Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail envisioned as part of a regional mega-trail

The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, while still not complete itself, is being seen as one of the key links in a four-state mega-trail network, linking existing and planned trails in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

The initiative is a project of a group known as the Power of 32+, named for the 32 counties originally encompassed in the target region.

Read more about the plan, and the other local trails that hope to be a part of it, in this article from the Akron Beacon Journal.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spring Fever Kick-Off Party! Friday, March 6, 2015 in Medina

Cold and snow giving you Spring Fever? We've got the cure!

Join us for our annual Spring Fever Kick-Off Party!

  • Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Location: Century Cycles, 1059 North Court Street, Medina, Ohio 44256

Everyone is welcome for this FREE event! Food and beverages will be provided, including beer from the Left Hand Brewing Company!

Think YOU have the cure? Show us with your favorite medical-themed costume! Prizes will be awarded!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Updated Towpath Trail Closures in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park News Release

For Immediate Release – Monday, February 23, 2015
Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell), or mary_pat_doorley@nps.gov

Updated Towpath Trail Closures in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Brecksville, Ohio – The National Park Service is closing the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail from Station Road Bridge Trailhead to Frazee House in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for visitor safety during canal dredging activities. The maintenance dredging is needed to remove accumulated debris from the canal to allow a free flow of water in the canal. The closure will occur from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 25 to Friday, March 20. The trail will be open evenings and weekends. No detour is provided.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Very Fat Tire Weekend!

With (relatively) mild temperatures and a few inches of fresh snow, this past weekend was a busy one for our snow bike rentals at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula! We had the pleasure of visits from several groups, including representatives from the Cleveland Chapter of Black Girls Do Bike, a group whose interest is in growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

We DO accept reservations for our fat bike rentals, so be sure to call us first at 330-657-2209 to make sure we have bikes available before you head out. We just added an additional bike to the fleet to meet the growing demand, a Salsa Cycles 2015 Mukluk 2, featuring the RockShox Bluto fat-bike-specific front suspension fork.

Go to www.centurycycles.com/for/SnowBikeRental for all the details, including bike specs, rental procedures, and our tips for dressing for riding in the cold.




Friday, February 20, 2015

New Product: NiteRider Sentinel Taillight with Virtual Bike Lane

Virtual Bike Lane technology uses laser beams to project moving red lines on either side of your bicycle to encourage passing motorists to give you plenty of room.

We carried a similar product from Seattle Sports Company about a year ago. Now, NiteRider brings you legendary NiteRider quality and durability, plus USB charging to the virtual bike lane taillight with their Sentinel USB Taillight.

The bright 2-watt LED and bright laser beams charge in about 4-1/2 hours, and can run up to 36 hours (depending on run mode).

Now in stock at all three Century Cycles stores!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Century Cycles Joins Left Hand Brewing Company for the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway

Century Cycles has been proud to support the Bike MS Pedal to the Point for every year since we were founded 23 years ago. In 2014, we formed our first-ever shop-sponsored team for the event, and it was a huge success, with 42 team members who raised over $20,000 for the local Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society.

The bike tour returns in 2015 with a new name, new route, and new destination as the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway. The two-day 150-mile ride on August 1-2, 2015 still starts in Brunswick, Ohio, with the overnight stop at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. One-day ride options of 30, 75, or 100 miles are also available.

Century Cycles steps it up a notch this year by joining forces with the Left Hand Brewing Company of Longmont, Colorado to form Team Left Hand/Century Cycles!

In their eighth year of riding, Team Left Hand consists of riders from across the U.S. who volunteer their time and effort to help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people living with MS. Team Left Hand has participated in Bike MS events in Colorado and North and South Carolina, Florida, and for the first time, Ohio.

"Bike MS isn't just a two-day event; it’s an enduring commitment to making a difference in the fight against MS," states Chris Lennert, Left Hand's national Team Captain. The team’s inspiration lies in the friends and family afflicted by Multiple Sclerosis, motivating each member to work towards their personal goal of raising at least $1000 a year.

Scott Cowan, Owner of Century Cycles and Captain of Team Left Hand/Century Cycles, adds, "We are going to be a formidable team! Everyone here at Century Cycles and all of our riders are really looking forward to the collaborative efforts at hand (pun intended) and welcome Left Hand Brewing to the Buckeye Breakaway!"

