Monday, October 16, 2017

Ohio Trail Shuttle: New service to help touring cyclists

Looking to do an overnight trip by bicycle on the Towpath Trail, the Ohio to Erie Trail, or another of Ohio's long-distance bike trails? There's a new company providing shuttle service that can help get you to the start, or get you home from the end!

Ohio Trail Shuttle provides shuttle service for up to four bicyclists, and can create a custom ride schedule for you! Learn more at:


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In Stock: Day 6 Bicycles

Day 6 Bicycles overview on Vimeo (click here if the video above is not appearing for you)

Day 6 Bicycles are superior to anything you have ever seen! They eliminate virtually any objection to riding a bicycle. Their wide seat, lumbar support, ability to reach the ground with both feet, low step-over frame, easy-to-reach handlebars, and a relaxed and safe riding position are why we think Day 6 Bikes are the most comfortable bicycles ever made!
Day 6 Dream8 bicycle in Cinnamon
We have Day 6 Bicycles in stock at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River, including the Dream8 and Dream24 models! If you'd like to try one out in Medina or Peninsula, just give us a call, and we'd be happy to send one to another store for you -- no cost or obligation on your part!

Day 6 Bicycles combine the comfort of a recumbent bicycle, with the ease of transport and maintenance of a standard bike. Stop in for a test ride!

Day 6 Dream24 bicycle in Red Raspberry

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New and Improved: Our suggested road bike routes

Krista's Ashtabula County Covered Bridges Ride
The "Where to Ride" section of the Century Cycles web site has been a useful resource for a number of years, for both new and experienced bicyclists alike. We have a full list of bike paths, mountain bike trails, and road cycling routes throughout Northeast Ohio.

We have recently improved the road cycling routes section, with updated maps using Ride With GPS. Previously, we posted our road biking routes using Map My Ride and Garmin Connect. Ride With GPS features a much more user-friendly design, allowing you to print cue sheets for a ride, or download the ride information to load into your own GPS device, all without having to log in or create an account.

We have routes available near each of our three stores:


In addition, the "Where We Ride" section contains some of the favorite routes of our staff, including Krista's Ashtabula County Covered Bridges Ride, Kevin's Twinsburg-Garrettsville Loop, and Cathy's Smith and Jones Parks Tour.

Please look for and heed this standard disclaimer on all of our road cycling routes pages:

Your use of this route information indicates your acceptance of all responsibility for its use. Ride safely, legally, and responsibly, and respect private property. Accessibility and suitability of roads and trails may change due to factors beyond our control; check local conditions before proceeding.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ALERT: Towpath Trail within CVNP to be CLOSED for the Towpath Marathon

PLEASE NOTE: The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be closed to the general public starting at dusk Saturday, October 7, 2017 until 2:00pm on Sunday, October 8, 2017. All of the parking lots along the Towpath Trail from Frazee House Trailhead to Botzum Trailhead, including the Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula, will be closed. Expect limited delays due to short road closures in the morning hours on Sunday, October 8.

The closure is due to the 26th Annual Towpath Marathon, a specialty marathon, half marathon, and 10K race, sponsored by Canalway Partners, a Founding Organization of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

Please note that our Towpath Trail Bicycle Rentals in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula will not be available during the trail closure hours. The trail may re-open sooner than the 2:00pm scheduled time; please call us at 330-657-2209 to check trail and bike rental status.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rent One Get One Free for Bike Your Park Day - Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017

As part of their continuing mission to encourage more people to discover the joy of traveling by bicycle, the Adventure Cycling Association has designated Saturday, September 30, 2017 as Bike Your Park Day.

To join in the celebration, discover new parks or experience your favorite parks in a new way. You can make it your own experience: ride your preferred distance; go with friends, family or join a group; bike on trails or roads. Share photos of your ride on social media using the hashtag #BikeYourPark.

If you don't have a bike, we're going to make it easier for you to enjoy riding the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Bike Your Park Day will be RENT ONE, GET ONE FREE DAY for our Towpath Trail Bike Rentals in Peninsula! Just bring this coupon!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Night Ride on the Towpath Trail for Bike Your Park Day - Sept. 30, 2017

Join us this Saturday for our final Night Ride on the Towpath Trail of the 2017 season!

For this ride, we join the Adventure Cycling Association in celebrating Bike Your Park Day! Share photos of your the ride on social media with the hastag #BikeYourPark.

