Monday, December 10, 2018

Long-Term Review: Surly Raglan Long-Sleeve Merino Wool T-Shirt

Kevin in the Surly Raglan Shirt - suck that beer gut in!
Hey, folks; this is Kevin from the Century Cycles store in Peninsula again. Today, I'm here to tell you about another one of my favorite products, the Surly Raglan Long-Sleeve Merino Wool T-Shirt.

If you know me or have been following this blog for a while, you know I'm a fan of merino wool clothing of all types for all types of outdoor activities. It keeps you warm in the cold, and cool in the heat, wicks moisture, and is naturally anti-bacterial to keep that funky smell at bay. So also being a Surly fan of course, when they came out with this item a couple of years ago, I said, "TAKE MY MONEY NOW!"

In addition to all the great things about wool that I've already mentioned, this shirt has all the things you'd expect in a cycling-specific clothing item. The sleeves and the bottom have plenty of extra length to keep you covered while hunkered down (or not, as you prefer) in the bike-riding position. Tagless, so nothing scratching the back of your neck.

So, you're asking, "What's with that really big neck hole?" With the horizontal stripe pattern, I'm lookin' more like a French Mime than a Tour de France rider (but of course, mime is money). I was a bit put off by the big neck hole at first, too. But, consider that this item is mainly meant to wear as a base layer. Stick a jersey with a tall neck over top of it, then a jacket with a tall nick over top of that. Even on a pencil-necked geek like me, there's only so much space around your neck for all that tall-necked clothing. So, you'll appreciate the sparse material around the neck of the Raglan shirt to give you some breathing room, literally.

And about those stripes. Well, that was the original color. It's now available in much more "mainstream" colors (see below).

I have the Surly Raglan Shirt with me almost all the time when I'm bike commuting, bicycle touring, or bikepacking. It packs up all nice and tiny to hide in the corner of your bike bag, until that time when you're all, "Hey, it's a bit more nippy out here than I expected."

The Surly Raglan Long-Sleeve Merino Wool T-Shirt comes in unisex sizes Extra-Small through Extra-Extra-Large. Sizing is pretty standard, i.e. if you wear a Large in everything else, a Large oughta work just peachy for you with this. Just $75.00 each (hey, those merino sheep gotta eat) by special-order from your nearest Century Cycles store. Get one today and make Lord Raglan proud!

Surly Raglan Shirt in Blue (looks more like Purple to me)

Surly Raglan Shirt in Blue/Gray

Surly Raglan Shirt in Gray

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Long-term review: CatEye Stealth 50 GPS Cycling Computer

CatEye has been the go-to brand for cycling computers for decades. About six years ago, the finally jumped on the GPS bandwagon with their Stealth line of GPS computers. I tested one out and wrote about my first impressions here.

Soon after that, I decided to purchase one of the CatEye Stealth 50 GPS computers for myself. I've been using on all of my bikes for all types of riding, and have been quite pleased with it.
CatEye Stealth 50 GPS on my Surly Ogre
The CatEye Stealth 50 comes with a tool-free mounting bracket that works on any handlebar or most stems. Additional mounting kits can be purchased for just $12.99, or an out-front mounting bracket for only $17.99. It also comes with a proprietary charging/sync cradle with USB plug on one end.
CatEye Stealth GPS 50 with charge/sync cable
Setting up the CatEye Stealth 50 is easy. You'll need to download and install the CatEye Sync software on your personal computer (Windows and Mac versions are available).
CatEye Sync for Windows
You can create an account on CatEye Atlas for uploading and reviewing your ride data, but since Strava is a more popular ride tracking service, the CatEye Sync software allows you to upload your ride data directly to Strava as well, and you don't need a separate CatEye Atlas account.

