And the Taste of Brighton bicycle goes to…

Hometown Bicycles at the 2018 A Taste of Brighton in Downtown Brighton, Michigan
MEMORY-MAKING AT “A TASTE OF BRIGHTON” & JULY JUBILEE
Last weekend was a 3-day fun-a-thon, kicking off with our first-and-definitely-not-last participation in A Taste of Brighton street fest (photo above), and ending Sunday with Hometown’s annual July Jubilee & Concert (photos below). In fact, many of you readers are new friends we made over the weekend… welcome, and thank you for the chance to get to know you!

We’ve got photographic proof of the fun that was had – check out the highlights below! (And if you’re itching to know who won our Taste of Brighton bike drawing, scroll down a little further… )

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Our July Jubilee kicked off with Cardio Drumming-Zumba Fusion taught by Martha Soraruf (middle) andLeslie Barrett (left; who, incidentally, also coordinated the entire event – awesome job, Leslie!!). Jim and Sherryl of Yoga Nature took our event to new heights with jaw-dropping AcroYoga antics (right)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Inside, kids made an eager beeline for Alison Peasley’s face painting table (left). Dr. Kyle (middle) and Kassy (right) of Lifetime Family Chiropractic were a crowd favorite with their muscle-melting chair massages.

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Outside, CJ and Sarah of Brighton ATA Martial Arts wowed spectators with weapons, sparring, and board-breaking demos (left). Tour de Livingston/Howell Rotary made a welcome presence as they promoted this year’s ride – October 7th! – and the chance to win a Hometown-donated Jamis Renegade gravel bike (middle)! Visitors loved the lawn games provided courtesy Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp (right)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
We were joined by a remarkable family – Thaddeus McGaffey (left), who runs A Taste of Brighton, found enough energy reserves on the heels of HIS big event, to come out and support ours! His entrepreneurial mermaid daughter, Phaedre, posed for pictures with adoring young visitors (right). Meanwhile, wife, Debra of One Spirit Dance & Fitness, showcased the exquisite, core-of-steel art form of belly dancing (middle)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018 - group ride with police escort
Despite the soaring heat index, families joined in on July Jubilee road and mountain bike rides. Helmets off to Officers Steve and Brittany of Green Oak Charter Township Police Department, who provided much-appreciated Grand River crossing assistance! Hungry riders returned to hot dogs, cotton candy, and hydration (water courtesy our rockstar Beauchamp Water Treatment peeps!) 

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee Red, White and BLUES Concert with Cyclo Dan Tribble
The evening wrapped up soulfully with the melodic blues-rock of Hometown Service Tech Dan Tribble and his PBR Band. This concert raised $538 for Hometownie Dan Rosenhack, undergoing costly medical treatments for terminal brain cancer, and his wonderfully supportive family.

Special thanks to Thaddeus McGaffey for many of the photos you see above!

And thank you to everyone who was a part of our outstanding weekend – all of the amazing businesses, bands, organizations, volunteers, participants, and YOU! You’re the reason we do what we do… and you’re the reason it’s FUN!


Cameron Hauenstein with his new Jamis Trail X mountain bike that he won from Hometown Bicycles at A Taste of Brighton

AND THE WINNER OF OUR “TASTE OF BRIGHTON” BIKE DRAWING IS…

Cameron Hauenstein! Our congrats goes to this uber-excited winner of the bicycle drawing we ran from our Hometown tent at A Taste of Brighton. Cameron and his family can’t wait to start adventuring. Happy cycling, Hauenstein family!

Hatha Yoga with Stacy Mulka at Hometown Bicycles

INTRODUCING WEEKLY YOGA AT HOMETOWN

In addition to Zumba and Cardio Drumming, you can now bend and breathe your way to centered in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room with yogi Stacy Mulka. Stacy’s Hatha Yoga classes run THURSDAYS AT NOON, and help humans of all flexibilities (and inflexibilities) loosen up, limber up, and lighten up! $10 per class. Details are here!

Team Hometown Bicycles Mike and Marybeth Newman and Jeff and Sarah Short

TEAM HOMETOWN NEWS: Couples’ Week!

This week, our Team couples took center stage. Mike (also your Hometown sales associate!) and wife Marybeth (left photo) enjoyed a 2-mile, after-hours tour of the Detroit Zoo on Bike Safari, a casual combo of “Bicycle, Beast, and Beer.”Next up is the racing duo of Jeff and Sarah Short (right photo), who competed in Holly’s 3 Disciplines Aquabike – Jeff sped through the Sprint and Sarah powered through the Olympic distance course. Way to go, guys!

Racing solo, but with enough energy for two, Jacob Henriksen put the hammer down at Mid Michigan College’s Sweat Shaker Mountain Bike Race. Go, Jacob, go!

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jean Steinberg teaching students at an MMBA Mountain Bike Skills Clinic near AlpenaAnd finally, a shout out goes to a couple of quality Hometownies, Jean Steinberg and Heather McNamara, for assisting the MMBA at a recent mountain bike skills clinics near Alpena. That’s the spirit, ladies! A more advanced clinic is coming up in August for any interested parties – “Roots, Rocks & Berms”
(Photo courtesy and © MMBA)


Learn to ride a bike with Hometown Bicycles and SELCRA

KIDS & ADULTS: LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE!

In SELCRA’s upcoming Biking Basics class, Shaun of Hometown Bicycles will help bike newbies of ANY age ditch the training aids and enter the world of two-wheeled adventures! Class takes place on July 25th from 9-11am at Meijer Park in Brighton. For registration information, call SELCRA: (810) 299-4140

KIDS SELF DEFENSE CLASS AT HOMETOWN

BullyJULY 26, 7-8PM:  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!


