Tuesday, August 31, 2010
They said they hope to work a few months in Florida during the winter to save up some cash, then decide whether to head south to Mexico, or north to Alaska. They haven't made any entries in their online trip journal yet, but once they get around to it, you'll be able to find it at: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/moolhuizen
You can see other pictures of bicycle touring visitors to our store at: www.centurycycles.com/for/touring
Monday, August 30, 2010
Have a great day, Scott -- here's to 50 more years of two-wheeled fun and making new memories!
Friday, August 27, 2010
What is your experience with Google Maps for biking? Or is there another bike-mapping web site that you prefer?
(Artwork via The New York Times)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Join in the festivities as the Mayor of Akron gets things started at 11:00am on Sept. 3 at the Northside Train Station!
Throughout the week, there are numerous fun group rides planned, including the STOMP Bicycle Adventure (Summit Tour Of Metro Parks) sponsored by Century Cycles on Sept. 4. But, it's not just about the riding--there are more events: farmer's markets, a scavenger hunt, rides on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, plus classes on basic bicycle maintenance and riding skills!
Go to http://www.akronbikeinfo.org/ for the full schedule of events!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
You can cast your vote for bike-sharing in Cleveland by going to: www.bcycle.com/whowantsitmore.aspx
Be sure to enter a zip code in the city of Cleveland to be sure that all of our votes count!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
These basic water bottles do tend to have an issue with the cap leaking. This is especially annoying when they're filled with sports drink rather than water, when they leave streaks of bright red or green goo running down your nice bike frame. But, I always figured, what'dya want for $3.99?
CamelBak Podium bottles. They come in clear and solic plastic with assorted color designs, for $8.99 each. I prefer the clear ones, because I like being able to glance down at the bottle in the cages on my bike and be able to see how much fluid I have left. They also come in an insulated version called the Podium ChillJacket for $11.99 each.
Both versions are made with BPA-free polypropylene lined with CamelBak's HydroGaurd to prevent bacteria build-up and resist retaining taste and odor. They feature a wide opening to make filling and cleaning easy. The cap screws on securely, and contains a locking mechanism to prevent spillage if say, for example, you want to stow your bottles in a duffle bag on the way to a ride, or to the gym.
I took my new Podium bottles on a 56-mile ride Sunday morning. The bottles stayed securely held on my bike in my bottle cages, with no rattling. I experienced no leakage from either the caps or the valves. I also think that the nice, steady flow from the valve helped me drink more water than usual during my ride, which is always a good thing.
In conclusion, and this may sound like an exaggeration, but I never imagined that an upgrade as simple and inexpensive as a water bottle could make a ride so much more enjoyable! Stop by our stores to check out the CamelBak Podium and Podium ChillJacket bottles for yourself!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Here's Mike, a Century Cycles customer from Wadsworth, during the running leg of the Cleveland Triathlon on Aug. 8, 2010. Nice shirt, Mike! Thanks for sharing with us, and congratulations on completing the race!
Friday, August 20, 2010
- Summer Clearance Sale!
- More Night Rides on the Towpath Trail
- Back to School Time is Bike to School Time
- Staff Profile: Paul Gallmeier of our Peninsula store
- 5 Tips: Car Racks
- Our Latest Online Poll: What kind of car rack to you use?
- Facebook Fan Photo of the Month
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Just ask their parents, many of whom have fond memories of riding a bike to school as a kid. Back in 1969, over half of all students biked to school. Today only about 15 percent of students bike or walk to school, according to the Safe Routes to School Partnership.
Other risk factors are also worrisome: As much as 30% of morning traffic is generated by parents driving their children to school, one-third of schools are in "air pollution danger zones" and more than 33% of U.S. children are now overweight and obese or at risk of becoming so.
At Century Cycles bicycle stores, which sponsors and helps organize area bike to school programs, the bicycling experts have these tips to make back to school time bike to school time:
Stock up on safety essentials
The #1 item is a properly-fitting helmet, which has been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. Century Cycles has a wide assortment of styles and can help with size and straps for the best fit. Also consider a bike lock, a bell (to alert pedestrians a bike is coming their way) and lights or reflective clothing (to improve visibility).
Plan the route to school
The safest place for bicycle riding for older students is on the street, where bicycles must follow the same rules of the road as cars. Review those rules with your children - go with the flow of traffic, obey the traffic laws, be predictable and stay alert. Children less than 10 years old are better off riding on the sidewalk, if your jurisdiction allows it. They should be warned to watch for vehicles in driveways, avoid pedestrians on sidewalks and be especially careful at intersections.
