Friday, March 24, 2017

Jamis Renegade: Ride Outside the Lines

The Jamis Bikes Renegade series of bicycles are ready for any adventure! We've got the Jamis Renegade Exile ($799.99) and Jamis Renegade Expat ($1,199.99) in stock and ready to ride at Century Cycles!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Get ready for Spring with a Professional Bike Fitting

CENTURY CYCLES BICYCLE FITTING SERVICES

Get Your Balance.

Do you want to ...

  • Be more comfortable on your bicycle?
  • Be more powerful and efficient on your bicycle?
  • Overcome physical challenges and injuries that are limiting your riding?
A personalized bicycle fitting can accomplish all of these things for you!

Century Cycles has Bicycle Fitting specialists in all three stores who are experts at fitting any type of rider on any type or brand of bike.

Century Cycles Bicycle Fitting Services include:

  • In-depth interview to learn your goals, history and any medical issues or restrictions.
  • Physical body assessment, with particular focus on feet, knees, hips, back, and neck.
  • Range of motion and flexibility tests to determine your body positioning and limitations.
  • On-bike evaluation, starting at the foot/pedal interface and moving up through the kinetic chain making changes to position and components achieve rider goals.
  • Full documentation including before/after photos and positional records.
  • Follow-up session for re-evaluation and any necessary adjustments if needed.

Rates:

  • Essential Bike Fitting: $175.00 - Available at all three of our stores, this 1-1/2 hour session will accomplish the fitting goals of the casual rider up to the weekend warrior.
  • Complete Bike Fitting: $200.00 (Medina only) - This 2-1/2 - 3 hour session with IBFI certified bike fitter Tom Wiseman provides our most comprehensive fitting and is geared towards serious riders, cyclists rehabbing an injury, or anyone who will benefit from a more in-depth body and foot/pedal interface evaluation.
  • Triathlon or Time Trial Bike Fitting: $250.00 (Medina only) - This 3 hour session with IBFI certified bike fitter Tom Wiseman pays particular attention to the unique demands placed on the competitive cyclist when riding in a triathlon or time trial position.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What Fit System do you use?

A. Century Cycles Fitting Services is not based solely on numeric measurements, nor is it based on whiz-bang technology like video or laser scanners. Where lasers and computer-based measurement provide accurate data, they do not take a rider's issues of limitation, whether biomechanical or personal, into account. The fit system we use is based on what the client's body is capable of and what their desires are, not what a set of measurements says is the "best" position. A computer will not tell you where to move the handlebar, cleats, or saddle if the client is still not comfortable. Only an experienced fitter with a critical thinking mind and ear for listening to the client's feedback can do this effectively.

Q. What happens during the bicycle fitting process?

A. We start with a detailed interview of each client, learning what their history, experience, and goals are that got them here. Part of the interview process is getting to know what medical history or injuries might limit their movement on the bike. A standing assessment is done starting at the feet and working up through the kinetic chain all the way to top of the spine. This is followed by a flexibility and range of motion test to determine what their body is able to achieve on the bike. With this biomechanical information and historical data, we can better understand what position their body will be capable of once on the bike. It is at this point we get the client on the bike and starting at the cleat/pedal interface, move up and down the kinetic chain making adjustments to the bike until the desired outcome is achieved.

Q. I know my bike is the right size for me; what would I gain from a bike fitting?

A. Bicycles come in only a handful of sizes. When you purchase a new bicycle, we select the correct size for you, and make some basic adjustments, such as the seat height and handlebar height, if possible. This process is referred as a bicycle sizing, but is only the first step. There are myriad other adjustments possible, but a full professional bicycle fitting is the only way to learn your needs to make these adjustments optimal for your physical attributes and riding style.

Q. I'm not having any issues on my bike; why should I get a bike fitting?

A. If you're not experiencing any pain or numbness on your bike, that's great! However, after a professional bike fitting, there may be some adjustments that will get you even more comfortable, and help you be more efficient. Those "normal" aches and pains that occur on any long ride can be minimized, or even eliminated. There is not a single rider that can't benefit from a proper bike fitting. Cycling injuries (other than crashes) are almost always overuse injuries. Continue in a poor position long enough and it’s not "if" but "when" will injury develop.

