This is what the Best Bike Shop in Livingston County looks like!

Thank you for making Hometown Bicycles Livingston County's Best Bike Shop!
Hometownies, you did it!!!
Hometown Bicycles won Best Bicycle Shop in Livingston Daily’s 2018 People’s Choice Awards! Thank you to everyone for taking the time to let your voices be heard. In addition to our renowned service and outstanding staff, we also have YOU, the best customers in SE Michigan, HANDS DOWN!

Check out all the winners HERE!!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Maybury Time Trial

Our Team is ahhhh-mazing!! 

Who doesn’t love to see our Hometown Team representin’ all across the beautiful state of Michigan? We’re proud as heck of everyone who’s cycling their way into September.

Team Hometown Bicycles at Maybury Time TrialSo many races, and so much participation! In August, Amy Daybird competed in the Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon, and Nancy and Mike Kessler took on the Running Fit T-Rex Triathlon. Mike went on to compete in the Dirty Dog Triathlon. (Goooo, Mike!) Next up was the Maybury Time Trial Mountain Bike Race with competitors Mike Dyer, Erik Frazier, Keith Cowger and Jim Thompson. Last but not least, Joe Ostervik raced the Debaets-Devos Pro-Am Memorial.

Team Hometown Bicycles Joe Ostervik at Uncle John's Dirty RaceAs we rolled into September, Sarah Dudley-Short and Jeff Short competed in the Tawas Triwith Sarah earning 2nd overall and Jeff placing 6th overall. Uncle John’s Dirty Road Raceincluded Jack Riddle, Joe Ostervik, Al DeLeon and James Staples.

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jim Staples at Milford Labor Day 30KThe 18th Annual Labor Day 30K in Milford was attended by Adam Baranski, Cindy Chisholm, Colin Chisholm, Laura Faunce, Jacob Henriksen, Nancy Kessler, Mike Kessler, Joe Ostervik, Roger Pelkey and Marilyn Reichenbach. Joe Ostervik took 2nd in age group and 9th overall. Jacob Henriksen got 3rd in fat bike and Adam Baranski took 5th in age group.

Way to go, Team!


Hometown Bicycles partners up with Pure Michigan on trail reviews
Hometown lends a hand – and bikes – to Pure MI!

Hometown was totally geeked to lend a handful of bicycles to Pure Michigan for some trail reviewing they’ll be doing over the upcoming months. Team Hometown really stepped up to help – not only did they lead the reconnaissance ride through our beloved Island Lake, but also provided support to the Pure Michigan riders, many who were new to the trails.

Pure Michigan was so appreciative! In lieu of rental payment, we were honored that they instead are making a donation to the BHS Mountain Bike Club on our behalf. And THIS is why we do what we do! Thanks for the opportunity, Pure Michigan! We’re big fans!


Donuts
2nd Annual Cider, Donuts & Dirt Ride

Our intrepid Team Captain, Jim Cleer, is coordinating the 2nd Annual Cider, Donuts & Dirt Ride… 40 miles of awesome Livingston County dirt roads that will take you to the historic Parshalville Cider Mill and then on to Markillie’s Apple Orchard for their incredible caramel apple chips. This is a no-drop, conversational-paced ride of approximately 15-16 mph. After the ride, head on over to Wooly Bully’s for some adult libations and foooood.

Check out the event and RSVP HERE!


October 7TH: Tour de Livingston 2018

Tour de Livingston logoWe’re just a few weeks away from Hometown’s, hands-down-favorite, local ride – the scenic and sensational Tour de Livingston! With distances ranging from 5 to 100 miles, routes that cover the prettiest parts of Livingston County during peak fall color, and the opportunity to ride GM Proving Grounds, this Howell Rotary fundraiser for Livingston County United Way is an absolute must-ride!

REGISTER NOW, hang at the Hometown tent & ride with us!!


Looking for a rewarding job doing something you LOVE??

League of Michigan Bicyclists LMB is hiring!Turns out League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB)is adding two new members to their team: Communications Director and Development Director. These positions are a wonderful opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to make a big impact in the sport they love. This year alone, LMB passed seven laws towards the betterment of Michigan cycling. Both positions will allow you to help make the Michigan roads safer for everyone. For more information, visit www.LMB.org.

Team Hometown Bicycles' Sue Charleville and Margaret Bigham Cycle the Erie Canal
And a message from Hometownies, Margaret Bigham and Sue Charleville…

“Just wanted to let you know our ride from Buffalo to Albany, New York was spectacular! The ride ranged from paved bike trails, city streets and roads, singletrack, crushed limestone – all connections that make up the Erie Canal Bike Route. We rode over 400 miles!