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7:00pm
Where: Century Cycles, 1621 Main Street, Peninsula, OH 44264

The ride is FREE as always, and no pre-registration is necessary. We start riding at 8:00pm sharp.We'll ride NORTH on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to the Station Road Bridge and back (about 14 miles round-trip).

You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The store will be open before the ride if you need any last-minute bicycle supplies or repairs (within reason). Parking is limited at the store; we recommend using the Lock 29 Trailhead or Overflow Parking Lot, both located on Mill Street.

For more information on our Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, go to www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides for and safety tips and photos/videos from past rides. Check the event on Facebook for the latest updates.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Extended Summer Sunday Hours END in Peninsula - Oct. 1, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Effective October 1, 2017, the Century Cycles store in Peninsula will be returning to our regular hours of operation on Sundays. Our hours for all three stores are now:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm
Also note the bicycle rentals for the Towpath Trail in Peninsula close 90 minutes before the store closing time (now 3:30pm on Sundays).

As usual, you can also find our current hours of operation at:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gears for Good Ohio Ride 2017

The Gears for Good - Cleveland Ride is a local event partnering with the Hemophilia Federation
of America supporting the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation’s emergency assistance fund, a critical safety net for those with bleeding disorders in Northeast Ohio.

Participants can choose between a leisurely 8-mile ride through a challenging 50 miles along
the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Whether riders are confident cyclists or beginners, the
“Bike Aboard!” option will be available. Just flag down the train at one of the Cuyahoga Valley
Scenic Railroad stations and bring your bike on board to the finish line, where everyone will
enjoy a delicious Finish Line Celebration buffet.

DATE: Saturday, October 14, 2017

BEGINNING AND ENDING  LOCATION:
Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail
Station Road Bridge
13512 Station Road
Brecksville, Ohio  44141

Find more details and registration at the event web site, including details, FAQ, donate, and links to register as an individual, create a team, or join a team.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Water Cycle, Chapter 1 - River Bikefishing for Steelhead (a film by Blackburn Design)

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, a new film project. The project follows different people who use a bicycle to help them further explore their relationship with water, in all its forms.


Chapter 1: River — Bikefishing for steelhead

In this first chapter, we follow Brian Ohlen, an avid fisherman and hunter from Montana.  Brian also has a passion for cycling, and he combined the two by loading his waders, tackle, and rod onto his bike, to go in search of Steelhead along the rivers on the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico.  The best Steelhead fishing happens to be in the dead of winter.  Brian faced nearly constant rain, snow, and ice for a chance to spend but a moment with one of these elusive creatures.  Along the way, he found some beautiful quiet moments and the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.

If the video above is not appearing for you, go to blackburndesign.com/river to view it, and find more information about how you can help preserve access to public rivers and streams.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Medicine of Cycling Conference

This is the second in a series of guest blog posts by Tom Wiseman, our Assistant Service Manager and Bicycle Fit Specialist at Century Cycles in Medina. In the first post, Tom had the story, photos, and videos of his bucket list trip of bicycling up and down Pike's Peak. The report below is from the main purpose of his Colorado visit.

Medicine of Cycling Conference

The Eighth Annual Medicine of Cycling Conference (MOCC) was recently held at USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO August 18-20, 2017. The conference is presented by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and Medicine of Cycling in collaboration with USA Cycling. The purpose of the conference is to educate medical professionals and help them to provide better care for injured cyclists. These courses are valuable continuing education for all types of medical providers, including Physical Therapists, Doctors, and First Responders from all over the world. This year, people attended from 11 different countries.

There are 3 different courses offered over the 3 day weekend. These include Medical Emergencies in Cycling Conference, The Medicine of Cycling Conference, and the Bike Fit Symposium. Being a bike fitter at Century Cycles, I chose to attend the Bike Fit Symposium portion of the Conference.

The faculty for this event is like a who’s who of the bike fitting and cycling analysis world:

  • Curtis Cramblett LPT CFMT, has worked with the Garmin Cervelo Pro race team as both a fitter and Physical Therapist. He is the Owner of Revolutions in Fitness in Palo Alto, California.
  • Kit Vogel MS DPT, Educator and Owner of BikeFit, has presented at various bike fit symposiums, including the International Cyclefit Symposium (ICS) in London (2012), SICI International Cycling Science Symposium in 2007 and 2008.
  • Todd Carver, Chief Fit and Education officer at Retul in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Andy Pruitt EdD is an internationally known athletic trainer, physician assistant, author, and the Director of the Colorado University Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Greg Robidoux PT, Owner and primary educator at Serotta International Cycling Institute (SICI).
  • Paraic McGlynn, Founder and Chief Technologist at Cyclologic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to founding Cyclologic, Paraic was instrumental in technology development at FASTER, the world’s first cycling-specific wind tunnel and retail center.
  • Michael Sylvester, Owner at Bicycle Fitting Services in Portland, Oregon. He has created fitting schools and curriculum for Trek, Raleigh, and Serotta. He has over 35 years experience fitting all types of riders, from Tour de France Professionals to commuters, and even former President George W. Bush on the White House lawn.

