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Brighton Bike Care, Tri Training, and the Future of Cycling

Brighton Bulldogs Cycling Team at Hometown Bicycles for a Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic
(Top image of Brighton’s up-and-coming mountain bike racers, courtesy Cycling Coach TJ Tyrrell)

THE BEST OF CYCLING, DETERMINATION, AND HEART… ALL IN ONE ROOM!  
Earlier this week found our front lawn snowed in under a blanket of Brighton Bulldog bicycles… what a beautiful sight!

After a quick warm up through Island Lake, this local high school cycling team pit stopped at Hometown Bicycles for a lesson in the finer points of preventative bike care and emergency maintenance. Then it was off to the woods for another round of race prep.

Best of luck in your 2017 race season, Bulldogs! It was a privilege to be a part of your upcoming success.


Hometown Bicycles clinician Amy Gluck at IRONMAN

NEXT WEEK: “HOW TO TRAIN FOR A TRIATHLON” CLINIC

Should I work with a coach? How do I get the most out of bricks? How do I train physically and mentally for a sport that involves swim, bike, AND run? What are “junk miles”, and how do I avoid them?  What should my taper look like?

If a triathlon is in your future, these pondering points are just the tip of the triathlon iceberg in terms of prepping for your next (or first!) race. Expert triathlete, IRONMAN Coach, 5-time Kona Qualifier, Registered Dietician, and Hometownie, Amy Gluck, will be covering everything from picking a triathlon to post-tri training analysis in Hometown’s “How to Train for a Triathlon” Clinic.

Held right here in our Community Room, there is NO CHARGE to attend. Choose from two dates: Tuesday (6/6) or Thursday (6/8) at 6pm!
REGISTER NOW FOR “HOW TO TRAIN FOR A TRIATHLON”


Peggy Kerwan's bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles
(The latest artistic genius of cyclist and artist, Peggy Kerwan, here at Hometown Bicycles.)

MISS PEGGY’S BEAUTIFUL BIKE ART

She’s a die-hard cyclist, master of the monotype print, a painter of some renown, a vibrant personality, and her bicycle artwork is on display (and for sale!) here at the shop.

If you haven’t seen Peggy Kerwan’s pieces for yourself, than you’re in for a treat the next time you stop in! She’s introduced some cheery new additions to her already colorful collection, including a brand new original titled “Best Bike”.

Well, Peggy, we think you’re one of the “best bike” artists we’ve ever met. (Okay, okay… stop groaning at my corny wordsmithery, and come in to enjoy her artistry!)


THIS SATURDAY: MILFORD BIKE FESTIVAL

Milford Bike Festival flierHot on the heels of the MCMBA Demo Day, Hometown’s hitched it’s sponsorship buggy to MCMBA’s Milford Bike Festival & Trail Challenge!

This June 3rd event gives you a day of family-friendly trail/path riding, guided rides (new this year!), live music, food, raffles, and beer. It’s only $20 pre-registered or $25 day-of, with all proceeds benefitting the MCMBA, which VERY actively preserves, protects, and promotes our local parks and mountain bike trails. That’s a worthwhile cause we’re proud to support!

CLICK for details or to register now!


Huron-Clinton Metroparks Charity Golf Classic at Stony Creek Metropark header

COME SEE SHAUN SWING A GOLF CLUB

Hard to imagine your aproned, be-tooled bike guru in knickers and argyle, isn’t it? I’m just kidding… I couldn’t convince Shaun to dress in traditional golf attire, but he’s still going to be wielding clubs on the green at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Inaugural Charity Golf Classic on June 9th at Stony Creek Metropark.

We’re sponsoring this fundraising event, which will be hosted by Michigan State National Champions, Detroit Pistons Standout and Current Pistons Commentator, Greg Kelser.

Random? Perhaps, but a well-rounded bike guru is a more resourceful bike guru, and that ultimately benefits you, so let’s see what happens! Join us on the green!


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.


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 Ride leaving from the shop

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL RIDE (6/1)
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.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (6/4)
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 ROAD RIDE (6/5)
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  (6/6)
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 (6/7)
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  (6/8)
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!


Team Hometown Bicycles riders relaxing after a ride at Kensington Metropark

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Charlotte wins a bike & Jamis gives kisses

Who Says Winter at a Bike Shop has to be Boring??

