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MI’s Best, Thule, and Triathlons 101

One of MI’s Best Bike Shops!

Hometown Bicycles received Best Bike Shop in MI Top 10 placing in Best Things MI

TURNS OUT WE’RE “A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK”!  
Guess which local bike shop made the list of The 10 BEST BIKE SHOPS IN MICHIGAN?!

We’re snapping our bib shorts suspenders with pride at seeing Hometown Bicycles rocking another Best Bike Shop list. This particular accolade can be found on the Best Things MI website.

Our favorite review from the site: “Stop in if you want to be treated like family. This place is a needle in a hay stack of bike shops. Truly an awesome experience. Great selection too!”  ~ James R.

Thank you, James! Thank you, Best Things MI! And thank-you-thank-you-thank-you, loyal Hometownies!!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Yankee Springs Time Trial
(Bottom 2 images – beer on the podium and Doug Queener catching air – © Jack Kunnen Photography.)

TEAM TIME TRIAL AT YANKEE SPRINGS

In the continuing saga of Team Hometown’s awesome adventures, last weekend found a fantastic five Hometownies racing the Yankee Springs Time Trial. Congratulations to Team member Scott Simpson for his 3rd place finish in Elite Expert single speed class! There were a couple other near-podium-experiences at this event – especially impressive as it’s “one of the largest and longest running time trial races in the Midwest”!


Triathlons 101 Clinic with Amy Gluck at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton, Michigan

“TRIATHLON 101” CLINIC WITH AMY GLUCK

Let’s be real, here… a good majority of cyclists flirt with the idea of triathlons. They may or may not admit it to anyone, but there is something inherently intriguing about spanning the sports in one, body-and-mind-challenging event.

Hometown’s Amy Gluck has a history in IRONMAN competition, and is back in triathlon training following a life-altering accident. With her background in health and nutrition, an IRONMAN Coaching Certification, and a head-over-heels passion for tri’s, Amy is the perfect person to kick off this newest Hometown clinic.

If you’re on the fence about whether to try a tri, are new to the tri community, or are simply eager to pick up tips from a pro, this info-gathering clinic is for you! NO CHARGE and two days to choose from!
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR TRIATHLON 101 WITH AMY GLUCK
Tuesday, May 9th at 6pm  – OR –  Thursday, May 11th at 6pm
(in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room)


Hometown Bicycles is now an Authorized Thule Dealer

WE’RE NOW YOUR AUTHORIZED THULE DEALER

You’ve been asking, and we’re answering – all of you Thule-lovin’ Hometownies can now get your Thule racks right here at YOUR bike shop.


Brighton Bulldogs 9U Travel Baseball Team ScheduleBASEBALL AND BICYCLES

Sounds like the title to an insanely cool new sport, doesn’t it? Anyone up to the challenge?
Actually, this is about the Brighton Bulldogs Baseball Travel Team that we are proudly sponsoring this year. In newsletters past, we promised a game schedule… a promise I can now deliver on! Shaun and I are looking forward to catching a game (and maybe a wayward ball?) at one of their local ballgames. We’d love to see you there!

CLICK HERE TO PICK A DAY TO CHEER ON THESE TALENTED KIDS


Howell Rotary's Tour de Livingston Save the Date

TOUR DE LIVINGSTON SAVE-THE-DATE

It’s almost like a countdown to Christmas! This scenic, local ride is a gift in so many ways – to the riders, to the Community, and to cycling at large. Be sure to mark it down now in your calendars as a 2017 must-ride! Visit their new website for details.


Body Within team

COMING THIS SUMMER TO A FRONT LAWN NEAR YOU…

Hometown’s lawn will soon be playing host to a fast-paced, Fresh Air Fitness class from our long-standing Team Sponsor Body Within. This mid-June class will be specifically designed to get your ride muscles in top form!

Interested? Good! Stay tuned for dates and details, or call Chris at (517) 304-2282 if you’re too excited to wait and need to learn more NOW!


