The elephant in the room, Ladies Night Out countdown, and we smell chili in the air…

Many of you are familiar with the newly installed trade tariffs that are already shaking the cycling industry, which imports much of its products – bikes, parts, and accessories – from overseas. We’re seeing the repercussions deluge down from the manufacturers, to the suppliers, to us local dealers. Last Monday, Jamis instituted a 10% tariff-induced increase across the board… and they’re just one of thousands forced to do the same.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?  We have always been and will always be a service-focused bicycle shop – with a mission of making our value always exceed our price – but we do understand that our customers rely on us to also offer bicycles, parts, and accessories. Prices on these will necessarily be impacted industry-wide, and that includes here at Hometown.

We’ll continue to make decisions that help us provide you with the best value at the best price. In the meantime, we so appreciate your support and understanding. Bear with us – there continue to be exciting things afoot here at Hometown (there always are!), and we won’t let a tariff interfere with the important work we’re doing for you!

To read up on the bicycle tariffs, CLICK HERE.


DON’T MISS OUT ON LADIES NIGHT OUT!

Guest speakers include local super-women who saved their life with cycling, lost 125 lbs. to sign up for a first Ironman, and competed in the Olympic trials!!!

Ladies! You are in for a fantastic evening… this motivational, inspiring and wine-filled event has been planned for you by your Hometown gals! We are closing the shop early on Tuesday, October 16th because this time with you is so important to us.

Unwind from your day with a 30-minute yoga class with Stacy Mulka and chair massagewith Shannon Rau. Feast on some yummo munchies and sample some wine while THE LONE MAN, Shaun, will educate and entertain you during his mini-clinics on bicycle trainers and fat bikes.

You will haveChristine Addy the opportunity to meet with and shop from some of our talented vendors, such as Christine Addy with Drip ‘n Splatter… be sure to check out her fabulous clocks!

And then sit back and get ready to be wowed by personal stories shared by some amazing Hometown women… stories of struggles and triumphs. Thank you to Robin Fry, Cindy Housel, Leslie Barrett and Sarah Boyle for your willingness and enthusiasm to share your journeys with us!

Not only will you leave with a goodie bag chuck full of awesome, we hope you will carry with you feelings of support, friendship, camaraderie and all-around good vibes!

$30 pre-registration

REGISTER NOW or in person at the shop!


Optimist Club
Brighton Optimist Club honors Hometown!

We couldn’t be more proud to have received an invitation to the Brighton Optimist ClubPresident’s Dinner and Annual Banquet on September 27th.  Hometown Bicycles was awarded for our participation in the Brighton 4th of July Parade and Bike Decorating Contest. Over the years, we have helped the Optimist Club’s presence in the parade grow from one entrant to, this year, a whopping 50 children and parents riding their bikes down Main Street in the best parade around! 

Shaun, Dawn and their beautiful award are pictured above, alongside Lt. Governor William Hampton, 2018 Governor Theresa Jarrett and Gary London, President of the Brighton Optimist Club.

Thank you, Brighton Optimist Club, for all of the awesome work you do in our Community!


Tour De Livingston 2018: What a stellar October day!

Tour de Livingston
Tour de Livingston
Wow, what a Hometown-pride-filled day of awesomeness at last weekend’s sensational Tour de Livingston!

Our Team was sure representin’ at this must-ride event of October and top notch Howell Rotary fundraiser for Livingston County United Way. We are so proud of you for your efforts, your positive attitudes and your overall spirit and soul as you trekked up to 100 miles to support a great cause!

Hometown gave away a beautiful Jamis Renegade, there were smiles galore, and if you take a close look at the top left photo, you may even see a Shaun on a Stick… they were everywhere!

Tour de LivingstonTour de Livingston

Thank you, HOWELL ROTARY & LIVINGSTON COUNTY UNITED WAY, for another chance to support our Community through cycling!

Team News: Settlers Park Trail Cleanup and Michigan Mountain Mayhem!Thanks to everyone who came out to help work on the new Settlers Park mountain bike trail! A whole slew of volunteers, led by Tom Hermann, gathered on September 29th to beautify and make improvements to the trail located behind Meijer in Hartland.

