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Cyclists: How to Never be Bored

Bored cat meme
(Image credit: funnybits.mobi)

HAVE YOU SEEN OUR LIST OF WINTER EVENTS?
You know what’s fun – dropped jaws and double-takes because a Michigan bike shop parking lot is overflowing with cars throughout the winter!

We know you’re proud of how active your bike shop is – you tell us daily, and we appreciate that! But have you taken full advantage of the boredom-busting activity roster we’re rocking through the cold season (and beyond)? We’re doing this for you!

Of course, there are shop rides. But if snow cycling ain’t your thang, how about a fundraising concert? A wine-and-learn women’s night? An essential oils training? A fitness class? A bike clinic? A self defense course? Cuz they’re all happening here at Hometown, and that’s just over the next few weeks!

I challenge you to scroll down or visit our Facebook events page and PICK ONE (or more!) to attend. Maybe it peaks your interest, maybe you’ve never tried before, or maybe you simply need to get OUT – but go! We’re here to be a resource – let us be yours!!


Essential Oils 101 with Jill Gautherat at Hometown Bicycles
THIS SATURDAY: ESSENTIAL OILS 101
Hometownie Jill Gautherat of Faith, Love, Oils is back at Hometown this weekend with her Young Living Essential Oils presentation. Her Community Room seminar runs Saturday, February 3rd from 1:00-2:30pm and is open to the public. It will cover what essential oils are, how to use them, and how to recognize quality. Click HERE for details!

Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band with CycloDan Tribble coming to Hometown Bicycles
(Photo courtesy and © Progressive Blues & Rhythm Band)
ROLL & ROCK EVENT COMING 2/10
A ‘funk’y fundraiser for the Brighton High School Mountain Bike Team 

***NOTE:  We’ve had a few questions regarding whether this event is kid-friendly. So, to clarify, the Roll & Rock is geared toward adults – later hours (7-10pm), classic jazz and blues tunage, BYOB (I suspect many will bring beer) – with proceeds supporting youth cycling. Consider it a date night with good karma!

On Saturday, February 10th, we’re clearing our floor of bikes for a LIVE CONCERT AT HOMETOWN, starring our very own CycloDan Tribble’s Progressive Blues & Rhythm Band. On the agenda – crazy awesome music, dancing, BYOB, snacks, socializing… and knowing that half of your $10 cover charge goes directly toward gearing up the BHS Team for their 2018 cycling season!

Enjoy the show from 7pm-9pm, then hang with the band at the after-party. It’s laid back, funky fun that will wow your ears and tickle your tastebuds, all while supporting youth cycling. Please let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for enough refreshments!

BAND BIO:  The Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band is Brian “BK Big Fish” King, drums, Doug “Bird Dog” Percha, guitar, Theo “Dr. Thee” Smith, bass and Dan Tribble aka “Shoocat Hopkins” on vocals and harmonica. All have been active members of the S.E. Michigan  music scene mostly dating back to the mid 70’s. The PBR Band intends to bring you a brew of blues, rock & funky R&B for  your listening and dancing enjoyment! Contact Brian at 330-806-1710 for booking info.

SAT, FEBRUARY 10  |  7PM-10PM  |  AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
$10 cover charge, payable at the door – cash or checks only, please.

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown Bicycles
FEBRUARY 13: DANCE BEFORE DEFENSE
Ladies, make it a full evening of fun, fitness, and self-betterment on February 13th! That Tuesday only, Hometown’s much-loved ZUMBA maven, Leslie Barrett, is bringing her regular Tuesday class to Hometown. Running 5:45-6:45pm, you’ll enjoy an invigorating ZUMBA session on the shop floor, before taking your stimulated mind into the Community Room for a powerful lesson in Women’s Self Defense. $8 ZUMBA drop-in – details below!

Live Safe Academy's Ian Kinder teaching women's self defense
(Photo courtesy and © Live Safe Academy)
WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE AT HOMETOWN (2/13)

A POWERFUL, information-packed class for ALL of the women in your life – including you!Tuesday, February 13th marks the first ever Women’s Self Defense class at Hometown Bicycles, led by the highly skilled Ian Kinder, founder of Live Safe Academy. In this life changing, 2-hour session, you’ll learn “simple, life saving skills from programs designed to increase your safety after only one class! Our hands on courses teach time-tested, realistic methods that are easy to learn and remember… No previous training required.”

