2012 Tour de Livingston is just around the corner……

Hometown Heads to Interbike!

Hometown Heads to Interbike! 

Hometown's headin' to Vegas!
What’s happening in Vegas is definitely NOT staying in Vegas, because we’re heading to the bright-light city for Interbike, America’s largest bicycle expo. Our plan is to come back with new products and new ideas for taking Hometown to the next level.

InterbikeWe’ll be tracking down steals & deals for you, meeting with vendors and learning about the next best things to help us rock 2012. So, here’s the deal:

Hometown Bicycles will be closed from WED, September 14 through SUN, September 18.
We’ll re-open on Monday, September 19.

If there’s anything at the shop that you need during that time, PICK IT UP NOW! And if there’s something you want to see us carry at our store, let us know. We’ll see what we can do!

Hometown Photo of the Month

Pat Cheal brings her Jamis Quest to life
A Bicycle is Born:  How is it possible to love cycling even more than you do now? Pat Cheal discovered the answer is to build your own bike. After considering her options, Pat took advantage of our demo program to test out a Jamis… and it was love at first ride. When her new Jamis Quest arrived, we offered her the opportunity to build it herself – with our assistance, of course! And… well, here’s what Pat has to say:

“Thank YOU Shaun! I felt so attached to that bike before I ever even rode it, thanks to being there for it’s birth!”

Hometown Tech Tip: Wet seat, Happy Bike

A wet bike seat is better than bad bearings
Let’s talk a moment about toting your bike around in the rain. It’s been a rainy season. It’s bound to happen.

The mistake many cyclists make is removing their seat before loading it on their car’s bike rack. And who can blame them? Riding with a wet bottom is not particularly fun.

But while you’re rump is nice and dry, water has been seeping down your open seat tube and rusting out your bicycle’s bearings.

So, instead, cover your seat with a shower cap or shopping bag. Riding with a wet seat is an inconvenience. Ruining your crank bearings is an expense!

2011 Repair Countdown

Hometown Repair Countdown to 2,011
We’re now at 1,353 repairs for 2011. 1-3-5-3. That’s over 330 more than we did for all of 2010!! That’s awesome.

Our goal this year is 2,011 repairs. Just 658 left to make it happen. Will you be part of our 2,011? Bring your bikes in today. We’ll blow your socks off with our service!

The Challenge Continues!

Hometown Challenge Champs
The Official Challenge: Our locally renowned super-couple, Steven and Jill, are still cranking out the mileage. They’re just miles away from the 500 we challenged them to ride this summer!

The Unofficial Challenge: After 4 heart surgeries, Mike Hoffner set his own challenge… to live a healthier lifestyle. He eats right and rides his Jamis everywhere. Over 700 miles pedaled this summer and counting!!

Visit Us on Facebook!
486 fans!! You definitely want to be a part of this. Follow us:

“Life is like riding a bicycle: you don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling.”

                               – Claude Pepper

Ride the tour with Hometown

Are you doing the 2011 Tour de Cure on Saturday June 11th? You should consider riding with us. To sign up visit our page.  The Tour de Cure is a fun 10,25,62, and 100 mile road ride around Livingston and surrounding counties. We will be there as sag support and all around  fun-makers.

Meet Mr. 1,000, Hot Sauce & 2,011 Bikes

Shaun Says: Cleared for Take-Off

Shaun Says...Hometown Bicycles is just a month and a half away from launching the shop you’ve all been waiting for… the shop that you all deserve.

We’ll be bringing in bikes soon, in tandem with your favorite cycling gear and equipment. Our empty retail shop won’t be empty much longer!

Service Rules!
No, really. Remarkable service – for customers AND bicycles – really does rule at Hometown. Whether on the retail or repair side of our shop, expect the same high service standards we set during 2010.

