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Issue: 16
April 14, 2009
In This Issue
Bay Schools Prepare for Bike To School Challenge
Thanks for a successful Spring Break Sale!
The League of American Bicyclists Announces 2008 Shops of the Year
5 Questions: Joshua Ronschke
Did You Miss Us Last Month?
TechTalk: Crankin' on Cranksets
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Spring has sprung!
Scott Cowan picture Greetings! 
Wow! What a spring it's already been here at Century Cycles! We've just completed our most successful sales event ever, and now we've just received word that the Bike League named us a Best Bike Shop, one of only eight shops in the country to be honored. Check out all the details in this month's newsletter.

Honors like this are truly thanks to two groups of people - great customers like you who have become our friends and great employees like Josh (profiled below) who are our family. Josh really embodies the spirit of Century Cycles and is just the sort of young ambassador for bicycling that the sport needs. I'm proud of him and all of our Century Cycles team.

Hope to see you soon in one of the stores. The sun is shining!


Scott Cowan, Owner
Century Cycles
Bay Schools Bike To School Challenge
Bay Schools Prepare for Bike To School Challenge

It all started last year with the Bay High School Bike To School Month. The event was such a success that it's been expanded this year! The Bay Schools Bike To School Challenge Sponsored By Century Cycles and Chipotle begins on May 4, and hopes to inspire over 1,600 students of Bay Middle School and Bay High School to ride their bikes to school.

The program also includes a city-wide Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair on April 30.

Students who register for the Bike To School Challenge can qualify to win prizes, such as t-shirts and bicycle accessories from Century Cycles, and free burritos from Chipotle. They also qualify to win one of the grand prizes: free burritos from Chipotle for a year, or one of four bicycles courtesy of Century Cycles, Raleigh Bicycles, and Giant Bicycles.

You can read more information about the Bay Schools Bike To School Challenge Sponsored By Century Cycles and Chipotle in this Press Release.

Thanks for a successful Spring Break Sale

Thank you to all of our loyal customers who helped to make our Spring Break Sale on April 2-5 one of the most successful sale events in our history!

Congratulations to the winner of our drawing for the 2009 Masi Soulville 3, Mike Kovach of Lakewood! (See photo below.)

Although the sale event is over, some of the bargains are still going on!
  • 40% off all in-stock Sidi cycling shoes, while supplies last!
  • Huge markdowns on other selected cycling shoes, such as the Pearl Izumi Vagabond M-3, Vagabond-II, Vagabond R-3, and Tri R3, and Shimano M038 and MT20D.
  • Some previous model year bicycles:
  • Size selections on bikes, shoes, and other items may be limited; sale prices valid on in-stock items only.
And, you can get one of the limited-edition tie-dyed versions of our "Define your life. Ride a bike.tm" t-shirts worn by our staff during the sale for $19.99!

Masi Soulville 3 Prize Winner
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The League of American Bicyclists Announces 2008 Shops of the Year

The League of American Bicyclists is proud to announce Century Cycles as a 2008 Shop of the Year, as determined by the League's members.

The League's Shops of the Year award recognizes only eight outstanding shops in the U.S. for their commitment to customer service and dedication to encouraging cycling. The League determined the 2008 Shops of the Year winners in a recent membership survey. The League's members were asked what their favorite bike shops were and why. Typically, six awards are given - one per region. However, 2008 proved to be a great year for bicycling. Two additional shops were recognized in Region 4 where there was a three-way tie.

You can read more details about the 2008 Shops of the Year in this Press Release.

From all of us at Century Cycles, thank you to the League of American Cyclists and all of its members for your votes!
Josh Ronschke
5 Questions: Joshua Ronschke

Many of us fondly remember an event Century Cycles held about three years ago with legendary cyclist and author Bob Roll. For mechanic Joshua Ronschke, 24, it was a life-altering experience when his brother invited him to attend it. At the time, Josh was working as a baker at Heinen's. Shortly after he got a glimpse of the world of bicycling at Century Cycles that night, he quit Heinen's, was hired by Century Cycles in Rocky River, and a whole new livelihood was born.

Q. What's your favorite thing about working at Century Cycles?

A. Every morning when I wake up, I look forward to going to work. Everyone is happy - the employees, the customers, everyone. Cycling is something we all want and love to do, and it makes everyone happy. Plus I don't have to wear a tie.

Q. What is your biggest accomplishment on a bike?

A. After college graduation last year, I took a few months off. During that time, I rode my Surly Long Haul Trucker from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon, then took the train to Colorado and rode from Denver to Boulder. Before working here, I never would have considered riding 100 miles, much less 1,000. But it was great and I loved it.

Q. What is your favorite trail or ride?

A. I just rode the new trail at East 49th and Grant, the Erie Canalway [in the Cleveland Metroparks], and that was nice to go mountain biking in Cleveland.

Q. What's the best piece of advice you've received about cycling?

A. That it's something you can do from the time you're 3 years old to 83 or 93. Never stop riding. My dad had a bunch of really bad health problems a few years back, but now he rides a bike we got him and his health has improved. He feels better than he has in a long time.

Q. What do you do when you're not on a bike or at Century Cycles?

A. Basketball is it. It's my first love.

You can read the rest of our interview with Josh on our blog.

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Did You Miss Us Last Month?

Due to a temporary glitch at our e-mail newsletter service provider last month, about 400 of our subscribers did not receive the April edition of this eNewsletter. We're sorry if you were one of the people affected!

Well, we fixed the glitch. If you'd like to catch up on the news you missed, you can read the online version here. Here's what you'll find:
  • Tech Talk: The Zen of Singlespeeds
  • CC Staff Retreat
  • 5 Questions: Keith Heffernan

TechTalk: Crankin' on Cranksets

This month's TechTalk tells you, well, maybe not everything, but the most important things you need to know about cranksets. Doubles, triples, compact, and more...read the whole article here.
Define your life. Ride a bike.
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