T-Shirt Competition, Trail C.P.R., and Podiums at Barry

Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Competition

Little girl drawing a bicycle clip art

WITH HOMETOWN’S 7TH ANNIVERSARY JUST AROUND THE CORNER, we’ve got some coolness in the works… including a t-shirt art competition for our junior Hometownies! Here’s the scoop…

Have your preschool – 5th grader paint or sketch up a fun and colorful t-shirt design (no larger than 8″ x 8″), that includes the following:

  1. A hand-drawn or hand-painted Hometown logo
  2. The words: “I’m a Jr. Hometownie!” (Mom and Dad can help, if needed)
  3. Any other bicycle-related art that your young Hometownie is inspired to create!

Bring in their entry by Monday, April 10th to proudly display in our Community Room for the rest of the month!

The winner will be announced at our 7th Anniversary event on April 15th (details coming soon!), and their winning design will grace a limited edition run of Jr. Hometownie t-shirts! How cool is that?!?

In addition to bragging rights, your school-age winner will also receive a complimentary Jr. Hometownie t-shirt, and will be featured in our weekly newsletter and website! ALL participants will receive an official Hometown sticker, and be acknowledged on our website. We can’t wait to see what your talented, pint-size Hometownies create!!

(Cute kiddie graphic above courtesy www.clipartfest.com)


Happy Jamis owners who got their bikes at Hometown Bicycles!

JAMIS COUPON FOR CYCLISTS WHO ENTERED BIKEPACKING CONTEST

Okay, so, you didn’t win the pair of Dragonslayers in Jamis’ recent bikepacking contest. But you still get a perk for entering!

Check your email for a special offer from Jamis for 10% off MSRP on up to two new 2017 model Jamis bicycles! Special orders included. Just bring in the unique coupon code provided in your email. What a great opportunity to become part of the Jamis/Hometown family!


Team Hometown Bicycles podiums at Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race with Mark Lang and Jim Cleer

TEAM HOMETOWN BIKES THE BARRY

It was another Team Triumph over Ma Nature at last weekend’s Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race!

Placing 2nd overall, 14 Team Hometown riders squelched through muck and cold to a glorious podium finish – only a little over a minute shy of 1st place! Special kudos to riders Mark Lang and Jim Cleer (see above), who took 2nd and 5th consecutively in their age division. Plus a Hometown huzzah to Jack Riddle who, although too under the weather to ride, still made the drive to support his Team. WOW! Awesome job, Team!

Team Hometown Bicycles with the Team tent at Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race, including Team riders Rex Blair, Jim Cleer, Brian Forhan, and Deb Godmer


HOMETOWN TRAIL C.P.R.

Team Hometown Bicycles rider Ed Pienkosz helped clean up the Trail after The Great Wind Storm of '17Following what we’ve dubbed The Great Wind Storm of ’17, our shop trails were littered with branches and debris. But with their usual good spirits and can-do attitude, our Team breathed new life into Hometown’s damaged single track.

Thanks, Jean Steinberg (Hometown’s Ride Coordinator), for getting this ball rolling. And Tom Hermann (who spearheaded the effort), you are a total rockstar! Plus a million thanks to the wonderful Team members who rallied to the cause. Come out and ride their handiwork!
(Ed got an early start on trail clean-up – thanks, Ed!)


Hometown Bicycles Spring Shop Rides - coming soon!

SPRING SHOP RIDES – COMING SOON!

Hometown Bicycles Spring 2017 Weekly Shop Rides ScheduleWe’re just waiting for the weather to break to unleash the flood of fantastic shop ride opportunities that you’ll be enjoying this Spring!

Want to start selecting some “must-try”s for your “wanna-ride” list? Click the PDF at left for a printable preview of the awesomeness to come. Details may change – be sure to watch our newsletters and Facebook for ride updates and information. Pedal on, Hometownies, pedal on.


Brighton Nazarane Church "The Naz" Sportsman's Banquet logo

SHAUN EATS ELK

Shaun will be channeling his inner caveman at this weekend’s Brighton Nazarene Church Sportsman’s Banquet, hosted by their Men’s Ministry. Hometown is a proud supporter of this manly, April 1st event which, in turn, supports building projects “that promote community and family”. Two of our favorite things!

The event includes a wild game dinner, raffles, silent auction, and a world-renowned key note speaker. Gentlemen Hometownies, Brighton Nazarene Church "The Naz" logoyou can join Shaun by ordering tickets at www.thenaz.org or get further details on their Facebook events page.