Last weekend's Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Shop Ride at Hometown Bicycles
(Last Sunday’s Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride was a hit, with gorgeous weather and new faces – welcome! This Sunday is the last time we’ll be “exploring” Island Lake singletrack, before we move on to new trails and new adventures. Don’t miss out on riding a classic… join us!)

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL ROAD RIDE (4/27)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
If the rain holds off, come check out the popular Thursday morning Social 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.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (4/28)
8:30PM (meet at 8:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join us for an evening expedition onto Island Lake’s Blue/Yellow loops at an INTERMEDIATE pace. Make sure your lights are charged, as darkness may catch up to us on our 1.5-hour ride. We will re-group throughout the trail. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged.

SATURDAY BEGINNER ROAD RIDE (4/29)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start out aiming for 10 – 15 miles and expand as the weeks roll by.  Route will be on the park roads.  Road bikes are preferred for this ride.  All level riders are welcome. Weather could go either way, so be sure to check on Facebook for a pre-ride update!

SUNDAY GRAVEL GRINDER (4/30)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Twp Hall
This week’s gravel ride along beautiful, rolling, country roads, will ease you in with a shorter, flatter route than normal, and ~ 3 miles of pavement (large shoulder on about half). Expect to venture across 29 miles with a 13-15 mph, NO-DROP pace. All bikes are welcome. Meet in lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive): 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (4/30)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. We’ll ride to the back of Island Lake and explore 9 – 15 miles of singletrack. Save 1.5 hours of your day to ride with the Hometown crew. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged. **Location will rotate in future – check on start locations weekly**

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (5/1)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a NO DROP Beginner Friendly road ride. We’ll be traveling the Island Lakes park roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back. ~ 12 – 15 miles. Sound like too much for you? No worries – there will be an early turn-back option for a little less mileage. Bring a light if you have one, though we’re not expecting to need them. Road bikes recommended. All level riders are welcome.
WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST (5/2) – THIS IS A DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
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!


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation, a remarkable organization created by the Hartwell Family (a particularly awesome group of Hometownies) to raise money to “directly support children, diagnosed with Leukemia and other blood disorders, being treated at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” Participants have a chance to win a Jamis bike, donated by Hometown Bicycles. Great cause. Great cross-training. Great prize.

GREAT TIME TO REGISTER, DON’T YOU THINK??


Hometown Bicycles' Gravel Grinder Shop Ride

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.

– Henry Rollins

T-Shirt Competition, Trail C.P.R., and Podiums at Barry

Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Competition

Little girl drawing a bicycle clip art

WITH HOMETOWN’S 7TH ANNIVERSARY JUST AROUND THE CORNER, we’ve got some coolness in the works… including a t-shirt art competition for our junior Hometownies! Here’s the scoop…

Have your preschool – 5th grader paint or sketch up a fun and colorful t-shirt design (no larger than 8″ x 8″), that includes the following:

  1. A hand-drawn or hand-painted Hometown logo
  2. The words: “I’m a Jr. Hometownie!” (Mom and Dad can help, if needed)
  3. Any other bicycle-related art that your young Hometownie is inspired to create!

Bring in their entry by Monday, April 10th to proudly display in our Community Room for the rest of the month!

The winner will be announced at our 7th Anniversary event on April 15th (details coming soon!), and their winning design will grace a limited edition run of Jr. Hometownie t-shirts! How cool is that?!?

In addition to bragging rights, your school-age winner will also receive a complimentary Jr. Hometownie t-shirt, and will be featured in our weekly newsletter and website! ALL participants will receive an official Hometown sticker, and be acknowledged on our website. We can’t wait to see what your talented, pint-size Hometownies create!!

(Cute kiddie graphic above courtesy www.clipartfest.com)


Happy Jamis owners who got their bikes at Hometown Bicycles!

JAMIS COUPON FOR CYCLISTS WHO ENTERED BIKEPACKING CONTEST

Okay, so, you didn’t win the pair of Dragonslayers in Jamis’ recent bikepacking contest. But you still get a perk for entering!

Check your email for a special offer from Jamis for 10% off MSRP on up to two new 2017 model Jamis bicycles! Special orders included. Just bring in the unique coupon code provided in your email. What a great opportunity to become part of the Jamis/Hometown family!


