Do It for Dan Memorial Ride: Sunday, September 27

Dan Horal
Do It for Dan Memorial Ride: Sunday, September 27
Daniel (Dan) Horal was born on October 8, 1956; the day Don Larsen pitched a perfect game and the only no-hitter in World Series History. Dan’s father, Paul, was watching the game the day that he was born. While remembering the birth dates of his 10 children was not easy, Paul never forgot Dan’s. With five older siblings and four younger, Dan was the easy-going middle child. Quick-witted and even-tempered, Dan had a love for all things outdoors.

A Brighton High School and Eastern Michigan University graduate, Dan began his career in 1980 at the University of Michigan as a specialized cost accountant. Dan married Jane Warren in 1996 and they had two children, Meghan and Patrick. Dan enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything. Dan retired in December 2018 so that he could focus on enjoying his “Pure Michigan” lifestyle of skiing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, throwing darts, golfing, and biking with his family and friends.  

Tragically, while Dan was biking at Island Lake Recreation Park in Brighton, Michigan on April 24, 2019, he was hit by a distracted driver. He died just days later, and in an instant, Dan’s family and friends’ lives were forever changed. 

The Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation
After Dan’s passing on April 26, 2019, Hometown Bicycles, Dan’s beloved bike shop in Brighton, MI, organized a “Do It For Dan” (DIFD) Memorial Ride. The inaugural event was held on May 5, 2019, bringing together over 500 people to complete the ride that Dan was never able to finish. The event focused on creating awareness to share the road between motorists and bicyclists and provide education about distracted driving. It also promoted cycling safety and advocacy. If we can save one life it is well worth it, not only for the cyclist but for everyone affected by these preventable tragedies.

Dan was a great believer in giving back and as a great outdoorsman, he would be thrilled to see good come from this tragedy. The recently established Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation will raise funds through and after the September 27, 2020 Do It For Dan ride. The funds will be distributed to several groups, with the purpose of improving awareness and safety for cyclists and prevention of distracted driving.

Additional information on the Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation and the annual Do It For Dan Ride is available HERE. We welcome volunteers to join our efforts in Dan’s memory. Please reach out via Facebook or email doitfordanride@gmail.com. Donations can be made directly through the Facebook page in the coming days.

The planned beneficiaries for 2020 are:
– Dan Horal Scholarship – BHS
– Friends of Island Lake
– Michigan Department of Natural Resources
– League of Michigan Bicyclists



A message from Louise Horal…
“FYI we are still riding! Due to COVID restrictions, the ride was postponed from May until September 27th. While the restrictions continue to make gathering as a group difficult, we WILL pedal on! We will keep Dan’s memory alive and the progress we are making with safe cycling and distracted driving moving forward.

Please join in riding on Sunday, September 27th at 3 PM. We cannot officially gather as a large group send-off, so enter Island Lake Recreation Area whichever way works best for you and begin your ride. Some will park at JC Penney and enter on the path, some at the east (green dumpster) lot, some at the west parking lot –others will depart Hometown Bicycles and enter from Academy Drive. Please feel free to stop at “the tree” for a visit. The family will have a yellow ribbon tied to our handlebars and would love for you to do the same. There will be a box of ribbons at “the tree” or you can pick one up from Hometown prior to the ride. Don’t put your bicycle away yet! Let’s DO IT FOR DAN!!”

Hometown will be closing early on Sunday for this important event.

Please stop in between 10 AM – 2 PM for your cycling needs and then join us for Dan’s ride.

Business as Usual? (mostly)

Business as usual? Our slightly new normal…

Stay HTB Strong

We’re excited to welcome our Hometownies back into the shop. It’s June, it’s gorgeous cycling weather, and we have missed you!

After winter – and what certainly feels like a “second winter” – we are pleased to announce that customers are now able to enter our retail and service shops, effective immediately. Yay for some good news!

Here are some things to know as we move forward:

SHOP HOURS

  • For the remainder of 2020, our hours are Thursday – Monday from 10 AM – 5 PM. We are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

NEW BIKE SALES

  • For NEW bike sales, please call the shop at (810) 225-2441 to schedule an appointment. Inventory is getting low, all across the country, but we do have some bikes in stock. However, so as not to waste your time or get your hopes up, we prefer that you call in advance for us to assess your needs and ensure we have matching inventory to offer. Appointments allow us to best serve you, which is our main goal!

