Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Towpath Trail exension continues with grant from the state of Ohio

This past Friday, Canalway Partners announced the receipt of a $700,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Works through the Clean Ohio Greespace Conservation Program.

The funds will be used to acquire property for Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension Project in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

More details can be found in these articles:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bike touring is fun for the whole family!

Bicycle touring is something that the whole family can enjoy! For proof, look no further than Theresa and Robert, who left their home in Brooklyn, New York on their Surly Long Haul Truckers with their 4-year-old daughter Zoe in tow on a Weehoo trail-a-bike!

They stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula yesterday. They were hoping to eventually reach California by the end of the summer, but were making a little slower pace than expected, so hope to reach Minnesota before school starts in September.

You can see more photos and notes from their journey at:


You can see more photos of long-distance touring cyclists who have visited all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Independence Day Holiday Hours

Contrary to what we reported in our latest email newsletter last week, the Century Cycles store in Peninsula will be OPEN from 10:00am until 5:00pm on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Bicycle rentals for the Towpath Trail will be available (weather permitting); bike rental closes at 3:30pm and bikes must be returned before closing time of 5:00pm.

Our Medina and Rocky River stores will be CLOSED on July 4th.

All three stores will be OPEN for our regular hours on all other days of the holiday weekend.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ohio to Erie Trail a popular destination for bicycle touring

The Ohio to Erie Trail is a 300-mile route between Cleveland and Cincinnati. It has proven to be a popular destination lately for touring cyclists who have stopped in our stores. About 85% of the route is on dedicated bicycle/hike trails, with more work on trail connections continuing.

Tom Olson (above) stopped in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula yesterday on his way south on the route.

You can see more photos of bicycle touring visitors to all three of our stores on our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What We Ride: Dan Ward - Salsa Mukluk 2

Dan Ward is our Bicycle Fit Specialist at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River.

Dan has been enjoying his 2014 Salsa Mukluk 2 snow bike for year-round adventures and commuting since he bought it that year.

Q. Why did you choose the Salsa Mukluk 2?

A. I was sick of not being able to ride as much in the winter. The race and event ride season starts early in the spring, and it's hard to quickly get back that fitness that you lose all winter. A snow bike was the obvious choice, and there are a lot of options out there now, but I really fell in love with the color of the '14 Salsa Mukluk 2.

Q. What additions have you made to the bike?

A. I've added Crank Brothers clipless pedals, Portland Design Works fenders, and a headlight and taillight.

Q. Do you have any other upgrades planned?

A. I'm working on adapting the bike to fit 5-inch wide tires. It's possible, even though it was designed for 4-inch tires, but there are some challenges making some adjustments to the drive train to avoid having the chain rub on the tire. But, I figure if 4 inches wide is good, then 5 inches wide is that much better! Part of that project might involve converting from a 2x10 to a 1x10 drive train, which would also make the bike lighter and simpler to maintain. Next year, I may try out some studded tires and convert to tubeless.

Q. Where do you like to ride the bike?

A. I commute to work on it almost every day. I've taken it on the All-Purpose Trail in the Cleveland Metroparks, as well as the Bedford and Royalview mountain bike trails. I have always enjoyed mountain biking, including at night, which makes for a different experience. Riding the Royalview Trail after a full snowfall was another totally different experience. You have a narrow track of packed snow, so it's more of a challenge than usual to stay on track. If you have to stop and put a foot down to catch yourself, then you sink down in a foot of the unpacked snow!

Q. Any final thoughts on the bike?

A. It's a gas! The winters in Cleveland can be long, dark, cold, and depressing. The Salsa Mukluk has re-energized not only my winter activity, but has revived my excitement about cycling overall. The bike opens up new horizons for me.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Photos from the Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail

Thanks to the 191 bicyclists who came down to Peninsula for our annual Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on June 6!

More photos:

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy Pink Flamingo Day! Nutcase Helmets brings you Flamingo Fun!

Today is National Pink Flamingo Day. Who knew there was such a thing?

The Nutcase "Flamingo Fun" helmet, a flurry of pink beauties on a classy matte black surface, is perfect to declare a love for all things pink and showy, while remaining understated.

This and many other fun designs from Nutcase Helmets are in stock in all three Century Cycles stores!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Nine riders for yesterday's Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride in Medina

Thanks to the nine cyclists who showed up for yesterday's Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride in Medina yesterday (June 21, 2015)!

Ride leader Cathy reports that despite the forecasted storms on the weather radar, the rain held off. We are using a new route in Medina to avoid some road construction. The new route a a little more hilly, with some rolling ups and downs, but don't let that stop you from joining us!

The next road bike group rides are July 5 in Peninsula, July 12 in Rocky River, and July 19 in Medina. All rides start at 8:00am. For the full schedule and details, go to:


We've also got more training rides scheduled for Team Left Hand / Century Cycles for the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway! For the schedule, see:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Vote for Century Cycles in the Cleveland Magazine "Best of Cleveland" Poll!

Voting is now open for the 2015 "Best of Cleveland" poll by Cleveland Magazine!

We'd like to thank all of our loyal fans and customers for your support in helping us win the "Best Bicycle Shop" award in the Best of Cleveland poll every year since 2010, and hope we can count on your support this year!

To place your vote for the Best Bicycle Shop and your other Cleveland favorites, go to:

http://clevelandmagazine.com/bestof

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ride and win with the Summit Metro Parks Summer Biking Spree!

