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Inspiration of All Kinds

Vote 4 the Best competition 2017

GIVE YOUR BIKE GURUS A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE…  
You’re about to read a newsletter brimming over with inspirational content that, in the grand scheme of life, makes the following “ask” seem rather unimportant. But know that your faith in our shop and your – dare-we-say-it? – fanaticism for “the Hometown experience” inspires the *heck* out of US, and that’s no small thing!

So please, take a moment to share your loyalty via a vote or, better still, a stream of votes (you can now VOTE EVERY HOUR!) – in this year’s Vote 4 the Best competition (CLICK HERE).

Voting closes August 13th. Your support means the world to us!


TEAM NEWS: JERSEY TAKEOVER AT TREE FARM

Tree Farm Relay 2017 posterThe Novi Tree Farm Relay is a perennial hit with our Team, crew, and customers and, this year, we’re sending four teams of four Team Hometownies on this whirlwind, beginner mountain bike endurance race.

That’s a lotta Hometown jerseys ripping it up on this 10-mile, hill-encrusted, fast course!

Cheer us on this Saturday, July 22nd at Lakeshore Park in Novi, or gather up 3 of your cycling buddies and throw your own helmets into the ring!


Paula Zimmer's Grief Blog on losing a husband to cancer
(Photo credits: Paula Zimmer)

PAULA’S JOURNEY

Can you remember a profound moment in your life – made more profound for it coming unexpectedly?

Yesterday, I met “profound” at the register in the form of a remarkable customer who was prepping for a cycling journey that had nothing to do with mileage. In our chance conversation, I learned that Paula Zimmer, while successfully battling cancer, lost her husband to the same disease just a year ago. She finds solace in writing and cycling, and is taking her touring bike – a handsome, midnight blue, Jamis Aurora named “Auriel” – East to deliver her husband’s final ashes.

Paula has created a grief blog – a “Glog” – to journal about her metaphorical and cycling journey, and has generously allowed me to share it with you. I suspect it will resonate with many.

I’m particularly honored to have been included in her recent post (yep, I caught that, Paula!) All of us at Hometown wish you the adventure of a lifetime, and success pinning down that elusive “simplicity”.

You can follow Paula’s story HERE and, believe me, it will move you.


AMY’S BLOG: JULY 20, 2017

Amy Gluck's favorite Hoka running shoesOn the topic of inspirational blogs, here’s the latest from a woman who regularly competed in top-tier IRONMAN races, nearly lost her life after getting hit by a gravel truck, and just nailed a 10 mile run on a “fake knee and femur” because she’s intensely and personally driven to return to IRONMAN:

While training for my October ½ marathon, I need to get in some long runs.  So, on Friday, July 14 – a pleasant, sunny, cool-ish (70 degree) day – I decided it was time to re-attempt my 10 mile run, which had been rained out the day before… Earlier, I had received a fabulous secret from one of my Ultra runner friends.  (Ultra runners are people who run races longer than a marathon.)  This is a great secret for anybody coming back from an injury, or trying to ramp up their mileage (or, in my case, both)!  The secret is… READ ON 

Amy’s full blogs are posted HERE on our website.


Heather Pierson of Body Within: Overweight Mom to Personal Trainer video

HEATHER’S STORY

We meet the most amazing people at Hometown! Heather Pierson of Body Within Personal Training recently ran a free Fresh Air Fitness class just for Hometownies on our shop’s front lawn, with great results. Her participants finished up stoked and inspired. And we can understand why!

Heather herself has a highly motivating story – clinically obese and unhealthy, Heather not only successfully shed over 70 lbs with the help of the Body Within team, she ultimately became a part of it, so that she could help others make THEIR goals come true!

Watch Heather’s story HERE!


LEARN ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS FROM A HOMETOWNIE

Young Living Essential Oils class being held at Hometown BicyclesFor you long-time Hometownies out there, the name Jill Gautherat may ring a bell. Jill and her husband Steve took on a 500 mile cycling challenge from Hometown back in 2011… and succeeded!

Jill is now offering classes in Young Living Essential Oils, and is bringing her seminar to Hometown’s Community Room this Sunday, July 23rd from 2pm-3:30pm.

No registration required – everyone is welcome.


REGISTER NOW FOR DOC MAY MELON RIDE ON 8/19 

Doc May's Memorial Melon Ride 2017 logoHometown’s been proud to be the ongoing sponsor of this charming and delicious, Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 19th at 9am.

Our Team and Crew marks off the route, leads off and mans the ride, provides on-site SAG support, and also offers bike valet service until 2pm, so you can enjoy the Festival without worrying about your two-wheeled babies!

Now’s the time to lock in your registration – which gives you a chance to win the sweet Jamis cruiser bike that we’ve donated to the cause! REGISTER NOW!


Hometown Bicycles Shop Ride: Gravel Grinder 101 with CycloDan Tribble

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

SATURDAY TOUR DE LIVINGSTON PREP RIDE (7/22)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start with 10 – 15 miles and stretch the distance week by week. Route will be on the park roads. Road bikes are preferred for this ride. All level riders are welcome. 12 – 15 mph pace, 1.5 hours. Follow this Facebook event for updates.

SUNDAY HARTLAND GRAVEL GRINDER (7/23)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Township Hall
We’re bumping up the mileage! We’re up to nearly 36 miles with approx. 2,000′ of climb on beautiful country roads (and limited pavement) – all with wonderful ride companions! Expect a 13-15 MPH “NO DROP” pace. Cross/Gravel, Mountain, and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353. Click here for this Facebook event.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (7/23)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which encourages riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases! This week, we’ll explore 9 – 15 miles of the Island Lake Mountain Bike trails. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. We do ask that riders under 15 remain with their guardian throughout the ride.  Be mindful that the trail has several hills and some minimum level of fitness will be helpful to make for a positive experience for this planned 1.5 hour ride. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. You can find this Facebook event here.

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE  (7/24)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come join the Hometown Bicycles crew for this NO DROP ride. Road bikes only please. We’ll ride Island Lake roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back – approx 12 – 15 miles. Those ready for more will group up to take on more mileage!  Expect a 12 – 17+ mph pace to accommodate riders’ skill levels.  All levels are welcome – we’ll split into groups according to experience and speed, with a sweep to bring up the rear. Click to check out the Facebook event page!

Please make sure you have some experience riding the bike you bring to this ride and are comfortable with the way it handles, including basic shifting and braking, for the safety of all. Beyond that, our friendly ride support are delighted to share tips on how to make the hills easier and the flats faster – just ask!

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (7/25)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check here for ride updates.

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST (no Son of Hammerfest this week) (7/26)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles

HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph! Details can be found here.

WEDNESDAY SLOW ROLL WITH HOMETOWN  (7/26)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
It’s time to dial it back on this social, slow paced road ride (~ 8-10 mph). If you have a need-for-speed, this is NOT the ride for you! Bring your cruiser or whatever you like as we Slow Roll down sidewalks and streets. Expect to cross Grand River, possibly a couple climbs/descents, and beautiful park landscape. May not be suitable for young, unseasoned kids. Parents, please decide what is safe for your family, as there are no lights or designated crosswalks for Grand River or Academy. This is a NO DROP ride. Check HERE for ride details.

THURSDAY SOCIAL MORNING ROAD RIDE  (7/27)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come check out the Thursday Social A.M. Road ride as we hit the back entrance to Island Lake and explore the park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride. Check HERE for ride details.

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic fitness programs running right here at your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Coming soon!
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Biking at Island Lake Recreation Area with dog

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.

– Mariah-Danu

Bike for a Cause THIS MORNING!

Egads! This ride is today!

Tour de Livingston Prep Rides at Hometown Bicycles… AND EVERY SATURDAY LEADING UP TO TOUR DE LIVINGSTON (whew!)  
Do I feel sheepish for giving such short notice on the first of a series of fantastically friendly, weekly Prep Rides, designed to gear you up for the locally-loved Tour de Livingston? Absolutely.

Is this a shop ride you’ll totally fall in love with? You betcha.

Am I going to make excuses for not getting the word out earlier? Tempting, but it would be a phenomenal waste of time, because what you really need to know is that these Prep Rides are put on by the Tour de Livingston folks, and run by and from Hometown Bicycles. If that ain’t a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is.

If you miss the first one, shake a disapproving finger at your tardy newsletter correspondent, then join us the next Saturday… or the Saturday after that… or the Saturday after next Saturday… Just get your spandex on, and let’s go ride!


