Friday, August 22, 2014

Final week to WIN with the Summer Biking Spree!

We are approaching the FINAL week of the Summer Biking Spree! Cyclists of all ages can earn free rewards.* Ride at least five different sections of the multipurpose trails managed by Summit Metro Parks: the Bike & Hike Trail, the Towpath Trail and the new Freedom Trail by August 31.

One lucky participant – drawn at random from submitted forms (due by 10/15) – will win a new Raleigh bicycle from Century Cycles. The drawing will be held October 16. The number of completed forms will determine the odds of winning.

Riders can earn a bicycle license plate, reflective sticker, and vehicle-window cling.

You can download an entry form here. Additional forms are available at the visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, the park district's administrative offices, at Century Cycles in Peninsula, and all Acme Fresh Market stores.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.

* Out-of-county residents pay $5 to receive their rewards.
Summer Biking Spree bike license plate
Summer Biking Spree window cling

August 30: Global Solidarity Ride

The brave women of the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team have a mission: to break through the gender barriers that exist in their country and around the world by riding their bikes.

Century Cycles and Liv Cycling USA support the team's efforts and are proud to be part of an event called the Global Solidarity Ride. Scheduled to take place on August 30, all around the world, this is a way for us all to show the women of Afghanistan that they are not alone in their revolutionary actions.

All cyclists (women & men) are welcome!

When: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:00 - 10:00am
Where: Century Cycles, 1059 North Court Street, Medina, OH 44256

Please RSVP by calling the store at 330-722-7119.

Also, the evening before, check out our Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

We are once again one of "America's Best Bike Shops!"

We have just learned that once again, we have been named one of "America's Best Bike Shops" for 2014! Thank you to you, our loyal customers, and to our dedicated staff. We could not have done it without you!

The America's Best Bike Shops program is administered by the National Bicycle Dealers Association, and conducted by an outside independent agency using surveys, secret shoppers, and a range of other criteria.

Poll: How do you feel about electric bicycles?


Sales of electric bicycles in Europe and Asia have exploded in recent years, but have been slow to grow in North America. It could be a classic chicken-and-egg scenario: consumers are not buying them because not many bike shops are carrying them, but bike shops are reluctant to stock them because of low demand from consumers.

How do you feel about electric bicycles? Click here to take our latest online poll to let us know!

Our last online poll asked "[After flat tire repair], which of these bicycling and maintenance skills would you most like to learn?" Here are the responses:

  • 60% - Shifting adjustment
  • 19% - Brake adjustment
  • 11% - Chain cleaining and lubrication
  • 5% - Bike touring
  • 4% - Riding in traffic
Our FINAL Flat Tire Repair class for the summer season is TONIGHT at 7:00pm at all three Century Cycles stores. The class is FREE and no RSVP is necessary; just show up with one of your wheels! Look for our schedule of upcoming Winter Bicycling & Maintenance Classes, which will include all of the above topics and more, starting in November.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic presented by Liv Cycling

Join us for a Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic, presented by the road crew from Liv Cycling USA, the women's-specific brand of Giant Bicycles!

When: Friday, August 29, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Where: Century Cycles, 1059 N. Court St, Medina, Ohio 44256

Agenda:

  • 3F’s (Fit, Form & Function) - Learn how to pick out the best bike for your riding style and ability along with learning about Liv’s 2015 bicycle line up!
  • Basic bike maintenance covers bike parts, how to perform a safety check, basic day to day maintenance, how to troubleshoot issues on the road and trailside, how to change a flat tire and remove/reinstall a rear wheel.
  • Refreshments and fun swag will be provided!

Please RSVP by calling the store at 330-722-7119.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The "All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride on the Towpath Trail returns this Sat, Aug. 23, 2014!

It's BAAACK!!! Our annual celebration of bicycles and beer returns this Saturday!

What: "All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Where: Century Cycles, 1621 Main St, Peninsula, Ohio

Decorate yourself or your bike in tribute to the event theme "All Hail the Ale!" While beer costumes are not required, they are highly encouraged. Those in costume will have a chance to win prizes, plus they won't have their beer loyalty questioned.

