Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Worldwide touring cyclist visits Peninsula

Krzysztof Chmielewski from Poland stopped in the Century Cycles store in Peninsula on May 25, 2017 while touring all across the USA! He started his trip in Florida, then went up to New York City and New England, then down to Washington, DC, then to Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He planned to continue to Chicago, then up to Canada, eventually to Fairbanks, Alaska. If that weren't enough, he plans to turn around and head down the west coasts of North and South America, all the way down to Argentina!

He remarked that he was pleasantly surprised at how nice the people of Ohio are!

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

ALERT: Store hours for Memorial Day weekend

PLEASE NOTE: The Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29, 2017 for the Memorial Day holiday. Sorry for any inconvenience!

The Peninsula store will be OPEN 10:00am - 5:00pm on Memorial Day. Bike rentals for the Towpath Trail will not be sent out after 3:30pm, and must be returned before the 5:00pm store closing time.

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

Enjoy the weekend with your family and friends as we honor those who have served our country!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Recent Bicycle-Touring Visitors in Peninsula

We've had some recent visitors at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula who were in the middle of a long-distance bicycle tour:
Nick and Mitch (above) were riding from Dayton to Niagara Falls, and stopped by on May 18, 2017.

Debbie and Marty (above) are from the San Francisco Bay area. They came to our area just to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail. They started their trip in Newport, Kentucky, and stopped in on May 23, 2017. They ended their trip the next day, reaching the end of the route on Lake Erie in Cleveland.

You can see more photos of bicycle touring visitors at all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery!

Century Cycles is a Bike Shop Member of the Adventure Cycling Association, whose mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Our Medina and Peninsula stores are located on their Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, and our Rocky River store is located on the Northern Tier Cross-Country Route.

Adventure Cycling has designated June 2-4 as National Bike Travel Weekend to encourage anyone to take an overnight trip by bicycle. We are participating by turning our Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on June 3 into a Bike Camp-Out Night Ride! For details and registration, go to:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bike To School video from Kensington Intermediate Elementary School in Rocky River

The students at Kensington Intermediate Elementary School in Rocky River made this video to thank the organizers and sponsors of the 2017 Bike To School Challenge. It also shows them drawing the names of the winners of the two grand prize bicycles.

Thank you to sponsors 2017 Rocky River Bike To School Challenge sponsors at Kensingon: Century Cycles, Giant Bicycles, Subway, Whole Foods Market, Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe, River Dog Cafe, and the Rocky River Kensington Intermediate Elementary PTA!

Thank you to the faculty and staff at Kensington for your hard work and support! Most of all, thank you to the students for setting a great example by biking to school!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Take 20% OFF all Thule car racks for Thule Days - now thru May 29!

Celebrate Thule Days May 19 through May 29, 2017! Take 20% OFF all Thule car racks, child trailers, and baby seats!

Go to www.centurycycles.com/get/thule to see our full selection at all three Century Cycles stores!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Summit Metro Parks Mountain Bike Area Open House - Sat. May 20, 2017

The Summit Metro Parks is having an Open House for the mountain bike trails at Hampton Hills Metro Park!

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Hampton Hills Metro Park Mountain Bike Area, 2092 Theiss Rd, Akron, OH 44313

Look for Century Cycles there with demo fat bike to try on the trails!

The event is weather-dependent, so check the event on Facebook for last-minute updates. Rain date is June 3.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bike Camp-Out Night Ride on the Towpath Trail - June 3, 2017

The mission of the Adventure Cycling Association is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. June 2-4 has been designated as National Bike Travel Weekend, when we're joining them to encourage anyone to try taking an overnight trip by bicycle.

On June 3, 2017, we're transforming our Night Ride on the Towpath Trail into a Bike Camp-Out Night Ride! Space is limited to 32 people!

(NOTE: The camping is totally OPTIONAL. If you don't want to camp out, you are still welcome to attend our regular Night Ride on the Towpath Trail.)

