Shaun and SELCRA Partner Up!

SELCRA recently announced the appointment of Shaun Bhajan to its Board of Directors, as the Member-at-Large. The SELCRA Mission is to promote individual, community, and economic stewardship by providing outstanding recreation, sports and leisure programs for citizens of all ages. 

“Shaun’s knowledge of the area and his experience as a business owner will be an asset to our mission of Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs!” stated SELCRA.

Congratulations, Shaun! We all know how much you love our community!

Tech Talk Clinic THIS Saturday!
Our socially distanced clinics are filling up fast. Advance registration is required and masks are mandatory. Only 4 spots left for Tech Talk!

Saturday 2/27 from 5-6 PM
Tech Talk: Q&A with our Master Mechanics

This is YOUR opportunity to bring questions to our master mechanics, Tyler and Mason. For one hour, they will share their knowledge and provide answers to your most pressing mechanical questions. Target audience: Intermediate riders who have a decent working knowledge of their bike(s), and bicycle parts and components. 

To register for this event, click HERE
Cost: $12

And coming up in March, everyone’s favorite clinic…

Saturday 3/13 from 5-6 PM
Bike Fit Clinic with Vincent Baylerian, PT, DPT, Certified Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro

Learn about how bike fitting can improve your cycling — become more efficient, gain power, and reduce discomfort. Vinnie will do a presentation, and there will be time for a Q&A session. You’ll also receive a coupon for a discounted Bike Fit at Pro-Motion Physical Therapy.

To register for this event, click HERE.
Cost: $20

Girl Scout Cookies are here!

Stop by and take advantage of our BOGO Cookie Deal!

Buy a box of cookies, get a box on us! $5 per box. Cash only, please.
Several varieties available, while supplies last!

A note from our Ride Coordinator…

Hi Folks,

Hope you are all staying safe and enjoying this actual winter we are having — well, “kind of” actual winter. That’s the reason for this note. Under normal circumstances, we would be hosting Fat Bike rides all winter, but this winter has been exceptionally challenging to have rides that are appropriate for everyone — which is what Hometown is all about — supporting rides that anyone can enjoy. The weather was too warm at the start of Fat Biking season, which resulted in ice on the trails. This is not a situation everyone is equipped for (studded tires needed), so we postponed having rides.

Then came our latest weather system which dumped a bunch of snow, but also brought super cold temps. The temps were too cold for group rides. Believe me, I tried myself and am still recovering almost 3 weeks later. Then the forecast looked like it would warm for a few days and then cool back off to safe temps and get us good packing snow, but alas it is all melting away and the trails are mush now.

The last aspect of anti-Fat Biking that occurred this winter is the lack of the Badlands, aka those big sandhills across from Spring Mill Pond at Island Lake Recreation Area. With the mining operation in full swing over there, we do not have the space to make it worthwhile to take a big group out for a ride. We will hang tight, watch the weather, and deploy for a ride if the universe decides to cooperate. Keep your eye on our newsletters and Facebook page for a pop-up Fat Bike ride if we think we can safely pull it off.

In the meantime, take a minute to complete our Ride Survey; your input helps shape the future Hometown ride offerings. And one lucky survey participant will win a $25 Hometown Gift Certificate! The winner will be chosen on March 15th so hurry up and get your survey responses in.
 
Survey Link: https://forms.gle/AZUj2w4gb5uQ8xDR6
 
Ride with a purpose,
 
Neal Glazebrook

Great Lake-to-Lake Summit: You’re invited!

Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance is the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote trails.

They invite you to join in a virtual Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Summit on Wednesday, March 24 from 1-2:30 PM. Learn about exciting advances on the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail Route #1. See the route HERE.

To be part of the Summit, sign up HERE!

Women’s Self Talk Clinic: Meet our Speakers!

From left to right, Lisa Nelson, Dr. Tianna Rooney, and Anna Oginsky

Lisa Nelson, Owner of Hush Intimate Apparel
Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, a master’s in manufacturing engineering, and spent 15 years in the automotive industry. In 2007, as a new mom, Lisa felt driven to forge a new career path where she could be in control of her future and have a positive effect on others’ lives. A visit to a women’s boutique lit her entrepreneurial fire. She launched Hush Intimate Apparel in Brighton, Michigan – a boutique designed by women for women – to help women look good and feel comfortable in their everyday lives. A passionate community advocate, Lisa sits on the Downtown Development Authority Board, and served as vice chair of the Principal Shopping District Board, plus 3 years on the Chamber of Commerce Board. 

Dr. Tianna Rooney, LMFT, Owner and Executive Director of Perspectives Therapy Services
Dr. Rooney earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2004 in the area of Marriage and Family Therapy. Her clinical training translated incredibly well to being an entrepreneur. Now, her focus has shifted from relationship health to organizational health. With a team of over 75 mental health providers, 10 administrative team members, and 5 clinic locations, Perspectives Therapy Services, LLC is one of the largest mental health practices in the state of Michigan. Dr. Rooney serves as the Executive Director with her primary role being to design an amazing experience for employees and clients alike. 

Anna Oginsky, Author, Artist and Owner of Heart Connected and Founder of Brighton Light House
Anna is an award-winning author, as well as a workshop and retreat facilitator through her small business, Heart Connected. Anna received her BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Together with her husband, Dan, Anna recently opened Brighton Light House where she will serve as the director, focused on programming. 

Thursday, March 11 from 6-7:30 PM
Self Talk: Wiring Your Brain for Business Success
A successful business begins and ends in your own head. What have you been saying to yourself lately?

To register for this event, click HERE.
$15 

If you miss the window and registration is closed, please DO STILL REACH OUT TO USthehubwomen@gmail.com  We’ll add you to our list, in case a spot opens up!

Save the Date!

3rd Annual Do It For Dan Ride
Island Lake Recreation Area
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3 PM

For updates and to support the Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation, click HERE.

Fitness Classes are BACK!

Zumba with Leslie Barrett
Mondays at 6 PM

$10 drop-in; 10-class punch cards are available.
Pre-registration is required. Contact michiganzumbagirl@outlook.com for more info or visit her Facebook page.

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf
Wednesdays at 6 PM

$5 drop-in
Bring your own equipment; there is no equipment rental at this time.
Pre-registration is required. Visit PURE Fitness and Nutrition for more info.

Winter Hours:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday
10 AM – 5 PM

Closed Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Winter Cycling Clinics continue and Fitness Classes are BACK!

We have two clinics coming up before the end of the month and you’re invited!

These are socially-distanced gatherings in our Community Room where each person in attendance has his/her own table. Masks are required. We’re keeping it safe while enjoying an hour or two out of the house on Saturday evenings after shop hours. Attendance is limited to SEVEN people, so grab your spots early!

Saturday 2/20 from 5-6 PM
“TRY” Clinic

The theme is TRY! For those new to the idea of completing a triathlon. Not for the well-versed competitors, but for the beginner who’s maybe still sitting on their couch, wanting to work toward this bucket list goal.

To sign up for this FREE event, click HERE.

Saturday 2/27 from 5-6 PM
Tech Talk: Q&A with our Master Mechanics

This is YOUR opportunity to bring questions to our master mechanics, Tyler and Mason. For one hour, they will share their knowledge and provide answers to your most pressing mechanical questions. Target audience: Intermediate riders who have a decent working knowledge of their bike(s), and bicycle parts and components. 

To register for this event, click HERE
Cost: $12

Support Local! And get a Hometown perk!

We hope our local restaurants are doing well since re-opening earlier this month. Help us help them. 

For the month of February, we’ll be running the following promotion:

  • Go to a local family-owned restaurant. We’re talking about those places with owners that live in and support our local community!
  • Bring your restaurant receipt to the shop and pose for a photo.
  • Receive a $5 credit to your Hometown account. 

It’s that simple! 

**Limit of 4 credits for the month of February, one per week. Together we CAN make a difference. 

Save the Date!

3rd Annual Do It For Dan Ride
Island Lake Recreation Area
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3 PM

For updates and to support the Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation, click HERE.

Fitness Classes are BACK!

Zumba with Leslie Barrett
Mondays at 6 PM

$8 drop-in; 10-class punch cards are available.
Pre-registration is required. Contact michiganzumbagirl@outlook.com for more info or visit her Facebook page.

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf
Wednesdays at 6 PM

$5 drop-in
Bring your own equipment; there is no equipment rental at this time.
Pre-registration is required. Visit PURE Fitness and Nutrition for more info.

Coming next week: Girl Scout Cookies!

Stay tuned for our special Girl Scout cookies deal for you, our Hometownies! Details in next week’s e-newsletter. 

Support Local! And get a Hometown perk!

Hometown Bicycles

We at Hometown Bicycles are happy that our local restaurants can re-open their doors beginning February 1st! 

However, we know they are hurting… and will continue to hurt at 25% capacity, especially the small independently-owned diners, restaurants, and coffee shops. Because we love our community, we want to help. And it involves you!

Hear what Shaun has to say…

For the month of February, we’ll be running the following promotion:

  • Go to a local family-owned restaurant. We’re talking about those places with owners that live in and support our local community!
  • Bring your restaurant receipt to the shop and pose for a photo.
  • Receive a $5 credit to your Hometown account. 

It’s that simple! 

**Limit of 4 credits for the month of February, one per week. That equals $20 in Hometown credits and FOUR local restaurants receiving your support. Together we CAN make a difference. 

