And the Taste of Brighton bicycle goes to…

Hometown Bicycles at the 2018 A Taste of Brighton in Downtown Brighton, Michigan
MEMORY-MAKING AT “A TASTE OF BRIGHTON” & JULY JUBILEE
Last weekend was a 3-day fun-a-thon, kicking off with our first-and-definitely-not-last participation in A Taste of Brighton street fest (photo above), and ending Sunday with Hometown’s annual July Jubilee & Concert (photos below). In fact, many of you readers are new friends we made over the weekend… welcome, and thank you for the chance to get to know you!

We’ve got photographic proof of the fun that was had – check out the highlights below! (And if you’re itching to know who won our Taste of Brighton bike drawing, scroll down a little further… )

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Our July Jubilee kicked off with Cardio Drumming-Zumba Fusion taught by Martha Soraruf (middle) andLeslie Barrett (left; who, incidentally, also coordinated the entire event – awesome job, Leslie!!). Jim and Sherryl of Yoga Nature took our event to new heights with jaw-dropping AcroYoga antics (right)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Inside, kids made an eager beeline for Alison Peasley’s face painting table (left). Dr. Kyle (middle) and Kassy (right) of Lifetime Family Chiropractic were a crowd favorite with their muscle-melting chair massages.

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Outside, CJ and Sarah of Brighton ATA Martial Arts wowed spectators with weapons, sparring, and board-breaking demos (left). Tour de Livingston/Howell Rotary made a welcome presence as they promoted this year’s ride – October 7th! – and the chance to win a Hometown-donated Jamis Renegade gravel bike (middle)! Visitors loved the lawn games provided courtesy Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp (right)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
We were joined by a remarkable family – Thaddeus McGaffey (left), who runs A Taste of Brighton, found enough energy reserves on the heels of HIS big event, to come out and support ours! His entrepreneurial mermaid daughter, Phaedre, posed for pictures with adoring young visitors (right). Meanwhile, wife, Debra of One Spirit Dance & Fitness, showcased the exquisite, core-of-steel art form of belly dancing (middle)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018 - group ride with police escort
Despite the soaring heat index, families joined in on July Jubilee road and mountain bike rides. Helmets off to Officers Steve and Brittany of Green Oak Charter Township Police Department, who provided much-appreciated Grand River crossing assistance! Hungry riders returned to hot dogs, cotton candy, and hydration (water courtesy our rockstar Beauchamp Water Treatment peeps!) 

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee Red, White and BLUES Concert with Cyclo Dan Tribble
The evening wrapped up soulfully with the melodic blues-rock of Hometown Service Tech Dan Tribble and his PBR Band. This concert raised $538 for Hometownie Dan Rosenhack, undergoing costly medical treatments for terminal brain cancer, and his wonderfully supportive family.

Special thanks to Thaddeus McGaffey for many of the photos you see above!

And thank you to everyone who was a part of our outstanding weekend – all of the amazing businesses, bands, organizations, volunteers, participants, and YOU! You’re the reason we do what we do… and you’re the reason it’s FUN!


Cameron Hauenstein with his new Jamis Trail X mountain bike that he won from Hometown Bicycles at A Taste of Brighton

AND THE WINNER OF OUR “TASTE OF BRIGHTON” BIKE DRAWING IS…

Cameron Hauenstein! Our congrats goes to this uber-excited winner of the bicycle drawing we ran from our Hometown tent at A Taste of Brighton. Cameron and his family can’t wait to start adventuring. Happy cycling, Hauenstein family!

Hatha Yoga with Stacy Mulka at Hometown Bicycles

INTRODUCING WEEKLY YOGA AT HOMETOWN

In addition to Zumba and Cardio Drumming, you can now bend and breathe your way to centered in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room with yogi Stacy Mulka. Stacy’s Hatha Yoga classes run THURSDAYS AT NOON, and help humans of all flexibilities (and inflexibilities) loosen up, limber up, and lighten up! $10 per class. Details are here!

Team Hometown Bicycles Mike and Marybeth Newman and Jeff and Sarah Short

TEAM HOMETOWN NEWS: Couples’ Week!

