Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Mark your calendars and pray for sunny skies: The next Century Cycles Night Ride on the Towpath Trail is Saturday, September 20, and the last one of 2008 is Saturday, October 11.
Friday, August 29, 2008
The PIB ride was great...57 miles on Friday from the RR store to Sandusky...1:00 jet express that left at 1:15...and I made it there by 1:51!! AND I got my fried balogna sandwich in Vermilion at the Soda Shoppe! Medium cross/headwind till Huron, then cross tailwind (much needed to make it in time)! I played 11 hard games of vball in the 90 degree sun all day Saturday. I had a nice tailwind on the way home...90 degrees, sun, drizzle, and clouds...very relaxing ride!
The draw bridge is UP in Lorain, and the detour (unmarked) is about 4 miles total...easy to follow the closest road to the river (both east and west sides) south to Route 611. The bitch is the BRIDGE across the river is very tall, deceptively steep, super busy, narrow, and fast traffic...with little or no berm! I did realize on the way back that the North side of the bridge had a narrow sidewalk which I will probably use if I have to do it again. It was the biggest hill by far that I had to climb on the ride.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This one-day class will provide you with some basic skills to help keep you rolling smoothly and safely and give you some tips to help you enjoy cycling more. Safety inspection and everyday maintenance are covered, plus emergency repairs including hands-on tire-changing, lubrication, and getting the most comfort and fun from your bike with appopriate position, technique, and accessories. Bring your bicycle questions.
Ok, so we got these in our email, but the pictures are still hot off the press awesome!
Saturday 8/30 at 7:30AM: STOMP Bicycle Adventure, Cuyahoga Valley National Park/Howe Meadow. CC's very own Gary is doing the ride-start SAG for Summit Tour of the MetroParks, which has 63, 25, and 10-mile options, all of which are scenic and hilly. Registration limited to 1,600. Click here for more details.
Looking ahead to next weekend....
Saturday 9/6: Bike With Bachman, Bath Township Hall. This is your last chance to ride along with Summit County Engineer Greg Bachman as he inspects Summit county roads by bicycle. At a time when everyone is complaining about the government, something like this comes along that's pretty cool and restores a shred of faith. Details here.
Sunday 9/7: Hancock Horizontal Hundred, Findlay OH. Century Cycles owner Scott Cowan will be at the pre-ride expo with a CC display on Saturday night and is planning to ride it, too. Click here for the event website, which states "join us for one of the flattest rides in Ohio. Great ride for a first century attempt." So there you have it!
Sat/Sun 9/6-7: Big Valley Race and Festival. There is something for everyone at this two-day bicycling festival located at the Camp Manatoc Boy Scout Camp in the CVNP in Peninsula. The info says: "Come and appreciate this two-wheeled journed known to a privileged few as the 'Manatoc Experience:' Because you know it's never too late to have a life, and it's never too late to change a life." Life-having-and-changing details here.
On this section of Century Cycles' website, we always maintain a schedule of events, rides, and tours. If you are an event organizer, please e-mail your event details to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
(Post title: Oh, yeah, it's Loverboy. But perhaps this Loverboy, not that.)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Al told me he is planning a trip to Paris -- and planning to take his "Define your life" t-shirt with him. If you wore your "Define your life" t-shirt on vacation, e-mail the pictures to email@example.com. Will Al hold the distance record with his Paris pics? Stay tuned!
Monday, August 25, 2008
What was one of Kevin and Ray's inspirations for the 15,000-mile bike journey they are on? Freddie Hoffman, the "man who rode to the moon (and back) (twice)" Now that's a mileage log. -- Miles4Melanoma
NBC has helpfully compiled a collection of all the BMX crashes at the Olympics. -- NBCOlympics.com
Adventure Cycling reminds folks that if they are done with a bike map, there is no need to trash it. Make it into a purse! -- How To Make A Map Purse
We'll be posting updates from Kevin and Ray's trip here, but you can always go to their Miles4Melanoma website for their blog, trip information, and how to donate money to the Melanoma Research Foundation. (Kevin's father died of melanoma [skin cancer].)