Once you've got the CatEye Atlas software installed, plus the Stealth 50 into the charging cradle, then plug the USB end into your personal computer. The CatEye Sync software has a quick setup feature that allows you to set some basic options on the Stealth 50, e.g. time zone and preferred units of measurement (miles vs. kilometers). You can also set a specific time of day when the Stealth 50 backlight comes in automatically, to make night-time reading easy. Also, you can set the data recording interval to 1 second, 3 seconds, or 5 seconds. The shorter the recording interval, the more accurate your ride tracking will be, but the trade-off is shorter battery life. However, I have always had mine set to the 1-second data recording interval, and I've never had an issue with the battery running out during a ride, even for long 100-mile days.
Stealth 50 setup in the CatEye Sync software
Once the initial set is done, just clip the Stealth 50 onto your bike, turn it on, wait a few seconds for it to acquire a GPS signal, and ride! Like most basic bike computers, the top line of data on the Stealth 50 shows you your current speed, and the bottom line can be switched to show you ride time, distance, average speed, or maximum speed. The middle line conveniently displays the time of day.

The Stealth 50 is compatible with ANT+ sensors, so it will work with most optional speed/cadence sensors, heart rate straps, and power sensors.

If I stop for lunch or some other longer break during a ride, I usually turn off the power on the Stealth 50 to save battery life. When I'm ready to start riding again, I just turn it back on, wait a few seconds for it to get the GPS signal again, and it picks up right where it left off.

At the end of your ride, you just press and hold the single button on the Stealth 50 to reset and save the ride data. Since the Stealth 50 does not have Bluetooth connectivity like some more recent models of GPS devices, you've got to use the charge/sync cable to view your ride data later.

Viewing your ride data is a two-step process once you've plugged the Stealth 50 into your personal computer. First, your PC has to read the data from the Stealth 50 and download it the PC, then you upload it to CatEye Atlas or Strava. The download step usually takes only a minute or two, and the uploading is even quicker.
Downloading ride data from the CatEye Stealth 50 to your PC
Once the download step is complete, the CatEye Sync program shows you what ride data it found; you can save data from more than one ride at a time on the Stealth 50 unit and download them all at once later.

CatEye Sync program showing downloaded ride data
CatEye Sync program uploading ride data to Strava
After the ride data is uploaded to Strava, you can delete it from the Stealth 50 unit, and then view it on Strava to change the name of the ride and other details as you normally would on Strava. CatEye Sync provides a link to go directly to Strava to view and edit the ride:

Because of the easy one-button operation of the CatEye Stealth 50, it makes a good device for somebody who just wants a reliable and easy way to see their speed and distance during ride, even if they are not interested in using the GPS tracking features to view their ride data afterwards. Just reset the Stealth 50 at the beginning and end of each ride, and you're good to go, without having to worry about additional sensors and wheel magnets getting knocked out of alignment and other common issues with traditional bike computers. If you use it this way, keep in mind you will eventually have to connect the Stealth 50 to the charge/sync cradle to delete all of the accumulated ride data. This will take much longer than it takes to download just a single ride, possible even an hour or more if there are many rides saved on the device.

A full charge takes a couple of hours. When I use it on my commutes to work, I don't bother charging it during the day, as it's got plenty of charge left for my ride home. After long rides, I just plug it in at home, and it's good to go with a full charge the next morning.

I've found the CatEye Stealth 50 to be very accurate as far as tracking the distance and route of my rides, when comparing the distance to a traditional cycling computer and a friend's other GPS device when riding with them. I recently acquired an Apple Watch that I use to track rides sometimes, and when I've used both of them at once, found them to track pretty accurately and close to one another when riding on roads and/or bike paths. When mountain biking on singletrack in the woods, I've actually found the CatEye Stealth 50 to be more accurate; I think it keeps the GPS signal more reliably under the tree cover compared to the Apple Watch.

In conclusion, the CatEye Stealth 50 GPS Computer is a good option for somebody looking for a reliable, easy-to-use, and inexpensive device to track their bicycling ride data.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple one-button operation
  • Direct upload to Strava
  • ANT+ sensor compatibility
Cons: 
  • No Bluetooth connectivity; must connect to PC to view ride data
CatEye has discontinued making the Stealth 50 GPS, but we've got 2 left in stock at Century Cycles at a special closeout price of $95.99 (originally $149.99)!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

HOLIDAY SALE! Save on ALL Bikes, Tune-Ups, and EVERYTHING!

