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

Melonhead Riders and Campus Cruisin’

Hometown Bicycles at Melon Festival in Howell, Michigan

MELON FEST OR BUST, BABY! HANG WITH YOUR HOMETOWNIES AT THIS WEEKEND‘S MELON RIDE 

This weekend, we’re putting helmets on our melons and leading the Melon Festival’s Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th.
Doc May Memorial Melon Ride flyer
It’ll be fun times with a new route, new scenery, a new Hometown-donated bike raffle, and Howell’s famous mm-mm-MMMMMMMmelons!

Team Hometown Bicycles will be on course for courtesy SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, we’re offering complimentary bike valet service, so that you can enjoy post-ride festivities without your bike in tow!

GET REGISTERING, HOMETOWNIES!!

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HELLO-O-O-O, BUDGET-FRIENDLY CAMPUS CRUISIN’

Hometown Bicycles College Special

We’re bringing back a collegiate favorite – the Hometown Bicycles College Special. It’s everything a student needs for traversing campus on two wheels – bike, lock, light, kickstand, water bottle and cage – for a tuition-friendly price.

THIS DEAL IS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS, so book it over to Hometown before you miss out!

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THE TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDE SKIPS A BEAT 
Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Oh, Michigan… sigh. Intermittent drizzling laid a wet blanket on our first Tour de Livingston Training Ride, BUT the sun’ll come out tomorrow – or, we’re actually hoping, on August 27th. Remember, THIS Saturday, it’s all about the melons (see above)!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 5:00PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

TUESDAY, 9:00AM – Hometown Green Gals Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

One Incredible Bike Ride: This is what fun looks like!

Shaun Bhajan leads off the Tour de Livingston Party Ride from Hometown Bicycles

THIS WASN’T JUST OUR BIGGEST RIDE OF THE YEAR… IT WAS OUR BIGGEST SHOP RIDE EVER!
You just boggled our minds, Hometownies. We expected a big turnout for our first ever “Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun”, but this… well, this was something else! See for yourself in this quick pictorial look back at a day that will go down in Hometown history. (Shoot, do we ever love what we do!!)

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun - controlled chaos

ABOVE: This is what we like to call “controlled chaos.” Over 70 riders packed the Hometown parking lot on this most epic of shop rides. W. O. W.

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun leaving from Hometown Bicycles and heading into Island Lake

ABOVE: Our Party Ride launch was spectacular, with wave upon wonderful wave of cheerful cyclists pouring out of Hometown’s parking lot. It was truly a thing of BEAUTY.

Cyclists and staff at the Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: These are a few of the friendly faces that were spotted at the Party Ride. Customers, Team, and staff joined forces to totally ROCK this event! (And *ahem* the three lovely ladies in the Roger Pelkey, winner of the Tour de Livingston jersey, with Jean Steinberg and Peter Bowen at the Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicyclescenter are the Musketeers that masterminded this event – Jean [the one who made it happen], me [Dawn], and Jennifer [our rock].)

LEFT: Congratulations to Roger Pelkey (left), who won the Tour de Livingston jersey drawing. There will be more chances to win TDL swag at our Saturday Tour de Livingston Training Rides (details below)!

Amazing volunteers of Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: So many superstars stepped up to make this event extra special. Here are just a few you may have seen… Steve and Brandy (center) made a whirlwind photography team (click for pics). Stan a.k.a. the Music Man (top left) gave us a party atmosphere with his mad DJ skills. Mike (top right, holding tongs) was the world’s best grill master. Mark’s (bottom right, purple shirt) party bus was a huge hit with anyone who wanted to chalk a fun message. And Luna (bottom left, 4 legs) was a crowd favorite, spreading kisses and tail wags wherever she went.

Night ride at Island Lake with Team Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: For those ride junkies who craved a little more saddle time, Team Hometown Bicycles led off a post-Party-Ride night ride through the trails of Island Lake. Animals!

Want to see more Party Ride pics? Of course you do! Check ’em out on our Facebook page and Facebook TdL Party Ride photo album

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HERE’S THE WHOLE POINT OF THE PARTY RIDE… 

Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Our Party Ride was an official (and mind-blowing!) launch for this year’s Tour de Livingston Training Ride series with Team Hometown Bicycles. Starting THIS SATURDAY, these Training Rides will outfit you with the skills you need to maximize your Tour de Livingston experience, go the distance, and – oh, by the way – win cool TDL swag! We’ll be looking for you!

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“TRANSITION TO MOUNTAIN BIKING” CLINIC TONIGHT! 

Mountain biker on single track in the woods
(Image copyright © International Mountain Biking Association [IMBA]. All rights reserved.)

Tips and tricks for trail riding, “how to”s for your first singletrack expedition, best beginner trails, demo bikes, and groups and classes that can help… it’s all happening HERE,
TONIGHT, AUGUST 9TH AT 6:30PM
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LIVINGSTON’S MOST DELICIOUS RIDE 

Doc May Memorial Melon Ride flyerMelons, melon ice cream, and all things melon-y are the name of the game at the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th.

Hometown’s partnered with Howell Area Parks & Rec on a simple, new route that will tour you past some of Howell’s most scenic highlights.

Our Team will be on course for basic SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, we’re offering complimentary bike valet service, so that you can enjoy post-ride festivities without your bike in tow!

