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May 2011
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Cleveland Bicycle Week 2011

We are now in the middle of National Bicycle Month and Bike To Work Week, which we celebrate here in Northeast Ohio with Cleveland Bicycle Week! Read more about how Century Cycles is joining the celebration below, as well as at: www.centurycycles.com/for/CleBikeWeek

Find other bike-related events around the region at the official Cleveland Bicycle Week web site:


5 Tips: Commuting by Bicycle

Bike CommuterDuring this Bike to Work Week, if you're not already a bike commuter, you may be thinking about starting. But you may have some reservations. These 5 Tips clue you in on some of the things you'll need to think about in preparing to ride to work or school:
  1. Choose to make a commitment to bike commuting, but don't go overboard.
  2. Consider durability over speed when selecting your bike and gear.
  3. Do a dry run on a day off to scout out your route.
  4. Prepare your commuting gear the night before.
  5. Check out the numerous other bike commuting resources available. 
Read more details about each of the above tips in this article.
Bike To School Challenge: May 9-27
2011 Bike To School Challenge - Day 1 in Rocky River

Century Cycles is proud to once again be sponsoring and organizing the 2011 Bike To School Challenge at Bay High School and Bay Middle School, plus launching BTS for the first year at Rocky River Middle School. These kids are truly inspiring - 1,001 students rode their bikes to school on May 9, the first day of the Challenge, and they took 4,624 round-trips to school by bike during the first week! 

Do you know a child who wants to Bike to School, too? Tell them to go for it! Make sure they wear a bike helmet, use a bike lock, and have them check out our Bike To School safety and etiquette tips for young cyclists. 

For complete details about the Bike To School Challenge, including the history of the event, this year's sponsors, news coverage and press releases, and photos from past events, see:



Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail


Pajama Party Night Ride - June 25 @ 8pm - PeninsulaSevere weather forced us to cancel our Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail originally scheduled for Saturday, May 14. Never fear, however, as we have re-scheduled the festivities for Saturday, June 25!


Our next regularly-scheduled, run-of-the-mill (but still FUN and FREE!) Night Ride on the Towpath Trail is scheduled for Saturday, June 11. For more information about all of our Night Rides, including the full 2011 schedule, links to night-riding tips, and photos and videos from past rides, see:




Ronald McDonald House Night Ride on the Towpath Trail


Ronald McDonald House Night Ride on the Towpath TrailOn June 4, 2011, join us for a very special Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. This is our FIRST EVER Night Ride in Cuyahoga County, and it begins at 8pm at Thornburg Station at Rockside and Canal Roads in Valley View. 


The cost is $20/person in advance, or $25/person on-site at the event. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.


For more details, including online registration, and links to Night-Riding tips, photos, and videos:



Join us for the Bike MS Kick-Off Party!

Where: Around the Corner, 18616-20 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood Ohio
When: Friday, May 20, 2011, 6:00 - 9:00pm

All are welcome, whether you are a new or veteran Bike MS rider, or are just interested in learning more about this event. Order a drink from one of the guest bartenders, Scott Cowan (owner of Century Cycles) and Sean Burkey of Raleigh Bicycles!

Bike MS: Donation with New Bike Purchase!   


Bike MS Pedal to the PointRaleigh Bicycles

The perfect bike to

boost your miles and your



Raleigh Revenio 3.0 

Century Cycles
and Raleigh Bicycles are committed to your mission of pedaling to help move toward an MS-free world AND make the most of every bike ride! We are pleased to donate 10% of the purchase price of your new Raleigh Revenio or Capri 2011 performance road bike to your Bike MS fundraising account.

For complete details, see: www.centurycycles.com/for/BikeMS
New Season, New Faces

We'd like to welcome several new additions to the Century Cycles staff!

In our Medina store, Lynne has been a valuable addition to our sales staff since February of this year. Kyle joined us there a short time later...and it's just a coincidence that Lynne is his mom! Helping out this summer during busy weekends in the bike rental barn in Peninsula will be Trevor.

Also, say hello and welcome back to returning staff members Justin and Andrew in Medina, Blanton and Ryan in Peninsula, and Aimee and Bobby in Rocky River!


Kevin Madzia and his Diamondback Zetec Comp and Xtracycle
What We Ride: Kevin Madzia
For National Bike Month, we wanted to spotlight an employee's bike that is set up for commuting, and we looked no further than Kevin Madzia's rig. Kevin is on the full-time staff at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula. In the spring of 2007, he put together this cargo bike by adding the Xtracycle Longtail extension to his old Diamondback Zetec Comp mountain bike (originally purchased in 2001). He now uses the bike for errands and commuting to the shop.

Kevin likes how easy the cargo bike makes it for him to carry anything he needs. The fat tires can handle the conditions on any road or trail, and the long wheelbase makes the bike super-stable. Learn more about Kevin's Diamondback/Xtracycle cargo bike, including the custom components he built it with, in this article:

What We Ride: Kevin Madzia    

When is it too rainy for you to ride?When is it too rainy for you to ride?

The rainiest spring in a half-century is definitely taking its toll on many of us. Not that we want to dwell upon the weather, but it begs the question: When is it too rainy for you to ride? Let us know by taking our latest online poll.

With this week being Bike To Work Week, it's appropriate that we are able to report the results of last month's online poll, which asked, "What would make your workplace more 'bicycling-friendly?'" 50% of the respondents said "All of the above, please!" with the choices of "Bike racks/storage," "Showers/Changing area," "Bike-to-work programs with co-workers," and "Wellness incentives." The most popular individual choice was "Showers/Changing area," with 29% of the vote. You can see the full results of the last poll here.

Century Cycles
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Our Stores:  

1079 N. Court St. (Route 42, in the K-Mart Plaza)
Medina, OH  44256 map
Phone: 330-722-7119

1621 Main St. (Route 303)
Peninsula, OH  44264 map
Phone: 330-657-2209

19955 Detroit Rd. (between Wooster and Wagar roads)
Rocky River, OH  44116 map
Phone: 440-356-5705


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