Hometown Bicycles' "Where to Ride in MI" Potluck Clinic

Last Thursday marked the final clinic – “Where to Ride in MI” – in Hometown’s 2016/17 Winter Clinic Series. And you know what we like to do when we conclude yet another awesome Hometown adventure…

Celebrate!
League of Michigan Bicyclists Michigan Ride Calendar 2017 at Hometown Bicycles
This clinic combined the best of learning and dining with the debut of our best shop ride schedule to date, plus a plethora of potluck contributions made (or bought) by food-savvy Hometownies. If you missed the fun, there’s not much we can do about the lost opportunity for incredible eats, but you can still download our 2017 Spring Shop Ride Schedule HERE.

And, beautifully timed, the LMB Michigan Ride Calendars have arrived. Be sure to drop by the shop to pick up your copy. You’ve got adventures to plan, and we have the resources to help!


Hometown Bicycles sponsored the SELCRA Daddy-Daughter Dance at Brighton High School, and connected with lots of Hometownies with their beautiful princesses

FAMILIAR FACES AT SELCRA DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE

We really dig good, wholesome, family fun! Hot on the heels of HCharlotte Saven, winner of the 2017 SELCRA Daddy Daughter Dance bicycle drawing, picks up her prize at Hometown Bicycles with her parentsowell’s Sweetheart Dances, Hometown sponsored the country’s largest Daddy-Daughter Dance, hosted by SELCRA at Brighton High School, this past Saturday.

Alongside our friends and co-sponsors at Brennan Investment Services, we met a myriad of wonderful father-princess combos – many who are new to this newsletter… welcome! – and several who are Hometownies all the way (see pics above)!

Special congratulations to Charlotte Saven (at right), the lovely, little lady who won our dance-day drawing for a Jamis girl’s bike! We wish you many wonderful rides – and dances – to come!


HERE’S AN EVENT TO WET YOUR WHISTLE…

Poses, Pedals, and Pints logoYou all know Ashley from Tocca Massage & Yoga, who held the massively popular yoga series at our shop (and will be running another – stay tuned!) Well, Ashley’s instigated an event that we know you’ll enjoy – Poses, Pedals & Pints on Saturday, May 13th.

It’s a triathlon of a different color – this one combines yoga, bikes, and beer with a laid back vibe in Downtown Brighton. Yoga commences at 11am at Brewery Becker. Hometown’s in charge of the leisurely 8-mile bike ride that follows, along with bike valet service. And it all concludes with a refreshing pint at the Brewery to cool your gullet.

Registration is limited to 50, so sign up NOW, to ensure your participation in this first annual event!


Alex Mangani, Sales Associate at Hometown Bicycles
(Image at left courtesy Alex Mangani)

MEET YOUR CREW: ALEX MANGANI

Witty, likable, mild-mannered – and we’d swear this man has a Superman cape hidden in his closet. Alex raced dirt bikes and has tales to tell. These days, you can find him on the sales floor at Hometown Bicycles, participating in just about every Hometown event, and – as it turns out – scootering:

I love all things on two wheels. Here I am, proudly holding the Best Scooter award for my restored 1966 Vespa at the 2010 Viva Lake Geneva scooter rally at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I have participated in many rallies and shows, including Rockerbox in Milwaukee, Mods vs. Rockers in Chicago, and the Concors de Livingston here in Pinckney last summer. I promise to bring it to Hometown for display as soon as the weather allows.


JAMIS SQUARED: A NEW HOMETOWN MASCOT

Jim Cleer's Jamis the dog amidst all the Jamis bikes at Hometown BicyclesWe’ve given Jamis many compliments over the years, but “cute” and “fuzzy” were never apropos… until now! This handsome canine belongs to Team Hometown Bicycles Co-Captain, Jim Cleer, who named his four-legged friend “Jamis”.

With a name and a mug like that, OF COURSE he had to become our new store mascot.

Jamis hanging out with our Jamis bikes… welcome to the crew, Jamis.

Be sure to give Jamis a pat next time you spot him in the store. He might just give you a kiss (or 20!)


Help wanted sign
MANAGERS, SALES/SERVICE STAFF, ADMIN ASSISTANT

Forward your information to office@myhometownbicycles.com.


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – Saturday, 3/11 @ 10:15AM

MEET AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

We’ll be hitting the trails a little earlier this week (time may vary – be sure to check our Facebook later this week for confirmation). Be ready to roll from Hometown Bicycles at 10:30 a.m. as we travel into Island Lake for some mountain bike trail (or the Badlands if conditions dictate). This ride is for all level riders – NO DROP RIDE. Fat Bikes only. Plan to be out 2 hours. Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


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 winter fitness programs running right here inside 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

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING FOR KIDS | Mondays at 11AM
Parents welcome! $5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA | New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


 

Team Hometown Bicycles at Tour de Livingston

I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.


