Friday, November 17, 2017

NPS Updates Policy on E-Bike Use on the Towpath Trail

The National Park Service has recently updated their policy on the use of electric bicycles (also known as e-bikes, ebikes, or pedal-assist bicycles) on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. From their web site:

Operating a motor vehicle is generally prohibited on trails within Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act however, persons with disabilities may use a "Other Power Driven Mobility Device (OPMD)" such as an e-bike.
  • Disabled persons may use e-bikes rated at 1 horsepower or 750 watts, or similar OPMDs in areas open to pedestrian use wherever possible.
  • Until recently, the park required that disabled persons obtain a free permit prior to use on the trail. This requirement has been discontinued.
  • Disabled persons wishing to use an e-bike on the Towpath Trail may do so and there is no requirement to obtain a permit or otherwise explain the nature of their disability.

This policy applies to motorized wheelchairs as well. See:

for more information.

The Cleveland Metroparks classifies an electric bicycle as an "Other Power Driven Mobility Device" (or, "OPDMD"), the same as a motorized wheelchair, and permits their use on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and other All-Purpose Trails within their jurisdiction provided that the device is required because of a person's mobility disability. Their official policy states:

Representatives of Cleveland Metroparks, including staff and volunteers, shall NOT ask an individual using a wheelchair or OPDMD questions about the nature and extent of the individual's disability. In accordance with the [US Department of Justice] regulations, representatives of Cleveland Metroparks, including staff and volunteers, may ask a person using an OPDMD to provide a credible assurance that the mobility device is required because of the person's mobility disability.

Cleveland Metroparks shall accept the presentation of a valid, State-issued, disability parking placard or card, or other state-issued proof of disability as a credible assurance that the use of the OPDMD is for the individual's mobility disability. In lieu of a valid, State-issued disability parking placard or card, or State-issyued proof of disability, Cleveland Metroparks shall accept as a credit assurance a verbal representation, not contradicted by observable fact, that the OPDMD is being used for a mobility disability. A valid disability placard or card is one that is presented by the individual to whom it was issued and is otherwise in compliance with the State of issuance's requirements for disability placards or cards.

We reached out to the Summit Metro Parks to determine their policy on e-bike use on the Towpath Trail. Their response was that "We don't permit the use of e-bikes on our trails, unless used as OPDMDs." It would appear that this policy is similar to that of the Cleveland Metroparks above, although a significant clause in their complete Rules & Regulations states that "OPDMDs must be operated at a speed of five (5) miles per hour or less." It is not clear if this applies to e-bikes when used by people with mobility disabilities; we suggest you contact them yourself if you need to obtain further clarification.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Early Black Friday Deal - Take 25% OFF all NiteRider Bicycle Lights!

For over twenty-five years, NiteRider has been providing bicyclists the most durable, reliable, and best-performing lights for riders on the roads, paths, and mountain bike trails. With our Early Black Friday NiteRider Deal, now is the perfect time to add high-visibility safety for day and night-time riding to your bike, or upgrade your old bike lights!

From November 14 through 27, 2017, take 25% OFF all in-stock NiteRider products! We have a full selection of headlights, taillights, headlight/taillight combo sets, and accessories at all three Century Cycles stores!

Friday, November 10, 2017

We Salute our Veterans!

As we observe Veteran's Day today, we at Century Cycles wish to express our gratitude to all of the veterans who have served to protect our country, as well as all current service members on active duty or reserves.

We take this opportunity announce that we are offering a 10% discount on all regularly-priced cycling clothing, parts, and accessories to all members of our military (veterans, active duty, or reserves). This is good not just today, but every day going forward! Please have proof of military service. Thank you!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Help NOACA update the Medina County Bike Map

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is working on updating their bike map for Medina County, and they want your input! They're having a public workshop, and you are invited to attend.

  • When: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Where: Medina County District Library
    Conference Room B
    210 S. Broadway St.
    Medina, OH 44256
All ages and experience levels of cyclists are needed!

Light refreshments will be provided. Open-house style meeting, so stop by even if you can't attend the whole meeting. A short presentation will be followed by a group activity to help create the new bike map.

This meeting is hosted by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. For more information, see:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Help Save Everett Road in the Cuyahoga Valley!

The jurisdictions that are responsible for the maintenance of Everett Road have decided that it is not worth the resources to keep it open, and are currently considering vacating this road and allowing it to deteriorate.

Members of the Akron Bike Club and other concerned local organizations have taken up the cause to save Everett Road for cyclists, hikers, and runners, but they need your help.

Those who used Everett Road all the time (back when it was rideable) know that it was the safest route for cyclists in and out of the Cuyahoga Valley. It gave us a route that wasn’t as busy as Wheatley Road, wasn’t as steep as Ira Road or Bath Road, and allowed access to some of our favorite routes near the Cugahoga Valley National Park.

