Monday, December 31, 2007
Or, join the Cleveland Area Mountain Biking Association for the New Year's Day Poker Run ride in downtown Cleveland.
However you ring in the new year, please do it safely! We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve all of our customers over the past year, and look forward to seeing you all again in 2008 and beyond!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Have you found any nifty bike-related gifts during your holiday shopping rounds? If so, spill the beans and let the rest of us know about them, so we can continue to feed our bicycle passion and support cool local retailers.
P.S. Speaking of "beans," here's a little known fact: Many a Century Cycles advertisement has been brainstormed into being at Gypsy Beans Cafe on the corner of W. 65 and Detroit. Key brainstorming ingredients supplied: Excellent coffee, yummy food, and free Wi-Fi.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
In other news, we send a shout-out and thanks to George Nemeth of Brewed Fresh Daily, a popular Cleveland-area blog, for mentioning and linking back to our post of last week about shopping locally.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Speaking of cycling organizations, a story aired on Wed. Dec. 12 on WKSU highlighted the efforts of the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) in building and maintaining many of our local mountain bike trails. Included are interviews with CAMBA founder Mike Farley, local parks officials, and other trail-building volunteers. You can listen to the story here, which also includes a helmet-cam video of a rider at the Alum Creek State Park trail near Columbus.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Cool Cleveland managing editor Peter Chakerian sums up best why they do a Holiday Buying Guide:
The Holiday Season is HERE, and whether you're prepared for it or not, we here at Cool Cleveland are here to help you think outside the (Big) Box (stores). From Black Friday on, we'll have a list of local shop owners, purveyors and proprietors to help you support NEO's artisans, neighborhood Mom & Pop shops and crafty/creative types across the region. Buying local is a smart, equitable and sustainable business practice that helps of support your local economy.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Buying local -- from Century Cycles and other local retailers -- really does make a difference in our cities and neighborhoods, plus to the bicycling community in this area as a whole. Buying bikes and accessories from big box stores like Wal-Mart, Performance, or Target does have an impact on our local economy -- not to mention the fact that you don't get the expert service, knowledgeable staff, or high-quality products you need and want.
But this is preaching to the choir. Thank YOU for remembering to buy local and reminding your friends and families to do so, too -- at the holidays and all year long.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
- I got a whole new bike: 45%
- Wheels and tires: 24%
- Fork: 13%
- Drivetrain: 11%
- Bar or shifters: 7%
Source: Bicycling, January/February 2008
Monday, December 10, 2007
Kathryn Harlow of Cleveland asked:
Where are bicyclists supposed to ride on downtown Cleveland streets that have bus-only lanes? I have asked policemen monitoring Public Square while it was under construction where we are supposed to ride. They said we are supposed to take up a whole lane! Cars and buses don't like to be behind a bicycle. One streets with dedicated bus lanes, if we are in a car lane, then we have cars trying to pass us on the left and buses on the right. That's really scary. If we ride against the sidewalk, we are in a bus lane and buses will honk very loudly righ behind you until you pull over.
Sarah Hollander, The Compass editor, responded:
Bicyclists should ride in the bus-only lanes, except on Euclid Avenue, where there are separate bike lanes.
Ohio Revised Code 4511.55 tells bicyclists to ride "as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable..." There was some confusion about the rule's application to bus lanes, however, because the rest of the sentence requires bicyclists to follow the same rules as other vehicles. And since cars are banned from the bus-only lanes, wouldn't that apply to bikes, too?
Not in this case, according to Lt. Thomas Stacho, the Cleveland police spokesman. the city's traffic engineering department will work with Cleveland's Planning Department and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to decide whether bus-only signs should be clarified.
The only time you should ride in the middle of a lane is when the right edge of the road is unsafe, because of a hazardous surface, for example, or because a lane is too narrow for a bicycle and an overtaking vehicle to travel side by side.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
We've also got a new magnetic version of our "Define Your Life Ride a Bike" stickers, using the same design as the stickers that have been available in our stores for most of this year!
Friday, November 30, 2007
A perfect example, and relevant in our case, is Me And My Bicycle, the social network for cyclists. They promote themselves as the place to "Show off your wheels, find like minded cyclists and join in discussions about all things cycling related."
