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Island Lake Trail Expansion & A Ride Across Ontario

Ladies’ Fat Bike Night THIS FRIDAY!

Fat Bike at Hometown Bicycles Green Gals Shop Ride September 23, 2014

THIS FRIDAY CAN’T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH!  We’re uber-excited about the inaugural Hometown Bicycles Ladies’ Fat Bike Night clinic. If you’re already registered, you rock and we’ll see you soon! If you still want to register, call 810-225-2441. If you want to be reminded about the awesomeness that this event will entail, CLICK HERE.

 

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GRETCHEN’S GREAT BIKE ADVENTURE
Customer Highlight: A bike restoration & ride across Ontario
Gretchen Klatt at Hometown Bicycles after her cycling adventure!

Talk about living the dream! Customer Gretchen Klatt came to our shop last winter with an old, steel frame bike and a hankering for pedal-powered adventure. Here’s her story, in her own words…

“I had a 21 year old steel bike hiding in my garage; as a winter project Hometown Bicycles helped me restore her with new components into a touring bike. I talked all summer about taking it out camping and when September rolled around it was now or never.  I bought maps from Adventure Cycling and my sweet husband drove me to Sarnia, Ontario and waved good-bye.

For six days I peddled and camped (ok, one night I stayed in a cute little inn!) and learned a lot.  Wind isn’t as bad as I thought, a loaded bike is really heavy, I can be more aggressive on the road, looking behind is critical to my safety, Gatorade is important, 50 degrees is not too cold to ride, I got better at hills (big hills) and I love my quads!  

I thought I could travel 70 miles a day – I was wrong.  I averaged 50 miles a day and by 2:00 I wanted to be done for the day.  I left part of my trip unfinished because I ran out of vacation time; but that’s ok, Ontario will be there when I get a yen to ride another section of that map – and ride it I will.”

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS OF GRETCHEN’S ADVENTURE!

 

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ISLAND LAKE’S TRAIL SYSTEM IS GROWING!
Community Highlight: Friends of Island Lake take action

September 23, 2014 Friends of Island Lake meeting at the Park Office
Last night’s Friends of Island Lake meeting, regarding both paved and single track trail additions, had an incredible turn-out. The park office was literally overflowing… you can only see a few of the attendees in the picture above.

We were super proud to see Hometownies there in abundance. Way to support the trails you love to ride!

On the agenda were extremely exciting trail developments throughout the park which, by the way, is ranked Michigan’s highest attendance non-camping recreational area. To read more about the Friends of Island Lake’s projects, check out the three links below:

 

Community Highlight: Tour de Livingston Ride in Local News

Despite threatening weather, last Sunday’s Hometown Bicycles Tour de Livingston Training Ride out of Howell had great attendance from fans of the much-loved, nearly-here Tour de Livingston event. Keep a weather eye out for ride photos taken by renowned local photographer, Richard Lim, in an upcoming Livingston Daily Press & Argus!

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JAMIS BIKE FEATURED IN CYCLOCROSS MAG
Industry Highlight: 2015 Supernova Team bike is hot stuff!

Jamis Supernova Team 2015 cyclocross bike

Jamis’ racy, new cyclocross bike has been turning heads around the world. In fact, their 2015 Supernova Team bike recently enjoyed feature face time in Cyclocross (CX) Magazine. This is one bike you cross-fans out there have gotta see!

CLICK HERE to check out the article on CX Magazine’s website.

Get in the Newspaper with Hometown Bicycles

Wanna be in the Newspaper with
Hometown Bicycles?
THEN JOIN US THIS SUNDAY FOR OUR TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDE!

NewspaperFifteen minutes of fame with a posse of fellow cyclists and Hometownies… are you in?!?!

Livingston County Press & Argus will be on the scene at this weekend’s Hometown Bicycles Tour de Livingston Training Ride to help promote this most awesome of upcoming events.