Schedule of events:

  • 6:30pm - Riders check in at the store parking lot, and enjoy cycle-your-own-smoothies from our famous Blender Bike.
  • 7:30pm - Drawings for door prizes from Century Cycles and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company begin, followed by selection of the best costume winner for the grand prize.
  • 8:00pm - Ride begins; we'll head south on the Towpath Trail, about 7 miles each way to the Botzum Trailhead, where you'll enjoy Oktoberfest-themed snacks to fuel you up for the ride back to The Winking Lizard.
At the post-ride party at The Winking Lizard Tavern next door, enjoy the following exlusive tappings from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company:
  • In the restaurant and bar upstairs:
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Nooner Session Ale
  • In the Lizard Cellar:
    • Ovila Abbey Quad with Plums collaboration (with Abbey of New Clairvaux)
    • Maillard's Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale collaboration (with Bell's Brewery)
    • There and Back Again English Bitter collaboration (with New Glarus Brewing)
    • Chico King Pale Ale collaboration (with Three Floyds Brewing)
For general information about Century Cycles' Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, including directions to the store and tips on how to prepare for the ride and riding safely, see: www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides

While the Night Ride is FREE and requires no advance registration, Night Riders must sign a waiver before participating and are responsible for the purchase of their own beer and food at the Winking Lizard. This ride is at night, in the dark woods on an un-lit trail. That is why bicycle lights and helmets are REQUIRED. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; young adults under 21 should ignore all the excitement about the beer tapping. Finally, make sure those beer costumes don't hang or catch in a bicycle's spokes or chain (falling off your bike tends to ruin the fun) and that you can still wear your bike helmet in costume.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Thanks for joining us for Bike Night at The Burntwood Tavern of Rocky River!

Our first year of our partnership with The Burntwood Tavern of Rocky River for Bike Night has come to a close! Thanks to everyone who joined us!

From May 7 through August 6 of this year, patrons who rode their bicycles to The Burntwood Tavern (19304 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio) from 6pm to close on Wednesday got 15% off their total bill, plus a chance to win a Raleigh Misceo 2.0 bicycle!

At the Bike Night finale party last Wednesday, Rhonda Jones was chosen as the lucky winner! Congratulations to Rhonda, and thanks to Raleigh Bicycles for the awesome bike!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kentucky to Maine by bicycle, with a stop in Peninsula, Ohio

Miriam Klein is riding solo from Louisville, Kentucky to Portland, Maine. She stopped at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula on August 13, 2014. Good luck, Miriam! You can read her touring journal at: crazyguyonabike.com/heartland2portland

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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Win Saris Bike Furniture in the #BikeAsArt Photo Contest

The bike is a beautiful piece of art whose shape and design hasn't changed since its invention. Today, the bike is a symbol of freedom and beauty. It's hip and it's hot. Inspired by our love for the bike, Saris has created the #BikeAsArt campaign to generate an outlet for a community of people who love their bike to connect via social media and share their photos and creativity.

As part of this campaign, Saris is giving away six pieces of their designer bike furniture to people who enter the #BikeAsArt Photo Contest. Over a two week period, three participants will win one product of their choice (either the Hottie, Boss, or Show Off bike storage system).

Go to www.saris.com/post/bikeasart-contest to find out how to enter!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pedal the Parkway and Camp Out with the Cleveland Metroparks

Want to try out the experience of riding your bike and camping out? We've been promoting the idea of the Sub 24-Hour Overnight for a number of years, with an article in Ohio Sports & Fitness, plus reports from our staff of their own bike-camping trips.

The Cleveland Metroparks is offering you a gentle introduction to overnight biking and camping. Their Pedal the Parkway Campout will be held on September 6 - 7, 2014. All you have to do is show up with your bicycle and camping gear (if you don't have a tent, you can rent one). You can select a different bike ride both days, with options of 15, 35, or 50 miles. All rides begin and end at the campsite location in Bonnie Park Picnic Area in the Mill Stream Run Reservation. Dinner and activities in the evening are included, as well as breakfast in the morning!

For complete details, including costs and registration information, go to: http://bit.ly/1sOOtCq

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why you need a Salsa Fargo bike

I have mentioned my Salsa Fargo bicycle on this blog before, but I wanted to take some time out to tell you about why it's my favorite bike, and what makes it such a great bike.
2015 Salsa Fargo 3
When people see these bikes sitting on our sales floor, the reaction is often as confused as when people see our snow bikes. "What is THAT?" The Fargo is an unusual-looking bike; the drop handlebars make it look like a road bike, but the fat 29er tires are clearly made for mountain biking.

