Thursday, March 26, 2020

How To Lubricate Your Chain (Video)

Sheltering in place? Need to get your bike ready for a little ride? Bike Cleveland has partnered with local bicycle shops to bring you simple tips to prep your bike for its first outing of the year. First up: Lubing Your Chain, featuring Kevin from Century Cycles in Peninsula!

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Monday, March 23, 2020

We are OPEN and ready to serve you (SAFELY) during Ohio's Stay At Home Order

To all of our bicycling family,

As you are likely aware, state of Ohio officials have issued a "Stay At Home" order effective at 11:59pm tonight (Monday, March 23, 2020) to help address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the text of the order (you can read it here), bicycle shops are listed as "essential services" and are permitted to remain open to the public for business.

We appreciate that the state has recognized the importance that bicycling plays in our transportation system. Whether you ride for transportation or for the benefit of your physical and mental health, we are proud to continue serving our customers. However, there is no "business as usual" for anybody during this time, including us.

We are continuing the safety measures put in place already, and are making additional changes to help ensure the health of our staff, customers, and the community. Please continue reading below for details. Also note that as conditions are rapidly changing, our response and policies may also change.

We wish to thank our customers for your support during this difficult time. We also thank our staff for their dedication and diligence.

Go outside, enjoy a bike ride, or a walk, hike, or run -- just do it safely! We appreciate your cooperation as you visit a Century Cycles store in Medina, Peninsula, or Rocky River.

Sincerely,

-Your friends at Century Cycles



Policies at all three of our stores

We are reducing our store hours. Effective on Tuesday, March 24 , our hours of operation at all three stores are:

  • Monday through Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm

We can arrange "touch-free" drop-offs and pickups of bicycles and merchandise. Just call us when you reach the store.

Please visit us to address any specific bicycling needs you have, and try to keep "just browsing" to a minimum in order to minimize person-to-person contact, as well as contact with other merchandise. Feel free to call us in advance to discuss your needs, check stock, and ask for our recommendations. Browse at home at centurycycles.com!

Please practice "social distancing" while in the store and leave 6 feet of space between yourself and our staff and other customers.

We can take credit card payments over the phone prior to pickup of service bicycles and/or merchandise.

While a full tune-up is usually our recommendation to get the best performance out of your bicycle, we will do our best to look it over and make any quick adjustments on the spot to get you rolling immediately, rather than having to drop off and come back at a later date, if possible.

We are using sanitizing cleaner on all new and serviced bicycles just prior to pickup. We are washing and/or sanitizing our own hands frequently, as well as cleaning all counters, payment terminals, door handles, restrooms, and other common surfaces.

As always, our web store is open 24/7 at centurycycles.com, for shipping to you or free in-store pickup. Please be patient and allow us extra time to process your orders.

Our staff is required to stay home if they do not feel well. We are checking our temperatures daily. Some of our administrative staff has already been working from home on a limited basis, and this will expand as time goes on.



Medina

We are offering discounted pickup/delivery service for tune-up bicycles. Normally $20, we will pick up your bicycle at your home, and drop it off when complete, for $10. Please call us at 330-722-7119 to make arrangements. Our store is large enough that it is very easy to maintain personal space!



Peninsula

The limited space inside our store makes it more of a challenge to provide social distancing. While we are still OPEN, we will be keeping our entrance door LOCKED to better manage traffic. Please knock firmly, then step back 6 feet from the door, and we'll come and address your needs as soon as possible.

We ask that you wait outside the store while any while-you-wait repair work is performed.

Bike rentals for the Towpath Trail are available for the time being; we use sanitizing cleaner on all contact points of rental bikes before and after each use.

The National Park Service has cancelled all special-use permits through April, so our first Night Ride on the Towpath Trail (scheduled for April 18) is CANCELLED. Stay tuned for updates about later events.



Rocky River

We are temporarily suspending all bike rentals. The store is large enough that we feel we have been able to maintain personal space, but we will continue to monitor this and make adjustments if necessary.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Win a Giant bicycle from The Family Dentist of Westlake!

Dr. David LaSalvia & Dr. Jon Klineman from The Family Dentist of Westlake with the Giant ATX 3 bicycle!
Century Cycles is proud to join one of our community business partners for the 15th year! Visit Dr. David LaSalvia DDS, The Family Dentist in Westlake in March or April of 2020 and receive a free entry to win a Giant ATX 3 mountain bike!

The bike also includes a kickstand, water bottle & holder, and a Century Cycles "Define your life. Ride a bike. (tm)" t-shirt! All valued at $475!

The Family Dentist is located in the SSE&G Professional Building at 26600 Detroit Road, Suite 230, Westlake, Ohio 44145. Give them a call at 440-871-8588!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Century Cycles is hiring!

We are still looking to add to our staff for the coming Spring and Summer 2020 season!

