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Spring: Getting on Your Nirves

Hometown Bicycles blink video

GETTING FAMILIAR WITH HOMETOWN 

Recognize these roads and trails? Our local Hometownies got geared up with GoPros for this quick-clip intro to Hometown Bicycles and the community we ride in. Helmet tip to Greg Jacek of Unique Photo & Video, who created this mini-masterpiece for our shop. Keep an eye out for more of this up-and-coming videographer’s handiwork at Hometown!

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NIRVE BIKES: EAT-YOUR-HEART-OUT EYE CANDY

Nirve cruiser at Hometown BicyclesThese days, our floor is filling up with an eye-boggling array of colorful cruisers that scream “SUMMER!!” Nirve Bicycles (owned by Jamis) produces vibrant, cheeky bikes that stand WAY out in a crowd. We’ll let these beauties speak for themselves…

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

You’re welcome!

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“HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDE” CLINIC TONIGHT!

Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal TrainingToday (5/17) from 6:30-8pm, Pro Triathlete Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal Training is coming to Hometown to offer expert instruction in the art of becoming a better cyclist. This clinic will cover ways to improve your fitness, build speed and stamina, and slim and tone via targeted workouts for real results. He’ll also share insider insights on tools and products you can use to accurately track and assess your progress.
(Photo © Real Results Personal Training)Weekend warrior or racer-in-training, this clinic will add valuable arsenal to your cycling skill set. NO CHARGE… ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

REGISTER FOR MASTER CYCLING – HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDE
Tuesday, May 17th  •  6:30-8:00pm  •  Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room
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HOW TO ENCOURAGE KIDS TO MAKE BIKE ART

Student bicycle artwork at Hometown BicyclesAs example-setters and role models, our enthusiasm can turn younger generations onto the joys of pedal-powered adventure… AND fuel future bike art from young creative minds!

Stop in next Tuesday, May 24th from 5:30-6:30pm to help celebrate and encourage the bike-y artistry of Zach Hoggard’s Bartlett Elementary 5th Grade students. This Artists’ Reception Open House – refreshments provided – is a self-esteem-building show-&-tell.

Who knows… your kind kudos may just inspire the next creative genius whose work will one day hang prominently on your wall!

STUDENT ARTISTS’ RECEPTION OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, May 24th  •  5:30-6:30pm  •  Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room

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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION & MINI-SHAUN TURNS 1

Liam's 1st birthdayShaun’s and my little Hometownie turns 1 on June 1st, and since his birthday coincides so closely with Memorial Day, there’s really only one thing to do… CELEBRATE!Our next email will have day/time details, but just know that there’ll be games and prizes, fresh grilled hot dogs, birthday cake, special deals, the works! No presents – your presence is present enough!

Wall o’ Bicycle Art, Master Cycling Clinic, and Scouts on Bikes

Bartlett Elementary of South Lyon 5th Grade bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

THE COLORFUL CREATIVITY OF SOUTH LYON’S BARTLETT ELEMENTARY 

Hometown Bicycles’ Student Art Program is now proud host to the remarkable talent of South Lyon art teacher Zach Hoggard’s 5th Grade class.

Zach took up the mission of inspiring students to generate bicycle art with a challenging lesson in negative space. Bicycles aren’t easy to draw for ANYONE (seriously… try it!), so the creative results of his project are all the more impressive.

Bartlett Elementary’s bicycle art will be on display in the Community Room for the month of May. (Sorry, Hometownies, these gems are NOT for sale.) Stay tuned for an upcoming Artists’ Reception at Hometown to honor these young creators!

"Inner Joy" clay bicycle art by George R. on display at Hometown BicyclesSPEAKING OF STUDENT INGENUITY…
Here’s a shout out to another young bicycle artist whose work is on display at the shop. George R. is just 13 years old, but his clay piece, “Inner Joy” (photo at right), could pass for the efforts of a professional three times his age.

