The Young & The Priceless

Brighton Safety Town at Hilton Elementary with Hometown Bicycles
(Photo courtesy of and used with permission of Brighton Safety Town)

HOMETOWN HELPS SAFETY TOWN TEACH TINY TOTS TO RIDE SMART 

One of our absolute favorite summertime activities is working with Brighton Safety Town to teach kindergarten-age kiddies how to enjoy safe fun on two (or three) wheels.

Between tricycle checks, helmet fits, and pedal-powered parking lot practice, we’re helping the next generation grown into smart cyclists! In fact, if you’re reading this email Tuesday morning, than Shaun is at Hilton Road Elementary School, “schooling” the next batch of pint-sized cyclist-to-be’s. We’re telling you… it’s priceless!

Check out Brighton Safety Town’s Facebook page and website to see all of the cool things they do!

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4TH OF JULY PARADE FUN… WITH BICYCLES! 

Bradley on his 4th of July parade bicycle with Brighton Optimist Club and Hometown BicyclesEvery year, Hometown has the pleasure of teaming up with Brighton Optimist Club on 4th of July parade prep for bicycle-bound youth. This year was a blast – check out Bradley’s sweet rig (at left) that he decorated for the event!

Next year promises to be especially fun with bike decorating at the shop, convenient bicycle/tricycle transport provided by your Hometown crew, awards, adventures, and all the other seasonal coolness that goes along with this awesome Brighton Optimist Club program. Stay tuned next year for details!

Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

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$10 BICYCLE ART BY PINCKNEY STUDENTS

Pinckney High School bicycle art for sale at Hometown Bicycles

Brianne Campbell's bicycle balloon art at Hometown BicyclesHometown recently had a blast hosting an art reception open house for the creative kids of Pinckney schools.

Art teacher Hallie Levine made the clever decision to create prints of her students’ pieces before their original artwork headed home with them for the summer. What does that mean for you?

It means fabulously imaginative bicycle art available for purchase at Hometown… for just $10! And remember, on any student art purchase, 100% of the sale goes directly to the student! Come support these creative kids!

Capital-“K” Kudos goes to Brianne Campbell whose whimsical balloon bike art (above left) was the first piece of Pinckney student art to sell at Hometown Bicycles. Congrats, Brianne!
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BONUS BIKE BITS

HOMETOWN COMMUNITY ROOM RENTAL
Community Room rental at Hometown BicyclesA word from our Events Coordinator, Jennifer McCauley:
Are you or anybody you know looking for a location to teach an exercise class? Instruct artists? Inspire crafting? Lead a seminar? Hometown’s Community Room is being used for everything from Yoga to Cardio Drumming, and personal trainer clinics to painting parties… and we’re looking for more activities!

Our room rental is the best you can find. I know because I checked around! Please contact me atevents@myhometownbicycles.com with your rental questions. 

FREE WEEKLY TRI WORKOUT WITH TEAM HOMETOWNIE JOHN VAN ALSBURG
Triathlon iconOur Team is so cool! Team Hometownie John is an experienced tri-guy with a wealth of knowledge to share and a passion for the sport. He’s providing FREE brick workouts every Tuesday evening at 5pm (swim at 5, usually riding by 6:15… or ride only, if the water is too cold). Everyone is welcome.

John’s tri workout meets weekly at Island Lake’s big Kent Lake parking lot.

CONGRATS TO HOMETOWNIE RICK SMITH ON HIS CROSSFIT LAUNCH
Earned Not Given Crossfit logoWe’re constantly inspired by our customers’ drive… like Rick Smith – long-long-long-time Hometownie – who deserves a shout-out for his upcoming Earned Not Given CrossFit grand opening on Saturday, July 30th from 10-2.

For location, coaches,schedules,and details, visitwww.earnednotgivencrossfit.com

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LOVE US? PLEASE TELL THE COMMUNITY!

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A Spectacular Kick-Off, the Crafty Cyclist, and One Bad Egg

Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride 2016 with Team Hometown Bicycles
(Photo courtesy Howell Rotary/Livingston County United WayTdL rocks!!)

THAT WAS ONE SPECTACULAR TOUR DE LIVINGSTON KICK-OFF! 

Nearly 60 riders took to the Howell roads last weekend in this pre-Tour, Balloonfest-based, Hometown-led kick-off event. Our Team and crew had an absolute blast riding with all of you. Thanks for making this Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride one to remember!

Tour de Livingston kick-off ride registration tent at the Livingston County Courthouse in Howell
(Photo courtesy Howell Rotary/Livingston County United Way… RA-RA-sis-boom-TdL!!)

This year’s Tour de Livingston event is October 9th. REGISTER NOW!

TOUR DE LIVINGSTON – OCTOBER 9

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NUMBER ONE IN YOUR HEARTS… AND ONLINE?Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

You’ve rocketed us into “First Place – Best Bicycle Shop” year after year (after year!) on the Detroit A-List, and that show of loyalty motivates us to keep on rocking your cycling world!!Now, here’s another chance to let your community know who YOUR bike shop is – can you help us get to #1 here, too?

