Bike Lights Clinic & Promo, 2019 Jamis are IN, and Shaun goes Golfing

Of course you do!! Be the first to drop by and put these hardtail beauties through their paces! Think “cutting edge trail tracking”… AND “coolest kid on the block!”
(Above: Jamis Highpoint in Teal Fo’ Real)


Hometown Bicycles Night Ride at Island Lake
Bike Lights Clinic and Night Ride – 10/5 at 7pm!

YOU’RE INVITED to a special bike lights clinic, demo, promotion, and group night ride right here at Hometown on Friday, October 5th at 7:00pm!

Whether you’re new to night rides, or are interested in scoping out the latest advances in bike light technology, you’ll learn all sorts of fascinating tips and trivia, with the opportunity to put it all to the test at the accompanying ALL-Levels Night Ride!

Clinic starts at 7pm, covering the what, where, when, why and how of bike lights and night riding. Chances look good that we’ll also have a surprise guest speaker join in with some expert insights!

You’ll have some hands-on time with all of the light options, and can make this-night-only purchases at discount (including special orders)… and then you’re ALL invited to test out your new shiners on an 8:30pm Night Ride, leaving from the shop and heading into the beautiful world of Island Lake after dark. All levels welcome, no drop ride!

Let us know you’re coming!!


October 7th: Tour de Livingston 2018

Tour de Livingston logoWe’re less than 2 weeks away from Hometown’s, hands-down-favorite, local ride – the scenic and sensational Tour de Livingston! With distances ranging from 5 to 100 miles, routes that cover the prettiest parts of Livingston County during peak fall color, and the opportunity to ride GM Proving Grounds, this Howell Rotary fundraiser for Livingston County United Way is an absolute must-ride!

REGISTER NOW, hang at the Hometown tent & ride with us!!


Team News: Teaming up and pushing limits

On September 15th, an impressive 14 Hometownies rode Triple Trail Challenge at Pinckney Rec. Kudos to Paul Andres, John Comella, Leslie Cook, Keith Cowger, Mike Dyer, Erik Frazier, Robin Fry, Scott Gates, Jacob Henriksen, Olga Negrut, Roger Pelky, Steve Steinberg, Jim Thompson and John Wyatt for a great showing. Our very own Trail Build Master, Tom Hermann, showed up to cheer them and Poto Chapter on!

Team Hometown Bicycles Mike and Nancy Kessler on the Marquette Trail in MichiganThen in Cadillac, Michigan on September 22nd, Erik Frazier placed 5th in the Bear Claw Epic Mountain Bike Race. Way to rock the trails, Erik!

Team members Nancy and Mike Kessler (right) took Hometown on the Marquette trails…

… and had this to say: “The trails in Marquette are an ENTIRELY different kind of beast than what we have here. Hard, gnarly, even on ‘easier’ trails. It’s insane.” Good thing this couple loves a challenge!

 


Shaun of Hometown Bicycles golfing at Kensington Metro Park

And, ummm, Shaun goes golfing?!

You know it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when our fearless leader dons his best Hometown golf attire and hits the course. On September 14th, Shaun and father-in-law, Fred, partnered with a third – avid golfer, Brian from Ann Arbor – for the 2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic at Kensington Metropark. Hometown was proud to sponsor this event, which supports the parks that our cyclists love to ride!

“You should have seen [Brian’s] face when he found out I had never golfed before,”Shaun said with his trademark devilish grin. (Poor Brian.)

This golf classic to benefit the Metroparks Foundation featured former Detroit Red Wings player, Darren McCarty, and Detroit Red Wings National Anthem singer,Karen Newman. And, yes, Shaun got to meet both!

Hometown Bicycles donated a Jamis Durango Sport bicycle for the live auction.

When asked how he felt about his first foray into the world of golf, Shaun said,
“I kinda sorta liked it!”


Kem Krest Wellness Fair welcomes Hometown!

Kem Krest logoPartnering with local businesses that put a high value on the health and wellness of their employees is HUGE for Hometown. We love a company that loves its staff.

On September 20th, Shaun headed off to Kem Krest to participate in their annual Wellness Fair. Over 200 employees stopped by the fair to check out the various vendors and classes taking place. Shaun wowed them with a fat tire bike demo and showed off some other awesome bikes.

