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


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

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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