Friday, October 28, 2016

Prepare for ski and snowboard season with Thule roof-top cargo boxes

Packing the family up to head to the mountains to ski or snowboard (or even an epic bicycle trip) requires a lot of spare luggage space. Don't wait until the last minute to realize you need more!

We've got roof-top cargo boxes from Thule in stock! All of them work with most factory cross-bars with easy tool-free installation. If your vehicle doesn't already have a roof-top cargo rack, talk to us about a custom solution! All cargo boxes include two-sided access with locks. Bring your vehicle and try them out and take one home today! Currently in stock at Century Cycles are:

Thule Force M - $469.99
Volume: 13 cubic feet 
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 65 x 34.5 x 16 inches
Holds 3-4 snowboards
Location: Rocky River

Thule Force XXL - $599.99
Volume: 21 cubic feet 
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 92.5 x 36 x 18 inches
Holds 6-8 snowboards or 10-12 pairs of skis
Location: Medina

Volume: 11 cubic feet
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 95 x 27 x 11 inches
Holds 2-3 snowboards or 3-4 pairs of skies
Location: Rocky River

Thule Sonic XL - $659.99
Volume: 17 cubic feet
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 90 x 34.5 x 16 inches
Holds 4-6 snowboards or 6-8 pairs of skis
Location: Rocky River

As always, we can send any merchandise to any of our three stores at no extra cost or obligation on your part. Just call us!

Size Comparison

Thule Force M

Thule Force XXL

Thule Sonic Alpine

Thule Sonic XL

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Used Rental Bike Sale in Peninsula

Raleigh Venture 4.0 Bicycle
Looking for a good deal on a used bicycle? We've decided to replace our Towpath Trail Bike Rental fleet a year sooner than usual, so we're making our current supply of the Raleigh Venture 4.0 comfort hybrid bicycles available for sale!

We have bikes available in a range of sizes, from Men's (step-over frame) Small, Medium, Large, and Extra-Large, to Women's (step-through frame) Extra-Small, Small, and Medium. Price: $250.00 each! That is less than HALF the price of this bike when new, and they only have one year of use on them.

Purchase procedure:

  1. Visit us at the Peninsula store (1621 Main Street).
  2. Select the specific bicycle(s) you want.
  3. Place a non-refundable deposit of at least half ($125.00) per bicycle.
  4. We will notify you some time in December when you can come and pick up your bike. Bikes MUST be taken within 30 days of when we notify you.

We will continue to use the bikes for rentals through the end of November, weather permitting. Beginning December 1, we will give each bicycle a complete tune-up, then let each buyer know when they are ready to be taken home!
Raleigh Venture 4.0 Women's Bicycle

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Underground Railroad Bicycle Route rider visits Peninsula

Cold weather may be settling in, but bicycle touring season isn't over yet! Yesterday, Jordan from Dayton stopped by the Century Cycles store in Peninsula while riding the Adventure Cycling Association Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. He started in Owen Sound, Ontario last Monday and is riding the route south.

You can see more photos of long-distance bicycle tourists who have visited all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Now in stock: GPS computers from Lezyne

Lezyne Mini GPS - $99.99
In the almost 10 years since Lezyne was founded, they have set the bicycling world on fire with their high-quality pumps and tools. They have now decided to throw their hats into the GPS ring to bring the legendary design skills to tracking your rides.

The Lezyne Mini GPS ($99.99) is super-compact and lightweight, and loaded with features comparable to units many times its price. Customizable data fields and screen pages are sharp and easy to read for their size. You can pair the device with Bluetooth Smart sensors from power meters, speed/cadence sensors, and heart rate monitors.

You can pair the Lezyne Mini GPS with your iPhone or Android phone with the free Lezyne Ally app and get turn-by-turn navigation, live tracking, Strava Live Segments, and phone notifications (email, text and calls).

The lithium polymer battery provides up to 12 hours of run time!

Step up to the Lezyne Super GPS ($149.99) and you get a large, easy to read display with backlight, connectivity to both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ devices, more accurate tracking with GPS/Glonass compatibility, barometric altimeter, and accelerometer, and best-in-class battery life of up to 24 hours!

Both the Lezyne Mini GPS and Super GPS have intuitive four-button operation, are extremely weather-resistant, and the standard X-Lock mount.

Now available in all three Century Cycles stores!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bicycle Rental Milestone Reached in Peninsula

Yesterday (Sunday, October 23), we reached an amazing milestone at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. We set a record for the number of bicycle rentals in a single year!

This fun family were the ones who put us over the edge! Thanks to Tasha, Donald, and their daughter Bella for coming to enjoy a bike ride in the Cuyahoga Valley! For helping us achieve this honor, we gave them their bike and trailer rentals for free, plus of course, a "Define your life. Ride a bike." t-shirt!

