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Vincere Alliance Details & Funds Raised for BHS Cycling

Excellent Cause,
Outstanding Music


Roll and Rock fundraising concert at Hometown Bicycles for the Brighton High School Cycling Team with Progressive Blues and Rhythm BandLast weekend, our shop was rockin’ with the Roll & Rock after hours fundraising concert, starring Hometown’s inimitable “CyloDan” Tribble and his Progressive Blues & Rhythm Band. Toes were tapping, dance floor was hopping, and generosity was abundant.

Half of all cover charges was collected as a donation for the Brighton High School Mountain Bike Team, to which so many of our staff have and do belong. But the good will didn’t The Progressive Blues & Rhythm Band signatures on the "I Support Hometown" posts at Hometown Bicyclesstop there – even more of you stopped in early to donate, and also gave extra at the event. Makes us proud to be Hometownies!

In answer to the big question of the night, YES! We WILL do this again. ‘Til then, if you’d like these smooth pipes and brilliant, bluesy instrumentals at your own event, contact Brian for booking info: (330) 806-1710. Thanks, PBR Band – you rock (and roll!)

Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles: Spring Edition women's cyclewear selection

Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles - Spring EditionRemember how I told you I’ve been tracking down great deals on amazing women’s apparel… well above are just a few, delicious samples of what you’ll find on super-discount at next Tuesday’s
Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles: Spring Edition on February 20th from 6-9pm. We’re closing the shop early for women-only…
   •   30-MINUTE BEGINNER YOGA SESSION with Hamburg Fitness Center
   •   JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW with Echo Lake Steel and Cool Hedge Creations 
   •   ART EXHIBITION with Peggy Kerwan and Lauren Patrell
   •   LARGEST DISPLAY OF MI-MADE JOSHUA TREE PRODUCTS IN THE AREA!That last bullet point is the newest addition to an event already brimming over with gal-geared greatness. There’s SO much to be excited about… get your registration on, so that we can make this the best Ladies Night Out ever!

$40 payable at registration. Click the link below!
Literally THE best self defense class I’ve ever taken, and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way…Just this Tuesday, as part of Hometown’s weekly women’s class series, Ian Kinder of Live Safe Academy shared powerful defense insights and techniques developed from law enforcement training, real world situations, and personal experience. He combined lecture and partner practice to ensure that every woman and girl in the room left with instantly useable and truly empowering knowledge.

Our sincerest thanks to Ian for a phenomenal class, supporting his mission to save lives. Stay tuned for future Live Safe Academy classes to be run at Hometown!

Hometown Bicycles receives awards at Tour de Livingston Thank You Luncheon
(Top: Team Hometown DJ Joe Ostervik was one of the top fundraising Jersey Riders – way to go, Joe!; Bottom right: The Tour raised $43,000 for Livingston County United Way!; Bottom left: Hometown in the spotlight. Bottom photos courtesy Paula Zimmer – thanks, Paula!)TOUR DE LIVINGSTON THANK YOU LUNCHEON

Hometown headed to Howell Opera House for a Tour de Livingston thank you luncheon, where we celebrated helping the Tour raise $43,000 for Livingston County United Way – the highest amount in Tour history!!We were proud to be acknowledged for a superstar Team Hometown rider, DJ Joe Ostervik, who topped the charts with his fundraising efforts, and for our very well-received 10-bike donation. Now it’s time to mark your calendar for this year’s Tour on October 7th!

Details, please!

Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles shaking hands with Matt Fitzhorn of Vincere CyclesIn our last newsletter, we unleashed awesome on you in the form an alliance between Hometown Bicycles and Vincere Cycles of Milford.We warmly appreciate the positive tsunami of excitement and interest, and deeply enjoyed the wildly diverse theories about what that alliance will entail. You’re a creative bunch, Hometownies!

