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Your Big Fall Party Invitation + An Iceman Good Luck

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

We’re celebrating 1, glorious year in our new bicycle adventure center with a family-geared funfest of activities, including fat bike demo, group trail ride, indoor art fair, kids crafts, fitness classes, “ask the experts”, and a chili cook-off and seasonal goodies to wrap it all up!

Feast your eyes on the bursting-at-the-seams activities roster below. Specific times and class sign ups will be included in next week’s newsletter but, for now,


So, before we wow you with what you absolutely won’t want to miss, we’d like to say TWO THINGS…



Hometown Bicycles loves Iceman Cometh Challenge mountain bike race

For all of you seriously cool customers who’ve got Iceman Cometh mountain bike challenge on the brain – AND on your Sunday “to do” list – your entire Hometown crew wishes you a fast trail, glorious fall weather, and the heart of a warrior. Be sure to drop by our Team Hometown tent for warmth, chili, and camaraderie. We can’t wait to hear your ride stories at our November 12 post-Iceman party!



Time lapse fat bike build at Hometown Bicycles

Our magnificently monster-tired Jamis fatties have, as promised, thundered into our shop with enormous glory and fanfare. And still more are on their way to round out your pre-order selection… just in time, too, for the November 12 fat bike demo. Come in and be one of the first to test ride the new models!


Fat bike with crockpot for Hometown Bicycles

Here’s an impressive rundown on why you should absolutely attend our November 12th funfest extravaganza (look for times and sign-up links in next week’s email):

Jamis Fat Bike demoFAT BIKE DEMO:  All Day!
Our Jamis and Framed fat bikes will be out in full force at this event, and available for you to test ride and fall in love with (yes, we’re that confident!)

Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5pm
Hometown artists Deborah Kashdan, Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell and her Nana, and newcomer Sarah Burke will be setting up art displays at our first ever mini indoor art fair here at the shop. Weather permitting, Sarah will also be holding an outdoor demonstration of her incredible spray paint art skills. You’ve seen their bicycle art – here’s a chance to enjoy more of their creativity… and maybe take care of some Christmas shopping in the process! (Artists prefer cash or check, so please come prepared!)

Question marks - ask the experts“ASK THE EXPERTS”:  Noon – 1:30pm
Hit a cycling plateau? Nagging knee pain on your rides? Body Within Personal Training‘s, Jenny Schild, and Pro-Motion Physical Therapy‘s, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT are generously volunteering their fitness/nutrition and common cycling injury/bike fit expertise at our event. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY for one-stop, no charge, professional input on how to be a better, stronger cyclist… take advantage of it!

Vinyasa yoga class at Hometown BicyclesPOWER YOGA WITH TOCCA MASSAGE & YOGA:  Time TBD
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga.

Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  Time TBD
Join in on Martha’s crazy-popular Cardio Drumming class (Liam’s favorite!), which will be pumping up the volume in our Community Room at next Saturday’s event.

Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy Zumba class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness Center in our Community Room.

Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  Time TBD
Bring along your young ‘uns of all ages to create a unique, bicycle gear Christmas ornament with gears, glitter, and other crafty goodies provided by Hometown Bicycles. Parents, please come, too! This is a parent-child project you’ll treasure for years to come. A nominal $4 per child covers materials and instruction.

Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
We’re a bike shop – OF COURSE there’s a ride! This one leaves from our shop parking lot at 3:30pm for the Yellow and Blue trails of picturesque, autumn-tinged Island Lake. NO DROP, all levels welcome!

Chili cook off at Hometown BicyclesCHILI COOK-OFF:  Judging begins when the riders return!
Put your best chili forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights at Hometown’s first annual culinary cook-off! Entries must be delivered by 4:15pm, and hungry cyclists and party-goers will be the judges for this people’s choice competition. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO REGISTER

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! Please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!