Valentine’s Day safety, solo bike rides, peace of mind – whatever your interest, COME! For ages 12 and up. I’ll be there – will you?

TUES, FEBRUARY 13  |  7PM-9PM  |  AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
$40 payable at time of registration. Minimum 15 participants required – tell your friends and family!

Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles - Spring Edition
LADIES NIGHT OUT: SPRING EDITION (2/20)
Echo Lake Steel bracelets at Hometown Bicycles***NEW ADDITIONS!  Joining us at this event will be Hometownie and cyclist, Cathy Nelson of Echo Lake Steel, whose eye-dazzling, bike chain bracelets have been SUCH a hot commodity here at Hometown – it’s a jewelry trunk showwith matching necklaces, earrings, and more, all at Ladies-Night-only discounts!Peggy Kerwan artwork at Hometown BicyclesALSO, your eyes are in for a treat with an expanded, event-day-only art exhibition of Peggy Kerwan artwork available for purchase. Peggy epitomizes “girl power”, and her love for cycling is reflected in the beautiful monotype prints we currently feature at our shop. You’ll love her work!
…………………………………………………Welcome to ’Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles – Spring Edition’ on Tuesday, February 20th from 6-9pm!! We’ll close the shop again for the last 3 hours of the day, so that we can make this evening all about you! Shake off the winter blah’s, and let’s think Spring, ladies!!!

Back by popular demand, your evening will start by easing away the stresses of your day with a 30-minute, beginner yoga session, courtesy of Terri from Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp. Stretched and centered, you’ll warm your spirits with wine and refreshments, provided by Hometown.

Next on the agenda, the mini-clinics so many of you asked for! We’ll be running 15 minute quickies on Flat Tire Fixes and Shifting Demystified. Pick one, try both, or go back for seconds – we’ll run repeats over the course of an hour. In the meantime, browse a specially ordered selection of women-specific cycling necessities – discounted at Ladies-Night-only pricing! Even more details to come – stay tuned!

TUES, FEBRUARY 20  |  6PM-9PM  |  AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
$40 payable at registration. Click the link below!

Hometown Bicycles Bike Fitting Clinic with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy - Winter Bike Clinic Series in Brighton, MI
2/8 ONLY: BIKE FITTING BASICS WITH PRO-MOTION

Folks, this is one of the most popular clinics we’ve ever run, because it’s about how to make you more comfortable, more efficient, and more injury-free when you ride. EVERYONE can benefit – from the leisure rider to the top-tier athlete. Guest speaker and Team Hometown Title Sponsor, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, could save you a world of pain and improve your cycling… and it’s FREE!! ONLY Feb 8th @ 7pm: REGISTER NOW FOR BIKE FITTING BASICS!

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Winter Clinic ScheduleWe’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 – click the links below for details and to register:

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!


ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
2018 HOMETOWN WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSES 
Ladies, Hometown’s women-only, winter class series is going strong to KEEP you strong over the winter. Click the registration links for details and to sign up: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
2/20 LADIES NIGHT OUT: SPRING EDITION at Hometown Bicycles
REGISTER for Ladies Night Out
 | 6PM – 9PM at Hometown | $40 at registration
2/27 WOMEN’S PILOXING BARRE with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
          REGISTER for PILOXING | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

Hometown Bicycles Ride Cards - emergency contact rider information cards
A COURTESY CARD THAT COULD SAVE A LIFE 
We love you, Hometownies. We want you to ride safe. And that’s why we’re now offering a complimentary emergency card for you to carry with you on all your cycling adventures. Stop in to pick one up before your next ride!

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, FEB 4  |  2:30PM (MEET AT 2:00PM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC TRAILHEAD
Tackle the rolling trails of Brighton Recreation in one of two, NO-DROP groups. We’ll cover about 9 -16 miles of adventure, depending on your ability level. Come dressed for the weather. 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 moreZUMBA | 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 racing mountain bikes

Because I can.

~ Winter cyclists everywhere

🌷 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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