When you stop by to see this, be sure to check out the tire treads, the chain detail, the carefully aligned spokes, and even the textured grass. All we have to say is, “WHOA!”

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MASTER CYCLING CLINIC WITH RYAN RAU

Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal TrainingNext Tuesday (5/17) from 6:30-8pm, Pro Triathlete Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal Training is coming to Hometown to offer expert instruction in the art of becoming a better cyclist. This clinic will cover ways to improve your fitness, build speed and stamina, and slim and tone via targeted workouts for real results. He’ll also share insider insights on tools and products you can use to accurately track and assess your progress.
(Photo © Real Results Personal Training)

Weekend warrior or racer-in-training, this clinic will add valuable arsenal to your cycling skill set. NO CHARGE!

REGISTER FOR MASTER CYCLING – HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDE
Tuesday, May 17th  •  6:30-8:00pm  •  Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room

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DEMO DAY WAS “TEAM HOMETOWNED”

Team Hometown Bicycles at Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day

Last weekend’s Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day dawned brisk and beautiful. Team Hometown Bicycles was kept hopping with crowds of eager cyclists collecting demo rides and information. Major thanks to the Hometownies who represented Hometown at this well-attended event. You are fantastic ambassadors to the shop and the sport!

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 347 PREPS FOR MACKINAC

Boy Scout Troop 347 bicycle clinic at Hometown Bicycles with Shaun Bhajan
Image shown with the permission of Scout Troop 347. Glad to have you here!

If Boy Scouts should “Always be Prepared,” then Troop 347 rocks the motto! In preparation for a group expedition to Mackinac Island, these diligent Scouts picked Shaun’s brain on the finer points of bike care, safety, and skills. We just wish we could go, too… ride on, Troop 347!

We love getting kids geeked about cycling! Want us to host a clinic for your Troop or group? Email Jennifer at events@myhometownbicycles.com

Mom’s Day Crazy-Fun Gift Guide + Demo Bike Closeout

CRAZY-FUN MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR MOMS WHO LOVE TO PEDAL 

Perfect timing… our first ever shipment of wacky and wonderful cyclist gift goodies has arrived just in time to give you a serious selection of bike-geared Mom’s Day gifts!

It’s a collection of epic fun-ness that you absolutely have to see for yourself but, until then, here’s our handful of ideas to get your Mother’s Day mental motor running…

Nirve cruisers for women
BEAUTIFUL BICYCLES
For moms who cruise or race!
Mother's Day bicycle cards
MOM’S DAY CARDS
Lovely Mother’s Day cards
Mother's Day bicycle mugs
MOM-GEARED MUGS
MOM mugs and more!
Bicycle home decor
FUN HOME DECOR
Fabulous bicycle decor
Female cyclist yard spinner at Hometown Bicycles
GARDEN GOODIES
Yard spinners for cyclists
Bicycle kitchen goods at Hometown Bicycles
COOL KITCHEN WARE
Plates, towels, pasta, more
Hometown Bicycle Love Bar organic soap
ORGANIC BAR SOAPS
Handmade locally with “love”
Bicycle wine goods at Hometown Bicycles
SWEET WINE SERVICE
A toast to cycling moms!
Michigan Tandem T-Shirts at Hometown Bicycles
COLORFUL T-SHIRTS
Combines MI pride + bike ♥
LPbyLP hand-printed, hand-sewn purses at Hometown Bicycles
EXQUISITE PURSES
Hand-stamped, hand-sewn locally
Bicycle scarves at Hometown Bicycles
PLAYFUL BIKE SCARVES
Colorful, lightweight cotton
Bicycle inner tube, chain, and cable jewelry by Sunshine Design at Hometown Bicycles
REMARKABLE JEWELRY
Hand-crafted of recycled bike bits
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GIFT YOUR CYCLIST MOM HAPPY MUSCLES

Yoga for Cyclists flierIt’s not a stretch to say that Hometown’s Yoga for Cyclists class, led by mountain biking mom Jessica Beaubien ofSoul Stretch Christian Yoga, has been one of the most loved and most popular classes held in our Community Room. Participants have been raving about newly toned cycling muscles, increased flexibility, and a renewed sense of focus.

