Bike Lights Clinic & Promo, 2019 Jamis are IN, and Shaun goes Golfing

Of course you do!! Be the first to drop by and put these hardtail beauties through their paces! Think “cutting edge trail tracking”… AND “coolest kid on the block!”
(Above: Jamis Highpoint in Teal Fo’ Real)


Hometown Bicycles Night Ride at Island Lake
Bike Lights Clinic and Night Ride – 10/5 at 7pm!

YOU’RE INVITED to a special bike lights clinic, demo, promotion, and group night ride right here at Hometown on Friday, October 5th at 7:00pm!

Whether you’re new to night rides, or are interested in scoping out the latest advances in bike light technology, you’ll learn all sorts of fascinating tips and trivia, with the opportunity to put it all to the test at the accompanying ALL-Levels Night Ride!

Clinic starts at 7pm, covering the what, where, when, why and how of bike lights and night riding. Chances look good that we’ll also have a surprise guest speaker join in with some expert insights!

You’ll have some hands-on time with all of the light options, and can make this-night-only purchases at discount (including special orders)… and then you’re ALL invited to test out your new shiners on an 8:30pm Night Ride, leaving from the shop and heading into the beautiful world of Island Lake after dark. All levels welcome, no drop ride!

Let us know you’re coming!!


October 7th: Tour de Livingston 2018

Tour de Livingston logoWe’re less than 2 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!!


Team News: Teaming up and pushing limits

On September 15th, an impressive 14 Hometownies rode Triple Trail Challenge at Pinckney Rec. Kudos to Paul Andres, John Comella, Leslie Cook, Keith Cowger, Mike Dyer, Erik Frazier, Robin Fry, Scott Gates, Jacob Henriksen, Olga Negrut, Roger Pelky, Steve Steinberg, Jim Thompson and John Wyatt for a great showing. Our very own Trail Build Master, Tom Hermann, showed up to cheer them and Poto Chapter on!

Team Hometown Bicycles Mike and Nancy Kessler on the Marquette Trail in MichiganThen in Cadillac, Michigan on September 22nd, Erik Frazier placed 5th in the Bear Claw Epic Mountain Bike Race. Way to rock the trails, Erik!

Team members Nancy and Mike Kessler (right) took Hometown on the Marquette trails…

… and had this to say: “The trails in Marquette are an ENTIRELY different kind of beast than what we have here. Hard, gnarly, even on ‘easier’ trails. It’s insane.” Good thing this couple loves a challenge!

 


Shaun of Hometown Bicycles golfing at Kensington Metro Park

And, ummm, Shaun goes golfing?!

You know it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when our fearless leader dons his best Hometown golf attire and hits the course. On September 14th, Shaun and father-in-law, Fred, partnered with a third – avid golfer, Brian from Ann Arbor – for the 2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic at Kensington Metropark. Hometown was proud to sponsor this event, which supports the parks that our cyclists love to ride!

“You should have seen [Brian’s] face when he found out I had never golfed before,”Shaun said with his trademark devilish grin. (Poor Brian.)

This golf classic to benefit the Metroparks Foundation featured former Detroit Red Wings player, Darren McCarty, and Detroit Red Wings National Anthem singer,Karen Newman. And, yes, Shaun got to meet both!

Hometown Bicycles donated a Jamis Durango Sport bicycle for the live auction.

When asked how he felt about his first foray into the world of golf, Shaun said,
“I kinda sorta liked it!”


Kem Krest Wellness Fair welcomes Hometown!

Kem Krest logoPartnering with local businesses that put a high value on the health and wellness of their employees is HUGE for Hometown. We love a company that loves its staff.

On September 20th, Shaun headed off to Kem Krest to participate in their annual Wellness Fair. Over 200 employees stopped by the fair to check out the various vendors and classes taking place. Shaun wowed them with a fat tire bike demo and showed off some other awesome bikes.

Thank you, Kem Krest, for making Hometown Bicycles part of your team!