Ride with your kids
If you love bicycling, chances are your kids will, too. Just be sure to model the behavior you're teaching - wear your helmet, obey traffic laws and be respectful to other cyclists and motorists. Along the way, you may also find more joy and feel more fit.
Q. How long have you been cycling?
A. It's really been a lifelong thing for me. As a kid growing up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, I rode my bike to little league games and practices, and everywhere else. It was my only transportation at Indiana University in Bloomington; I rode to classes, work, and to get groceries and other errands. The only time I've really taken a break from bicycling was when I was in the service.
Q. What was your time in the service like?
A. I enlisted in the Navy in March of '67. I was assigned to a couple of different ships in the Pacific and Atlantic. A big part of the time was along the coast of Vietnam on supply ships, but I was also on an aircraft carrier for a while. The big ships can stay at sea almost indefinitely, as long as they can get food, fuel, and ammunition, and that's what the ships I was assigned to did--I was on an "oiler," or fuel supplier, and an ammo supplier. I got to see many other countries: Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Malta, and the Greek island of Corfu. One day while we were docked for R&R at Crete, we turned the deck into a floating casino. I loved being a sailor, and I learned a lot, but I got out in 1971 because I also wanted to get a college education.
Q. So, you were at IU in Bloomington--there's a big cycling culture there, with the "Little 500" race and the connection to the movie "Breaking Away" and all...what was that like?
A. It was a great town; I lived there for nine years, and I tried to find a way to stay there longer, but the jobs just weren't there. I did have a job driving for the campus bus service for a while during the filming of the movie, and met a lot of the crew as I drove them around town. There are several scenes in the film where if you are familiar with the town, they just aren't right, like where Dave Stoller is supposed to be riding to campus, but if you know the streets, you can tell he's riding the wrong way!
Q. What was your first bicycle?
A. It was the one I rode around as a kid; I don't remember what brand it was, but it had a swept-back handlebar, coaster brakes, and it was a singlespeed--these (points to his legs) were the real gears! Later, I got a Schwinn Varsity, and then a couple years into college I got a Raleigh Record. I still had that Raleigh when we moved to Ohio. In the late 90's, I got another Raleigh, a C-40 hybrid.
Q. How many bikes do you own now?
A. I have a Raleigh Mojave 4.0 mountain bike that I bought from Century Cycles a couple of years ago, and I have a Surly Long Haul Trucker that I bought since I started working here.
Q. Which is your favorite?
A. I love the Surly Long Haul Trucker; it's the best bike I've ever owned.
Q. What is your favorite place to ride?
A. I like hitting the singletrack once in a while, and I've always really liked the Towpath Trail, but I've started to really enjoy riding on the road more since I got the Surly, and I like doing the Valley Loop. It's starting to get me thinking that maybe now I need a "fast" road bike...
Q. What do you like about working at Century Cycles?
A. I like being around the bikes and the gear, and the people I work with. Being a rookie, my co-workers have helped me learn a lot, and I'm still learning. I retired four years ago, and I hardly ever even think about my last job. This has been my best summer in a long time.
Q. What's be best cycling advice you've ever received?
A. When it comes to mountain biking, "Speed is your best friend." It's intimidating at first, but once you get used to the idea, keeping your momentum up as much as you can really helps you clear the rough patches. Also, switching to clipless pedals, and the idea that it's easiest to click into them if you just start pedaling and not worry about clicking in until you get going.
Q. What questions to you get asked most often in the store?
A. A lot of questions about chains--cleaning, lubrication, and such. Also, how to use a presta valve, or knowing the difference between the presta valve and the schrader valve.
Q. What is your favorite post-ride refreshment?
A. I'm a beer guy--I like ales and lagers, and German beers, because that's my heritage. I also don't mind a good stiff shot once in a while--tequila or whiskey.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
You can see the results of our past online polls at:
Monday, August 16, 2010
Choosing the car rack that's right for your needs is a process of finding a balance among cost, convenience, and security. For an overview of the different styles of car racks, and the pros and cons of each of them, see this page, Understanding Your Car Rack Choices, on our web site.
Of course, the staff at all three of our stores has plenty of experience with installing car racks of all types. We can help you select the right rack to meet your needs and budget, and ensure that it is installed according to the manufacturer's specifications for the utmost in safety and security.
Regardless of the style of car rack that you have or are considering buying, here are five tips that cover some of the most frequently-asked questions that we get about racks, as well as the most frequently-made mistakes.
1. Choose your rack before choosing your car. This may sound a bit ridiculous at first--if you're preparing to invest many thousands of dollars in the car of your dreams, why should your choice be affected by a $100-$200 bike accessory? However, if you're serious about cycling, then you're probably serious about carrying your bike(s) around safely and conveniently. Once you've settled on both the car and the rack you want, check with us or use the rack manufacturer's fit guide to verify that the rack is compatible with the vehicle.
