Thursday, October 23, 2014

45North is here to solve all your winter cycling woes

Whether you're getting ready to go out and enjoy your Surly or Salsa snow bike, or are just dedicated to riding your "regular" bike all winter, having the right equipment is key to enjoying comfortable and safe cold-weather riding.

That's where 45North comes in. 45North (aka 45NRTH) is committed to producing the finest clothing, parts, and accessories specifically for winter cycling.

Their flagship product is the Wolvhammer SPD Cycling Boot. The Wolvhammer has been around for a couple of years, and with the new 2015 model, they've tweaked a few of the features to refine what was already the warmest cycling-specific shoe available.

Start with a Vibram sole, for awesome traction through snowy and slushy hike-a-bike sections. The sole is SPD-compatible, meaning it works with any 2-bolt cleat/pedal system, like Shimano SPD, Crank Brothers, Time ATAC, or Speedplay Frog. Or, you can leave the cleat cover in place to use the boots with platform pedals.


The upper is constructed of 1680 denier Cordura ballistic nylon for unparalleled durability and abrasion-resistance, with a waterproof-breathable membrane for moisture control. The integrated hook allows you to add gaiters for even more protection from winter slop. The zipper/velcro closure and velcro cinch strap hold it all together.

Inside, there's a synthetic fleece and monster fur inner boot with 200gram Primaloft Eco Gold insulation and pull-on helper loop. Finally, an aerogel nanotechnology insole (based on technology developed by NASA) keeps the cold from being transferred through the cleat to your foot.

The 45North Wolvhammer Cycling Boot is now in stock at Century Cycles in unisex whole sizes 41 through 47!

45NRTH: Designing Winter Cycling Footwear from 45NRTH on Vimeo.
45NRTH winter cycling footwear is built on real-world needs and knowledge. See where the design concept began and why 45NRTH's award winning line of boots has established a new standard for winter cycling footwear.

Also now in stock at Century Cycles from 45North:

All of our 45North products are located in our Winter Cycling Wonderland in Peninsula, but as always, if you'd like to check any of them out in either Medina or Rocky River, give us a call, and we'll send anything to the store most convenient for you at no cost or obligation!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

National Bike Challenge Wrap-Up

The National Bike Challenge concluded for another year on September 30. Most importantly, Cleveland BEAT Pittsburgh to bring the Rust Cup back to Northeast Ohio!

Here's a breakdown of the stats showing how Cleveland came out ahead of Pittsburgh:

Miles
Cleveland: 710,801; Pittsburgh: 526,217
Points
Cleveland: 1,472,702; Pittsburgh: 1,197,401
Riders
Cleveland: 1,609; Pittsburgh: 1,218

We'll have to stay on our toes and sign up even more riders next year, because Pittsburgh will be gunning for us!

In our local competition, Team Century Cycles ended up in 6th place in the region. Thanks to all of our friends, customers, and staff who rode for our team!

In the local workplace competition, Century Cycles was NUMBER ONE!

A big thanks once again to EVERYONE who participated in the challenge--it was a true team effort!

Even though there is no "I" in "team," there is an "I" in "Krista," and we have to recognize her significant contribution! Krista McNamee, the cycling superstar from the Century Cycles store in Rocky River, was the NUMBER ONE FEMALE rider in the Cleveland area, the NUMBER TWO rider overall, and NUMBER 46 nationally!
During the Challenge period, Krista biked an incredible 7,064 miles for a total of 10,104 points! Way to go, Krista!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trail-building day at Hampton Hills Metro Park on Sat. Nov. 1

There was much excitement when Summit Metro Parks announced over a year ago that they will be building a mountain bike trail in the Hampton Hills Metro Park. Unfortunately, heavy storms this past spring caused much damage in this park and other nearby Metro Parks, and the mountain bike trail was delayed as the organization had to re-direct their efforts to address the damage.

The mountain-bike trail-building is back on track, though, and there is a work day open to the public coming soon:

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Meet at the gate at the intersection of Hardy Road and Theiss Road.

If you have trail-building tools, feel free to bring them, but make sure they are marked to avoid them getting lost. Gloves are also recommended.

You do not need to be registered as a Summit Metro Parks volunteer to join in and help on this day, but you will need to sign a waiver when you arrive.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Get ready for winter cycling on Radio Century Cycles


Just because the summer riding season is behind us doesn't mean you have to store the bike away just yet! In fact, the fall colors and crisp, cool air bring many riders out for the first time.

No matter what your reason for riding this time of year, the most important thing is to dress for the weather. Knowing how to layer up, and what clothing products best fit your needs is what we'll be chatting about on this month's episode of Radio Century Cycles.