Your Invitation to Ladies Night Out

OCTOBER 16TH    6-9PM    AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Ladies Night Out on October 16thChanging of the seasons, kids back in school… who really needs an excuse anyway to get together with the girls for a night of pampering, empowerment, and fun??

Us gals at Hometown have cooked up another exciting Ladies Night Out on October 16th from 6-9pm, and this one’s themed around how to respect all of the hard work you put in over the summer to stay fit and healthy… by maintaining it with indoor AND outdoor winter cycling!

The Overview
We’ll be closing the shop early on October 16th at 6pm to start your evening off with a relaxing, 30-minute, Hatha yoga session, courtesy of licensed yogi, Stacy Mulka, plus stress-melting chair massages with Shannon Rau.

Shaun will follow up with a couple mini-clinics on bicycle trainers – what they are, how they work, and how to get the best workout on them – and the skinny on fat bikes – what they are, what they can do, and why women are falling in love with them!!

Enjoy wine and munchies, as we bring you inspiration and motivation in the form of personal stories shared by fantastic Hometownies… women just like you who have overcome obstacles, set goals, and made dreams come true.

Round out your evening with a complimentary goodie bag brimming with awesomeness, and browsing and shopping some of the fabulous vendors whose creations you have fallen in love with from our gifts & novelties area.

$30 pre-registration

REGISTER NOW or at our shop!


Poses Pedals and Pints in Brewery BeckerAnother successful Poses, Pedals & Pints!

Poses, Pedals & Pints was held at downtown Brighton’s beautiful Brewery Becker on September 16th. Beginner-friendly yoga kicked off the day, followed by a scenic, recreational bike ride with our wonderful team. Participants chose from either 4 or 8 miles. The day wrapped up with a long, cool pull from the taps of Brewery Becker.

Amazing job, Team! We are so proud of you for representing Hometown and being all-around helpful! The weather was perfectly perfect and everyone had a wonderful time.

Thank you to Ashley Knuth with Tocca Massage & Yoga for her tireless efforts in coordinating P3. Over $500 was raised for the Knuth Family Foundation to support young athletes with scholarship awards.


Hometown Bicycles beginner road ride shop ride with Team Hometown Bicycles
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Our Shop Rides are open to the public, 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: As the days shorten, our Summer rides are coming to a close. No tears!! We’ll be starting up our Iceman Training and Fat Bike shop rides shortly – stay tuned!! Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Ladies’ Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up  
*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 10/2 ***
TUESDAYS, 6:15PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Advanced Skills & Drills Road Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 10/2 ***
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

*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 10/4 ***
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

*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 9/29 ***
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
*** FINAL RIDE FOR THE 2018 SEASON ON 9/30 ***
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
$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


Life’s a climb, but the view is great. 

(Especially when the view includes a certain photobomber…)

A Sensational Summer of MI Cycling

Hometown Bicycles at the Howell Melon Festival's 2018 Doc May Memorial Melon Ride in downtown Howell
WE’RE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EVERY GLORIOUS, MICHIGAN MOMENT…
Our shop and our Team are in full swing, carpe diem-ing the heck out of this wonderful stretch of weather, in this wonderful State that we call home.

Just last weekend, Hometown kicked off the 2018 Howell Melon Festival’s annual Doc May Memorial Bike Ride with its largest turnout to date! Our Team went above and beyond to make the experience spectacular for all, from planning and marking the routes (kudos, Tom Hermann, for the most complimented routes in the history of the event!), to manning Hometown’s courtesy bike corral, to running the ride. Thanks, Team, for the amazing effort!

Team Hometown Bicycles at the 2018 Assenmacher 100
Seven of our own also rocked the mileage on last weekend’s Assenmacher 100 social century, touring the farmlands and villages of scenic mid-Michigan. Can we get a “whoop! whoop!” for Adam Baranski, Jim Cleer, Robin Fry, Jacob Henriksen, Joe Ostervik, James Staples, and Vicky Vulaj!?

