Winter Bike Clinic Series Starts TONIGHT

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Hometown Bicycles

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t stay active on your bike!

Did you know we have a weekly Fat Bike Friendly Ride every Saturday, trail conditions permitting? We bike snow, cold, wind, and freaky, spring-like, mid-winter weather with the same “ya-HOOOOOOO!!” spirit.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: You never know when those priceless spring-like days will pop up. Don’t get caught short with your bike ride-UNready – have your bike tuned up now. That way, when Mother Nature decides to bestow kindness upon us Michiganders, you will be rollin’ hassle-free!  

FYI: This week, we will be riding the trails at Brighton Recreation Area. We will meet at the Bishop Lake trail head at 8:45 AM and rolling at 9 AM. There will be two separate groups to accommodate all skill levels. The A group will be riding the entire system this week. The B group is TBD. If you have not filled out a waiver for 2019, it’s necessary to do so.  There will be some available at the trail head, or stop by the shop to fill one out beforehand.

If you don’t follow our Facebook page, you really should! Not only can you get the latest updates on winter rides, but plenty of other awesome information about everything else we have brewing at the shop. Not to mention the many bicycle-related memes shared by Shaun, Leslie and Andy… it’s not official, exactly, but there seems to be a battle for whose posts get the most likes. (Not that we’re keeping track — cough, cough.)


Speaking of Fat Bikes… 

Are you familiar with our Rental Program? 

That’s right! We rent bicyles! Whether you want to try out one of our Saturday rides, rent for a day, or rent for several days, we can meet your needs. We currently have a fleet of Fat Bikes available… one in every size! 

Rental Rates:
$25 for one ride
$50 for one day
$120 for 3 days


Winter Clinic Series

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team Night

Come one, come all… and invite your friends… to our fun-filled, educational bike clinics. Did we mention they are FREE?

Winter blues? Forget about it! You’ll be too busy learning cool bike stuff!

Our annual winter clinic series is underway starting TODAY!

First up is our hands-on Flat Tire Fix clinic with Shaun, running this evening and again on Saturday morning. Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice, or use one of ours. Required: Please bring along tire levers, patch kit, inner tube, and hand pump and/or CO2 inflator. Don’t have ‘em – don’t worry! You can purchase them here at a discounted price prior to class. Sign up here

And here is the schedule of upcoming clinics! So that we can plan ahead to make things awesome for everyone, early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Thursday 1/17 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/19 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Thursday 1/24 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/26 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Thursday 1/31 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/2 from 10-11 AM

Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian
Saturday 2/9 from 12-1:30 PM

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 10-11 AM


Fitness Classes at Hometown Bicycles

Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6 PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays at 6 PM & Thursdays at 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


It’s not a race*, it’s a journey. Enjoy the moment.

*But sometimes it is a race. Enjoy that too!

Merry Christmas from your Hometown Crew

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Hometown Bicycles

Merry Christmas, Hometownies!

Your Hometown family wishes you and yours a truly magical, riding-without-hands-kinda-exhilarating Christmas, and a New Year full of hope, love, and the people who mean the most to you. Thank you for an adventure-ful 2018, and cheers to another year of excitement in the making!   

We close at 3 PM on Christmas Eve and reopen at 9 AM on Thursday, January 3, 2019 (corrected from our last newsletter). That means THERE’S STILL TIME FOR SKIDDING-INTO-THE-FINISH-LINE SHOPPING!
With love and warmest wishes… Your Hometown Crew

Merry Christmas from Hometown Bicycles

Welcome Aboard, Team Hometown Peeps!

Team Hometown

WOWZA!! Team Hometown is already 56 members strong and counting for the 2019 season. Welcome to all new and returning members!

We will be taking applications into the New Year, so have no fear if you haven’t already completed yours! Stop by the shop any time to fill one out.

While Team Kit ordering is officially closed for December, it will reopen in late winter. Stay tuned for more information on when and how to order your kit. 


FOR THE LAST-MINUTE SHOPPER: Online Gift Cards!

Just a reminder that you can now give some Hometown e-love to your friends and family from the convenience of ANYWHERE via your phone, computer, tablet, or any other electronic, internet-accessing gizmo. (Psst! You can buy it Christmas Day and it will STILL be on time!)
 

