Thursday, December 7, 2017

Join us for the first annual Bike Shop Day!

Century Cycles is proud to participate in the first annual Bike Shop Day! This event highlights the role that your local bicycle shop plays in the community. We are more than a store -- we are a resource, a place to meet, and a place to have a one-on-one experience while pursuing your passion.

Bike Shop Day is Saturday, December 9, 2017!

We've got a unique schedule of events in each of our three stores:

Medina:
  • FREE Fix-A-Flat Clinics: Noon-1pm & 3-4pm - Bring your bike (or just a wheel) to participate in this hands-on class!
  • Smart Trainer/Zwift Demos: 1pm & 2pm
  • Motion Capture Demos: 11am & 4pm - See how this technology helps us fit you on your bike even better!
  • FREE 5-minute massages: Noon-4pm
  • E-Bike Test Rides: ALL DAY!
  • The Club MED Lounge (our NEW customer lounge area) will be open all day, with snacks, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea, plus adult beverages during Happy Hour 3-5pm.
Peninsula:
  • FREE Fix-A-Flat Clinic: 1-2pm - Bring your bike (or just a wheel) to participate in this hands-on class!
  • FREE snacks and beverages all day!
  • FREE coffee and doughnuts all day!
Plus, anybody who visits us during Bike Shop Day can register to win a $25 Century Cycles Gift Card! One per store!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More great deals on bicycles in the iHeart Radio Cleveland Holiday Online Auction!

Century Cycles has provided SEVEN bicycles for the iHeart Radio Cleveland Holiday Online Auction! This is your chance to get a great deal on a brand-new bike shop quality bicycle!

The bidding for this auction ends at 3:00pm this Friday, December 8, 2017. In the meantime, all of the bicycles are located in our Rocky River store if you would like to check them out in person to test-ride or verify fit. The bicycles available are:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CVNP announces Towpath Trail closures

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has announced closures for areas of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The closures will begin on December 11, 2017 and will continue intermittently through June of 2018. The closures are necessary for replacement of bridges in the affected areas.

The closed areas are:

  • The bridge near the Boston Store Visitor Center
  • Three bridges bridges between the Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park (about 1 mile south of Lock 29 in Peninsula) and the Hunt Farm Visitor Center (on Bolanz Road).
See the Alerts on the park's main web page for details and ongoing updates.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel - Applications Being Accepted

Explore the world by bicycle. Discover the adventure that awaits you. Inspire others. Whether you are new to bicycle travel or looking to build your outdoor leadership skills, The Greg Siple Award helps young adults get in the saddle and out on the road by providing the skills and the gear needed for a lifetime of bicycle travel adventure. In return, recipients of The Greg Siple Award will perform an outreach activity to promote bicycle travel and share it with the world.

The Greg Siple Award, named after Adventure Cycling’s cofounder, is open to young adults ages 18 to 30. (Must be 18–30 years old on March 1, 2018.) In its fifth year, The Greg Siple Award was developed in response to Adventure Cycling members’ desire to inspire more young people to travel by bicycle.

Four Greg Siple Awards (two Intro to Bike Travel awards and two Outdoor Leadership awards) are available in 2018 to support cyclists of varying levels of experience. The 2018 application will open on November 1, 2017, with a deadline of December 31, 2017.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

In Stock: Blackburn Outpost Frame Bags for Bikepacking

The frame bag is a favorite among bikepacking fans and bicycle touring enthusiasts who want to pack light and save weight. They're also a handy way to haul around that "happy medium" amount of stuff -- more than the usual fast ride, less than a full touring load.

Previously, frame bags were mostly only available from small, custom bag makers. These folks do great work, but they are typically very expensive and have long lead times and waiting lists.

Now, Blackburn Design brings frame bags to the everyday rider at a reasonable price. We've got the Blackburn Design​ Outpost Frame Bags in stock! They come in Small, Medium, and Large sizes fit most bikes -- bring your bike with you to test-fit!

The Blackburn Outpost frame bags feature an expanding bottom, so you can partially or fully fill the main triangle of your bike frame, depending on your needs.
The mounting straps are movable, so you have the flexibility to fit the bags around cables, derailers, and other accessories. There's also a hydration tube exit hole, which comes in handy if you want to carry your water inside the bag (since the bag will occupy the space where your water bottles usually go).

The Blackburn Outpost Frame Bags are a perfect complement to Blackburn's other bikepacking gear (also in stock in Century Cycles stores):

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Huge Selection of Bicycles for Kids of All Ages in Stock at Century Cycles

Finding a bicycle under the Christmas tree is a tradition that many of us have enjoyed for generations. Let our experts select the best bike for your daughter or son, and make sure it's safe, with assembly by our professional mechanics.

Kids' bikes come in a range of sizes. With adult bikes, the size of the bike refers to the size of the FRAME, but for kids' bikes, the size refers to the size of the WHEEL. There is a recommended age range for each size, although keep in mind that these recommendations are approximate, since all kids grow and mature at different rates. All of them have adjustable seat height to allow for growth.

24-Inch Bikes are the largest size bike for kids, and typically work well for most kids aged 7 years and up. Check out the Giant XTC Jr. 24 Lite for boys or the Liv Enchant 24 Lite for girls. These bikes have 7 speeds and hand brakes, to help kids develop the shifting and braking skills they'll need once they graduate to an adult bike.
Giant XTC Jr. 24 Lite
20-Inch Bikes are appropriate for kids ages 5 to 8 years old. Most of these bikes will have one gear and a coaster (pedal) brake. Some will have a single auxiliary hand brake to give your child a head-start on hand-braking skills. Check out the Giant Motr 20 and Raleigh MXR 20 for boys, or the Liv Adore 20 and Raleigh Jazzi 20 for girls. Training wheels can be purchased separately and add to these bikes if needed. If your child is ready to try switching gears and hand brakes, look at the Giant XTC Jr 20 Lite for boys or the Liv Enchant 20 Lite for girls.
Liv Adore 20
16-Inch Bikes work well for most kids aged 3 to 6 years. These bikes have one speed, a coaster brake, and usually come with training wheels, which can be removed as your child's skill progresses. Our options in this size are the Giant Animator 16 and Raleigh MXR 16 for boys, or the Liv Adore 16 and Raleigh Jazzi 16 for girls.
Giant Animator 16
12-Inch Bikes are for kids ages 2 to 4 years, and like their 16-inch counterparts, have one gear, a coaster brake, and removable training wheels. Check out the Giant Animator 12 and Raleigh MXR 12 for boys or the Liv Adore 12 for girls!
Liv Adore 12
Balance Bikes are becoming more and more popular as a method to get your kids riding on their own, without the headaches and heartaches of training wheels. The bikes have 12-inch wheels, but no pedals. Your child begins to learn by using the bike as a scooter, pushing along with his or her feet. They soon get the hang of lifting their feet up and cruising, keeping their balance as they go. Since they already have the skill of balancing mastered, when you put them on a regular pedal bike, all they have to learn is the pedaling skill -- skipping the training wheels! We've got the Giant Pre balance bike in stock in colors to suit boys and girls of all tastes.
Giant Pre balance bike
Already have a kid's bike in the garage or basement that needs some TLC? We've got replacement tires in stock (in both black and white) for all of the above sizes, as well as the less-common 18-inch and 14-inch sizes. We can fix flat tires and perform other minor adjustments while you wait! For more major repairs, we provide free estimates! We service all brands of adult and kids bicycles, not just those bought from us!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Oh What Fun It Is To Ride! Holiday Sale - Now through Dec. 30, 2017!

Happy Holidays from Century Cycles! Our Oh What Fun It Is To Ride Holiday Sale starts NOW, and ends December 30, 2017!

10% OFF All Bicycles!

15% OFF all Clothing, Parts, and Accessories!

FREE Christmas Tree Ornament with all purchases $25 or more!

GIFT CARDS (buy them in our stores or online)

Lay-away

Free Gift Bicycle Storage 'Til Dec. 23

Free Bicycle Delivery *


Beat the Spring Mayhem with discounts on all of our Tune-Up Service Packages!

  • $10 OFF Tune-Up Service Package #1
  • $20 OFF Tune-Up Service Package #2
  • $30 OFF Tune-Up Service Package #3
  • $40 OFF Tune-Up Service Package #4
See www.centurycycles.com/get/service for descriptions of each of our Tune-Up Service Packages. Tune-Up discounts are valid through February 2018!



