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Holiday Hours and Bicycling’s Big Kame

A Salute to Memorial Day

History Channel YouTube video clip on The History of Memorial DayWE TIP OUR HELMETS IN GRATITUDE TO AMERICA’S FALLEN SOLDIERS  
On a long weekend devoted to barbecue, beach time, and summer fun, it’s easy to lose sight of this national holiday’s significance. Memorial Day is as relevant now as it was in the Civil War era and, for the curious among you, this cool, little video clip explains why!

Hometown Bicycles will be closed early on Memorial Day:
SAT & SUN  —  9AM – 5PM (regular hours)MEMORIAL DAY (5/29)  —  7AM – 3PM


Team Hometown Bicycles at Arcadia Grit and Gravel Mountain Bike Race
(Team Hometown Bicycles photo at left, courtesy Mary Zaremba. Woods pics, clockwise from top left – Mike Dyer, John Wyatt, Olga Negrut, Jack Riddle – courtesy Rob Meendering Photography.)

HAVING A GRAND TIME IN GRAND TRAVERSE – ARCADIA

Last weekend found our well-traveled Team hitting the Grand Traverse Area Arcadia Dunes Trail System in the Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race, which boasted “a peloton start and miles and miles of gravel”, according to Team racer Mike Dyer. “The weather turned out to be beautiful blue skies and mild, although a heavy east wind made for some tough head winds.” Our congrats to the Team for making it fun regardless!


Team Hometown Bicycles volunteer on the DTE Energy Foundation Trail Big Kame Loop
(Photos courtesy Scott Simpson)

TEAM NEWS: WE KAME, WE SAW, WE VOLUNTEERED

The much-anticipated, NEW DTE Big Kame Trail Loop is slated to open June 10th… with, of course, the dedicated efforts of scores of volunteers, spearheaded by the PotoMBA. We’re so proud that our Team members can be counted among them.

Scott Simpson, Brandon Bailey, and Greg Cook (pictured above), your hard work is appreciated, and will be especially appreciated when the rubber meets the dirt at next month’s grand trail opening! Join in the adventure!


Hometown Bicycles clinician Amy Gluck at IRONMAN

“HOW TO TRAIN FOR A TRIATHLON” CLINIC – JUNE 6 & 8

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

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

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


HOMETOWN HOSTS BULLDOGS ON BICYCLES

Brighton BulldogsWe’re not talking 4-legged and furry here… we’re talking about the fiercely fast cyclists of Brighton High School’s super-skilled cycling team (of which Hometown Service Tech Joe is one – read about him below!)

On May 30th, we have the pleasure of providing our local Bulldogs with Bike Maintenance instruction prior to their standard on-the-bike training. Under Coach TJ Tyrrell, this group of mountain biking guys and gals are growing into responsible and well-rounded cyclists. Awesome.

If you bleed black and orange, come high five your hometown team as they prep for the 2017 race season!


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech and Brighton Bulldog Cycling Team Rider Joe Shafer
(Image at left courtesy Joe Shafer)

MEET THE CREW: JOE SHAFER

Service Tech Joe’s Hometown history began with visits to the shop with his dad. Later, his “man on a mission” approach to working at the local grocery caught Shaun’s eye, and we offered him a position here. Today, Joe still comes in and wrenches with purpose – this Tech’s got drive, and we’re thrilled to have him on our Crew. Joe says:

I have been mountain biking since I was in 8th grade. My dad biked a lot so I started to go with him. Now I am a sophomore at Brighton High School and I am on their mountain biking team. This is my second year on the team. Along with biking, I also snowboard in the winter. I really enjoy working at Hometown because I love the environment and the people I work with. Also, working there allows me to understand the sport better and all the mechanics involved.


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' famous Hammerfest and Son of Hammerfest shop ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL RIDE (5/25)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Join us as we explore our local park roads, paved paths and sometimes – a bakery! All bikes welcome. Expect to average 10 mph for 1.5+ hours as we cover 13 – 18 miles. NO DROP RIDE.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (5/26)
8:45PM (meet at 8:30) from Maltby Intermediate School (4740 Bauer Rd. in Brighton) 
It’s time to explore! 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. Check back for ride confirmation/changes.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (5/28)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Beginner friendly mountain bike trail ride which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases.  Expect to venture out past Island Lake throughout the season to Brighton’s Murray Lake, Milford, Maybury, and Waterloo’s DTE Trail. If Poto is your goal, this is the weekly ride to get you there by the end of the season!  Save 1.5 hours of your day to cover 12 – 16 miles of trail with the Hometown crew. NO DROP RIDE.

