Sunday, May 31, 2009
The cyclists were in a lane separate from the truck and parked cars, so you probably can't say that the truck driver was passing the cyclists in an unsafe manner. Eyewitness reports about the speed of the truck are conflicting; some say the the driver was going over the speed limit, while others say he was within the limit, but too fast for the speed bump. At best, the driver is only guilty of not properly securing the rear doors of the truck.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
- Surly Long Haul Trucker, 54cm, Olive (Peninsula)
- Surly Long Haul Trucker, 56cm, Truckaccino (Rocky River)
- Surly Cross-Check, 54cm, Beef Gravy Brown (Medina)
- Surly Steamroller, 56cm, Creamroller (Peninsula)
Bikes get sold and transferred, so please call us to verify availability before you make a trip!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thanks again to Doug for the photos!
Our favorite avid blogger and blog reader Mars Girl asks, "How does one go about preparing for a long bike trip like this?" Good question, and we've got some good answers. Several of the CC staff have some experience at this sort of thing, so stop by our stores and they'd be glad to chat with you about it. A great online place to start is the Adventure Cycling Association's How-To Department at: http://adventurecycling.org/features/howto.cfm They've got great articles for the beginning cyclo-tourist, covering everything from training and packing, to routes and maps.
Speaking of long-distance riding, two of the CC staff are competing in tomorrow's Mohican 100 Mountain Bike Race. Brent from the Peninsula store (on his Surly Karate Monkey) and John from the Medina store (on his Salsa El Mariachi) will be riding the grueling 100-kilometer course!
Good luck to Brent and John in the race, and good luck to Kelly and Chance on their cross-country journey!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Cleveland's National Public Radio affiliate, 90.3 WCPN, is doing a live radio show tomorrow morning - Friday May 29, 2009 at 9:00am on bicycling in Northeast Ohio! Tune your radio or listen online tomorrow morning to hear about bicycling and pedestrian initiatives that are happening or being discussed. If you have thoughts on how to make our region more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians, you can voice your ideas at 216-578-0903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our region has some very unique bicycling assets that many people may not know about:
- Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park has over 100,000 square feet of thrills, is the only one of its kind and attracts people from all over the world
- Cleveland was the first U.S. city to have a Ciclovia-type street event that is now being emulated all over...including the United Nations World Health Organization initiative to have 1,000 cities do similar street events on World Health Day, 2010
- Three of the nation's Top 100 Bicycle Retailers are located in NE Ohio
- Cleveland is home of Ciclo Politi, a bicycle frame builder who was recently awarded Best of Show at the prestigious North American Handmade Bicycle Show
- The City of Cleveland's Bikeway Master Plan has been used as a model for progressive planning by national organizations like the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy and their Transportation 2010 Campaign
- RTA was one of the first in the nation to have bicycle racks on their entire of fleet of buses
- We have hundreds of miles of bike lanes and multi-purpose paths in our communities and parks and a growing number of people who use bicycles for transportation as well as health and recreation
- Clevelanders in Motion, Slavic Village Development Corp, and Steps to a Healthier Cleveland have all received significant recognition from national organizations such as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, and YMCA of the USA
We've been seeing increasing numbers of self-supported bicycle tourists passing through and stopping in our stores over the past couple of years. We had our first group of the year in Peninsula during this past Memorial Day weekend. This pair of young women (Beth and Carrie) had left Rochester, New York six days prior, and were taking the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route to the south to Kentucky, where it connects with the TransAmerica Route, which they will follow all the way to Astoria, Oregon.
Thanks to Doug for the photos!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
At Century Cycles, we believe in two things: (1) Everyone should remember to share the road and (2) bike lanes/paths increase bicycling use – and that’s what we’re all about. So play nice out there, folks. We’re all in this together.
Thanks to Doug for the photo!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I took advantage of my day off today and headed down to Mohican State Park, outside of Loudonville, Ohio, to ride the 25-mile mountain bike trail loop. It was a perfect summer-like day, and the trail was in fantastic shape as always. It's so smooth and virtually mud-free, I think my bike got dirtier during the drive there than it did during the bike ride.
