Friday, September 19, 2014

Cross-country cyclist raising funds to help fight childhood hunger

After closing a business and packing up his family, Luke Mysse, co-founder of StopSAM.org, is riding his bike 5,000 miles across America with his wife and two boys following in an RV. Their purpose is to raise awareness and money to buy treatments for children dying from Severe Acute Malnutrition.

After 17 years in the branding and marketing business, and four years committed to the cause, Luke felt compelled to leverage his business strengths, public speaking experience and relationships towards something different. This deep conviction led him to co-found StopSAM.org.

Five years ago, at over 300 pounds, Luke discovered cycling and has since lost over 100 pounds. The time spent riding has given him improved health, fitness and clarity. His passion for cycling has led to the idea of riding across America to inspire others and raise awareness for children suffering from SAM. He rode from San Diego to Portland, Oregon, and then headed east. He expects to reach New York City on Sept. 27.

Luke stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula on September 17, 2014.

You can read more about his trip and his efforts at: CycleCause.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Congratulations to Kelly and Dennis!

Congratulations to Kelly and Dennis, a cycling-loving couple! They recently rented a pair of the Electra Bicycles Townie cruisers for their engagement photos. They were quite happy with the results, and we are quite happy for them!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Poll: Mountain Biking in the Cleveland Metroparks

With the addition of the Bedford Singletrack this year, the Royalview Trail in 2012, OECR mountain bike trail a few years ago, and more on the way, the Cleveland Metroparks is expanding mountain biking opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

How has this affected your participation in the sport of mountain biking? Let us know by taking our latest online poll at: http://conta.cc/1oRkfK8

Our last online poll asked, "How do you feel about electric bicycles?" The majority of responses (52%) said "I would be curious to try one," while 32% said "No way, not ever; bikes should only be human-powered." You can see the full results of the last poll here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thanks for coming to the latest Night Ride on the Towpath Trail!

Thanks to everyone who came to our latest Night Ride on the Towpath Trail this past Friday! We had 106 riders for a cool but pleasant fall evening ride.

More photos:
Click here if the slideshow above is not appearing for you.

Our LAST Night Ride for the 2014 season will be on Saturday, September 27, 2014. As always, the ride starts at 8:00pm sharp from the parking lot of the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. Arrive earlier to have plenty of time to find parking and get yourself and your bike ready!

See www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides for more details, including directions, preparation tips, and photos from past rides.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Another bike-touring visitor in Peninsula today

Another bike-touring visitor stopped in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula today. Bill Hoggston is riding from Cleveland to Cincinnati on the Ohio to Erie Trail.

The Ohio to Erie Trail is a 300-mile route consisting of several established bike trails (including the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail). The route is completed on 85% of off-road trails, with more in the works! You can order a FREE (plus shipping & handling) set of maps for the Ohio to Erie Trail at: www.ohiotoerietrail.org

Cross-county and BACK cyclist stops in Peninsula

Christopher MacGregor has been on the road cycling for over a year. He left his home in Maine and rode to San Diego, and is now in the process of riding BACK to Maine! He stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula yesterday. You can follow him at his Facebook page.

You can check out more photos of touring cyclists who have visited all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bike-Sharing comes to Cleveland

After studies, community input, and examining proposals from several bike-share system vendors, it was announced on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 the rollout of a bike-share system for the city of Cleveland!

Based on a system developed by Zagster, rather than expensive kiosks with touch-screens, the Cleveland bike share uses a smartphone app, along with key lockboxes attached to the bicycles, for the check-out and check-in process. This allows for a much more reasonably cost implementation, as well as more flexibility in the location of bike stations.

With six initial bike stations located on the near West Side, plans are to expand the system with additional stations throughout downtown and the East Side, including University Circle.

This article on cleveland.com has more details. Go to www.zagster.com/Cleveland to sign up for your own bike-sharing account!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bike Safety Awareness Yard Signs - Now Available!

As part of its ongoing bike safety awareness campaign, Bike Cleveland has created these yard signs for us all to display on our tree lawns!

We've got them available in all three Century Cycles stores. Stop in to pick one up for yourself for FREE (while supplies last)!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cleveland makes the Top 50 Best Cities for Cycling!

Photo: Nico Paix
Cleveland made the list of Bicycling Magazine's Top 50 Cycling Cities for the first time in 2010. The reasons cited at that time included the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Cleveland Velodrome, and pending opening of a downtown bike commuter station.

A lot has happened in the four years since then, including continued construction to complete the entire Towpath Trail, expanded bike lanes and bike parking options, not the mention the founding of Bike Cleveland, our local advocacy organization that has spearheaded numerous efforts to get more Northeast Ohioans on two wheels.