Team Hometown Bicycles podiums at Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race with Mark Lang and Jim Cleer

TEAM HOMETOWN BIKES THE BARRY

It was another Team Triumph over Ma Nature at last weekend’s Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race!

Placing 2nd overall, 14 Team Hometown riders squelched through muck and cold to a glorious podium finish – only a little over a minute shy of 1st place! Special kudos to riders Mark Lang and Jim Cleer (see above), who took 2nd and 5th consecutively in their age division. Plus a Hometown huzzah to Jack Riddle who, although too under the weather to ride, still made the drive to support his Team. WOW! Awesome job, Team!

Team Hometown Bicycles with the Team tent at Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race, including Team riders Rex Blair, Jim Cleer, Brian Forhan, and Deb Godmer


HOMETOWN TRAIL C.P.R.

Team Hometown Bicycles rider Ed Pienkosz helped clean up the Trail after The Great Wind Storm of '17Following what we’ve dubbed The Great Wind Storm of ’17, our shop trails were littered with branches and debris. But with their usual good spirits and can-do attitude, our Team breathed new life into Hometown’s damaged single track.

Thanks, Jean Steinberg (Hometown’s Ride Coordinator), for getting this ball rolling. And Tom Hermann (who spearheaded the effort), you are a total rockstar! Plus a million thanks to the wonderful Team members who rallied to the cause. Come out and ride their handiwork!
(Ed got an early start on trail clean-up – thanks, Ed!)


Hometown Bicycles Spring Shop Rides - coming soon!

SPRING SHOP RIDES – COMING SOON!

Hometown Bicycles Spring 2017 Weekly Shop Rides ScheduleWe’re just waiting for the weather to break to unleash the flood of fantastic shop ride opportunities that you’ll be enjoying this Spring!

Want to start selecting some “must-try”s for your “wanna-ride” list? Click the PDF at left for a printable preview of the awesomeness to come. Details may change – be sure to watch our newsletters and Facebook for ride updates and information. Pedal on, Hometownies, pedal on.


Brighton Nazarane Church "The Naz" Sportsman's Banquet logo

SHAUN EATS ELK

Shaun will be channeling his inner caveman at this weekend’s Brighton Nazarene Church Sportsman’s Banquet, hosted by their Men’s Ministry. Hometown is a proud supporter of this manly, April 1st event which, in turn, supports building projects “that promote community and family”. Two of our favorite things!

The event includes a wild game dinner, raffles, silent auction, and a world-renowned key note speaker. Gentlemen Hometownies, Brighton Nazarene Church "The Naz" logoyou can join Shaun by ordering tickets at www.thenaz.org or get further details on their Facebook events page.


Bike Tour Vacations, LLC's Crazy Hare-Brained Tour in Michigan
(Image courtesy Bike Tour Vacations, LLC)

CRAZY HARE-BRAINED TOUR – APRIL 15TH

What a great name! Hometown is thrilled to also be supporting this Michigan cycling event. Hosted by Hometown Winter Clinic Series guest speaker, Bike Tour Vacations, LLC

“The Crazy Hare-brained Tour is a fundraiser to help cover touring expenses for 3 Northern Michigan University students as they cycle 1,400 miles around Lake Superior in May.

Our event is up to 40 miles of 100% traffic-free trail riding for road bikes, and up to 30 miles of 100% traffic-free dirt riding for mountain bikes. All ages are welcome, 9 a.m. at Atchison Park in New Hudson.”

Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at event sponsor Draught Horse Brew Pub arBike Tour Vacations logoound 1 p.m. CLICK HERE to register for the Crazy Hare-Brained Tour!


POSES, PEDALS & PINTS – REGISTRATION FULL!!!

Poses, Pedals, and Pints logoIt sure didn’t take long for registration to fill up on this “triathlon” of a different color!