Day one was a whirlwind of lecture topics, and a wonderful meet and greet of all the presenters and attendees. It was nice to put faces with the voices of people I have talked to on the phone and catch up with some old friends and instructors from past coursework I have taken. Sitting in a classroom setting for entire day taking information like it was coming from a fire hose was a little overwhelming. Subjects like biomechanics and anatomy were covered, as well as the importance of “evidence based fitting.” The discussion on normative values was interesting because of the sheer volume of data that was compiled to get to the average values we fitters often use to determine position for new riders or people with little experience and feedback. There was also a lengthy interaction about the differences between static and dynamic kinematics in cyclists. This was a comparison of static fitting using a goniometer/inclinometer and plumb line compared to 3 dimensional motion capture fitting systems, looking at the finish position of both methods. Ironically, both are effective for different situations for different reasons. Bottom line is the first day of fitting lecture was really informative and much more information than I could absorb in such a short time. Thankfully, all the notes and slides were supplied for us to look at later at our leisure.

Day two was mostly hands-on biomechanics and assessment instruction. There was a short lecture at the start of the day covering Kinesiology Tape and its implications on fit and function. It was nice to see the science behind the product and real evidence of its successful application in the fitting environment. The primary focus of day two was to cover body assessment and compensation techniques used in fitting evaluation. Exercises like the Unilateral Bridge Endurance Test and the Functional Single Leg Squat were not only shown extensively, but we broke into groups and performed these tests multiple times to witness many different compensatory reactions of different people. Seeing the many people do the tests made it possible to see the ways each exercise can help identify issues with how or why they interact with the bike like they do. This was a very interactive and informative session and working closely with all the Physical Therapist and medical professionals was truly the most valuable portion of the whole weekend for me as a fitter. Everything from spine issues to neck and shoulder interventions to evaluations of how the foot works under load were covered in depth. Fascinating stuff, and again, so much more information than I could process in a single day. But the hands-on, practice-what-you-see approach was very helpful, indeed. This day closed with a group road ride through the Garden of the Gods Park. A beautiful day in the park with a head full of new fitting information.

Day three was the application of the information we has been given over the previous two days. We used a “test subject” for our fitting, and applied the needed assessment techniques and practiced those things on an actual person, with much discussion of different possible approaches to the issues presented. It was really amazing to see different people talk about the ways they would deal with fitting the subject, and just how different each mind addressed the problems. There were both “on bike” and “off bike” intervention approaches to solving the issues we were presented. Some people wanted to work on flexibility and mobilization of the body, while others wanted to adjust the bike to accommodate the issues until the rider could improve the off the bike options in the weeks to come. The importance of testing each change for a favorable result was continually stressed as we moved from one change to the next. The realization that mechanical limitations in equipment is a very common hurdle to an ideal position was also experienced. These limitations made the possibility of an ideal fit unrealistic, and the decision to pursue an accommodated fitting was worked toward for the remainder of our time together for day three.


Applying the information with the chance to ask questions and try different methods was a very rewarding experience for me as a fitter. The conference reinforced many of the things I practice in all of my fittings. It also gave me plenty of new things to practice and incorporate in my future practice as well. The continual reminder of the importance of gathering evidence, making changes and testing for a positive result before moving on to the next change was a very strong thread throughout the weekend. The idea that what works for some people might not be a solution for others was not only stressed but proven through the course of the conference. The information I gained over three days was more than many of the other fitting classes I have taken combined. Simply put, it was worth every penny, and I will have research and reading material for months to come. I am very glad to have been able to attend the Medicine of Cycling Conference and am planning to go back to Colorado next year.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New cycling shoes in stock from Giant and Liv Cycling

In addition to our full line of cycling shoes from Pearl Izumi, Shimano, and Giro, we're trying out a few from Giant Bicycles and Liv Cycling. We have the following models in stock at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River:

Giant Sojourn 1 cycling shoes
The Giant Sojourn 1 is a trekking shoe, suitable for touring, commuting, light-duty singletrack, and recreational road riding. They are compatible with Shimano SPD pedals and others that use the two-bolt cleat mounting system. Features include the Force Drive Nylon midsole and rubber outsole with TourGrip™ Tread, 2X Stable Upper with multilayered air mesh, removable Velcro straps on top of the laces with a lace pocket for safety, and ErgoComfort footbed with TransTexturaPlus anti-odor Tech. $100.00 per pair.
Giant Line MES cycling shoes
The Giant Line MES is an aggressive off-road cycling shoe featuring a full-coverage rubber tread for stability and traction, wider range fore and aft cleat position adjustment, seamless hydrophobic material upper to provide protection and ventilation, QuickFit upper buckle and two hook-and-loop straps for on-the-fly adjustments, and ExoBeam molded nylon midsole plate providing pedaling stiffness with the flexibility you need for better stability and traction on rough terrain. $140.00 per pair.

Liv Cycling Fera off-road cycling shoes
For women who like to rip, the Liv Cycling Fera shoes feature the ForceDrive Nylon midsole and rubber outsole, SPD clipless-compatible with the TrackBone™ Tread, enhanced stretch resistance synthetic leather upper, three large Velcro straps, and ErgoComfort footbed with TransTexturaPlus anti-odor Tech. $100.00 per pair.
Liv Cycling Avida fitness shoes
The Motion Efficency System (MES) of the Liv Cycling Avida fitness shoes combines a stiff and highly efficient pedaling platform with just enough torsional flex to allow for natural foot, ankle and knee movements during the pedal stroke . The ExoWrap hugs the foot to create a customized, secure fit. Removable cover for the window of the cleat makes the shoe compatible with flat pedals or 2-bolt cleats. $110.00 per pair.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

West side trio rides the Ohio to Erie Trail

Kevin, Mary, and Steve Ditto are from Westlake, Ohio. Mary and Steve are married, and Kevin is Steve's brother. They set out from Cleveland on September 10, 2017 on the Ohio to Erie Trail bicycle route. During that first day's ride, the stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula.

Their overnight destination for the day was downtown Akron, and they expected to reach Cincinnati yesterday (Friday, Sept. 15). Hope you had a great trip!

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Bicycle Touring 101 Class - Sept. 12, 2017

Ever thought about taking an extended trip on your bicycle? Whether you want to take a one-night trip, or a month-long excursion; camping or staying in 5-star hotels, traveling by bike is a rewarding experience.

Learn what you need to know to make it happen, from what to pack, how to equip your bike to carry it all, how to plan your route, and how to train for your ride.

Century Cycles has partnered with our local business neighbors Appalachian Outfitters to present this FREE class. One of our bicycle touring experts will team up with their camping experts to offer you advice on all the best gear for your trip of a lifetime.

When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:30pm 
Where: Appalachian Outfitters, 60 Kendall Park Road, Peninsula, OH 44264 

Space is limited; please RSVP by calling Appalachian Outfitters at (330) 655-5444. Follow the event on Facebook for the latest updates.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cross-country bicyclist visits Rocky River

Ryan (on the right in the photo above) left Florence, Oregon on June 10, with a destination of Boston, Massachusetts. He stopped at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River on Sept. 2 at the recommendation of a local friend for some work on his rear wheel. He hopes to finish his ride in Boston in about 2 weeks and plans to donate his bike before he heads back home.

Ryan had not done much cycling at all before this trip. When asked if he had any words of wisdom to share, Ryan's response was, "Just go. Just start riding."

Safe travels, Ryan, and keep the rubber side down!

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

Regular hours of operation return to Medina and Rocky River on Sept. 10, 2017

ALERT: Beginning Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River will return to our normal Sunday hours of operation (12:00noon - 5:00pm).

Extended Summer Sunday Hours in Peninsula (10:00am - 6:00pm) will continue for another couple of weeks; stay tuned for updates!

As always, you can find our current hours for all three stores at:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Day on the Mountain

A guest blog post by Tom Wiseman, Assistant Service Manager and Certified Bike Fit Specialist at Century Cycles in Medina:

The Pikes Peak highway has been open to bicycles for several years now. When I first heard about this, I could hardly wait to do the climb up the mountain and come screaming back down at high speed as my reward for making the ascent. This year, I had the chance to do the ride after attending the Medicine of Cycling Conference at USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs.

