See you on the road!
As you read this, I am probably on my way to the 47th annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV
). This two-day, 210-mile ride from Columbus to Portsmouth and back is the unofficial kick-off to the bicycle touring season. The pre-event expo is a great way to find early-season bargains and take care of your last-minute gear needs. Then, look for us along the route, where our intrepid mechanic Brent will be on hand to help the riders with any emergency repairs.
We look forward to seeing you on the many other rides that we support, such as the Sunday in June
, Tour de Cure
, Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure
(GOBA), and Pedal to the Point
. And of course, don't forget our next Night Ride on the Towpath
on Saturday, May 17!
For more information on these rides, or to find another ride in your area, see the Organized Rides and Tours
page on our web site. And don't forget, May is National Bike Month, and May 10-18 is Cleveland Bicycle Week! Check out www.clevelandbicycleweek.org
to find out how you can get involved in local events!
Wherever and whenever you choose to ride, have fun, and be safe!
Scott Cowan, Owner
Volunteers Needed to Ride the Rail
Take a FREE ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad! On Monday, May 12, 2008, a segment of Fox 8 Cleveland's That's Life with Robin Swoboda will be filmed in Peninsula, to showcase the railroad and their special $2 Bike Aboard fare for cyclists. The show will be broadcast on Monday, May 19!
Individuals and families of all ages are encouraged to volunteer! Participants must be at the Brecksville Station at 9:00am on May 12. You'll ride the train to Peninsula and Akron, while participating in on-camera interviews and activities. You'll be returned to the Brecksville Station around 2:00pm.
To volunteer, please contact:
Director of Marketing and Education
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic
Direct Dial (330) 657-1915
firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you haven't already heard about the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Bike Aboard program, it's a great deal for cyclists using the Towpath Trail! Pay just $2 for you and your bike for a one-way ride between any two stations of the railroad's route. See our web site for more details, including the train schedule and station locations!
The Brecksville Station is located at 13512 Station Road, just off of
Riverview Road near the Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation.
Turn South onto Riverview Road from Route 82. Proceed 0.3 miles on
Riverview Road to the Station Road Trailhead. Turn left and follow the roadway
to the parking area.
You can buy your Bike Aboard tickets at our Peninsula store, or pay your fare when you board the train. Either way, check the back of your ticket for coupons for these two special offers:
- $2 Off a bicycle, tag-along, or child trailer rental at our Peninsula store!
- %15 Off one regularly-priced bicycle accessory, good at any of our stores!
Bay High School Bike To School Month Update
The participation and enthusiasm for the Bike To School Month program, currently concluding its second week at Bay High School, has been tremendous and far exceeded our expectations! Over half of the student body signed up during the first day of registration, and riding to school by students, teachers, and staff has gone on through both good and bad weather.
The project recently gained the support of another major corporate sponsor. Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) donated 100 Knog Frog lights to be given away to the students for participation prizes! QBP is based in Bloomington, Minnesota, and is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of bicycles, components, and accessories.
Bay High School has already inspired others to make our communities more bicycle-friendly. Rocky River High School is now working on expanding their bicycle parking capacity, and is looking at other ways to encourage more students to bike to school!
CC Staffers Riding for a Cause
Century Cycles is honored to support many local charitable causes through our support of the many fund-raising bike tours in the area. Several of our employees also help these causes by signing up as regular participants in these events. But, a few of our employees are kicking it up another notch by organizing events for causes that are near and dear to them.
Within the next week, Josh Ronschke from our Rocky River store, along with his friends Joe Kelly and Chris Miller, will begin a self-supported bicycle tour starting in San Francisco, CA. They will travel over 4000 miles through this summer, ending back home in Cleveland. They are raising awareness of cancer and funds to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Visit www.livestrong.org/grassroots2008/threefriendsforhope to learn more about their journey, and to make a donation.
Later this summer, Ray Query from our Rocky River store and Kevin Madzia from our Peninsula store will depart Cleveland, and bike over 15,000 miles during an estimated 8-month period until they reach the "Southernmost City in the World," Ushuaia, in the Tierra del Fuego province of Argentina. They are raising awareness of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, and raising funds to benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation. You can follow their planning and their journey at www.miles4melanoma.com, and also make donations there.
Call it a fitness bike, flat-bar road bike, or performance hybrid--call it what you want, but the Giant FCR 2 fits the bill for many of today's veteran and aspiring cyclists. Looking to upgrade your hybrid or mountain bike to something with a little more zip? Don't want to give up the performance of your racing bike, but your back is starting to complain about leaning over into those drop handlebars? The FCR 2 provides speed and comfort in one lightweight package. The Shimano 27-speed drive train will get you to the bank without breaking it at $699.99, and we've got it in stock in both Men's and Women's models.
Everybody wants to know how far and how fast they are riding. The tiny electronic brain of the CatEye Strada Wireless computer ($62.99) makes the choice a no-brainer. There are no buttons to keep straight, the computer head IS the button; just press on the face to cycle through the displays showing you trip distance, average speed, maximum speed, ride time, total accumulated distance, and time of day. The wireless sensor makes for a clean-looking and easy setup, but don't worry about that, because we can install it for you, too!
Tech Talk: Bicycle Components for Beginners
Breaking down the language barrier is an important step in productive
relationships between bike shop customers and bike shop employees. To
that end, this article from our blog is a glossary providing a breakdown of the anatomy of
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