If you missed the announcement, please CLICK HERE to catch yourself up. Now, here’s the rest of the story…

As a direct result of our shared values, shared goals, and shared mindset, we’re thrilled to announce that we are bringing Vincere’s operations here to Hometown beginning March 1st, and placing Matt at the helm of our renowned Service DepartmentMatt and Joy FitzhornMatt will bring all the professionalism, expertise, and bicycle “wizardry” that he brought to his own shop, which includes a 25-year mechanical mastery of bicycles, cars, airplanes, and even helicopters. (At right: Matt and wife, Joy, enjoying an early cycling adventure)

This alliance means many things – growthof Hometown’s service department, greater service capacity (more bikes, quicker turnaround!), and quality control to rival NASA’s, just to name a few. Hometown has the scope and reach, and Vincere brings the mastery, to support this ambitious evolution.

What this means for you…

You’ll continue to enjoy the same outstanding service quality that you’ve come to expect from Hometown and Vincere, just taken up a notch! Think faster. Think more innovative. Think problem solving like you’ve never seen it before. And it all continues with the warm, helpful, anti-snob, you’re-family, customer experience that makes us YOUR bike shop.

Exciting things afoot…

Moving Vincere operations to Hometown means a BIG BIKE SHOP BLOW-OUT SALE the likes of which you’ve never seen – product, fixtures, tools… anything that’s not nailed down at blow-out pricing. Bike peeps, when you’ve stopped cartwheeling and high-fiving the universe, please put a MASSIVE red star on your calendar for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH (yep, less than 2 weeks away!) And be sure to stay very closely tuned to our newsletters and Facebook. Details will follow shortly!

Also, please join us at our MARCH 1ST POTLUCK PARTY (CLICK HERE to RSVP!) to welcome and get to know your Service Guru on his first day at Hometown, all while enjoying great eats and fantastic cycling intel.

Want a head start? Here’s a word from the man-of-the-hour himself…

Matt and Joy FitzhornI grew up in Colorado riding my BMX around the neighborhood and on the local dirt track and never looked back; mountain biking since 1991, touring and road riding since 1997. My favorite kind of riding is whatever I’m doing at the moment. I’ll ride anything as long as it has pedals. I’ll also work on anything with pedals. As a kid, I helped my dad in the garage restoring cars until I could get an auto mechanic job as a teenager. At 18, I became an aircraft mechanic apprentice and eventually a full aircraft mechanic. After moving to Michigan in 2009 to be closer to my now wife whom I met onbikeforums.net, I was able to get a job working on bicycles, which is a much more enjoyable profession. Throughout all my various careers, bicycles and working on them have remained a constant. I bring the precision and mechanical ability of aircraft maintenance to bicycles and I believe it shows. (Above left: Matt & Joy visiting Vecchio’s Bicicletteria in Boulder, CO)

Matt Fitzhorn in front of his bike shop, Vincere Cycles
Meet man-of-the-hour, Matt Fitzhorn (and his little dog, too!) We’re thrilled to introduce him to you!

Vinnie of ProMotion Physical Therapy running a Bike Fit Clinic at Hometown Bicycles
Hometown Bicycles 2018 Winter Clinic ScheduleGet Team pricing on all Hammer nutrition orders at tonight’s clinic!!
We’ve run our Winter Clinic Series since opening in 2010… not to toot our own horn, but *toot* we’re really good at it! All clinics are FREE – click the links below for details and to register:Cycling Nutrition Clinic
Tues, Feb 13th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 15th, 7-8pm

Cycling Gear & Wear Clinic
Tues, Feb 20th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 22nd, 7-8pm

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party
Thu, March 1st, 7-9pm

<< Click the image at left for a printable Clinic Series flier!

ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
Ladies, Hometown’s women-only, winter class series is going strong to KEEP you strong over the winter. Click the registration links for details and to sign up:2/20 LADIES NIGHT OUT: SPRING EDITION at Hometown Bicycles
REGISTER for Ladies Night Out
 | 6PM – 9PM at Hometown | $40 at registration

2/27 WOMEN’S PILOXING BARRE with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
          REGISTER for PILOXING | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly shop ride at Island Lake Recreation Area
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
We’re headed back to Island Lake for a loop through the trails. Anticipate 10-16 miles of adventuring. Group A advanced riders will ride fast and pack in the miles. Group B intermediate riders will ride as skills determine. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

Hometown’s Big, Game-Changing News

Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles shakes hands with Matt Fitzhorn of Vincere CyclesHometownies, you know we make it our mission to keep Hometown Bicycles new and exciting. We’ve come to you in the past with epic news – like introducing Jamis to our shop, launching a cycling Team, and moving into this big, beautiful, bicycle adventure center of ours – and, without fail, it’s translated into something fresh, unexpected, amazing… something that makes you proud to be a Hometownie. Well, we’re at it again…
Today’s news is BIG – in fact, GAME-CHANGING – and I guarantee that it will make you prouder than ever to call Hometown Bicycles “home.”

Vincere Cycles of Milford, Michigan logo on cycling jerseySome of you may recognize the fella above shaking Shaun’s hand: Matt Fitzhorn, owner of Vincere Cycles in Milford, has been on our radar for some time now. The quality of Vincere’s service work is exceptional and innovative – we’ve seen it and have been impressed by it. Matt’s personality is warm, his integrity outstanding, and his goals admirable. Over the years, we’ve built up a relationship of mutual respect – easy enough to do, since our values so powerfully align.

On the heels of some very intriguing discussions, Vincere and Hometown have formally combined forces to create something BIG! Hometown Bicycles of Brighton, Michigan logoThis alliance will have a long-standing, positive impact on YOUR cycling experience, and the continuing growth of your bicycle adventure center.

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks for the oh-my-gosh details about this alliance. In the meantime, know that you have a LOT to look forward to…

~ Shaun & Dawn

Never a dull moment

That’s how we roll…

~ Shaun & Dawn

10 Reasons You’ll be Glad You Shopped at Hometown

Hometown Bicycles bike shop gifts and novelties, bicycles, parts, and accessories

A Hometown Holiday Heart-to-Heart

Someone asked me a simple question the other day about whether we’ll do our Christmas shopping online or at the stores, and it got me thinking. We’ve all done our fair share of online shopping – Shaun and I included. We live in the digital age after all.

But does this mean that the whole “Be Loyal, Buy Local” thing is just about keeping mom-and-pop shops afloat? Not really, although we do enjoy being able to pay our bills as much as the next person. The truth is that there is a place – and will always be a place – for brick and mortar, and it has everything to do with relationships and service. And in that arena, Hometown shines.

So, as you’re puzzling over what to buy Dad, Aunt Betty, or little Timmy this Christmas – and where it should come from – I invite you to chew on this…

The Top 10 Reasons You’ll be Glad You Shopped at Hometown Bicycles

We’re all about relationships. That means we invest the time and energy in getting you what you need, not what we need to move.

We’re an anti-snob operation. Whatever kind of cyclist you are or bike you ride, we will always treat you with respect and gratitude, because we appreciate that you chose to shop with US. No belittling. No showboating. No snobbery. Period.

We are 100% about bicycles. That means we have nothing else to do except be your number one resource for all things bike.

We create opportunities for you to use what you buy. Between shop rides, Team memberships, classes, and events, we make sure you get your money’s worth out of your purchase.

We are a family-run, family bike shop. We think families are cool. Kids aren’t inconveniences – they’re future cycling advocates. And when you’re a customer, you become our family, too.

This is our livelihood. You make it possible for us to make a career out of something we love, so we’re highly motivated to make your experience awesome.

We live here. We’re as likely to run into you at the grocery store as at the shop, which means we’ll always treat you ethically and respectfully… so we don’t have to hide behind the fruit bin when we spot you.

We give back to the Community you live and work in. It supports us, so we proudly return the favor. 

We advocate for the sport you love. The success of cycling benefits us all, so your support of Hometown translates to a direct, positive impact on our ability to sponsor, volunteer, educate, and spread the love for cycling.