My wife dropped me off at the “highway gate” where I paid my toll, checked in at the gatehouse, and noted the altitude of 7800 feet. I asked the nice woman at the booth if there was anything I needed to be aware of before I started. She explained there was some minor construction just a few miles up the road and I would need to follow all the same laws that are required of automobiles. After a quick photo I began my ride. It was only about a mile into the ride at “Camera Point,” which overlooks Ute Pass, that I started wishing for a few lower gears.
Ute Pass
The 34x28 was going to be my home for the next few hours and not quite low enough for how I was feeling at that moment. Nevertheless, in a bit, I came to the “mile sign” indicating that I was one mile of altitude below the summit (Photo:Mile Sign ).
Mile Sign
Knowing I had 16 more miles of riding to cover before reaching the summit, I really started to take in the enormity of the situation I had gotten myself into. The ride is 19 miles from gate to summit, with 6,200 feet of climbing, and I had only climbed about 1,000 feet to this point. I pressed on, but pedaling became more difficult every moment. At Crowe Gulch, I got my first glimpse of the peak in all its glory (Photo: First View of the Summit). I stopped to snap a photo and reminded myself not to stop for very long - the only way to the top was to stay on the pedals.
First view of the summit
I continued on past the Crystal Reservoir Visitors Center and up to mile marker 7.5, where the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb Auto races start. Putting my head down, I slugged on for about a solid hour without stopping just trying to get some elevation under my wheels. Glen Cove arrived at 11,400 feet, and all I could see from there was up. I had trouble believing a road could go higher than this point without an elevator. I could see cars way up the mountain, far above me, above the treeline. They looked sooooo small. I told myself not to look up for awhile and just pedal.
Looking up at the W's
I persisted through the switchbacks (or the W’s as the locals call them). Here the road went back and forth and up, up, up … very steeply up at times. The turns were sharp and it was now I noticed the distinct lack of guardrails. While crawling up slowly at 4-6 mph I didn’t think much of it, but I would become very aware of their absence on the descent later. At the top of the switchbacks is a place named Devil’s Playground, which is above the treeline, and at this point everything started to seem surreal (Photo: To of the W’s).
Top of the W's
I was now 3 riding miles from the top at an altitude of 12,800 feet, and I noticed that my heart rate was not coming down below 160. I then decided to stop more frequently. My average heart rate for the whole climb ended up being 157, but at the moment I was struggling to keep it under 170. I started to break it into little jumps. Make the next turn. Take a rest. Find the next mile marker. Take a rest. Bighorn sheep. Take a rest. Marmots and picas … rest. Some cars would stop and say supportive things but nothing registered - I saw lips moving, but I could only mutter “thank you” and continue pedaling. The 10% grade made every pedal stroke near-agony.
12,800 feet
Rounding a turn, I spotted the Cograil Train tracks and knew I was close to the top. The last half mile above 13,500 feet, it became a matter of sheer will to continue, but I was determined to make it. I’m going to make it! Seeing the summit house and parking area was the most welcome site I may have ever seen on a bicycle in my life. After riding 3 hours and 5 minutes I reached the top at 14,115 feet ( Photo: Summit).
Summit of Pike's Peak
Having thought about this moment for the past couple of years, I thanked God I made it and wondered how I would ever make it back down. I had some people take my picture at the summit sign, and after a few minutes of recovery, I spoke with many folks who wanted to say everything from I was “crazy” to “job well done.” There was on older Asian couple who waited until I was done taking photos and were speaking in their native language, which I did not understand. They approached and said a few things I didn’t get, and then they said just one word in English … ”Respect” the man said slowly with a bow. Truly humbling. I thanked them profusely and dressed for my ride back down the mountain. I heard a passerby say that they drove through some rain on the way up to the summit, which was a balmy 39 degrees. I didn’t like the sound of that one bit! After experiencing beautiful sun and warm weather on the way up, I noticed clouds were moving in. I was not particularly prepared for rain or any other weather surprises. I put on my Smartwool cap, Warmfront, and the winter gloves I had carried up the mountain. I started the GoPro and pointed my Foundry Chilkoot down the mountain. About 2 miles off the peak, I hit the beginning of the rain, which quickly turned into freezing rain, and finally to sleet. My heart just sank. I then realized I was doing over 40 mph! Slowing down and making turns was not as bad as I thought it would be, but still very nerve-wracking, with no guardrails for the most part. The rain and sleet only lasted about 15 minutes but it was enough to make my hands and feet numb. I was soaked to the bone and really starting to wonder how the W’s were going to be in this rain.