Bike Tour Vacations, LLC's Crazy Hare-Brained Tour in Michigan
(Image courtesy Bike Tour Vacations, LLC)

CRAZY HARE-BRAINED TOUR – APRIL 15TH

What a great name! Hometown is thrilled to also be supporting this Michigan cycling event. Hosted by Hometown Winter Clinic Series guest speaker, Bike Tour Vacations, LLC

“The Crazy Hare-brained Tour is a fundraiser to help cover touring expenses for 3 Northern Michigan University students as they cycle 1,400 miles around Lake Superior in May.

Our event is up to 40 miles of 100% traffic-free trail riding for road bikes, and up to 30 miles of 100% traffic-free dirt riding for mountain bikes. All ages are welcome, 9 a.m. at Atchison Park in New Hudson.”

Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at event sponsor Draught Horse Brew Pub arBike Tour Vacations logoound 1 p.m. CLICK HERE to register for the Crazy Hare-Brained Tour!


POSES, PEDALS & PINTS – REGISTRATION FULL!!!

Poses, Pedals, and Pints logoIt sure didn’t take long for registration to fill up on this “triathlon” of a different color!

Missed your chance? Don’t worry – it’s looking increasingly likely that this won’t be the last Poses, Pedals & Pints for you to participate in this season! Stay tuned…


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K – CROSS-TRAINING THAT FEEDS YOUR SOUL11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation, a remarkable organization created by the Hartwell Family (a particularly awesome group of Hometownies) to raise money to “directly support children, diagnosed with Leukemia and other blood disorders, being treated at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” Participants have a chance to win a Jamis bike, donated by Hometown Bicycles. Great cause. Great cross-training. Great prize.

GREAT TIME TO REGISTER, DON’T YOU THINK??


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Jerry Cross

MEET YOUR CREW: JERRY CROSS

If you look up “nice guy” in the dictionary, you’ll spot a photo of skilled Service Tech Jerry. He’s frequently accompanied by his equally likable dog, who customers can’t help but love. Jerry says:

I have been riding bikes since I was five. I started working at a bike shop after I graduated. Bought my first Mountain bike and was instantly hooked. I have completed over 50 races, from 5 to 100 mile rides. Bikes have always been a big part of my life.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – ISLAND LAKE BIKE DEMO DAY

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day hosted by the MCMBAThe MCMBA has put a call out for Demo Day volunteers for this wonderfully popular Spring cyclists’ event. (Hometown will be there!) Running May 6th at the ILRA Spring Mill Pond, you can volunteer for everything from setup and registration, to parking and grilling. They write:

The Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day is now in it’s 12th year. This is the second year the event is put on free of charge by the MCMBA. It’s a great chance to talk face to face with people who live the life: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Take a few out for a test ride on the roads and trails at Island Lake, finding the perfect bike or bikes for you.

CLICK HERE to throw your hat into the volunteer ring!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – THIS SATURDAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST – MEET UP AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES @ 9:45 A.M.
No foolin’ around – this ride is a classic! Join us for an April Fool’s Day adventure through the Island Lakes Badlands on this relaxed pace, NO DROP shop ride. Be prepared to push your bike up a hill or two! This is a Plus/Fat Bike expedition. Not appropriate for “skinny” tires. As always, follow us on Facebook for ride confirmations and updates.

Want to try a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


Mark Lang and Leslie Cook riding fat bikes in front of Hometown Bicycles Bicycle Adventure Center

I just need to ride my bike.

– Emily Rooney

The Great Wind Storm of ’17

Shaun Bhajan at Hometown Bicycles during The Great Wind Storm of '17 power outage

WHAT A WEEK!  Like most of you, Hometown went “rustic” last week, courtesy of The Great Wind Storm of ’17. To all of our DTE Hometownies and your fellow crew, thanks for putting in all the long hours and hard labor to get us back up and running!Shout out to a few Hometownies who really stepped up when our shop powered down:

  • Brian Forhan, you are a prince. Your generator gave us enough oomph to keep our shop fish alive and the furnace running.
  • Joe Van Gordon, we appreciate you hanging out to ensure that the post-gale roof repair was done right, addressing some of the in-store hiccups, and for even thinking to bring food!
  • Jeff Ballen, if it weren’t for your quick eye, we may have missed the mid-outage delivery that contained a shipment of our customers’ bikes. Thanks for the call!
We hope everyone came out of this adventure with a cool story to tell. Now… back to another kind of rustic – you, your bike, and Ma Nature. Happy trails!