This week, our Team couples took center stage. Mike (also your Hometown sales associate!) and wife Marybeth (left photo) enjoyed a 2-mile, after-hours tour of the Detroit Zoo on Bike Safari, a casual combo of “Bicycle, Beast, and Beer.”Next up is the racing duo of Jeff and Sarah Short (right photo), who competed in Holly’s 3 Disciplines Aquabike – Jeff sped through the Sprint and Sarah powered through the Olympic distance course. Way to go, guys!

Racing solo, but with enough energy for two, Jacob Henriksen put the hammer down at Mid Michigan College’s Sweat Shaker Mountain Bike Race. Go, Jacob, go!

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jean Steinberg teaching students at an MMBA Mountain Bike Skills Clinic near AlpenaAnd finally, a shout out goes to a couple of quality Hometownies, Jean Steinberg and Heather McNamara, for assisting the MMBA at a recent mountain bike skills clinics near Alpena. That’s the spirit, ladies! A more advanced clinic is coming up in August for any interested parties – “Roots, Rocks & Berms”
(Photo courtesy and © MMBA)


Learn to ride a bike with Hometown Bicycles and SELCRA

KIDS & ADULTS: LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE!

In SELCRA’s upcoming Biking Basics class, Shaun of Hometown Bicycles will help bike newbies of ANY age ditch the training aids and enter the world of two-wheeled adventures! Class takes place on July 25th from 9-11am at Meijer Park in Brighton. For registration information, call SELCRA: (810) 299-4140

KIDS SELF DEFENSE CLASS AT HOMETOWN

BullyJULY 26, 7-8PM:  Hometown is thrilled to welcome back Ian Kinder of Live Safe Academy for a fun, interactive and age-appropriate workshop that teaches essential, lifesaving information about threats, strategies for prevention, and real world techniques.

Coed, for ages 6-12. Class fee is $25. 
REGISTER NOW!


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LOVE US? TELL YOUR COMMUNITY!
*** The Best Bike Shop section on Livingston Daily’s survey is question number 53!  ***
*** In Vote4theBest, you can go directly to Hometown’s voting page: CLICK HERE! ***

Hometown Bicycles beginner road ride shop ride with Team Hometown Bicycles
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES

Our Shop Rides are open to the public, run daily (sometimes twice a day!), and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun!(**Note: Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Beginner-Friendly Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

MONDAYS, 6PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Ladies’ Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

TUESDAYS, 6:30PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Advanced Skills & Drills Road Ride  |  Level: Advanced

TUESDAYS, 6PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Slow Roll Social Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

THURSDAYS, 10AM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Ladies Only Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

THURSDAYS, 6:15PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Friday Night Lights Trail Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

FRIDAYS, 9AM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Saturday Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

SATURDAYS, 11AM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Hartland Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
SUNDAYS, 4:30PM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn moreHatha Yoga | Thursdays at Noon (through 9/6)
$10 per person per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  Click to learn moreZumba | 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 Bicycles' Shaun Bhajan at Brighton Safety Town at Hilton Elementary School

We’ve seen the future of cycling, and it is glorious.

~ Hometown Bicycles

Ways for you and your family to enjoy SUMMER!

Tour de Livingston Kick Off Ride at Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
RIDE WITH YOUR HOMETOWN TEAM & CREW AT TOMORROW’S KICK-OFF!

Every year, Hometown joins forces with our Howell Rotary and Livingston County United Way peeps to run a FREE, family-friendly, multi-loop ride on Howell’s scenic roadways. The Kick-Off Ride coordinates with the breathtaking balloon fly-in for the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, and builds awareness for the much-loved Tour de Livingston, run annually in the Fall.

Our Team and Crew have marked the routes and will be on hand to lead the rides. Come on out this Sunday, June 24 at 6:45am and ride with us!

(Note: Our shop will still be open at 9am on Sunday – be sure to drop by after the ride and make those few of us who stayed behind jealous!)


Hometown Bicycles Service Lead Andrew Jackson

AN UNPRECEDENTED SALUTE TO A STELLAR CREW MEMBER

WE WILL BE CLOSING EARLY (4PM) THIS SUNDAY (6/24) 

 

Everybody knows Andrew. Hometown Service Lead Andrew Jackson has been a fixture at our shop for the past 4 years. He’s unfurled his wings with us, evolving from a youthful and studious Service Tech to a self-assured, highly-skilled leader. He’s respected by customers and crew alike, and is the sort of guy you would describe as a “genuinely good human being”.