Team Hometown Bicycles' Margaret Bigham and Sue Charleville Cycle the Erie Canal by Niagra FallsOn our way back to Michigan, we stopped in Niagara Falls, Canada and rode 35 miles on the Niagara River Recreation Trail. We just had to dip our hands in Lake Ontario, the only Great Lake we had never visited. Thanks to the Hometown mechanics, our bikes held up great and we had no problems. We’re already thinking about next summer’s big trip, so if there is anyone who is interested in bike touring, see us!”


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

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Advanced Skills & Drills Road Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/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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Ladies Only Mountain Bike Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

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

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Friday Night Lights Trail Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

FRIDAYS, 8:30PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Saturday Century Training Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

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

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  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 more

Hatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM (starting September 6th!)
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  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

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


"It goes to 11!"

Bicycling is life with the volume turned up.


~ Anon. (P.S. Who gets the photo reference at left?? 
Tell us!)

A Hometown Exclusive & Shaun’s Chili Challenge

THIS SATURDAY (11/11):Novemberfest is ON!Hometown Bicycles exclusive BEARTRAX, full suspension fat bike

CUSTOM BUILD, CUSTOM COLOR. Only 50 Available.
Will be revealed at Novemberfest. Discounts for event-day pre-orders.
Drop in this week before the event for sizing and with all of your fat bike questions.

*** Shaun says: “If you have to ask for permission, DO IT NOW!” ***


Hometown Bicycles 2nd Annual Novemberfest logoYOU’RE INVITED!11/11/17  •  NOON-6PMYOU’RE INVITED!11/11/17  •  NOON-6PM… to The 2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party, Post-Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride, Fat Bike Demo, Fall Sale, and Chili Cook-off *whew!!*, which we’ve affectionately nicknamed “Novemberfest!

Building off of the fun from last year’s shindig, this November 11th, Noon-6pm event celebrates YOUR role in Hometown’s move to this big, beautiful, bicycle adventure center just over 2 years ago, along with 2017 Iceman adventures, fat bike season, and your culinary skills! Includes:

Click the links above for details and to sign yourself up for the Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride or to enter the Chili Cook-off (no charge for either). We’re so excited to celebrate with you this weekend!
NOTE: THIS SATURDAY (11/11), OUR SHOP OPENS AT NOON

Hometown Bicycles financing rates with candy
OK… WHAT’S THIS WHOLE FINANCING THING?
 

I’m sure you’ve spotted the following graphic in all of our emails:

Synchrony Financial financing options at Hometown Bicycles

If a fat bike is in your future – or anything else from Hometown – know that we offer options to help stretch your dollars and lighten your financial load. Purchases up to $1,000 come with 6 months deferred interest, and anything above that gets you 12 months deferred interest. Pre-approval is a breeze – in fact, you can CLICK HERE to do it in advance and make your check out process quick and easy. Questions? ASK SHAUN! (810) 225-2441


Hometown Bicycles 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off Trophy

CHEFS NEEDED! GIVE SHAUN A RUN FOR HIS CHILI!  

Bet you didn’t know your bike guru was also a wizard with the crockpot…

He’s already proclaimed himself the winner with his Caribbean Chili, but this is a People’s Choice competition, so it’s not over ’til the fat bike rider sings! Shaun’s thrown down the gauntlet – we need every last one of you crockpot cooks to turn this into a competition!
SIGN UP FOR HOMETOWN’S CHILI COOK-OFF HERE
for a chance to win the cool trophy pictured above, a SELCRA gift certificate (thanks, SELCRA!), bragging rights, and a chance to show Shaun how it’s done!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride

NOVEMBERFEST FAT BIKE FRIENDLY RIDE AT 3:30PM  

There are already 20 fat bike, plus bike, and mountain bike riders registered for our November 11th, 3:30pm, Novemberfest Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride from the shop, but “the more, the merrier!” Get your gear on, and join us for an appetite-generating jaunt through the Island Lake trails and (for the fat bikers) badlands. You’ll return back to a hearty and belly-warming chili cook-off (chili challengers needed!) No cost to ride, and we’ll have fat bikes available to demo (call ahead!)
SIGN UP FOR THE NOVEMBERFEST FAT BIKE FRIENDLY RIDE HERE


Team Hometown Bicycles 2017

MARK IT IN YOUR CALENDARS!  TEAM NIGHT DEC. 3RD  

December 3rd marks our 2018 Team Night event, where you’ll learn all about Team benefits and expectations, get your questions answered, sign (or re-sign) up for the Team if you’re ready to commit, get Team kit pre-order discounts, and crunch on tacos and sip beer from our mucho gusto Hometown taco bar, all in Your Happy Place! Our 2017 Team is currently 57 strong – LET’S MAKE IT GROW!! Bring friends and family. Details to come…
SIGN UP NOW TO ATTEND 2018 TEAM NIGHT!
No cost to attend. Desserts welcome but not required!


