Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ALERT: Towpath Trail Closure for the Towpath Marathon

PLEASE NOTE: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be closing the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail within the CVNP this weekend for the Towpath Marathon.

The closure affects the section of the Towpath Trail between Frazee House and the Botzum Trailhead. Parking lots and trailheads within the affected area will also be closed (including the Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula).

The trail will be closed beginning at dusk on Saturday, October 10, 2015, and will re-open at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

Please note that this will affect our Towpath Trail Bicycle Rental in the Peninsula store on Sunday, October 11. We will resume renting bikes for the Towpath at 2:00pm or whenever the trail re-opens. Bikes must be returned before the 5:00pm store closing time, and we will not let any bikes leave after 3:30pm.

For more information about the Towpath Trail closure, please contact the Park Dispatch at 1-800-433-1986 extension 0.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kevin from the Peninsula store stops in during final day of Ohio to Erie Trail bike tour

Last week, I (Kevin) took off for a bicycle tour on the Ohio to Erie Trail, the 350-mile route from Cincinnati to Cleveland. After five days (including one rainy day), lots of headwinds, and two flat tires, I am proud to finally be an official member of the Century Cycles Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery, since I stopped to say Hi to my co-workers in the Peninsula store on Friday.

Look for a full report of my trip here soon!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Three riders for Sunday Service in Peninsula

Thanks to the three people who came for our Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride in Peninsula this morning! It was just a little chilly, but a pleasant morning for a ride around the Cuyahoga Valley.

We've got two more Sunday Service rides left this season, October 11 in Rocky River and October 18 in Medina. Both start at 8:00am. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On the Edge Film Festival - Oct. 9-10, 2015

The Edge Films is presenting the On the Edge Film Festival, Cleveland's first adventure, extreme sport, environment, and culture film festival this year! We've hosted the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour here for nearly 15 years - now it's time to launch our own festival in the city that's becoming known as a mecca for independent films!

Get ready to be entertained, awed, and inspired when these films hit the big screen.

When: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10, 2015
Where: The Breen Center for the Performing Arts, 1911 W 30th St, Cleveland, OH  44113

Here's an overview of one of the films to look for on Saturday:

The Bus: A Journey Up North - USA, 2013 / Duration: 10:20 minutes
Filmed & edited by Joey Schusler
​A story of some good friends doing what they do best: having fun, adventuring, and sending it on mountain bikes and kayaks. With the idea to run their bus to be more economical as well as environmentally friendly, the friends converted the school bus to run off waste vegetable oil.

For complete details, including the schedule of events and films, and ticket purchasing info, go to:

Or, follow the event on Facebook at:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

National Bike Challenge ends Tomorrow; 35 million mile goal reached

The National Bike Challenge pits bicyclists around the country in a friendly competition. Riders log each bike ride they take, earning a point for every mile ridden, plus 20 bonus points for every day you ride a bike.

A local challenge is sponsored by Bike Cleveland and Bike Pittsburgh, with cyclists in both cities seeing who can rack up the most miles in the Rust Belt Battle of the Bikes. Pittsburgh took the title in 2013, but we Clevelanders rallied to bring the Rust Cup to Cleveland in 2014. Who will capture the Rust Cup for 2015? We'll find out soon!

On September 21, People for Bikes, the organizers of the National Bike Challenge, announced that we had reached their nationwide goal 10 days ahead of schedule -- 35 million miles biked and logged across the USA! Click here to read the full article.

Monday, September 28, 2015

ALERT: All three stores CLOSING at 3:00pm Sat. Oct. 3, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a special event, all three Century Cycles stores will be open from 10:00am until 3:00pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

In Peninsula, Towpath Trail Rental Bikes must be returned before the 3:00pm closing time. No bikes will be rented out after 1:30pm.

Sorry for any inconvenience! We'll be open for our regular hours all other days!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Thanks for coming to Salsa Cycles Demo Day!

 Thanks to everyone who came to the Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation on Thursday for the Salsa Cycles Demo Day! It was a perfect day, with beautiful weather more typical of southern California than Northeast Ohio, and the mountain trail was in perfect condition for riding.
We were so busy that I didn't have time to get as many photos as I had hoped, but that's okay! We had riders of all types, from experienced mountain bikers, to those on their first time riding in the dirt. Doug and I enjoyed leading a couple of beginner groups on part of the Bedford Singletrack, and I think we may have earned a few converts!
If you liked what you saw and rode, remember that Century Cycles has a number of Salsa bikes in stock in our three stores, including a few 2015 models,  that have been marked down, like the Bucksaw and Mukluk Suspension!
We've also got a few of the 2015 Vaya 2 and Vaya 3, two of the most popular touring bikes, available, and a 2015 Fargo 2 - the Tour Divide-winning off-road touring bike!
New 2016 Salsa models are arriving daily. We now have the 2016 Vaya Deore and the 2016 Fargo X7. On the way are the Marrakesh Drop Bar and Beargrease X5!

Thanks to Salsa Cycles for bringing their demo fleet to Cleveland. Look for the Salsa demo van to come back in the spring of 2016!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ride Report: Sunday Service Group Road Bike Ride in Medina - Sept. 20, 2015

Rider leader Cathy from the Century Cycles store in Medina reports:

"What began as a rather chilly morning quickly turned into a comfortable morning for a ride. We started out with seven people total on our ride. This photo is an after-ride shot. We decided to take a more challenging, hilly route and headed out Granger Rd to take on some hills, rollers and progressive slow inclines. Twenty miles total. That was enough after the hills!"

