One Incredible Bike Ride: This is what fun looks like!

Shaun Bhajan leads off the Tour de Livingston Party Ride from Hometown Bicycles

THIS WASN’T JUST OUR BIGGEST RIDE OF THE YEAR… IT WAS OUR BIGGEST SHOP RIDE EVER!
You just boggled our minds, Hometownies. We expected a big turnout for our first ever “Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun”, but this… well, this was something else! See for yourself in this quick pictorial look back at a day that will go down in Hometown history. (Shoot, do we ever love what we do!!)

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun - controlled chaos

ABOVE: This is what we like to call “controlled chaos.” Over 70 riders packed the Hometown parking lot on this most epic of shop rides. W. O. W.

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun leaving from Hometown Bicycles and heading into Island Lake

ABOVE: Our Party Ride launch was spectacular, with wave upon wonderful wave of cheerful cyclists pouring out of Hometown’s parking lot. It was truly a thing of BEAUTY.

Cyclists and staff at the Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: These are a few of the friendly faces that were spotted at the Party Ride. Customers, Team, and staff joined forces to totally ROCK this event! (And *ahem* the three lovely ladies in the Roger Pelkey, winner of the Tour de Livingston jersey, with Jean Steinberg and Peter Bowen at the Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicyclescenter are the Musketeers that masterminded this event – Jean [the one who made it happen], me [Dawn], and Jennifer [our rock].)

LEFT: Congratulations to Roger Pelkey (left), who won the Tour de Livingston jersey drawing. There will be more chances to win TDL swag at our Saturday Tour de Livingston Training Rides (details below)!

Amazing volunteers of Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: So many superstars stepped up to make this event extra special. Here are just a few you may have seen… Steve and Brandy (center) made a whirlwind photography team (click for pics). Stan a.k.a. the Music Man (top left) gave us a party atmosphere with his mad DJ skills. Mike (top right, holding tongs) was the world’s best grill master. Mark’s (bottom right, purple shirt) party bus was a huge hit with anyone who wanted to chalk a fun message. And Luna (bottom left, 4 legs) was a crowd favorite, spreading kisses and tail wags wherever she went.

Night ride at Island Lake with Team Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: For those ride junkies who craved a little more saddle time, Team Hometown Bicycles led off a post-Party-Ride night ride through the trails of Island Lake. Animals!

Want to see more Party Ride pics? Of course you do! Check ’em out on our Facebook page and Facebook TdL Party Ride photo album

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HERE’S THE WHOLE POINT OF THE PARTY RIDE… 

Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Our Party Ride was an official (and mind-blowing!) launch for this year’s Tour de Livingston Training Ride series with Team Hometown Bicycles. Starting THIS SATURDAY, these Training Rides will outfit you with the skills you need to maximize your Tour de Livingston experience, go the distance, and – oh, by the way – win cool TDL swag! We’ll be looking for you!

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“TRANSITION TO MOUNTAIN BIKING” CLINIC TONIGHT! 

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

Tips and tricks for trail riding, “how to”s for your first singletrack expedition, best beginner trails, demo bikes, and groups and classes that can help… it’s all happening HERE,
TONIGHT, AUGUST 9TH AT 6:30PM
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LIVINGSTON’S MOST DELICIOUS RIDE 

Doc May Memorial Melon Ride flyerMelons, melon ice cream, and all things melon-y are the name of the game at the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th.

Hometown’s partnered with Howell Area Parks & Rec on a simple, new route that will tour you past some of Howell’s most scenic highlights.

Our Team will be on course for basic SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, we’re offering complimentary bike valet service, so that you can enjoy post-ride festivities without your bike in tow!

REGISTER NOW, HOMETOWNIES!!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop rideHere’s what’s coming up this week:

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

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SATURDAY, 9:00AM – Tour de Livingston Training Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training 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!

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!

Christmas Hours & Other Cool Stuff

YOUR HOMETOWN HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Merry Christmas video from Hometown Bicycles and Jamis Bikes

HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ CHRISTMAS HOURS
OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE: 10AM – 3PM

CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY – JANUARY 2

REOPEN JANUARY 3 (normal winter hours)

Our Whitmore Lake shop is CLOSED DECEMBER 25th and REOPENS MARCH 1st.

YOU CAN STILL BECOME A HOMETOWN VIP! 

I Believe in Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate VIPs!
SPECIAL THANKS to these recent Hometown VIPers: (clockwise from top middle) Melissa, Steve & Joni, Vicky, Colin & Cynthia, and Rick & Gail
To answer a popular question, YES, there is still a chance for you to become a Hometown Bicycles VIP – earning a lifetime 20% discount, VIP-only events access, Gift Certificate trade-up, and more – through our limited edition, “I Believe in Hometown Bicycles” Gift Certificate program.

Want more information? CLICK HERE or stop by our Brighton shop and talk to Shaun!

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JENNIFER FINDS THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Customer Highlight: Why She Loves Cycling

Jennifer McCauley, Hometown Bicycles Events Coordinator and Leader of the Green Gals

Jennifer is one of those amazing customers who was with us even before Hometown was a twinkle in our eyes. Now we’re proud to call her our Events Coordinator and co-instigator with her daughter of the much-loved Hometown Bicycles Green Gals (an all-women cycling group).

Here’s what Jennifer has to say about why she loves cycling:

It needs to be noted that I didn’t start “biking” until I was 51.  Sure I rode a bike all through my childhood and with toddlers on the back of my bike and then with the whole family.  However I started “biking” to do my first triathlon.  It opened a whole new fun world. It made me feel like a kid again. I pushed all my other X-mas gifts aside when my husband wheeled in a new road bike and l squealed like a kid.

Now it gives me more time with my children and other young people; it gives me new muscles; it makes me invigorated; it’s a great cross training for running and swimming; it provides a whole host of potential gifts for me; it strengthens my aging knees; it keeps me off medication and gives me vitamin D and fresh air; it improves my balance; and it gives me bragging rights (I’ve now added mountain biking). It keeps me young. Why did I wait so long?????!!!!!
Want to share your story and inspire others to ride?  Send us an email with your favorite cycling photo and a little bit about why you ride, what inspires you, and what you’ve done that might inspire someone else to change their life, too!

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HOW TO RUN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKE
Community Highlight:  Holiday spirit meets cycling ingenuity

How to run Christmas lights on your bike

Here’s a seasonally appropriate project to get you AND your bike in the Christmas spirit.

It’s simple and inexpensive. Just promise us that you’ll post a photo of your handiwork on our Facebook page to spread the Christmas cheer!

Check out the “How To” instructions HERE.

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A CHRISTMAS TREE MADE OF BICYCLES
Industry Highlight: Australia’s awesome idea
Christmas Tree made of bicycles

In honor of the holidays, we’re bringing up an old favorite from the Sydney, Australia archives… a Christmas tree built entirely of bicycles. It’s genius!

Does this inspire some seasonal cycle creativity of your own? If so, please share!

Check out the evolution of this “Tree-cycle” project HERE.

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