Team members Mike Dyer, Les Cook, Jim Thompson, Keith Cowgar, Laura Faunce and Scooter Gates put their backs into it alongside Tom. They were also joined by Gage Thompson, Dan Whitman, Matt Mascot, and Elliott Klein and his family.

“We put in 36 hours of work!! It was really fun. We built some really cool features.” – Mike Dyer

The Pathways at Settlers Park consist of a paved 1.2-mile loop and a brand new 2-mile mountain bike path. The Motor City Mountain Biking Association (MCMBA) installed the bike path, which is open to two-way, non-motorized traffic.

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jim Thompson and Mike Dyer muddy buddies at Custers Last Stand Against Human Trafficking Mountain Bike Race in Augusta, MichiganIn other team news, congratulations to Brad Allen and Erik Frazier for competing in the 60-mile Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Road Race at Rotary Park in Boyne City on September 29th. The race is described as “sadistic”, if that tells you anything! Five monster climbs, lots of fast gravel roads, multiple sections of tough seasonal roads which have sand, mud and rocks, plus a white knuckle descent. Whew!

Then, Mike Dyer and Jim Thompson were muddy buddies at Custer’s Last Stand Against Human Trafficking MTB Race in Augusta, MI on Oct. 6th, rocking 2nd and 3rd respectively in their age groups. Way to take a stand, guys!

Great job, Team!


Chili Aficionados: Save the Date!

Chili Cook-OffWhen: Saturday, November 10th
Where: Your Favorite Bicycle Shop
What: Chili Cook-Off
Why: To consume copious amounts of chili and vote for your winner
How: Spoon it in, people! 

Are you a chili connoisseur? Do you think you make the baddest chili around? Are you competitive and IN NEED OF THIS TROPHY?! (You know you want it…)

Mark your calendars now and get those recipes simmering!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
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! (Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Iceman Training Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
*** RUNNING 10/13, 10/20 & 10/27 TO PREP FOR ICEMAN (11/3) ***
SATURDAYS, 9:00AM  |  VARIES  |  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 Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

COMING SOON – STAY TUNED!  |  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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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
*** KICKING OFF 11/10 (THE WEEKEND AFTER ICEMAN)! ***
SATURDAYS, TIME TBD  |  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


Little girls with dreams become women with vision. 

(Hi Aria! You are the perfect example.)

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…)

Home of the Same-Day / Next-Day Bike Service

Hometown Bicycles Crew 2018

“LEAD, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY… “
That’s been our mantra since day one. Hometown’s been revolutionizing the bicycle service industry since opening its doors in 2010, with a full-bore focus on speedy and spectacular service AND over 18,000 repairs to prove it. Leading the field is what we do.

Above is your Hometown crew – the finest mix of talent, character, and wonderfulness in the industry. Here, you’ll find leadership, heart, bravery, kindness, enthusiasm, ingenuity, and integrity. Every single one of us is here to give you a phenomenal Hometown experience.

It’s thanks to the exceptional skills of this peerless crew – and, most notably, the powerhouse addition of our fearless Service leader, Matt Fitzhorn – that the Best Bicycle Service in Southeast Michigan is now available with SAME-DAY / NEXT-DAY TURNAROUND. We’ll have you back on your bike in record time – it’s the Hometown way. Bring your bike in today!


Ride with Shaun in the Parade!

Ride with Shaun in the 4th of July Parade
SHAUN AND I INVITE YOU TO RIDE WITH US & THE KIDS THIS 4TH…

Bring your bikes and your kiddies for a ride in Brighton’s 4th of July Parade! It’s FREE!!

Brighton Optimist Club hosts an annual Bike Decorating Contest & Parade Ride, and Hometown is helping out with bike decorating at our shop THIS WEEKEND, 2-4PM both Saturday and Sunday, including complimentary bicycle delivery and pick-up service to and from the parade. Plus, we’re offering free bike checks and helmet discounts to all participants! CLICK HERE for details and to let us know your coming!


Team Hometown Bicycles leading off the Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride in tandem with the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
TEAM NEWS: Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride
 

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the top-notch Hometown Team members who took a morning out of their busy summers to help set-up, mark, and lead this year’s Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride. Beautiful day. Beautiful ride! Shout out to Howell Rotary and Livingston County United Way for another fantastic event! Now… time to sign up for the Tour!

