Post-Potluck Pics + The Official 2018 Shop Ride Schedule

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic
THANKS FOR MAKING THIS YEAR’S POTLUCK CLINIC AMAZING!
Last Thursday, appetites and attendance were at an all-time, record-breaking high at our annual, Where to Ride in Michigan clinic and potluck party. Hometownies, you truly outdid yourselves! Here’s a photographic look at some of our favorite highlights…

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic and Potluck Party - fruit, brownies, cookies, and cupcakes!
The FOOD!!  Our tables were overflowing with mouth-watering goodness – everything from slow-cooker ribs to homemade cupcakes. There wasn’t a square centimeter of empty stomach in the place by the time the event was over! Thank you, Hometown chefs!

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic speakers - Matt Fitzhorn, Kelly Hibbert of Bike Vacation Tours, Laura Faunce, and Shaun Bhajan
The Clinic:  (from left) The evening kicked off with our awesome, new, Service Manager, Matt Fitzhorn, introducing himself to his awesome, new, Hometown family. We also heard from Kelly Hibbert of Bike Tour Vacations about some seriously fun, bike-based travel adventures. Ride Coordinator Laura did such a great job describing shop rides, and the wonderfulness of our Team, that several Hometownies joined on the spot! And Shaun tied it all together with insights on cycling groups, organizations, rides, and maps.

Thanks, too, to Tom Hermann for the bonus Hartland Trail intel and MMBA chapters lowdown, and the Team members who shared a little of their own Hometown love!

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic - Mel Robinson with Shaun and Dawn Bhajan
Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic - with Paula and Ken from Lake Trust Credit UnionThe Guests:  The evening and shop were packed with wonderful folks, like Paula and Ken (at left) from Lake Trust Credit Union, who live their business culture of community support. Thanks for coming out, you two!

We also had the bittersweet pleasure of giving a Hometown send-off to one very special Hometownie, Mel Robinson. Mel’s been a constant – loyal to a ‘T’, involved, and entirely devoted to cycling. We’re all going to miss you, Mel – bunny hop some gators for us down there in Florida!

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic - guys hanging out in the back
The Socializing:  It’s our favorite part of every event – hanging out, making friends, and dreaming up future cycling adventures. The Potluck Clinic offered it up in spades. All in all, it was an evening to remember – thanks again for the memories, Hometownies!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Race

TEAM NEWS: 102 MEMBERS! + MAKING WAVES AT WATERLOO

Hometownies, your Team has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. This year, our goal was 100 riders, nearly double 2017’s contingent. AND WE DID IT!!! Your Team is now officially closed at 102 riders strong!! With a group this size, you KNOW we’re gonna leave a positive mark on our local and cycling communities! Stay tuned to see how we shake the ground…

And speaking of leaving a mark, 15 Team Hometownies – one of them Team Title Sponsor Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy! – made serious waves at last weekend’s Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race. Despite troublesome, hot-spot wipeout zones, our Team still loaded the podium with Brad Allen (Fat Bike) taking 1st, Roger Pelkey and your Service Lead Andrew Jackson grabbing 2nd, and Robin Fry and Jacob Henriksen (Fat Bike) placing 3rd, each in their own age group. Also rocking the course were Team members Scott Simpson, Jack Riddle, Erik Frazier, Joe Ostervick, Linc Wehrly, Jim Cleer, Tom Hermann, Mark Lang, Colin Chisholm and, of course, Vinnie. Ya’ done us proud, Team – congrats on a race well-ridden! (You’ll find tons of awesome race photos on Jacob’s Speedy Sloth Facebook page. Helmet tip to our prolific pic-meister!)


HOMETOWN’S 2018 SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Spring/Summer Shop Ride ScheduleWe’ve put together a Spring/Summer Shop Ride schedule that will make your inner cyclist sing!

Starting in April, you’ll get to choose from at least one ride a day – seven days a week – for every style and level of rider, including road, casual/recreational, mountain, race training, night, gravel grinding, and women-specific rides. There’s no fee to participate, our rides are open to the public, and they’re all NO-DROP rides.