Stop in or shop online during the Century Cycles Holiday Sale, now through December 31, 2018! No coupons needed! Online shoppers will see the discounts in your shopping cart!

15% OFF All Clothing, Parts, & Accessories!

10% OFF All Bicycles - including those already on sale!


And remember, in addition to the offers listed above, we also have these options to make your holiday shopping easier:

  • Gift Cards (buy them in our stores or online)
  • Lay-away
  • Free Gift Bicycle Storage 'Til Dec. 24
  • Free Bicycle Delivery *

* Within our service area. Other restrictions may apply; see stores for details.

Our Biggest Discounts EVER on Bicycle Tune-Ups!

$15 OFF Tune-Up Package #1

$30 OFF Tune-UP Package #2


For descriptions of each Tune-Up Service Package, see: centurycycles.com/for/tuneups

Holiday Hours:

  • Thursday, November 22: CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day
  • Monday, December 24: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 25: CLOSED for Christmas Day
  • Monday, December 31: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 1: CLOSED for New Years Day
  • Open for our regular hours on all other days!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Score a great deal on a mountain bike or indoor trainer in the Wave Radio Holiday Auction!

The Wave Radio Holiday Auction starts today, and you can score great deals by bidding on the various items, including these donated by Century Cycles:

Liv Cycling Embolden 2 Full-Suspenstion Mountain Bike
Size: Women's Extra-Small (suitable for riders approximately 4'10" to 5'5")
Retail Value: $1,529.99
Go bold and discover a little mischief and unknown territory with the trail-ready Embolden, the perfect bike to get you out onto the singletrack trails. With 120mm of suspension travel around a geometry that offers confidence-inspiring handling, Embolden holds the keys to unlock your mountain bike potential and get you hooked on dirt. With an active feel, ample traction, and powerful disc brakes, this bike encourages you to go out and ride it, because you know Embolden’s got your back. Hydraulic disc brakes provide precise braking and handling. Lightweight and durable ALUXX-grade butted aluminum frame. The FlexPoint Suspension eliminates complex pivots and linkages to provide an effective, lightweight, and durable suspension system that’s easy to maintain. Features Shimano 2x9-speed shifting with Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes. Designed using Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy to build bikes for women.

Tacx Genius Smart Indoor Bicycle Trainer
Retail Value: $849.99
The Tacx Genius Smart Trainer turns your standard bicycle into an indoor stationary trainer. This interactive trainer offers the most advanced rear-wheel drive resistance unit of all the Tacx trainers, so you can enjoy a highly realistic cycling experience. The motor brake is able to apply a maximum power of 1500 watts to the back wheel and will speed up during a descent. The slopes simulated are realistic up to 20% and down to -5% for descents. The Genius communicates via ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart for convenient training sessions using your smartphone or tablet. Performance data can be viewed on several devices simultaneously, including your smartphone, bike computer and sports watch. The Genius offers ease-of-use and freedom of choice. When the Genius Smart isn’t connected to a smartphone, tablet or computer, it behaves as a fluid trainer. This means the trainer behaves progressively: when your speed increases, the resistance increases as well. So it is possible to use this trainer in a "stand-alone" mode.

Friday, November 9, 2018

CycleOps Pre-Winter Sale - Take 20% OFF now through November 19!

Take 20% OFF all CycleOps indoor trainers, including the new CycleOps H2 smart direct drive trainer, the CycleOps M2 smart bike trainer, and the Fluid2 and Magneto classic series trainers! See Century Cycles' full selection of CycleOps trainers here.

Entering the smart trainer world requires some technical know-how, from installing PC software, to configuring Bluetooth/ANT+ peripherals. Need some help? Our new In-Home Smart Trainer Setup Service to the rescue! For just $50.00, we'll come to your home and set up your bike, smart trainer, and any necessary software and accessories. Ask us for more details!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Bike Fitting Demo - Tue. Nov. 13 6:30pm in Medina - FREE

If you’ve ever wondered what a bike fitting is all about, here's your chance to get an in-depth look at how they're done.

