Monday, January 16, 2017

Show your flair with the Electra Bottlecap Bicycle Bell

Every bike needs a bell! And what better way to show off your own personal style than with the Electra Bottlecap Bicycle Bell? It comes with a mounting clamp that fits most mountain and hybrid bicycle handlebars, and makes a the traditional "ring-a-ling" bike bell sound to alert folks that you're passing.

Now, you may ask, how do I get one with the cap from my favorite bottled beverage? Does it come with different caps? Actually, it doesn't come with any cap at all! Here is how you customize it to suit your own taste:

  1. Ride your bike to your favorite grocery store.
  2. Purchase your favorite bottled beverage.
  3. Carefully carry said beverage as you ride home.
  4. Carefully remove the cap from said beverage using your favorite beverage cap removal tool. You don't want to remove it in one fell swoop like you usually do. You want to pry the sides of the cap a little at a time without denting the top. Go around the sides little by little until it's loose enough to pry off with your fingers.
  5. Joyfully consume the beverage from the bottle.
  6. Place bottle in recycling bin.
  7. Press bottle cap onto the top of the Electra Bottlecap Bicycle Bell.
  8. Now go ride again!
The Electra Bottlecap Bicycle Bell is IN STOCK in all three Century Cycles stores! And, with our Winter Sale, take 10% OFF the regular price of $9.99 -- that makes it $8.99 plus sales tax! Bring your bike and we'll install it for no extra charge! Bonus points if you bring your favorite bottled beverage to share with us!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Snow Bikin' Down on the Farm - RESCHEDULED to Sunday, February 12, 2017


Since the long-range weather forecast for the coming week and next weekend are not looking good for snow or fat biking, we have decided to utilize our back-up date for this event.

All "Hale" the Fat Bike!

Century Cycles joins Hale Farm & Village a property of the Western Reserve Historical Society to bring you a NEW event for 2017! Whether you are a snow biking enthusiast or curious about winter biking, come on down to experience all that Hale Farm & Village has to offer!

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 12:00 - 4:00pm
Where: Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, OH 44264

Bring your own fat bike, or if you don't have one, you can try one from our demo/rental fleet! Either way, the cost to ride is FREE! Bikes must have tires at least 3.7 inches or more wide. Our demo bikes are suitable for older children and adults approximately 5 feet in height or taller.

We'll have two bicycle courses set up -- a short course for those trying our demo bikes, and a longer course around Hale Farm's wooded trails for those who bring their own bikes.

The cafe at Hale Farm & Village will be open to purchase food and beverages. Huddle around the fire in between bike rides to trade stories of past snow biking adventures!

No pre-registration is necessary. Participants must sign a waiver of responsibility.

If weather conditions are not suitable for bicycling (not enough snow, ground too soft, etc.), the event may be canceled. Check the event on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In Stock: Salsa Timberjack Mountain Bike

I wrote a blog post last year about plus-sized bike tires ("Plus-Sized Tires: Just Because You Can"). Having ridden the new Salsa Timberjack 27.5+, it has solidified my opinion that a 27.5+ hardtail is the mountain bike for me, for the places I ride and my riding style.

I had the opportunity to ride the Salsa Timberjack on real mountain bike trails at Northstar-at-Tahoe resort, during a dealer open house event that Salsa, Surly, and other QBP bike brands held last summer.

Let me start by saying that the Timberjack was the only bike that I crashed on this trip, but it was the very last bike I rode, after two solid days of riding in the desert-like heat. So I chalk that crash up to my weariness, and no shortcoming of the bike itself.

The Timberjack 27.5+ checks off all the right boxes when it comes to a modern trail bike. Mid-range 120mm travel fork, short chainstays to keep your weigh over the back wheel, hydraulic brakes, boost hub spacing, tubeless-ready rims, 1x11 drive train, and of course, those meaty 27.5x3-inch tires.

What's with the 1x11 drive train, you ask? There's only one chainring up front near the pedals, so you only have one shifter on your handlebar (on the right), to shift among you 11 speeds on the back wheel. The wide-range 11-42 cassette gives you plenty low gears to crank up any hills you'll find. In the two days of test-riding, probably three-fourths of the bike I rode used this setup. I was literally climbing up a mountain on these bikes, never did I miss having that "granny gear." You will see this gearing configuration on more and more mountain bikes in the coming years (including on the custom Surly Pugsley that we currently have in stock).