Membership in the team is open to the public for anybody interested in participating in the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway ride. Team Left Hand/Century Cycles members will have access to exclusive team benefits, including wearing the custom one-of-a-kind team jersey, a team masseuse, and priority access to the Left Hand Brewing Company post-ride celebration tent located at Ashland University on August 1. A team kick-off party, movie night, and training rides throughout the upcoming season are also planned.

To join Team Left Hand/Century Cycles, go to:
http://lefthandbrewing.com/shop/join-team-left-hand-bike-ms-ohio/

The Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Kick-Off Party is open to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk to current team members from both Century Cycles and Left Hand Brewing company, and get more information about joining the team.
  • Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Winking Lizard, 3634 Center Road, Brunswick, Ohio
For up-to-the-minute information about Team Left Hand/Century Cycles news and events, go to: www.centurycycles.com/for/BikeMS

Century Cycles and Left Hand Brewing Company wish to thank the sponsors of Team Left Hand/Century Cycles, which include the following national sponsors:
  • Owens-Illinois: The largest glass manufacturer in the world, their World Headquarters is based right in Perrysburg, Ohio – cool! www.o-i.com
  • Justin’s: All-natural, high-quality almond butter, hazelnut butter, and peanut butter. www.justins.com
  • NUUN: Nuun, pronounced "noon," was the first company to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates. Before Nuun, if you wanted electrolytes, the result was a bottle full of sugar. With their simple, self-dissolving, sugar-free electrolyte tab, they revolutionized the sports drink forever. www.nuun.com
  • Tifosi Optics: Tifosi is the Italian word referring to a super-fan, an enthusiast, and that is exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for! www.tifosioptics.com
  • Mountain Khakis: Live life untucked. It’s about the lifestyle. Playful. Spirited. Irrelevant. Mischievous. Passionate. And Soulful. Exactly like Team Left Hand/Century Cycles! www.mountainkhakis.com
And the following local sponsors:
  • Winking Lizard and Lizardville: These guys are simply the best – not only are they a Northern Ohio legend in terms of great beer, great food, and great service, but they also give back to their community. This year they’re sponsoring all of our events (kickoff party, annual fundraiser, and post-ride party). Be sure to support them whenever you can! www.winkinglizard.com and www.lizardville.net
  • Cavalier Distributing: Since 1992, Cavalier has been delivering delicious craft beer to your neck of the woods. One of Left Hand’s longest standing distributor partners, they are what craft beer is all about. And not only are they sponsoring our team, but we hope that several of them will be riding with us as well! www.cavbeer.com
Team Century Cycles at the 2014 Bike MS Pedal to the Point

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bike My Nation visits Century Cycles "The Fat Bike Powerhouse"


Bike My Nation is a project of Cleveland-based "Downtown" Larry Brown and friends, whose goal is to promote urban cycling and fitness of all types.

Larry and his crew came to the Century Cycles store in Peninsula last month to check out what the fat bike craze is all about. The results are in Episode 5 of the Bike My Nation video series. Click here if the video above is not appearing for you.

You can follow Bike My Nation on Facebook and @BikeMyNation on Twitter.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What We Ride: Chris Shaffer, Salsa Vaya 2

Chris Shaffer is a full-time sales associate at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. He has worked at several other retail stores that carry bicycles and other outdoor gear, and has led backpacking, canoe, and kayak trips.

Chris purchased his 2014 Salsa Vaya 2 bicycle not long after he started working for Century Cycles at the beginning of the 2014 season.

Q. Why did you choose the Salsa Vaya 2?

A. I wanted a touring bike, and I like the idea of a steel bicycle frame for its durability and comfort. I wanted disc brakes because I'm a big guy, so I figured the extra stopping power won't hurt. I like the integrated brake/shift levers that the Shimano 105 drive train provides. A bonus was that I was able to get matching Salsa cargo racks.

Q. What other additions have you made to the bike?

A. I upgraded the handlebar tape to Lizard Skins as soon as I got it, swapped on a Terry saddle, and added three water bottle cages, and Planet Bike Cascadia full-coverage fenders. I use Ortlieb touring panniers, plus a waterproof Ortlieb handlebar bag and seat bag.

Q. Do you have any other upgrades planned?

A. I need a new headlight, and I'm thinking about a Brooks saddle.

Q. What bike-touring trips have you taken on it so far?

A. I did six bike tours in 2014. Four of them were Sub 24-Hour Overnights, one was a three-day trip from Peninsula to New Philadelphia and back, and another was one of my bucket list trips, the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Trail from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC.

