||September 11, 2009|
|Great biking weather!|
Things are hopping! I am running around today like a maniac, packing
for the Hancock Horizontal Hundred. Century Cycles will be set up in the expo
on Saturday and then I'm riding it on Sunday - our 8th year being part
of a great event that always has great weather. (If the "hundred" in the name scares
you, don't let it. You can ride any distance and have a lot of fun!)
The stores are also busy and, as you can read below, we have a
lot of terrific news to share. I hope you're getting out on two wheels in the
ways you love best - riding the roads, hitting the trails, training for an
event, or just coasting with the kids. Let us know if Century Cycles can help
in any way to keep the fun rolling!
Scott Cowan, Owner
Century Cycles makes Bicycling Magazine - TWICE!
Think your ride's great? The folks at Bicycling Magazine think our Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are great, and they said so by featuring them in their October 2009 issue. "Everything looks different in the moonlight. And cyclists who normally visit the Cuyahoga Valley National Park during the day find that riding the mostly flat, crushed-limestone Towpath Trail at night even sounds different." You can click here to see the whole story.
With a circulation of over 400,000, Bicycling Magazine is the leading cycling publication in the United States, and we are honored to have been included in their monthly features. Thanks to our customers who have joined us for the rides to help make them a newsworthy event!
As a reminder, the next Night Ride on the Towpath Trail is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009. The ride begins at 8:00pm from our Peninsula store.
In the same issue, Bicycling included a quote from Scott Cowan in an article called "Commuter School" that described various programs around the country aimed at promoting kids' walking and biking to school. From the article's opening paragraph:
When students at Bay High School, in Bay Village, Ohio, organized their Bike to School Challenge in spring 2008, no one anticipated the response. "On the first day, 363 kids signed up and we were scrambling to keep up," says Scott Cowan, owner of Century Cycles in Ohio and the event's mastermind. "By the end of the three-week period, 550 students had participated." The program expanded this year  to include the middle school; 960 students biked the first day. "We're effecting a cultural change," Cowan says.
You can read the entire article online by following the link on this page. Century Cycles is already hard at
work with Bay schools on the next Bike To School Challenge, which is scheduled
for May 3-21, 2010.
A summary of press releases, photos, and other press coverage of the 2008 Bay High Bike To School Month and the 2009 Bay Bike To School Challenge Sponsored by Century Cycles and Chipotle can be found on our web site.
Select Previous Model Year Bicycles on Sale
We've got a handful of 2009, 2008, and earlier bikes that we'd like to
clear out to make room for the 2010 models! So now's a great time to
save a few bucks and get that new bike you've been thinking about.
There's lots of great late summer and fall riding weather left!
Here's just a sample of a few of the great deals on bicycles that you will find our our stores:
Click here for the complete list of our bikes on sale.
- 2008 Raleigh Sojourn: originally $1,099.99, now $799.99
- 2009 Giant FCR 3: originally $549.99, now $499.99
- 2009 Masi Soulville 7: originally $869.99, now $699.99
- 2009 Diamondback Women's Clarity 1: originally $449.99, now $399.99
- Electra Amsterdam Classic 3-speed: originally $629.99, now $579.99
All of these bikes are new with the full factory warranty. Prices
listed are valid on in-stock models only, while supplies last. Sizes and color choices may be limited. The
bicycles listed here are located throughout our three stores; please call us to verify availability and store location.
As of this date, the only remaining used rental bikes that we have available for sale are Raleigh Mountain Scout 24-inch-wheeled kid's bikes.
Become our Fan on Facebook!
Century Cycles is on Facebook! It's a great source for up-to-date information on news, events, and other happenings in our stores!
Post a Fan Photo of yourself and a bike that you purchased from Century Cycles (or with one of our t-shirts, jerseys, or other CC logo items). All of our Fans who post such a picture of themselves between now and October 18, 2009 will be automatically registered to win a $50 Century Cycles Gift Card! The gift card is good in any of our three stores, and has no expiration date or fees.
Employees of Century Cycles and their immediate families are not eligible. The winner will be announced on Facebook and contacted via Facebook messaging.
Click here to view our page on Facebook and become a fan. If you are not currently a registered Facebook user, you will be given the opportunity to sign up from there!
HOT PRODUCT - Planet Bike Red Zeppelin CO2 Inflator Head
If you get a flat tire while riding out on the road or trail, there are lots of options available for getting your tire pumped up after patching or replacing your inner tube. There are many good hand pumps that can attach to your bike frame, and there are also pumps that use a cartridge of compressed carbon dioxide (CO2).
The simplest and most reliable CO2 pump is the Planet Bike Red Zeppelin CO2 Inflator Head. It costs only $19.99 for a kit that includes the head and two CO2 cartridges, and is small enough to fit into any pocket or seat bag.
We've put together a how-to video to show you just how easy it is to use the Red Zeppelin Inflator Head. Click here to check it out on the Century Cycles YouTube Channel!
TechTalk: Selecting and Using a Tire Pump
The easiest way to keep your bike rolling smoothly and avoiding flat tires is to keep your tires pumped up to the correct air pressure. This is best done with a good bicycle-specific floor pump.
However, sometimes a flat tire out on the road or trail is unavoidable. For that, you'll need some kind of pump to carry with you while riding.
Floor pumps, frame pumps, CO2 pumps...what's the difference, and how do you pick one? We've sorted it out for you with this article on our blog.
|5 Questions: Ray Query
Ray Query has been working at Century Cycles for a little over 5 years, starting at the Solon store, and then at the Rocky River store for the past several years. But he's a lifelong cyclist, and our resident authority on living a car-free lifestyle. He does not own a car, nor does he have a driver's license. He's been interviewed and quoted in local media many times, whenever somebody's looking for a story on hardcore cyclists. He currently lives in Lakewood with his wife Jen.
Q. What do you like about working at Century Cycles?
A. My favorite thing used to be my 19-mile ride to get to the Solon store--believe it or not, I miss that. I'm only 1-1/2 miles away from work now. But overall, I like getting to work with great people
Q. What was your first bike?
A. When I was about four years old, my neighbor rescued this old klunker from the garbage and fixed it up for me. I don't know what brand it was, and you probably would not have been able to tell anyway. It was rust-colored (probably not the color of the paint!), but it was good enough, and I've loved bicycling ever since then.
Q. What is your biggest accomplishment on a bike?
A. I guess it would be the trip from Cleveland to Central America that I did with Kevin [from the Peninsula store] last year, to raise money for the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Q. What do you like to do when you're not cycling or working?
A. I like working in my garden. I have peppers, tomatoes, squash, herbs, and beans--lots of beans. I'm a big soccer fan; I was a pretty good player back in the day, but now I just enjoy watching it.
Q. What question do customers ask you most often?
A. "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Steve Martin?"
You can read the rest of our interview with Ray on our blog, including his best memory (hospitality from Mexican bar patrons) to worst memory (Texas Hill Country) of his bike trip from last year.
Define your life. Ride a bike.™
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