Being a weekday, I didn't see another soul on the trail. The only downside of not seeing another face was that my face was the only one available for clearing the spider webs that stretched across the trail. Oh, and check yourself (or have a VERY close friend check you) for ticks after your ride; I caught one of the little buggers crawling up my leg while I was changing back into my street clothes. Luckily, he had not yet sunk his little jaws into my skin.
You can find directions and other details about Mohican State Park in the Where to Ride section of our web site.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Groovy Cycle Works in Wooster, Ohio is having its Groovy Spring Open House on Saturday, May 23, 2009 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Shop tours, tech talk, good food, and a lot of socializing will be in full force. Whether you are a customer, friend, or just wanna see what custom bicycles are all about, feel free to stop on by. There will be door prizes, a couple games of cornhole, and a dilly of a good time.
If you plan to attend, drop a note to Groovy's proprietor and sole employee Rody Walter at email@example.com so that he can insure that he gets enough food and drink for all.
After the Open House, Rody plans to head out to Vulture's Knob for the Groovy Race Series #2, where you can ride the Knob's challenging trails, eat some more, chill to some killer tunes by the bonfire, then turn into the tents and sleeping bags to camp out for the night.
340 East Liberty, Suite B
Wooster, OH 44691
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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Friday, May 15, 2009
Q. How did you get involved with cycling? What were you riding at the time?
A. I originally purchased my first bike (yellow Cannondale R1000) to compete in triathlons. Interestingly enough, I never actually entered one. Didn’t really like to swim and running was too hard on the joints. At the time I started cycling, I weighed about 220 pounds. While I haven’t ridden my Cannondale in years, it still hangs on my garage wall. I’ll never get rid of it. The good news is that I now weigh 180 pounds.
Q. What's your favorite thing about cycling?
A. Jean Bobet said it best - "The voluptuous pleasure that cycling can give you is delicate, intimate, and ephemeral. It arrives, it takes hold of you, sweeps you up and then leaves you again. It is for you alone. It is a combination of speed and ease, force and grace. It is pure happiness."
Q. When did you decide to compete?
A. I started doing century rides while living in Tennessee; completed my first one in just over 6 hours in the fall of 2003. I wore out a trainer over the winter, dropped about 15 pounds and did my second century in the spring of 2004 in 4:45. At that point, I was hooked. I did about 8 century rides in 2004 before deciding to race in 2005.
Q. What was your first race? How did you do?
A. My first race was a Cat 5 crit in Knoxville, TN and I lapped the field. They immediately upgraded me to a Cat 4. I am now a Cat 1.
Q. What races have you won?
A. Interesting question, and I don’t know the answer. I would guess I’ve probably won about 20 or so with a lot of top 10 finishes. My racing highlights include: TN Masters Time Trial and Crit in 2006 and the Ohio Elite Time Trial and Crit in 2007.
Q. What's your favorite ride? Favorite bike?
A. I used to live in rural east Tennessee and there was a 120 mile ride with over 9,000 feet of climbing. The real beauty of the ride was that I could roll out of my garage and not go through a single traffic light and encounter very little traffic. A close second was doing the Tour of Flanders last year the day before the pros. Favorite bike is my Merckx Team SC. A true workhorse.
Q. Is it a challenge in Ohio to be able to train enough to be competitive? With a career, and family, and weather in Ohio, how do you schedule your rides and training?
A. Good question. When you have little time, you have to make the most of it. So, if I only have an hour to train, I go very hard for that hour. The hardest part for me is the travel I have as part of work. Sometimes I am stuck sitting on a hotel stationary bike. Winters are also hard, but I take weekend trips to warmer weather and sometimes bring a bike.
Q. What foods do you prefer for training and competition?
A. Foods that digest easily. Pasta and chicken the night before a race. Usually cereal or oatmeal the morning of a race, and depending on the length, I’ll have gels during the race. It is important to recover correctly after a hard training ride or race. PB&J with bananas are one of my favorite recovery foods.
Q. How do you prepare mentally for a race?
A. I used to get all worked up before races, because I worried about hundreds of variables that I could not control. I am now calmer in my approach by focusing on the few variables that I do control. The most important thing is to make sure that all your gear is ready and works properly the night before an event. The last thing you want to do is be running around 5 minutes before the start of a race looking for a wrench or bike pump.