Missed your chance? Don’t worry – it’s looking increasingly likely that this won’t be the last Poses, Pedals & Pints for you to participate in this season! Stay tuned…


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K – CROSS-TRAINING THAT FEEDS YOUR SOUL11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation, a remarkable organization created by the Hartwell Family (a particularly awesome group of Hometownies) to raise money to “directly support children, diagnosed with Leukemia and other blood disorders, being treated at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” Participants have a chance to win a Jamis bike, donated by Hometown Bicycles. Great cause. Great cross-training. Great prize.

GREAT TIME TO REGISTER, DON’T YOU THINK??


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Jerry Cross

MEET YOUR CREW: JERRY CROSS

If you look up “nice guy” in the dictionary, you’ll spot a photo of skilled Service Tech Jerry. He’s frequently accompanied by his equally likable dog, who customers can’t help but love. Jerry says:

I have been riding bikes since I was five. I started working at a bike shop after I graduated. Bought my first Mountain bike and was instantly hooked. I have completed over 50 races, from 5 to 100 mile rides. Bikes have always been a big part of my life.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – ISLAND LAKE BIKE DEMO DAY

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day hosted by the MCMBAThe MCMBA has put a call out for Demo Day volunteers for this wonderfully popular Spring cyclists’ event. (Hometown will be there!) Running May 6th at the ILRA Spring Mill Pond, you can volunteer for everything from setup and registration, to parking and grilling. They write:

The Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day is now in it’s 12th year. This is the second year the event is put on free of charge by the MCMBA. It’s a great chance to talk face to face with people who live the life: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Take a few out for a test ride on the roads and trails at Island Lake, finding the perfect bike or bikes for you.

CLICK HERE to throw your hat into the volunteer ring!


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

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – THIS SATURDAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST – MEET UP AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES @ 9:45 A.M.
No foolin’ around – this ride is a classic! Join us for an April Fool’s Day adventure through the Island Lakes Badlands on this relaxed pace, NO DROP shop ride. Be prepared to push your bike up a hill or two! This is a Plus/Fat Bike expedition. Not appropriate for “skinny” tires. As always, follow us on Facebook for ride confirmations and updates.

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


Mark Lang and Leslie Cook riding fat bikes in front of Hometown Bicycles Bicycle Adventure Center

I just need to ride my bike.

– Emily Rooney

Iceman Glory, Bicycle Blue Book, and Party Sign-Ups

Team Hometown Bicycles at Iceman Cometh Challenge 2016

THE WEATHER, THE COURSE, THE COMPANY… ALL AWESOME!  
Congratulations, Iceman Cometh riders! Another goal achieved, another adventure had, another story to be told (and we hope that you WILL tell it, at our November 12, post-Iceman party – details below!)

For the first time in years, Iceman riders enjoyed a day of clear sky and sunshine. Our Team sure appreciated it… along with the delicious chili and good will served up in the Hometown tent (thank you, Jean and crew!) Ride times were rockin’, good times were a-rollin’… what can we say, but “can’t wait ’til next year!” Iceman or bust, baby!

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WE INTERRUPT YOUR READING FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE…  

Hometown’s 1st Annual Fall Extravaganza event is

THIS SATURDAY (11/12)
FROM NOON – 6PM

Event details and crazy-fun class sign-ups are below, so be sure to read to the end!

NOW, BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSLETTER…

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POST-ICEMAN TUNE-UP SPECIAL  

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Effed My Bike Tune-Up Coupon

It’s all about respect… you rode ’em hard at Iceman – don’t put your bikes away “wet”! That trusty two-wheeler that just took you for the ride of your life will live to race another day with proper care and maintenance. Take advantage of our “Iceman Effed My Bike!” Tune-Up Coupon, where you’ll get $20 toward bikes and accessories with the purchase of a post-Iceman tune-up.

Print this blog and bring it with you. We’ll treat your bicycle like the rockstar that it is!

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HOMETOWN NOW OFFERS FINANCING
ON ALL BICYCLES!  

Synchrony Financial financing now available at Hometown Bicycles on all bicycle purchases

Think of this as one more obstacle REMOVED from you getting fit, having fun, making memories, and riding off into the sunset. Dreams can absolutely be affordable… stop in and ask us about our stellar financing program!

