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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

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

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles Beginner Mountain Bike shop ride
THIS WEEK’S SHOP RIDES
Pop-Up Mountain Bike Ride – Advanced
SATURDAY, APR 21  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC TRAILHEAD
Join us at Brighton Recreation Area for an ADVANCED ride on the mountain bike trails. We’re riding 20+ miles at 8-10 mph. Advanced level skills are required for these trails and pace. Mud, Sweat & Beers is 3 weeks away, so come get some training in with us! Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!
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Hartland Gravel Grinder – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, APR 22  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
Come enjoy beautiful, HILLY country roads and wonderful ride company. Expect several TOUGH, LONG CLIMBS, at an average 14 – 15 MPH pace for all 28.2 miles. The group may split into 2, with the front pack averaging > 15 mph. (Check out Dan’s Gravel Grinding 101 ride for a less grueling option.) Cross/Gravel, Mountain and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the Hartland Twp. Hall lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) at 2655 Clark Rd. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Hometown Bicycles Birthday Bike Ride!
SUNDAY, APR 22  |  3:00PM (MEET BY 2:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Come celebrate 8 incredible years of Hometown adventures and existence on a birthday party bike ride for riders of all levels and bikes of all types! We’ll ride the famous, Island Lake “Green Dumpster loop” at a conversational “party pace”. You’ll return to a grill out and birthday cake with your Hometown peeps. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!
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Beginner Friendly Road Ride
MONDAY, APR 23  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, APR 24  |  7:00PM (MEET BY 6:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake (~14 miles) at a conversational, 10mph pace. All bikes welcome, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate with your new biking friends. BYOB!Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Gravel Grinding 101
WEDNESDAY, APR 25  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ride with your Hometown bike guru, CycloDan Tribble! Front and rear light required, as we end at dusk. This ride weaves through and around Island Lake, covering 13+ miles of pavement, dirt trails and gravel roads (a few hills just for fun!) at an average 12-13 mph. Expect a “puddle” or two of sand and a few face slappers on the trails this time of year. Nothing our gravel, adventure or mountain/fat bikes can’t easily handle. Skinny tire bikes will NOT work for this ride. All levels welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want a high-energy pick-me-up, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Cat enjoying spring sunshine

The heat is on!
(finally)

~ Glenn Frey

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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See you this Sunday, Hometownies!!

Hometown Bicycles Happy 8th Birthday Party

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

~ Anonymous

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


WIN A GRANT FOR IMPROVING MI CYCLING

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

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

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


Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

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

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles Beginner Road Ride shop ride
THIS WEEK’S SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, APR 7  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC
This week, we’ll meet at Brighton Rec trailhead. Anticipate 10-16 miles of adventuring. Group A advanced riders will ride fast and pack in the miles. Group B intermediate riders will ride as skills determine. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Hartland Gravel Grinder – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, APR 8  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
Come enjoy beautiful, HILLY country roads and wonderful ride company. Expect several TOUGH, LONG CLIMBS, at an average 14 – 15 MPH pace for all 28.2 miles. The group may split into 2, with the front pack averaging > 15 mph. (Check out Dan’s Gravel Grinding 101 ride for a less grueling option.) Cross/Gravel, Mountain and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the Hartland Twp. Hall lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) at 2655 Clark Rd. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Beginner Road Ride
MONDAY, APR 9  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, APR 10  |  7:00PM (MEET BY 6:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake (~14 miles) at a conversational, 10mph pace. All bikes welcome, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate with your new biking friends. BYOB!Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Hometown Bicycles in its early years

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

~ Max DePree

Happy Easter, Hometownies!

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

Hometown Bicycles financing with up to 12 months zero interest

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

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

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

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


Hometown Bicycles 8th Anniversary Save the Date

IT’S FAMILY FUN FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS BIRTHDAY!

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

TWO LEGISLATIVE TRIUMPHS FOR MI CYCLISTS

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

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

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

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


HOMETOWN’S VERSATILE RENTAL ROOM

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

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

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

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

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


Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Part-Time Personal Assistant
Combines administrative duties with personal and child care. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, dependable, and excellent with children.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles Gravel Grinder 101 shop ride with CycloDan Tribble
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, MAR 31  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
We’re headed back to Island Lake for a loop through the trails and “behind the pond”. Anticipate 10-16 miles of adventuring. Group A advanced riders will ride fast and pack in the miles. Group B intermediate riders will ride as skills determine. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


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

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

~ Anonymous

Post-Potluck Pics + The Official 2018 Shop Ride Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Race

TEAM NEWS: 102 MEMBERS! + MAKING WAVES AT WATERLOO

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

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


HOMETOWN’S 2018 SHOP RIDES

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

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

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


Hometown Bicycles 8th Anniversary Save the Date

IT’S FAMILY FUN FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS BIRTHDAY!

