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Best Time to Tune Your Bike + Women’s Winter Classes

Hometown Bicycles' Service Tech Ozzy Aguilar working on a bike tune up
Q: SO, WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET A TUNE-UP?
A: A lot earlier than you would think…

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Hometownies, I know January has a way of seeping under your skin – the leafless trees, the chill winds, the desaturated skies. It all takes a toll on your zen.

A growing population of you are laughing in the face of this winter reality, thundering through the snowy trails on the Clydesdales of the bike world. But if winter cycling just isn’t your M.O., here’s a ray of sunshine to lift you out of survival mode…

We’re just 48 days away from the launch of Spring Cycling Season – March 1st!

Spring tulipWith that in mind, customers ask us with surprising frequency about the optimal time to bring their bikes in for a tune-up. The answer is… NOW!

50 days will already disappear like smoke, but remember last year, when Spring made a cameo appearance in February? Guess who beat the rush of suddenly urgent tune-up requests, and got to hit the roads and trails before everyone else? You guessed it… the early bird cyclists, whose new year prep primed them for first dibs!

In Michigan, you should tune-up with the Boy Scouts motto in mind: “Be Prepared.”

Again, 48 days left ’til Spring Cycling Season… 
48 days!

That’s nothin’ – a handful of “Hump Day”s, a pittance of paydays, a smidgen of snowfalls… peanuts. Don’t get caught short – you deserve to enjoy every glorious moment.


5 Foot Passing Legislation is in Jeopardy - take action!
4 DAYS LEFT TO HELP MAKE MI SAFER FOR CYCLISTS!
Hometownies, here’s a cause worth signing for! From League of MI Bicyclists (LMB):

Legislation to enact a statewide 5-foot passing law is in danger in the House and we need your help! A specified distance (5-feet) could be stripped out of the legislation if we don’t speak up now.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will likely act on HB 4265 on January 16, 2018. We need your help to urge committee members to keep a specific distance in the bill to enact the strongest safe passing law possible. Click below or visit www.LMB.org/engage for details and to sign.

Take Action button

DID YOU KNOW… COMMUNITY ROOM RENTAL
Hometown Bicycles Community Room available for rentalMany of you have enjoyed Hometown Bicycles clinics, parties, classes, meetings, and programs in our spacious and group-friendly Community Room. But DID YOU KNOW that you can rent this space year round for your own personal and business events and activities?

We’ve hosted everyone from clubs, businesses, rotaries, school organizations, and other non-profits, to homeowner’s associations, birthday partiers, fitness groups, and Scouts.

Contact Evan at events@myhometownbicycles.comfor further information and inquiries!


ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
2018 HOMETOWN WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSES 
Gals, there’s absolutely no reason why the cold should keep us from connecting and self-actualizing! Hometown’s women-only class series is going strong to make you stronger (click the registration links for details and to sign up):

1/16 WOMEN’S ZUMBA with Leslie Barrett
REGISTER for ZUMBA | 5:30 PM at Hometown Bicycles | FREE

1/23 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SKIING with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Skiing | 5:30 PM at Huron Meadows Metropark | $15 ski rental, $5 trail use

1/30 WOMEN’S SPIN CLASS with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Spin | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

2/6   WOMEN’S HOT YOGA with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Hot Yoga | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

2/13 WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE with Live Safe Academy
REGISTER for Self Defense | 7PM – 9PM at Hometown Bicycles | $40 at registration
A Note from Dawn: I’ve seen this instructor in action, and he is awesome. This class NEEDS to be shared with the women in your life who are important to you… that’s why I’m sharing it with you. Ages 12 and up – mothers, daughters, wives, friends, and coworkers – ALL women welcome!

2/20 LADIES NIGHT OUT at Hometown Bicycles
Stay tuned… details coming soon!

2/27 WOMEN’S PILOXING BARRE with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for PILOXING | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)


Shaun teaches a bike clinic at Hometown Bicycles
WINTER BIKE CLINIC IN FULL SWING
We’ve run our Winter Clinic Series since opening in 2010… not to toot our own horn, but *toot* we’re really good at it! All clinics are FREE and, this year, we’re also offering some new perks and privileges – click the links below for details and to register:

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Winter Clinic ScheduleFlat Tire Fix Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 9th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 11th, 7-8pm

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 16th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 18th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 23rd, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 25th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 30th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 1st, 7-8pm

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

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

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

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

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


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Beginner Level
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13  |  10AM (MEET AT 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the roads and trails of Island Lake Recreation Area. This is a BEGINNER (No Drop) Ride! We’ll cover about 10-14 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather.Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate Level
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14  |  2PM (MEET AT 1:45PM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC TRAILHEAD
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the more challenging trails of Brighton Recreation Area. This is an INTERMEDIATE (No Drop) Ride – NOT an easy ride for beginners! We’ll cover about 12-16 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent 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


Hometown Bicycles Ride Coordinator Laura Faunce winter mountain biking at Island Lake

I’m doing this for ME.

