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How to Love Your Cyclist This Valentine’s Day

Show Your Valentine Some Bike Love 
Jamis Defcon for Valentine's Day
FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES… AND A DEFCON
Get your creative caps on, and really think about how you can show your Valentine how much they mean to you. If a bike is just the thing to wow your sweetheart, the Jamis Defcon is a stunner in passionate fire red.

Sock Guy bike socks for Valentine's Day

I ♥ YOU FROM YOUR HEAD TO YOUR SOCKED FEET
A foot massage would make a wonderful Valentine’s treat, but not for you, if you have to touch questionable old socks. Deck those beloved feet in new “I ♥…” or “hot lips” cycling socks from Sock Guy.

Pink Purses by Limited Productions by Lauren Patrell

THINK PINK FOR HER GREENS
Gentleman, your bicycle-lovin’ Valentine will adore this exquisitely crafted, Made-in-Michigan, LPbyLP purse set not only for stylishly toting cash, but also for declaring her OTHER passion (besides you, of course!) to the world.

Flower bicycle notecards by Peggy Brewer
WHO CAN RESIST A COLORFUL BOUQET?
Local artist Peggy Brewer combined the best of two worlds – flowers and bicycles – with her vibrant notecards. Save yourself a trip to the drug store – we’ve got your perfect Valentine’s card right here at the shop!

Bicycle cassette candle holders by Deborah Marlowe Kashdan
SET THE MOOD WITH CANDLELIGHT
Gearing up for a romantic, candlelit dinner? Award-winning Detroit artist, Deborah Marlowe Kashdan, has found a clever new use for recycled cassettes – as candleholders! Read more about this new Hometown artist below.

Hometown Bicycles Love Bar all natural soaps

KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN
“Ride Hard – Smell Good”: That’s the tagline of our new, all-natural line of scented soaps, made preservative-free, dye-free, and fixative-free. The Hometown Bicycles Love Bar will make a sweet-smelling gift for that super-special somebody.
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SPEAKING OF FUELING YOUR PASSION…

Gu, Fizz, Hammer, and more nutrition has arrived at Hometown Bicycles

With cycling season just half a month away, our shelves are filling with your favorite nutrition brands in every imaginable powder, fizz, chew, and gel, in every imaginable flavor, to keep yourself rockin’ out the miles on your bicycle.

We’re even building up a new display to house this treasure trove of energy. Stop by and check it out!

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MEET THE ARTIST: DEBORAH MARLOWE KASHDAN

Deborah Marlow Kashdan and her artistic creations at Hometown Bicycles

"Choose Your Path, Chart Your Course. Keep Your Feet to the Pedals and Your Eyes on the Road Ahead" by Deborah Marlowe Kashdan, print available at Hometown BicyclesMeet Deborah – a nationally and internationally award-winning artist whose artistic background and merits span mediums and the globe! Deborah has “a passion for cycling, recycling, and designing and creating functional art.” (Come read her Artist’s Statement at the shop to learn more about this terrific artist and fantastic human being.)

Deborah’s “Bike Lights” cassette candleholders make a wonderfully whimsical addition to our shop, and we’re head-over-heels with her cycling print titled, “Choose Your Path, Chart Your Course. Keep Your Feet to the Pedals and Your Eyes on the Road Ahead“. How. Cool.

Valentine’s Day shoppers – candles, gears… you’ve got to check these out!

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OUR INDUSTRY LOVES US!

Hometown Bicycles - Best Retailer of 2015 from QBPFor the fifth year in a row, we’ve been named Best Retailer of 2015 by Quality Bicycle Products.

We’re psyched, so we wanted to toot our horn to the awesome people who helped us get there.

We love you, Hometownies! Thanks for keeping us at the top the charts year after year!

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ON DECK: “WHY JAMIS?” CLINIC
Jamis bicycles lined up at Hometown Bicycles
Ever wonder why, when we had an opportunity to bring in any bicycle brand, we picked Jamis? The reasons will surprise you! Come to our clinic, and find out why we partnered with Jamis. Super-rep and our “brother-from-another-mother”, Tom Trentanove, will be on hand to give you a bonus inside scoop on the bike company that we LOVE! (1 clinic only!)