Body Within Personal Training is coming to Hometown Bicycles for Fresh Air Fitness

ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT FOR FRESH AIR FITNESS AT HOMETOWN THIS TUESDAY EVENING (7/18)

Q:   What would you say to a FREE, outdoor fitness class at Hometown Bicycles?
A:  SIGN ME UP!!!

Team Sponsor, Body Within, is generously offering a complimentary Fresh Air Fitness class right here at Hometown on Tuesday, July 18th at 5:45pm. Runs about 45 minutes.

Fresh Air Fitness from Body Within is a fast-paced class that will get you ready to ride! It provides outdoor training that includes cardio intervals, upper and lower body strength training, core conditioning, and ends with a muscle-easing stretch.  Come ready to work out with a bottle (or two) of water and a mat or a large towel to lie on. Everything else you need for a great workout will be waiting for you!  FREE FOR HOMETOWNIES, but class is limited to 10, and 5 spots are already taken!

Questions?  Give Jenny a call at (517) 304-2282. Ready to sign up before this free class fills up?  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!


AMY’S BLOG: JULY 15, 2017

Thunderstorm clipartHometown’s Amy Gluck taps on her years of top-level IRONMAN training and competition, and the life-altering accident that put her passion to the test, to share a soul-stirring blog about her recovery, training triumphs and challenges, and her personal mission to get back to IRONMAN. From her 7/15/17 installment:

Sometimes inclement weather gets in the way of best laid training plans. My plan to run a full 10 miles on Wednesday was derailed by rain and thunderstorms. 10 miles would have put me well on my way for my ½ marathon training, and it would have really built up my confidence in my ability to get it done on this fake femur and knee…. READ ON 

Amy’s full blogs are posted HERE on our website.


Cool Hedge Creations purpose bracelets by Melissa
(Images courtesy Cool Hedge Creations by Melissa)

COOL ARM GEAR FROM COOL HEDGE CREATIONS

Livingston County is just full of talent! Enter local creative, Melissa, from Cool Hedge Creations, whose sassy, hand-stamped “purpose bracelets” are now available at Hometown Bicycles. Here’s what Melissa has to say about her clever arm gear:

These are handcrafted, stamped bracelets personalized with your “Purpose”. Being the wife of an avid cyclist and longtime Hometown Bicycles customer, it only seems appropriate that I step up my game and create industrial looking bracelets with meaning that have significance to only riders.

Drop by to see all of Melissa’s fun cycling bracelets, and support this talented Hometownie!


Hometown Bicycles Gravel Grinder 101 Shop Ride with CycloDan Tribble

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

SATURDAY TOUR DE LIVINGSTON PREP RIDE (7/15)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start with 10 – 15 miles and stretch the distance week by week. Route will be on the park roads. Road bikes are preferred for this ride. All level riders are welcome. We may break into 12 – 15 mph and 16 – 19 mph groups for the ride. Follow this Facebook event for updates.

SUNDAY HARTLAND GRAVEL GRINDER (7/16)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Township Hall
We’re bumping up the mileage! We’re up to nearly 36 miles with approx. 2,000′ of climb on beautiful country roads (and limited pavement) – all with wonderful ride companions! Expect a 13-15 MPH “NO DROP” pace. Cross/Gravel, Mountain, and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353. Click here for this Facebook event.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (7/16)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which encourages riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases! This week, we’ll ride 9 – 15 miles of the Island Lake Mountain Bike trails over 1.5 hours. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. You can find this Facebook event here.

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE  (7/17)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come join the Hometown Bicycles crew for this NO DROP ride. Road bikes only please. We’ll ride Island Lake roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back – approx 12 – 15 miles. Those ready for more will group up to take on more mileage!  Expect a 12 – 17+ mph pace to accommodate riders’ skill levels.  All levels are welcome – we’ll split into groups according to experience and speed, with a sweep to bring up the rear. Click to check out the Facebook event page!

Please make sure you have some experience riding the bike you bring to this ride and are comfortable with the way it handles, including basic shifting and braking, for the safety of all. Beyond that, our friendly ride support are delighted to share tips on how to make the hills easier and the flats faster – just ask!

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (7/18)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check here for ride updates.

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST / SON OF HAMMERFEST (7/19)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles

SON OF HAMMERFEST:
Rolling at 6:30 from Hometown Bicycles. This will include 25 miles (1 lap of ILRA & the Kensington Loop). Average pace targeted at 17 – 18 mph, with flats of 20+ mph.
HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

THURSDAY BAKERY SOCIAL MORNING ROAD RIDE  (7/20)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Wal-Mart in New Hudson (**Special start location!**)
Bring along your wallet for a tasty treat or coffee as we pedal to the South Lyon Village Bakery via the rails-to-trails system. It will be a 5-mile, relatively hill-free ride. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level for this NO DROP ride. Facebook event available here.

Meet in the Wal-Mart parking lot – take the entrance right off Lyon Center Drive between the Wal-Mart/Lowe’s, turn right, and stay closest to the Lyon Center Drive end of the parking lot.

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic fitness programs running right here at your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Wednesdays at 9:00AM
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Biking at Island Lake Recreation Area with dog

A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you.

– Anonymous

A Salute to Our July Jubilee!

Hometown Bicycles Flag Raising Ceremony with Honor Guard from American Spirit Center VFW Post 4357

PATRIOTISM, GENEROSITY, CAMARADERIE & GOOD TIMES  
Last weekend, we pioneered an event that combined the best of it all! Our property was packed with a perfect blend of pro-Community, big-hearted, and upliftingly friendly local businesses and organizations. Relationships were forged, prizes won, adventures had and, to cap it all off, a flag raised to honor our remarkable Country.

Photos of the event – including vendors, activities, winners, and more – are scattered across our Facebook page, and you can catch bonus pics on our July Jubilee album. But you know I wouldn’t leave you pictureless here…

Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee and Sale

Congratulations to the many, MANY winners of our giant July Jubilee prize drawing! And a world of thanks to the wonderful July Jubilee participants below. These are locals who embody the spirit of integrity, kindness, and Community. Please support them, and let them know you’re a Hometownie!

Oh My Lolli! Logo

Yoga Nature logo


The Eric Hartwell Foundation logo

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy logo

PKSA Karate of Brighton

Kearns Brothers logo

Ginny's Danceworks logo

American Spirit Centre of Brighton logo

Cool Hedge Creations by Melissa

Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply logo

Sky Zone Trampoline Park logo

Tour de Livingston 2017 logo

Coeur Sports

Hamburg Fitness Center and Camp logo

Brighton Optimist Club logo

SELCRA logo


PURE Fitness and Nutrition


Body Within Personal Training logo


Team Hometown Bicycles' Jim Cleer and Tom Hermann at the Blue Water Ramble
(Photo courtesy Jim Cleer)

TEAM NEWS: A RAMBLING RIVER-SIDE RIDE

Famous for its ferry ride, Island loop, unbeatable SAG support, and breathtaking river views, it’s not hard to be jealous of Team Hometown riders Jim Cleer and Tom Hermann, who enjoyed every minute of Algonac, Michigan’s famous Blue Water Ramble.


Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles in the Downtown Brighton's Fourth of July Parade with the Brighton Optimist Club

RIDING BRIGHTON’S 4TH OF JULY PARADE

A large swarm of glittering, whirling, and patriotically colored kids bicycles were led off by Shaun and Liam, astride a Nirve Kilroy at Downtown Brighton’s Fourth of July Parade. This cheerful, kid-centric parade entry in the annual festivities, along with a Bike Decorating Contest held immediately prior, were hosted and run by the wonderful folks at Brighton Optimist Club.

Hometown had the honor of helping promote, transport, judge, and join in the parade fun… all in the line of duty, of course! Do we have the most fun job in the world? Why, yes… yes we do!!

Winners of the Brighton Optimist Club Fourth of July Parade Bike Decorating Contest
(Congratulations to the winners of the Brighton Optimist Club Fourth of July Bike Decorating Contest!)


Hometown Bicycles runs Safety Town at Hilton Elementary

SAFE CYCLING FOR PINT-SIZED CYCLISTS

Every year, Hometown Bicycles enjoys the privilege and pleasure of instructing elementary-age riders to cycle safely via Brighton Safety Town. And every year, we get excited all over again by the joy these mini-cyclists so evidently take in our favorite sport!

This year is no exception, with droves of pedaling tykes looping eagerly through the course we set up in Hilton Elementary’s parking lot. Can’t wait for the next Safety Town on Tuesday morning – hope to see you and your kidlets there!


