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.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Photos from the July 9, 2016 Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail

We had over 150 people come to the Century Cycles Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail this past Saturday, July 9! Thanks to everyone! It was a beautiful evening for a ride.

More photos:

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sunday Service Road Bike Group Rides

Thanks to the 12 riders who came to our latest Sunday Service Road Bike Group Ride in Medina this past weekend! Ride leader Cathy (in pink in the photo) reports that the weather was perfect, and the roads had very little traffic. One new rider, Debbie, did a good job keeping up, and the same goes for Chris (from the Medina store, in tie-dye in the photo) who kept up on a fixed-gear bike!

Our next ride is this Sunday, July 17 in Peninsula, then Sunday, July 24 in Rocky River. All rides begin at 8:00am. Find the full schedule at:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Public Meeting: Chagrin Valley Connectors TLCI Study - Wed. July 13, 2016 6:30-8:00pm

There will be a public meeting organized by the Chagrin Valley Connectors TLCI Study.

The purpose of this study is to look at potential connections for cyclists, hikers, runners, and others between the North and South Chagrin Reservations along Chagrin River Road. The study itself is being conducted by the Village of Gates Mills, Cleveland Metroparks, NOACA, and Environmental Design Group.

In this second Chagrin Valley Connectors Public Meeting, they will be discussing the results of the first Public Meeting, Online Survey (they had 300 responses!) and reviewing the revised Draft Alignments for the on-road bike lanes, off-road hard surface trails and natural surface trails.

Location: Gates Mills Community House, 1460 Chagrin River Road, Gates Mills, OH  44040
Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm

For updates, see the Chagrin Valley Connectors TLCI Study on Facebook.

Friday, July 8, 2016

ALERT: Towpath Trail closure Monday July 11 through Tuesday, July 12, 2016

We have just learned that there will be a closure of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Location: Between Hillside Road and Stone Road in Valley View, Ohio

Closure begins: 6:00am, Monday, July 11, 2016

Closure ends: 6:00pm, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The reason for the closure is for a National Park Service contractor to do soil test borings for an upcoming riverbank stabilization.

No detour around the closed area will be provided.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail - Saturday, July 9, 2016

Our most popular Night Ride is BACK!

The Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
Saturday, July 9, 2016
1621 Main Street
Peninsula, OH  44264

We'll begin the festivities at 7:00pm in the Parking Lot of the store, with cycle-your-own smoothies on the blender bike as we admire our favorite sleepwear! The ride is FREE, but you must sign a waiver when you arrive.

We'll begin the ride at 8:00pm sharp as we head onto the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, riding 7 miles south through the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the Botzum Trailhead, where we'll have pj-party-themed snacks. Then, we'll turn around and head back to Peninsula enjoy post-ride refreshments at The Winking Lizard Tavern.

The ride is open to riders of all ages and abilities! You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. The store will be open before the ride starts if you need any last-minute supplies. We hope to see you there!

For more information, including directions, parking information, preparation and safety tips, and photos from past rides, go to:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Summit Metro Parks Summer Biking Spree is underway!

The 2016 Summer Biking Spree with Summit Metro Parks is now underway!

Ride at least 5 sections of biking trails in the Summit Metro Parks to earn a license plate and sticker for your bike (or a new sticker if you've already participated and earned your license plate in a previous year)!

To sign up, and learn more, go to:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Vote for Century Cycles as the "Best of the Best" in Medina County!

As of July 1, 2016, voting is open for the final round of the Medina Gazette's Best of the Best competition. Our customers are the Best of the Best, but help us win by voting for us in the Shopping/Bicycle Shop category!

Registration and voting is easy -- you only have to vote for the businesses and categories that you want; you don't have to vote in every single category.

You can vote once every 24 hours, from now through Sunday, July 17, 2016!

To get started, click here:

July 4, 2016 Holiday Weekend Hours

PLEASE NOTE: The Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4, 2016 for the Independence Day holiday. Sorry for any inconvenience!

The Peninsula store will be OPEN from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Bike rentals for the Towpath Trail will close at 3:30pm (bikes must be returned before store closing at 5:00pm).