Q. What should I bring to a fitting session?

A. You should bring your bicycle, cycling shorts, and all cycling shoes you use on that bike.

Q. How do I sign up?

A. Call us to schedule an appointment with one our bicycle fitting experts! Medina: 330-722-7119; Peninsula: 330-657-2209; Rocky River: 440-356-5705.

Meet Our Fit Specialists

Tom Wiseman (Medina) - Tom has been riding, racing, and working on bicycles for over 25 years. He is a USA Cycling certified coach, and has been working in the cycling industry since 1996. He is the first bike fitter in Ohio to be accredited by the International Bike Fitting Institute.

Kevin Madzia (Peninsula) - Kevin has been riding bicycles both on the road and off for many years. He has two cross-country bike tours under his belt, races a few times a year, and has been working at Century Cycles since 2004.

Dan Ward (Rocky River) - Dan specializes in mountain bike racing, but also trains, competes, and tours on the road. An avid rider for over 40 years, Dan has mountain biked in 15 states, and also runs, swims, camps, and canoes. He is a local trail advocate and a founding member of Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park.



Customer Testimonials

"I had a full fitting done, and could not be more impressed with the knowledge and thoroughness of the work done. Staff was extremely helpful and informative."

Dave M.
March 1, 2017


"Before and after [...] my bike fitting, the differences are subtle but the effect is dramatic. It turns out my power transfer from feet to pedals was inefficient and that my old sizing wasn't allowing all my legs muscles to fire properly (no wonder I never felt like I was good at spinning!). Tom [in Medina] changed my stem 10 degrees, raised my seat and moved it forward, and spent a lot of time with inserts adjusting my cleats. I felt much better on my ride today (and understood a lot more of how slight position adjustment change the muscles I'm using) and I'm hoping it only gets better. I'm pretty sure it also made me skinnier; don't laugh, the pictures don't lie."

Jordan B.
March 26, 2016


"Back in 2001, I had a bad accident on my road bike. From then on, I only felt comfortable riding my mountain bike. Even though I knew I could be faster on my road bike, I rode only my mountain bike all over the place -- roads and trails. Every time I tried to get on my road bike again, it just never felt right. Finally, working with Kevin [in Peninsula], we were able to get my road bike adjusted to fit me right. Now, I'm back in the saddle and love hitting the open road on a proper bicycle."

David B.
February 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Great Saris Rack Trade-Up - now through March 27, 2017!

Looking for a more reliable and easy-to-use way to carry your bikes around? Now through March 27, 2017, bring in your old rack (any brand, any model), and we'll give you 25% OFF select models from Saris Racks!

Eligible Saris Racks models are:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Invitation: Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Bike MS Kick-Off Party - Apr. 5, 2017

Join Team Left Hand/Century Cycles to help kick off the 2017 season of the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway!

The Buckeye Breakaway is a two-day, 150-mile supported bicycle tour from Brunswick to Ashland, Ohio and back, with one-day options of 30, 62, 75, and 100 miles. The event is a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Ohio Buckeye Chapter, which supports research and services for the thousands of Ohioans suffering with multiple sclerosis.

All current and prospective members are invited to our kick-off party!

  • When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:30pm
  • Where: The Winking Lizard Tavern, 3634 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212
At the event, you'll have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the ride, find out the perks of joining our team, and get tips on fund-raising!

Light appetizers will be provided by sponsor Winking Lizard Tavern, and beverages by Left Hand Brewing Company!

For the latest updates, follow the event on Facebook.

You can see more pictures from the 2016 kick-off event and the 2015 kick-off event.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Get your yard sign to promote Ohio's new 3-foot passing law!

The new law requiring motorists to give at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist takes effect in Ohio on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Thanks to the Ohio Bicycle Federation, Bike Cleveland, and many other advocates for their work in helping to get this legislation passed!

Bike Cleveland has created a new batch of yard signs to help promote the new law and bicycle safety. We have a supply in all three Century Cycles stores, so stop in and get yours soon! Price: FREE!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Special SUPER Sale Items for our 25th Anniversary Spring Sale!

