Friday, December 29, 2017

2017-2018 New Years Holiday Hours and events, plus Winter Hours begin in Peninsula

PLEASE NOTE: All three Century Cycles stores will be CLOSED on Sunday, December 31, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018. Happy New Year!

Looking for a way to start the bicycling new year off right on January 1? Two traditional New Year's Day bike events are happening again this year:

The Medina Veloist's ABCDEFGHIJ! Ride starts at 12:00pm on Public Square in Medina. Route and distance depends on who shows up and weather conditions. See the event on Facebook for details and updates.

The Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association has their annual New Year's Day Poker Ride, also starting at 12:00pm, at Lincoln Park in Tremont. See the Event on Facebook for details and updates.

Effective Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the Peninsula store will begin Winter Hours of Operation:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm
Hours in Medina and Rocky River will be UN-CHANGED:
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm

Friday, December 22, 2017

5-Minute Kid's Bike Safety Check from Park Tool


Before you let your child hop on any new (or used) bicycle, check out the video above from Park Tool Company about how to perform a 5-minute safety check.

Unlike bicycles purchased from an independent bicycle dealer like Century Cycles, bicycles purchased in the big-box stores do not benefit from assembly by a professional bike mechanic. They frequently fail many (or all) of the tests shown in the video!

If you have any concerns about the safety of any bicycle of yours or your children, regardless of where it was purchased, please bring it to one of our stores for a free inspection! We'll check to see if it's safe, and provide a free estimate for any repairs or adjustments needed.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Say Hello to your local Liv Ambassador!


The Liv Ambassador Program is extended to women across the country seeking to develop the women’s cycling community through the Liv Cycling brand and their local Liv retailer, Century Cycles. These women act as a liaison of the Liv brand in their region and will lead rides, give informational clinics, and act as a go-to resource for Liv and general cycling-related information.

Please meet your Liv Ambassador, Deltrece Daniels! You may recognize Deltrece from her day job as the Outreach & Membership Manager for Bike Cleveland! Her favorite bike is her Liv Avail road bike. Her favorite place to ride is the Western Reserve Greenway rail-trail in Ashtabula County. Her must-have cycling accessory is a bike lock. When she's not riding, she's busy planning routes for her next ride. Her life goal is to ride her bicycle in each of the 50 states in the USA, and abroad in Africa.

Starting in February, Deltrece will be hosting four Liv Signature Events here in the Cleveland area. For updates, plus to join in the conversation about women's cycling issues in Northeast Ohio, there's a new Facebook group! Join now at:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017 Holiday Season Store Hours

PLEASE NOTE: Here is our schedule for all three Century Cycles stores during the 2017 Holiday Season:

  • Sunday, December 24: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 31: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 1: CLOSED
We are open for our regular hours on all other days:
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm

Monday, December 18, 2017

Century Cycles Fat Bikes featured on Kickin' It With Kenny!

On Friday, December 15, 2017, Kenny Crumpton from Fox 8 Cleveland's "Kickin' It With Kenny" visited the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation to help them promote winter activities available in the parks, including the Winteriffic event coming on January 7, 2018.


In our featured segment (above), Kevin from the Peninsula store talks with Kenny about the FREE fat bike demo rides that attendees at the Winteriffic event can enjoy, and about the bikes themselves. Click here if the video above is not appearing for you.


Thank you to Cleveland Metroparks Naturalist Lindsey for the shout-out to Century Cycles in her segment (above), where she discusses many more of the activities available at Winteriffic! Click here if the video above is not appearing for you.


In the opening segment (above), Kenny Crumption rode our fat bikes with Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman, while folks enjoyed the parks' toboggan chutes in the background. Click here if the video above is not appearing for you.

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):