Kiosks, shoes, dogs, and focus groups – just a typical day at Hometown!

Countdown to Tour de Livingston!
Sunday, October 6th
There are only THREE weeks until the 2019 Tour de Livingston! The excitement is building!

Tour de Livingston kiosk

As the major bike sponsor, Hometown is very invested in the success of this event! To make things convenient, we have set up a Tour de Livingston Kiosk in the shop for any and all of you to register for this scenic ride!

This fully supported ride includes hospitality tents, a full breakfast, snacks along the route, and a hearty meal prepared by the chef at Mt. Brighton. 

All proceeds from this event help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs; prepare every child to be ready for success; and build a healthy community for all residents via the Livingston County United Way Basic Needs Programs. Since its start in 2008, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $400,000 to address the community’s most critical needs. The Tour de Livingston is organized and run by the Howell Rotary Club.

Click HERE to register or raise funds!

Tour de Livington

LMB Awards: Get Your Nominations In!

LMB Awards

The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is gearing up to recognize the best of Michigan cycling at their annual awards to take place October 19, 2019 at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit. 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!

But first things first — get those nominations in by September 16th by clicking HERE!

Check out the categories and nominate the worthy folks who are making Michigan bicycling better:

  • Changemaker of the Year
  • Shop of the Year – with your help, this could be Hometown Bicycles!
  • Club/Team of the Year – with your help, this could be Team Hometown!
  • Business Champion of the Year
  • LMB Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Infrastructure Award
  • And more!

Ignite the Spirit
Let’s help our friends at the Brighton Area Fire Authority!

On September 14, 2019, Ignite the Spirit will begin a week-long bicycle ride from Chicago to Toronto, averaging close to 80 miles of biking each day!  All proceeds will benefit the Ignite the Spirit Cancer Fund.

The Chicago Fire Department spearheads Ignite the Spirit. Because of the inherent dangers that firefighters and paramedics face on a daily basis, they are exposed to known and unknown carcinogens. While many of their Brothers and Sisters are surviving in remission and leading normal productive lives, the fact remains that this calling to serve has taken the lives of far too many First Responders. The Ignite the Spirit Fund was created with the idea of providing financial help when they are faced with battling cancer.  

Ignite the Spirit

The cyclists will be hosted by the Brighton Area Fire Authority for dinner on September 16th, as they pass through Livingston County. If you would like to ride in and out of Brighton with these cycling warriors, contact the fire station at (810) 588-7845.


This is what community is all about!

It is quite an honor that Hometown’s own Shaun Bhajan has been invited to participate in the Pathways & Parks Focus Group as part of Brighton Township’s Master Plan Update. The purpose of the group is to discuss ways to better connect the community and enhance recreational opportunities, and we have so many ideas to share on this subject! Read more about the Master Plan HERE.

“Thank you Brighton Township for investing in our community. I am proud to be part of this group to look at infrastructure, business development and recreation in our area. They are embracing the core values of the township. I’m really excited for the good work that is being done for the direct benefit of the residents,” states Shaun.

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Brighton Area Schools therapy dogs

In other community news, we are a drop-off site for the Brighton Area Schools fundraiser to support Brighton’s Pack of Therapy Dogs and less fortunate people around the world. Simply donate your gently used (or new) shoes, cleats, slippers and boots. Over 2800 pairs of shoes have been collected community-wide so far and there is still time to help! 

Place shoes in a bag (with laces tied where applicable) and place in the collection bin near our front counter. Spread the word and help make a difference to the social-emotional learning dogs who make such a difference in our schools.


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays 6 PM and Saturdays 9:45 AM$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 and Thursdays 9:30 AM 
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

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


We enjoyed being part of the annual Kem Krest Employee Wellness Fair on September 12th.

Our handy Les Cook is shown making some adjustments to this jogging stroller for disabled adults — it’s being prepped for the Detroit Free Press 5K!

Hometown’s 6-Year Birthday Party

“Hometown Turns 6!” Party

Happy 6th Birthday, Hometown Bicycles!

PUT YOUR PARTY HATS ON… YOU’VE GOT A CELEBRATION TO ATTEND!

A bike shop doesn’t celebrate 6 gloriously eventful years without the through-thick-and-thin loyalty of the very best kinds of customers. So, this Saturday, April 16, we’re throwing a birthday party for Hometown that celebrates YOU!
  • Store hours on April 16: 11am-5pm – HOURS OF FUN!
  • Get 6% OFF ALL PRODUCTS, including sale items!
  • FREE MULTI-TOOL KIT to the first 15 people to attend (1 per family) 
  • Enjoy BIKE GAMES, like tire toss, for BONUS DISCOUNTS 
  • FREE HOT DOGS from 11am-2pm
  • LIVE MUSIC and more!
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 11AM-5PM 
“Hometown Turns 6!” Party
We can’t wait to celebrate with you, your family, and your friends!
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SO, YOU WANT TO BE UNIQUE…

New bicycle purse/wallet line by Lauren Patrell's LPbyLP at Hometown Bicycles

Hometown artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, has once again blown our cycling socks off with her mastery of fabric and thread. Hometownies, this gal can SEW!!!

While her limited production purses, coin purses, and wallets made of repurposed upholstery fabric have been giving us whiplash as they fly off our shelves, Lauren’s put the pedal to the metal on her sewing machine with a new product line made especially for Hometown!

In a fun and entirely unique twist, this new collection of purses, passport covers, totes, wallets, and even notecards is made of bicycle fabric HAND-STAMPED by the artist, and sewn with an insane level of craftsmanship.

Gift yourself. Gift your friend. Gift your sweetheart. These are the very definition of “one of a kind!”

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CARDIO FITNESS DRUMMING – SAY WHAT??

Cardio Fitness Drumming with Martha Soraruf

If you haven’t heard of it yet, this new fitness craze is making some serious noise in the workout world… and at Hometown these next few Wednesdays!

Cardio drumming incorporates drumsticks, hands, drums, and fitness balls to get your blood pumping and relieve built-up tension. It’ll be something to see, hear, and try. Come on Hometownies – time to rock that sense of adventure!!

Martha Soraruf’s Cardio Fitness Drumming class runs April 13, 20, and 27 at 6:45pm in the Hometown Community Room. Call her – (734) 678-9647 – for details and to register.

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CALLING ALL RVers – FOCUS GROUP AT HOMETOWN

RVing

You’re wondering – what on earth does RVing have to do with bicycles? EVERYTHING, as it turns out, for many of our adventure-lovin’ customers! Check out what’s strapped to the back of the next RV you pass – odds are it has 2 wheels and a saddle…

Next Tuesday, April 19th from 7-8pm, Hometownie Fred Tomczyk (my dad!) will be running a Focus Group out of the Hometown Community Room, introducing a new product concept for RVing. And here’s the deal, he needs your honest-to-goodness feedback. You must have, or have experience with, RVs with holding tanks.

Get a sneak peek at a product soon to be launched in the RV market, share opinions with fellow RVers, and enjoy refreshments.

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE RV FOCUS GROUP
April 19 from 7-8pm in the Hometown Community Room
Special Note: Fred has had a hand in planning, prepping, cleaning, painting, and otherwise renovating almost literally every square inch of Hometown – please help us support the venture of someone who has been so unselfishly instrumental in creating this place that you love!
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THE RUN THAT CAN WIN YOU A BICYCLE

Register early for the Snowman 5K and be entered to win a Jamis Allegro from Hometown Bicycles

The Eric Hartwell Foundation is the local brainchild of two of the world’s coolest people, and when it comes to supporting the awesomeness that Mike and Lisa Hartwell – and all of their amazing family, friends, and supporters – create, we are all in.

On Saturday, May 7th at 9am is the annual running/walking of the Foundation’s beloved Spring Snowman 5K/10K through the beautiful Brighton Pine Creek Ridge neighborhood. Registering early gives you a chance to win the cherry red Jamis Allegro from Hometown that you see pictured above.

Shaun and I did this event hand-in-hand, and loved every minute of it. You will, too. Get registering, Hometownies!

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