So, once I got uphill, how did it feel coming back down? Like a magic carpet. The trails were a mixture of all types of mountain biking terrain, from downhill, to cross-country, to flow trails. The Timberjack 27.5+ let me cruise through it all, from crushing the rough stuff to railing the corners.

The plus-tire concept has been as popular as Salsa hoped, so much so that these bikes are hard to come by. We received one Salsa Timberjack 27.5+ in Large, and it was sold in less than a week. We still have one in stock in Medium, and are expecting a Small any day now. A well-decked-out mountain bike at an attractive price of $1,399.99!
Salsa Timberjack 27.5+
The Timberjack also comes in a 29er version, and we've got one of those in stock in Large. The Salsa Timberjack 29 has the same great trail geometry as the Timberjack 27.5+ in a more "traditional" 29-inch tire format, and a budget-friendly price of only $999.99.
Salsa Timberjack 29

Sunday, January 8, 2017

In Stock: Bikepacking gear recommended by Men's Journal

Bikepacking is the concept of multi-day bicycle touring on mountain bike trails. The idea seems to have hit the mainstream, with a recent article in Men's Journal about how to get started.

Lo and behold, out of the 11 items that the article recommends, we've got 5 of them in stock!

Regardless of the bike you choose (and we've got a number of good candidates available), Blackburn Design has you covered when it comes to carrying your stuff. The Blackburn Outpost Handlbar Roll with Dry Bag features a versatile handlebar clamp with quick release and waterproof stuff sack.

The Blackburn Outpost Seat Pack with Dry Bag takes the place of your usual under-seat tool kit, providing space for sleeping gear, clothing, and more!

Not mentioned in the article, but we've also got the Blackburn Outpost Top Tube Bag, and Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage for more storage options!

The Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag provides an easy-to-reach spot on your cockpit for a spare water bottle, or snacks, or your phone, camera, or other electronics.

The Lezyne Micro Floor Drive High Pressure with Gauge gives you top-quality floor pump features in a lightweight, durable, and portable package.

The Salsa Anything Bag gives you 4.5 liters of waterproof storage, with a roll-top and flat bottom that sits well on the ground or a table. And, it's designed to fit perfectly in the Salsa Anything Cage or Salsa Anything Cage HD!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Event: Snow Bikin' Down on the Farm - Jan. 21, 2017

All "Hale" the Fat Bike!

Century Cycles joins Hale Farm & Village a property of the Western Reserve Historical Society to bring you a NEW event for 2017! Whether you are a snow biking enthusiast or curious about winter biking, come on down to experience all that Hale Farm & Village has to offer!

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 12:00 - 4:00pm
Where: Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, OH 44264

Bring your own fat bike, or if you don't have one, you can try one from our demo/rental fleet! Either way, the cost to ride is FREE! Bikes must have tires at least 3.7 inches or more wide. Our demo bikes are suitable for older children and adults approximately 5 feet in height or taller.

We'll have two bicycle courses set up -- a short course for those trying our demo bikes, and a longer course around Hale Farm's wooded trails for those who bring their own bikes.

The cafe at Hale Farm & Village will be open to purchase food and beverages. Huddle around the fire in between bike rides to trade stories of past snow biking adventures!

No pre-registration is necessary. Participants must sign a waiver of responsibility.

If weather conditions are not suitable for bicycling (not enough snow, ground too soft, etc.), the event may be postponed or canceled. A backup date of February 12 is planned. Check the event on Facebook for the latest news and updates.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Sale! 10% OFF bikes, clothing, & accessories, now thru Feb. 28!

Don't let Old Man Winter get you down!

Stock up on bicycling essentials to be ready for the Spring riding season. Or, if you enjoy riding year-round, find great deals on winter clothing and accessories!

Take 10% OFF all regularly-priced clothing and accessories!

Take 10% OFF all bicycles, including those already on sale!

No coupons necessary!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Winteriffic! at Cleveland Metroparks - Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winteriffic! is the Cleveland Metroparks' annual celebration of all of the wonderful winter activities you can enjoy in the winter, to help you get outside in our beautiful NE Ohio parks year-round!

