Tuesday, June 30, 2009
At 9:45am (Mountain Time) this morning, Matthew Lee became the first to reach the Mexican border and victory in the Tour Divide, finishing with a time of 17 days, 23 hours, and 45 minutes.
The Tour Divide is a race along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which stretches 2,493 miles from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
This was Matthew's 6th time finishing the race, 4th time winning, and 2nd consecutive win. Read more details at the official Tour Divide web site.
Whether you follow bicycle racing or not, you gotta appreciate that that's some serious riding.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Hello! The frogs talking...Thank you all for helping us so nicely with our little kick stand problem. You are definitely the coolest bike shop we saw on our way! And of course, a special thanks to Garry and his family for welcoming us to their place for a night. That was unexpected and ... awesome. We just left the Underground Railroad and are now in Toronto, ready to ride the last part of our trip: La route verte in Quebec to Montreal. All the best to all of you and to the shop. Francis et Helene
Thank you to everyone who came, making it our biggest Night Ride ever! Thanks so much to Tommy from NiteRider, who brought his recently-repaired rig, his vast lighting and cycling knowledge, and some cool lights for folks to demo. (A new Night Rider asked if Tommy comes to every Century Cycles Night Ride. We can only wish, but we are crossing fingers he comes back to us on his 2010 rounds.)
And congratulations to Ken Haver, who won the NiteRider MiNewt Mini-USB light!
In the blur of bike lights and bicycles, I seem to recall a few photographs being taken on Saturday night, so we'll see if we can get those posted here in the next day or two. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the next Night Ride on Friday, July 10 -- and let's see if Rich can count higher than 215.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
- NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems is joining us and giving away this NiteRider MiNewt Mini-USB bicycle light (MSRP: $100)!
- Starting at 6pm, the NiteRider trailer -- the same one that goes to bicycling events all around the U.S. and Canada -- will have all the latest and greatest high-powered bicycle lighting systems on display, with Tommy there to answer all your questions.
- Fifty Night Riders will be able to demo a NiteRider bicycling lighting system on the Night Ride, which starts at 8pm as usual.
- Plus in honor of NiteRider's visit and just for our kick-ass Night Riders, Century Cycles is offering a coupon good for 10% off a NiteRider bicycle light at any CC store through July 5.
- Oh, yeah, and it's all FREE!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Gerry and Kris ended up staying at my apartment that evening so I showed them around town and hopefully gave them a nice break from sleeping on the ground. Follow Gerry on his blog: www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/GLaP2009
Saturday June 27, 2009
Free guided rides to, from and around Collinwood - one of Cleveland's funkiest, funnest, fastest changing neighborhoods - and the Waterloo Arts Fest!
Do 1, 2 or all 3:
- 11am: Rockefeller Park to Waterloo Arts Fest
- 1pm: Collinwood neighborhood loop
- 3pm: Waterloo Arts Fest to Rockefeller Park
Rockefeller Park is the beautiful, narrow park that includes The Cultural Gardens, along MLK Blvd between I-90 and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Meet and end in the parking lot at East 105th Street and MLK Blvd, across from the tennis courts.
At the fest, there will be bicycle decorating, bicycle art, maintance tips, and more plus food, music, art, games and some of the most interesting people and intriguing places in Cleveland. Come for a short visit or stay the entire day exploring, creating and experiencing.
The bike rides are free but you must sign a waiver before leaving and you must wear a helmet. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The rides will be mostly on quiet streets with low traffic volumes, will go at an easy pace, and riders of all experience levels are welcome.
Brought to you by Arts Collinwood, Clevelanders in Motion, Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, ClevelandBikes, Walk+Roll and dozens of volunteers.
(Photo by Doug Charnock.)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Senator Teresa Fedor of Toledo will introduce a bill on Tuesday, June 23 to modify Ohio revised code 4511.27(A) to require that motorists maintain a three-foot minimum clearance when passing bicycles.