Bonus props to the brains behind the earlier “Eff Cancer Ride”, Colin and Cynthia Chisholm, who recently raced Michigan’s largest, mass start, point-to-point mountain bike event, Ore to Shore!

What have YOU done with your Michigan summer? Share it on our Facebook page!


Hometown Bicycles offers special financing packages through Synchrony Financial

WHAT CAN YOU GET APPROVED FOR? 

Curious about financing? Here’s our recommendation, Hometownies, across the board – fill out an application. Got a couple minutes? You can even do it now! The form is insanely simple, velodrome-fast, and online HERE. You can get the answers you’re looking for lickety-split, in the privacy of your own home, and come to the shop with the knowledge already in your back pocket.Whether you’re casually wondering what’s out there for you, or are actively interested in taking the next step, it’s worth the couple minutes to check. We offer 12 months no interest for purchases of $1000 and more, and 6 months no interest for anything under. Doesn’t matter what you buy – bikes, gear, goodies. Click here to apply now!


A CYCLING CELEBRITY IN OUR MIDST

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jacob Henriksen featured in Bicycling MagazineWith his penchant for picture-taking, flare for Facebook, lovable nature, and frequent-flyer mileage in our weekly shop rides and volunteer activities, Team Hometown Bicycles’ Jacob Henriksen has become a familiar face ’round these parts…And now he’s a familiar face across the nation!

Check out your latest Bicycling Magazineissue – page 48. You’ll see Jacob’s story, “He Saved His Life with a Fat Bike” – surprising, inspiring, awesome.

We’re so proud of you, Jacob! Congrats!!


HOMETOWN HITS NEW HEIGHTS

Hometownies Matt and Argenta Matuszak riding fat bikes in VailThanks to the amazing adventures of our intrepid Hometownies, Hometown has traveled the globe!Just recently, we achieved new heights in Vail with lungs-of-steel, legs-of-steel duo, Dr. Matt and Argenta Matuszak.

Dr. Matuszak writes: “We spent all day biking up and down Vail Mountain: 20 miles, 3,500-foot gain. Hometown conquered Vail! Next time, either Keystone or Aspen!!”

We can’t wait to see where you’ll take Hometown next, you two. Way to push your limits and expand Hometown’s horizons!


NEW ARTISTS FEATURED AT HOMETOWN

Our Gifts and Novelties area is home to some pretty sweet, handcrafted swag – everything from bike-stamped purses to inner tube earrings, and monotype bike prints to bike chain bracelets. Best of all, they’re made locally! Today, we’re proud to feature 2 new Livingston County artists, whose work you’ll find right here at Hometown:Deb Stuart of Stickin' 2 It's Michigan stickers at Hometown Bicycles
Meet Deb Stuart of Stickin’ 2 It
Deb tells her story in the photo above. Her Michigan-themed stickers have already been a big hit with our Hometownies. Come get one of your own!

Christine Addy poured paintings at Hometown Bicycles
Meet Christine Addy
In 2014, Christine started an in-home painting party business, after getting hooked on Paint with a Twist and Paint & Pour. But painful neuropathy set in, creeping from feet, to legs, and finally hands. Her doctor advised she give up painting, but Christine discovered a technique called paint pouring that allows her to paint without using a brush! “It is very therapeutic and relaxing and, like clouds or snow flakes, no two are alike.” Drop in to enjoy and purchase her bike-themed, paint-poured pieces!


Poses Pedals and Pints 2018

POSES, PEDALS & PINTS: FALL EDITION

Only 10 spots left…  REGISTER NOW!

OCTOBER 7TH: TOUR DE LIVINGSTON 2018

Tour de Livingston logoWe’re just a little over a month 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!!


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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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, 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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Brighton Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  FROM MALTBY SCHOOL  |  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 10:45AM (starting September 6th!)
$8 drop in 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


Team Hometown Bicycles Cammie Coffee racing Tree Farm Relay

This day is yours to conquer.

~ Probably some Roman dude

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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