Sunday, July 31, 2016

Camping available at Heritage Farms in Peninsula

At the Century Cycles store in Peninsula, we get a lot of questions about where you can camp in the area. We have a list of camp sites near the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail on our web site.

There is a new option located right in Peninsula, which will be especially useful for people bicycle touring on the Ohio to Erie Trail and the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route.

Heritage Farms now offers primitive camp sites. There are five tent sites that can accommodate up to four adults/two tents, or one family. There are also two three-sided shelters that can accommodate two adults or a small family.

Each site or shelter is $25 per night. Each site or shelter has includes a trash can and picnic table. A water tank is available for wash water only; please bring your own drinking water.

A central campfire site with starter firewood is provided. Fires are not permitted at the individual tent sites or shelters. Cooking with camp stoves is allowed at the tent sites and shelters. Drinking water and additional firewood is available for purchase. No outside firewood, no smoking, no alcoholic beverages, no firearms, and no pets are allowed.

To make a reservation, call Heritage Farms at 330-657-2330. Check-in is from 12:00 - 5:00pm. Walk-ins are accepted for any vacant sites after 5:00pm.

Heritage Farms is a 168-year-old 5th generation family-owned farm located at 6050 Riverview Road in Peninsula, Ohio (about 1/4 miles south of State Route 303).

Friday, July 29, 2016

Win valuable prizes and help Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Crush Multiple Sclerosis!

We are just a little over a week away from the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway! This 150-mile bicycle tour from Brunswick to Ashland, Ohio and back on August 6-7 benefits the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Last year, Team Left Hand/Century Cycles was the TOP fund-raising team! All current team members should have instructions for packet pickup and team jersey pickup.

If you are not able to ride or volunteer for the event, you can still help the thousands of Ohioans living with multiple sclerosis by making a donation to our team or one of our team members! Click here to donate.

You can also help by purchasing tickets for our BikeMS FUNdraising Raffle! Prize packages available include a cycling shoes, jersey, and shorts package from Pearl Izumi ($245 value); a Bell Volt RL-X helmet ($140 value); a Blackburn Wayside Pannier Backpack ($80 value); five different Endura cycling jerseys ($75-$100 value); and a Left Hand Brewing Company gift package ($50 value).

Purchase tickets at the Century Cycles store in Medina. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. Drawings will be held on September 1, 2016; winners will be notified and do not need to be present.

This tin sign is included with the Left Hand Brewing Company gift package!

Blackburn Wayside Backpack Pannier

Friday, July 22, 2016

Now Available: Custom-built Surly Pugsley Fat Bike

Earlier this year, through a set of circumstances somewhat beyond our control, we found ourselves with a spare frameset for a large Surly Pugsley fat bike. So, since then, we've been collecting spare parts to put it together into a complete bike that we can offer you for sale. The assembly has finally come to fruition, so that we now present to you the Surly Pugsley NX.

We've used a set of reliable components, including Shimano BR-M396 hydraulic disc brakes with a 180mm rotor up front and 160mm rotor in the back. The wheels feature Surly's 85mm wide Holey Rolling Darryl Rims, 26x3.8-inch Knard tires, and a Shimano Deore hub in the rear and Surly Ultra New Fat hub in the front.

The coolest part about this custom build, though, is that we've chosen to show you the new SRAM NX 1x11 drive train. SRAM NX brings 1x11 technology to the masses, with an affordable set of components.

What does 1x11 mean, you may ask? It's the technology that may bring an end to the front derailer. You've got only one chainring on your crank set, so there's no left-hand shifter. This makes shifting much easier and more intuitive for the casual rider. The wide-range 11-to-42-tooth cassette on the rear wheel still gives you plenty of low gears to power through those snow drifts or up and down your favorite dirt trails.

We've only got one of these bikes; it's a Large size, and it's currently located at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. Stop by for a test-ride, or give us a call if you'd like to check it out in Medina or Rocky River. For the full details on the parts spec, click here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Peninsula's latest bicycle touring visitor

Marcus stopped into the Century Cycles store in Peninsula today on his fully-loaded folding touring bike. He left Chicago two weeks ago and is headed to Pittsburgh, possibly further depending on how much time he has left before having to get back to work.

