New Mountain Biking Intro Clinic + Parties, Rides and Accomplishments

Curious About Mountain Biking?
—- WE’VE GOT A CLINIC FOR THAT! —-

Mountain biker on single track in the woods
(Super-cool image copyright © International Mountain Biking Association [IMBA]. All rights reserved.)

JUST HOW DIFFERENT IS RIDING TRAILS TO RIDING ROADS ANYWAY? 

The lure of woodsy single-track strikes just about every cyclist at some point in their life… there’s something almost primal about the need to take a path less traveled.

But mountain biking (MTB) is a very different beast from road riding – with different equipment, challenges, and skill requirements – and that can be downright intimidating.

We get it, and that’s why we’ve created the “So, You Want to Transition to Mountain Biking” Clinic. Jennifer (our Events Coordinator, MTB novice, and instigator of this clinic) and Shaun will talk about these differences, how to prep for your first trail experience, where to ride when you’re ready, and groups and classes that can help. PLUS, we’ll have a variety of demo bikes on hand for you to try what you just learned!

CLINIC RUNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT 6:30PM
in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room
Rest assured, you will NOT have to grow facial hair and wear flannel shirts to participate…
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KUDOS TO CORA FOR THE SALE OF HER BIKE ART! 
Cora Kroll of Pinckney High School with her sold bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

Just wanted to give a huge Hometown shout-out to Pinckney High School art student, Cora Kroll, for the sale of her wicked-cool graphite bike art. Way to go, Cora!

Do YOU want to support the awesome talent of these students? Their artwork is still on display (and for sale) in our Community Room. Come check it out!

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8/6: TOUR DE LIVINGSTON PARTY RIDE WITH SHAUN 
Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun flier

Don’t forget to sign up for this FREE, biggest-ride-of-the-year, food-on-the-barbie, chill-around-the-campfire, win-a-jersey, Party Ride with your goateed bike guru to launch our annual Tour de Livingston Training Ride series (see section below)!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDES JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER 
Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Following the big Party Ride (see section above), we’re turning our annual TDL Training Ride series into a tip-top training tool to maximize your Tour de Livingston experience, with skill building, stamina stretching, and many more chances to win cool TDL swag!

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TEAM NEWS: ACHIEVEMENTS THAT REALLY HIT HOME 
Just when we think we can’t get any prouder, our Team serves up another dish of “oh, wow!” This time, a couple Team achievers hail right from our very own Hometown crew…

Hometown Bicycles' Events Coordinator Jennifer McCauley takes 2nd place at the Sylvania Women's TriathlonCongratulations to Hometown’s Events Coordinator, Jennifer McCauley, for blowing it out of the water at last weekend’s Sylvania, OH Women’s Only Triathlon and rocking a second place win in her age division! Jennifer designed and will be instructing our upcoming, August 9th “So, You Want to Transition to Mountain Biking” Clinic. She credits MTB cross-training for breaking her out of a plateau and shaving 3 minutes off her triathlon bike time! (see top)

(Above: Jennifer holds up her well-deserved trophy at the Tri. Image courtesy Jennifer McCauley)

Hometown Bicycles Rides Coordinator Jean Steinberg at the Got Womens Mountain Bike ClinicA round of high fives to Hometown’s Rides Coordinator, Jean Steinberg, who was tapped byCRAMBA (Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association) to be an instructor at last weekend’s Got MTB Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic. Despite getting caught in a deluge (“I dumped running water out of my shoes twice…”), Jean did our shop and her sport proud, sharing her passion with a bevy of enthusiastic MTB newbies. (There’s another one on August 27th!)

(Above: Jean simulates proper weighting for climbing with fellow instructor Norbert. Image courtesy Jean Steinberg)

Team Hometown Bicycles' DJ Joe Ostervik at the RAGBRAIAlso, we want to give a “hollah!” to Team Hometownie “DJ Joe” Ostervik, who’s been posting some great pics on Facebook of his RAGBRAI (“The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa”) adventure in the Team kit. In fact, he’s still out there, enjoying his week-long trek across Iowa. Safe travels, Joe, and thanks for sharing the adventure!