(Pssst! Save your rainy day fund for a rainy day. Those fat bikes you’ll be falling in love with at our November 12 fat bike demo have just become that much more affordable!) 

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EVER WONDER WHAT YOUR BIKE’S WORTH?
Bicycle Blue Book website
Bicycle Blue Book Authorized Trade-In PartnerWe know that, sentimentally speaking, your bicycle’s value is truly incalculable, but if you ever DO decide to sell, how do you determine what it’s worth?Answer: BicycleBlueBook.com. Did you know that Hometown Bicycles is an Authorized Bicycle Blue Book Trade-In Partner? That’s just a fancy way of saying that we can help you figure out what your bike is worth. Who knows, your dream Jamis bike may be significantly closer than you think! (Like, maybe even at this Saturday’s fat bike demo… *wink*  *wink*  *nudge*  *nudge*…)
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THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT SCHEDULE & CLASS SIGN-UP FOR

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

We’re just days away from this fantastic, autumn, family and fat bike extravaganza… time to get yourself registered for some of the cool classes, and to plan your order of enjoyment, so that you don’t miss one, single, crazy-fun activity!

Jamis Fat Bike demoFAT BIKE DEMO:  All Day!
Our Jamis and Framed fat bikes will be out in full force at this event, and available for you to test ride and fall in love with (yes, we’re that confident!). NO CHARGE.

Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5:00 pm
Hometown artists Deborah Kashdan, Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell and her Nana, and newcomer Sarah Burke will be setting up art displays at our first ever mini indoor art fair here at the shop. Weather permitting, Sarah will also be holding an outdoor demonstration of her incredible spray paint art skills. You’ve seen their bicycle art – here’s a chance to enjoy more of their creativity… and maybe take care of some Christmas shopping in the process! (Artists prefer cash or check, so please come prepared!)

Question marks - ask the experts“ASK THE EXPERTS”:  Noon – 1:30 pm
Hit a cycling plateau? Nagging knee pain on your rides? Body Within Personal Training‘s, Jenny Schild, and Pro-Motion Physical Therapy‘s, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT are generously volunteering their fitness/nutrition and common cycling injury/bike fit expertise at our event. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY for one-stop, NO CHARGE, professional input on how to be a better, stronger cyclist… take advantage of it!

Vinyasa yoga class at Hometown BicyclesPOWER YOGA WITH TOCCA MASSAGE & YOGA:  12:15 pm
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOGA

Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  1:45 pm
Join in on Martha’s crazy-popular Cardio Drumming class (Liam’s favorite!), which will be pumping up the volume in our Community Room at next Saturday’s event.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR CARDIO DRUMMING

Zumba at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA WITH HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER:  3:00 pm
Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness in our Community Room.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ZUMBA

Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  4:15 pm
Bring along your young ‘uns of all ages to create a unique, bicycle gear Christmas ornament with gears, glitter, and other crafty goodies provided by Hometown Bicycles. Parents, please come, too! This is a parent-child project you’ll treasure for years to come. A nominal $4 per child covers materials and instruction.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE KID’S CRAFT CLASS

Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
RIDE WITH SHAUN!! Join your bike guru, and leave from our shop parking lot at 3:30pm for the Yellow and Blue trails of picturesque, autumn-tinged Island Lake. NO DROP, all levels welcome!

Chili cook off at Hometown BicyclesCHILI COOK-OFF:  Judging begins when the riders return!
Put your best chili forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights at Hometown’s first annual culinary cook-off! Entries must be delivered by 4:15pm, and hungry cyclists and party-goers will be the judges for this people’s choice competition. Winner takes home a $25 Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate PLUS one of the first Hometown t-shirts ever made available to the public!!
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO ENTER THE CHILI COOK-OFF

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. And please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!

Party Ride with Shaun for Tour de Livingston

Save the Date – 8/6!
Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun 

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun

OUR BIGGEST SHOP RIDE OF THE YEAR… YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS! 