Hometown Bicycles fat bike and chili crockpot

Hometown, and fat bikes, and chili… oh my!

– Hometownies everywhere

What a ‘Best Event Ever!’ Looks Like + Cycling in the Dark

Fat bike friendly mountain bike shop ride at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

HOMETOWN’S FALL EXTRAVAGANZA REALLY TOOK THE CAKE…

One of our party-goers called last Saturday’s shindig “Hometown’s best event yet!”, and in terms of fun-for-the-whole-family, this-is-what-Hometown-Bicycles-is-all-about entertainment, we’d have to agree! Here’s a scrapbook-style look back at an event that has more than earned its place as an annual shop tradition… 

Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and Yoga, Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf, and Zumba with Rael'e Buddenborg of Hamburg Fitness Center at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: Fitness classes brought insane levels of energy to the shop floor! Top left – party peeps eased into the festivities via dynamic yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga. Next up, our floor was ROCKIN’ to a Hometown favorite – Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf. Artist Peggy Kerwan (middle) and sponsor Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply (right) jumped in on the action, like the total rockstars that they are. Zumba had everyone swinging to lively Latin rhythms, courtesy of Rael’e Buddenborg of Hamburg Fitness Center (bottom left).

Artists Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, Mickie of Nana's Knits, and Sarah Burke at Hometown Bicycles Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: Our art fair may have been mini, but it was truly MIGHTY, thanks to the INCREDIBLE artistic talent of Hometown artists (left to right) Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, Mickie of Nana’s Knits, and Sarah Burke. We love you, art peeps!

Sarah, we would like to add, braved the chilly winds to work her spray paint magic (bottom right) outside during our event. She’s an enterprising, artistic, high school student whose work we will soon be carrying at the shop. This gal is going far!

Kids making bicycle gear Christmas ornaments at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: Kids had a blast crafting their own Christmas ornaments out of painted bicycle gears in our first-ever kids’ craft class. Expect to see a lot more of these classes here at Hometown!

Jenny Schild of Body Within Personal Training, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, and Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply at Hometown Bicycles Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: A few of our sponsors also got in on the action! Jenny Schild of Body Within Personal Training (top left) and Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy (top right) ran a no-charge, “Ask the Expert” session in our entryway, while Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply kept everyone hydrated and in good humor with her vivacious personality. Thank you, super sponsors!

Fat bike demo at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: We could hardly get the bikes prepped fast enough for our wildly popular fat bike demo. Demo-ers pounded through the newly named Liam’s Loop trail behind our shop (top), and then again in Island Lake.

Fat bike friendly mountain bike shop ride with Shaun Bhajan at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: And speaking of riding Island Lake, our event also drew an enormous crowd for the Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride with Shaun.

Crockpots full of delicious chili at Hometown Bicycles Fall Extravaganza Chili Cook Off

ABOVE: The cherry on top for the riders and their families was coming back to a 15-entry Chili Cook-Off event of delicious proportions. Congrats to Terry and her Surprise Chili for the People’s Choice win! We had no idea so many of our Hometownies could rock the crock(pot)!!

THANK YOU!! We can’t wait until next year’s Fall Extravaganza!

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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles Night Lights Shop Ride

Happily, cold weather and early nights do NOT signal the end of cycling season! Here are a couple shop rides you won’t want to miss this week:

Friday Night Lights – November 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Meet at the shop by 6:45 for an intermediately-paced night jaunt through Island Lake. Be sure your lights are charged, and bring a back-up, if you have one!

Fatbike Friendly Ride – Saturday, November 12th, 10:00 a.m.
Join the Hometown crew as they explore the Milford area mountain bike trails on fat and mountain bikes. NO DROP RIDE. ~ 12-14 miles. Please dress for the weather. Meet at Milford trailhead, located on Peters Rd. between GM/Commerce Rd., on the West side. Park in the lot closest to Peters Rd. (if you see baseball fields to your left, you’re there)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Rifle Season runs November 15-30. Please consider exploring non-hunting parks during the day and those with hunting after dark. It’s only two weeks – let’s stay safe!  