~ Cyclists everywhere

Your Hometown Crew and Speak Up for Cycling

Who’s This Attractive Bunch?

Hometown Bicycles crew group photo

MEET YOUR HOMETOWN BICYCLES CREW…  We consider it a true honor when you introduce us to your family and friends – it lets us know that you feel the same respect, loyalty, and you’re-our-peeps kind of thang that we feel for you.

Well, we’d like to extend you the same courtesy! Meet your Hometown 2.017 crew (above). We’ll be featuring your go-to bike gurus here and on our website over the coming weeks; get to know the guys and gals who help make your Hometown experience a magical one!

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Bike Care and Maintenance Clinic at Hometown Bicycles
THIS WEEK:
  BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINIC (free!)

This Wednesday and Thursday starts the first in a 2-part series of ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR CLINICS TO DATE! Whether you’re a newbie or bike buff, here’s your chance to learn the workings of your trusty sidekick, and how to set yourself and your bike up for a brilliant ride. Bring your questions, and be prepared for some hands-on learnin’!

BIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 11 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 12 from 6-7pm
In this first of a 2-part clinic, we’ll cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails.

BIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 18 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 19 from 6-7pm
In this second of a 2-part clinic, we’ll talk about how to care for your bicycle AFTER you come back from your ride.

BIKE FITTING BASICS – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 26 from 6-7pm
Guest speaker, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, covers bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort.

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SPEAK UP FOR CYCLING AT JANUARY SUMMIT

Livingston County Transportation Summit invitationConcerned about the state of cycling safety in Livingston County? Shaun says, “Let’s stop _itchin’, and do something about it!”

We not only encourage, but ASK you to attend the January 17th Livingston County Transportation Summit, running 8am-Noon at Cleary University’s Johnson Center. It’s FREE, and the more cyclists who attend, the more likely our concerns about local cycling safety will be heard and addressed. You can sit with us – Hometown will be there!

Click the image at left to view the Summit invite. You can REGISTER FOR THE SUMMIT HERE, or email arennie@CMHLIV.ORG for details.

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Fat Bike Friendly shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

FAT BIKE FRIENDLY SHOP RIDE THIS SATURDAY

Knock on wood-ed trails… it looks like the weather is going to be idyllic for a roll through the winter woods. Bring your fatties (or rent one from us!) or mountain bikes. This weekend’s shop ride will be a 2-parter: a 6-mile, beginner-friendly loop to start, and a faster, 7-9 mile, Proud Lake loop for eager beavers craving an additional challenge!

Meet at Milford trailhead (Janowski field) at 1pm on Saturday, January 14th. Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation/changes.

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Team Hometown Bicycles Munch and Learn meeting

LEARN ABOUT TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Heads up, Hometownies… we’ve scheduled a munch-and-learn Team meeting on Saturday, January 21st, 4:30pm in our Community Room. You’ll meet our Team Captains and learn everything from what our Team is about and past accomplishments, to upcoming adventures and Team perks.

There’s no charge to attend, but we do need to plan for food, so please register:
REGISTER NOW FOR OUR TEAM MUNCH-AND-LEARN

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ONLY 2 TEAM SPONSOR SLOTS REMAINING!

We’re down to the FINAL TWO Team Hometown Bicycles sponsorship slots. If interested, please email Jean at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

We tip our helmets to these exceptional companies who have committed (or recommitted!) to being a part of our 2017 Team adventures:

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy logo

Dr. Horal Family and Cosmetic Dentistry logo Body Within Personal Training logo
THIS COULD
BE YOUR
COMPANY!
Jamis Bicycles logo
THIS COULD
BE YOUR
COMPANY!
Hamburg Fitness Center logo

Michigan Banner Factory logo

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Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

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

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Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA | New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

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

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We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial

Welcome to Hometown 2.017

Welcome to Hometown 2.017…

Hometown Bicycles bike shop of Brighton, MI

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HOMETOWNIES!!  We hope your holidays were “best ever”s! We’ve spent our winter break missing the heck out of your bike banter, curiosity, and thoughtfulness, and cooking up all sorts of cool adventures to have with you in 2017.

You’ll see big changes taking place throughout the shop – all geared toward getting you to your happy place faster and more “fun-ly”. If you stop in at the right times, you may even get roped into a project or two!

