Meet Aria + Pinckney puts Shaun through his paces

Hometown Bicycles newest addition

OUR WORLD’S TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN, AND WE’RE LOVING IT!
The arrival of our beautiful, little Aria resulted in a flood – actually, a tsunami – of love and food and gifts and kindness from all of you, and Shaun and I want you to know that we appreciate it!! You complete us, Hometownies!

Now prep yourselves for some serious fun as I catch you up on all the awesomeness that’s been happening at Hometown. As per our usual modus operandi, it’s been epic…

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GOOD LUCK, MEGHAN AND COLIN! 
Hometown Bicycles crew members, Meghan Horal and Colin Wood

We were sad, yet proud to send off two more of our wonderful summer crew to the world of academia.

Meghan Horal, cashier extraordinaire, added a tremendous amount of value in her brief time here, and was also known for the fantastic bike jokes you read weekly on our entryway board. We wish her all the success in the world at college, and look forward to seeing her again when the weather warms!

Colin Wood has set himself some aggressive personal goals for his final year in high school, but may still make appearances throughout the winter. We’re proud of what he’s accomplishing, including how he’s killing it on the high school mountain bike team. Go, Colin!

You’ll see some new faces at Hometown over the coming weeks. Be sure to stop by and say hello to your new crew-in-training! (Positions still open!)

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“A TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” AT HOMETOWN 

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoBEGINNING THIS MONDAY (9/26), we’re thrilled to host the 6-week sampler series, “A Taste of Hamburg Fitness”, in our Community Room. Here’s the scoop…

“Wanting to improve your fitness but not sure which type of class you would like to join? For 6 weeks, you can try a sampling of some of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp classes in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room.

Each week will be a different one-hour class starting at 6PM Mondays beginning September 26th. You choose – sign up for one or sign up for all. Classes offered are Zumba, Power Pilates, Tabata, Vinyasa Yoga, Functional Training and PiYo.  Each class is $10 paid to the class instructor prior to class start. For class descriptions, please visit Hamburg Fitness’ website.”

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TEAM NEWS: LABOR DAY 30K & ICEMAN TRAINING RIDE 

 

Team Hometown Bicycles at the Milford Labor Day 30K bicycle race

MILFORD LABOR DAY 30K (above):  Nine of our Team riders took on the myriad challenges of Milford’s Labor Day 30K – seven of them podiumed and every single one made it into the top 5 in their age category! We knew our Team was good, but THIS absolutely blows our minds. Way to go, Team Hometown Bicycles!!

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Training Ride with Team Captain Brian Forhan

ICEMAN TRAINING RIDE (above):  Led by one of our rockstar Team Captains, Brian Forhan, our new Iceman Training Ride hits 35 miles at a 14mph pace with over 2000′ in climb. Your legs’ll be screaming, but your mouth will be smiling! Meets at Hartland Twp Hall Sundays at 9am. You do NOT have to be on the Team to ride! Read about it here.

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PINCKNEY STUDENTS PUT SHAUN THROUGH HIS PACES 

Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles teaching the mechanics of bicycles to Pinckney's Navigator Elementary students

Pinckney’s Navigator Elementary teacher, Angela Kanerva, approached us with a fantastically unique request. She asked us to show her students how bicycles consist of a mechanical system in which parts work together to achieve a functional goal. Wow, right?

So, Shaun and our Events Coordinator, Jennifer, addressed over 100 extremely curious students on the science and engineering of bicycles. It was a HUGE hit – for us as much as them! We came away inspired and hopeful about the future of cycling.

What a cool program… can’t wait to do it again! We wish we’d had you as a teacher, Angela!!

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TOUR DE LIVINGSTON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

Tour de Livingston 2016 Registration web page

Yahoooooo!!! Our favorite community ride is now taking registrations! From theirevent page:

“The Howell Rotary Club is offering a fully supported bike tour through scenic Livingston County during peak autumn colors, as well as the exclusive opportunity to ride the Milford Road Course loop at the GM Proving Grounds, visit ice cream shops in Hell, MI and the Farmers’ Market in Howell, MI.”

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PEGGY’S MARVELOUS BIKE PRINTS  

Acrylic monotype prints by Peggy Kerwan at Hometown Bicycles
(Clockwise from left: “First Wheels”, “Let’s Ride”, “The Way I Roll”, “ZDM”. All images courtesy of and copyright © Peggy Kerwan. All rights reserved.)

Art-aholic cyclists, rejoice! Artist Peggy Kerwan, whose playful work currently hangs in the shop, has been having a field day with hand-pressed, acrylic, monotype printing (translation: every glorious print is wonderfully unique!)

You are going to LOVE these matted, ready-to-frame pieces. Seriously, Hometownies… I’m giving you a fair crack at these before I can’t stand it any more and hang them all in my office!

A NEW World’s Tiniest Hometownie

Growing family of cyclists

WHEN WE CALL OURSELVES A FAMILY-FRIENDLY BIKE SHOP, WE MEAN IT!