-Anonymous

🌷 Spring Cycling, Confessions, and a Potluck Bike Clinic 🚴

Welcome to Spring Cycling!

Spring cycling handlebars on a bicycle

With the changing of Seasons – Winter Cycling to Spring Cycling, that is – we’re back to our outrageously convenient warm weather hours, beginning Wed., March 1st:
MONDAY – FRIDAY  …………….  7AM – 9PM

SATURDAY & SUNDAY  ……………..  9AM – 5PM


Michigan tourist map courtesy of Vidiani.com
(Image courtesy vidiani.com)

THIS THURSDAY!!  “Where to Ride in MI” Potluck Clinic!

THURSDAY, MARCH 2ND FROM 6PM-8PM 
This is the event where we debut the BEST Shop Ride schedule we’ve ever had, plus you’ll hear about Michigan’s top cycling paths and trails, meet Hometown’s ride leaders, connect with potential ride buddies, collect info about local cycling groups, and learn about the organizations that help keep our roads and trails cyclist friendly and how you can get involved.

It’s a potluck, so here’s your chance to show off some culinary skills. You should see the goodies people have already signed up to bring – W-O-W!!! COME HUNGRY!!

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHERE TO RIDE” POTLUCK CLINIC!
Thursday, March 2nd, 6pm-8pm at Hometown Bicycles  •  Bring a dish to pass!


THIS SATURDAY!  CUT A RUG WITH HOMETOWN AT THE LARGEST DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE IN THE COUNTRY!

The 28th Annual SELCRA Daddy Daughter Dance flierOur community is so cool! Every year, SELCRA packs the Brighton High School with something like 1,500 dancing daddies and daughters. This Saturday, March 4th, count 4 more (me, Shaun, and the kids) as Hometown proudly sponsors this famous event.

Dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers – here’s a chance to give your mini-princess a night of dancing and fun! Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $15. Dance. Dine. Bop ’til the balloons drop.

We’ll be parked next to our good friends from Brennan Investment Services in the cafeteria. Be sure to stop by our table and say “hi” – we’d love to meet your special little lady!


Dawn Bhajan and Gail Sweet riding the Ladies Spin Challenge at Hamburg Fitness Center with rockstar spin instructor Tammy

(LEFT: Hugs to Gail – in purple – one of several who came specifically to support this spin newbie! RIGHT: Motivational maven and Friday morning spin instructor extraordinaire… thanks for the workout, Tammy!)

CONFESSIONS (& REVELATIONS) OF A SPIN NOVICE

Confession #1: I was nervous about going. Once upon a time, I was fit… post-kids, not so much.

Confession #2: I feared judgement. Everyone assumes the skinny girl’s an athlete. How was it going to look when I tapped out at granny speeds on the easiest spin bike setting?

Confession #3: I thought I might get bored. I mean, you’re indoors and stationary – how entertaining can that be?

Revelation #1: I left spin class reinvigorated, hopeful, motivated. Getting my legs moving got my brain moving, as well. It reminded me how it felt to be fit, and made me eager to get back to that “happy place” in my physical well-being.

Revelation #2: No one was looking. If I sat out a couple sprints or elected not to ramp up my resistance, there were no sirens and flashing “slacker alert!” signs over my head. Lights were dim, eyes were forward. It was between me, my mind, and my spin bike.

Revelation #3: Um… not even remotely. Instructor Tammy had us powering up and down, sprinting intervals, and leaping in and out of our saddles in an hour-long variety-fest of spin combinations. There literally wasn’t time to get bored!

THANK YOU to those awesome lady Hometownies who had my back at this class – you were the wind beneath my pedals! And thanks, too, to Hamburg Fitness Center‘s Deb and Terry, who cooked up this challenge to get my butt back in the saddle – this is the kind of remarkable support you can only expect from a gym that truly cares.

I hope my experience encourages on-the-fencers to give it a go… you don’t have to be Lance Armstrong, and you don’t have to be a member. Call for class times: 810-231-4169


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Ozzy Aguilar
(Images at left courtesy Ozzy Aguilar)

MEET YOUR CREW: OZZY AGUILAR

Our to-the-point service tech, Ozzy, is easy-going but, man, can he rock out the tune-ups! You’ll spot him wrenching on bikes and riding the trails in between his school studies.

I ride because to me riding is a way to enjoy nature at its best. It’s a way to get away from people, the town, the city, and go into nature and enjoy the ride.


Help wanted sign
MANAGERS, SALES/SERVICE STAFF, ADMIN ASSISTANT

Forward your information to office@myhometownbicycles.com.


