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Mom’s Day Giveaways, Stampedes, and Bikes and Brews in Brighton

Happy Mother's Day from your Hometown Bicycles Crew!

THIS SUNDAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU…  
Moms are multi-tasking, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and multi-talented rockstars. Am I tooting my own horn? Probably, but the point is that the mom in your life deserves royal treatment this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th), and we’re going to help!

This Sunday, moms will enjoy flowers and refreshments, compliments of your Hometown crew. There’ll be t-shirt give-aways. AND, the first 20 bikes purchased by or for a mom come with a COMPLIMENTARY Hometown Bicycles Mother’s Day package, which includes a cycle computer, safety light, bottle cage, water bottle, and seat bag at NO ADDITIONAL COST.

You have done and continue to do so much for us, moms – this is just our way of saying we love you, we appreciate you, and we want you to have a wonderful Mother’s Day!


Amy Gluck teaching a Triathlon 101 Clinic at Hometown Bicycles
TODAY: “TRIATHLON 101” CLINIC WITH AMY GLUCK

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!

CLICK TO ATTEND TRIATHLON 101 WITH AMY GLUCK
Thursday, May 11th at 6pm in the Community Room


Team Hometown Bicycles at Mud, Sweat, and Beers - Paul Andres, Scott Simpson, and Mike Dyer
THE TEAM REPRESENTS AT MUD, SWEAT & BEERS

Mud, Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest and Mountain Bike Race. As their website notes: “The name of our race says it all: get ready to be sweaty.”

Team Hometown’s Paul Andres, Scooter Gates, Mike Dyer, and Scott Simpson all expended some serious electrolytes in the pursuit of personal goals and podium time. Congrats to Scott Simpson, for a well-earned 3rd in his division! And thanks to all for taking our Team up to beautiful Traverse City!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Fort Custer Stampede
A TEAM TRIUMPHANT AT FORT CUSTER STAMPEDE

“Stampede” in the Fort Custer Stampede Mountain Bike Race would seem to reference Team Hometown’s en masse charge to the podium last weekend! Olga “The Romanian Rocket” Negrut placed 2nd in her division, Doug Queener took a sweet 3rd in his, and Roger Pelkey nabbed 2nd place with his swift ride! Shout out, too, to Justin Ham who made solid headway in a super challenging Expert class.


Poses, Pedals and Pints tshirts

LOOK FOR US THIS SATURDAY IN DOWNTOWN BRIGHTON!

Do you remember, from earlier newsletters, a little something called Poses, Pedals & Pints? It’s a dream triathlon of yoga, cycling, and beer, and it’s happening this Saturday morning (5/13) in Downtown Brighton. Look for these fun, “smurf” blue event t-shirts (see above) stretching, cycling, and sipping at Brewery Becker!

Hometown’s running the cycling portion, and manning the event with Team volunteers. If you’re at the Farmer’s Market, stop by our tent and say “hello!” Helmet tip to event founder, Tocca Massage & Yoga, and co-sponsors Brewery Becker, Ceo Wilson Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance, Financial Architects, Inc., Lake Trust Credit Union (a personal fave of ours), and Kensington Valley Varsity.

Missed registration? Don’t despair! Plans are underway for future remixes – stay tuned!


Hometown Bicycles at the MCMBA Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day

DON’T YOU JUST LOVE A FIRST CLASS BIKE DEMO??

We sure did this past Saturday, at the MCMBA’s 12th Annual Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day! With a powerhouse combo of Crew and Team (thanks, volunteers!), we made all sorts of new friends and reconnected with old ones. Our Jamis and Framed demo bikes were put through their paces, and got a lotta love from happy cyclists.

Our top kudos to Team Hometown Bicycles’ Steve Steinberg, who chaired this whopper of an MCMBA event. Well ran, Steve… well ran.


MCMBA KEEPS ‘EM COMING – MILFORD BIKE FEST

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!


Hometown Bicycles Bike to School Day flier for the Howell Parks and Rec

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY COMPETITION WINNER

This week, Hometown was a super-geeked Sponsor of Howell Parks & Rec’s Bike to School Day competition, in which Howell elementary schools competed to see who could rally the largest number of students to bike into school Wednesday morning.

Our congrats to Northwest Elementary, which took home the gold with 160 student cyclists. Doesn’t that just make your heart sing?! The future of cycling is looking good, indeed!


Spencer Elementary of Brighton Annual Live Auction and Carnival Fundraiser
(Images courtesy Lisa Sanzica)

SUPERHERO SUCCESS STORY AT SPENCER

Last week, I talked about Hometown’s support of my own elementary alma mater at their “Calling All Superheroes” 29th Annual Live Auction & Spring Carnival.

