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Hometown Bicycles 8th Birthday Party Invitation
WEATHER LOOKS PERFECT FOR OUR 8TH-YEAR CELEBRATION!
Spring sprang, just in time for our new birthday party date of this Sunday, April 22nd from noon-6pm!

Wish a Mile 2018 logoBy now, you know it’ll be a day of family-friendly birthday games and prizespresents (for you!), and a 3pm birthday bike ridewith grill out and birthday cake to follow. Make-a-Wish of Michiganwill be joining us with a Wish-a-Mile ride information table, manned by Team Sponsors, Dr. Bill & Louise Horal! Now, all that’s left to do is show up and have fun. Can’t wait to celebrate with you!!

Click the invitation above for party details and updates on our Facebook page!


Hometown Bicycles Amy Gluck running the 2018 Martian Half Marathon on Hines Drive in Dearborn, Michigan
TEAM NEWS: LOWELL LOW-DOWN & RUNNING MARTIANS

Earlier this month, Team Hometown Bicycles braved icy temps and stiff winds to compete at northern Michigan’s Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race. We’d like to high five Linc Wehrly, Jack Riddle, and Brian Forhan for hanging tough and riding strong!

Another Hometown shout out goes to our very own Amy Gluck, who ran bright and bold in the Team kit at a sub-40°, dismally soggy Martian Half Marathon on Hines Drive. One more step in Amy’s remarkable journey back to Ironman from near death. Way to go, Amy!

Tomorrow will find a flood of Hometownies racing the world’s largest gravel road bike race, Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race… including your very own Ride Coordinator! (Kick some gravel butt, Laura!!) Whether you’re riding or not, come hang out at the Hometown tent and cheer on your Team – the weather will be all kinds of nice for riders and spectators alike. Good luck, Team!!


Hometown Bicycles lunch-and-learn bicycle clinic at Kem Krest of Brighton
LUNCHING AND LEARNING WITH THE KEM KREST CREW

For years, we’ve enjoyed quality expo time with the Kem Krest crew at their annual Wellness Fair. We love how this company puts their employees’ health at the top of the list! We were honored to accept a recent invitation to talk basic bike maintenance at a lively corporate lunch-and-learn, where fascination and fun were the order of the day. Thanks for that opportunity, Kem Krest crew!

We LOVE to share our bike know-how! If you’d like to book Hometown for your upcoming business event, please email Dawn at events@myhometownbicycles.com.


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 Social Media Specialist
Helps market and share the Hometown culture on social media. Must be social media savvy, highly organized, an excellent writer, and skilled in photography. Graphic design skills a plus.

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.

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 Beginner Mountain Bike shop ride
THIS WEEK’S SHOP RIDES
Pop-Up Mountain Bike Ride – Advanced
SATURDAY, APR 21  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC TRAILHEAD
Join us at Brighton Recreation Area for an ADVANCED ride on the mountain bike trails. We’re riding 20+ miles at 8-10 mph. Advanced level skills are required for these trails and pace. Mud, Sweat & Beers is 3 weeks away, so come get some training in with us! Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!
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Hartland Gravel Grinder – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, APR 22  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
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!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Hometown Bicycles Birthday Bike Ride!
SUNDAY, APR 22  |  3:00PM (MEET BY 2:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Come celebrate 8 incredible years of Hometown adventures and existence on a birthday party bike ride for riders of all levels and bikes of all types! We’ll ride the famous, Island Lake “Green Dumpster loop” at a conversational “party pace”. You’ll return to a grill out and birthday cake with your Hometown peeps. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!
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Beginner Friendly Road Ride
MONDAY, APR 23  |  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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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, APR 24  |  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, APR 25  |  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!

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


Cat enjoying spring sunshine

The heat is on!
(finally)

~ Glenn Frey

Birthday Party POSTPONED ’til April 22

Hometown Bicycles 8th Birthday Party Invitation - postponed until April 22
MICHIGAN’S BEEN AT IT AGAIN…
Well, Hometownies, it’s ice advisories and winter weather tomorrow, and that’s NOT compatible with a birthday bike ride and grill out!That’s ok – we can roll with it! We’ve simply moved Hometown’s 8th Birthday Bash to NEXT Sunday, April 22nd, when Michigan will have finally gotten the memo – high of 57° and partly sunny… now THAT’s what we’re talkin’ about!