Your fellow shoppers said to!
Hometown’s Google Reviews
Hometown’s Facebook Reviews

When it comes right down to it, the internet can’t take you for a ride to learn how to shift on your new bike. We can. The Internet won’t pick you up if you get a flat at Island Lake. We will. The Internet won’t celebrate with you when you conquer your first century. We will. And the Internet could care less if you use what you buy. WE DO.

So, do we feel secure and superior in our brick-and-mortarness? Never, and that is why we work every day to be the type of place you not only love to shop, but are proud… no, make that EAGER to share with friends and family.

Thanks for being Hometownies, and for giving us the opportunity to make your holiday shopping experience something truly special,

Dawn Bhajan
CEO | Hometown Bicycles


Hometown Bicycles under the Christmas Tree

The final day to place ANY order, so that it arrives by Christmas, is

December 18th



OPEN: Christmas Eve  9AM – 3PM
CLOSED: Christmas Day – January 1st  

We’ll reopen January 2nd, normal hours!

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride


MEET AT HOMETOWN AT 9:45AM – WE ROLL AT 10AM  Bring your Fat Bikes for a pedal through Island Lake with your Hometownies. This is an Intermediate (No Drop) Ride through hills, sand, and snow (exploring behind “the pond”). We estimate 12-16 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather! CLICK HERE for weather updates.

** Fat Bikes are available for rent at the shop, if you don’t yet have your own! **

HOMETOWN BICYCLES Part-time Personal Assistant needed. Must be highly organized, available week day mornings and afternoons, and excellent with children. Writing, design, and web skills a plus. If interested, pick up an application at the shop, and return it to Dawn.

Team Hometown Bicycles' in the winter woods

Winter miles, summer smiles.

~ Anonymous

Hometown-wide Sale Starts This Wednesday (11/22)!

Thanksgiving greetings from your Hometown Crew!
Our warmest, turkiest wishes to you and your family this Thanksgiving holiday! You give us the opportunity daily to do what we love for and with people we respect and admire… like you! THANK YOU for being a catalyst for our evolution, an inspiration for our adventures and, above all, for choosing to be a member of our Hometown family!

“Go big or go home” gratitude…
We have a tremendous amount of appreciation for your role in Hometown’s success, so this year’s pre- and post-Thanksgiving deals are a tribute to your generosity – BIG, storewide, THREE days, and includes special orders! (Check ’em out below!)

Oh, by the way…
You won’t see Christmas decorations or hear holiday tuneage in our store until AFTER Thanksgiving. We respect the bird. (You’re welcome!)

20% off storewide including special orders on the day before Thanksgiving 2017 at Hometown Bicycles

15% off storewide including special orders on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017 at Hometown Bicycles

Hometown Bicycles financing rates with candy
Synchrony Financial financing options at Hometown Bicycles


Happy Thanksgiving,

– Your Hometown Crew

10 Things You May Not Have Known About THIS WEEKEND’S Tour de Livingston

Tour de Livingston photo

Oh, wow… can you believe it’s Tour time again?! With all of the exciting build up to this very special 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston, it’s easy to lose sight of how quickly it’s approaching!

As always, we’ll be opening the shop late on Tour de Livingston morning, so that all of our staff can participate. No one should miss out on this fun!

Hometown’s Hours on
Sunday, October 8th

Noon – 5pm

Sunday’s weather is coming up sunny and high 70s, so Mother Nature is on board! Ten beautiful Jamis bicycles (donated by your Hometown peeps) are gearing up to go home with 10 lucky Tour participants (and all you have to do is register for the Tour for ten chances to take one home!) Plus, the Tour has some extra awesomeness up its sleeve for this year’s big day:

10 Things You May Not Have Known about Tour de Livingston:
Tour de Livingston 2017 10th Anniversary jersey(Courtesy of Howell Rotary)

1)    This is the 10th Anniversary!
To commemorate the 10th year of this great ride, there are a bunch of new and exciting additions – including this special 10th anniversary commemorative jersey! For more information on how to get this jersey, visit:http://www.tourdelivingston.org/jersey-riders.html

2)    10 bike give-away
To celebrate 10 years, Hometown Bicycles will be GIVING AWAY 10 BICYCLES at this year’s event! All registered riders will be entered into the drawing, with the bikes given away on October 8! (Jersey Guys & Gals receive additional entries!)