Since Hometown was running full bore at Demo Day, our Spencer insider, Lisa Sanzica, kindly shared the photos above (thanks, Lisa!), and informed us that the event was an unmitigated success, with a flood of dollars and support for “cultural enrichment programs, field trips, monthly assemblies and updating our playground area.”

Congratulations, Spencer Elementary of Brighton, on a fantastic event, and thanks for allowing us to be a part of your success!


Hometown Bicycles Crew
(This is everyone, sans CycloDan – I promise to Photoshop you in as soon as I get the chance, Dan!)

YOUR HOMETOWN CREW HAS GROWN…

Our Crew is blooming right along with the Spring greenery! Get ready to meet new additions and spot familiar faces over the coming newsletters. Let’s start with a Hometown legend…


Hometown Bicycles Tim Bart

MEET THE CREW: TIM BART

Tim became part of the Hometown family a-WAYYYYYYYYYY back in early 2013. Even back then, he was one of our customers’ favorites – a fact that hasn’t changed in the passing years. Despite his intense scholastic career as a full time engineering student, Tim has found his way back home to Hometown for the summer. You’ll spot him on the floor, being just as much of a stellar resource to our customers as he ever was. Tim says:

Cycling started for me as a mountain biking hobby that sounded like a fun thing to do with my brother. He took me into Hometown to get my first mountain bike and I left that trip with an awesome new bike, and an awesome new job! This led to an obsession to all things bikes and a lifestyle to include cycling as a major part. Through the group rides, the training grind, and the races, Hometown has been by my side and I am proud to call myself part of the Hometown crew and community!


Hometown Bicycles Friday Night Lights shop ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (5/12)
8:45PM (meet at 8:30) from Hometown Bicycles
Bring your lights for this mountain bike ride, as we’ll be dashing through the dark at times.  This lively crew will be night cycling Island Lake from Hometown Bicycles and complete the 16 miles in 1.5 hours. They like to change up the scenery, so watch the Hometown Bicycles Newsletter and Facebook for future weekly start location.

NO SATURDAY RIDE – We’ll be at Poses, Pedals & Pints!

NO SUNDAY RIDES – Mother’s Day, but our shop is still open!

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (5/15)
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.

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (5/16)
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 (5/17)
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!

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


THIS WEEKEND! 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??


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

COMING SOON! YOGA FOR EVERY BODY

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

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

CLICK HERE to register or email ashley@toccamassage.com.


Team Hometown Bicycles' jersey rider at Island Lake Recreation Area

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

– Susan Sontag

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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

Melon Mania, Hometown’s New Trail, and Help Wanted

Team Hometown Bicycles led off the Doc May Melon Memorial Ride at Howell's Annual Melon Festival

IT WAS PERFECT MELON MANIA AT LAST WEEKEND’S DOC MAY RIDE
Between the melon-colored t-shirts, our melon orange raffle bike, mouthwatering melon ice cream, locally-harvested melons, and the smiling melons sporting helmets on the Doc May Memorial Bike Ride, Hometown and our ever-so-cool community were in pure melon heaven this past Saturday!

At well over 70 riders, this was the Doc May Ride’s largest turn-out to date – and many of those were YOU, awesome Hometownies! Thanks for being there!! We loved hanging out with you!!!

Hometown Bicycles setting up for the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride at Howell's Melon Festival

ABOVE: Pre-ride prep included marking the route, setting up bike valet, and wheeling ’round the Melon Fest raffle bike donated by Hometown Bicycles (and won by Sue S. of Detroit – congrats, Sue!). Can we get a WHOOP!-WHOOP! for Team Hometown Bicycles Captain, Jim Cleer, who not only helped design a new route, but also marked it (from the back of the Hometown-mobile), and led off the ride. Thanks, Jim!

Riders of Doc May Memorial Melon Ride at Howell Melon Festival with Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: And here are just a few of the many melon riders who made this melon-y ride so seriously sweet. Can’t wait to ride with you again next year, melon-thusiasts and Hometownies!  

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: CLEAR A TRAIL AT HOMETOWN! 

New single track trail at Hometown Bicycles of Brighton MIYou read that right, Hometownies… we’ve carved a small, family-friendly, single-track trail into the scenic back acreage of Hometown’s property, and now we need to get it rider-ready!

This Sunday, August 28th, between 9am and 2pm, we’re looking for volunteers to tackle trail clearing with Shaun and our Team. Bring your gloves and garden clippers. We’ll be cleaning, cutting, beautifying, and (of course) TESTING the new trail.Volunteers get first dibs on riding it!

