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Cyclists: How to Never be Bored

Bored cat meme
(Image credit: funnybits.mobi)

HAVE YOU SEEN OUR LIST OF WINTER EVENTS?
You know what’s fun – dropped jaws and double-takes because a Michigan bike shop parking lot is overflowing with cars throughout the winter!

We know you’re proud of how active your bike shop is – you tell us daily, and we appreciate that! But have you taken full advantage of the boredom-busting activity roster we’re rocking through the cold season (and beyond)? We’re doing this for you!

Of course, there are shop rides. But if snow cycling ain’t your thang, how about a fundraising concert? A wine-and-learn women’s night? An essential oils training? A fitness class? A bike clinic? A self defense course? Cuz they’re all happening here at Hometown, and that’s just over the next few weeks!

I challenge you to scroll down or visit our Facebook events page and PICK ONE (or more!) to attend. Maybe it peaks your interest, maybe you’ve never tried before, or maybe you simply need to get OUT – but go! We’re here to be a resource – let us be yours!!


Essential Oils 101 with Jill Gautherat at Hometown Bicycles
THIS SATURDAY: ESSENTIAL OILS 101
Hometownie Jill Gautherat of Faith, Love, Oils is back at Hometown this weekend with her Young Living Essential Oils presentation. Her Community Room seminar runs Saturday, February 3rd from 1:00-2:30pm and is open to the public. It will cover what essential oils are, how to use them, and how to recognize quality. Click HERE for details!

Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band with CycloDan Tribble coming to Hometown Bicycles
(Photo courtesy and © Progressive Blues & Rhythm Band)
ROLL & ROCK EVENT COMING 2/10
A ‘funk’y fundraiser for the Brighton High School Mountain Bike Team 

***NOTE:  We’ve had a few questions regarding whether this event is kid-friendly. So, to clarify, the Roll & Rock is geared toward adults – later hours (7-10pm), classic jazz and blues tunage, BYOB (I suspect many will bring beer) – with proceeds supporting youth cycling. Consider it a date night with good karma!

On Saturday, February 10th, we’re clearing our floor of bikes for a LIVE CONCERT AT HOMETOWN, starring our very own CycloDan Tribble’s Progressive Blues & Rhythm Band. On the agenda – crazy awesome music, dancing, BYOB, snacks, socializing… and knowing that half of your $10 cover charge goes directly toward gearing up the BHS Team for their 2018 cycling season!

Enjoy the show from 7pm-9pm, then hang with the band at the after-party. It’s laid back, funky fun that will wow your ears and tickle your tastebuds, all while supporting youth cycling. Please let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for enough refreshments!

BAND BIO:  The Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band is Brian “BK Big Fish” King, drums, Doug “Bird Dog” Percha, guitar, Theo “Dr. Thee” Smith, bass and Dan Tribble aka “Shoocat Hopkins” on vocals and harmonica. All have been active members of the S.E. Michigan  music scene mostly dating back to the mid 70’s. The PBR Band intends to bring you a brew of blues, rock & funky R&B for  your listening and dancing enjoyment! Contact Brian at 330-806-1710 for booking info.

SAT, FEBRUARY 10  |  7PM-10PM  |  AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
$10 cover charge, payable at the door – cash or checks only, please.

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown Bicycles
FEBRUARY 13: DANCE BEFORE DEFENSE
Ladies, make it a full evening of fun, fitness, and self-betterment on February 13th! That Tuesday only, Hometown’s much-loved ZUMBA maven, Leslie Barrett, is bringing her regular Tuesday class to Hometown. Running 5:45-6:45pm, you’ll enjoy an invigorating ZUMBA session on the shop floor, before taking your stimulated mind into the Community Room for a powerful lesson in Women’s Self Defense. $8 ZUMBA drop-in – details below!

Live Safe Academy's Ian Kinder teaching women's self defense
(Photo courtesy and © Live Safe Academy)
WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE AT HOMETOWN (2/13)

A POWERFUL, information-packed class for ALL of the women in your life – including you!Tuesday, February 13th marks the first ever Women’s Self Defense class at Hometown Bicycles, led by the highly skilled Ian Kinder, founder of Live Safe Academy. In this life changing, 2-hour session, you’ll learn “simple, life saving skills from programs designed to increase your safety after only one class! Our hands on courses teach time-tested, realistic methods that are easy to learn and remember… No previous training required.”