(Left: “DJ Joe” pit stops at the Jamis tent on the RAGBRAI, crossing Iowa by bicycle. Image courtesy DJ Joe Ostervik)

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VOTING CLOSES AUGUST 7 – PLEASE VOTE DAILY!

Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

CLICK TO VOTE HOMETOWN BICYCLES “BEST BIKE SHOP 2016”

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TAKE NOTE! DOC MAY MEMORIAL MELON RIDE ON 8/20 
Howell Melon Festival's Doc May Memorial Melon Ride website

It’s never too early to mention a Hometown favorite – the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th!! We’re partnering with the Howell Area Parks & Rec Authority on a simple, new route that will tour you past some of Howell’s most scenic highlights. Our Team will be cycling on course to provide basic SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, Hometown’ll also be your bike valet for the event, so that you can enjoy the post-ride festivities unencumbered by your 2-wheeled steed – NO CHARGE!

What are you waiting for, Hometownies?? GET REGISTERING!!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SUNDAY, 8:00AM – The Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 5:00PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

TUESDAY, 9:00AM – Hometown Green Gals Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

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.

Dad’s Day gotta-gets, kiddie MTB, and Pinckney draws bikes

UBER-COOL FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR DADS WHO LOVE CYCLING 

Holy smokes!! Father’s Day is this Sunday – June 19th! But before you hit the big, red panic button, know that your gift hunt need go no further than Hometown Bicycles. Seriously, check out some of the high-five-worthy gifts you can treat Dad to…
Nirve cruisers for men
COOL BICYCLES
For all dads – cruisers to racers
Bicycle neckties
BIKE NUT NECKTIES
A classy way to show his passion
DAD bicycle mugs
DAD-GEARED MUGS
DAD mugs and more!
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Park Tool commemorative glasses
PARK TOOL GLASSES
Slick, commemorative drinkware
Bicycle chain frames and cyclist desk statue
MANLY DESK SWAG
Cyclist frames and statuary
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Michigan Tandem T-shirts
COLORFUL T-SHIRTS
Combines MI pride + bike ♥
Dragon Yard Spinner
WILD YARD SPINNERS
Garden art that will turn heads
Bicycle tools from Park Tools
BIKE TOOLS!!!
Can’t go wrong with trusty tools
Bicycle chain beer bottle openers
BOTTLE OPENERS
A favorite of beer-lovin’ dads
Gu and athlete nutrition
CYCLIST NUTRITION
Delicious energy for active guys
Bicycle pizza cutters
KITCHEN GADGETRY
Bicycle pizza cutters and more
Hometown Bicycles EPO Hot Sauce
EPO HOT SAUCE
Hometown’s signature sauce.

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“TAKE A KID MT. BIKING DAY” TAKES THE CAKE

Hometown Bicycles makes a splash at Poto IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
(Hometownies in attendance included Brian R., Brian F., Mike D., Jack R., and Olga N.)

For a family-friendly event designed to encourage the next generation of cyclists, the Poto MBA’s Take-A-Kid-Moutain-Biking Day really did top the “awesomeness” charts. Team Hometown Bicycles kept it real with bicycle safety checks, helmet fits, and general SAG support. But they also had a blast sharing their passion for pedaling with their own family.

Stellar event, Poto MBA!!

………………………PINCKNEY SCHOOLS BEAUTIFY HOMETOWN

Pinckney participates in Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program with colorful bicycle artStudent bicycle art by Pinckney High School student Erin Collingham at Hometown BicyclesOur Community Room is in full bloom yet again – this time with the playful bicycle art of Hallie Levine’s Pinckney High School and Navigator Elementary 4th grade students.