Q. Can you recommend any training resources?
A. When I first got into racing, I engaged an online coach to help with training. This resource was a tremendous help, as it allowed me to make breakthroughs in training. I no longer use a coach, but I would still recommend one for those starting out.
Q. Do you have any advice for new cyclists?
A. Have fun. Whenever I ride, I always tell myself that “I chose to be out here on my bike, nobody made me do it”. As a result, bad weather and bad drivers don’t bother me too much. Also, get a bike and gear that fit you. If you are going to be on a bike and get the most out of it, you need to be comfortable.
You guys didn’t ask for a plug, but I will offer one up. Develop a good relationship with the LBS [local bicycle shop] and the mechanics. That means bringing in donuts and coffee every now and again. They will make sure that the bike fits correctly and that you are happy with your ride. Just ask the guys at Century Cycles in Medina – they have definitely taken care of me on many occasions.
Q. Tell us about your family; are they supportive of your riding?
A. My wife Colleen and I have been married for 14 years and we have 3 children: Kelton (10), Cameron (8), and Riley (6). They are very supportive of my cycling and often come to races. They like it when I win, because they get the money.
Q. What are your plans for the future?
A. Survive through 2009.
Q. What races are you planning to compete in this year?
A. Big ones are Masters Nationals Road Race, Time Trial, and Criterium. Also the State RR and Crit.
Q. If you were a Star Wars character which one would you be?
A. Easy – Han Solo. He is one cool dude.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This Saturday, May 16, 2009, look for a tent in the parking lot of our Rocky River store for a couple of folks from Tri-Flow Superior Lubricants. They'll be there from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Tri-Flow is a teflon-based lubricant that works great on bicycle chains, brake and derailleur cables, and other components. Fill out a brief consumer survey at the Tri-Flow tent on Saturday and receive a FREE 2-ounce bottle of Tri-Flow!
We first hooked up with the folks at Tri-Flow when they signed on as the sponsor of Ray and Kevin's Pan-American Ride last year to raise funds for The Melanoma Research Foundation. The Tri-Flow/Sherwin-Williams family was a huge help to Ray and Kevin during their ride, not to mention that their supply of Tri-Flow was invaluable in keeping their bikes rolling through hurricanes, the heat of coastal Mexico, and Central American mountains!
The Ohio City Bicycle Co-op rarely makes email-blast pleas for people to just "show up" at events -- we don't want our emails to be another element of the internet din out there -- but here are two important thing you can do this week to really benefit the local cycling community, and yourself, without a lot of time or effort:
Today from 4 to 7pm at the Cleveland Public Library downtown branch, join in a free forum with nationally-recognized presenters to help chart the future of bike advocacy in northeast Ohio. Cleveland is dismally behind the curve on public support for bike facilities, policy initiatives, and cultural awareness. By attending this event (or any part of it) you can demonstrate that there is a trend for the better, and get information and inspiration to help achieve a truly bicycle-friendly community. No registration needed; just show up, enjoy some free Phoenix coffee and cookies, and be part of the change in our region's cycling culture.
This Saturday from 9am to noon at Brookside Park, OCBC is helping 100 Cleveland public school students learn to safely use the bikes they have earned for good grades and citizenship credit from the Coca-cola Pedal Power program. Your attendance as a "rodeo station monitor" will help us fulfill our commitment to this program; earn OCBC shop credit for yourself; and help some deserving kids become the next generation of responsible, effective cyclists.
Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help at this event.
Director, Ohio City Bicycle Co-op
1823 Columbus Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
The highlight of this month's ride will be the return of our beloved megaphone!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
A. "Do you have a seat that won't hurt my butt?" People ask this both when buying a new bike, as well as when looking to upgrade the saddle on their current bike. The answer, of course, is yes. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to bike seats; it's a matter of personal preference more so than any other part on a bike. We have a wide selection and can make a recommendation for just about anyone.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The first appeared in Health Magazine's Gear Guide, for the Raleigh Alysa FT1 Women's fitness bike. Senior Fitness Editor Su Reid-St.John calls it "A great-looking, speedy hybrid at a nice price." Read the full review here. In stock now in our stores!