* Within our service area. Other restrictions may apply; see stores for details.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Global Fat Bike Day Ride - Dec. 2, 2017

The annual tradition of Global Fat Bike Day is back, and the fat bike fans behind the Facebook group For the LUV of FAT ... BIKES have organized the Cleveland ride once again!

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017, 12:00pm (noon)
Where: Noble Beast Brewing Company, 1470 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Follow the event on Facebook for the latest updates, and to be eligible for prized provided by Century Cycles, Surly Bikes, and others!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Friday Sale starts NOW! Our BEST prices of the season!


The Century Cycles Black Friday Sale starts NOW! Our BEST prices of the year on bicycles (ALL 15% OFF) and clothing/parts/accessories (ALL 20% OFF)!

Wednesday, November 22 through Monday, November 27, 2017 ONLY!

We will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving Day.

Open for our regular hours on all other days:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00noon - 5:00pm

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Salsa Cycles Presents: Touching The Sun


We’re pleased to present a new Salsa Cycles short film: Touching the Sun.

Minnesota has 180 stream trout lakes, scattered throughout the state. Many of these are located in Superior National Forest and offer a prime opportunity for exploration, solitude, hard-earned but rewarding access points, and adventure by bike.

Loading up the Salsa Blackborow fat bike with fly rods, float tubes, fins, camping gear, and all the associated items for a few days of life in the woods and on the water resulted in memorable days.

Trails were ridden. Trout were brought to hand. Mother Nature showed her many moods. Fine camp living was enjoyed to the fullest.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Friday, November 17, 2017

NPS Updates Policy on E-Bike Use on the Towpath Trail

The National Park Service has recently updated their policy on the use of electric bicycles (also known as e-bikes, ebikes, or pedal-assist bicycles) on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. From their web site:


Operating a motor vehicle is generally prohibited on trails within Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act however, persons with disabilities may use a "Other Power Driven Mobility Device (OPMD)" such as an e-bike.
  • Disabled persons may use e-bikes rated at 1 horsepower or 750 watts, or similar OPMDs in areas open to pedestrian use wherever possible.
  • Until recently, the park required that disabled persons obtain a free permit prior to use on the trail. This requirement has been discontinued.
  • Disabled persons wishing to use an e-bike on the Towpath Trail may do so and there is no requirement to obtain a permit or otherwise explain the nature of their disability.


This policy applies to motorized wheelchairs as well. See:


for more information.


The Cleveland Metroparks classifies an electric bicycle as an "Other Power Driven Mobility Device" (or, "OPDMD"), the same as a motorized wheelchair, and permits their use on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and other All-Purpose Trails within their jurisdiction provided that the device is required because of a person's mobility disability. Their official policy states:


Representatives of Cleveland Metroparks, including staff and volunteers, shall NOT ask an individual using a wheelchair or OPDMD questions about the nature and extent of the individual's disability. In accordance with the [US Department of Justice] regulations, representatives of Cleveland Metroparks, including staff and volunteers, may ask a person using an OPDMD to provide a credible assurance that the mobility device is required because of the person's mobility disability.

Cleveland Metroparks shall accept the presentation of a valid, State-issued, disability parking placard or card, or other state-issued proof of disability as a credible assurance that the use of the OPDMD is for the individual's mobility disability. In lieu of a valid, State-issued disability parking placard or card, or State-issyued proof of disability, Cleveland Metroparks shall accept as a credit assurance a verbal representation, not contradicted by observable fact, that the OPDMD is being used for a mobility disability. A valid disability placard or card is one that is presented by the individual to whom it was issued and is otherwise in compliance with the State of issuance's requirements for disability placards or cards.


We reached out to the Summit Metro Parks to determine their policy on e-bike use on the Towpath Trail. Their response was that "We don't permit the use of e-bikes on our trails, unless used as OPDMDs." It would appear that this policy is similar to that of the Cleveland Metroparks above, although a significant clause in their complete Rules & Regulations states that "OPDMDs must be operated at a speed of five (5) miles per hour or less." It is not clear if this applies to e-bikes when used by people with mobility disabilities; we suggest you contact them yourself if you need to obtain further clarification.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Early Black Friday Deal - Take 25% OFF all NiteRider Bicycle Lights!


