Century Cycles Monthly eNewsletter

July 2012

Century Cycles 20th Anniversery

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FREE NiteRider Bike Light Demo on July 21!
Century Cycles is teaming up with NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems to offer local bicyclists the chance to try the company's innovative, high-powered lights on a Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on Saturday, July 21. The NiteRider bicycle light display will open at 6:00pm in the parking lot of the Century Cycles bicycle store in Peninsula, Ohio (1621 Main Street). The free Night Ride starts in the same parking lot at 8:00pm.

All attendees will have the opportunity to register to win a NiteRider MiNewt.600 Cordless headlight ($149.99 value)!
NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems Demo Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
NiteRider will have an assortment of its most popular bike lights available for Northeast Ohio bicyclists to demo on the two-hour Night Ride. Those interested in using a NiteRider demo light must provide a driver's license and credit card as collateral, and all demo lights are on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail, including directions to the store, tips on preparing for a Night Ride, pictures and videos from past rides, and the schedule of remaining rides for 2012, see:
Ice Cream Odyssey Ride - July 21

Ice Cream Odyssey 2012 The Medina County Bicycle Club's Ice Cream Odyssey on July 21, 2012 is a bicycle outing on a hot summer day through quaint small towns over scenic rolling terrain. Sponsored and supported by The University of Akron's Medina County University Center and Century Cycles. For full details and a link to online registration, see:

Where We Ride: Royalview Mountain Bike Trail in the Cleveland Metroparks 

Ryan Brinkerhoff Ryan Brinkerhoff is a part-time mechanic at our Peninsula store. As an avid mountain biker, but he devotes a significant amount of time to helping the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association maintain many of Northeast Ohio's off-road trails. For the past year, Ryan has been helping to create the first new singletrack in the Cleveland Metroparks in four years.

The Royalview Mountain Bike Trail is located in the Mill Stream Run Reservation near Strongsville, just off State Route 82. The 10-mile trail consists of two loops that are very friendly for beginner mountain bikers, but still enough of a fun challenge for experts as well.

Click on the link or map below for more details about this trail, including links to a downloadable map, photos of key points on the trail, and Ryan's insider tips for riding:

Where We Ride: Royalview Mountain Bike Trail in the Cleveland Metroparks      


Where We Ride: Royalview Mountain Bike Trail in the Cleveland Metroparks  

My Reasons To Ride Cleveland Video Contest

A chance to show your bike pride, win a new bike and support Bike Cleveland!

Why do you ride your bike? What does Cleveland's growing bicycle culture mean to you and your riding? What do you like best about bicycling in Northeast Ohio? Being on a bike represents different things to different people. Now here's the chance to tell your story - and show your Cleveland bike pride - in the My Reasons To Ride Cleveland Video Contest, now through August 15. Sponsored by Raleigh Bicycles, Century Cycles and Bike Cleveland.

For full contest details, including how to enter, see:

  Raleigh Bicycles Bike Cleveland
Tech Talk: Upgrading your gears for easier hill climbing

Shimano Deore 11-32 cassette Many of our customers inquire about what options are available for changing the choice of gear combinations on their bicycles. The most common reason is to get lower gears to make climbing up hills a little easier.

There are many options available to change your bike's gearing, but in many cases it's not as simple as just swapping out the actual gears. Often, you'll need to replace other components in order for everything to work. To learn more about what gear choices are available to you, and some issues that you and your bike mechanic need to consider before making any changes, check out this article:

Take our latest online poll!

What's in your water bottle?  

We're all coping with this dry, hot summer, and we're now stocking Nuun tablets to help with our customer's hydration needs, which got us thinking...

What's in your water bottle during a long bike ride on a hot day? Click here to take our latest online poll and let us know!

 Last month's poll asked, 
"What's the most valuable lesson you've learned from your cycling friends?" The top answer, at 31% of all votes, was "Not to buy a bike at Walmart." Second-place was "Wearing a helmet" (21%), but that was followed very closely by both "Not wearing underwear under my bike shorts" (19%) and "How to change a flat tire" (18%). Surprisingly (or maybe not?), the "snot rocket" was the least popular response, at 12%.
Deagan's Bike Night - Every Thursday!


Deagan's Kitchen & Bar Deagan's Kitchen & Bar and Century Cycles are teaming up to bring you our second annual Bike Night, from now until October 11, 2012.

Customers who ride their bicycle to Deagan's Kitchen & Bar in Lakewood on Thursday nights anytime from 5:00pm to close receive 15% off their food and drink bill, plus are entered to win a brand-new Raleigh Cadent i8 bicycle, plus other great prizes from Century Cycles and Deagan's. The more Thursday nights you bike to Deagan's, the more chances you have to win!
Raleigh Cadent i8 Bicycle
The winners will be drawn at the Deagan's Bike Night Finale Party on October 11!

Deagan's has been a winner of Best New Restaurant, Best Gastropub, and Best Service in Cleveland Magazine's Silver Spoon Awards. It is located in the heart of Lakewood, Ohio at 14810 Detroit Avenue.

Mark your Calendars!
Best of the Blog

Here are some of our favorite posts from the Century Cycles Blog and our Facebook Page from the past month that you may have missed:

Define your life at the Tour de FranceIn addition to the photo from Calgary in Alberta, Canada linked above, we've also had customers share photos with their Century Cycles jerseys and t-shirts from the Tour de France! Keep those photos coming; we love them! 


One of the most popular posts on our Facebook Page recently was this panel from Yehuda Moon, the bicycling-themed comic strip written and drawn right here in Cleveland:


Yehuda Moon   

How many of us haven't done tried that?!? 



Century Cycles 20th Anniversery     








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(Route 42, in the K-Mart Plaza)

Medina, OH  44256 map
Phone: 330-722-7119

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Peninsula, OH  44264 map
Phone: 330-657-2209

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Rocky River, OH  44116 map
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