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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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

TODAY (7/15): July Jubilee & Sale 1-5pm + Concert at 5pm

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TODAY!!  HOMETOWN JULY JUBILEE (7/15)

Event from 1-5pm • Concert starts at 5pm! 

** RAIN OR SHINE! **

This year’s Hometown Bicycles Annual July Jubilee & Sale on Sunday, July 15th from 1-8pm, takes the fun had last year, and exponentially multiplies it for an utterly epic, carnival-style, super-event that your whole family will love!! Here’s what to expect…


*** MEGA SUMMER BLOWOUT SALE ***
From 1-5pm • Up to 50% Off!


HOT DOGS (starting at 3:30pm) & COTTON CANDY (all day!)

Cotton candy and hot dogsHot dogs and picnic treats will be available from 3:30-5pm, courtesy of your friendly Hometown Crew! Our special thanks goes to Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply for the day’s hydration. Your Team will also be making cotton candy on site, available for purchase. You won’t walk away hungry!


ZUMBA/CARDIO DRUMMING FUSION (starting at 1pm)

Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha SorarufYour favorite Hometown instructors are combining forces for a cardio class that will rocket your energy levels into high gear! Enjoy a team program with Zumba goddess/Hometown Events Coordinator Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming super-instructor Martha Soraruf. It’s FREE! Give it a try!!


FACE PAINTING (2pm-4pm)

Face paint by Alison PeasleyFrom 2-4pm, local artist Alison Peasley will be painting up a storm on young, adorable faces! Stop by the Jubilee to enjoy this FREE face painting activity with your kids!


FAMILY BELLY DANCE CLASS (starting at 2pm)

Kids dancingYes, you read that right! Mom, dad, and kids are all invited to participate in this FREE, family-friendly Belly Dance lesson, which offers a phenomenal core workout in a fun and challenging way. This class is offered courtesy of One Spirit Dance & Fitness of Pinckney.


WATER BALLOONS & LAWN GAMES (starting at 1pm)

water balloonsTry your hand at everything from Tricycle Tug-of-War and Bike Tire Toss with Team Hometown, to Cornhole and Disc Golf, provided courtesy of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp. Cool down with water balloon toss on the front lawn! Chances to win prizes!


ROAD & MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUP RIDES (leave at 3pm)

Enjoy a conversational roll along Island Lake’s famous “Green Dumpster” loop, or elect to explore Island Lake’s Blue Loop trail. These Road & Mountain Bike Group Rides are open to riders of all skill levels and ages – helmets and a sense of fun required! NO DROP.


MARTIAL ARTS DEMO (starting at 3pm)

Karate board breakingThe talented instructors and students of Brighton ATA Martial Arts will be wow-ing Jubilee-goers with a demonstration of their dynamic Taekwondo skills and weapons mastery! A truly family-geared business, they’ll also be offering board-breaking opportunities for your wee ones!


BALANCED BODIES FLOW YOGA (starting at 3:45pm)

Michelle Klingler with Balanced Bodies Flow YogaRelease the stress of the week with a soothing session of Balanced Bodies Flow Yoga in Hometown’s peaceful Community Room. We’ll be introducing Yogi Michelle Klingler, who is offering this beginner-friendly class FREE of charge.


FAMILY BELLY DANCE PERFORMANCE (4:30pm)

Debra McGaffey of One Spirit Dance and FitnessLed by the instructor of our earlier Family Belly Dance Class, Debra McGaffey of One Spirit Dance & Fitness will showcase the exotic art of belly dance in a PG, family-friendly performance that will dazzle and amaze!


ACRO YOGA DEMONSTRATIONS (all day!)

Jim and Sherryl Gilligan of Yoga Nature doing Acro YogaWe’re thrilled to welcome back the aerial acrobatics of gravity defying duo, Jim and Sherryl Gilligan of Yoga Nature! Throughout the event, Jim and Sherryl will showcase and share their partner-based, Acro Yoga skills. Shaun and I, and our kids, have all enjoyed Acro Yoga instruction from this dynamic pair – and loved it!


