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A Spectacular Kick-Off, the Crafty Cyclist, and One Bad Egg

Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride 2016 with Team Hometown Bicycles
(Photo courtesy Howell Rotary/Livingston County United WayTdL rocks!!)

THAT WAS ONE SPECTACULAR TOUR DE LIVINGSTON KICK-OFF! 

Nearly 60 riders took to the Howell roads last weekend in this pre-Tour, Balloonfest-based, Hometown-led kick-off event. Our Team and crew had an absolute blast riding with all of you. Thanks for making this Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride one to remember!

Tour de Livingston kick-off ride registration tent at the Livingston County Courthouse in Howell
(Photo courtesy Howell Rotary/Livingston County United Way… RA-RA-sis-boom-TdL!!)

This year’s Tour de Livingston event is October 9th. REGISTER NOW!

TOUR DE LIVINGSTON – OCTOBER 9

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NUMBER ONE IN YOUR HEARTS… AND ONLINE?Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

You’ve rocketed us into “First Place – Best Bicycle Shop” year after year (after year!) on the Detroit A-List, and that show of loyalty motivates us to keep on rocking your cycling world!!Now, here’s another chance to let your community know who YOUR bike shop is – can you help us get to #1 here, too?

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PINCKNEY STUDENT ART OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT!

Pinckney Schools student bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

It’s here!! TONIGHT, June 28th from 5:30-6:30pm, we are hosting a Student Art Open House to celebrate the creativity of Pinckney Schools students.

Complimentary refreshments, beautiful bike art (some of it for sale!), and a chance to feel like a rockstar for helping these young artists know how talented they are – please come!

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PALLET PAINTING FOR THE CRAFTY CYCLIST

Comfy Canvas Pallet Painting Party at Hometown Bicycles - bicycle artCalling all crafty types!! Here’s a fantastically fun, new addition to our Community Room schedule…a bicycle-themed pallet painting party, courtesy of Comfy Canvas.

Running Saturday, July 23 at noon (but registration closes July 9th!), this artsy avenue gives you the chance to craft your very own bicycle sign masterpiece from upcycled pallet board. Check out what you can create in the photo above!

To reserve your spot, give Comfy Canvas’ Heather a call BY JULY 9TH: 810-923-1742.

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ONE BAD EGG

We’ve been in business for over 6 years now, and in the industry far longer than that… and we’ve come across cyclists of all kinds. But a couple days ago, we caught wind of a rider who stinks up the sport with his dangerous conduct. Here’s the scoop:

Anyone riding Island Lake on Saturday, June 25th between 12-2, we are looking for your help.

Around 1pm, there was an incident between a tandem and a mountain biker. The mountain biker rode next to the tandem couple and pushed them off the road, resulting in extensive road rash and a possible broken collar bone in the female rider. This act is despicable, and it’s important to identify this rider. We know that he was wearing a Michigan jersey and a Camelback. If you have any info, please contact the shop, and we will get in touch with the correct officials.

Thanks to Team Hometown’s Marvin Ballast for stopping to assist the fallen tandem riders, and for making us aware of this appalling event, so that we can put the word out.

Demo Day at Hometown Bicycles

Surly Krampus Trail fat bike - Demo at Hometown Bicycles on June 7
WANNA TEST RIDE A KRAMPUS FAT BIKE??? Then mark this date in your calendar…
Surly Demo @ Hometown ~ Sunday ~ June 7th ~ 2pm
Our rep will be bringing out the Surly Demo Truck the Sunday after next and parking it in the lot of our new shop (immediately left of our existing shop). There’s NO COST to take ’em for a spin!

WANNA DEAL ON A NEW SURLY RIDE??? Then PRINT THIS EMAIL and bring it with you to the Demo!

If you fall in love with the beast you’re riding, and want one of your own, here are some bonus savings to sweeten the thrill of owning so much awesomeness:

ORDER YOUR BIKE THE DAY OF THE DEMO
and get $100 off the bike PLUS $100 store credit
toward parts and accessories!

Need a day or two to ponder?
ORDER YOUR BIKE WITHIN 7 DAYS AFTER THE DEMO
and get $100 store credit toward parts & accessories!