There will be ice fishing demonstrations, snowshoe rentals, winter hikes, horse-drawn wagon rides, dog sled demonstrations, ice carving, crafts, and more.

Of course, Century Cycles will be there with our fat bike/snow bike demo/rental fleet to provide FREE snow biking test-rides!

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017, 12:00 - 5:00pm
Where: The Chalet in the Mill Stream Run Reservation, 16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville, OH 44136

Be sure to check the event on Facebook for any last-minute updates or cancellations due to weather.

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Years Weekend Hours

PLEASE NOTE: Our hours at all three Century Cycles stores for the New Years holiday weekend are as follows:

  • Saturday, December 31, 2016: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday, January 1, 2017: CLOSED
If you received our email newsletter last week, our Saturday hours were incorrectly stated there.

Effective with the New Year, all three stores will be switching to Winter Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm
Don't forget that today and New Years Eve are your FINAL chances to take advantage of the best deals of the holiday season with our "Oh What Fun It Is To Ride" Holiday Sale!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

In Stock: Salsa EXP Series Anything Cradle handlebar harness system

The Salsa Cycles EXP Series Anything Cradle is designed to be a superior solution to the dry bag and strap or handlebar rolls that bikepacking enthusiasts have been accepting for years. The placement of the Anything Cradle holds your gear away from your bars. This creates room for cables and housing without fear of kinking, stressing, or otherwise damaging them. Your cockpit is free to remain adjusted as you prefer.

Materials - Nylon 6/6 composite cradle, 6061 forged aluminum arms

Construction Methods- Injection-molded cradle and forged arms

Features

  • Modular system, use our EXP Series Dry Bags for the perfect carrying system or your own dry bag with a ladder strap system 
  • Works with or without front pouch 
  • "Ladder Lock" 3-slot strap weave design that eliminates straps from slipping 
  • Extremely versatile 

Weight - 420 grams with hardware
Maximum Load Capacity – 8 pounds (3.7 kilograms)


EXP Series Dry Bag

The EXP Series Dry Bag is tailored to fit the Anything Cradle, attached via a pair of our Anything Cradle Straps. Fully welded construction, maximum versatility, and clever hook and loop points for ease of attachment make this supremely useful dry bag a crucial part of your bikepacking set up.

Materials- 420D Nylon with TPU lamination and PU coating

Construction Methods- Fully welded-in construction

Dimensions – Length- 850mm, Diameter-200mm

Dry Bag Weight - 220 grams
Dry Bag Volume - 15 liters

Features

  • Slots and hook and loop for easy installation, 
  • Slots for straps to keep bag from moving sided to side when installed 
  • Waterproof welded-in design 

EXP Series Anything Cradle Front Straps 

Anything Cradle Straps are the perfect width for our Anything Cradle, but can also be used to strap stuff down on racks or wherever the heck you want to strap stuff. They cinch tight but easily release tension with a push of the buckle. Carry a couple with you for your planned or unplanned strapping needs.

Materials- 25mm nylon webbing, Duraflex hardware
Now in stock at all three Century Cycles stores!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Stocking Stuffer of the Day: "Define your life. Ride a bike.(tm)" Keychain & Bottle Opener

Our Stocking Stuffer of the Day for the bicyclist in your life you has everything is our custom keychain! It's got our logo and "Define your life. Ride a bike.™" motto in white type on red background, plus it doubles as a bottle opener! Only $2.99 each! Of course, our bumper stickers (both large and small available) are FREE as always!

If you plan to visit for your last-minute shopping, remember that all three Century Cycles stores are open 10am-5pm on Friday, December 23, and 10am-3pm on Saturday, December 24! There's still time to find the best prices of the season at our "Oh What Fun It Is To Ride" Holiday Sale!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Stocking Stuffer of the Day: Topeak Hexus II Multi-Tool

Every bicyclist needs a portable multi-tool for quick mid-ride repairs and adjustments, and if they've already got one, well, they probably need a spare! Which brings us to our Stocking Stuffer bicycling gift idea of the Day!