Team Hometown Bicycles helps out at Island Lake Traildays, clearing the trails following The Great Wind Storm of '17
(Our dedicated Team peeps. We’d like to point out, once again, how awesome our Team Sponsors are – Sean Lowry of Lowry Solutions and Deb Godmer of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp are two of the faces you see here!)

TEAM HOMETOWN TACKLED TRAILDAY

Team Hometown Bicycles helping out at Island Lake Trailday clean upIt will shock absolutely no one that our community bike trails took a beating from last week’s wind storm. But here’s what makes us smile – Team Hometown really stepped up to the plate with 16 of our members and their family and friends, rocking the rakes and saws to clear debris from Island Lake’s miles of much-loved single track. We’re proud of you!

The local Mountain Bike Chapters (MCMBA and PotoMBA) will be having more Traildays this Spring – plan to come out with us! Plus, a few trees bit the dust on Hometown’s shop trail – stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to help us clear it up.


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K – CROSS-TRAINING THAT FEEDS YOUR SOUL11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

We’re just a couple months away from an event that we’ve been thrilled to support since our earliest days – the Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation.

This remarkable organization was created by the Hartwell Family (a particularly awesome group of Hometownies) to raise money to “directly support children, diagnosed with Leukemia and other blood disorders, being treated at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”

Participants have a chance to win a Jamis bike, donated by Hometown Bicycles. Great cause. Great cross-training. Great prize.

GREAT TIME TO REGISTER, DON’T YOU THINK??


HERE’S AN EVENT TO WET YOUR WHISTLE…

Poses, Pedals, and Pints logoYou all know Ashley from Tocca Massage & Yoga, who held the massively popular yoga series at our shop (and will be running another – stay tuned!) Well, Ashley’s instigated an event that we know you’ll enjoy – Poses, Pedals & Pints on Saturday, May 13th.

It’s a triathlon of a different color – this one combines yoga, bikes, and beer with a laid back vibe in Downtown Brighton. Yoga commences at 11am at Brewery Becker. Hometown’s in charge of the leisurely 8-mile bike ride that follows, along with bike valet service. And it all concludes with a refreshing pint at the Brewery to cool your gullet.

Registration is limited to 50, so sign up NOW, to ensure your participation in this first annual event!


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Chris Mayer
(Images at left courtesy Chris Mayer)

MEET YOUR CREW: CHRIS MAYER

Service tech Chris is one active dude in the competitive sports arena, so you may not have seen much of him yet at Hometown, but he’s already shown his Hometown worthiness by jumping in head first to catch us up on storm-delayed repairs. You’ll be seeing a lot more of this helpful Hometownie during summer break:

I just started working with the Hometown crew, and I love it so far! I currently go to Hartland High School and am a Senior. I’m not sure on future plans yet, but love sports. I am a Varsity cross country runner, swimmer, and track athlete. In the summer I compete in triathlons all over Michigan. This past summer, I even did a half marathon. When I’m not playing or training for sports, I love to play paintball and go backpacking with my friends. I have been road biking for years, but just recently got hooked on mountain biking.


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – NONE THIS WEEK

GOOD LUCK, WATERLOO G&G GRAVEL ROAD RACERS!
With many of our Team headed off to the Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race this weekend, we’ll be postponing our uber-popular winter shop ride.

Hey, now! Put those hankies away! It’s coming back!! As always, follow us on Facebook for future ride confirmations and updates.

And the fat bike weather just keeps on coming! Want to try a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


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 winter fitness programs running right here inside your favorite bike shop:


CARDIO DRUMMING
| Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more


CARDIO DRUMMING FOR KIDS
| Mondays at 11AM
Parents welcome! $5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more


DYNAMIC YOGA
| New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more


ZUMBA
| Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Hometownie Tim Bart in full Hometown Bicycles kit cycling at Kensington Metropark

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.

– James E. Starrs

Tour video, name our trail, and being chased by runners

.2016 Tour de Livingston video

WE’RE TOUR DE LIVINGSTON ADDICTS… AND PROUD TO ADMIT IT!!

Year after year, our favorite community ride runs on first-class, feel-good mojo, and this year was no exception. The weather was grand, the scenery glorious, and the people – volunteers, riders, sponsors – made it all about camaraderie, achievement, and good will.