BUT, if you do happen to stroll in tomorrow (4/15), you’ll get a celebratory 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE(bikes/parts/accessories/special orders) PLUS a slice of birthday cake! Wonky weather or not, Hometown wanted to give you a gift anyway!

Awesomely enough, April 22nd is also Earth Day (yay for pedal-powered transportation!) AND the day after Barry Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race, a Hometownie and Team favorite! That means our party will be the perfect opportunity to high five Ma Nature AND swap Barry stories with your fellow party peeps!

Hang in there, Hometownies!

Michigan winter bicycle

Gee whiz, Michigan…

~ Michiganders everywhere

THIS SUNDAY (4/15): Eat Cake at Hometown’s 8th Birthday Party!

Hometown Bicycles 8th Birthday Party Invitation
YOU’RE INVITED TO HOMETOWN’S 8TH-YEAR CELEBRATION!
Eight eventful years ago, we propped a hand-painted sandwich board in front of a pint-sized service shop, and called Hometown Bicycles officially “OPEN”. Fast forward eight years, and just look what you’ve helped us create, Hometownies!

That’s why we want you, a member of our Hometown family, to party hearty with us on April 15th between noon and 6pm for a day of family-friendly birthday games and prizespresents (for you!), and a 3pm birthday bike ride with food and cake to follow! Read on for details or click here for party updates on our Facebook page!

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Shop Hours for this Sunday, April 15th
Hometown’s 8th Birthday:  NOON – 6PM


GAMES, PRIZES, AND MORE SURPRISES!
Hometown Bicycles Birthday party winnersWhat birthday party would be complete without games and prizes?? Starting at noon, you and your family will enjoy birthday game classics with a cycling twist, like “Pin the Pedal on the Bicycle”, “Tricycle Tug-of-War”, “Guess How Many”, and “Bicycle Tire Toss”. Winners take home a prize!


BIRTHDAY PRESENTS FOR YOU!!
Hometown Bicycles 8th Birthday giftsListen, your loyalty over the years and continuing support are truly gift enough – I mean that, Hometownies! That’s why, at THIS party, the birthday presents are for YOU! Beginning at noon, you’ll receive your very own, wrapped birthday gift with any purchase of $20 or more. (One per person while they last!)


A BIRTHDAY BIKE RIDE FOR THE BIRTHDAY BIKE SHOP!
Hometown Bicycles Birthday Party bike rideIf Hometown could talk, we know it would ask us for a birthday bike ride. That’s why our shop exists, after all – for the love of cycling! This casual road ride will leave from Hometown at 3pm (arrive by 2:45pm) for a spin around Island Lake’s famous “Green Dumpster loop”. All bikes welcome – there will be riders of all types, skills, and paces to make this fun for everyone! Just be sure to work up an appetite…


BIRTHDAY GRILL-OUT WITH A SIDE OF BIRTHDAY CAKE!
Hometown Bicycles Birthday CakeWe’ll be wrapping up Hometown’s 8th-year birthday bash with food on the barbie, compliments of your appreciative bike shop. Be sure to do some post-meal vocal runs – gotta warm up those pipes for a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday to You”! Birthday cake will top it all off for those of us with a sweet tooth.

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See you this Sunday, Hometownies!!

Hometown Bicycles Happy 8th Birthday Party

Yesterday is a beautiful reflection. Today is a new beginning. Tomorrow is limitless possibility.

~ Anonymous

You’re Invited to Hometown’s 8th Birthday Party!

Hometown Bicycles 8th Birthday Party Invitation
YOU’RE INVITED TO HOMETOWN’S 8TH-YEAR CELEBRATION!
Shaun and I have always called Hometown our “first child.” We’ve raised it from infancy, helped it toddle into childhood, and watched it continue to blossom and mature over the past 8 years with YOUR love and support. A shop like Hometown is more than just a business. It’s family, and family deserves a birthday party!

As a part of our Hometown family, we’d love for you to join us on April 15th between noon and 6pm for a day of family-friendly birthday games and prizespresents (for you!), and a 3pm birthday bike ride with food and cake to follow!

Click the invitation above for party details and updates on our Facebook page!


Hometown Bicycles 2-Minute Tip intro video with Matt Fitzhorn
WELCOME TO OUR 2-MINUTE TIP VIDEO SERIES

For those of you who know – or have gotten to know – our new Service Manager, it won’t come as any sort of a surprise that Matt’s the “bees knees” when it comes to cyclist education and bike tech-ery. Beginning next week, you’ll enjoy the benefits of his expertise in a weekly bike care and maintenance video series, titled “2-Minute Tips,” that will help keep your bike ride-ready!

Click here or the image above to watch the introductory video!


WIN A GRANT FOR IMPROVING MI CYCLING

League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) Micro Grant logoPut your creative caps on, Hometownies! League of Michigan Bicyclists is now accepting proposals for a cyclist-, State-, and industry-benefiting Micro-Grant Program through May 4th!

“The Micro-Grant Program will provide financial assistance to individuals and organizations who implement creative projects that promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on Michigan roadways.”

Grants range from $200 – $2,000 with a quick and simple application and reporting process. We love what this program means for our sport, and we’d love to hear that YOU won a grant! CLICK HERE for details.


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 Social Media Specialist
Helps market and share the Hometown culture on social media. Must be social media savvy, highly organized, an excellent writer, and skilled in photography. Graphic design skills a plus.

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.

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 Beginner Road Ride shop ride
THIS WEEK’S SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, APR 7  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC
This week, we’ll meet at Brighton Rec trailhead. 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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Hartland Gravel Grinder – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, APR 8  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
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!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Beginner Road Ride
MONDAY, APR 9  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
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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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, APR 10  |  7:00PM (MEET BY 6:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
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!

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
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Hometown Bicycles in its early years

We cannot become who we want to be by remaining who we are.

~ Max DePree

Happy Easter, Hometownies!

Happy Easter from everybunny at Hometown Bicycles
HERE’S HOPPY HOLIDAY WISHES FROM THE WHOLE HOMETOWN CREW!
On a holiday that celebrates rebirth, renewal, and resurrection, we wish you, your family, and your bike a safe and spectacular return from the winter that wouldn’t let go. There’s so much to celebrate, Hometownies – have yourselves an Easter to remember!
WE WILL BE CLOSED EASTER DAY (4/1)

Hometown Bicycles financing with up to 12 months zero interest

“TAX REFUND OR NOT, I WANT THAT BIKE!!”
 
Alright, Hometownies, with winter dragging it’s heels on its way out the door, we’ve all been getting fidgety, and you know that means the Spring bug is going to bite… HARD.

While you’ve been cooped up indoors – with visions of Renegades, beach cruisers, fatties, and single speeds dancing in your head – there’s been a head of steam building. Hit the pressure valve, Hometownies! You don’t need to hang around waiting for a tax refund to kick off your Spring the way you’ve been dreaming.

Remember, we offer financing – 12 months no interest for purchases of $1000 and more, and 6 months no interest for anything under. Doesn’t matter what you buy – bikes, gear, goodies.

You know Hometown. You know how we roll. You know we wouldn’t offer this if it weren’t a good program offering good value to our customers. Apply ahead of time, so that your financing’s ready when YOU’RE ready. And go ahead, hit the ground sprinting this Spring!


Hometown Bicycles 8th Anniversary Save the Date

IT’S FAMILY FUN FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS BIRTHDAY!

April 15th marks 8 years of Hometown, 8 years of growth, 8 years of loving what we do, and 8 years of getting to know YOU, and that definitely deserves a celebration… Hometown style! Details to follow, but prepare for contests, rides, a picnic, birthday cake, and birthday presents for YOU! Make-a-Wish will also be there with Wish-a-Mile Bicycle Tour information – the perfect compliment to our family event. Put it on your calendar!

TWO LEGISLATIVE TRIUMPHS FOR MI CYCLISTS

League of Michigan Bicyclists logoCyclist safety and advocacy have always been at the heart of League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) efforts, and they hit a double homer with their recent State House success… AND YOU ARE THE WINNER!

On March 21st, the House passed two LMB bicycle safety bills. The first requires that all drivers education classes/trainings address the laws and safety practices pertaining to cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable roadway users.

The second is the institution of a 3-foot, Statewide passing law – a compromise from the desired 5 feet lobbied for by the LMB. Still, it adds one more layer of protection for you and your fellow cyclists.

You can catch the details of these legislative triumphs on the LMB blog. Makes you feel like someone’s got your back, doesn’t it. Thank you, LMB, for fighting so passionately to keep all of us safe!


HOMETOWN’S VERSATILE RENTAL ROOM

Hometown Bicycles Community Room available for rentEvery now and then, I get the tickle to tell you that our Community Room is called the “Community” Room for a reason… we want you to use it!

When we’re not running our own clinics, classes, or trainings, there’s a generous 400 sq.ft. of fantastic classroom space available for YOUR use – whether that be yoga classes, adventure club meetings, Scout programs, or birthdays!

In just the past few weeks, we’ve been delighted to host:
•  Sparrow Freedom Project
•  Arboriculture Society of MI
•  Brighton Lacrosse
•  Local Homeowner’s Association

We’ve got tables, chairs, whiteboards, refrigerator/microwave access, and parking. We have a wooded trail out back and a large front lawn, in case outdoor activities play a role in your program. And let’s not forget that you’ll be at the world’s coolest bike shop!

So, whatever it is that you’re getting a group together for – pinochle or painting parties, club meetings or business conferences, story time or kids crafts – shoot us an email: events@myhometownbicycles.com. This may just turn out to be the perfect space for your get-together!


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 Gravel Grinder 101 shop ride with CycloDan Tribble
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, MAR 31  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
We’re headed back to Island Lake for a loop through the trails and “behind the pond”. 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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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
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Team Hometown Bicycles riders Jeff and Sarah Short cycling at Island Lake

More than a season, Spring is a state of mind.

~ Anonymous

Post-Potluck Pics + The Official 2018 Shop Ride Schedule

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic
THANKS FOR MAKING THIS YEAR’S POTLUCK CLINIC AMAZING!
Last Thursday, appetites and attendance were at an all-time, record-breaking high at our annual, Where to Ride in Michigan clinic and potluck party. Hometownies, you truly outdid yourselves! Here’s a photographic look at some of our favorite highlights…

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic and Potluck Party - fruit, brownies, cookies, and cupcakes!
The FOOD!!  Our tables were overflowing with mouth-watering goodness – everything from slow-cooker ribs to homemade cupcakes. There wasn’t a square centimeter of empty stomach in the place by the time the event was over! Thank you, Hometown chefs!

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic speakers - Matt Fitzhorn, Kelly Hibbert of Bike Vacation Tours, Laura Faunce, and Shaun Bhajan
The Clinic:  (from left) The evening kicked off with our awesome, new, Service Manager, Matt Fitzhorn, introducing himself to his awesome, new, Hometown family. We also heard from Kelly Hibbert of Bike Tour Vacations about some seriously fun, bike-based travel adventures. Ride Coordinator Laura did such a great job describing shop rides, and the wonderfulness of our Team, that several Hometownies joined on the spot! And Shaun tied it all together with insights on cycling groups, organizations, rides, and maps.

Thanks, too, to Tom Hermann for the bonus Hartland Trail intel and MMBA chapters lowdown, and the Team members who shared a little of their own Hometown love!

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic - Mel Robinson with Shaun and Dawn Bhajan
Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic - with Paula and Ken from Lake Trust Credit UnionThe Guests:  The evening and shop were packed with wonderful folks, like Paula and Ken (at left) from Lake Trust Credit Union, who live their business culture of community support. Thanks for coming out, you two!

We also had the bittersweet pleasure of giving a Hometown send-off to one very special Hometownie, Mel Robinson. Mel’s been a constant – loyal to a ‘T’, involved, and entirely devoted to cycling. We’re all going to miss you, Mel – bunny hop some gators for us down there in Florida!

Hometown Bicycles Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party and Clinic - guys hanging out in the back
The Socializing:  It’s our favorite part of every event – hanging out, making friends, and dreaming up future cycling adventures. The Potluck Clinic offered it up in spades. All in all, it was an evening to remember – thanks again for the memories, Hometownies!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Race

TEAM NEWS: 102 MEMBERS! + MAKING WAVES AT WATERLOO

Hometownies, your Team has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. This year, our goal was 100 riders, nearly double 2017’s contingent. AND WE DID IT!!! Your Team is now officially closed at 102 riders strong!! With a group this size, you KNOW we’re gonna leave a positive mark on our local and cycling communities! Stay tuned to see how we shake the ground…

And speaking of leaving a mark, 15 Team Hometownies – one of them Team Title Sponsor Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy! – made serious waves at last weekend’s Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race. Despite troublesome, hot-spot wipeout zones, our Team still loaded the podium with Brad Allen (Fat Bike) taking 1st, Roger Pelkey and your Service Lead Andrew Jackson grabbing 2nd, and Robin Fry and Jacob Henriksen (Fat Bike) placing 3rd, each in their own age group. Also rocking the course were Team members Scott Simpson, Jack Riddle, Erik Frazier, Joe Ostervick, Linc Wehrly, Jim Cleer, Tom Hermann, Mark Lang, Colin Chisholm and, of course, Vinnie. Ya’ done us proud, Team – congrats on a race well-ridden! (You’ll find tons of awesome race photos on Jacob’s Speedy Sloth Facebook page. Helmet tip to our prolific pic-meister!)


HOMETOWN’S 2018 SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Spring/Summer Shop Ride ScheduleWe’ve put together a Spring/Summer Shop Ride schedule that will make your inner cyclist sing!

Starting in April, you’ll get to choose from at least one ride a day – seven days a week – for every style and level of rider, including road, casual/recreational, mountain, race training, night, gravel grinding, and women-specific rides. There’s no fee to participate, our rides are open to the public, and they’re all NO-DROP rides.

CLICK HERE or at left to download your copy of our official 2018 Shop Ride guide, and get ready to ride!


Hometown Bicycles 8th Anniversary Save the Date

IT’S FAMILY FUN FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS BIRTHDAY!

April 15th marks 8 years of Hometown, 8 years of growth, 8 years of loving what we do, and 8 years of getting to know YOU, and that definitely deserves a celebration… Hometown style! Details to follow, but prepare for contests, rides, a picnic, birthday cake, and birthday presents for YOU! Make-a-Wish will also be there with Wish-a-Mile Bicycle Tour information – the perfect compliment to our family event. Put it on your calendar!

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 Gravel Grinder 101 shop ride with CycloDan Tribble
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, MAR 24  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM JANOWSKI FIELD
This week takes us to the Janowski Field trailhead (between GM and Commerce roads) to ride the Milford Trail, a hidden gem of a singletrack. Anticipate 10-15 miles of adventuring. 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 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
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


2018 Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Race

Happiness is knowing where you belong

~ Anonymous

Meet Your (Almost) 2018 Team Hometown Bicycles!

Team Hometown Bicycles 2018
THANKS TO MICHIGAN, THERE’S STILL TIME TO JOIN IN!

The March 1st close date for our Team was “snow-dayed”, along with our Potluck Party, to March 15th. And THAT, dear Hometownies, means you have 2 more days to become part of our Team cycling adventures, our advocacy, our friendships, and our FUN! See the character at front in the above photo? That’s our Ride Coordinator, Laura, and she’d be happy to hook you up! ride@myhometownbicycles.com

Team Hometown Bicycles 2018 Kit Pick-Up Party in full swing
This past Sunday, marked our 2nd Annual Team Kit Pick-Up Party, and we had a blast!!  Our Team has grown by leaps and bounds for the 2018 cycling year (92 and counting!), and a full two-thirds were able to join us for an evening of mostaccioli (made with love by your very own Ride Coordinator), heartwarming stories, laughter, camaraderie, and Team pride.

Team Hometown Bicycles 2018 Kit Pick-Up Party laughter
Team Hometown Bicycles is an amazing group of people, supported by an amazing group of Sponsors, doing amazing things in 2018.  So stay on the lookout for Team jerseys at rides, races, and community events, and stay tuned to our newsletters and Facebook… you never know what we’ll get up to next!

P.S. You’ll spot Team riders at this weekend’s Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race – good luck, Hometownies!


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

THIS THURSDAY (3/15)!! BIKE CLINIC & POTLUCK PARTY
Sloppy joes, chili, venison stroganoff, cheesy potatoes, veggie enchiladas, fruit salad, brownies, sweets, wine, beer… need we say more?!

At this party, you’ll learn about the best MI cycling parks and routes. 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 us!

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 92 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!:

THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH, 6-8pm – The only fee is food!

EVEN NPR GETS IT…

Guy on bikeIn this past Monday’s NPR Morning Edition segment, Allison Aubrey found that there is “Evidence Indicat[ing] Cyclists May Age Better Than Those Who Don’t Bike”. We know it, too, Allison! As NPR notes:

There’s evidence that if you regularly bike — even just for fun — you may age better than those who don’t. A study shows that cyclists bodies may fend off some of the typical age-related decline.

Click here to enjoy a full transcript of this spot-on NPR sound byte!

Special thanks to Hometownie Dr. Brandy Snedden-Hane for alerting us to this segment!


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 Gravel Grinding 101 shop ride with Dan "CycloDan" Tribble
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
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!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, MAR 17  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
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!***


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


2018 Team Hometown Bicycles at the Kit Pick-Up Party

We met by chance. We became friends by choice.

~ Anonymous

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