Bicycle wheelEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
SAT 2/13 from 10-11am
Part 2 of 2, this clinic covers the perennial favorite – flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice!

Jamis Bicycles logoWHY JAMIS? – REGISTER NOW!
WED, 2/17 at 6-7pm (one day ONLY)
A new addition to our clinic series, “Why Jamis?” answers who Jamis is, what they offer YOU, and why we’ve loved ’em from Day One! This clinic is perfect for anyone who owns, or is considering owning, a Jamis!

Race for the Shop & Flat Tire Fix Clinic

Tim Bart rides Kensington in his Hometown Bicycles kit

Hometown Jerseys - Green Gal leaders Jennifer McCauley and Jessica BeaubienCALLING ALL JERSEYS! RIDE FOR HOMETOWN AND BE A PART OF THE FUN

Interested in joining the Hometown Bicycles cycling Team? We’re welcoming aboard riders of every skill level and cycling preference to one of our two teams:

The Race Team – Hometown Bicycles Race Team is geared for the competitive cyclist, beginner to pro. You’ll take the Hometown values – positive vibes, good sportsmanship, cycling advocacy, goal setting, and having fun – to the shop rides and races.

The Club Team – Hometown Bicycles Club Team shares the joy of cycling via non-competitive rides and events. This Team is perfect for the casual, recreational, charity, and fitness riders.

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A TEAM RIDER
Hometown Bicycles Team cyclists enjoy discount privileges, service priority, race/ride reimbursement, rewards for shop ride and event participation, and more. You’ll also be a part of something that supports the sport you love, and will connect with other amazing people who share your passion!

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
We’ll be hosting an informational Team night in the coming weeks, which will address the who-what-when-where-why-how of becoming a Team rider. Stay tuned for a date and time!

In the meantime, drop by the shop any time. Shaun will gladly answer your questions.

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ON DECK: FLAT TIRE FIX CLINIC
Emergency Bicycle Repair clinic at Hometown Bicycles with Shaun Bhajan
One more opportunity to learn quick-fix tips in our Emergency Bike Repair Clinic Part 1. Next week, we get into the wonderful world of flat tire fixes. Bring a wheel to practice on!Park multi-toolEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
SAT 2/6 from 10-11am
Part 1 of 2, this clinic is hands-on! We’ll cover quick, on-the-go bike fixes to help you avoid a long walk home.

Bicycle wheelEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
TUE, 2/9 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  WED, 2/10 from 6-7pm  -OR-  SAT, 2/13 from 10-11am
Part 2 of 2, this clinic covers the perennial favorite – flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice!

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YOGA FOR CYCLISTS: STRETCH IT A LITTLE FURTHER

Yoga for Cyclists flierOur Community Room has been awash in flexibility and relaxation these past several weeks, as Jessica Beaubien of Soul Stretch Yoga rounds out her Yoga for Cyclists series.

The next 6-week Yoga for Cyclists series begins in a couple weeks – same time, same place (Tuesdays 11-12 in our Community Room). 6 weeks for $30, or $7 for walk-ins. Email soulstretch@gmail.com to register.

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WE WANT YOU!

We Want You! to work for Hometown BicyclesThere are still opportunities for employment at Hometown Bicycles.

If you are a quick learner, self-motivated, goal-driven, and are interested in working for Hometown, stop by the shop and talk to Shaun. You’ll be doing something that positively impacts people’s health and lives!

Hometown Jersey Special & Call for Student Bike Art

Hometown Bicycles team store

Hometown Bicycles team jerseys… AND GET A DISCOUNT WHEN YOU ORDER BY FEBRUARY 4TH!

Don’t get us wrong… we LOVE hanging out with you at our shop. But here’s one instance where you can shop Hometown in your bathrobe and bunny slippers! You can now order your Hometown jerseys and kits directly from Jakroo on our online Team Store:

PLUS, any orders placed by February 4th for February 25th delivery will receivespecial discount pricing (which is what’s currently posted in our Team Store.)

If Hometown is YOUR bike shop, here’s your chance to brag about it!

If RACING for Hometown is YOUR dream, be sure to check out next week’s email!

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IMMEDIATE CALL FOR STUDENT BICYCLE ARTWORK

Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program
If you’re harboring one or more artistically talented kindergarteners through 12th-graders in your home, here’s a chance to showcase their talent at Hometown!

Our Brighton High School student art display has enlivened the shop and inspired our customers for over a month now, but it’s time to return the artwork to their creators (except for the ones that sold, of course!)

There’s been an amazing response to our Student Art Program from our community’s schools, and you’ll be seeing a whole lot more student creativity in the coming months. But while those students are hard at work, creating their masterpieces for display, our walls will be sitting vacant…

… UNLESS …

Unless your budding artist would like to showcase their bicycle art at our shop NOW!

Artwork can be any medium, but must be ABOUT bicycles or MADE OF bicycle parts. Your student may put it up for sale if they want to – they’d keep 100% of the proceeds!

If interested, email a picture of the artwork for approval (we’re a family-friendly shop, so it’s got to be positive, clean, and angst-free), along with your student’s name and grade level, to office@myhometownbicycles.com.

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH.  Please drop off approved artwork by Friday, February 5th, so that we can make its display spectacular!

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ON DECK: EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR CLINIC

Bike Fitting Basics clinic at Hometown Bicycles with Vinnie from Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

There’s still one more chance to catch some bike fit action at our Saturday Bike Fitting Basics clinic. Then, following hot on its heels, is a must-see clinic for ANYONE who wants to avoid the long walk of sheepish unpreparedness!

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy logoBIKE FITTING BASICS – REGISTER NOW!
SAT 1/30 from 10-11am
This popular clinic will cover bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort.

Park multi-toolEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
TUE, 2/2 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  WED, 2/3 from 6-7pm  -OR-  SAT, 2/6 from 10-11am
Part 1 of 2, this clinic is hands-on! We’ll cover quick, on-the-go bike fixes to help you avoid a long walk home.

Saturday Clinics & Help Wanted

Hometown Bicycles winter clinic series now being offered weekends, too!

BY POPULAR DEMAND…

We’ve been seeing far too many disappointed faces on customers whose weekday schedules prevent them from attending our winter bike clinics.

Turn those frowns upside-down, Hometownies! Starting this weekend, our clinics will be making an additional appearance every Saturday at 10am. Click the link below to register for “Bike Care & Maintenance Part 2” á la Saturday morning:

Airing up bicycle tireBIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Saturday, January 23 from 10:00-11am
In this second of a 2-part clinic, we’ll talk about how to care for your bicycle AFTER you come back from your ride.

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BIKE FITTING CLINIC WITH PRO-MOTION

Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy at Hometown Bicycles
(Guest speaker Vinnie is also a Hometown VIP. As if he wasn’t already cool enough!)

This clinic is FASCINATING! Guest speaker, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, enlightens and entertains while he talks about the bio-mechanics behind cycling efficiently and minimizing pain. We say from two years of Vinnie-clinic experience: this is a DEFINITE “don’t miss” clinic!!

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy LogoBIKE FITTING BASICS – REGISTER NOW!
TUE 1/26 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  WED 1/27 from 6-7pm  -OR-  SAT 1/30 from 10-11am
Guest speaker, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, will cover bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort.

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ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS

Beauchamp Treatment and Supply bottled water at Hometown Bicycles
Hey, we want to take a moment to shout out our appreciation for a company that’s made it their mission to keep our clinic-goers hydrated… thanks for the water, Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply! Something like 60% of our human bodies is eternally grateful for your considerate sponsorship!
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ON THE EVE OF OUR FIRST SPRING IN THE NEW DIGS…

Help wanted at Hometown Bicycles
The spring cycling season is just 40 days away + we have a new Bicycle Adventure Center =

Positions available at Hometown Bicycles! Stop in to apply.

Beat Around the Bush to Help Island Lake!

Or, maybe more appropriately… beat ON some bushes to help Island Lake.

You bike, run, walk, swim, paddle, LOVE our community’s famous Island Lake Recreation Area – here’s a highly therapeutic way to say THANK YOU (let’s annihilate some invasive shrubbery!):

Island Lake Clean-Up flier for 1/30/16

Island Lake Clean-Up flier for 2/27/16

 

Learn Bike Care, Book Your Event at Hometown, and Another Student Success

Hometown Bicycles Bike Care and Maintenance Clinic Part I with Shaun Bhajan

SUCH A GREAT TURN-OUT FOR PART 1…

Despite the blustery weather, our Community Room was packed (no small feat, it’s a big room!) with eager cyclists, raring to learn about Bicycle Care & Maintenance. Next week, we delve into Part 2 – what to do AFTER the ride:

Airing up bicycle tireBIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Tuesday, January 19 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Wednesday, January 20 from 6-7pm
In this second of a 2-part clinic, we’ll talk about how to care for your bicycle AFTER you come back from your ride.

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BOOK OUR COMMUNITY ROOM FOR YOUR EVENT!

Yoga for Cyclists in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room

Well, here’s the perfect use for our Community Room – cyclists melting into deep stretch yoga poses under the expert guidance of Jessica Beaubian of Soul Stretch Yoga. (Yoga for Cyclists runs Tuesdays at 11am. Email soulstretch@gmail.com to register.)

NEED A PLACE TO MEET? Our Community Room can be booked for YOUR meetings, classes, and get-togethers. If interested, contact Jennifer atevents@myhometownbicycles.com.

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MCKENNA’S OUTSTANDING ART

McKenna Baumker and her artwork at Hometown Bicycles
This is McKenna. McKenna, like Ellen from last week’s newsletter, is also a Brighton High School student and a member of Maureen Ray’s advanced drawing class. McKenna is holding an envelope containing a check for her artwork (right), which sold as part of ourHometown Bicycles Student Art Program. Her piece made one lucky recipient very happy this Christmas.

You’re an amazing artist, McKenna!

Not familiar with our Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program? Learn more about it HERE!

Yoga for Cyclists, Clinic Faves & Starving Artist No More

Hometown Bicycles Winter Clinic Series: Bicycle Safety and Equipment

AND SO IT BEGINS… AGAIN!

Shaun and I met over bike clinics, so Hometown’s yearly winter clinic series has always been near and dear to our hearts. But that’s the only thing nostalgic about this year’s series; we’ve got a new, dream room in a new, dream shop to take it to an “11”!

Our clinics are free, and we appreciate your pre-registration for set-up purposes. This week – it was all about the safety. Next week brings the MASSIVELY popular, two-part Bike Care & Maintenance clinics. You’ll get the 411 on keeping your trusty steed looking and working its absolute best!

Airing up bicycle tireBIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
Tuesday, January 12 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Wednesday, January 13 from 6-7pm
In this first of a 2-part clinic, we’ll cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails.

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BECOME A STRONGER & MORE EFFICIENT CYCLIST

Yoga for Cyclists

Rockstar yogi (anyone who could run a yoga class in our former, cramped location deserves that title), co-founder of Hometown Bicycles Green Gals, and owner of Soul Stretch Yoga, Jessica Beaubien is now taking registrations for a cyclist-specific yoga class in the comfort and privacy of Hometown’s Community Room.

It’s an absolute steal at 6 weeks for $30. Walk-in price is $7 per session. Classes will runTuesdays at 11am. If interested, please email soulstretch@gmail.com.

 

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ELLEN’S EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Ellen Bartush and her artwork that sold at Hometown Bicycles

This is Ellen. Ellen is a Senior at Brighton High School and a member of Maureen Ray’s advanced drawing class. Ellen is holding an envelope containing a check for her artwork (upper right), which sold as part of our Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program. Ellen plans to study marketing, for which her creativity will be of enormous benefit.

Congratulations, Ellen!

Not familiar with our Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program? Learn more about it HERE!

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