On AUGUST 6TH, we’re celebrating the launch of our annual Tour de Livingston Training Ride series with a Party Ride that puts you pedal-to-pedal with your goateed bike guru!

Shaun will be leading this one hour, NO-DROP ride from the Hometown parking lot, through local subdivisions, and onto the scenic, winding roads of Island Lake. This laid-back cruise is for ANY BIKE, ANY LEVEL, and ANY AGE.

All riders will be entered to win a Tour de Livingston jersey, compliments of Howell Rotary!

You’ll return to a post-ride party, with food on the barbie, campfire conversation, and the epic jersey drawing. Bring your own lawn chair and even an instrument or two, if you’re musically inclined.

The more the merrier, so invite friends and family! It’s all FREE!
(Helmet and signed waiver required.)

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SPEAKING OF TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDES… 
Tour de Livingston ride

Following the big shin-dig on August 6th, join us for our new-and-even-more-awesome,weekly Tour de Livingston Training Rides, leaving Saturdays (starting 8/13) at 9AM from our shop!

What’s new? What’s even more awesome? This year’s group rides will build skills and stamina on a week-by-week basis, culminating in the great and all-popular Tour de Livingston ride itself. Rides will gradually increase in length, and so will your confidence, as we teach you the ropes of safely navigating traffic, group etiquette, and how to go the distance!

PLUS, there’ll be MORE opportunities along the way to win yourself a Tour de Livingstonjersey, compliments – once again – of Howell Rotary!

Get it on your calendar, Hometownies! This shop ride is something extra-special!

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AND SPEAKING OF SHOP RIDES…

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SUNDAY, 8:00AM – The Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 5:00PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

TUESDAY, 9:00AM – Hometown Green Gals Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

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DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN VOTE DAILY?! NO JOKE!

Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

Dad’s Day gotta-gets, kiddie MTB, and Pinckney draws bikes

UBER-COOL FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR DADS WHO LOVE CYCLING 

Holy smokes!! Father’s Day is this Sunday – June 19th! But before you hit the big, red panic button, know that your gift hunt need go no further than Hometown Bicycles. Seriously, check out some of the high-five-worthy gifts you can treat Dad to…
Nirve cruisers for men
COOL BICYCLES
For all dads – cruisers to racers
Bicycle neckties
BIKE NUT NECKTIES
A classy way to show his passion
DAD bicycle mugs
DAD-GEARED MUGS
DAD mugs and more!
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Park Tool commemorative glasses
PARK TOOL GLASSES
Slick, commemorative drinkware
Bicycle chain frames and cyclist desk statue
MANLY DESK SWAG
Cyclist frames and statuary
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Michigan Tandem T-shirts
COLORFUL T-SHIRTS
Combines MI pride + bike ♥
Dragon Yard Spinner
WILD YARD SPINNERS
Garden art that will turn heads
Bicycle tools from Park Tools
BIKE TOOLS!!!
Can’t go wrong with trusty tools
Bicycle chain beer bottle openers
BOTTLE OPENERS
A favorite of beer-lovin’ dads
Gu and athlete nutrition
CYCLIST NUTRITION
Delicious energy for active guys
Bicycle pizza cutters
KITCHEN GADGETRY
Bicycle pizza cutters and more
Hometown Bicycles EPO Hot Sauce
EPO HOT SAUCE
Hometown’s signature sauce.

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“TAKE A KID MT. BIKING DAY” TAKES THE CAKE

Hometown Bicycles makes a splash at Poto IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
(Hometownies in attendance included Brian R., Brian F., Mike D., Jack R., and Olga N.)

For a family-friendly event designed to encourage the next generation of cyclists, the Poto MBA’s Take-A-Kid-Moutain-Biking Day really did top the “awesomeness” charts. Team Hometown Bicycles kept it real with bicycle safety checks, helmet fits, and general SAG support. But they also had a blast sharing their passion for pedaling with their own family.

Stellar event, Poto MBA!!

………………………PINCKNEY SCHOOLS BEAUTIFY HOMETOWN

Pinckney participates in Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program with colorful bicycle artStudent bicycle art by Pinckney High School student Erin Collingham at Hometown BicyclesOur Community Room is in full bloom yet again – this time with the playful bicycle art of Hallie Levine’s Pinckney High School and Navigator Elementary 4th grade students.