Experienced Bicycle Mechanic - Rocky River

Duties include, but are not limited to, bicycle assessment, work order write-up, and repair. You will contribute to a smooth running service department at all times.

What is expected:

  • You will maintain a high standard in assembly & service and maintain the cleanliness of the service department throughout the work day.
  • Be an active member of the service team that is responsible for building all shop floor bikes, sold bikes, and completing all service work to the highest of standards.
  • Work the sales floor as necessary in addition to working the service department.
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule based on business needs, including evenings and weekends.
  • In an ever-changing industry, the ability to learn new technology is very helpful!


Full-Time & Part-Time Bicycle Sales Staff & Mechanics - Peninsula

Would you like the chance to work in the middle of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Our Peninsula location is looking to fill full-time and part-time sales and mechanic positions. Job duties for Sales include but are not limited to: sales, maintaining the sales floor, answering questions about the local area, and handling rentals. Bike shop experience is not a requirement. Responsibilities for the mechanics include but are not limited to: new bicycle assembly, walk-in repairs, repair assessments, repair estimates and write-ups, rental bike maintenance, and backup for the sales floor and rentals as needed.

To apply for any of the above positions, please visit the Peninsula or Rocky River store in person.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Spring Hours begin this week at Century Cycles!

We are beginning our Spring Hours of Operation at all three Century Cycles stores this week! Effective March 1, 2020, our hours at Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm
As always, you can find our current hours at:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Provide your feedback on NOACA's new Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan

Your Input Is Needed!

ACTIVATE is NOACA’s new pedestrian and bicycle plan, currently under development. This plan starts with listening to the needs of the public in Northeast Ohio. Thank you for your time!

The ACTIVATE survey should take around 10 minutes to complete. Respondents will remain anonymous. NOACA staff will use your feedback to ensure that ACTIVATE addresses the issues that affect you. NOACA will be sharing the results of the survey in the plan.


About NOACA
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is the transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina counties.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

2020 Schedule of Night Rides on the Towpath Trail

Century Cycles invites all of our cycling friends to our Night Rides on the Towpath Trail. These rides are FUN and FREE! All skill levels are welcome. We meet at the Peninsula store (Rt 303 between Rt 8 and I-271, next to the Winking Lizard Tavern). Parking is available at the Lock 29 Trailhead (follow the signs around the corner, it is on Mill Street north of the store).

All rides start at 8:00pm sharp. We recommend that you arrive about 30 minutes earlier to have plenty of time to find parking, get yourself and your bike ready, and sign in.  If the weather looks questionable, you can call the store at 330-657-2209 to confirm if the ride is still on.

Saturday, April 18
Saturday, May 16
Saturday, June 13 
Saturday, June 27 (Pajama Party Night Ride w/ Bike Cleveland)
Saturday, July 11
Saturday, July 25
Saturday, August 8
Saturday, August 22
Saturday, September 12
Saturday, September 26 (Bike Your Park Day)

Rides are about 14 miles long, which usually takes from one and a half to two hours. You must have your own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. No pre-registration is necessary, but a waiver must be signed before the rides start to participate.

For more information, including safety & preparation tips, plus photos and video from past rides, go to:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

ALERT! Riverview Road in the Cuyahoga Valley CLOSED until June 15, 2020

ALERT for anyone who drives or bicycles in the Cuyahoga Valley south of the Village of Peninsula!

Riverview Road is CLOSED from now until June 15, 2020 while the bridge over Furnace Run Creek is rebuilt. This is next to Szalay's Farm Market between Everett Road and Bolanz Road. A detour for road traffic is posted.

Note that this does NOT affect bicycling/hiking traffic on the nearby Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Ohio Bike MS Kick-Off Party! Thursday, February 27, 2020

You're invited! Team Left Hand/Century Cycles is kicking off our 2020 season for the Bike MS Buckeye Breakaway!

  • What: Bike MS Kick-Off Party
  • When: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Where: Winking Lizard Tavern, 10418 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107
Meet current team members and learn all about this year's event to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Get tips on fundraising, training, and MORE!

Light appetizers will be provided by the Winking Lizard, and your first beer will be courtesy of Left Hand Brewing Company!

This event is FREE and no pre-registration is required!

Friday, February 7, 2020

The new "smart" indoor trainers from Saris allow you to ride YOUR OWN bicycle inside and follow a virtual route with your friends or other riders around the world using the Zwift program. Try it out first-hand for FREE at Century Cycles!


Learn all about our line of smart variable-resistance indoor cycling trainers from Saris, see a first-hand demonstration of the Zwift virtual cycling program, take a test-ride on a virtual bike route, and discover how you can prepare and train for bike races, triathlons, or charity rides with the help of Zwift's library of training programs and FTP (functional threshold power) workouts! Refreshments provided!

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