Thank you, Kem Krest, for making Hometown Bicycles part of your team!


Your Invitation to Ladies Night Out

OCTOBER 16TH    6-9PM    AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Ladies Night Out on October 16thChanging of the seasons, kids back in school… who really needs an excuse anyway to get together with the girls for a night of pampering, empowerment, and fun??

Us gals at Hometown have cooked up another exciting Ladies Night Out on October 16th from 6-9pm, and this one’s themed around how to respect all of the hard work you put in over the summer to stay fit and healthy… by maintaining it with indoor AND outdoor winter cycling!

The Overview
We’ll be closing the shop early on October 16th at 6pm to start your evening off with a relaxing, 30-minute, Hatha yoga session, courtesy of licensed yogi, Stacy Mulka, plus stress-melting chair massages with Shannon Rau.

Shaun will follow up with a couple mini-clinics on bicycle trainers – what they are, how they work, and how to get the best workout on them – and the skinny on fat bikes – what they are, what they can do, and why women are falling in love with them!!

Enjoy wine and munchies, as we bring you inspiration and motivation in the form of personal stories shared by fantastic Hometownies… women just like you who have overcome obstacles, set goals, and made dreams come true.

Round out your evening with a complimentary goodie bag brimming with awesomeness, and browsing and shopping some of the fabulous vendors whose creations you have fallen in love with from our gifts & novelties area.

$30 pre-registration

REGISTER NOW or at our shop!


Poses Pedals and Pints in Brewery BeckerAnother successful Poses, Pedals & Pints!

Poses, Pedals & Pints was held at downtown Brighton’s beautiful Brewery Becker on September 16th. Beginner-friendly yoga kicked off the day, followed by a scenic, recreational bike ride with our wonderful team. Participants chose from either 4 or 8 miles. The day wrapped up with a long, cool pull from the taps of Brewery Becker.

Amazing job, Team! We are so proud of you for representing Hometown and being all-around helpful! The weather was perfectly perfect and everyone had a wonderful time.

Thank you to Ashley Knuth with Tocca Massage & Yoga for her tireless efforts in coordinating P3. Over $500 was raised for the Knuth Family Foundation to support young athletes with scholarship awards.


Hometown Bicycles beginner road ride shop ride with Team Hometown Bicycles
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Our Shop Rides are open to the public, and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun!

(**Note: As the days shorten, our Summer rides are coming to a close. No tears!! We’ll be starting up our Iceman Training and Fat Bike shop rides shortly – stay tuned!! Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Ladies’ Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up  
*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 10/2 ***
TUESDAYS, 6:15PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Advanced Skills & Drills Road Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 10/2 ***
TUESDAYS, 6PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up
WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Ladies Only Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 10/4 ***
THURSDAYS, 6PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Friday Night Lights Trail Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

FRIDAYS, 8:30PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Saturday Century Training Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 9/29 ***
SATURDAYS, 11AM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 9/30 ***
SUNDAYS, 4:30PM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Hatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

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


Life’s a climb, but the view is great. 

(Especially when the view includes a certain photobomber…)

TODAY (7/15): July Jubilee & Sale 1-5pm + Concert at 5pm

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TODAY!!  HOMETOWN JULY JUBILEE (7/15)

Event from 1-5pm • Concert starts at 5pm! 

** RAIN OR SHINE! **

This year’s Hometown Bicycles Annual July Jubilee & Sale on Sunday, July 15th from 1-8pm, takes the fun had last year, and exponentially multiplies it for an utterly epic, carnival-style, super-event that your whole family will love!! Here’s what to expect…


*** MEGA SUMMER BLOWOUT SALE ***
From 1-5pm • Up to 50% Off!


HOT DOGS (starting at 3:30pm) & COTTON CANDY (all day!)

Cotton candy and hot dogsHot dogs and picnic treats will be available from 3:30-5pm, courtesy of your friendly Hometown Crew! Our special thanks goes to Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply for the day’s hydration. Your Team will also be making cotton candy on site, available for purchase. You won’t walk away hungry!