Next up, for the 3rd time in 4 years, a Raleigh carbon-fiber bicycle has made Outside Magazine's Gear of the Year Top 10 list. This year, it's the Raleigh Supercourse, about which Senior Editor John Bradley said, "If you're looking for a starter road bike that you can upgrade, this is it." Read the full review here, or watch the video review here. Available from us by special-order, although we've got a few of the '07 (on sale for $1,099.99) and '08 (also on sale for $1,099.99) models left in stock! Call for size availability...
Lastly, Outside Magazine also managed to get their hands on one of the limited-edition Raleigh XXIX Pro, "as far as a hardtail 29er mountain bike goes, this is about as good as it gets," says John Bradley. Watch the video review here. Still available from us by special-order!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
He recently built himself a comfortable cargo bike using an Electra Townie 21-speed and the Xtracycle longtail attachment:
The reason behind the bike is, as he explains, "My wife and I want to use our bikes for some of the errands we could actually ride to. This allows us to pull the Burley trailer and carry groceries, kids and anything else we could need."
The bike can also handle passengers, and Matt convinced his 85-year-old grandmother to be the first to test it out!
He says, "Grandma did like the ride. She was a little nervous and was pretty sure we were just going to tip over 'because we were only on two wheels!' But she enjoyed the ride and laughed about it afterwards. I think the seat was a little hard since it's only a piece of wood."
Thursday, May 7, 2009
- Cleveland Bike to Work Day, May 15th. Park at the future Bicycle Station at Gateway and see the latest drawings (East 4th Street andHigh Street, just north of Huron Road) or got to the YMCA (E. 22nd St. and Prospect Ave.). Bike to Work brought to you by NOACA; visit the Bike Buddy program at: http://www.ohiorideshare.com/
- Bike Tours to explore new neighborhoods, like Slavic Village (Monday), and arts and historic sites, including downtown arts and architecture (Monday), League Park, baseball history and Negro League history (Wednesday), Civil War and Emancipation history (Wednesday) and more.
- Bike to the Movies, at Cinematheque, Cleveland Institute of Art, presents The Triplets of Belleville, a 2003 French animation by Sylvain Chomet. This zany, charming animated feature is one of the most acclaimed movies of the past few years. It tells a wild and bizarre story in a quaint/quirky/retro graphic style: a cyclist kidnapped during the Tour de France and taken to a sinister metropolis is rescued by three elderly, eccentric French women who used to be music-hall stars in the 1930s, with a great original jazz score. Show Times May 15 (Fri) - 7:30PM; May 16 (Sat) - 9:30PM
- Bicycle Forum on May 14 from 4:00-7:00 pm, Cleveland Public Library, Main Branch, Stokes Auditorium. We are bringing insightful and experienced speakers from around the nation to share their thoughts on growing and supporting the cycling community. Speakers: Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance (Chicago); Rhonda Border-Boose, Midwest Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Columbus, Ohio); and Representatives from the City of Cleveland. The event is free to the public.
- Cleveland Bicycle Week Celebration, after work on East 4th Street, Friday May 15th.
- Learn new skills or sharpen old ones on bike riding, repair andother educational activities.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Just go to our Where to Ride page, check the list of shifting systems at the bottom of the page, and click on the one that matches your bike.
Also, check out the left-side menu on our Where to Ride page. It has suggestions for places to ride, whether you like riding on the road, singletrack mountain biking, or dedicated bike paths. It also has many other helpful pages, with information and tips about riding skills, training, commuting by bike, bike clubs and other local resources! You can find this page at: www.centurycycles.com/to/ride
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Back for the third year, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers their Bike Aboard! program, which lets you Ride the Rail and Bike the Trail! You can take your bike on the train with you, then ride your bike on the Towpath Trail back to where you started!
- Please arrive at a boarding station 15 minutes prior to the train's scheduled arrival.
- The train can be flagged down at boarding stations by waving both arms over your head.
- Purchase your ticket when you board.
- One way between stations, once per day.
- $2 per person for ages 3 and up, includes your bicycle.
