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Medina Gazette: Cycle shop offers free bike how-to classes

February 5, 2013

Medina Gazette Feb. 5, 2013

MEDINA -- It's no fun to ride a bike on ice and snow. But winter is an ideal time to learn how to repair and maintain a bicycle and to sharpen riding skills.

Century Cycles, 1059 N. Court St., is hosting a series of free clinics aimed at doing just that.

The most popular clinic covers basic bike maintenance and will be 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 6:30 p.m. March 7.

The session taught by a professional mechanic will explain essential bike maintenance skills, including changing a flat tire, cleaning and lubricating a bicycle chain, the importance of a five-minute pre-ride safety check and what to take on every bike ride.

All clinics are about 45 to 60 minutes long and are offered simultaneously at all three Century Cycles stores -- Medina, Peninsula and Rocky River -- unless otherwise noted.

Attendees receive a 15 percent discount on all bicycle accessories and parts purchased immediatly after each clinic.

Other clinics will be 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • today, bike touring 101
  • Thursday, cleaning and lubricating bicycle chains
  • Feb. 12, tandem bicycles 101 (offered only at Medina store)
  • Feb. 19, roadside repair
  • Feb. 26, bike commuting 101
  • Feb. 28, preparing for the MS150 and other event rides
  • March 5, riding in traffic

For more information, go to www.centurycycles.com/goto/clinics or call Century Cycles in Medina at (330) 722-7119.