Drew Anderson, our area's sales representative for Pearl Izumi, an industry leader in athletic wear, will join host Bob Soroky to discuss Pearl's fall and winter clothing lineup and how to wear it all!
Tune in live at 10:30am on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, or listen any time after that, by clicking on over to: http://bit.ly/1t2DYfV


Sunday, October 19, 2014

NPS Seeks Comment on Proposed Regulation for Off-Road Bicycle Trails

Cuyahoga Valley National Park News Release

For Immediate Release – Friday, October 17, 2014
Mary Pat Doorley, 440-343-7355 (cell), or mary_pat_doorley@nps.gov


NPS Seeks Comment on Proposed Regulation for Off-Road Bicycle Trails

Brecksville, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a special regulation (Proposed Rule) to designate and authorize off-road bicycle use on new trails constructed outside of developed areas in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), as evaluated in the Park’s Final Trail Management Plan. The public is invited to provide comment on the Proposed Rule until Monday, December 15, 2014.

The Final Trail Management Plan evaluated approximately 10 miles of new, single-track, off-road bicycle trails in undeveloped regions of the park; 3.1 miles of new cross-country trails; and 1.35 miles of new connector, multi-use trails for bicycle use. The National Park Service general regulation pertaining to bicycles requires promulgation of a special regulation to authorize bicycle use on new trails constructed outside of developed areas.

It is the policy of NPS, whenever practicable, to afford the public an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process. Accordingly, interested parties may submit written comments, suggestions, or objections regarding this proposed rule.

 Comments can be submitted online at www.regulations.gov through Monday, December 15, 2014. Search for “Cuyahoga Valley” to get to the rule and select the “Comment Now!” button. Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax, or email. However, written comments can be mailed to: Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15610 Vaughn Road Brecksville, OH 44141.

For further information, contact Chris Ryan, Chief Ranger, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, at 440-546-5940.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Salsa Cycles Demo Tour comes to Vulture's Knob in Wooster

Salsa Cycles is taking their bikes on the road for the public to demo-ride, and one of their only Ohio appearances will be this Saturday!

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00am
Where:
Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Team Challenge
4300 Mechanicsburg Road
Wooster, Ohio

The Salsa Cycles Demo Tour will have their entire line of mountain bikes for you to test-ride, including snow/fat bikes, hardtails, and full-suspension mountain bikes!

The Vulture's Knob Oktoberfest Team Challenge is a 1-day 4-part stage mountain bike race organized by 331 Racing. For more details on the event and registration, go to:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ride for Barry - Nov. 1

Barry Myers, a friend and employee of our neighbors at Blazing Saddle Cycle, was recently diagnosed with cancer. He will require aggressive treatment, and his family needs help with expenses.

The folks at Blazing Saddle have organized a fund-raising ride to be held on November 1, 2014. There are route options of 15, 25, and 62 miles. A happy hour and dinner are also planned, along with raffle prizes, a silent auction, and live entertainment provided by Charles Hill Jr. and The Dreadful Yawns.

You can find more details at the event on Facebook or at www.kicksforbarry.com.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Towpath Trail Closure this weekend

ALERT: The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be closed, starting at dusk on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The trail will re-open at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The closure is due to the Towpath Marathon event.

The closure affects all parking lots and trailheads for the Towpath Trail within the National Park, from Frazee House at the northern end to Botzum at the southern end, and including Lock 29 in Peninsula.

Please note that bicycle rentals for the Towpath Trail at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula will NOT be available on Sunday, October 12 until the Towpath re-opens. Please call the store at 330-657-2209 to verify bike rental availability. It is possible that the Towpath Marathon will be ahead of schedule, the Towpath will re-open sooner, and bike rentals might be available before 2:00pm.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Why Bikepack? The latest film from Salsa Cycles

The newest short film produced by Salsa Cycles is called Why Bikepack? It shares the story of a fall 2013 bikepacking trip and the motivations of one of the riders, Mike "Kid" Reimer, marketing guy for Salsa.

Bikepacking is a term used to refer to a relatively new style of bicycle touring, where to save weight, you use frame packs and oversized seat and handlebar bags to carry your stuff, instead of traditional racks and panniers. The Salsa Fargo is Salsa's bicycle designed specifically for bikepacking, although just about any bike can be adapted for this style of travel.

The film captures the love of cycling and the outdoors for anyone, though, whether you are a bikepacker, traditional bike touring, commuter, racer, or just enjoy riding along!


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

You knew we have the Surly Straggler in stock, right? Just checking...


The Surly Straggler is the disc-brake version of Surly's popular Cross-Check cyclocross bicycle. Take the same 4130 chromoly steel frame of the Cross-Check, the same versatile design that makes it ideal for racing, touring, commuting, Towpath cruising, and just about any other conditions you can throw at it. Add in Avid's sure-stopping BB7 mechanical disc brakes.