The Topeak Hexus II multi-tool is ideal for both mountain bikers and roadies. It features: 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm Allen wrenches; Phillips and regular screwdrivers; a Torx T25 for disc brakes; a chain hook; a universal chain tool, and 14- and 15-gauge spoke wrenches. Packing more tools into its space-saving design, the sides of the Hexus II are actually two removable tire levers.

In stock in all three Century Cycles stores!

We've got a wide selection of tools for any rider or the home mechanic from popular brands like Park Tool, Blackburn, Crank Brothers, Giant, and XLC!

Remember that you can get the best deals of the season on all of these tools, plus clothing and accessories, now through the end of the year with our "Oh What Fun It Is To Ride" Holiday Sale!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CVNP receives $100,000 grant to help complete East Rim mountain bike trail

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is pleased to announce news of a $100,000 grant, which they received from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation in California. The grant will fund completion of the East Rim mountain bike trail, as well as a sustainability assessment and restoration of existing trails.

The first 2.3-mile phase of the East Rim Trail opened last fall. The Gimbel Foundation Fund grant will support Phase 2 of the project, which will measure approximately 6.5 miles when complete. Park trail crews and volunteers will work through the year to complete the project, with a goal of completion in December 2017.

Grant funds will also be used to hire a youth work crew, which will work next summer to assess and help restore some of the park's existing trails, using Sustainable Trail Design methods.

Stocking Stuffer of the Day: 45NRTH Knee-High Socks

As children, socks under the Christmas tree were probably one of the WORST things to find. But as adults (especially adult CYCLISTS), they're one of our favorite gifts.

For riding in this season's cold weather, nothing beats the new 45NRTH Knee High Logo Socks. Light enough to not add bulk under your cycling shoes or boots, but heavy enough to keep cold feet at bay, the 45NRTH Knee High Logo Sock is made with a Merino Wool blend to wick moisture away from your feet, because dry feet are warm feet. Knee high coverage eliminates gaps in layers. Perfect for all manner of winter activities, from cycling and running, to hiking and cross-country skiing, to (if you must) scraping the ice off of your car's windshield.

The 45NRTH Knee High Logo Socks are IN STOCK in all three Century Cycles stores. Check out our full selection of cycling socks (for warm and cold weather) from Pearl Izumi, Endura, Giro, DeFeet, and Surly Bikes!

Don't forget that you can get an even better deal on these and all clothing and accessories through the end of this month with our "Oh What Fun It Is To Ride" Holiday Sale!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Stocking Stuffer of the Day: Endura Multitube Headwear

Today stocking stuffer gift idea for the bicyclist on your holiday shopping list is the coolest thing in multi-function headwear!

Changing weather conditions call for adaptable accessories, and the Endura Multitube is a virtual cycling chameleon. This fast-wicking stretch tube gives you endless possibilities for neck and face coverage as well as head coverage under a helmet. Wear it as a neck warmer, face mask, bandanna, or skullcap. Only $17.50 each, and available in a wide array of colors and patterns in the regular Endura Multitube or Endura MTB Multitube versions.

Also available in warm, cozy merino wool with the Endura BaaBaa Merino Tech Multitube ($27.50 each).

See our full selection of accessories from Endura, Pearl Izumi, 45NRTH, and Giro!

Don't forget that you can get an even better deal on these and any clothing and accessories with our "Oh What Fun It Is To Ride" Holiday Sale!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Stocking Stuffer of the Day: BiKASE Handy Andy Smartphone Holder

Our Stocking Stuffer of the Day keeps the smartphone close by and within view for the bicyclist on your holiday gift list!

The BiKASE Handy Andy smartphone holders feature a water-resistant enclosure with a touch-screen-compatible clear viewing area. They mount in either portrait or landscape mode with two sturdy velcro straps, on your stem or handlebar. Perfect for keeping tabs on your calls and messages and using your favorite activity tracking app.

It's available in two sizes: The BiKASE Handy Andy 5 fits the iPhone 4/5/6/7 and similarly-sized devices -- $24.99. The BiKASE Handy Andy 6 fits the iPhone 6Plus/7Plus and similar -- $27.99. In stock in all three Century Cycles stores!

Check out the full line of accessories available from BiKASE and other popular brands in our stores!

Don't forget that you can get an even better deal on these and all clothing and accessories with our "Oh What Fun It Is To Ride" Holiday Sale, now through December 31!