And the Taste of Brighton bicycle goes to…

Hometown Bicycles at the 2018 A Taste of Brighton in Downtown Brighton, Michigan
MEMORY-MAKING AT “A TASTE OF BRIGHTON” & JULY JUBILEE
Last weekend was a 3-day fun-a-thon, kicking off with our first-and-definitely-not-last participation in A Taste of Brighton street fest (photo above), and ending Sunday with Hometown’s annual July Jubilee & Concert (photos below). In fact, many of you readers are new friends we made over the weekend… welcome, and thank you for the chance to get to know you!

We’ve got photographic proof of the fun that was had – check out the highlights below! (And if you’re itching to know who won our Taste of Brighton bike drawing, scroll down a little further… )

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Our July Jubilee kicked off with Cardio Drumming-Zumba Fusion taught by Martha Soraruf (middle) andLeslie Barrett (left; who, incidentally, also coordinated the entire event – awesome job, Leslie!!). Jim and Sherryl of Yoga Nature took our event to new heights with jaw-dropping AcroYoga antics (right)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Inside, kids made an eager beeline for Alison Peasley’s face painting table (left). Dr. Kyle (middle) and Kassy (right) of Lifetime Family Chiropractic were a crowd favorite with their muscle-melting chair massages.

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
Outside, CJ and Sarah of Brighton ATA Martial Arts wowed spectators with weapons, sparring, and board-breaking demos (left). Tour de Livingston/Howell Rotary made a welcome presence as they promoted this year’s ride – October 7th! – and the chance to win a Hometown-donated Jamis Renegade gravel bike (middle)! Visitors loved the lawn games provided courtesy Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp (right)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018
We were joined by a remarkable family – Thaddeus McGaffey (left), who runs A Taste of Brighton, found enough energy reserves on the heels of HIS big event, to come out and support ours! His entrepreneurial mermaid daughter, Phaedre, posed for pictures with adoring young visitors (right). Meanwhile, wife, Debra of One Spirit Dance & Fitness, showcased the exquisite, core-of-steel art form of belly dancing (middle)!

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee 2018 - group ride with police escort
Despite the soaring heat index, families joined in on July Jubilee road and mountain bike rides. Helmets off to Officers Steve and Brittany of Green Oak Charter Township Police Department, who provided much-appreciated Grand River crossing assistance! Hungry riders returned to hot dogs, cotton candy, and hydration (water courtesy our rockstar Beauchamp Water Treatment peeps!) 

Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee Red, White and BLUES Concert with Cyclo Dan Tribble
The evening wrapped up soulfully with the melodic blues-rock of Hometown Service Tech Dan Tribble and his PBR Band. This concert raised $538 for Hometownie Dan Rosenhack, undergoing costly medical treatments for terminal brain cancer, and his wonderfully supportive family.

Special thanks to Thaddeus McGaffey for many of the photos you see above!

And thank you to everyone who was a part of our outstanding weekend – all of the amazing businesses, bands, organizations, volunteers, participants, and YOU! You’re the reason we do what we do… and you’re the reason it’s FUN!


Cameron Hauenstein with his new Jamis Trail X mountain bike that he won from Hometown Bicycles at A Taste of Brighton

AND THE WINNER OF OUR “TASTE OF BRIGHTON” BIKE DRAWING IS…

Cameron Hauenstein! Our congrats goes to this uber-excited winner of the bicycle drawing we ran from our Hometown tent at A Taste of Brighton. Cameron and his family can’t wait to start adventuring. Happy cycling, Hauenstein family!

Hatha Yoga with Stacy Mulka at Hometown Bicycles

INTRODUCING WEEKLY YOGA AT HOMETOWN

In addition to Zumba and Cardio Drumming, you can now bend and breathe your way to centered in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room with yogi Stacy Mulka. Stacy’s Hatha Yoga classes run THURSDAYS AT NOON, and help humans of all flexibilities (and inflexibilities) loosen up, limber up, and lighten up! $10 per class. Details are here!

