||November 14, 2009|
|Our wheels are always turning!|
with the dynamite weather we've been having lately, we all know the snow is soon
At Century Cycles, this time of year is technically our off-season,
but you wouldn't know it based on how busy we are. Read below and you'll get
news about everything from Hot Deals to cool classes to keep you in the bike
mindset until spring comes. We also have a few things in the works that will
knock your cycling socks off, so stay tuned.
the meantime, get out on two wheels and enjoy this September-like weather!
Scott Cowan, Owner
2010 Century Cycles Bicycle Maintenance Classes
Register for one of our Bicycle Maintenance Classes, bring (and work on) your own bike, and receive hands-on education from the best expert mechanics in town! With the Tune-Up, Women's Tune-Up, and Advanced Tune-Up classes, you'll also receive:
All class sessions are held from 6:00-8:00pm unless otherwise indicated.
- 15% discount on all parts, tools, lubes, and repair stands
- A free book: "The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair" (a $19.95 value)
Plan to get dirty and leave with a clean, well-tuned bicycle! Learn to clean and lubricate the drive train; adjust brakes, derailleurs, hubs, headset, and bottom bracket; and evaluate replacement parts and upgrades. (2) two-hour sessions; $85 per person.
Women's-Only Tune-Up Class
- Medina: January 6 and 13 OR February 4 and 11
- Peninsula: January 5 and 12 OR February 3 and 10
- Rocky River: January 7 and 14 OR February 2 and 9
Exact same curriculum as above, but without the Y chromosome (well, except for your instructor). (2) two-hour sessions; $85 per person.
Advanced Tune-Up Class
- Medina: January 19 and 26
- Peninsula: January 21 and 28
- Rocky River: January 20 and 27
This is our master wrenching class! Learn everything from the Tune-Up class plus receive more in-depth instruction about derailleur adjustment and advanced wheel truing. You'll also remove, clean, lubricate, and re-install the crankset, chain, and derailleurs on your bicycle. (3) two-hour sessions; $125 per person.
Fix-A-Flat Mondays: FREE!
- Medina: January 14, 21, and 28 OR February 2, 9, and 16
- Peninsula: January 13, 20, and 27 OR February 4, 11, and 18
- Rocky River: January 12, 19, and 26 OR February 3, 10, and 17
Century Cycles stores are teaching a free clinic on flat tire repair every Monday in January and February at 7:00pm in Medina and Rocky River (6:00pm in Peninsula). Because it's the #1 bike maintenance skill all bicyclists need to know, we're making it easy for everyone to learn. No registration is necessary, just show up!
Do you want to take one of the above classes, but can't fit it into your schedule? Or, do you want to learn a combination of any of the topics above, or want to learn something specific, like wheel-building? Century Cycles now offers CC 1-To-1 just for you. It's a training program tailored to YOUR needs and YOUR schedule. $75 per hour, by appointment only.
Call or visit the store you want to attend to reserve your class spot (see locations and phone numbers below). Payment is due at the time of registration. The classes are geared toward multi-speed bikes manufactured
after 1985 and are not suitable for BMX, recumbent, tandem, or coaster brake
bicycles. Missed classes cannot be made up or refunded.
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.
- 2008 Bianchi Pista: originally $649.99, now $599.99
- 2009 Giant Defy 2: originally $949.99, now $879.99
- 2009 Masi Speciale Fixed: originally $789.99, now $749.99
- 2009 Diamondback Insight RS: originally $499.99, now $449.99
- 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
Buy an Electra Bicycle, Get a Rebate!
Purchase any new Electra Bicycle from us from now until the end of the year, and get a rebate from Electra! Receive a $25 Rebate on bicycles priced $399.99 or higher; get a $10 Rebate on bicycles less than $399.99.
There is no limit on the number of bikes you can buy to qualify for the rebates, so get your Electras for the whole family! The offer is good on any in-stock or special-order bike, including our popular Townie models, and selected models that we have on sale!
See www.centurycycles.com/get/ElectraRebate for full details, or stop in any of our stores for a test ride!
Hot Deals for Cold Days
Our popular Hot Deals for Cold Days are back! Every two weeks, we'll be offering a new Hot Deal, with discounts of up to 50% off items every avid cyclists needs!
Our latest Hot Deal is valid through Wednesday, November 18, 2009 -- get the Blackburn TrakStand Ultra Trainer for $149.99 (regularly $299.99). That's an indoor trainer at half price!
Look for the next Hot Deal for Cold Days in your Inbox next week!
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Our Holiday Shopping Services and Hours
We make shopping for the cycling enthusiasts on your list easy with these convenient services:
Please note that all three of our stores will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26, 2009 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. From all of us at the Century Cycles family to your family, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
- FREE storage and delivery of gift bicycles until December 24th
- Convenient payment options, including lay-away and 6 Months Same as Cash
- Gift Cards with no fees or expiration dates
- Create a Wish List to suggest your own gift ideas to your family and friends!
We will be open for our regular business hours on all other days during this period:
As always, our current hours of operation can also be found here on our web site.
- Mondays through Thursdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
- Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00am - 5:00pm
- Sundays: 12:00 - 5:00pm
|5 Questions: Patti Grauel
If you're a fan our Hot Deals for Cold Days promotion, then you more likely know Patti Grauel as "Patti The Buyer." She's the person who finds the best deals from our bicycle accessory and clothing manufacturers, then passes them on to you. It's a talent she's honed during an entire career devoted to being a buyer. Prior to joining Century Cycles six years ago, Patti was a buyer for the Wilderness Shop in Lakewood. She now does all of the accessory and clothing buying for all three Century Cycles stores out of our Peninula location and lives nearby, just west of Akron.
Q: How many bikes do you own?
A: I have four right now - a mountain bike, a cyclocross bike, and two road bikes.
Q: Do you have a favorite?
A: I do. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I'm most passionate about mountain biking and I really like my mountain bike, a Raleigh XXIX+G.
Q: In September, you attended Interbike, the big bicycle industry trade show in Las Vegas. What were your impressions?
A: Big picture, the bike industry is doing pretty well despite the economy. Everyone was pretty optimistic and upbeat, which it usually tends to be because the bike industry is so much fun! There were a lot of great new products.
Q: What trends did you notice?
A: The commuter trend is still going strong. The road bikes also looked great, with a lot of different price points and choices. There are a tremendous amount of really fun things, like Electra's new accessories, SRAM's new components, and new lights from Blackburn and Nightrider. Pearl Izumi has changed their entire shoe line for spring and we're one of the first stores to have them. I think the new line-up is going to be very strong. Women's-specific clothing and bike selection continues to expand and grow. The manufacturers are responding and recognizing that women are a huge part of the bicycle business. They are no longer simply making smaller/scaled down sizes, but are designing products and components that really fit women and therefore increase their enjoyment on a bicycle.
Q: What's your favorite trail or ride?
A: In Ohio, it's Mohican State Park. Anywhere else in the U.S., it's probably the trails in the Moab area. I'm really lucky that I've been able to spend so much time out west, usually traveling for work, and there are so many great trails that I've had the opportunity to ride.
You can read the rest of our interview with Patti on our blog.
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