Bicycling is booming!
If you're like me, you're noticing that bikes are EVERYWHERE
- lots more on the roads, in the news, and even in advertisements.
And now it's official -
bicycling IS booming! According to research just released by the National
Sporting Goods Foundation, bicycling was up a whopping 11% last year, with 44.7
million people age 7 and older riding a bicycle more than six times in 2008
(vs. 40.1 million in 2007).
It's also booming in northeast Ohio. As you can read below,
there is a LOT going on, especially now that we're in the height of the
cycling season. Century Cycles is always your best source for the latest and
greatest local bicycling news - on our website
, or Twitter
So keep riding, keep spreading the good cycling word, and
keep the rubber side down!
Scott Cowan, Owner
NiteRider Demo and Give-Away at the next Night Ride on the Towpath
Our next Night Ride on the Towpath Trail in Peninsula is on Saturday, June 27, 2009! The NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems road rig will be there starting at 6:00pm. Company representatives from NiteRider will be on hand to answer questions about their products. Several models of their high-end rechargeable headlights will be available for riders to try at no charge during the Night Ride! And, you can register for our drawing to win a FREE NiteRider MiNewt Mini-USB headlight!
As always, the ride will be 15 to 20 miles in length, which usually takes about one-and-a-half to two hours. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome (15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult), and no pre-registration is required. You must have your own bicycle and helmet. NiteRider demo lights will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; you must have your own headlight otherwise.
The ride starts promptly at 8:00pm from the parking lot of the Peninsula store, located at 1621 Main Street, Peninsula, Ohio 44264. Parking is available at the Lock 29 Trailhead just around the corner.
All of you Night Ride veterans out there may want to make a note to show up earlier than usual, to ensure you have plenty of time to sign up for the drawing and demo lights! A photo ID and major credit card will be required as collateral for using demo lights.
We're in the Top 100!
For the eighth year in a row, Century Cycles has been named one of the Top 100 Bicycle Retailers in the United States, based on a survey conducted by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, the leading bike industry publication. Thank you to our loyal customers and our dedicated staff for helping us to earn this prestigious honor!
22nd Annual Ice Cream Odyssey Ride
Join the Medina County Bicycle Club and Century Cycles for the 22nd Annual Ice Cream Odyssey on Saturday, July 18, 2009!
This is one sweet, scenic, mostly rural and rolling ride of 62, 42, or
25 miles, with ice cream at rest stops along the way, support provided by Century Cycles, and food, fun, and yes, more ice cream at the finish!
Click here for more information and to register.
More Bicycling Events!
Look for the CC support van at these other popular rides throughout the summer!
Summer's here, and so is Father's Day!
Sunday, June 21, 2009 marks the first official day of summer, and it also happens to be the day to honor our fathers. If your dad is a cyclist, why not let him treat himself to some new gear with a Century Cycles Gift Card? You can purchase and redeem them at any of our three stores, and you can also buy them online!
|5 Questions: Krista McNamee
Krista McNamee is trying to get out the door to do a long bike
ride in the Ohio countryside with friends. It's her day off from working the
sales floor at the Century Cycles in Rocky River and she's got plans. However,
we were able to keep her on the phone long enough to ask the Cleveland resident
(and wife of a city police detective) a few questions before she loads up her
bike and heads out.
Q. Where are you riding today?
A. My friends and I haven't decided. We have a rule that
we have to ride longer than the time it takes to drive there, so we'll
ride about 60 miles, probably somewhere south of Spencer. In July, we're
headed to New York to bicycle along the St. Lawrence Seaway and then around
Gaspe Peninsula for three weeks. We're riding the Route Verte, a bicycle
trail network in Quebec. We'll be doing a lot of high mileage days early
in the trip, to get through Montreal and Quebec City and out of civilization.
Q. How many bikes do you have and which is your favorite?
A. I have four bikes. Asking me which is my favorite is like
asking "who is your favorite child?" They are all different with
their own purpose. The newest is a Surly Cross Check. It's my trails and
dirt-road bike for self-contained rides. I haven't decided if I'm
taking the Surly or my Waterford on the Quebec trip. The Waterford is a custom adventure
bike designed to be fully loaded for touring.
Q. What's your favorite trail or ride? (She asks for
geographical specificity, so we tell her within 75 miles of Cleveland.)
A. A covered bridge loop in Ashtabula that I do based on a map
I found from way back. It's so unique and scenic and beautiful. The roads
are light traffic and there are plenty of wineries in case you want to stop for
Q. What is your biggest accomplishment on a bike?
A. I did the Coast-to-Coast ride in 2003 and rode 4,400 miles
in nine weeks. Of course it was a supported ride; you can't cover those
distances without support unless you're Ray. We went over the Continental
Divide several times and did a lot of climbing. Probably the biggest
accomplishment of that ride was Teton Pass. Anyone who's biked it knows
exactly what I mean.
Q. What do you like to do when you're not on a bike or
working at Century Cycles?
A. I'm trying to learn French, for the trip to Quebec.
You can read the rest of our interview with Krista on our blog.
Bay Bike To School Challenge was a huge success!
1,215 total students participated in the Bay Bike To School Challenge Sponsored by Century Cycles and Chipotle at Bay High School and Bay Middle School in Bay Village, Ohio. The event ran from May 4 through May 22, and also saw 90 teachers and administrators make it a "bike to work" challenge. Some other facts from the event:
You can read more information in this press release. Look for the Bike To School Challenge to return in 2010!
37,042 miles: Total number of miles biked by Bay students to
school during the challenge
34,149 pounds: Total number of pounds of CO2 emissions estimated was saved by Bay students.
506 students: The average number of Bay Middle School students who biked to school each day, or 62 per cent of the school.
249 students: The average number of Bay High School students who biked to school each day, or 31 per cent of the school.
Many thanks to our partners who helped make Bike To School possible, especially
the amazing teachers, administrators, and PTAs at Bay Schools, and the generous
folks at Chipotle, Raleigh Bicycles, Giant Bicycles, Pearl Izumi, and Vanitylab
TechTalk: The Seatpost: Under-Appreciated Hero
The seatpost appears at first glance to be one of the most un-glamorous components on a bike. It just serves to connect your saddle to the frame. But it plays an important part in the comfort and performance of your bicycle in many ways.
To learn more, read this month's TechTalk article on our blog.
New Season, New Faces
The start of the summer season brings a few new faces to the Century Cycles staff, as well as most of the regulars, and a couple that are returning!
We welcome them to the CC Team, and hope that you will, too!
- Medina: Andrew C, John P, Josh W, Neil A, and Rob K
- Peninsula: Aubrey L, Eddie B, Rich O, and Wray C
- Rocky River: Andy K, Brad S, Dave P, Kevin M, Neal O, and Neil S
Define your life. Ride a bike.™
1079 N. Court St. (Rt 42, K-Mart Plaza)
Medina, OH 44256
1621 Main St. (Rt 303)
Peninsula, OH 44264
19955 Detroit Rd. (between Wagar and Wooster Roads)
Rocky River, OH 44116