For Immediate Release
October 29, 2007
The Annual Century Cycles Top 10 Holiday Gift List
Rocky River, OH - After logging thousands of miles on their bicycles and trying out the latest and greatest cycling products, the 32-person staff from Century Cycles’ stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River has compiled their holiday wish lists. We’ve used them to create the annual Century Cycles Top 10 Holiday Gift List.
Cyclops Fluid Indoor Trainer ($329.99; www.cycleops.com): There is no need to stop riding a bike when the weather is bad. Instead, stay in shape, increase endurance, and remain competitive with an indoor trainer. We especially like the CycleOps Fluid, a quiet trainer with a natural, road-like feel and progressive resistance. Nice bonus: It comes with a training DVD.
Topeak Road Morph Frame Pump ($39.99; www.topeak.com): This is a full-functioning frame pump to get you out of a jam on the road, yet is so well-designed and easy to use it could be your everyday pump, with up to 160 psi capacity.
Smartwool Cycling Socks ($13.99-$14.99; www.smartwool.com): Cyclists love the wicking quality of wool cycling clothing. If a wool jersey is not in your budget, begin building a wool wardrobe with high-performance Smartwool cycling socks. They are so breathable and comfortable, they just might become your year-round choice for footwear.
Cateye Strada Wireless Computer/Speedometer ($55.99; www.cateye.com): Cycling computers are best-sellers because people want to see how fast and how far they’ve gone. The new generation of wireless computers are packed with functions but free from wires. With the new CatEye ClickTec™ interface, you can switch among seven modes by simply pressing the bottom of the computer face — easy to do, even on rough terrain.
NiteRider MiNewt.X2 ($189.99; www.niterider.com): Light the road or the trail with this terrific headlight. By incorporating a new high-powered LED and superior optics, the MiNewt.X2’s output is super-bright and the run time is longer, yet it’s not clunky, heavy, or difficult to handlebar-mount. "I’m not surprised the MiNewt.X2 was such a hit with our staff and customers this year," says Scott Cowan, owner of Century Cycles. "It is the most sought-after product in NiteRider history."
Burley Encore Trailer ($379.99; www.burley.com): Most of the gifts on this list are for individuals. The Burley trailer, however, is a great gift for a whole family. Trailers are the safest way to travel by bike with small children, and kids love the ride almost as much as adults love having their children along for it. Believe it or not, Burley is even making trailers for pets, for those folks on your gift list who consider their dog or cat almost like their child.
Endura Hummvee 3/4 Knickers ($89.99; www.endura.co.uk): Straight from the Scottish Highlands, these cycling knickers go past the knee but stay away from the ankle (and the chain ring). They are durable nylon ripstop fabric on the exterior – with a seamless inner leg and loads of pockets (two rear large map pockets plus a zipped pocket for a cell phone) – and feature a padded liner short on the interior that easily snaps in and out.
Stocking Stuffers: The smallest product making the biggest splash right now is the Knog Frog ($11.99; www.knogusa.com), a whimsical LED light shaped like a frog out of flexible silicone which comes in an assortment of colors. For a retro-cool look that feels great to grip, leather handlebar tape ($24.99 and up) would make any cyclist smile on Christmas morning. Because cycling means more to many people than just a way to get around, Century Cycles’ popular slogan "Define your life. Ride a bike." is now on t-shirts, hats, and mugs, all of which fit quite nicely into a stocking.
The Big Gift Under The Tree: A Bike. "Seeing a bicycle under the tree is a memorable gift, and for many of us is a quintessential experience from our own childhoods," says Cowan. Haven’t been on a bike in years? Then test-ride a cruiser-style bike, in particular the Electra Townie ($369.99 and up; www.electrabike.com), which a rider can sit on with feet flat on the ground. Want to ride with your older children for longer distances? A Raleigh Family Tandem ($689.99; www.raleighusa.com) will take two of you on faraway fun. Already have a road bike with drop bars? Maybe try a fixie (a bike with only one gear) or a bike designed especially for commuting.
Last But Not Least: World Peace and More Places To Ride. This is the perennial wish for us all, for a peaceful, healthy environment where we can all share the road. If you know someone who already "has it all," consider giving them a membership in the Adventure Cycling Association (www.adventurecycling.org), the League of American Bicyclists (www.bikeleague.org), the International Mountain Bicycling Association (www.imba.com) or Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (www.railstrails.org).
Century Cycles is an award-winning chain of independent bicycle stores with locations in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River. Recently named "Best Bicycles" by Northern Ohio Live magazine, Century Cycles caters to cyclists and their families with high-quality bicycles and exemplary service.