||October 14, 2009|
|Out and About on Bikes in the Fall|
Did you know that you don't need to come to a Century Cycles store to visit with us? We're hitting the road, baby!
My calendar is filling up with events that Century Cycles is proud to be a part of, including the Rocky River Business Expo tomorrow at 2 - 7pm, the Highland Health Fair on October 24-25 (read more about that below), and the Healthy Rocky River Wellness Festival on October 25 from 2 - 5pm. Stop by one of these great events to say "hi!" Also, if you have an event that we should consider, give me a call at the Rocky River store at 440-356-5705 and let me know.
Indoor cycling is heating up as the temperatures go down, whether you do it at home on a trainer or in one of the many classes offered around town. Even my sister has jumped on the spinning bandwagon! As with outdoor cycling, the right gear can make a difference in how much fun and success you experience with indoor cycling. Our trained staff is happy to help you find the right shoes, clothing, and accessories whether you ride outside OR inside!
Speaking of riding outside, I hope you'll join me and a bunch of my friends for the Friendsville Freebie Fifty ride in Medina on October 24, and the last big ride of the year, the Red Flannel Metric Century on November 1. Let's bundle up and hit the road!
Scott Cowan, Owner
Thanks for a Great Season of Night Rides!
We'd like to send out a great big THANK YOU to all of our friends, customers, and staff for showing up to help make 2009 our most successful season ever for our Night Rides on the Towpath Trail! We averaged over 100 people per ride!
Our final ride of the year was on Friday, October 9. About 15 riders showed up for a wet but relatively warm fall evening ride. You can see pictures from the ride here.
Fall Clearance Sale Continues!
Our Fall Clearance sale is still going on, with discounted prices on selected items good until they're gone!
Here's just a sample of a few of the great deals on bicycles that you will find our our stores:
We have a wide selection of clothing priced to move, including jerseys and shorts from Pearl Izumi, Bellwether, Shebeest, and more! Our entire stock of Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel is at least 40% off! Selected road, mountain, and spinning shoes from Pearl Izumi are also marked down, and all in-stock Sidi Shoes are 40% off! Click here for more details on our Fall Clearance Clothing Sale.
- 2009 Raleigh Clubman: originally $1,049.99, now $999.99
- 2009 Giant Defy 3: originally $749.99, now $699.99
- 2009 Masi Speciale Randonneur: originally $1,149.99, now $999.99
- 2009 Diamondback Insight 1: originally $449.99, now $399.99
- Click here for the complete list of our bikes on sale
We have also marked down trailers and strollers, including:
- 2009 Burley D'Lite ST child trailer: originally $599.99, now $449.99
- 2009 Burley Nomad cargo trailer: originally $349.99, now $299.99
- Giant Prerunner LX Stroller: originally $374.99, now $149.99
Highland Community Health Fair & Bike Tour
Join Century Cycles and other premiere sponsors for the Highland Community Health Fair & Bike Tour for health screening, flu shots, exhibitors, entertainment and more!
The Health Fair is from 10am - 2pm on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Highland High School, located on 4150 Ridge Road in Medina, Ohio.
The Bike Tour is from 10am - 2pm on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Highland Middle School, located on 3880 Ridge Road in Medina, Ohio. You can choose from 3 or 10-mile family-friendly rides, or more challenging routes of 25, 35, or 50 miles. Register for the ride on-site; the first 300 to register get a free event water bottle!
Mechanical support for the ride will be provided by Don Barnett, expert mechanic from the Century Cycles store in Medina! Read more event details at www.highlandhealthfair.org.
For other popular late-season cycling events, don't forget about the Medina County Bicycle Club's Friendsville Freebie Fifty / Fall Foliage & Frostbite Frolic (FFF/FFFF) on Saturday, October 24, 2009 and the Lorain Wheelmen's Red Flannel Metric Century in Oberlin, Ohio on Sunday, November 1, 2009!
Hot Products to Extend Your Cool-Weather Riding
When the sun sits lower and the leaves fall, there's no reason why you can keep riding with the right clothing and accessories. Here are a couple of our favorites, both old and new!