CLICK HERE or at left to download your copy of our official 2018 Shop Ride guide, and get ready to ride!


Hometown Bicycles 8th Anniversary Save the Date

IT’S FAMILY FUN FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS BIRTHDAY!

April 15th marks 8 years of Hometown, 8 years of growth, 8 years of loving what we do, and 8 years of getting to know YOU, and that definitely deserves a celebration… Hometown style! Details to follow, but prepare for contests, rides, a picnic, birthday cake, and birthday presents for YOU! Make-a-Wish will also be there with Wish-a-Mile Bicycle Tour information – the perfect compliment to our family event. Put it on your calendar!

Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Part-Time Personal Assistant
Combines administrative duties with personal and child care. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, dependable, and excellent with children.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles Gravel Grinder 101 shop ride with CycloDan Tribble
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, MAR 24  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM JANOWSKI FIELD
This week takes us to the Janowski Field trailhead (between GM and Commerce roads) to ride the Milford Trail, a hidden gem of a singletrack. Anticipate 10-15 miles of adventuring. 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 to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, 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


2018 Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Race

Happiness is knowing where you belong

~ Anonymous

Love for Your Bike, Your Fellow Cyclists, and Your Bike Shop

Choose Your Own Adventure… er, Products!

Hometown BicyclesLET US KNOW WHAT REVS YOUR RIDE  
We like to call Hometown Bicycles the shop that was built BY the people, FOR the people. Your loyalty and patronage is what got us to where we are today, and helps drive our decision making for Hometown’s ongoing evolution!

Along the way, you’ve been giving us feedback on product you’d like to see in our shop. Awesome! We’ve been connecting with new vendors who can help us meet your needs.

Over the coming months, we’ll be inviting new vendors to demo their products at our shop, so that you can meet the reps and scope out the products you’ve been asking for. Pay attention to our newsletters for these opportunities, and keep a weather eye out for the occasional survey to help us understand what you like best.

We’ve always been YOUR bike shop. Let’s take that to the next level!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Novi Tree Farm Relay 2017

TEAM NEWS: CRUSHING IT AT TREE FARM!

Team Hometown Bicycles returned home from last weekend’s Novi Tree Farm Relay in a blaze of glory! Not just four, but FIVE teams of four sported the Hometown jersey (when they weren’t in costume) – the sea of Hometown participation was, in and of itself, glory-worthy. But there were also 3 Team podiums to celebrate – first places, all!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Novi Tree Farm Relay 2017

FIRST PLACE – COSTUME DIVISION (above, top)
Congrats, Cobra Kai (who moonlight as Hometown Bicycles crew), Tim Bart, Colin Woods, Rocco Mularoni, and Andrew Jackson!

FIRST PLACE – CO-ED DIVISION (above, bottom right)
Helmets off to the lightspeed pedal power of Olga “The Romanian Rocket” Negrut, Doug Queener, Justin Hamm, and John Wyatt!

FIRST PLACE – MEN’S SPORT CLASS (above, bottom left)
Kudos on some pretty slick speed work from Matt Maximoff (a Team Sponsor), Scott Simpson, Brandon Bailey, and Aaron Smith!

We were also proud to be represented by the great sportsmanship of Paul Andres, Bryan Beach, Leslie Cook, Michael Dyer, Roger Pelkey, Steve Steinberg, Jim Thompson, and Linc Wehrly. Trail conditions started off sloppy, and progressively dried, so an additional shout out to the trailblazers who took one for their teams in the form of mud-encrusted bikes and gear. We happen to know a great place for getting your bikes cleaned and back to fighting fit… just sayin’!


Vote 4 the Best Bike Shop - Hometown Bicycles

PLEASE VOTE HOURLY THROUGH AUGUST 13TH!


SINGLES RIDE: WHO’S IN??

