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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!

Extra, Extra… Read All About It!

A HOMETOWN SUPERSTAR:
Meet Ray Dangelmaier

Most of you know Ray as the “smiley, little guy” on Hometown’s sales floor… and as a blur on the mountain bike race scene. He’s a perennial, customer favorite – radiating Texas-sized personality and crazy-awesome bike smarts.

Now Ray’s given us another reason to bust our vest with pride, being selected as Michigan’s Jamis Grassroots Rider. That’s a giant leap toward Ray’s dream of becoming a Jamis Pro Team Rider.

We asked Ray a few questions about how he got into cycling and how he feels about Jamis and the sport:

 

Q) Who inspired you to ride a bicycle?

A) There wasn’t any particular person that inspired Ray to ride. He started riding trails with his friends to beat summer boredom, and wound up falling in love with cycling in the woods. Mountain biking became his ultimate get-away.

“When I’m riding, there’s no stress, no “clean your room,” no obligations – it really gets me to my ‘happy place.’”

 

Q) What made you want to ride a bicycle professionally?

A) “I don’t consider riding my bike a profession; I just enjoy it. I’m stoked every day to go ride my bike… not to win money or anything – just to see how far I can push myself, and how hard I can push the competition.”

 

Q) Where did you take your first podium?

A) Ray’s first podium was a win at the Pontiac Lake Time Trial in 2012 – the same year that he graduated from high school and first started mountain biking. A good friend, CJ Brish, had taken him under his wing, and helped Ray break into the competitive field.

At this particular event, CJ challenged him to move up into Expert, so that they wouldn’t have to wait for the 1:00pm Beginner division start time. Ray rocked the course, and won his first Expert race with a whopping 12 minute lead.

That’s when he knew he wanted to pursue racing.

 

Q) When you took your first podium, how did you feel?

A) “Amazed. I was blown away that, in the little bit of time I’d been riding, I could progress as much as I did. It made me realize that cycling is my passion.”

At that point, Ray dropped all other sports – including over ___ years of hockey – to focus his full energy on cycling.

 

Q) Why do you want to race for the Jamis family?

A) “The whole company is, in my eyes, the most amazing group of people. We share the same goals and views. Jamis does whatever they can to get you on a bike. They just want to get people riding and into the sport.”

Ray was also wowed by a personal email from Jamis’ CEO, Carine Joannou.

“I mean, what other president of an international company would email a small grassroots cyclist, like me? I also met Jamis’ factory pro rider, Erica Tingey, and she made a point of connecting with me on Facebook. It’s like having a second family.”

We’re proud of you, Ray!

 

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HOW TO MAKE HOMETOWN #1… TWICE!

You made us Detroit’s BEST Bicycle Shop on the 2014 Detroit A List, and now we’re just itching to take home another gold in ClickOnDetroit’s VOTE 4 THE BEST CONTEST. What do you think, Hometownies? Can you help us get there??

Here’s what to do – CLICK HERE, sign in, and
VOTE ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 14!!!

Thanks for sharing your Hometown love!

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RIDE WITH
THE HOMETOWN BICYCLES GREEN GALS

It’s Women-Only Cycling – No Boys Allowed!


Ladies… this one’s for you! Masterminded by our Events Coordinator and recent mountain bike addict, Jennifer McCauley (center left), and her skilled cyclist daughter, Jessica Beaubien (center right), the Hometown Bicycles Green Gals meets weekly for judgement-free, fee-free, beginner-friendly, all-girl group rides.

WOMEN-ONLY MOUNTAIN BIKING:
Currently, the Green Gals bike Island Lake’s trails every Tuesday morning for a comfortable, 10ish-mile ride. No one gets left behind, and there’s a chance to hang out afterward with your fellow Green Gals at one of the many restaurants!

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:  Approx. 10.5 miles (Blue Loop)
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441 or email events@myhometownbicycles.com

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HANG WITH HOMETOWN AT MELONFEST
Ride Off that Melon Ice Cream!

Hometown’ll be busy at this year’s Howell Melon Festival!

We’re leading off the family-friendly, 5-mile, Melonfest bike ride on Saturday, August 16th at 7am, which leaves from the Courthouse. It’s a “the-more-the-merrier” type event, so we want to see you there!

From 7am – 2pm, Hometown is providing complimentary Bike Valet service; we’ll watch your bicycle for you while you enjoy the Melonfest activities.

We’re on duty as bicycle SAG support throughout the ride but, whether your bike needs servicing or not, you’ll definitely want to stop by our tent for a chance to win Hometown bucks via our Bicycle Ring Toss Game.

And, of course, be sure to pick up raffle tickets for the chance to win a melon-colored cruiser bicycle, donated by us!
Melons and bicycles… UNITE!

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FAT BIKE PRE-ORDERS – HAPPENING NOW!


The ice blue mega monster above is a true, blue, fat-tire, snow bike made by the geniuses at Surly… and it’s available NOW for pre-order.

Last year, our stock sold out in October. Don’t be the sad cyclist who gets stuck indoors this winter. Come in today to place your order and guarantee your very own winter-devouring Surly Ice Cream Truck!

Bicycle Love

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JOY… it’s what we generate here at Hometown Bicycles.

Share your joy on our Facebook page. Let the world know you love your bike!

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Pedaling

So that all of our crew can have their own pedal-powered, flag-flying adventure, today’s hours will be just a bit shorter…

HOMETOWN BICYCLES – BRIGHTON & WHITMORE LAKE FOURTH OF JULY HOURS

Friday, July 4: 7AM – 5PM

And, can we just say, that fireworks always look better from the back of a bike. Happy Independence Day, fellow American Hometownies!

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BREAKING NEWS: YOU DID IT AGAIN!!!

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since we celebrated your undeniable awesomeness in voting us Numero Uno Bicycle Shop on the Detroit A List. And…

YOU’VE DONE IT AGAIN!!!

Your continued faith in us is heartwarming and highly motivating. Know that we are proud to earn your trust each and every day.

THANK YOU,

HOMETOWNIES!!

You are the reason we do what we do… and love it!

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SHOP RIDES & OTHER FUN STUFF

Stay tuned to our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the latest shop ride news, and Hometown activities. The more you know, the more you grow… into a fellow bike nut!

How to Give Dad a 20% More Awesome Fathers’ Day

THIS FATHERS’ DAY, we’re going to help make your gift for Dad go 20% further.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

1) Get your dad a Hometown gift certificate by Fathers’ Day, SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014.

2) We’ll add 20% to whatever amount you choose. (So, if you’re giving him a $1,000 gift certificate, we’ll up it to $1,200 !)

IT’S OUR SALUTE to the world’s best dads. HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY from all of us.

~ The Hometown Crew