All three stores will be open for our regular hours on all other days.

Happy Birthday, USA!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Giant Summer Celebration Sale!

Save up to 20% on select top-rated Giant and Liv bicycle models during the Summer Celebration Sale! While supplies last. There’s no better way to experience summer than to get outside on two wheels!

Liv Avail 1 Disc - regularly $1,499.99 NOW $1,149.99!

Giant Stance 27.5 1 - regularly $1,899.99 NOW $1,499.99!

Giant AnyRoad 2 - regularly $1,099.99 NOW $849.99!

Giant Defy Advanced 1 - regularly $2,599.99 NOW $1,999.99!

Giant Defy Advanced 3 - regularly $1,799.99 NOW $1,399.99!

Giant Defy 1 Disc - regularly $1,499.99 NOW $1,149.99!

We've got a few sizes of all of the above models in stock (call the store nearest you to verify availability); if we don't have your size, we can special-order!

Additional sale models available by special-order:

  • Liv Lust 1 - regularly $2,899.99 NOW $2,199.99
  • Liv Lust Advanced 2 - regularly $3,09999 NOW $2,499.99
  • Giant Anthem Advanced SX - regularly $5,199.99 NOW $4,199.99
  • Giant Anthem 27.5 2 SX - regularly $2,999.99 NOW $2,349.99

Monday, June 27, 2016

The new Surly Tool Bag ... just because

A few months ago, I happened to notice a new product listing that came up on Surly Bikes' distributor web site, the Surly Tool Bag. They had not details about it; no picture, no size, what's it made of, etc. But, I figured if it says "Surly" on it, I gotta have it. So, as soon as they were available to order, I got myself one because the price was right.

I wasn't the only one who felt this way, because they were sold out in a matter of days.

Turns out, it's a nice little plastic-y bag, about 7-1/2 inches wide by 6-1/2 inches tall, with a velcro closure. I suppose the plastic would be waterproof, but velcro closure doesn't roll up, so it's not "submersible" waterproof.

It's about the right size for your emergency tool kit for those short one- or two-night tours, where you want a little more than your daily repair kit, but don't need quite the kit for an epic cross-country adventure. You know, in addition to your multi-tool and tire levers, you want to throw in a chain tool, tire boots, duct tape, bottle opener, etc.

For my recent trip from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA on the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage trails, I found it to be perfect for carrying the assortment of device chargers and cables that I needed:
Shown with my Surly Tool Bag are a dual-outlet Apple-approved USB charger, dual-outlet generic USB charger, mini-USB charging cable for my headlight, micro-USB charging cable for my taillight, 30-pin iPad charging cable, iPhone Lightning charging cable, and CatEye GPS USB charging cradle.

Before they were completely sold out from Surly, I managed to snag a couple more for you, my dear fellow Surly fans. We have them in stock at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula; if you want to pick one up in Medina or Rocky River, just give us a call and we can make that happen.

The Surly Tool Bag - for all of your light bike-touring packing needs, whether you use it for tools, chargers, your toothbrush and floss, a couple pair of socks and underwear, heck, even your feminine products -- I don't want or need to know.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pearl Izumi Employee Pick: Abigale the Receptionist

The employees of Pearl Izumi are sharing their favorite products.

Receptionist Abigale says, "I have an incessant need to challenge myself. A few years ago I decided to try biking and signed up for a ride from Baltimore to San Francisco."

"Somewhere in the middle I fell in love with Colorado and made it my home. The long grueling climbs, the fierce afternoon showers, the beautiful sunsets...I can't get enough! With the ability to gain thousands of feet of elevation in just a few miles, my ride may start off sunny and end in a snowstorm."

"Now, when I plan my road rides, I always pack for whatever Mother Nature throws my way."

Her favorite items are the Women's Elite Escape Sleeveless Jersey, Women's Select Escape Shorts, Women's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket, and Women's Select Gloves. And we have all of them in stock at all three Century Cycles stores!

