Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Online Survey and Public Meeting for Proposed Trail in Medina

Attention Medina residents, or anybody who bikes in Medina! The Medina City Parks and Recreation​ department is looking for your input on a proposed project!

Please take the survey linked below or plan to attend a Public meeting at Medina City Hall Rotunda on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5:30pm. The City of Medina will hold a public meeting to receive comment on a proposed project for a trail connection from US 42 N. Court Street to Larkens Way along E. Reagan Pkwy.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend. Click in the link below for the online survey:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Video: "The Pursuit of Fattiness"

Fat Pursuit: "The Pursuit of Fattiness" from wandr on Vimeo.

Winter endurance races are not for the faint-hearted or weak-willed. This film profiles one man's fat bike journey while training for Jay Petervary's "Fat Pursuit," a 200km/200-mile winter bicycle race in the Greater Yellowstone region. Follow along with Jim Vreeland's journey, from the train tracks of New Jersey, to Idaho's cold, snowy backcountry, and maybe all the way to the finish line.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winter Hours in Peninsula begin January 2, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning today, January 2, 2019, we will begin Winter Hours at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. Until further notice, hours in Peninsula are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm
Hours in our Medina and Rocky River stores are un-changed:
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00 - 5:00pm
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Century Cycles 2018 Holiday Season Hours

PLEASE NOTE: Here are the hours for the 2018 Holiday Season at all three Century Cycles stores:

  • Monday, December 24: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 31: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 1: CLOSED
We will be open for our regular hours on all other days.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Apply for the Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel

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 for Young Adult Bicycle Travel 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, 2019.) In its sixth 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 2019 to support cyclists of varying levels of experience. Apply now.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Foundations East - the latest film from Salsa Cycles


"Foundations East" is the latest video from Salsa Cycles. In it, they present a portrait of Lindsey Carpenter and Sam Skidmore celebrating the true spirit of living a full and rich mountain bike life, with time spent trail building, riding, and loving the outdoors in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Towpath Trail Closure: Dec. 17 , 2018 through February 2019

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has announced that work will resume on the replacement of a trail bridge between Deep Lock Quarry and the Hunt Farm Visitor Center on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail south of Peninsula.

The work will begin on Monday, December 17, 2018, and is expected to be completed by the end of February 2019. Weather and other uncontrollable factors may affect the completion timeline.

The trail in this area will be CLOSED during this period, and no off-road detour is available.

Customer wishing to use the Towpath Trail Bicycle Rental service at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula (weather permitting) can still travel NORTH on the trail from Peninsula.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Long-Term Review: Surly Raglan Long-Sleeve Merino Wool T-Shirt

Kevin in the Surly Raglan Shirt - suck that beer gut in!
Hey, folks; this is Kevin from the Century Cycles store in Peninsula again. Today, I'm here to tell you about another one of my favorite products, the Surly Raglan Long-Sleeve Merino Wool T-Shirt.

If you know me or have been following this blog for a while, you know I'm a fan of merino wool clothing of all types for all types of outdoor activities. It keeps you warm in the cold, and cool in the heat, wicks moisture, and is naturally anti-bacterial to keep that funky smell at bay. So also being a Surly fan of course, when they came out with this item a couple of years ago, I said, "TAKE MY MONEY NOW!"

In addition to all the great things about wool that I've already mentioned, this shirt has all the things you'd expect in a cycling-specific clothing item. The sleeves and the bottom have plenty of extra length to keep you covered while hunkered down (or not, as you prefer) in the bike-riding position. Tagless, so nothing scratching the back of your neck.

So, you're asking, "What's with that really big neck hole?" With the horizontal stripe pattern, I'm lookin' more like a French Mime than a Tour de France rider (but of course, mime is money). I was a bit put off by the big neck hole at first, too. But, consider that this item is mainly meant to wear as a base layer. Stick a jersey with a tall neck over top of it, then a jacket with a tall nick over top of that. Even on a pencil-necked geek like me, there's only so much space around your neck for all that tall-necked clothing. So, you'll appreciate the sparse material around the neck of the Raglan shirt to give you some breathing room, literally.

And about those stripes. Well, that was the original color. It's now available in much more "mainstream" colors (see below).

I have the Surly Raglan Shirt with me almost all the time when I'm bike commuting, bicycle touring, or bikepacking. It packs up all nice and tiny to hide in the corner of your bike bag, until that time when you're all, "Hey, it's a bit more nippy out here than I expected."

The Surly Raglan Long-Sleeve Merino Wool T-Shirt comes in unisex sizes Extra-Small through Extra-Extra-Large. Sizing is pretty standard, i.e. if you wear a Large in everything else, a Large oughta work just peachy for you with this. Just $75.00 each (hey, those merino sheep gotta eat) by special-order from your nearest Century Cycles store. Get one today and make Lord Raglan proud!

Surly Raglan Shirt in Blue (looks more like Purple to me)

Surly Raglan Shirt in Blue/Gray

Surly Raglan Shirt in Gray

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Long-term review: CatEye Stealth 50 GPS Cycling Computer

CatEye has been the go-to brand for cycling computers for decades. About six years ago, the finally jumped on the GPS bandwagon with their Stealth line of GPS computers. I tested one out and wrote about my first impressions here.