Just about the time I got to the switchbacks at 12,000 feet, the sun broke through, and it began to warm up. When the road was dry I could let go of the brakes and really open up and dry off. By Glen Cove I was dry, but still very cold. I had been in the drops for a full 30 minutes without pedaling. I was sore and tired. I rested in the gift shop and warmed up by the heater for a few minutes before continuing on my way. There were fewer hard turns and I could really let the bike fly here. I spent the next few miles at 35-40 mph. Strava and Garmin says I hit 71.4 mph through here, but I find that hard to believe. It was still a big rush for sure, and a cyclist’s dream downhill. Before reaching the park gate, I hit a wall of fog and visibility was reduced to a couple hundred feet. I figured if I made it down just a little farther, I would get out of the clouds and it would be smooth sailing back down to Colorado Springs. Under 8,000 feet, I came out of the fog, visibility improved to normal, and I got on US 24 headed down into Manitou Springs. A few miles on a 4 lane highway (legal in Colorado) was amazing - I was cruising at 55 mph without pedaling as the drivers stared in astonishment at me. After 28 miles of descending, and dropping 7800 feet into Colorado Springs, I made it back to where we were staying. I was tired and sore but had accomplished something I knew I would never forget - I had earned respect the hard way.

Videos:
Switchbacks - Descending off Pikes Peak in rain and sleet 8/23/17

Glen Cove - Just below treeline. Glen Cove after a rest and warming up.

To the Park Gate - This starts out at over 60mph. Really awesome part of the descent. Great flow.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rod & Road - video from Salsa Cycles


In this latest video from Salsa Cycles, Laura and Russ from Path Less Pedaled take an overnight trip on the Deschutes River Trail in central Oregon, combining bikepacking and flyfishing, and telling us about what makes them such a great combination.

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Hours (2017)

This Monday, September 4, 2017 is the Labor Day holiday.

The Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River stores will be CLOSED. Sorry for any inconvenience!

The Peninsula store will be OPEN from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Last bike rental for the Towpath Trail goes out at 3:30pm.

We will be open for our regular hours on all other days. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2nd Annual Lake to Lake Harvest Bike Tour - Sept. 16, 2017

Bike Medina County is a group of citizens and representatives from local cities, villages, parks and bike shops in Medina County dedicated to increasing the use of bicycles for transportation and recreational cycling and to increasing bicyclist safety.

Their second annual Lake to Lake Harvest Bike Tour will have three ride options: 32 and 47-mile routes, plus a casual family-friendly ride of 6.7 miles!

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Location: Medina County Park District's Buckeye Woods Park

Helmet and registration form is required for every rider; flashing taillights are required for road riders. Click here for the complete schedule and registration details.


The inaugural ride in 2016 was a huge success, with 60 riders participating, despite rainy weather! Click here for more photos from the event.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to benefit the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Join us for our next Night Ride on the Towpath Trail, which will be a special fund-raising event for the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

  • When: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 7:00pm
  • Where: Century Cycles, 1621 Main Street, Peninsula, OH 44264
The ride is FREE as always, but anyone who joins or makes a donation to the Conservancy for CVNP will be entered in a raffle for great prizes!

Schedule of events:
  • 7:00pm - Sign-in for the ride and donations begin
  • 7:45pm - Prize drawings begin
  • 8:00pm - Ride begins
We'll ride NORTH on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to the Station Road Bridge and back (about 14 miles round-trip).

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization with a mission to engage public support and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. Part of this mission is raising money for park projects and programs, including continued construction and maintenance of the Towpath Trail, East Rim Mountain Bike Trail, and more.

No pre-registration is necessary. You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The store will be open before the ride if you need any last-minute bicycle supplies or repairs (within reason). Parking is limited at the store; we recommend using the Lock 29 Trailhead or Overflow Parking Lot, both located on Mill Street.

For more information on our Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, go to www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides for the full schedule, preparation and safety tips, and photos from past rides.

Hope to see you there! Here are a few scenes from the August 27, 2016 Night Ride Fundraiser for CVNP:





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What's new at Surly Bikes?