Ten Jamis bicycles donated by Hometown Bicycles for the 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston

3)    New Bicycle Friendly Routes!
Great for families, beginners, or those that prefer to ride on roads less traveled… This new route will consist of bike-friendly paths and park roadways within Island Lake and Kensington Parks. 6, 12, and 20 mile options with hospitality stops every 6 miles. Registration will still take place at Mt. Brighton.

4)    More family fun than ever before
Bring the whole family along! New this year – there will be a Kid’s Zone at Mt. Brighton with various activities for the little ones (along with a parent/guardian). The menu has also expanded to include a special kid’s meal!

Tour de Livingston 2017 route maps5)    Routes are now posted on the website!
Check out which route might be right for you:http://www.tourdelivingston.org/routes.html

6)    Breakfast is served!
All participants get a hot and delicious breakfast included with their registration! Breakfast is served from 7am – 10am at Mt. Brighton. Come hungry and set-off ready to conquer the route of your choice.

7)    Volunteer-run
This event is organized by the Howell Rotary Club and relies on its members along with other volunteers in the community. To learn more about the Howell Rotary Club:https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1507

8)    All proceeds from Tour de Livingston go to basic needs in Livingston County
100% of proceeds from Tour help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs; prepare every child to be ready for success; and build a healthy community for all residents via theLivingston County United Way.

9)    Since the start of this event, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $250,000 for basic needs in Livingston County!

10)    Pre-registration closes Friday, October 6th at midnight.

And here’s a bit of bonus trivia, for all of you “fun fact” junkies… several years back, in honor of our wedding anniversary – which always falls near or on Tour de Livingston – Shaun and I rode the 100 mile Tour de Livingston loop on our tandem. It remains one of the most memorable adventures of our 8 years of marriage for sheer, epic fun-ness!

We’ll be there for SAG support, last minute air-ups, and general revelry with our Hometown kids, crew, and Team – be sure to drop by our tent and say “hello”. See you at the Tour, Hometownies!

Bike-a-holic bumper sticker at Hometown Bicycles

A day without cycling probably wouldn’t kill me… but why risk it?

– Anonymous

Countdown to the Tour


Tour de Livingston logoWe are just ONE MONTH AWAY from the incredibly fun, awesomely scenic, marvelously community focused Tour de Livingston, a ride we place so much value in that we’ve donated TEN bicycles this year to celebrate its 10 years of service to our Community!

If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?? In addition to enjoying one of our county’s most beautiful rides and supporting your Community in the process, you have 10 CHANCES TO WIN a brand, new Jamis!! The odds are in your favor – REGISTER NOW for Tour de Livingston!

On a side note, do you remember a few newsletters back, when we promised a special Hometown prize to the first person to report back with selfies with all 10 bikes which have been placed around town?… It’s go time! Shaun will be posting the first eight locations today on our Facebook page to get you started. On your marks, get set…


SPECIAL REQUEST:  On Wednesday, September 13th, we will be hosting a special Tour de Livingston Sponsor/Jersey Rider event that will fill our Hometown parking lot from 5pm-7pm. We’ll still be available for your emergency needs, but encourage you to visit us before or after these hours for your non-urgent bike needs. Thank you, Hometownies!

Hometown Bicycles' Dawn Bhajan with Shebeest's 2018 Spring cycle wear line


Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles on Tuesday, September 19th from 6-9pmOk, ladies, by now you know the pampering and perks that will be going down at Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles on Tuesday, September 19th from 6-9pm (and if you don’t, you can CLICK HERE.) As a fellow gal – living an insanely busy life, but still wanting to stay active – I’ve put a lot of myself into this event, and so I can say with sincere confidence that there are THREE CORE REASONS why you should sign up now:

1)  Give yourself a “night off the clock”. You are a mom, a friend, a daughter, a boss, a wife, a girlfriend, a coworker, a role model, or some glorious combination thereof. All of these make you wonderfully and uniquely YOU. But they also come with responsibilities, and those demand energy. Set those duties down for a few hours. Rejuvenate. This event is 100% about YOU!

