The Tour in Review, Happy Birthday Dan, and Velodrome Time!

2019 Tour de Livingston in Review
Epic in every way!

Tour de Livingston 2019

For Hometown Bicycles, the true mark of autumn is our favorite annual event, Tour de Livingston. While we can’t wait for it to come around each year, we are also saddened to see it go… it’s always such a memorable day.

This year was no different! On Sunday, October 6th, we had sun, we had fun, and we had an absolutely amazing time connecting with the cycling community for a great cause!

Neal Glazebrook 2019 Tour de Livingston

Pictured above: Team Hometown Bicycles member Neal Glazebrook raised $670 this year! Here is he ready to begin his 100-mile century ride. Go, Neal!

We can’t say enough about the Howell Rotary Club for their incredible efforts in organizing and running Tour de Livingston. They do a top-notch job. Our hats go off to them! 

Tour de Livingston 2019

Since its inception in 2008, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $400,000 to address the critical needs of those who are struggling to meet their most basic needs. The proceeds go to the Livingston County United Way Basic Needs Program to benefit those right here in our community.

We’re incredibly proud to be an ongoing part of this amazing effort. And we’re incredibly proud of our amazing, community-minded Team, who came en masse to support, ride, and volunteer, and who demonstrated the best of the cycling community with their efforts before, during, and after the ride.

Team Hometown, you are amazing, and we salute you!! 

Team Hometown Bicycles 2019 Tour de Livingston

Pictured above: Team Hometown Co-Captain and Mobile Rhythm Entertainment Team Sponsor Joe Ostervik, Matt Burke, Chris & Heather Harrison, and Quanta Inc. Team Sponsor Brad Allen


Dan Horal

Dan Horal: We celebrate you

A friend and fellow Hometownie’s birthday would have been October 8th. Dan’s life was tragically cut short after being struck by a car mid-ride on April 25, 2019.

His memory lives on for all of us at Hometown, his family and friends, and a tight-knit cycling community who thinks of him often. Dan Horal, we send our prayers and birthday wishes to you.

Dan Horal

“Today our dear friend and fellow cyclist Dan Horal would have celebrated his 63rd birthday. Happy birthday Dan, hope you are enjoying that ride in the sky.” — Shaun Bhajan

The Do It for Dan Memorial Ride will be an annual event. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 3, 2020.


Show Your Hometown Spirit at the Velodrome October 19th!

LMB Awards at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit

SPORT THOSE HOMETOWN COLORS, AND JOIN SHAUN, DAWN AND YOUR FELLOW HOMETOWNIES on October 19th at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit, where the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) will recognize the outstanding contributions of cycling advocates from around the state with a night of exciting indoor cycling races.

The 64,000 square foot, $4 million Lexus Velodrome is the most talked-about venue in the U.S. cycling world – and it’s right here in Michigan!

HOMETOWN BICYCLES IS A FINALIST FOR LMB’S SHOP OF THE YEAR AWARD!

Hometown is one of five bicycle shops in the running for the Shop of the Year Award, alongside Pedal Bicycles – PortageBrick WheelsSweet Bikes, and Kids Repair Program

Winners will be announced during a pre-race reception at 5 PM (heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar), followed by the Velodrome’s Saturday Night Rumbles at 7:30 PM.

Get in on the action, and buy your tickets HERE!


Fitness options at Hometown 
Stay active year-round with our multitude of class offerings!
We believe in wellness all year, even (especially) during those frigid Michigan winters. It’s sometimes hard to find the motivation to stay fit and active when all we want to do is hibernate until spring. This is one reason Hometown loves to host our fabulous fitness instructors and have class offerings most days of the week.

You have likely seen the classes in full swing as they rock it out on the main floor.  As the cold weather descends, head on up to the shop to get your sweat on!