And they're off!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
My mom is so excited about her bike.....just so you know the story....
We were on vacation this past weekend in Yellowstone and saw a girl with the bike...we asked her where she got it and she said a bike shop in Montana....we then started the hunt...our bike shop in Idaho informed us that it was no longer available and would not be in the 2009 line of Electra's....so then I went to work and started google-ing....I found the blog about Jan in California and found your bike shop! I am so happy and my mom (Ellen) is just tickled "pink" and waiting for her PJ Party Pink 3 to arrive!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Click here for more information and a complete schedule -- and enjoy the celebration of everything bicycle!
In other Akron news from today's The Plain Dealer:
Akron will unveil the newest link on the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath at 11:00 a.m. today next to the Inner Belt at Quaker and Ash streets. Bicyclists and hikers will eventually be able to travel from downtown Akron to the Flats on the Towpath. This section boasts a 270-foot bridge over Ohio 59. Later phases will be completed next year and will connect to Barberton. So far more than 73 miles on the more than 100-mile-long trail are done.
The dedication of that bridge is part of Akron Bike Week, with lots of music, food, and festivities planned for the ribbon-cutting. A good reason to cut out early from work on a summer Friday if there ever was one!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My wife has never been the athletic type. Anything requiring sweat was usually relegated to doing some other time or not at all. Not to say anything derogatory, but she's just not the outdoorsy type. After convincing her that, yes, we could get both kids to come along with us, we went out to the towpath, got everyone bikes and headed out. My wife hasn't ridden a bike in over ten years, and getting started was a bit of stop and go. However once we finally got going it was a blast. I got to spend time with my family doing something I really enjoy-and they found out that they really enjoyed it too! My wife, after our 7 mile ride, couldn't wait to come back. Having this towpath is a great excuse to get out with the family enjoy the outdoors burn some calories and just have a great time. There's also the town of Boston just north our Peninsula store, where we can get refreshments and ice cream. Szalay's Sweet Corn is only a few miles south of us. Having the Locks along the towpath, where you can show a bit of history to your kids is a great attraction. Explaining how cargo was moved along the canal, how water changed levels to move boats up or downhill was great fun for the kids. Spending some quality time with the family away from the city, the TV, the computer games and noise is well worth the trip. Since our Peninsula store offers rentals of bikes, tag-a-longs and trailers there no reason everyone can't come along for the ride. If you're looking for something the whole family will enjoy, come along on the ride. Hope to see you on the trail!
It's a helpless and horrible feeling to lose someone too soon, and that they died do what we all love so much. None of us are experts on what to do in situations like this, but we can let you know you can click here for the League of American Bicyclist's advice on responding to tragedy and on how to make a difference after a cyclist has died.
Unfortunately, tragedies like this also raise questions about bicycle safety, and you may be getting asked them from your friends and families. The media is also asking them: Century Cycles owner Scott Cowan was interviewed on "Live on Five" on Monday afternoon, as WEWS reporter Lorna Barrett asked questions about bicycle safety for a piece to accompany the station's report on Coburn's death.
Channel 5 didn't post the video clip on their website, or I would link to it here. However, there are a few points from it that are worth sharing. In the interview, Lorna Barrett refers to a free booklet from the Ohio Department of Transportation called "Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts: Riding Confidently, Legally, and Safely." This booklet includes all Ohio bicycling laws, but that's only the first few pages -- the remaining 45 pages are tips and techniques. It is available at Century Cycles stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River -- and again, it's FREE.
Much of what Scott emphasized in the interview is included in the following tips from the League of American Bicyclists:
The best way to educate motorists on bicyclists' rights to the road is to ride respectfully and have facts on your side. Here are some resources for cyclists and drivers on sharing the road.
