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Best Team Night Ever + Christmas Intell

Team Hometown Bicycles members enjoying tacos and treats at Team Night

BEST. TEAM. EVER!  Over 100 Hometownies and Hometownies-in-the-making packed – and I mean PACKED – the bike shop floor for our 2018 Team Night informational meeting last Sunday. Cyclists “of all makes and models” came to renew their membership, or to learn more about a Team that’s made tsunami-sized waves in the cycling community for being devoted to the sport, to each other, and to Hometown… not to mention for being phenomenal, big-hearted human beings that give cyclists an AWESOME name!

We cheered over Team awards, got goosebumps from Team testimonials, loaded up on tacos and treats, ordered Team kits, and welcomed scores of Hometownies to the 2018 Team. On Team Night alone, our Team blew past its 2017 membership numbers, and the sign-ups are still pouring in. WOW!

Team Hometown Bicycles Team Night awards and food

Definitely gotta give a shout out to our Ride Coordinator, Laura Faunce, who took ownership of this event – and the Team – with outstanding results! Heartfelt thanks to a Team that gives us DAILY reason to be grateful and proud. Hats off to the foodies who added deliciousness to the program. Warm thanks to our Crew, who surprised Shaun and I with a gratitude speech (we feel so loved!) And always, always a special thank you to our spectacular Sponsors, who help support the Team year after year:

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy Brighton, MI logo Body Within Personal Training logo Horal DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry logo
   Kearns Brothers Roofing Siding Windows logo      Lowry Solutions logo Hamburg Fitness Center and Camp logo
 Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply      Michigan Banner Factory logo Jamis Bikes logo

If you’re interested in ordering a Hometown kit (jerseys, shorts, etc.), there’s still time! Order goes out Monday, December 11th. Drop by the shop to figure out sizing. You don’t have to be on the Team to wear the kit! Plus, we’re hosting a massive, Kit Pick-Up Party early next year when the orders arrive (stay tuned for details!)

You can learn more about our Team, or sign up for the 2018 Team by filling out the following Team application and dropping it off at the shop:

2018 is gonna be a great year, Team Hometownies. Can’t wait to ride it out with you!

Team Hometown Bicycles' Team Night event with Laura Faunce speaking


CHRISTMAS ORDERS & HOURS

Hometown Bicycles under the Christmas Tree
YOU want to look good and feel good this Christmas, and WE want to help! Here are a couple critical bytes of information that will make sure you look good for giving your gifts on time, and feel good for making your friends and family HAPPY!

The final day to place ANY order, so that it arrives by Christmas, is

December 18th

YES, WE ARE OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE!
After that, it’s family time for us and our Crew until the New Year…

OPEN: Christmas Eve  9AM – 3PM
CLOSED: Christmas Day – January 1st  
We’ll reopen January 2nd, normal hours!


Hometown Bicycles gives a lecture on bicycle engineering at Pinckney's Navigator Upper Elementary School

SHAUN TALKS TECH WITH PINCKNEY STUDENTS

Yesterday, Shaun brought along one of the finest examples of bicycle engineering we have at the shop, Pro Tour racer Alexander Kristoff‘s bike (on loan from Dean Gericke – thanks, Dean!), to Navigator Upper Elementary to demonstrate the science and engineering of bicycles. For the second year in a row, he was blown away by the quality of questions asked by the students and, this time, the mad art skillz! We love introducing young minds to the fascinating world of bike tech-ery; thanks for inviting us back, Pinckney Schools!


Jamis Bikepacking Giveaway

JAMIS BIKES FAMILY BIKEPACKING GIVEAWAY

Jamis is doing it again, Hometownies! Here’s a chance for you to win “a sweet bikepacking prize package worth an estimated $4000.” It includes everything from a pair of Renegades, to helmets, frame bags, packs, lights, and clothing. Everything you need for a really rockin’ adventure. Only 13 days left to enter. CLICK HERE or the video above for details!


HELP WANTED: PERSONAL ASSISTANT
HOMETOWN BICYCLES Part-time Personal Assistant needed. Must be highly organized, available week day mornings and afternoons, and excellent with children. Writing, design, and web skills a plus. If interested, pick up an application at the shop, and return it to Dawn.

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jamis Renegade

The adventure isn’t out there, it’s inside you… aww, who are we kidding, it’s out there!