Fat Bikes and Artists

Jean Dishes the Dirt on the New Jamis Roughneck Fat Bike
Jamis Roughneck fat tire bike, photo courtesy Jean Steinberg

Jean Steinberg riding the Jamis Roughneck with friendsWANNA KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE? JEAN WILL TELL YOU…
Our customers are such good sports. We recently paired 29er rider, Jean Steinberg, with a Jamis Roughneck fat bike, challenged her to take her inaugural ride at the “Global Fat Bike Day” event, and then write us a candid review. She said yes.

Fat bike craze is seriously taking the world by storm. We get questions about the sport daily and, in particular, about the Jamis fat bike that we just brought in. Jean’s comments might answer some of your “I wonder…”s:

“What better way to experience my first ride on the JamisRoughneck than joining what appeared to be over 100 other riders at a local “Global Fat Bike Day” ride. I am typically that gal that rides the light full suspension 29er, so this was quite a change for me. I got quite the workout.

I want to thank Hometown Bicycles for helping me blend in at the “Global Fat Bike Day” ride by putting the Jamis Roughneckin my hands. The ride started with a temperature that stubbornly stuck around freezing and barely warmed up until near the endof the trail. I hit the trail behind a few of my “skinny” tire friends and quickly found out how awesome the Roughneck held contact with the trail as I starting chasing to stay on the heels of my friends. Curving and carving through the downhills and sand were effortless. It was the most secure ride I’ve had in ages. It treated the occasional greasy top layer as if it wasn’t even there – absolutely no slippage or sliding on this Fat Bike! The tires shed the dirt incredibly well. My concern was that the tires would cake up and add more weight and resistance to the tire. I was wrong. I also wasn’t experiencing the dirt flying up in my face from the front wheel like some of the other Fat Bike riders. The hubs had that expensive wheel sound and impressed me as they rolled freely along the trail. The gear options were more than ample for the terrain of my ride. I had plenty of gear choices to get me to the top of every climb. The Roughneck was equipped with a nice set of mechanical disc brakes. These brakes were very smooth and responsive. They slowed and stopped the bike effortlessly.

Jamis put a nice package of components on this $1699.99 entry level Fat Bike. One thing I did learn from this experience – don’t expect to stay on the trail with your fast friends on “skinny“ tires. Take the time to enjoy the trail and the ride – it’s a Fat Bike.” 

Fat bikes
(All fat bike photos courtesy of Jean Steinberg)



Sculptures made of repurposed bicycle parts by Don Strauss

Artist Don Strauss creating one of his sculptures from bicycle partsSince sending out the call for bicycle art, artists from every discipline have been wowing us with their ingenuity. And Don… well, Don is a perfect example. His sculptural pieces, made with repurposed bike parts, have to be seen to be believed. Seriously, put on your jackets and come see his work in person – you’ll be fascinated by his genius!  (photo immediately above courtesy of Don Strauss)

** Christmas Note: These would make beautiful garden art for the gardeners in your life!


Bicycle themed crossbody bag, wristlets, and coin purses by Lauren Patrell of LP by LP
Artist Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP crafting her exquisite bags and purses with repurposed fabricsYou have to know that when not only Dawn, but also SHAUN gets excited about purses, then there’s gotta be something remarkable about them. Artist, Lauren Patrell, is a fellow perfectionist, and does it ever show in her art. Words like “exquisite”, “meticulously crafted”, and “I want one!” spring immediately to mind. Lauren blends repurposed fabrics with new to create something uniquely awesome. Maybe I should get one for Shaun…  (photo at left courtesy Lauren Patrell of Limited Productions by Lauren Patrell)

** Christmas Note: Fellas, think stocking stuffers for your favorite ladies!



"Biker Babe" by Winnie Chrzanowski
Artist Winnie Chrzanowski with her adorable assemblage piece, "Biker Babe"The perfect way to round out today’s email is with Winnie’s cheery and cheeky “Biker Babe” assemblage art. Winnie, herself, is as personable and fun as her artwork. We expect her piece to raise a few eyebrows – she’s anything BUT “status quo.” That’s why here at Hometown, we totally dig what “Biker Babe” represents!

** Christmas Note: Who do you know that could use a permanent reason to smile? 🙂

Extra, Extra… Read All About It!

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!





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

Thanks for sharing your Hometown love!




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.

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



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!




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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