The Pearl Izumi Vagabond Jacket/Vest is awesome for cycling in changing conditions. Available in both Men's and Women's-specific sizes, this full-feature shell has removable sleeves so it easily converts into a vest, making it one of the most versatile pieces in your cycling wardrobe. It's constructed from Pearl's lightweight Elite Barrier fabric, which provides maximum wind resistance and superior water repellency. This superlative top also includes a large rear pocket for sleeve storage, 2 front pockets plus a napoleon pocket, elastic cuffs for a secure fit and the zips are hidden at the shoulders for an ultra-clean look! In stock in our stores; $99.99.
Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. Softshell Gloves are just what you need to extend
your riding season beyond autumn and into the winter. Their P.R.O. Barrier and AmFIB fabric blends offer
excellent wind and water protection, while the fleece interior feels
great against the skin and provides extra warmth. You'll love the
silicone dotted palm that gives you plenty of grip on the handlebars
and the neoprene wrist gusset that allows easy movement. Plus, the
Softshells come with a soft microfleece wiping surface and a
hook-and-loop closure system for a customized fit.
In stock in our stores; $44.99.
The tiny Blackburn Flea Headlight is perfect for the weight-conscious commuter or racer looking to squeeze in a few extra training miles after sundown. Its four super-bright white LEDs provide a 40-lumen beam that lets you see and be seen. It's powered by a powerful internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and attaches easily to your handlebars with the built-in hook-and-loop strap. And, NEW for 2010, the Flea includes a USB charger, so you can plug it into your computer while you work during the day, and it's ready to guide you home in the evening. In stock in our stores; $29.99.
While you're at it, don't forget to check out our full selection of the latest fall and winter clothing, including hats, tights, arm and leg warmers, long-sleeve jerseys, and more jackets and gloves! We've also got all of your commuting needs covered, with more headlights, taillights, racks, bags, fenders, and more!
If you'd prefer to stay indoors for the cold-weather season, check out our full line of indoor trainers!
TechTalk: Choosing Pedals
What different kinds of pedals are available for you bike? What issues do you need to consider when choosing which pedals are right for you?
Find out in this month's TechTalk article on our blog.
|5 Questions: Chris Walters
Chris Walters is proof that sometimes it pays off to spend a lot of time hanging out at a bike store. He was such a regular at Century Cycles in Medina that they hired him when he turned 16. Today, at the ripe old age of 20, Chris still works at the Medina store and goes to Lorain County Community College, where he's pursuing an Associates of Arts degree with a focus on literature. He plans on transferring to Cleveland State next semester.
Q: How many bikes do you have?
A: I just whittled it down to four. They are in a work area in the corner of my basement.
Q: So I take it your parents are supportive of your bicycling?
A: Oh, yeah. When I was younger, my mom had me go on 10-mile bike rides with her. I hated it at the time - I just wanted to watch TV or hang out with my friends - but now I realize it was one of the big reasons I took up cycling.
Q: What's your favorite ride or trail?
A: My favorite trail is Reagan Park. My favorite ride right now is my commute to work. It's 13 miles, mostly on country roads. It's real peaceful.
Q: What cycling advice do you most often give?
A: Clipless pedals are easier to get out of than toe clips, if you're falling. Most people are scared they'll be stuck in them, but you're more likely to pull your foot sideways than backwards as you're falling.
Q: What was your first bike?
A: My parents gave me a black-and-white tricycle with BMX handlebar pads. I still have it, but I didn't count it in the six.
Last Chance to Enter Our Facebook Drawing!
If you haven't already become a Fan on our Facebook page and uploaded a Fan Photo, now is your last chance! Show us a picture of your bike from Century Cycles, or your favorite bike equipped with Century Cycles accessories! Any of our Fans who do so before Friday, October 16, 2009 will be entered in our drawing for a $50 Century Cycles Gift Card!
You can find the Century Cycles Facebook Page at: www.centurycycles.com/goto/facebook
Employees of Century Cycles and their immediate families are not eligible for the drawing. The winner of the drawing will be announced on our Facebook page and contacted via Facebook messaging.
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