Monday, November 30, 2009
If you're looking to avoid traffic, especially if you're looking to squeeze in training miles in the early morning or late evening hours, there's the all-purpose trail within the Cleveland Metroparks. The most convenient area of the park for west-siders is the Rocky River Reservation, with the longest continuous stretch of paved trail starting at Detroit Road and going south all the way through Berea and beyond. There's also a short stretch of bike path in the Huntington Reservation, which connects to the Bay Village bike path network. You can find maps and descriptions of all of the Cleveland Metroparks on their web site at:
If you're looking for a longish road route, with scenery and food options along the way, we've mapped out a suggested route from our store in Rocky River, out to the city of Vermilion and back, which we've dubbed the "Rocky River Vermilion Voyage."
Just to the west, our neighbors in Lorain County have mapped out a scenic route that includes both quiet back roads and dedicated bike paths, which they have named the "Back Roads and Beaches Bike Tour." You can learn more about this route on their web site at:
No matter where you live or visit in Northeast Ohio, and whether you like to ride the roads, singletrack mountain bike trails, or bike paths, you can find tips on the best places to ride in the Where To Ride section on our web site. Check it out!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
ODOT is asked if a bike path is being considered for one of the two new Innerbelt Bridges -- plus reasons why it should happen and how you can help. (GreenCityBlueLake)
The Ethicist weighs in on a landlord who had the police remove a tenant's "abandoned" bicycle (second item). (New York Times)
Playing bike polo with the Pedal Republik. (Cleveland Magazine)
The mayor of Columbia, Mo., is spending millions to promote cycling. (Parade)
Kim Crow buys her husband Ted a bike hat. (The Plain Dealer)
Bike commuter Bill Trentel shows Clevelanders how it's done. (Inside Business)
A biomedical engineer (and avid cyclist) discovers pedaling regimen improves patients with Parkinson's. (The Plain Dealer)
Pedaling through Vermont amid the fall colors. (New York Times)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Join us in the donning of holiday apparel and get cool free stuff!
Wear YOUR Crazy Christmas Sweater into
And remember, in addition to the offers listed above, we also have these options to make your holiday shopping easier:
- Gift Cards
- 6 Months Same As Cash
- Free Gift Bicycle Storage 'Til Dec. 24
- Free Bicycle Delivery *
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Have fun shopping this holiday season in the comfort of your own home! And help connect kids with nature at the same time! The 2009 CVNPA Bids for Kids offers something for everyone on your list including concert tickets, vacation packages, memorable experiences, lawn & garden items, and much more.
Enjoy guilt-free shopping knowing that your winning bid will benefit scholarships and education programming support for urban school children attending the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center (CVEEC) through CVNPA. Each year, over 9,000 children from northeast Ohio learn about the environment and experience nature through one of the many residential, summer and day camps provided by CVEEC. Scholarship assistance of more than $120,000 provided by CVNPA allows over 800 urban children to participate in the 4-day, 3-night residential program, who otherwise won't afford to. For these children, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a week in their national park.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Detours makes a wide selection of practical and stylish cycling bags for every rider. Whether you're a cross-country tourist, an everyday commuter, or you just want a great way to carry your stuff, you'll find a Detours bag, pack, or pannier that's perfect for you and all your two-wheeled adventures.
Since their beginnings, Detours has designed a variety of fine products for a wide range of riding needs and advocated for green living, too. Their unique Juicy bags and panniers for example, such as the Toocan Juicy and Toocan Grassy, are not only eye-catching, but also eco-friendly and made from recycled juice boxes and grasses native to Vietnam. Also, proceeds from the sales of these products go to the non-profit organization, Money From Garbage, which helps employ women in the rural Philippines.
We've also got the regular Toocan pannier; all bags in the Toocan series feature a large opening with zippered closure, and easy carrying handles that also serve as shoulder straps. Another option for carrying your groceries or commuting gear on a rear bicycle rack is the sleeker Toto bag, which features a magnetic closure.
We've also got Detours' durable version of the basic under-seat bag, know as the Guppy, in Medium and Large sizes in an assortment of colors.
Finally, for keeping your wallet, phone, camera, and other essential items handy, we've got handlebar-mounted bags in stock in two sizes. The massive Cruiser is for people who want to carry everything including the kitchen sink on their rides. The tiny Mini Met is for the minimalist traveler. Both feature a quick-release bracket and included shoulder strap to make it easy to take either one with you when you step off the bike.