Body Within Personal Training is coming to Hometown Bicycles for Fresh Air Fitness

JULY 18: FRESH AIR FITNESS COMES TO HOMETOWN

Q:   What would you say to a FREE, outdoor fitness class at Hometown Bicycles?
A:  SIGN ME UP!!!

Team Sponsor, Body Within, is generously offering a complimentary Fresh Air Fitness class right here at Hometown on Tuesday, July 18th at 5:45pm. Runs about 45 minutes.

Fresh Air Fitness from Body Within is a fast-paced class that will get you ready to ride! It provides outdoor training that includes cardio intervals, upper and lower body strength training, core conditioning, and ends with a muscle-easing stretch.  Come ready to work out with a bottle (or two) of water and a mat or a large towel to lie on. Everything else you need for a great workout will be waiting for you!  FREE FOR HOMETOWNIES, but class is limited to 10!

Questions?  Give Jenny a call at (517) 304-2282. Ready to sign up before this free class fills up?  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!


AMY’S BLOG: JULY 7, 2017

Hometown Bicycles' Amy Gluck powers across the finish line at Epic Races Island Lake Triceratops TriathlonHometown’s Amy Gluck taps on her years of top-level IRONMAN training and competition, and the life-altering accident that put her passion to the test, to share a soul-stirring blog about her recovery, training triumphs and challenges, and her personal mission to get back to IRONMAN. From her 7/7/17 installment:

Learn my lesson, so you don’t wind up sacrificing your own race!  Make sure you get your bike checked over before your next event.  While I was racing, my chain fell off my large chain ring 5 times!  After the 4th time, I decided to just put it on the small chain ring to get going.  Was finally able to shift back to the large chain ring and finish out the ride without it falling off again.  At the Triceratops Triathlon, I averaged 19.0 mph on my bike.  YEAH!!  After hopping off my bike 5 times, I was still able to beat my average at the Island Lake Triathlon… READ ON 

Amy’s full blogs are posted HERE on our website.


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Matt Thompson leads a group of cyclists at the Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride

HOMETOWN KICKS OFF TOUR DE LIVINGSTON KICK-OFF

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest dawned bright, and sunny, and packed with bicycles for the Tour de Livingston’s Kick-Off Ride from the County Courthouse. We shut down the shop for the morning, so that Hometown Team and crew members could all join in on leading off this yearly Tour teaser in tandem with the balloon launches.

October will be here before you know it (you know I speak truth!), so be sure to REGISTER NOW for THE BEST and most scenic Fall ride in our Community! Also, join us for weekly Tour de Livinston Prep Rides, starting Saturday, July 15th from your favorite bike shop!

Team Hometown Bicycles, including Joe Ostervik, at the Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride 2017
(Photos above courtesy Howell Rotary. Team Hometown riders at left. One of the 10 bikes we’ve donated to this year’s Tour de Livingston, center. And we’re super proud of Team Hometown’s Joe Ostervik at right, a Tour de Livingston Jersey Rider!)


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Matt Thompson
(Image at left courtesy Matt Thompson)

MEET THE CREW: MATT THOMPSON

When you head back to the Service Shop, odds are you’ll be greeted by a friendly “hello!” from Hometown’s impressively personable Service Tech, Matt Thompson. Matt is a natural at making everyone feel welcome, and he has a knack for sharing his love of cycling. Matt says:

I started Mountain Biking when I first moved to Michigan. Its’ always been one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon. Nothing could ever replace the feeling after a good ride for me. Joining the Hometown crew has just made me love the sport more, and connected me with people who feel the same way. Biking is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind healthy. I encourage everyone to go ride, because cycling has changed my life forever.


Hometown Bicycles Thursday Morning Social Ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

SUNDAY HARTLAND GRAVEL GRINDER (7/9)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Township Hall
Scenic, very HILLY dirt roads with a few miles of pavement for connectors. Expect to venture across a changing route of 25 to 40 miles at a 13 – 15 mph pace. (Did I mention it was hilly?)  All types of bikes are welcome on this NO DROP RIDE. Hartland Twp. Hall lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (7/9)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Beginner friendly mountain bike trail ride which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases.  Expect to venture out past Island Lake throughout the season to Brighton’s Murray Lake, Milford, Maybury, and Waterloo’s DTE Trail. If Poto is your goal, this is the weekly ride to get you there by the end of the season!  Save 1.5 hours of your day to cover 12 – 16 miles of trail with the Hometown crew. NO DROP RIDE.

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE  (7/10)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come join the Hometown Bicycles crew for this NO DROP ride. Road bikes only please. We’ll ride Island Lake roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back – approx 12 – 15 miles. Those ready for more will group up to take on more mileage!  Expect a 12 – 17+ mph pace to accommodate riders’ skill levels.  All levels are welcome – we’ll split into groups according to experience and speed, with a sweep to bring up the rear.

Please make sure you have some experience riding the bike you bring to this ride and are comfortable with the way it handles, including basic shifting and braking, for the safety of all. Beyond that, our friendly ride support are delighted to share tips on how to make the hills easier and the flats faster – just ask!

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (7/11)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE.

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST / SON OF HAMMERFEST (7/12)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles

SON OF HAMMERFEST:
Rolling at 6:30 from Hometown Bicycles. This will include 25 miles (1 lap of ILRA & the Kensington Loop). Average pace targeted at 17 – 18 mph, with flats of 20+ mph.
HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

THURSDAY MORNING SOCIAL RIDE  (7/13)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Join us as we explore our local park roads, paved paths and this week – a bakery! All bikes welcome.  Expect to average 10 mph for 1.5+ hours as we cover 13 – 18 miles. NO DROP RIDE.

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic fitness programs running right here at your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Wednesdays at 9:00AM (starting July 12)
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial


Mountain biking at Island Lake Recreation Area

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

– Frank A. Clark

TOMORROW (7/1): Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee & Sale!

ALL ABOUT THE…
Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee and Sale logo

A FREE Family Fun Event

TOMORROW, July 1st from 9am – 5pm

Last week, we gave you a flavor of the stupendousness to come at Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee & Sale on Saturday, July 1st. And, as it turns out, this event just keeps getting better… !!!

Read all about the newest event excitement below, including new participantsover 50 chances to win in our new July Jubilee Door Prize Drawing, and sales-tax-free purchases!


EVENT DAY ACTIVITIES (ALL FREE!) INCLUDE:

9am  FAMILY CARDIO DRUMMING with PURE Fitness & Nutrition
One of the most popular fitness activities ever held at Hometown, Martha Soraruf’s high octane cardio drumming class will kick off our Jubilee with energetic beats and family-friendly aerobics!
9:30am  FAMILY SLOW ROLL BIKE RIDE with Team Hometown Bicycles
Read more about the Jubilee’s leisurely, morning social ride below.
10am-3pm  FACE PAINTING with Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Festive, 4th of July themed face art will be available, compliments of Sky Zone. Be sure to also visit their tent for a chance to spin the prize wheel, win cool swag, and even enjoy some hula-hooping!
10:30am  DANCE FITNESS CLASS with Ginny’s Danceworks
We’re thrilled to welcome Hometownie Ginny of Ginny’s Danceworks and her talented students for a family-geared class in fun-filled aerobic dancing! 
11am & 2:30pm  ACRO YOGA CLASSES with Yoga Nature
Jim and Sherryl of Yoga Nature will wow us with acro yoga demos – blending acrobatic feats with a yoga core – and will teach you a few maneuvers of this jaw-dropping art form in their Jubilee classes!
11:30am & 2pm  KARATE DEMOS with PKSA Karate of Brighton
Dennis and Barb of PKSA Karate are bringing along their most talented students to showcase the incredible skill of karate – including board breaking and weapon forms! Now, that’s just plain cool!!
Noon  FAMILY LAWN GAME TOURNAMENT with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
Get your game on!! Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp is launching a tournament of family vs. family and one-on-one games, including Tug of War, Dress-Up Race, Sack Race, and Three-Legged Race. Challenge your friends! Challenge your family! Challenge your coworkers! “Who will reign supreme?!”
  