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ISLAND LAKE RACE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…
Tailwind Racing - Island Lake Induction web page

…TO REPRESENT HOMETOWN BICYCLES at THIS WEEKEND’S crazy-popular Tailwind Race. Shaun and Dawn wanted to go, but there’s this little matter of having a baby any day now…

Hometown Bicycles is sponsoring (and riding in!) Tailwind’s Sunday, May 31st mountain bike race. Volunteer shifts run only about 3 hours, and come with some seriously cool perks. If you’re interested in being a Hometown ambassador, emailevents@myhometownbicycles.com ASAP for details. THANK YOU!!

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HOMETOWN SERVICE = GREASED LIGHTNING!

Hometown Bicycles - Offering 48-hour turnaround on service with in-stock parts!

WE CAN GET YOU BACK ON YOUR BIKE WITHIN 48 HOURS!! You’re rarin’ to ride, but your bike’s got a boo-boo. You don’t want to be “grounded” for a week while it gets repaired, and we don’t want you to either.

That’s why we’re MIGHTY proud that – in the very thick of cycling season – we are STILL getting cyclists back in the saddle at warp speed. Our average turnaround? TWO DAYS with in-stock parts! Our biggest problem has become that we get ’em done faster than people can pick ’em up!

So, if you’re worried about being parted from your baby for painful periods of Michigan’s precious cycling season, don’t be because, at Hometown Bicycles, even if we have to stay up until midnight, we’ll get the work done FAST and it will be PHENOMENAL.

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JUST A WEEK LEFT TO CAST YOUR VOTE!
Vote Hometown Bicycles as Best Bike Shop on Detroit A List

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE to tell Southeast Michigan that YOU BELIEVE in what Hometown Bicycles stands for! If you haven’t yet, please VOTE NOW, then pat yourself on the back for supporting your favorite bike shop… and making your Hometown crew feel like a million bucks!

VOTING ENDS JUNE 7TH. HOMETOWN GRATITUDE TO THE ROCKSTARS WHO ALREADY CAST THEIR VOTES!!

Moms, Blue Ribbons, and Your Knees

Happy Mother's Day from Hometown Bicycles
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IT’S THAT WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR…
Vote Hometown Bicycles as Best Bike Shop on Detroit A List…WHEN YOU CAN TELL SOUTHEAST MI HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HOMETOWN!Detroit A List is once again running its annual Best of Detroit competition. Since our nomination in 2013, you’ve voted Hometown Bicycles your BEST Bike Shop TWO YEARS IN A ROW! Talk about validation of what we do and why we do it!!Can we count on you again to help us bring home another blue ribbon? If you believe in what we stand for, please VOTE NOW, then pat yourself on the back for supporting your favorite bike shop… and making your Hometown crew feel like a million bucks!

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HOMETOWN JERSEYS ON THE BRAIN
Hometown Bicycles team kit - jerseys, shorts, bib shorts, and moreARRIVAL UPDATE:  For all of you anxiously awaiting the arrival of Hometown’s super-stellar team kits, hang in there just a little longer! Though production’s running a bit behind, our Hometown jerseys, shorts, and bibs are due to arrive by the end of the month.
We appreciate your patience, and (not-so-)humbly believe that this much coolness will be well worth the wait. Thanks, loyal Hometownies!

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HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL SADDLE HEIGHT

Bicycle Saddle Height video with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

SORE KNEES? ACHING LOWER BACK? CHECK YOUR SADDLE HEIGHT!  Like any physical activity, your body will need time to adjust to cycling. But ongoing pain or discomfort is NOT RIGHT. Check out this video about one of the most common culprits in cyclist knee and lower back pain, what to look for, and how to fix it – courtesy of Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy in Brighton.

Extra, Extra… Read All About It!

A HOMETOWN SUPERSTAR:
Meet Ray Dangelmaier

Most of you know Ray as the “smiley, little guy” on Hometown’s sales floor… and as a blur on the mountain bike race scene. He’s a perennial, customer favorite – radiating Texas-sized personality and crazy-awesome bike smarts.

Now Ray’s given us another reason to bust our vest with pride, being selected as Michigan’s Jamis Grassroots Rider. That’s a giant leap toward Ray’s dream of becoming a Jamis Pro Team Rider.

We asked Ray a few questions about how he got into cycling and how he feels about Jamis and the sport:

 

Q) Who inspired you to ride a bicycle?

A) There wasn’t any particular person that inspired Ray to ride. He started riding trails with his friends to beat summer boredom, and wound up falling in love with cycling in the woods. Mountain biking became his ultimate get-away.

“When I’m riding, there’s no stress, no “clean your room,” no obligations – it really gets me to my ‘happy place.’”

 

Q) What made you want to ride a bicycle professionally?

A) “I don’t consider riding my bike a profession; I just enjoy it. I’m stoked every day to go ride my bike… not to win money or anything – just to see how far I can push myself, and how hard I can push the competition.”

 

Q) Where did you take your first podium?

A) Ray’s first podium was a win at the Pontiac Lake Time Trial in 2012 – the same year that he graduated from high school and first started mountain biking. A good friend, CJ Brish, had taken him under his wing, and helped Ray break into the competitive field.

At this particular event, CJ challenged him to move up into Expert, so that they wouldn’t have to wait for the 1:00pm Beginner division start time. Ray rocked the course, and won his first Expert race with a whopping 12 minute lead.

That’s when he knew he wanted to pursue racing.

 

Q) When you took your first podium, how did you feel?

A) “Amazed. I was blown away that, in the little bit of time I’d been riding, I could progress as much as I did. It made me realize that cycling is my passion.”

At that point, Ray dropped all other sports – including over ___ years of hockey – to focus his full energy on cycling.

 

Q) Why do you want to race for the Jamis family?

A) “The whole company is, in my eyes, the most amazing group of people. We share the same goals and views. Jamis does whatever they can to get you on a bike. They just want to get people riding and into the sport.”

Ray was also wowed by a personal email from Jamis’ CEO, Carine Joannou.

“I mean, what other president of an international company would email a small grassroots cyclist, like me? I also met Jamis’ factory pro rider, Erica Tingey, and she made a point of connecting with me on Facebook. It’s like having a second family.”

We’re proud of you, Ray!

 

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HOW TO MAKE HOMETOWN #1… TWICE!

You made us Detroit’s BEST Bicycle Shop on the 2014 Detroit A List, and now we’re just itching to take home another gold in ClickOnDetroit’s VOTE 4 THE BEST CONTEST. What do you think, Hometownies? Can you help us get there??

Here’s what to do – CLICK HERE, sign in, and
VOTE ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 14!!!

Thanks for sharing your Hometown love!

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RIDE WITH
THE HOMETOWN BICYCLES GREEN GALS

It’s Women-Only Cycling – No Boys Allowed!


Ladies… this one’s for you! Masterminded by our Events Coordinator and recent mountain bike addict, Jennifer McCauley (center left), and her skilled cyclist daughter, Jessica Beaubien (center right), the Hometown Bicycles Green Gals meets weekly for judgement-free, fee-free, beginner-friendly, all-girl group rides.

WOMEN-ONLY MOUNTAIN BIKING:
Currently, the Green Gals bike Island Lake’s trails every Tuesday morning for a comfortable, 10ish-mile ride. No one gets left behind, and there’s a chance to hang out afterward with your fellow Green Gals at one of the many restaurants!

WHEN:  Tuesdays at 9:30am (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Island Lake trailhead at Green Oak Village Place Mall in Brighton
DISTANCE:  Approx. 10.5 miles (Blue Loop)
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441 or email events@myhometownbicycles.com

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HANG WITH HOMETOWN AT MELONFEST
Ride Off that Melon Ice Cream!

Hometown’ll be busy at this year’s Howell Melon Festival!

We’re leading off the family-friendly, 5-mile, Melonfest bike ride on Saturday, August 16th at 7am, which leaves from the Courthouse. It’s a “the-more-the-merrier” type event, so we want to see you there!

From 7am – 2pm, Hometown is providing complimentary Bike Valet service; we’ll watch your bicycle for you while you enjoy the Melonfest activities.

We’re on duty as bicycle SAG support throughout the ride but, whether your bike needs servicing or not, you’ll definitely want to stop by our tent for a chance to win Hometown bucks via our Bicycle Ring Toss Game.

And, of course, be sure to pick up raffle tickets for the chance to win a melon-colored cruiser bicycle, donated by us!
Melons and bicycles… UNITE!

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FAT BIKE PRE-ORDERS – HAPPENING NOW!


The ice blue mega monster above is a true, blue, fat-tire, snow bike made by the geniuses at Surly… and it’s available NOW for pre-order.

Last year, our stock sold out in October. Don’t be the sad cyclist who gets stuck indoors this winter. Come in today to place your order and guarantee your very own winter-devouring Surly Ice Cream Truck!

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