Q. What is the longest single-day ride you've done on the bike?

A. 89 miles, which was part of the New Philly trip. I hope to do a century some time this year.

Q. What touring plans do you have coming up?

A. Nothing set in stone yet, but I hope to do part or all of the Ohio to Erie Trail, and commute to work by bike more often.

Q. Any final thoughts on the bike?

A. I have not been disappointed with my choice. The Salsa Vaya is a comfortable, durable bike that handles heavy, heavy loads very, very well.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lake Erie Wheelers Chili March Metric Ride - Mar. 28, 2015

As you are trying to keep warm during our region's latest blizzard, you can think about the rides to come this spring. Mark your calendars for the Lake Erie Wheelers' traditional cycling season kick-off event, the Chili March Metric!

Century Cycles is proud to once again sponsor this ride, which will be on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

The ride features full service, food, fun and prizes at the end!

You'll ride from the shores of Lake Erie and choose either the full metric (62 miles) or half-metric (31 miles) routes, both of which include a hot chili lunch. Both rides start at 8:30am at Lakewood Park (at Lake Avenue and Belle Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio) and the routes will take riders through the Cleveland Metroparks.

Registration is $20 per rider and includes a rider number, route map, road markings, snack stop, hot chili lunch and SAG coverage. Same-day registration and sign-in will be open from 8:00 - 9:30am at Lakewood Park Women's Pavilion. You can go online to register, download a flyer, or pick one up in a Century Cycles store!

For full details, go to: www.lakeeriewheelers.org/cmm

Friday, February 13, 2015

More essential fat biking gear: Pogies, or handlebar mittens

Despite yesterday's promise with our Hot Deals for Cold Days that Spring is just around the corner, it looks like we're gonna be having some definite winter conditions at least for the next week. So, this is a perfect opportunity to tell you about another one of my favorite pieces of cold-weather cycling gear, the handlebar mittens.

Handlebar mittens, also known as "pogies," are large glove-like devices that wrap around the grips on your handlebars to block the wind and keep your hands warm. They are large enough to wrap around your shifters and brake levers, with enough room inside to operate your bike controls without removing your hands.

We had a couple of the "Cobrafist" pogies from 45North, and at $129.99 per pair, are the Cadillac model of handlebar mittens. Unfortunately, those are sold out for the season!

However, in our Winter Cycling Wonderland in Peninsula, we have a few of the Bar Mitts Pogies in stock. Bar Mitts is one of the pioneers of the handlebar mitten concept. Their models are reasonably priced at $79.99 per pair.

Bar Mitts come in several styles to fit road bikes with various cable configurations, and mountain/hybrid handlebars with and without bar ends.

Currently in stock:

As always, if you like to check out any of these items in another one of our stores, just give us a call, and we'll send it them to Medina or Rocky River at no extra cost or obligation. We can special-order other sizes and styles for you.

I've been using a pair of the Large Mountain/Commuter Bar Mitts on my Salsa snow bike for riding in the winter for the past year now. I have to say that I am pretty impressed with the warmth and protection they provide. I have ridden when the temperatures are in the single digits, and the Bar Mitts with just thin wool liner gloves on my hands together have kept my fingers nice and toasty.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

40% OFF Select Tifosi Sunglasses and Koki Bags - Our FINAL Hot Deals for Cold Days!

Keep your fingers crossed, and Spring will be here soon enough! To help you prepare you for sunny days ahead, Hot Deals for Cold Days #7 (our FINAL Hot Deal of the season) bring you 40% OFF select sunglasses, plus bags to help haul your gear through those lazy summer days!

BONUS HOT DEAL: Take 10% OFF any other Tifosi sunglasses!

Tifosi Logic Sunglasses in Race Neon Green
The Tifosi Logic Sunglasses offer large, impact-resistant, polycarbonate lenses and an open frame design for an impressive field of view. These lightweight shades boast three sets of easily interchangeable lenses that include their Smoke lenses with Tifosi's reflective Glare Guard coating to prevent eye fatigue. Lens vents ensure fog-free vision, while the hydrophilic rubber temple and nose pads adjust in all directions and grip better when wet, for a custom fit that stays put. Fits medium to large faces; available in Race Neon Green as shown, just $41.99 (regularly $69.99).

Tifosi Logic XL Sunglasses in Race Silver
The Tifosi Logic XL Sunglasses have the same great features as the Logic, but in a slightly larger size to fit those with large to extra-large faces. Available in the Race Silver as shown, only $41.99 (regularly $69.99).

