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Issue: 32
August 2010
In This Issue
Summer Clearance Sale!
More Night Rides on the Towpath Trail
Back to School Time is Bike to School Time
5 Questions: Paul Gallmeier
5 Tips: Car Racks
What kind of car rack do you use?
Fan Photo of the Month
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Ride on!

Scott CowanGreetings!
Last weekend, I participated in the MS 150 Pedal to the Point, a terrific event that Century Cycles has been proud to support for 18 years.
As I rode the 150 miles to Sandusky and back, I saw many familiar faces -- customers, friends, employees old and new - and found my enthusiasm for cycling renewed. If you find yourself in a cycling rut, there are some great events coming up (including the brand-new Farm 'N Barn Bike Tour) that will put new spin in your pedaling.
To help you get ready for the great fall cycling to come, I'm very excited about our first-ever Summer Clearance Sale. Check out the deals below, including a special EXTRA 10% off coupon for our eNewsletter subscribers - as a way of thanking you for keeping connected with us.

Another option this fall is cycling to school. "Bike To School" is a hot topic for us each spring, but we want to remind you that we're your Bike To School headquarters at back-to-school time, too!


Scott Cowan, Owner
Century Cycles
Summer Clearance Sale!

Deep discounts on your summer favorites!

30% Off All Men's Clothing
Jerseys - Lycra and Baggy Shorts - T-shirts
(Excludes Pearl Izumi Attack/Quest Shorts and Jackets/Vests)

30% Off All Women's Clothing
Jerseys - Shorts - Skorts - Skirts - T-shirts
(Excludes LUNA, Pearl Izumi Attack/Quest Shorts, Jackets/Vests)

30% Off Cycling Shoes and Sandals
Keen - Shimano - Pearl Izumi
(Excludes Pearl Izumi X-Alp Shoes)

30% Off Short Finger Gloves
Includes Pearl Izumi!
(Excludes LUNA)

Select Bikes On Sale
Look for the hanging sale tags!

Now through Labor Day or while supplies last. Some exclusions apply.
Sale discounts do not apply to special order purchases. In-store only.

But wait...that's not all! As a reward to our eNewsletter subscribers for staying in contact with us, we're offering you an additional 10% OFF any single item! This offer CAN be combined with any of the discounts above, for a whopping 40% OFF one item of your choice!

Click here to download and print your exclusive coupon.

Night Ride Banner
More Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, including two SPECIAL Events!

Our last Night Ride on the Towpath Trail was a huge success, with almost 160 riders in attendance--our biggest Night Ride of the season! A big thanks to NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems for providing demo headlights. We've made this video to show you highlights of the event!

There are plenty more Night Rides on the Towpath Trail left for you to enjoy this year:
  • Friday, August 27, 2010
  • Saturday, September 18, 2010
As we promised, we've also got two SUPER-SIZED Night Rides planned:
  • Saturday, October 2, 2010 - This Night Ride will be the first exception to our "always FREE" policy. This special ride is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. Open to pre-registered riders only, the fee of $20 per rider will go to support this worthy organization. More details and registration information will be available soon.
  • Saturday, October 16, 2010 - Century Cycles and the Winking Lizard Tavern will kick off Cleveland Beer Week in a way that only we cyclists can! This FREE Night Ride will be followed by an exclusive keg-tapping at the Lizard. Come dressed as your favorite beer! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and those in costume get a special price on the exclusive beers! Plus more contests and prizes! More details to come...
All of our Night Rides on the Towpath Trail begin at 8:00pm in the parking lot of the Peninsula store. More information, including directions to the store, can be found at:
Back to School Time is Bike to School Time

Biking to SchoolFor some children, heading back to school isn't a joyful occasion, what with the end of summer and the onset of homework. But the way they get to school can inject some joy -- bicycling there can add fun, independence and freedom.

Just ask their parents, many of whom have fond memories of riding a bike to school as a kid. Back in 1969, over half of all students biked to school. Today only about 15 percent of students bike or walk to school, according to the Safe Routes to School Partnership.

Other risk factors are also worrisome: As much as 30% of morning traffic is generated by parents driving their children to school, one-third of schools are in "air pollution danger zones" and more than 33% of U.S. children are now overweight and obese or at risk of becoming so.

At Century Cycles bicycle stores, which sponsors and helps organize area bike to school programs, the bicycling experts have these tips to make back to school time bike to school time:
  1. Stock up on safety essentials
  2. Plan the route to school
  3. Ride with your kids
For more details on each of these topics, see this accompanying article on our blog.
5 Questions: Paul Gallmeier
Paul GallmeierPaul Gallmeier, age 61, is one of several customers-turned-employees at Century Cycles. He has been a valuable addition to the part-time staff of the Peninsula store since the Spring of this year. He lives in nearby Sagamore Hills with his wife and their two Boston Terriers.