For the sake of my vanity, as much as out of sheer joy, Shaun and I would like to formally announce that… WE’RE EXPECTING ANOTHER BABY!!!

I’m done wearing bulky shirts and trying to suck in my gut… it wasn’t donuts that put this fat bike tire around my midsection, and we’re ready to celebrate our excitement with our Hometown family!

No info yet on whether Liam will have a brother or sister, but we do know that he or she will turn our three-person family into a wonderful FOUR this Fall.

What’s especially cool is that, as our little family is growing, so is our extended Hometown family. So many new faces! You’ve all been WONDERFUL when it comes to spreading the word about Hometown, and we love you for it. Thanks for helping us build a dream-home-away-from-home for our customers, our community, and for our pint-sized Hometownies!

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KEEPETH THY SINGLETRACKS INTACTETH

Singletrack trail
Although the early thaw has made many of our beloved trails already ride-ready, we believe it’s important to impart this gem of trail wisdom – a Sermon-ette on the Mount-ain Bike Trail, if you will – from Hometown’s very own, uproariously clever “CycloDan” Tribble:

Hometown Bicycles' CycloDan Tribble“And so it is written, that every year during the sacred freeze-thaw cycle, thou shalt abstain from the hallowed singletrack until the worm that creepeth upon the face of the earth comes forth. But if it be in any man’s heart to ride let him go unto the land of the roadie, yea even unto Tar-Mac, and he shall be blessed with aerobic fitness in abundance. But in the day that thou partake of the forbidden singletrack you shall surely be cursed and your bearings and your bottom bracket shall seize and perish. There will be much grinding and gnashing of teeth that no chain lube can silence!”

– Rev. CycloDan
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MEET THE ARTIST: CINDY SELKE’S BIKE WREATHS

Bicycle wreaths by Cindy Selke

We met Cindy at our Last Chance Rescue pet adoption event, where she’d donated two exquisitely hand-crafted wreaths to raise money for a rescue dog’s surgery. So, in addition to talent, we can already tell you that Cindy has HEART.

Inspired by a one-hour Bordine’s class in wreath making, Green Oak Twp. residents Cynthia Selke & Terrie Hudnut got crafty, and launched Sutherland Creations as a business outlet for their wreath-making. Using a combination of materials – like burlap, ribbon, and metallic mesh – Cindy and Terrie found unlimited ways to personalize any wreath. They believe that “there truly is a wreath for every event and every season, including cycling!”

Cindy’s brought in two, gorgeous, bicycle, ribbon wreaths that are ready to grace the walls or doors of your home. You’ve got to see these in person!

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DID YOU KNOW… WE HAVE CRAZY-AWESOME STORE HOURS?

Hometown Bicycles store hours

It always seems to astonish our customers that we’re open such long hours, but here’s the deal… our mission is to get you to your happy place. That’s hard to do if we’re not available when it’s convenient for YOU!

WE’RE OPEN 7AM-9PM ON WEEKDAYS, giving you a chance to drop your bike off before work so it’s ready to rock the roads and trails with you at day’s end… or so that you can pick up last minute need-to-gets on your way back from dropping off the kids… or whatever gets you cranking those pedals.

AND WE’RE OPEN 9AM-5PM BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, because cycling doesn’t happen just on Saturdays. Consider us your weekend support crew!

The long and short of it is that we’re here for you when YOU need us. And that’s how we roll at Hometown Bicycles!

World’s Tiniest Hometownie

Shaun and Dawn and future tiny Hometownie
It’s getting hard to hide… both Dawn’s baby bump and our excitement. So, here’s the official announcement:

WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!!

Our newest, tiniest Hometownie will arrive late this Spring. We’re so proud that our baby will be part of a family that includes such awesome staff and customers!

 

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Hometown Bicycles Bike Clinic Series 2015 logo

Hometown Bicycles Clinic: Cyclist Fitness & Nutrition

This clinic has historically been our most popular, so please bring along a chair if you have one handy!

There is NO CHARGE for any of the clinics in this series. For a full list of our 2015 Bike Clinics, click here, or stay posted on our Facebook page.

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN HOMETOWN?
Vinnie from Pro-Motion Physical Therapy does… thanks, Vinnie!
Vinnie Baylerian of Pro Motion Physical Therapy in Brighton, MI
Here’s what we believe:

  • A bike shop should be MORE than just 4 walls filled with bicycles.
  • It should be a place that inspires, educates, and creates opportunities.
  • It should be a place that is actively involved in the local and cycling communities.
  • It should be a place that consistently raises the bar.
  • It should be a place that you are proud to bring your friends and family.
  • It should be a place where you WANT to hang out.

If you feel the same, then here’s how you can be a part of this revolution – become an “I Believer”! Your participation not only helps support the incorporation of these values into our new Hometown Bicycles bicycle adventure center, it also brings you special VIP privileges:

I Believe in Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate perks
So, do YOU believe? Swing by the Brighton shop and become a part of the revolution!

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