Hometown Bicycles Singles Ride logoMatchmaker, matchmaker, pedal me a match… it’s said that one of the best ways to meet a special someone is by sharing a common interest. Call me a romantic, but I think that the combination of pedal-powered locomotion, fresh air, good company, and mutual helmet hair creates prime conditions for the warm fuzzies. My husband and I met over bikes!

Matchmakers, we are not, but we can at least set the stage for possibility! Please help us gauge interest in a Singles Ride* by completing an easy-peasy, 5-question, Singles Ride survey HERE. Thanks for your input, single Hometownies!

*This ride would be for single men and women, ages 18 and older.


POSES, PEDALS & PINTS – FALL EDITION: IT’S A GO!!

Poses, Pedals and Pints logoGood news… no, FANTASTIC news!! The uber-successful yoga-bike-beer event that we supported this past Spring has been resurrected for a round 2 on Saturday, September 30th.

Based out of Downtown Brighton’s beautiful Brewery Becker, this event opens with beginner-friendly yoga, courtesy of event coordinator Tocca Massage & Yoga, follows up with a scenic and recreational bike ride with Hometown Bicycles (new route!), and ends with a long, cool pull from the taps of Brewery Becker.

Registration is limited to 50, so if you missed out last time, be sure to hit the link below, like, IMMEDIATELY!
REGISTER NOW FOR POSES, PEDALS & PINTS – FALL EDITION


Livingston County 21 Days of Active Play Challenge logo

21 DAYS OF ACTIVE PLAY FAMILY CHALLENGE

Fitness… Family time… Fun… Now, that’s a program we can throw some rpm behind! Here’s the scoop:

More than $2,000 in prizes are up for grabs, and all you have to do is PLAY!

Sky Zone Brighton, Hometown Bicycles, and Body Within Personal Training have teamed up to bring you the FREE 21 Days of Active Play Challenge. We are challenging Livingston County families to commit to 21 Days of Active Play this August. From going on walks together, to riding bikes, to jumping around on trampolines, families will pledge to spend a minimum of one hour per day being active.

Registration is open NOW through August 3rd. The Challenge begins August 4th.

Be sure to read up on the amazing prizes, mid-challenge incentives, and final wrap up party. You’ll find details and a registration link HERE.


Hometown Bicycles' Amy Gluck competing in the Island Lake Pterodactyl Triathlon

AMY’S BLOG: JULY 27, 2017

Here’s your latest race update from Hometown’s Amy Gluck, an IRONMAN competitor who nearly lost her life after getting hit by a gravel truck, and is now intensely and personally driven to overcome her new physical challenges, and the naysayers who say she can’t, all the way back to IRONMAN:

I pushed hard on my road bike during the race. Between not setting up my Garmin correctly and a non-functioning speedometer (I’d switched up wheels a number of times), I had to wait until after the race to find out that I had biked 3:16 faster at the Pterodactyl triathlon than I had at the Triceratops triathlon. Yeah, road bike!… READ ON 

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


Hometown Bicycles Sales Associate Colin Wood

MEET YOUR CREW: COLIN WOOD

Colin makes an art of being helpful. He’s studious, he’s polite, he’s intelligent, he’s friendly, and he’s scary fast on a bike! Many a customer have commented on Colin’s charisma on the sales floor. He’s carried on the tradition of equating the name “Wood” to overall awesomeness, as started in Hometown’s early years by his brother Austin. We’ll sure miss him when he heads off to college! Here’s Colin’s story:

I was 8 years old the first time my father took me mountain biking. Since then, I have gone from closing my eyes every time I get near a tree, to competing at the highest level within Michigan. My sophomore year of high school, I joined the Brighton Cycling Club. That year I finished as the 2nd place overall JV racer in the State. I was hooked. This past season I finished 3rd place in the Varsity Points series, as well as claiming victory at my home course, Island Lake. This fall I will be attending Colorado School of Mines to study Mechanical Engineering. While at Mines, I plan on racing for their cycling team. Working at Hometown has provided me with the ability to be around my favorite type of people, cyclists, and has given me the knowledge of everything bike related.