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf

A great way to work it out, get that heart pumping and torch some major calories in a fun atmosphere! 
Wednesdays 6 PM
Saturdays 9:45 AM

$10 drop in (includes equipment); $5 drop in if you bring your own equipment

Power 30 with Martha Soraruf
30 minutes of strength training immediately following cardio drumming.
Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in

Zumba with Leslie Barrett

Zumba with Leslie Barrett
This hour class flies by due to the infectious music and easy-to-follow Latin dance fitness routines. You will get a full body workout through mega cardio and toning!
Mondays 6 PM
Thursdays 9:30 AM

$8 drop in; 10-class punch card for $60

Zumba Gold with Tresa O'Rourke

Zumba Gold with Tresa O’Rourke
Zumba Gold offers a lower intensity Latin dance fitness experience. Perfect for active older adults, anyone needing modifications and those just starting an exercise program.
Mondays 9:30 AM
Sundays 10:30 AM

$8 drop in: 10-class punch card for $50

COMING SOON: Yoga (Sati Circle), HIIT, and Pound!


Did someone say chili?!

Chili Cook-Off

Get your recipes simmering for our 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off!

SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday, November 9th, you can enter to win one very special (and kinda gaudy, but that’s what makes it fabulous) traveling trophy. Take home the bragging rights of being the 2019 Hometown Bicycles “Great Bowls of Fire” Chili Cook-Off WINNER!

Stir up your favorite recipe and drop it off at the shop by 4 PM. People’s Choice judging will begin at 5 PM, and the winner will be announced by 7 PM.

Sign up coming SOON! 


We hosted the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Brighton/Howell Unit on Wednesday, October 9th. They sponsored a public forum to encourage the public to get to know their county officials and their role in local road maintenance. Road Commission Director Steve Wasylk presented, and WHMI reported!

Read about it HERE!

We Did It for Dan with ALL of Your Support

With our deepest gratitude, thank you…

Do It for Dan Memorial Ride bike with rose

(Photo courtesy Miles Janicki)
 There are truly no words to capture the incredible outpouring of support and love we witnessed this past Sunday. It was a breathtaking moment to realize that over 550 riders and walkers were present in body, mind and soul at Island Lake to honor fellow cyclist, Dan Horal, whose life was tragically cut short after being struck by a car mid-ride on April 25th.

Over 550 riders and walkers participated in the inaugural Do It for Dan Memorial Ride

(Photo courtesy Doug Lapp)

We could not have asked for more… absolutely amazing weather, a beautiful tribute, and a COMMUNITY who came together in solidarity to offer condolences to Dan’s family while also raising awareness about bicycle safety. Thank you so very much.

Doug Lapp
Dan Horal

We offer our warmest gratitude to each of you who had an impact on this Memorial Ride for a great man who touched so many lives. We would like to call out a few particular individuals and businesses that helped take this Ride from meaningful to sheer magic.

Our sincere thanks go to… 

The Horal Family – For allowing us to honor Dan’s memory and celebrate his life. Our love and support are with you.

Dan Horal

Every cyclist who attended – For helping the Horal Family and cycling community make an unforgettable statement, and for not letting Dan’s tragedy go unremarked.

Cyclists in other States – For implementing your own Do It for Dan Memorial Rides and, in doing so, spreading the message and mission of this Ride beyond Michigan!

The Hometown Crew & Team Hometown Bicycles – For spreading the word so well and so quickly!

Unit Manager Andrew Haapala and Island Lake Recreation Area – For being wonderfully supportive and helpful throughout the process of creating this Ride

The Wheels in Motion Family

The Plotners & Wheels in Motion (at right) – For dropping everything to come out and support this Ride as a family and a team

WHMI – For their helpful promotion of this Ride

Channel 4 & Channel 7 – For making an appearance at this Ride to help spread the message

League of Michigan Bicyclists – For using its vast network to help spread the word

MCMBA – For allowing us to use Demo Day to promote the event

All of the Demo Day participants – For rallying to the cause, and helping get the word out throughout the cycling community

A show of support at the MCMBA's Annual Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day for the Do It for Dan Memorial Ride


(To all of the amazing vendors at Demo Day, THANK YOU for helping to spread the word about the Ride!) 

Kirt Albrecht at Big PDQ – For his contribution toward printing the Ride flier

Robin Fry – For her lightning-fast turnaround on, and her contribution toward, the unmissable Ride t-shirts

Dan Horal

Fred Tomczyk – For his skillful rendering of the Ghost Bike Memorial design

Scott Brooks – For his artistry and craftsmanship in the creation of the Ghost Bike Memorial

Joel Hakken of MidWest Bike & Tandem – For his bicycle donation for the Ghost Bike Memorial

Master Blaster – For donation of his services to prep the Ghost Bike for painting

Dan Horal

Matt Maximoff – For his invaluable assistance in creating the Memorial plaque

Joe Ostervik of DJ Mobile Rhythms – For emceeing the Ride, and the use of his sound equipment

Mike & Lisa Hartwell of The Eric Hartwell Foundation – For the loan of their bullhorn

Beauchamp Water Supply & Treatment– For generously supplying all of the water for the Ride

Les Cook – For carrying on his tradition of being the world’s most helpful sweep, and assisting cyclists all along the Ride

Jim Plaunt with Bike Tour Vacations – For sharing his heartfelt blog post about the Ride

Miles Janicki, Jill Zamojcin of Jilly Bean Photography, Doug Lapp, and a host of other skilled photographers – For photographic and video documentation of the event

Click to view Miles’s stunning event photos
Click to find yourself in Jill’s Facebook rider collage
Click to view Doug’s awesome Ride video

The Do It for Dan Memorial Ride will now become an annual event. 
Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 3, 2020.

With May being National Bike Month, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate. In partnership with the Horal Family, and with your support, we want to finish Dan’s ride year after year.

The Horal Family with the Daniel J. Horal Ghost Bike Memorial at the Do It for Dan Memorial Ride


(
Photo of the Horal Family courtesy Jill Zamojcin of Jilly Bean Photography)

Dan’s Memorial Ride, Demo Day & Birthday Gratitude

REMINDER: Memorial Ride THIS SUNDAY

Dan Horal

The cycling community is grieving the loss of fellow cyclist, Dan Horal, whose life was tragically cut short after being struck by a car mid-ride on April 25th.

To honor Dan and his family, Hometown Bicycles has organized the Do It for Dan Memorial Ride, to take place this Sunday, May 5th at 4:15 PM. Please arrive at 3:45 PM as we gather to finish Dan’s ride and promote awareness that bicyclists and cars share the road.

Dan Horal

To honor Dan, a moment of silence was shared at Hometown Bicycles’ Birthday Bash on Saturday, April 27th. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dan’s family and to everyone who loved him.

Hometown Bicycles

Please note that we will close early at 3 PM on Sunday, May 5th for this event.


Island Lake Demo Day: Saturday, May 4, 10 AM – 4 PM

Island Lake Demo Day

This weekend, be sure to visit the 14th annual Island Lake Spring Bike Demo, a family-friendly event!. It’s a great chance to talk with people who “live the life”: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Then, take a few out for a test spin on the road and trails at Island Lake, finding the bike that pulls at your heartstrings.This event is one of the largest demo events in the region. You can expect to see hundreds of mountain bikes, road bikes, cross bikes, fat tire bikes, and everything in between. Riders usually bring their own pedals, and these will be mounted to the bike for you as part of the setup process. 

When entering the park, turn to the right just after the attendant booths and follow the park road for approximately 2 miles. Spring Mill Pond will be on the left side of the road. 

Participation at the Spring Bike Demo is free, courtesy of the Motor City Mountain Biking Association. The MCMBA will be serving food midday to all participants and vendors. Hometown Bicycles is providing hot dogs; any and all donations will be contributed to MCMBA. Be sure to stop by our tent, say hello, and eat!

Many thanks to Team Hometown Bicycles member, Steve Steinberg, for his critical role in making this event a reality!


Our Birthday ROCKED Thanks to You!

