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Issue: 26
February 4, 2010
In This Issue
Friday Night with Frazz
Closed February 23 for Staff Retreat
Rock and Roll Trainer Night Rides
5 Tips: Riding More Miles
How many bicycles does your household own?
5 Questions: Michael Williams
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Gearing up for fun!
Scott CowanGreetings! 
Winter in Cleveland for a bicyclist usually means gearing up for the warm days to come, and we're gearing up, too!
We're thrilled that our annual spring kick-off party will feature a very special guest, Jef Mallet, the creator of the comic strip "Frazz." I hope you can all join us for a free, fun night -- and be sure to bring a friend!
Indoor cycling is also a good way to gear up. We've been having a LOT of fun with our Rock-n-Roll Trainer Night Rides. I highly encourage you to join us for the last one on Wednesday, February 10. It's a great time for a great cause, and I've got to thank Doug Charnock in our Peninsula store and Sean Burkey, our Raleigh/Kinetic rep, for making them happen.
We're also gearing up the stores for spring. The 2010 bikes look great - come check them out if you haven't stopped in lately - and we're also hiring at all three stores. If you or somebody you know has a TERRIFIC attitude and a love of bicycling, send them our way.


Scott Cowan, Owner
Century Cycles
Friday Night with Frazz

March 5 at 7:00pm
Century Cycles
19955 Detroit Road, Rocky River

Q&A - Book Signing - Giveaways
Food & Beverages

Join Century Cycles for this FREE party as we meet and celebrate avid cyclist Jef Mallett, creator and cartoonist of "Frazz" and author/illustrator of "Trizophrenia: Inside the Minds of a Triathlete."

For more details, see: www.centurycycles.com/goto/frazz
Century Cycles Staff Retreat
Closed February 23 for Staff Retreat

PLEASE NOTE: All three of our stores will be CLOSED on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 for our annual Staff Retreat. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Our annual Staff Retreat is a tradition that goes back many years. We get together to meet with our vendor representatives and learn about the latest products, and discuss how we can continue to serve our customers in the best ways possible.

You can find links to photos from our past Staff Retreats on our Events Archive web page.
Rock and Roll Trainer Night Rides - One More Night Left!

Raleigh SpecialKinetic Rock and Roll TrainerWednesday, February 10

7:00 - 9:00pm

The Winking Lizard in Peninsula

Night Rides in the winter?! You bet - and we're going straight to the Winking Lizard! We've been doing it for the last couple of weeks, and you have one more chance to join in the fun and challenge yourself on one of the best trainers out there. Here's the deal: For $2, ride a Raleigh hybrid bicycle on a Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer for two minutes. We picked the hybrid bikes to level the playing field, but we'll still be measuring distance and wattage for fun and fabulous prizes. All proceeds go to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association's TRAILS FOREVER Legacy Fund and every participant gets entered to win one of two Raleigh Special cruiser bicycles. Brought to you by Century Cycles, Raleigh Bicycles, Kinetic Trainers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the Winking Lizard.

Go to www.centurycycles.com/to/rockandroll for photos and videos from the first three nights!

5 Tips: Riding More Miles

According to our recent online poll, the most common bicycling goal for this year is to ride more miles than last year. The reasons range from wanting to be more fit, to saving money on gasoline, or to just finding more ways to enjoy our favorite pastime. Whatever your reason, here are five suggestions for how you can squeeze in more miles on your bicycle in 2010.
  1. Join a club or informal riding group.
  2. Commute to work or school by bike.
  3. Run short errands by bike.
  4. Extend your riding hours with a good lighting system.
  5. Learn how to maintain your bike.
To read more details about these five items, please see this companion article on our blog:

Online Poll ImageHow many bicycles does your household own?

Some avid cyclists get by with just one bike that they ride everywhere. Others have a whole fleet of bicycles, each one best suited to a particular style of riding. Cycling families might have one or more bikes for each member of the family.

How many bikes do you own? Let us know by taking our latest online poll.
5 Questions: Michael Williams

Michael WilliamsIt's pretty cool that Century Cycles' only grandpa on staff also has the nickname "Road Dog." Michael Williams, 59, joined the Century Cycles team six years ago after retiring as a dairy manager at Tops grocery store. He lives in Oakwood Village with his wife, Carolyn, and they keep very busy with five grandchildren who are all under the age of 5.

Q: What do you like about working in a bike store?
A: It's not as stressful. There are no expiration dates on bikes like there are on dairy products.
Q: How many bikes do you own?
A: Four, plus my wife rides and we have trailers for the grandkids. I also have a Harley motorcycle. I spend most of my time on two wheels.
Q: What's your favorite trail or ride?
A: My buddies and I have a ride we do through the inner city, through downtown and along the Shoreway. We also rode around Lake Erie about four years ago. That was a real good time.
Q: What's the best piece of cycling advice you've received?
A: If you're riding in a pack, don't watch the wheel of the bike in front of you -- watch the rider's back.
Q: What's the most frequent piece of cycling advice you give?
A: People tell me they want a bike that doesn't hurt their butt. I tell them to spend more time in the saddle and their butts won't hurt. They also say to me "You're how old?! You can't be that old!" I tell them that bicycles keep you young.

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

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