RED, WHITE, & BLUES FUNDRAISING CONCERT
5pm-8pm at Hometown Bicycles  •  BYOB  •  Bring a chair!

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, and bring a chair along, if you have one!
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THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY, July 13th & 14th, 10am-10pm (July Jubilee‘s on the 15th – see below!),  we’re setting up shop downtown at A Taste of Brighton, where we’ll give festival-goers a flavor of the best bicycle repair in Southeast Michigan!

BIKE CLINICS | Noon-7pm, Saturday & Sunday:
Beginning at noon on both days of the event, you’ll find us sharing bike know-how every hour, on the hour! Shaun will be taking the Taste of Brighton stage (Stage B, in fact) at 12pm and 2pm and Service Manager Matt Fitzhorn will run hourly mini-clinics from Hometown’s tent, covering the following:

  • Flat Tire Fixes & Emergency Repairs
  • Shifting 101
  • Basic Bike Care & Maintenance
SERVICE DEMOS | ALL DAY, Saturday & Sunday:
Your Hometown Service Crew will be running bicycle service demos throughout the event at the Hometown tent. Bring your questions! You’ll get to see the best bike service in SE Michigan in action, with plenty of time to ask the experts your particular bike queries.WIN A KID’S BIKE! | ALL DAY, Saturday & Sunday:
While you’re there, be sure to enter our drawing to win a Jamis kiddie bike. You could wind up making one special little mini-cyclist very, VERY happy!Never been? A Taste of Brighton is one of Michigan’s top rated Festivals! It highlights the very best of what Brighton has to offer, and includes Outdoor Shopping, Dining, Entertainment, Deals, and more along Brighton’s Main Street! Add this event to your family calendar, and be sure to stop by and say “hi!”

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Oh, yes… it will be fun.

~ Your Hometown Crew

Hometown on Parade and a 42-Bike Salute

Hometown Bicycles' Shaun Bhajan with son Liam riding in the 2018 Brighton Fourth of July Parade

PROOF POSITIVE THAT OPTIMISM REALLY DOES PAY OFF…
We were POSITIVE that we could help the Brighton Optimist Club top last year’s participation numbers in their annual Fourth of July Bike Decorating Contest & Parade Ride, and boy did we ever!! Nearly 50 participants packed the roadway in this year’s parade, up from a little over 10 last year!

Brighton Optimist Club, by the way, has been dedicated to “Bringing out the best in children” since 1977. We are honored that they chose Hometown to help make this the best year ever – thank you, Brighton Optimists!! And thanks to ALL of you who came out in support of their worthy mission – Shaun and I loved riding with you, and can’t wait to do it again next year!!
Hometown Bicycles and the Brighton Optimist Club at the Fourth of July Parade Bike Decorating Contest and Parade Ride
(To point out a few highlights: You probably already recognize the fuzzy guy and his family in the upper left; directly below left is Brighton Optimist Club President Gary London, who’s had faith in Hometown since Day One!; in the middle is Kurt and his beautiful family, who had such a great time that they’re already planning for next year!; and bottom right is Hometown’s own Amy Gluck and Team rider Joe Van Gorden leading up the bicycles with the Brighton Optimist Club banner!


Dawn and Shaun Bhajan with the Lake Trust Credit Union team at the Build-A-Bike charity competition wrap-up
(A few of the fabulous folks at Lake Trust Credit Union who participated in their corporate Build-A-Bike charity program. Shaun and I are at bottom right, geeking out over sitting beside President & CEO David Snodgrass, who’s incidentally no stranger to cycling! Photo cred: © Lake Trust Credit Union)

A 42-KIDS-BIKE BUILD-A-THON WITH LAKE TRUST 

Lake Trust Credit Union Build a Bike Charity Competition: Jamis Bikes line upWhen we find fellow businesses whose values align with our own, it’s a thrill and joy to forge partnerships that span industries and grow year by year. We’ve enjoyed that sort of relationship with Lake Trust Credit Union – a company founded on community-centeredness – first as customers, then as partners in charity.