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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A Taste of Brighton logo
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!”

Hometown Bicycles at Hilton Elementary for Safety Town

KIDS LEARN SAFE CYCLING WITH HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Hometown Bicycles at Hilton Elementary teaching Safety TownLast week kicked off the 2018 Brighton Safety Town kids training series located at Hilton Elementary School. It’s an event we look forward to every year! Shaun trots out the Hometown-mobile and traffic cones for a Hometown-style kiddie clinic in bike checks, helmet fit, and cycling safety. Nearly 30 children attended this year’s event! Want to enroll your child? CLICK HERE for details!

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!

Livingston Daily People's Choice award Click On Detroit Vote 4 the Best

** 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 shop ride - Beginner Road Ride
UPCOMING SHOP RIDES
Saturday Road Ride
SATURDAY, JUNE 30  |  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 1  |  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 1  |  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 2  |  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 3  |  6:30PM (MEET BY 6:15PM)  |  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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Ride with Shaun in the 4th of July Parade
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4  |  MEET 8:30AM AT LYNCH & SONS FUNERAL HOME
Shaun, Dawn, and the kids invite you to ride with them in this year’s Downtown Brighton 4th of July Parade!! It’s FREE!! Read up on all the exciting details HERE!


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 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


Team Hometown Bicycles road bike shop ride

Go play outside!

~ Moms & Dads everywhere

Ways for you and your family to enjoy SUMMER!

Tour de Livingston Kick Off Ride at Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
RIDE WITH YOUR HOMETOWN TEAM & CREW AT TOMORROW’S KICK-OFF!

Every year, Hometown joins forces with our Howell Rotary and Livingston County United Way peeps to run a FREE, family-friendly, multi-loop ride on Howell’s scenic roadways. The Kick-Off Ride coordinates with the breathtaking balloon fly-in for the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, and builds awareness for the much-loved Tour de Livingston, run annually in the Fall.

Our Team and Crew have marked the routes and will be on hand to lead the rides. Come on out this Sunday, June 24 at 6:45am and ride with us!

(Note: Our shop will still be open at 9am on Sunday – be sure to drop by after the ride and make those few of us who stayed behind jealous!)


Hometown Bicycles Service Lead Andrew Jackson

AN UNPRECEDENTED SALUTE TO A STELLAR CREW MEMBER

WE WILL BE CLOSING EARLY (4PM) THIS SUNDAY (6/24) 

 

Everybody knows Andrew. Hometown Service Lead Andrew Jackson has been a fixture at our shop for the past 4 years. He’s unfurled his wings with us, evolving from a youthful and studious Service Tech to a self-assured, highly-skilled leader. He’s respected by customers and crew alike, and is the sort of guy you would describe as a “genuinely good human being”.

We knew our time with Andrew was limited by his unshakeable aspiration to study Engineering. And now that he’s graduated, that time is coming to a close, as he prepares for college and future greatness.

For the first time in the history of Hometown, we are closing the shop early, so that Shaun and I, and all of his fellow Crew members, can attend Andrew’s graduation party. We don’t know how to give you any greater compliment on your exceptional contribution to Hometown, Andrew. Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing what amazing things you accomplish!

STORE HOURS THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH

9AM – 4PM


Team Hometown Bicycles rider Shannon McKay at Le Tour de Shore
TEAM NEWS: Long Rides & Mountain Mayhem
 

Your Team continues to have a pedal in every pie, starting with the adventurous Shannon McKay, who biked 114 miles from Chicago to New Buffalo, MI with Le Tour de Shore. Awesome sauce, Shannon!

Brad Allen and Jack Riddle attacked grueling gradients on one of Michigan’s toughest road bike challenges, the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Spring Classic. Meanwhile, Team Captain Jim Cleer road a FULL 24 HOURS in the National 24 Hour Bike Challenge, billed as the nation’s oldest and largest ultramarathon cycling event. “The burn isn’t telling me to stop. It’s telling me it’s working!” – way to go, guys!!

Team Hometown Bicycles dads Paul Andres and Mike Dyer on Father's Day rides with their littles
And we just want to give a newsletter high-five to these two Team dads, Paul Andres and Mike Dyer, who cycled with their families for Father’s Day. Cool beans!