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (5/30)
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 (5/31)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
**New Addition! Meet “Son of Hammerfest” for those that would like to build up to the original Hammerfest.**
SON OF HAMMERFEST:
Rolling at 6:30 from Hometown Bicycles. This will include 25 miles (1 lap of ILRA & the Kensington Loop). Average pace targeted at 17 – 18 mph, with flats of 20+ mph.
HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

THURSDAY MORNING SOCIAL RIDE  (6/1)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Join us as we explore our local park roads, paved paths and sometimes – a bakery! All bikes welcome.  Expect to average 10 mph for 1.5+ hours as we cover 13 – 18 miles. NO DROP RIDE.

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 | Fridays at 9:00AM (starting June 16)
$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


Mountain biking at Island Lake Recreation Area

Not all classrooms
have four walls.

– Anonymous

Next Generation Cycling Takeover

Liam and the Hometown Bicycles Service Crew heading out for a mountain bike ride
(A few of Hometown’s Crew head for the hills… of Island Lake [left to right]: Rocco, Andrew, Liam & Colin)

SIGH… THEY GROW UP SO FAST… 

Look what a single year can bring… a new shop, a new adventure, and a son who catapulted from newborn to “hey, Mom, I’m going mountain biking with the guys.”

We want to put out a monster-sized “THANK YOU!” to every single one of you who celebrated Liam’s birthday with us on Memorial Day weekend. You just reaffirmed that you truly are FAMILY, and we love you for it!

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SPEAKING OF PINT-SIZED CYCLISTS…
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Brighton Rec
(Image © Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association)Poto MBA’s Facebook Event reads: “Join Poto MBA for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Dayon the Appleton Loop at Brighton Recreation Area on June 11, 2016 [10am-2pm].TKMBD is a celebration developed and coordinated by IMBA, which strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth.What a cool concept – getting the next generation geeked about mountain biking. So guess which family-friendly bike shop will be at the event, geeking out right alongside the kids? Us!!

Food, IMBA swag, guided rides… and Shaun’ll be there for bicycle safety checks, helmet fitting, and other educational bikery, so be sure to drop by with your kid(s) and say “hi!”

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SHOP RIDES – HAVE YOU HAD YOURS TODAY?

Hometown Bicycles Shop Rides - Green Gals beginner mountain bike groupIn the thick of some pretty freakishly awesome cycling weather, we just wanted to remind you that our shop rides are going strong, with a ride for every cyclist:

Speedster roadie? Hello, Wednesday Hammerfest!

Trail newbie? Try our Sunday Beginner Mountain Bike Ride!

Future centurion? Hook up with our Saturday Couch-to-Century Road Ride!

Leisure-geared and lovin’ it? Wednesday’s Rails-to-Trails ride includes a picnic!

And that’s only the half of it. Check out the rest, drop in for a flier, or contact ride@myhometownbicycles.com to get in on the action – whichever level and speed that may be.

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BRAGGING RIGHTS: STUDENT BIKE ART IS A HIT!

South Lyon's Barlett Elementary School 5th Grade student artists are celebrated at Hometown Bicycles student art open house
(Photo courtesy and © Zach Hoggard, South Lyon elementary art teacher, and Bartlett Elementary)Our Community Room recently housed the most amazing, kid-centric celebration of creativity ever to enliven our shop… the South Lyon Bartlett Elementary Artist Open House for the young bicycle artists of Zach Hoggard’s 5th Grade classes.Parents, siblings, grandparents, and other friends and relatives came out in droves to support the awesome talent of these kid creators. AMAZING!Their incredible art will be on display only a short while longer, so hurry in to check it out!

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GUESS WHICH HOLIDAY IS NEARLY HERE…

Father's Day bicycle gifts and cards at Hometown BicyclesDad loves cycling? You + Hometown = match made in heaven. Drop in for an early lead on the best bike stuff, or stay tuned next week for a full-blown Dad’s Day (6/19) gift guide!

Birthday Cake, Tonight’s Artists & Hometown Across America

Memorial Day and Birthday Party

THIS SATURDAY: IT’S A PARTY AT HOMETOWN FOR MEMORIAL DAY & LIAM! 

With Memorial Day on Monday, and our little guy’s 1st birthday just a couple days later, you KNOW we just had to celebrate with you! Here’s the scoop:

  • SATURDAY, MAY 28TH, 9AM – 5PM (regular hours)
  • FREE HOT DOGS & BIRTHDAY CAKE from 11am-2pm
  • NO PRESENTS! You celebrating with us is present enough!
  • Enjoy BIKE GAMES, like tire toss, for “Just ‘Cuz” DISCOUNTS

Please note that while our Memorial weekend hours are our usual 9am-5pm, we do close early on Memorial DAY:

MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY:  OPEN 7AM-3PM

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TODAY!! STUDENT ARTIST OPEN HOUSE HERE

Student bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles from Bartlett Elementary 5th Grade, South LyonWe’ve been telling you all about the wonderful, bike-geared creativity of South Lyon’s Bartlett Elementary students, featured for the month of May in Hometown’s Community Room. Now’s you’re chance to personally high-five the artists who created it!!