Senators Fedor and Mark Wagoner and Ohio Bicycle Federation Chair Chuck Smith will announce the bill’s introduction during an 11:30 AM Tuesday press conference on the West Lawn of the State House in Columbus.
The bill is one of eight Ohio Bicycle Federation proposals to improve Ohio cycling given to Senator Fedor by Smith during a May 15-17 bicycle tour from Toledo to Columbus.
For questions regarding the proposed legislation, check the Ohio Bicycle Federation web site at www.ohiobike.org or email Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thanks to Aubrey, one of the new people in Peninsula, for spending most of the day this past Saturday folding them! Shown here is another new guy, Rich, taking his turn at folding duties.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The steady stream of bicycle touring groups continues through Peninsula, despite the steady stream of rain in our area last week. This pair of guys started in Philadelphia, and are headed to Missoula, Montana. They don't have a web site or blog where you can follow their progress, but they are riding for a group called the Green Bicycle Alliance.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Mia loves the bike, saying, "It is indeed my perfect dream bike for the city, as it came fully equipped with everything I had hoped for, and more! My favorite features of my new bike include the steel cream-coloured mixte frame, the Brooks saddle and grips, the upright city-style handlebars, the internal Shimano 8-speed hub." You can read her full review here.
The bike does NOT come with the Paul Components Flatbed Front Rack that is shown on Mia's bike. If you're keen on spending 200 clams for a front rack, though, we'd be happy to oblige!
Friday, June 19, 2009
The Summer 2009 schedule for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Bike Aboard! program is now available! With Bike Aboard, you can Ride The Rail and Bike The Trail!
For a $2 per person fare, you can hop a ride on the train, then bike the Towpath Trail back to where you started.
For full details, and the schedule of operation, see:
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here is the original bike in pretty much stock condition (i.e. BEFORE conversion):
Here it is, AFTER:
Weighing in at a total of 37 pounds, it definitely won't set any speed records, but it handles like a steamroller, and I mean that in a good way--point it where you want to go, and it handles steady and on track through gravel, dirt, bumps, and potholes.
There were a number of challenges in trying to make a bike designed and optimized as a singlespeed to work with a full complement of gears. I had originally hoped to use the super-fat Schwalbe Big Apple 29x2.35 tires. They fit great in the frame, but did not leave enough clearance for the front derailleur, so I had to scale back and use the Serfas Drifter 29x2.0 tires instead. These are great tires as well; we sell a ton of the 26-inch versions, and they are ideal for Towpath and other mixed paved/unpaved trail riding.
The front derailleur choice itself was tricky, as I had to find one that had as much of the pivot mechanism as possible situated toward the side, rather than towards the rear, to allow clearance for both the rear tire and fender. Luckily, I happened to have an old Shimano Deore LX in my personal parts supply that fit the bill.
Problem Solvers Backstops provided the cable stops for the derailleur cables that are not normally found on a singlespeed.
The Old Man Mountain Sherpa Front Rack and Axiom Odysee FS Rear Rack work great on this and other frames that lack standard rack mounting eyelets.
Finally, a spare taillight mounting bracket provided a mounting spot for the front of the rear Planet Bike Cascadia 29er fender.
You can check out more pictures and a full component list on our Bike Gallery.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Their site is mostly in their native French, but if nothing else, you can at least enjoy their pictures!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
ClevelandBikes will lead departures from three eastside locations, arriving in time to enjoy the Parade:
- 11:00 am, departing From Phoenix Coffee (2287 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights)
- 11:00 am, departing from Dewey's (13201 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Square)
- 11:15 am, departing from Starbucks (12405 Cedar Rd, near FairmountBlvd., Cleveland Heights).
The Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op will lead its own ride from its Columbus Road location in the Flats to the parade as well. The Bicycle Co-Op is located at 1823 Columbus Road and can be reached by phone at (216) 830-2667 or www.ohiocitycycles.org.
For more information, visit: www.clevelandbikes.org/parade.htm
A sneak peak of the 2010 Bianchi Pista Via Brera has been leaked!