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of once again attending SaddleDrive, the annual event held by Quality Bicycle Products for their top customers to check out the latest products, test-ride new bikes, and hob-nob with the company's top (and bottom) brass. QBP is one of the largest bike parts and accessories distributors in the country, and they are also parent company of Surly Bikes, Salsa Cycles, and a number of other well-known brands.

I started the afternoon on Wednesday, August 2 with my assigned time to demo the latest from Surly. As usual, there are a few things new, and a few things un-changed from last year's Surly Bikes lineup.

First, a quick run-down of what's NOT changed from last year's summer product introductions:

This stuff is new for this year, but were announced at QBP's FrostBike event this past February:
  • Cross-Check - new color "Mule Mug" plus Black, still
  • Big Fat Dummy fat/cargo bike
  • Ogre off-road touring bike - new color "Rover Brown;" updated frame geometry, Gnot-Boost rear dropouts
  • Krampus 29+ mountain bike - available in Red or Black (click here for details about what's new with the Krampus)
  • Moloko handlebar - multiple hand position, off-road/touring/cruiser/anything bar; now standard equipment on the Troll, Ogre, and ECR bikes
What's even older and un-changed:
So, enough of the suspense; what's new and hot off the Surly press?

First, some bad news for old-school road bike fans: the Surly Pacer will be relegated to the dustbin of history soon, so get it while you can!

The Surly Straggler will be available in a sweet new Sparkly Blue color!

The Surly Troll retains the frame/fork enhancements introduced a year ago (not suspension corrected, Gnot Boost rear dropouts, four sets of three-pack cage mounts on the fork). A new color to be available is Green:

The Surly Long Haul Trucker still stands the test of time as the world's favorite old-school touring bike, and coming soon is a new color, Grandpa's Thermos:

I took an extended test-ride on the newly-redesigned Surly ECR. The ECR is not a bike that we sold a ton of; to remind you, it was the second bike in the world to feature the new (well, new as of 2012) 29+ wheel platform. While the Krampus was designed for pure mountain biking style gettin' rad, the ECR is meant for touring all over the world through all conditions, good and bad.

For 2018, the ECR gets a few tweaks to the frame geometry, plus the same Gnot Boost rear spacing shared with the Ogre and Troll. The biggest change is Surly is now choosing wheel sizes that are better suited to each frame size. So, if you ride an Extra-Small or Small frame, you get 27.5+ wheels. If you ride a Large or Extra-Large frame, you get 29+ wheels. If you ride a Medium frame, you get to choose either 27.5+ or 29+ wheels.

Now, you may be thinking, if I get a Medium frame, then I use BOTH 29+ and 27.5+ wheels! Sorry, it doesn't work that way; the ECR Medium 27.5+ is NOT the same as the ECR Medium 29+ frame.

The benefits these changes bring is that all riders can get the benefits of 3-inch wide "plus" tires, but in a diameter that provides the best ride and handling characteristics for the frame size.

The new color is an off-white known as Pants Suit Beige:
The first leg of my extended test-ride of the ECR was a chairlift ride up to the middle of the mountain at Northstar California Resort. Then, I took the gravel road that continues up to the top of the mountain, which climbed about 1,200 feet over only about 3 miles. Calling this a road is a bit of a stretch, as these mountain roads are normally meant for snowmobile, snowcat, or 4-wheeler ATV traffic. I will admit the journey did involve a bit of walking in the steepest parts, but for the most part, the 29x3.0 Surly Knard tires hooked me up the whole way.


The ride back downhill made all the cranking up worthwhile. My downhill riding skills were not really up to the task, but the Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes were up to the task of keeping the bike in check. While the ECR is not as good at gettin' rad as the Krampus, the design does allow for the fact that your worldwide adventures may end up involving some singletrack. Click here for Surly's take on all the new ECR updates.

A new Surly accessory to be available this fall is the Moloko Adjunct Personal Effects Receptable, which is a handlebar bag designed to fit in the inner space of the Moloko handlebar:
A bright lining makes it easy to find the stuff stashed inside:
If you happen to already have a Jones Loop handlebar, this bag will fit in there, too.

There were a couple of other new things, but I was sworn to secrecy and am not able to tell you about them yet, but stay tuned. But I want to conclude with some thoughts that Surly gave us at their indoctrination/propaganda/Kool-Aid drinking seminar.