Their art ranges from vibrant to whimsical and – art appreciators take note! – the high school artwork IS for sale! (Remember, students keep 100% of the proceeds!)

This colorful student art display will be up for the next month, and an Artists’ Reception open house will be announced in the coming weeks. Bike by and check it out!

………………………DID YOU KNOW… ???

We’ve repaired over 12,200 bicycles since Hometown Bicycles first opened it’s doors 6 years ago.

There are so many reasons why our tune-ups and repairs are so famous – bring your bikes by, and we’ll show you first-hand!

How to Love Your Cyclist This Valentine’s Day

Show Your Valentine Some Bike Love 
Jamis Defcon for Valentine's Day
FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES… AND A DEFCON
Get your creative caps on, and really think about how you can show your Valentine how much they mean to you. If a bike is just the thing to wow your sweetheart, the Jamis Defcon is a stunner in passionate fire red.

Sock Guy bike socks for Valentine's Day

I ♥ YOU FROM YOUR HEAD TO YOUR SOCKED FEET
A foot massage would make a wonderful Valentine’s treat, but not for you, if you have to touch questionable old socks. Deck those beloved feet in new “I ♥…” or “hot lips” cycling socks from Sock Guy.

Pink Purses by Limited Productions by Lauren Patrell

THINK PINK FOR HER GREENS
Gentleman, your bicycle-lovin’ Valentine will adore this exquisitely crafted, Made-in-Michigan, LPbyLP purse set not only for stylishly toting cash, but also for declaring her OTHER passion (besides you, of course!) to the world.

Flower bicycle notecards by Peggy Brewer
WHO CAN RESIST A COLORFUL BOUQET?
Local artist Peggy Brewer combined the best of two worlds – flowers and bicycles – with her vibrant notecards. Save yourself a trip to the drug store – we’ve got your perfect Valentine’s card right here at the shop!

Bicycle cassette candle holders by Deborah Marlowe Kashdan
SET THE MOOD WITH CANDLELIGHT
Gearing up for a romantic, candlelit dinner? Award-winning Detroit artist, Deborah Marlowe Kashdan, has found a clever new use for recycled cassettes – as candleholders! Read more about this new Hometown artist below.

Hometown Bicycles Love Bar all natural soaps

KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN
“Ride Hard – Smell Good”: That’s the tagline of our new, all-natural line of scented soaps, made preservative-free, dye-free, and fixative-free. The Hometown Bicycles Love Bar will make a sweet-smelling gift for that super-special somebody.
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SPEAKING OF FUELING YOUR PASSION…

Gu, Fizz, Hammer, and more nutrition has arrived at Hometown Bicycles

With cycling season just half a month away, our shelves are filling with your favorite nutrition brands in every imaginable powder, fizz, chew, and gel, in every imaginable flavor, to keep yourself rockin’ out the miles on your bicycle.

We’re even building up a new display to house this treasure trove of energy. Stop by and check it out!

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MEET THE ARTIST: DEBORAH MARLOWE KASHDAN

Deborah Marlow Kashdan and her artistic creations at Hometown Bicycles

"Choose Your Path, Chart Your Course. Keep Your Feet to the Pedals and Your Eyes on the Road Ahead" by Deborah Marlowe Kashdan, print available at Hometown BicyclesMeet Deborah – a nationally and internationally award-winning artist whose artistic background and merits span mediums and the globe! Deborah has “a passion for cycling, recycling, and designing and creating functional art.” (Come read her Artist’s Statement at the shop to learn more about this terrific artist and fantastic human being.)

Deborah’s “Bike Lights” cassette candleholders make a wonderfully whimsical addition to our shop, and we’re head-over-heels with her cycling print titled, “Choose Your Path, Chart Your Course. Keep Your Feet to the Pedals and Your Eyes on the Road Ahead“. How. Cool.

Valentine’s Day shoppers – candles, gears… you’ve got to check these out!

