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The Tour, New Bike Paths, and Vicky V.’s Century

Fun Times at the Tour de Livingston

BRISK AND BEAUTIFUL: Tour de Livingston riders enjoyed incredible fall scenery at this year’s ride. Our Whitmore Lake shop – an official rest stop – was overflowing with energized cyclists, and we had a blast visiting with customers at our SAG support station at Mt. Brighton.

Below are photos from the event. Be sure to check out the Tour de Livingston Facebook page and Hometown Bicycles’ Facebook page for more posts on one of our favorite local events!


From left:  Cyclists gathering at dawn; Shaun & Dawn join Race Director Peter Bowen to draw the raffle bike winner; Congrats to Jack L. for winning our Jamis!


From left:  Lining up for take-off; Debbie G. and son rode the Hometown tandem in the Tour; Riders refresh at the Hometown Bicycles Whitmore Lake rest stop.

Bike Lights & Night Safety Clinic: Get Lit!
bike lightsWHAT: In this clinic, we’ll cover everything from the various styles, features, and benefits of bike lights, to where they go and why, to which lights you need and which you don’t.

Immediately after, anyone who’s interested can join us for a Devil’s Night Shop Ride, where you’ll be able to take our lights for a test spin! This ride will be a short, Island Lake road and trail mash-up for all levels of riders. We’ll finish up with a cozy autumn bonfire back at the shop.

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH at 6:00PM

WHERE: Hometown Bicycles of Brighton

Although there’s no charge, we do ask that you register in advance, so that we can plan ahead and make this an awesome event for everyone!

 

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VICKY’S 100-MILE AUTUMN ADVENTURE
Customer Highlight: Riding the Apple Cider Century
(Photo op at Apple Cider Century: Vicky’s 3rd from the right. Photo courtesy of Vicky.)

Intelligent, fun, bike obsessed… Vicky Vulaj is one of our favorite cyclists! Vicky recently rode the Apple Cider Century – all glorious, vibrant, 100 miles of it – and came out of it smiling ear to ear. Here’s what Vicky has to say about cycling:

I love being a Triathlete. With each discipline, I learn something new about my body and my will. But, with cycling, I learn so much more about my own self, my drive and perseverance. I started riding casually on my Schwinn, around Kensington mostly (not the road, the path) and it served me well for the time but as I looked more and more forward to getting on my bike, I knew I needed something that was smoother and faster and got my first road bike, my Jamis.

As important as speed is in a Triathlon, I personally look forward to settling into the saddle and gauging my form and strength, once my body and bike are in sync, I feel like the bike is an extension of me and I can relax, take in my surroundings (as I so often do, even in a race) and breath in the air. I love that feeling of forward movement that only comes from a bike, sure we run and swim but it’s so different, so much more rewarding.

My training rides have taken me into Island Lake, South Lyon, Dexter and Chelsea and I love them every bit as much (or more) than any competition. I’ve also ridden a few centuries and a few metric centuries. I’m so grateful to have discovered cycling and hope to keep rolling and improving for a long, long time.

And here’s what she has to say about the Apple Cider Century:

“Simply stated, The Apple Cider Century is a wonderful, scenic and very enjoyable Fall Ride. The quaint town of Three Oaks, Michigan provided a great overall experience; from the genuinely welcoming locals, easy in-and-out traffic, and most importantly Nelson’s Saloon for great burgers and beer
(however, the ride does include a spaghetti dinner).

Packet-pickup was efficient and well-organized considering they had to roll-out over 5,000 riders. The energy was in high-gear and the weather was a perfect 75 degrees with blue skies for miles and miles. The trails were well marked and maps were provided. SAG support was plentiful with vehicles throughout the course and the SAG stops were plentiful with water, gatorade and snacks for refueling.

Most importantly, for me, the eclectic course provided scenery that kept us constantly in the presence of our surroundings and never bored. From canopies of tree-lined and winding country roads, creeks and bridges to vast fields of grazing land, with beautifully architectured farmhouses, “eau de farmland” included It was a mini vacation; a day to grab your bike and explore the part of our state that takes you away from the daily grind.

The Apple Cider Century is a great ride that offers all the ingredients of an enjoyable day and discussions of next years tour happened on the drive home.”
Vicky Vulaj

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BRIGHTON’S BUILDING BIKE PATHS!
Community Highlight: Get the scoop on this bike-friendly plan


Have you heard the good news?! Brighton Township is, as we type, laying out bike-friendly pathways that will stretch from Old 23 to Pleasant Valley along Grand River and eventually connect at Kensington Road. The lane will pass right in front of our Brighton store, and we’ve been enjoying the bustle of surveyors as they plot the route. WHOO-HOO!

