Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bicycle Touring visitors from The Netherlands in Peninsula

Our latest bicycle touring visitors at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula were this couple from The Netherlands. Their names are Kees-Jan and Angela.

They flew into Boston and purchased their bicycles, then rented a car and drove to Buffalo. They started their ride there, and were on their fifth day of riding when they stopped into Peninsula for some new bike shorts, a taillight, and that snazzy vest that Angela is modeling.

They plan to continue south on the Adventure Cycling Association's Underground Railroad Bicycle Route until it crosses the Great Rivers South Route, then proceed to New Orleans.

Good luck, and safe travels!

You can see more photos of long-distance cyclists that have visited all three Century Cycles stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Monday, August 22, 2016

RE-SCHEDULED: Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to Benefit the Conservancy for CVNP - Aug. 27, 2016

Our next Night Ride on the Towpath Trail at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula is Saturday, August 27, 2016. This will be a very special Night Ride, as we will be partnering with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

As usual, the 14-mile bicycle ride is FREE and open to the public, and all ages and skill levels are welcome. Attendees must have their own bicycle, helmet, and headlight, and must sign a waiver before the ride starts. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

The ride begins at 8:00pm from the parking lot of the store, located at 1621 Main Street (State Route 303) in Peninsula. Guests are encouraged to arrive earlier to have plenty of time to find parking, get themselves and their bicycles ready, and sign in.

Staff from the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be at the event to accept donations, sign up new memberships, and answer questions about the organization and its mission.

Any person who attends the event and makes a donation to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's TRAILS FOREVER Fund (minimum of $1) will be eligible to win a NiteRider Lumina 550 rechargeable bicycle headlight (valued at $110). The drawing for the headlight will be held at 7:50pm; winner must be present.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has over 100 miles of trails for hiking, running, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Funding from the National Park Service alone isn't enough to maintain these trails. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's TRAILS FOREVER Fund helps preserve our precious legacy of trails for future generations.

For more information about the Night Ride on the Towpath Trail, call Century Cycles in Peninsula at 330-657-2209. Online, please visit www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides, an informational page that includes videos and photos from past Night Rides and tips for first-time Night Riders.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Get your new Bike Cleveland yard sign!

Bike Cleveland came out with their first yard signs a couple years ago, and they were hugely popular. Now, they've come out with a new version to highlight their #AllDrivers campaign.

We've got a supply of the new signs in all three Century Cycles stores. Stop in to get yours!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Plus-Sized Tires: Just Because You Can

Surly Krampus, the ORIGINAL plus-sized bike
There are those who say that "Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean that you SHOULD." To them I say, "But sometimes it DOES mean you should."

Case in point, "plus-sized" tires on your mountain bike.

First, a bit of background. What are "plus-sized" tires? The term "Plus" when it comes to bike tires is generally used to refer to tires that range in width from 2.8 inches to 3.25 inches. Sometimes called "mid-fat," they are wider than your typical mountain bike tires, but not as wide as your true "fat" bike or "snow bike" tires.

The idea with plus tires is that you get some of the benefits of uber-traction like with fat bikes, but less of the disadvantages, like all that extra weight, plus the "self-steering" feeling you can get with some fat bike tires.

Surly Bikes, being the under-appreciated vanguard of things new and cool in the bike world, first came up with the idea of plus-sized tires. Their Krampus came out in late 2012, featuring the first plus tire, the Surly Knard 29x3.0. I had the opportunity to first test-ride the Krampus at Interbike 2012, and was sold on the idea from the start.

We ordered a few of the Krampus for stock in our stores, and they hung around for quite a while before we finally sold out. I think that Northeast Ohio wasn't yet ready for the "plus" concept yet. Or, maybe people were intrigued, but figured, "If this is version 1.0 of this idea, maybe I should wait and see what version 2.0 looks like?" What do you think?

