike." However, on my test-ride, I found it can still rip the trails with the best of them.
Cogburn CB4 fat bike
So, you're asking, "what was your favorite?" As a Fargo owner, I was partial to the Deadwood. I felt the most confident riding the trail on the Pony Rustler.

What can you expect to see in our stores? We'll continue to satisfy our bike-touring customers with the Marrakesh Drop-bar and the Vaya Deore. Look for the Beargrease X5 to be our bread-and-butter fat bike. We'll have a complement of Fargos, maybe a Cutthroat and a Beargrease Carbon, and may another Blackborow like this past year!