Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New bikes from Raleigh and Salsa previewed at Sea Otter

The Sea Otter Classic is a cycling event held in Monterrey, California each spring. It's a series of events in one, with multiple bike races including road, mountain, and cyclocross formats, plus a bike industry expo.

Many bike manufacturers took advantage of the event to test and announce early previews of products for the 2015 season.

Raleigh Bicycles has been designing, developing, and prototype-testing a new full-suspension mountain bike for the past few years, and this year's Sea Otter was its first public appearance, when it was ridden by Jeremy Driscoll of the Raleigh Clement Racing Team in the Sea Otter XC mountain bike race.
The Raleigh Scarn is Raleigh's first full-suspension bike in over a decade. It's a 29-inch wheeled aluminum frame with carbon seatstays and Fox suspension with 100mm of front and rear travel. Reports indicated that the Shimano XTR-equipped bike weighed in at just over 25 pounds. It's expected to be available to the public in the fall of 2014; pricing has not been announced.

You can read more detailed reviews at Bike Rumor and Bike Magazine.

Speaking of full suspension, there have been a few custom-made one-off full suspension snow bike made, but fat bike industry pioneer Salsa Cycles steps up to the plate with the first production model of a full-suspension snow bike.

The Salsa Bucksaw features the Salsa Split Pivot suspension design perfected in their 2014 Spearfish and Horsethief models. It's designed to work with the eagerly-anticipated RockShox Bluto fork, the first fat-bike fork from the pioneering suspension company. Paired with the RockShox rear shock, you get 100mm of front and rear travel, plus all the snow and muck-gobbling traction you've come to expect from the Surly Nate 26x3.8 tires on Surly Holey Rolling Darryl rims.

Here are more details from Salsa Cycles, plus more about the history and development of the bike.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Original RAAM Winner Lon Haldeman on Radio Century Cycles

Ever wonder what the most grueling, endurance-based sporting event on the planet is? Most would say the Race Across Amercia, a 3,000-mile cycling event with no stages and no stops, just non-stop racing from one end of the country to the other! Oh, and you have just over a week to complete it! Champions of the race complete it in 8-9 days. Do the math...that's a lot of time in the saddle with very little time for rest or sleep.

On the next episode of Radio Century Cycles, host Bob Soroky will be chatting with one of the founders of RAAM, and the first man to ever win the event, Lon Haldeman! Tune in live at 10:30am, Tuesday April 15, 2014 by clicking on over to: Radio Century Cycles Episode 29.

But don't worry, for those who aren't up for that kind of challenge, we'll be sharing some fun local rides that you can tackle!
Prior to the start of the solo division of the 2011 Race Across America, the original four competitors from 1982 were recognized and given special awards. From left to right: Lon Haldeman, John Howard, Michael Shermer, and founder John Marino.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Join the Medina County Bicycle Club!

The Medina County Bicycle Club is composed of individual members and cycling enthusiast families. Although focused on the Medina area, membership is open to anyone from the area looking for a group of like-minded individuals to share their biking experiences.

The club's Ride Schedule includes weekly rides for all skill levels, with different groups riding together according to "Race Pace," "Sport Pace," or "Conversational Pace."

They also organize four major bicycle events throughout the year, the most popular of which is the Ice Cream Odyssey in July. The others are A Bi-Cycling Dandy Excuse For Getting Hibernated In January (ABCDEFGHIJ) Ride, a New Year's Day tradition since 1977; the Ramble Around Medina (RAM) in September; and the Friendsville Freebie Fifty/Fall Foliage Frostbite Frolic (FFF/FFFF) in October.

You can become a member on their web site at www.medinabikeclub.org, or you can also go there to download a mail-in membership form!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sunday Services test-ride in Medina

Chris, Petch, and Cathy
A coupe of the folks from the Century Cycles store in Medina took a test-ride on their route for the Sunday Services Group Road Bike Rides this past Sunday. They rode the 19-mile loop that they'll be using for their first "official" ride on Sunday, April 27 at 8:30am. We've posted a link to the route on the Sunday Services Rides page, so check it out! They'll be coming up with some alternate routes in the near future in case the group wants to split up into beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders.

Cathy, Ed, and Petch
The first ride from the Rocky River store is this coming Sunday, April 13 at 8:00am. We kicked off the first ride in Peninsula two days ago, with 13 riders participating!
Peninsula Sunday riders
For the full schedule of rides at all three stores, see: www.centurycycles.com/for/SundayServices

Please note: The name "Sunday Services" is just a play on words; there is no religious component at these events (unless, of course, cycling IS your religion)!

Monday, April 7, 2014

New from CatEye: Fit Cyclocomputer/Pedometer

With the new CatEye Fit, you can take your workout anywhere you go with all the cycling functions and features you’ve come to expect from CatEye plus the addition of a 3-D pedometer.