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – Saturday, 3/4 @ 1:00PM

MEET AT BRIGHTON RECREATION AREA TRAILHEAD

Join the Hometown crew on Saturday as they explore the mountain bike trails at Brighton Recreation Area (Murray Lake and Appleton). Meet at the trailhead (5700 Bishop Lake Rd) and be ready to roll by 1 p.m.  Fat Bikes only (until the weather cooperates). This ride is for all level riders – NO DROP RIDE. Distance is estimated at 12 +/- miles in about a 2 hour timeframe. Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


CRAMBA Ride Dirt Trails, Not Mud Trails flier

REMINDER: DON’T BE THAT CYCLIST

… you know, the eager beaver who just can’t wait for the trails to dry, and destroys them for everyone else. We know that early Spring days bring intense trail temptation, but listen to that little white-clad dude on your shoulder – the one with the halo! Or, if you’re more practical in nature, listen to the organizations that maintain the trails. Trust us, you’ll get a longer and more enjoyable cycling season when you sit tight for solid singletrack!

Cycling Countdown + the Best Biking in MI

LEFT UNTIL SPRING CYCLING SEASON!

Step aside, Winter! We’re just a week away from the glorious, cyclists’ paradise that is the Spring Cycling Season, starting March 1st!!

Pull those bikes out of storage, and bring them in now to beat the Spring tune-up rush – ‘cuz when the trees start blooming, you better believe you won’t want to wait even a second more to saddle up and pedal out. It’ll be adventure time!


Michigan tourist map courtesy of Vidiani.com
(Image courtesy vidiani.com)

DATE CHANGED:  “Where to Ride in MI” Potluck Clinic!

IT’S BEEN MOVED TO NEXT THURSDAY, MARCH 2ND FROM 6PM-8PM 
We’ve been hard at work with our Team leaders on creating the BEST Shop Ride schedule we’ve ever had, and are taking an extra week to perfect it for its BIG DEBUT at our Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic & Potluck Party!

At this event, you’ll also hear about Michigan’s top cycling paths and trails, meet Hometown’s ride leaders, connect with potential ride buddies, collect info about local cycling groups, and learn about the organizations that help keep our roads and trails cyclist friendly and how you can get involved.

It’s a potluck, so here’s your chance to show off some culinary skills (and we know you’ve got ’em, thanks to our Fall Extravaganza Chili Cook-Off!)

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHERE TO RIDE” POTLUCK CLINIC!
Thursday, March 2nd, 6pm-8pm at Hometown Bicycles  •  Bring a dish to pass!


Jamis rep Tom Trentanove at Hometown Bicycles' Why Jamis? Clinic Party
(Tom Trentanove from Jamis talks bikes and brands to a Community Room full of Hometownies.)

SO MUCH JAMIS LOVE AT LAST WEEK’S CLINIC

Last Thursday marked our second annual “Why Jamis?” Clinic & Pizza Party – dedicated to the bicycle brand we’ve carried from Day 1, and the story behind why we unhesitatingly trust Jamis to help us make your cycling experience incredible. We had a full house and fun times!!

A very warm and heartfelt THANK YOU to guest speaker Tom Trentanove, our Jamis super-rep, who gave us the insider’s scoop on Jamis Bikes.

Missed the clinic? Sadness!! Stop in, and get the “lite” version from our crew.

Team Hometown Bicycles Sponsors Mike Kearns of Kearns Brothers, Deb Godmer of Hamburg Fitness Center, and Matt Maximoff of Michigan Banner Factory
We have the coolest Team Sponsors! Look who showed up to our event (and ride Jamis!) – from left: Mike Kearns of Kearns Brothers Inc., Deb Godmer of Hamburg Fitness Center, and Matt Maximoff of Michigan Banner Factory.


Ladies Spin Challenge with Dawn at Hamburg Fitness Center

THIS FRIDAY: LADIES SPIN CHALLENGE WITH DAWN

Yep, it’s MY turn to jersey up and spin at Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp! This will be my first go-round since kids – I’m looking for all the moral support I can get! The Ladies Spin Challenge is (of course) women only, and runs FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH AT 9:30AM – $5 HOMETOWNIE SPECIAL. Child care is available, fellow mamas! (Call 810-231-4169 to pre-register your kiddies.)

REGISTER NOW FOR THE LADIES SPIN CLASS – CLICK HERE!


Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles at Hamburg Fitness Center spin classTHIS SUNDAY: A 2ND SPIN-OFF WITH SHAUN…

Ready to clip in for another round of spinning with Shaun at Hamburg Fitness Center? SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH AT 10:15AM – $5 HOMETOWNIE SPECIAL

REGISTER FOR THE HOMETOWN SPIN-OFF WITH SHAUN


Hometown Bicycles Rides Coordinator Jean Steinberg
(Images at left courtesy Jean Steinberg)

MEET YOUR CREW: JEAN STEINBERG

Jean, a long-time Hometownie, became part of the Hometown crew a year ago, and has quickly made herself indispensable. Uber passionate about our sport, she’s a powerhouse Rides Coordinator who skillfully pairs the magic of Hometown with the magic of cycling. Loyal. Diligent. Creative. Plus, Jean is always game for a bike-based adventure!

This silly journey of cycling started in 2004 as my then teenage sons found the mountain bike trails in Island Lake and insisted on taking me mountain biking!  Oh boy did things change after that little outing.  I traded the Holiday Inn for a tent, learned we could pack 5 bikes and two people in a Honda Pilot, cactus actually reach out and grab you as you ride by, ignorance was awesome in the early days (talk about over-riding your skill level), my mentors were priceless, mountain bike trail advocacy is near my heart, I have owned too many bikes to count and experienced more awesome riding in the USA than I EVER imagined possible.  My passion for the sport of mountain biking has only grown stronger over time.  When a little mentoring and encouragement leads to someone achieving new skills to overcome a trail stopper, I still get so excited for them – it’s like your kid taking their first step!  I absolutely love helping riders explore and learn more about cycling.


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – Saturday, 2/25 @ 1:00PM

MEET IN THE FRONT LOT CLOSEST TO MILFORD RD. (North End)

With the Trail Coordinator’s blessing, we will venture out on the trails of Milford/Proud Lake for a 2-PART RIDE. Fat Bikes only. If the weather shifts, we’ll adjust the ride location. Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

PART 1:  NO DROP, beginner-friendly pace for Milford (6 miles). Return to trailhead.

PART 2:  For extra miles at a swifter pace, we’ll venture through the more challenging Proud Lake Loops 1, 2 and maybe 4 (7-9 miles, moderate pace). Some dirt road and sidewalk required to get there.

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


CRAMBA Ride Dirt Trails, Not Mud Trails flier

 PSA: DON’T BE THAT CYCLIST…

… you know, the eager beaver who just can’t wait for the trails to dry, and destroys them for everyone else. We know that early Spring days bring intense trail temptation, but listen to that little white-clad dude on your shoulder – the one with the halo! Or, if you’re more practical in nature, listen to the organizations that maintain the trails. Trust us, you’ll get a longer and more enjoyable cycling season when you sit tight for solid singletrack!


START SPRING CYCLING SEASON WITH A FREE BIKE!

Jamis Bikepacking Contest videoYep, it’s still up for grabs… check out this bikepacking contest that Jamis is running through the month of February, with a grand prize of something like $5,000 in bikes and adventure gear! How sweet would it be if a Hometownie won?! What are you waiting for…
ENTER NOW!!


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 winter fitness programs running right here inside 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

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING FOR KIDS | Mondays at 11AM
Parents welcome! $5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA | New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

 

Daddy-Daughter, Ladies Spin Challenge & Party Invitation

How Sweet It is to be Loved…

Hometown Bicycles, with Shaun Bhajan, sponsoring the Howell Parks and Rec Sweetheart Dances
(Shaun & Aria enjoyed daddy-daughter dancing, and congrats to our dance-time drawing winners!)

KIDS, CANDY, CUTENESS – AND BIKES! – AT THE SWEETHEART DANCES
Hometown hit the dance floor last week for not one, but THREE, Sweetheart Dances that we enthusiastically sponsored through Howell Parks & Rec. Family values reigned supreme (and our son picked up some new dance moves) at these A-is-for-adorable, mother-son / daddy-daughter dances.

Some of you readers signed up for our e-newsletters at the event – welcome, and ride on!

We also want to tip our helmets to truly some of the kindest souls on the planet – our cosponsors, Brennan Investment Services and McCaskill Family Services. Can’t wait to participate in more events with these big-hearted businesses!

WE  YOU, HOMETOWNIES! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! 

Happy Valentine's Day from Hometown Bicycles!


Pizza and Jamis Bicycles - A Clinic-Party at Hometown Bicycles

THIS THURSDAY (2/16):

  EAT, DRINK & BE CURIOUS!

YOU’RE INVITED TO A JAMIS CLINIC-PARTY COMBO THIS THURSDAY! 
This Thursday, February 16, from 6-8pm, we’re hosting a pizza-and-beer clinic celebration that combines the best of Jamis, bike smarts, and cyclist sustenance.