Tom Wiseman (International Bike Fitting Institute - IBFI certified fitter / USA Cycling coach) will be conducting a Professional Bike Fit Demo.

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Century Cycles, 1059 N. Court Street, Medina, OH 44256
Cost: FREE!

During the demo, Tom will explain the interview process, discuss the importance of body posture, flexibility and range of motion physiology, and showcase some of the tools used that help ensure the best fit possible between rider and bicycle.

He will also have local area medical practitioners from Stubbendieck Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Centers and fitness trainers from Accelerated Fitness Medina on hand to offer additional services that can help any cyclist achieve better overall wellness.

Hope to see you all there for a fun night of learning! And don't worry, refreshments will be served in our Club Med Lounge!

Follow the event on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

We are Falling Back to Winter Hours!

PLEASE NOTE: Effective the week of November 4, 2018, all three Century Cycles stores (Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River) will begin Winter Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 (noon) - 5:00pm



Friday, November 2, 2018

Holiday Sale Pricing Starts NOW! Because We LUV Cleveland!

We ♥ Cleveland!

Take 10% OFF all bicycles!

Take 15% OFF all clothing, parts, and accessories!

Full selection of 2019 bikes and clothing are in stock at all three Century Cylces stores! Plus, deals on previous model-year bikes, and our ongoing End-Of-Season Clearance Sale blowouts!

These early Holiday Sale discounts are also valid for online sales at centurycycles.com! No coupon codes are needed; discounts will be shown in your shopping cart.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Join us for Century Days at Ray's MTB Indoor Park!

Join Century Cycles every Monday night from 7:00pm until 10:00pm for a fun evening at the world's FIRST indoor mountain bike park! Mention Century Cycles at the door and you'll get a great deal:

  • $14 admission (normally $28)
  • $10 bike rental, includes helmet and pads (normally $20)

When: Monday Nights, November 2018 through February 2019

Where: Ray's MTB, 9801 Walford Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Join Bike Cleveland at their Strategic Summit - Nov. 11, 2018

It’s time for you to get engaged and help determine the future priorities of Bike Cleveland! Join them on Sunday, November 11th at the beautifully restored LaSalle Arts & Media Center in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood for a once-every-five-year opportunity to help Northeast Ohio take the next big steps toward bicycle and pedestrian friendliness.

Your voice matters!

Over the past several months, Bike Cleveland has logged dozens of hours within a strategic planning process, one that looks back at the advancements they have made – and that also looks forward to the next 5 years of progress. You may recall completing their “Strategic Plan Survey” that they sent out a couple months ago; you can see the survey results here. Through this process they have determined several key goals of what needs accomplished, and now seek your input to prioritize and activate their work.

This is a rare opportunity to network with other like-minded bike enthusiasts, dig deep into our region's problems and opportunities, and come away energized about what Bike Cleveland has in store for the upcoming years. It will also be a prime time to recommit to volunteering, helping us grow membership and influence, and spreading the word that a Cleveland that is safe for cycling and walking is a BETTER city.

The Details:

Date: Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Location: The LaSalle Arts & Media Center – 821 E 185th St, Cleveland, OH 44119

Time: Doors open at 12:00 noon, presentation and breakout work sessions run from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.

Snacks will be provided during the event. Post-summit social at a nearby location TBD. Follow the event on Facebook for the latest news and updates. The event is FREE, but space is limited, so you MUST pre-register. Go to the event's home page for the registration link.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween Tune-Up Specials! Now through November 11, 2018!


Is your bike creepy, creaky, and cobwebby? Is it a thing of nightmares? Is it plagued by gremlins in your gears and demons in your derailleurs? Are your brakes driving you batty? Does their screaming give you goosebumps? Are your tires all tricks and no treats?

Then take advantage of Century Cycles' Halloween Tune-Up Special before the weather turns ghoulish and ghastly.