ZUMBA/CARDIO DRUMMING FUSION (starting at 1pm)

Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha SorarufYour favorite Hometown instructors are combining forces for a cardio class that will rocket your energy levels into high gear! Enjoy a team program with Zumba goddess/Hometown Events Coordinator Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming super-instructor Martha Soraruf. It’s FREE! Give it a try!!


FACE PAINTING (2pm-4pm)

Face paint by Alison PeasleyFrom 2-4pm, local artist Alison Peasley will be painting up a storm on young, adorable faces! Stop by the Jubilee to enjoy this FREE face painting activity with your kids!


FAMILY BELLY DANCE CLASS (starting at 2pm)

Kids dancingYes, you read that right! Mom, dad, and kids are all invited to participate in this FREE, family-friendly Belly Dance lesson, which offers a phenomenal core workout in a fun and challenging way. This class is offered courtesy of One Spirit Dance & Fitness of Pinckney.


WATER BALLOONS & LAWN GAMES (starting at 1pm)

water balloonsTry your hand at everything from Tricycle Tug-of-War and Bike Tire Toss with Team Hometown, to Cornhole and Disc Golf, provided courtesy of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp. Cool down with water balloon toss on the front lawn! Chances to win prizes!


ROAD & MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUP RIDES (leave at 3pm)

Enjoy a conversational roll along Island Lake’s famous “Green Dumpster” loop, or elect to explore Island Lake’s Blue Loop trail. These Road & Mountain Bike Group Rides are open to riders of all skill levels and ages – helmets and a sense of fun required! NO DROP.


MARTIAL ARTS DEMO (starting at 3pm)

Karate board breakingThe talented instructors and students of Brighton ATA Martial Arts will be wow-ing Jubilee-goers with a demonstration of their dynamic Taekwondo skills and weapons mastery! A truly family-geared business, they’ll also be offering board-breaking opportunities for your wee ones!


BALANCED BODIES FLOW YOGA (starting at 3:45pm)

Michelle Klingler with Balanced Bodies Flow YogaRelease the stress of the week with a soothing session of Balanced Bodies Flow Yoga in Hometown’s peaceful Community Room. We’ll be introducing Yogi Michelle Klingler, who is offering this beginner-friendly class FREE of charge.


FAMILY BELLY DANCE PERFORMANCE (4:30pm)

Debra McGaffey of One Spirit Dance and FitnessLed by the instructor of our earlier Family Belly Dance Class, Debra McGaffey of One Spirit Dance & Fitness will showcase the exotic art of belly dance in a PG, family-friendly performance that will dazzle and amaze!


ACRO YOGA DEMONSTRATIONS (all day!)

Jim and Sherryl Gilligan of Yoga Nature doing Acro YogaWe’re thrilled to welcome back the aerial acrobatics of gravity defying duo, Jim and Sherryl Gilligan of Yoga Nature! Throughout the event, Jim and Sherryl will showcase and share their partner-based, Acro Yoga skills. Shaun and I, and our kids, have all enjoyed Acro Yoga instruction from this dynamic pair – and loved it!


RED, WHITE, & BLUES FUNDRAISING CONCERT
5pm-8pm at Hometown Bicycles  •  BYOB  •  Bring a chair!

This ‘funk’y fundraising concert rounds out our July Jubilee celebration with the bluesy rock and roll of Hometown’s long time service tech and purveyor of extraordinary bike knowledge, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble, and his PBR Band.Enjoy outstanding music, dancing, snacks (BYOB), and socializing… all while directly supporting your fellow cyclist and Hometownie, Dan Rosenhack, and his amazing family. Dan’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer has resulted in costly medical and living expenses, and this concert is geared to help relieve the financial strain on his family. Half of your $10 cover charge helps pay for the band, and half will be gifted to Dan Rosenhack’s family.

Dan Tribble and his Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band
It’s laid back, funky fun that will wow your ears and tickle your tastebuds, all while supporting a deeply meaningful cause.Please let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for enough refreshments, and bring a chair along, if you have one!
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THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY, July 13th & 14th, 10am-10pm (July Jubilee‘s on the 15th – see below!),  we’re setting up shop downtown at A Taste of Brighton, where we’ll give festival-goers a flavor of the best bicycle repair in Southeast Michigan!