As usual, our shop ride leaves at 8:00am from the Memorial at the Courthouse in Howell. The route forms a 15-mile loop that you can choose to ride once or, if your engines are really fired up, twice!

So that all of our crew can join the fun, we’ll be opening both stores late on Sunday:

Shop Hours (both locations!) – Sunday, September 21
11am – 5pm

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for ride details and updates!

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LADIES’ FAT BIKE NIGHT UPDATE
There’s Only 4 Days Left to Register & Just 10 Slots Remaining
Surly Ice Cream Truck

Above: The newest Surly fat bike – coming soon! Want to whet your fat bike appetite? Check out Surly and Salsa‘s websites for a gander at their latest and greatest models!

WOW!! The response to our upcoming, September 26, Ladies Fat Bike Night has been phenomenal! It’s inspiring to see so many gals gearing up to become fat bike goddesses.

We’ve capped the event at 20 women, and are already halfway filled. So, if you’ve been wanting to learn more about fat bikes, now’s the time to register!

WHAT IT IS
At this event, fat bike wizard and rep, Jeff Buerman, will showcase several top fat bike styles, discuss the differences between them, and answer your individual questions. We’ll also cover essential cold weather gear that will help take your fat bike experience to the next level.

WHAT YOU GET
With your $20 registration, you will receive a $20 store creditsnacks and beverages (think, Fat Tire  Beer!), and a gift bag with some seriously cool cycling must-haves. PLUS, with every fat bike you purchase during this event, you’ll receive a $250 Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate that you can apply toward your new fat bike, parts, accessories, or save for later use!!

TO REGISTER, CALL US AT (810) 225-2441
We’ll be accepting registrations ’til September 20. There is a 20-person limit, so please register early! Registration is $20 (which will then be applied as store credit for you.)

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CONGRATULATIONS, DAVID STRUBLE
A Hometown Homie with Serious Star Quality

David Struble, Triathalon/Duathalon State Champion
Last week, we gave a shout out to Hometownie, David Struble, who ran 3.1 miles in over 60 lbs of fireman gear to raise money for the 9/11 Memorial Fund. This week he blew our other pair of socks off after taking home Duathalon State Champion 2nd Place – Overall Male.

Seriously. We know the coolest people! Congratulations, David!

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OUR WHITMORE LAKE AUTUMN HOURS

Hometown Bicycles Whitmore Lake Fall Mums

MONDAY – FRIDAY (except Wednesday):  11AM – 7PM
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY:  9AM – 5PM

NOTE: Our Brighton store hours are still Mon – Fri 7AM – 7PM, Sat & Sun NOON – 5PM.

Fat Bike Night & 9/11 Memorial Event

HERE’S THE SKINNY ON
Ladies’ Fat Bike Night
Friday, Sept. 26 at 7pm in Brighton  |  Limited to 20 Ladies!

Ladies Fat Bike Night

Fat-tire bikes aren’t just for boys! In celebration of Michigan’s rapidly growing population of female fat bike cyclists, we’re introducing the first ever Hometown Bicycles Ladies’ Fat Bike Night.

WHAT IT IS
At this event, fat bike wizard and rep, Jeff Buerman, will showcase several top fat bike styles, discuss the differences between them, and answer your individual questions. We’ll also cover essential cold weather gear that will help take your fat bike experience to the next level.

WHAT YOU GET
With your $20 registration, you will receive a $20 store creditsnacks and beverages (think, Fat Tire  Beer!), and a gift bag with some seriously cool cycling must-haves. PLUS, with every fat bike you purchase during this event, you’ll receive a $250 Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate that you can apply toward your new fat bike, parts, accessories, or save for later use!!

TO REGISTER, CALL US AT (810) 225-2441
We’ll be accepting registrations ’til September 20. There is a 20-person limit, so please register early! Registration is $20 (which will then be applied as store credit for you.)