October’s a fine time for pumpkins and cider, witches and ghosts,
but it’s also a great time to bring your bike in for what it needs most.

Let the mechanical wizards at Century Cycles exorcise those evil bicycle spirits and make your bike “Boo”tiful again!

$10 Off Tune-Up Package #1
$20 Off Tune-Up Package #2
$30 Off Tune-Up Package #3
$40 Off Tune-Up Package #4

No coupon needed. No appointment necessary; just bring your bike in! No charge for estimates. Pickup and delivery available for additional charges. See http://centurycycles.com/get/service for a list of what's included in each Tune-Up Package. Offer expires November 11, 2018.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Video: Nick's Bicycle Trip on the GAP & C&O Canal Trails


Nick from the Century Cycles store in Medina recently completed a bicycle tour from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath trails. Check out some highlights from his trip in the video above! (Click here if the video is not appearing for you.)

Nick rode his Surly Bikes Midnight Special bike, and packed his stuff using bikepacking gear from Blackburn Design and Revelate Designs. He stayed in campgrounds along the way.

As if that weren't enough, his trip was completely car-free! He rode from home to the Amtrak station in Cleveland, took the train to Pittsburgh, biked to DC, then took the train back from DC to Cleveland, then pedaled home!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Tires & Treats - A Liv Cycling Event - Tue. Oct. 30

Calling ALL Ladies!!! Please join Deltrece Daniels for the latest Liv Cycling event!

Stop by the Bike Cleveland offices this Tuesday and leave home with tools needed to feel confident while riding one, two, or three wheels! Meet new friends and share bike memories. Hot cider and "Treats" will be available for you!

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 4:00 - 8:00pm

Where: Bike Cleveland, 3000 Bridge Ave. Ste. #1, Cleveland, OH 44113

Follow the event on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Support the West Side Lakefront Greenway

Bike Lakewood (a chapter of Bike Cleveland) has developed a plan to connect Edgewater Park to Huntington Reservation. The West Side Lakefront Greenway will create a stress-free connection along the lakefront and to Rocky River Reservation.

The connection was identified in the Cuyahoga Greenways plan.

Your help is needed to show support for this crucial west side connection. Here is how you can help:

  1. Attend an upcoming public meeting in Lakewood: The City of Lakewood is holding a community meeting  to discuss the operation of Lake Avenue after repaving is completed in 2019. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Lakewood Public Library Main Branch (15425 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107), Multi-Purpose Room. We need folks in attendance to ask about building a protected bike lane along this section of Lake Avenue as part of the West Side Lakefront Greenway.
  2. Sign the petition in support of the West Side Lakefront Greenway.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Bike MS Wrap-Up Party - Oct. 16, 2018

Thank you to the Winking Lizard Tavern of Brunswick for hosting us this past Tuesday for our Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Wrap-Up Party for the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway! We celebrated our accomplishments on this year's ride, including raising over $86,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and gave out team awards.

Go here to see more photos!




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

In Stock: 2019 Salsa Fargo

The Salsa Cycles Fargo set the standard for off-road touring, with multiple victories and records on the Tour Divide race on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. It's equally at home touring your favorite back roads or trails, or as a workhorse commuter. Use traditional racks and panniers, or load it up bikepacking-style with frame bags and other strap-on accessories.

The 2019 version is available in two build options. The Salsa Fargo Tiagra (shown above in Teal; also available in Orange) features a Shimano Tiagra 2x10 drivetrain and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes. The Salsa Fargo Apex (shown above in Olive Green) features a SRAM 1x11 drivetrain and SRAM hydraulic disc brakes. Both have Salsa's Cobra Kai CroMoly frames and the new Firestarter 110 carbon fork, which has FOUR sets of 3-Pack mounting eyelets for carrying even more water and/or cargo. Each comes with 29x2.6 for tons of traction, but the frames and forks are compatible with 27.5+ or 29+ wheels* as well!

Currently in stock at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula; coming soon to Medina and Rocky River. Stop in for a test-ride, and find your Adventure By Bike™ on a Salsa!