2)  Meet other active women. One of the world’s greatest motivators is finding like-minded people to enjoy activities with and share accountability. This is your group. These are your gals.

3)  Experience a new level of flattering and comfortable fashion. Comfort does NOT have to come at the expense of looking good. Our new women’s cycle wear line, Shebeest, puts a definitive end to “diaper butt”, boring styles, boxy silhouettes, see-through lycra, and generic fit, at the same time it eliminates bunching, chafing, and raw bums. You’ll LOVE the women-designed patterns and styles, the silky feel, and the EVERY-body-type fits that will make you WANT to ride your bicycle again and again. I know – I have the 2018 Spring line in my office!

Yoga, wine, chocolate, fashion, giveaways, and discounts – this is truly shaping up to be a perfect mid-week get-away. That’s why I am personally inviting you to…

Team Hometown Bicycles and Hometownies at the 2017 Milford Labor Day 30K


Milford’s Labor Day 30K was overflowing with Hometownies who captured podiums and placings galore! This annual event is known for its lively combination of running, walking, cycling, and kiddie events from the well-loved home base of Baker’s of Milford. Great attitudes… a great time… great job, Team Hometownies!

Team Hometown Bicycles represented by the Steve and Jean Steinberg at the MCMBA Sponsor Brewery Appreciation Ride
(Images courtesy Katherine Rose and MCMBA)

Team Hometown Bicycles also made its way to the MCMBA Sponsor Brewery Appreciation Ride, supporting the local breweries that support our local MMBA chapter which supports our local trails (whew!) Team representatives Jean and Steve Steinberg report:

43 participants pedaled from River’s Edge, through Kensington Park, Island Lake, and ended up at Draught Horse in New Hudson. After fellow riders grabbed food and beverages, we moved on through the railtrail all the way to Drafting Table in Wixom. Some of us enjoyed a quick couple games of Left, Right Center with our drinks – something new I learned was available at the brewery!  Once our hour was up, away we went, back through the railtrail, down Old Plank and back to River’s Edge for more food and fun.

BONUS NOTE: We definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to congratulate Team Captain, Brian Forhan, on coming out of back surgery like a champ AND becoming a grandpa for the second time on the exact same day! Happy healing and enjoy that new granddaughter, Brian!

Dick Janson's recumbent bicycle
(Images courtesy Dick Janson: Dick’s trusty steed at left, Dick’s “stick” shift at right!)


… that a cyclist is allowed to be on. That’s the self-assigned challenge of one of the most fascinating customers I’ve ever chanced upon at the front counter – League of Michigan Bicyclists advocate, Dick Janson. He rides year-round, and has already pedaled SIX counties under his belt! His story will put your jaw squarely on the floor:

Yesterday, September 4, I completed the effort I started December 1, 2016, to ride all the paved roads in Livingston County that a bicyclist is allowed to be on.  This included dead ends, cul de sacs, mobile home parks in all their incarnations, state highways, and every other road that I determined had ever been paved, regardless of current condition. If a road was not continuous, I was on the full length of all sections within the county. What I didn’t ride were limited access highways and ramps, gated communities, and paved subdivisions surrounded by unpaved roads. It involved 74 rides and included 1864 miles of riding (or pushing, in the case of some hills).

January of 2015 I looked back on my my accomplishments and decided that I wanted to do something that nobody else had ever done to celebrate my upcoming birthday in July. I determined that nobody had done this in Ingham County. I enjoyed it so much that I moved on to other counties.

Livingston County is the sixth county for which I have done this, since the start of 2015. The other five are Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee and Saginaw, which took 23 months, covered 3,000 square miles, and required over 11,000 miles of riding.

I ride a Tour Easy recumbent I bought used 18 years ago. Since then, I have ridden it over 56,000 miles. I’ve been on self-supported tours that lasted up to 4 weeks, mostly riding alone. Two of them were 1100 miles and 19 days each, using DALMAC rides as an initial springboard. I spent a month in West Virginia, carrying 40 pounds of gear, and still logged 500 miles.

