I am a lifelong resident of the greater Cleveland area, being born LONG ago at Fairview Hospital! I grew up in Bay Village where I first learned to love bikes. Some of my fondest cycling memories are from somewhat unplanned rides with high school friends that turned into epic adventures we still talk about today! I graduated from Miami University, where I took a cycling class that had nothing to do with my Geography major, but was foreshadowing of my future.
For many years after college, I cycle-toured with my college buddy Roger. Trips included riding to Bowling Green, touring around Lake Erie, and cycling from Boston to Halifax, Nova Scotia - an 800 mile journey!
I started working with the Century Cycles crew in Rocky River in April of 2017. After a great experience with the team at Century Cycles in 2016 when I needed a very hard to find part for my mountain bike, I knew I wanted to work at this bike shop. I have always loved hands-on work, and finding ways outside of the box to fix mechanical problems. I love everything related to fixing bicycles, and enjoy being a mechanic here. I have fun doing anything active outside including hiking, swimming, climbing, camping, cookouts with friends and family, biking and more. Mountain biking is my passion, although some might call it an obsession. When the trails are closed in the winter, it nearly drives me insane when I can't go out and ride. My main goal when biking is to have fun, a lot of it! I am not in it for the fastest lap times or beating other people, although I do like the idea of competing now and again in some local races. I thoroughly enjoy biking with friends, and riding at night. I currently own two bikes, my mountain bike, a Motobecane Fantom Team I bought second-hand in 2016, and my custom Ritchey Swiss Cross disc cyclocross bike I built in the fall of 2017. So I'm definitely out to have fun on my bikes, and I do!
I joined Century Cycles in 2012 after a long illustrious career as an advertising art/creative director, but I’m a life-long bike rider and a regular customer.
One day during the busy season Scott asked me if I could build a bike. I’d never worked at a real bike shop, but boy, did I have lots of practical riding experience, including assembly, disassembly, and lots of home workbench repairs. I already knew everybody at the shop, and my regular group ride met there. I said yes, built bikes a couple days a week for a while, and then he asked me to come on full time. Now I build and sell bikes, do routine repairs, and work the sales floor.
"You should go to Century Cycles this weekend! Bob Roll will be there!"
"Who’s Bob Roll?"
I can thank a few people for my start at Century Cycles in the spring of 2006. My brother, who had been into cycling for a while, suggested I attend Century Cycles' Spring Party because Bob Roll was going to be a guest speaker. Bob Roll was not a name I had ever heard of, and to be honest, I wasn’t aware that bike shops even existed a few months prior. I attended the party, helped clean up some chairs afterwards, and my interest was sparked.
Hi, my name is Ken. I've been with Century Cycles in Rocky River since July of 1998. I still wish I had my Schwinn Stingray that my folks bought for me back in 1968, but I've been quite happy with the bikes I've had since then. When I'm not at work, you can find me either in the woods, listening to music, hanging with friends and family, practicing yoga, or learning to play bass and guitar.
Krista is usually trying to get out the door to do a long bike ride in the Ohio countryside with friends. On her day off from working the sales floor, she’s got plans. She's a veteran of many long-distance bike tours, such as coast-to-coast across the US, the Route 66 Bicycle Route from Chicago to Santa Monica, and many more. The Cleveland resident is also the wife of a city police detective.
Learning how to ride a bike was not a priority when I was a kid. I had no use for a bike. I hated bikes, or at least I thought they hated me. I felt like Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes, convinced that my bike was trying to attack me. In fact, I didn't learn how to ride one until I was 9 years old. Six years later, I stumbled into my first job at a bike shop in Rocky River. I was hooked and bikes became a passion.
I spent about 10 years working for the previous two owners of the bike shop that would eventually become Century Cycles in Rocky River. I worked through high school, on breaks during college, full time after college, and any other possible way a job could be classified. In 1998 I joined Century Cycles. Although the joke is that I came with the building, there's some truth to that! Even while I had full-time corporate jobs over the years, Scott allowed me to keep my fingers in the industry and work on the weekends.
Hey, it's Neal.
I love everything having to do with reggae music, Rastafarian culture, Nyabinghi drumming, yoga, meditation, Buddhism, and biking. I love working with bikes, and riding for me is just another form of meditation. Every ride is another opportunity to breathe mindfully, and give thanks for life and health. Peace.