Refreshments will be provided and there’s no cost to attend. So, here’s the plan… get your coats on, bring your kids, and see what the inspiration of a great art teacher, a challenging assignment, and kid-powered creativity can do!

ART OPEN HOUSE: TUESDAY (5/24), 5:30-6:30PM

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TEAM NEWS: WE’RE EVERYWHERE!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Island Lake Spring Mountain Bike RaceISLAND LAKE: Team turn-out at this past weekend’s Island Lake Spring Mountain Bike Race was phenomenal, with our unmissable yellow and pink jerseys whipping through the woods en masse. Congratulations to Olga N. for rocking a 2nd Place win in Expert! And cheers to Doug Q., Justin H., John V., Joe O., Tom H., Gary S., Mark L., Mike D., Brien T., Mathew R., Leslie C., and Brian F. who also represented at this event.

David Burkhart in Team Hometown Bicycles kit at the National Long Distance Duathlon Championship in Cary, NCCARY, NC: Yep, that’s our yellow kit in North Carolina, folks, (look right) thanks to the continuing Championship efforts of David Burkhart. David won 1st Place in his age group and a National Championship Jersey at the Duathlon Long Distance Championship Race in Cary, NC. Now, he’s off to Worlds in Aviles, Spain on June 5th. Wow, David! Congrats and thanks for keeping Team Hometown so well-traveled!!

Tom Lemkau in Team Hometown Bicycles jersey riding Zoo-de-MackinacARCADIA, MI: Jack R. flew solo for the Team at Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race. We were with you in spirit, Jack… thanks for spreading the Hometown love across Michigan!

MACKINAC, MI: Tom L. took the Team colors on an epic Zoo-de-Mac ride last weekend (look left), cycling from Harbor Springs to Mackinac with jersey worn proudly. Well, we’re proud of you, too, Tom!

ALL OVER LIVINGSTON: Joe V. and Carolyn L. (below)are a picture-perfect pairing of Hometown’s colorful kits. Keep an eye out for these two brightly attired cyclists touring the roads and trails of our home town.

Joe and Carolyn at Hometown Bicycles in their Team Hometown Bicycles kits

Spring: Getting on Your Nirves

Hometown Bicycles blink video

GETTING FAMILIAR WITH HOMETOWN 

Recognize these roads and trails? Our local Hometownies got geared up with GoPros for this quick-clip intro to Hometown Bicycles and the community we ride in. Helmet tip to Greg Jacek of Unique Photo & Video, who created this mini-masterpiece for our shop. Keep an eye out for more of this up-and-coming videographer’s handiwork at Hometown!

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NIRVE BIKES: EAT-YOUR-HEART-OUT EYE CANDY

Nirve cruiser at Hometown BicyclesThese days, our floor is filling up with an eye-boggling array of colorful cruisers that scream “SUMMER!!” Nirve Bicycles (owned by Jamis) produces vibrant, cheeky bikes that stand WAY out in a crowd. We’ll let these beauties speak for themselves…

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

You’re welcome!

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“HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDE” CLINIC TONIGHT!

Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal TrainingToday (5/17) from 6:30-8pm, Pro Triathlete Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal Training is coming to Hometown to offer expert instruction in the art of becoming a better cyclist. This clinic will cover ways to improve your fitness, build speed and stamina, and slim and tone via targeted workouts for real results. He’ll also share insider insights on tools and products you can use to accurately track and assess your progress.
(Photo © Real Results Personal Training)Weekend warrior or racer-in-training, this clinic will add valuable arsenal to your cycling skill set. NO CHARGE… ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

REGISTER FOR MASTER CYCLING – HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDE
Tuesday, May 17th  •  6:30-8:00pm  •  Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room
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HOW TO ENCOURAGE KIDS TO MAKE BIKE ART

Student bicycle artwork at Hometown BicyclesAs example-setters and role models, our enthusiasm can turn younger generations onto the joys of pedal-powered adventure… AND fuel future bike art from young creative minds!

Stop in next Tuesday, May 24th from 5:30-6:30pm to help celebrate and encourage the bike-y artistry of Zach Hoggard’s Bartlett Elementary 5th Grade students. This Artists’ Reception Open House – refreshments provided – is a self-esteem-building show-&-tell.

Who knows… your kind kudos may just inspire the next creative genius whose work will one day hang prominently on your wall!

STUDENT ARTISTS’ RECEPTION OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, May 24th  •  5:30-6:30pm  •  Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room

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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION & MINI-SHAUN TURNS 1

Liam's 1st birthdayShaun’s and my little Hometownie turns 1 on June 1st, and since his birthday coincides so closely with Memorial Day, there’s really only one thing to do… CELEBRATE!Our next email will have day/time details, but just know that there’ll be games and prizes, fresh grilled hot dogs, birthday cake, special deals, the works! No presents – your presence is present enough!

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