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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!)

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

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