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 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 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:

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!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Plan Your Adventure on the Towpath Trail with Explore-A-Foot

Do you want to explore the historic sights along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail over a multi-day adventure, but need help with planning? There's a new business that will make all the arrangements for you!

Explore-A-Foot is an Akron-based business that can plan your trip for you. You can choose one of their pre-made itineraries, or let them design a custom trip just for you! You can bike or hike the trail (or both), tackling as much distance per day as you like. They will make all the arrangements, including bike-friendly lodging, packing tips, restaurant suggestions, and even pick you up at the end of the trail!

Find more information about Explore-A-Foot at, their Facebook page, or call them at 216-755-HIKE (4453).

Friday, July 14, 2017

IN STOCK: Salsa Cycles Pony Rustler full-suspension mountain bike

The Salsa Cycles Pony Rustler has "any singletrack trail in the world" capability, and takes an aggressive approach with the ground clawing, inspirational stability of 27.5 x 3.0" tires. Mix this footprint with short and agile chainstays and Split Pivot full-suspension design, and you’re dressed to impress while you bust new moves on the mountain bike trail dance floor!

In stock in size Large at the Century Cycles store in Medina, and in Medium in Peninsula. Stop in for a test ride!

Friday, June 30, 2017

ALERT: Independence Day Hours

PLEASE NOTE: The Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 for the Independence Day holiday. Sorry for any inconvenience!

The Peninsula store will be OPEN from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Bike rentals for the Towpath Trail will be available from 10:00am until 3:30pm; bikes must be returned before the 5:00pm store closing time.

Also note that the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (and their Bike Aboard service) will NOT be available on July 4th.

All three of our stores will be OPEN for our regular hours on all other days throughout the holiday weekend, including Monday.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Carry your bicycles and gear safely with Thule car racks and cargo boxes

The summer vacation season is upon us. Whether you're just heading to your local park, or a day-long drive to your getaway destination, you want to arrive safely with your bicycles intact. For families, space inside the vehicle can be precious, so you want to look for ways to carry more gear.

Century Cycles carries a full line of Thule bicycle racks for cars, SUVs, and trucks in all three of our stores (Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River). Thule (pronounce it "TOO-lee") is a company based in Sweden, but all of their bike racks sold in the USA are also made right here in the USA, in one of their factories located in Connecticut or Colorado.

You can purchase your bicycle rack worry-free from Century Cycles, because we'll do the research to make sure we pick the right rack the fits your vehicle, we'll assemble it free of charge, and also install it free of charge--all while showing you how to properly install and use it so you can be sure it's safe every time.

Trunk Racks

A "trunk rack" is a bicycle carrier that straps to the rear of your vehicle. Most models will work with most cars, SUVs, vans, and some pickup trucks. The entry-level Thule Passage 910XT holds one or two bicycles for only $149.99. A three-bike version (Thule Passage 911XT) is available for $169.99.
Thule Passage 910XT trunk rack
The Thule Raceway Pro trunk rack (available in 2-bike 9001PRO $349.99 or 3-bike 9002PRO $379.99 versions) give you better ease of use and security, with a built-in cable lock and locking steel attachment straps.
Thule Raceway Pro 2-bike trunk rack
Got a spare tire on the back of your vehicle? Thule has an answer for that, too! The Thule Spare Me Pro 963PRO ($229.99) holds up to three bikes, and locks securely to your spare tire (if there's a cover over your spare tire, you'll have to remove it).
Thule Spare Me Pro bicycle rack
Hitch Racks

A hitch-mounted bicycle rack attaches to a towing receiver hitch on the rear of your vehicle. If you don't have a receiver hitch, check at your local camper center or towing supply shop, and they can usually install them on most vehicles for a reasonable price. Hitch receivers come in a width of either 1.25 inches or 2 inches. Some hitch racks work with both sizes, but some are made for a specific size hitch. Most hitch racks have a feature that allows the rack to tilt down so you can access your trunk.