BIKE CLINICS | Noon-7pm, Saturday & Sunday:
Beginning at noon on both days of the event, you’ll find us sharing bike know-how every hour, on the hour! Shaun will be taking the Taste of Brighton stage (Stage B, in fact) at 12pm and 2pm and Service Manager Matt Fitzhorn will run hourly mini-clinics from Hometown’s tent, covering the following:

  • Flat Tire Fixes & Emergency Repairs
  • Shifting 101
  • Basic Bike Care & Maintenance
SERVICE DEMOS | ALL DAY, Saturday & Sunday:
Your Hometown Service Crew will be running bicycle service demos throughout the event at the Hometown tent. Bring your questions! You’ll get to see the best bike service in SE Michigan in action, with plenty of time to ask the experts your particular bike queries.WIN A KID’S BIKE! | ALL DAY, Saturday & Sunday:
While you’re there, be sure to enter our drawing to win a Jamis kiddie bike. You could wind up making one special little mini-cyclist very, VERY happy!Never been? A Taste of Brighton is one of Michigan’s top rated Festivals! It highlights the very best of what Brighton has to offer, and includes Outdoor Shopping, Dining, Entertainment, Deals, and more along Brighton’s Main Street! Add this event to your family calendar, and be sure to stop by and say “hi!”

Baby plotting

Oh, yes… it will be fun.

~ Your Hometown Crew

Hometown on Parade and a 42-Bike Salute

Hometown Bicycles' Shaun Bhajan with son Liam riding in the 2018 Brighton Fourth of July Parade

PROOF POSITIVE THAT OPTIMISM REALLY DOES PAY OFF…
We were POSITIVE that we could help the Brighton Optimist Club top last year’s participation numbers in their annual Fourth of July Bike Decorating Contest & Parade Ride, and boy did we ever!! Nearly 50 participants packed the roadway in this year’s parade, up from a little over 10 last year!

Brighton Optimist Club, by the way, has been dedicated to “Bringing out the best in children” since 1977. We are honored that they chose Hometown to help make this the best year ever – thank you, Brighton Optimists!! And thanks to ALL of you who came out in support of their worthy mission – Shaun and I loved riding with you, and can’t wait to do it again next year!!
Hometown Bicycles and the Brighton Optimist Club at the Fourth of July Parade Bike Decorating Contest and Parade Ride
(To point out a few highlights: You probably already recognize the fuzzy guy and his family in the upper left; directly below left is Brighton Optimist Club President Gary London, who’s had faith in Hometown since Day One!; in the middle is Kurt and his beautiful family, who had such a great time that they’re already planning for next year!; and bottom right is Hometown’s own Amy Gluck and Team rider Joe Van Gorden leading up the bicycles with the Brighton Optimist Club banner!


Dawn and Shaun Bhajan with the Lake Trust Credit Union team at the Build-A-Bike charity competition wrap-up
(A few of the fabulous folks at Lake Trust Credit Union who participated in their corporate Build-A-Bike charity program. Shaun and I are at bottom right, geeking out over sitting beside President & CEO David Snodgrass, who’s incidentally no stranger to cycling! Photo cred: © Lake Trust Credit Union)

A 42-KIDS-BIKE BUILD-A-THON WITH LAKE TRUST 

Lake Trust Credit Union Build a Bike Charity Competition: Jamis Bikes line upWhen we find fellow businesses whose values align with our own, it’s a thrill and joy to forge partnerships that span industries and grow year by year. We’ve enjoyed that sort of relationship with Lake Trust Credit Union – a company founded on community-centeredness – first as customers, then as partners in charity.

Lake Trust recently tapped on Hometown for a commendable corporate Build-a-Bike program. With Hometown’s help, their team built up 42 Jamis kids bikes, which were then donated to 16 amazing organizations, including LACASAMake A Wish Foundation of MI and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston. You can read the full account on their blog HERE.

If you would also like to involve Hometown Bicycles in your next Corporate project or wellness program, please contact me (Dawn) at office@myhometownbicycles.com. We love making new friends!


Team Hometown Bicycles' Ellen Geddie at Blue Water Ramble
TEAM NEWS: In the thick of summer cycling… 

Our Team has been busy, busy, busy with rides and races across the State! Above, you’re seeing Team rockstar, Ellen Geddie, who road 46 miles of Blue Water Ramble in the rain!!