Salsa Cycles describes the Fargo as "a drop-bar mountain bike designed for off-road touring." That drop handlebar they're referring to is their own model, called the Woodchipper. It's got a wide flared-out shape that gives you a more comfortable position for your wrists and better leverage and control when riding off-road.

When we say off-road touring, we're talking touring in the sense of loading up your camping and cooking gear and heading out for an overnight trip, or a week, or even a few months. The design of the Fargo was inspired by the Tour Divide, the unsupported ultra-endurance race held every June on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. At the start of the 2013 Tour Divide event, 10 percent of the field was aboard a Fargo. Salsa-sponsored racer Jay Petervary holds the Tour Divide record, which he set on a Fargo Ti.

But the Fargo is not just a mountain bike, and not just a touring bike. For me, the Fargo is a true "hybrid" bike, and I don't mean "hybrid" in the "grandpa bike" sense of the word like you'd usually think, but hybrid in that it can do anything, and do it well with very few compromises. I wouldn't want to have only one bike, but if I had to limit my collection to just one, it would be the Fargo. I've used my Fargo in every cycling situation you can imagine, and it has excelled in every one.

My 2012 Salsa Fargo Ti

Commuting
The Fargo has all the mounts and fittings to accept full front and rear racks and fenders, so it's easy to carry as much or as little as you need for your daily commute. Put a pair of skinny road tires on the wheels if you've got mostly smooth pavement to cover, or fat slick tires like the Serfas Drifter 29er to give you a good balance of smooth rolling and pothole-eating girth.

Salsa Fargo with full fenders and front and rear cargo racks
On-road Touring
Even though the Fargo is made for off-road touring, there's no reason it wouldn't work great for on-road touring as well. Put some smooth tires on it, choose the tire width based on the road conditions, and load 'er up and go. Add front and rear cargo racks if you want to carry your stuff in standard panniers. The Planet Bike Cascadia 29er Fenders fit great. Click here for a more detailed account of my first on-road tour with the Fargo.

Notes about cargo racks
The original versions of the Fargo supported any standard front and rear racks. The latest versions use Salsa's alternator dropouts on the rear, which allow you to convert the bike to a singlespeed. The drawback is that you must now use the special Salsa Alternator rack. Up front, the current Fargo 3 has a steel fork, which supports most standard front racks, or you can use Salsa's Anything Cages to strap storage bags on to carry your stuff. The current Fargo 2 and Fargo Ti use a carbon fork, so Anything Cages are your only option on the front.

Mountain Biking
The Fargo is, at heart, a mountain bike, so it goes without saying that it does well on mountain bike trails. My first ride with the Fargo on singletrack was at Quail Hollow State Park, where I did a head-to-head comparison between the Fargo and my full-suspension mountain bike. Later, I took it to Ohio's favorite mountain bike trail, Mohican State Park. Click here to read more about both of these first test-rides. It was also worthy of a few mountain bike races, including the 2012 Iceman Cometh Challenge.
A "regular" mountain bike and the Fargo at Quail Hollow State Park
Of course, riding a fully-rigid bike (without suspension) on a mountain bike trail takes some getting used to, and it does beat you up a bit. My Fargo frame is compatible with a suspension fork with 80mm of travel; the 2014 and new models are compatible with 100mm suspension forks. For 2015, Salsa will offer the Fargo 2 Suspension, which will come equipped with a RockShox fork.

During 2013, I swapped some parts around on my Fargo, adding a suspension fork and a flat handlebar to make it a more "traditional" hardtail mountain bike. Read more here about my experiences with this setup, and how I converted it back to its original setup at the beginning of this year.
Salsa Fargo set up as a traditional hardtail mountain bike
Off-road Touring (Bike-packing)
Bike-packing is a new style of bicycle touring, using lightweight frame bags and oversize seat bags. This setup saves weight compared to racks and panniers. Typically, you'll have to use a backpack to have enough room for all the gear you need for a multi-day tour. You have to choose smaller and lighter-weight items as well. Some people choose a lightweight bivy sack instead of a tent, or even just a ground cloth and overhead tarp, if you're not too worried about getting eaten alive by bugs. Here's a shot of my Fargo packed up with gear for my first bike-packing overnight trip:
Click here to read a detailed list of all the gear. Click here and here for details of a multi-day trip I did on the High Country Pathway, an 80-mile off-road loop in northern Michigan.