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BRIGHTON FIRE DEPT.’S 9/11 MEMORIAL 5K
A Race to Remember and a Generous Act
Brighton 9/11 5K bike winner
Raffle bike winner and philanthropist, Nicole L. with Fire Chief O’Brian
(Special thanks to the Brighton Fire Department & David Struble for all photos) 

There are times in our business when we feel EXTRA good about humanity… like at this year’s Brighton Fire Department 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk, held September 6. This yearly event raises funds for completion of Livingston County’s 9/11 Memorial, which honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and reminds us to Never Forget.

In a heartwarming show of generosity, Nicole Lewis, winner of the bicycle we donated to the event, graciously presented it to the first firefighter to finish. WOW.

We’re also exceptionally proud of our own Hometown fire hero, David Struble (in photo below – 2nd row, 4th from the right), who ran an incredible 28:38 5K in full fireman gear that weighs in at over 60 pounds!

What a day for the community and its heroes!
Brighton Area Fire Department in full gear

Bike at Brighton Fire Department

Brighton Fire Department 9/11 Memorial 5K

Bike at Brighton Fire Department

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THURSDAY NIGHT SHOP RIDE UPDATE
The More, the Merrier

For all you fellas out there who were bummin’ cuz you’ve been excluded from our Thursday Ladies’ Night Slow Roll, the gender ban’s been removed!  Upon popular request, we’ve changed this shop ride to include both women AND men. It’s 15 miles of easy-going, Island Lake cycling – perfect for post-mid-week decompression – leaving from our Brighton store Thursdays at 7pm.

Remember to check our Facebook daily for the latest rides and other coolness.

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UPCOMING HOMETOWN BICYCLES EVENTS
A Sneak Peek of Things to Come!


We’re putting a few, upcoming Hometown activities on your radar that you won’t want to miss:

>>> LIGHTS, LIGHTS & MORE LIGHTS BIKE LIGHT CLINIC

>>> LADIES’ NIGHT OUT: FAT BIKES & COOL WEATHER GEAR

>>> “GET YOUR TRAINER ON” INDOOR CYCLING CLINIC

>>> WINTER GEAR FASHION SHOW

Stay tuned to our emails and Facebook for dates and details over the coming month!

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HOMETOWN’S 1ST ANNUAL LABOR DAY RIDE
It. Was. Awesome.

Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual Labor Day Ride

Hometownies just wanna have fun… and that’s exactly what we did on Labor Day morning. With the roads empty and the cyclists enthusiastic, we biked our first official shop-to-shop ride for a Labor Day that’ll go down in Hometown history.

For our upcoming shop rides, check out the full list HERE or just keep following us on Facebook!

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PLEASE VOTE ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY THROUGH SEPT. 14!!!

Labor Day Shop Ride & Store Hours

Hometown Bicycles Labor Day Shop Ride & Hours

Ice Cream and Bike Rides

TOUR DE LIVINGSTON 2014:

46 Days Away – Are You IN?

Hometown Bicycles Tour de Livingston Training Ride meets Sundays, 8am by the Howell Courthouse
Hometown’s Tour de Livingston Training Ride meets Sundays at 8am in Howell

You know we’re head over heels for Tour de Livingston, and we’re all about bringing you in on the fun. So, if you haven’t done it yet, now’s the time to pre-register.

Jamis bike donated to Tour de LivingstonRegistering by Oct. 8 gets you an entry for a chance to win the sweet Jamis that we donated to the cause! ( <<< look left)

(P.S. The ice bucket challenge is cool and all, but the Tour’s a chance to directly support YOUR community!)

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fun Rides with Fun People for the Sheer Joy of Cycling!