Thank you to ALL of our bike rental customers for making us THE cycling destination in Northeast Ohio!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Summary of Ohio Bicycle Laws

The Law of Riding a Bicycle in Ohio

You can download a PDF file of this information here.

​​Q: I often see people riding bicycles on the road. Is that really legal?

A: Yes. Ohio’s Traffic Code defines bicycles as “vehicles,” which may be lawfully operated on virtually all Ohio roads except freeways or certain limited access roadways.

Q: What rules apply to operating a bicycle on the road?

A: Ohio law requires cyclists to follow the “rules of the road” when riding a bicycle on a roadway. Cyclists must ride with traffic, obey basic traffic laws, stop at stop signs and red lights, and follow all traffic control devices.

When following the rules of the road, a cyclist has exactly the same “right of way” as any car, truck or bus driver.

Q: Do any special rules apply to cyclists on the road?

A: The key “bike law” in Ohio states that a bicycle must be operated “as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable…” The law further states that a cyclist does not have to ride along the right side of the lane when it is “unreasonable or unsafe to do so,” such as when it is necessary to avoid:

  • fixed objects or parked cars;
  • surface hazards; or
  • moving vehicles; and
  • if the lane is “…too narrow for the bicycle and an overtaking vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.”

Cyclists are also permitted to ride “two abreast” in the same lane. Ohio law does not require cyclists to move out of the way of faster traffic.

Q: Are there any equipment requirements for bicycles being operated on the roadway?

A: Yes. Cyclists must use a white light in the front and both a red reflector and a red light in the rear between sunset and sunrise or whenever the weather makes lights necessary. This is important, since many serious or fatal crashes occur at night or when weather causes poor visibility.

Q: When I’m driving a car, can I cross a double-yellow line to pass a cyclist?

A: The traffic law allows you to cross a double yellow line to pass ANY slower vehicle, but only if:

  • The slower vehicle is traveling at less than the posted speed limit;
  • The faster vehicle is capable of passing the slower vehicle without exceeding the posted speed limit;
  • There is sufficient sight distance ahead to permit the passing maneuver to be safely accomplished, taking into account the speed of the slower vehicle.

This is not specifically a “bicycle” law, but rather a law that covers passing vehicles such as slower moving tractors and Amish buggies.

Q: Can my child ride a bicycle in the street?

A: Yes. Ohio law does not include an age limit or age requirement for riding bicycles on a roadway. However, riders of all ages must follow the rules of the road. Parents should evaluate their children’s riding abilities and educate them about the rules of the road. Make sure your child can ride safely and predictably.

Q: Can I ride my bicycle on the sidewalk?

A: It depends. Ohio law does not prohibit sidewalk cycling. In fact, state law prohibits municipalities from imposing “bike bans” that force cyclists to use sidewalks instead of roads. Otherwise, Ohio law leaves it to municipalities to decide where cyclists can ride.

Many cities do not permit sidewalk cycling, but some cities modify this rule by banning sidewalk riders over a specific age or by banning sidewalk riding in defined “business districts.” Check your local city ordinances to see if and where sidewalk riding is allowed.

Q: Must cyclists use bike lanes?

A: Surprisingly, no. “Bike lanes” are typically created by local governments and are not governed specifically by state law. State law mandates only that cities may not force cyclists to use sidewalks or “sidepaths” (bike trails that are not part of the roadway).

Regular road cyclists often find that bike lanes contain litter, gravel, dangerous sewers, glass and debris. Poorly planned bike lanes can also present dangers.

Q: If I am injured by a negligent motorist while riding my bicycle on the roadway, what
insurance coverage applies?

A: Typically, the motorist’s auto policy applies to pay your claim. However, cyclists are surprised to learn that their own auto insurance may come into play as well as their own homeowner’s insurance, health insurance and any “umbrella” or excess coverage they may have. Be sure to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to before moving forward with any such claim.


This “Law You Can Use” consumer legal information column was provided by the Ohio State Bar Association. It was prepared by attorney Steve Magas (“Ohio’s Bike Lawyer”) of The Magas Firm in Cincinnati.

Articles appearing in this column are intended to provide broad, general information about the law. This article is not intended to be legal advice. Before applying this information to a specific legal problem, readers are urged to seek advice from a licensed attorney.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Event Photos: Team Left Hand/Century Cycles BikeMS Post-Ride Party - Oct. 19, 2016

On Tuesday, October 19, 2016, Team Left Hand/Century Cycles held our post-ride party for the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway! Thanks to team sponsor The Winking Lizard of Brunswick for hosting us and providing our food for the evening!