Check out our full selection of Pearl Izumi clothing for men and women at:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Carry your bicycles and gear safely with Thule car racks and cargo boxes

The summer vacation season is upon us. Whether you're just heading to your local park, or a day-long drive to your getaway destination, you want to arrive safely with your bicycles intact. For families, space inside the vehicle can be precious, so you want to look for ways to carry more gear.

Century Cycles carries a full line of Thule bicycle racks for cars, SUVs, and trucks in all three of our stores (Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River). Thule (pronounce it "TOO-lee") is a company based in Sweden, but all of their bike racks sold in the USA are also made right here in the USA, in one of their factories located in Connecticut or Colorado.

You can purchase your bicycle rack worry-free from Century Cycles, because we'll do the research to make sure we pick the right rack the fits your vehicle, we'll assemble it free of charge, and also install it free of charge--all while showing you how to properly install and use it so you can be sure it's safe every time.

Trunk Racks

A "trunk rack" is a bicycle carrier that straps to the rear of your vehicle. Most models will work with most cars, SUVs, vans, and some pickup trucks. The entry-level Thule Passage 910XT holds one or two bicycles for only $149.99. A three-bike version (Thule Passage 911XT) is available for $169.99.
Thule Passage 910XT trunk rack
The Thule Raceway Pro trunk rack (available in 2-bike or 3-bike versions, 9001PRO $339.99 or 9002PRO $369.99) give you better ease of use and security, with a built-in cable lock and locking steel attachment straps.
Thule Raceway Pro trunk rack
Got a spare tire on the back of your vehicle? Thule has an answer for that, too! The Thule Spare Me Pro 963PRO ($229.99) holds up to three bikes, and locks securely to your spare tire (if there's a cover over your spare tire, you'll have to remove it).
Thule Spare Me Pro bicycle rack
Hitch Racks

A hitch-mounted bicycle rack attaches to a towing receiver hitch on the rear of your vehicle. If you don't have a receiver hitch, check at your local camper center or towing supply shop, and they can usually install them on most vehicles for a reasonable price. Hitch receivers come in a width of either 1.25 inches or 2 inches. Some hitch racks work with both sizes, but some are made for a specific size hitch. Most hitch racks have a feature that allows the rack to tilt down so you can access your trunk.

The Thule Vertex is an economical hitch rack available in three versions; all include a built-in hide-away cable lock:

Thule Vertex hitch rack

Step up to the Thule Helium Aero series, and you get a rack with aluminum construction that's nearly half the weight of comparable racks. You also get the Auto-Attach hitch that slides into your 1.25" or 2" receiver and locks in place without any tools.
Thule Helium Aero hitch rack
The Thule Doubletrack 990XT ($329.99) holds two bikes, and features a lower-to-the-ground design that's much easier to load, and works much better with cruiser bikes, ladie's bikes, and other bicycles with non-standard frames. It includes all of the locks and keys needed to secure the rack to your vehicle and the bikes to the rack. Works with both 1.25" and 2" hitches.
The Thule T2 Pro is a top-of-the-line hitch rack for cyclists who want the ultimate in security and ease of use. Out of the box, it holds any bike with wheels sizes from 20 inches up 29 inches, including fat bikes with tires up to 5 inches wide! Also features the Auto-Attach system for quick tool-free installation and removal.
Thule T2 Pro hitch rack
Cargo Boxes

Cargo boxes provide extra storage space on top of your vehicle to carry luggage, skis, or snowboards. They come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs!

The Thule Force offers value and space with key conveniences, including tool-free Quick-Grip mounting system that works on Thule roof rack systems with square or aerodynamic load bars, round load bars, and most factory load bars. They can be opened and loaded from both the left or right sides. Currently in stock (Medina or Rocky River only; call us to verify availability):
  • Thule Force M 624 $469.99 - 13 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
  • Thule Force XL 625 $529.99 - 17 cubic feet of cargo capacity, 6 to 8 pair of skis or 4 to 6 snowboards (max 198cm in length)
  • Thule Force XXL 626 $599.99 - 21 cubic feet of cargo capacity, 10 to 12 pair of skis or 6 to 8 snowboards (max 220cm in length)
Thule Force XXL roof-top cargo box

The Thule Sonic features tool-free AcuTight mounting that works on Thule roof rack systems with square or aerodynamic load bars, round load bars, and most factory load bars. They can be opened and loaded from both the left or right sides. Currently in stock (Medina or Rocky River only; call us to verify availability):
Thule Sonic roof-top cargo box

Roof Rack Systems

If your vehicle does not have factory load bars on the roof, we can outfit you with a Thule roof rack system. In most cases, parts for a roof rack system are special-order, so plan ahead. An installation charge of $60 per hour will apply; most installations take 1 to 2 hours.