You can check it out and join in at: http://www.meandmybicycle.com
What do you think? Will you join a site like this, even if you would not have considered joining one of the more established social networking sites like FaceBook or MySpace?
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
We wish a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe weekend to everyone! We will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and open for our normal hours the rest of the weekend (Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm).
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
-- Singlespeed racer Dan Jansen, as told to Bicycling magazine in October. Hopefully there was a beer waiting for him when he finished 11th in the Pro division of The Iceman Cometh last weekend (see Kevin's blog post below on how our guys fared). Jansen won the National Ultra Endurance Singlespeed Mountain Bike title last year.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Brent entered in the singlespeed division, so had the earliest start time of the three of us at 9:50am. I didn't have long to wait after that, starting at 10:20, and Doug's wave started at 10:50. While Doug and I were waiting and watching Brent's start, we ran into Bill Rehor, a long-time Michigan resident and our sales representative for Shimano, Haro, Bell, Giro, and Blackburn. Bell wasn't participating in the race, however, as later he had to go work at a sale event at a local sporting goods store.
I had two main goals for this year's race: place better than last year, and win the friendly competition between Brent and me. He beat me last year by only 28 seconds, which I blamed mainly on my having to stop mid-race to remove my windbreaker, and a dumb crash where I caught my handlebar on the fence about 100 feet before the finish line. So, my strategy this year was to pick the right clothing at the start, and ride strong and steady.
My clothing choices worked out perfectly; I was never too hot or too cold during the race. On top, I wore a long-sleeve base layer, then my Century Cycles Retro Wool Jersey. Down below, my Endura Hummvee Knickers did the trick. On my feet, a pair of Lake Winter Cycling Boots and Dirt Rag Wool Socks kept my little piggies from going to the market.
Towards the end of the race, I was still feeling pretty fresh and strong, and so was afraid that maybe I had not pushed myself hard enough. But as soon as I exited the finish chute and started to recover and catch my breath, my windpipe felt like it was on fire, and I felt like I was going to pass out, or puke, or both. So I guess I did not leave too much unused effort out on the course. I came in with a time of 2:10:46, placing 17th out of 130+ in my category, which I was extremely pleased with.
Doug kicked butt, placing 11th in his category, and Brent ended up with a respectable time of about 2 hours and 19 minutes. The full results should be posted at http://www.iceman.com in the next couple of days. The results have been posted on the Traverse City Record-Eagle site; they also have this article about this year's event.
Brian Matter took the title for the Pro Men, and once again, Kelli Emmett of the Giant Mountain Bike Team won the Pro Women race!
After the race, we tracked down Kelly O'Brien, another Michigan local and our sales representative for Thule, Powerbar, and Descente. Kelly raced (where he said he noticed Doug passing him), and then set up a tent and barbeque near the finish line, where he shared a few hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and frosty beverages with us. Thanks, Kelly!
The highlight of the day was watching the SnoCone event, a short fun race for the kids; every participant gets a number plate and a medal. It seemed like the younger they were, the less fear they had. Right before the finish line, there was a steep, banked horseshoe-bend turn covered with loose sand, which even took out a few of the pro riders. It was a hoot to see some of those kids on 12-inch wheeled bikes come around that turn, with a look of steely resolve in their eyes, and just nail it perfectly! Then their feet would pedal furiously using their single gear to cover that last few dozen hards to the finish line.
That evening, we went into town for dinner, and later at one of the local microbreweries, ran into Chip Ellison, our Pearl Izumi sales rep. He had a good race as well, finishing in about 2 hours and 17 minutes.
Before heading home on Sunday, we took a detour to enjoy the amazing scenery and a 1.5-mile hike out at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You can see more pictures from the trip at http://www.theblack13.com.
Friday, November 9, 2007
In the movie, Santa's wild brother, Fred, is called into service to help improve Santa's workshop efficiency. We all know bikes make the best Christmas gifts, so of course there is a sub-plot about a little girl wishing for a bike under the tree.
Thanks to Giant UK, over 75 bikes were supplied to set dress the workshop scenes, including BMX, trikes, and assorted kids bikes. They also provided 10 Giant Gloss bikes, a European-only offering that was custom-painted orange for the movie.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
John talked about some of his cycling adventures in this article from the Pulse-Journal, the local newspaper in his Cincinnati-area home town. Among the 73-year-old's most recent trips werea ride all the way across the southern US.
