Friday, March 27, 2015

Join the National Bike Challenge - Back for 2015!

In 2014, people riding bicycles in the Cleveland area rallied to bring home the Rust Cup by beating Pittsburgh in the National Bike Challenge!

Back and better for 2015, login and start logging your miles to keep the Rust Cup in Ohio!

You can join a team, plus register with your school or workplace to compete against other groups.

Don't have a team? You can join the Century Cycles team! Just search for "Century Cycles" when you login and sign up for the National Bike Challenge.

Last year, the National Bike Challenge made it easy to log your miles by providing automatic synchronization with the popular fitness apps Endomondo and Moves. This year, they've made it even better by adding Strava and MapMyRide!

The National Bike Challenge officially runs from May 1 to September 30, 2015, but you can sign up now and start warming up and logging miles right away!

To sign up for the National Bike Challege, go to:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thanks for lunch, Donatos Pizza!

Thanks to Donatos for providing lunch for the crew at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River yesterday! We enjoyed the pizza, wings, and salad!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Back for our 3rd year: Sunday Service Group Road Bike Rides

Beginning in 2013, Century Cycles has been inviting road cyclists to join us for our monthly "Sunday Service" Group Road Bike Rides! We're bringing them back for our 3rd year in 2015!

Your own bicycle and helmet are required. No pre-registration is necessary. The pace is "medium" - not too slow, not too fast, and we wait at each turn for people to catch up.

In Medina, we ride on the third Sunday of the month. Meet in the parking lot outside the front door of the store. The rides begin at 8:00am. Our route is about 20 miles; you can check it out here!

In Peninsula, we ride on the first Sunday of the month. Meet in the store parking lot. The rides begin at 10:00am if the store opens at noon, or begin at 8:00am when the store opens at 10:00am. 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 rides begin at 8:00am. The route varies depending on what the group decides.

Note that the dates for the first rides in April are pushed back one week because of the Easter Sunday holiday.

You'll have help in case you get a flat tire or anything, but you should have what you need to be self-sufficient: water/sports drink, spare tube, tire levers, pump, mobile phone (all of the Things You Should Bring on Every Bike Ride).

Please note, the name "Sunday Service" is a play on words; there is no religious component to this event (unless, of course, cycling IS your religion)!

2015 Schedule
  • April 12, 10:00am (Peninsula)
  • April 19, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • April 26, 8:00am (Medina)
  • May 3, 10:00am (Peninsula)
  • May 10, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • May 17, 8:00am (Medina)
  • June 7, 8:00am (Peninsula)
  • June 14, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • June 21, 8:00am (Medina)
  • July 5, 8:00am (Peninsula)
  • July 12, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • July 19, 8:00am (Medina)
  • August 2, 8:00am (Peninsula)
  • August 9, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • August 16, 8:00am (Medina)
  • September 6, 8:00am (Peninsula)
  • September 13, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • September 20, 8:00am (Medina)
  • October 4, 10:00am (Peninsula)
  • October 11, 8:00am (Rocky River)
  • October 18, 8:00am (Medina)
You can find this information on our web site at: www.centurycycles.com/for/SundayService


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Mountain Bike Trails Update

Love trails? Get excited, because there are a few more coming to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) soon—including the park’s first mountain biking trail.

Earlier this year, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a $249,000 grant to the
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park for new trail construction in CVNP.  The gift will fund construction, as well as initial planning and design work, for several high-priority trail projects from the park’s 2013 Trail Management Plan.

Construction is scheduled to begin this year for a system of mountain biking trails on the eastern edge of CVNP, flanking the area around the Ohio Turnpike (Interstate 80). The first 2.6-mile phase of the project is scheduled for construction in 2015, with the next 6.2-mile phase to begin in 2016.
Area for the new mountain biking trails in CVNP (Note: Not to scale)
The Knight Foundation grant will also fund a couple other hiking trail projects in the national park, including a new loop on Furnace Run Trail connected to the Everett Covered Bridge trailhead, and a new trail connecting the Conservancy’s Hines Hill campus to the Stanford House and Towpath Trail.