Surly followed up on the Krampus in 2013 with the ECR, what they referred to as "the love child of a Krampus and a Long Haul Trucker." Designed for off-road touring, the ECR combined the 29+ wheels of the Kramps with upright touring geometry.
Surly ECR 29+ touring bike
I test-rode the ECR at SaddleDrive 2013, and again, was hooked.

I bought my '14 Salsa Mukluk 2 fat bike at the beginning of 2014, and enjoyed it through that snowy season. Come springtime, I was looking for a way to liven it up for the summer, so I bought a pair of the Surly Knard 29x3.0 tires and Surly Rabbit Hole 29er rims (the same ones that come on the Krampus and ECR), plus a pair of Salsa hubs, and had our ace Service Manager Rich lace them up with DT Swiss double-butted spokes.
Salsa Mukluk 2 with 29+ wheels
I took the first test-ride with this setup on the Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Mountain Bike Trail. The ride was as fun as I had hoped. The rigid fork does beat me up a bit, but I was used to riding a rigid off-road bike already. I continued to  ride this as my primary mountain bike throughout the rest of the season, including at the Royalview Trail, Bedford Singletrack, Mohican State Park, and topping off the season with the Iceman Cometh Challenge race in Michigan. My full-suspension mountain bike sat in the basement collecting dust.

2015 rolled around, and I, being one who likes to tinker, experiment, and be on the bleeding edge, was looking for a way to build a new biking experience without building a new bike. I had a 2013 Raleigh Talus 29er that I had acquired from my friend Sean at Main Street Cupcakes. I had been doing some reading that many 29er mountain bikes could fit 27.5+ wheels. The outer diameter of a 27.5+ wheel is almost the same as a regular 29er wheel, and most 29er frames have enough clearance to fit the width of a 27.5x2.8 tire.

So, I bought a pair of Velocity Dually 27.5 rims and WTB Trail Blazer 27.5x2.8 tires. We had a nice pair of old Real Mountain Hubs in the store, so once again, I had Rich lace them all up.
Raleigh Talus 29er with 27.5+ wheels
The Raleigh, with a suspension fork and the 27.5+ wheels, was everything you want in a hardtail mountain bike and more. The fork took the edge off the bumps and roots, while the plus tires grabbed the dirt, allowing me to rail corners and maintain speed.

Most forks, both rigid and suspension, have plenty of tire clearance to spare, and that was the case with this one and the 27.5+ tires. In the back on the Raleigh Talus 29er frame, it was a little tight between the chainstays and seatstays. Manufacturers recommend at least 6mm of clearance on either side of the tire for safety, since frames flex when ridden. I had less than that, and I did get a little tire rub when pushing the bike hard.

Looking for other ways to push the envelope, I tried these same wheels on my Salsa Fargo:
Salsa Fargo with 27.5+ wheels at Bedford Singletrack
The plus wheels on the Fargo make this bike a little more playful compared to its standard 29er wheels. It's perfect for smooth, flowy singletrack like you'd find at the Bedford Reservation, and perfect for the warm and dry conditions we had late into the season last fall. I took it to the East Rim Trail on opening day last October, just because it was the bike I happened to have with me that day. The tires worked well on that trail, although the weight-forward position of the drop-bar Fargo was a bit tough to handle on that trail. This setup would be perfect for an extended back-road/off-road multi-day tour.

Tire clearance in the Fargo frame was better compared to the Raleigh. While still less than the recommended 6mm, I've never had any problems with tire rub.

For the 2016 model year, Salsa Cycles, following in the footsteps of their sister brand Surly, released the first full-suspension 27.5+ bike, the Pony Rustler, which I had the opportunity to test-ride at SaddleDrive 2015.
2016 Salsa Pony Rustler Carbon X01
In the meantime, last year I had to downsize my bike collection due to moving, so the Raleigh Talus 29er had to go (I kept the 27.5+ wheels and sold it with a pair of regular 29er wheels).