Here's how the Bike Camp-Out Night Ride will work:

  1. Click here to register yourself and any family members. The cost is $10 per person.
  2. Between now and Saturday, June 3, make sure you've got the necessary camping gear and related stuff.
  3. On June 3 between 6:00 and 7:00pm, park your car at Heritage Farms (6050 Riverview Road in Peninsula), and set up your tent and other camping gear.
  4. Ride your bike the short distance down to the Century Cycles store in Peninsula (about 1/2 mile) to join the Night Ride on the Towpath Trail.
  5. We'll leave for the Night Ride at 8:00pm sharp. We'll ride on the car-free Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail with the regular Night Riders for about 7 miles down to the Botzum Trailhead, then turn around and head back to Peninsula.
  6. Campers will head up to Heritage Farms (a short stretch of road riding will be required again) to enjoy campfire stories and snacks before turning in for the night.
  7. Feel free to bring some post-ride snacks and beverages for yourself and/or to share.
  8. The next morning (Sunday, June 4), wake up at your leisure, pack up your gear, and head home.

What to Bring

Okay, so technically this isn't "bike-camping," but "car-camping with a bike ride!" That will make it a little easier to pack, and you won't have to worry about packing all of your camping gear on your bike (unless you want to skip the car altogether and ride your bike from home to Heritage Farms).

Here is our suggested list of what you'll need:
  • You will need your own bicycle.
  • Helmet (required)
  • Headlight and taillight (required)
  • Water bottles with water or sports drink
  • Cycling clothing (appropriate for the weather)
  • Casual clothing for hanging out at camp
  • Tent
  • Camp sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camp pillow
  • Headlamp or flashlight for getting around the campsite after dark
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, medications, any other personal items and toiletries you need
  • Mosquito repellent spray
  • Optional: Snacks and beverages for the evening and morning
If you've never been on one of our Night Rides on the Towpath Trail before, please see this page for general information, preparation and safety tips, and photos and videos from past rides.

Heritage Farms Facilities

Available at Heritage Farms:
  • Porta-potties
  • Water for washing (non-drinkable)
  • Central campfire area
  • Picnic tables
  • Firewood for purchase
  • Bottled drinking water for purchase ($1 each)
  • You may bring your own camp stove, food, and drinking water
NOT ALLOWED at Heritage Farms:
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Outside firewood
  • Fires at individual camp sites
  • Firearms
  • Pets
We have eight camp sites reserved. Each camp site accommodates a maximum of two tents/four people each, so join up with your family and friends!

Join us and have fun!

If you've never taken an overnight trip on your bike before, it's FUN and EASIER than you think! Our staff are bike-camping enthusiasts, and will be there to help you every step of the way. We've taken numerous Sub 24-Hour Overnights ourselves, and have even written an article on the subject for a local fitness magazine!

Friday, May 12, 2017

20% OFF Saris Car Racks* with the Saris Spring Into Summer Sale! Now thru May 22, 2017

BBQ. Bike Rides. Beers on the Porch. There’s no doubt about it – summer is right around the corner! Get ready for summertime adventures with the Saris Start-of-Summer Sale.

Take 20% OFF Saris bike racks and accessories for your vehicle, May 12 through May 22, 2017! Valid on in-stock and special-order items!

To see our current stock of Made-in-the USA Saris racks, go to:

* Some exclusions apply: not valid on the Saris Freedom EX, Superclamp EX 2, nor Superclamp EX 4 bike racks.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Night Ride on the Towpath Trail - Sat. May 13, 2017

Join us for our next Night Ride this Saturday, May 13, 2017! We ride about 14 miles on the car-free Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We start riding promptly at 8:00pm from the parking lot of the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. We'll ride NORTH about 7 miles to the Station Road Bridge near Brecksville, then turn around and come back to Peninsula.

The ride is FREE and no pre-registration is required, but you must sign a waiver before the start. You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. Arrive early to have plenty of time to find parking, get yourself and your bike ready, and sign in.

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Video: Team Left Hand / Century Cycles: Why We Ride for Bike MS

The video above (click here if it's not appearing for you) is a small but inspiration demonstration of why Team Left Hand/Century Cycles rides to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway, to support the many Ohioans suffering with multiple sclerosis.

Help people live better lives. Join the fight. Get on a bike. Raise money. Volunteer. Sponsor. Get involved!

May 17, 2017 is the deadline to join Team Left Hand/Century Cycles. To sign up, go to:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Bike To School Fairy Tale

The folks at Claggett Middle School in Medina have a friendly competition going, and created this video fairly tale to throw down the gauntlet to their rivals at A.I. Root Middle School to help kick off the 2017 Bike To School Challenge!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Photos: Rainy day kick-off for the 2017 Bike To School Challenge

We had a rainy day today (Monday, May 1) for the kick-off of the 2017 Bike To School Challenge. That didn't stop 300 students at Bay Middle School from riding their bikes to school!