Meet Aria + Pinckney puts Shaun through his paces

Hometown Bicycles newest addition

OUR WORLD’S TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN, AND WE’RE LOVING IT!
The arrival of our beautiful, little Aria resulted in a flood – actually, a tsunami – of love and food and gifts and kindness from all of you, and Shaun and I want you to know that we appreciate it!! You complete us, Hometownies!

Now prep yourselves for some serious fun as I catch you up on all the awesomeness that’s been happening at Hometown. As per our usual modus operandi, it’s been epic…

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GOOD LUCK, MEGHAN AND COLIN! 
Hometown Bicycles crew members, Meghan Horal and Colin Wood

We were sad, yet proud to send off two more of our wonderful summer crew to the world of academia.

Meghan Horal, cashier extraordinaire, added a tremendous amount of value in her brief time here, and was also known for the fantastic bike jokes you read weekly on our entryway board. We wish her all the success in the world at college, and look forward to seeing her again when the weather warms!

Colin Wood has set himself some aggressive personal goals for his final year in high school, but may still make appearances throughout the winter. We’re proud of what he’s accomplishing, including how he’s killing it on the high school mountain bike team. Go, Colin!

You’ll see some new faces at Hometown over the coming weeks. Be sure to stop by and say hello to your new crew-in-training! (Positions still open!)

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“A TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” AT HOMETOWN 

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoBEGINNING THIS MONDAY (9/26), we’re thrilled to host the 6-week sampler series, “A Taste of Hamburg Fitness”, in our Community Room. Here’s the scoop…

“Wanting to improve your fitness but not sure which type of class you would like to join? For 6 weeks, you can try a sampling of some of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp classes in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room.

Each week will be a different one-hour class starting at 6PM Mondays beginning September 26th. You choose – sign up for one or sign up for all. Classes offered are Zumba, Power Pilates, Tabata, Vinyasa Yoga, Functional Training and PiYo.  Each class is $10 paid to the class instructor prior to class start. For class descriptions, please visit Hamburg Fitness’ website.”

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TEAM NEWS: LABOR DAY 30K & ICEMAN TRAINING RIDE 

 

Team Hometown Bicycles at the Milford Labor Day 30K bicycle race

MILFORD LABOR DAY 30K (above):  Nine of our Team riders took on the myriad challenges of Milford’s Labor Day 30K – seven of them podiumed and every single one made it into the top 5 in their age category! We knew our Team was good, but THIS absolutely blows our minds. Way to go, Team Hometown Bicycles!!

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Training Ride with Team Captain Brian Forhan

ICEMAN TRAINING RIDE (above):  Led by one of our rockstar Team Captains, Brian Forhan, our new Iceman Training Ride hits 35 miles at a 14mph pace with over 2000′ in climb. Your legs’ll be screaming, but your mouth will be smiling! Meets at Hartland Twp Hall Sundays at 9am. You do NOT have to be on the Team to ride! Read about it here.

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PINCKNEY STUDENTS PUT SHAUN THROUGH HIS PACES 

Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles teaching the mechanics of bicycles to Pinckney's Navigator Elementary students

Pinckney’s Navigator Elementary teacher, Angela Kanerva, approached us with a fantastically unique request. She asked us to show her students how bicycles consist of a mechanical system in which parts work together to achieve a functional goal. Wow, right?

So, Shaun and our Events Coordinator, Jennifer, addressed over 100 extremely curious students on the science and engineering of bicycles. It was a HUGE hit – for us as much as them! We came away inspired and hopeful about the future of cycling.

What a cool program… can’t wait to do it again! We wish we’d had you as a teacher, Angela!!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

Tour de Livingston 2016 Registration web page

Yahoooooo!!! Our favorite community ride is now taking registrations! From theirevent page:

“The Howell Rotary Club is offering a fully supported bike tour through scenic Livingston County during peak autumn colors, as well as the exclusive opportunity to ride the Milford Road Course loop at the GM Proving Grounds, visit ice cream shops in Hell, MI and the Farmers’ Market in Howell, MI.”

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PEGGY’S MARVELOUS BIKE PRINTS  

Acrylic monotype prints by Peggy Kerwan at Hometown Bicycles
(Clockwise from left: “First Wheels”, “Let’s Ride”, “The Way I Roll”, “ZDM”. All images courtesy of and copyright © Peggy Kerwan. All rights reserved.)

Art-aholic cyclists, rejoice! Artist Peggy Kerwan, whose playful work currently hangs in the shop, has been having a field day with hand-pressed, acrylic, monotype printing (translation: every glorious print is wonderfully unique!)

You are going to LOVE these matted, ready-to-frame pieces. Seriously, Hometownies… I’m giving you a fair crack at these before I can’t stand it any more and hang them all in my office!

Tour Kick-Off Ride and The Mark of a Good Man

Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride flier

A BALLOONFEST BIKE RIDE WITH YOUR HOMETOWN CREW 

You know that we are big-time Tour de Livingston fans. But did you know that we are SO into the Tour, that we ritually open the shop late for the annual Kick-Off Ride, so that all our staff can attend? It’s true!
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, WE OPEN AT NOON
Hometown will be leading this year’s free Tour teaser. If you ever wanted to hang with your Hometown crew, this is the day to do it!