Lake Trust recently tapped on Hometown for a commendable corporate Build-a-Bike program. With Hometown’s help, their team built up 42 Jamis kids bikes, which were then donated to 16 amazing organizations, including LACASAMake A Wish Foundation of MI and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston. You can read the full account on their blog HERE.

If you would also like to involve Hometown Bicycles in your next Corporate project or wellness program, please contact me (Dawn) at office@myhometownbicycles.com. We love making new friends!


Team Hometown Bicycles' Ellen Geddie at Blue Water Ramble
TEAM NEWS: In the thick of summer cycling… 

Our Team has been busy, busy, busy with rides and races across the State! Above, you’re seeing Team rockstar, Ellen Geddie, who road 46 miles of Blue Water Ramble in the rain!!

Jim Cleer and John Wyatt got down to business at the MSU Gran Fondo, which is known as 80 miles of “rolling party”, with music, food, and brews along the way!

Team bike goddesses, Amy Daybird, Sarah Dudley-Short, and Deanna Swan made a powerhouse trio at the 10th Anniversary Tri Goddess Tri, the first ever all-women’s triathlon/duathlon.

And 12 Team riders hit the trails at the Island Lake Challenge Mountain Bike Race – a Yellow Loop fiesta of dirt track and determination. Shout out to Brad Allen, Leslie Cook, Cammie Coffey, Keith Cowger, Mike Dyer, Jay Mings, Kasandra Noel, Brien TerBush, Jim Thompson, Link Wehrly, Steve Wortley and Kevin Machuga. Brad killed it with a 1st in Open Sport Fat Bike, and Keith dominated with a 1st in his age division for Sport!


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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!”

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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 —
2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoFood & YUMMMMMMMMMM Cotton Candy!!
Hydration courtesy Team Sponsor Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply!2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoFace Painting
Artistic talent provided by Alison Peasley!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 NatureFlow Yoga with Michelle Klinger, 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 3:30pm ————-

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 3:30pm 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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KIDS SELF DEFENSE CLASS AT HOMETOWN

BullyJULY 26, 7-8PM:  If someone wants to hurt our children, they won’t choose a time or a place with witnesses. The safety of our children will depend on their ability to recognize a threat and respond effectively.

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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UPCOMING SHOP RIDES
Saturday Road Ride
SATURDAY, JULY 7  |  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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Sunday Hartland Gravel Grinder
SUNDAY, JULY 8  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
Come enjoy beautiful, HILLY country roads and wonderful ride company. Expect several TOUGH, LONG CLIMBS, at an average 14 – 15 MPH pace for all 28.2 miles. The group may split into 2, with the front pack averaging > 15 mph. (Check out Dan’s Gravel Grinding 101 ride for a less grueling option.) Cross/Gravel, Mountain and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the Hartland Twp. Hall lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) at 2655 Clark Rd. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!
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Sunday Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride
SUNDAY, JULY 8  |  4:30PM (MEET BY 4:15PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Join your Hometown Crew for our beginner-friendly mountain bike trail ride, which encourages riders to explore new trails as their skill level increases. This week, we’ll enjoy 9 – 15 miles of Island Lake single track over the course of 1.5 hours. All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged. Riders under 15 must remain with their guardian throughout the ride. Be mindful that the trail has several hills and some minimum level of fitness will be helpful to make for a positive experience.  Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!
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Monday Beginner-Friendly Road Ride

MONDAY, JULY 9  |  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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Ladies’ Road Ride

TUESDAY, JULY 10  |  6:45PM (MEET BY 6:30PM)  |  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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Advanced Skills & Drills

TUESDAY, JULY 10  |  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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Gravel Grinding 101

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11  |  5:45PM (MEET BY 5:30PM)  |  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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Slow Roll Social Ride

THURSDAY, JULY 12  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
This ride is all about making friends! This conversational, morning ride will find us exploring Island Lake’s beautiful park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride. We might just stop for coffee and donuts along the way! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies Only Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

THURSDAY, JULY 12  |  6:15PM (MEET BY 6:00PM)  |  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!

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Friday Night Lights
FRIDAY, JULY 13  |  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!