Hometown Storytellers THIS Saturday at 5 PM!

Get out of the house Saturday evening — spend it at the shop with like-minded folks and an engaging guest, Phil Shaw.

Phil will share some photos and stories about his ride in South America, where he rode from Santiago to Chile, over the Andes to Mendoza, and back to Santiago. A total journey of 535 miles with 34,890 ft of climbing. 

“When an old friend of mine moved to the US in 2013 and convinced me to take part in a 100-mile charity ride (in Arizona, no less), I had no idea how hard the cycling bug would bite. At the time I owned a 1998 Specialized FSR that hadn’t turned a wheel since I moved to the US from the UK in 2008. I quickly found myself with a new Felt and taking a (sometimes literal) crash course in road riding in a group. Since then, I have had the great fortune to ride century rides in many great US locations, and also to ride multi-day rides over the Andes and off-road coast to coast in the UK.”

Bring your own dinner. This will be a socially distanced event in our Community Room. Masks are required when not eating/drinking. Attendance is limited, so please register in advance HERE.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!

Want to do something unique for your favorite Valentine this year with a gift that’s sure to demonstrate how much you were thinking of them?

Hometown’s Zumba Gold instructor Tresa has created an adorable light-up box that will do just that!

These poplar lighted boxes are operated by replaceable CR2032 batteries. They’re a perfect 4” x 4″ size; just right for a side table, nightstand, or as a cute centerpiece on the kitchen table. They can be individualized with two names on one side, or personalized with something such as “Avery’s First Valentine” / “Love, Grandma” (this is customizable as well).

Hometown Bicycles

Available color options include red, pink, white, yellow, orange, and blue.

Each box is $20, with free personalization (restrictions may apply). Local pick up in the Howell / Brighton area. 

Contact Custom Creations By Tresa at (517) 404-0551.

Save the Date!

3rd Annual Do It For Dan Ride
Island Lake Recreation Area
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3 PM


For updates and to support the Daniel J. Horal Family Foundation, click HERE.

Livingston County Non-Motorized Advisory Committee
An active group of cycling advocates has been hard at work right in your Hometown community. Under the initiative of Craig Wood, these local advocates promote and encourage active mobility in Livingston County via the implementation of “complete streets and trails” that allow people to safely walk, run, bike or wheel regardless of age or ability.

We’d like to garner your support by asking you to “Like” the Go-Liv-Co Facebook page — also, please share the page with others.

Craig and his team hope to share relevant information about areas of focus such as the Livingston County Trails Plan, the Flex Lane M-23 crossing, resident feedback, crosswalk projects, bike lane potentials, City Council meetings, and other events. 

Cardio Drumming is BACK!

Join Martha with PURE Fitness and Nutrition for cardio drumming classes on Wednesdays at 6 PM, starting February 3rd.

Bring your own equipment; there is no equipment rental at this time. 

$5 per class

Hometown Storytellers

The pandemic brought with it social isolation, closed businesses, and a general loss of connection to people and places we enjoy. It’s also winter in Michigan with not much to do. 

We have a solution to help with the winter and Covid blues! Hometown Storytellers!

We’re bringing in guests to share cycling adventures on Saturday evenings after the shop closes — time to relax with friends and build community in a socially distanced way. Our Community Room comfortably allows for a small group to gather while staying safe. 

Spend an hour with like-minded folks. Bring your own dinner (or order in). Masks are required when not eating/drinking and attendance is limited to 7 people. Pre-registration is required. 

Our first Hometown Storyteller is Phil Shaw — with Host Andy Miller — NEXT Saturday 1/30 at 5 PM.

“When an old friend of mine moved to the US in 2013 and convinced me to take part in a 100-mile charity ride (in Arizona, no less), I had no idea how hard the cycling bug would bite. At the time I owned a 1998 Specialized FSR that hadn’t turned a wheel since I moved to the US from the UK in 2008. I quickly found myself with a new Felt and taking a (sometimes literal) crash course in road riding in a group. Since then, I have had the great fortune to ride century rides in many great US locations, and also to ride multi-day rides over the Andes and off-road coast to coast in the UK.”

Phil will share some photos and stories about the ride in South America, where he rode from Santiago to Chile, over the Andes to Mendoza, and back to Santiago. A total journey of 535 miles with 34,890 ft of climbing. 

To register, please visit SignUp Genius HERE.

Would you like to share your own cycling adventure at a future Hometown Storytellers? Interested in being the Host at one? Contact our Events Coordinator, Leslie B, at events@myhometownbicycles.com. 

Winter Service Shop Hours

Don’t wait until the spring rush to get your bike tuned up and ready to go! Do it NOW while there’s plenty of time and you’re not competing with every other cyclist to be the first to hit the trails in March. 

Friday thru Monday
10 AM to 5 PM

Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

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