For all of you who race in triathlons and other endurance events, there's even a frame top-tube-mounted Goodie Bag for holding your energy bars and gels!
To read more details about our line of bicycle bags from Detours, you can check out (and order) our selection online by clicking over to: www.centurycycles.com/get/detours
Friday, November 20, 2009
Perhaps more hotly contested than the race itself was the competition to decide the host city of the event for next year. The contest involved an arcane and not-entirely understood-by-the-general-public series of three events: an open debate the night before the race, the race itself, and a mud-wrestling competition.
The host city contest was narrowed down to San Francisco and Seattle. The debate was held between Brian "Sally" Fornes of Seattle, who also happens to be the Marketing Manager for Raleigh Bicycles (based in nearby Kent, Washington). Arguing on the San Francisco side was Sheila Moon. Yes, THAT Sheila Moon, of Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel fame, not just some other woman who happened to be named Sheila Moon.
The race itself featured typical Northwest weather and conditions, as you see from this video shot by and featuring several other Raleigh employees (including the guy racing in his tighty-whities):
As we reported last month, Raleigh held a give-away for a singlespeed cyclocross bike. Here's a video interview of the lucky winner:
I'm not sure how the mud-wrestling competition shook out, but if you can find any videos of that, please let me know. But somehow, in the end, Seattle was declared the winner, and will host the SSCXWC in 2010.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Pearl Izumi P.R.O. SoftShell Gloves are terrific when the temperatures drop below freezing. Their P.R.O. Barrier and AmFIB fabric blends offer excellent wind and water protection, while the fleece interior feels great against the skin and provides extra warmth. You'll love the silicone dotted palm that gives you plenty of grip on the handlebars and the neoprene wrist gusset that allows easy movement. Plus, the Softshells come with a soft microfleece wiping surface (read: built-in snot rag) and a hook-and-loop closure system for a customized fit. Only $22.49 (regularly $44.99).
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thirty Seconds To Mars - Kings + Queens - HD
30 Seconds to Mars | MySpace Video
Thanks to UrbanVelo for the link; their comments on the piece are:
"30 Seconds to Mars recently released this video which features members of LA’s Midnight Ridazz. The song may not be your cup of tea...but the production quality is impressive and it’s good to see the growth of urban cycling continues to make an impact on the mainstream media."
Monday, November 16, 2009
The latest edition of the Century Cycles eNewsletter was sent out a couple of days ago. If you haven't read it yet, here's what you have to look forward to:
- 2010 Century Cycles Bicycle Maintenance Class Schedule
- Fall Clearance Sale Continues
- Electra Bicycles Rebate
- Hot Deals for Cold Days
- Poll: What do you hope Santa leaves under your tree?
- Our Holiday Shopping Services and Hours
- 5 Questions: Patti Grauel
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thanks again for the photos, James!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Now, we're offering another option for reading this blog. Some of you may have noticed already that directly to the right of where you're reading this on the Century Cycles blog, there's a box that says "Subscribe by e-mail." Just enter your e-mail address in the box and click on the "Subscribe" button.
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This option is great for those of you who prefer to get as much of your news as possible in your Inbox, without having to remember to visit various blogs and web sites.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
At Century Cycles, we're all about options. You want wide tires or skinny tires? You want bar-end shifters, or integrated brake/shifters? Do you even want brakes? We've got it covered.
Now, we've got you covered even more when it comes to paying for your new dream bike. In addition to most major credit cards, personal checks, our flexible lay-away program, and good old hard cash, we now have an even more generous financing program.
Introducing 6 Months Same As Cash, now twice as good as our measly old 3 Months Same As Cash program! That's right, you can take a new bike home today, plus all the accessories you'll need to go with it, and you'll have six months to pay for it without any interest or finance charges!
How can we do this, you ask? Aren't we just a swell bunch of folks? Well, maybe we are, but really, you can thank the folks who run the program, who work out of a big office tower somewhere in Manhattan, or maybe it's in Sioux Falls. You take your bike, they promise to pay us for it, and you just gotta promise to pay them back. Sounds like a big pyramid scheme, right? If so, it's time you got a piece of the action, anyway. The only catch is that if you decide not to pay them back right away, you've gotta give the guys in suits a little bit of "hush money" every month.
Signing up for this deal is pretty easy; you can even do it online by clicking on the "apply online" link on our Payment Options web page. Once you're approved, just print out your confirmation page, and stop into any of our stores and flash it in our face (try not to shove it too close; we're just as concerned about this whole flu thing as you are).