Here’s how you can help:
  1. If you are available, please attend the November 13 (next Monday) meeting of the Summit County Council, at 4:30 PM in the Council Chambers (on the 7th floor of the County Administration Building) in Akron. There is a parking garage on 200 S. High Street, directly across from the County Court House. Once in the parking garage, follow hallways leading to the County Administration Bldg. and take the elevator to the 7th floor. You can obtain a validation sticker in the Council Chambers and park for free. During that meeting, the Council will be taking definitive action on a Resolution regarding the future of Everett. There is an effort to amend the Resolution to provide through May 1, 2018 to explore turning the roadbed into an all-purpose trail.
  2. If you live in Summit County, please email your Councilperson about this. Send a short message indicating why Everett Road should be kept open for cyclists, hikers, runners, etc.
  3. Please share this message broadly. We need as many voices ASAP to keep the discussion – and, hopefully, Everett Road – open.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

ALERT: Fall Hours begin Nov. 6, 2017 at all three stores

ALERT: Effective Monday, November 6, 2017, we will begin Fall Hours of Operation at all three Century Cycles stores:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00noon - 5:00pm
Remember that bike rentals for the Towpath Trail in Peninsula close 90 minutes before the store closing time.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Detailed route information for the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail

The Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail is a paved all-purpose trail in the northeastern part of Summit County (Ohio). It consists of two main sections:
  1. A north-south section, approximately 10 miles long. The southern end is near the intersection of State Routes 8 and 303. The northern end is at the county line near Alexander Road, although the trail continues into Cuyahoga County as the All-Purpose Trail in the Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation.
  2. A loop section, approximately 20 miles long, through areas of Hudson, Silver Lake, Munroe Falls, and Stow. This loop is not a continuous trail, and following the entire loop requires riding on some public streets and roads shared with motor vehicle traffic.
Look for these "Bike Route" signs to
follow the on-street sections of the
Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail
The first time I tried to ride the whole loop section was about 12 years ago, on a mid-fall day much like today, with a chill in the air and some rain; there may have even been a few snowflakes falling. When I hit the first on-street sections, there was a detour due to some road construction, plus I missed some of the "Bike Route" signs, and I got lost. Eventually, I navigated the entire route, but probably spent an extra hour of trial-and-error finding my way around.

The page for the Bike & Hike Trail on the Summit Metro Parks web site has a map, and most of the on-street route can be deciphered. The page also lists all of the parking areas and trailheads for the entire trail.

I thought it might be nice for those who are into navigation technology to provide detailed route information for those planning a ride on the Bike & Hike Trail. I added a few routes to the Century Cycles Ride With GPS profile. All of the routes start at the State Route 303 trailhead.

Two of the routes follow the Summit Metro Parks' recommended route for the Bike & Hike Trail loop. One goes clockwise, the other goes counter-clockwise.

The trail runs pretty near to the city of Kent. With it many options for restaurants and coffee shops, Kent is a popular destination for many cyclists in the area, so I provided two additional routes that detour off of the main Bike & Hike Trail loop and go into downtown Kent. Again, both a clockwise and counter-clockwise version of the loop are included:
You can also find these links at this page on our web site. From each route page, you can print a cue sheet to follow along with while you ride, or download the route data to load into your own GPS device.

DISCLAIMER: Your use of this route information indicates your acceptance of all responsibility for its use. Ride safely, legally, and responsibly, and respect private property. Accessibility and suitability of roads and trails may change due to factors beyond our control; check local conditions before proceeding.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

ALERT: All three stores open 11:00am - 8:00pm Monday, October 30, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a special staff event, all three Century Cycles stores will be opening ONE HOUR later than usual on Monday, October 30, 2017.

Our hour for that day only will be: 11:00am - 8:00pm

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Used Rental Bikes for Sale: Kids' Raleigh Mountain Scout

We are updating a small part of our Towpath Trail Bike Rental fleet in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. We have a limited number of used bikes for sale.

The used model that we are selling is the Raleigh Mountain Scout kid's bicycle. We have FIVE of these available.
These bicycles feature 24-inch wheels, which is the right size for most children 7 to 12 years old. The lightweight aluminum frame has a low step-over height that works well for both boys and girls. Reliable rim brakes and twist shifters handle the stopping and gear changes. Three of the bikes are 21-speed models, and two of them are 7-speeds. The bicycles have been cleaned and given a full tune-up by our professional mechanics. Price is $100 each.

To purchase one of these bicycles, stop in to the Peninsula store at 1621 Main Street, Peninsula, Ohio 44264. The bikes are available for you to take home immediately! Used rental bikes are sold AS-IS.