Jim Cleer and John Wyatt got down to business at the MSU Gran Fondo, which is known as 80 miles of “rolling party”, with music, food, and brews along the way!

Team bike goddesses, Amy Daybird, Sarah Dudley-Short, and Deanna Swan made a powerhouse trio at the 10th Anniversary Tri Goddess Tri, the first ever all-women’s triathlon/duathlon.

And 12 Team riders hit the trails at the Island Lake Challenge Mountain Bike Race – a Yellow Loop fiesta of dirt track and determination. Shout out to Brad Allen, Leslie Cook, Cammie Coffey, Keith Cowger, Mike Dyer, Jay Mings, Kasandra Noel, Brien TerBush, Jim Thompson, Link Wehrly, Steve Wortley and Kevin Machuga. Brad killed it with a 1st in Open Sport Fat Bike, and Keith dominated with a 1st in his age division for Sport!


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VISIT HOMETOWN AT A TASTE OF BRIGHTON!

This year, Hometown’s headed downtown July 13th & 14th (with July Jubilee on the 15th!) for the annual A Taste of Brighton affair, where we’ll give festival-goers a flavor of what makes our shop and our sport so darn special! Shaun will be on stage running several Bike Care 101 and Flat Tire Fix clinics throughout the event, and our tent will be crankin’, with our Service Crew demo-ing what we’re famous for – the best bike repair in Southeast Michigan! Add this event to your family calendar, and be sure to stop by and say “hi!”

2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logo
SAVE THE DATE: 
HOMETOWN JULY JUBILEE (7/15) 

Last year, we introduced the Hometown Bicycles Annual July Jubilee & Salewith a “huzzah!” heard ‘round the world! Now this year’s July 15th Jubilee takes the fun had last year, and exponentially multiplies it for an utterly epic, carnival-style, super-event that your whole family will love!!
— JULY JUBILEE EVENT & SALE – Sunday, July 15 from 1-5pm —
2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoFood & YUMMMMMMMMMM Cotton Candy!!
Hydration courtesy Team Sponsor Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply!2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoFace Painting
Artistic talent provided by Alison Peasley!2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoGames & Prizes
Including water balloon tournaments on the front lawn, tire tosstricycle tug-of war, andcrazy cool lawn games, courtesy of Team Sponsor Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp!2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoFamily Classes & Demos
Including Zumba-Cardio Drumming Fusion with Leslie Barrett and Martha SorarufAcro Yoga with Yoga NatureFlow Yoga with Michelle Klinger, and Belly Dancing with One Spirit Dance & Fitness of Pinckney (all PG and kid-friendly!)2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoTour de Livingston Tent
Learn about Hometown’s favorite local charity ride from creators, Howell Rotary andLivingston County United Way!*** MEGA SUMMER BLOWOUT SALE on accessories – from bags to bells to saddles to tools – to make way for new product lines that you’re going to LOVE!! ***

———— JULY JUBILEE RIDE – Sunday, July 15 at 3:30pm ————-

Hometown Bicycles shop rideJoin our Team and Crew on a MASSIVE, July Jubilee Ride, for riders of all types, ages, and skill levels. We leave from the shop at 3:30pm for a leisurely spin around Island Lake. Make friends, have fun, and be back just in time for our…
— RED, WHITE, & BLUES CONCERT – Sunday, July 15, 5-8pm —
This ‘funk’y fundraising concert rounds out our July Jubilee celebration with the bluesy rock and roll of Hometown’s long time service tech and purveyor of extraordinary bike knowledge, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble, and his PBR Band.Enjoy outstanding music, dancing, snacks (BYOB), and socializing… all while directly supporting your fellow cyclist and Hometownie, Dan Rosenhack, and his amazing family. Dan’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer has resulted in costly medical and living expenses, and this concert is geared to help relieve the financial strain on his family. Half of your $10 cover charge helps pay for the band, and half will be gifted to Dan Rosenhack’s family.
Dan Tribble and his Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band
It’s laid back, funky fun that will wow your ears and tickle your tastebuds, all while supporting a deeply meaningful cause.Please let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for enough refreshments!
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KIDS SELF DEFENSE CLASS AT HOMETOWN

BullyJULY 26, 7-8PM:  If someone wants to hurt our children, they won’t choose a time or a place with witnesses. The safety of our children will depend on their ability to recognize a threat and respond effectively.