The 6 Months Same As Cash financing option can be used to purchase any in-stock or special-order bike, or bikes, including any of our new 2010 models, our Fall Clearance Bikes, or order that new Surly you've had your eye on.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The Adventure Cycling 2010 tours roster is posted and ready for the reading. With more than 40 trips in nearly every corner of the country, ranging in duration from five days to three months, there's something for just about everyone. Proven adventures like the TransAm (both self-contained and van-supported), C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage, and Heart of the Underground Railroad are there, sure--but so, too, are some new highlights that you'll want to take a very close look at. In May, for instance, we'll be offering one of our relaxed format tours along Missouri's heralded Katy Trail, which is bound to be a popular trip. And we're adapting our North Rim of the Grand Canyon outing, originally a self-contained ride, into a van-supported trip, making this incredible adventure accessible to a broader range of riders. Or for something longer, you might consider the new self-contained Pueblos to Peaks, going from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Boulder, Colorado. Click here, dig in, and start the dream machine.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
(regularly $299.99; half-off price valid Nov. 5-18, 2009;
in-store purchases only, while supplies last)
This product is perfect for the start of the cold-weather training season, when you want to bring your rides indoors. The Blackburn TrakStand Ultra Trainer is ultra smooth, quiet, and adjustable. Thanks to the ingenious Centriforce resistance unit, there's a smooth transition to coasting, and jerky dead spots are a thing of the past. Plus, with some simple disassembly, you can choose from 3 different resistance curves, so you'll be able to fine-tune the workout as you get fitter and fitter. And, you'll love the road-like feel of the sturdy aluminum frame, how quick and easy it is to mount your bike, and the convenience of folding this trainer for transport and storage. If you've been thinking of trying indoor riding, this is the trainer (and deal!) for you!
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Can you spare a Friday morning to join with other concerned cyclists for a review hearing of the Ohio Department of Transportation plans for the Innerbelt Bridge at the Cleveland Planning Department?
ODOT says they will not provide bike and pedestrian access to the Innerbelt Bridge (unlike more than thirty communities across the country), although it would provide a dramatic, beautiful and practical connection to downtown Cleveland. ClevelandBikes has disagreed with them from the start and will continue to press for bike and pedestrian access. There is a rumor that ODOT is willing to expand the Abbey Avenue Bridge, which would still present safety questions (just as their earlier suggestion that cyclists and pedestrians could travel over through the flats).
On Friday morning, Cleveland Planning Commission will hold a public hearing with ODOT regarding the design for the new Innerbelt Bridge. Please join us and let ODOT that you care about bike and pedestrian access on the new innerbelt bridge.
This Friday, November 6th, 9-11:00am (Planning Department staff says the discussion will begin at 9:30) Cleveland City Hall, 5th Floor (Planning Department Meeting Room)
601 Lakeside Avenue (East Sixth Street and Lakeside avenue, downtown Cleveland)
You can find more information at the Green City Blue Lakes website: http://www.gcbl.org/events/cleveland-planning-commission-innerbelt-bridge-11-06-2009
While the first, overwhelming, preference is for you to attend the Friday Cleveland Planning Commission hearing to let ODOT know you like bikes and you want them to let you "Bike the Bridge" when they create a new Innerbelt Bridge, you may have other responsibilities. If you can't attend personally, please contact the City and ODOT to let them know you ride, you vote, you pay taxes and Ohio needs to join other communities around the country that are adopting transportation solutions that help promote healthy cycling and walking, not just riding a car -- "WE WANT TO BIKE THE BRIDGE!"
You can contact the city, which has been HELPFUL, and the state, which has been RESISTANT, here:
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 12
Attention: Craig Hebebrand
5500 Transportation Boulevard
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125
Phone: (216) 581- 2100
Fax: (216) 584-2274
CLEVELAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
Robert N. Brown, Director
601 Lakeside Ave.
City Hall Room 501
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Or leave a message through the CPC website:
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This Thursday, November 5, 2009, you can meet the authors of the book. Peg Bobel, Lynn Metzger, and Chuck Ayers will visit The Learned Owl Book Shop in person to talk about the book and answer questions. The time of the event is 5:30 - 7:30pm.
You can call The Learned Owl at 330-653-2252 for more information.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Congratulations to Jessica from Akron, who was the lucky winner of the drawing for a Raleigh Route 3.0 bicycle!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Our current store hours are:
- Monday through Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm
- Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm