Easter Egg Hunt at Hometown, Tri Training, and Bike Patrol

APRIL 15: Hometown’s 7th Birthday

Hometown Bicycles 7th Anniversary Celebration Easter Egg HuntEASTER EGG HUNT, DOOR PRIZES, DEALS, FAMILY RIDE, FOOD & COMPETITION
We’ve had some exceptional events in our time, but a 7th birthday for Hometown Bicycles… now THAT deserves something on the scale of momentous!

Details are coming in next week’s newsletter, but some highlights you can expect for this Saturday, April 15th event include door prizes, an Easter Egg Hunt for kids AND adults, food, a family road ride, announcement of the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Contest Winner (see below), deals, the unveiling of the 10 BICYCLES WE ARE DONATING to this year’s 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston, and a chance to make your mark (literally) on Hometown!!

Did some of that sound mysterious? Good! Come see what all the excitement’s about. A birthday party just isn’t the same without family, and that means we want YOU there!

REMINDER: JR. HOMETOWNIE T-SHIRT CONTEST

Cute kid drawing a bicycleRemember, Hometownies, have your preschool – 5th grader paint or sketch up a fun and colorful t-shirt design (no larger than 8″ x 8″), that includes the following:

  • A hand-drawn or hand-painted Hometown logo
  • The words: “I’m a Jr. Hometownie!” (Mom and Dad can help, if needed)
  • Any other bicycle-related art that your young Hometownie is inspired to create!

Bring in their entry by Monday, April 10th to proudly display in our Community Room for the rest of the month!

The winner will be announced at our April 15th event, and their winning design will grace a limited edition run of Jr. Hometownie t-shirts! They’ll receive a complimentary Jr. Hometownie t-shirt, and will be featured in our weekly newsletter and website. ALL participants get an official Hometown sticker, and will be acknowledged on our website.

(Cute kiddie graphic above courtesy www.clipartfest.com)


Brighton Bulldogs Travel Baseball Team meeting in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room

BULLDOG PRIDE AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

At Hometown, we’re big on activities that involve fitness, family, and the great outdoors, so you can imagine how geeked we are to be Sponsors of the 2017 Brighton Bulldogs Travel Baseball Team. Last night, they met in our Community Room to prep for a stellar season, and impressed the socks off of us with their energetic camaraderie and good manners… plus, they were genuinely kind to Liam, which wins them bonus brownie points in this mama’s book! Stay tuned for a list of their games.

So, now we’ve hosted Bulldogs Baseball, Lacrosse, Football, and Art in our Community Room – yep, we’re definitely feeling Bulldog Pride! Have a Team, Troop, or other group that needs a meet-up spot? Email events@myhometownbicycles.com for Community Room reservations – it’s free for non-profits!


Hometown Bicycles Triathlon Club
(Photo © and courtesy Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp)

HOMETOWN ♥s HAMBURG FITNESS TRIATHLON CLUB

We know our tri-geared Hometownies are getting the “brick” bug as the months creep toward triathlon season. That’s why we’re teaming up with Team Hometown Sponsor Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp to take their much-loved Triathlon Club to the next level of awesome!

We’re chipping in gift certificates for motivation, transition training to maximize your swim-to-bike/bike-to-run efficiency, and Hometown’s own Amy Gluck will be imparting expert advice from her Ironman background.

TRI Club Memberships are available for non-members (810-231-4169 for details). You can also join Run Club with Pro Triathlete and Personal Trainer Ryan Rau (call 734-476-4444). I speak from personal experience when I say that his run input can be a game changer!

Join Hometown and your fellow triathletes at the Club’s first informational meeting on April 11th, 6PM at Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp.


National Mountain Bike Patrol Training happening at Hometown Bicycles
(Photo © and courtesy Randy Kessler and Motor City Mountain Biking Association)

BE A HERO: BIKE PATROL TRAINING AT HOMETOWN

It takes a first class sort of person to step up and actively seek ways to support fellow cyclists and, as it so happens, that’s exactly what Hometownies are… first class! So, if you’ve got it in you to give back to the cycling community, here’s an opportunity happening right here at Hometown THIS SATURDAY, April 8th (limited space, so register now!):

Like to Ride? Like to help people? The National Mountain Bike Patrol may be for you…

The mission of the Mountain Bike Patrol boils down to:
• Assist in medical and mechanical emergencies
• Educate trail users of proper etiquette
• Inform land managers, land owners, trail coordinators

For detailed requirements and/or to register for training, contact Randy at bikepatrol@mcmba.org.