Want to know more? Check out the links below:

 

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RESPECT THE BRAND – RESPECT THE LAW
Industry Highlight: One retailer’s mission to enforce safe cycling

Something we should institute at Hometown Bicycles? Three cheers for this industry-championing retailer who refuses to let irresponsible cyclists give cycling a bad name.

Bike Lights Clinic, Tim’s Triumph, and the Tour

Bike Light Clinic & Devil’s Night Ride

UFO on night road

IF YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE A UFO WHEN YOU RIDE, YOU’RE NOT USING ENOUGH LIGHTS. Here’s the deal… we really like you, and we want to help keep you SAFE on your nocturnal cycling adventures.
On Friday, October 30th, 6:00pm at our Brighton store,
we’re hosting a FREE Bike Light & Night Safety clinic that you won’t want to miss.
This clinic will cover everything from the different styles, features, and benefits of cycling lights, where they go and why, and which lights you need and which you don’t.

Immediately after, anyone who’s interested can join us for our Devil’s Night Shop Ride, where you’ll be able to take our lights for a test spin! This ride will be a short, Island Lake road and trail mash-up for all levels of riders. We’ll finish up with a cozy autumn bonfire back at the shop.

Although there’s no charge, we do ask that you register in advance, so that we can plan ahead and make this an awesome event for everyone!

 

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HIP HIP HOORAY FOR HOMETOWNIE TIM BART
Customer Highlight: Congratulations on a triumphant ride!
Tim Bart of Hometown Bicycles wins the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder Bicycle Race

Recognize this character? It’s Hometown’s own Tim Bart, and we’re MIGHTY proud of him. Here he is, muddy but victorious, after winning his age division at the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder in beautiful Boyne City. Way to rock the dirt, Tim!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON IS THIS WEEKEND!
Community Highlight: Be there or be square!

Tour de Livingston website
A local ride supporting a local cause, gorgeous fall scenery, delicious food, routes for all levels and all ages, a chance to hang out with your Hometown peeps… all that’s missing to make this a perfect event is YOU!

 

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TOP 10 WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED ON A BIKE
Industry Highlight: Global Cycling Network quick tips & comedy

Global Cycling Network video - Top 10 Ways to Motivate Yourself

Both helpful and hilarious, the Global Cycling Network (GCN) YouTube channel is chalk full of “Top 10″ tips and industry news for the avid cyclist. If you enjoy bicycles and a lively blend of the silly and the serious, you’re going to love this channel!

Fat Bikes, A Guy Named Bob, and Racing News

You Came. You Saw. You Learned!

Ladies Fat Bike Clinic at Hometown Bicycles

WOW, THAT WAS FUN!  Between fat bike guru, Jeff Buerman’s, enthusiastic and informative presentation, and heaps of great questions from a posse of soon-to-be fat bike goddesses, our first ever, Ladies Fat Bike Night was a smash hit!

Wish you had come? You’ll be glad to know that, thanks to this event’s rousing response, there will be more fat bike clinics to come!

Follow our Facebook page to stay posted on our latest events.

 

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MEET STINGRAY BOB
Customer Highlight: A Schwinn-obsessed master craftsman
Stingray Bob at the classic car show in Milford

Bob earned his moniker “Stingray Bob” from a lifetime of buying, selling, and exquisite renovations of Schwinn’s famous, classic Stingray bicycles. We ran into Stingray Bob at last week’s classic car & trailer show at Baker’s of Milford. True to form, he was toting a few pieces from his beautiful collection. If you’re ever in the market to buy or sell a Stingray, Bob’s your man!

Stingray Bob's classic trailer and Schwinn Stingray

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON IN THE NEWS
Community Highlight: Livingston Daily covers Training Ride

Tour de Livingston Training Ride in the new at Livingston Daily Press & Argus
A couple emails ago, we said you’d be in the news if you joined us for our Tour de Livingston Training Ride. And here you are!

If you haven’t already read the article in the newspaper, be sure to check it out online:

 

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE READING VELO NEWS
Industry Highlight: Competitive cycling, bike reviews, and more

Velo News website

We can’t get enough of this website, and want to share the fun with you! Velo News is packed full of the absolute coolest cycling news, bike industry trends, race results, training tips, international events, race calendar, cyclist commentary…

Oh my! Check out Velo News HERE.

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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