REGISTER NOW, HOMETOWNIES!!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop rideHere’s what’s coming up this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SATURDAY, 9:00AM – Tour de Livingston Training Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 5:00PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

TUESDAY, 9:00AM – Hometown Green Gals Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

Biggest Ride, Your Chance to be Tintyped, and a Total Mud Bath

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun flier
Win this Tour de Livingston jersey at our Hometown Bicycles Party Ride with Shaun
BIGGEST RIDE OF THE YEAR THIS SATURDAY – PEDAL & PARTY WITH YOUR HOMETOWN & TOUR DE LIVINGSTON PEEPS!
This’ll be our BIGGEST and BEST bike shop ride of the year, led by your goateed bike guru Shaun, with a big post-ride Tour de Livingston jersey drawing, cookout, and PARTY. No drop, NO CHARGE, and no way you won’t have the time of your life!

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THIS SATURDAY’S TDL PARTY RIDE

(Help us make sure we get enough food for all of you hungry riders!)
Wet plate photography by Steve Hane of MetroAir Photo LLCNEW EVENT ADDITION!!  In a completely unique and randomly awesome twist, pro photographer, Steve Hane, will now be offering wicked-cool wet plate photography at this event. Imagine you and/or your bike getting the 19th century treatment on tintype!!

Old-timey attire NOT required. Read on for details…
(Photo at left Copyright © MetroAir Photo, LLC)

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BRINGING YOU & YOUR BIKE INTO THE 19TH CENTURY 
Wet plate tintype photography by Steve Hane of MetroAir Photo LLC, now being offered at Hometown Bicycles!
(Images courtesy of and Copyright © MetroAir Photo LLC. All rights reserved.)

Hometownies, here’s a rare and completely unexpected opportunity for you…

THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY you and your family (if that includes your bike… hey, we won’t judge!) have the opportunity to be immortalized on tintype right here at Hometown…like they did at this year’s Tour de France!

Aerial photographer, Steve Hane of MetroAir Photo LLC, is a fountain of historical know-how, including the highly original art of wet plate photography. He’ll be setting up a temporary studio at Hometown to immortalize you Civil-War-Era-style, and will have your image printed and even framed by the next day! (Check out his site.)

Steve will be here Friday (8/5) and Saturday (8/6) in the late afternoon and evening, and appreciates pre-booking to ensure material availability. CALL STEVE FOR INFO OR TO BOOK YOUR SESSION AT (571) 236-3810 OR EMAIL STEVEHANE@METROAIRPHOTO.COM.

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REMINDER: TRANSITION TO MTB CLINIC NEXT WEEK! 

Mountain biker on single track in the woods
(Image copyright © International Mountain Biking Association [IMBA]. All rights reserved.)

FOR ANYONE NEW OR NEWISH TO MOUNTAIN BIKING: Just a reminder to REGISTER NOW for next Tuesday’s (8/9) “So, You Want to Transition to Mountain Biking” Clinic, where Jennifer and Shaun will share tips and tricks for making the leap to singletrack, how to prep for your first trail experience, where to ride when you’re ready, and groups and classes that can help. PLUS, ride a variety of demo bikes to try what you just learned!
CLINIC RUNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT 6:30PM
in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room
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TRAIN UP, TONE UP FOR YOUR BEST TOUR DE LIVINGSTON YET! 
Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Don’t forget to mark down the dates above, Hometownies! Our TDL Training Ride series is a tip-top training tool to maximize your Tour de Livingston experience, with skill building, stamina stretching, and many more chances to win cool TDL swag!

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TEAM NEWS: SPA TREATMENT AT TREE FARM RELAY  
Team Hometown Bicycles Captain Jim Cleer, muddy after a Tree Farm Relay deluge
(Hometown Team Captain, Jim Cleer… at least, we THINK that’s Jim. Photo courtesy Mark Lang.)

That’s right… with the Saturday deluge hitting Team Hometown Bicycles mid-Tree Farm Relay, everyone got a bike-and-body mud bath on suddenly slippery, sloppy trails. But indomitable spirits prevailed, and our Team had a blast at this much-loved event.

Fist bump to Hometown crewman, Colin Wood, who wound up being one of the fastest in the field. Seriously, we work with the coolest people!

NOTE: If you’re one of the many Relay riders whose bikes took a beating in all the muck and mayhem, just know… WE CAN FIX IT! Thanks to all of you (so many!) who’ve already brought your bikes in for some Hometown love!

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CALL FOR NUMBERS – HELP US FILL OUR WALL!  
Hometown crewman Colin Wood with his brand new Salsa (nice!) against our famous numbers wallOur numbers wall has always been a hallmark of Hometown “photo shoots”, as Colin cheerily demonstrates at left.

But this is one BIG wall and, though we’re close, there are still a few blank patches that need to be numbered up!

Would you like to add YOUR number(s) to our wall of fame? If so, please drop them by, and remember to sign your numbers with your name and the date of the event. Every number that’s up there tells an incredible story. We’d be honored to share yours, too!

Muddy, wrinkled, torn – it all just adds to the intrigue…

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LESS THAN A WEEK TO MAKE US #1 – VOTE DAILY!

Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

CLICK TO VOTE HOMETOWN BICYCLES “BEST BIKE SHOP 2016”

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LIVINGSTON’S MOST DELICIOUS RIDE 
Doc May Memorial Melon Ride flyerMelons, melon ice cream, and all things melon-y are the name of the game at the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th.

Hometown’s partnered with Howell Area Parks & Rec on a simple, new route that will tour you past some of Howell’s most scenic highlights.

Our Team will be on course for basic SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, we’re offering complimentary bike valet service, so that you can enjoy post-ride festivities without your bike in tow!

REGISTER NOW, HOMETOWNIES!!

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