We can’t even begin to describe how proud we are to be associated with this event, and send a big Hometown hug to Howell Rotary for always making us so much a part of Tour de Livingston.

Photo fiends, be sure to check out our Facebook page and Tour de Livingston’s Facebook page for pictorial Tour eye candy!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Tour de Livingston 2016
(BAM!! Look at this awesome Team Hometown Bicycles representation at the Tour de Livingston, most of whom biked the 100-mile route. We you Team peeps!)

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NEXT UP… ICEMAN COMETH CHALLENGE  
Iceman Cometh logoWith Tour de Livingston behind us, our focus is shifting to another major cycling event that keeps our customers training hard and our shop hopping with pre-event preparations… Iceman Cometh Challenge. This famous, Michigan mountain bike race hits the Kalkaska trails on November 5th. Are YOU ready? Good. Is your BIKE ready? Leave that to us!
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ONE GOOD DONATION DESERVES ANOTHER  
Brighton Fire Chief O'Brian with Brighton Mayor Jim Muzzin who won the Jamis cruiser donated by Hometown Bicycles for the 9/11 Memorial 5K run
(Brighton Mayor Jim Muzzin (left) and Brighton Fire Chief O’Brian (right) with the Jamis cruiser. Photo courtesy Brighton Area Fire Dept.)

Here’s a bit of retrospective “feel good” to supplement those morning Wheaties… back in mid-September, the Brighton Area Fire Department ran its annual 9/11 Memorial 5K with our annually donated Hometown Bicycles Jamis cruiser as the fundraiser raffle prize.

Brighton Mayor, Jim Muzzin, was the lucky winner… and this community-spirited head honcho re-donated his win BACK to the Fire Department to raise additional dollars for the 9/11 Memorial fund! We tip our helmets to your generosity, Mayor Muzzin!

Special kudos goes to Team Hometown Bicycles’ Olga N. for leading off the race on her bicycle!

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NAME THAT TRAIL!  
Hometown Bicycles Mountain Bike singletrack trail

The feisty little trail we cut into the woods behind our shop has been tried and tested, and is ready for action! Ride it.* Reflect. Then send us your best trail name. You could be the one to win eternal Hometown bragging rights for finding that perfect moniker!

*Helmet and waiver required – please take a moment to complete one in the shop before your tires hit Hometown dirt.

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TEAM NEWS: HOMETOWN’S “RUNNING” THE FREEP!  
Detroit Free Press Marathon logoThe world-renowned Detroit Free Press Full & Half Marathon – known affectionately as the “Freep” – is historically led off by cyclists… and guess who’s been invited to join the party!! Hometown Bicycles!!!

Team Hometown Bicycles’ Jim Cleer and Joe Ostervik will be among the select cyclists to pace off racers at this enormous, October 16th event. Help us keep an eye out for them in the media coverage!

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FATTEN UP THIS WINTER – PREORDERS PENDING  
Jamis Bicycles fat bike website

We’re a fast sprint away from fat bike preorder season…

Just wanted to get your winter-rockin’, trail-crushin’, fatty-lovin’ adrenaline pumping!

You’re welcome…

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SPIN AND YOGA INSTRUCTORS WANTED  

Spin and yoga Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles

We’ve got big things planned for this winter’s indoor fitness activities… BIG plans. If you’re spin and/or yoga instruction certified, you could be a part of the action. Send your qualifications to Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Hometown’s Trashy Trail Makeover Story

Hometown Bicycles Rides Coordinator Jean Steinberg clearing trash from Hometown's new trail

IT’S A DIRTY JOB, BUT SOMEONE’S GOTTA DO IT…
Now she’s a beaut, and that’s a fact! Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Hometownie volunteers – and captained by trail guru and Hometown Rides Coordinator, Jean Steinberg – our trail turned from trashy to total treasure in record time!

Volunteers for Hometown Bicycles trail clean up

ABOVE: Jim and Jean (left) bagged an unbelievable amount of trash that had collected along our property. Adam and a very enthusiastic wielder of the hedge clippers, Greyson, (right) made a formidable father-son team in taming the trailside overgrowth.

Volunteers help clear trash from Hometown Bicycles' new trail

ABOVE: Josh (left) and Steve (right) put their backs into it, clearing debris and smoothing the way. Garbage found (center) included everything from bottles and deodorant to mittens, shoe inserts, golf balls, and even a hockey glove!