You can see more photos of touring bicyclists who have visited all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Photos from the July 9, 2016 Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail

We had over 150 people come to the Century Cycles Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail this past Saturday, July 9! Thanks to everyone! It was a beautiful evening for a ride.

More photos:

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sunday Service Road Bike Group Rides

Thanks to the 12 riders who came to our latest Sunday Service Road Bike Group Ride in Medina this past weekend! Ride leader Cathy (in pink in the photo) reports that the weather was perfect, and the roads had very little traffic. One new rider, Debbie, did a good job keeping up, and the same goes for Chris (from the Medina store, in tie-dye in the photo) who kept up on a fixed-gear bike!

Our next ride is this Sunday, July 17 in Peninsula, then Sunday, July 24 in Rocky River. All rides begin at 8:00am. Find the full schedule at:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Public Meeting: Chagrin Valley Connectors TLCI Study - Wed. July 13, 2016 6:30-8:00pm

There will be a public meeting organized by the Chagrin Valley Connectors TLCI Study.

The purpose of this study is to look at potential connections for cyclists, hikers, runners, and others between the North and South Chagrin Reservations along Chagrin River Road. The study itself is being conducted by the Village of Gates Mills, Cleveland Metroparks, NOACA, and Environmental Design Group.

In this second Chagrin Valley Connectors Public Meeting, they will be discussing the results of the first Public Meeting, Online Survey (they had 300 responses!) and reviewing the revised Draft Alignments for the on-road bike lanes, off-road hard surface trails and natural surface trails.

Location: Gates Mills Community House, 1460 Chagrin River Road, Gates Mills, OH  44040
Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm

For updates, see the Chagrin Valley Connectors TLCI Study on Facebook.

Friday, July 8, 2016

ALERT: Towpath Trail closure Monday July 11 through Tuesday, July 12, 2016

We have just learned that there will be a closure of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Location: Between Hillside Road and Stone Road in Valley View, Ohio

Closure begins: 6:00am, Monday, July 11, 2016

Closure ends: 6:00pm, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The reason for the closure is for a National Park Service contractor to do soil test borings for an upcoming riverbank stabilization.

No detour around the closed area will be provided.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail - Saturday, July 9, 2016

Our most popular Night Ride is BACK!

The Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
Saturday, July 9, 2016
1621 Main Street
Peninsula, OH  44264

We'll begin the festivities at 7:00pm in the Parking Lot of the store, with cycle-your-own smoothies on the blender bike as we admire our favorite sleepwear! The ride is FREE, but you must sign a waiver when you arrive.

We'll begin the ride at 8:00pm sharp as we head onto the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, riding 7 miles south through the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the Botzum Trailhead, where we'll have pj-party-themed snacks. Then, we'll turn around and head back to Peninsula enjoy post-ride refreshments at The Winking Lizard Tavern.

The ride is open to riders of all ages and abilities! You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. The store will be open before the ride starts if you need any last-minute supplies. We hope to see you there!

For more information, including directions, parking information, preparation and safety tips, and photos from past rides, go to:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Summit Metro Parks Summer Biking Spree is underway!

The 2016 Summer Biking Spree with Summit Metro Parks is now underway!

Ride at least 5 sections of biking trails in the Summit Metro Parks to earn a license plate and sticker for your bike (or a new sticker if you've already participated and earned your license plate in a previous year)!

To sign up, and learn more, go to:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Vote for Century Cycles as the "Best of the Best" in Medina County!

As of July 1, 2016, voting is open for the final round of the Medina Gazette's Best of the Best competition. Our customers are the Best of the Best, but help us win by voting for us in the Shopping/Bicycle Shop category!

Registration and voting is easy -- you only have to vote for the businesses and categories that you want; you don't have to vote in every single category.

You can vote once every 24 hours, from now through Sunday, July 17, 2016!

To get started, click here:

July 4, 2016 Holiday Weekend Hours

PLEASE NOTE: The Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4, 2016 for the Independence Day holiday. Sorry for any inconvenience!

The Peninsula store will be OPEN from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Bike rentals for the Towpath Trail will close at 3:30pm (bikes must be returned before store closing at 5:00pm).

All three stores will be open for our regular hours on all other days.

Happy Birthday, USA!