These projects are part of CVNP’s TRAILS FOREVER initiative. This program is co-managed by the Conservancy and the National Park Service to ensure the national park can maintain and operate, in perpetuity, a world-class trail system.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

They're back! Our "Define your life. Ride a bike.(tm)" baseball caps!

After taking a few years of vacation, our "Define your life. Ride a bike.™" baseball caps are back! 100% black cotton with white embroidery, with our slogan on the front and script Century Cycles logo on the back. One size fits most with Velcro adjustment strap. Only $12.99 each! Now in stock in all three Century Cycles stores.

Friday, March 20, 2015

SKS Grand M.O.M. and Grand D.A.D. - fenders for your fat bike

When you're out riding your fat bike towards the end of the winter season, the snow on the road or trail can get a little slushy, so it can help to have a little protection for your back and your bike. Up until now, finding fenders to fit a fat bike was a bit of a challenge.

The fine German engineers at SKS have come up with a solution. The SKS Grand M.O.M. Rear and Grand D.A.D. Front fenders use an easy clip-on/off attachment system, and have extra width for fat bike tire protection.

I obtained a pair of these fenders to try out for myself on my own Salsa Mukluk snow bike.

The Grand M.O.M. Rear fender attached to your seatpost with an adjustable webbing strap. Adjustment and setup were really easy-peasy.
The Grand D.A.D. Front fender installation was little more involved, but went without a hitch. First, it's easiest if you remove your front wheel for easier access to the underside of the fork. Remove the front and rear halves of the fender from the mounting bracket, then remove the orange sliding cover from the mounting bracket. Choose the correct sized expander plug from the several provided in the package (you'll probably need the largest for a fat bike), attach it to the bracket, insert the plug into the hole under your fork, and screw it into place until the plug expands enough to hold the bracket securely.

You may need to hold onto the bracket with your free hand to keep the whole thing from twisting as you tighten the expander plug screw. When you're done, snap the orange sliding cover back on the bracket, and slide it so that it lets you remove the bracket while the expander plug stays in your fork.
Snap the front and rear halves of the fender back onto the bracket, then hold the whole thing in place as you slide the orange cover back to the "locked" position. Replace your front wheel and your'e good to go!
With a little practice, you can get adept at reaching under the fender to slide the orange bracket to unlock and lock it to remove and re-install the front fender as needed, without removing your front wheel every time.
A side bonus is that the orange highlights on the SKS logos looked great with my Gold '14 Salsa Mukluk 2!

In use, I found that the SKS Grand M.O.M. and Grand D.A.D. fenders did the job well. Of course, they don't provide the protection of a full-coverage fender like you'd find on a hybrid or touring bike, but they keep the major splashes under control, and are a good easy-on/off compromise. The bodies of the fenders are wide enough for the 4-inch tires found on most fat bikes. For wider 4.8-to-5-inch tires like you'd find on the Salsa Blackborow, Surly Moonlander, or Surly Ice Cream Truck, they won't protect the entire width of the tire, but they're better than nothing.

I've used a lot of rear seatpost fenders in my day, and no matter high tightly you attach the strap, under rough riding conditions, they always seem to swivel and move around. Not so with the SKS Grand D.A.D. -- it's the most secure rear seatpost fender I've ever seen, and didn't move around at all for me.

The SKS Grand M.O.M. Rear and SKS Grand D.A.D. Front fenders are in stock in the Century Cycles Winter Cycling Wonderland in Peninsula!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW! "Define your life. Ride a bike.(tm)" Performance Tech Tee!

You've asked for it; now we've got it! In the same spirit as our original "Define your life. Ride a bike.™™" cotton t-shirts, we are now offering the same popular design in 100% moisture-wicking polyester!

Available in the bright green color shown here, in unisex sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra-Large, the cut and fit is generous, so you get a comfortable no-shrink true fit.

Now, you can show the world how you Define Your Life during all of your activities, whether it's biking, walking, running, hiking, or working out at the gym!

The Century Cycles "Define your life. Ride a bike.™" Performance Tech Tee is now in stock in all three of our stores for only $19.99!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Video: Adventure Cycling Association & Epic Montana - The TransAm Trail

The Adventure Cycling Association and Epic Montana are collaborating on a series of videos that highlight the ACA's bicycle routes through their home state of Montana. The first in the series, released in December, featured the Northern Tier Route.