Now in 2014, Cleveland has returned to Bicycling's Top 50 Cycling Cities list. One reason mentioned this time around is the upcoming NEOCycle event, a three-day celebration of all things bike-related in Cleveland on Sept. 26-28, 2014!

Based at Edgewater Park on the shore of Lake Erie, the festival will feature food trucks and tents from bike shops and other bike-related businesses (including Century Cycles). The bike events include an urban night ride, criterium race, cyclocross race, and the Forest City Fundo, a fully-supported group ride with 10, 32, or 62-mile options that showcases Cleveland as a safe, bicycle-friendly city! Proceeds from the ride benefit Bike Cleveland.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Beautiful day for the latest Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride in Peninsula

It was a beautiful day for a bike ride in the Cuyahoga Valley this past Sunday, Sept. 7. Thanks to the 13 people who came out for our Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride in Peninsula!

Our next group road bike ride is this Sunday, September 14 at 8:00am at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River, then on Sunday, September 21 at 8:30am in Medina!

See www.centurycycles.com/for/SundayService for the complete schedule and full details.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Summer Clearance Sale!

This is the time to stock up and save on your favorite bicycles and bicycle accessories -- and get the gear you need for the great fall riding to come!

All 2014 (and older) bicycles on sale!

20% off all Summer Cycling Jerseys (short sleeve & sleeveless) for Men and Women!

20% off selected Giro, Pearl Izumi, and Shimano cycling shoes!

20% off all baggy shorts and bib shorts for Men and Women!

20% off all ZOIC shorts and jerseys!

20% off selected headlights from NiteRider!

20% off Thule Raceway car racks!

30% off all grips, seats, and clothing (excluding gloves) from Electra!

While supplies last. In-stock items only; no special-orders. Sale purchases are final.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Attend NOACA and AMATS Annual Meetings

Our local MPOs (Metropolitan Planning Organizations) are multi-county agencies that handle transportation and environmental planning issues for the area they serve. Most importantly, they decide how federal transportation funds are spent in our area. This includes funds spent on bicycling infrastructure.

The two main agencies in Northeast Ohio are the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), which covers Summit County and Portage County, and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), which covers Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina counties.

Both organizations are holding their annual meetings soon, and the public is invited to attend.

The AMATS Annual Meeting is themed "The Importance of Place" (although the event page on their web site does not list the place where the meeting is being held!).

  • When: Friday, October 17, 2014 8:30am
  • Cost: $40, includes continental breakfast and lunch
  • Click here to register
The NOACA Annual Meeting is titled "The True Co$t of Transportation."
  • When: Friday, September 12, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Where: Cleveland Convention Center, Grand Ballroom C, 300 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
  • Cost: $50 ($25 for students), includes lunch
  • Click here to register

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Northbound touring cyclist stops in Peninsula

Jonathan Levy left Washington, DC a little over two weeks ago, and is heading to Michigan, or possibly further ("I'll decide when I get there," he said). He stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula to get help and directions for the best route west.

The night before, Jonathan camped at the Stanford House camp sites, just off the Towpath Trail north of Peninsula in Boston Mills village. You can find more information about these and other locations to camp while riding the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail here: www.centurycycles.com/to/camp

You can see more pictures of long-distance cyclists who have visited all three of our stores over the years in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thanks for joining us for Bike Night at Herb's Tavern of Rocky River!

L-R: Josh Ronschke (Century Cycles, Rocky River), Joe Horvath,
and Kim (Herb's Tavern proprietor and daughter of Herb)
Thanks to everyone who joined Century Cycles and Herb's Tavern of Rocky River for our First Annual Bike Night at Herb's Tavern!

From May 18 through August 24, 2014, folks who rode their bicycles to Herb's Tavern from 3pm to closing got 15% off their bill, plus a chance to win a hybrid bicycle from Raleigh valued at $450!

The winner was chosen at the Bike Night finale party on Aug. 24. Congratulations to Joe Horvath!

See you at Herb's next year!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thanks for coming to the Liv Cycling USA Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic

Thanks to Teresa Boyle from Liv Cycling for coming to our Medina store this past Friday, August 29 to present the Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic! Thanks also to the 12 people who came and participated!

Attendees enjoyed refreshments, plus learned about bike parts, how to perform a safety check, day-to-day maintenance, troubleshooting issues on the road or trailside, fixing a flat tire, and removing/re-installing a rear wheel. Teresa also covered the Liv Cycling 2015 bicycle line-up, and Liv Cycling's 3F’s (Fit, Form & Function), which help you to pick out the best bike for your riding style and ability!