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 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 and Dawn Bhajan and family riding bicycles in the Fourth of July Parade

The best thing about memories is making them.

~ Love from Shaun, Dawn, and the family

Your Hometown Bicycles Service Guide

Hometown Bicycles Service Manager Matt Fitzhorn
(Hometown Bicycles Service Manager, Matt Fitzhorn)

THE WHY’S AND WHEREFORE’S OF WHAT WE DO SO WELL 
I’ve been promising our new, superstar Service Manager, Matt Fitzhorn, that I would devote an email to service. And with service bikes now arriving hourly – and sometimes even minute by minute! – it seems fitting to give the department we’re most famous for a little podium time. (So, this one’s for you, Matt!)

EVERYONE knows that the Hometown Tune-Up is a thing of beauty. You know it. The community knows it. The cat down the street knows it.

But do you know WHY?

Hometown Bicycles Service Crew, Joe Shafer and Andrew Jackson
(Hometown Bicycles Service Tech, Joe Shafer, and Service Lead, Andrew Jackson)

Did you know that we founded our company on service, making service our area to excel? It’s true! Hometown 2010 began as a pint-sized service shop, well before adding all the bells and bikes. We’ve held true to that core ever since, serving an increasing number of cyclists over the years – 2,854 bikes serviced in 2017 and over 17,000 since opening! – with the mission of making each bike “Work Great, Look Great & Blow Your MIND!”

Hometown Bicycles Service Tech David Keller
(Hometown Bicycles Service Tech, David Keller)

It’s important to us that our value always exceeds our price. I’ll break this down further in “Hometown Bicycles Tune-Up: The Real McCoy” below, but suffice it to say, we respect your hard-earned dollars by working hard to make those dollars work hard for you (say THAT 10 times fast)! Plus, our turn-around time is FAST to get you back in the saddle where you belong!

Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Matt PershaBecause we don’t want to have to hide when we see you coming – we live here, too! – we get our kicks by doing right by our customers. When we say you need something, it’s because we know it will give you the longest and best cycling experience possible. And when we say you DON’T need something, it’s because we don’t want to gain a dollar at the expense of your trust. You can rest easy, knowing that we’ll tell it like it is, and always treat you fairly and squarely.

And we don’t leave you hangin’! We legitimately want to know that our service did the trick, and kept you rolling. That’s why you can always expect follow up from our Crew(At right: Hometown Bicycles Service Tech, Matt Persha)

You probably also know by now that we LIKE being a resource! Ask us your questions, build your own bike, watch our Crew in action. The way we figure it, the more passionate you are about cycling, the more you’ll advocate for the sport, and that benefits ALL of us in the long run.

Hometown Bicycles Service Crew Dan "CycloDan" Tribble and Mason Verbison
(Hometown Service Guru & lead singer Dan Tribble and “I-mean-business” Service Lead Mason Verbison)

Plus, what bike shop has a rhythm & blues rockstar for a service tech? That would be us!

We also have a unique way of motivating our staff… no, not giant mallets. It’s giving our crew the green light to do good, important, life-changing work in an environment that supports them and the sport they love. We may not always be perfect but, as a Crew, we’ve got your back.

This may be a good place to interject that *ahem* we’re hiring!

And that, my friends, is our service in a nutshell, and why you feel so darn good when you bring your bikes to Hometown Bicycles. Come on down, and try us out!


Wheel true at Hometown Bicycles Service Shop

HOMETOWN BICYCLES TUNE-UP: “THE REAL MCCOY”

If you’re not familiar with our tune-ups, here’s the run-down of what makes ours so special…

Remember how we talked about our 3 service goals – to make your bicycle “Work Great, Look Great & Blow Your MIND!”? Well, to achieve that we have a 3-step process:

  1. Evaluate your bike to see what it needs, whether that be a tune-up or repair.
  2. For a tune-up, we disassemble, clean, reassemble, run all new cables and housings, and then dial and adjust your bike. If it’s a road bike, we also include new handlebar tape… because old bar tape is disgusting. (We’re talking, Bacteria City.)
  3. Charge a fair price. For most bikes, that’s $69.99. For Road bikes, it’s $89.99. And for Tri bikes, it’s $99.99. We know we offer the best service for the best value. Don’t believe us? Check around!
Bonus Hometown Bicycles Tune-Up FAQ’s:

Q: Why do you replace cables & housing?
A: Your shifters and brake levers tell the derailleurs and brakes what to do via the cables, which act as messengers. 90% of issues stem from a faulty messenger, so we replace cables/housing to guarantee that the bike will work the way you expect it to.