The three core philosophies that Surly puts into their bikes, and all of their products, are: Utility, Versatility, and Durability. Their bikes and parts are useful, and are meant to be used, not hung in a museum. They can be used in many different ways; there are niches that each product is designed to fill, but there is LOTS of overlap, and no bike has to be pigeon-holed into a certain use. They are built to last -- they may not be the lightest bikes, but they are not the lightest for a reason - they are OVER-BUILT. 99.9% of the time, you won't need that over-builted-ness, but it's nice to know that that over-built durability is there when you need it that 0.1% of the time.

Take the humble Surly Junk Strap. They introduced the Junk Strap about 10 years ago, give or take. Everyone noticed that it was basically just a pedal toe strap made a little longer -- who else but Surly would be audacious enough to slap their logo on a decades-old product, give it a cute name, and sell it as a new product? But the idea of using them to secure your junk to your bike caught on, and the world of junk-hauling was changed forever.

Surly Loop Junk Strap
Fast-forward a few more years, and Surly updated the Junk Strap to the Loop Junk Strap. Now, the loops on the ends make the Junk Strap even easier to attach to you cargo rack or whatever else, and have taken junk hauling to the next level.

The Utility of the Loop Junk Strap is apparent to anyone who has had to strap stuff to their bike. The Versatility is evidenced by the myriads of junk you can strap with it, and the myriads of places on your bike you can strap your junk to. Durability? Check, with the woven nylon construction and stainless steel buckle. To help us prove it, Surly gave each of us one Loop Junk Strap, And, since they work best in pairs, when they weren't looking, I stole a second one.

Utility, Versatility, and Durability. How many companies do you know that can show you a $10 product that embodies ALL of their philosophies?

Monday, August 14, 2017

CC Owner Scott Cowan discusses how to reduce retail staff turnover

HR Coaching is a consulting company that helps small businesses solve hiring problems. Recently, Brad Owens of HR Coaching spoke with Century Cycles Owner Scott Cowan about how to reduce staff turnover in the retail environment.

You can listen online here, download the podcast from iTunes, or just click on the Play button below if it's appearing for you!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Bicycle-touring trio from New York City visits Rocky River

L-R: Greg Salwen, Evan Wasner, Sam Boese
Greg, Evan, and Sam left Queens in New York City on July 18th with a destination of Los Angeles, California, hoping to arrive in late October. Two weeks into their ride, they stopped at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River for assistance with a loose bottom bracket.

Greg will be breaking off in Chicago to get back to work on time in NY (he's already ridden from NY to LA twice before!)  Evan and Sam will continue riding an indirect route taking them through many states in the mid-west and western US. They're having a great time, and when asked if they had any words of wisdom to share, Evan said without hesitation, "Anyone can do it!" If that isn't inspiration to pack up and go, we don't know what is!

They are maintaining a daily blog and taking turns updating it. Join them on their journey by visiting www.bikemantra.com and read about their adventures as they happen.

Travel safely, Gentlemen.  May the wind be at your backs and the rubber side stay down!

You can see more photos of long-distance touring cyclists that have visited all three of our store in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ride the MCPc Fundo, part of NEOCycle!


The 2017 MCPc Fundo, taking place Saturday, September 9th, 2017 as part of NEOCycle, has something for everyone!  Take a casual, fun ride through Cleveland’s newest bike networks, or choose longer, more challenging routes if that’s your thing!

With fully marked courses of 10, 31, and 62 miles, the MCPc Fundo has something for cyclists of all fitness levels and abilities, and encourages people to get out and get healthy. This is a fully-supported ride, meaning there will be multiple rest stops along the route and support vehicles to help if you have a flat tire or other bike issue.

Wrap up your ride at the NEOCycle Hub at Edgewater Park with your food truck ticket, voucher for a draft beer, and entertainment with your fellow riders.

Best of all – the proceeds from this ride benefit Bike Cleveland and the work they do on behalf of Cleveland-area cyclists!

Full details and registration at: http://www.neocycle.org/event/races-rides/mcpc-fundo

Sunday, July 16, 2017

IN STOCK: Jamis Bikes Dragonslayer 27.5+

Slay all terrain. Combine roll-over-everything capability with the traction and stability of 3” tires, steel’s trail-taming ride, short chainstays and slack trail geometry and it’s big grinnin’ all day. Ample tire clearance, rack mount eyelets, triple water bottle mounts, internal dropper post routing, full length cable housing and sliding dropouts add to the versatility for adventure and bikepacking. Load up, spin the cranks and leave the world behind.

The Jamis Dragonslayer 27.5+ Sport is in stock (size Large) at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. Stop in for a test ride!