ORDER YOUR HOMETOWN e-GIFT CARD HERE!

Hometown Bicycles online gift card

Winter Clinic Series

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team Night

Just because it’s cold and snowy doesn’t mean we can’t gather together for some awesome cycling clinics!


Winter blues? Forget about it! You’ll be too busy learning cool bike stuff!


Our annual FREE winter clinic series starts January 10th and runs through February 16th. Sign up for one, sign up for all… we promise to keep things fresh and fun!

So that we can plan ahead to make things awesome for everyone, early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Flat Tire Fix Hands-On Clinic
Thursday 1/10 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/12 from 10-11 AM

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Thursday 1/17 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/19 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Thursday 1/24 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/26 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Thursday 1/31 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/2 from 10-11 AM

JUST ADDED!
Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian
Saturday 2/9 from 12-1:30 PM

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 10-11 AM


Save the Date!  Tuesday (2/19/19) 6-8pm

Hometown Bicycles Women's Entrepreneurship Clinic and Forum with Dawn Bhajan and Leslie Barrett

~ Young Women Entrepreneurship Forum ~We are excited. How excited are we? So. Incredibly. Excited.
That’s right, Dawn and Leslie, your Hometown gals, are super stoked to bring you another fantastic women’s entrepreneurship event, this time for our younger generation! Are you (or do you know) young ladies in middle school or high school who have set their sights on being a business owner? Who have an entrepreneurial spirit? Or who may be interested in learning more about the possibility?

This night will be for those young women between 7th and 12th grade. Moms are welcome, too!

Join us for guest speakers from various fields, hands-on activities, refreshments, open Q&A time, and most importantly, inspiration and connection with like-minded women. We will be bringing you more details SOON, but hope you will mark your calendars NOW for this fun-filled evening. 

If you have an entrepreneurial area of particular interest, please email Dawn atoffice@myhometownbicycles.com or Leslie at events@myhometownbicycles.com
We would love to hear from you!


Final Call!

Massive savings up to 70% off through 3 PM on Christmas Eve! 


~ Your Hometown Christmas Elves

January is just around the corner… what to do, what to do?

Winter Clinic Series

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team Night

Just because it’s cold and snowy doesn’t mean we can’t gather together for some awesome bicycle clinics!


Winter blues? Forget about it! You’ll be too busy learning cool bike stuff!


Our annual FREE winter clinic series starts January 10th and runs through February 16th. Sign up for one, sign up for all… we promise to keep things fresh and fun!

So that we can plan ahead to make things awesome for everyone, early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Flat Tire Fix Hands-On Clinic
Thursday 1/10 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/12 from 10-11 AM

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Thursday 1/17 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/19 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Thursday 1/24 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/26 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Thursday 1/31 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/2 from 10-11 AM

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 10-11 AM

STAY TUNED for dates and times for collaborative clinics on Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of ProMotion Physical Therapy. These wildly popular clinics will cover bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort. Learn about the mechanics of your body, and how it interacts with your bicycle. 


Hometown’s Holiday Hours

Hometown Bicycles Christmas bike with lights

Since opening, we’ve upheld the tradition of closing Hometown between Christmas and New Years, so that our Crew can spend quality time with family. This year is no different. It’s important!

Open Christmas Eve:  9am – 3pm
Closed Christmas – New Year’s Day
Open January 2nd:  Regular Hours

Can’t wait to kick off 2019 with you!


Sponsor Corner:Meet Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp

Vincent Baylerian

Team Hometown Sponsors are so much more than a logo on a jersey. Our Sponsors live the lifestyle we promote and actively participate in the sport we love!

Enjoy our interview series with each of our Sponsors – courtesy of your Events Coordinator Leslie. Learn what makes them tick, the services they offer, AND crazy fun trivia about these amazing people who have chosen to support your Team!
 

First, some background!
Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp is your one-stop, family fitness resource center. In addition to miles of outdoor trails and recreation, they are known for their 42,000 sq. ft. health club. You will find all of the cardio and weight equipment that you would expect from a modern gym, plus many additional features that make them unique
 
Unique in what ways?
Hamburg Fitness Center is different than most other gyms, as they not only have a cycle studio but also offer cycle class as part of membership. Members are also able to use the pool, hot tub and sauna for conditioning, cross training, and healing sore muscles. As a family-friendly facility, they not only have something to offer cyclists but the whole family. Their motto: “The family that plays together, stays together!”