My latest bike acquisition in January was a Surly Ogre. This was one of those bikes that I didn't really have a need for, but I've always loved the "Tannish Gray" color, and at that time, I noticed that Surly was down to one left in stock in my size, so I grabbed it and built it up with some parts I had around, and put my 27.5+ wheels on it.
Surly Ogre with 27.5+ wheels
The Ogre is designed to handle up to 29x2.5-inch tires. Clearance with the 27.5x2.8 tires was better than on the Fargo, and I have not had any tire rub issues. Both the Ogre and the Mukluk with have been my go-to mountain bikes this season; I've probably ridden them both about 50/50 when I hit the trails. Think of this Ogre like a "poor man's ECR" -- 27.5+ instead of 29+ wheels, although the Ogre shares frame geometry with the Karate Monkey, so it's a little more singletrack-friendly compared to the ECR. At over 33 pounds, it's a bit of a pig going uphill, but my SRAM 2x10 drivetrain with 11-36 cassette gives me plenty of gearing to crank it up, however slowly that may be. This bike would be perfect for a multi-day off-road tour.

Here we are in 2016, and you will see in the coming season that just about every major bike company has some version of plus bike, either 27.5+ or 29+, or both. (Surly, in their infinite surliness, have updated their Troll frame to accommodate 26x3.0 tires, to prove that 26-inch is not yet dead.)

Having ridden various incarnations of plus-tired mountain bike during the past two years, I've decided that this is the perfect platform for my style of riding and for the typical Ohio mountain bike trails. What I really need is another bike with front suspension that handles 27.5+ tires out of the box. I've been mulling over two options:

  1. Get a RockShox Bluto fat bike suspension fork for my Salsa Mukluk, and rebuild my wheels using the Velocity Dually 27.5 rims, WTB Trail Blazer Tires, and Salsa fat bike hubs.
  2. Decide which of my current bikes I can live without, and buy a new dedicated 27.5+ hardtail, such as the Salsa Timberjack GX1 27.5+, which we will soon have IN STOCK!
Which will it be? Stay tuned to find out...
Salsa Timberjack 27.5+ GX1

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Platform Brewery teams up with Whole Foods Market to benefit Cleveland Velodrome

Platform Beer Company is brewing up a brand new beer to help raise money for the Cleveland Velodrome. The beer will be called Veloracer, and is a grapefruit shandy.

It will only be sold at the Whole Foods Market stores in Woodmere, University Heights, and Rocky River. For every six-pack of Veloracer sold, Whole Foods Market will donate $1 to the Cleveland Velodrome.

They hope to raise enough money to build an enclosure around the Velodrome for year-round cycling.

Click here for coverage from Kickin' It With Kenny on Fox 8 Cleveland.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Help Tour de Pink give away 30 Liv Bicycles!

In 2010 Liv (the women's-specific division of Giant Bicycles) partnered with Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. In 2004 YSC developed Tour de Pink (TdP), an inspiring three-day charity bike ride, with a one-day option, which raises funds for young women affected by breast cancer.

In 2016 TdP will host its yearly East and West Coast rides, and an inaugural South ride. Since its inception, the ride has brought together almost 1,800 riders, and raised more than 7 million dollars for YSC. Over its six year partnership with YSC, Liv has donated 120 bikes to survivors who’ve participated in the Tour de Pink.