The Century Cycles 25th Anniversary Spring Sale officially starts TODAY (Thursday, March 16, 2017). Take 10% OFF all bicycles (including those already on sale), 20% OFF all clothing and accessories, and 15% OFF all car racks, cargo boxes, and car rack accessories! For printable coupons, go to:


In addition to those great deals, we've got a few EXTRA SUPER sale items for you!

Small, compact, and packed full of essential features, CatEye's Urban Wireless computer makes keeping track of your ride data ultra simple. It displays speed, distance, pace, ride time, calorie expenditure, and even carbon offset. Because it's wireless, mounting is easy and the setup is sleek and clean. Regularly $44.99, NOW $26.99!

The CatEye Volt 100 lets you get into rechargeable headlight technology at a steal of a price! This LED light features a USB rechargeable, quick-charge lithium-ion battery and a 100-lumen output in a compact design with CatEye's no-tools handlebar mount. Three modes: high, low, and flashing allow choosing the best beam for the conditions and optimum run time. It also has a low-battery indicator. Available in Red, Green, or White. Regularly $34.99, NOW $19.99!

The Giro Skyla helmet is fun made just for women. It boasts Giro's lightweight, protective In-Mold technology and 20 vents to keep you dry and comfortable. Plus, Giro's Acu Dial fitting system offers quick, one-handed adjustments for a great fit and feel, and is ponytail compatible too! Regularly $39.99, NOW $19.99!


The Blackburn Air Tower 2 floor pump makes easy work of keeping your bike tires inflated properly. The AnyValve head works with presta, schrader, and Dunlop valves automatically without the need for any adapters or swapping of parts. The 3-inch large pressure gauge is easy to read! Regularly $39.99, NOW $19.99!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#OrangeOutOhio - Wear Orange on Thursday, March 16 to support MS Awareness Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in the State of Ohio, the only state to recognize an entire month.  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is asking people to show their support by wearing orange on Thursday, March 16. The goal is to Orange Out Ohio to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis, a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that causes unpredictable symptoms, ranging from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.  Everyone is encouraged to take pictures wearing their orange apparel and to post those pictures on social media, using the #OrangeOutOhio hashtag.

You can help the thousands of Ohioans suffering with MS by joining Team Left Hand/Century Cycles for the third annual Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway, a two-day, 150-mile supported bicycle tour from Brunswick to Ashland, Ohio and back. There are also one-day ride options of 30, 62, 75, or 100 miles. The event is August 5-6, 2017. To join our team, go to:


If you're not interested in riding, but would still like to help, there are numerous volunteer opportunities available!

Want to learn more? Come to our Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Bike MS Kick-Off Party!

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:30pm
Where: The Winking Lizard Tavern, 3634 Center Rd, Brunswick, OH 44212


Monday, March 13, 2017

25th Anniversary Spring Sale! March 16-19, 2017

10% OFF ALL BICYCLES!

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

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar now online!

The online edition of the 2017 Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar is now online! Check it out at ohio.bike to plan your favorite rides and races for the coming year.

Look for the print version in Century Cycles stores soon!

The Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar is a service of the Ohio Bicycle Federation, and is supported by advertisers like Century Cycles!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ALERT: Towpath Trail Closures in Effect

PLEASE NOTE: The following trail closures are in effect on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park:

Work continues on erosion repair that was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2017. The trail is closed between Boston Mills Road and Highland Road between 7:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. This work is expected to completed March 30, 2017. There may be a continuous 2-week closure, to be announced at a later date. There is no off-road detour available.

The section of Towpath Trail between Hillside Road and Stone Road in the village of Valley View will have intermittent closures for riverbank stabilization work being done by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; no off-road detour is provided:

  • From March 6, 2017 through May 26, 2017, this section of the trail is closed continuously.
  • From May 27, 2017 through July 31, 2017, this section of the trail will be open on weekends and holidays (May 29, July 3, July 4) and closed otherwise.
  • From August 1, this section of trail will be again closed continuously, with a re-opening date to be determined.

Please plan your bike trips on the Towpath Trail around these closures accordingly.