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Issue: 13
January 13, 2009
In This Issue
Breaking Away with Masi Bicycles and Century Cycles
TechTalk: What You Need to Know about Bottom Brackets
Bicycle Maintenance Classes
5 Questions: Ken Hagedorn
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Welcome to 2009!
Scott Cowan picture Greetings! 
This promises to be another terrific year to be on two wheels! In 2008, we saw bicycling and bicycle commuting really take off. The media pointed primarily to high gas prices as the incentive, but we heard people talking just as much about their concerns for their health and the environment for the reasons they wanted to do more going by bike.

Looking ahead, we see that momentum continuing to build. That's why we've got a lot of big, fun things planned in 2009 - starting with the exciting debut of our first new bike line in 8 years! Come along - it's going to be a GREAT ride!


Scott Cowan, Owner
Century Cycles

Breaking Away with Masi Bicycles and Century Cycles!

Breaking AwayMark your calendars for Friday, March 13, 2009! That evening, Century Cycles will be having a dual celebration! The first reason to celebrate is the 30th anniversary of "Breaking Away," that classic coming-of-age movie set against the backdrop of a collegiate bike race.

The other reason to celebrate is the launch of our first new bicycle line in eight years! Masi Bicycles (which, coincidentally, were also featured in "Breaking Away") blend classic styling and design with modern components and performance, especially their steel-framed models. The result is a line of bikes that will stop you dead in your tracks!

Look for more party details in the February eNewsletter. In the meantime, stop in to check out and test ride a Masi!

TechTalk: What You Need to Know about Bottom Brackets

Bottom BracketsThis month's TechTalk looks at another often-overlooked, yet critical component of your bike: the bottom bracket.

Learn what it is, where it is, and get an overview of its different types and history at this post on the Century Cycles Blog.

Century Cycles Maintenance Classes
Bicycle Maintenance Classes

Want to learn how to fix a flat tire, lube your chain, and other basic stuff to keep you on the road or trail? Then sign up for our Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class.

Looking for more advanced knowledge, like how to give your bike a complete Tune-Up or Overhaul? We have classes for these, too!

Each class is offered at all three of our stores, and we still have space available in most sessions, so get in now while you have the chance! See our web site for a complete description and schedule. You can register online, or call your nearest store to sign up!

5 Questions: Ken Hagedorn

For Rocky River staffer Ken Hagedorn, working at Century Cycles is a family affair. His sister, Kathy, is married to Derrick Kortvejesi, Peninsula's head mechanic, and it was Derrick who referred him for the job over 10 years ago. A classmate of Scott Cowan's, Ken is also a Class of 1978 alumni of Bay High School. He now lives in Rocky River, close to his elderly parents.

Q. Even though you work at different stores, are there any disadvantages to working with your brother-in-law?

A. Believe me, they are all advantages, no disadvantages. I've always been into bikes, but I've learned more about bikes from Derrick than anybody else.

Q. What was your first bike?

A. I got a red and chrome tricycle when I was about two years old. I tried to stand on it, then fell over and split my chin open. Funny enough, my first two-wheeler was also red and chrome - a no-name brand I don't remember - and I split my chin open on that bike, too. I also had the Schwinn with a banana seat that a lot of boys had back then. When we were growing up, my brother and I rode our bikes everywhere with a pack of buddies.

Q. How many bikes do you currently own?

A. Five built, three or four in progress. All road bikes.

Q. What's your favorite bike?

A. My 1998 Bianchi Campione is what I like to ride the most, although I haven't been riding for the past two years due to an injury. I own fancier bikes, but the Campione is a classic and I have about 13,000 miles on it.

Q. What three words describe how you feel on a bike?

A. Rhythmic, relaxed, and - even though it's more than one word - enjoying the fresh air

You can read the rest of our interview with Ken on the Century Cycles Blog.

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