Come out and meet Tom, our uber-awesome Jamis rep, who’ll be sharing insider industry scoops, cool Jamis facts, and answering any questions you might have about the company and the bikes.

You’ll also hear from Shaun about why, when we had an opportunity to carry any bike brand, we determined that Jamis would rock our customers’ worlds and help support the industry we love. The answers may surprise you.

Everyone is welcome – the Jamis owners, the Jamis newbies, and the simply Jamis curious. Bring your family; bring your friends; bring your neighbors; bring your coworkers. What better way to spend a winter evening than surrounded by bikes, connecting with fellow cyclists, and relaxing with a full belly?

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHY JAMIS?” CLINIC-PARTY
We appreciate your early registration, so that we can make sure there’s enough food for all!

Hometown Bicycles loves Jamis Bikes


SPEAKING OF JAMIS… HERE’S HOW TO WIN ONE!

Jamis Bikepacking Contest videoJust wanted to send you a reminder to check out this bikepacking contest that Jamis is running through the month of February, with a grand prize of something like $5,000 in bikes and adventure gear! How sweet would it be if a Hometownie won?! What are you waiting for… ENTER NOW!!


 

Ladies Spin Challenge with Dawn at Hamburg Fitness Center

OH, HOW THE TABLES DO TURN…

Well, it was all fun and games when I gleefully signed Shaun up for his Spin-Off at the Hamburg Fitness Center. And, of course, look what came of it – he became a spin convert!

But our Hamburg Fitness Center peeps have turned the tables on me with a spin-off of Shaun’s Spin-Off… now it’s MY turn to jersey up and spin with our lady customers.

Ladies, please don’t make me do this alone!! I’m several years out of shape, and looking for some serious moral support. The Ladies Spin Challenge is (of course) women only, and runs FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH AT 9:30AM – $5 HOMETOWNIE SPECIAL. Child care is available, fellow mamas! (Call 810-231-4169 to pre-register your kiddies.)

REGISTER NOW TO SPIN WITH ME – CLICK HERE!


A SECOND SPIN-OFF WITH SHAUN…

Ready to clip in for another round of spinning with Shaun at Hamburg Fitness Center? SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH AT 10:15AM – $5 HOMETOWNIE SPECIAL

REGISTER FOR THE HOMETOWN SPIN-OFF WITH SHAUN


Hometown Bicycles service lead Andrew Jackson
(Image at left courtesy Andrew Jackson)

MEET YOUR CREW: ANDREW JACKSON

Andrew is a Hometown phenomenon – mature beyond his years and with a natural ability to lead. You’ll spot him running lead in our service shop, and participating in tons of shop rides. Customers love him, our kids love him, we love him. Andrew’s a treasure:

Coming from a family of eight children myself, Hometown is just another extension of my big family. Whether it is cranking out the tune-ups, watching the kids for Dawn, or helping Shaun finish up the projects around the shop, I am there. I enjoy mountain biking or road riding with some of my fellow Hometown crew members, racing in the MiSCA series, or working on a project or two of my own (usually bike related). Quote I live by: “The only bars I want to be behind in my life are a set of handlebars.”


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – TBA

Our weekly adventure through the Island Lakes Badlands is up in the air this Saturday, as we wait to see whether the ground is firm enough to handle a thundering herd of fat bikes. Can’t believe we’re saying this, but… come on, cold weather!! Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


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 winter fitness programs running right here inside 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

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING FOR KIDS | Mondays at 11AM
Parents welcome! $5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA | New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Spring tulips

SPRING: 35 Days & Counting

5 weeks ’til Spring… can you believe it?! Don’t panic… we’ll get you AND your bike there in top form!

Take advantage of our fat bikes and rentals, winter shop ridesfitness classes, and famous bicycle tune-ups and repairs!

Your Hometown Crew and Speak Up for Cycling

Who’s This Attractive Bunch?

Hometown Bicycles crew group photo

MEET YOUR HOMETOWN BICYCLES CREW…  We consider it a true honor when you introduce us to your family and friends – it lets us know that you feel the same respect, loyalty, and you’re-our-peeps kind of thang that we feel for you.

Well, we’d like to extend you the same courtesy! Meet your Hometown 2.017 crew (above). We’ll be featuring your go-to bike gurus here and on our website over the coming weeks; get to know the guys and gals who help make your Hometown experience a magical one!

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Bike Care and Maintenance Clinic at Hometown Bicycles
THIS WEEK:
  BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINIC (free!)