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

Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Part-Time Personal Assistant
Combines administrative duties with personal and child care. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, dependable, and excellent with children.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles Gravel Grinder 101 shop ride with CycloDan Tribble
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, MAR 24  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM JANOWSKI FIELD
This week takes us to the Janowski Field trailhead (between GM and Commerce roads) to ride the Milford Trail, a hidden gem of a singletrack. Anticipate 10-15 miles of adventuring. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***


Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


2018 Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Race

Happiness is knowing where you belong

~ Anonymous

Birthday Pics, Jamis’ CEO, and Upcoming Shop Rides

When Everything Goes Wonderfully Right

Hometown Bicycles' 7th Birthday BashSHAUN AND I ARE IN AWE – LIKE, GIVES-US-GOOSEBUMPS AWE – of what Hometown Bicycles has come to mean to our customers and to our community, as evidenced by the INCREDIBLE turn-out for last weekend’s 7th Birthday Bash.

If I’m being entirely honest, there are moments when working ’round the clock daily (and I mean AROUND the clock), raising our family in a bike shop, and giving up any semblance of a “normal” life seems mildly insane to potentially certifiable. But this kind of outpouring of support – on the eve, no less, of a major holiday – VALIDATES why we do what we do.

And there’s a word for this: LOVE. I’ve been really thinking about this since the reality of 7 remarkable years struck home. We LOVE our Hometownies, we love what we do, we love being in the business of helping people have fun, achieve incredible goals, become the best version of themselves, and create memories to last a lifetime… I mean, really, how much more rewarding can you get?!

And you’ve made it clear that the love goes both ways. That’s a game-changer.

THANK YOU for celebrating with us. Thank you for letting us know that we’re doing it right. And thank you for making Shaun’s and my non-traditional lifestyle feel like a reward.

We also want to show some love for American Spirit Centre, which generously provided overflow parking across the street (it was needed!), Tour de Livingston for being there and being awesome, Shannon from Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp for hanging out with us and bringing the fun lawn games, Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply for always keeping us hydrated, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy for the cool door prize donation, the Team volunteers and Hometown crew for an incredible work ethic and for saving what’s left of my hair since having children, and Mother Nature for giving us possibly the nicest day yet in 2017.

If you want to catch pictures of our event, check out our Facebook album HERE. If you want to go to your happy place… well, you know where to find us!


Winner of Hometown Bicycles' Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Contest, Marley Simpson with Hometown COO, Dawn Bhajan
(Me with a pink-clad Marley Simpson, winner of our Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Contest by popular vote!)

CONGRATS, MARLEY – WINNER OF OUR JR. T-SHIRT CONTEST!

Marley Simpson's entry to the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt ContestPrior to our big birthday bash, we put a call out to the young’uns for a creative and colorful interpretation of our logo, which would grace a limited edition run of Jr. Hometownie t-shirts.

Votes were collected throughout last weekend’s event for the four, fantastic entries we received. There was a lotta love for all entrants, but Marley Simpson’s vibrant piece took home 1st prize!

Marley – age 8, 3rd grade – is the epitome of a Renaissance woman-in-miniature, with an absolute wealth of interests. She loves to bike (way to go, Marley!), is a gymnast, collects American Girl dolls, reads, plays with her guinea pig, jumps on the trampoline, hangs out with friends and, clearly, LOVES to draw (see her t-shirt design at left).

Marley wants to grow up to be an artist. We believe she’s already well on her way. Congratulations, Marley! (Keep an eye out for Marley’s winning design on t-shirts, coming soon!)

Entries to Hometown Bicycles Jr. Hometownies T-Shirt Contest
(Fantastic job, Jr. Hometownies! Here are the entries we received: Nicholas Baylerian [1, left], Abigail Dyer [2, top], Marley Simpson [3, bottom], and Abby Wheeler [4, right].)