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OUR INDUSTRY LOVES US!

Hometown Bicycles - Best Retailer of 2015 from QBPFor the fifth year in a row, we’ve been named Best Retailer of 2015 by Quality Bicycle Products.

We’re psyched, so we wanted to toot our horn to the awesome people who helped us get there.

We love you, Hometownies! Thanks for keeping us at the top the charts year after year!

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ON DECK: “WHY JAMIS?” CLINIC
Jamis bicycles lined up at Hometown Bicycles
Ever wonder why, when we had an opportunity to bring in any bicycle brand, we picked Jamis? The reasons will surprise you! Come to our clinic, and find out why we partnered with Jamis. Super-rep and our “brother-from-another-mother”, Tom Trentanove, will be on hand to give you a bonus inside scoop on the bike company that we LOVE! (1 clinic only!)

Bicycle wheelEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
SAT 2/13 from 10-11am
Part 2 of 2, this clinic covers the perennial favorite – flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice!

Jamis Bicycles logoWHY JAMIS? – REGISTER NOW!
WED, 2/17 at 6-7pm (one day ONLY)
A new addition to our clinic series, “Why Jamis?” answers who Jamis is, what they offer YOU, and why we’ve loved ’em from Day One! This clinic is perfect for anyone who owns, or is considering owning, a Jamis!

Iceman, a Super-Awesome Day & Trainer-Time

Good Luck, Iceman Riders!

Iceman Cometh Challenge logo
 MUD, GUTS, AND GLORY…

May the force be with all of you adventurous Hometownies who are racing for glory at tomorrow’s Iceman Cometh Challenge. So many of you dropped by for our Pre-Iceman Tune-Up Special, and we’re confident that your trusty steeds are up for the challenge. Now it’s up to YOU to give your bicycle wings!

While we’re bummed not to be attending this year’s Iceman, we’ll definitely be rocking some Brighton-based cheerleading for all of you racers. Missing us? Just look for fellow hard-to-miss Hometown jersey riders, and know that you’ve got an instant friend.

And remember, if Iceman “effs” your bike, all is not lost! CLICK HERE to print the Hometown Bicycles’ “Iceman Effed My Bike Tune-Up” coupon, good through the entire month of November.

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TOM H.’S SUPER-AWESOME DAY

Tom H with the Jamis bike - donated by Hometown Bicycles - that he won at Tour de Livingston

(Congrats, Tom!)

Tom rocked 100 miles at this year’s Tour de Livingston AND won the raffle for the Jamis bike that we donated to the event. Now THAT’S a super-awesome day! Here’s what Tom has to say about it:

“I have done the Tour de Livingston two years.  I waited until I had a suitable bike (my cross bike) before I rode it.  If I was to ride it, I wanted to do the whole 100 miles.

I connected with Hometown Bikes when Shaun moved from his previous bike shop job in Brighton. He was always great with the customers at that shop. My brother informed me that he took a bike to get repaired at Shaun’s little shop (the repair only edition). So I started to use Shaun for tune ups and repairs.

I was actually shocked when I heard Shaun call my name for the bike. For a moment I thought he was kidding, or I had not heard it correctly. It really took me the whole morning to process it. I had been trying to figure out ways to convert my cross bike to be more road friendly. With my kids, I really don’t have the money right now to buy a good road bike. I just figured I would eventually get one in a few years or so. So this just really makes it more sweet.

My plans for the new bike are to take it on a few more road events (I really enjoy them). I still mountain bike primarily (though my mileage for the year doesn’t say so). Eventually I will make it back out to Ragbrai some year, and I will definitely ride the road bike and not suffer across Iowa with my cross bike.

Thanks again Shaun and Dawn!

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CycleOps Trainers at Hometown Bicycles bicycle adventure center
STOP!! TRAINER-TIME…

OK, so the reality of Michigan cycling is that outdoor winter cycling is not for everyone. But INDOOR winter cycling… now that’s a different matter entirely. We’ve got trainers stocked and ready for pedal-powered action. Stop in and check ’em out!

 

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