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August 2012

Century Cycles 20th Anniversery

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Thanks for making us the BEST!
Century Cycles is proud to announce that we've been named the recipient of two local honors.

2012 Best of the West The Best of the West is voted by the readers of West Shore live well magazine. The Century Cycles store in Rocky River was named this year's winner in the "Best Bicycle Shop" category.

2012 Medina Gazette Best of the Best The Best of the Best is voted by the readers of The Gazette newspaper of Medina County, and our Medina store was the winner in this year's "Best Bicycle Shop" category.

We'd like to thank our dedicated and talented staff for helping us to achieve these two honors. Most of all, we thank our loyal customers for your support and your continued patronage!
Krista's Covered Bridge Loop Named One Of Nation's Best!  

Bicycling Magazine 50 Best Rides in America Check out Century Cycles -- featured in the cover story of the September issue of Bicycling magazine! Krista's Ashtabula Covered Bridge Loop was picked as the best bicycle ride in Ohio and one of "The 50 Best Rides in America!"

Of Krista's ride, the editors write:
Here you can cross seven old-timey [covered] bridges in one shot, including one that's 613 feet long. But that's not even the best part of this memorable Midwestern sojourn. "How can you beat a ride that swings by a restaurant that serves the best coleslaw in the world?" asks Tracey Bradnan of Century Cycles in Cleveland. The place is called Josephine's, and the secret ingredients are pecans, pineapple and dried cranberries.

Click here for details on Ohio's best ride, including maps and Krista's tips. Not up for Krista's 47-mile ride? Then simply head to the start of the ride and bike the Western Reserve Greenway Trail as far as you like (www.ashtabulacountymetroparks.org/trail.htm), then pack up your bike and stop at some covered bridges and wineries in your car.
Summit Tour Of Metro Parks (STOMP) Bike Ride

STOMP Bike Ride Century Cycles is proud to be the exclusive bicycle shop sponsor of STOMP (the Summit Tour Of Metro Parks), one of the largest bicycle touring events in Northeast Ohio.

Registration includes light breakfast, SAG support, lunch, live music and more. Route options are 10, 20, and 30 miles, all entirely on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, beginning at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron.

Online registration, downloadable forms for mail-in registration, and more information are available at:

Tech Talk: Women's-specific bicycles

Giant Avail 1 bicycle There are certain advantages for a female cyclist to choose a women's-specific bicycle. The bike industry has come a long way since the days of the "shrink it and pink it" strategy, but the term "women's-specific" still can mean different things to different people.

We can help you makes sense of what women's-specific features are available on different types of bikes, and how to choose the one that is right for you. Read all about it in this article:

Hancock Horizontal Hundred

2012 Hancock Horizontal HundredJoin us on Sunday, September 9, 2012 for one of the flattest rides in Ohio. This is a great ride for your first 100-mile "century" attempt. Look for Century Cycles' booth at the bicycle dealer/vendor displays on Saturday evening (along with a free ice cream social!). "Chris Cakes" breakfast Sunday morning. Ride fee includes: patch (to first 1000 registrants), map, rest stops with food, lunch, SAG support, and a well-marked route on smooth blacktop roads.

For more details and registration, see:

My Reasons To Ride Cleveland Video Contest

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

There are just a few days left until August 15, which is your last chance to tell the world what you like best about bicycling in Northeast Ohio! 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
Back to School Time is Bike To School Time!


Bicycles parked at Bay High School Most Northeast Ohio students will be heading back to the classroom later this month. The Bike To School Challenge during a three-week period in May provided incentives for kids in Bay Village, Medina, and Rocky River to ride their bikes to school, but any school day is a good bike to school day!

As your Bike To School headquarters, Century Cycles can help you select what you need to make your ride to school fun and safe.

Nutcase Stars and Stripes helmet Do you need a new helmet? Manufacturers recommend replacing your bicycle helmet every three years, because exposure to UV rays from the sun over time breaks down the helmet's inner foam, reducing its protective abilities. We have a full selection in lots of cool styles for kids as well as adults. We can also make sure the helmet you select is properly fitted for you, because a poorly-fitted helmet can be as bad a no helmet at all.

Lights can help you see and be seen on the streets. We can help you select a headlight and taillight that meet your needs and budget.

A good, secure lock makes sure your bike is there for your ride home, and it never hurts to review these tips for how to properly lock your bicycle.
Take our latest online poll!

August 208 Online Poll - What's the longest distanced you've bicycled in a single day?  

We recently heard from two of our long-time Night Ride on the Towpath participants that they just completed their first "century" ride, i.e. 100 miles in one day.

We also received an email from a recent rental bike customer telling us that she rode 6 miles. With that being her first time riding a bike in 15 years, it inspired her to take up cycling on a regular basis to improve her health.

Both of these stories are inspiring to us in many ways, proving that the joys of cycling are within reach for anyone.

They also inspire us to wonder about you, our readers, What is the longest distance you've ever bicycled in a single day? Click here to take our latest online poll and let us know!

Last month's poll asked, 
"What's in your water bottle during a long bike ride on a hot day??" The unequivocal winner, at 53% of all votes, was "Plain ol' water." Nearly tied for second-place at 20% and 19% each were "Sports drink, like Gatorade or Powerade" and "Water with dissolvable electrolytes, like Nuun tablets." You can see the full results of the last poll here
Is your company having a Wellness Fair?

Josh at Cleveland State University
Many companies are helping to improve the well-being of their employees by organizing employee wellness fairs. These events provide valuable information for employees about topics ranging from exercise and nutrition to physical therapy and mental health.

During the past year, Century Cycles has participated in wellness fairs at local companies such as Cliffs Natural Resources, United Airlines, Cleveland State University (at left), and Parma Hospital. We would be happy to talk to your employees about the health benefits of bicycling, as well as provide information about our products, bike rentals, repair services, and events.


If you are part of a human resources or employee wellness department, and you'd like to talk to us about participating in your company's next wellness event, please feel free to contact our Marketing/Events Coordinator Tracey Bradnan at tracey@centurycycles.com.


Mark your Calendars!


August 10: Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
August 15: Last chance to enter the My Reasons To Ride Cleveland Video Contest
August 25: Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
August 30: Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride
September 1: September Tour of the Metroparks (STOMP) Bicycle Adventure
September 3: All three stores CLOSED for Labor Day
September 9: Hancock Horizontal Hundred
September 15: Night Ride on the Towpath Trail
September 29: Night Ride on the Towpath Trail

Go to www.centurycycles.com/for/calendar for our complete Calendar of Events for 2012!
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:

 Most Popular Facebook Post

The Cyclist Tan 
Let's hear it for the stripey summer tan, sported by all of us who love to ride our bikes! 



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