SERVICE

  • Our parking lot still has a queuing area. If you are a service customer, please use the middle entry door. If you are a retail customer for parts or accessories, come in the main front door. And if you prefer we come to you, follow the signage to park in the designated area and call the shop at (810) 225-2441 for assistance. We understand that some of our customers are in high risk groups.

UPDATED PHONE AND TEXTING SYSTEM

  • We’re in the process of updating our phone system. Our apologies for any delays you may experience.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Please practice social distancing while inside the shop by staying 6 feet apart.

Thank you for allowing us to be your hometown bicycle shop. We will be resuming our shop rides soon, so stay tuned for updates!

GoFundMe

Resources continue to be limited. We still need your support.
Thank you for your generosity.

Service Request Form – To Reduce Your Wait Time…

Hometown Bicycles Service Request Form

To speed up the process and reduce your wait time, please fill out the above SERVICE REQUEST FORM on your computer (CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE OR CLICK HERE), print it, and bring it with you to the shop. Thank you for helping us keep this wheel rollin’!

Additionally:

1)  FOLLOW THE SIGNS: When you come to the shop, you will see signs in the parking lot directing you where to go, depending on whether you’re here for service or retail.

2)  SERVICE CUSTOMERS: Please fill out, then print THIS SERVICE REQUEST FORM prior to coming out to the shop, and bring it with you to drop-off.

3)  RETAIL CUSTOMERS: Please park against the concrete wall – one of our sales crew will come out and greet you.

4)  NEW BIKE CUSTOMERS: If you are interested in purchasing a bicycle, in addition to Step 3 (above), please call ahead and schedule an appointment with Andy: (810) 225-2441, Dial 1.

National Bike Month, Do It for Dan & One Hoppin’ Service Shop

Promotional Materials | League of American Bicyclists

“May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.”
The League of American Bicyclists

With the Michigan stay-at-home order changing to allow bicycle service, we’re happy that we can be there for you. Somehow, this National Bike Month feels a little more special, doesn’t it?


Do It for Dan Memorial Ride - The Horal Family

Do It for Dan

April 25, 2020 was the anniversary of the tragic cycling accident that took Dan Horal’s life. His memory lives on for all of us at Hometown, his family, and friends, and a tight-knit cycling community that thinks of him often. The Do It For Dan Memorial Ride that would have been scheduled for May 3, 2020 has been moved to September 27, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please like the Do It For Dan Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of the happenings, to help us celebrate Dan, and to help honor his memory.


Cars lined up down Grand River to get bicycle service at Hometown Bicycles during the COVID-19 pandemic

One Hoppin’ Service Shop

We’ve officially been open 2 days for service operations, and what a whirlwind! We’ve brought in over 200 bicycles, 130 of which are tune-ups. Every day, we’re making subtle changes to our procedures to be more efficient. Thanks for hanging with us while we figure this out.

To speed up the process, we do have a few requests:

1)  FOLLOW THE SIGNS: When you come to the shop, you will see signs in the parking lot directing you where to go, depending on whether you’re here for service or retail.

2)  SERVICE CUSTOMERS: Please fill out, then print THIS SERVICE REQUEST FORM prior to coming out to the shop, and bring it with you to drop-off.

3)  RETAIL CUSTOMERS: Please park against the concrete wall – one of our sales crew will come out and greet you.

4)  NEW BIKE CUSTOMERS: If you are interested in purchasing a bicycle, in addition to Step 3 (above), please call ahead and schedule an appointment with Andy: (810) 225-2441, Dial 1.


GoFundMe: We Still Need YOU

We’re not in the clear yet! Although the April 24th Executive Order update gives us an opportunity to generate income going forward, resources continue to be limited.

With this change, we are thankful to be able to lower our ask. But because of the ongoing uncertainty, we are still looking for your support:

Hometown Bicycles GoFundMe button - Customer, Company, Community, Industry

Stay active. Stay strong. Stay pedaling, Hometownies.

With continuing love and gratitude,

Shaun, Dawn & Your Hometown Crew


Hometown-to-You Ordering is Still LIVE!

Want more options? store sign

We are SO excited to announce that, in partnership with awesome super-vendor QBP, you can now order bicycle parts and accessories from Hometown that will get shipped to your house in as quick as 2 days.

It’s really simple:

STEP 1:  Call the shop between 10am-5pm on Monday, or Thursday through Sunday – (810) 225-2441.

STEP 2:  Dial 1 to connect with Andy, our sales lead. He’ll be able to answer questions and take your order.

STEP 3:  Let him know what you want, and it will be shipped directly to you.

Easy peasy!

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