Hometown Bicycles at The Brighton Nazarene Church (The Naz) Sportsman's Banquet, put on by their Men's Ministry
(Team member Joe [left] and Service Lead Andrew [right] set up and eat up at the Sportsman’s Banquet) 

SHAUN LEARNS TAXIDERMY

Well, not quite – but he sure learned a lot about it from fellow sponsor and skilled artist Tom Stombaugh of Anything That Moves Taxidermy at Brighton Nazarene Church Sportsman’s Banquet.

Brighton Nazarene Church "The Naz" logoOur fellas dined on venison, oggled weaponry, talked taxidermy and bikes, and (I personally suspect) grunted like Tim Allen. It was definitely one of the more unique events in which Hometown has participated. Shout out to “The Naz” for this manly opportunity!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride at Island Lake Badlands
(Photo courtesy Jacob Henriksen)

Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride – THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – 4:30 P.M. – MEET UP AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Our Fat Bike Friendly Shop Rides have come to a close for the season to make way for our Spring shop ride, Exploring Trails. This is a NO-DROP, beginner friendly mountain bike trail ride – FAT BIKES WELCOME! – which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. If Poto is your goal, this is the weekly ride to get you there by the end of the season! Save 1.5 hours of your day to cover 12 – 16 miles of trail.

Weather dependent – we don’t want to mess up the trails if they’re mucky! Be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmation and details.


CRAZY HARE-BRAINED TOUR – APRIL 15TH

Bike Tour Vacations, LLC's Crazy Hare-Brained Tour in MichiganWhat a great name! Hometown is thrilled to be supporting this Michigan cycling event. Hosted by Hometown Winter Clinic Series guest speaker, Bike Tour Vacations, LLC

“The Crazy Hare-brained Tour is a fundraiser to help cover touring expenses for 3 Northern Michigan University students as they cycle 1,400 miles around Lake Superior in May.

Our event is up to 40 miles of 100% traffic-free trail riding for road bikes, and up to 30 miles of 100% traffic-free dirt riding for mountain bikes. All ages are welcome, 9 a.m. at Atchison Park in New Hudson.”

Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at event sponsor Draught Horse Brew Pub around 1PM.Bike Tour Vacations logo


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation, a remarkable organization created by the Hartwell Family (a particularly awesome group of Hometownies) to raise money to “directly support children, diagnosed with Leukemia and other blood disorders, being treated at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” Participants have a chance to win a Jamis bike, donated by Hometown Bicycles. Great cause. Great cross-training. Great prize.

GREAT TIME TO REGISTER, DON’T YOU THINK??


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – ISLAND LAKE BIKE DEMO DAY

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day hosted by the MCMBAThe MCMBA has put a call out for Demo Day volunteers for this wonderfully popular Spring cyclists’ event. (Hometown will be there!) Running May 6th at the ILRA Spring Mill Pond, you can volunteer for everything from setup and registration, to parking and grilling. They write:

The Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day is now in it’s 12th year. This is the second year the event is put on free of charge by the MCMBA. It’s a great chance to talk face to face with people who live the life: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Take a few out for a test ride on the roads and trails at Island Lake, finding the perfect bike or bikes for you.

CLICK HERE to throw your hat into the volunteer ring!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race

Great minds ride
a bike.

– Anonymous

Your Big Fall Party Invitation + An Iceman Good Luck

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

THIS WILL BE OUR MOST ACTION-PACKED, FAMILY-FRIENDLY PARTY YET!  
We’re celebrating 1, glorious year in our new bicycle adventure center with a family-geared funfest of activities, including fat bike demo, group trail ride, indoor art fair, kids crafts, fitness classes, “ask the experts”, and a chili cook-off and seasonal goodies to wrap it all up!

Feast your eyes on the bursting-at-the-seams activities roster below. Specific times and class sign ups will be included in next week’s newsletter but, for now,

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 FROM NOON – 6PM!