Team Hometown Bicycles' Mel Robinson and Brian Forhan

WISHING YOU SPEEDY RECOVERIES, BRIAN AND MEL!

Team Hometown’s Mel Robinson and his trusty recumbent are regulars at shop rides and events. This kind soul and avid cyclist is currently on the mend from open heart surgery. Mel, we just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery – can’t wait to see you back on your bike!

Another heal-quickly shout out goes to a man who has religiously gone above and beyond in service of Team Hometown Bicycles and the shop. This one’s for Team Captain, Brian Forhan, whose pending back surgery puts him out of outdoor cycling for the remainder of the season. Brian, if you get itchy legs, know that you’re welcome at the shop any time for bike talk, beer, and other cycling geekery!


REGISTER NOW FOR DOC MAY MELON RIDE ON 8/19 

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

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

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


Hometown Bicycles shop ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL MORNING ROAD RIDE  (7/27)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come check out the Thursday Social A.M. Road ride as we hit the back entrance to Island Lake and explore the park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride. Check HERE for ride details.

SATURDAY TOUR DE LIVINGSTON PREP RIDE (7/29)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start with 10 – 15 miles and stretch the distance week by week. Route will be on the park roads. Road bikes are preferred for this ride. All level riders are welcome. 12 – 15 mph pace, 1.5 hours. Follow this Facebook event for updates.

SUNDAY HARTLAND GRAVEL GRINDER (7/30)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Township Hall
We’re up to nearly 36 miles with approx. 2,000′ of climb on beautiful country roads (and limited pavement) – all with wonderful ride companions! Expect a 13-15 MPH “NO DROP” pace. Cross/Gravel, Mountain, and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353. Click here for this Facebook event.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (7/30)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which encourages riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases! This week, we’ll explore 9 – 15 miles of the Island Lake Mountain Bike trails. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. We do ask that riders under 15 remain with their guardian throughout the ride.  Be mindful that the trail has several hills and some minimum level of fitness will be helpful to make for a positive experience for this planned 1.5 hour ride. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. You can find this Facebook event here.

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE  (7/31)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come join the Hometown Bicycles crew for this NO DROP ride. Road bikes only please. We’ll ride Island Lake roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back – approx 12 – 15 miles. Those ready for more will group up to take on more mileage!  Expect a 12 – 17+ mph pace to accommodate riders’ skill levels.  All levels are welcome – we’ll split into groups according to experience and speed, with a sweep to bring up the rear. Click to check out the Facebook event page!

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

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (8/1)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check here for ride updates.

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST (no Son of Hammerfest this week) (8/2)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles

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

WEDNESDAY SLOW ROLL WITH HOMETOWN  (8/2)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
It’s time to dial it back on this social, slow paced road ride (~ 8-10 mph). If you have a need-for-speed, this is NOT the ride for you! Bring your cruiser or whatever you like as we Slow Roll down sidewalks and streets. Expect to cross Grand River, possibly a couple climbs/descents, and beautiful park landscape. May not be suitable for young, unseasoned kids. Parents, please decide what is safe for your family, as there are no lights or designated crosswalks for Grand River or Academy. This is a NO DROP ride. Check HERE for ride details.

THURSDAY BAKERY SOCIAL MORNING ROAD RIDE  (8/3)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Wal-Mart in New Hudson – **Special start location!**
It was fun, so we’re going to do it again!  Bring along your wallet for a tasty treat or coffee as we pedal to a Bakery via the rails-to-trails system. It will be a 5-mile, ~10 mph pace, relatively hill-free ride. Does include a busy road crossing. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level for this NO DROP ride. Follow along on Facebook for ride updates.

Meet in the Wal-Mart parking lot – take the entrance right off Lyon Center Drive between the Wal-Mart/Lowe’s, turn right, and stay closest to the Lyon Center Drive end of the parking lot.

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


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

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

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

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

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Fridays – August 4, 11 & 18
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

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


We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial


Biking at Island Lake Recreation Area with dog

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.

– Winnie the Pooh

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