* Size Extra-Small not compatible with 29+.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Bicycle touring visitor from Montana in Peninsula

We had a late-season bicycle touring visitor at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula today! Doug grew up in Columbus, Ohio, but has lived in Bozeman, Montana since 1977, working as a ski and mountaineering guide.

Doug has spent the past year back in Columbus caring for his aging parents, but was able to take a break for a few days to meet some friends at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. He left Sandusky yesterday, and is making his way back to Columbus on the Ohio to Erie Trail. Happy Trails, Doug! His bike is the Surly Bikes World Troller.

You can see more photos of bicycle-touring visitors that have visited all three of our stores in our Bicycle Touring Photo Gallery.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Reel Cycling Film Festival - Nov. 4, 2018 at Akron's Highland Square Theatre

Join us on for the first-ever bicycling film festival in Ohio. We'll be showcasing some of the world's best short movies with bicycle themes!

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018 1:30 - 5:00pm
Where: Highland Square Theatre, 826 W. Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44303

Each admission gets you an entry into the raffle for door prizes, where we'll be giving away a FREE Essential Bike Fitting by Certified Bike Fitter Tom Wiseman in our Medina store!

Get tickets from the event on Facebook or at EventBrite.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Extended Summer Sunday Hours in Peninsula ending for the 2018 season

PLEASE NOTE: We are ending our Extended Summer Sunday Hours for the 2018 season at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. Until further notice, our Hours of Operation at all three of our stores are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm (noon) - 5:00pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018

New and In Stock: Shimano PD-EH500 Pedals

Are you a mountain biker who like the security of platform pedals with metal traction pins, but you also want to clip into your pedals occasionally? You want all this without having to constantly swap pedals on and off your bike? The new Shimano PD-EH500 Pedals are just what you've been waiting for.

These pedals are also great for bicycle touring riders, bike commuters, clip-in beginners, or anybody wanting to use clip-in pedal technology occasionally, but want a little more grip when wearing non-clip-in shoes.

They come with one pair of Shimano SM-SH56 multi-release cleats for your shoes (the silver ones), but they are also compatible with the Shimano SM-SH51 single-release cleats (the black ones). Weight is 383 grams per pair.

Now in stock in all three Century Cycles stores!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Come to the Brunswick Home Depot Safety Fair - Sat. Oct. 6, 2018


What: Brunswick Home Depot Safety Fair
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Home Depot, 3330 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212

Look for the Medina Century Cycles Service Manager Don Barnett doing FREE bicycle safety inspections and providing bike safety information.

There will also be fun and games, pony rides, a petting zoo, and Home Depot crafts for kids, as well as various demonstrations, including: Jaws of Life (11:00am), Hook and Ladder (1:00pm). The Red Cross will be there with the Blood Mobile, as well as lots of police cars and fire and rescue trucks. Last of all, the Life Flight Helicopter will be landing at 2:00pm.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Apply for the Women's Bike Mechanic Scholarship from QBP

The QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship is dedicated to increasing gender diversity within the bike industry. Funded by Quality Bicycle Products and brand partners, scholarship recipients attend the United Bicycle Institute’s 2-week Professional Repair and Shop Operation class in Oregon.

Equipped with the expertise and connections gained from this class, scholarship recipients can affect even greater change in their communities, making bike-kind a more inclusive place for us all. Through hands-on learning, component-by-component study, and formal lecture, scholarship recipients come away with the skills to advance their careers in the bike industry, gain advanced mechanical knowledge, and deepen their bike industry network.

Thanks to the success of past years and the generous support of our sponsors, this year QBP is excited to send 32 women on this adventure.

Learn more and apply...

QBP is one of the nation's largest wholesale distributors of bicycles, parts, and accessories, and is the home of innovative brands such as Surly Bikes, Salsa Cycles, and 45NRTH.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bike Your Park Day - September 29, 2018

As part of their continuing mission to encourage more people to discover the joy of traveling by bicycle, the Adventure Cycling Association has designated this Saturday, September 29, 2018 as the third annual Bike Your Park Day.