Beautiful neo-retro styling combined with the rumor of SRAM Torpedo rear hub has me really excited for the launch of these bikes.
Keep an eye on our Bianchi Complete Bike page for all of the 2010 models later on in the year.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
PENINSULA, Ohio (June 11, 2009) – Century Cycles is teaming up with NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems to offer local bicyclists the chance to try the company’s innovative, high-powered lights on a Century Cycles Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on Saturday, June 27. The NiteRider bicycle light display and demo begins at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Century Cycles bicycle store in Peninsula, Ohio (1621 Main Street, on Route 303 between Route 8 and I-271, next to the Winking Lizard Tavern). The Night Ride starts in the same lot at 8 p.m.
NiteRider will have 50 bike lights available for bicyclists to demo on the two-hour Night Ride. Those interested in using a NiteRider demo light on the Night Ride must provide a driver’s license and credit card as collateral, and all demo lights are on a first-come, first-served basis.
The NiteRider trailer, a 35-foot rolling showroom that goes to bicycling events around the country, will also display the complete line of NiteRider bicycle lighting systems. Company representatives will be on hand to answer questions, distribute catalogs and give away a NiteRider MiNewt Mini-USB bicycle light (MSRP: $100) by random drawing to one lucky Century Cycles Night Ride participant.
For more information, call Century Cycles in Peninsula at 330-657-2209. Online, please visit http://www.centurycycles.com/ or e-mail email@example.com.
About Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail
Now in their 14th year, Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are FREE group bicycle rides at night along one of the area’s most popular bike paths – the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Each Night Ride this year has averaged over 150 bicyclists, who enjoy it as a fun family outing, a unique date night, or a just a great bicycle ride with friends by moonlight.
Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are open to riders of all ages and abilities, with no pre-registration necessary. Each moderately-paced ride starts promptly at 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Century Cycles in Peninsula and is approximately 15-20 miles long (about two hours). Parking is available at the Lock 29 Trailhead, just north of the store. Helmets and bike lights are required. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The remaining 2009 dates for Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are: Saturday, June 27; Friday, July 10; Saturday, July 25; Saturday, August 8; Friday, August 28; Saturday, September 19; and Friday, October 9.
About NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems
Founded in 1989, NiteRider is widely recognized as a leading innovator and trailblazer in the bicycle lighting industry. The Company is known internationally for the stylish design, high performance and quality of its lighting products as well as for its unparalleled, high standards for customer service. Over the years, NiteRider has sponsored legends in the sport like NORBA legend Tinker Juarez and ultra-distance legend John Stamstad, both inductees of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. http://www.niterider.com/
About Century Cycles
Century Cycles is an award-winning chain of independent bicycle stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River, providing high-quality bicycles and friendly, expert service to northeast Ohio bicyclists and their families. Century Cycles is an authorized dealer of Raleigh, Giant, Diamondback, Electra, Surly, Masi, Bianchi, and Haro bicycles, as well as Santana tandems. The Peninsula store also rents bicycles year-round for use on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
In April, Century Cycles was named a 2008 Bike Shop of the Year, one of only eight bicycle stores honored nationwide by the League of American Bicyclists. Last month, Century Cycles was voted a Top 100 Bicycle Retailer in the United States for the eighth consecutive year by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News magazine.
Define your life. Ride a bike.™
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Constantio completed his journey upon a Raleigh Cadent FC, the crown jewel of Raleigh's performance hybrid line.
Inspired by Constantion's dedication?
Well, you can start off locally with a sub-24 hour overnight, such as the Tour-de-Surly, which took three Century Cycles employees starting at our Peninsula location to West Branch State Park in Ravenna.
Need to gear up for a sub-24 or extended tour?
Surly offers the venerable Long Haul Trucker, which has been thoroughly documented on this here blog.
Another unsung hero is the Raleigh Sojourn. The Sojourn packs a proven trekking geometry, Avid disc brakes, bar end shifters, and a timeless Brooks saddle and matching bar tape. It comes equipped with a set of SKS fenders and a rear rack to make it tour-worthy out of the box.
