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ūüĆ∑ Spring Cycling, Confessions, and a Potluck Bike Clinic ūüöī

Welcome to Spring Cycling!

Spring cycling handlebars on a bicycle

With the changing of Seasons – Winter Cycling to Spring Cycling, that is – we’re back to our outrageously convenient¬†warm weather hours, beginning Wed., March 1st:
MONDAY – FRIDAY ¬†……………. ¬†7AM – 9PM

SATURDAY & SUNDAY ¬†…………….. ¬†9AM – 5PM


Michigan tourist map courtesy of Vidiani.com
(Image courtesy vidiani.com)

THIS THURSDAY!!¬† “Where to Ride in MI” Potluck Clinic!

THURSDAY, MARCH 2ND FROM 6PM-8PM 
This is the event where we debut the BEST Shop Ride schedule¬†we’ve ever had, plus you’ll hear about Michigan’s top¬†cycling paths and trails,¬†meet Hometown’s ride leaders, connect with potential ride buddies,¬†collect info about local¬†cycling groups, and learn about the organizations that help keep our roads and trails cyclist friendly and how you can get involved.

It’s a potluck, so here’s your chance to show off some culinary skills. You should see the goodies people have already signed up to bring – W-O-W!!! COME HUNGRY!!

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHERE TO RIDE” POTLUCK CLINIC!
Thursday, March 2nd, 6pm-8pm at Hometown Bicycles ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬†Bring a dish to pass!


THIS SATURDAY!  CUT A RUG WITH HOMETOWN AT THE LARGEST DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE IN THE COUNTRY!

The 28th Annual SELCRA Daddy Daughter Dance flierOur community is so cool! Every year, SELCRA packs the Brighton High School with something like 1,500 dancing daddies and daughters. This Saturday, March 4th, count 4 more (me, Shaun, and the kids) as Hometown proudly sponsors this famous event.

Dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers – here’s a chance to give your mini-princess a night of dancing and fun! Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $15. Dance. Dine. Bop ’til the¬†balloons drop.

We’ll be parked next to our good friends from Brennan Investment Services in the cafeteria. Be sure to stop by our table and say “hi” – we’d love to meet your special little lady!


Dawn Bhajan and Gail Sweet riding the Ladies Spin Challenge at Hamburg Fitness Center with rockstar spin instructor Tammy

(LEFT: Hugs to Gail – in purple – one of several who came specifically to support this spin newbie! RIGHT: Motivational maven and Friday morning spin instructor extraordinaire… thanks for the workout, Tammy!)

CONFESSIONS (& REVELATIONS) OF A SPIN NOVICE

Confession #1: I was nervous about going. Once upon a time, I was fit… post-kids, not so much.

Confession #2: I feared judgement. Everyone assumes the skinny girl’s an athlete. How was it going to look when I tapped out at granny speeds on the easiest spin bike setting?

Confession #3: I thought I might get bored. I mean, you’re indoors and stationary – how entertaining can that be?

Revelation #1:¬†I left spin class reinvigorated, hopeful, motivated. Getting my legs moving got my brain moving, as well. It reminded me how it felt to be fit, and made me eager to get back to that “happy place” in my physical well-being.

Revelation #2: No one was looking. If I sat out a couple sprints or elected not to ramp up my resistance, there were no sirens and flashing “slacker alert!” signs over my head. Lights were dim, eyes were forward. It was between me, my mind, and my spin bike.

Revelation #3: Um… not even remotely. Instructor Tammy had us powering up and down, sprinting intervals, and leaping in and out of our saddles in an hour-long variety-fest of spin combinations. There literally wasn’t time to get bored!

THANK YOU to those awesome lady Hometownies who had my back at this class – you were the wind beneath my pedals! And thanks, too, to Hamburg Fitness Center‘s Deb and Terry, who cooked up this challenge to get my butt back in the saddle – this is the kind of remarkable support you can only expect from a gym that truly cares.

I hope my experience encourages on-the-fencers to give it a go… you don’t have to be Lance Armstrong, and you don’t have to be a member. Call for class times: 810-231-4169


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Ozzy Aguilar
(Images at left courtesy Ozzy Aguilar)

MEET YOUR CREW: OZZY AGUILAR

Our to-the-point service tech, Ozzy, is easy-going but, man, can he rock out the tune-ups! You’ll spot him wrenching on bikes and riding the trails in between his school studies.

I ride because to me riding is a way to enjoy nature at its best. It’s a way to get away from people, the town, the city, and go into nature and enjoy the ride.


Help wanted sign
MANAGERS, SALES/SERVICE STAFF, ADMIN ASSISTANT

Forward your information to office@myhometownbicycles.com.


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – Saturday, 3/4 @ 1:00PM

MEET AT BRIGHTON RECREATION AREA TRAILHEAD

Join the Hometown crew on Saturday as they explore the mountain bike trails at Brighton Recreation Area (Murray Lake and Appleton). Meet at the trailhead (5700 Bishop Lake Rd) and be ready to roll by 1 p.m. ¬†Fat Bikes only (until the weather cooperates). This ride is for all level riders ‚Äď NO DROP RIDE. Distance is estimated at 12 +/- miles in about a 2 hour timeframe.¬†Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


CRAMBA Ride Dirt Trails, Not Mud Trails flier

REMINDER: DON’T BE THAT CYCLIST

… you know, the eager beaver who just can’t wait for the trails to dry, and destroys them for everyone else. We know that early Spring days bring intense trail temptation, but listen to that little white-clad dude on your shoulder – the one with the halo! Or, if you’re more practical in nature, listen to the organizations that maintain the trails. Trust us, you’ll get a longer and more enjoyable cycling season when you sit tight for solid singletrack!

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Christmas Cyclists, Ornament Making, and Lots of Love

 Christmas lights at Hometown Bicycles

HOMETOWN BICYCLES CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S HOURS:¬†
Christmas Eve  |  9AM Р3PM
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day ¬†
|  CLOSED*
Monday, January 2nd  |  9AM Р9PM (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 ‚ÄĘ 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks РPresented 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‚Äôll also be hosting a Team Meeting, open to all interested riders, on Saturday January 21st at 4:30pm ‚Äď 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
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