I have come to favor the County Challenges more than the extended tours for several reasons:

1. It forces me to ride roads that are challenging.
2. I can, to a certain extent, choose my geography and weather.
3. I’m not committed to riding the day after a tough day.
4. I get to stop and talk with so many interesting people, and with those that are not that way, I can “get on down the road” without feeling rude.
5. I get to sleep in my own bed.

Dick also keeps up a fun website, Necessary Options, with some of the most useful information I’ve ever seen for self-supported bicycle touring, and it’s entertaining as heck. We hope to invite Dick back over the winter to entertain and instruct us with his tales of touring daring-do… stay tuned!

AMY’S BLOG: 9/8/17

Hometown Bicycles' Amy Gluck at the final race in the Island Lake T-Rex Triathlon seriesEvery week, Hometown’s Amy Gluck – former All-American IRONMAN triathlete, survivor of a horrific accident, and now ferociously determined to return to IRONMAN – shares a piece of her ongoing story. Today, you’ll enjoy Amy’s overview of the much-loved T-Rex Triathlon race series:

… The unusual thing about the T-Rex series is that the races are on weekday evenings. Most people are used to getting up early and racing first thing in the morning, but this race series focuses on a different athlete. For example, when you are training for an Ironman, you can’t give up a whole weekend day of training for one short sprint race. So, this type of race actually works well for the serious athlete. It’s odd, though, because you have to keep your body “race ready” all day long. This is a pretty tricky challenge… READ ON 

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


Brighton Cycling's first logoJust wanted to remind all you supporters of youth cycling that this weekend, Sunday, September 10th from 8am-2pm, you’ll have the opportunity to cheer on your Hometown service crew and their fellow high school racers, as they compete in the second event of their mountain bike race series. The race will be held at Island Lake. Wear your Hometown gear, and get ready to raise the roof!

Bike path in Kensington Metropark


Non motorized transportation in Livingston County flierHere’s your chance to speak up about cyclist safety and bike paths! This forum, presented by the Livingston County Transportation Coalition is centered around:

  • How would a county-wide network of non-motorized paths and lanes impact our communities and our residents?     
  • What non-motorized routes would be most desirable in our county or from our county to nearby destinations?

Runs Tuesday, September 12th from 3-4:15pm at 622 E. Grand River in Howell. CLICK HERE for more information.

Cool Hedge Creations Sign Painting Party options
(Images courtesy Cool Hedge Creations)


Melissa of Cool Hedge Creations is offering a class in our Community Room on Tuesday, September 12th from 6-9pm. She says:

Join me for a night of painting! You will create your very own personalized wooden sign.  Your creation can be a selection of one of 4 and will take 2-3 hours to create. You choose your image and the color of stain for your 20″ x 24″ sign, and I will prepare it for you to transfer your image. Then, complete it by painting the image the colors of your choice.  No creative skill necessary to create your masterpiece! (Registration and $50 prepayment required, please – see link below.) 



Cider, donuts, bikes, beer… this ride has got it GOING ON! Organized by Team Captain, Jim Cleer, this casual fun ride is a must-do for fellow cider mill junkies!

We’ll roll at 8am on September 23rd from the Block Brewing Company in Howell (1140 S. Michigan Ave.), and pedal scenic back roads to Parshallville Cider Mill. Then it’s on to Markillie Orchard for a cider-and-donut top-off before looping back ’round to the brewery. This no-drop ride is about 35 miles of predominantly dirt roads. We’ll be riding a brisk, conversational pace (think 12-16mph). Come with “WAM” (Walking Around Money!) to enjoy refreshments at each stop. Ride updates be found HERE. Cider fiends, let’s ride!

MCMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol training at Hometown Bicycles


Earlier this year, the upstanding group of outstanding individuals pictured above met at Hometown Bicycles for an intense course in helping riders in distress. Hosted by the MCMBA, the National Mountain Bike Patrol training used our Community Room for classroom education, and our backyard trail for hands-on learning.