Hometown is thrilled to welcome back Ian Kinder of Live Safe Academy for a fun, interactive and age-appropriate workshop that teaches essential, lifesaving information about threats, strategies for prevention, and real world techniques.

Coed, for ages 6-12. Class fee is $25.  REGISTER NOW!


PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES FOR HOMETOWN!

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** The Best Bike Shop section on Livingston Daily’s survey is question number 53!
** In Vote4theBest, you can go directly to Hometown’s voting page: CLICK HERE!


Hometown Bicycles Ladies Only Mountain Bike Ride with Team Hometown Bicycles
UPCOMING SHOP RIDES
Saturday Road Ride
SATURDAY, JULY 7  |  11:00AM (MEET BY 10:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Sunday Hartland Gravel Grinder
SUNDAY, JULY 8  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
Come enjoy beautiful, HILLY country roads and wonderful ride company. Expect several TOUGH, LONG CLIMBS, at an average 14 – 15 MPH pace for all 28.2 miles. The group may split into 2, with the front pack averaging > 15 mph. (Check out Dan’s Gravel Grinding 101 ride for a less grueling option.) Cross/Gravel, Mountain and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the Hartland Twp. Hall lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) at 2655 Clark Rd. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!
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Sunday Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride
SUNDAY, JULY 8  |  4:30PM (MEET BY 4:15PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Join your Hometown Crew for our beginner-friendly mountain bike trail ride, which encourages riders to explore new trails as their skill level increases. This week, we’ll enjoy 9 – 15 miles of Island Lake single track over the course of 1.5 hours. All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged. Riders under 15 must 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.  Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!
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Monday Beginner-Friendly Road Ride

MONDAY, JULY 9  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies’ Road Ride

TUESDAY, JULY 10  |  6:45PM (MEET BY 6:30PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake (~14 miles) at a conversational, 10mph pace. All bikes welcome, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate with your new biking friends. BYOB!Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Advanced Skills & Drills

TUESDAY, JULY 10  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Want to learn to ride with a peloton? This ADVANCED, road warrior training is led by our Team racers! You’ll learn and practice: draft lines, hill repeats and intervals. Come ready to work hard. Bring a cadence sensor, speed sensor, and heart rate monitor. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Gravel Grinding 101

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11  |  5:45PM (MEET BY 5:30PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ride with your Hometown bike guru, CycloDan Tribble! Front and rear light required, as we end at dusk. This ride weaves through and around Island Lake, covering 13+ miles of pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads (a few hills just for fun!) at an average 12-13 mph. Expect a “puddle” or two of sand and a few face slappers on the trails this time of year. Nothing our gravel, adventure or mountain/fat bikes can’t easily handle. Skinny tire bikes will NOT work for this ride. All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Slow Roll Social Ride

THURSDAY, JULY 12  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
This ride is all about making friends! This conversational, morning ride will find us exploring Island Lake’s beautiful 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. We might just stop for coffee and donuts along the way! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies Only Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

THURSDAY, JULY 12  |  6:15PM (MEET BY 6:00PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ladies, come learn beginning mountain bike skills! We’ll tackle the trails in manageable bites, with the empowering support of skilled and supportive Hometown women. We’ll ride together to Island Lake Recreation Area, and focus on taking the fear and uncertainty out of riding the trails! NO DROP. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Friday Night Lights
FRIDAY, JULY 13  |  9:00PM (MEET BY 8:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
It’s a different world out there when you’re riding by bike light! We’ll ride the Island Lake trails at an INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED pace. Make sure your lights are fully charged! Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged. NOT a beginner ride. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!


Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want a high-energy pick-me-up, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn moreZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

Hometown Bicycles' Shaun and Dawn Bhajan and family riding bicycles in the Fourth of July Parade

The best thing about memories is making them.