Valentine’s Day safety, solo bike rides, peace of mind – whatever your interest, COME! For ages 12 and up. I’ll be there – will you?

TUES, FEBRUARY 13  |  7PM-9PM  |  AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
$40 payable at time of registration. Minimum 15 participants required – tell your friends and family!

Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles - Spring Edition
LADIES NIGHT OUT: SPRING EDITION (2/20)
Echo Lake Steel bracelets at Hometown Bicycles***NEW ADDITIONS!  Joining us at this event will be Hometownie and cyclist, Cathy Nelson of Echo Lake Steel, whose eye-dazzling, bike chain bracelets have been SUCH a hot commodity here at Hometown – it’s a jewelry trunk showwith matching necklaces, earrings, and more, all at Ladies-Night-only discounts!Peggy Kerwan artwork at Hometown BicyclesALSO, your eyes are in for a treat with an expanded, event-day-only art exhibition of Peggy Kerwan artwork available for purchase. Peggy epitomizes “girl power”, and her love for cycling is reflected in the beautiful monotype prints we currently feature at our shop. You’ll love her work!
…………………………………………………Welcome to ’Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles – Spring Edition’ on Tuesday, February 20th from 6-9pm!! We’ll close the shop again for the last 3 hours of the day, so that we can make this evening all about you! Shake off the winter blah’s, and let’s think Spring, ladies!!!

Back by popular demand, your evening will start by easing away the stresses of your day with a 30-minute, beginner yoga session, courtesy of Terri from Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp. Stretched and centered, you’ll warm your spirits with wine and refreshments, provided by Hometown.

Next on the agenda, the mini-clinics so many of you asked for! We’ll be running 15 minute quickies on Flat Tire Fixes and Shifting Demystified. Pick one, try both, or go back for seconds – we’ll run repeats over the course of an hour. In the meantime, browse a specially ordered selection of women-specific cycling necessities – discounted at Ladies-Night-only pricing! Even more details to come – stay tuned!

TUES, FEBRUARY 20  |  6PM-9PM  |  AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
$40 payable at registration. Click the link below!

Hometown Bicycles Bike Fitting Clinic with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy - Winter Bike Clinic Series in Brighton, MI
2/8 ONLY: BIKE FITTING BASICS WITH PRO-MOTION

Folks, this is one of the most popular clinics we’ve ever run, because it’s about how to make you more comfortable, more efficient, and more injury-free when you ride. EVERYONE can benefit – from the leisure rider to the top-tier athlete. Guest speaker and Team Hometown Title Sponsor, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, could save you a world of pain and improve your cycling… and it’s FREE!! ONLY Feb 8th @ 7pm: REGISTER NOW FOR BIKE FITTING BASICS!

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Winter Clinic ScheduleWe’ve run our Winter Clinic Series since opening in 2010… not to toot our own horn, but *toot* we’re really good at it! All clinics are FREE – click the links below for details and to register:

Bike Fitting with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
Thu, Feb 8th, 7-8pm

Cycling Nutrition Clinic
Tues, Feb 13th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 15th, 7-8pm

Cycling Gear & Wear Clinic
Tues, Feb 20th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 22nd, 7-8pm

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party
Thu, March 1st, 7-9pm

<< Click the image at left for a printable Clinic Series flier!


ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
2018 HOMETOWN WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSES 
Ladies, Hometown’s women-only, winter class series is going strong to KEEP you strong over the winter. Click the registration links for details and to sign up:2/6   WOMEN’S HOT YOGA with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
          REGISTER for Hot Yoga | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)
2/13 WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE with Live Safe Academy
          REGISTER for Self Defense | 7PM – 9PM at Hometown Bicycles | $40 at registration
2/20 LADIES NIGHT OUT: SPRING EDITION at Hometown Bicycles
REGISTER for Ladies Night Out
 | 6PM – 9PM at Hometown | $40 at registration
2/27 WOMEN’S PILOXING BARRE with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
          REGISTER for PILOXING | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

Hometown Bicycles Ride Cards - emergency contact rider information cards
A COURTESY CARD THAT COULD SAVE A LIFE 
We love you, Hometownies. We want you to ride safe. And that’s why we’re now offering a complimentary emergency card for you to carry with you on all your cycling adventures. Stop in to pick one up before your next ride!