Hometown Bicycles 9th Birthday

Thanks to all of our wonderful customers, friends, family, volunteers, employees and Team, we had a birthday chock full of fun and special memories!

Hometown Bicycles

The temperatures were brisk, but that didn’t stop us from grilling 100 hot dogs on the front lawn! Team Co-Captain, Joe Ostervik, proved himself to be a wicked grillmaster. Free lunches were served up to the brave souls who ventured out in the 45 degree weather!

Multiple birthday rides left from the shop at 4 PM with cyclists of all skill levels. 

Hometown Bicycles

 We wrapped up the evening with a rousing fundraising concert to benefit the Brighton High School Cycling Club. The Progressive Blues & Rhythm Bandtreated us to some amazing talent — bluesy rock and roll with a funky twist! Because of everyone’s generosity, we raised over $600 to support our youth cycling community! Way to go, Hometownies!

Pictured below: The PBR Band sings Happy Birthday to Hometown! And Shaun, Dawn and Aria Bhajan celebrate with Coaches TJ and Shawn Tyrell of the BHS Cycling Club.

Hometown Bicycles
Hometown Bicycles

Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery

Team Hometown Bicycles at Barry Roubaix
Tom Hermann

The Ride for Recovery is a family-oriented fitness event that helps provide critical support to Dawn Farm by raising funds to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long-term recovery. Now in its 10th year, this event was originally started by a volunteer seeking to make a difference. Over the years, nearly $150,000 have been raised to help those in need.

Team Hometown was represented by Tom Hermann (right), and Joe Ostervik and Jacob Henriksen (above).
Team Hometown, thank you for being community-driven and supporting an important cause!


Who loves Spring? WE DO!

There’s no better way to enjoy Spring than a Hometown Shop Ride on a beautiful sunny day in Brighton.

We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced rides… all skill levels are welcome!

Don’t have a bike? We rent them! Inquire at the shop.

Make sure to print or pick up your Shop Ride schedule!

We sometimes get asked about the term NO DROP that you see on the Ride descriptions. People wonder if this means you have to register and can’t drop in… no… you can always drop in!

NO DROP simply means that no one is left behind. Each ride had a Lead and a Sweep; the Sweep will make sure that the group stays together and no one gets “dropped”!


Hatching a fledgling business

Hometown Business Incubator
We have a major project going on in Hometown’s back room – a buildout that includes a new business incubator rental space!

What is a business incubator? Business incubators are organizations that offer startups shared operation space. In short, they offer fledgling young companies a warm, safe place to grow and prosper.

Our incubator will be ideal for:

  • Business meetings
  • Networking groups
  • Fitness classes
  • Startup churches
  • Kids programs
  • Arts/crafts programs and classes

Hometown’s business incubator will be available for hourly rentals. Incubator Sponsorships are now available. If you would like to learn about rental or Sponsorship, contact Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Grand Opening coming SOON!


CURRENTLY SEEKING FULL-TIME SERVICE TECHS
Monday-Friday, 9-5

Stop by the shop for an application.


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays 6 PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more

Power 30 | Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays 6 PM & Thursdays 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more

intenSati | Sundays 10 AM
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Dawn Gaden

Sati Yoga | Saturday 5/11 and Sundays 5/19 and 5/26 9 AM
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

THIS SUNDAY (5/5): Join us for the Do It for Dan Memorial Ride

Do It for Dan Memorial Ride flier
Dan Horal at Hometown Bicycles with his new Jamis bike

Hometownies, we know that the tragic loss of local cyclist and fellow Hometownie, Dan Horal, after being struck by a car mid-ride on April 25th is being felt deeply by many. Please join us THIS SUNDAY to pay tribute to Dan and the family and friends who love him, and to send a message to drivers everywhere to always stay alert.

Do It for Dan Memorial Ride:
Let’s finish Dan’s ride together.

Sunday, May 5, 2019  ~  4:15pm ride  ~  Kent Lake Beach (ILRA)

You can read Dan Horal’s Obituary here.

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