Tifosi Podium Sunglasses in Neon Orange
The Tifosi Podium Sunglasses provide an open, frameless design and a large, impact-resistant, polycarbonate lens, for a wide, unobstructed field of vision and maximum protection from debris. These stylish, lightweight shades boast Tifosi's exceptionally tough Grilamid frames and include three easily interchangeable lenses, so you can see clearly in any light condition. Fits medium to extra-large faces; available in Neon Orange as shown above, only $41.99 (regularly $69.99).

Koki Della Handlebar Bag
The Koki Della is a small and simple urban handlebar bag that provides a single 105 cubic inch storage compartment for your fingertip flotsam. A waterproof, clear-view smartphone pocket on the backside lays flat across your bike's stem when the Della is on the handlebar, and covers its rear adapter plate when off the bike. Your smartphone or GPS can be used through the window. The inside of the Della is lined with recycled rice bag material, and the easy on-off attachment system is included. Available in Navy color, only $23.99 (regularly $39.99).

Koki Mogi Smartphone Case in Black
The Koki Mogi Smartphone Case is slim, sleek, and gives you 26 cubic inches of cargo space for your keys and energy bar inside, and waterproof clear-view parking for your smartphone topside. Easy-peasy rubber spider attachment fits most bike stems. Available in Black or Red for just $19.79 (regularly $32.99).
Koki Mogi Smartphone Case in Red

The Fine Print:
This Hot Deal is good only February 12 - 25, 2015, while supplies last. In-store purchase only; no online or phone orders accepted. No coupon necessary.

Monday, February 9, 2015

CBS News visits local fat bike race in Minnesota

The national news media is picking up on the snow bike craze! Last week, CBS News visited Woodbury, Minnesota to talk to a few locals participating in a fat bike race:

If you watch carefully (and know your bikes), you can see a few Salsa and Surly fat bikes there!

Click here to ready the story online or if the video above is not appearing for you.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Photos from Jan. 31, 2015 Snow Biking Class

Thanks to the seven people who came down to Peninsula for our School Of Bike - Snow Biking class last Saturday, January 31, 2015!

We had perfect fat biking conditions, with sunny skies and a good base of fluffy snow!

More photos (thanks to Joe in the Peninsula store for taking them):

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

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Closure for Emergency Repair

Cuyahoga Valley National Park News Release

For Immediate Release – Thursday, February 5, 2015
Jennie Vasarhelyi, CVNP, 440-546-5990, 440-343-7352 (cell), or jennie_vasarhelyi@nps.gov

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Closure for Emergency Repair
Towpath will be closed from Red Lock Trailhead to Boston Store during weekdays

Brecksville, Ohio – 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 Boston Store, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, February 9, through Friday, February 13, 2015. The trail will be open evenings and weekends. No detour is provided. NPS maintenance staff will be completing emergency repair of the trail along a riverbank.

The closure is needed for visitor safety. Please respect the closure and plan your visit to the park safely by using different sections of the Towpath Trail during the construction times.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Fly6 Tail-light Video Camera has got your back!

It's a taillight! It's a video camera! It's BOTH!

The Fly6 HD Video Camera & Taillight by Cycliq gives you a bright, flashing, LED, USB-rechargeable taillight, with the quality you'd expect in any taillight.

Plus, it's got an integrated 720p HD video camera built-in!

Everyone hopes that they're never involved in an on-road altercation, but if you are, the Fly6 will keep a record of what went on behind you, to help prove who's right and who's wrong.

The Fly6 comes with an 8-gigabyte Class 10 microSD memory card, which provides about 2 hours of recording time. When the memory fills up, the Fly6 automatically loops, so you've always got the last 2 hours of your ride recorded!

You also get a USB charging cable, and a mounting kit that lets you place the Fly6 on the seatpost of just about any bicycle.

We just received a batch of the new version 2 of the Fly6 ($249.99), now in stock at all three Century Cycles stores! Version 2 improves on the original Fly6 with a smaller, more durable unit that doubles the taillight brightness of the original Fly6. We still have 1 of the original Fly6 HD Video Camera & Taillight available ($159.99), too!
The original Fly6 Video Camera Taillight (left) and the
new version 2 of the Fly6 Video Camera Taillight (right)
Here's a test video we made, using the Fly6 while riding around on Detroit Avenue near our Rocky River store:

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

You can see more sample videos on the Cycliq Fly6 web site!

Tom Livingston, a multi-media journalist for News Channel 5 (and a cyclist himself!), thinks the Fly6 HD Video Camera & Taillight will be a game-changer for riders here in NE Ohio and world wide, so much so that he thought fit to mention it in a recent online article. Click here to read it!