Noon-2pm  KID’S BIKE DECORATING with Brighton Optimist Club
Read more about Bike Decorating at the July Jubilee below.
1:30pm  WATER BALLOON GAMES with Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply
Hot on the heels of lawn games comes a chance to cool off, with Water Balloon Games hosted by Beauchamp. Combines the best of stationary objects and moving targets (friends and family!)
3pm  HONOR GUARD & NATIONAL ANTHEM with American Spirit Centre
We are truly honored to welcome an Honor Guard from our across-the-street neighbors, American Spirit Centre, for the official first flag raising on Hometown’s new flagpole. Blast-from-the-past-Hometown-super-cashier, Maddie Peltier, will round out the ceremony with a rousing rendition of our National Anthem!
After the Honor Guard   PRIZE DRAWINGS & SPARKLERS for the kids!
Following the flag raising, we’ll pull the winners of the July Jubilee Door Prize Drawing. Read below to find out what you could take home with you – there’s over 50 chances to win! We’ll wrap up the evening with a little nostalgia – sparklers for the kiddies!

MMM-M-M BARBECUE & SWEET TREATS SUPPLIED BY (for purchase):

Hog Wild BBQ and Catering Oh My Lolli!

THE “SALE” PART OF JULY JUBILEE & SALE:

Sale stickerYes! Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee & Sale will also keep money in your pocket!!YOU GET 10% OFF ANY 1 ITEM

AND…

WE’LL ALSO PAY YOUR SALES TAX on your entire purchase!


A NOTE ABOUT EVENT PARKING:

Parking sign
Our parking lot always fills up lightning fast, but never fear!There’s overflow parking across the street in American Spirit Centre‘s back lot (thank you, neighbors!). Please be sure not to park in the front lot, which is reserved for member Veterans!

Group ride at a Hometown Bicycles event
JULY JUBILEE FAMILY SLOW ROLL BIKE RIDE

Just in time for the holiday weekend, let’s dial it back and relax into this social, slow paced road ride. We roll at 9:30 a.m. from the July Jubilee. Think 8 – 10 mph. Bring your cruiser or whatever bike you like as we Slow Roll down sidewalks and streets! This is a NO DROP ride. Check Facebook for ride updates.

**One-ish Mile Family Slow Roll Special** Just for the Jubilee, and with your kidlets in mind, we’re offering a special route that keeps us on the north side of Grand River – traveling down the sidewalk, through business park roads and back – about a flat mile. We’ll pass by the shop for those that are done or would like to repeat the route again on their own. (Adults must accompany kids, please! Helmet and waiver required.)

**The Ride Continues…** Crossing Grand River, we’ll tackle a few climbs/descents and enjoy beautiful park scenery. Turnaround at ILRA’s Spring Mill Pond. Plan for about 8.5 miles and 1.5 hours with stops.


Patriotic red, white, and blue decorated bike for Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade Bike Decorating Contest
JULY JUBILEE BIKE DECORATING & PARADE

Every 4th of July, the Brighton Optimist Club runs a contest that’s hearty, wholesome, and all-American – a bicycle decorating contest for kids of all ages, followed by participation in Brighton’s beloved 4th of July parade. No charge for any of it!

This year, we want to help the Optimists make this one of the biggest and red-white-and-blue-iest turnouts ever! For that reason, from Noon – 2pm, our Community Room will be stocked with patriotic craftery (bottom right) that we’re donating to the cause. Parents, bring your kids!! Kids, bring your bikes and any extra decorations, and DECORATE WITH US!

Your decked out bike will be put on display at our 3pm July Jubilee Flag Raising Ceremony!

Parents, you’ll like this… we’re offering complimentary trailering services for any interested families – leave your decorated bikes with us, Red, white, and blue patriotic decorations for bike decorating at Hometown Bicyclesand we’ll transport them all to the beginning of the Parade route on July 4th to save you from the logistical nightmare of drop-off. At the end of the route, we’ll pick ’em up, and trailer them back to the shop for convenient pick-up over the next couple days.

Brighton Optimist Club website, or call for details: (810) 225-2441. No sign up required. Just come decorate!


MEET THE FOLLOWING AWESOME LOCAL BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS AT THE JUBILEE:

These wonderful folks are setting up tables, games, prizes, and more at our event. Learn about and support these locals whose values – exceptional customer service and community involvement – align so beautifully with Hometown’s!

Oh My Lolli! Logo
The Eric Hartwell Foundation logo
Yoga Nature logo
PKSA Karate of Brighton

Kearns Brothers logo

Ginny's Danceworks logo
American Spirit Centre of Brighton logo

Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply logo

Sky Zone Trampoline Park logo

Tour de Livingston 2017 logo

Hamburg Fitness Center and Camp logo

Brighton Optimist Club logo

SELCRA logo

PURE Fitness and Nutrition


Hometown Bicycles newly stocked gifts and novelties department
“I
 BICYCLES!”: PROCLAIM IT TO THE WORLD!!

Just in time for July Jubilee, we’ve packed our bicycle gifts and novelties area to the gills with a groovy selection of clothing, kitchenware, home decor, and knick-knacks for the cycling enthusiast. (A million thanks to Sarah Colburn of Scott Colburn Boots & Western Wear for generously creating order and beauty out of all this “fun-ness”!)

We know you’ll find something you love – come find what speaks to YOU!


A NOTE ABOUT EVENT DAY WEATHER:

Michigan Average Annual Precipitation mapIt’s Michigan – we know better than to take good weather for granted! Right now, the forecasts call for clear skies, but know that the party can rock just as well indoors as out.

If it comes down to it, don’t let a little inclement weather slow you down! This party’s ON, rain or shine!!


And the winner is...
JULY JUBILEE DOORPRIZES YOU CAN WIN!

There’s been an ENORMOUS amount of good will and good vibes from all the awesome participants in our July Jubilee, including generous donations of goods and gift certificates for you to win! So much, in fact, that YOU HAVE OVER 50 CHANCES TO WINSOMETHING COOL!!

The drawing will take place following the Honor Guard and flag ceremony (around 3:30pm). You do not need to be present to win, and you can enter at any point during our event! Check out what you can win below:

FROM HERE:
Hometown Bicycles
4 x $25 Store Gift Certificates

FROM OUR TEAM SPONSORS:
Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
2 x $100 Gift Certificates toward a Bike Fitting
1 x $50 Gift Certificates toward a Bike Fitting

Kearns Brothers
2 x $50.00 Gift Certificates to Hometown Bicycles (Thanks, Mike!)

Body Within Personal Training
Fitness Package, including a T-Shirt, Water Bottle, Stretching Strap, Consultation, and Fitness Test!

Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply
5 x Bags of Water Softener Salt

Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
3 x One-Month Family Memberships

FROM OUR BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION FRIENDS:
Coeur Sports
5 x  $10 Gift Cards to Coeur Sports online store
2 x  $25 Gift Cards to Coeur Sports online store

Cool Hedge Creations by Melissa
Hand Crafted & Stamped Cyclist Bracelets

The Eric Hartwell Foundation
1 x Free entry into the 2018 Snowman 5K/10K

Ginny’s Danceworks
1 x $50.00 Gift Card towards Dance Classes or Camp

Oh My Lolli!
$5.00 Oh My Lolli! Gift Tokens

PKSA Karate of Brighton
6 x Gift Certificates for 2 free weeks of class

PURE Fitness & Nutrition with Martha Soraruf
1 x Arbonne Care Package
1 x Cardio Drumming Gift Card

SELCRA
Gift Passes / Vouchers

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
1 x Family Fun Pack

Yoga Nature
1 x Free Private Acro Yoga Lesson
1 x Free Private Paddle Board Lesson (equipment included or bring your own!)


HELP SPREAD THE EXCITEMENT!

Share bullhornWe’ve always said that the the greatest compliment you can give us is referrals. If you were ever going to introduce someone to “The Hometown Bicycles Experience”, here’s a time to blow their socks off and make yourself look like a rockstar of the referral world!

Please forward this email, direct people to our website, share our Facebook July Jubilee event page, or pass along our event flier. Help us add value to the MANY wonderful, community-minded businesses and organizations that are so generously volunteering time, energy, and prizes to make this event amazing for YOU!

Know that we appreciate it, Hometownies, and we always appreciate YOU! Thank you!!


HOMETOWN’S 4TH OF JULY HOURS

 

JULY 4:  Open 7am – 3pm

Regular hours before and after the 4th!


Mountain Bike Trail sign post at Hometown Bicycles

It takes real planning to organize this kind of chaos.