"But wait," you're saying. "I don't like those bar-end shifters that Surly puts on their bikes." Your dreams have been fulfilled, because the Straggler comes with a Shimano Tiagra 2x10-speed drive train, including Tiagra integrated brake/shift levers! The rear cassette is a friendly 11-32 tooth, giving you plenty of gears to crank up your favorite (and not-so-favorite) hills.

So, now that you don't have any more excuses, come on in to your closest Century Cycles store and try out the Surly Straggler! We have them in stock, with a 54cm in Black (Rocky River), and a 56cm (Medina) and 58cm (Peninsula) in Purple Glitter Dreams (shown above).

Monday, October 6, 2014

Four riders for Sunday Service in Peninsula

We had four riders yesterday for our final Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride of the season at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula yesterday. There were three store staff, plus one customer (thanks to Doug for taking the photo). It was a chilling and windy morning, but dry--a typical fall ride!

We'll have our final Sunday Service rides in our other two stores in the next couple of weeks; Sunday Oct. 12 at 8:00am in Rocky River, and Sunday Oct. 19 at 8:30am in Medina!

Thanks to everyone who has joined us for Sunday Service for the past two seasons. Stay tuned for the 2015 schedule!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

20th Anniversary Season of Night Rides on the Towpath Trail comes to a close

Our 20th Anniversary season of Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail came to a close this past Saturday, September 27, 2014. We had 103 riders show up for a beautiful fall evening ride! This was despite a capacity 1,500-person turnout at the Night Ride held in conjunction with NEOCycle in downtown Cleveland!

Thanks to everyone who joined us, both for the latest ride, and over the past twenty years in Peninsula! Here are more photos from the ride:

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Congrats to Tom -- Ohio Cycling Challenge Finisher

This past Saturday, September 27, 2014, Tom Wiseman from the Century Cycles store in Medina completed the Ohio Cycling Challenge 200-mile solo road bike race. Tom made the podium with a 3rd-Place finish, and rumor has it that he passed two competitors in the final exciting meters of the race to move up from 6th place at the last minute!

Even more impressive than the medal Tom received was his welcome back to work from his duly impressed co-workers!​
Tom is the Assistant Service Manager in Medina, and is our premier Bicycle Fit Specialist. As if that weren't enough, he's also a USA Cycling Certified Bicycling Coach! So if you've got ANY questions about bike fit, training for an event, or improving your bicycling, Tom is your man!
The Ohio Cycling Challenge is an event sponsored by Race Across America (RAAM). Could this be a precursor to a RAAM attempt by Tom? He's remained silent on that question for now...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Inaugural NEOCycle was a huge success!

Josh from CC Rocky River
at the NEOCycle Hub
The first annual NEOCycle festival, a celebration of all things cycling in Northeast Ohio, was a resounding success by all account this past weekend (Sept. 26-28, 2014).

The event featured track racing, a cyclocross race, a criterium race, an urban night ride, and the gran fondo-style Forest City Fundo ride on Sunday, featuring routes of 10, 32, or 62 miles and raising funds for Bike Cleveland. All these activities centered on the NEOCycle Hub at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park, where attendees also enjoyed live music, food trucks, beer, bike polo, pinball, local bike shops and other vendors!

I participated in the Forest City Fundo. Fortunately, the fantastic fall weather we've been experiencing lately continued, with sunny blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. The ride started out through downtown Cleveland. I ended up doing a "hybrid" route, taking the detour for the longer 62-mile ride during the first half, which took us through Bratenahl, Colinwood, and to the turn-around at Euclid Beach. Both the 32 and 62-mile routes continued through University Circle, Slavic Village (on the Morgana Run Trail), on the Towpath Trail, through Tremont and Ohio City. I skipped the second detour for the 62-mile route, which went through Fairview Park, the Rocky River Reservation, and Lakewood, and went directly to Gordon Square and back to Edgewater Park, for a total of 45 miles.

Back at the NEOCycle Hub, everyone enjoyed the food, beer, music, and catching up with old cycling friends, including Lois Moss (co-founder of Century Cycles and founder of Walk 'n Roll Cleveland), visiting for the event from her new home in Portland, Oregon!
Lois Moss and Deb Petcher
Among the musical acts entertaining the crowd was local favorite Way of Life, featuring CC General Manager Mike Petcher on the bass!
Way of Life featuring Mike Petcher (right) on bass
Check out a few more photos from the day's festivities:

Click here if the slide show above is not appearing for you. Thanks to Deb Petcher for several of the photos!