The Thule Vertex is an economical hitch rack available in three versions; all include a built-in hide-away cable lock:

Thule Vertex Hitch Rack

Step up to the Thule Helium Aero series, and you get a rack with aluminum construction that's nearly half the weight of comparable racks. You also get the Auto-Attach hitch that slides into your 1.25" or 2" receiver and locks in place without any tools.
Thule Helim Aero 3-Bike Hitch Rack

The new and improved Thule Doubletrack Pro Hitch Rack 9054 ($349.99) holds two bikes, and features a lower-to-the-ground design that's much easier to load, and works much better with cruiser bikes, ladie's bikes, and other bicycles with non-standard frames. It includes all of the locks and keys needed to secure the rack to your vehicle and the bikes to the rack. Works with both 1.25" and 2" hitches.
Thule Doubletrack Pro Hitch Rack
The Thule T2 Pro is a top-of-the-line hitch rack for cyclists who want the ultimate in security and ease of use. Out of the box, it holds any bike with wheels sizes from 20 inches up 29 inches, including fat bikes with tires up to 5 inches wide! Also features the Auto-Attach system for quick tool-free installation and removal.

The Thule EasyFold Hitch Rack 9032 ($699.99) delivers sold bike transportation in a convenient, foldable package. The high load capacity (132 pounds) gives the EasyFold plenty of muscle to handle the weight of nearly any bike, including electric bikes. And, there's a removable ramp that makes it easy to load your bikes into position.
Thule EasyFold Hitch Rack
Cargo Boxes

Cargo boxes provide extra storage space on top of your vehicle to carry luggage, skis, or snowboards. They come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs!

The Thule Force offers value and space with key conveniences, including tool-free Quick-Grip mounting system that works on Thule roof rack systems with square or aerodynamic load bars, round load bars, and most factory load bars. They can be opened and loaded from both the left or right sides. Currently in stock (call us to verify availability):
  • Thule Force M 624 $489.99 - 13 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
  • Thule Force XL 625 $549.99 - 17 cubic feet of cargo capacity, 6 to 8 pair of skis or 4 to 6 snowboards (max 198cm in length)
The Thule Sonic features tool-free AcuTight mounting that works on Thule roof rack systems with square or aerodynamic load bars, round load bars, and most factory load bars. They can be opened and loaded from both the left or right sides. Currently in stock (call us to verify availability):
The Thule Motion XT provides stylish and spacious roof-mounted cargo storage, optimized for ease of use. It's easy to open and close in all conditions due to grip-friendly outer handles and supporting lid lifters. Full trunk access with minimal risk of contact with the cargo box, thanks to its forward position on the vehicle roof. The SlideLock system with separate locking and opening functions automatically locks the lid in place and indicates when the box is closed securely. Easy to mount thanks to the extra-wide PowerClick quick-mount system. The integrated torque indicator "clicks" when it’s properly mounted, ensuring fast and secure fitting. Currently in stock (call us to verify availability):

Roof Rack Systems

If your vehicle does not have factory load bars on the roof, we can outfit you with a Thule roof rack system. In most cases, parts for a roof rack system are special-order, so plan ahead. An installation charge of $60 per hour will apply; most installations take 1 to 2 hours.

Once you have a roof rack system, in addition to cargo boxes, you can use roof-mounted bike carriers. Some require removal of your front wheel, some do not. Stop in and talk to us about the various options!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 is People for Bikes' Fix-A-Flat Day!

We are approaching the dog days of summer, and to help get YOU out on your bicycle more, we're helping People for Bikes spread the word about their Bike Days of Summer!

Any day is a good day to ride a bike, but the Bike Days of Summer highlight some skills and activities to encourage you to get out and ride!

The first of the Bike Days of Summer is Tuesday, June 20, and is Fix-A-Flat Day!

Fixing a flat tire is an easy and essential skill that anyone riding a bicycle should master. Dozens of bike in your city may be sitting un-used in garages and basements just because of flat tires!

Got a bike that you have not ridden in a long time with a flat tire? There may be nothing wrong with it! Just try pumping up the tire(s), and wait a few minutes to make sure they're holding air. If they continue to feel firm ride away!

Know how to fix a flat tire? Take some time to teach a friend how to do it! Or, ask a few of your neighbors if you can fix their flats for them, then take them for a ride!

Don't know how to fix a flat tire? Ask one of your more cycling-savvy friends to teach you! You'd be surprised at how much showing up at their place with your bike and a six-pack of their favorite cold beverage will get you!

Can't find a friend to teach you? There are many online resources to take you through the process step-by-step. One of our favorites is this one from Liv Cycling!

Finally, if you need to seek professional help, the experts at all three Century Cycles stores are always ready and willing to fix your flat tires while you wait! No appointment is necessary, just stop in with your bike!

The labor charge for flat tire repairs is $8.00. Most common sizes of inner tubes are $7.99 each (some sizes are more). If you need a new tire, basic tires for adult bikes start at about $20 each; kid's bike tires even less! Sales tax is additional.