In addition to looking at photos from the ride, recapping the event, and making plans for the 2017 ride, Team Caption Chris Lennert of Left Hand Brewing Company gave out the team awards:
  • Most Inspirational Rider Award: Brian Doughtie
  • Female Shut up Legs Award: Anna Roberts
  • Male Shut up Legs Award: Dave Schultz
  • Wake up Dead on Sunday Award: Clint Olmstead
  • Best Looking in Spandex Award: Kristine Lemasters
  • Keg Footbath Hawg Award: Mike Petcher
  • Happiest Rider of the Weekend Award: Scott Cowan
  • Top Fundraiser of the Year Award: Mike Petcher
  • Rookie Fundraiser of the Year Award: Tim Berry
  • Best Selfie Award: Team Gargoyle
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Debbie Petcher
    Congratulations to all of our award winners, and congratulations to all Bike MS riders and volunteers for a successful event! We'll see you next year -- registration for the 2017 Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway and Team Left Hand / Century Cycles will be open soon, so stay tuned!

    Male Shut Up Legs Award Winner Dave Schultz

    Female Shut Up Legs Award Winner Anna Roberts

    Wake Up Dead Award Winner Clint Olmstead

    Keg Footbath Hawg Award Winner Mike Petcher

    Happiest Rider of the Weekend Award Winner Scott Cowan

    Top Fundraiser of the Year Award Winner Mike Petcher

    Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Debbie Petcher

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Get ready for fat bike season!

    Surly Pugsley NX (Size LG) - $1,499.99
    While we may be experiencing above-average temperatures during the beautiful fall season, but before you know it, fat bike season will be upon us! Of course, fat bikes are mountain bikes, so they provide year-round fun for many Cleveland-area bicyclists.

    Here are the fat bikes that we currently have in stock:

    Surly Pugsley NX ($1,499.99) - This is a custom-built model (size Large) that we assembled from a spare frame using the new SRAM NX 1x11 drive train. Plus Shimano hydraulic brakes!

    2017 Salsa Beargrease X5 ($1,399.99) - Size Small

    2016 Salsa Beargrease Carbon X7 (originally $2,699.99, NOW $2,429.99) - Size Medium

    2016 Salsa Beargrease X5 (originally $1,599.99, NOW $1,439.99) - Sizes Medium and Large

    2015 Salsa Mukluk 2 Suspension (originally $2,999.99, NOW $2,549.99) - Size Large

    2016 Surly Wednesday (originally $1,499.99, NOW $1,349.99)

    Selection varies among all three Century Cycles stores, so call us to verify! As always, we can move any bike you're interested in to the store that is most convenient for you -- no extra cost or obligation on your part!

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    ALERT: Towpath Trail South of Botzum CLOSED for Paving

    PLEASE NOTE: The Summit Metro Parks (via their alerts page) is working on paving an additional section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. This section will be CLOSED during this work, with no posted detour, beginning on Monday, October 17, and ending in approximately one week (weather depending).

    The affected section begins just south of the Botzum Trailhead, and continues south to Weathervane Lane in Akron.

    Saturday, October 8, 2016

    Event Photos: Home Depot of Brunswick Safety Fair - Oct. 1, 2016

    Thank you once again to the Home Depot of Brunswick, Ohio for letting us participate in their annual Safety Fair on October 1, 2016. Thanks also to Don from the Century Cycles store in Medina for manning out tent and helping kids and other guests out with their bikes!

    By the way, in the photos below, that's Medina County Commissioner Tim Smith testing out the tiny bike! Thanks for visiting a being a good sport!

    Friday, October 7, 2016

    ALERT: Towpath Trail CLOSED within CVNP for the Towpath Marathon

    PLEASE NOTE: The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be closed to the general public starting at dusk Saturday, October 8, 2016 until 2:00pm on Sunday, October 9, 2016. All of the parking lots along the Towpath Trail from Frazee House Trailhead to Botzum Trailhead, including Indigo Lake Trailhead, will be closed. Expect limited delays due to short road closures in the morning hours on Sunday, October 9.

    The closure is due to the 25th Annual Towpath Marathon, a specialty marathon, half marathon, and 10K race, sponsored by Canalway Partners, a Founding Organization of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

    Please note that our Towpath Trail Bicycle Rentals in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula will not be available during the trail closure hours. The trail may re-open sooner than the 2pm scheduled time; please call us at 330-657-2209 to check trail status.

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

    Let's Get the 3-Foot Law Passed in Ohio!

    Thanks to your calls and emails to your Ohio State Senate representatives, HB 154, the statewide 3-foot passing law, has been referred to the Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee.  This is the first step in bringing it to the full senate floor for a vote. But our work is not done until this bill becomes state law.

    Please contact members of the Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee telling them to schedule HB154 for a hearing at the next committee meeting. The committee chair is Frank LaRose (email) and the vice chair is Gayle Manning (email). If you are in Cuyahoga County and your State Senate representative is Tom Patton, he also sits on the Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee, and he can be emailed here.

    If you need talking points you can download some here (pdf format).

    Thanks to Bike Cleveland for all the links! Let’s get this bill passed in 2016!