This year Liv’s goal is to donate 30 Liv Avail bicycles to 30 breast cancer survivors. We would love your help to bring awareness to the journey of these incredible women and to the mission of YSC and TdP. You can make it possible for these 30 riders to pedal Tour de Pink’s 200+ miles and you can help them experience the power of an amazing community of women! Here’s how you can take part:


Liv’s support of YSC and Tour de Pink goes to the core of the brand’s belief: through cycling, you discover a world of new possibilities. Training for Tour de Pink has helped cancer survivors recover and become stronger. Visit livtourdepink.com to discover inspiring stories of past TdP riders. You’ll also learn how you can get involved – and you’ll find health and training tips to make your next ride -- and even your upcoming TdP ride -- your best ever!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Photos from the 2016 Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway with Team Left Hand/Century Cycles

Thank you to our official team photographer and Bike MS volunteer Debbie Petcher for all of the awesome photos! Click here to see more...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Join Bike Medina County for the Lake to Lake Harvest Tour - Sept. 17, 2016

Bike Medina County is a new group of citizens and representatives from local cities, villages, parks and bike shops in Medina County dedicated to increasing the use of bicycles for transportation and recreational cycling and to increasing bicyclist safety.

Their inaugural bicycling event is the Lake to Lake Harvest Tour - join us! There will be three ride options: 32 and 47-mile routes, and a casual family ride.

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 32 and 47-mile rides begin 7:00-8:00am; family ride begins at 9:00am
Location: Medina County Park District's Buckeye Woods Park

Helmet and registration form is required for every rider; flashing taillights are required for road riders.

Advanced Registration (until August 15): $20.00
Late Registration (after August 15, must be post marked by September 2, 2016.) or registration at event: $25.00

Free T-shirts for pre-registered riders.

Casual/Family Ride:
$15.00/person (until August 15th)
$20.00/person after August 15th
(Children 10 and under ride family ride free)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Salsa Bucksaw + Vaya: Two Rides for Any Adventure Deal

Choose the 2016 Salsa Bucksaw Carbon X01 and the 2017 Salsa Vaya GX for $6,499.99.

From now through September 30, 2016, Salsa Cycles is pairing the Bucksaw and Vaya to bring you two outstanding tools for exploration in one package deal. Two bikes for the price of one!

Head to your closest Century Cycles store to take advantage of this limited-time offer. For the price of one bike, leave with two, and equip yourself with an all-terrain, all-access pass to adventure!

Plan some fast, light tours, and head out on some gravel for ramblin’ or racing. Hit any singletrack, do some bikepacking, or embark on deep woods expeditions. In any season, on any surface, there’s a lot of bike riding to do, and Salsa is here to help you get after it.

With our Two Bikes For Any Adventure Special, your biggest problem will be deciding which bike you’ll ride first.


Choose the 2016 Salsa Bucksaw X01 and the 2017 Salsa Vaya Deore for $4,999.99.


Choose the 2016 Salsa Bucksaw GX1 and the 2017 Salsa Vaya Claris for $3,999.99.

Visit your nearest Century Cycles store to order your Bucksaw and Vaya!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I don’t want a Vaya; can I get a discount on my Bucksaw instead?
A. No, this is a promotion that ties these bikes together; no discounts are available on Bucksaw should you not want Vaya.

Q. Do both bikes have to be sized to fit the same person?
A. No, you can get one bike for yourself, and the other bike for you spouse/significant other/friend -- share the adventures any way you want!

Q. I want a Bucksaw GX, and a Vaya Deore; can I do this?
A. No, you can only purchase the pair in the model and model year combinations listed above.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to Benefit the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Aug. 13, 2016

Our next Night Ride on the Towpath Trail at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula is Saturday, August 13, 2016. This will be a very special Night Ride, as we will be partnering with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

As usual, the 14-mile bicycle ride is FREE and open to the public, and all ages and skill levels are welcome. Attendees must have their own bicycle, helmet, and headlight, and must sign a waiver before the ride starts. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

The ride begins at 8:00pm from the parking lot of the store, located at 1621 Main Street (State Route 303) in Peninsula. Guests are encouraged to arrive earlier to have plenty of time to find parking, get themselves and their bicycles ready, and sign in.

Staff from the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be at the event to accept donations, sign up new memberships, and answer questions about the organization and its mission.