To encourage you dust off that old bike and bring it in to let us fix the tires, we're offering HALF-OFF the labor charge for flat tire repairs for Fix-A-Flat Day on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 ONLY! Use the coupon below.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Instruments of Adventure" - the latest short film presented by Salsa Cycles

Instruments of Adventure from Bjørn on Vimeo.
Five friends traverse a large swath of southern Alaska by sea kayak, fat-bike, and packraft. Through interviews and footage, shot underway, the adventurers share their experiences and reflections about their journey.
Traversing wild landscapes by human-power isn’t a quest to achieve enlightenment. You might, but that’s not the point. Counteracting a cresting wave with a high brace, wheelie dropping into a ravine, or exacting surgical execution of a discovered line through beach boulders all will cause you to lose yourself in single-minded focus and flow.
The instruments of adventure are meant to be played...ideally, with like-minded friends in primordial hinterlands.

Friday, June 16, 2017

25th Anniversary Scratch-Off Prize Cards & Raffle!

As part of the continuing celebration of Century Cycles' 25th Anniversary, we are rewarding our customers with our Scratch-Off Prize Cards and Raffle!

For any purchase of $50 or more that you make, you get one of our scratch-off prize cards! Every card is a winner! Cool prizes include special 25th anniversary editions of our custom water bottles, bottle openers, bumper stickers, and MORE!

Plus, each prize card also includes an entry for the Grand Prize Drawings! We'll hold separate drawings in all three of our stores on September 5, 2017! Grand prizes will include Century Cycles Gift Cards, items from our favorite brands (including Giant, Pearl Izumi, Blackburn, and Tifosi), and gift cards from other local businesses!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bike Aboard! On the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Century Cycles is proud to be the exclusive
bicycle shop supporter of the CVSR Bike Aboard service!

Ride the Rail - Bike the Trail!

Bike the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, then hop on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train for a relaxing ride back to your car! For only $3 you can load your bike aboard Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a one-way trip. Or, do it in reverse! Pick the boarding station where you want to get off and enjoy biking back to your car along the Towpath Trail.

For full details, plus the schedule of operation, go to:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail with Bike Cleveland! - June 24, 2017

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:00pm

Where: Century Cycles, 1621 Main Street, Peninsula, OH 44264

Join Century Cycles and Bike Cleveland for our biggest and most popular ride of the season! Our regularly-scheduled Night Ride on the Towpath Trail is transformed into a rolling pajama party! The ride is FREE and no pre-registration is required!

The fun starts at 7:00pm in the parking lot of our Peninsula store, where you'll sign in, enjoy make-your-own smoothies on our bike blender, and admire your fellow riders' choice of sleepwear!

Our friends from Bike Cleveland will be there to talk about all of the great work they do to make bicycling more fun and more safe for everyone in Northeast Ohio.

If you make a donation to Bike Cleveland, or join or renew your membership at the event, you'll be entered into our prize raffle! The raffle drawings will take place beginning at 7:45pm.

At 8:00pm sharp, we'll begin our bike ride on the car-free Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We'll ride NORTH about 7 miles to the Brecksville Station, take a break for pajama party-themed snacks, then turn around and ride back to Peninsula. Many people enjoy post-ride food and beverages at The Winking Lizard Tavern next door.

You can ride at your own pace, and all ages and skill levels are welcome! Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Never been on one of our Night Rides before? Check out the full details, preparation tips, and safety tips at:

You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. Check your bike over ahead of time to make sure it's ready to ride. Make sure your pajamas do not interfere with your pedals, chain, or wheels. Arrive early to have plenty of time to find parking (use the Lock 29 Trailhead or overflow lot on Mill Street), get yourself and your bike ready, and sign in.

Hard rain and/or thunderstorms will cancel the ride. Call the store at 330-657-2209 or join the event on Facebook for any last-minute updates.

You can check out photos from previous years' Pajama Party Night Rides here: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010

We look forward to seeing you there!
You can find this information on our web site at:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Rides, in partnership with Medina County Parks District

Back again for 2017! In partnership with the Medina County Parks District, we are organizing bicycle group rides on the parks' various multi-purpose trails.

These FREE beginner-friendly rides are a great way to get out on your bicycle for a non-aggressive ride and experience the park's wonderful multipurpose trails. Lynne from the Century Cycles store in Medina will start each 6-10 mile ride with some basic tips for how to keep you and your bike fit.