There have been others, too – Mike, Tom Hermann, Doug Queener, staff, and others – who’ve led up to us saying…

Stay tuned for an official trail opening announcement and inaugural tiny trail ride around the property… COMING SOON!! Thank you, wonderful volunteers!!  

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YOUR SERVICE TECH, ROCCO MULARONI 
Hometown Bicycles service tech Rocco Mularoni

Now, here’s a face many of you know well… meet Hometown service tech, Rocco Mularoni. Rocco’s career here has been brilliant, but college called and wants their student back. So, here’s our send-off tribute to one seriously awesome guy…We met Rocco over a year ago – a member of the Catholic Central Mountain Bike Team, he had his bike serviced here. His rockin’ self-confidence and positive attitude won us over – Rocco became the Hometown crew member we could count on to always make himself available, to learn at lightning speed, to blow us away with his mechanical aptitude, and to go above and beyond in helping customers.

Good luck at Hope College, Rocco! We can’t wait to see what you do with your life. In the meantime, your service apron is waiting for you any time you’re in town!

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ARE YOU, OR DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE, RIGHT FOR THE JOB? 

Help wanted at Hometown BicyclesIMMEDIATE HELP WANTED at Hometown Bicycles of Brighton, MI

Hometown Bicycles is one of the largest and fastest-growing bicycle shops in Southeast Michigan. We focus on family values, community participation, and an incredible, customer experience.

We are immediately seeking career-minded, full-time staff members with the initiative and business and interpersonal skills to train into management. Applicants will learn on either the sales floor or in service, with the goal of growing into a Sales or Service Manager.

Bike knowledge is helpful, but not necessary. Positive attitude, intense work ethic, integrity, and friendly personality are all “must”s.

40 hours per week. Wages/Salary to be discussed.

To apply, please stop in for an application. Speak with Shaun or Dawn.

10595 Grand River Rd, Brighton 48116
(810) 225-2441  |  www.myhometownbicycles.com

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TEAM NEWS: MAYBURY MAGIC & SKIRTS IN THE DIRT 

 

Team Hometown Bicycles' Mike Dyer takes second at Maybury Time Trials
(Images courtesy Doug, Olga, and Mike. Check out more on Facebook!)MAYBURY TIME TRIALS (above):  Our Team jersey lit up the gloom of an overcast woods at this past weekend’s Maybury Time Trials. Team Hometown Bicycles riders Doug, Olga, and Mike put a hurt on the competition, with a second place podium finish for Mike Dyer. Yep, these are our peeps, and we’re darn proud of them! Congrats!!

Jennifer McCauley and Jessica Beaubien represent Hometown Bicycles Green Gals at Skirts in the Dirt womens-only mountain bike race
(Images courtesy Jessica Beaubien. Thanks for always taking such great photos, Jessica!)

SKIRTS IN THE DIRT (above):  Our neon-pink-jerseyed Green Gals were also well-represented at Sunday’s Skirts in the Dirt. Jennifer and Jessica (mom and daughter team) made mud and memories at this women-only mountain bike race. We dig ya’, ladies!

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STRETCH TO SUPPORT A CYCLIST IN NEED  

HTB 0816 family yoga

Christi, recipient of funds raised from family yogaSpeaking of our favorite yogi, Jessica (above), she is doing something unique and generous at our shop. Pull on your yoga pants and be a part of it!“Join Soul Stretch on Sunday, September 11, 3-3:45pm for a special Family Yoga class. Kids ages 4-11 and their grownups are invited to come play together through partner poses that are fun for the kid and offer a feel-good stretch session for the adult.

Suggested donation $15 per pair to benefit a local member of our cycling community, Christi (at left), who was significantly injured this summer in a downhill accident at Boyne Mountain. Bring beach towels or yoga mats and contact soulstretch@gmail.com with any questions.”

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CONGRATS VOTE4THE BEST WINNERS!  

Click on Detroit's Vote4theBestAlthough we love being number 1, like in Livingston County’s People’s Choice Awards (woot! woot!), we’re proud to take second here to fellow family-run bike shop, Al Petri & Sons.Al Petri and Sons Bicycles logoThree-year winner of Detroit’s Vote4theBest competition, this fourth generation, downriver cycling store has been family owned and operated since 1946. They promote “Satisfaction, Smiles, Selection, and Service.” You’re an inspiration to us, Al Petri & Sons Bicycles – congratulations on another well-earned win!

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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

NO Tour de Livingston Training Ride this week

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!

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