– Mel Odom

Hometown’s July Jubilee and Tour Kick-Off

Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee and Sale logo

A FREE Family Fun Event

Saturday, July 1st from 9am – 5pm

Since dropping early hints about this summer celebration in past newsletters, the Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee & Sale on Saturday, July 1st has taken on a life of its own. It’s an event that’s become legendary in scope. Forget “pencilling it in”… just COME. You won’t want to miss one single, glorious moment of July Jubilee fun!!EVENT DAY ACTIVITIES (ALL FREE!) INCLUDE:

MMM-M-M BARBECUE & SWEET TREATS SUPPLIED BY (for purchase):

Hog Wild BBQ and Catering Oh My Lolli!

YOU’LL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET (and, in many cases, play games and win prizes with) THESE AWESOME LOCAL BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS:

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy logo

The Eric Hartwell Foundation logo
Yoga Nature logo

PKSA Karate of Brighton
Kearns Brothers logoGinny's Danceworks logo
American Spirit Centre of Brighton logo
Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply logo

Sky Zone Trampoline Park logo

Tour de Livingston 2017 logo

Hamburg Fitness Center and Camp logo

Brighton Optimist Club logo

SELCRA logo
PURE Fitness and Nutrition

OH, AND DID I MENTION THE GIVEAWAYS, GREAT DEALS, NEW INDOOR PLAYSCAPE FOR KIDS, AND NEWLY EXPANDED BICYCLE GIFTS & NOVELTIES DEPARTMENT??
PRINT THE EVENT FLIER… share it with your friends and family! Let them know you have an adventure planned for them at Hometown Bicycles on July 1st! We can’t wait to celebrate with you!


Tour de Livingston Kick Off Ride flier
THIS SUNDAY: TOUR DE LIVINGSTON KICK-OFF RIDE

Add it to your calendar, Hometownies! It’s an annual tradition for Hometown to lead off this pre-Tour teaser of one of our favorite events ever – the Tour de Livingston. Hometown Bicycles is offering ride support, SAG support, and bike valet. Ride with us!!

So that all of our Hometown crew can enjoy this event…
WE WILL OPEN LATE THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 25TH
12pm – 5pm (6/25)


Team Hometown Bicycles' Joe Van Gordon, Deb Godmer, and Rex Blair with John Clark at Michigan Mountain Bike Mayhem 2017
(From left: Joe Van Gordon’s looking pretty in pink, alongside John Clark, Deb Godmer and Rex Blair. Photo pirated from Deb’s Facebook – I knew you wouldn’t mind, Deb!!)

HILL CRUSHERS! TEAM HOMETOWN CLIMBS MOUNTAINS 

Or, at least, that’s what it feels like in Michigan’s grueling, short-course-steep-climb Mountain Mayhem race series. According to the event website, this series “will test your mental sanity”, but you’d never know it by the laid back grins on our Team’s faces!

Kudos to Joe Van Gordon, Deb Godmer, Rex Blair, and Caddy Johnson for conquering this spirit-breaker of an event!


Team Hometown Bicycles' Scott Simpson at the Lumberjack 100
(Left to right: Pre-race, bringin’ it home, and hangin’ with the kiddies after. Photos courtesy Scott Simpson)

100 MOUNTAIN BIKE MILES WITH TEAM HOMETOWN

Eight and a quarter hours. That is the length of time Scott Simpson rode last Saturday in the epic Lumberjack 100. Think about that… that’s a FULL 9-TO-5 WORK DAY, riding a saddle instead of a desk chair. WOW. Congrats, Scott, on a mighty mountain biking accomplishment!


Hometown Bicycle's Amy Gluck talks about Metabolic Efficiency Training

TODAY: HOW TO BURN MORE FAT + GUEST SPEAKER

Tapping on her Degree in Nutrition and Bob Seebohar’s revolutionary Metabolic Efficiency research, Hometown’s Amy Gluck talks about how to train your body to burn fat for fuel, instead of using quick-access carbs. She’s joined this week by Brian Grzyb of Lifetime Fitness in Commerce, who is a resident expert on Metabolic Efficiency Testing!

In her talk about Metabolic Efficiency Training, you’ll learn what it is, how to do it, and the enormous benefits to be gained… like no more GI distress at competitions, never hitting “the wall” again, and turning yourself into a lean and efficient, fat-burning machine! NO CHARGE!

REGISTER NOW FOR “TEACHING YOUR BODY TO BURN MORE FAT”

Thursday, June 22 from 6-7pm in the Community Room


AMY’S BLOG: June 23, 2017

The inspiration continues… ! Hometown’s tri clinician, Amy Gluck, is tapping on her years of top-level IRONMAN training and competition, and the life-altering accident that put her passion to the test, to share something soul-stirring in the form of blogging about her recovery, her training triumphs and challenges, and her personal mission to get back to IRONMAN. From her 6/23/17 installment:

Hometown Bicycles' Amy Gluck races IRONMAN

“This year, the T-Rex Series are my “A” races (basically, the peak races for my tri season).  I’ve never had a Sprint Tri as my “A” race, since I started Ironman racing.  In my mind, Sprints are too hard because they demand 100% speed all of the time, even through transition.  Ironman made me too lazy to put 100% speed on all of the time.  Ironman is more about proper pacing and avoiding 100% effort to save yourself for the end of the race…”  READ ON

Amy’s full blogs are posted HERE on our website.


NEXT WEEK: SUMMER EMERGENCY REPAIR CLINICS

Shaun Bhajan teaching Emergency Bike Repair at Hometown BicyclesOur “Emergency Bike Repair” Clinic and “Flat Tire Fix” Clinic are primed for your immediate benefit, addressing quick, on-the-go fixes and how to handle the dreaded flat:
•  Tuesday 6/27 (Flat Tire Fix)
•  Thursday 6/29 (Emergency Repair).

NO CHARGE for these HANDS-ON CLINICS.


Hometown Bicycles partnered up with Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park of Brighton for their big Annual Summer Bash.

PARKED BESIDE PUPPIES AT SKY ZONE’S SUMMER BASH

Last Saturday found us “ooo”-ing over the Livingston County Humane Society‘s furry recipients of the Sky Zone Summer Bash fundraiser.  There may also have been some jumping involved… and said jumper just may have had a fantastic nap as a result!

Overall, our helmets are off to Sky Zone for a truly terrific event. We appreciate you making us a part of it! Look for Sky Zone at our 1st Annual July Jubilee!!


Friday Morning Yoga at Hometown Bicycles, with Tocca Massage and Yoga

TOMORROW (6/23):

YOGA FOR EVERY BODY

Good news for your overworked, under-appreciated cycling muscles – Ashley of Tocca Massage & Yoga is bringing her insanely popular Vinyasa Yoga class back to Hometown!

Held in our Community Room, this 3-week, Friday morning fun class started June 16th at 9am. It’s all about dynamic movement and stretching, not perfection and freaky, double-jointed pretzeling. Whether it’s your first or 500th class, you’ll gain immeasurable benefit from this ancient art made user-friendly. $10 per class. Email ashley@toccamassage.com with questions.


KIDS 4TH OF JULY BIKE DECORATING CONTEST

Brighton Optimist Club partnering with Hometown Bicycles on the Fourth of July Kids Bike Decorating ContestMore than just an upbeat group of community-minded people, the Brighton Optimist Club is 100% about “bringing out the best in children.”

We are absolutely geeked to be partnering with these big-hearted folks with an event that combines kids, bicycles, patriotism, and a community parade! Check out the flier at left and click HERE for further details.


Hometown Bicycles Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Shop Ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL A.M. ROAD RIDE  (6/22)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
This friendly road ride takes the back entrance to Island Lake and explores park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride (a support rider will be the last person back). Check back for ride confirmation/changes due to weather.

SUNDAY GRAVEL GRINDER RESUMES JULY 9TH 
Please join us in Howell this Sunday, June 25th for the Tour de Livingston Kick Off. 
Watch the balloons lift off, then continue on along your Kick-Off route.  Enjoy the Farmer’s Market after you ride!

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (6/25)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
As a tribute to Father’s Day, the Beginner Friendly Mountain Bike Ride leaders would like to encourage riders to bring their dad out for a 1.5 hr trail ride on Sunday. We’ll ride from Hometown Bicycles to the back of Island Lake and explore 9 – 15 miles of the Island Lake Mountain Bike trails, splitting into a couple of groups. All levels of riders are welcome at this 1.5 hr pace. This is a NO DROP RIDE – which means we will have a ride support person at the end of the last group. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged.