Their art ranges from vibrant to whimsical and – art appreciators take note! – the high school artwork IS for sale! (Remember, students keep 100% of the proceeds!)

This colorful student art display will be up for the next month, and an Artists’ Reception open house will be announced in the coming weeks. Bike by and check it out!

………………………DID YOU KNOW… ???

We’ve repaired over 12,200 bicycles since Hometown Bicycles first opened it’s doors 6 years ago.

There are so many reasons why our tune-ups and repairs are so famous – bring your bikes by, and we’ll show you first-hand!

Birthday Cake, Tonight’s Artists & Hometown Across America

Memorial Day and Birthday Party

THIS SATURDAY: IT’S A PARTY AT HOMETOWN FOR MEMORIAL DAY & LIAM! 

With Memorial Day on Monday, and our little guy’s 1st birthday just a couple days later, you KNOW we just had to celebrate with you! Here’s the scoop:

  • SATURDAY, MAY 28TH, 9AM – 5PM (regular hours)
  • FREE HOT DOGS & BIRTHDAY CAKE from 11am-2pm
  • NO PRESENTS! You celebrating with us is present enough!
  • Enjoy BIKE GAMES, like tire toss, for “Just ‘Cuz” DISCOUNTS

Please note that while our Memorial weekend hours are our usual 9am-5pm, we do close early on Memorial DAY:

MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY:  OPEN 7AM-3PM

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TODAY!! STUDENT ARTIST OPEN HOUSE HERE

Student bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles from Bartlett Elementary 5th Grade, South LyonWe’ve been telling you all about the wonderful, bike-geared creativity of South Lyon’s Bartlett Elementary students, featured for the month of May in Hometown’s Community Room. Now’s you’re chance to personally high-five the artists who created it!!

Refreshments will be provided and there’s no cost to attend. So, here’s the plan… get your coats on, bring your kids, and see what the inspiration of a great art teacher, a challenging assignment, and kid-powered creativity can do!

ART OPEN HOUSE: TUESDAY (5/24), 5:30-6:30PM

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TEAM NEWS: WE’RE EVERYWHERE!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Island Lake Spring Mountain Bike RaceISLAND LAKE: Team turn-out at this past weekend’s Island Lake Spring Mountain Bike Race was phenomenal, with our unmissable yellow and pink jerseys whipping through the woods en masse. Congratulations to Olga N. for rocking a 2nd Place win in Expert! And cheers to Doug Q., Justin H., John V., Joe O., Tom H., Gary S., Mark L., Mike D., Brien T., Mathew R., Leslie C., and Brian F. who also represented at this event.

David Burkhart in Team Hometown Bicycles kit at the National Long Distance Duathlon Championship in Cary, NCCARY, NC: Yep, that’s our yellow kit in North Carolina, folks, (look right) thanks to the continuing Championship efforts of David Burkhart. David won 1st Place in his age group and a National Championship Jersey at the Duathlon Long Distance Championship Race in Cary, NC. Now, he’s off to Worlds in Aviles, Spain on June 5th. Wow, David! Congrats and thanks for keeping Team Hometown so well-traveled!!

Tom Lemkau in Team Hometown Bicycles jersey riding Zoo-de-MackinacARCADIA, MI: Jack R. flew solo for the Team at Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race. We were with you in spirit, Jack… thanks for spreading the Hometown love across Michigan!

MACKINAC, MI: Tom L. took the Team colors on an epic Zoo-de-Mac ride last weekend (look left), cycling from Harbor Springs to Mackinac with jersey worn proudly. Well, we’re proud of you, too, Tom!

ALL OVER LIVINGSTON: Joe V. and Carolyn L. (below)are a picture-perfect pairing of Hometown’s colorful kits. Keep an eye out for these two brightly attired cyclists touring the roads and trails of our home town.

Joe and Carolyn at Hometown Bicycles in their Team Hometown Bicycles kits
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