Simply remove the CatEye Fit from your bike, throw it in your pocket or bag and away you go. The built-in 3-D sensors automatically track your steps once it’s removed from the bike, so there’s no need to strap it to your hip or waist. It tracks in real time current/average/max speed, elapsed time, distance and calories in Bike Mode and tracks steps, elapsed time, distance and calories in Walk Mode.

The CatEye Fit is easy to use with auto data save and reset each day, and a large, easy to read screen. Now in stock in all three Century Cycles stores!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Towpath Trail is OPEN after flooding concerns are eased


Yesterday, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail within the park due to flooding concerns. The trail was re-opened later in the day after conditions were deemed safe.

WEWS News Channel 5 spoke to Doug, Sales Manager at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula, about the trail. Click here to see the video.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Cogburn CB4 Fat Bikes available for special-order

Hopefully, we're finally away from snow bike season. But, if you've been thinking about a snow bike, or a fat-tire bike for navigating rough terrain year-round, there's a new game in town.

The Cogburn CB4 Fatbike features a lightweight aluminum frame, Shimano Deore 2x10-speed drive train, SRAM 22/36-tooth fat bike crankset, Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes, Surly Rolling Darryl rims, and Surly Nate 26x3.8 tires. The function shaped frame comes in two sizes, Small/Medium and Large/Extra-Large, with modified geometry for easy standover clearance and heel clearance when pedaling in boots. Assembled in the USA.

The Cogburn Outdoors brand is targeted at the fin, fur, and feathers crowd, but the not-so-dirty-little-secret is that it's a division of Quality Bicycle Products, the same parent company of Surly Bikes and Salsa Cycles. So you get the same legendary quality of design and construction as these other two snow bike industry pioneers.

So, if you or a friend are looking for a way to get to their backcountry adventures with human power, send them our way, or just check out the Cogburn CB4 if you're into a new look for your fat bike. Available in RealTree™ Camo (above), or RealTree™ Snow Camo (below). $2,199.99 each, available from Century Cycles today by special-order.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New for this season: Prancercise on the Towpath Trail!

As we prepare to begin our 20th season of our ever-popular Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, we wanted to find new ways to encourage more people to get outside and get active in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

We needed to look no further than the new dance exercise craze that's sweeping the nation, Prancercise!

Join us in Peninsula for Prancercise on the Towpath Trail! You supply your dancing shoes, we'll supply the music and our Certified Prancercise Instructors™!

Dates:
  • April 31 - 5:00pm
  • May 14 - 7:00am
  • June 31 - 9:00pm (Special NIGHT Prancercise on the Towpath Trail!)
So let's stop talkin' and do some walkin'!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Take Action: Ohio House Removed Safe Passing Law From HB145

Our friends at the Ohio Bicycle Federation have been pushing hard for years to get a state-wide 3-ft passing law in Ohio, but our state House of Representatives keep refusing to pass it. The most recent attempt was in HB145 which was introduced in April of 2013. Recently we learned that the bill will come out of committee, almost a year later, to be passed WITHOUT the law requiring motorists to give people on bikes a minimum of 3 feet of space when passing.

Why this is important? Currently state law says that motorists must pass a bicycle at a “safe distance.” By defining the minimum safe distance as 3 feet, it makes the law more enforceable. In fact, Bike Cleveland is hosting a training for local law enforcement on how to effectively enforce laws to ensure bicycle and pedestrian safety, and educating how to enforce safe passing is a key piece of the training. Learn more about the training at BikeCleveland.org/Enforcement. In short, 3-foot passing laws create a legal framework to protect bicyclists who are hit or buzzed from behind, create a less arbitrary standard and raise awareness of the importance of safe passing.

What is the concern of our state lawmakers? One concern expressed was about the narrowness of Ohio lanes and possible dangers involved in motorists passing cyclists by 3 feet (in some cases possibly crossing the center line). This is an invalid concern because under Ohio law motorists can cross the double yellow line to pass a slow moving vehicle.

In Ohio, 3-foot minimum passing laws already exist in Bay Village, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo. Across the country, 22 states and Washington DC have passed 3-foot passing minimum laws. It is time for our leaders in Ohio to take action to ensure the safety of people riding bikes on our public roadways and pass a 3-foot minimum passing law.

Take a moment and contact your state representative asking them to pass a state-wide 3-foot minimum passing law.

You can find your local representative and contact them here: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/members/district-map

We are also asking advocates to contact the Ohio House of Representative’s Chair of the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Rep. Rex Damscroder, telling him to reconsider and keep the minimum 3 foot passing provision in HB145 because one life lost is one too many. You can email here: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/rex-damschroder/contact.