Sound like the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your superstar mom? Contact Jessica at 248-429-YOGA or visitsoulstretch.org to register her (or you!)

Classes meet here every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of each month) from 11:30-12:30pm for just $7 per class or 6 for $30!

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DEMO DAY BLOW-YOU-AWAY DEALS

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day, an MCMBA / MMBA event
(Image Credit: © Motor City Mountain Biking Association)

In the spirit of Island Lake’s Spring Bike Demo Day – that’s Saturday, May 7th, demo junkies! – we’re offering some killer closeout deals on shop demo bikes. This is a unique opportunity to get AMAZING bikes at an equally awe-inspiring price!

Never been to Spring Bike Demo Day? Read all about it HERE! Team Hometown Bicycles will have a tent at this uber-popular event – be sure to stop by and say “hello!”

Now Hiring at Hometown Bicycles…

Help Wanted at Hometown Bicycles

AS THE SEASON’S WINDING UP, SO ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES…

Hometown’s committed to making the bike shop experience magical for the wonderful people who patronize our shop. That requires an exceptional team of “behind-the-scene”-ers. You can be a part of it!

Our crew is already remarkable – and now it’s growing! Positions available include:

CASHIER – PT/FT – Evenings and weekends, up to 40 hours per week

SERVICE TECHS – PT/FT – Up to 40 hours per week

SERVICE WRITER – FT – 40 hours per week

SALES STAFF – PT/FT – Up to 40 hours per week

Interested? Stop in! Know someone who’s interested? Send them in! Connect with Shaun or Dawn for an application.

A Winning Weekend

Team Hometown Bicycles Takes Barry-Roubaix 2016!

Team Hometown Bicycles on the Podium taking first place at Barry Roubaix 2016!
(Team riders included Jim Cleer (Team Captain), Brian Forhan (Team Captain), Jack Riddle, Tom Hermann, Mark Lang, Joe Ostervik, Gary Spencer, Thomas Marminc, Sarah Marminc, Doug Queener, Olga Negrut, Vinnie Baylerian from Pro-Motion, Brien TerBush, Andrew Keller, Khao Phaydavong and, no, this list doesn’t match up with the pic above!)

Team Hometown Bicycles Captain Jim Cleer holds aloft their 1st place Barry Roubaix trophy with Tom HermannPROUD? WHY, YES… YES, WE ARE

While Hometown celebrated its 6th birthday, Team Hometown Bicycles was representing at the renownedBarry Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race… with EPIC results!

They collectively earned FIRST PLACE in the 22-mile challenge – bringing honor, glory, and a kick-bottom trophy plaque home to roost. (At right: Team Captain Jim Cleer with the trophy and fellow Team honcho Tom Hermann)

Special kudos to Joe Ostervik for solidifying Team Hometown’s win with a second place podium in his age group!

So, way to go, Team! Cheers to this being the first of many Team adventures founded on good vibes and freakishly good cycling! We’re proud of you!!

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ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: A GREAT PARTY

Happy 6th Birthday, Hometown Bicycles birthday cake

Hometown’s 6th Birthday Party was easily one of THE BEST and best attended events of our 6-year history! We couldn’t have asked for a better or more fun and supportive group of party-goers. Thanks for coming out to celebrate what you helped to create, Hometownies!! Check out some of the highlights below…

Highlights from Hometown Bicycle's 6th birthday party

Above Left: Our lot was PACKED with cars, people, balloons, bicycles, and good times!

Above Right: The wheel toss game was a hit, and won many a Hometownie some bonus coupons!

Bottom Left: Ian and John of Double Play raised the roof and really turned this event into a P-A-R-T-Y!! Call Hometownie Ian 586-940-1492 to book his band for YOUR event.

Bottom Right: The fresh-grilled hot dogs were picnic-perfect, thanks to Mike’s mad grilling ‘skillz’ (center) and Rocco (left) and David’s (right) food table support!

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CASHIER NEEDED

Help wanted - part time cashier needed at Hometown Bicycles

With the season picking up, it’s time to bring in more help. We’re currently looking to fill the role of part-time cashier for evenings and weekends.

If you’re interested – and responsible, intelligent, and friendly – let’s talk. Stop by the shop, and connect with Shaun or Dawn.

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BIKE BLURBS

RV campingTONIGHT 4/19 FROM 7-8PM IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM, Hometownie Fred Tomczyk needs your honest-to-goodness feedback on a new product he’s launching in the RV market. If you have experience with RVs with holding tanks, come share your thoughts. Enjoy free food and intriguing conversation!
Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy DayLUCINDA MEANS BICYCLE ADVOCACY DAY ON MAY 25 gives cyclists a chance to meet Lansing-based legislators to promote safe cycling and bring about changes which benefit the cycling community. Bike Tour Vacations believes strongly in this event, and has offered to provide registration and transportation for 4 newcomers. If you haven’t been before, please contactjim@biketourvacations.com to sign up. Make a Hometown difference for better bicycling!
Spring Snowman 5K/10K Run/WalkHELP THE SNOWMAN 5K/10K REACH 500 PARTICIPANTS! OnSaturday, May 7th at 9am is the annual running/walking of the Eric Hartwell Foundation‘s much-loved Spring Snowman 5K/10K through beautiful Brighton Pine Creek Ridge neighborhood. Registering early gives you a chance to win a cherry red Jamis Allegro, donated by Hometown Bicycles!
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LIAM’S ALREADY PICKED OUT A BIKE FOR HIS SISTER

Liam with boy and girl Jamis bicycles

(Just to answer a question that Shaun and I get asked daily… )

Your Invite to Hometown’s 6th Birthday Party

Happy 6th Birthday, Hometown!

Hometown Bicycles 6th Birthday Party invitation

TODAY, APRIL 15TH, YOUR BIKE SHOP TURNS 6 INCREDIBLE YEARS OLD!

It would be easy to call this day – Hometown’s 6th Birthday – our most significant achievement to date, but what we’re actually celebrating are the customers we’ve adopted as family along the way. Our “Hometownies” now number in the multi-multi-thousands and, not-so-coincidentally, so have our reasons to be thankful.

Tomorrow, April 16th, is Hometown’s Birthday Party. Your loyalty is the gift, and you’ve already given it generously, so all you need to do is show up and celebrate. This party is really about YOU after all…

  • Store hours on April 16: 11am-5pm – HOURS OF FUN!
  • Get 6% OFF ALL PRODUCTS, including sale items!
  • FREE MULTI-TOOL KIT to the first 15 people to attend (1 per family) 
  • Enjoy BIKE GAMES, like tire toss, for BONUS DISCOUNTS 
  • FREE HOT DOGS & BIRTHDAY CAKE from 11am-2pm (bottled water provided by Beauchamp’s… you guys rock!!)
  • LIVE MUSIC from Hometownie Ian Shearing’s band, Double Play!
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 11AM-5PM 
“Hometown Turns 6!” Party
We can’t wait to celebrate YOU with you and your family and friends!

Hometown’s 6-Year Birthday Party

“Hometown Turns 6!” Party

Happy 6th Birthday, Hometown Bicycles!

PUT YOUR PARTY HATS ON… YOU’VE GOT A CELEBRATION TO ATTEND!

A bike shop doesn’t celebrate 6 gloriously eventful years without the through-thick-and-thin loyalty of the very best kinds of customers. So, this Saturday, April 16, we’re throwing a birthday party for Hometown that celebrates YOU!
  • Store hours on April 16: 11am-5pm – HOURS OF FUN!
  • Get 6% OFF ALL PRODUCTS, including sale items!
  • FREE MULTI-TOOL KIT to the first 15 people to attend (1 per family) 
  • Enjoy BIKE GAMES, like tire toss, for BONUS DISCOUNTS 
  • FREE HOT DOGS from 11am-2pm
  • LIVE MUSIC and more!
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 11AM-5PM 
“Hometown Turns 6!” Party
We can’t wait to celebrate with you, your family, and your friends!
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SO, YOU WANT TO BE UNIQUE…

New bicycle purse/wallet line by Lauren Patrell's LPbyLP at Hometown Bicycles

Hometown artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, has once again blown our cycling socks off with her mastery of fabric and thread. Hometownies, this gal can SEW!!!

While her limited production purses, coin purses, and wallets made of repurposed upholstery fabric have been giving us whiplash as they fly off our shelves, Lauren’s put the pedal to the metal on her sewing machine with a new product line made especially for Hometown!

In a fun and entirely unique twist, this new collection of purses, passport covers, totes, wallets, and even notecards is made of bicycle fabric HAND-STAMPED by the artist, and sewn with an insane level of craftsmanship.

Gift yourself. Gift your friend. Gift your sweetheart. These are the very definition of “one of a kind!”

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CARDIO FITNESS DRUMMING – SAY WHAT??

Cardio Fitness Drumming with Martha Soraruf

If you haven’t heard of it yet, this new fitness craze is making some serious noise in the workout world… and at Hometown these next few Wednesdays!

Cardio drumming incorporates drumsticks, hands, drums, and fitness balls to get your blood pumping and relieve built-up tension. It’ll be something to see, hear, and try. Come on Hometownies – time to rock that sense of adventure!!

Martha Soraruf’s Cardio Fitness Drumming class runs April 13, 20, and 27 at 6:45pm in the Hometown Community Room. Call her – (734) 678-9647 – for details and to register.

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CALLING ALL RVers – FOCUS GROUP AT HOMETOWN

RVing

You’re wondering – what on earth does RVing have to do with bicycles? EVERYTHING, as it turns out, for many of our adventure-lovin’ customers! Check out what’s strapped to the back of the next RV you pass – odds are it has 2 wheels and a saddle…

Next Tuesday, April 19th from 7-8pm, Hometownie Fred Tomczyk (my dad!) will be running a Focus Group out of the Hometown Community Room, introducing a new product concept for RVing. And here’s the deal, he needs your honest-to-goodness feedback. You must have, or have experience with, RVs with holding tanks.

Get a sneak peek at a product soon to be launched in the RV market, share opinions with fellow RVers, and enjoy refreshments.

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE RV FOCUS GROUP
April 19 from 7-8pm in the Hometown Community Room
Special Note: Fred has had a hand in planning, prepping, cleaning, painting, and otherwise renovating almost literally every square inch of Hometown – please help us support the venture of someone who has been so unselfishly instrumental in creating this place that you love!
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THE RUN THAT CAN WIN YOU A BICYCLE

Register early for the Snowman 5K and be entered to win a Jamis Allegro from Hometown Bicycles

The Eric Hartwell Foundation is the local brainchild of two of the world’s coolest people, and when it comes to supporting the awesomeness that Mike and Lisa Hartwell – and all of their amazing family, friends, and supporters – create, we are all in.

On Saturday, May 7th at 9am is the annual running/walking of the Foundation’s beloved Spring Snowman 5K/10K through the beautiful Brighton Pine Creek Ridge neighborhood. Registering early gives you a chance to win the cherry red Jamis Allegro from Hometown that you see pictured above.

Shaun and I did this event hand-in-hand, and loved every minute of it. You will, too. Get registering, Hometownies!

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