~ Cyclists everywhere

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Mom’s Day Giveaways, Stampedes, and Bikes and Brews in Brighton

Happy Mother's Day from your Hometown Bicycles Crew!

THIS SUNDAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU…  
Moms are multi-tasking, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and multi-talented rockstars. Am I tooting my own horn? Probably, but the point is that the mom in your life deserves royal treatment this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th), and we’re going to help!

This Sunday, moms will enjoy flowers and refreshments, compliments of your Hometown crew. There’ll be t-shirt give-aways. AND, the first 20 bikes purchased by or for a mom come with a COMPLIMENTARY Hometown Bicycles Mother’s Day package, which includes a cycle computer, safety light, bottle cage, water bottle, and seat bag at NO ADDITIONAL COST.

You have done and continue to do so much for us, moms – this is just our way of saying we love you, we appreciate you, and we want you to have a wonderful Mother’s Day!


Amy Gluck teaching a Triathlon 101 Clinic at Hometown Bicycles
TODAY: “TRIATHLON 101” CLINIC WITH AMY GLUCK

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

CLICK TO ATTEND TRIATHLON 101 WITH AMY GLUCK
Thursday, May 11th at 6pm in the Community Room


Team Hometown Bicycles at Mud, Sweat, and Beers - Paul Andres, Scott Simpson, and Mike Dyer
THE TEAM REPRESENTS AT MUD, SWEAT & BEERS

Mud, Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest and Mountain Bike Race. As their website notes: “The name of our race says it all: get ready to be sweaty.”

Team Hometown’s Paul Andres, Scooter Gates, Mike Dyer, and Scott Simpson all expended some serious electrolytes in the pursuit of personal goals and podium time. Congrats to Scott Simpson, for a well-earned 3rd in his division! And thanks to all for taking our Team up to beautiful Traverse City!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Fort Custer Stampede
A TEAM TRIUMPHANT AT FORT CUSTER STAMPEDE

“Stampede” in the Fort Custer Stampede Mountain Bike Race would seem to reference Team Hometown’s en masse charge to the podium last weekend! Olga “The Romanian Rocket” Negrut placed 2nd in her division, Doug Queener took a sweet 3rd in his, and Roger Pelkey nabbed 2nd place with his swift ride! Shout out, too, to Justin Ham who made solid headway in a super challenging Expert class.


Poses, Pedals and Pints tshirts

LOOK FOR US THIS SATURDAY IN DOWNTOWN BRIGHTON!

Do you remember, from earlier newsletters, a little something called Poses, Pedals & Pints? It’s a dream triathlon of yoga, cycling, and beer, and it’s happening this Saturday morning (5/13) in Downtown Brighton. Look for these fun, “smurf” blue event t-shirts (see above) stretching, cycling, and sipping at Brewery Becker!

Hometown’s running the cycling portion, and manning the event with Team volunteers. If you’re at the Farmer’s Market, stop by our tent and say “hello!” Helmet tip to event founder, Tocca Massage & Yoga, and co-sponsors Brewery Becker, Ceo Wilson Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance, Financial Architects, Inc., Lake Trust Credit Union (a personal fave of ours), and Kensington Valley Varsity.

Missed registration? Don’t despair! Plans are underway for future remixes – stay tuned!


Hometown Bicycles at the MCMBA Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day

DON’T YOU JUST LOVE A FIRST CLASS BIKE DEMO??

We sure did this past Saturday, at the MCMBA’s 12th Annual Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day! With a powerhouse combo of Crew and Team (thanks, volunteers!), we made all sorts of new friends and reconnected with old ones. Our Jamis and Framed demo bikes were put through their paces, and got a lotta love from happy cyclists.

Our top kudos to Team Hometown Bicycles’ Steve Steinberg, who chaired this whopper of an MCMBA event. Well ran, Steve… well ran.


MCMBA KEEPS ‘EM COMING – MILFORD BIKE FEST

Milford Bike Festival flierHot on the heels of the MCMBA Demo Day, Hometown’s hitched it’s sponsorship buggy to MCMBA’s Milford Bike Festival & Trail Challenge!

This June 3rd event gives you a day of family-friendly trail/path riding, guided rides (new this year!), live music, food, raffles, and beer. It’s only $20 pre-registered or $25 day-of, with all proceeds benefitting the MCMBA, which VERY actively preserves, protects, and promotes our local parks and mountain bike trails. That’s a worthwhile cause we’re proud to support!

CLICK for details or to register now!


Hometown Bicycles Bike to School Day flier for the Howell Parks and Rec

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY COMPETITION WINNER

This week, Hometown was a super-geeked Sponsor of Howell Parks & Rec’s Bike to School Day competition, in which Howell elementary schools competed to see who could rally the largest number of students to bike into school Wednesday morning.

Our congrats to Northwest Elementary, which took home the gold with 160 student cyclists. Doesn’t that just make your heart sing?! The future of cycling is looking good, indeed!


Spencer Elementary of Brighton Annual Live Auction and Carnival Fundraiser
(Images courtesy Lisa Sanzica)

SUPERHERO SUCCESS STORY AT SPENCER

Last week, I talked about Hometown’s support of my own elementary alma mater at their “Calling All Superheroes” 29th Annual Live Auction & Spring Carnival.

Since Hometown was running full bore at Demo Day, our Spencer insider, Lisa Sanzica, kindly shared the photos above (thanks, Lisa!), and informed us that the event was an unmitigated success, with a flood of dollars and support for “cultural enrichment programs, field trips, monthly assemblies and updating our playground area.”

Congratulations, Spencer Elementary of Brighton, on a fantastic event, and thanks for allowing us to be a part of your success!


Hometown Bicycles Crew
(This is everyone, sans CycloDan – I promise to Photoshop you in as soon as I get the chance, Dan!)

YOUR HOMETOWN CREW HAS GROWN…

Our Crew is blooming right along with the Spring greenery! Get ready to meet new additions and spot familiar faces over the coming newsletters. Let’s start with a Hometown legend…


Hometown Bicycles Tim Bart

MEET THE CREW: TIM BART

Tim became part of the Hometown family a-WAYYYYYYYYYY back in early 2013. Even back then, he was one of our customers’ favorites – a fact that hasn’t changed in the passing years. Despite his intense scholastic career as a full time engineering student, Tim has found his way back home to Hometown for the summer. You’ll spot him on the floor, being just as much of a stellar resource to our customers as he ever was. Tim says:

Cycling started for me as a mountain biking hobby that sounded like a fun thing to do with my brother. He took me into Hometown to get my first mountain bike and I left that trip with an awesome new bike, and an awesome new job! This led to an obsession to all things bikes and a lifestyle to include cycling as a major part. Through the group rides, the training grind, and the races, Hometown has been by my side and I am proud to call myself part of the Hometown crew and community!


Hometown Bicycles Friday Night Lights shop ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (5/12)
8:45PM (meet at 8:30) from Hometown Bicycles
Bring your lights for this mountain bike ride, as we’ll be dashing through the dark at times.  This lively crew will be night cycling Island Lake from Hometown Bicycles and complete the 16 miles in 1.5 hours. They like to change up the scenery, so watch the Hometown Bicycles Newsletter and Facebook for future weekly start location.

NO SATURDAY RIDE – We’ll be at Poses, Pedals & Pints!

NO SUNDAY RIDES – Mother’s Day, but our shop is still open!

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

TUESDAY GRAVEL GRINDING 101 WITH ‘CYCLODAN’ TRIBBLE  (5/16)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join Hometown service guru, Dan ‘CycloDan’ Tribble, for this unique, gravel grinding adventure ride.  We’ll tackle road, singletrack, and gravel, including portions of Island Lake, hopping a guardrail, sand “puddles”, and a few hills just for fun! Plan initially for just over an hour, covering 13+ miles at a 12 – 13 mph average pace, with the intention to lengthen the distance as sunset grows later. Gravel, adventure, or mountain/fat bikes required (not appropriate for skinny tires). All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE.
WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST / SON OF HAMMERFEST (5/17)
This is a DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
**New Addition! Meet “Son of Hammerfest” for those that would like to build up to the original Hammerfest.**
SON OF HAMMERFEST:
Rolling at 6:30 from Hometown Bicycles. This will include 25 miles (1 lap of ILRA & the Kensington Loop). Average pace targeted at 17 – 18 mph, with flats of 20+ mph.
HAMMERFEST:
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

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


THIS WEEKEND! 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??


Fred and Kelly Purol doing Vinyasa Yoga with Tocca Massage and Yoga
(Image courtesy Tocca Massage & Yoga. Shout-out to loyal Hometownies Fred & Kelly [middle and right]!)

COMING SOON! YOGA FOR EVERY BODY

Good news for your overworked, under appreciated cycling muscles – Ashley of Tocca Massage & Yoga is bringing her insanely popular Vinyasa Yoga class back to Hometown!

Held in our Community Room, this 3-week, Friday morning fun class starts June 16th at 9am. It’s all about dynamic movement and stretching, not perfection and freaky, double-jointed pretzeling. Whether it’s your first or 500th class, you’ll gain immeasurable benefit from this ancient art made user-friendly. $10 per class.

CLICK HERE to register or email ashley@toccamassage.com.


Team Hometown Bicycles' jersey rider at Island Lake Recreation Area

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

– Susan Sontag

Pink Jerseys & Last Chances

Hometown Bicycles Ladies Cycling Jersey in Pink
(Although shown here in a unisex cut, this jersey will only be available in a ladies cut.)
Okay, so we don’t normally send 2 emails a week, but when we got the artwork for our new ladies jersey, we really couldn’t WAIT to share…

This is SO BEYOND COOL, and for all of you ladies out there who wanted to know when you could pre-order the women’s kits (choose from matching pink jerseys, shorts, vests, jackets, and arm and leg warmers), the answer is RIGHT NOW. Get YOUR order in today!

SPONSOR NOTE: If you’re interested in putting your business on our jersey, email office@myhometownbicycles.com in the next 2 days!

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“I Believe in Hometown Bicycles” Gift Certificate

I Believe in Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate

The “I Believe in Hometown Bicycles” Gift Certificate is the kind of completely unique deal that we’ll only run once in a lifetime, so if you’re really liking the idea of getting a 20% increase on your gift certificate amount, a LIFETIME 20% off at Hometown, and VIP treatment, all while supporting your favorite local bike shop, come in NOW to pick up yours!

Need a refresher on what this is?: CLICK HERE

There are only 21 certificates left and counting…

Crazy Coupon, Sell Your Bike, and Train With Shaun

Click the coupon below for a printable version:
Hometown Bicycles Triple Whammy Coupon

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HOMETOWN HELPING YOU – GO CONSIGNMENT!

Stack of moneyWanna make some money on that cycling stuff you’ve been itching to sell?

It’s the time of year when most of us want to either clean house, get some cash, or buy new stuff. That’s where our new Consignment program kicks it into high gear…

Bring in your bicycles and bike parts (good condition only), and let us sell them FOR you. You’ll reap the rewards from our retail know-how, cool store, and expert sales staff. For details or to get sellin’, stop by the store and talk to Shaun.

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GET 1-ON-1 TUNE-UP TIME WITH SHAUN

1-on-1 Tune-Up Time with Shaun

Want to learn how to tune-up your own bike?
Take a private lesson with Shaun!

For the month of March, we’re offering you Shaun’s expertise for one-on-one evening tune-up classes, where YOU become the mechanic. You’ll learn tips, tricks, and tools of the trade that will help you keep your bicycle running great.

Lessons run 2 hours (7pm-9pm weekdays and 5pm-7pm weekends), so we’re only scheduling one lesson per night. Lessons are $140 each.

For details or to book YOUR lesson, call us!  810-225-2441

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ONLY 6 MORE DAYS ‘TIL CYCLING SEASON!

Hometown Bicycles - Countdown to Cycling Season

Yep… it’s really that close. And something interesting happens at Hometown Bicycles beginning March 1st… our service shop gets PACKED.

So, with less than a week left until the launch of Cycling Season, what are you waiting for? Get your bike in here now for it’s pre-season tune-up, and beat the big rush!

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Congratulations to our 2015 Team Sponsors!

We’re pleased as punch to welcome these awesome, local businesses to the Hometown Bicycles family!!

Hometown Bicycles Team Jersey with SponsorsCAT 1 Sponsor:

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

CAT 2 Sponsor:

Body Within Personal Training

Interested in becoming a 2015 Hometown Bicycles Cycling Team Sponsor? Email office@myhometownbicycles.com for details!
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FINAL CLINIC: Where to Ride in MI & With Whom
Michigan cycling trails
This week marks the final clinic in our winter series, covering the wonderful rides and trails that criss-cross our beloved Michigan.

TUESDAY – 12:15PM – 1PM
WEDNESDAY – 6PM – 7PM

Click here to register now!

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