- This fee only applies to cyclists.
- No guaranteed seats.
Bike Aboard! is offered weekends only during the month of May. A new schedule of service Wednesdays through Sundays will be available beginning June 3.
You can find the current train schedule on our web site at: www.centurycycles.com/to/bikeaboard
Monday, May 4, 2009
1,215 Bay students are registered to ride their bikes to school today for the start of Bay Bike To School Challenge
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (May 4, 2009) – Organizers of Bay Bike To School Challenge sponsored by Century Cycles and Chipotle report that 1,215 Bay Village middle and high school students have signed up to ride their bikes to school this morning for the start of the three-week program. Each student who rides today will be rewarded with cleaner air, energized muscles and a free burrito coupon from Chipotle.
Bay Middle School (27725 Wolf Road) has 675 students enrolled in Bike To School Challenge. Administrators at Bay Middle School expect approximately 80% of the school’s student population will travel to school by bicycle this morning, beginning at approximately 6:45 a.m. until the final bell rings at 7:45 a.m. Bay High School (29230 Wolf Road) has 540 students enrolled in Bay Bike To School Challenge.
Back for its second year, Bay Schools Bike To School Challenge sponsored by Century Cycles and Chipotle is May 4 – 22, 2009, and is organized to help middle and high school students in Bay Village, Ohio, kick the car habit by challenging them to ride their bikes to school during three weeks each spring, to help the environment, get more exercise and improve their health.
Students who register for Bay Schools Bike To School Challenge sponsored by Century Cycles and Chipotle carry a redemption card that is stamped each day they ride a bike to school. The more days they ride, the more they get – including free t-shirts and bicycle accessories from Century Cycles bicycle store in Rocky River. Chipotle is giving a free burrito to each student who rides the first day. Students also qualify for Bike To School Challenge’s grand prizes – two Raleigh and two Giant bicycles (one each per school, courtesy of Century Cycles, Raleigh Bicycles and Giant Bicycles) and free Chipotle burritos for a year. The program concludes on May 22 with assemblies at each school, to show the students the impact of their efforts, award the permanent home of the Golden Sprocket Award and draw the grand prize winners’ names.
Bay Middle School and Bay High School will also be competing during Bike To School Challenge to see which school has the greatest percentage of bike-riders on the three Wednesdays of the program, with the winner receiving the Golden Sprocket Award. It will be awarded weekly during Bike To School Challenge, on May 6, May 13 and May 20. In order to be eligible for the Golden Sprocket Award, a building principal or assistant principal at each school must have ridden a bicycle to school on the date of the challenge.
Launched in 2008 as “Bay High School Bike To School Month sponsored by Century Cycles,” the program exceeded organizers’ expectations – 543 students (66 percent of the school) registered for the program and on average 224 students per day biked to school during an unusually cold and rainy May, 2008. At its conclusion, Bay High School students rode an estimated 15,566 miles, saved $2,883 in fuel costs, and reduced carbon emissions by 14,350 pounds.
In 1969, approximately half of all students in the U.S. walked or bicycled to school. By 2001, only about 15 percent of U.S. students make the trip to school by walking or bicycling. Today, the habit of driving kids to school is so pervasive that, in some communities, parents driving their children to school represents between 20 and 30 percent of peak-hour morning traffic. (Source: Safe Routes to School: 2007 State of the States Report)
Two recent studies have found that biking or walking to school is associated with higher overall physical activity throughout the day. There are many potential benefits of physical activity for youth, including weight control, reduction in the risk of diabetes, and better academic performance.
A recent report concludes that changing the habits of just 20 percent of the children living within two miles of school to get them to walk or bicycle to and from school instead of being driven would be the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road each year, preventing the emission of over 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 21,500 tons of other pollutants. (Safe Routes to School: Steps to a Greener Future, prepared for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
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Tracey Bradnan, Cartwheel Communications
Cell Phone: 440-781-7690
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Thanks to Doug for the photos below, as he managed to snap a few in between checking over 150 bikes with fellow CC mechanics Ray and Josh! Thanks also to Krista, Tracey, and Scott for lending a hand in answering questions and helping people to get their helmets fitted correctly!