Sharing the Road: Cyclists
On the Road:
> The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists
> Obey all traffic control devices
> Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns other users
Always Wear a Properly Fitting Helmet:
> Wear a helmet, no matter how short the trip
Ride on the Right:
> Always ride in the same direction as traffic
> Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination
> Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right
> Ride in a straight line
> Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars
> Check for traffic before entering street or intersection
> Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly
> Wear brightly colored clothing that provides contrast
> Use a white front light in low light conditions
> Use a red rear light in low light conditions
> Use a reflector or reflective tape or clothing anytime
> Announce yourself by making eye contact with motorists
Sharing the Road: Motorists
> Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
> Don't tailgate, especially in bad weather
> Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space
Yield to Cyclists:
> Bicycles are considered vehicles
> Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way
> Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections
> Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
> Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
> Look for cyclists when opening doors
Pass with Care:
> When passing, leave four feet between you and a cyclist
> Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you pass
> Check over your shoulder before moving back
Watch for Children:
> Children on bicycles are often unpredictable
> Expect the unexpected and slow down
> Don't expect children to know traffic laws
> Because of their size children can be harder to see
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Support getting CPD officers on bicycles for a safer, cleaner, healthier and better Cleveland. Your tax-deductible donations will be used to purchase bicycles, helmets, shorts, trunk bags and lights. Donate and you will be entered to win great prizes! The Harp has one of the best patios in Cleveland and a gorgeous view of the lake. Click here for more info and to donate.
Sunday August 24: Walk+Roll Cleveland - 11:00am to 6:00pm - FREE!
In Rockefeller Park and The Cultural Gardens. This is our signature event where we open the park to people by closing the street to cars. Bring your talent, your music, your art or your group and join the day. For a map and activity details for Walk+Roll Cleveland, click here.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thanks, Leslie Burns and Support Your Triathlete!
GOT A COOL PIC? SEND IT IN!
We love to see the photographic evidence of all the cool places you wear your "Define your life" t-shirts or ride your bikes. Please e-mail your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with info on who you are and where the picture was taken. If you're sending it in, we'll assume it's okay to put it on the Century Cycles website, or blog, or store bulletin board, or maybe even make it our Christmas card. Well, maybe not that last one, but you get the point -- you share it with us, we'll share it with everyone!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Cable locks are light, easy to use, and offer relatively good safety. Cable locks come in a variety of thicknesses from incredibly lightweight retractable locks from Kryptonite and Master, to 12 millimeter heavy weight cables. The down side of cable locks are that they can be cut with bolt cutters, if you have a determined thief, but for low risk areas these locks offer reasonable security and light weight for easy transportation. Cable locks come in either a keyed lock or a combination lock, if your child is as prone to losing things as mine the combination lock tends to be the best bet, providing it's a complex enough combination to be hard to guess but meaningful to your child.
Securing the Bike
Securing the bike can be done in one of two ways, the right way or the wrong way. The right way is to make sure the frame is secured to some stationary object, otherwise if the cable is simply through the front wheel the wheel can be left and the rest of the bike taken. If just the bike is secured and not to some permanent object, like a bike stand, the entire bike can be taken. Pictures below show the correct and incorrect usage of cable locks.
U-locks are made of hardened steel and act similar to a smaller Master lock. The U-should be used to secure the frame and wheel to a stationary object. U-Locks advantage is that they cannot be cut with bolt cutters, and that without an acetylene torch and a lot of time the lock is not going to be cut. A further strength of U-locks is many U-lock manufacturers offer insurance or value protection for stolen bicycles, reimbursing the owner if the bike is lost or stolen by breaking the lock. This makes U-locks ideal for higher risk areas and for bike messengers and the like. The drawback to a U-Lock is they are very heavy, unwieldy and can be difficult to transport. The photos below show the correct and incorrect ways to secure your bike with a U-Lock.
Finally for the best security the best way to secure your bike is with a combination of U and cable locks. This is ideal for high risk areas where not only is the entire bike at risk but so are the wheels. Using the combination of U and cable allows the frame to be securely attached to a stationary object and the wheels to have further security to keep them attached to the frame. The combination of U and cable is also good for the frame which will not allow the U lock to attach wheel, frame and stationary post as shown below.