MCMBA’s Randy Kessler will be running a second Mountain Bike Patrol training at our shop on September 23rd from 10am-3pmClick HERE to learn more and to register for this gallant group!


Hamburg Fitness Center Health and Fitness ExpoFor all of you who will NOT be riding with us at Poses, Pedals & Pints (P3) on September 30th, here’s a free and family-friendly event that’s an absolute blast, run the same day by Team Sponsor, Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp. We LOVE their annual Health & Fitness Expo, and are bummed to be missing out on the fun this year (since we’re the “Pedal” portion of P3).

You do NOT have to be a member to attend!!The public is welcome to enjoy everything from raffles, health and spinal screenings, to massage, laser therapy, kids activities, and special class demos for Cardio Drumming, Aikido Martial Arts, Piyo, PILOXING Barre, and IntenSati. It’s all about giving you the tools to live longer and stronger… and to have fun doing it! CLICK HERE for details.


Poses, Pedals and Pints logoBased out of Downtown Brighton’s beautiful Brewery Becker, this Saturday, September 30th event opens with beginner-friendly yoga, courtesy of event coordinator Tocca Massage & Yoga, follows up with a scenic and recreational bike ride with Hometown Bicycles (new route!), and ends with a long, cool pull from the taps of Brewery BeckerOnly 6 spot left… hurry!

Hometown Bicycles Women's Road Ride


8:30PM (meet at 8:15) from Maltby Intermediate School (4740 Bauer Rd. in Brighton)
*** NOTE THE NEW TIME & LOCATION! *** This week, we’ll ride to the Brighton Recreation trails, accessing them from the gravel roads. This will be an INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED pace. Make sure your lights are charged for this ride in the dark! We will re-group throughout the trail. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. Details are HERE.

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

9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Township Hall
A holiday weekend can’t put a stopper on these gravel road warriors! We’re up to nearly 36 miles with approx. 2,000′ of climb (which, for MI, is a TON of climb!) on beautiful and EXTREMELY hilly country roads (and limited pavement) – all with wonderful ride companions! This is an intermediate/advanced ride (check out Tuesday’s Gravel Grinding 101 for a less grueling option.) Expect several long, tough climbs at a MINIMUM 14-15 MPH 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.

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. This week, we’ll be exploring 9 – 15 miles of the Island Lake Mountain Bike trails. 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 to join this ride. You can find this Facebook event here.

Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:00PM (meet at 5:45) from Hometown Bicycles  *** EARLIER START TIME ***
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. Stay tuned to Facebook for ride updates!

6:00PM (meet at 5:45) from Hometown Bicycles  *** EARLIER START TIME ***
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, women-only road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake – about 14 miles of road – at a conversational, 11+mph pace. Road bikes recommended, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate at a behind-the-shop, BYOB bonfire with your new cycling buddies! Stay tuned to our Facebook events page for ride/weather updates.

6:00PM (meet at 5:45) from Hometown Bicycles  *** EARLIER START TIME ***
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  **It’s time to start bringing lights!!**  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.

This is a DROP RIDE! 
6:00PM (meet at 5:45) from Island Lake  *** NEW START LOCATION THIS WEEK ONLY & EARLIER START TIME ***

This Wednesday, the Hometown lot will be packed to the gills for a Tour de Livingston event, so we’re moving our Hammerfest/Son of Hammerfest rides to Island Lake Recreation Area! Check on Facebook for meet up location details.  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 Island Lake roads. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

**For those that would like to build up to the original Hammerfest** Also rolling at 6:00 from Island Lake, this ride includes 25 miles (1 lap of ILRA & the Kensington Loop). Average pace targeted at 17 – 18 mph, with flats of 20+ mph. Check Facebook for ride updates.

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)


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 6:00PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

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

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

We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial

Hometown Bicycles cyclist looking back at a beautiful Island Lake sunset

Only look back to see how far you’ve come.

– Anonymous

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