Soon after that, I decided to purchase one of the CatEye Stealth 50 GPS computers for myself. I've been using on all of my bikes for all types of riding, and have been quite pleased with it.
CatEye Stealth 50 GPS on my Surly Ogre
The CatEye Stealth 50 comes with a tool-free mounting bracket that works on any handlebar or most stems. Additional mounting kits can be purchased for just $12.99, or an out-front mounting bracket for only $17.99. It also comes with a proprietary charging/sync cradle with USB plug on one end.
CatEye Stealth GPS 50 with charge/sync cable
Setting up the CatEye Stealth 50 is easy. You'll need to download and install the CatEye Sync software on your personal computer (Windows and Mac versions are available).
CatEye Sync for Windows
You can create an account on CatEye Atlas for uploading and reviewing your ride data, but since Strava is a more popular ride tracking service, the CatEye Sync software allows you to upload your ride data directly to Strava as well, and you don't need a separate CatEye Atlas account.

Once you've got the CatEye Atlas software installed, plus the Stealth 50 into the charging cradle, then plug the USB end into your personal computer. The CatEye Sync software has a quick setup feature that allows you to set some basic options on the Stealth 50, e.g. time zone and preferred units of measurement (miles vs. kilometers). You can also set a specific time of day when the Stealth 50 backlight comes in automatically, to make night-time reading easy. Also, you can set the data recording interval to 1 second, 3 seconds, or 5 seconds. The shorter the recording interval, the more accurate your ride tracking will be, but the trade-off is shorter battery life. However, I have always had mine set to the 1-second data recording interval, and I've never had an issue with the battery running out during a ride, even for long 100-mile days.
Stealth 50 setup in the CatEye Sync software
Once the initial set is done, just clip the Stealth 50 onto your bike, turn it on, wait a few seconds for it to acquire a GPS signal, and ride! Like most basic bike computers, the top line of data on the Stealth 50 shows you your current speed, and the bottom line can be switched to show you ride time, distance, average speed, or maximum speed. The middle line conveniently displays the time of day.

The Stealth 50 is compatible with ANT+ sensors, so it will work with most optional speed/cadence sensors, heart rate straps, and power sensors.

If I stop for lunch or some other longer break during a ride, I usually turn off the power on the Stealth 50 to save battery life. When I'm ready to start riding again, I just turn it back on, wait a few seconds for it to get the GPS signal again, and it picks up right where it left off.

At the end of your ride, you just press and hold the single button on the Stealth 50 to reset and save the ride data. Since the Stealth 50 does not have Bluetooth connectivity like some more recent models of GPS devices, you've got to use the charge/sync cable to view your ride data later.

Viewing your ride data is a two-step process once you've plugged the Stealth 50 into your personal computer. First, your PC has to read the data from the Stealth 50 and download it the PC, then you upload it to CatEye Atlas or Strava. The download step usually takes only a minute or two, and the uploading is even quicker.
Downloading ride data from the CatEye Stealth 50 to your PC
Once the download step is complete, the CatEye Sync program shows you what ride data it found; you can save data from more than one ride at a time on the Stealth 50 unit and download them all at once later.

CatEye Sync program showing downloaded ride data
CatEye Sync program uploading ride data to Strava
After the ride data is uploaded to Strava, you can delete it from the Stealth 50 unit, and then view it on Strava to change the name of the ride and other details as you normally would on Strava. CatEye Sync provides a link to go directly to Strava to view and edit the ride:

Because of the easy one-button operation of the CatEye Stealth 50, it makes a good device for somebody who just wants a reliable and easy way to see their speed and distance during ride, even if they are not interested in using the GPS tracking features to view their ride data afterwards. Just reset the Stealth 50 at the beginning and end of each ride, and you're good to go, without having to worry about additional sensors and wheel magnets getting knocked out of alignment and other common issues with traditional bike computers. If you use it this way, keep in mind you will eventually have to connect the Stealth 50 to the charge/sync cradle to delete all of the accumulated ride data. This will take much longer than it takes to download just a single ride, possible even an hour or more if there are many rides saved on the device.

A full charge takes a couple of hours. When I use it on my commutes to work, I don't bother charging it during the day, as it's got plenty of charge left for my ride home. After long rides, I just plug it in at home, and it's good to go with a full charge the next morning.

I've found the CatEye Stealth 50 to be very accurate as far as tracking the distance and route of my rides, when comparing the distance to a traditional cycling computer and a friend's other GPS device when riding with them. I recently acquired an Apple Watch that I use to track rides sometimes, and when I've used both of them at once, found them to track pretty accurately and close to one another when riding on roads and/or bike paths. When mountain biking on singletrack in the woods, I've actually found the CatEye Stealth 50 to be more accurate; I think it keeps the GPS signal more reliably under the tree cover compared to the Apple Watch.

In conclusion, the CatEye Stealth 50 GPS Computer is a good option for somebody looking for a reliable, easy-to-use, and inexpensive device to track their bicycling ride data.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple one-button operation
  • Direct upload to Strava
  • ANT+ sensor compatibility
Cons: 
  • No Bluetooth connectivity; must connect to PC to view ride data
CatEye has discontinued making the Stealth 50 GPS, but we've got 2 left in stock at Century Cycles at a special closeout price of $95.99 (originally $149.99)!