2. When you're setting up a trunk-mounted rack, be sure to have the lower feet resting on the horizontal surface of the car’s bumper (if available). This will ensure that as much of the weight of the racks and bikes is supported by the bumper, and only the minimum necessary strain is put on the supporting hooks and straps. See the photos below for examples:
4. Don’t let the bike hang too close to the ground. This applies to both trunk racks and some hitch racks, and is a problem more often with cruiser-style bikes or ladies-frame bikes using a frame adapter bar. If one or more of a bike's wheels are hanging too close to the ground, then as you go over a big bump or approach a steep incline, you run the risk of having the wheels dragging on the pavement, or even worse, having the bike knocked off the rack or the rack knocked off the car. To solve this problem, try to fit the arms of the rack into a different area of the bike's frame so that the bike hangs higher. You might also be able to change the position of the frame adapter bar, if you're using one. Also, make sure the rack's bike support arms are set at the appropriate height. See the photos below for examples:
Century Cycles is an authorized dealer for Thule (say "TOO-lee") and Saris (SARE-iss), two of the most popular and reliable car rack manufacturers, and all of their racks are made here in the good ol' U.S. of A! Stop by any of our three stores and let us help you find the best rack for your vehicle!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
See www.centurycycles.com/for/bikeaboard for full details.
This may also be an appropriate time to remind everyone reading this that the railroad tracks running past the Peninsula store are ACTIVE! Keep an eye out for the warning signals and the crossing gates as you ride or drive down Rt 303. This driver barely missed getting caught by the train just before this past weekend's Night Ride on the Towpath Trail:
And, don't park too close to the tracks, even when there's no train in sight at the moment. This Prius didn't get off so lucky:
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
- Rubber City Meltdown Criterium Race - a multi-lap race over a one-mile on a closed circut around the new Northside Lofts near Luigi's Restaurant.
- The Blue Line Tour - Tour downtown Akron and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, including part of the Towpath Trail. The 23.5 mile course is a rolling, scenic tour of some of Akron's most beautiful destinations and winds through diverse neighborhoods, city highlights and historical landmarks throughout Akron.
- Trail to Rail Adventure - Experience the ultimate family adventure. Meet in the Northside Neighborhood and bike to downtown Peninsula. Upon arrival board the train and enjoy a ride back on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in time to watch the criterium race.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
- Shimano Deore hubs - durable and easy to service with readily-available parts
- Brass nipples and stainless steel spokes made by DT Swiss
- 700C Salsa Delgado Cross rims - double-walled with spoke eyelets for extra durability
We usually build these wheels with either 32 or 36 spokes each. The front wheel is $94.99, and the rear wheel is $109.99 (compatible with 7-, 8-, 9-, or 10-speed Shimano or SRAM cassettes). Prices will vary with other component options. Call us to check what's currently available, or to ask about ordering your custom-built wheels!
Monday, August 9, 2010
We've gone with video again to show you the highlights of the ride; enjoy!
Photos were provided by Doug and Kevin from the Peninsula store.
We've got four remaining Night Rides on the Towpath Trail left for this season, including two SPECIAL events:
Save The Dates!
- Friday, August 27, 2010
- Saturday, September 18, 2010
- Saturday, October 2, 2010 - a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland
- Saturday, October 16, 2010 - kick-off Cleveland Beer Week in a way that only cyclists can, with a Night Ride followed by an exclusive keg-tapping at the Winking Lizard in Peninsula. Come dressed as your favorite beer! Contests and prizes!
As always, full details, including directions, about our Night Rides on the Towpath Trail can be found at: www.centurycycles.com/for/nightrides
More details on the special Oct. 2 and Oct. 16 rides will be coming soon!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
By the tongue-in-cheek tone of the piece, sometimes it's hard to tell whether it's supporting us or poking fun at us. But, however people are talking, at least they're talking, and as the old saying goes, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
You can read the article online here.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Coming within the next few days, we will have the new NiteRider MiNewt Mini.250 Cordless ($129.99), which combines all the benefits of LED lighting technology with USB-chargable Lithium-Ion batteries, all in a self-contained one-piece unit!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Four Corners, Two Wheels: A bike trip in the Southwest includes remote canyons, spectacularly empty roads, challenging climbs and, happily, strategically placed hotels. (New York Times)
Two-wheel drifters: Pedaling adventure along C&O Canal. (The Plain Dealer)
Michigan's coast is best by bicycle. (Chicago Tribune)
Top 5 ways to save the planet with bicycles. (How Stuff Works)