How did Hamburg Fitness Center connect with Hometown Bicycles?
Initially, Hamburg Fitness connected by recommending Hometown as a resource for their Triathlete Team. Since then, collaboration has continued and grown. Hamburg Fitness would like to participate in many Hometown events, including Women’s Nights and activities with Team Hometown Bicycles, as well as events sponsored at their facility, such as their Health & Fitness Expo. On the wish list… specialty rides with Dawn or Shaun!

Meet Deb Godmer, General Manager (top) and Terry Mushong, Program Director & Rental Services (bottom)

Hamburg Fitness
Hamburg Fitness

What do Deb and Terry like to do in Michigan?
Some favorite things include biking, hiking, kayaking and swimming.

Give us some advice on coping with the long winter ahead…
Blast those winter blues by staying active, visit the gym for a class, shoot hoops or just a soak in the hot tub. Find an outdoor sport or activity, whether it’s walking, cross country skiing or snow boarding to do once or twice a week. Find a group of people who enjoy the same activities as you — everything is always more fun with a friend!


We’re excited to collaborate with Hamburg Fitness in the new year. Keep reading our newsletters for updates on the fun we’re planning!


Save the Date! 

Tuesday, February 19 from 6-8 PM

Hometown Bicycles Women's Entrepreneurship Clinic and Forum with Dawn Bhajan and Leslie Barrett

Young Women Entrepreneurship Forum

We are excited. How excited are we? So. Incredibly. Excited.
That’s right, Dawn and Leslie, your Hometown gals, are super stoked to bring you another fantastic women’s entrepreneurship event, this time for our younger generation! Are you (or do you know) young ladies in middle school or high school who have set their sights on being a business owner? Who have an entrepreneurial spirit? Or who may be interested in learning more about the possibility?

This night will be for those young women between 7th and 12th grade. Moms are welcome, too!

Join us for guest speakers from various fields, hands-on activities, refreshments, open Q&A time, and most importantly, inspiration and connection with like-minded women. We will be bringing you more details SOON, but hope you will mark your calendars NOW for this fun-filled evening. 

If you have an entrepreneurial area of particular interest, please email Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com or Leslie at events@myhometownbicycles.com
We would love to hear from you!


Missed Team Night? You can still join the Team! 

Drop by our shop for a Team Application and to figure out your kit size!

Team Hometown

Need ideas for the bicycle lover on your list?

Come by to take advantage of mad storewide savings up to 70% off through Christmas Eve!


~ Your Hometown Christmas Elves

Kicking off December in incredible ways!

Team Night was AMAZING!
Team Hometown Bicycles on Team NightThere was laughter. Inspiration. Unveiling of the new Team Kit. Camaraderie. Awards. And there was a KILLER taco bar!
What a GREAT NIGHT recapping all of the amazing 2018 Team Hometown Bicycles accomplishments and sharing heartfelt appreciation for everyone who made it possible: Sponsors, outstanding Team Captains, volunteers who went above and beyond, and everyone else who helped to make it one fantastic year!
We welcomed new Sponsors and returning Sponsors — thank you! — and feasted. We welcomed new Team members and shared our mad love for cycling — and feasted. We laughed and some of us even cried — and feasted. Oh my gosh, did we mention that we feasted??

Thank you to Lowry Solutions for sponsoring Team Night and to Beauchamp Water Treatment for supplying the bottled water for the evening. We couldn’t do it without you!

Missed Team Night? You can still join the Team! Drop by our shop for a Team Application and to figure out your kit size!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Team Night


Sponsor Corner: Meet ProMotion Physical Therapy

Vincent Baylerian
Team Hometown Sponsors are so much more than a logo on a jersey. Our Sponsors live the lifestyle we promote and actively participate in the sport we love!

Over the coming emails, you’ll enjoy interviews with each of our Sponsors – courtesy of your Events Coordinator Leslie. Learn what makes them tick, the services they offer, AND crazy fun trivia about these amazing people who have chosen to support your Team!
Platinum Sponsor: Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of ProMotion Physical Therapy

First, some background!
Originally from the Detroit area, Vinnie attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he competed on the Varsity football team and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He was accepted into the Physical Therapy Program at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and graduated with his BS in 1996. After many years in the field, and a climb from staff therapist to clinical director, Vinnie returned to Daemen College and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2004. In 2010, he started ProMotion Physical Therapy, PLLC, in Brighton. His main focus is the treatment of orthopedic and sports-related injuries. In addition, Vinnie is a certified Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro.