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PINCKNEY STUDENT ART OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT!

Pinckney Schools student bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

It’s here!! TONIGHT, June 28th from 5:30-6:30pm, we are hosting a Student Art Open House to celebrate the creativity of Pinckney Schools students.

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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PALLET PAINTING FOR THE CRAFTY CYCLIST

Comfy Canvas Pallet Painting Party at Hometown Bicycles - bicycle artCalling all crafty types!! Here’s a fantastically fun, new addition to our Community Room schedule…a bicycle-themed pallet painting party, courtesy of Comfy Canvas.

Running Saturday, July 23 at noon (but registration closes July 9th!), this artsy avenue gives you the chance to craft your very own bicycle sign masterpiece from upcycled pallet board. Check out what you can create in the photo above!

To reserve your spot, give Comfy Canvas’ Heather a call BY JULY 9TH: 810-923-1742.

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ONE BAD EGG

We’ve been in business for over 6 years now, and in the industry far longer than that… and we’ve come across cyclists of all kinds. But a couple days ago, we caught wind of a rider who stinks up the sport with his dangerous conduct. Here’s the scoop:

Anyone riding Island Lake on Saturday, June 25th between 12-2, we are looking for your help.

Around 1pm, there was an incident between a tandem and a mountain biker. The mountain biker rode next to the tandem couple and pushed them off the road, resulting in extensive road rash and a possible broken collar bone in the female rider. This act is despicable, and it’s important to identify this rider. We know that he was wearing a Michigan jersey and a Camelback. If you have any info, please contact the shop, and we will get in touch with the correct officials.

Thanks to Team Hometown’s Marvin Ballast for stopping to assist the fallen tandem riders, and for making us aware of this appalling event, so that we can put the word out.

Birthday Cake, Tonight’s Artists & Hometown Across America

Memorial Day and Birthday Party

THIS SATURDAY: IT’S A PARTY AT HOMETOWN FOR MEMORIAL DAY & LIAM! 

With Memorial Day on Monday, and our little guy’s 1st birthday just a couple days later, you KNOW we just had to celebrate with you! Here’s the scoop:

  • SATURDAY, MAY 28TH, 9AM – 5PM (regular hours)
  • FREE HOT DOGS & BIRTHDAY CAKE from 11am-2pm
  • NO PRESENTS! You celebrating with us is present enough!
  • Enjoy BIKE GAMES, like tire toss, for “Just ‘Cuz” DISCOUNTS

Please note that while our Memorial weekend hours are our usual 9am-5pm, we do close early on Memorial DAY:

MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY:  OPEN 7AM-3PM

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TODAY!! STUDENT ARTIST OPEN HOUSE HERE

Student bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles from Bartlett Elementary 5th Grade, South LyonWe’ve been telling you all about the wonderful, bike-geared creativity of South Lyon’s Bartlett Elementary students, featured for the month of May in Hometown’s Community Room. Now’s you’re chance to personally high-five the artists who created it!!

Refreshments will be provided and there’s no cost to attend. So, here’s the plan… get your coats on, bring your kids, and see what the inspiration of a great art teacher, a challenging assignment, and kid-powered creativity can do!

ART OPEN HOUSE: TUESDAY (5/24), 5:30-6:30PM

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TEAM NEWS: WE’RE EVERYWHERE!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Island Lake Spring Mountain Bike RaceISLAND LAKE: Team turn-out at this past weekend’s Island Lake Spring Mountain Bike Race was phenomenal, with our unmissable yellow and pink jerseys whipping through the woods en masse. Congratulations to Olga N. for rocking a 2nd Place win in Expert! And cheers to Doug Q., Justin H., John V., Joe O., Tom H., Gary S., Mark L., Mike D., Brien T., Mathew R., Leslie C., and Brian F. who also represented at this event.

David Burkhart in Team Hometown Bicycles kit at the National Long Distance Duathlon Championship in Cary, NCCARY, NC: Yep, that’s our yellow kit in North Carolina, folks, (look right) thanks to the continuing Championship efforts of David Burkhart. David won 1st Place in his age group and a National Championship Jersey at the Duathlon Long Distance Championship Race in Cary, NC. Now, he’s off to Worlds in Aviles, Spain on June 5th. Wow, David! Congrats and thanks for keeping Team Hometown so well-traveled!!

Tom Lemkau in Team Hometown Bicycles jersey riding Zoo-de-MackinacARCADIA, MI: Jack R. flew solo for the Team at Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race. We were with you in spirit, Jack… thanks for spreading the Hometown love across Michigan!

MACKINAC, MI: Tom L. took the Team colors on an epic Zoo-de-Mac ride last weekend (look left), cycling from Harbor Springs to Mackinac with jersey worn proudly. Well, we’re proud of you, too, Tom!

ALL OVER LIVINGSTON: Joe V. and Carolyn L. (below)are a picture-perfect pairing of Hometown’s colorful kits. Keep an eye out for these two brightly attired cyclists touring the roads and trails of our home town.

Joe and Carolyn at Hometown Bicycles in their Team Hometown Bicycles kits
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