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🌷 Spring Cycling, Confessions, and a Potluck Bike Clinic 🚴

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  •  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 – 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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Tour video, name our trail, and being chased by runners

.2016 Tour de Livingston video

WE’RE TOUR DE LIVINGSTON ADDICTS… AND PROUD TO ADMIT IT!!

Year after year, our favorite community ride runs on first-class, feel-good mojo, and this year was no exception. The weather was grand, the scenery glorious, and the people – volunteers, riders, sponsors – made it all about camaraderie, achievement, and good will.

We can’t even begin to describe how proud we are to be associated with this event, and send a big Hometown hug to Howell Rotary for always making us so much a part of Tour de Livingston.

Photo fiends, be sure to check out our Facebook page and Tour de Livingston’s Facebook page for pictorial Tour eye candy!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Tour de Livingston 2016
(BAM!! Look at this awesome Team Hometown Bicycles representation at the Tour de Livingston, most of whom biked the 100-mile route. We you Team peeps!)

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NEXT UP… ICEMAN COMETH CHALLENGE  
Iceman Cometh logoWith Tour de Livingston behind us, our focus is shifting to another major cycling event that keeps our customers training hard and our shop hopping with pre-event preparations… Iceman Cometh Challenge. This famous, Michigan mountain bike race hits the Kalkaska trails on November 5th. Are YOU ready? Good. Is your BIKE ready? Leave that to us!
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ONE GOOD DONATION DESERVES ANOTHER  
Brighton Fire Chief O'Brian with Brighton Mayor Jim Muzzin who won the Jamis cruiser donated by Hometown Bicycles for the 9/11 Memorial 5K run
(Brighton Mayor Jim Muzzin (left) and Brighton Fire Chief O’Brian (right) with the Jamis cruiser. Photo courtesy Brighton Area Fire Dept.)

Here’s a bit of retrospective “feel good” to supplement those morning Wheaties… back in mid-September, the Brighton Area Fire Department ran its annual 9/11 Memorial 5K with our annually donated Hometown Bicycles Jamis cruiser as the fundraiser raffle prize.

Brighton Mayor, Jim Muzzin, was the lucky winner… and this community-spirited head honcho re-donated his win BACK to the Fire Department to raise additional dollars for the 9/11 Memorial fund! We tip our helmets to your generosity, Mayor Muzzin!

Special kudos goes to Team Hometown Bicycles’ Olga N. for leading off the race on her bicycle!

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NAME THAT TRAIL!  
Hometown Bicycles Mountain Bike singletrack trail

The feisty little trail we cut into the woods behind our shop has been tried and tested, and is ready for action! Ride it.* Reflect. Then send us your best trail name. You could be the one to win eternal Hometown bragging rights for finding that perfect moniker!

*Helmet and waiver required – please take a moment to complete one in the shop before your tires hit Hometown dirt.

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TEAM NEWS: HOMETOWN’S “RUNNING” THE FREEP!  
Detroit Free Press Marathon logoThe world-renowned Detroit Free Press Full & Half Marathon – known affectionately as the “Freep” – is historically led off by cyclists… and guess who’s been invited to join the party!! Hometown Bicycles!!!

Team Hometown Bicycles’ Jim Cleer and Joe Ostervik will be among the select cyclists to pace off racers at this enormous, October 16th event. Help us keep an eye out for them in the media coverage!

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FATTEN UP THIS WINTER – PREORDERS PENDING  
Jamis Bicycles fat bike website

We’re a fast sprint away from fat bike preorder season…

Just wanted to get your winter-rockin’, trail-crushin’, fatty-lovin’ adrenaline pumping!

You’re welcome…

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SPIN AND YOGA INSTRUCTORS WANTED  

Spin and yoga Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles

We’ve got big things planned for this winter’s indoor fitness activities… BIG plans. If you’re spin and/or yoga instruction certified, you could be a part of the action. Send your qualifications to Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Tour Time, Getting Fat, and Spin/Yoga Instructors Wanted

It’s Tour Time! —  THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT 8:00AM

Shaun and Dawn Bhajan riding Tour de Livingston

AN EVENT SO IMPORTANT THAT WE CLOSE THE SHOP FOR IT!
The photos above are from Shaun’s and my 100 mile, tandem, Tour de Livingstonadventure from a few years back. Gosh, we look so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed there in those energy-packed, pre-kid days…

That was a ride for the record books, and our customers keep telling us that they’ve had similarly remarkable Tour experiences. It gives you a beautiful new perspective of our community – i.e. from the saddle – and a treasure trove of memorable moments. And it all supports a cause that benefits OUR community.

So, due to the importance of and value we see in this most wonderful of rides, and to allow ALL of our staff to participate, our shop will be

CLOSED SUNDAY 10/9 FOR TOUR DE LIVINGSTON
Be sure to swing by our tent and say “hello!” Tweaks and adjustments are no charge at this event – we just want to get you back out there to have the adventure of a lifetime!

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WILL YOU GET FAT THIS WINTER?? 
Jamis  ROUGHNECK FAT BIKE HARDTAIL

We’re not talking about your weight here, Hometownies… we’re talking about the fat tire bike craze that’s taken over our winter-lovin’ mitten State! Fat bikes become available in late fall… here’s your heads up that pre-ordering opens in just 2 weeks!

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THIS WEEK’S “TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” 

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

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

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SPIN AND YOGA INSTRUCTORS WANTED  

Spin and yoga Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles

We’ve got big things planned for this winter’s indoor fitness activities… BIG plans. If you’re spin and/or yoga instruction certified, you could be a part of the action. Send your qualifications to Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.
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