CAN YOU HELP? PLEASE LET US KNOW!

CONTACT JEAN AT RIDE@MYHOMETOWNBICYCLES.COM

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GOODNESS!  LOOK WHAT YOU DID… ! 

Hometown Bicycles wins Livingston County Daily People's Choice Winner Award 2016 for Best Bicycle Shop

Well, Hometownies, we see you’ve been up to your usual antics… sharing your Hometown love, making us feel like rockstars, and just generally being awesome!

Look what we just read in the 2016 Livingston County People’s Choice publication from Livingston County Daily (thanks, Peter, for bringing us the good news!)… a full page article expounding the virtues of Hometown Bicycles, WHICH YOU VOTED 2016 BEST BICYCLE SHOP OF LIVINGSTON COUNTY! WOW!!!
Well, guess what… WE LOVE YOU, TOO!! Thank you, Hometownies! And thank you Livingston County Daily for letting us know about all of the cool businesses and fun things to do that are right here in our own “backyard”!

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TEAM NEWS: TRAVERSE CITY ULTIMATE MTB 

Team Hometown Bicycles' Olga Negrut wins her age division at the X100 50-mile Ultimate Mountain Bike Race in Traverse City

Team Hometown Bicycles riders, Doug Q. and Olga N. trekked on up to Traverse City for the Ultimate X100 Mountain Bike Race. Olga (above) took first in her age division with a blazing 50-mile sweep in her first race following a broken collar bone. Now, that’s a comeback!

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HELP WANTED: FULL & PART-TIME POSITONS  

Help Wanted at Hometown BicyclesIt’s that sad time of year when our scholastically-aged staff wing back to their studies, but an exciting time of year for welcoming aboard new members to our Hometown crew!

If you’re looking for a new career, and want to play a key role in the continuing evolution of Hometown Bicycles, drop by the shop for an application. Talk to Shaun or Dawn.

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop rideHere’s what’s coming up this week:

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

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SATURDAY, 9:00AM – Tour de Livingston Training Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training 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!

Melonhead Riders and Campus Cruisin’

Hometown Bicycles at Melon Festival in Howell, Michigan

MELON FEST OR BUST, BABY! HANG WITH YOUR HOMETOWNIES AT THIS WEEKEND‘S MELON RIDE 

This weekend, we’re putting helmets on our melons and leading the Melon Festival’s Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th.
Doc May Memorial Melon Ride flyer
It’ll be fun times with a new route, new scenery, a new Hometown-donated bike raffle, and Howell’s famous mm-mm-MMMMMMMmelons!

Team Hometown Bicycles will be on course for courtesy SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, we’re offering complimentary bike valet service, so that you can enjoy post-ride festivities without your bike in tow!

GET REGISTERING, HOMETOWNIES!!

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HELLO-O-O-O, BUDGET-FRIENDLY CAMPUS CRUISIN’

Hometown Bicycles College Special

We’re bringing back a collegiate favorite – the Hometown Bicycles College Special. It’s everything a student needs for traversing campus on two wheels – bike, lock, light, kickstand, water bottle and cage – for a tuition-friendly price.

THIS DEAL IS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS, so book it over to Hometown before you miss out!

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THE TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDE SKIPS A BEAT 
Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Oh, Michigan… sigh. Intermittent drizzling laid a wet blanket on our first Tour de Livingston Training Ride, BUT the sun’ll come out tomorrow – or, we’re actually hoping, on August 27th. Remember, THIS Saturday, it’s all about the melons (see above)!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ 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, 9:00AM – Iceman Training 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!

New Mountain Biking Intro Clinic + Parties, Rides and Accomplishments

Curious About Mountain Biking?
—- WE’VE GOT A CLINIC FOR THAT! —-

Mountain biker on single track in the woods
(Super-cool image copyright © International Mountain Biking Association [IMBA]. All rights reserved.)

JUST HOW DIFFERENT IS RIDING TRAILS TO RIDING ROADS ANYWAY? 

The lure of woodsy single-track strikes just about every cyclist at some point in their life… there’s something almost primal about the need to take a path less traveled.

But mountain biking (MTB) is a very different beast from road riding – with different equipment, challenges, and skill requirements – and that can be downright intimidating.

We get it, and that’s why we’ve created the “So, You Want to Transition to Mountain Biking” Clinic. Jennifer (our Events Coordinator, MTB novice, and instigator of this clinic) and Shaun will talk about these differences, how to prep for your first trail experience, where to ride when you’re ready, and groups and classes that can help. PLUS, we’ll have a variety of demo bikes on hand for you to try what you just learned!

