Rides, Picnics, Festivals, Parades & Jubilees for Hometownies

A Team to Write Home-townies About

Team Hometown Bicycles Picnic 2018
LET ME TELL YOU WHAT YOUR TEAM DID…   
Last weekend marked the first annual Team Picnic social, held at the beautiful Riverbend picnic area in Island Lake. Our Team gathered for an afternoon of cycling, potluck, grilling, socializing… and astonishing me and Shaun! With Bond-ian stealth, our Team coordinated a surprise 8th birthday gift for Hometown Bicycles – an emergency defibrillator wall unit – and presented it at the picnic. Thanks for the brilliant addition to our shop, Team – we’re feelin’ the love… and it’s mutual!Team Hometown Bicycles Picnic 2018
Key players: Team Social Sponsor, Sean Lowry of Lowry Solutions (top left), was the catalyst behind this event, and we were thrilled to meet his growing family. (Thanks again, Sean!) A Hometown favorite and long-standing, outstanding Service Lead Andrew (top middle) dropped by between grad parties to hang with his Hometownies. Grill masters Steve (bottom left) and Jim (bottom middle) were heroes to all of us hungry cyclists. Our awesome Ride Coordinator, Laura (bottom right), was mastermind and MC for this event. And a shout out goes to Hometown’s newest Events Coordinator and long-time Zumba queen, Leslie, for leaping in head first to set up one seriously successful picnic!


TEAM NEWS: HANSON HILLS, T-SHIRT RIDE & CYCLISTS GONE FISHIN’

Team Hometown Bicycles rider Linc Wehrly at Hanson Hills Mountain Bike RaceMissing the Team picnic in the line of duty (i.e. representing in the Hometown kit), our thanks and kudos goes to Linc Wehrly, who placed a respectable 5th at Hanson Hills Challenge Mountain Bike Race up in Grayling.

Team Hometown Bicycles rider Steve Wortley gone fishingTeam Co-Captain Jim Cleer toured Grand Ledge in his unmistakably Hometown apparel at the annual Tri-County Bicycle Association T-Shirt Ride.

And Steve Wortley did some lake-side promotion, wearing his Team gear for a recent fishing trip. Must have brought him some good luck, too, by the looks of it. Nice catch, Steve!

Thanks for spreading the love, Team!


Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day - Come Ride with Us!

TOMORROW (6/10): TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING!

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day posterWhat could make a more perfect Sunday than to rev up the next generation of cyclists with a day devoted solely to making mountain biking fun for kids!

We ♥ ♥ ♥ the PotoMBA’s annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebration and event. There’s food, families, trail fun, and Hometown will be there, proudly supporting the creation of future cycling fanatics! We’ve been honored to be an ongoing part of this awesome event – offering support, safety checks, and mini-cyclist education – and can’t wait to see you and your young’uns at this year’s to-do.

For details and info, CLICK HERE. Event runs TOMORROW, JUNE 10 from 10am-2pm!


Hometown Bicycles was the major bike shop sponsor at the 2018 Milford Bike Fest and Trail Challenge in Milford, Michigan
HOMETOWN’S NON-HOSTILE MILFORD TAKE-OVER

Hometown shirts and jerseys were in abundance at last weekend’s MCMBA Milford Bike Fest & Trail Challenge. Attendees said our Team represented in the best possible way, with scores of Hometownie volunteers and riders exhibiting the best in helpfulness, sportsmanship, and personability. We couldn’t be prouder of all of you!We were geeked to be this year’s premier Bike Shop Sponsor, and sent our Milford connection – Service Manager Matt Fitzhorn – to offer SAG and swag. He captured a few photos (above), including a sea of cycles, the beginner group ride, and a cozy collection of event tents, where Matt got participants back in the saddle. A great turn-out for a great event – shout out to the MCMBA for our invite. We can’t wait to see what next year’s brings!


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!


SAVE THE DATE: HOMETOWN JULY JUBILEE (7/15) 

2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logoLeapfrogging off the fun that was had at last year’s July Jubilee, we’re celebrating this year’s Sunday, July 15th event with a day of cycling, sales, family activities, food, sweets, games, prizes, special guests, and then kicking it up a notch with a special evening concert starring Hometown’s CycloDan Tribble and his Progressive Blues & Rhythm Band. Add it to your calendar, and stay tuned for details!

REGISTER FOR POSES, PEDALS & PINTS: JUNE 23

Poses, Pedals and Pints logo
This local favorite is just around the corner – have you already registered… ???Poses, Pedals & Pints: Summer 2018 registration is nearly here! The event opens with beginner-friendly yoga, courtesy of Tocca Massage & Yoga, followed by a leisurely and scenic ride with Team Hometown, ending with a long, cool pull from the taps of Brewery Becker. We’ll save you a chair!


Pure Michigan Michigan Events Calendar

MORE FUN THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR BICYCLE

If you’re on the prowl for family and cycling adventures beyond the rides and races, here’s a resource you’ll absolutely love! Pure Michigan has put together a list of fairs and festivals throughout this great State that will astonish and delight. Where will YOUR next adventure be?