The next video in the series features the TransAm Trail. The TransAm Trail runs from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia, and was the route used by the original Bikecentennial event in 1976, and led to the founding of the Adventure Cycling Association.

In Montana, the TransAm Trail features the Twin Bridges Bike Camp, a cyclist-friendly campground and shelter set up by the people of the village of Twin Bridges to make touring cyclists comfortable and welcome.

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Century Cycles is a Bike Shop Member of the Adventure Cycling Association. Our Medina and Peninsula stores are located on the ACA's Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, and our Rocky River store is located on the Northern Tier Route.

Monday, March 16, 2015

SPRING SALE! Our Best Prices of the Year! March 19-22, 2015

10% OFF ALL BICYCLES!
Some previous model-year bikes marked down even more!
Extra $150 OFF all Surly Bikes with

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

20% OFF ALL OTHER PARTS, ACCESSORIES, & SPRING CLOTHING!

40% OFF ALL WINTER CLOTHING!

Additional close-out clothing as much as 60% off!

Extended Hours: all three stores
open until 8:00pm on Friday, March 20!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Product: Dumonde Tech Chain Lube

Spring time in Ohio is notorious for less than ideal biking conditions, residual salty streets, road grime and mud. Along with the changing seasons, comes a new chain lube to the Century Cycles family.

Dumonde Tech is among the elite of bicycle lubricants and grease, setting them apart from the rest with their unique polymer-based chain lube formula. The word "polymer" is a broad category, and can include materials such as nylon, salt, and yes, even wool. So, as you can imagine, getting them to tell us exactly what polymer they base their lubes on would be like getting McDonald's to tell us how to make Special Sauce. The key technology is that it’s a liquid plastic that turns into a solid plastic as you ride, and your chain’s metal parts work against each other to create pressure and small amounts of heat. This polymer is attracted to heat and will migrate aggressively towards it, unlike many oils that will move away from heat. Interestingly enough, when it reaches its solid state, the chain lube falls into the category of self lubricating plastics, creating a surface slicker than the typical Teflon chain lube.

Dumonde Tech offers two versions of this polymer-based lube, both having the same formula, only differing in concentration. The Dumonde Tech Original formula (suggested for mountain bikes and poor weather conditions) and the Dumonde Tech Lite formula (suggested for road bikes and good weather conditions). Dumonde Tech also offers a full line of high-end lubricants and greases, including MR Grease (for bearings and suspension parts), Liquid Grease, Free-hub oil/grease, and even environmentally friendly biodegradable chain lube.

Stop into Century Cycles and pick up some Dumonde Tech lubricants to keep your ride running smooth for miles and miles to come!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Fat Rack for your Fat Bike

Most snow bike owners who are doing self-supported touring are using the "rackless" touring style, or bikepacking, as it's come to be called--with frame packs, oversized seat bags, and handlebar harnesses. There may be times, however, when you need to haul more stuff on your fat bike, and in this case, a "traditional" rear rack is called for. With the fat tires and special geometries of snow bikes, though, fitting a standard rear rack can be a challenge.

The Axiom Fatliner Fat Bike Rear Rack solves this problem! The wide platform and tall side supports provide plenty of fat tire clearance. The extra-length bottom supports can either be bolted to rack eyelets, or you can thread your quick-release skewer through the holes. You can use the dual top supports to attach to upper rack eyelets on your frame, or the single seatstay bridge support (both are included).

The Fatliner rack is pretty beefy, with a weight carrying capacity of 110 pounds. The rack itself weighs 982 grams, or a little over 2 pounds. It's got handy mounting holes on the back panel for a reflector or taillight.

It works great on the Salsa Mukluk 2 and Mukluk 3, our best-selling snow bikes.



Keep in mind that the Axiom Fatliner is still not a "universal" snow bike rear rack. It will work on fat bike frames with 170mm or 190mm rear hub spacing, and with either a quick-release rear wheel or rear rack eyelets near the rear hub. It won't work on the Salsa Beargrease XX1 or Beargrease 1.

The Axiom Fatliner Fat Bike Rear Rack is now in stock at all three Century Cycles stores!