Hometown Bicycles Green Gals women-only mountain biking

MONDAYS: GRAVEL GRINDER RIDE WITH CYCLODAN
WHAT:  Dirt-bomb the gravel roads of Whitmore Lake and Hamburg with Hometown’s hipster bike guru, “Cyclodan” Tribble.
WHEN:  Mondays at 5:30pm (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Hometown Bicycles – Whitmore Lake
DISTANCE & PACE:  Distance varies, intermediate pace
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441

TUESDAYS: GREEN GALS WOMEN-ONLY MOUNTAIN BIKING
WHAT:  Women-only mountain bike ride, with coffee and socializing afterward!
WHEN:  Tuesdays at 9:30am (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Island Lake trailhead at Green Oak Village Place Mall in Brighton
DISTANCE & PACE:  Approx. 10.5 miles (Blue Loop), easy pace, no drop ride
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441 or email Jennifer: events@myhometownbicycles.com

TUESDAYS: ROLLIN’ FATTIES
WHAT:  Casual trail ride through Island Lake for cyclists with a fat bike fixation!
WHEN:  Tuesdays at 6:00pm (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Hometown Bicycles – Brighton
DISTANCE & PACE:  Approx. 12-15 miles, easy pace, no drop ride
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441 (Gotta have a fat bike to ride!)

THURSDAYS: LADIES’ NIGHT SLOW ROLL
WHAT:  Women-only road ride, with the notable exception of your ride leader, Shaun!
WHEN:  Thursdays at 6:00pm (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Hometown Bicycles – Brighton
DISTANCE & PACE:  Approx. 15 miles, easy pace, no drop ride
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441

THIS SATURDAY: BREWS & CRUISE LADIES’ NIGHT OUT
WHAT:  A sweet and slow Lakelands Trail cruise that ends with a beery nightcap!
WHEN:  This Saturday (8/30) at 6:00pm (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at parking lot across from Hamburg Pub
DISTANCE & PACE:  Approx. 10-15 miles, easy pace, no drop ride
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441 (Bring your cruiser, comfort, or hybrid bike!)

EVERY OTHER SATURDAY (STARTS 9/6): HURON RIVER ROAD RIDE
WHAT:  Lively down-and-back road ride to Ann Arbor with Hometown’s Clay Francis.
WHEN:  Every other Saturday at 9:00am (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Hometown Bicycles – Whitmore Lake
DISTANCE & PACE:  Approx. 20-25 miles, intermediate pace
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441

EVERY OTHER SATURDAY (STARTS 9/13): THE R.A.W.L. CRAWL
WHAT:  Casual, beginner road Ride Around Whitmore Lake (RAWL) with Hometown’s Brian Raine.
WHEN:  Every other Saturday at 9:00am (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Hometown Bicycles – Whitmore Lake
DISTANCE & PACE:  Approx. 6-8 miles, easy pace, no drop ride
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441

SUNDAYS: TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDE
WHAT:  A fun, scenic road ride in preparation for our favorite Livingston County tour!
WHEN:  Sundays at 8:00am (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at the War Memorial in front of the Court House in Howell
DISTANCE & PACE:  1 or 2 loops (your choice), approx. 15 miles each, intermediate pace, no drop ride
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441

SUNDAYS: BEGINNER MOUNTAIN BIKING
WHAT:  Learn tips and techniques from our pros on the Island Lake trails.
WHEN:  Sundays at 5:15pm (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Hometown Bicycles – Brighton
DISTANCE & PACE:  Approx. 12-15 miles, easy pace, no drop ride
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441

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FREE ICE CREAM FRIDAY AT WHITMORE LAKE
Let’s See Who’s Paying Attention!

Hometown Bicycles - Whitmore Lake

THIS FRIDAY (August 29), we’ll give you a FREE ICE CREAM when you drop by our Whitmore Lake shop. Tell your family. Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. But be sure to get in early, because the offer is only good while our supply lasts!

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PLEASE VOTE ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY THROUGH SEPT. 14!!!

Calling All Women Cyclists!

Hometown Bicycles Green Gals - Women Only Cycling Group

Interested in joining?? Contact Jennifer at events@myhometownbicycles.com!