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!
What’s happening TONIGHT? In this first of a 2-part clinic, Shaun will cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails. Lots of folks are signed up for this one, but we have room for plenty more of you! Can’t make it this evening? The same clinic will repeat Saturday afternoon. SIGN UP HERE!
And here is the schedule of upcoming clinics! Early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.
Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Thursday 1/31 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/2 from 1-2 PM
Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian
Saturday 2/9 from 12-1:30 PM
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 1-2 PM
Sponsor Feature: Getting to Know Dream Kitchens!
Meet Jason Vanderhovel!
(Pictured with his fiancée, Emily)
How did you partner up with Hometown?
I partnered up with Hometown after spending the summer riding on various shop-sponsored events. I originally started riding back in June 2018 as a pre-wedding weight loss routine and became slightly addicted. After that, I signed up for as many statewide and Hometown rides as I could! If I could pick a ride to partner up on with Team Hometown, I think I would do the Tour de Livingston, which was one of my favorite centuries last year!
When it comes to Dream Kitchens, tell us what sets your business apart from your competitors. What makes you unique?
At Dream Kitchens, we are a store, yes, but we have six talented designers that assist in the selection process as well as contribute in the architectural layout of a space. I think we excel best in our process with helping clients tackle these large projects piece by piece. We have a system in selecting what places different decisions ahead of others in order to move forward in a timely manner.
What do you personally need to make it YOUR dream kitchen?
I’m all about the finishes. I think they can make or break a space.
Do you have a favorite restaurant in Livingston County?
Mackle’s Table & Taps in Hartland. The food is phenomenal!
Other than cycling, what are some of your favorite activities? Anything specific to Michigan?
Sadly… I don’t really do anything other than work and ride!
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you or your business?
While we specialize in kitchens, we actually work on most rooms in a home. We do bathrooms, laundry rooms, mudrooms, built-ins, libraries, bars, offices and movie theaters!
Fat Tire Bikes: We rent ’em, you ride ’em!
That’s right! We have a whole fleet of fat tire bikes available for YOU! Whether you want to try out one of our Saturday Fat Bike Friendly rides, rent for a day, or rent for several days, we can meet your needs… fat bikes in every size!
$25 for one ride
$50 for one day
$120 for 3 days
$200 for 5 days We bike snow. We bike cold. We bike wind. We bike mild, spring-like winter days.
We bike it ALL!
Check out our Facebook for info on upcoming rides!
Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Event:
Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00-7:30 PM
The evening will be chock full of fun and invaluable information to help the young women in our lives explore and develop their entrepreneurial talents. If you are a middle school or high school student, or a young woman in her late teens/early 20’s, who is interested in starting your own business (or already have!), you will not want to miss our Young Women’s Entrepreneurship event.
We are super stoked to announce our guest speaker for this GIRL POWER event: Jennifer Matras, Owner and Head Skating Coach at Competitive Edge Skating.
With over 25 years of skating and training experience, Jennifer is a highly sought after skill development instructor AND a fabulous female business owner. Competitive Edge Skating is the result of Jennifer’s commitment and passion to developing a company where athletes are provided everything they need to reach their highest level of performance.
You will be blown away by her story — beginning skating lessons at age three, a 14-year figure skating career, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Exercise Physiologist, coaching hockey, being a successful entrepreneur, publishing a book, and so much more!
SIGN UP HERE!
Stay tuned for more details as your Hometown gals, Dawn and Leslie, plan this free event for YOU.
Meet Your Team Captains, Part One: Michael Dyer!
How did you get into riding?
I was given a 1991 Huffy Stone Mountain MTB as a gift when I graduated college. I used it sparingly until a buddy of mine bought a “real MTB” somewhere around 1993 or so. He decided to give riding trails a try with another friend who lived by Island Lake Recreation Area. I tried it once and was immediately hooked. In the spring of 1994, I went to a demo event and bought a 1994 Trek 930 SHX. Since that time I have never looked back.
What are your hopes for Team Hometown this year?
To get more teammates engaged in the sport and the activities that the shop hosts or supports. Mountain bikers in particular — I like to see the new riders venture out into trying all the trails that we have available to us. Experience the true adventure that the sport can bring: racing, bike-packing, road trips, night rides, etc.
Hopes for the industry?
I think the industry as a whole is heading in the right direction. There is no better time than the present to get into the sport. The bikes and other gear are so good right now. In the area we live, for mountain bikers in particular, we have so many great places to ride. I would like to see the price of quality bikes start to trickle down to a more reasonable cost.
Do you have a favorite place to ride? Favorite shop ride? Favorite race in Michigan?
I can’t really name a favorite place to ride. Each trail has its own unique quality. I am a big fan of Brighton Rec, Poto, DTE, Highland, Pontiac Lake and Fort Custer. Who am I kidding, I like any trail I can ride my bike! My favorite shop ride is the Friday Night Lights ride followed closely by the Fat Bike Friendly ride. My favorite race, so far, is Mud, Sweat and Beers up in Traverse City the first weekend in May.
Anything else you’d like us to know about you… random fun facts?
Fact #1 — I am a drummer and a vocalist. I don’t use these talents much anymore, but they are still in there somewhere.
Fact #2 — I survived a heart attack when I was 45 years old. Never saw it coming.
Next up! Meet Your Team Captains, Part Two: Joe Ostervik — coming soon to a Hometown newsletter near you…
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays at 6 PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more
Power 30 | Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in – 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