Go out and RIDE during the 3rd annual Summer Biking Spree, brought to you by the Summit Metro Parks!

Participants of this at-your-own-pace cycling event who complete five different sections of the multipurpose trails managed by Summit Metro Parks (the 34-mile Bike & Hike Trail, the 6.2-mile Freedom Trail in Tallmadge, and 22.4 miles of the Towpath Trail in Summit County) between July 1 and August 31 can earn spree rewards: a bicycle license plate and reflective sticker for first-year riders, and a reflective sticker for veteran riders.  

One lucky spree participant – drawn at random from submitted forms – will win a new Raleigh bike from Century Cycles. The drawing will be held October 16. The number of completed forms will determine the odds of winning.

Find spree forms at Century Cycles in Peninsula and all Acme Fresh Market locations. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Express your Thanks or Disapproval to your US House member for bike/pedestrian funding action

Thanks to Laura Faulkner for the image

Without any warning last Tuesday, there was a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to eliminate funding for projects that make new transit systems safer and more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians. Please take the time to weigh in with your Representative and let them know how you feel about their vote.

The Emmer Amendment would have overridden the local planning process to prevent any funding for new start transit projects from being used for sidewalks, bike lanes, bike parking, etc., at train and bus stations. Fortunately the amendment failed, but just barely. The final vote was 212-214.

This fight in Congress is far from over as both sides of the chamber continue to debate the best way to fund the federal transportation bill. Let your legislator know that their future votes matter -- and you're watching. Click here to send a thank you to those who voted down last week's amendment or express your disappointment with those who voted yes.

The image above shows Ohio's U.S. House members and how they voted on the amendment. An Aye vote indicates approval for the amendment, i.e. AGAINST funding for bike/pedestrian access.

And be sure to share this with your networks so lawmakers in Congress hear loud and clear: I bike, I vote.

A BIG thanks to the League of American Bicyclists for keeping watch on our lawmakers' activities and getting the word out about this issue in time!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Photos from the Team Left Hand / Century Cycles Silent Auction Fund-raiser

Last Thursday (June 11), a small but enthusiastic crowd enjoyed beer from Left Hand Brewing Company, fine Winking Lizard food in the Bedford Heights party room, the Cleveland Cavaliers game, and a silent auction that raised $1000 for Team Left Hand / Century Cycles fund-raising efforts for the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway!

Thanks to Sara Gould and Jeff  Bologna from Left Hand Brewing Company for making the trip to Ohio to join us!

Event photos:

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Introducing the Salsa Cycles Cutthroat, made for the Tour Divide Race

Salsa Cycles announces the next generation of off-road touring bicycle, the Cutthroat. Like its older sibling the Salsa Fargo, it's a drop-bar mountain bike designed for carrying self-supported touring gear, and tested on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.

The Cutthroat shares the carbon fiber Salsa Firestarter fork with the Salsa Fargo 2, which includes the 3-pack bolt system for mounting the Salsa Anything Cage or Anything Cage HD to haul stuff. Most of the similarities end there, though.

First off, don't be put off by the violent-sounding name. The Cutthroat is named for the Cutthroat Trout, the official state fish of all five US states that the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route passes through.

The Cutthroat features a full carbon fiber frame, with thru-axles front and rear for stiffness and stability. The oversize main triangle allows more capacity for carrying touring gear (fit an XL size frame bag in a size LG frame). The frame has three water bottle cage mounts, plus new custom top-tube mounts for an as-yet-un-announced new top tube pack from Salsa.

The bike is designed for 29-inch tires up to 2.4 inches wide. In a nod to the bike's origin's, there a map of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in the graphics on the bottom of the frame's down tube.

The Salsa Cutthroat will be available this fall, in two complete bike options: with a SRAM Rival drive train and SRAM Roam 40 tubeless-compatible wheelset for $3,999.99, or with a SRAM X.9 drive train and DT Swiss/Stan's NoTube wheelset for $2,999.99. It will also be available as a frameset, including frame, fork, headset, and seat collar for $1,999.99.

The complete Rival bike comes in at only 21 pounds, or 23 pounds for the X.9 version (size Medium, without pedals).

The Salsa Cutthroat is currently being tested as we speak on the 2015 edition of the Tour Divide race, by past winner, course record holder, and Salsa-sponsored athlete Jay Petervary.
Jay Petervary at the start of the 2015 Tour Divide in Banff, Alberta on Friday, June 12
You can track the progress of Jay and all of this year's Tour Divide racers here.

Read more about the new Salsa Cutthroat:


Friday, June 12, 2015

Congratulations to Ohio's Bicycle-Friendly Communities!

This past Wednesday, the League of American Bicyclists released its list of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities for Spring 2015. Congratulations to these Northeast Ohio neighbors who have renewed their status as Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Communities:

  • Akron
  • Cleveland
  • Cleveland Heights
  • Lakewood
And, welcome and congratulations to the city of Oberlin for being named a NEW Bronze-Level Bicycle-Friendly Community!

Congratulations to these other Ohio communities who have renewed their Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community status:
  • Athens
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Dublin
  • Westerville
Congratulations to Troy (near Dayton) for being named a NEW Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community!

For the full announcement and links to lists of all the Bicycle Friendly Communities in the USA, click here.