Livingston Daily People's Choice award Click On Detroit Vote 4 the Best
LOVE US? TELL YOUR COMMUNITY!
*** 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 beginner road ride shop ride with Team Hometown Bicycles
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES

Our Shop Rides are open to the public, run daily (sometimes twice a day!), 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: Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Beginner-Friendly Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

MONDAYS, 6PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Ladies’ Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

TUESDAYS, 6:30PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Advanced Skills & Drills Road Ride  |  Level: Advanced

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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Slow Roll Social Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

THURSDAYS, 10AM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Ladies Only Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

THURSDAYS, 6:15PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Friday Night Lights Trail Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

FRIDAYS, 9AM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Saturday Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

SATURDAYS, 11AM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Hartland Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
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 moreHatha Yoga | Thursdays at Noon (through 9/6)
$10 per person per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  Click to learn moreZumba | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more


Hometown Bicycles' Shaun Bhajan at Brighton Safety Town at Hilton Elementary School

We’ve seen the future of cycling, and it is glorious.

~ Hometown Bicycles

Mom’s Day Crazy-Fun Gift Guide + Demo Bike Closeout

CRAZY-FUN MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR MOMS WHO LOVE TO PEDAL 

Perfect timing… our first ever shipment of wacky and wonderful cyclist gift goodies has arrived just in time to give you a serious selection of bike-geared Mom’s Day gifts!

It’s a collection of epic fun-ness that you absolutely have to see for yourself but, until then, here’s our handful of ideas to get your Mother’s Day mental motor running…

Nirve cruisers for women
BEAUTIFUL BICYCLES
For moms who cruise or race!
Mother's Day bicycle cards
MOM’S DAY CARDS
Lovely Mother’s Day cards
Mother's Day bicycle mugs
MOM-GEARED MUGS
MOM mugs and more!
Bicycle home decor
FUN HOME DECOR
Fabulous bicycle decor
Female cyclist yard spinner at Hometown Bicycles
GARDEN GOODIES
Yard spinners for cyclists
Bicycle kitchen goods at Hometown Bicycles
COOL KITCHEN WARE
Plates, towels, pasta, more
Hometown Bicycle Love Bar organic soap
ORGANIC BAR SOAPS
Handmade locally with “love”
Bicycle wine goods at Hometown Bicycles
SWEET WINE SERVICE
A toast to cycling moms!
Michigan Tandem T-Shirts at Hometown Bicycles
COLORFUL T-SHIRTS
Combines MI pride + bike ♥
LPbyLP hand-printed, hand-sewn purses at Hometown Bicycles
EXQUISITE PURSES
Hand-stamped, hand-sewn locally
Bicycle scarves at Hometown Bicycles
PLAYFUL BIKE SCARVES
Colorful, lightweight cotton
Bicycle inner tube, chain, and cable jewelry by Sunshine Design at Hometown Bicycles
REMARKABLE JEWELRY
Hand-crafted of recycled bike bits
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GIFT YOUR CYCLIST MOM HAPPY MUSCLES

Yoga for Cyclists flierIt’s not a stretch to say that Hometown’s Yoga for Cyclists class, led by mountain biking mom Jessica Beaubien ofSoul Stretch Christian Yoga, has been one of the most loved and most popular classes held in our Community Room. Participants have been raving about newly toned cycling muscles, increased flexibility, and a renewed sense of focus.

Sound like the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your superstar mom? Contact Jessica at 248-429-YOGA or visitsoulstretch.org to register her (or you!)

Classes meet here every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of each month) from 11:30-12:30pm for just $7 per class or 6 for $30!

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DEMO DAY BLOW-YOU-AWAY DEALS

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day, an MCMBA / MMBA event
(Image Credit: © Motor City Mountain Biking Association)

In the spirit of Island Lake’s Spring Bike Demo Day – that’s Saturday, May 7th, demo junkies! – we’re offering some killer closeout deals on shop demo bikes. This is a unique opportunity to get AMAZING bikes at an equally awe-inspiring price!

Never been to Spring Bike Demo Day? Read all about it HERE! Team Hometown Bicycles will have a tent at this uber-popular event – be sure to stop by and say “hello!”

I bet this song will get stuck in your head. Happy Monday

May 8th Bike Demo. Try it.. Then buy it.. I will Fix it…

It’s been much anticipated, and now it’s here: The Island Lake Bike Demo is back! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 8, 2010. It’s the biggest bike demo in Michigan. Located at the Dodge Brothers parking lot (the very west end parking lot after the train tracks), it is a free event for all. However, pre-registration and a State Park pass are required. I will be there from 10am to 12pm if you need an unbiased opinion on your favorite bicycles.

P.S. Sunday is Mother’s Day!

From the website:

Registration is now open. Click Here to visit the new outdoorathlete.com website. The event is free, but if you pre-register it will save you and us time and get you onto the bikes asap.

Update: A Lights & Motion sponsored Night Ride/Demo will be held at Island Lake Recreation Area on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM. Meet in the Dodge Parking Lot (the same lot as the Demo on Saturday). The event will raise money for Michigan Youth Cycling. There will be many Light & Motion Lights available to test for a dollar donation to Michigan Youth Cycling. Contact Jeff Buerman at theqsportsgroup@gmail.com or 734-564-7395 for more information.

Spring is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing. It is time to get ready for the Island Lake Spring Bike Demo. Confirmed demo rigs by all of the usual suspects like Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Giant and new for this year Felt. Also all of Michigan’s best bike retailers will be in attendance, plus a couple new entries from other outdoor sports. So you can find the bike and gear you want and find the best shop for you to buy it from.

There will also be a few new twists this year such as the Trail’s Edge campout and Light in Motion night ride.
Registration will open soon so make sure to sign up to avoid the lines and eliminate any delay to demoing the bike of your dreams.

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