We knew our time with Andrew was limited by his unshakeable aspiration to study Engineering. And now that he’s graduated, that time is coming to a close, as he prepares for college and future greatness.

For the first time in the history of Hometown, we are closing the shop early, so that Shaun and I, and all of his fellow Crew members, can attend Andrew’s graduation party. We don’t know how to give you any greater compliment on your exceptional contribution to Hometown, Andrew. Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing what amazing things you accomplish!

STORE HOURS THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH

9AM – 4PM


Team Hometown Bicycles rider Shannon McKay at Le Tour de Shore
TEAM NEWS: Long Rides & Mountain Mayhem
 

Your Team continues to have a pedal in every pie, starting with the adventurous Shannon McKay, who biked 114 miles from Chicago to New Buffalo, MI with Le Tour de Shore. Awesome sauce, Shannon!

Brad Allen and Jack Riddle attacked grueling gradients on one of Michigan’s toughest road bike challenges, the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Spring Classic. Meanwhile, Team Captain Jim Cleer road a FULL 24 HOURS in the National 24 Hour Bike Challenge, billed as the nation’s oldest and largest ultramarathon cycling event. “The burn isn’t telling me to stop. It’s telling me it’s working!” – way to go, guys!!

Team Hometown Bicycles dads Paul Andres and Mike Dyer on Father's Day rides with their littles
And we just want to give a newsletter high-five to these two Team dads, Paul Andres and Mike Dyer, who cycled with their families for Father’s Day. Cool beans!


2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logo
SAVE THE DATE: 
HOMETOWN JULY JUBILEE (7/15) 

Last year, we introduced the Hometown Bicycles Annual July Jubilee & Salewith a “huzzah!” heard ‘round the world! Now this year’s July 15th Jubilee takes the fun had last year, and exponentially multiplies it for an utterly epic, carnival-style, super-event that your whole family will love!!
— JULY JUBILEE EVENT & SALE – Sunday, July 15 from 1-5pm —
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Food & YUMMMMMMMMMM Cotton Candy!!
Hydration courtesy Team Sponsor Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply!

 

2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoGames & Prizes
Including water balloon tournaments on the front lawn, tire tosstricycle tug-of war, andcrazy cool lawn games, courtesy of Team Sponsor Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp!

 

2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoFamily Classes & Demos
Including Zumba-Cardio Drumming Fusion with Leslie Barrett and Martha SorarufAcro Yoga with Yoga Nature, and Belly Dancing with One Spirit Dance & Fitness of Pinckney(all PG and kid-friendly!)

 

2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoTour de Livingston Tent
Learn about Hometown’s favorite local charity ride from creators, Howell Rotary andLivingston County United Way!

 

*** MEGA SUMMER BLOWOUT SALE on accessories – from bags to bells to saddles to tools – to make way for new product lines that you’re going to LOVE!! ***

———— JULY JUBILEE RIDE – Sunday, July 15 at 3:00pm ————-

 

Hometown Bicycles shop rideJoin our Team and Crew on a MASSIVE, July Jubilee Ride, for riders of all types, ages, and skill levels. We leave from the shop at 3:00pm for a leisurely spin around Island Lake. Make friends, have fun, and be back just in time for our…
— RED, WHITE, & BLUES CONCERT – Sunday, July 15, 5-8pm —
This ‘funk’y fundraising concert rounds out our July Jubilee celebration with the bluesy rock and roll of Hometown’s long time service tech and purveyor of extraordinary bike knowledge, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble, and his PBR Band.Enjoy outstanding music, dancing, snacks (BYOB), and socializing… all while directly supporting your fellow cyclist and Hometownie, Dan Rosenhack, and his amazing family. Dan’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer has resulted in costly medical and living expenses, and this concert is geared to help relieve the financial strain on his family. Half of your $10 cover charge helps pay for the band, and half will be gifted to Dan Rosenhack’s family.
Dan Tribble and his Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band
It’s laid back, funky fun that will wow your ears and tickle your tastebuds, all while supporting a deeply meaningful cause.Please let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for enough refreshments!
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A Taste of Brighton logo
VISIT HOMETOWN AT A TASTE OF BRIGHTON!