CLINIC RUNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT 6:30PM
in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room
Rest assured, you will NOT have to grow facial hair and wear flannel shirts to participate…
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KUDOS TO CORA FOR THE SALE OF HER BIKE ART! 
Cora Kroll of Pinckney High School with her sold bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

Just wanted to give a huge Hometown shout-out to Pinckney High School art student, Cora Kroll, for the sale of her wicked-cool graphite bike art. Way to go, Cora!

Do YOU want to support the awesome talent of these students? Their artwork is still on display (and for sale) in our Community Room. Come check it out!

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8/6: TOUR DE LIVINGSTON PARTY RIDE WITH SHAUN 
Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun flier

Don’t forget to sign up for this FREE, biggest-ride-of-the-year, food-on-the-barbie, chill-around-the-campfire, win-a-jersey, Party Ride with your goateed bike guru to launch our annual Tour de Livingston Training Ride series (see section below)!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDES JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER 
Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Following the big Party Ride (see section above), we’re turning our annual TDL Training Ride series into a tip-top training tool to maximize your Tour de Livingston experience, with skill building, stamina stretching, and many more chances to win cool TDL swag!

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TEAM NEWS: ACHIEVEMENTS THAT REALLY HIT HOME 
Just when we think we can’t get any prouder, our Team serves up another dish of “oh, wow!” This time, a couple Team achievers hail right from our very own Hometown crew…

Hometown Bicycles' Events Coordinator Jennifer McCauley takes 2nd place at the Sylvania Women's TriathlonCongratulations to Hometown’s Events Coordinator, Jennifer McCauley, for blowing it out of the water at last weekend’s Sylvania, OH Women’s Only Triathlon and rocking a second place win in her age division! Jennifer designed and will be instructing our upcoming, August 9th “So, You Want to Transition to Mountain Biking” Clinic. She credits MTB cross-training for breaking her out of a plateau and shaving 3 minutes off her triathlon bike time! (see top)

(Above: Jennifer holds up her well-deserved trophy at the Tri. Image courtesy Jennifer McCauley)

Hometown Bicycles Rides Coordinator Jean Steinberg at the Got Womens Mountain Bike ClinicA round of high fives to Hometown’s Rides Coordinator, Jean Steinberg, who was tapped byCRAMBA (Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association) to be an instructor at last weekend’s Got MTB Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic. Despite getting caught in a deluge (“I dumped running water out of my shoes twice…”), Jean did our shop and her sport proud, sharing her passion with a bevy of enthusiastic MTB newbies. (There’s another one on August 27th!)

(Above: Jean simulates proper weighting for climbing with fellow instructor Norbert. Image courtesy Jean Steinberg)

Team Hometown Bicycles' DJ Joe Ostervik at the RAGBRAIAlso, we want to give a “hollah!” to Team Hometownie “DJ Joe” Ostervik, who’s been posting some great pics on Facebook of his RAGBRAI (“The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa”) adventure in the Team kit. In fact, he’s still out there, enjoying his week-long trek across Iowa. Safe travels, Joe, and thanks for sharing the adventure!

(Left: “DJ Joe” pit stops at the Jamis tent on the RAGBRAI, crossing Iowa by bicycle. Image courtesy DJ Joe Ostervik)

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VOTING CLOSES AUGUST 7 – PLEASE VOTE DAILY!

Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

CLICK TO VOTE HOMETOWN BICYCLES “BEST BIKE SHOP 2016”

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TAKE NOTE! DOC MAY MEMORIAL MELON RIDE ON 8/20 
Howell Melon Festival's Doc May Memorial Melon Ride website

It’s never too early to mention a Hometown favorite – the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th!! We’re partnering with the Howell Area Parks & Rec Authority on a simple, new route that will tour you past some of Howell’s most scenic highlights. Our Team will be cycling on course to provide basic SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, Hometown’ll also be your bike valet for the event, so that you can enjoy the post-ride festivities unencumbered by your 2-wheeled steed – NO CHARGE!

What are you waiting for, Hometownies?? GET REGISTERING!!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ 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!

A Spectacular Kick-Off, the Crafty Cyclist, and One Bad Egg

Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride 2016 with Team Hometown Bicycles
(Photo courtesy Howell Rotary/Livingston County United WayTdL rocks!!)

THAT WAS ONE SPECTACULAR TOUR DE LIVINGSTON KICK-OFF! 

Nearly 60 riders took to the Howell roads last weekend in this pre-Tour, Balloonfest-based, Hometown-led kick-off event. Our Team and crew had an absolute blast riding with all of you. Thanks for making this Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride one to remember!

Tour de Livingston kick-off ride registration tent at the Livingston County Courthouse in Howell
(Photo courtesy Howell Rotary/Livingston County United Way… RA-RA-sis-boom-TdL!!)