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (6/26)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come join the Hometown Bicycles crew for this NO DROP ride. Road bikes only please. We’ll travel towards the back of Island Lake, then head through the park roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back – approx 12 – 15 miles. Those ready for more will group up to do more mileage to satisfy their cycling need!  Expect a 12 – 17+ mph pace to accommodate riders’ skill levels.  All level riders are welcome – we’ll split into groups according to experience and speed, with a sweep to bring up the rear.

Please make sure you have some experience riding the bike you bring to this ride and are comfortable with the way it handles, including basic shifting and braking, for the safety of all. Beyond that, our friendly ride support are delighted to share tips on how to make the hills easier and the flats faster – just ask!

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (6/27)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This ride from Hometown Bicycles covers 13+ miles of pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads between 12 – 13 mpg average. We’ll ride the back of Island Lake, enjoy some gravel (a few hills just for fun!), pop onto some paved roads, and grab a dirt trail back into ILRA. Expect a few “puddles” of sand. Nothing our gravel, adventure/mountain/fat bikes can’t easily handle! Standard road bikes (skinny tires) are not appropriate for this ride. All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE (a support person will be the last rider).

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST / SON OF HAMMERFEST (6/28)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

SON OF HAMMERFEST (for those that would like to build up to the original Hammerfest):
Also rolling at 6:30 from Hometown Bicycles. This will include 25 miles (1 lap of ILRA & the Kensington Loop). Average pace targeted at 17 – 18 mph, with flats of 20+ mph.

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic fitness programs running right here at your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Fridays at 9:00AM (starting June 16)
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Mountain Biking at Island Lake in Brighton, MI

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.

– David Bowie

Your Father’s Day Treat, Burnin’ Fat, and Tykes on Mountain Bikes

We love you, Dads!

Happy Father's Day from Hometown Bicycles
(Happy Father’s Day to my soulmate and father of my amazing children… you’re a wonderful dad, Shaun!)THIS SUNDAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU, DADS!  
Dads are remarkable people – combining the best of provider, protector, and person we most admire in one exceptional human being. That warrants some extra love this Father’s Day, June 18th, don’t you think??
So, this Sunday, it’s DADS’ turn to be pampered, compliments of your Hometown crew. There’ll be beer, t-shirt give-aways, ABicycle neck ties offered at Hometown BicyclesND the first 20 bikes purchased by or for a dad come with a COMPLIMENTARY Hometown Bicycles Father’s Day package – a cycle computer, safety light, bottle cage, water bottle, and seat bag at NO ADDITIONAL COST.And for those of you who were wondering… why, yes, we DO have bicycle neck ties (arriving today!)

Hometown Bicycles crew and members of Team Hometown Bicycles volunteering at Poto Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event at Brighton Rec
(Upper right and center left photos courtesy PotoMBA)

THE FUTURE OF MOUNTAIN BIKING LOOKS GREAT!

Last weekend, Shaun and a handful of Team volunteers set up a support station at the PotoMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event… and shared the joy of cycling with a knee-high crowd of cuties.
Team Hometown Bicycles Jacob Henrikson donated kids helmets for the PotoMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event
Boys and girls of all ages learned trail skills, rode obstacle courses, enjoyed toured trail rides, and picked up great swag from an incredible group of Sponsors. Our Jr. Hometownie t-shirt giveaway was an especially big hit. (Marley Simpson, pictured center with mom, was the artiste behind the awesome t-shirt artwork.)

Shout out to Team Hometownie Jacob Henriksen (at right) for having the foresight to bring extra kiddie helmets for children who came without head gear. They were put to good use!

Overall, we’re thrilled to say that the future of mountain biking is looking just grand!


Hometown Bicycles' Shaun Bhajan and family head to the Brighton Bulldogs U9 Travel Baseball Team game at Hawkins Elementary
(We met up with Team Hometown’s Title Sponsor, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, whose son plays on the Team)

HEY, BATTER-BATTER-BATTER… SWING!!

In fact, we did swing by the Brighton Bulldogs’ U9 Travel Baseball game last weekend to cheer on the Team that Hometown Bicycles is proudly sponsoring… and we learned that the attention span of a 2-year-old and a 9-month-old adds up to approximately 2.9 minutes, so we sadly didn’t stay long enough to see our favorites win 17-11!

Congrats, Bulldogs! Click HERE for the Team’s game schedule.


Team Hometown Bicycles at the Island Lake Challenge Spring Mountain Bike Race

TEAM NEWS: THE HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

In last weekend’s Island Lake Challenge Spring Mountain Bike Race, 9 Team members – Leslie Cook, Mark Lang, Olga Negrut, Joe Ostervik, Roger Pelkey, Doug Queener, Brien TerBush, Linc Wherly, Steve Wortley and John Wyatt – laid some definitive claim on what amounts to Hometown’s “backyard”.

We’d like to congratulate Olga “ The Rocket” Negrut, who took home the gold in Expert Women, Roger Pelky, who also powered to 1st in Sport Men 60-65, and Linc Werhly, who podiumed at 3rd place in Beginner Men 50+. (Thanks, Jack Riddle, for capturing it all on camera!) Job very well done, Team!


Fourth of July border

SAVE THE DATE: 7/1/17! HOMETOWN’S JULY JUBILEE

Next week, you’ll hear all the glorious details about this first-of-its-kind, biggest ever, Hometown summer celebration, but in the meantime – I’m telling you – you really want to mark this one on your calendar!! JULY 1ST: Think American, think family, and think “one for the record books”… (stay tuned!)


TODAY: FLAT TIRE FIX SUMMER CLINIC

Shaun Bhajan teaching Emergency Bike Repair at Hometown BicyclesOur “Emergency Bike Repair” Clinic and “Flat Tire Fix” Clinic are primed for your immediate benefit, addressing quick, on-the-go fixes and how to handle the dreaded flat:
•  Thursday 6/15 (Flat Tire Fix)
•  Tuesday 6/27 (Flat Tire Fix)
•  Thursday 6/29 (Emergency Repair).
NO CHARGE for these HANDS-ON CLINICS.


TOMORROW (6/16): TRAMPOLINES & PUPPIES

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Summer BashHang out with Hometown at Sky Zone Trampoline Park of Brighton at their annual Summer Bash on Friday, June 16, 12pm-5pm, where Shaun will be running our tire toss game!

As a fundraiser for the Livingston County Humane Society, there will be adorable animals for snuggling and adopting, plus a fire truck and police car for kids to explore, face painting, balloons, food trucks, coupons and swag from local businesses, raffles, and giveaways. Think about the fun you’ll have with your kiddies!! Click here for info or, better still, come out and help us support a fellow business that’s supporting our community!


TOMORROW (6/16): YOGA FOR EVERY BODY

Vinyasa Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaGood news for your overworked, under-appreciated cycling muscles – Ashley of Tocca Massage & Yoga is bringing her insanely popular Vinyasa Yoga class back to Hometown!

Held in our Community Room, this 3-week, Friday morning fun class starts June 16th at 9am. It’s all about dynamic movement and stretching, not perfection and freaky, double-jointed pretzeling. Whether it’s your first or 500th class, you’ll gain immeasurable benefit from this ancient art made user-friendly. $10 per class. Email ashley@toccamassage.com with questions.


Amy Gluck at a competition
CLINIC: TEACHING YOUR BODY TO BURN MORE FAT

Tapping on her Degree in Nutrition and Bob Seebohar’s revolutionary Metabolic Efficiency research, Hometown’s Amy Gluck is coming back next week with a topic to intrigue ANY athlete – a way to train your body to burn fat for fuel, instead of using quick-access carbs. It can be done!

In her talk about Metabolic Efficiency Training, you’ll learn what it is, how to do it, and the enormous benefits to be gained… like no more GI distress at competitions, never hitting “the wall” again, and turning yourself into a lean and efficient, fat-burning machine! NO CHARGE!

REGISTER NOW FOR “TEACHING YOUR BODY TO BURN MORE FAT”

Tuesday, June 20 from 6-7pm  – or –  Thursday, June 22 from 6-7pm


AMY’S BLOG: June 15, 2017

The inspiration continues… ! Hometown’s tri clinician, Amy Gluck, is tapping on her years of top-level IRONMAN training and competition, and the life-altering accident that put her passion to the test, to share something soul-stirring in the form of blogging about her recovery, her training triumphs and challenges, and her personal mission to get back to IRONMAN. From her 6/15/17 installment:

Amy Gluck in wetsuit at a competition

“At the park, I SQUEEZED into my wetsuit. They’d made me gain 40 lbs. in the hospital – I was 120 lbs. upon admission and they discharged me at 160 lbs. – but they did not offer to replace my wetsuit!  With my wetsuit all zipped up, my lungs felt crushed.  As I started swimming across the lake, my goggles fogged up and I had to stop and tread water to clear them out.  By the time I figured out where I was going and put my face back in the water to swim, I was so out of breath after treading water and being suffocated in my wetsuit, that there was no way was I was going to swim back to the shore!  What was I going to do?  I was in the middle of the lake with no oxygen coming into my lungs.…”  READ ON

Amy’s full blogs are posted HERE on our website.


