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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

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🌷 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!

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