Hometownies, here’s your Team!

Team Hometown Bicycles 2017

(Above: Many of our Team riders from last weekend’s Team Night Kit Pick-Up Party)

WE’RE REMARKABLY PROUD TO INTRODUCE YOU TO TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES 2017!  These 56 riders have taken up the challenge to positively represent your bike shop and your sport in our community and in competition.

We want you to know that each of these riders has committed to being the best version of themselves, to advocate for cycling, to do right by their community, to ride with sportsmanship and integrity, to be kind, welcoming, and helpful, and to HAVE FUN!

So the next time you run into a Team member, please, shake their hand… they’re on a mission to support and grow the sport you love, and to give cyclists a good name!!


Team Hometown Bicycles 2017 at the starting line of Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race

OUR TEAM BATTLES WATERLOO

No Napoleon Complexes here… just a bunch of sturdy Team survivors, who cycled the slick and sloppy roads of last weekend’s Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race. There were a few spills and sore muscles but, in true Hometown form, nothing could dampen Team spirits – 10 Team members rocked it on the course, and two even podiumed this insanely popular race! Way to go, Team!

Roger Pelkey, congratulations on powering into 3rd in your age division!

And Deb Godmer (of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp… have we mentioned how cool our Team Sponsors are?!) placed 2nd in her age division – and this was her first 50K mountain bike race!!

Team Hometown Bicycles riders at Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race


Joe Van Gordon with the Abominal Melting Mann at Melting Mann Dirt Road Bike Challenge in Vandalia, Michigan
(Image courtesy Joe Van Gordon)

OUR TEAM THAWS OUT AT MELTING MANN

Team member, Joe Van Gordon, took Hometown to Vandalia, MI the day after Waterloo to race the roads at Melting Mann Dirt Road Bike Challenge. Way to represent, Joe!

Joe’s volunteered himself to lead a Hometown singles ride, if there’s enough interest. Any takers??


Hometown Bicycles crew member Amy Gluck
(Images at left courtesy Amy Gluck)

MEET YOUR CREW: AMY GLUCK

The newest member of our crew is the big-hearted Amy Gluck, who you’ll spot strolling the sales floor and up at the register. Amy will also be helping us grow our involvement in triathlon and women’s cycling. She has a particularly remarkable story to tell:

I’ve loved Hometown since my first trip there…..from Island Lake….in need of a spare tube….in the middle of a long ride….

I was taken over by cycling following my unexpected addiction to triathlon. Now I’ve completed 9 Ironmans, with 5 Kona qualifications, numerous 1/2 Ironmans, and even more sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. I’ve tried time trialing in Hines Park, but it didn’t give me the same satisfaction as triathlon. That’s probably because running was always my strength in triathlon.

Until a day that changed my life forever. After a week of training in France on numerous climbs from the Tour. Followed by a killer training camp down in the mountains in Georgia. I was sure to be in my best shape for Kona ever in my life!  However, 4 weeks before Kona, while I was out on a training ride, I was hit by a semi who made an illegal left turn right into me.

This resulted in a fake hip, femur, and knee. Killing my running game altogether. I’m working on getting that back and I’ve competed in a few 1/2 IM Aquabikes (swim, bike) this past summer. This summer, I plan to do a few sprint distance triathlons at Island Lake (the T-Rex Series). Hoping that comes back so I can work my way back to longer distance triathlons. In order for me to get back to my longer distance triathlons, I’m going to need to get back in the habit of riding with groups of riders so I always have someone to ride with!  So Hometownies, I NEED YOU to help pull me back up to where I belong!


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??


HERE’S AN EVENT TO WET YOUR WHISTLE…

Poses, Pedals, and Pints logoPoses, Pedals & Pints on Saturday, May 13th
It’s a triathlon of a different color – 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.

It’s already over half filled, so sign up NOW, to ensure your participation in this first annual event!


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

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – THIS SATURDAY

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 – MEET UP AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES @ 12:45 P.M.
We’re back with another 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


Hometown Bicycles bikes Alaska

I don’t have a bucket list, but my bikeit list is a mile long.

– Anonymous

Fat Bike central, Bulldog cycling, and more

Jamis fat bikes

GETTING “FAT” IS FUN!  
Okay, okay… cheekiness aside, fat bikes are a fantastic way to keep yourself trim and active during Michigan’s “brrr-r-r-r-r” season. These mammoth-wheeled rides turn mountains into molehills with their ground- and obstacle-devouring anatomy. Best of all, they’re designed for guys and gals of all ages, builds, and skill levels. True family fun, and that’s no joke!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET… FAT BIKE PREORDERS BEGIN NOW!
We’ve been teasing you all October with the promise of supreme fatness and, as of today, your wish is our special order! Trust us, you don’t want to miss this early order window… you don’t want to be the one staring longingly out the window at all your fat-bound friends!