Finally one last word about security. No lock is perfect, even with unbreakable materials attached to immovable objects, if the thief can get the key, or get the owner to reveal the combination the bike will be stolen. Likewise no bike is secure from the determined thief with enough time and a truck to wheel the bike rack and bike away. However by choosing the correct lock for your situation, and attaching it correctly your chances of losing your bike to theft are greatly reduced.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
And then there was one. We were contacted this week by Jan, a Califorinia woman who had her heart set on buying an Electra Pink Sweetheart Pajama Party cruiser bike. When her local bike dealer and the west coast Electra rep told her they were out of stock and it was discontinued, Jan's love for the bike stubbornly persisted, inspiring a search on the Internet that led her to the Century Cycles website. Turns out, we are in possession of possibly the last two Pink Sweethearts in the U.S. Now one is boxed up and on its way to Jan, which leaves just one Pink Sweetheart in Rocky River, awaiting the embrace of an owner as passionate as Jan. She thanked us for our cross-country help and excellent website, but we send our appreciation right back at her -- Jan is another customer who personifies our slogan, "Define your life. Ride a bike."
In other news this week:
Moving Targets: In the shift to pedal power, bikers and drivers fight over their patch of asphalt. ("A little civility would be nice, especially from the person driving the 3,000-pound car.") -- The New York Times
Bike Aboard in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park -- and the effort to make the national parks less auto-dependent in general -- are highlighted in this PD article. FYI: Century Cycles in Peninsula sells the $2 Bike Aboard tickets, and be sure to save your ticket after you ride the train -- there are money-saving Century Cycles coupons on the back of each one! -- The Plain Dealer
Plastic fantastic and re-bicyclable! -- Gizmodo
As you're cheering for Team USA, this 49-year-old cyclist who recently won the French time trials and is competing in her 7th Olympics surely deserves a hurray or two. -- Chicago Tribune
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
A member of the Cleveland Touring Club has recently bought a helmet-cam, and posted this video of the descent down Jackson Road on the east side:
The CTC has several groups rides a week in the east side area, and their e-mail list has been abuzz lately with complaints about road rage incidents. So, while the video camera purchase was probably just a fun toy that any of us would enjoy, I suspect there is also an ulterior motive.
Drivers of the east side, beware! You are on camera!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
"The law proposed last year by State Rep. Michael Skindell, a Lakewood Democrat, has not gone to vote. But Skindell is trying to build support for it. If passed, it would require children under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Police would first give warnings but would cite repeat offenders, whose parents would have to pay a $25 fine. The measure was introduced by a Dayton-area state senator, but Skindell introduced it in the House. He considers it an important matter of child safety that could prevent head injuries. An avid cyclist, Skindell pushed the bill after having a bad accident himself a little more than a year ago. Skindell said that while riding on Lake Avenue in Cleveland near West 117th Street, he was cut off by a car and his bicycle hit it. He said he struck his head on the car roof and again on the pavement and would have been killed if he had not been wearing a helmet. He said he is still recovering from a fractured collarbone and has just started riding again, on safe trails. Skindell said the bill has the support of pediatric groups and an association of Ohio children's hospitals, including Rainbow Babies & Children's in Cleveland. The bill had a hearing in the spring. Skindell said he hopes the bill will pass next year."
- Is it ethical to use sponsor money to cover travel expenses to a charity bike tour in Italy? The Ethicist weighs in. (The New York Times)
- Turn your Towpath Trail bike ride into a two-day adventure with a stay at an inn along the way. (The Plain Dealer)
- The Sunday Travel section of The New York Times has been regularly featuring bike travel this summer, from renting bikes in Paris to yesterday news of a deal on a five-night biking trip through the Czech Republic. (Bike Holidays)
- Speaking of helmets, here's a new version that strives to be a little more fashion-forward. I don't know if I agree with this blogger that they are "absolutely stunning," but maybe that's because I really like my Giro and don't feel the need to cover it with a knit beanie. (Baekdal)
- "Pedal Power": With gas above $4 a gallon, more and more people are trading in four wheels for two. (CBS Sunday Morning)
- Mountain...unicycling?! Love the headline: "Down the mountain on a wheel and a prayer" (New York Times)
- Okay, so maybe Portland is not all that: The surge in cycling spurs a new kind of road rage. (Newsweek)
Thanks to Krista and Christine for the tips!