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Issue: 33
September 2010
In This Issue
Katie Spotz Rides Again!
Giant for Women Cycling Clinic
Ronald McDonald House Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
"All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride
5 Tips: Dressing for Fall Riding
Which style of beer do you prefer?
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Great riding, great causes

Scott CowanGreetings!
I always say this time of year brings the best bicycling weather. For Century Cycles, it has also brought some amazing opportunities to make a difference.
I'm proud our stores and staff were able to help get Katie Spotz back on a bicycle and are doing our very first Night Ride for charity with the Ronald McDonald House. Both are great honors for all of us at Century Cycles.
Our thanks goes out to YOU for helping us make it happen - without your support and patronage, we couldn't do it.


Scott Cowan, Owner
Century Cycles
Katie Spotz and her new Giant Defy Advanced 1 bicycle
Katie Spotz Rides Again!

In late August, the Cleveland cycling community was disheartened to learn that Katie Spotz, the Mentor, Ohio native who has become an international celebrity for her athletic and philanthropic achievements, was the victim of a robbery. Katie's 2000 Dodge minivan was stolen from a Cleveland parking lot. The van was recovered by police a week later, but the loss of the contents was even greater.

Inside the van was her Giant OCR Composite 2 bicycle, which she purchased from Century Cycles back in 2006 and used on a cross-country ride to honor her grandmother who had recently passed away. Also in the van were a custom made set of oars worth $2000, which Katie used in early 2010 for a record-setting solo row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money and awareness for clean water projects around the world.

After hearing about Katie's unfortunate situation, Century Cycles, the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club, and Giant Bicycles teamed up to donate a bicycle to Katie that will be worthy of her next adventure! At our Rocky River store on Sept. 15, 2010, Katie was presented with a brand new 2011 Giant Defy Advanced 1 bicycle!

See www.centurycycles.com/for/KatieSpotz for more photos and media coverage from the event.
Giant for Women Cycling Clinic

Jackie BakerBasic Bike Maintenance & Safety for Women:

Come to Century Cycles for an informative evening just for women cyclists. All skill levels are welcome!
  • Learn a 5-Minute Safety Check - to make sure your bike is good to go before every ride.
  • Learn how to change a flat tire - the #1 bike maintenance skill.
  • Learn survival tips if you break down away from home (and nobody is answering their cell phone to pick you up!).
When: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Century Cycles, 19955 Detroit Rd, Rocky River, Ohio

The special instructor for this ladies-only clinic is Jackie Baker, a pro rider and expert trainer from Giant Bicycles who is a liaison from their comprehensive Giant for Women program.

This event is FREE and no registration is required, but you can let us know you're coming on our Facebook Event Page. Refreshments will be provided!
Night Ride on the Towpath for the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland
All participants in this special Night Ride on the Towpath Trail MUST be registered. A long-sleeve Night Ride t-shirt will be included for the first 300 registered riders!

For more information, including online registration, go to:

Day-of-event registration will also be available.

Each rider must have their own bicycle, helmet, and headlight. The store will be open until just before the ride starts in case you need to stock up on any last-minute items! The ride will be 13 miles long and goes at a casual pace (not a race). Refreshments will be provided in the middle of the ride.

Never biked a Night Ride? Go to www.centurycycles.com/for/nightrides to learn more about them, or watch this video from a recent Night Ride that shows you what to expect. Century Cycles has been doing them for over 15 years -- they have been featured in national magazines and are more popular than ever!
All Hail the Ale! Night Ride"All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to Celebrate Cleveland Beer Week

We promised more "super-sized" Night Rides this year, and so we close this Night Ride season with a bang by bringing in Cleveland Beer Week with bikes!

When: Saturday, October 16 at 7:30pm
Where: Century Cycles, 1621 Main St, Peninsula
Cost: FREE!

We'll do our usual 13-mile casual, fun Night Ride on the Towpath Trail (note earlier start time of 7:30pm!), and then retire to the Winking Lizard Tavern next door for two SPECIAL exclusive keg-tappings of cask ales from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Left Hand Brewing Company!

Come dressed as your favorite beer (or in some beer-themed attire) to be eligible for prizes and for discounts on the exclusive cask-conditioned drafts at the Winking Lizard.

For more details, see: www.centurycycles.com/for/CleBeerWeek

Pearl Izumi Barrier Elite Convertible jacket5 Tips: Dressing for Fall Riding

Autumn in Northeast Ohio brings some of the best cycling conditions of the year, but riding in the fall also means spending a little more time planning your outings, especially when considering what to wear to stay comfortable.
Pearl Izumi Thermal Arm WarmersChoosing the right clothing for the weather can be challenging even for experienced riders; Bicycling Magazine has even attempted to address the problem by programming this tool to help you pick what to wear. Try it and let us know what you think of it--do the recommendations it makes match what you would have picked on your own?

Here are some tips to help you stay comfortable and safe on your late-season rides:
  1. Get arm warmers and leg warmers to conveniently adapt to quickly-changing temperatures.
  2. Be prepared for wet weather by carrying a light jacket.
  3. Try wool clothing for comfort in a wide range of temperatures.
  4. Remember to stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and use a headlight and taillight.
  5. Bring a change of clothes, or at least a warm jacket, to wear after the ride.
For more details on each of the above tips, see the accompanying article on our blog, and stop into any of our three stores to check out the new Fall Collection from Pearl Izumi for the latest jerseys, jackets, gloves, and other accessories!
Poll: Which style of beer do you prefer? 
Which style of beer to you prefer?

To go with our "All Hail the Ale!" Night Ride on the Towpath Trail in celebration of Cleveland Beer Week, this month's online poll also involves beer.

Not everyone enjoys a beer after a bike ride, and of course, nobody encourages drinking and riding. But for many cyclists, the post-ride beer provides as much enjoyment to look forward to (if not more so) than the ride itself.

If beer is your favorite recovery beverage, Which style of beer do you prefer? Let us know by taking our latest online poll.

Last month's online poll asked "What kind of car rack do you use?" There was no overwhelming majority, but the highest percentage was a hitch-mounted rack (35%), followed closely by trunk-mounted or spare tire rack (28%). Only 13% use a roof rack or pickup bed-specific rack, while a surprising 22% use no rack at all, but just stash their bike in a back seat, trunk, van, or truck. You can see the complete results of the last poll here.
2010 Labor Day Tune-Up Coupon

If you're having trouble printing this coupon, click here for a PDF version.
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