Once you have a roof rack system, in addition to cargo boxes, you can use roof-mounted bike carriers. Some require removal of your front wheel, some do not. Stop in and talk to us about the various options!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DC to Pgh Bike Tour Day 6 - Ohiopyle to Pittsburgh, PA

We tried to get an even earlier start than usual on our last day, hitting the Ohiopyle Bakery and Sandwich Shoppe for breakfast soon after they opened around 6:15am, then we hit the trail a little after 8:00am.

Ohiopyle Falls

A couple miles outside of town, we came across a group of four riders from Massachusetts using a do-it-yourself repair station.

The trail is relatively flat here in the northern section. We made good time to Connellsville.

The next major stop was West Newton for lunch at The Trailside Restaurant & Pub.

Mike, Ted, and Troy skipped our lunch stop and make a quick push to get to Pittsburgh and on the way home. Bill, Jim, Peter, Tom, and I enjoyed a leisurely lunch then got on our way.

A few miles short of the village of Boston, or "Little Boston" as it's known, we passed an older gentleman pushing his bike along. We asked if he were okay; he said yes, I just have a flat tire. We asked if he had what he needed to fix it, and he said no, so Jim said, "Well, you're not okay then!" We stopped and lent him a spare tube, and replaced it for him. He was very grateful and wanted to pay us back in some way, but we told him to pay it forward. We told ourselves that we just paid for the perfect weather that we enjoyed the whole trip.

I was most anxious to see the newer parts of the trail going into Pittsburgh. I used to ride the parts between Connellsville and Confluence on a regular basis, and the final stretches leading into the city were not completed until recent years after I had moved away from Pittsburgh.

From Boston to McKeesport, there are some new stretches built that take you away from the Yough river and up into the hills a bit, in order to go around some industrial sites, some abandoned and some still in use. Through McKeesport, you follow a couple of low-traffic back streets and new paved trails behind the downtown area and then past some more industrial and post-industrial sites.

GAP Trail bridge over the Monongahela River near McKeesport, PA
The trail crosses an old railroad bridge over the Monongahela River, then does some more gently rolling pavement up on the ridge away from the river, including just behind the Kennywood Park amusement park.

The trail winds its way through some new retail and residential developments on both paved and unpaved surfaces, past the Sandcastle water park, and to the South Side. You make a right over the Hot Metal Bridge to cross back over the Mon river, but before that, we took a couple-blocks detour to grab a final celebratory beer at Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe.

View of downtown Pittsburgh from the Hot Metal Bridge
A couple of short miles on paved trail took the five of us back to the First Avenue Garage and our finish line.
Peter, Jim, Bill, and Tom at the finish
I was the only one interested in going to Point State Park for the final finish photo op, so we said our goodbyes, and I headed off down the street and "pedaled to The Point," the ceremonial end of the Great Allegheny Passage, and the place where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River.

I cannot gush enough about the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage Trails. They are a perfect example of the "if you build it, they will come" scenario. Not just one city, but three states, the District of Columbia, dozens of cities and towns, trail advocacy and fund-raising groups, and thousands of dedicated volunteers have come together to create a destination that is attracting visitors from literally around the world.

I visited many of the towns along this route many years ago, and was flabbergasted by the changes the trail has brought them since. What were once one-horse towns with maybe a convenience store have blown up into full-service trail towns, with new hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, and bike shops.

The route is easy to ride, and easy to follow, well-marked with helpful signage every step of the way. If you're looking to check an item off of your "bike-it" list, hit the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage Trails as soon as you can! Go to and for help in planning your visit (or stop in and talk to the experienced veterans at Century Cycles!)