This year, Hometown’s headed downtown July 13th & 14th (with July Jubilee on the 15th!) for the annual A Taste of Brighton affair, where we’ll give festival-goers a flavor of what makes our shop and our sport so darn special! Shaun will be on stage running several Bike Care 101 and Flat Tire Fix clinics throughout the event, and our tent will be crankin’, with our Service Crew demo-ing what we’re famous for – the best bike repair in Southeast Michigan! Add this event to your family calendar, and be sure to stop by and say “hi!”

Hometown Bicycles' Shaun and Liam in last year's 4th of July Parade
RIDE WITH SHAUN IN BRIGHTON’S JULY 4 PARADE!

Brighton Optimist Club Bike Decorating Contest and Parade with Hometown BicyclesThis year, the whole family – Shaun and I and the kids – will be riding in Brighton’s 4th of July Parade, and we’re calling on all families with kids ages kindergarten through 5th grade to join us! There’s no charge!!

Brighton Optimist Club is the annual host of this well-loved Bike Decorating Contest & Parade Ride, and Hometown has enjoyed the privilege of helping their program grow year by year. In addition to hosting bike decorating parties at our shop and offering complimentary bike checks and helmet discounts to participants, we’re also providing free bicycle delivery and pick-up service to and from the parade! Details of this event can be found here, but here’s our mission…

Hometownies, let’s BLANKET this parade in bicycles!! Sign up now to be a part of making this the biggest bike entry in the history of the parade!


KIDS SELF DEFENSE CLASS AT HOMETOWN

BullyIf someone wants to hurt our children, they won’t choose a time or a place with witnesses. That means no parents, no teachers, no policemen, just our children and the predator. The safety of our children will depend on their ability to recognize a threat and respond effectively.

Hometown is thrilled to welcome back outstanding instructor, Ian Kinder of Live Safe Academy for a fun, interactive and age-appropriate workshop that teaches essential, lifesaving information about the threats facing our children, strategies for prevention and real world techniques designed to reduce their risk of abductions, assaults and other forms of violence. But most of all, these programs teach students that they have the right to be safe, that no one has the right to hurt them and that they are worth protecting.

Coed, for ages 6-12. Class fee is $25.  REGISTER NOW!


HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT UNDERSTAND CYCLIST NEEDS

League of Michigan Bicyclists Community Bicycle Safety EducationThe League of Michigan Bicyclists is always up to something exciting, and their latest adventure is a new training series, designed for law enforcement and cyclists, being held across the State. They note that each session is interactive, and addresses:

•  MI Vehicle Code and MI Compiled Laws
segments relating to the use of the bicycle
on MI roadways and sidewalks.
•  Best practices for bicycle crash investigation
and reporting.
•  Updates on accepted engineering designs
for bicycle travel.
•  Safe bicycling practices.

Want to help cyclists be heard? Register now for this 5-hour, $15, food-included session!


PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES FOR HOMETOWN!

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** The Best Bike Shop section on Livingston Daily’s survey is question number 53!
** In Vote4theBest, you can go directly to Hometown’s voting page: CLICK HERE!


Hometown Bicycles Womens Only Mountain Bike Shop Ride with Ride Coordinator Laura Faunce
UPCOMING SHOP RIDES
Saturday Road Ride
SATURDAY, JUNE 23  |  11:00AM (MEET BY 10:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON KICK-OFF RIDE!

SUNDAY, JUNE 24  |  7:00AM (MEET BY 6:45AM)  |  FROM HOWELL COURTHOUSE
Join your Hometown Team and Crew for the annual Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride, running in conjunction with the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest! This ride is FREE and offers 5-mile, 10-mile, and 25-mile road route options. Every rider receives a commemorative water bottle, and a chance to watch the balloons launch! Click here for all of the exciting details!

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Monday Beginner-Friendly Road Ride
MONDAY, JUNE 25  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Advanced Skills & Drills
TUESDAY, JUNE 26  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Want to learn to ride with a peloton? This ADVANCED, road warrior training is led by our Team racers! You’ll learn and practice: draft lines, hill repeats and intervals. Come ready to work hard at an average 20mph pace. Bring a cadence sensor, speed sensor, and heart rate monitor. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, JUNE 26  |  7:00PM (MEET BY 6:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake (~14 miles) at a conversational, 10mph pace. All bikes welcome, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate with your new biking friends. BYOB! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Gravel Grinding 101
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ride with your Hometown bike guru, CycloDan Tribble! Front and rear light required, as we end at dusk. This ride weaves through and around Island Lake, covering 13+ miles of pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads (a few hills just for fun!) at an average 12-13 mph. Expect a “puddle” or two of sand and a few face slappers on the trails this time of year. Nothing our gravel, adventure or mountain/fat bikes can’t easily handle. Skinny tire bikes will NOT work for this ride. All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