Between clinics, fitness classes, fat bike rentals, shop rides, Team activities, and shop projects and events, Hometown will be hopping these next couple months. So, if winter’s getting your goat, stay tuned to our emails – we’ve got the remedy for stir-crazy!

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Bike fit clinic with Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy at Hometown BicyclesBIKE CLINICS KICK OFF THIS WEEKFREE!

We’re famous for our winter clinic series – come see why!

BIKE SAFETY & EQUIPMENT – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 4 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 5 from 6-7pm
Keep you and your bike in one piece! Learn everything from road safety and theft prevention to critical cycling gear.

BIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 11 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 12 from 6-7pm
In this first of a 2-part clinic, we’ll cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails.

BIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 18 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 19 from 6-7pm
In this second of a 2-part clinic, we’ll talk about how to care for your bicycle AFTER you come back from your ride.

BIKE FITTING BASICS – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 26 from 6-7pm
Guest speaker, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, covers bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort.

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Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

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 | Friday at 9AM on January 6th
$10 drop in – 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

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Rent a Fat Bike at Hometown Bicycles

SIZE MATTERS: FAT TIRES ROCK WINTER

Just a reminder that 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!

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We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial
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Team Hometown Bicycles at Tour de Livingston
Join Our Team

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! We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Team. To learn more…

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR 2017 TEAM APPLICATION

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Team Hometown Bicycles kit sponsors
Become a Team Sponsor

There are only a few remaining Team sponsorship slots. Want your business to be one of them? Email ride@myhometownbicycles.com for details!

Welcome aboard to our newest sponsors:
Hamburg Fitness Center
Jamis Bicycles

We appreciate your support!

2015 Ride Calendar & A New Trail

Santa’s Got a Deadline
DON’T GET STUCK WRAPPING A PHOTO INSTEAD OF THE REAL THING!

Late santa

You’ve made your list, checked it twice, and are now racing to finish (or start) your Christmas gift quest before the holidays hit.
As honorary Christmas elves, it’s our duty to caution you last-minute Santas out there that the VERY LAST DAYto special order anything (bicycles, parts, or accessories), so that it’ll arrive by Christmas, is THIS FRIDAY, December 19th, by 3pm.

HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ NEW SHOP UPDATE
With all the loyalty and support you’ve shown for our newest adventure, Hometown’s future is looking VERY merry and bright. We’re making great strides on the must-do’s that come with opening any new location, and are gearing up to get our hands dirty!

Here’s a special “THANK YOU!” shout-out to a few more awesome individuals who truly do believe in Hometown Bicycles:

I Believe in Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate participants
(Clockwise from top middle: BIG thanks to Randy & Donna, Jean & Steve, Melissa and David + Family!)

HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ CHRISTMAS HOURS
OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE: 10AM – 3PM

CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY – JANUARY 2

REOPEN JANUARY 3 (normal winter hours)

Our Whitmore Lake shop is CLOSED DECEMBER 25th and REOPENS MARCH 1st.

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GREG & THE WATERLOO TRAILS INITIATIVE
Customer Highlight: How mountain bike trails are born

Waterloo Trails Initiative fundraiser

Just want to tip our helmets to Greg Cook for his enthusiastic support of what will become over 20 miles of new mountain bike trail at Waterloo Rec. He’s actively involved in promoting and building this trail.

Hometown is helping to raise funds for this project (look left). If you want to support the effort, stop by our shop, and learn how you can contribute!

READ THE WATERLOO PRESS RELEASE HERE

Want to share your story and inspire others to ride?  Send us an email with your favorite cycling photo and a little bit about why you ride, what inspires you, and what you’ve done that might inspire someone else to change their life, too!

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BIKE CLINICS – NO FEES, ALL FUN!
Community Highlight:  Clinics start in January & are open to all

Hometown Bicycles 2015 Clinic Series

Want to learn how to fix a flat on the go? Wondering what nutrition will take you the distance? Curious about how bike fit influences your ride? Wishing you knew more about caring for your bike?

That’s what our Clinic Series is for! We bring you expert insights and hands-on learning in this no-cost way to beat the winter blues.

For a full list of our 2015 Bike Clinics, click here, or stay posted on our Facebook page.

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I’M DREAMING OF A FULL RIDE SCHEDULE
Industry Highlight: Start planning your 2015 adventures!
Travel bicycles
(Photo credit: © Beth H.)

We’ve shared it before, and we’ll share it again… the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) Ride Calendar is a cyclist’s guide to adventure.

With New Year’s resolutions and the winter “blahs” just around the corner, why not cozy up with a site full of fun ideas for your 2015 cycling season!

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