Century Cycles Monthly eNewsletter

November 2011

Century Cycles - Medina - Peninsula - Rocky River - Define your life. Ride a bike. (tm)

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All-New, All-Free Maintenance & Bicycling Clinics

Century Cycles Bicycle MaintenanceCentury Cycles is proud to announce that after 19 years, we've switched up our educational clinics to make them better than ever for YOU - more dates, more topics, and the price is right (FREE!). Our fall and winter calendar is packed full of FREE clinics on the most popular bike maintenance topics, plus some NEW cycling-related sessions to help you get the most enjoyment out of your time on two wheels.

All sessions start at 6:30pm (unless otherwise indicated), and last one hour. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees get a 15% discount on all parts and accessories purchased immediately after the clinic!

Basic Bike Maintenance - Our most popular clinic! Learn the basic skills that every cyclist should know: a 5-minute pre-ride safety check, how to change a flat tire, and what you should carry on every ride.
When: Tue Dec 6, Sat Jan 7 (1:30pm), Thu Feb 2 (ladies' night), Thu Mar 8
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River   
Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic

Roadside Repair - Learn a few basic tricks to help get you home safely when you break down while out on a ride (and just maybe inspire your bike buddies to nickname you "MacGyver").
When: Tue Feb 21
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River

Shifting Adjustment - Keep your shifting quiet and reliable by learning how to fine-tune your derailleurs.
When: Tue Jan 24, Thu Feb 23
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River

All About Brakes - From A to V (adjustment to v-brakes), learn about the different types of brakes and how to adjust them to ensure you can stop your bike safely.
When: Tue Jan 17, Thu Feb 16
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River

Cleaning and Lubrication - Learn how to clean and properly lubricate your bike's drivetrain (another word for its chain and derailleurs) to extend its life and improve your bike's performance.
When: Tue Dec 13Tue Jan 10, Thu Feb 9
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River

Mountain Bike Suspension - Having your shocks tuned to your body, your riding style, and the terrain can make all the difference between a good day and a bad day on the trail.
When: Wed Jan 18
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River

Bicycle Maintenance Clinic

Care and Feeding of your BMX Bike - Whether you jump or freestyle, learn to keep up with the hard knocks of BMX riding.
When: Thu Jan 26
Where: Medina

Choosing and Using Clipless Pedals - What you need to know to pick the clipless pedals and shoes for your riding style, along with tips on how to clip in, unclip while riding, and avoid a dreaded fall.
When: Tue Jan 31
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River

Bike Commuting 101
- Save money, save your health, and save the environment by riding your bike to work! This session will teach you some basic tips to help you get started and stay motivated.
When: Tue Feb 28
Where: Peninsula and Rocky River

Dressing for Winter Cycling - Many of us ride all year long. Hear our essential tips for not getting too cold (or too hot) while riding during the winter.
When: Tue Dec 27, Thu Jan 12
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River

Bike Touring 101 - Whether you're planning a bike adventure around the state or around the world, this clinic will help you get yourself, your gear, and your route prepared for self-supported bike touring.
When: Tue Feb 7
Where: Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River

Snow Biking
- Get tips on riding in the snow, and test-ride the Surly Pugsley snow bike!
When: To Be Announced (when the snow falls!)
Where: Peninsula
Hot Deals for Cold Days!
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Every winter, Patti The Buyer at Century Cycles negotiates special purchases from our manufacturers for the most popular bicycling accessories, then we pass the 50%-off savings to YOU!

Our first Hot Deal of the season is going on RIGHT NOW! You can find the details at:

This information won't be updated on our web site until a day or two AFTER the next Hot Deal starts, so the best way for you to be among the FIRST to know about the latest Hot Deal is to keep subscribing to our eNewsletter!

To make sure you're on the list to receive Hot Deals for Cold Days in your inbox, click on the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the bottom of this message. You'll be emailed a link to a page where you'll be able to confirm which emails you'd like to receive.


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Winter Tune-Up Specials
Avoid the spring rush and make sure your bike is in top shape for next season! No appointment is necessary; stop in to any of our stores for a free bicycle inspection!
  • Tune-Up Service Package #1: Save $15 (regularly $59.99)
  • Tune-Up Service Package #2: Save $20 (regularly $79.99)
  • Tune-Up Service Package #3: Save $30 (regularly $119.99)
See www.centurycycles.com/get/service for what's included in each of our service packages. 
Offer Expires: February 29, 2012
Great New Products for Fall Riding and Commuting

Showers Pass Storm Jacket The Showers Pass Storm Jacket ($79.99) Showers Pass Storm Pants and Storm Pants ($59.99) are both the best values you can find in waterproof-breathable cycling clothing. Both feature taped seams to keep the raindrops out, and pack up small, so they're easy to stash in a pack (or even a jersey pocket) to keep handy for unexpected downpours.

For those looking for a more full-featured jacket for all conditions, we've still got the classic
Showers Pass Touring Jacket ($149.99), which features a full cut, plenty of venting options, chest pocket, and adjustable waist.

Giro Privateer Cycling Shoes
Long the first name when it comes to helmets, Giro is now making a name for itself with top quality cycling shoes. Featuring two velcro straps and one adjustable ratcheting buckle, the Giro Privateer ($149.99) shoes offer the comfort and support to take your rides to the next level. Available in wide sizes! Look for more Giro cycling shoes to arrive in our stores in the coming weeks.

NiteRider Mako 2-Watt Headlight NiteRider specializes in high-performance rechargeable headlights, but they've also got a full line of practical and economical lights for commuting on well-lit streets, or to carry as a backup in case your training ride stretches into unplanned darkness. The Mako 1-Watt Headlight ($39.99) has a bright LED that shines at 100 lumens. The Mako 2-Watt Headlight ($49.99) steps it up a notch with 2 LED bulbs that put out 130 lumens. Both easily mount on your handlebar without tools, run on 2 standard AA batteries, and feature side "gills" that emit auxiliary red light to increase your visibility from the sides.   

NiteRider Cherry Bomb 1-Watt Taillight NiteRider also stepped it up a notch with their Cherry Bomb 1-Watt Taillight ($34.99), which doubles the power of the original Cherry Bomb Taillight ($29.99). Both have an attention-getting flashing mode that can't be missed, run on 2 standard AAA batteries, and mount using an included seatpost bracket or pocket clip. 

Tech Talk: Know Your Tire Size
Bicycle tires At some point in your cycling career, you'll need to buy replacement tires, and probably sooner than that, you'll need to buy a new inner tube. Our service experts are always happy to make the best selection that is the correct size for you. But if you're like most people, you want to know what you're talking about when it comes to most of your bike's parts, and understand what to look for when you're comparison shopping.

Bicycle tires come in a variety of sizes, with several arcane measurement methods. 26-inch, 27-inch, 700C--what do they all mean? Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the basics, or a veteran who wants to brush up on the details, get the skinny (and the fat) of bike tire sizing in this article:

What We Ride: Derrick Kortvejesi 

Derrick Kortvejesi and his Eddy Merckx Corsa One of Derrick's favorite bicycles is a classic steel road bike, hand-made in Belgium. It's the same model used by the 7-Eleven pro cycling team in the late 1980's. What more could you ask for? How about an autograph by the most famous of those 7-Eleven riders?

OK, you can wipe the drool off of your mouse, because you'll need it to click on over and read more about just what bike this is, and the story behind it, in this article:

What We Ride: Derrick Kortvejesi           

Take our latest online poll!


Bicycle under the Christmas treeOkay, so we know we declared our stores a "Holiday-Free Zone" until November 25, but we couldn't resist getting this holiday-related poll out while it's still early enough to make our gift lists!


What do you hope Santa leaves under your tree? 


Click the link to take our latest online poll and let us know. 


Last month's poll asked, "What is your favorite mid-ride snack?" The majority of respondents (over 33%) didn't like any of our standard answers, and chose "Other," with preferences ranging from PBJ, nuts and dates, Sport Beans, to the ever-popular pizza and beer. Second place by a close margin (over 30%), however, chose "Energy bar." See the full results here.
Century Cycles
Define your life. Ride a bike.

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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