Tour de Livingston Kick Off Ride flier
JUNE 25: TOUR DE LIVINGSTON KICK-OFF RIDE

Add it to your calendar, Hometownies! It’s an annual tradition for Hometown to lead off this pre-Tour teaser of one of our favorite events ever – the Tour de Livingston. Ride with us!!


Hometown Bicycles bicycle donation at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Charity Golf Classic Auction
A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EVENT, SANS SHAUN

Sadly, Shaun missed out on putting the green at what turned out to be a wonderfully successful Charity Golf Classic for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. The keynote speaker, Greg Kelser, was warm and engaging, and the light showers cleared up in time for a beautiful day and evening. But Hometown was still proud to contribute with a bicycle donation for their silent auction, which was won by an architect with four children ranging from ages 7 – 14. So, the bike will get a lot of love, the Parks benefited, and that makes us happy.


KIDS 4TH OF JULY BIKE DECORATING CONTEST

Brighton Optimist Club partnering with Hometown Bicycles on the Fourth of July Kids Bike Decorating ContestMore than just an upbeat group of community-minded people, the Brighton Optimist Club is 100% about “bringing out the best in children.”

We are absolutely geeked to be partnering with these big-hearted folks with an event that combines kids, bicycles, patriotism, and a community parade! Check out the flier at left and click HERE for further details.


Hometown Bicycles Thursday A.M. Social Ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL A.M. ROAD RIDE  (6/15)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
This friendly road ride takes the back entrance to Island Lake and explores park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride (a support rider will be the last person back). Check back for ride confirmation/changes due to weather.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (6/16)
9:00PM (meet at 8:45) from Janowski Field Trailhead (301 Peters Rd. in Milford)
Join us for an INTERMEDIATE pace forward/backward loop night adventure at the Milford Trail. We roll from the Janowski Field Trailhead (301 Peters Rd – between GM Rd & Commerce Rd). Charged lights are required for this ride. We will re-group throughout the trail. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. Check back for ride confirmation/changes. Don’t forget your bug/tick spray!

NO SUNDAY GRAVEL GRINDER THIS WEEKEND 
In observance of Father’s Day… but be sure to check out our Dad’s Day ride below!

SUNDAY TAKE YOUR DAD MOUNTAIN BIKING RIDE (6/18)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
As a tribute to Father’s Day, the Beginner Friendly Mountain Bike Ride leaders would like to encourage riders to bring their dad out for a 1.5 hr trail ride on Sunday. We’ll ride from Hometown Bicycles to the back of Island Lake and explore 9 – 15 miles of the Island Lake Mountain Bike trails, splitting into a couple of groups. All levels of riders are welcome at this 1.5 hr pace. This is a NO DROP RIDE – which means we will have a ride support person at the end of the last group. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged.

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (6/19)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come join the Hometown Bicycles crew for this NO DROP ride. Road bikes only please. We’ll travel towards the back of Island Lake, then head through the park roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back – approx 12 – 15 miles. Those ready for more will group up to do more mileage to satisfy their cycling need!  Expect a 12 – 17+ mph pace to accommodate riders’ skill levels.  All level riders are welcome – we’ll split into groups according to experience and speed, with a sweep to bring up the rear.

Please make sure you have some experience riding the bike you bring to this ride and are comfortable with the way it handles, including basic shifting and braking, for the safety of all. Beyond that, our friendly ride support are delighted to share tips on how to make the hills easier and the flats faster – just ask!

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (6/20)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This ride from Hometown Bicycles covers 13+ miles of pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads between 12 – 13 mpg average. We’ll ride the back of Island Lake, enjoy some gravel (a few hills just for fun!), pop onto some paved roads, and grab a dirt trail back into ILRA. Expect a few “puddles” of sand. Nothing our gravel, adventure/mountain/fat bikes can’t easily handle! Standard road bikes (skinny tires) are not appropriate for this ride. All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE (a support person will be the last rider).

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST / SON OF HAMMERFEST (6/21)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
SON OF HAMMERFEST (for those that would like to build up to the original Hammerfest):
NO Son of Hammerfest this week, but if you’re prepared to ride at warp speed…
HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic fitness programs running right here at your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Fridays at 9:00AM (starting June 16)
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Mountain Biking at Island Lake in Brighton, MI

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.

– Bob Bitchin

Cycling Stories, Ride Like a Girl, and Summer Events

What Cycling Means to You

Team Hometown Bicycles' Sarah Dudley-Short on her Jamis
(Team Hometown’s Sarah Dudley-Short shed pounds and self-limiting beliefs when she began cycling!)

HERE’S ONE HOMETOWNIE’S CYCLING STORY… WHAT’S YOURS?  
Our customer’s come to us with the most incredible stories – everything from conquering unbeatably bad odds to remarkable self growth and fullfillment. The common thread to each story is a bicycle!

So we’ve tasked our photographically-gifted Social Media Guru, Meghan Terbush, with an intriguing challenge – to capture the essence of cycling’s importance in Hometownies’ lives in a way that tells their stories. Here’s the first of many to come. Meet Sarah Dudley-Short, and read Meghan’s interview with her below:

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On a brisk Saturday morning, with the sun shining through the clouds, I pulled up through winding trees that tunneled the road. I spotted Sarah and her husband, Jeff (of over 30 years!), taking their Jamis Renegade Elites off their bike rack. They greeted me with warm smiles and friendly hugs. Here is what Sarah shared with me:

Q: What got you into biking?

A: I started riding last year to compete in my first Triathlon. Being a member of Hamburg Fitness Center in Brighton, MI has been an amazing experience and has allowed me to connect with many talented and experienced triathletes. I met an amazing trainer as well, Ryan Rau, who constantly encourages me to do my best. My husband Jeff even started biking with me to encourage me to keep going and keep reaching for my goals. One thing that I want to continue to do is to beat my last time and keep on with living a healthier lifestyle. I have continued to work out, eat well, lose weight and gain experiences at Hamburg Fitness Center that no other club can offer. It’s been a thrill to rediscover my love of cycling with my husband!

Q: How did you become “Hometownies”?

A: Hometown Bicycles, LLC is our “happy place”; recommended to us by many patrons at the Hamburg Fitness Center. We really enjoy the group rides, small and large. We cannot thank Shaun and Dawn enough for their patience, help, exemplary customer service, and feeling like part of their extended family. Shaun went above and beyond to ensure that after purchasing one of our first bikes, he fully supported our desire to move our cycling to the next level. Their goal is to promote the love of riding bicycles and to ensure that the buyer buys the right bike for them. He and his staff provide expert advice and service whenever it is needed. This is why we are “Hometownies”, and we recommend them every chance we get!

Q: How has Jamis Bikes changed your life?

A: The Jamis Renegade is an amazing bicycle – versatile and ready for adventure! It’s allowed us to create a fun lifestyle out of biking. We look forward to bike packing in the near future, not only as an amazing way to get in shape, but also as a great lifestyle to live and be part of. We are currently looking into some 200-mile rides throughout Michigan! Jamis ROCKS! Customers for life!!

Sarah will be competing in more triathlons after recovering from knee issues. In the meantime, she plans to participate in an Aquabike race in July. We wish her and Jeff many grand cycling adventures!


A REMARKABLE STORY & A TRUE ATHLETE

Amy Gluck at the Island Lake TriathlonIf you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve found it! Hometown’s tri clinician, Amy Gluck, is tapping on her years of top-level IRONMAN training and competition, and the life-altering accident that put her passion to the test, to share something soul-stirring in the form of blogging about her recovery, her training triumphs and challenges, and her personal mission to get back to IRONMAN. From her first installment:

“When I got in my accident, I had had the best pre-season training I could have possibly hoped for.  I went with a coach to France and trained in the Pyrenees mountains for a week.  The week after that, I had gone down to Atlanta to train with my coach, Laura Sophiea.  Following that trip, I knew I was in much better shape than I had ever been in my life for Kona.  Thinking back to this time, I am realizing that I never needed to ride on the day I was in the accident.  Not only that, but I really didn’t feel like it that day either.  I was dragging about getting started on my workout that day.  I had decided that it was not acceptable to ride 100 miles at my usual – Island Lake State park.  The thought of repeating laps out there was unbearable after having the advantage of training in the mountains for weeks that summer…”  READ ON

Amy’s full blogs will be posted HERE on our website.