We've got one more month of Sunday Service Group Road Bike Rides left, one at each of our stores:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail Closure

It must be orange barrel season on our local trails! In addition to the Towpath Trail closure that we mentioned yesterday, we have just learned that a section of the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail will be closed for the next two weeks for re-paving.

From Boston Mills Road, south to the new tunnel at State Route 8, the trail will be closed for approximately two week. This includes the parking area at State Route 303.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Temporary Towpath Trail Closure Alert!

Towpath Trail Closure - Visitor Alert - The National Park Service (NPS) will temporarily close the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) from Red Lock Trailhead to Frazee House Trailhead from Thursday, September 24, through 5:00pm, Friday, September 25, 2015. This is an approximately 5.2 mile closure and includes the Station Road Trailhead near Brecksville. No detour is provided.

The closure is needed for resurfacing portions of the Towpath Trail. CVNP asks that you please respect the closure and plan your visit to the park safely by using different sections of the Towpath Trail during the construction times. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

First Public Trail Work Day for the CVNP mountain bike trail: Sat. Sept. 26, 2015

After 14+ years since the founding of the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), it’s only appropriate that they've finally announced the first public trail day for new mountain bike trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

All the heavy work for Phase I of the East Rim Trail has almost been completed, thanks to Spectrum Trail Design and the National Park Service, so volunteers are needed to assist with all the finishing work. If you don’t have experience with trail finishing work, no problem … other volunteers there will be glad to show you, and will have all the info and tools to help.

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:00am
Where: Meet at the trailhead parking lot on Boston Mills Road near where the Bike & Hike Trail crosses (Google Maps link).

Lunch will be provided at noon. Any amount of help is welcome, to get this trail DONE so we can start riding it!

Major thank yous are due to the Conservancy for CVNP for their diligent efforts to procure the necessary funding to get this project going! Also big thanks to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and Clif Bar for their annual donations to help sustain trail days.

For further details on what to expect on trail days, please check here on the CAMBA web site. In the meantime, please be sure to get registered ASAP as a volunteer with the Conservancy for CVNP. Fill out the "Trail Maintenance Form" on this page. Options for submitting to the Conservancy include:

  • Scan and e-mail to volunteer@forcvnp.org
  • Drop at their office: 1571 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula, OH  44264
  • Fax to 330-657-2328
  • Bring with you on your first trail day

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation sessions can be found here. More sessions will be available as the season progresses, and updated to the site (though attendance is not required before trail work with CVNP or the Conservancy). Stay tuned for future trail days this fall!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Extended Summer Sunday Hours ENDING in Peninsula

PLEASE NOTE: Effective immediately, our Extended Summer Sunday Hours at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula have ENDED for the season.

Currently, our hours in all three stores are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm
As always, you can also find our current hours of operation at:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Three bike-touring ladies visit our Medina store

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Marnie Rawles, Judy DeSantis, and Miriam Joscelyn stopped by the Century Cycles store in Medina. These ladies are from different parts of the United States and met through the Bicycle Adventure Club.  It was a delight sharing stories with them!

You can see more photos of bicycle touring travelers who have visited all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Video: NEOCycle MCPc Fundo - Sept. 13, 2015

The 2nd annual NEOCycle is now history. Although we weren't quite as lucky with the weather as we were for the first NEOCycle last year, there were still plenty of opportunities for cyclists of all ages and abilities to have a good time.

After hearing about what a great time the Night Ride was last year, my girlfriend and I decided to plan ahead, and we pre-registered for this year's Night Ride, as well as the MCPc Fundo.

Saturday afternoon came around, and with it came a steady rain. As the day wore on, rather than clear up, the rain continued even harder, so we decided not to bother leaving home for the event. From the reports I heard and saw, it looks like we made the right call.

Sunday morning, there were dark and threatening clouds, but the streets and the sky were dry, so we loaded up the bikes and headed up to Edgewater Park. The smooth check-in process (including picking up our t-shirts and lights from the Night Ride) went pretty quick, and we were soon off on the half-metric century route.

There were some pretty stiff winds out of the north coming off Lake Erie, but it stayed dry all day, and the sun came about about halfway into the ride, making for a beautiful day.

We thought that the route of the Fundo was a big improvement over last year's route. There were fewer left turn across traffic, and we avoided more of the major high-traffic areas, while still seeing a great cross-section of our wonderful city of Cleveland. This year's route also took better advantage of the city's growing bike infrastructure. The snacks at the rest stops were delicious, especially the smokies on the Morgana Run Trail in Slavic Village!

I took along my Garmin Virb Elite action camera, and set it to time-lapse mode for a record of the ride. Unfortunately, the battery died about two miles before the end of the ride. But, it gives you a good look at the overall character of the ride:

Click here if the video above is not appearing for you.

Thanks to the Greater Cleveland Sports CommissionCleveland Metroparks, Bike Cleveland, and the scores of volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors who all came together to make this event happen. Looking forward to NEOCycle 2016!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Salsa Cycles Demo Day - September 24, 2015 at the Bedford Reservation

Come and test-ride some of the latest bikes from Salsa Cycles! We'll have the Beargrease, Blackborow, Bucksaw, El Mariachi, Mukluk, and Warbird, all in various sizes!

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation

Bring a photo ID and a major credit card to be able to demo bikes. Bring your own helmet, and you can also bring your own cycling shoes and pedals to be swapped onto the demo bikes!