John is the father of former Century Cycles co-owner Lois Moss. He remains a good friend of Century Cycles, and he regularly finds his way up to this part of the state (sometimes by bike) to visit family and friends, and have us tune his bike up for his next adventure.
Here's John outside his home with his cross-country touring bicycle, which has over 35,000 miles on it.
Here's John at the Arizona-New Mexico border, during a cross-country trip last year on the Adventure Cycling Association's Southern Tier Route, from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Cyclops Fluid Indoor Trainer ($329.99): There is no need to stop riding a bike when the weather is bad. Instead, stay in shape, increase endurance, and remain competitive with an indoor trainer. We especially like the CycleOps Fluid, a quiet trainer with a natural, road-like feel and progressive resistance. Nice bonus: It comes with a training DVD.
Friday, October 26, 2007
- Don’t hesitate. Make a move and go with it so others will have time to react – especially dawdling pedestrians.
- Eyes up. Look inside parked cars and taxis for people about to get out. You don’t want to be "doored."
- Fall safe. You’ll have a close call or a crash at some point. When it happens, let your body roll with it.
We've got a few of the '07 Pistas left in stock in our stores now; we expect to have both the new '08 Pistas and the '08 Bowerys in time for the holidays.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Where in the world have you been with the help of Century Cycles? Send us a picture of yourself in your Century Cycles jersey or t-shirt (or if nothing else, with one of our water bottles). Include any interesting story or details that you like. Some time next year, we'll present a gift to whoever has sent us a picture from the most fun, far-away, exotic, or unusual location. E-mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get things rolling, here's our own Michael from the Peninsula store from his visit to Spain last month. On Sept. 16, he got to watch a stage of the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta) race from Villacarrillo to Granada.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
From today’s The Plain Dealer: "Leipheimer will join Astana, reuniting with former colleagues Johan Bruyneel and Alberto Contador from the now-defunct Discovery Channel team. Leipheimer, who finished third in the 2007 Tour de France, said that the decision was an easy one. Bruyneel, the new Astana general manager, was Discovery’s team director. Leipheimer and Contador, the reigning Tour champ, were teammates."
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We sell a lot of cyclocross bikes, such as the Raleigh RX 1.0, to people who don't race, and that's fine; they make great light touring and commuting bikes as well. Part of the process is often explaining what exactly cyclocross is. Rather than try to go into the details myself, the Wikipedia entry provides a great overview. The best look at the guts of the sport, though, are probably best shown in a video such as this one from the 2007 Starcrossed Cyclocross race in Seattle.
Anyway, back to Orrville...I didn't have any hopes of being competitive no matter which category I signed up for, so I registered in the Masters 35+ category, since that would be an hour-long race, instead of just 45 minutes for the B race or 30 minutes for the C race. Contrary to the tame "old guys" connotation of the name, the Masters category in any type of race is usually filled with dudes who have been racing for 20+ years, sometimes even former pros (neither of which applies to me). But, I got my money's worth in a workout, and ended up 7th out of the eight of us that signed up in Masters.
There were a few juniors in the C race as well:
Here are a few more shots from the B race action:
A beautiful day, and another one of the many great, wacky excuses that we've come up with to enjoy ourselves on bikes.
Monday, October 22, 2007
As always, there is an area equipped with tools, pumps, and workstands in case you need to make any adjustments to your bike.
What surprised me the most is how much fun the new Beginner area is. The Beginner Room has a section with some features that are built very low to the floor for beginning riders to start to develop their handling skills. But it also has a platform with a few ramps that lead to banked turns, a rock garden, and log pile. These are a blast, and I spent a long time riding them over and over!
The Gary Fisher XC Course loops around the entire building, and run up through the rafters in some parts. It's a great way to get a riding experience most like what you would riding a regular mountain bike trail in the woods. For most riding at Ray's, platform pedals are recommended, but if you expect to spend most of your time on the XC course, you may want to consider sticking with your SPD's or other click-in type pedals. I found myself having a hard time pedaling up the climbs into the rafters using the platform pedals on my Cannondale Prophet.
To sum it up, with this season's expansion at Ray's, no matter what your skill level or riding style, there truly is something for everyone. If it's been a while since you've tried the riding at Ray's, it is worth making the trip for another look. If you've never been there at all, then all the more reason--go check it out!