Click here to learn more about the Kick-Off Ride and to register for the Tour.

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PINCKNEY STUDENT ART OPEN HOUSE JUNE 28

Pinckney student bicycle art
Art by Pinckney High Schoolers Norah Spigarelli (top) and Megan McGreachy (bottom right), and Navigator Elementary’s 4th Grade (bottom left)

Last week, we talked about the phenomenal bicycle art of Hallie Levine’s Pinckney High School and Navigator Elementary students, currently livening up our Community Room.

Now it’s time to celebrate their creativity! Next Tuesday, June 28th from 5:30-6:30pm, we are hosting a Student Art Open House to give the artists a chance to show-and-tell!

Complimentary refreshments, beautiful bike art (some of it for sale!), and a chance to feel like a rockstar for helping these young artists know how talented they are – please come!

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THE MARK OF A GOOD MAN

Mark Pierce of Detroit Cycle SupplyWe want to dedicate a space here to pay tribute to a true great of the cycling industry… and the human race.

Mark Pierce, 30+-year owner/operator of multigenerational family business, Detroit Cycle Supply, was remarkable. “Vendor” and “rep” are irrelevant here – this man was like family. Mark was our mentor… a dispenser of solid and practical business advice, a trusted sounding board, and a perpetual cheerleader of the shop.

He dropped by often, and was never in a hurry when he came – always finding time to hang out and help out. And he was kind – honest, but always kind.

Mark has a permanent place on our VIP “I Believe” wall for good reason. His faith in Hometown – and in us – has been extraordinary.

Rest in peace, Mark. You are already missed.

For anyone who knew Mark and wants to pay their respects, click here.

(Photo courtesy Debbie K. via Mark’s phone)

Dad’s Day gotta-gets, kiddie MTB, and Pinckney draws bikes

UBER-COOL FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR DADS WHO LOVE CYCLING 

Holy smokes!! Father’s Day is this Sunday – June 19th! But before you hit the big, red panic button, know that your gift hunt need go no further than Hometown Bicycles. Seriously, check out some of the high-five-worthy gifts you can treat Dad to…
Nirve cruisers for men
COOL BICYCLES
For all dads – cruisers to racers
Bicycle neckties
BIKE NUT NECKTIES
A classy way to show his passion
DAD bicycle mugs
DAD-GEARED MUGS
DAD mugs and more!
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Park Tool commemorative glasses
PARK TOOL GLASSES
Slick, commemorative drinkware
Bicycle chain frames and cyclist desk statue
MANLY DESK SWAG
Cyclist frames and statuary
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Michigan Tandem T-shirts
COLORFUL T-SHIRTS
Combines MI pride + bike ♥
Dragon Yard Spinner
WILD YARD SPINNERS
Garden art that will turn heads
Bicycle tools from Park Tools
BIKE TOOLS!!!
Can’t go wrong with trusty tools
Bicycle chain beer bottle openers
BOTTLE OPENERS
A favorite of beer-lovin’ dads
Gu and athlete nutrition
CYCLIST NUTRITION
Delicious energy for active guys
Bicycle pizza cutters
KITCHEN GADGETRY
Bicycle pizza cutters and more
Hometown Bicycles EPO Hot Sauce
EPO HOT SAUCE
Hometown’s signature sauce.

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“TAKE A KID MT. BIKING DAY” TAKES THE CAKE

Hometown Bicycles makes a splash at Poto IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
(Hometownies in attendance included Brian R., Brian F., Mike D., Jack R., and Olga N.)

For a family-friendly event designed to encourage the next generation of cyclists, the Poto MBA’s Take-A-Kid-Moutain-Biking Day really did top the “awesomeness” charts. Team Hometown Bicycles kept it real with bicycle safety checks, helmet fits, and general SAG support. But they also had a blast sharing their passion for pedaling with their own family.

Stellar event, Poto MBA!!

………………………PINCKNEY SCHOOLS BEAUTIFY HOMETOWN

Pinckney participates in Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program with colorful bicycle artStudent bicycle art by Pinckney High School student Erin Collingham at Hometown BicyclesOur Community Room is in full bloom yet again – this time with the playful bicycle art of Hallie Levine’s Pinckney High School and Navigator Elementary 4th grade students.

Their art ranges from vibrant to whimsical and – art appreciators take note! – the high school artwork IS for sale! (Remember, students keep 100% of the proceeds!)

This colorful student art display will be up for the next month, and an Artists’ Reception open house will be announced in the coming weeks. Bike by and check it out!

………………………DID YOU KNOW… ???

We’ve repaired over 12,200 bicycles since Hometown Bicycles first opened it’s doors 6 years ago.

There are so many reasons why our tune-ups and repairs are so famous – bring your bikes by, and we’ll show you first-hand!

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