*** RENT A FAT BIKE AT THE SHOP! ***

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Ladies Only Beginner Mountain Bike Ride
THURSDAY, JUNE 28  |  6:30PM (MEET BY 6:15PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ladies, come learn beginning mountain bike skills! We’ll tackle the trails in manageable bites, with the empowering support of skilled and supportive Hometown women. We’ll ride together to Island Lake Recreation Area, and focus on taking the fear and uncertainty out of riding the trails! NO DROP. 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
FITNESS CLASSES 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 a high-energy pick-me-up, 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


Team Hometown Bicycles' rider at mountain bike race

When muscle and machine connect, extraordinary things happen.

~ Anonymous

Mother’s Day, Demo Day, and Yoga-Bikes-Beer

Happy Mothers Day bicycle
(Possibly the world’s sweetest Mum’s Day card, available at cubecure.co.uk)

CELEBRATING THE WONDERFUL WOMEN WHO STARTED IT ALL  
It takes a very special sort of someone to start you off on your journey to YOU, and in honor of the moms who set our wheels rolling, Hometown Bicycles is offering an additional 5% on your Mother’s Day Hometown Gift Certificate purchases. That makes your $500 Gift Certificate $525 and your $1,000 turns into $1,050! (Valid today 5/11 through this Sunday 5/13.)


Hometown Bicycles' Shaun and Dawn Bhajan with family at 2018 Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day, hosted by MCMBA

DEMO DAY 2018 WITH HOMETOWN BICYCLES

This year’s Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day, put on by the wonderful folks of the MCMBA, attracted record crowds of over 400 riders and many, many more visitors. Gorgeous weather, eager cyclists, scads of bikes and gear – we’re talking FUN! Shaun and I always make a family affair of it, and what we saw made us extra proud to be Hometownies…

Team Hometown Bicycles volunteers at 2018 Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day with MCMBA
Above: Our Hometown jerseys and t-shirts were EVERYWHERE… and I’m not just talking about riders, either! Our Team stepped up with lightning speed to fill the majority of the MCMBA Demo Day volunteer spots, as well as our Team tent. Registration, food prep, bike corral – you name it, Hometown was there! Thank you, Team, for being so darn awesome!!

Team Hometown Bicycles' Leslie Cook representing for both Hometown and National Mountain Bike Patrol
Above: Some Team Hometownies even managed to do crossover volunteering, like Leslie here, who represented both Team Hometown and IMBA National Mountain Bike Patrol!

Our Demo Day neighbor was Team Hometown Bicycles Hydration Sponsor Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply with Sandy Rachwal
Above: Even our Team Sponsors did us proud! Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply kept the Demo Day riders well hydrated from her table beside our tent. Yep, it was an event for building connections, strengthening ties, and advancing our sport!

Team Hometown rider, MCMBA board member, and Demo Day committee chair Steve Steinberg accepting our donation from Demo Day
Above: We want to give a special shout out to Team Hometown’s Steve Steinberg, who is not only on the board of the MCMBA, but also chairs this much-loved Demo Day event – clearly with no small measure of success. We’re proud to have such a devoted cycling advocate on our Team. Congrats on a stellar event, Steve!

At this year’s Demo Day, Hometown Bicycles grilled hot dogs and offered other complimentary refreshments to Demo-goers, while collecting donations to be funneled back into the MCMBA. Here, we’re proudly handing Steve that $188 donation to support the growth of Michigan Mountain Biking. It was a feel-good event, all the way around, and we can’t wait to do it again!


Team Hometown Bicycles showing a little leg at Mud, Sweat and Beers in Traverse City, Michigan

TEAM NEWS:  HOMETOWN SPANS THE STATE

Boy, was our Team hopping this past weekend! They spanned the State – north, west, southwest, and southeast – with bike-bound adventures, advocacy, and races.

Eight Team members competed in Mud, Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest and Mountain Bike Race, with Scott Simpson nabbing a 2nd in single speed. Thanks for spreading the Hometown magic all the way up in Traverse City, Brad Allen, Paul Andres, Mike Dyer, Erik Frasier, Scooter Gates, Kevin Machuga, Jim Thompson, and Scott!

Jack Riddle and Matt Price raced 50 and 100 miles consecutively in West Michigan’s Hellkaat Hundie Gravel Road Race. Special shout out to Matt for taking 1st in the Fat Bike class and 15th overall!

Linc Wehrly represented in the Fort Custer Stampede Mountain Bike Race, known for its unique and exciting trails.

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride was 4 riders richer for the addition of Team Hometown’s Adam Baranski, Joe Ostervik, Jacob Henriksen, and Shannon McKay.

And like I mentioned above, not only was the State awash in the Hometown colors – so, too, was Spring Bike Demo Day 2018, where our Team rocked cycling advocacy with volunteer superstardom and participation!

Now, THAT’s the power of a 103-rider Team, Hometownies. Be proud!


REGISTER FOR MILFORD BIKE FEST: JUNE 2

Milford Bike Fest and Trail Challenge poster
Here’s an event you’ll want to add to your calendar – the MCMBA’s annual Milford Bike Fest & Trail Challenge!

This year, Hometown Bicycles is proud to be the primary bike shop Sponsor for this event. Our Milford connection, Hometown Service Manager Matt Fitzhorn, will be manning the Hometown tent and participating in the awards and announcements. Come hang out with him and the Hometown Team, while enjoying a beautiful blend of mountain biking, live music, delicious food, and beer!

REGISTER NOW FOR MILFORD BIKE FEST


REGISTER FOR POSES, PEDALS & PINTS: JUNE 23

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We know there will be some hats tossed and cartwheels attempted over this latest piece of local news…

Poses, Pedals & Pints: Summer 2018 registration is now open! If you hearken back to last year’s P3 series, the event opens with beginner-friendly yoga, courtesy of Tocca Massage & Yoga, followed by a leisurely and scenic ride with Hometown, ending with a long, cool pull from the taps of Brewery Becker. Remember, this event sells out insanely fast!


Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

Part-Time Social Media Specialist
Helps market and share the Hometown culture on social media. Must be social media savvy, highly organized, an excellent writer, and skilled in photography. Graphic design skills a plus.

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles shop ride, Friday Night Lights through Island Lake Recreation Area
UPCOMING SHOP RIDES
Friday Night Lights
FRIDAY, MAY 11  |  9:00PM (MEET BY 8:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
It’s a different world out there when you’re riding by bike light! We’ll ride the Island Lake trails at an INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED pace. Make sure your lights are fully charged! Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged. NOT a beginner ride. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Beginner Friendly Road Ride

MONDAY, MAY 14  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Advanced Skills & Drills
TUESDAY, MAY 15  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Want to learn to ride with a peloton? This ADVANCED, road warrior training is led by our Team racers! You’ll learn and practice: draft lines, hill repeats and intervals. Come ready to work hard. Bring a cadence sensor, speed sensor, and heart rate monitor. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, MAY 15  |  7:00PM (MEET BY 6:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake (~14 miles) at a conversational, 10mph pace. All bikes welcome, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate with your new biking friends. BYOB! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Gravel Grinding 101
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16  |  6:30PM (MEET BY 6:15PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ride with your Hometown bike guru, CycloDan Tribble! Front and rear light required, as we end at dusk. This ride weaves through and around Island Lake, covering 13+ miles of pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads (a few hills just for fun!) at an average 12-13 mph. Expect a “puddle” or two of sand and a few face slappers on the trails this time of year. Nothing our gravel, adventure or mountain/fat bikes can’t easily handle. Skinny tire bikes will NOT work for this ride. All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies Only Beginner Mountain Bike Ride
THURSDAY, MAY 17  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ladies, come learn beginning mountain bike skills! We’ll tackle the trails in manageable bites, with the empowering support of skilled and supportive Hometown women. We’ll ride together to Island Lake Recreation Area, and focus on taking the fear and uncertainty out of riding the trails! NO DROP. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!


Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES 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 a high-energy pick-me-up, 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


Team Hometown Bicycles rider, Meghan Terbush, mountain biking at Island Lake

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few are dirt.

~ John Muir

What Happened at Hometown the Other Night…

Making friends at Hometown Bicycles' Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition
(Friendships were forged and fun was TOTALLY had at Hometown’s Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition!)

WHAT HAPPENS AT HOMETOWN, STAYS AT… OH, WAIT!
No it doesn’t! It gets shared with you right now! Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition was just too wonderful to keep to ourselves, anyway…

In our second celebration of Hometownie women, we launched the evening with a stellar, stress-melting yoga session, courtesy of Terry of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp. Next came a few words from the girl-power advocate who runs this show (me).

Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition yoga and CEO Dawn Bhajan

Wine was a-flowing from an ambrosial selection of reds and whites, and partnered beautifully with our tableful of gal-geared goodies!

Wine, strawberries, and blueberries were just a few of the refreshments enjoyed by participants in the Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition

Many of our women picked up quick and simple flat tire fix tips and shifting techniques in a set of mini clinics that ran mid-event. Complimentary chair massages took place just a few steps away, generously offered by wonder-women, Jenn and Sue, of Kor Chiro Studio.

Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition bike clinic on flat tire fixes

In what’s quickly become one of the largest selections of women’s cyclewear in the area, our women found an abundance of eye-popping deals and colorful fashions to suit every style. And one of the favorite additions to the evening was the playful jewelry and artwork offered and donated as door prizes by kind-to-the-core vendors/artists Peggy Kerwan, Lauren of LPbyLP, Cathy and Rita of Echo Lake Steel, and Melissa of Cool Hedge Creations.

A stunning selection of Louis Garneau shoes, cycle wear, and gloves for women at Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition

Generous gift donations from Hamburg Fitness Center‘s chief ladies, Deb and Terry, and one of the most vibrant personalities we’ve ever met – Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment – cherry-topped the evening for several happy winners.

We welcomed 5 new ladies to our Hometown Team, made friends and cycling buddies, and 200% loved life with some of the most wonderful women we know. What a magical evening! Ladies, you have my personal thanks for supporting my mission to make Hometown one of the female-friendliest bike shops in the region and, of course, for being so awesome!! (Stay tuned for our next big women’s event, coming up in May!)


Blowout Sale at Vincere Cycles of Milford

INVENTORY, TOOLS, FIXTURES & MORE

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. Start moving the seats out of your cars – sale runs THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 FROM NOON-4PM, and you’ll be needing the space! First come, first serve!!!Matt Fitzhorn in front of his bike shop, Vincere Cycles
Meet man-of-the-hour, Matt Fitzhorn (and his little dog, too!) parked in front of Vincere Cycles of Milford.

Hometown Bicycles Winter Clinic Series Wrap-Up Potluck Party
MARCH 1ST: CLINIC POTLUCK PARTY

Hometownies, we’re wrapping up this – our 8th year of winter bike clinics – with the most epic Potluck Party to date… because, this year, there’s something extra to celebrate!

Bike Tour Vacations logoIn this clinic, you’ll learn about the best parks, routes, and groups for your Michigan cycling adventures. We’ll also be welcoming back guest speaker Jim Plaunt of Bike Tour Vacations, who’s worked up a special promotion just for Hometownies!

You’ll get our 2018 Spring Shop Ride agenda (spoiler alert – it’s awesome!), and meet the cool people you’ll get to ride them with! PLUS, this March 1st party is your LAST CHANCEto sign up for our all-inclusive, all-about-making-it-fun Team Hometown Bicycles!! (We’re at 85 riders – can you help our Team get to 100??)

Exciting, right? But wait, there’s more! At this event, you’ll have a chance to finally meet the one and only Matt Fitzhorn, whom you’ve been hearing so much about – the new head honcho for your famous Hometown Service Department. You’re right. You absolutely won’t want to miss this:

Thur, March 1st, 7-9pm – The only fee is food!

ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
2018 HOMETOWN WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSES 
It’s the final class in our Hometown, women-only, winter class series to keep you going strong over the winter! Women’s rides are next on the agenda, beginning in April – be sure to watch our Facebook page and newsletter for the official announcement! Click the registration link for details and to sign up for the final class: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
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, FEB 24  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
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
FITNESS CLASSES 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 moreZUMBA | 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


Hometownies at Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition

Making memories with you is my favorite thing to do.

~ Jordy Daniel

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