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, FEB 4  |  2:30PM (MEET AT 2:00PM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC TRAILHEAD
Tackle the rolling trails of Brighton Recreation in one of two, NO-DROP groups. We’ll cover about 9 -16 miles of adventure, depending on your ability level. 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 moreZUMBA | 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 racing mountain bikes

Because I can.

~ Winter cyclists everywhere

Your Big Fall Party Invitation + An Iceman Good Luck

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

THIS WILL BE OUR MOST ACTION-PACKED, FAMILY-FRIENDLY PARTY YET!  
We’re celebrating 1, glorious year in our new bicycle adventure center with a family-geared funfest of activities, including fat bike demo, group trail ride, indoor art fair, kids crafts, fitness classes, “ask the experts”, and a chili cook-off and seasonal goodies to wrap it all up!

Feast your eyes on the bursting-at-the-seams activities roster below. Specific times and class sign ups will be included in next week’s newsletter but, for now,

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 FROM NOON – 6PM!

So, before we wow you with what you absolutely won’t want to miss, we’d like to say TWO THINGS…

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GOOD LUCK AT ICEMAN, HOMETOWNIES!  

Hometown Bicycles loves Iceman Cometh Challenge mountain bike race

For all of you seriously cool customers who’ve got Iceman Cometh mountain bike challenge on the brain – AND on your Sunday “to do” list – your entire Hometown crew wishes you a fast trail, glorious fall weather, and the heart of a warrior. Be sure to drop by our Team Hometown tent for warmth, chili, and camaraderie. We can’t wait to hear your ride stories at our November 12 post-Iceman party!

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JAMIS FAT BIKES ARE HERE!  

Time lapse fat bike build at Hometown Bicycles

Our magnificently monster-tired Jamis fatties have, as promised, thundered into our shop with enormous glory and fanfare. And still more are on their way to round out your pre-order selection… just in time, too, for the November 12 fat bike demo. Come in and be one of the first to test ride the new models!

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NOVEMBER 12TH’S “OMG!” ACTIVITY ROSTER

Fat bike with crockpot for Hometown Bicycles

Here’s an impressive rundown on why you should absolutely attend our November 12th funfest extravaganza (look for times and sign-up links in next week’s email):

Jamis Fat Bike demoFAT BIKE DEMO:  All Day!
Our Jamis and Framed fat bikes will be out in full force at this event, and available for you to test ride and fall in love with (yes, we’re that confident!)

Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5pm
Hometown artists Deborah Kashdan, Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell and her Nana, and newcomer Sarah Burke will be setting up art displays at our first ever mini indoor art fair here at the shop. Weather permitting, Sarah will also be holding an outdoor demonstration of her incredible spray paint art skills. You’ve seen their bicycle art – here’s a chance to enjoy more of their creativity… and maybe take care of some Christmas shopping in the process! (Artists prefer cash or check, so please come prepared!)

Question marks - ask the experts“ASK THE EXPERTS”:  Noon – 1:30pm
Hit a cycling plateau? Nagging knee pain on your rides? Body Within Personal Training‘s, Jenny Schild, and Pro-Motion Physical Therapy‘s, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT are generously volunteering their fitness/nutrition and common cycling injury/bike fit expertise at our event. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY for one-stop, no charge, professional input on how to be a better, stronger cyclist… take advantage of it!

Vinyasa yoga class at Hometown BicyclesPOWER YOGA WITH TOCCA MASSAGE & YOGA:  Time TBD
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga.

Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  Time TBD
Join in on Martha’s crazy-popular Cardio Drumming class (Liam’s favorite!), which will be pumping up the volume in our Community Room at next Saturday’s event.

Zumba at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA WITH HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER:  Time TBD
Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy Zumba class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness Center in our Community Room.

Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  Time TBD
Bring along your young ‘uns of all ages to create a unique, bicycle gear Christmas ornament with gears, glitter, and other crafty goodies provided by Hometown Bicycles. Parents, please come, too! This is a parent-child project you’ll treasure for years to come. A nominal $4 per child covers materials and instruction.

Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
We’re a bike shop – OF COURSE there’s a ride! This one leaves from our shop parking lot at 3:30pm for the Yellow and Blue trails of picturesque, autumn-tinged Island Lake. NO DROP, all levels welcome!

Chili cook off at Hometown BicyclesCHILI COOK-OFF:  Judging begins when the riders return!
Put your best chili forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights at Hometown’s first annual culinary cook-off! Entries must be delivered by 4:15pm, and hungry cyclists and party-goers will be the judges for this people’s choice competition. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO REGISTER

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! Please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!

Our Favorite Fall Ride + Splatter Bike Art

Tour de Livingston website

♩♫  TAKE ME OUT TO THE TOUR, TAKE ME OUT TO THE RIDE… ♫ ♪
You may not be buying peanuts and cracker jacks at Tour de Livingston, but you WON’T care if you ever get back! This legendary local ride is the epitome of fun fun FUN, and we Hometownies look forward to its arrival all year round.

We’re just a week away from Tour de Livingston, so here’s our question for you:

Can’t wait to hang out with you at this year’s event!!

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THIS WEEK’S “TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” 

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoTRY POWER PILATES THIS MONDAY (10/3 at 6PM)!  It’s part of the 6-week sampler series, “A Taste of Hamburg Fitness”, being held in our Community Room. Here’s the scoop…

“Want to get fit but aren’t sure which type of class you would like to join? Try a sampling of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp classes in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room. Each week is a different one-hour class starting at 6PM Mondays. Sign up for one or sign up for all. Classes offered are Zumba, Power Pilates, Tabata, Vinyasa Yoga, Functional Training and PiYo. $10 per class OR just $5 each if you bring a friend! For class descriptions, visit Hamburg Fitness’ website.”

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YEAH, HE’S DEFINITELY ONE OF OURS! 
Andrew Jackson helps out the Brighton High School Mountain Bike Team at a MISCA event

Point of pride: Check out this photo (above) of the true Hometown spirit in action. The jerseyed rider pictured here is our very own Service Guru, Andrew Jackson, helping out fellow high school mountain bikers (the Brighton Bulldogs) at the recent MISCA youth cycling race… even though they weren’t on his team!

We’re proud of you, Andrew! Way to embody the core values of Hometown Bicycles!!

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LAUREN’S NEW LINE OF SPLATTER STITCHERY  

LPbyLP Lauren Patrell bicycle sewing craftsmanship at Hometown Bicycles

Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP beside her bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton, MIOur best-selling bike artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, has the uncanny ability to blow our socks off every time she stops in. Every. Time. We’ve taken to keeping a roll of tape handy when we know she’s dropping by… saves us the trouble of having to track down wayward footwear!

Her latest bit of sock-blowing magic comes from a line of splatter art blended with mad sewing skillz to create total craft nirvana. It’s everything from coin purses and wallets to the sweetest keychains on this green earth, and it’s all available here.

Be prepared to fall madly in love…

Bicycle splatter art craft by Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP at Hometown Bicycles

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TEAM NEWS: GREEN GALS GRAVEL GRINDER & PROGRESSIVE 

 

Hometown Bicycles Green Gals gravel grinder

Our all-women ride group, the Hometown Bicycles Green Gals, recently wrapped up another season of stellar mountain bike shop rides with their first ever Gravel Grinder & Progressive Ride, which entailed everything from pedaling scenic back roadways, to touring the converted church home of a fellow Green Gal, to wrapping up the evening with bonfires and sweet treats.

Want to learn more about our Green Gals? Email Hometown Events Coordinator Jennifer for details – events@myhometownbicycles.com. Team membership not required to ride with us!

Hometown Bicycles Green Gals progressive ride

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HOMETOWN’S DAY AT KEM KREST WELLNESS FAIR 

Hometown Bicycles at the Kem Krest Wellness Fair
(Photo courtesy of Kem Krest… thank you!)

Kem Krest logoFollowing up on the fun we had at last year’s event, Brighton’s Kem Krest – provider of supply chain solutions – once again extended us the honor of an invitation to participate in their annual Wellness Fair. Held on company grounds, we were one of several stations where Kem Krest staff could learn about health and fitness options AND collect points toward winning prizes for doing so. Such a cool program for a company to offer their team!

Want Hometown Bicycles to be a part of YOUR next company, school, or organization event? We LOVE being involved! Email our Events Coordinator Jennifer atevents@myhometownbicycles.com.

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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 this week:

SATURDAY, 9:00AM – Tour de Livingston Training Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 4:30PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

Meet Aria + Pinckney puts Shaun through his paces

Hometown Bicycles newest addition

OUR WORLD’S TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN, AND WE’RE LOVING IT!
The arrival of our beautiful, little Aria resulted in a flood – actually, a tsunami – of love and food and gifts and kindness from all of you, and Shaun and I want you to know that we appreciate it!! You complete us, Hometownies!

Now prep yourselves for some serious fun as I catch you up on all the awesomeness that’s been happening at Hometown. As per our usual modus operandi, it’s been epic…

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GOOD LUCK, MEGHAN AND COLIN! 
Hometown Bicycles crew members, Meghan Horal and Colin Wood

We were sad, yet proud to send off two more of our wonderful summer crew to the world of academia.

Meghan Horal, cashier extraordinaire, added a tremendous amount of value in her brief time here, and was also known for the fantastic bike jokes you read weekly on our entryway board. We wish her all the success in the world at college, and look forward to seeing her again when the weather warms!

Colin Wood has set himself some aggressive personal goals for his final year in high school, but may still make appearances throughout the winter. We’re proud of what he’s accomplishing, including how he’s killing it on the high school mountain bike team. Go, Colin!

You’ll see some new faces at Hometown over the coming weeks. Be sure to stop by and say hello to your new crew-in-training! (Positions still open!)

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“A TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” AT HOMETOWN 

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoBEGINNING THIS MONDAY (9/26), we’re thrilled to host the 6-week sampler series, “A Taste of Hamburg Fitness”, in our Community Room. Here’s the scoop…

“Wanting to improve your fitness but not sure which type of class you would like to join? For 6 weeks, you can try a sampling of some of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp classes in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room.

Each week will be a different one-hour class starting at 6PM Mondays beginning September 26th. You choose – sign up for one or sign up for all. Classes offered are Zumba, Power Pilates, Tabata, Vinyasa Yoga, Functional Training and PiYo.  Each class is $10 paid to the class instructor prior to class start. For class descriptions, please visit Hamburg Fitness’ website.”

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TEAM NEWS: LABOR DAY 30K & ICEMAN TRAINING RIDE 

 

Team Hometown Bicycles at the Milford Labor Day 30K bicycle race

MILFORD LABOR DAY 30K (above):  Nine of our Team riders took on the myriad challenges of Milford’s Labor Day 30K – seven of them podiumed and every single one made it into the top 5 in their age category! We knew our Team was good, but THIS absolutely blows our minds. Way to go, Team Hometown Bicycles!!

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Training Ride with Team Captain Brian Forhan

ICEMAN TRAINING RIDE (above):  Led by one of our rockstar Team Captains, Brian Forhan, our new Iceman Training Ride hits 35 miles at a 14mph pace with over 2000′ in climb. Your legs’ll be screaming, but your mouth will be smiling! Meets at Hartland Twp Hall Sundays at 9am. You do NOT have to be on the Team to ride! Read about it here.

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PINCKNEY STUDENTS PUT SHAUN THROUGH HIS PACES 

Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles teaching the mechanics of bicycles to Pinckney's Navigator Elementary students

Pinckney’s Navigator Elementary teacher, Angela Kanerva, approached us with a fantastically unique request. She asked us to show her students how bicycles consist of a mechanical system in which parts work together to achieve a functional goal. Wow, right?

So, Shaun and our Events Coordinator, Jennifer, addressed over 100 extremely curious students on the science and engineering of bicycles. It was a HUGE hit – for us as much as them! We came away inspired and hopeful about the future of cycling.

What a cool program… can’t wait to do it again! We wish we’d had you as a teacher, Angela!!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

Tour de Livingston 2016 Registration web page

Yahoooooo!!! Our favorite community ride is now taking registrations! From theirevent page:

“The Howell Rotary Club is offering a fully supported bike tour through scenic Livingston County during peak autumn colors, as well as the exclusive opportunity to ride the Milford Road Course loop at the GM Proving Grounds, visit ice cream shops in Hell, MI and the Farmers’ Market in Howell, MI.”

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PEGGY’S MARVELOUS BIKE PRINTS  

Acrylic monotype prints by Peggy Kerwan at Hometown Bicycles
(Clockwise from left: “First Wheels”, “Let’s Ride”, “The Way I Roll”, “ZDM”. All images courtesy of and copyright © Peggy Kerwan. All rights reserved.)

Art-aholic cyclists, rejoice! Artist Peggy Kerwan, whose playful work currently hangs in the shop, has been having a field day with hand-pressed, acrylic, monotype printing (translation: every glorious print is wonderfully unique!)

You are going to LOVE these matted, ready-to-frame pieces. Seriously, Hometownies… I’m giving you a fair crack at these before I can’t stand it any more and hang them all in my office!

New Mountain Biking Intro Clinic + Parties, Rides and Accomplishments

Curious About Mountain Biking?
—- WE’VE GOT A CLINIC FOR THAT! —-

Mountain biker on single track in the woods
(Super-cool image copyright © International Mountain Biking Association [IMBA]. All rights reserved.)

JUST HOW DIFFERENT IS RIDING TRAILS TO RIDING ROADS ANYWAY? 

The lure of woodsy single-track strikes just about every cyclist at some point in their life… there’s something almost primal about the need to take a path less traveled.

But mountain biking (MTB) is a very different beast from road riding – with different equipment, challenges, and skill requirements – and that can be downright intimidating.

We get it, and that’s why we’ve created the “So, You Want to Transition to Mountain Biking” Clinic. Jennifer (our Events Coordinator, MTB novice, and instigator of this clinic) and Shaun will talk about these differences, how to prep for your first trail experience, where to ride when you’re ready, and groups and classes that can help. PLUS, we’ll have a variety of demo bikes on hand for you to try what you just learned!

CLINIC RUNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT 6:30PM
in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room
Rest assured, you will NOT have to grow facial hair and wear flannel shirts to participate…
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KUDOS TO CORA FOR THE SALE OF HER BIKE ART! 
Cora Kroll of Pinckney High School with her sold bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

Just wanted to give a huge Hometown shout-out to Pinckney High School art student, Cora Kroll, for the sale of her wicked-cool graphite bike art. Way to go, Cora!

Do YOU want to support the awesome talent of these students? Their artwork is still on display (and for sale) in our Community Room. Come check it out!

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8/6: TOUR DE LIVINGSTON PARTY RIDE WITH SHAUN 
Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun flier

Don’t forget to sign up for this FREE, biggest-ride-of-the-year, food-on-the-barbie, chill-around-the-campfire, win-a-jersey, Party Ride with your goateed bike guru to launch our annual Tour de Livingston Training Ride series (see section below)!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDES JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER 
Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Following the big Party Ride (see section above), we’re turning our annual TDL Training Ride series into a tip-top training tool to maximize your Tour de Livingston experience, with skill building, stamina stretching, and many more chances to win cool TDL swag!

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TEAM NEWS: ACHIEVEMENTS THAT REALLY HIT HOME 
Just when we think we can’t get any prouder, our Team serves up another dish of “oh, wow!” This time, a couple Team achievers hail right from our very own Hometown crew…

Hometown Bicycles' Events Coordinator Jennifer McCauley takes 2nd place at the Sylvania Women's TriathlonCongratulations to Hometown’s Events Coordinator, Jennifer McCauley, for blowing it out of the water at last weekend’s Sylvania, OH Women’s Only Triathlon and rocking a second place win in her age division! Jennifer designed and will be instructing our upcoming, August 9th “So, You Want to Transition to Mountain Biking” Clinic. She credits MTB cross-training for breaking her out of a plateau and shaving 3 minutes off her triathlon bike time! (see top)

(Above: Jennifer holds up her well-deserved trophy at the Tri. Image courtesy Jennifer McCauley)

Hometown Bicycles Rides Coordinator Jean Steinberg at the Got Womens Mountain Bike ClinicA round of high fives to Hometown’s Rides Coordinator, Jean Steinberg, who was tapped byCRAMBA (Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association) to be an instructor at last weekend’s Got MTB Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic. Despite getting caught in a deluge (“I dumped running water out of my shoes twice…”), Jean did our shop and her sport proud, sharing her passion with a bevy of enthusiastic MTB newbies. (There’s another one on August 27th!)

(Above: Jean simulates proper weighting for climbing with fellow instructor Norbert. Image courtesy Jean Steinberg)

Team Hometown Bicycles' DJ Joe Ostervik at the RAGBRAIAlso, we want to give a “hollah!” to Team Hometownie “DJ Joe” Ostervik, who’s been posting some great pics on Facebook of his RAGBRAI (“The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa”) adventure in the Team kit. In fact, he’s still out there, enjoying his week-long trek across Iowa. Safe travels, Joe, and thanks for sharing the adventure!

(Left: “DJ Joe” pit stops at the Jamis tent on the RAGBRAI, crossing Iowa by bicycle. Image courtesy DJ Joe Ostervik)

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TAKE NOTE! DOC MAY MEMORIAL MELON RIDE ON 8/20 
Howell Melon Festival's Doc May Memorial Melon Ride website

It’s never too early to mention a Hometown favorite – the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th!! We’re partnering with the Howell Area Parks & Rec Authority on a simple, new route that will tour you past some of Howell’s most scenic highlights. Our Team will be cycling on course to provide basic SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, Hometown’ll also be your bike valet for the event, so that you can enjoy the post-ride festivities unencumbered by your 2-wheeled steed – NO CHARGE!

What are you waiting for, Hometownies?? GET REGISTERING!!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SUNDAY, 8:00AM – The 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!

The Young & The Priceless

Brighton Safety Town at Hilton Elementary with Hometown Bicycles
(Photo courtesy of and used with permission of Brighton Safety Town)

HOMETOWN HELPS SAFETY TOWN TEACH TINY TOTS TO RIDE SMART 

One of our absolute favorite summertime activities is working with Brighton Safety Town to teach kindergarten-age kiddies how to enjoy safe fun on two (or three) wheels.

Between tricycle checks, helmet fits, and pedal-powered parking lot practice, we’re helping the next generation grown into smart cyclists! In fact, if you’re reading this email Tuesday morning, than Shaun is at Hilton Road Elementary School, “schooling” the next batch of pint-sized cyclist-to-be’s. We’re telling you… it’s priceless!

Check out Brighton Safety Town’s Facebook page and website to see all of the cool things they do!

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4TH OF JULY PARADE FUN… WITH BICYCLES! 

Bradley on his 4th of July parade bicycle with Brighton Optimist Club and Hometown BicyclesEvery year, Hometown has the pleasure of teaming up with Brighton Optimist Club on 4th of July parade prep for bicycle-bound youth. This year was a blast – check out Bradley’s sweet rig (at left) that he decorated for the event!

Next year promises to be especially fun with bike decorating at the shop, convenient bicycle/tricycle transport provided by your Hometown crew, awards, adventures, and all the other seasonal coolness that goes along with this awesome Brighton Optimist Club program. Stay tuned next year for details!

Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

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$10 BICYCLE ART BY PINCKNEY STUDENTS

Pinckney High School bicycle art for sale at Hometown Bicycles

Brianne Campbell's bicycle balloon art at Hometown BicyclesHometown recently had a blast hosting an art reception open house for the creative kids of Pinckney schools.

Art teacher Hallie Levine made the clever decision to create prints of her students’ pieces before their original artwork headed home with them for the summer. What does that mean for you?

It means fabulously imaginative bicycle art available for purchase at Hometown… for just $10! And remember, on any student art purchase, 100% of the sale goes directly to the student! Come support these creative kids!

Capital-“K” Kudos goes to Brianne Campbell whose whimsical balloon bike art (above left) was the first piece of Pinckney student art to sell at Hometown Bicycles. Congrats, Brianne!
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BONUS BIKE BITS

HOMETOWN COMMUNITY ROOM RENTAL
Community Room rental at Hometown BicyclesA word from our Events Coordinator, Jennifer McCauley:
Are you or anybody you know looking for a location to teach an exercise class? Instruct artists? Inspire crafting? Lead a seminar? Hometown’s Community Room is being used for everything from Yoga to Cardio Drumming, and personal trainer clinics to painting parties… and we’re looking for more activities!

Our room rental is the best you can find. I know because I checked around! Please contact me atevents@myhometownbicycles.com with your rental questions. 

FREE WEEKLY TRI WORKOUT WITH TEAM HOMETOWNIE JOHN VAN ALSBURG
Triathlon iconOur Team is so cool! Team Hometownie John is an experienced tri-guy with a wealth of knowledge to share and a passion for the sport. He’s providing FREE brick workouts every Tuesday evening at 5pm (swim at 5, usually riding by 6:15… or ride only, if the water is too cold). Everyone is welcome.

John’s tri workout meets weekly at Island Lake’s big Kent Lake parking lot.

CONGRATS TO HOMETOWNIE RICK SMITH ON HIS CROSSFIT LAUNCH
Earned Not Given Crossfit logoWe’re constantly inspired by our customers’ drive… like Rick Smith – long-long-long-time Hometownie – who deserves a shout-out for his upcoming Earned Not Given CrossFit grand opening on Saturday, July 30th from 10-2.

For location, coaches,schedules,and details, visitwww.earnednotgivencrossfit.com

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Tour Kick-Off Ride and The Mark of a Good Man

Tour de Livingston Kick-Off Ride flier

A BALLOONFEST BIKE RIDE WITH YOUR HOMETOWN CREW 

You know that we are big-time Tour de Livingston fans. But did you know that we are SO into the Tour, that we ritually open the shop late for the annual Kick-Off Ride, so that all our staff can attend? It’s true!
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, WE OPEN AT NOON
Hometown will be leading this year’s free Tour teaser. If you ever wanted to hang with your Hometown crew, this is the day to do it!

Click here to learn more about the Kick-Off Ride and to register for the Tour.

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PINCKNEY STUDENT ART OPEN HOUSE JUNE 28

Pinckney student bicycle art
Art by Pinckney High Schoolers Norah Spigarelli (top) and Megan McGreachy (bottom right), and Navigator Elementary’s 4th Grade (bottom left)

Last week, we talked about the phenomenal bicycle art of Hallie Levine’s Pinckney High School and Navigator Elementary students, currently livening up our Community Room.

Now it’s time to celebrate their creativity! Next Tuesday, June 28th from 5:30-6:30pm, we are hosting a Student Art Open House to give the artists a chance to show-and-tell!

Complimentary refreshments, beautiful bike art (some of it for sale!), and a chance to feel like a rockstar for helping these young artists know how talented they are – please come!

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THE MARK OF A GOOD MAN

Mark Pierce of Detroit Cycle SupplyWe want to dedicate a space here to pay tribute to a true great of the cycling industry… and the human race.

Mark Pierce, 30+-year owner/operator of multigenerational family business, Detroit Cycle Supply, was remarkable. “Vendor” and “rep” are irrelevant here – this man was like family. Mark was our mentor… a dispenser of solid and practical business advice, a trusted sounding board, and a perpetual cheerleader of the shop.

He dropped by often, and was never in a hurry when he came – always finding time to hang out and help out. And he was kind – honest, but always kind.

Mark has a permanent place on our VIP “I Believe” wall for good reason. His faith in Hometown – and in us – has been extraordinary.

Rest in peace, Mark. You are already missed.

For anyone who knew Mark and wants to pay their respects, click here.

(Photo courtesy Debbie K. via Mark’s phone)

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