||October 20, 2008|
Thanksgiving greetings from Scott
Here it is almost
Thanksgiving and we're just sending you the November news! I apologize
for the delay, but it's definitely been a little busy. I was just at
Raleigh headquarters in Seattle for a meeting of their Dealer Advisory Board,
of which I am a member. Back home, the Big Dig is done and I'm happy to
report it's a rousing success. Check it out the next time you're in
Now that the cold
and snow are already here, many of you have put your bikes away for the season.
However, I'd like to encourage you to consider two reasons to bring your
bike back out again. First, use your bike for indoor exercise. If you
haven't considered this before, let us show you our selection of trainers
and give you tips to get started.
more about your bike and how to maintain it with our ever-popular winter
maintenance classes, which you can read more about below. If you can't be
riding, you might as well be preparing your bike for the rides to come! I can
tell you that we already have gotten a lot of calls about the classes, so if
you're interested, please don't wait to sign up.
From our Century
Cycles family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
TECH TALK: Take a maintenance class this winter
Century Cycles has
some of the best mechanics in the bike business and they are going to spend
their winter teaching you what they know! They're experts, but you
don't have to be to take a class. You just need a desire to learn more
- a LOT more - about the way your bike works. Because classes are
small for hands-on learning, they fill up fast. Sign up as soon as possible and
don't forget to ask a friend to join you - it's fun to learn
together! All classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for complete
hands-on session will teach you flat tire repair, lubrication, and inspecting
and adjusting your bicycle for safe operation. Don't let minor
issues keep you from enjoying your ride!
class - $25
1- Tuesday- February 3rd
2- Tuesday- March 3rd
your bike for a hands-on tune-up! You will clean and lube the drivetrain;
adjust brakes, derailleurs, hubs, headset and bottom bracket; true wheels; and
evaluate replacement parts and upgrades. Plan to get dirty and leave with a
clean, well-tuned bicycle!
Two-hour classes - $75
1- Tuesdays- January 6th and 13th
Session 2- Thursdays- January 22nd and January
In addition to the skills covered in the
Tune-up class you will remove, clean, lube and adjust all serviceable bearings
on your bicycle. Brake and shifter cables will be removed and replaced (cables
needed are included with the class). In-depth derailleur adjustment and
advanced wheel truing will be covered thoroughly. Bring your bike back to life!
(3) Two-hour classes - $100
1- Wednesdays- January 14th, 21st and 28th
Session 2- Mondays- February 2nd, 9th,
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Our Staff's Holiday Gift Recommendations
After logging thousands of miles on their bicycles and
trying out the latest and greatest cycling products, our 30-person staff voted
on their favorite gifts for this coming holiday season. They had so many great
ideas that we divided them into three categories - for cyclists, for
those who go-by-bike (or want to go-by-bike more in 2009!), and for bicycling families.
Plus don't forget we have Century Cycles Gift Cards (which can also be
purchased on our website) and stocking
stuffers (Chamois Butt'r, energy bars, wool socks, and more).
Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Cyclists
Lighting System: The best for the money and easiest to recharge.
CycleOps Fluid2 Trainer: It's what we're using to lose the holiday
Bottle Cap Helmet Mirror: Just too cool.
Pearl Izumi Woolie Mammoth Jersey: Stay warm and look hot, even when you're not
on your bike.
5. A bike, of course: Steel is real - and steel bikes are hot for 2009.
Top 5 Holidays Gifts for People Who Go-By-Bike
Avenir Grocery Panniers: Going to the grocery store on
your bike was never easier.
Planet Bike Hardcore Fenders: An essential accessory.
Topeak Explorer Rack/Bag:
You'll be amazed at how much you can carry.
Blackburn Mars 3 Light Combo: To see and be seen.
A bike, of course: We now have commuter bikes that come
Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Bicycling Families
Cycle-opoloy: A board game that celebrates the joy of
Balance Buddy: A new way to teach your kids to ride a
"Define Your Life. Ride a Trike." Baby Bib:
For the tiniest cyclist-to-be.
Trail-a-bike: Make any bike a tandem - and finallygo
on longer rides with small kids.
A bike, of course: A Giant tricycle
will make a memorable holiday for all!
CUSTOMER SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Create a Cycling Wish List
Speaking of gifts, you can let your friends and family know
about your bike-related gift preferences using our Cycling Wish List! Just fill
out the simple form here.
When you submit the form, it will automatically be e-mailed
to all three of our stores, where we will keep it on file. Then, just let your
friends and family know that you've submitted your Cycling Wish List to us, and
we'll use it to help them select the perfect gift for you! This service is in
addition to the Wish List you can always create for yourself while browsing our
extensive Online Product Catalog.
RIDING TIP: Cold weather ridingA drop in the temperatures doesn't have to necessarily
mean a drop in your mileage. If you already have the clothes to keep warm,
here's how to get your bike ready for the winter:
- Consider running your tires at slightly lower
than usual air pressure, to provide additional traction on slick surfaces.
Studded tires are available if you are dedicated to riding even on snow and
- Reduced daylight in the winter months means
having a headlight, tailight, and reflectors in case you end up out longer than
expected. Reflective clothing also enhances your visibility.
- Consider getting a "winter bike," such
as a hybrid or mountain bike, to use as an alternative to your favorite summer
ride. Some winter riders prefer singlespeed bikes and platform pedals, as
multi-speed drive trains and clip-in pedal systems can get clogged with snow
and ice and malfunction in the worst conditions.
Define your life. Ride a bike.™
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