For over twenty-five years, NiteRider has been providing bicyclists the most durable, reliable, and best-performing lights for riders on the roads, paths, and mountain bike trails. With our Early Black Friday NiteRider Deal, now is the perfect time to add high-visibility safety for day and night-time riding to your bike, or upgrade your old bike lights!

From November 14 through 27, 2017, take 25% OFF all in-stock NiteRider products! We have a full selection of headlights, taillights, headlight/taillight combo sets, and accessories at all three Century Cycles stores!

Friday, November 10, 2017

We Salute our Veterans!

As we observe Veteran's Day today, we at Century Cycles wish to express our gratitude to all of the veterans who have served to protect our country, as well as all current service members on active duty or reserves.

We take this opportunity announce that we are offering a 10% discount on all regularly-priced cycling clothing, parts, and accessories to all members of our military (veterans, active duty, or reserves). This is good not just today, but every day going forward! Please have proof of military service. Thank you!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Help NOACA update the Medina County Bike Map

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is working on updating their bike map for Medina County, and they want your input! They're having a public workshop, and you are invited to attend.

  • When: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Where: Medina County District Library
    Conference Room B
    210 S. Broadway St.
    Medina, OH 44256
All ages and experience levels of cyclists are needed!

Light refreshments will be provided. Open-house style meeting, so stop by even if you can't attend the whole meeting. A short presentation will be followed by a group activity to help create the new bike map.

This meeting is hosted by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. For more information, see: http://noaca.org/bikemaps

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Help Save Everett Road in the Cuyahoga Valley!

The jurisdictions that are responsible for the maintenance of Everett Road have decided that it is not worth the resources to keep it open, and are currently considering vacating this road and allowing it to deteriorate.

Members of the Akron Bike Club and other concerned local organizations have taken up the cause to save Everett Road for cyclists, hikers, and runners, but they need your help.

Those who used Everett Road all the time (back when it was rideable) know that it was the safest route for cyclists in and out of the Cuyahoga Valley. It gave us a route that wasn’t as busy as Wheatley Road, wasn’t as steep as Ira Road or Bath Road, and allowed access to some of our favorite routes near the Cugahoga Valley National Park.

Here’s how you can help:
  1. If you are available, please attend the November 13 (next Monday) meeting of the Summit County Council, at 4:30 PM in the Council Chambers (on the 7th floor of the County Administration Building) in Akron. There is a parking garage on 200 S. High Street, directly across from the County Court House. Once in the parking garage, follow hallways leading to the County Administration Bldg. and take the elevator to the 7th floor. You can obtain a validation sticker in the Council Chambers and park for free. During that meeting, the Council will be taking definitive action on a Resolution regarding the future of Everett. There is an effort to amend the Resolution to provide through May 1, 2018 to explore turning the roadbed into an all-purpose trail.
  2. If you live in Summit County, please email your Councilperson about this. Send a short message indicating why Everett Road should be kept open for cyclists, hikers, runners, etc.
  3. Please share this message broadly. We need as many voices ASAP to keep the discussion – and, hopefully, Everett Road – open.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

ALERT: Fall Hours begin Nov. 6, 2017 at all three stores

ALERT: Effective Monday, November 6, 2017, we will begin Fall Hours of Operation at all three Century Cycles stores:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00noon - 5:00pm
Remember that bike rentals for the Towpath Trail in Peninsula close 90 minutes before the store closing time.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Detailed route information for the Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail

The Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail is a paved all-purpose trail in the northeastern part of Summit County (Ohio). It consists of two main sections:
  1. A north-south section, approximately 10 miles long. The southern end is near the intersection of State Routes 8 and 303. The northern end is at the county line near Alexander Road, although the trail continues into Cuyahoga County as the All-Purpose Trail in the Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation.
  2. A loop section, approximately 20 miles long, through areas of Hudson, Silver Lake, Munroe Falls, and Stow. This loop is not a continuous trail, and following the entire loop requires riding on some public streets and roads shared with motor vehicle traffic.
Look for these "Bike Route" signs to
follow the on-street sections of the
Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail
The first time I tried to ride the whole loop section was about 12 years ago, on a mid-fall day much like today, with a chill in the air and some rain; there may have even been a few snowflakes falling. When I hit the first on-street sections, there was a detour due to some road construction, plus I missed some of the "Bike Route" signs, and I got lost. Eventually, I navigated the entire route, but probably spent an extra hour of trial-and-error finding my way around.