This Wednesday and Thursday starts the first in a 2-part series of ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR CLINICS TO DATE! Whether you’re a newbie or bike buff, here’s your chance to learn the workings of your trusty sidekick, and how to set yourself and your bike up for a brilliant ride. Bring your questions, and be prepared for some hands-on learnin’!

BIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 11 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 12 from 6-7pm
In this first of a 2-part clinic, we’ll cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails.

BIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 18 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 19 from 6-7pm
In this second of a 2-part clinic, we’ll talk about how to care for your bicycle AFTER you come back from your ride.

BIKE FITTING BASICS – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 26 from 6-7pm
Guest speaker, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, covers bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort.

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SPEAK UP FOR CYCLING AT JANUARY SUMMIT

Livingston County Transportation Summit invitationConcerned about the state of cycling safety in Livingston County? Shaun says, “Let’s stop _itchin’, and do something about it!”

We not only encourage, but ASK you to attend the January 17th Livingston County Transportation Summit, running 8am-Noon at Cleary University’s Johnson Center. It’s FREE, and the more cyclists who attend, the more likely our concerns about local cycling safety will be heard and addressed. You can sit with us – Hometown will be there!

Click the image at left to view the Summit invite. You can REGISTER FOR THE SUMMIT HERE, or email arennie@CMHLIV.ORG for details.

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Fat Bike Friendly shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

FAT BIKE FRIENDLY SHOP RIDE THIS SATURDAY

Knock on wood-ed trails… it looks like the weather is going to be idyllic for a roll through the winter woods. Bring your fatties (or rent one from us!) or mountain bikes. This weekend’s shop ride will be a 2-parter: a 6-mile, beginner-friendly loop to start, and a faster, 7-9 mile, Proud Lake loop for eager beavers craving an additional challenge!

Meet at Milford trailhead (Janowski field) at 1pm on Saturday, January 14th. Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation/changes.

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Team Hometown Bicycles Munch and Learn meeting

LEARN ABOUT TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Heads up, Hometownies… we’ve scheduled a munch-and-learn Team meeting on Saturday, January 21st, 4:30pm in our Community Room. You’ll meet our Team Captains and learn everything from what our Team is about and past accomplishments, to upcoming adventures and Team perks.

There’s no charge to attend, but we do need to plan for food, so please register:
REGISTER NOW FOR OUR TEAM MUNCH-AND-LEARN

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ONLY 2 TEAM SPONSOR SLOTS REMAINING!

We’re down to the FINAL TWO Team Hometown Bicycles sponsorship slots. If interested, please email Jean at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

We tip our helmets to these exceptional companies who have committed (or recommitted!) to being a part of our 2017 Team adventures:

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy logo

Dr. Horal Family and Cosmetic Dentistry logo Body Within Personal Training logo
THIS COULD
BE YOUR
COMPANY!
Jamis Bicycles logo
THIS COULD
BE YOUR
COMPANY!
Hamburg Fitness Center logo

Michigan Banner Factory logo

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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 winter fitness programs running right here inside 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

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Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA | New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

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Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

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We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial

Team Time, Michigan Gifts, and Tons of Winter Fun

Team Hometown Bicycle on the podium at Barry Roubaix - 1st Place

BE A PART OF SOMETHING THAT SUPPORTS THE SPORT YOU LOVE!
Team Hometown Bicycles is a combination of non-competitive and competitive riders with a passion for cycling, supporting their community, and growing the sport. Sound like your cup of tea? Awesome! Because we are now accepting applications for our 2017 Team.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SKINNY ON TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES!

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THANK YOU FOR BEING A 2017 TEAM SPONSOR!
BODY WITHIN PERSONAL TRAINING

Body Within Personal Training promotional video

Getting the 2017 Team Sponsor ball rolling is a company with which we have a long and truly special history. Body Within Personal Training, run by Chris and Jenny Schild, has been a key player in the evolution of Hometown Bicycles since day one – everything from sponsoring our Team in 2015 and 2016, guest speaking at our much-loved winter clinics, sponsoring our epic Mountain Bike Marathon, teaching yoga classes for Hometownies (Shaun and I loved these!), volunteering expertise at our Fall Extravaganza, and being deserving perma-residents on the Hometown Bicycles VIP wall of fame.

I’ll tell you right now that when you support Body Within, you’re supporting Hometown. This company is amazing, and is our role model for business ethics and values.