A Happy Ending Starts a New Beginning
Remember our “1,000 or Bust” challenge – calling on riders to help us make 1,000 repairs in our first year of business? By the time December 31st rolled around, we were rockin’ 1,012 repairs in the shop. We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again… you’re amazing!! Thanks for making it happen!
And our goal for 2011? 2,011 repairs. We’ve already got 10 down. 2,001 chances left to be a part of our success story!

Hometown’s Bike Trainer Tips
Trainer Tips from Hometown
Winter doldrums? Of course not, because you’ve been cranking out the mileage on your bike trainer, and are riding strong! While you’re keeping your mind sharp and your legs tight, here are a few Hometown tips to help your indoor ride:

Use Your Gears
Although trainers offer built-in resistance, remember to shift gears frequently. Whether you’re riding the roads or the trainer, the constant spin of the chain wears away your chainring teeth. Shifting regularly helps the gears wear evenly.

Stretch
Cyclists are notorious for the 2-second leg stretch. Not good. There’s no point getting ripped cycling muscles, if you waddle like a duck off the bike. Stretching is critical to safe and effective riding. Try these stellar cycling stretches from Bicycling Magazine.

Crank the TV
Let’s face it. Indoor cycling lacks the thrill of open-air riding. So, if you’re having a hard time staying motivated to ride, park your bike and trainer in front of the TV. You’ll be surprised at how quickly time zips by when you’re waiting breathlessly to see if Michelle marries Mark, or dumps him for the cable guy.

Hometown Photo of the Month
Mark Borgeau - Hometown Bicycles' Mr. 1,000!
Mr. 1,000! Mark Bourgeau and his kids hoist the Mr. 1,000 banner for bringing in Hometown Bicycles thousandth repair.  It was only Fitting that the 1000th repair be a Carbon Wilier Cyclo-cross bike. Thanks, Mark! Thanks, EVERYONE!

 

 

 

A Hometown Congrats to Trail’s Edge!
Howdy, Neighbor! Trail's Edge opens in Milford
A bike company whose standards and philosophy match our own, we’re proud to congratulate Trail’s Edge Cyclery on the recent opening of their Milford branch.

“If you are familiar with Trail’s Edge Cyclery in Plymouth, you know that they are different from the typical bike shop. The new Milford location is an expansion of the original store concept that focuses on helping people get out and enjoy cycling. Trail’s Edge stores are owned and operated by cyclist & bike geeks, who enjoy and understand the need for a strong local cycling community.”
~Mike Flack, owner

Right on, Mike. Learn more about Trail’s Edge at www.trails-edge.com.

Have a Bike at Hometown?

We have a favor to ask…
After nearly a year of heavy foot and tire traffic, our repair shop is getting a much-deserved coat of fresh paint. For this reason, we ask that you pick up your bicycles by this coming Tuesday.

Pick up your bikes by FEB. 1ST

We appreciate it!

Hometown Hot Sauce
Hometown hot sauceCheck it out! We’re gonna be stocking Michigan-made, private label Hometown hot sauce.But here’s the problem. What the heck do we call it??
A few ideas that have already been submitted:

“Bike Lane Pain”
“Flat Tire Fire”
“Hometown Hammer Sauce”

You can check out more, vote for your favorite or post your own idea on our

Facebook Page (click here)

We’ll let you know the final tally!

Hometown Happenings
SHOP RIDES & RUNS:
Come swing a hammer with usOur rides and runs are on hold while we work renovation magic in our newly expanded shop. But if you want a workout, come on down and swing a hammer with us!

 

 

SPIN CLASSES
Until our shop is spin-class ready, we can recommend a couple seriously sweet spin classes, taught by our customers at the following locations:
Hamburg Fitness CenterLady of Livingston

OTHER EVENTS:
CLICK HERE to check out our Calendar of Events. Be sure to bookmark it on your computer!

Visit Us on Facebook!
Over 347 cool people like us on Facebook. Are you cool like dat?

“Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.”

– H.G. Wells

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