Hometown Bicycles' Jean Steinberg assisted with the Brighton High School Cycling Team's Girls Try It event at Brighton Recreation Area Appleton Loop
(“Ride Like a Girl!” – Image courtesy Brighton Cycling)

GIRLS TRY IT – GIRLS CRUSH IT – GIRLS RULE!

Me? Biased? What??

Well, okay, I may have been a little extra proud to see so many fellow females at the clinic Hometown hosted last week for Brighton Bulldog’s Cycling Club. The same rings true for Hometown Ride Coordinator, Jean, who volunteered her expertise at the “Girls Try It!” Brighton Cycling training event this past Tuesday. Jean writes:

“Positive and supportive women coaches ran the girls through a flagged route – focusing on shifting and other critical trail skill. Next, they tackled the Appleton trail loop at Brighton Rec… everyone seemed to come out of the trail with a huge smile, lessons learned, a new story, and a high level of accomplishment.”

The Bulldogs are looking to grow their girl power. Any interested Brighton High School gals can contact Coach TJ Tyrell at (734) 347-1177 or tjtyrrell@charter.net.


Team Hometown Bicycles Jean and Steve Steinberg at MS150 and John Wyatt at Island Lake Triathlon

TEAM HOMETOWN AT MS150 & ILRA TRIATHLON

We want to give a shout out to a few of our Team peeps for keeping the cycling juices flowing over the past week:

Jean and Steve Steinberg, thanks for packing Hometown along for 150 fabulous miles at the Great Lakes West Michigan Breakaway MS150. And John Wyatt, Hometown was thrilled to be along for your triple-challenge adventure at last weekend’s Island Lake Triathlon. It’s the joy of cycling in two uniquely awesome events!


Team Hometown Bicycles participating in and volunteering at the Milford Bike Festival and Trail Challenge
(Photos courtesy Catherine Rose of MCMBA)

MILFORD’S TRAILS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE ‘EM

Over 200 cyclists took a break from the glorious chaos that is graduation party season to ride at last weekend’s MCMBA Milford Bike Festival & Trail Challenge. One of our own – Tom Hermann, Team Hometown member and champion of trail preservation and expansion – led 40-some riders through Milford’s beautiful network of trails. All event proceeds went to MCMBA for continued promotion and stewardship of our community’s cycling paths and trails.

We were proud to sponsor such a serious show of bike love. Thanks, MCMBA, for the opporunity, and hope to see YOU there next year!


THIS SUNDAY: SECURING THE FUTURE OF CYCLING

PotoMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event adIt may seem like a rather bold statement – “securing the future of cycling” – but that’s exactly what you will be doing when you participate in this year’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event on Sunday, June 11th!

Run by the Poto Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, this local fun day partners adults with kids for a day of singletrack skill building and learning to love cycling! Hometown will be there with an on-site mechanic and cool swag, and will offer helmet checks and SAG support for all participants.

Do something healthy with your kids! Have an adventure! Share your love of the sport! This is the kind of event that builds memories and a legacy. Click HERE for more details.


Vinyasa Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and Yoga
(Image courtesy Tocca Massage & Yoga. Shout-out to loyal Hometownies Fred & Kelly [middle and right]!)

NEXT FRIDAY (6/16): YOGA FOR EVERY BODY

Good news for your overworked, under-appreciated cycling muscles – Ashley of Tocca Massage & Yoga is bringing her insanely popular Vinyasa Yoga class back to Hometown!

Held in our Community Room, this 3-week, Friday morning fun class starts June 16th at 9am. It’s all about dynamic movement and stretching, not perfection and freaky, double-jointed pretzeling. Whether it’s your first or 500th class, you’ll gain immeasurable benefit from this ancient art made user-friendly. $10 per class. Email ashley@toccamassage.com with questions.


Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Summer Bash

NEXT FRIDAY: TRAMPOLINES & PUPPIES

This is how to literally put a spring in your step! Hometown Bicycles is partnering with Sky Zone Trampoline Park of Brighton at their annual Summer Bash on Friday, June 16 from 12pm-5pm, offering games, prizes, and more!

And the puppies? This event is a fundraiser for the Livingston County Humane Society, with a portion of all “jump” proceeds going directly to LCHS. This, of course, means there will be adorable animals on hand for loving and adopting!

Sky Zone will also have a fire truck and police car for kids to explore, along with face painting, balloons, and food trucks! Coupons and swag from local businesses, raffles, and giveaways will round out the day. Think about the fun you’ll have with your kiddies!! Click here to learn more.


SAVE THE DATE: 7/1/17! HOMETOWN’S JULY JUBILEE

Speaking of summer celebrations, stay tuned for Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee, coming this July 1st. Think American, think family, think “biggest ever”, think “gotta put this one on my calendar!” (All the exciting details will follow in future emails… stay tuned!)


KIDS 4TH OF JULY BIKE DECORATING CONTEST

Brighton Optimist Club partnering with Hometown Bicycles on the Fourth of July Kids Bike Decorating ContestMore than just an upbeat group of community-minded people, the Brighton Optimist Club is 100% about “bringing out the best in children.”

We are absolutely geeked to be partnering with these big-hearted people with an event that combines kids, bicycles, patriotism, and a community parade! Check out the flier at left and click HERE for further details.


Shaun Bhajan teaching Emergency Bike Repair at Hometown Bicycles
EMERGENCY REPAIR & FLAT TIRE FIX SUMMER CLINICS

For all of you cyclists who want to know WHAT TO DO when something goes haywire on your ride – your chain drops, your shifters stop working, your wheel “tacos”, your tire blows… – Hometown is throwing you a lifeline for avoiding that long walk home.

We’re breathing new life into some beloved classics – our “Emergency Bike Repair” Clinic and “Flat Tire Fix” Clinic. Primed for your immediate benefit, the first addresses quick, on-the-go fixes that can get you safely back home, and the second touches on one of the most common issues cyclists face – the dreaded flat.

These clinics will run Tuesday 6/13 (Emergency Repair) and Thursday 6/15 (Flat Tire Fix), then swap days on Tuesday 6/27 (Flat Tire Fix) and Thursday 6/29 (Emergency Repair). As always, there is NO CHARGE for these HANDS-ON CLINICS.
Register for EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR and/or FLAT TIRE FIX.


Hometown Bicycles Thursday Morning Social Road Ride shop ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (6/9)
9:00PM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Join us at Hometown Bicycles as we roll at 9 p.m. to ride the Island Lake Blue/Yellow loops at an INTERMEDIATE pace from Hometown Bicycles.  Make sure your lights are charged, as darkness may catch up to us on our 1.5 hr ride.  We will re-group throughout the trail.  Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride.

NO EXPLORING TRAILS OR HARTLAND GRAVEL RIDE THIS WEEKEND 
Instead, please join us at the Island Lake Challenge CPS Race or the Poto Take a Kid Mountain Biking event at Brighton Rec!

MONDAY BEGINNER ROAD RIDE (6/12)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with the weekly ride as we start with 10 – 15 miles and end the season conquering 30 miles! 1 – 1.5 hours to start. Route will take us onto the park roads. Road bikes recommended. All level riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE.

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (6/13)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan initially for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace, with the intention to lengthen the distance as sunset grows later. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE.

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST / SON OF HAMMERFEST (6/14)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
**New Addition! Meet “Son of Hammerfest” for those that would like to build up to the original Hammerfest.**
SON OF HAMMERFEST:
Rolling at 6:30 from Hometown Bicycles. This will include 25 miles (1 lap of ILRA & the Kensington Loop). Average pace targeted at 17 – 18 mph, with flats of 20+ mph.
HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

THURSDAY MORNING SOCIAL RIDE  (6/15)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Join us as we explore our local park roads, paved paths and sometimes – a bakery! All bikes welcome.  Expect to average 10 mph for 1.5+ hours as we cover 13 – 18 miles. NO DROP RIDE.

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic fitness programs running right here at your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Fridays at 9:00AM (starting June 16)
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Sarah Dudley-Short and Jeff Short on a ride in the woods

Let’s wander where the wifi is weak.

– Anonymous

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