All rides begin at 6:30pm. Adults only; helmets are required. No pre-registration is necessary.

  • Thursday, June 15Chippewa Rail Trail (meet at the Chippewa Rd Trailhead)
  • Tuesday, June 27Buckeye Woods (meet at the ball field parking lot)
  • Tuesday, July 11Brunswick Lake Trail (meet at entrance near Susan Hambly Nature Center)
  • Thursday, July 27Lester Rail Trail (meet at Lester Rd trailhead)
  • Thursday, August 10Lake Medina (meet at the Route 18 parking lot, across from Summa Health)
  • Tuesday, August 22Buckeye Woods (meet at the ball field parking lot)

You can also find this information on our web site at:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Thanks for joining us for Bike Travel Weekend!

Thank you to everyone who joined us to help celebrate the Adventure Cycling Association's Bike Travel Weekend on June 3! We had about 90 people who came for our Night Ride on the Towpath Trail! 16 of those people camped out at Heritage Farms in Peninsula following the ride.

It was a cool and beautiful evening for camping, perfect for sitting around the fire and sharing hot dogs, brats, popcorn, s'mores, and more!

Photos by Kevin Madzia and Debbie Petcher.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Extended Summer Sunday Hours at all three stores!

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Sunday, June 4, 2017, to better serve our customers, all three Century Cycles stores will begin our Extended Summer Sunday Hours!

During June, July, and August, our hours of operation for Medina and Rocky River are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
During June, July, and August, our hours of operation for Peninsula are:
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Hope to see you soon, and enjoy the summer!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Worldwide touring cyclist visits Peninsula

Krzysztof Chmielewski from Poland stopped in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula on May 25, 2017 while touring all across the USA! He started his trip in Florida, then went up to New York City and New England, then down to Washington, DC, then to Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He planned to continue to Chicago, then up to Canada, eventually to Fairbanks, Alaska. If that weren't enough, he plans to turn around and head down the west coasts of North and South America, all the way down to Argentina!

He remarked that he was pleasantly surprised at how nice the people of Ohio are!

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

ALERT: Store hours for Memorial Day weekend

PLEASE NOTE: The Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29, 2017 for the Memorial Day holiday. Sorry for any inconvenience!

The Peninsula store will be OPEN 10:00am - 5:00pm on Memorial Day. Bike rentals for the Towpath Trail will not be sent out after 3:30pm, and must be returned before the 5:00pm store closing time.

All three stores will be open for our regular hours on all other days.

Enjoy the weekend with your family and friends as we honor those who have served our country!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Recent Bicycle-Touring Visitors in Peninsula

We've had some recent visitors at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula who were in the middle of a long-distance bicycle tour:
Nick and Mitch (above) were riding from Dayton to Niagara Falls, and stopped by on May 18, 2017.

Debbie and Marty (above) are from the San Francisco Bay area. They came to our area just to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail. They started their trip in Newport, Kentucky, and stopped in on May 23, 2017. They ended their trip the next day, reaching the end of the route on Lake Erie in Cleveland.

You can see more photos of bicycle touring visitors at all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery!

Century Cycles is a Bike Shop Member of the Adventure Cycling Association, whose mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Our Medina and Peninsula stores are located on their Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, and our Rocky River store is located on the Northern Tier Cross-Country Route.

Adventure Cycling has designated June 2-4 as National Bike Travel Weekend to encourage anyone to take an overnight trip by bicycle. We are participating by turning our Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on June 3 into a Bike Camp-Out Night Ride! For details and registration, go to:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bike To School video from Kensington Intermediate Elementary School in Rocky River

The students at Kensington Intermediate Elementary School in Rocky River made this video to thank the organizers and sponsors of the 2017 Bike To School Challenge. It also shows them drawing the names of the winners of the two grand prize bicycles.

Thank you to sponsors 2017 Rocky River Bike To School Challenge sponsors at Kensingon: Century Cycles, Giant Bicycles, Subway, Whole Foods Market, Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe, River Dog Cafe, and the Rocky River Kensington Intermediate Elementary PTA!

Thank you to the faculty and staff at Kensington for your hard work and support! Most of all, thank you to the students for setting a great example by biking to school!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Take 20% OFF all Thule car racks for Thule Days - now thru May 29!

Celebrate Thule Days May 19 through May 29, 2017! Take 20% OFF all Thule car racks, child trailers, and baby seats!

Go to to see our full selection at all three Century Cycles stores!