Team Hometown Bicycles Mike and Marybeth Newman and Jeff and Sarah Short

TEAM HOMETOWN NEWS: Couples’ Week!

This week, our Team couples took center stage. Mike (also your Hometown sales associate!) and wife Marybeth (left photo) enjoyed a 2-mile, after-hours tour of the Detroit Zoo on Bike Safari, a casual combo of “Bicycle, Beast, and Beer.”Next up is the racing duo of Jeff and Sarah Short (right photo), who competed in Holly’s 3 Disciplines Aquabike – Jeff sped through the Sprint and Sarah powered through the Olympic distance course. Way to go, guys!

Racing solo, but with enough energy for two, Jacob Henriksen put the hammer down at Mid Michigan College’s Sweat Shaker Mountain Bike Race. Go, Jacob, go!

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jean Steinberg teaching students at an MMBA Mountain Bike Skills Clinic near AlpenaAnd finally, a shout out goes to a couple of quality Hometownies, Jean Steinberg and Heather McNamara, for assisting the MMBA at a recent mountain bike skills clinics near Alpena. That’s the spirit, ladies! A more advanced clinic is coming up in August for any interested parties – “Roots, Rocks & Berms”
(Photo courtesy and © MMBA)


Learn to ride a bike with Hometown Bicycles and SELCRA

KIDS & ADULTS: LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE!

In SELCRA’s upcoming Biking Basics class, Shaun of Hometown Bicycles will help bike newbies of ANY age ditch the training aids and enter the world of two-wheeled adventures! Class takes place on July 25th from 9-11am at Meijer Park in Brighton. For registration information, call SELCRA: (810) 299-4140

KIDS SELF DEFENSE CLASS AT HOMETOWN

BullyJULY 26, 7-8PM:  Hometown is thrilled to welcome back Ian Kinder of Live Safe Academy for a fun, interactive and age-appropriate workshop that teaches essential, lifesaving information about threats, strategies for prevention, and real world techniques.

Coed, for ages 6-12. Class fee is $25. 
REGISTER NOW!


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LOVE US? TELL YOUR COMMUNITY!
*** The Best Bike Shop section on Livingston Daily’s survey is question number 53!  ***
*** In Vote4theBest, you can go directly to Hometown’s voting page: CLICK HERE! ***

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, 6:30PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Advanced Skills & Drills Road Ride  |  Level: 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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Slow Roll Social Road Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

THURSDAYS, 10AM  |  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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Hartland Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL  |  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 Noon (through 9/6)
$10 per person 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


Hometown Bicycles' Shaun Bhajan at Brighton Safety Town at Hilton Elementary School

We’ve seen the future of cycling, and it is glorious.

~ Hometown Bicycles

Daddy-Daughter + Work for Hometown

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 Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Part-Time Personal Assistant
Combines administrative duties with personal and child care. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, dependable, and excellent with children.

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 sponsoring the SELCRA Brighton Daddy-Daughter Dance

BRIGHTON DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE 

Hometown Bicycles Team member Scooter Gate with daughter at SELCRA's Brighton Daddy-Daughter DanceFor the second year running, Hometown Bicycles had the very great pleasure of sponsoring SELCRA’s beloved Brighton Daddy-Daughter Dance… and you KNOW Shaun and I wouldn’t miss a chance to take the kids to an event that’s about family, community, and dancing!

We ran into Hometownies, like the dapper duo of Scooter and his lovely daughter, and made tons of new friends. Our table was parked alongside a favorite sponsor neighbor, Brennan Investment Services, and we enjoyed hanging out with our sure-know-how-to-throw-a-party SELCRA friends!

Congratulations to Julianna Gilbert, Selah Targosz, and dad Eric Santry who all won Hometown’s Daddy-Daughter Drawings for cool cycling prizes!


Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in MI Potluck Party postponed until March 15th

OUR POTLUCK PARTY HAS MOVED TO MARCH 15TH!
Winter storms put the kibosh on last week’s event, but that’s just given Hometownies more time to sign up – we’re up to over 50 attending, and that means an EPIC potluck selection of sloppy joes, chili, venison stroganoff, cheesy potatoes, veggie enchiladas, fruit salad, sweets, beer… if you’ve been on the fence, the food alone should sway you – come!!

At this party, you’ll learn about the best MI cycling parks and routes, and pick up your copy of the highly anticipated 2018 LMB Michigan Ride Calendar. You’ll also hear from guest speaker Jim Bike Tour Vacations logoPlaunt of Bike Tour Vacations, who’s worked up a special promotion just for Hometownies!

You’ll get our 2018 Spring Shop Ride agenda (spoiler alert – it’s awesome!), and meet the cool people you’ll get to ride them with! PLUS, this March 15th party (deadline extended!) is your LAST CHANCE to sign up for our all-inclusive, all-about-making-it-fun cycling Team!! (We’re currently 87 strong – CLICK HERE to see why so many riders have drunk the kool-aid!)

Also at this event, you’ll have a chance to meet the one and only Matt Fitzhorn, whom you’ve been hearing so much about – the new head honcho for your famous Hometown Service Department. Put that mouse in action, and get clicking!:

MOVED TO THUR, MARCH 15TH, 6-8pm – The only fee is food!

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Garage Sale

THANKS FOR AN AWESOME GARAGE SALE!

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Garage SaleLast Sunday’s shop Garage Sale brought in carload after carload of curious bargain hunters. Deals were struck, hands were shaken, smiles ran rampant… it was a lively and fun event, where everything from desks to derailleurs were up for grabs!

We want to thank all of you for helping us move previous-year inventory and back room clutter. You’ve played an important role in making room for 2018 product AND beginning work on a back room project that you’re going to LOVE! This has officially become an annual Hometown event!

Enjoy your treasures, Hometownies!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride in the Island Lake Badlands
(Photo courtesy Roger Pelkey)
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, MAR 11  |  2:30PM (MEET BY 2:15PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
We’re headed back to Island Lake for a loop through the trails. Anticipate 10-16 miles of adventuring. Group A advanced riders will ride fast and pack in the miles. Group B intermediate riders will ride as skills determine. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Gravel Grinding 101:  *** NOW ON WEDNESDAYS! ***
WEDNESDAY, MAR 14  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
In this learn-along shop ride, we’ll cover 13+ miles of pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads at a 12-13 mph average. Our route runs through the back of Island Lake, where we’ll grab a little trail, hop a guardrail, then enjoy some gravel (a few hills just for fun!). Gravel, adventure or mountain/fat bikes (no skinny road tires). All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE. 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 to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, 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
*** NOTE: NO CLASS THIS THURSDAY, 3/8 ***
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Bar Mitts / Pogies on a winter trail

Ah, Michigan… will it be bike shorts or bar mitts today?

~ Cyclists State-wide

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

A Community of Awesome

Team Hometown Bicycles rider at the bridge on Island Lakes mountain bike trails

AND YOU’RE A KEY MEMBER…  
As our to-the-core Hometownie Team and Crew member, Meghan Terbush, wrote in a recent Facebook post:

The stories that flow through this place astonish us and touch us to the core. Hometown Bicycles is so much more than a bike shop, but a community full of wonderful people who enjoy having an active lifestyle. Let’s gain some recognition for why YOU all make this the Best Bike Shop! Vote your shop to be #1: https://www.clickondetroit.com/vote4thebest#/gallery/67648732/

In honor of this incredible Hometown community, we’ve packed this newsletter to the gills with stories about YOU – customers, Team, AND Crew.

And if you’d like to see some recognition for the bike shop that YOU helped create, please put your hearts-and-souls into it, and vote HOURLY through the final Vote 4 the Best tally this Sunday. Get others involved! Spread the word! You have the gratitude of an entire Hometown community behind you!!


AUGUST 27 LABOR EVENT: ADD IT TO YOUR CALENDAR!

Bike ToolsWith Labor Day just around the corner, it seems only fitting to pay tribute to the core of what we do – bicycle labor! Service is where we started, service is where we excel, and service is what our upcoming, Sunday, August 27thevent is all about!

Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual Pre-Labor Day Labor Event, running 1pm-5pm, will feature “labor stations” throughout the shop for ask-the-expert Q&Ademos, and cool tune-up tipslimited edition coupons; a treasure hunt, a chance to pit your wits and skills against our bike gurus’, and other opportunities to win prizes; and even a bike wash, with proceeds to benefit a local charity!

Look for further details in next week’s newsletter but, for heaven’s sake, get it on your calendar now!!


Team Hometown Bicycles' Mike Dyer, Jim Thompson, Keith Cowgar, and Paul Andres at Brown County Park, Indiana
(Image courtesy Mike Dyer)

HOMETOWN VISITS BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK, IN

Our first story comes from the breathtaking hillscape of Brown County State Park in Indiana, where Team members Mike Dyer, Paul Andres, Jim Thompson, Keith Cowgar, and friend Andrew set aside racing for a bike-based “guys weekend”. Mike writes:

All I can say is it was a hell of an adventure. We made it out in one piece. No major injuries just some cuts, scrapes and bruises. Paul wins the most wounds of the weekend, and I win the most spectacular crash with a big endo over a rock garden!


Amy Gluck
(Photo credit: © Copyright Tom Demerly)

AMY’S BLOG: AUGUST 11, 2017

Every week, Hometown’s Amy Gluck – former All-American IRONMAN triathlete, survivor of a horrific accident, and now ferociously determined to return to IRONMAN – shares a piece of her ongoing story. This one will give you goosebumps…

Getting running back has been my biggest struggle following my accident.  It’s so frustrating watching my pace crash when I check my results after races. I’m doing EVERYTHING I can to recuperate my running… but sometimes I wonder if it’s really worth it.  Do I really need to come back to Ironman racing, or was surviving this accident good enough?   But it’s all I knew before my accident.  It’s all I did.  What keeps me motivated is… READ ON 

Amy’s full blogs are posted HERE on our website.


Miles and Ann Janicki celebrating 32 years of marriage with a Hometown Bicycles style cycling adventure!
(Images courtesy Miles & Ann Janicki)

HAPPY 32 YEARS, MILES & ANN!

This next story hails from a wonderful couple who have been Hometownies to a remarkable degree. Miles and Ann Janicki recently took Hometown (and their trusty Jamis bikes!) with them on an especially meaningful adventure on the west side of our beautiful State:

We’re celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary in Hometown style!  We’ve enjoyed being part of the Hometown family for the last seven of those years, and were just noticing today how the jerseys show the growth of sponsorship and community outreach, from the time of the original until now.  Great work Hometown team!


Hometownies Dan and Donald Smith competing in mountain bike races
(Images courtesy Dan & Vanessa Smith)

A DYNAMIC DAD-SON DUO IN DAN & DONALD

Here’s another couple of exceptional Hometownies – a father-son duo – who embrace cycling for the joy it brings, the sportsmanship it inspires, and the bond it creates. Powered by the wonderful support of wife and mother, Vanessa, Dan and Donald Smith shared this awesome write-up on why they ride:

Riding bikes is second nature to [Dan and Donald].  For Dan, riding is more than just exercise.  He uses cycling as stress relief, a way to challenge himself, and also a way to travel to and explore new places with MMBA races. Most importantly, Dan rides to have fun with family and friends.  When Donald was asked why he rides, he did not know how to respond right away.  Riding is part of who he is as a person, he identifies himself as a biker rider.  When asked to dig deeper… he loves the feeling of going down a big hill, riding with his dad, using his Garmin to go faster each time he rides on the Blue and Yellow trails at Island Lake, and of course the cheering as he races by people… READ THEIR FULL STORY