Q. How long have you been cycling?

A. It's really been a lifelong thing for me. As a kid growing up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, I rode my bike to little league games and practices, and everywhere else. It was my only transportation at Indiana University in Bloomington; I rode to classes, work, and to get groceries and other errands. The only time I've really taken a break from bicycling was when I was in the service.

Q. What was your time in the service like?

A. I enlisted in the Navy in March of '67. I was assigned to a couple of different ships in the Pacific and Atlantic. A big part of the time was along the coast of Vietnam on supply ships, but I was also on an aircraft carrier for a while. The big ships can stay at sea almost indefinitely, as long as they can get food, fuel, and ammunition, and that's what the ships I was assigned to did--I was on an "oiler," or fuel supplier, and an ammo supplier. I got to see many other countries: Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Malta, and the Greek island of Corfu. One day while we were docked for R&R at Crete, we turned the deck into a floating casino. I loved being a sailor, and I learned a lot, but I got out in 1971 because I also wanted to get a college education.

Q. So, you were at IU in Bloomington--there's a big cycling culture there, with the "Little 500" race and the connection to the movie "Breaking Away" and all...what was that like?

A. It was a great town; I lived there for nine years, and I tried to find a way to stay there longer, but the jobs just weren't there. I did have a job driving for the campus bus service for a while during the filming of the movie, and met a lot of the crew as I drove them around town. There are several scenes in the film where if you are familiar with the town, they just aren't right, like where Dave Stoller is supposed to be riding to campus, but if you know the streets, you can tell he's riding the wrong way!

Q. What was your first bicycle?

A. It was the one I rode around as a kid; I don't remember what brand it was, but it had a swept-back handlebar, coaster brakes, and it was a singlespeed--these (points to his legs) were the real gears! Later, I got a Schwinn Varsity, and then a couple years into college I got a Raleigh Record. I still had that Raleigh when we moved to Ohio. In the late 90's, I got another Raleigh, a C-40 hybrid.

Q. How many bikes do you own now?

A. I have a Raleigh Mojave 4.0 mountain bike that I bought from Century Cycles a couple of years ago, and I have a Surly Long Haul Trucker that I bought since I started working here.

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

5 Tips: Car Racks

Unless you're lucky enough to have good bike trails or traffic-free country roads right outside your front door, or you've dedicated yourself to living car-free in all conditions, you probably have to deal with loading your bike onto your car to go for a ride.

Choosing the car rack that's right for your needs is a process of finding a balance among cost, convenience, and security. For an overview of the different styles of car racks, and the pros and cons of each of them, see this page, Understanding Your Car Rack Choices, on our web site.

Of course, the staff at all three of our stores has plenty of experience with installing car racks of all types. We can help you select the right rack to meet your needs and budget, and ensure that it is installed according to the manufacturer's specifications for the utmost in safety and security.

Regardless of the style of car rack that you have or are considering buying, here are five tips that cover some of the most frequently-asked questions that we get about racks, as well as the most frequently-made mistakes.

1. Choose your rack before choosing your car.
2. When you're setting up a trunk-mounted rack, be sure to have the lower feet resting on the horizontal surface of the car's bumper (if available).
3. Keep the bike's wheels from turning using straps or bungee cords.
4. Don't let the bike hang too close to the ground.
5. Remember not to pull into the garage with bikes on your roof.
For more details on each of the above tips, including example photos, see the accompanying article on our blog.

Century Cycles is an authorized dealer for Thule (say "TOO-lee") and Saris (SARE-iss), two of the most popular and reliable car rack manufacturers, and all of their racks are made here in the good ol' U.S. of A! Stop by any of our three stores and let us help you find the best rack for your vehicle!
August 2010 Online Poll Image 
What kind of car rack do you use?

Trunk racks, spare tire racks, hitch racks, roof racks, pickup bed racks, or no rack--the choices for hauling your bike around are almost as varied as the bikes themselves.

What kind of car rack do you use? Let us know by taking our latest online poll.

Last month's online poll asked "How hot is too hot to ride your bicycle?" While a sizeable number of responders said that they won't ride if it's higer than 90 degrees (22%) or higher than 95 degrees (26%), the largest percentage (43%) said that they will ride no matter what the temperature. You can see the complete results of the last poll here.

Fan Photo of the Month

Fan Photo Aug 2010

One of our customers shared this photo with us on our Facebook page, showing her son representin' like only a one-year-old can!

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