~ Love from Shaun, Dawn, and the family

Best Team Night Ever + Christmas Intell

Team Hometown Bicycles members enjoying tacos and treats at Team Night

BEST. TEAM. EVER!  Over 100 Hometownies and Hometownies-in-the-making packed – and I mean PACKED – the bike shop floor for our 2018 Team Night informational meeting last Sunday. Cyclists “of all makes and models” came to renew their membership, or to learn more about a Team that’s made tsunami-sized waves in the cycling community for being devoted to the sport, to each other, and to Hometown… not to mention for being phenomenal, big-hearted human beings that give cyclists an AWESOME name!

We cheered over Team awards, got goosebumps from Team testimonials, loaded up on tacos and treats, ordered Team kits, and welcomed scores of Hometownies to the 2018 Team. On Team Night alone, our Team blew past its 2017 membership numbers, and the sign-ups are still pouring in. WOW!

Team Hometown Bicycles Team Night awards and food

Definitely gotta give a shout out to our Ride Coordinator, Laura Faunce, who took ownership of this event – and the Team – with outstanding results! Heartfelt thanks to a Team that gives us DAILY reason to be grateful and proud. Hats off to the foodies who added deliciousness to the program. Warm thanks to our Crew, who surprised Shaun and I with a gratitude speech (we feel so loved!) And always, always a special thank you to our spectacular Sponsors, who help support the Team year after year:

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy Brighton, MI logo Body Within Personal Training logo Horal DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry logo
   Kearns Brothers Roofing Siding Windows logo      Lowry Solutions logo Hamburg Fitness Center and Camp logo
 Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply      Michigan Banner Factory logo Jamis Bikes logo

If you’re interested in ordering a Hometown kit (jerseys, shorts, etc.), there’s still time! Order goes out Monday, December 11th. Drop by the shop to figure out sizing. You don’t have to be on the Team to wear the kit! Plus, we’re hosting a massive, Kit Pick-Up Party early next year when the orders arrive (stay tuned for details!)

You can learn more about our Team, or sign up for the 2018 Team by filling out the following Team application and dropping it off at the shop:

2018 is gonna be a great year, Team Hometownies. Can’t wait to ride it out with you!

Team Hometown Bicycles' Team Night event with Laura Faunce speaking


CHRISTMAS ORDERS & HOURS

Hometown Bicycles under the Christmas Tree
YOU want to look good and feel good this Christmas, and WE want to help! Here are a couple critical bytes of information that will make sure you look good for giving your gifts on time, and feel good for making your friends and family HAPPY!

The final day to place ANY order, so that it arrives by Christmas, is

December 18th

YES, WE ARE OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE!
After that, it’s family time for us and our Crew until the New Year…

OPEN: Christmas Eve  9AM – 3PM
CLOSED: Christmas Day – January 1st  
We’ll reopen January 2nd, normal hours!


Hometown Bicycles gives a lecture on bicycle engineering at Pinckney's Navigator Upper Elementary School

SHAUN TALKS TECH WITH PINCKNEY STUDENTS

Yesterday, Shaun brought along one of the finest examples of bicycle engineering we have at the shop, Pro Tour racer Alexander Kristoff‘s bike (on loan from Dean Gericke – thanks, Dean!), to Navigator Upper Elementary to demonstrate the science and engineering of bicycles. For the second year in a row, he was blown away by the quality of questions asked by the students and, this time, the mad art skillz! We love introducing young minds to the fascinating world of bike tech-ery; thanks for inviting us back, Pinckney Schools!


Jamis Bikepacking Giveaway

JAMIS BIKES FAMILY BIKEPACKING GIVEAWAY

Jamis is doing it again, Hometownies! Here’s a chance for you to win “a sweet bikepacking prize package worth an estimated $4000.” It includes everything from a pair of Renegades, to helmets, frame bags, packs, lights, and clothing. Everything you need for a really rockin’ adventure. Only 13 days left to enter. CLICK HERE or the video above for details!


HELP WANTED: PERSONAL ASSISTANT
HOMETOWN BICYCLES Part-time Personal Assistant needed. Must be highly organized, available week day mornings and afternoons, and excellent with children. Writing, design, and web skills a plus. If interested, pick up an application at the shop, and return it to Dawn.

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jamis Renegade

The adventure isn’t out there, it’s inside you… aww, who are we kidding, it’s out there!

~ Cyclists everywhere

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