Any person who attends the event and makes a donation to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's TRAILS FOREVER Fund (minimun of $1) will be eligible to win a NiteRider Lumina 550 rechargeable bicycle headlight (valued at $110). The drawing for the headlight will be held at 7:50pm; winner must be present.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has over 100 miles of trails for hiking, running, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Funding from the National Park Service alone isn't enough to maintain these trails. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's TRAILS FOREVER Fund helps preserve our precious legacy of trails for future generations.

For more information about the Night Ride on the Towpath Trail, call Century Cycles in Peninsula at 330-657-2209. Online, please visit www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides, an informational page that includes videos and photos from past Night Rides and tips for first-time Night Riders.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Village of Peninsula cut off from civilization

No, that's not another April Fool's Day joke. With summer construction season in full swing, we seem to be surrounded by orange barrels and cones on all sides at the Century Cycles in Peninsula, so allow extra time when traveling to our store.

Work began today on the re-surfacing of State Route 303 between Interstate 271 and State Route 8. Expect lane restrictions and delays through the end of September.

Work continues on the State Route 303 bridge near Route 8 east of Peninsula. Traffic is maintained with an alternating one-way lane. The wait is not too bad during off-peak hours, but expect long waits during rush hour. Alternative routes to our store from State Route 8 are:

If you are coming from the north (e.g. Macedonia/Northfield):

  1. Take the exit for State Route 303/Hudson/Peninsula as usual.
  2. Get in the middle lane at the end of the exit ramp.
  3. At the traffic light, proceed STRAIGHT across State Route 303 onto Akron-Cleveland Road.
  4. At the next traffic light, turn RIGHT onto Kendall Park Road.
  5. Kendall Park Road becomes Truxell Road; at the end of Truxell Road, turn RIGHT onto Akron-Peninsula Road.
  6. At the traffic light in Peninsula, turn LEFT onto Main Street; we will be just ahead on the right.
If you are coming from the south (e.g. Stow/Cuyahoga Falls/Akron):


  1. Take the exit for State Route 303/Hudson/Peninsula as usual.
  2. At the end of exit ramp, turn LEFT onto State Route 303 as usual.
  3. Get into the left-most lane immediately, and turn LEFT onto Akron-Cleveland Road at the next traffic light.
  4. At the next traffic light, turn RIGHT onto Kendall Park Road.
  5. Kendall Park Road becomes Truxell Road; at the end of Truxell Road, turn RIGHT onto Akron-Peninsula Road.
  6. At the traffic light in Peninsula, turn LEFT onto Main Street; we will be just ahead on the right.
Work also continues on Interstate 271 near the State Route 303/Richfield/Peninsula interchange, with the exit for State Route 303 closed intermittently. Alternate Route to our store from I-271:

If you are coming from the north (e.g. Macedonia/Northfield):
  1. Take exit 10 for I-77 South.
  2. Take exit 143 for State Route 176/Richfield.
  3. Turn LEFT onto Wheatley Road.
  4. Proceed straight at the bottom of the hill as Wheatley Road becomes Everett Road.
  5. Turn LEFT onto Riverview Road.
  6. At the traffic light in Peninsula, turn RIGHT onto Main Street; we will be just ahead on the left.

If you are coming from the south (e.g. Medina):

  1. Take exit 9 for I-77 South/State Route 176/Richfield.
  2. Turn RIGHT onto Brecksville Road.
  3. Turn LEFT onto Wheatley Road.
  4. Proceed straight at the bottom of the hill as Wheatley Road becomes Everett Road.
  5. Turn LEFT onto Riverview Road.
  6. At the traffic light in Peninsula, turn RIGHT onto Main Street; we will be just ahead on the left.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Camping available at Heritage Farms in Peninsula

At the Century Cycles store in Peninsula, we get a lot of questions about where you can camp in the area. We have a list of camp sites near the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail on our web site.

There is a new option located right in Peninsula, which will be especially useful for people bicycle touring on the Ohio to Erie Trail and the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route.