Team Hometown Bicycles' Colin & Cynthia Chisholm's EFF Cancer Ride
(Images courtesy Colin & Cynthia Chisholm)

COLIN & CYNTHIA FLIP CANCER THE BIRD

We loved the cheek and defiant artistry of The “Eff Cancer!” Ride, organized by clever Team members Colin and Cynthia Chisholm. They used approximately 25 miles to “stick it” to a disease that has touched so many, and wrapped up the evening with a grill out at their home. As Hometown Ride Coordinator Jean put it, “It was intense to feel the pain of riding and think it was nothing to those we know, love, and may have lost going through cancer.” Kudos on your creativity, Colin and Cynthia!


Hometownies Jeff and Lisa Short at the Shermanator
(Images courtesy Sarah & Jeff Short)

THE SHORT-INATORS: SARAH & JEFF’S BIG DAY

We count Sarah and Jeff among our most loyal Hometown and Jamis ambassadors – with a passion for both that warms us down to our bike clips. We’re so proud of their recent adventure, made possible by a remarkable dedication to training, healthfulness, and support of each other. You guys are an inspiration!

Jeffrey Short and I competed in the Shermanator Aquabike in Battle Creek, MI this morning. 500 meter swim, 10 mile bike. Beautiful day and Jeff and I both finished in the Women’s and Men’s Aquabike as overall champs!!! So proud. I won first place overall too!!! What a day! Hard work pays off. Next up Tawas Aquabike!!! Woot woot!


YOUR HOMETOWN CREW’S GRAND ADVENTURES

We’d also love to give a shout out to the cycling fanaticism of your very own Hometown Crew – from Jean Steinberg, who’s about to race Ore-to-Shore with one particularly awesome sister; to Meghan Terbush, who’s mountain biking the U.P. with her impressively adventurous family; to Evan Nelson, who’s cycling amongst palm trees down in Florida; to Chris Buddingh, who’s been bikepacking the past couple weeks with his lovely wife; to Joel Rushlow, who’s about to embark on a multi-day solo bike expedition across MI (stay tuned for his story in our next email!); to Hometown’s high school crew members, who are training for their first MISCA mountain bike race of the season!

What can we say? WE LOVE CYCLING!!


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PLEASE VOTE HOURLY THROUGH AUGUST 13TH!


Hometown Bicycles Events Associate Evan Nelson
(Image courtesy Evan Nelson)

MEET YOUR CREW: EVAN NELSON 

We thought we were well-versed in active people, but we seriously question whether Evan even sleeps – he’s involved in SO many things! He recently graduated from a high school career overflowing with DECA Club presidencies, school store management, crosswalk lobbying (ask him about this!), athletic endeavors, and even pie-making, just to name a few. We’ve been geeked to add “Hometown Events Associate” to his Renaissance-ian laundry list of skills and activities. Evan writes:

I strive to be active and started seriously riding bikes a few years ago. I love riding mountain bikes because of the challenges different terrain present.

I also enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, running, and Scuba diving. Anything high energy and outdoors!


AUGUST 19: NEED FOR SPEED KID’S TIME TRIAL 

Racing on a tricycleParents, here’s a must-try for your mini-cyclists!

Think you have what it takes to be the fastest bike in town?SELCRA, in conjunction with Hometown Bicycles, is hosting the Inaugural “Need for Speed” Bike Challenge. Participants will compete in 3 time trials around the outdoor track. Prizes for top finishers in each age category. Other activities include, inflatables, Arts-n-Crafts, Food Trucks.

Held at Meijer Skate Park in Brighton, this bike race is for boys and girls, ages 5 and up. A short and sweet, looped course will take them over flat terrain, with great visibility for spectating families and friends!

REGISTER YOUR KID(S) NOW FOR THE “NEED FOR SPEED” BIKE CHALLENGE!


AUGUST 19: DOC MAY MEMORIAL MELON RIDE 

Doc May's Memorial Melon Ride 2017 flierHometown’s been proud to be the ongoing sponsor of this charming and delicious, Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 19th at 9am.

Our Team and Crew marks off the route, leads and mans the ride, provides on-site SAG support, and also offers bike valet service until 2pm, so you can enjoy the Festival without worrying about your two-wheeled babies! T-shirts, melon and ice cream for participants!

Lock in your registration now – which puts you in the running to win the sweet Jamis cruiser bike that we’ve donated to the cause! REGISTER NOW!


Hometown Bicycles Saturday Singles Road Ride

AUGUST 19: SINGLES RIDE

I know!! August 19th is one happening day!! Whether you opt to dip your spoons into the post-ride deliciousness of Melon Fest ice cream, or cheer on the wheeled kiddies at SELCRA’s 1st Annual Need for Speed event, if you’re single and over 18, consider your evening booked!

On Saturday, August 19th, we’ll meet at 4:30pm at the shop for a conversation-friendly, recreational road ride over the well-loved roads of Island Lake. (Crummy weather? No problem! We’ll switch it to movie night at the shop!) We’re manning this “no drop” ride with (single!) Team members and Hometown crew. Be sure to pack a lawn chair and beverage for a post-ride, campfire, singles mingle behind the shop!

Details can be found HERE. You must be single and over 18 in order to participate. If you’d like to be kept in the loop about future Hometown singles rides and activities, send me an email: office@myhometownbicycles.com. And please be sure to share our Facebook eventwith all of your friends – the more cyclists we get, the better your odds!


Hometown Bicycles Women's Road Ride

THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL…

I want to take a moment here to congratulate a pioneering group of women, who made new friends and Hometown history as the fabulous first participants in Hometown’s new, women-specific rides and events. Ladies, you made this ride GREAT, and we can’t wait to get to know you better, and share more adventures with you, going forward!

Our Women’s Road Ride is open to all ladies, at nearly all levels of riding – CLICK HERE to learn more, and to find out how to join us next Tuesday evening!


POSES, PEDALS & PINTS – FALL EDITION: IT’S A GO!!

Poses, Pedals and Pints logoGood news… no, FANTASTIC news!! The uber-successful yoga-bike-beer event that we supported this past Spring has been resurrected for a round 2 on Saturday, September 30th.

Based out of Downtown Brighton’s beautiful Brewery Becker, this event opens with beginner-friendly yoga, courtesy of event coordinator Tocca Massage & Yoga, follows up with a scenic and recreational bike ride with Hometown Bicycles (new route!), and ends with a long, cool pull from the taps of Brewery Becker.

Registration is limited to 50, so if you missed out last time, be sure to hit the link below, like, IMMEDIATELY!
REGISTER NOW FOR POSES, PEDALS & PINTS – FALL EDITION


Hometown Bicycles Women's Road Ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS  (8/11)
9:00PM (meet at 8:45) from Maltby Intermediate School (4740 Bauer Rd. in Brighton)
It’s time to explore! We’ll ride to the Brighton Recreation trails, accessing them from the gravel roads. This will be an INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED pace. Make sure your lights are charged for this ride in the dark! We will re-group throughout the trail. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. Details are HERE.

SATURDAY TOUR DE LIVINGSTON PREP RIDE (8/12)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start with 10 – 15 miles and stretch the distance week by week. Route will be on the park roads. Road bikes are preferred for this ride. All level riders are welcome. 12 – 15 mph pace, 1.5 hours. Follow this Facebook event for updates.

