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Huge Bike Demo This Weekend + Kids Self Defense

Visit Us at Island Lake Demo Day

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day

IT’S A CYCLISTS’ PLAYGROUND – OF COURSE WE’LL BE THERE!!  
Hometown’s headed to Island Lake this Saturday, May 6th from 10am-5pm, to participate in what has become “one of the largest demo events in the region” – the MCMBA’s Spring Bike Demo Day. From their site:

Started in 2006 by local industry veteran James Knight, the Island Lake Spring Bike Demo is now in its 12th year bringing the best bikes in the market to your trail. It’s a great chance to talk face to face with people who live the life: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Then, take a few out for a test spin on the road and trails at Island Lake, finding the bike that pulls at your heartstrings.

There will be noise. There will be cycling enthusiasts. There will be a sea of bicycles. There will be demo-ing. And there will definitely be Hometown, with a fleet of Jamis and Framed demo bikes for you to test on the familiar trails of ILRA.

CLICK HERE for all the awesome Demo Day details. Can’t wait to see you there!


Triathlons 101 Clinic with Amy Gluck at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton, Michigan

MAY 9 & 11: “TRIATHLON 101” CLINICS WITH AMY GLUCK

Let’s be real, here… a good majority of cyclists flirt with the idea of triathlons. They may or may not admit it to anyone, but there is something inherently intriguing about spanning the sports in one, body-and-mind-challenging event.
Hometown Bicycles' Amy Gluck at a Half Ironman
Hometown’s Amy Gluck has a history in IRONMAN competition, and is back in triathlon training following a life-altering accident. With her background in health and nutrition, an IRONMAN Coaching Certification, and a head-over-heels passion for tri’s, Amy is the perfect person to kick off this newest Hometown clinic.

If you’re on the fence about whether to try a tri, are new to the tri community, or are simply eager to pick up tips from a pro, this info-gathering clinic is for you! NO CHARGE and two days to choose from!

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR TRIATHLON 101 WITH AMY GLUCK
Tuesday, May 9th at 6pm  – OR –  Thursday, May 11th at 6pm
(in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room)


Hometown Bicycles Social Media Guru and Team Hometown Bicycles member, Meghan Terbush
(Images on left courtesy Meghan Terbush)

MEET THE CREW: MEGHAN TERBUSH

Meghan recently joined us, with her online expertise and mad photography ‘skillz’, as Hometown’s official Social Media Guru. Instantly likable and talented to the Nth degree, you’ll spot Meghan – also a gung-ho Team Hometownie – snapping pics for Hometown’s Facebook and NEW Instagram page at many of our rides and events! Meghan says…

I am proud to be a Hometownie! Biking is one of my favorite ways to be active and be engrossed in nature. The first time I learned to ride on two wheels was in my backyard when I was five, wearing a dress. It’s safe to say I’ve learned from my mistakes.

I am a road biker, gravel rider and mountain biker (just getting back into it). I enjoy doing different races and fun rides with my family and friends. One of the greatest things about biking to me is when I am flying down hills with the wind in my face or after completing challenging courses and doing better each time.


Instructor Ian Kinder teaches children safety basics in his Kids Self Defense Class in Hometown Bicycles Community Room

KIDS’ SELF DEFENSE AT HOMETOWN

Live Safe Academy logoWe’ve hosted some remarkable classes, clinics, and programs at our shop, but this easily qualifies as one of the most inherently rewarding.

Instructor Ian Kinder of Live Safe Academy, is running a 4-week children’s self defense class in our Community Room for a group of local elementary students. His messages are skillfully adapted to his young audience, and we’ve been blown away by the practical and in-depth information and hands-on training he provides. Expect to see more of Ian at Hometown – his training spans all ages and genders and is relevant to every one of us.


Brighton Spencer Elementary Live Auction and Spring Carnival header

SUPPORTING SUPERHEROES AT SPENCER

Spencer Elementary Roadrunners logoYou know we love supporting local, family-friendly events, but here’s one that particularly pushes my nostalgia button, since I’m a long-ago graduate of this Brighton elementary school – “Calling All Superheroes” 29th Annual Spencer Elementary Auction and Spring Carnival.