For the Surly Pugsley, because of the 135mm rear spacing, but because it DOES have rear rack eyelets, many people have had success using the Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack. For more difficult fat bike rack fitment, you can always fall back on the Thule Pack N' Pedal Sport Rack or the Pack N' Pedal Tour Rack.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Event Photos: Team Left Hand / Century Cycles Bike MS Kick-Off Party

Scott Cowan, Owner of Century Cycles (left) and Chris Lennert,
National Bike MS Team Captain for Left Hand Brewing Company (right)
Thanks to everyone who came out the The Winking Lizard Tavern of Brunswick on Wednesday evening for the Team Left Hand / Century Cycles Bike MS Kick-Off Party! Thank you to The Winkign Lizard for hosting us, and to Chris Lennert and Sara Gould, who make the trek out from Left Hand Brewing Company in Colorado!

Chris gave everyone a run-down of the benefits of joining Team Left Hand / Century Cycles, as well as some great fund-raising tips, which will help us all help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society! Team benefits include our exclusive team jersey, a share of all sponsorship funds raised, the post-ride party in the team tent with a team masseuse, and priority access to the Left Hand Brewing Company taps at the post-ride party!

If you'd like to join Team Left Hand / Century Cycles for the first annual Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway, there's still plenty of time to join us! Just go to:


to sign up for Team Left Hand / Century Cycles. You'll receive an email after this process with a link and code to sign up for the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway!

Here are more photos from the event:

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The 2015 Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar is here!

The 2015 Edition of the Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar has arrived! Stop by any of our three Century Cycles stores to pick up your FREE copy!

The Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar is produced by the Ohio Bicycle Federation, our state-wide bicycle advocacy organization working to improve Ohio bicycling through legislation, education, and shared ideas.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Remains Eleventh in Visitation

Cuyahoga Valley National Park News Release

For Immediate Release – Monday, March 2, 2015
Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell), or mary_pat_doorley@nps.gov

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Remains Eleventh in Visitation

Brecksville, Ohio - Visitation at America’s national parks broke all-time records in 2014, as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016 with a major push to encourage more visitors to experience their national parks. In the recently release report by Director Jonathan B. Jarvis,  there were 292.8 million visits to national parks, breaking the previous record set in 1999 when parks saw just over 287.1 million visits.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) ranked as the eleventh most visited national park with 2,189,849 visits in 2014. In FY13 the park also ranked eleventh with 2,109,010 visits. CVNP does not charge an entrance fee, so does not have entrance stations. Visitation is determined by counters placed at trailhead parking lots.

“We are pleased to be ranked among the treasures of the National Park System like Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks,” said Craig Kenkel, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. “In addition to increased numbers of people, we are also seeing changes in our visitor demographics. Not only do we see large numbers of people from local communities, we are also seeing more out-of-state visitors. This summer we will conduct an extensive visitor study to get solid statistics to confirm this change.”

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New products from BiKase for your iPhone 6+

The fine folks at BiKase have been providing us with popular smartphone holders for your bicycle for the past couple of years.
BiKase Handy Andy 5
The Handy Andy 5 is a weather-resistant smartphone case that can mount vertically or horizontally to your stem, handlebar, or frame using two easy stretchable velcro straps. The clear cover is touch-screen compatible, and the case fits the iPhone 6 and older models, plus many models of Android and other smartphones.
BiKase DriKase
The DriKase is also touch-screen compatible, with a fully waterproof case that can also mount vertically or horizontally. The single large velcro strap can be removed, so that you can use the DriKase as a phone holder in your pocket. Fits the iPhone 6 and other phones with 5-inch screens or less.

With the arrival last year of the iPhone 6+, BiKase stepped up to the plate with larger options to accommodate larger screens. The Handy Andy 6 has the same great features as the Handy Andy 5, and it fits the iPhone 6+, plus other larger smartphones (or "phablets"). Likewise, the DriKase XL gives you waterproof protection for the iPhone 6+ and other large phones.

All four of the above products are now in stock at all three Century Cycles stores! Plus, we have other great products from BiKase, such as the Beetle Top Tube/Stem Bag and the Alpine AL Clutch Purse/Top Tube Bag!