So, before we wow you with what you absolutely won’t want to miss, we’d like to say TWO THINGS…

………………………

GOOD LUCK AT ICEMAN, HOMETOWNIES!  

Hometown Bicycles loves Iceman Cometh Challenge mountain bike race

For all of you seriously cool customers who’ve got Iceman Cometh mountain bike challenge on the brain – AND on your Sunday “to do” list – your entire Hometown crew wishes you a fast trail, glorious fall weather, and the heart of a warrior. Be sure to drop by our Team Hometown tent for warmth, chili, and camaraderie. We can’t wait to hear your ride stories at our November 12 post-Iceman party!

………………………

JAMIS FAT BIKES ARE HERE!  

Time lapse fat bike build at Hometown Bicycles

Our magnificently monster-tired Jamis fatties have, as promised, thundered into our shop with enormous glory and fanfare. And still more are on their way to round out your pre-order selection… just in time, too, for the November 12 fat bike demo. Come in and be one of the first to test ride the new models!

………………………
NOVEMBER 12TH’S “OMG!” ACTIVITY ROSTER

Fat bike with crockpot for Hometown Bicycles

Here’s an impressive rundown on why you should absolutely attend our November 12th funfest extravaganza (look for times and sign-up links in next week’s email):

Jamis Fat Bike demoFAT BIKE DEMO:  All Day!
Our Jamis and Framed fat bikes will be out in full force at this event, and available for you to test ride and fall in love with (yes, we’re that confident!)

Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5pm
Hometown artists Deborah Kashdan, Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell and her Nana, and newcomer Sarah Burke will be setting up art displays at our first ever mini indoor art fair here at the shop. Weather permitting, Sarah will also be holding an outdoor demonstration of her incredible spray paint art skills. You’ve seen their bicycle art – here’s a chance to enjoy more of their creativity… and maybe take care of some Christmas shopping in the process! (Artists prefer cash or check, so please come prepared!)

Question marks - ask the experts“ASK THE EXPERTS”:  Noon – 1:30pm
Hit a cycling plateau? Nagging knee pain on your rides? Body Within Personal Training‘s, Jenny Schild, and Pro-Motion Physical Therapy‘s, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT are generously volunteering their fitness/nutrition and common cycling injury/bike fit expertise at our event. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY for one-stop, no charge, professional input on how to be a better, stronger cyclist… take advantage of it!

Vinyasa yoga class at Hometown BicyclesPOWER YOGA WITH TOCCA MASSAGE & YOGA:  Time TBD
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga.

Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  Time TBD
Join in on Martha’s crazy-popular Cardio Drumming class (Liam’s favorite!), which will be pumping up the volume in our Community Room at next Saturday’s event.

Zumba at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA WITH HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER:  Time TBD
Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy Zumba class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness Center in our Community Room.

Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  Time TBD
Bring along your young ‘uns of all ages to create a unique, bicycle gear Christmas ornament with gears, glitter, and other crafty goodies provided by Hometown Bicycles. Parents, please come, too! This is a parent-child project you’ll treasure for years to come. A nominal $4 per child covers materials and instruction.

Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
We’re a bike shop – OF COURSE there’s a ride! This one leaves from our shop parking lot at 3:30pm for the Yellow and Blue trails of picturesque, autumn-tinged Island Lake. NO DROP, all levels welcome!

Chili cook off at Hometown BicyclesCHILI COOK-OFF:  Judging begins when the riders return!
Put your best chili forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights at Hometown’s first annual culinary cook-off! Entries must be delivered by 4:15pm, and hungry cyclists and party-goers will be the judges for this people’s choice competition. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO REGISTER

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! Please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!

Party Ride with Shaun for Tour de Livingston

Save the Date – 8/6!
Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun 

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun

OUR BIGGEST SHOP RIDE OF THE YEAR… YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS! 

On AUGUST 6TH, we’re celebrating the launch of our annual Tour de Livingston Training Ride series with a Party Ride that puts you pedal-to-pedal with your goateed bike guru!

Shaun will be leading this one hour, NO-DROP ride from the Hometown parking lot, through local subdivisions, and onto the scenic, winding roads of Island Lake. This laid-back cruise is for ANY BIKE, ANY LEVEL, and ANY AGE.

All riders will be entered to win a Tour de Livingston jersey, compliments of Howell Rotary!