Road Biking
So, the Fargo sort of looks like a road bike, but how does it ride as a road bike? Just fine! Click here for details of a head-to-head comparison I did of my Fargo versus my regular road bike, which is about 7 pounds lighter. Long story short, the Fargo was a tad slower, but for the average person of average fitness, not enough to worry about.
Salsa Fargo in road bike mode with 700Cx32 tires
Cyclocross
Got the urge to suffer for 45 minutes with your heart rate pegged while you pedal around a dirt track and jump barriers? No need to buy another bike if you've got a Salsa Fargo; it handled the Wooster CX race in late 2012 for me just fine!
Gravel Grinders
The gravel grinder race is a phenomenon started in the upper Midwest and is sweeping the nation. Held on little traveled back country roads, most people choose a traditional cyclocross bike. Gravel-specific bikes have been popping up the past couple of years from all of the major bike manufacturers. The Fargo had it covered for me at the inaugural Amish Country Roubaix in April of 2013!
Salsa Fargo in gravel grinder mode
Earlier this year, I took a solo ride on the Montville Mudder, a 42-mile route on mostly gravel roads mapped out by members of the Cleveland Touring Club.

In conclusion, although it's usually the case that you can't buy one bicycle to handle every type of riding you might do, the Salsa Fargo is the exception that proves the rule. From the roads to the mountains, bike trails to the 'cross course, the Fargo is your true do-it-all Swiss Army Knife of bicycles.

Currently, we have the Salsa Fargo 3 in stock in a size Medium, and the Salsa Fargo 2 in stock in Medium and Large. Stop in for a test-ride! Call your nearest Century Cycles store to verify availability (we can transfer bikes to the store nearest you at no additional cost or obligation).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TONIGHT: Final Bike Night of the season at The Burntwood Tavern of Rocky River


Wednesday, August 13, 2014 is the FINAL Bike Night of the season at The Burntwood Tavern of Rocky River!

Ride your bike to The Burntwood Tavern, (19304 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio) from 6:00pm to closing (10:00pm), and get 15% off your bill!

Plus, get an entry for the grand prize drawing of a Raleigh Misceo 2.0 bicycle valued at $600! The drawing will take place at 8:00pm -- winner MUST be present!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Photos of Team CC at the 2014 BikeMS Pedal to the Point

Thanks to everyone on Team Century Cycles, and congratulations to ALL of the riders, sponsors, and volunteers, on this year's Bike MS Pedal to the Point! We had the usual mixture sun, rain, snow, sleet and hail providing fun and adventure on the ride. Here are some photos of our Team CC riders in action:
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We look forward to our Team CC members returning for the Bike MS ride from Brunswick to Ashland in 2015. If you're looking for a team to join for next year's ride, join us for discounts on bikes and accessories, group rides, and more!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Photos from the Aug. 9, 2014 Night Ride on the Towpath Trail

Thanks to the 140 people who joined us for our latest Night Ride on the Towpath Trail this past Saturday, August 9, 2014! It was a beautiful summer evening for a ride! The slide show below shows you a few more photos from the event:
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Our next Night Ride on the Towpath Trail is Saturday, August 23, 2014, and it's our 5th Annual "All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride on the Towpath Trail! Come dressed as your favorite beer to be eligible for prizes!

How do you dress as a beer? See our photos from the 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 rides for some inspiration!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Featured Product: Arkel TailRider Trunk Bag

The Arkel TailRider is a premium trunk bag for those who want to easily carry lots of stuff while day riding, commuting, or touring. It holds a whopping 700 cubic inches of stuff, yet has a sleek aerodynamic look. Waterproof zippers and an integrated rain cover keep your stuff dry. The reflective velcro straps shine for safety, and easily attach the bag to your rear rack.

See the TailRider trunk bag in action in this video created by Arkel:

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Looking for the perfect rack to carry the TailRider or your own favorite trunk bag? The Arkel Randonneur rear rack works on almost any bike. The seat rail clamp holds most of the weight, while a velcro strap provides secondary support on your seat post, so it will even treat your carbon fiber seatpost nicely. There's also an optional Brooks saddle rail adapter available. At only 495 grams, it gives you hauling power without weighing you down.

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Both of the above are now in stock at all three Century Cycles stores!