What sets ProMotion apart…
As a family owned and operated facility, ProMotion values their patients and staff as extended family. The core staff has been together for over 5 years. Trying to keep patients with the same therapist as much as possible is a key philosophy. The facility is open early mornings and later evenings, as well as Saturdays, to meet the needs of their client base. ProMotion is actively involved in the community, including Brighton Area Schools.

What’s this about a BAND?
In the spring of 2016, Vinnie’s cousin, Greg, said, “Let’s form a band, and you can play the bass.” This sounded great in theory, as Greg and his brother, Steve, had been in bands before – Vinnie, however, had never played the bass!

Good thing he was game for trying because the band D.o.L. (Descendants of Levon) was formed. Levon was the middle name of Vinnie, Greg and Steve’s grandfather. Family inspired the formation of the band; therefore, it seemed apt to choose a band name to represent theirs.

When asked about favorite songs in their repertoire, Vinnie said some of his include “Dreaming” by Blondie, “Why Pt. 2” by Collective Soul, “Am I Wrong” by Love Spit Love, and “Only a Memory” by The Smithereens.

Descendants of LevonStage fright? Yay or nay?
“It hasn’t really been an issue at this point, and I hope it stays that way,” says Vinnie.

Did you know… that Hometown is planning a Roll & Rock Fundraiser? Which band should we include?! Hmm…

Family also means the four-legged variety
The Baylerian family recently lost their beloved dog, Bodi, a Kai Ken. She was a week shy of her 16th birthday in July. “The perfect dog, in our opinion. Very smart, loving, active and independent. We miss her every day!”

Someone, um, really, um, likes ice cream…
Mint chocolate chip, coffee, superman, blue moon, bubblegum, chocolate chip, moosetracks. Yes, these are some of Vinnie’s favorite things.

And how about those resolutions?

Whether or not we like to admit it, most of us do set resolutions or goals for the New Year. We had to ask Vinnie to share his. Here they are:

  1. As always, ride more!!!
  2. And lose about 10 pounds (see above – the many ice cream flavors!)

We can’t wait to collaborate with Vinnie and ProMotion on MANY exciting endeavors in 2019. Stay tuned to see what kind of fun we’re cooking up together!


When MAGIC Happens at Hometown…
Hometown Bicycles Women's Entrepreneurship Clinic and Forum with Dawn Bhajan and Leslie Barrett
Above from left:  Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Dr. Tianna Rooney ofPerspectives Therapy Services , Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate ApparelDawn Bhajan (Hometown, CEO), Kelly Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, and Leslie Barrett (Hometown, Events Coordinator).

Yes, MAGIC… because that is exactly what happened at our inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum on December 4th.

Wow, wow and WOW! Over 40 women attended our kickoff event for women business owners, current and prospective. Dawn and Leslie, your Hometown ladies, both believe strongly and passionately in entrepreneurship and understand the many challenges women face along the way. We couldn’t be more pleased with the exceptional panel of REALwomen who shared their expertise, personal struggles and triumphs, humor, and vulnerability with all of us at this event. Thank you so much for giving of yourselves.

Women's Entrepreneurship at Hometown BicyclesWhat a diverse and fascinating audience too! With the positive feedback we received, we cannot WAIT to continue this series in the New Year and create a supportive network for women entrepreneurs here at Hometown.

If you have an entrepreneurial area of particular interest, please email Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com or Leslie at events@myhometownbicycles.com. We would love to hear from you!

“A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity and a willingness to make mistakes.”  — Lori Greiner


In Case You Were Wondering…

YES!! Our Inventory Reduction Sale of up to 70% on in-stock items and up to 40% on in-stock bikes is STILL GOING STRONG!! Drop by to see what kind of damage you can do to that Christmas list…

Hometown Bicycles Storewide Inventory Reduction Sale


Hometown folks are the best…
the Toys for Tots bin overfloweth!

~ Please help us keep that holiday spirit flowing!

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