Our latest eNewsletter, for June 10, 2009, has just been e-mailed to subscribers. For those that received it already, yes, I know, I screwed up. (The "Subject:" line said "May 10, 2009"!)
You can read it online here. You can catch up on past issues and sign up to receive it here.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
When fitting a particular model and size of bicycle to a certain rider, the first, and often only, adjustment is made by changing the seat height. This is done by loosening the clamp that holds the seat post in place in the frame, raising or lowering the position of the seatpost within the seat tube of the frame. The goal is find the right height to provide you with a full extention of your legs (although not 100% straight) while pedaling, and a safe reach to the ground while sitting on the saddle.
Fast Track Cycling, a non-profit organization dedicated to develop, promote, and sustain the operations of an Indoor Velodrome and Multi-Sports park in Cleveland, is throwing a party and raffling of a track frame hand-built by Cleveland's own Cicli Polito.
The party will take place Wednesday, June 24th at Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Ave (W. 117th & Detroit) from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, with the drawing for the frame at 7:00pm; complimentary food and a cash bar.
Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket or 6 for $100, with all proceeds going toward Fast Track Cycling's efforts to construct a indoor velodrome in the Greater Cleveland Area.
Cicli Polito recently won best of show at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here's your chance to get an award-winning frame while helping a good cause. Win-win if I've ever heard one.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We've got to give our hearty thanks to Dick, for getting up so early to join us and for adding a festive air of bicycling nostalgia that the kids, staff, and even car commuters on Wolf Road all found thrilling.
COOL FACT: Longest ride Dick has taken on that bike? 101 miles! That's right -- he's done a century on it. Remember that the next time you young'uns brag about riding distances on fixies.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I was checking out the Surly Bikes page on our web site this morning, and noticed that we still had pictures and descriptions of frames like the Cross-Check in Misty Mountain Gray and the Karate Monkey in Husker Blue. Those are so LAST YEAR!
So, I warmed up the old TRS-80, and got to work updating the page with all of the latest color information.
While I was at it, I added links to our Special Order Catalog, so that right from the Surly Bikes page, you're one click away from seeing what's in stock at Surly's warehouse, both in frames and in complete bikes. So now it's even easier than ever to find the Surly for you! See yours today at: www.centurycycles.com/get/surly
Latest breaking news: The Surly Big Dummy is now available in Black, as well as the original Military Green. Frames are in stock now; complete bikes coming soon!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Now, I like Chuck Yarborough and this is nothing against him. In fact, he even worked as a bicycle rental dude for a day last year at our Peninsula store. But if the PD is going to go with death and mayhem -- such a happy way to start the summer -- I thought it only fair to show the other side of the story. Here's MY list:
11%: Percentage upswing in bicycling from 2007 to 2008.
44.7 million: People age 7 and older who rode a bicycle more than six times in 2008, up from 40.1 million in 2007 and 35.6 million in 2006.
#2: Bicycling's spot on Outdoor Foundation's list of favorite activities among Americans age six and older. (Running/jogging was #1).
71%: Of Americans would like to bicycle more than they do now.
3: Hours of bicycling per week that can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and depression by 50%.
30+: The number of minutes of a round trip bicycle commute that is associated with better mental health in men.
40%: In a study of more than 30,000 people, those who bicycled to work were 40% less likely to die during follow-up, regardless of how much other physical activity they got outside of commuting.
540: Calories burned per hour of bicycling. Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Obesity costs a company with 1,000 employees $285,000 per year.
Urban cyclists are exposed to less accumulated air pollution than bus commuters.
According the federal government, biking for fun and transportation can count toward the minimum 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity recommended for physical health. It is also listed as the safest way to get physical activity.
Sources: Multiple, gathered by the League of American Bicyclits, NABD, NSGA, and other alphabet soups.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
As you can see from their smiles and the girl's t-shirt, it's never too soon to Define Your Life. Ride a Bike! Thanks for the photo!