Hometown Bicycles Gravel Grinding 101 shop ride - that's a lotta cyclists!
UPCOMING SHOP RIDES
Saturday Road Ride
SATURDAY, JUNE 9  |  11:00AM (MEET BY 10:45AM)  |  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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Hartland Gravel Grinder – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, JUNE 10  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
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!

*** RENT A FAT BIKE AT THE SHOP! ***
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Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride
SUNDAY, JUNE 10  |  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!*** RENT A FAT BIKE AT THE SHOP! ***

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Monday Beginner-Friendly Road Ride
SATURDAY, JUNE 11  |  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 12  |  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!………………………………………………..

Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, JUNE 12  |  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 13  |  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 14  |  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


Hometown Bicycles shop ride at Island Lake

A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story. At the end of the day, it’s all good.

~ Glennon Melton

Happy Memorial Day, Hometownies!

Happy Memorial Day from Hometown Bicycles
WISHING YOU A WEEKEND OF REMEMBRANCE, FAMILY, & FUN!  
So that you and our Crew can enjoy quality family time this holiday, please note that we will be closing early on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th:
Memorial Weekend Hours:  Sat & Sun, 9am – 5pm (regular hours)
Memorial Day Hours:   Mon, 9am – 3pm (closing early)

Team Hometown Bicycles' Sue Charleville and Margaret Bigham at Kal-Haven Trail Tour

TEAM NEWS: ♫ JUST RI-I-I-IDIN’ IN THE RAIN…♩♪

Wet weather didn’t put a damper on Team Hometown’s weekend fun!

Sue Charleville and Margaret Bigham had a blast at on the Kal-Haven Trail Tour, put on by regular Hometown clinician, Bike Tour Vacations.

Team Hometown Bicycles Jack Riddle's bike covered in mud after Arcadia Grit and GravelJack Riddle ventured northward for the Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race. Thanks to the mud and sludge, his bike took home plenty of souvenir “grit” (see right) from this “wicked-tough” course in Manistee County.

Brien Terbush blew us away by riding the Zoo-de-Mack in the rain!!

And Joe Ostervik put the heat on in the Ann Arbor Velo Club Crit, the last in a series of Spring Training events.

Move over, US Post Office – your peeps aren’t the only ones who are undeterred by snow, rain, heat, and gloom of night. Way to go, Team Hometownies!


REGISTER FOR MILFORD BIKE FEST: JUNE 2

Milford Bike Fest and Trail Challenge poster
Here’s an event you’ll want to add to your calendar – the MCMBA’s annual Milford Bike Fest & Trail Challenge!

This year, Hometown Bicycles is proud to be the primary Bike Shop Sponsor for this event. Our Milford connection, Hometown Service Manager Matt Fitzhorn, will be manning the Hometown tent and participating in the awards and announcements. Come hang out with him and the Hometown Team, while enjoying a beautiful blend of mountain biking, live music, delicious food, and beer!

REGISTER NOW FOR MILFORD BIKE FEST


RIDE FOR WISHES: JUNE 10 & JULY 15 

Make a Wish rides for Team EllieTeam Hometown’s Ric Williams alerted us to this triumvirate of beer-based fundraising rides for local Make-A-Wish Team Ellie. Ride 1 has been and gone, but rides 2 & 3 are on deck!

Riding familiar pathways and parks, these rides are open to riders of all styles, and begin and end where rehydration takes the form of amber ambrosia! (Click image at left for details.)


REGISTER FOR POSES, PEDALS & PINTS: JUNE 23

Poses, Pedals and Pints logo
We know there will be some hats tossed and cartwheels attempted over this latest piece of local news…

Poses, Pedals & Pints: Summer 2018 registration is now open! If you hearken back to last year’s P3 series, the event opens with beginner-friendly yoga, courtesy of Tocca Massage & Yoga, followed by a leisurely and scenic ride with Hometown, ending with a long, cool pull from the taps of Brewery Becker. Remember, this event sells out insanely fast!


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 Social Media Specialist
Helps market and share the Hometown culture on social media. Must be social media savvy, highly organized, an excellent writer, and skilled in photography. Graphic design skills a plus.

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 Grinding 101 shop ride with CycloDan Tribble
UPCOMING SHOP RIDES
Friday Night Lights
FRIDAY, MAY 25  |  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!

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Saturday Edition: Beginner Friendly Road Ride
SATURDAY, MAY 26  |  11:00AM (MEET BY 10:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Typically on Monday’s, this ride has been moved back for the holiday weekend! 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, MAY 29  |  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, MAY 29  |  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, MAY 30  |  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!

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Ladies Only Beginner Mountain Bike Ride
THURSDAY, MAY 31  |  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!


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


Memorial Day flags

Land of the free, because of the brave.

~ Happy Memorial Day, Hometownies

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