Jamis fatties will be thundering into our shop in just a few short days. And this year, we’re introducing a new, novice-friendly, economical fat bike brand to our floor – Framed Bikes. (Read more about them below.) We’ll announce the big arrivals on Facebook!

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WE’VE BEEN FRAMED!  
Framed Bikes website

YUP, HOMETOWN IS NOW ALSO YOUR FRIENDLY, NEIGHBORHOOD FRAMED FAT BIKE DEALER
With fat bike craze sweeping the northern climes, we’re introducing one more line of fatties to round out your selection at Hometown. (I know… how can it possibly get any better, right??)

From Framed’s lips to your eyes, here’s a little insight into the brand…

“…technically sound, affordable bikes targeted to riders who demand a bike with tomorrow’s technology at a great value… Whether your purpose to pedal is to combat traffic congestion, stay healthy, be the cool kid or to lessen your environmental impact, Framed has models for all ages and riding abilities and are priced on principle, not profit. For this simple reason is why our family-owned business remains true to its vision where great bikes do not have to be expensive or complicated. We want everyone to enjoy the countless benefits of cycling.”

We know you’re curious… click here to check out their website. Framed fat bikes will be arriving at our shop shortly!
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NEW NIGHTTIME SHOP RIDE  
Hometown Bicycles Night Ride

So, now you’ve got your fat bike (or your mountain or cross bike), and are wondering… with the days shortening, when can I put my steed through its paces? We’ve got a shop ride for that – Friday Night Lights!

Welcome to Hometown’s new nighttime adventure ride on the trails of Island Lake. Led by Team rider, Mike Dyer, this all-level, no-drop, Friday ride takes you through the Blue and Yellow trails by bike light. Ride frequency and time may vary, so check our Facebook for the latest updates.

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NOVEMBER 12 – IT’S ONE, BIG, SHOP EVENT!  
Chili in a crockpotSAVE THE DATE FOR THE 1ST ANNUAL HOMETOWN BICYCLES ANNIVERSARY, FAT BIKE FRIENDLY RIDE, POST-ICEMAN PARTY & CHILI COOK-OFF
Our Saturday (11/12) event is going to be every bit as action-packed and entertaining as its name implies! Details will come next week but, for now, here are just a handful of the highlights lined up for this fun-to-the-infinite-power event:
  • Indoor art fair
  • Fat bike demo
  • Fat bike friendly group ride
  • People’s choice chili cook-off competition (enter HERE)
  • Kid-friendly craft activities
  • Cardio drumming with Martha Soraruf
We’ll be celebrating the anniversary of our move into this Bicycle Adventure Center, the launch of fat bike season, Iceman survival, and our customers’ culinary skills, all in one fantastically full day. This is a Hometown Bicycles FIRST, so be sure to mark your calendars!

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WE’RE PROUD TO SUPPORT YOU, BRIGHTON CYCLING!  
Brighton High School Cycling Team thanks Hometown Bicycles for its support

This year’s Brighton High School mountain bike team was, once again, a credit to our community and the sport of cycling. Every year, Hometown Bicycles is exceptionally proud to support the sportsmanship and skill of these incredible, young cyclists. They ARE the future of cycling, after all.

Coach T.J. Tyrell dropped by the other day with a “note” of  thanks. Thank YOU, T.J. and the Bulldogs!

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ARE YOU A SPIN OR YOGA INSTRUCTOR?  

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.

Thanks to all who have already responded. It looks like there’ll be fun, fit times ahead!
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WINTER HOURS REMINDER  
Just a quick reminder, Hometownies, that we’re now on our WINTER HOURS:
MON – FRI  …..  9AM – 9PM

SAT & SUN  …..  9AM – 5PM

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Tune in to our Facebook or web calendar to confirm all rides. Here’s what’s coming up:FRIDAY, 7:30PM – Night Lights Mountain Bike Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – POST-Iceman Recovery Gravel Grinder

WEDNESDAY (11/9), 8:45AM – FINAL 2016 Rails-to-Trails Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

SPECIAL NOTE:  ‘Tis the season for impromptu shop rides, in addition to our weekly regulars. Stay tuned to Hometown’s Facebook page to catch ’em as they come!

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