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 logo
Food & YUMMMMMMMMMM Cotton Candy!!
Hydration courtesy Team Sponsor Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply!

 

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 Nature, 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 3:00pm ————-

 

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 3:00pm 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!
July star border

A Taste of Brighton logo
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!”

Hometown Bicycles' Shaun and Liam in last year's 4th of July Parade
RIDE WITH SHAUN IN BRIGHTON’S JULY 4 PARADE!

Brighton Optimist Club Bike Decorating Contest and Parade with Hometown BicyclesThis year, the whole family – Shaun and I and the kids – will be riding in Brighton’s 4th of July Parade, and we’re calling on all families with kids ages kindergarten through 5th grade to join us! There’s no charge!!

Brighton Optimist Club is the annual host of this well-loved Bike Decorating Contest & Parade Ride, and Hometown has enjoyed the privilege of helping their program grow year by year. In addition to hosting bike decorating parties at our shop and offering complimentary bike checks and helmet discounts to participants, we’re also providing free bicycle delivery and pick-up service to and from the parade! Details of this event can be found here, but here’s our mission…

Hometownies, let’s BLANKET this parade in bicycles!! Sign up now to be a part of making this the biggest bike entry in the history of the parade!


KIDS SELF DEFENSE CLASS AT HOMETOWN

BullyIf someone wants to hurt our children, they won’t choose a time or a place with witnesses. That means no parents, no teachers, no policemen, just our children and the predator. The safety of our children will depend on their ability to recognize a threat and respond effectively.

Hometown is thrilled to welcome back outstanding instructor, Ian Kinder of Live Safe Academy for a fun, interactive and age-appropriate workshop that teaches essential, lifesaving information about the threats facing our children, strategies for prevention and real world techniques designed to reduce their risk of abductions, assaults and other forms of violence. But most of all, these programs teach students that they have the right to be safe, that no one has the right to hurt them and that they are worth protecting.

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


HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT UNDERSTAND CYCLIST NEEDS

League of Michigan Bicyclists Community Bicycle Safety EducationThe League of Michigan Bicyclists is always up to something exciting, and their latest adventure is a new training series, designed for law enforcement and cyclists, being held across the State. They note that each session is interactive, and addresses:

•  MI Vehicle Code and MI Compiled Laws
segments relating to the use of the bicycle
on MI roadways and sidewalks.
•  Best practices for bicycle crash investigation
and reporting.
•  Updates on accepted engineering designs
for bicycle travel.
•  Safe bicycling practices.

Want to help cyclists be heard? Register now for this 5-hour, $15, food-included session!


PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES FOR HOMETOWN!

Livingston Daily People's Choice award Click On Detroit Vote 4 the Best

** 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 Womens Only Mountain Bike Shop Ride with Ride Coordinator Laura Faunce
UPCOMING SHOP RIDES
Saturday Road Ride
SATURDAY, JUNE 23  |  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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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON KICK-OFF RIDE!

SUNDAY, JUNE 24  |  7:00AM (MEET BY 6:45AM)  |  FROM HOWELL COURTHOUSE
Join your Hometown Team and Crew for the annual Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride, running in conjunction with the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest! This ride is FREE and offers 5-mile, 10-mile, and 25-mile road route options. Every rider receives a commemorative water bottle, and a chance to watch the balloons launch! Click here for all of the exciting details!

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Monday Beginner-Friendly Road Ride
MONDAY, JUNE 25  |  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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Advanced Skills & Drills
TUESDAY, JUNE 26  |  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 at an average 20mph pace. Bring a cadence sensor, speed sensor, and heart rate monitor. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, JUNE 26  |  7:00PM (MEET BY 6:45PM)  |  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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Gravel Grinding 101
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  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!

*** RENT A FAT BIKE AT THE SHOP! ***

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Ladies Only Beginner Mountain Bike Ride
THURSDAY, JUNE 28  |  6:30PM (MEET BY 6:15PM)  |  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!

*** RENT A FAT BIKE AT THE SHOP! ***


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 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


Team Hometown Bicycles' rider at mountain bike race

When muscle and machine connect, extraordinary things happen.

~ Anonymous

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