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Synchrony Financial financing now available at Hometown Bicycles on all bicycle purchases
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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

See the amazing companies below? They’re our 2015/16 sponsors, and some of the coolest people and businesses we know. As 2017 approaches, we’ll be opening up additional opportunities to take on a Team Sponsor role. Stay tuned for details in an upcoming email!

Your Big Fall Party Invitation + An Iceman Good Luck

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

THIS WILL BE OUR MOST ACTION-PACKED, FAMILY-FRIENDLY PARTY YET!  
We’re celebrating 1, glorious year in our new bicycle adventure center with a family-geared funfest of activities, including fat bike demo, group trail ride, indoor art fair, kids crafts, fitness classes, “ask the experts”, and a chili cook-off and seasonal goodies to wrap it all up!

Feast your eyes on the bursting-at-the-seams activities roster below. Specific times and class sign ups will be included in next week’s newsletter but, for now,

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 FROM NOON – 6PM!

So, before we wow you with what you absolutely won’t want to miss, we’d like to say TWO THINGS…

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GOOD LUCK AT ICEMAN, HOMETOWNIES!  

Hometown Bicycles loves Iceman Cometh Challenge mountain bike race

For all of you seriously cool customers who’ve got Iceman Cometh mountain bike challenge on the brain – AND on your Sunday “to do” list – your entire Hometown crew wishes you a fast trail, glorious fall weather, and the heart of a warrior. Be sure to drop by our Team Hometown tent for warmth, chili, and camaraderie. We can’t wait to hear your ride stories at our November 12 post-Iceman party!

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JAMIS FAT BIKES ARE HERE!  

Time lapse fat bike build at Hometown Bicycles

Our magnificently monster-tired Jamis fatties have, as promised, thundered into our shop with enormous glory and fanfare. And still more are on their way to round out your pre-order selection… just in time, too, for the November 12 fat bike demo. Come in and be one of the first to test ride the new models!

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NOVEMBER 12TH’S “OMG!” ACTIVITY ROSTER

Fat bike with crockpot for Hometown Bicycles

Here’s an impressive rundown on why you should absolutely attend our November 12th funfest extravaganza (look for times and sign-up links in next week’s email):

Jamis Fat Bike demoFAT BIKE DEMO:  All Day!
Our Jamis and Framed fat bikes will be out in full force at this event, and available for you to test ride and fall in love with (yes, we’re that confident!)

Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5pm
Hometown artists Deborah Kashdan, Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell and her Nana, and newcomer Sarah Burke will be setting up art displays at our first ever mini indoor art fair here at the shop. Weather permitting, Sarah will also be holding an outdoor demonstration of her incredible spray paint art skills. You’ve seen their bicycle art – here’s a chance to enjoy more of their creativity… and maybe take care of some Christmas shopping in the process! (Artists prefer cash or check, so please come prepared!)

Question marks - ask the experts“ASK THE EXPERTS”:  Noon – 1:30pm
Hit a cycling plateau? Nagging knee pain on your rides? Body Within Personal Training‘s, Jenny Schild, and Pro-Motion Physical Therapy‘s, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT are generously volunteering their fitness/nutrition and common cycling injury/bike fit expertise at our event. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY for one-stop, no charge, professional input on how to be a better, stronger cyclist… take advantage of it!

Vinyasa yoga class at Hometown BicyclesPOWER YOGA WITH TOCCA MASSAGE & YOGA:  Time TBD
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga.

Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  Time TBD
Join in on Martha’s crazy-popular Cardio Drumming class (Liam’s favorite!), which will be pumping up the volume in our Community Room at next Saturday’s event.

Zumba at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA WITH HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER:  Time TBD
Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy Zumba class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness Center in our Community Room.

Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  Time TBD
Bring along your young ‘uns of all ages to create a unique, bicycle gear Christmas ornament with gears, glitter, and other crafty goodies provided by Hometown Bicycles. Parents, please come, too! This is a parent-child project you’ll treasure for years to come. A nominal $4 per child covers materials and instruction.

Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
We’re a bike shop – OF COURSE there’s a ride! This one leaves from our shop parking lot at 3:30pm for the Yellow and Blue trails of picturesque, autumn-tinged Island Lake. NO DROP, all levels welcome!

Chili cook off at Hometown BicyclesCHILI COOK-OFF:  Judging begins when the riders return!
Put your best chili forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights at Hometown’s first annual culinary cook-off! Entries must be delivered by 4:15pm, and hungry cyclists and party-goers will be the judges for this people’s choice competition. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO REGISTER

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! Please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!
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