The page for the Bike & Hike Trail on the Summit Metro Parks web site has a map, and most of the on-street route can be deciphered. The page also lists all of the parking areas and trailheads for the entire trail.

I thought it might be nice for those who are into navigation technology to provide detailed route information for those planning a ride on the Bike & Hike Trail. I added a few routes to the Century Cycles Ride With GPS profile. All of the routes start at the State Route 303 trailhead.

Two of the routes follow the Summit Metro Parks' recommended route for the Bike & Hike Trail loop. One goes clockwise, the other goes counter-clockwise.

The trail runs pretty near to the city of Kent. With it many options for restaurants and coffee shops, Kent is a popular destination for many cyclists in the area, so I provided two additional routes that detour off of the main Bike & Hike Trail loop and go into downtown Kent. Again, both a clockwise and counter-clockwise version of the loop are included:
You can also find these links at this page on our web site. From each route page, you can print a cue sheet to follow along with while you ride, or download the route data to load into your own GPS device.


DISCLAIMER: 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.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

ALERT: All three stores open 11:00am - 8:00pm Monday, October 30, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a special staff event, all three Century Cycles stores will be opening ONE HOUR later than usual on Monday, October 30, 2017.

Our hour for that day only will be: 11:00am - 8:00pm

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Used Rental Bikes for Sale: Kids' Raleigh Mountain Scout

We are updating a small part of our Towpath Trail Bike Rental fleet in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. We have a limited number of used bikes for sale.

The used model that we are selling is the Raleigh Mountain Scout kid's bicycle. We have FIVE of these available.
These bicycles feature 24-inch wheels, which is the right size for most children 7 to 12 years old. The lightweight aluminum frame has a low step-over height that works well for both boys and girls. Reliable rim brakes and twist shifters handle the stopping and gear changes. Three of the bikes are 21-speed models, and two of them are 7-speeds. The bicycles have been cleaned and given a full tune-up by our professional mechanics. Price is $100 each.

To purchase one of these bicycles, stop in to the Peninsula store at 1621 Main Street, Peninsula, Ohio 44264. The bikes are available for you to take home immediately! Used rental bikes are sold AS-IS.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bike raffle at Whole Foods Market helps bring healthy food to schools

Congratulations to Kurt! He was the winner of this bicycle provided by Century Cycles and Giant Bicycles for a raffle at Whole Foods Market in Rocky River, Ohio.

Together with other donated prizes, the raffle at the store raised $4,996 to put salad bars, gardens, bee hives, and healthy education in schools.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Blackburn Click USB Taillight -- works great on your helmet!

Blackburn Click USB rechargeable taillight
Last winter, I was looking for a light that would be practical to put on the back of my bicycle helmet, to give me a little extra visibility by drivers coming from behind. I use the Planet Bike Superflash USB Taillight, attached to my Topeak MTX Explorer Tubular rear cargo rack using the Planet Bike Rear Taillight Bracket.

You can attach most taillights to a helmet using a basic zip tie cable, but then removing it for recharging or replacing the batteries becomes a hassle.

Then I came across the Blackburn Click USB rechargeable taillight. It's got an angled base that makes it work well on your seat post:

As it turns out, that angle also makes it ideal for attaching to the back edge of a bike helmet!

The light has a stretchy rubber strap that makes it easy to attach and remove as needed. It also includes a micro-USB charging cable. You get a 20-lumen light that burns for 3 hours on a charge (in flashing mode), or 1.5 hours (in steady mode), and recharges in 3 hours!

Buy online, or at all three Century Cycles stores!

If you'd like a slicker, more integrated solution to the helmet+taillight problem, the Compel and Roost helmets from Giant Bicycles, and the Luta and Lanza helmets from Liv Cycling all have a magnetic port in the rear, which fits the Giant Numen+Link USB Tailight! All also in stock in our stores!
Giant Compel Helmet
Giant Numen+ Link USB Taillight
Liv Cycling Luta Helmet

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.