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 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

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.