Check out their video above and visit www.bodywithinfit.com to learn more about the people of Body Within and their in-home personal training and corporate wellness services. They have over 12 years of success stories under their belts, and are loved community wide. And here’s something awesome just for Hometownies…

 20% OFF YOUR 1ST MONTH OF TRAINING 
when you mention “Hometown Bicycles”
(For new clients only.)

CALL NOW TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION:  517-404-3488

“Move Better. Feel Better.” AND show your appreciation for this remarkably supportive Sponsor. Two birds, one stone. Thanks, Hometownies! And THANK YOU, Body Within!
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KEEP YOUR CHRISTMAS $$ IN MICHIGAN!

Local artists bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

While you’re in the thick of Christmas shopping for your favorite bike lovers, why not keep your dollars right here in Michigan by supporting the remarkable talent of local artists on display at Hometown!

Image above (clockwise from top left): Aubrey Baumeier’s Sunshine Design jewelry consists of ingeniously recycled chain links and inner tube. Winnie Chrzanowski’s bike photography tells an artistic story. Deborah Marlowe-Kashdan’s geometric print is playful and pre-framed. Peggy Kerwan’s exquisite bike prints are beautifully presented – all you need is aHometown Bicycles Daily Deal for December 7, 2016: 15% OFF All Bicycle Helmetsbow! Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP has sewn bicycle perfection into her purses, cards, and keychains. And Cindy Selke’s bicycle wreaths are the perfect accent for your front door.

Don’t forget to check out our 24 Days of Christmas daily deals on Facebook for more gift ideas that will help you shop local. Today’s daily deal is at right >>

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TEAM NEWS: GLOBAL FAT BIKE RIDE

Team Hometown Bicycles and our rental fat bikes at Global Fat Bike Ride in Island Lake

Hometown’s Team and crew made the short trek out to Island Lake last weekend for the Global Fat Bike Day Ride. It was total fat bike nirvana!

Hometown Rides Coordinator, Jean, described it like this: “it reminded me of dumping out a jar of marbles – bikes rolling in every direction! Over 100 Fat Bike cyclists joined in for the group ride – some estimate over 150.”

Wanna be a part of the next big fat bike adventure? Join us over at the Poto Trail this Saturday, December 10th at high noon for the 2016 Abominable Snowman Ride! Don’t have a fat bike yet? Cue the Hometown fat bike rentals…
 

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RENT A FAT BIKE AT HOMETOWN

Rent a fat bike at Hometown Bicycles

Our fleet of rental fat bikes were out in full force at last weekend’s Global Fat Bike Day Ride, and they’re all rarin’ to go again for any of you wanting to ride this weekend’s Abominable Snowman Ride. Here’s how the program works:

We have a fleet of 12 rental fat bikes in all sizes, for guys AND gals.

1 DAY = $50           3 DAYS = $100           5 DAYS = $150
Go out, ride, have fun and, if – you know – you just happen to fall in love, we’ll apply the rental fee toward your purchase of that bike!

While your picking out your rental bike, be sure to check out our winter gear selection. Riding’s infinitely more fun when you’re not frozen to your seat!

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Hometown Bicycles offers financing on all bicycle purchases through Synchrony Financial. Ask us for details!

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FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic winter fitness programs running right here inside 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

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA – Fridays at 9AM on 12/16, 23, 30 • 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA – Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

Stay tuned to upcoming emails for an announcement about another favorite use of our Community Room:  Winter Bike Clinic Series 2017… COMING SOON!
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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Friday Night Lights shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

Happily, cold weather and early nights do NOT signal the end of cycling season! Here are shop rides you won’t want to miss this week:

Friday Night Lights – TBA
Although we’re a hardy bunch, temps creeping down into the 20°s this Friday with a stiff, 20mph “breeze” are beyond even our adventurous comfort level. Stay warm this weekend, and we’ll look forward to catching you on the next ride! Stay tuned to our Facebook for the next scheduled ride.

Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Saturday, December 17th, 10 a.m.
Explore ~12-14 miles of Milford area mountain bike trails with us! Fat bike / mountain bikes are all welcome. NO DROP RIDE. Dress warmly! Meet at the Milford trailhead located on Peter’s road between GM/Commerce roads, on the West side (at the Janowski Field park). Park in the lot closest to Peters Road (if you see baseball fields to your left, you’re there). **Check Facebook for ride updates.**

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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Team Hometown Bicycles jersey sponsorship slots

Check out the companies below… they’re our 2015/16 sponsors, and businesses that we are proud to promote because they share our core values of integrity, passion, dedication, and community-mindedness.

Additional Team Sponsor opportunities are still available. Interested in learning more? Contact our Rides Coordinator, Jean, at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

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