This year’s Tour de Livingston event is October 9th. REGISTER NOW!

TOUR DE LIVINGSTON – OCTOBER 9

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NUMBER ONE IN YOUR HEARTS… AND ONLINE?Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

You’ve rocketed us into “First Place – Best Bicycle Shop” year after year (after year!) on the Detroit A-List, and that show of loyalty motivates us to keep on rocking your cycling world!!Now, here’s another chance to let your community know who YOUR bike shop is – can you help us get to #1 here, too?

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PINCKNEY STUDENT ART OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT!

Pinckney Schools student bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

It’s here!! TONIGHT, June 28th from 5:30-6:30pm, we are hosting a Student Art Open House to celebrate the creativity of Pinckney Schools students.

Complimentary refreshments, beautiful bike art (some of it for sale!), and a chance to feel like a rockstar for helping these young artists know how talented they are – please come!

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PALLET PAINTING FOR THE CRAFTY CYCLIST

Comfy Canvas Pallet Painting Party at Hometown Bicycles - bicycle artCalling all crafty types!! Here’s a fantastically fun, new addition to our Community Room schedule…a bicycle-themed pallet painting party, courtesy of Comfy Canvas.

Running Saturday, July 23 at noon (but registration closes July 9th!), this artsy avenue gives you the chance to craft your very own bicycle sign masterpiece from upcycled pallet board. Check out what you can create in the photo above!

To reserve your spot, give Comfy Canvas’ Heather a call BY JULY 9TH: 810-923-1742.

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ONE BAD EGG

We’ve been in business for over 6 years now, and in the industry far longer than that… and we’ve come across cyclists of all kinds. But a couple days ago, we caught wind of a rider who stinks up the sport with his dangerous conduct. Here’s the scoop:

Anyone riding Island Lake on Saturday, June 25th between 12-2, we are looking for your help.

Around 1pm, there was an incident between a tandem and a mountain biker. The mountain biker rode next to the tandem couple and pushed them off the road, resulting in extensive road rash and a possible broken collar bone in the female rider. This act is despicable, and it’s important to identify this rider. We know that he was wearing a Michigan jersey and a Camelback. If you have any info, please contact the shop, and we will get in touch with the correct officials.

Thanks to Team Hometown’s Marvin Ballast for stopping to assist the fallen tandem riders, and for making us aware of this appalling event, so that we can put the word out.

Tour Kick-Off Ride and The Mark of a Good Man

Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride flier

A BALLOONFEST BIKE RIDE WITH YOUR HOMETOWN CREW 

You know that we are big-time Tour de Livingston fans. But did you know that we are SO into the Tour, that we ritually open the shop late for the annual Kick-Off Ride, so that all our staff can attend? It’s true!
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, WE OPEN AT NOON
Hometown will be leading this year’s free Tour teaser. If you ever wanted to hang with your Hometown crew, this is the day to do it!

Click here to learn more about the Kick-Off Ride and to register for the Tour.

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PINCKNEY STUDENT ART OPEN HOUSE JUNE 28

Pinckney student bicycle art
Art by Pinckney High Schoolers Norah Spigarelli (top) and Megan McGreachy (bottom right), and Navigator Elementary’s 4th Grade (bottom left)

Last week, we talked about the phenomenal bicycle art of Hallie Levine’s Pinckney High School and Navigator Elementary students, currently livening up our Community Room.

Now it’s time to celebrate their creativity! Next Tuesday, June 28th from 5:30-6:30pm, we are hosting a Student Art Open House to give the artists a chance to show-and-tell!

Complimentary refreshments, beautiful bike art (some of it for sale!), and a chance to feel like a rockstar for helping these young artists know how talented they are – please come!

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THE MARK OF A GOOD MAN

Mark Pierce of Detroit Cycle SupplyWe want to dedicate a space here to pay tribute to a true great of the cycling industry… and the human race.

Mark Pierce, 30+-year owner/operator of multigenerational family business, Detroit Cycle Supply, was remarkable. “Vendor” and “rep” are irrelevant here – this man was like family. Mark was our mentor… a dispenser of solid and practical business advice, a trusted sounding board, and a perpetual cheerleader of the shop.

He dropped by often, and was never in a hurry when he came – always finding time to hang out and help out. And he was kind – honest, but always kind.

Mark has a permanent place on our VIP “I Believe” wall for good reason. His faith in Hometown – and in us – has been extraordinary.

Rest in peace, Mark. You are already missed.

For anyone who knew Mark and wants to pay their respects, click here.

(Photo courtesy Debbie K. via Mark’s phone)

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