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Here's a glance at what is contained in this edition of the eNewsletter:
1. Fox 8 Cleveland HOT LIST - Vote for your Favorite Bicycle Shop 2. Maintenance Class Schedule Announced 3. Cool Weather Riding Tips 4. The Townie: Comfortable, fun, and now with 100% more basket! 5. The Annual Century Cycles Top 10 Holiday Gift List 6. Create a Cycling Wish List! 7. Hot New Products: Sheila Moon, Endura, Krieg 8. Winter Hours Starting Soon
We hope that you find the information in this and future editions of the eNewsletter useful.
1. Fox 8 Cleveland HOT LIST - Vote for your Favorite Bicycle Shop
Fox 8 Cleveland is conducting a survey throughout Northeast Ohio to name the best local businesses in the region. We have been nominated for Best Bicycle Shop! Click on the link below to view our HOT LIST profile, and vote for your favorite bicycle shop:
Voting is open now through November 10. Thank You to all of you who have voted already!
We also wish to extend a big Thank You to Northern Ohio Live Magazine for naming us Northeast Ohio's Best Bicycle Shop in their annual Best Of list for 2007!
2. Maintenance Class Schedule Announced
The winter months are a good time to make sure your bike is in good working order for the upcoming season. Our Maintenance Classes are a great way to do that, plus get some valuable hands-on lessons on taking care of your bike on your own. Here is our schedule of classes for this season:
Basic Maintenance Class ($20) Monday, January 7, 2008 Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Tune-Up Class ($70) Tuesdays, January 8 & 15, 2008 Thursdays, January 24 & 31, 2008
Overhaul Class ($100) Wednesdays, January 16, 23, & 30, 2008 Mondays, February 4, 11, & 18, 2008
Wheel Building Class ($60) Thursdays, February 21 & 28, 2008
The classes are offered at all three of our stores. You can register for any class by visiting or calling us, or sign up online by visiting this link:
Full descriptions of each class are also available by clicking on the above link.
3. Cool Weather Riding Tips
A drop in the temperature does not have to mean a drop in your bike mileage if you are properly prepared. Making a few adjustments to your clothing, bike, and riding style can extend your season into the winter, and maybe even make you a year-round rider!
I. Clothing - There are options available to cover you and keep away the elements from head to toe. Some items come in varying levels of insulation for different temperature ranges. Another good strategy for any outdoor activity is to dress in layers to make it easy to add or remove protection as conditions change. Wicking base layers, insulating middle layers, and wind-breaking and/or waterproof outer layers provide the best system for extreme conditions. In cold and windy conditions, beware and defend against the possibility of frostbite. Even though you may not feel as thirsty when riding in colder conditions, remember to stay properly hydrated, the same as you would in hot weather.
II. Your Bike - Condsider running your tires at slightly lower than usual air pressure, to provide additional traction on slick surfaces. Studded tires are available if you are dedicated to riding even on snow and ice. Reduced daylight in the winter months means having a headlight, tailight, and reflectors in case you end up out longer than expected. Reflective clothing also enhances your visibility. Consider getting a "winter bike," such as a hybrid or mountain bike, to use as an alternative to your nice expensive road bike. Some winter riders prefer singlespeed bikes and platform pedals, as multi-speed drive trains and clip-in pedal systems can get clogged with snow and ice and malfunction in the worst conditions.
III. Riding Style - Try to be more aware than usual of the road or trail conditions directly ahead of you, to watch for unexpected patches of snow, slush, or ice. Just like in your car, reduce speed and allow for more stopping distance. Lean a little less into turns to keep more of the tire tread in contact with the road. Try doing training rides in different terrain than you are used to. For example, if you are usually just a hard-core road rider, take this opportunity to check out some rail-trails, the Metroparks bike paths, or the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath.
4. The Townie: Comfortable, fun, and now with 100% more basket!
The classically-styled Townie cruisers from Electra Bicycles are fun for all ages. Purchase any Townie now through the end of this year, and get a FREE handlebar basket to go with it! Full details and a printable coupon can be found here:
5. The Annual Century Cycles Top 10 Holiday Gift List
It's that time of year again! After logging thousands of miles on our bikes and trying out the latest and greatest cycling products, we've come up with our annual Top 10 Holiday Gift List, which includes some unique new products, as well as tried and true old favorites. You can check out the whole list at:
When you submit the form, it will automatically be e-mailed to all three of our stores, where we will keep it on file. Then, just let your friends and family know that you've submitted your Cycling Wish List to us, and we'll use it to help them select the perfect gift for you!
7. Hot New Products: Sheila Moon, Endura, Krieg
Sheila Moon is a rare combination of competitive cyclist, clothing designer, and patternmaker. She combines these talents to create functional cycling apparel that is whimsical and fashionable, but above all, comfortable. For an overview of the Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel items now in stock in all of our stores, click here:
Endura Cycling's Hummvee Knickers are getting rave reviews from all corners of the cycling world, from urban commuters and messengers, to long-distance tourists and hard-core mountain bikers. When the weather turns wet, slip on a pair of their Gridlock waterproof pants! We've got 'em both in stock:
When it comes to bike bags and other accessories, usually you have the choice of any color you want, as long as it's black. Not so any more, thanks to the creative folks at Krieg Cycling. Their Benny Seat Bag comes in 53 different designs, so you are sure to find one as unique as you are. A wide selection is available at all three of our stores now! Check out the available designs at:
Starting on Friday, November 9, 2007, all three of our stores will be switching to our winter hours of operation. This means that we will close one hour earlier on Fridays and Saturdays. Winter hours are:
Monday through Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm Friday and Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
As always, our hours of operation that are currently in effect can be found on our web site at: