Our Favorite Fall Ride + Splatter Bike Art

Tour de Livingston website

♩♫  TAKE ME OUT TO THE TOUR, TAKE ME OUT TO THE RIDE… ♫ ♪
You may not be buying peanuts and cracker jacks at Tour de Livingston, but you WON’T care if you ever get back! This legendary local ride is the epitome of fun fun FUN, and we Hometownies look forward to its arrival all year round.

We’re just a week away from Tour de Livingston, so here’s our question for you:

Can’t wait to hang out with you at this year’s event!!

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THIS WEEK’S “TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” 

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoTRY POWER PILATES THIS MONDAY (10/3 at 6PM)!  It’s part of the 6-week sampler series, “A Taste of Hamburg Fitness”, being held in our Community Room. Here’s the scoop…

“Want to get fit but aren’t sure which type of class you would like to join? Try a sampling of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp classes in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room. Each week is a different one-hour class starting at 6PM Mondays. Sign up for one or sign up for all. Classes offered are Zumba, Power Pilates, Tabata, Vinyasa Yoga, Functional Training and PiYo. $10 per class OR just $5 each if you bring a friend! For class descriptions, visit Hamburg Fitness’ website.”

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YEAH, HE’S DEFINITELY ONE OF OURS! 
Andrew Jackson helps out the Brighton High School Mountain Bike Team at a MISCA event

Point of pride: Check out this photo (above) of the true Hometown spirit in action. The jerseyed rider pictured here is our very own Service Guru, Andrew Jackson, helping out fellow high school mountain bikers (the Brighton Bulldogs) at the recent MISCA youth cycling race… even though they weren’t on his team!

We’re proud of you, Andrew! Way to embody the core values of Hometown Bicycles!!

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LAUREN’S NEW LINE OF SPLATTER STITCHERY  

LPbyLP Lauren Patrell bicycle sewing craftsmanship at Hometown Bicycles

Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP beside her bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton, MIOur best-selling bike artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, has the uncanny ability to blow our socks off every time she stops in. Every. Time. We’ve taken to keeping a roll of tape handy when we know she’s dropping by… saves us the trouble of having to track down wayward footwear!

Her latest bit of sock-blowing magic comes from a line of splatter art blended with mad sewing skillz to create total craft nirvana. It’s everything from coin purses and wallets to the sweetest keychains on this green earth, and it’s all available here.

Be prepared to fall madly in love…

Bicycle splatter art craft by Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP at Hometown Bicycles

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TEAM NEWS: GREEN GALS GRAVEL GRINDER & PROGRESSIVE 

 

Hometown Bicycles Green Gals gravel grinder

Our all-women ride group, the Hometown Bicycles Green Gals, recently wrapped up another season of stellar mountain bike shop rides with their first ever Gravel Grinder & Progressive Ride, which entailed everything from pedaling scenic back roadways, to touring the converted church home of a fellow Green Gal, to wrapping up the evening with bonfires and sweet treats.

Want to learn more about our Green Gals? Email Hometown Events Coordinator Jennifer for details – events@myhometownbicycles.com. Team membership not required to ride with us!

Hometown Bicycles Green Gals progressive ride

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HOMETOWN’S DAY AT KEM KREST WELLNESS FAIR 

Hometown Bicycles at the Kem Krest Wellness Fair
(Photo courtesy of Kem Krest… thank you!)

Kem Krest logoFollowing up on the fun we had at last year’s event, Brighton’s Kem Krest – provider of supply chain solutions – once again extended us the honor of an invitation to participate in their annual Wellness Fair. Held on company grounds, we were one of several stations where Kem Krest staff could learn about health and fitness options AND collect points toward winning prizes for doing so. Such a cool program for a company to offer their team!

Want Hometown Bicycles to be a part of YOUR next company, school, or organization event? We LOVE being involved! Email our Events Coordinator Jennifer atevents@myhometownbicycles.com.

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Tune in to our Facebook or web calendar to confirm all rides. Here’s what’s coming up this week:

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

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 4:30PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

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

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

Meet Aria + Pinckney puts Shaun through his paces

Hometown Bicycles newest addition

OUR WORLD’S TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN, AND WE’RE LOVING IT!
The arrival of our beautiful, little Aria resulted in a flood – actually, a tsunami – of love and food and gifts and kindness from all of you, and Shaun and I want you to know that we appreciate it!! You complete us, Hometownies!

Now prep yourselves for some serious fun as I catch you up on all the awesomeness that’s been happening at Hometown. As per our usual modus operandi, it’s been epic…

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GOOD LUCK, MEGHAN AND COLIN! 
Hometown Bicycles crew members, Meghan Horal and Colin Wood

We were sad, yet proud to send off two more of our wonderful summer crew to the world of academia.

Meghan Horal, cashier extraordinaire, added a tremendous amount of value in her brief time here, and was also known for the fantastic bike jokes you read weekly on our entryway board. We wish her all the success in the world at college, and look forward to seeing her again when the weather warms!

Colin Wood has set himself some aggressive personal goals for his final year in high school, but may still make appearances throughout the winter. We’re proud of what he’s accomplishing, including how he’s killing it on the high school mountain bike team. Go, Colin!

You’ll see some new faces at Hometown over the coming weeks. Be sure to stop by and say hello to your new crew-in-training! (Positions still open!)

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“A TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” AT HOMETOWN 

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoBEGINNING THIS MONDAY (9/26), we’re thrilled to host the 6-week sampler series, “A Taste of Hamburg Fitness”, in our Community Room. Here’s the scoop…

“Wanting to improve your fitness but not sure which type of class you would like to join? For 6 weeks, you can try a sampling of some of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp classes in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room.

Each week will be a different one-hour class starting at 6PM Mondays beginning September 26th. You choose – sign up for one or sign up for all. Classes offered are Zumba, Power Pilates, Tabata, Vinyasa Yoga, Functional Training and PiYo.  Each class is $10 paid to the class instructor prior to class start. For class descriptions, please visit Hamburg Fitness’ website.”

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TEAM NEWS: LABOR DAY 30K & ICEMAN TRAINING RIDE 

 

Team Hometown Bicycles at the Milford Labor Day 30K bicycle race

MILFORD LABOR DAY 30K (above):  Nine of our Team riders took on the myriad challenges of Milford’s Labor Day 30K – seven of them podiumed and every single one made it into the top 5 in their age category! We knew our Team was good, but THIS absolutely blows our minds. Way to go, Team Hometown Bicycles!!

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Training Ride with Team Captain Brian Forhan

ICEMAN TRAINING RIDE (above):  Led by one of our rockstar Team Captains, Brian Forhan, our new Iceman Training Ride hits 35 miles at a 14mph pace with over 2000′ in climb. Your legs’ll be screaming, but your mouth will be smiling! Meets at Hartland Twp Hall Sundays at 9am. You do NOT have to be on the Team to ride! Read about it here.

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PINCKNEY STUDENTS PUT SHAUN THROUGH HIS PACES 

Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles teaching the mechanics of bicycles to Pinckney's Navigator Elementary students

Pinckney’s Navigator Elementary teacher, Angela Kanerva, approached us with a fantastically unique request. She asked us to show her students how bicycles consist of a mechanical system in which parts work together to achieve a functional goal. Wow, right?

So, Shaun and our Events Coordinator, Jennifer, addressed over 100 extremely curious students on the science and engineering of bicycles. It was a HUGE hit – for us as much as them! We came away inspired and hopeful about the future of cycling.

What a cool program… can’t wait to do it again! We wish we’d had you as a teacher, Angela!!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

Tour de Livingston 2016 Registration web page

Yahoooooo!!! Our favorite community ride is now taking registrations! From theirevent page:

“The Howell Rotary Club is offering a fully supported bike tour through scenic Livingston County during peak autumn colors, as well as the exclusive opportunity to ride the Milford Road Course loop at the GM Proving Grounds, visit ice cream shops in Hell, MI and the Farmers’ Market in Howell, MI.”

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PEGGY’S MARVELOUS BIKE PRINTS  

Acrylic monotype prints by Peggy Kerwan at Hometown Bicycles
(Clockwise from left: “First Wheels”, “Let’s Ride”, “The Way I Roll”, “ZDM”. All images courtesy of and copyright © Peggy Kerwan. All rights reserved.)

Art-aholic cyclists, rejoice! Artist Peggy Kerwan, whose playful work currently hangs in the shop, has been having a field day with hand-pressed, acrylic, monotype printing (translation: every glorious print is wonderfully unique!)

You are going to LOVE these matted, ready-to-frame pieces. Seriously, Hometownies… I’m giving you a fair crack at these before I can’t stand it any more and hang them all in my office!

New Mountain Biking Intro Clinic + Parties, Rides and Accomplishments

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

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

JUST HOW DIFFERENT IS RIDING TRAILS TO RIDING ROADS ANYWAY? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VOTING CLOSES AUGUST 7 – PLEASE VOTE DAILY!

Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

CLICK TO VOTE HOMETOWN BICYCLES “BEST BIKE SHOP 2016”

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

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

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

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

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

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SUNDAY, 8:00AM – The Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 5:00PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

TUESDAY, 9:00AM – Hometown Green Gals Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

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