Lastly, take a moment and sign Bike Cleveland's petition, which will be packaged together with all the signatures with testimony from Bike Cleveland about the importance of a 3-foot passing law in making our streets safer for people on bikes (be sure to include your address).

Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar has arrived!

The 2014 Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar has been printed, and they are now available in all three Century Cycles stores. This FREE publication is produced by the Ohio Bicycle Federation, and is a comprehensive list of all of the bike tours and races happening this year throughout the state.

You can also see the calendar online at: www.ohiocycling.info

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sunday Services Group Road Bike Rides - now at all three stores!

Sunday Services Group Road Bike Rides were started in the Spring of 2013 at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. Back by popular demand, we'll be having them this year in Medina and Rocky River as well! The rides begin in April and go through October, weather permitting.

If you're new to cycling and would like a little company to try riding on the open road, these rides or for you. Or, if you're an experienced rider looking for a casual morning ride, you can come along, too! All skill levels are welcome!

The pace is moderate, and we wait for everyone to catch up at each turn. You'll have help from a Century Cycles staff member in case you get a flat tire or anything like that, but you should still be self-sufficient and have the 5 Things You Should Carry on Every Bike Ride. Road bikes or fitness bikes are recommended, and helmets are required.

In Medina, we ride on the third Sunday of the month (except in April, because that's Easter Sunday; we'll ride on the fourth Sunday). Meet in the parking lot outside the front door of the store. Our route is about 20 to 25 miles. Look for the route on our web site soon.

In Peninsula, we ride on the first Sunday of the month. Meet in the store parking lot. We usually ride the Valley Loop, an 18-mile gently rolling route along the Cuyahoga River.

In Rocky River, we ride on the second Sunday of the month. The route varies depending on what the group decides.

2014 Schedule

  • April 6, 10:00am (Peninsula)
  • April 13, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • April 27, 8:30am (Medina)
  • May 4, 10:00am (Peninsula)
  • May 11, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • May 18, 8:30am (Medina)
  • June 1, 8:00am (Peninsula)
  • June 8, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • June 15, 8:30am (Medina)
  • July 6, 8:00am (Peninsula)
  • July 13, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • July 20, 8:30am (Medina)
  • August 3, 8:00am (Peninsula)
  • August 10, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • August 17, 8:30am (Medina)
  • September 7, 10:00am (Peninsula)
  • September 14, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • September 21, 8:30am (Medina)
  • October 5, 10:00am (Peninsula)
  • October 12, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • October 19, 8:30am (Medina)
For pictures from last year's rides, go to:


Note: The name "Sunday Services" is just a play on words; there is no religious component to this event (unless, of course, cycling IS your religion!).

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Sale March 20th - 23rd!


Cabin fever making you a little CRAZY?

Century Cycles Spring Sale is the Cure!

March 20th through 23rd, 2014

Our Best Prices of the Year!

10% OFF ALL BICYCLES!

15% OFF ALL CAR RACKS, CARGO BOXES, & ACCESSORIES

20% OFF ALL OTHER PARTS, ACCESSORIES, & SPRING CLOTHING!
(Garmin and Wahoo Fitness products are excluded.)

40% OFF ALL WINTER CLOTHING!

Extended Hours: all three stores open until 8:00pm on Friday, March 21!

For printable couppons, go to: www.centurycycles.com/for/SpringSale

Thank you for 22 fantastic years of bicycling fun!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Vote for Century Cycles on the Cleveland Hot List!

Century Cycles was the winner of the "Best Bike Shop" award in the 2013 Cleveland Hot List. Thank you to everyone who voted for us last year!

There is ONE WEEK left in the voting for the 2014 Cleveland Hot List. We're in the running, but WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

Please CLICK HERE to vote for Century Cycles. It's quick and easy! Thanks!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Photos from our Spring Kick-Off Fiesta

Thank you too all of our loyal customers and friends for joining us at our Spring Kick-Off Fiesta last Friday night at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River!

Thanks to Mike Petcher for the photos:

Click here if the slideshow above is not appearing for you.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bicycle Fit Services Expands

Thanks to master bike bike mechanic and part-time master carpenter from Medina Don Barnett, along with help from mechanic Rich Oettinger and others in Peninsula, the Century Cycles store in Peninsula now has a newly-remodeled Bike Fit Station! Now we can serve you even better with our Bicycle Fit Services, with a dedicated space overlooking the beautiful Cuyahoga River.

Also new is the latest member of our Certified Bicycle Fit Specialists staff, Dan Ward from the Rocky River store. Dan joins Tom Wiseman in Medina and Kevin Madzia in Peninsula for our staff of trained by bicycle fit industry luminary Michael Sylvester.

Want to learn more about how you can be more comfortable and efficient on your bicycle? Read all about our Bicycle Fit Services at: www.centurycycles.com/get/fit