SUNDAY HARTLAND GRAVEL GRINDER (8/13)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Township Hall
We’re up to nearly 36 miles with approx. 2,000′ of climb (which, for MI, is a TON of climb!) on beautiful and EXTREMELY hilly country roads (and limited pavement) – all with wonderful ride companions! This is an intermediate/advanced ride (check out Tuesday’s Gravel Grinding 101 for a less grueling option.) Expect several long, tough climbs at a MINIMUM 14-15 MPH pace. Cross/Gravel, Mountain, and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353.Click here for this Facebook event.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (8/13)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Brighton Rec Trailhead – **NEW LOCATION!**
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. We’ll meet at the Brighton Rec Trailhead, head out to the Appleton 2 mile beginner loop and then explore the Murray Lake Trail. Save 1.5 hours of your day to ride with the Hometown crew. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. You can find this Facebook event here.

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE  (8/14)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Come join the Hometown Bicycles crew for this NO DROP ride. Road bikes only please. We’ll ride Island Lake roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back – approx 12 – 15 miles. Those ready for more will group up to take on more mileage!  Expect a 12 – 17+ mph pace to accommodate riders’ skill levels.  All levels are welcome – we’ll split into groups according to experience and speed, with a sweep to bring up the rear. Click to check out the Facebook event page!

Please make sure you have some experience riding the bike you bring to this ride and are comfortable with the way it handles, including basic shifting and braking, for the safety of all. Beyond that, our friendly ride support are delighted to share tips on how to make the hills easier and the flats faster – just ask!

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (8/15)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  **It’s time to start bringing lights!!**  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check here for ride updates.

**NEW-ISH RIDE!** TUESDAY WOMEN’S ROAD RIDE  (8/15)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, women-only road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake – about 14 miles of road – at a conversational, 10mph pace. All bikes welcome, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate at a behind-the-shop, BYOB bonfire with your new cycling buddies! Stay tuned to our Facebook events page for ride/weather updates.

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST (8/16)
This is a DROP RIDE!
**No Son of Hammerfest this week**

6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles

HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of Island Lake roads. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph! Check Facebook for ride updates.

WEDNESDAY SLOW ROLL  (8/16)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Dial it back on this social, slow paced road ride (~ 8-10 mph). If you have a need-for-speed, this is NOT the ride for you! Bring your cruiser or whatever you like as we Slow Roll down sidewalks and streets. Expect to cross Grand River, possibly a couple climbs/descents, and beautiful park landscape. May not be suitable for young, unseasoned kids. Parents, please decide what is safe for your family, as there are no lights or designated crosswalks for Grand River or Academy. This is a NO DROP ride. Check HERE for ride details.

THURSDAY SOCIAL MORNING ROAD RIDE  (8/17)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles –  **NEW START TIME**
This conversational morning ride will find us exploring Island Lake’s beautiful park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride. Check back for ride confirmation/changes due to weather.

**NEW POP-UP RIDE!** SATURDAY SINGLES ROAD RIDE  (8/19)
RAIN OR SHINE! If it rains, we’ll simply switch to movie night at the shop!
4:45PM (arrive at 4:15 to meet your fellow singles!) from Hometown Bicycles
This ride is all about making connections, so we’re keeping it conversation-friendly with a recreational road ride leaving from Hometown Bicycles, and traveling over the well-loved roads of Island Lake. Expect approx. 14 miles round trip at a 10mph pace. All bikes welcome. We’ll have this ride well-staffed by (single!) Team members and Hometown crew, so no one will get left behind. (NO DROP RIDE!)

Pack a lawn chair and beverage for a post-ride, campfire, singles mingle behind the shop. We’ll keep the shop open for helmet-hair damage control and calls of nature. MUST BE SINGLE & OVER 18 TO PARTICIPATE. Be sure to follow our Facebook event page for ride updates and weather-related info.

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic fitness programs running right here at your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Vinyasa Yoga class at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and YogaDYNAMIC YOGA | Fridays – August 4, 11 & 18
$10 drop in – With Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial


Mountain Biking in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Take only memories, leave only treadprints.

– Adapted from Chief Seattle

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