“This event serves as our main fundraiser each year and benefits our children, teachers, and school community by providing funds for our cultural enrichment programs, field trips, monthly assemblies and updating our playground area.”

Join us in supporting this integral part of our local youth Community, or simply learn more about the event by clicking HERE.


Hometown Bicycles Gravel Grinding 101 Shop Ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL ROAD RIDE (or coffee at the shop!) (5/4)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Weather pending, our Social Road ride will hit the back entrance to Island Lake to explore the park roads. (If it rains, join us for a steaming hot coffee and friendly conversation at the shop!) The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride.

SATURDAY BEGINNER ROAD RIDE (5/6)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start out aiming for 10 – 15 miles and expand as the weeks roll by.  Route will be on the park roads.  Road bikes are preferred for this ride.  All level riders are welcome. Weather could go either way, so be sure to check on Facebook for a pre-ride update!

SUNDAY GRAVEL GRINDER (5/7)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Twp Hall
This week’s gravel ride along beautiful, rolling, country roads, will ease you in with a shorter, flatter route than normal, and ~ 3 miles of pavement (large shoulder on about half). Expect to venture across 29 miles with a 13-15 mph, NO-DROP pace. All bikes are welcome. Meet in lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive): 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (5/7)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. We’ll ride to the back of Island Lake and explore 9 – 15 miles of singletrack. Save 1.5 hours of your day to ride with the Hometown crew. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged. **Location will rotate in future – check on start locations weekly**

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (5/8)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a NO DROP Beginner Friendly road ride. We’ll be traveling the Island Lakes park roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back. ~ 12 – 15 miles. Sound like too much for you? No worries – there will be an early turn-back option for a little less mileage. Bring a light if you have one, though we’re not expecting to need them. Road bikes recommended. All level riders are welcome.

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (5/9)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan initially for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace, with the intention to lengthen the distance as sunset grows later. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE.
WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST / SON OF HAMMERFEST (5/10)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
**New Addition! Meet “Son of Hammerfest” for those that would like to build up to the original Hammerfest.**
SON OF HAMMERFEST:
Rolling at 6:30 from Hometown Bicycles. This will include 25 miles (1 lap of ILRA & the Kensington Loop). Average pace targeted at 17 – 18 mph, with flats of 20+ mph.
HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Hometown Bicycles' Meghan Terbush and her Jamis bike on the Island Lake trails

Travel far enough,
you meet yourself.

– David Mitchell

MI’s Best, Thule, and Triathlons 101

One of MI’s Best Bike Shops!

Hometown Bicycles received Best Bike Shop in MI Top 10 placing in Best Things MI

TURNS OUT WE’RE “A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK”!  
Guess which local bike shop made the list of The 10 BEST BIKE SHOPS IN MICHIGAN?!

We’re snapping our bib shorts suspenders with pride at seeing Hometown Bicycles rocking another Best Bike Shop list. This particular accolade can be found on the Best Things MI website.

Our favorite review from the site: “Stop in if you want to be treated like family. This place is a needle in a hay stack of bike shops. Truly an awesome experience. Great selection too!”  ~ James R.

Thank you, James! Thank you, Best Things MI! And thank-you-thank-you-thank-you, loyal Hometownies!!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Yankee Springs Time Trial
(Bottom 2 images – beer on the podium and Doug Queener catching air – © Jack Kunnen Photography.)

TEAM TIME TRIAL AT YANKEE SPRINGS

In the continuing saga of Team Hometown’s awesome adventures, last weekend found a fantastic five Hometownies racing the Yankee Springs Time Trial. Congratulations to Team member Scott Simpson for his 3rd place finish in Elite Expert single speed class! There were a couple other near-podium-experiences at this event – especially impressive as it’s “one of the largest and longest running time trial races in the Midwest”!


Triathlons 101 Clinic with Amy Gluck at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton, Michigan

“TRIATHLON 101” CLINIC WITH AMY GLUCK

Let’s be real, here… a good majority of cyclists flirt with the idea of triathlons. They may or may not admit it to anyone, but there is something inherently intriguing about spanning the sports in one, body-and-mind-challenging event.

Hometown’s Amy Gluck has a history in IRONMAN competition, and is back in triathlon training following a life-altering accident. With her background in health and nutrition, an IRONMAN Coaching Certification, and a head-over-heels passion for tri’s, Amy is the perfect person to kick off this newest Hometown clinic.

If you’re on the fence about whether to try a tri, are new to the tri community, or are simply eager to pick up tips from a pro, this info-gathering clinic is for you! NO CHARGE and two days to choose from!
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR TRIATHLON 101 WITH AMY GLUCK
Tuesday, May 9th at 6pm  – OR –  Thursday, May 11th at 6pm
(in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room)


Hometown Bicycles is now an Authorized Thule Dealer

WE’RE NOW YOUR AUTHORIZED THULE DEALER

You’ve been asking, and we’re answering – all of you Thule-lovin’ Hometownies can now get your Thule racks right here at YOUR bike shop.


Brighton Bulldogs 9U Travel Baseball Team ScheduleBASEBALL AND BICYCLES

Sounds like the title to an insanely cool new sport, doesn’t it? Anyone up to the challenge?
Actually, this is about the Brighton Bulldogs Baseball Travel Team that we are proudly sponsoring this year. In newsletters past, we promised a game schedule… a promise I can now deliver on! Shaun and I are looking forward to catching a game (and maybe a wayward ball?) at one of their local ballgames. We’d love to see you there!

CLICK HERE TO PICK A DAY TO CHEER ON THESE TALENTED KIDS


Howell Rotary's Tour de Livingston Save the Date

TOUR DE LIVINGSTON SAVE-THE-DATE

It’s almost like a countdown to Christmas! This scenic, local ride is a gift in so many ways – to the riders, to the Community, and to cycling at large. Be sure to mark it down now in your calendars as a 2017 must-ride! Visit their new website for details.


Body Within team

COMING THIS SUMMER TO A FRONT LAWN NEAR YOU…

Hometown’s lawn will soon be playing host to a fast-paced, Fresh Air Fitness class from our long-standing Team Sponsor Body Within. This mid-June class will be specifically designed to get your ride muscles in top form!

Interested? Good! Stay tuned for dates and details, or call Chris at (517) 304-2282 if you’re too excited to wait and need to learn more NOW!


Last weekend's Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Shop Ride at Hometown Bicycles
(Last Sunday’s Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride was a hit, with gorgeous weather and new faces – welcome! This Sunday is the last time we’ll be “exploring” Island Lake singletrack, before we move on to new trails and new adventures. Don’t miss out on riding a classic… join us!)

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL ROAD RIDE (4/27)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
If the rain holds off, come check out the popular Thursday morning Social Road ride as we hit the back entrance to Island Lake and explore the park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (4/28)
8:30PM (meet at 8:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join us for an evening expedition onto Island Lake’s Blue/Yellow loops at an INTERMEDIATE pace. Make sure your lights are charged, as darkness may catch up to us on our 1.5-hour ride. We will re-group throughout the trail. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged.

SATURDAY BEGINNER ROAD RIDE (4/29)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start out aiming for 10 – 15 miles and expand as the weeks roll by.  Route will be on the park roads.  Road bikes are preferred for this ride.  All level riders are welcome. Weather could go either way, so be sure to check on Facebook for a pre-ride update!

SUNDAY GRAVEL GRINDER (4/30)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Twp Hall
This week’s gravel ride along beautiful, rolling, country roads, will ease you in with a shorter, flatter route than normal, and ~ 3 miles of pavement (large shoulder on about half). Expect to venture across 29 miles with a 13-15 mph, NO-DROP pace. All bikes are welcome. Meet in lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive): 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (4/30)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. We’ll ride to the back of Island Lake and explore 9 – 15 miles of singletrack. Save 1.5 hours of your day to ride with the Hometown crew. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged. **Location will rotate in future – check on start locations weekly**

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (5/1)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a NO DROP Beginner Friendly road ride. We’ll be traveling the Island Lakes park roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back. ~ 12 – 15 miles. Sound like too much for you? No worries – there will be an early turn-back option for a little less mileage. Bring a light if you have one, though we’re not expecting to need them. Road bikes recommended. All level riders are welcome.
WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST (5/2) – THIS IS A DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation, a remarkable organization created by the Hartwell Family (a particularly awesome group of Hometownies) to raise money to “directly support children, diagnosed with Leukemia and other blood disorders, being treated at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” Participants have a chance to win a Jamis bike, donated by Hometown Bicycles. Great cause. Great cross-training. Great prize.

GREAT TIME TO REGISTER, DON’T YOU THINK??


Hometown Bicycles' Gravel Grinder Shop Ride

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.

– Henry Rollins

Christmas Cyclists, Ornament Making, and Lots of Love

 Christmas lights at Hometown Bicycles

HOMETOWN BICYCLES CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S HOURS: 
Christmas Eve  |  9AM – 3PM
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day  
|  CLOSED*
Monday, January 2nd  |  9AM – 9PM (regular hours)
It’s always been our tradition to make the Christmas season about family… well, actually we make EVERY day about family – but especially between Christmas and New Year’s, we close the shop so that our crew can spend quality time with their loved ones.

* So why, you are wondering, do we have a big, ol’ highlighted asterisk next to “CLOSED”? It’s because this year, there will be a couple exceptions, when Shaun and I open the shop briefly for classes held in our Community Room. Post-Christmas, we’ll be NEEDING Cardio Drumming to burn off cookies, and Yoga to melt away holiday stress! Please drop by to participate, or even just to tell us what Santa put under your tree!

WE WILL BE OPEN:

Wednesday, December 28th from 6PM – 8PM
for Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf

Friday, December 30th from 9AM – 10AM
for Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga

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GET HUGGED BY YOUR FAVORITE CYCLIST

Christmas gift ideas for cyclists at Hometown Bicycles including bike ornaments, bike toys, bike garden spinners, bike magnets, and bike decor

Just imagine… while everyone else is gifting them hand lotion and fruit cake, you’ll step in – proverbial cape snapping smartly in the breeze – with a gift that celebrates their passion for cycling. Now THAT’s hug-worthy!

You know we carry bicycles and cycling accessories, but did you also know that we are your one-stop shop for bike-geared stocking stuffers, ornaments, garden art, fashion, decor, kitchenware, and ever-so-much more?Hometown Bicycles Daily Deal for December 7, 2016: $10 off Finish Line Bicycle Cleaning Kit

So, Christmas shopping… YES! We’ve got you covered!

Also, check out our 24 Days of Christmas Daily Deals on Facebook for more bike-lovin’ gift ideas to make your cyclist smile. Today’s Daily Deal is at right >>

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Hometown Bicycles offers financing on all bicycle purchases through Synchrony Financial. Ask us for details!

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KIDS’ ORNAMENT CLASS AT HOMETOWN

Sew Your Own Christmas Ornament Class for Beginners at Hometown BicyclesTHIS SATURDAY, FROM 10AM-NOON:  Bundle up the kids and join Hometown Bicycles artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, for a beginner felt ornament sewing class in Hometown’s Community Room on 12/17 from 10am-Noon!

This class is perfect for kids (ages 4 and up), and adults looking to have some crafty fun. $7 per participant, payable on class day, you’ll leave with a finished felt heart ornament, ready to hang on your Christmas tree or give as a gift!
Lauren Patrell at Hometown Bicycles
And here’s my personal note… that’s Lauren at right >> with Shaun’s and my little Aria. Lauren is one of those authentically kind souls who love what they do, love life, and love to share that joy with others. She’s the creative genius behind all the exquisite bike purses, wallets, keychains, and cards that you’ve been enjoying for the past year.

Trust me – you and your kids will love this class!

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR “SEW YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT”
Your registration ensures that Lauren will have enough materials for all!

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WE FOUND THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’…

Love INC logoChristmas spirit is running rampant here at Hometown!

We’d like to give a giant shout-out to a wonderful and anonymous couple (you know who you are), who just donated over $400 in Hometown gift certificates to Love INC, a non-profit organization “dedicated to meeting basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and money management… for folks in crisis.” Love INC provides transportation in the form of bicycles to down-on-their-luck and reforming individuals. What a thoughtful donation!

Thanks, too, to Team Hometown Bicycles rider Tom Hermann for initiating the connection.

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FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic winter fitness programs running right here inside your favorite bike shop:
 
Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING – Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA – Fridays at 9AM on 12/16, 23, 30 • 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA – Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett – Click to learn more
Holiday Special (thru 12/31) 5-Class punch card with 6th Class free – just $22
 

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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Friday Night Lights shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

Happily, cold weather and early nights do NOT signal the end of cycling season! Here’s a shop ride you won’t want to miss this week:

Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Saturday, December 17th, 10 a.m.
Explore ~12-14 miles of Milford area mountain bike trails with us! Fat bike / mountain bikes are all welcome. NO DROP RIDE. Dress warmly! Meet at the Milford trailhead located on Peter’s road between GM/Commerce roads, on the West side (at the Janowski Field park). Park in the lot closest to Peters Road (if you see baseball fields to your left, you’re there). **Check Facebook for ride updates.**

 
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THANK YOU FOR BEING A 2017 TEAM SPONSOR!
PRO-MOTION PHYSICAL THERAPY

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

Stepping again into the Presenting Team Sponsor role is a Hometown AND customer favorite, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy with Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT. Watch your January newsletters for a feature highlight on this wonderful, local company. In the meantime, we simply couldn’t let another week go by without sending out a heartfelt THANK YOU to Pro-Motion Physical Therapy for its unwavering support!
Pro-Motion Physical Therapy  |  Brighton & Howell  |  (810) 588-4133  |  promophysicaltherapy.com

 
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WANNA JOIN TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES?

Team Hometown Bicycles doing Take Your Kids Mountain Biking DayIn addition to our now accepting 2017 Team Applications, we’ll also be hosting a Team Meeting, open to all interested riders, on Saturday January 21st at 4:30pm – mark your calendars!

Follow our Facebook page for details and confirmation of time, and email Rides Coordinator Jean with your questions at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

 
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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Team Hometown Bicycles Jersey Sponsorships

Check out the companies below… they’re our 2015/16 sponsors, and businesses that we are proud to promote because they share our core values of integrity, passion, dedication, and community-mindedness.

Check out the companies above that have already committed to 2017 Team Sponsorships – Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, Body Within Personal Training, and William P. Horal, D.D.S, P.C.. We are PROUD to have them aboard!

Additional Team Sponsor opportunities are still available. Interested in learning more? Contact our Rides Coordinator, Jean, at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.
 

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2016 HOMETOWN BICYCLES TEAM SPONSORS 

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy of Brighton, MI

Body Within Personal Training William P. Horal, DDS, PC General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Brighton, MI
Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC Jamis Bicycles - The Power of Design

Team Time, Michigan Gifts, and Tons of Winter Fun

Team Hometown Bicycle on the podium at Barry Roubaix - 1st Place

BE A PART OF SOMETHING THAT SUPPORTS THE SPORT YOU LOVE!
Team Hometown Bicycles is a combination of non-competitive and competitive riders with a passion for cycling, supporting their community, and growing the sport. Sound like your cup of tea? Awesome! Because we are now accepting applications for our 2017 Team.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SKINNY ON TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES!

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THANK YOU FOR BEING A 2017 TEAM SPONSOR!
BODY WITHIN PERSONAL TRAINING

Body Within Personal Training promotional video

Getting the 2017 Team Sponsor ball rolling is a company with which we have a long and truly special history. Body Within Personal Training, run by Chris and Jenny Schild, has been a key player in the evolution of Hometown Bicycles since day one – everything from sponsoring our Team in 2015 and 2016, guest speaking at our much-loved winter clinics, sponsoring our epic Mountain Bike Marathon, teaching yoga classes for Hometownies (Shaun and I loved these!), volunteering expertise at our Fall Extravaganza, and being deserving perma-residents on the Hometown Bicycles VIP wall of fame.

I’ll tell you right now that when you support Body Within, you’re supporting Hometown. This company is amazing, and is our role model for business ethics and values.

Check out their video above and visit www.bodywithinfit.com to learn more about the people of Body Within and their in-home personal training and corporate wellness services. They have over 12 years of success stories under their belts, and are loved community wide. And here’s something awesome just for Hometownies…

 20% OFF YOUR 1ST MONTH OF TRAINING 
when you mention “Hometown Bicycles”
(For new clients only.)

CALL NOW TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION:  517-404-3488

“Move Better. Feel Better.” AND show your appreciation for this remarkably supportive Sponsor. Two birds, one stone. Thanks, Hometownies! And THANK YOU, Body Within!
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KEEP YOUR CHRISTMAS $$ IN MICHIGAN!

Local artists bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

While you’re in the thick of Christmas shopping for your favorite bike lovers, why not keep your dollars right here in Michigan by supporting the remarkable talent of local artists on display at Hometown!

Image above (clockwise from top left): Aubrey Baumeier’s Sunshine Design jewelry consists of ingeniously recycled chain links and inner tube. Winnie Chrzanowski’s bike photography tells an artistic story. Deborah Marlowe-Kashdan’s geometric print is playful and pre-framed. Peggy Kerwan’s exquisite bike prints are beautifully presented – all you need is aHometown Bicycles Daily Deal for December 7, 2016: 15% OFF All Bicycle Helmetsbow! Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP has sewn bicycle perfection into her purses, cards, and keychains. And Cindy Selke’s bicycle wreaths are the perfect accent for your front door.

Don’t forget to check out our 24 Days of Christmas daily deals on Facebook for more gift ideas that will help you shop local. Today’s daily deal is at right >>

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TEAM NEWS: GLOBAL FAT BIKE RIDE

Team Hometown Bicycles and our rental fat bikes at Global Fat Bike Ride in Island Lake

Hometown’s Team and crew made the short trek out to Island Lake last weekend for the Global Fat Bike Day Ride. It was total fat bike nirvana!

Hometown Rides Coordinator, Jean, described it like this: “it reminded me of dumping out a jar of marbles – bikes rolling in every direction! Over 100 Fat Bike cyclists joined in for the group ride – some estimate over 150.”

Wanna be a part of the next big fat bike adventure? Join us over at the Poto Trail this Saturday, December 10th at high noon for the 2016 Abominable Snowman Ride! Don’t have a fat bike yet? Cue the Hometown fat bike rentals…
 

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RENT A FAT BIKE AT HOMETOWN

Rent a fat bike at Hometown Bicycles

Our fleet of rental fat bikes were out in full force at last weekend’s Global Fat Bike Day Ride, and they’re all rarin’ to go again for any of you wanting to ride this weekend’s Abominable Snowman Ride. Here’s how the program works:

We have a fleet of 12 rental fat bikes in all sizes, for guys AND gals.

1 DAY = $50           3 DAYS = $100           5 DAYS = $150
Go out, ride, have fun and, if – you know – you just happen to fall in love, we’ll apply the rental fee toward your purchase of that bike!

While your picking out your rental bike, be sure to check out our winter gear selection. Riding’s infinitely more fun when you’re not frozen to your seat!

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Hometown Bicycles offers financing on all bicycle purchases through Synchrony Financial. Ask us for details!

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FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic winter fitness programs running right here inside your favorite bike shop:
Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING – Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA – Fridays at 9AM on 12/16, 23, 30 • 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA – Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

Stay tuned to upcoming emails for an announcement about another favorite use of our Community Room:  Winter Bike Clinic Series 2017… COMING SOON!
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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Friday Night Lights shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

Happily, cold weather and early nights do NOT signal the end of cycling season! Here are shop rides you won’t want to miss this week:

Friday Night Lights – TBA
Although we’re a hardy bunch, temps creeping down into the 20°s this Friday with a stiff, 20mph “breeze” are beyond even our adventurous comfort level. Stay warm this weekend, and we’ll look forward to catching you on the next ride! Stay tuned to our Facebook for the next scheduled ride.

Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Saturday, December 17th, 10 a.m.
Explore ~12-14 miles of Milford area mountain bike trails with us! Fat bike / mountain bikes are all welcome. NO DROP RIDE. Dress warmly! Meet at the Milford trailhead located on Peter’s road between GM/Commerce roads, on the West side (at the Janowski Field park). Park in the lot closest to Peters Road (if you see baseball fields to your left, you’re there). **Check Facebook for ride updates.**

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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Team Hometown Bicycles jersey sponsorship slots

Check out the companies below… they’re our 2015/16 sponsors, and businesses that we are proud to promote because they share our core values of integrity, passion, dedication, and community-mindedness.

Additional Team Sponsor opportunities are still available. Interested in learning more? Contact our Rides Coordinator, Jean, at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

Wacky Wednesday trumps Black Friday at Hometown Bicycles

Wacky Wednesday video with Shaun and Liam at Hometown Bicycles

WHY SHOULD ALL THE GREAT DEALS COME AFTER THANKSGIVING?

Our shop is founded on an “attitude of gratitude”, so giving thanks to our customers is something we enjoy doing all year round… but there is definitely something about this time of year that makes us want to show a LOTTA extra love to you and your fellow Hometownies.

Besides, Liam said so! Watch the video for details, but here’s the gist:

WEDNESDAY • 11/23 • 3PM-9PM
Take 30% OFF ALL in-store items
& 10% OFF ALL special orders

10% OFF ON BLACK FRIDAY – REGULAR HOURS

Common Sense Stuff: Cannot be combined with other promotions. Not valid on past purchases or labor.

HOMETOWN’S THANKSGIVING HOURS

Wednesday (11/23):  3PM-9PM

Thursday (Thanksgiving):  CLOSED

Black Friday (11/25):  9AM-9PM (regular hours)

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RENT-A-FAT-BIKE AT HOMETOWN

Framed Bikes and Jamis Bicycles fat bike rentals at Hometown Bicycles

DID YOU KNOW… that you can rent our Jamis and Framed fat bikes? Did you just get a surge of adrenaline? Then get on in here and ask about our fat bike rental program!

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TEAM NEWS: HOMETOWN VISITS THE BIG “D”

Team Hometown Bicycles' DJ Joe Ostervik at the Mad Anthony CX Race at Historic Fort Wayne

Joe Ostervik took the Hometown jersey to the “D” as he joined the fun at the Mad Anthony CX Race at Historic Fort Wayne on November 13. It was an awesome Team member, on an awesome ride, with awesome whether, at an awesome location… yep, straight-up Hometown!
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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Friday Night Lights shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

Happily, cold weather and early nights do NOT signal the end of cycling season! Here are a couple shop rides you won’t want to miss this week:

Friday Night Lights – Starts up again December 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
Meet at the shop by 6:45 for an intermediately-paced night jaunt through Island Lake. Be sure your lights are charged, and bring a back-up, if you have one!

*Woot! Woot!* to the Night Lights riders who survived the sudden and completely unexpected thunderstorm last week! Hometown Rides Coordinator Jean described it as:

“…high winds, leaves whipping in front of your glasses, rain pelting your jersey and the pain in your legs as you asked for more wattage to seek shelter… Man, that was a really, really fun ride!”

8th Annual PotoMBA Black Friday MTB Ride in Ypsi – Friday, November 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This one’s not a shop ride, but a lot of our Team will be there. Join us! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1197643866959330/

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Rifle Season runs November 15-30. Please consider exploring non-hunting parks during the day and those with hunting after dark. It’s only two weeks – let’s stay safe!

Jamis Bike Demo Coming April 7th

Hometown presents Jamis Demo on April 7th

MOUNTAIN BIKERS TAKE NOTE!  Get ready to kick it up a notch at Hometown’s first official Spring event: JAMIS DEMO 2013.

On April 7th, we invite you to rock the trails with Jamis’ newest and greatest mountain bike models. You’ll have the opportunity to test ride super high-end bicycles, including Jamis’ revolutionary 650B wheel size.

There’ll be food, a chance to earn $20 store credit (see below), charity ride info tables, Team Hometown representatives and, of course, Jamis’ giant Demo Trailer.

The following demo bikes will be available to ride on the trails of Island Lake:

Jamis Demo Mountain Bikes

The Jamis Demo will be held just down the road from Hometown Bicycles at Promess Incorporated, 11429 Grand River Road in Brighton. (Click here for directions.Access to the Island Lake trails is right across the street.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH DEMO HOURS:  NOON – 6PM

OUR STORE WILL CLOSE EARLY:  On April 7th, our store hours will be 7am – Noon, so that everyone can make the Demo!

PRINT THIS EMAIL FOR $20 STORE CREDIT:

PRINT AND BRING THIS EMAIL WITH YOU TO THE DEMO!! The first 200 attendees to demo a bicycle will receive a $20 Hometown Bicycles store credit, good toward your next Jamis or in-store accessories purchase.

Just be sure to have your email print-out stamped by Shaun to validate your store credit.

So, in a nutshell:

STEP 1: Print this email
STEP 2: Bring email to demo
STEP 3: Demo a Jamis
STEP 4: Shaun will authorize email
STEP 5: Spend your $20 credit at Hometown!

Remember, there are only 200 store credits available.

FEATURE PHOTO: HOMETOWN VISITS ALASKA

Hometown Bicycles sticker in Alaskan wilderness

Hometown’s spreading across the globe! Earlier this month, long-time customer, Don Wood, set up an impromptu Hometown “photo shoot” during his cycling adventure through the frozen wilds of icy Rohn, Alaska. Don biked the Iditarod Trail on his Salsa Mukluk Fat Bike.

How cool is that?! Thanks for making us a part of it, Don!

RIDES & EVENTS FOR MARCH/APRIL 2013

Every day, we see cycling changing lives in new and wonderful ways. Be a part of that transformation! Here are some rides to get you started and keep you going:

MOUNTAIN BIKE
APR 6   MSU Get Tough Time Trial   Laingsburg, MI
APR 13   Rust Shaker   Harrison, MI
APR 14   Fish Knob Time Trial   Cedar Springs, MI
APR 21   Yankee Springs Time Trial   Middleville, MI
APR 27   Willow Time Trial   Romulus, MI
APR 28   Pontiac Lake Classic   Waterford, MI

ROAD
MAR 30   FRCC Spring Fling #1   Waterford, MI
APR 6   FRCC Spring Fling #2   Waterford, MI
APR 6   MSU Get Tough Road Race   Laingsburg, MI
Starts APR 7   Beat the Train in Detroit   Detroit, MI
APR 7   University of Michigan Criterium   Ann Arbor, MI
APR 7   Ann Arbor Spring Training Series #1   Ann Arbor, MI
APR 13   FRCC Spring Fling #3   Waterford, MI
APR 13   42-85 Spring Training Series #1   Grand Rapids, MI
APR 14   Ann Arbor Spring Training Series #2   Ann Arbor, MI
Starts APR 20   Motor City Bike & Brew Tours   Detroit, MI
APR 20   42-85 Spring Training Series #2   Grand Rapids, MI
APR 20   Breaking the Cycle of Addiction   Kalamazoo, MI
APR 21   Ann Arbor Spring Training Series #3   Waterford, MI
APR 27   Cruisin’ for the Trails   Rochester Hills, MI
APR 27   42-85 Spring Training Series #3   Grand Rapids, MI
APR 28   Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery   Ypsilanti, MI
APR 28   Queen’s Day Criterium   Downtown Holland, MI
APR 28   Ann Arbor Spring Training Series #4   Waterford, MI

CYCLOCROSS
APR 6   The Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race   Lowell, MI

MISCELLANEOUS
APR 28   Ann Arbor Classic Bicycle Show & Swap Meet   Ann Arbor

“On a bike, no one ever asks ‘are we there yet?’”
– Unknown

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