YouTube video of Jamis President and Owner, Carine Joannou

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM JAMIS CEO, CARINE JOANNOU

Jamis CEO, Carine JoannouWe’ve introduced you in newsletters past to Carine Joannou, President and Owner of Jamis Bicycles. She’s been a supporter of, a believer in, and a role model to Hometown Bicycles since day one.

Here’s a chance to hear from the woman herself about Jamis’ core values – it’s in large part because of these values that we’re such die-hard fans of the brand. CLICK HERE to watch her video.


Hometown Bicycles 7th Birthday Bash, Family Friendly Shop Ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

SUNDAY GRAVEL GRINDER (4/23)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Twp Hall
Though still quite hilly, this week’s gravel ride will encompass a shorter, flatter route than normal through back roads, with ~ 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.

The goal is to extend the route to 36 miles by late May – so come on out now and grow with the route!

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (4/23)
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 to join this ride. **Location will rotate in future – check on weekly start locations**

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (4/24)
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 (4/26)
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! Carve out 2 hours of your evening for this ride.

THURSDAY SOCIAL ROAD RIDE (4/27)
10:00PM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
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. **Location will rotate in future – check on weekly start locations**

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


Hometown Bicycles' Shaun and Dawn Bhajan and family

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

– 1 Corinthians 13:13

Easter Egg Hunt at Hometown, Tri Training, and Bike Patrol

APRIL 15: Hometown’s 7th Birthday

Hometown Bicycles 7th Anniversary Celebration Easter Egg HuntEASTER EGG HUNT, DOOR PRIZES, DEALS, FAMILY RIDE, FOOD & COMPETITION
We’ve had some exceptional events in our time, but a 7th birthday for Hometown Bicycles… now THAT deserves something on the scale of momentous!

Details are coming in next week’s newsletter, but some highlights you can expect for this Saturday, April 15th event include door prizes, an Easter Egg Hunt for kids AND adults, food, a family road ride, announcement of the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Contest Winner (see below), deals, the unveiling of the 10 BICYCLES WE ARE DONATING to this year’s 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston, and a chance to make your mark (literally) on Hometown!!

Did some of that sound mysterious? Good! Come see what all the excitement’s about. A birthday party just isn’t the same without family, and that means we want YOU there!

REMINDER: JR. HOMETOWNIE T-SHIRT CONTEST

Cute kid drawing a bicycleRemember, Hometownies, have your preschool – 5th grader paint or sketch up a fun and colorful t-shirt design (no larger than 8″ x 8″), that includes the following:

  • A hand-drawn or hand-painted Hometown logo
  • The words: “I’m a Jr. Hometownie!” (Mom and Dad can help, if needed)
  • Any other bicycle-related art that your young Hometownie is inspired to create!

Bring in their entry by Monday, April 10th to proudly display in our Community Room for the rest of the month!

The winner will be announced at our April 15th event, and their winning design will grace a limited edition run of Jr. Hometownie t-shirts! They’ll receive a complimentary Jr. Hometownie t-shirt, and will be featured in our weekly newsletter and website. ALL participants get an official Hometown sticker, and will be acknowledged on our website.

(Cute kiddie graphic above courtesy www.clipartfest.com)


Brighton Bulldogs Travel Baseball Team meeting in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room

BULLDOG PRIDE AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

At Hometown, we’re big on activities that involve fitness, family, and the great outdoors, so you can imagine how geeked we are to be Sponsors of the 2017 Brighton Bulldogs Travel Baseball Team. Last night, they met in our Community Room to prep for a stellar season, and impressed the socks off of us with their energetic camaraderie and good manners… plus, they were genuinely kind to Liam, which wins them bonus brownie points in this mama’s book! Stay tuned for a list of their games.

So, now we’ve hosted Bulldogs Baseball, Lacrosse, Football, and Art in our Community Room – yep, we’re definitely feeling Bulldog Pride! Have a Team, Troop, or other group that needs a meet-up spot? Email events@myhometownbicycles.com for Community Room reservations – it’s free for non-profits!


Hometown Bicycles Triathlon Club
(Photo © and courtesy Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp)

HOMETOWN ♥s HAMBURG FITNESS TRIATHLON CLUB

We know our tri-geared Hometownies are getting the “brick” bug as the months creep toward triathlon season. That’s why we’re teaming up with Team Hometown Sponsor Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp to take their much-loved Triathlon Club to the next level of awesome!