Heritage Farms now offers primitive camp sites. There are five tent sites that can accommodate up to four adults/two tents, or one family. There are also two three-sided shelters that can accommodate two adults or a small family.

Each site or shelter is $25 per night. Each site or shelter has includes a trash can and picnic table. A water tank is available for wash water only; please bring your own drinking water.

A central campfire site with starter firewood is provided. Fires are not permitted at the individual tent sites or shelters. Cooking with camp stoves is allowed at the tent sites and shelters. Drinking water and additional firewood is available for purchase. No outside firewood, no smoking, no alcoholic beverages, no firearms, and no pets are allowed.

To make a reservation, call Heritage Farms at 330-657-2330. Check-in is from 12:00 - 5:00pm. Walk-ins are accepted for any vacant sites after 5:00pm.

Heritage Farms is a 168-year-old 5th generation family-owned farm located at 6050 Riverview Road in Peninsula, Ohio (about 1/4 miles south of State Route 303).

Friday, July 29, 2016

Win valuable prizes and help Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Crush Multiple Sclerosis!

We are just a little over a week away from the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway! This 150-mile bicycle tour from Brunswick to Ashland, Ohio and back on August 6-7 benefits the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Last year, Team Left Hand/Century Cycles was the TOP fund-raising team! All current team members should have instructions for packet pickup and team jersey pickup.

If you are not able to ride or volunteer for the event, you can still help the thousands of Ohioans living with multiple sclerosis by making a donation to our team or one of our team members! Click here to donate.

You can also help by purchasing tickets for our BikeMS FUNdraising Raffle! Prize packages available include a cycling shoes, jersey, and shorts package from Pearl Izumi ($245 value); a Bell Volt RL-X helmet ($140 value); a Blackburn Wayside Pannier Backpack ($80 value); five different Endura cycling jerseys ($75-$100 value); and a Left Hand Brewing Company gift package ($50 value).

Purchase tickets at the Century Cycles store in Medina. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. Drawings will be held on September 1, 2016; winners will be notified and do not need to be present.

This tin sign is included with the Left Hand Brewing Company gift package!

Blackburn Wayside Backpack Pannier


Friday, July 22, 2016

Now Available: Custom-built Surly Pugsley Fat Bike

Earlier this year, through a set of circumstances somewhat beyond our control, we found ourselves with a spare frameset for a large Surly Pugsley fat bike. So, since then, we've been collecting spare parts to put it together into a complete bike that we can offer you for sale. The assembly has finally come to fruition, so that we now present to you the Surly Pugsley NX.


We've used a set of reliable components, including Shimano BR-M396 hydraulic disc brakes with a 180mm rotor up front and 160mm rotor in the back. The wheels feature Surly's 85mm wide Holey Rolling Darryl Rims, 26x3.8-inch Knard tires, and a Shimano Deore hub in the rear and Surly Ultra New Fat hub in the front.


The coolest part about this custom build, though, is that we've chosen to show you the new SRAM NX 1x11 drive train. SRAM NX brings 1x11 technology to the masses, with an affordable set of components.

What does 1x11 mean, you may ask? It's the technology that may bring an end to the front derailer. You've got only one chainring on your crank set, so there's no left-hand shifter. This makes shifting much easier and more intuitive for the casual rider. The wide-range 11-to-42-tooth cassette on the rear wheel still gives you plenty of low gears to power through those snow drifts or up and down your favorite dirt trails.


We've only got one of these bikes; it's a Large size, and it's currently located at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. Stop by for a test-ride, or give us a call if you'd like to check it out in Medina or Rocky River. For the full details on the parts spec, click here.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Peninsula's latest bicycle touring visitor

Marcus stopped into the Century Cycles store in Peninsula today on his fully-loaded folding touring bike. He left Chicago two weeks ago and is headed to Pittsburgh, possibly further depending on how much time he has left before having to get back to work.

You can see more photos of touring bicyclists who have visited all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.