You’ll return to a post-ride party, with food on the barbie, campfire conversation, and the epic jersey drawing. Bring your own lawn chair and even an instrument or two, if you’re musically inclined.

The more the merrier, so invite friends and family! It’s all FREE!
(Helmet and signed waiver required.)

………………………
SPEAKING OF TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDES… 
Tour de Livingston ride

Following the big shin-dig on August 6th, join us for our new-and-even-more-awesome,weekly Tour de Livingston Training Rides, leaving Saturdays (starting 8/13) at 9AM from our shop!

What’s new? What’s even more awesome? This year’s group rides will build skills and stamina on a week-by-week basis, culminating in the great and all-popular Tour de Livingston ride itself. Rides will gradually increase in length, and so will your confidence, as we teach you the ropes of safely navigating traffic, group etiquette, and how to go the distance!

PLUS, there’ll be MORE opportunities along the way to win yourself a Tour de Livingstonjersey, compliments – once again – of Howell Rotary!

Get it on your calendar, Hometownies! This shop ride is something extra-special!

………………………

AND SPEAKING OF SHOP RIDES…

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SUNDAY, 8:00AM – The Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 5:00PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

TUESDAY, 9:00AM – Hometown Green Gals Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

………………………

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN VOTE DAILY?! NO JOKE!

Vote 4 the Best - Hometown Bicycles, Best Bike Shop

Hello, Cycling Season… We Love You!

Shaun Bhajan, bike love

IT’S MARCH 1ST, HOMETOWNIES – YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS…

CYCLING SEASON!!!
Time to dust off the ol’ saddle, lay out the cycling shorts, and get your cycling buddies back on speed dial. Today marks the beginning of a beautiful 2016 relationship with your bicycle!

If your trusty steed is more like your “rusty” steed, bring it by for some Hometown love. We’ll get your bike from garage-grade to roads-and-trails-ready in a flash, so that you won’t have to miss a single minute of pedal euphoria.

For those hearty souls who’ve been rocking the winter cycling scene, rock on! You epitomize our core belief – that the real Michigan “cycling season” will always be year round!

………………………

BIG, AWESOME CLINIC-PARTY THIS WEDNESDAY

Collage of Hometown Bicycles rides
THE BEST RIDES IN MI, THE BEST PEEPS TO RIDE WITH & THE BEST TEAM EVER
YAHOO!!! It’s here!! Wednesday, March 2, from 6-9pm, is the final clinic in our Winter Clinic Series, covering Michigan’s most bike-friendly trails, its coolest cycling events, our new Shop Rides, the women-only cycling group Hometown Green Gals, and how tobecome a part of Team Hometown Bicycles.

There’ll be pizza and beer while you hear from Shaun, the co-creator of Hometown’s Green Gals, and our awesome Team Captains.

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHERE TO RIDE IN MICHIGAN AND WITH WHOM” CLINIC-PARTY
We appreciate your early registration, so that we can make sure there’s enough food for all!
………………………

ARE YOU ADVENTUROUS???

MI Adventure Club Get Your Bearings Adventure Race website

If you’re a Hometownie, then the answer is an instantaneous and resounding “YES!!” This Saturday, March 5th from 10-11am is an event you won’t want to miss – an “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic put on by Michigan Adventure Club.

It promises to be an event to remember, covering how to be smart, swift, safe, and otherwise awesome on these giant team scavenger hunts in the great outdoors. You’ll learn orienteering, Adventure Race etiquette, and will ultimately gain the confidence to try a race like the May 7th MI Adventure Club’s ‘Get Your Bearings Adventure Race’ at beautiful Brighton Rec.

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND “INTRO TO ADVENTURE RACING”
Saturday, March 5th, 10-11am in our Hometown Community Room
………………………

CUTE ANIMALS AT HOMETOWN THIS SATURDAY

Cute puppy

AND WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT OUR CREW… This Saturday, March 5th from 11:30am-3:30pm (immediately following the “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic!), Last Chance Pet Rescue is bringing a handful of heart-melters who are looking for love and a forever home.

Donations are encouraged, and adoptions welcomed. But, if nothing else, stop by and give these tough-luck survivors some well-earned belly rubs – it’ll make you both feel great! Bring the kids!!

%d bloggers like this: