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May 2012

Century Cycles 20th Anniversery

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FREE Membership in Bike Cleveland!


BikeCleveland logoIn celebration of Bike To Work Week, bike buyers can roll away with more than just a new ride at Century Cycles. This week, we're offering to pay the individual membership dues in Bike Cleveland (a $35 value) for anyone who buys a bicycle of $500 or more from our stores in Rocky River, Medina, and Peninsula from May 14-18, 2012.

Here's how it works: Bike Cleveland membership forms will be offered to buyers of bikes $500 or more at all three Century Cycles stores. Once completed, the forms and dues payment will be submitted by Century Cycles. If someone prefers a family membership at $60, they simply pay the $25 difference and that membership level will be processed for them.

Now is a great time to join Bike Cleveland, Greater Cleveland's bicycle advocacy organization working to build livable communities by promoting all forms of cycling and advocating for the rights and equality of the cycling community.

To learn more about Bike Cleveland, Cleveland Bike Month, and all the activities planned for Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 18, go to www.bikecleveland.org.

Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
Pajama Party Night Ride May 19

As Cleveland Bicycle Month is being observed all over Northeast Ohio this month, by popular demand, we again celebrate with our Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail! The ride starts at 8pm this Saturday, May 19 at our Peninsula store. Wear your favorite sleepwear (helmets STILL required), and enjoy pajama-party themed snacks at the ride turn-around!
Like all of our regularly-scheduled Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, this ride is FREE and open to all! We will, however, be collecting donations for Project Night Night - please bring a new children's book, stuffed animal, or small flannel blanket to the Night Ride and they will be used to create nighttime comfort packages for homeless children.
Ronald McDonald House Night Ride on the Towpath Trail

On June 2, 2012, join us for a very special Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. Last year's RMH Night Ride brought our Night Rides to Cuyahoga County for the very first time, and it was such a success, we're bringing it back this year! The ride begins at 8pm at Thornburg Station at Rockside and Canal Roads in Valley View.
There will be snacks provided at the ride turn-around point, and free t-shirts to the first 200 registered riders!
All skill levels are welcome for the casual, fun 12-mile ride. 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:
Never been on a Night Ride before? See our 5 Tips for Getting Ready for a Night Ride on the Towpath Trail.

You'll find the complete schedule of 2012 Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, plus more links to tips, photos, and videos from past rides at:

Where We Ride: Ken's Rocky River - Vermilion Voyage

Ken Hagedorn Ken Hagedorn is an avid road cyclist from the staff of our Rocky River store. He suggested this 30-mile (60 miles round-trip) route as a way to get from Rocky River out to Vermilion, and you can extend it beyond there if you're headed to other points west.

The route follows US Route 6 (Lake Road), much of it along the shore of Lake Erie, with some detours on side roads to avoid some of the less bike-friendly areas of the lake shore road.

Click on the link or map below for more details about this route, including links to an online map, elevation chart, and more:

Where We Ride: Rocky River - Vermilion Voyage    


Rocky River - Vermilion Voyage  

Bike To School Challenge

528 students at Bay Middle School biked on May 9, 2012
Hundreds of area students have been bicycling to school for our 2012 Bike To School Challenge (BTSC) on May 7-25 and now YOU can join them for a chance to win a new bicycle from our fellow BTSC sponsor, Raleigh Bicycles! Simply go to Raleigh's website www.myreasonstoride.com and submit a video about what riding a bicycle means to you. Tag your submission with "CenturyBTS" and the most compelling video will win a Raleigh Revenio 3.0 road bike (retail: $1,299.99), awarded in early June when the video will also be highlighted on the website. Click here to read the complete press release for contest details.

The BTSC program is now in its second week, and we tip our bike helmets to these amazing students who have biked rain or shine! Bay Middle School (pictured at left) has logged the highest ride day so far, counting 548 bikes on May 11 - a whopping 69% of the school! BTSC runs through May 25, for the first time at Root and Claggett Middle Schools in Medina, back for its second year at Rocky River Middle School, and returning for its 5th year at Bay Village High and Middle Schools. The three-week challenge strives to incentivize over 4,000 students to ride their bikes to school as much as possible - to help the environment, save gas, improve their health, and inspire their parents and the community to use a bicycle for short trips around town.

For more details about the Bike To School Challenge, go to:


Take our latest online poll!

What kind of audible signaling device do you use on your bike?  

Many of our area's shared-use trails can be quite crowded, especially on weekends. Even for experienced riders, an audible signal is helpful (not to mention courteous) to navigate past other riders, walkers, and runners. Do you use a bell or horn? Click here to take our latest online poll and let us know!


Last month's poll asked, "What is your favorite part of a Night Ride on the Towpath Trail?" The top answer, with over 50% of the vote, was "The thrill of riding at night." Tied for second place were "Riding with friends" and "Post-ride refreshments at the Winking Lizard." You can see the full results of the last poll here.
 Free Clinic: Preparing for and Riding in a Multi-Day Bike Event

Are you planning to ride the Bike MS Pedal to the Point, Pelotonia, TOSRV, or another multi-day bike event for the first time? Join us for this FREE clinic taught by our event ride experts! They have personally biked many events and they will be sharing their best training tips, riding advice, and supply checklists with you.

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 6:30pm
Where: All three Century Cycles stores

The clinic will last approximately 45-60 minutes and there will be plenty of time for questions. To make sure we buy enough snacks, please RVSP to the store clinic you'll be attending: Medina (330-722-7119), Peninsula (330-657-2209), or Rocky River (440-356-5705).  
Mark your calendars!


May: Cleveland Bicycle Month 

May 25: Bike To School Challenges end in Bay Village, Rocky River, and (new this year!) Medina

May 19: Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail

June 2: Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to Benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland  

June 5: Free Clinic - Preparing for and Riding in a Multi-Day Bike Event (our three stores)

June 16 - 23: Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA)

June 23: Night Ride on the Towpath Trail 

Go to www.centurycycles.com/for/calendar for our complete Calendar of Events for 2012!
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1079 North Court Street
(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 Road
(between Wooster and Wagar roads)

Rocky River, OH  44116 map
Phone: 440-356-5705

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