Inspiration of All Kinds

Vote 4 the Best competition 2017

You’re about to read a newsletter brimming over with inspirational content that, in the grand scheme of life, makes the following “ask” seem rather unimportant. But know that your faith in our shop and your – dare-we-say-it? – fanaticism for “the Hometown experience” inspires the *heck* out of US, and that’s no small thing!

So please, take a moment to share your loyalty via a vote or, better still, a stream of votes (you can now VOTE EVERY HOUR!) – in this year’s Vote 4 the Best competition (CLICK HERE).

Voting closes August 13th. Your support means the world to us!


Tree Farm Relay 2017 posterThe Novi Tree Farm Relay is a perennial hit with our Team, crew, and customers and, this year, we’re sending four teams of four Team Hometownies on this whirlwind, beginner mountain bike endurance race.

That’s a lotta Hometown jerseys ripping it up on this 10-mile, hill-encrusted, fast course!

Cheer us on this Saturday, July 22nd at Lakeshore Park in Novi, or gather up 3 of your cycling buddies and throw your own helmets into the ring!

Paula Zimmer's Grief Blog on losing a husband to cancer
(Photo credits: Paula Zimmer)


Can you remember a profound moment in your life – made more profound for it coming unexpectedly?

Yesterday, I met “profound” at the register in the form of a remarkable customer who was prepping for a cycling journey that had nothing to do with mileage. In our chance conversation, I learned that Paula Zimmer, while successfully battling cancer, lost her husband to the same disease just a year ago. She finds solace in writing and cycling, and is taking her touring bike – a handsome, midnight blue, Jamis Aurora named “Auriel” – East to deliver her husband’s final ashes.

Paula has created a grief blog – a “Glog” – to journal about her metaphorical and cycling journey, and has generously allowed me to share it with you. I suspect it will resonate with many.

I’m particularly honored to have been included in her recent post (yep, I caught that, Paula!) All of us at Hometown wish you the adventure of a lifetime, and success pinning down that elusive “simplicity”.

You can follow Paula’s story HERE and, believe me, it will move you.

AMY’S BLOG: JULY 20, 2017

Amy Gluck's favorite Hoka running shoesOn the topic of inspirational blogs, here’s the latest from a woman who regularly competed in top-tier IRONMAN races, nearly lost her life after getting hit by a gravel truck, and just nailed a 10 mile run on a “fake knee and femur” because she’s intensely and personally driven to return to IRONMAN:

While training for my October ½ marathon, I need to get in some long runs.  So, on Friday, July 14 – a pleasant, sunny, cool-ish (70 degree) day – I decided it was time to re-attempt my 10 mile run, which had been rained out the day before… Earlier, I had received a fabulous secret from one of my Ultra runner friends.  (Ultra runners are people who run races longer than a marathon.)  This is a great secret for anybody coming back from an injury, or trying to ramp up their mileage (or, in my case, both)!  The secret is… READ ON 

Amy’s full blogs are posted HERE on our website.

Heather Pierson of Body Within: Overweight Mom to Personal Trainer video


We meet the most amazing people at Hometown! Heather Pierson of Body Within Personal Training recently ran a free Fresh Air Fitness class just for Hometownies on our shop’s front lawn, with great results. Her participants finished up stoked and inspired. And we can understand why!

Heather herself has a highly motivating story – clinically obese and unhealthy, Heather not only successfully shed over 70 lbs with the help of the Body Within team, she ultimately became a part of it, so that she could help others make THEIR goals come true!

Watch Heather’s story HERE!


Young Living Essential Oils class being held at Hometown BicyclesFor you long-time Hometownies out there, the name Jill Gautherat may ring a bell. Jill and her husband Steve took on a 500 mile cycling challenge from Hometown back in 2011… and succeeded!

Jill is now offering classes in Young Living Essential Oils, and is bringing her seminar to Hometown’s Community Room this Sunday, July 23rd from 2pm-3:30pm.

No registration required – everyone is welcome.


Doc May's Memorial Melon Ride 2017 logoHometown’s been proud to be the ongoing sponsor of this charming and delicious, Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 19th at 9am.

Our Team and Crew marks off the route, leads off and mans the ride, provides on-site SAG support, and also offers bike valet service until 2pm, so you can enjoy the Festival without worrying about your two-wheeled babies!

Now’s the time to lock in your registration – which gives you a chance to win the sweet Jamis cruiser bike that we’ve donated to the cause! REGISTER NOW!

Hometown Bicycles Shop Ride: Gravel Grinder 101 with CycloDan Tribble


9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start with 10 – 15 miles and stretch the distance week by week. Route will be on the park roads. Road bikes are preferred for this ride. All level riders are welcome. 12 – 15 mph pace, 1.5 hours. Follow this Facebook event for updates.

9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Township Hall
We’re bumping up the mileage! We’re up to nearly 36 miles with approx. 2,000′ of climb on beautiful country roads (and limited pavement) – all with wonderful ride companions! Expect a 13-15 MPH “NO DROP” pace. Cross/Gravel, Mountain, and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353. Click here for this Facebook event.

4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which encourages riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases! This week, we’ll explore 9 – 15 miles of the Island Lake Mountain Bike trails. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. We do ask that riders under 15 remain with their guardian throughout the ride.  Be mindful that the trail has several hills and some minimum level of fitness will be helpful to make for a positive experience for this planned 1.5 hour ride. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. You can find this Facebook event here.

Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come join the Hometown Bicycles crew for this NO DROP ride. Road bikes only please. We’ll ride Island Lake roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back – approx 12 – 15 miles. Those ready for more will group up to take on more mileage!  Expect a 12 – 17+ mph pace to accommodate riders’ skill levels.  All levels are welcome – we’ll split into groups according to experience and speed, with a sweep to bring up the rear. Click to check out the Facebook event page!

Please make sure you have some experience riding the bike you bring to this ride and are comfortable with the way it handles, including basic shifting and braking, for the safety of all. Beyond that, our friendly ride support are delighted to share tips on how to make the hills easier and the flats faster – just ask!

6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check here for ride updates.

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST (no Son of Hammerfest this week) (7/26)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles

Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph! Details can be found here.

6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
It’s time to dial it back on this social, slow paced road ride (~ 8-10 mph). If you have a need-for-speed, this is NOT the ride for you! Bring your cruiser or whatever you like as we Slow Roll down sidewalks and streets. Expect to cross Grand River, possibly a couple climbs/descents, and beautiful park landscape. May not be suitable for young, unseasoned kids. Parents, please decide what is safe for your family, as there are no lights or designated crosswalks for Grand River or Academy. This is a NO DROP ride. Check HERE for ride details.

10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come check out the Thursday Social A.M. Road ride as we hit the back entrance to Island Lake and explore the park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride. Check HERE for ride details.

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)


Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic fitness programs running right here at your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Coming soon!
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

Biking at Island Lake Recreation Area with dog

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.

– Mariah-Danu

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



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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