Q: My bike is fairly new, so do I even need new cables/housing?
A: That’s why we always start with an initial assessment of the bike’s condition. If your bike doesn’t need new cables, then you probably don’t need a tune-up. We’ll just address your bike’s specific issues, and get you back out riding – typically the same day!

Q: How often should I bring my bike in for a check-up?
A: We recommend you bring your bike in for an assessment two times a year – once at the beginning of the season to set you up for cycling and make sure all parts are in working order, and again mid-season to check on the wear of your bike’s parts.

Q: How often should I get a tune-up?
A: Always bring your bike in when your bike begins affecting your riding experience. We’ll do an assessment to help you determine the best course of action from there.

Q: How often should I ride my bike?
A: Every day, Hometownies… every day!


Team Hometown Bicycles riding the Dawn Farm Recovery Ride - Joe Ostervik, Jacob Henriksen, Van Gorden, and Jim Cleer

TEAM NEWS: DAWN FARM, YANKEE SPRINGS TIME TRIAL

Our Team mixed it up last weekend, with a combination of need-for-speed riding and charitable cycling. Saturday morning kicked off with the trail-bound Team of Erik Frazier, Linc Wehrly, John Wyatt, Keith Cowgar and Scott Simpson at Yankee Springs Time Trial. Keith and Scott both bounded into 4th in their respective age groups.

Then Sunday dawned bright and beautiful on the farm, as Joe Ostervik, Jacob Henriksen, Joe Van Gorden, and Jim Cleer set out to support the long-term recovery of addicts and alcoholics on the Dawn Farm Recovery Ride. Nice work, Team!


ANSWERS TO THE HOMETOWN BIRTHDAY QUIZ

How Well Do You Know Your Bike Shop?: A Hometown Bicycles Birthday Quiz!A couple weekends ago, as part of Hometown Bicycle’s 8th Birthday celebration, we invited our guests to take part in a “How Well Do You Know Your Bike Shop?” birthday quiz.
Debra Verbison won the accompanying Tune-Up Gift Certificate drawing (congrats again, Debra!), but there’s been so many post-event requests for the answers that I’m including them here today!

(Also, congrats went to John Kline for winning the “Guess How Many Ferrules” game with his guess of 2,650. The actual number was 2,700!) 

1)  Answer (d) – Over 17,000
2)  Answer (b) – Shaun & Dawn got married
3)  Answer (d) – All of the above
4)  Answer (c) – Trinidad & Tobago
5)  Answer (f) – All of these
6)  Answer (d) – All of these
7)  Answer (a) – Jamis
8)  Answer (c) – Roller rink

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 Women Only Tuesday Night Road Ride
THIS WEEK’S SHOP RIDES
Hartland Gravel Grinder – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, MAY 6  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
Come enjoy beautiful, HILLY country roads and wonderful ride company. Expect several TOUGH, LONG CLIMBS, at an average 14 – 15 MPH pace for all 28.2 miles. The group may split into 2, with the front pack averaging > 15 mph. (Check out Dan’s Gravel Grinding 101 ride for a less grueling option.) Cross/Gravel, Mountain and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the Hartland Twp. Hall lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) at 2655 Clark Rd. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Beginner Friendly Road Ride
MONDAY, MAY 7  |  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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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, MAY 8  |  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!


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


Donuts

Reasons number 12, 13, 14, and – oh, why not! – 15 to ride your bike.

~ Every cyclist who’s ever caved in (thanks for the mm-mm-motivation, Livingston County United Way!)

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