Customer Highlight: A bike restoration & ride across Ontario
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.”
Community Highlight: Friends of Island Lake take action
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:
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!
Industry Highlight: 2015 Supernova Team bike is hot stuff!
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!