To join in the celebration, discover new parks or experience your favorite parks in a new way. You can make it your own experience: ride your preferred distance; go with friends, family or join a group; bike on trails or roads. Share photos of your ride on social media using the hashtag #BikeYourPark.

We'll be celebrating by hosting the final Night Ride on the Towpath Trail of the season at our Peninsula store. We'll ride a leisurely 14 miles on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The ride is FREE and no pre-registration is required. Learn more...

Register to win!

Even though our Night Ride is free and no pre-registration is required, if you register online, you'll be entered in Adventure Cycling's Sweepstakes to win a Co-Motion Divide touring bike or a trip for two on Amtrak to Glacier National Park! Click here to register for our Night Ride and enter the sweepstakes.

Rent One, Get One Free!

If you don't have a bike, we're going to make it easier for you to enjoy Bike Your Park Day! Saturday, September 29, 2018 will be RENT ONE, GET ONE FREE DAY for our Towpath Trail Bike Rentals in Peninsula and our Fitness Bike Rentals in Rocky River! Just bring this coupon!

NOTE: Bicycle rentals are NOT available for the Night Ride on the Towpath Trail.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

ALERT: All three Century Cycles stores CLOSED on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ALERT: Due to a company event, all three Century Cycles stores will be CLOSED on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Scamp Life - the latest video from Salsa Cycles


Salsa Cycles sponsored rider Eszter Horanyi, and her partner Scott Morris, live a rich, but unusual life based out of a Scamp trailer. They’ve developed their careers to support this lifestyle, working from wherever they are, in order to seek out “the best in the west.”

We hope you enjoy this, the first in a series of mountain bike short films; Salsa Cycles presents Scamp Life.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Used Rental Bikes for Sale in Peninsula

We will be replacing our fleet of rental bikes for the Towpath Trail at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula at the end of the 2018 season. Our current rental models are available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

The price for each bicycle will be $275.00 each. We will also be selling our used Trail-A-Bikes for $125.00 each (additional fee for installation). See below for details of the models available.

To purchase one of the these bicycles, please visit our Peninsula store and:

  1. Select the specific bicycle that you want from our current rental units.
  2. Pay a non-refundable deposit of at least 50% or more towards each bike.
  3. We will continue to rent the bikes for the remainder of the 2018 season; the exact timing will be dependent on the weather. After our final rentals, we will give every bike our standard full tune-up to be sure that each bike is in good working order.
  4. We will call each customer when their bikes are ready to be picked up, most likely around mid-December.

You may also call us at 330-657-2209 to place your deposit. Please note that some bikes have cosmetic blemishes and damage that does not affect their function. If you place your deposit by phone, we will select your bikes(s) for you, and what you get is what you get. To be sure you get the best selection yourself, visit us in person!

Used rental equipment is purchased “AS IS” and carries NO IMPLIED or EXPRESSED warranty.

Giant Sedona DX
Giant Sedona DX ($275.00)
24 speeds
26-inch wheels
Suspension fork and seatpost
Rim brakes
Comfort saddle
Upright handlebars
Kickstand and water bottle cage included; any other accessories are additional charge.
Unisex sizes SM, MD, LG, XL

Liv Sedona DX
Liv Sedona DX ($275.00)
24 speeds
26-inch wheels
Suspension fork and seatpost
Rim brakes
Comfort saddle
Upright handlebars
Kickstand and water bottle cage included; any other accessories are additional charge.
Step-thru/Women's sizes XS, SM, MD

Adams Folder 1 Trail-A-Bike
Adams Folder 1 Trail-A-Bike ($125.00)
Single speed
Adjustable seat height
For children up to 85 pounds

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Autumn Harvest CVSR Ride with Liv Cycling - Sept. 15, 2018

Join our local Liv Cycling Ambassador Deltrece Daniels for a group ride on the Towpath Trail! The ride starts at 12:00noon this Saturday, September 15, 2018. You'll begin at the Big Bend Trailhead, located at 1337 Merriman Rd, Akron, OH 44313. The ride is 10 miles north on the Towpath Trail to Peninsula. Stop into Century Cycles if you need any bike supplies, then ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad back to where you started! Be sure to have $5 cash for the Bike Aboard train fare.