We’re chipping in gift certificates for motivation, transition training to maximize your swim-to-bike/bike-to-run efficiency, and Hometown’s own Amy Gluck will be imparting expert advice from her Ironman background.

TRI Club Memberships are available for non-members (810-231-4169 for details). You can also join Run Club with Pro Triathlete and Personal Trainer Ryan Rau (call 734-476-4444). I speak from personal experience when I say that his run input can be a game changer!

Join Hometown and your fellow triathletes at the Club’s first informational meeting on April 11th, 6PM at Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp.


National Mountain Bike Patrol Training happening at Hometown Bicycles
(Photo © and courtesy Randy Kessler and Motor City Mountain Biking Association)

BE A HERO: BIKE PATROL TRAINING AT HOMETOWN

It takes a first class sort of person to step up and actively seek ways to support fellow cyclists and, as it so happens, that’s exactly what Hometownies are… first class! So, if you’ve got it in you to give back to the cycling community, here’s an opportunity happening right here at Hometown THIS SATURDAY, April 8th (limited space, so register now!):

Like to Ride? Like to help people? The National Mountain Bike Patrol may be for you…

The mission of the Mountain Bike Patrol boils down to:
• Assist in medical and mechanical emergencies
• Educate trail users of proper etiquette
• Inform land managers, land owners, trail coordinators

For detailed requirements and/or to register for training, contact Randy at bikepatrol@mcmba.org.


Hometown Bicycles at The Brighton Nazarene Church (The Naz) Sportsman's Banquet, put on by their Men's Ministry
(Team member Joe [left] and Service Lead Andrew [right] set up and eat up at the Sportsman’s Banquet) 

SHAUN LEARNS TAXIDERMY

Well, not quite – but he sure learned a lot about it from fellow sponsor and skilled artist Tom Stombaugh of Anything That Moves Taxidermy at Brighton Nazarene Church Sportsman’s Banquet.

Brighton Nazarene Church "The Naz" logoOur fellas dined on venison, oggled weaponry, talked taxidermy and bikes, and (I personally suspect) grunted like Tim Allen. It was definitely one of the more unique events in which Hometown has participated. Shout out to “The Naz” for this manly opportunity!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride at Island Lake Badlands
(Photo courtesy Jacob Henriksen)

Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride – THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – 4:30 P.M. – MEET UP AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Our Fat Bike Friendly Shop Rides have come to a close for the season to make way for our Spring shop ride, Exploring Trails. This is a NO-DROP, beginner friendly mountain bike trail ride – FAT BIKES WELCOME! – which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. If Poto is your goal, this is the weekly ride to get you there by the end of the season! Save 1.5 hours of your day to cover 12 – 16 miles of trail.

Weather dependent – we don’t want to mess up the trails if they’re mucky! Be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmation and details.


CRAZY HARE-BRAINED TOUR – APRIL 15TH

Bike Tour Vacations, LLC's Crazy Hare-Brained Tour in MichiganWhat a great name! Hometown is thrilled to be supporting this Michigan cycling event. Hosted by Hometown Winter Clinic Series guest speaker, Bike Tour Vacations, LLC

“The Crazy Hare-brained Tour is a fundraiser to help cover touring expenses for 3 Northern Michigan University students as they cycle 1,400 miles around Lake Superior in May.

Our event is up to 40 miles of 100% traffic-free trail riding for road bikes, and up to 30 miles of 100% traffic-free dirt riding for mountain bikes. All ages are welcome, 9 a.m. at Atchison Park in New Hudson.”

Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at event sponsor Draught Horse Brew Pub around 1PM.Bike Tour Vacations logo


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??


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – ISLAND LAKE BIKE DEMO DAY

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day hosted by the MCMBAThe MCMBA has put a call out for Demo Day volunteers for this wonderfully popular Spring cyclists’ event. (Hometown will be there!) Running May 6th at the ILRA Spring Mill Pond, you can volunteer for everything from setup and registration, to parking and grilling. They write:

The Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day is now in it’s 12th year. This is the second year the event is put on free of charge by the MCMBA. 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. Take a few out for a test ride on the roads and trails at Island Lake, finding the perfect bike or bikes for you.

CLICK HERE to throw your hat into the volunteer ring!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race

Great minds ride
a bike.

– Anonymous

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