Follow the event on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ALERT: Scenic Park Bridge on Valley Parkway in Rocky River CLOSED for two weeks starting Sept. 11, 2018

ALERT: The Scenic Park Bridge on the Valley Parkway in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation will be CLOSED for repairs for approximately two weeks, beginning on September 11, 2018. This bridge is located between the Emerald Necklace Marina and the Lakewood Dog Park.

Park visitors, commuters, and customers using our Fitness Bicycle Rental service at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River might be affected by this closure.

To get to the Rocky River Reservation and the All-Purpose Trail by bicycle from our store, we recommend the following route, using sidewalks and low-traffic back streets:

  1. From the store, turn RIGHT onto Detroit Rd (use the sidewalk).
  2. Turn RIGHT into the shopping plaza.
  3. Continue along the right side of the plaza, then straight onto Hampton Rd.
  4. Turn LEFT onto Purnell Ave.
  5. Turn RIGHT onto Wooster Rd (use the crosswalks at the busy Hilliard Blvd intersection).
  6. Turn LEFT onto Rockcliff Dr (use crosswalks).
  7. The paved bike path starts a short distance down Rockcliff Dr on the right.
  8. At the bottom of the hill on Rockcliff Dr, turn RIGHT onto the bike path at Valley Parkway to continue into the park.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Public Open House meetings for Cleveland Metroparks Master Plans

Master Plans for Bradley Woods, Huntington, Mill Stream Run, and Rocky River Reservations are being updated this year. The plans will help shape efforts in the parks over the next two to twenty years. Please join Cleveland Metroparks staff at the following Public Open Houses to share your ideas for the future of the parks.

Open Houses are from 5:30-7:00 PM, with a short presentation at 6 PM:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Bradley Reservation, Codrington Shelter
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12 – Huntington Reservation, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
  • Thursday, Sept. 13 – Rocky River Reservation, Emerald Necklace Marina in Scenic Park
  • Monday, Sept. 17 – Fat Heads Brewery, 24581 Lorain Rd
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Rocky River Reservation, Nature Center
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Mill Stream Run Reservation, Albion Woods Shelter

 Plans for the four parks being studied this year will be displayed at all of the meetings. There will be staff on hand to engage with attendees and comment cards for further input. Plans and comment forms can also be found online at www.clevelandmetroparks.com/reservationplans. A meeting flyer is attached – please share with all who may be interested. Facebook events can also be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/246478012670530/

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Extended Summer Sunday Hours ending in Medina and Rocky River

PLEASE NOTE: Our Extended Summer Sunday Hours are ending for the 2018 season at the Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River. Effective immediately, we will be open from 12:00noon until 5:00pm on Sundays in Medina and Rocky River.

The Peninsula store will continue to be open from 10:00am until 6:00pm on Sundays until further notice.

You can always find our most current hours of operation for all three stores at: centurycycles.com/for/hours

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Labor Day Weekend Hours 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Our hours for the 2018 Labor Day weekend:

The Century Cycles stores in Medina and Rocky River will be CLOSED on Monday, September 3 for the holiday.

The Peninsula store will be OPEN on Monday, September 3 from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The last time we will let bike rentals for the Towpath Trail to leave will be 3:30pm; all rental bikes MUST be returned before the 5:00pm store closing time.

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

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Take the Ohio Trails Survey

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Trails Partnership need your help to create the State’s next plan for recreational trails of all types. They’re seeking input from all Ohioans.

Whether your interest is in bike paths, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, or even water trails, your feedback is needed!

To start the survey, go to:



Friday, August 24, 2018

It's the Thule Days of Summer! Take 20% OFF all Thule car racks, now thru Sept. 3!

Take 20% OFF all Thule bike racks for your vehicle with the Thule Days of Summer Sale! August 24 through September 3, 2018.