The Power of Possibilities: Thank you, Lake Trust!

How cool is this?!
It’s not every day you see yourself larger than life while cruising down the highway. Imagine our surprise to discover Shaun and Dawn hovering high above I-96 at Dorr Road! 

We have a challenge for our Hometownies! 

  1. Take a selfie with the billboard (you can access it from Dorr Road, near the Humane Society)
  2. Post it on social media, tagging Hometown Bicycles and Lake Trust Credit Union
  3. Stop by the shop to show off your selfie and get a FREE tube!

What a HUGE (literally!) honor — THANK YOU, Lake Trust Credit Union!


Winter Tune-Up with a Bonus! FREE WINTER STORAGE!

Avoid the spring rush and waiting, waiting, waiting for your bike to be serviced when everyone else is doing the same — be the early bird who gets the proverbial worm. How?

Bring your bike in anytime between now and December 23rd for a tune-up and we will store it at the shop until spring! This means your bike will be all set to roll come those early days of cycling weather in March. No wait, no hassle… just freedom to get out there and ride.

We have room to store up to 220 bikes, so take advantage of this opportunity while space permits. For $25, we can even deliver your bicycle to your door this spring!


Gift Certificate Trade-Up!

We are so grateful to our Hometown community for supporting our shop during what has been a tough year. We’ve received an outpouring of encouragement and generosity to keep us Hometown Strong. People still ask what they can do to support the shop as we enter the off-season, and with the holidays coming up, we have the perfect answer to that question — gift certificates!

As you know, we like to give too. We are offering a Gift Certificate Trade-Up program this holiday season, through December 23rd.

Here’s how it works:
Buy a gift certificate…
Get an accessory certificate on us!

The accessory certificate is for 10% of the gift certificate you purchase. For example — you buy a $200 gift certificate and we give you a $20 certificate to use on accessories. The cyclist in your life is sure to love it!


From the Les Cook Chronicles: Iceman NO Cometh 2020

For those of us who trail ride and for anybody that does anything else for that matter, 2020 is messed up.  When the outdoor events started to be canceled, you knew things were bad. But we held out HOPE for the Bells Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge 2020. After all, this is the oldest point-to-point Mountain Bike race in the country from Kalkaska to Traverse City and this would mark year 31. Our hopes were dashed when it was canceled because of the dreaded Covid-19.

Then the rumors began to stir our hearts with hope. We could still ride the course informally, and the Iceman No Cometh 2020 was born. So we planned our trip and it was a blast. They sent out an app with this year’s course that could be downloaded into a Garmin and you could ride at your leisure. Anyone who has ridden the Iceman knows that the year after the worst years is the best year to ride.

This year was no exception. It was 70 degrees, I wore my summer kit, the trail was perfect, and it was fast. A lot of people showed up starting from many different locations. It was never crowded but I’ll guess that between 500 and 600 people participated. My brother and I enjoyed the perfect weather and trail condition. My Jamis Portal performed flawlessly. For the first time, I was able to climb ALL the hills, regularly hit downhill speeds of 30 mph, and got through all the sandpits. The new piece of singletrack is a real hoot when you can ride it instead of march single file through the mud. Of course, this may have been because there weren’t 5000 other people in the way. I can’t wait until next year and hope all of you out there can come to enjoy one of the best weekends in mountain biking. — Les Cook


Brown Bag Lunch Series

Livingston County Trails Plan

The first-ever county-wide Livingston County Trails Plan was completed and released in late June 2020. Join in this virtual Brown Bag to learn about the various components of the plan. Following the presentation, local park providers and municipal leaders will discuss the desired trail implementation strategies of their park system or municipality.

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Via Zoom with meeting number 399 700 0062 and password LCBOC


Congratulations to Running Lab! After 10 years in downtown Brighton, they are moving — but not far — just across the street!

Click HERE to check out the plans for their new store, opening in Spring 2021. Looks amazing!


Happy Thanksgiving! 

We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We wish you all a safe holiday filled with turkey, football, naps, family, and all good things. You may even get out there for a bike ride! 

We will re-open on Black Friday, our usual hours of 10 AM-5 PM.  

TOMORROW (7/1): Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee & Sale!

ALL ABOUT THE…
Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee and Sale logo

A FREE Family Fun Event

TOMORROW, July 1st from 9am – 5pm

Last week, we gave you a flavor of the stupendousness to come at Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee & Sale on Saturday, July 1st. And, as it turns out, this event just keeps getting better… !!!

Read all about the newest event excitement below, including new participantsover 50 chances to win in our new July Jubilee Door Prize Drawing, and sales-tax-free purchases!


EVENT DAY ACTIVITIES (ALL FREE!) INCLUDE:

9am  FAMILY CARDIO DRUMMING with PURE Fitness & Nutrition
One of the most popular fitness activities ever held at Hometown, Martha Soraruf’s high octane cardio drumming class will kick off our Jubilee with energetic beats and family-friendly aerobics!
9:30am  FAMILY SLOW ROLL BIKE RIDE with Team Hometown Bicycles
Read more about the Jubilee’s leisurely, morning social ride below.
10am-3pm  FACE PAINTING with Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Festive, 4th of July themed face art will be available, compliments of Sky Zone. Be sure to also visit their tent for a chance to spin the prize wheel, win cool swag, and even enjoy some hula-hooping!
10:30am  DANCE FITNESS CLASS with Ginny’s Danceworks
We’re thrilled to welcome Hometownie Ginny of Ginny’s Danceworks and her talented students for a family-geared class in fun-filled aerobic dancing! 
11am & 2:30pm  ACRO YOGA CLASSES with Yoga Nature
Jim and Sherryl of Yoga Nature will wow us with acro yoga demos – blending acrobatic feats with a yoga core – and will teach you a few maneuvers of this jaw-dropping art form in their Jubilee classes!
11:30am & 2pm  KARATE DEMOS with PKSA Karate of Brighton
Dennis and Barb of PKSA Karate are bringing along their most talented students to showcase the incredible skill of karate – including board breaking and weapon forms! Now, that’s just plain cool!!
Noon  FAMILY LAWN GAME TOURNAMENT with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
Get your game on!! Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp is launching a tournament of family vs. family and one-on-one games, including Tug of War, Dress-Up Race, Sack Race, and Three-Legged Race. Challenge your friends! Challenge your family! Challenge your coworkers! “Who will reign supreme?!”
  
Noon-2pm  KID’S BIKE DECORATING with Brighton Optimist Club
Read more about Bike Decorating at the July Jubilee below.
1:30pm  WATER BALLOON GAMES with Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply
Hot on the heels of lawn games comes a chance to cool off, with Water Balloon Games hosted by Beauchamp. Combines the best of stationary objects and moving targets (friends and family!)
3pm  HONOR GUARD & NATIONAL ANTHEM with American Spirit Centre
We are truly honored to welcome an Honor Guard from our across-the-street neighbors, American Spirit Centre, for the official first flag raising on Hometown’s new flagpole. Blast-from-the-past-Hometown-super-cashier, Maddie Peltier, will round out the ceremony with a rousing rendition of our National Anthem!
After the Honor Guard   PRIZE DRAWINGS & SPARKLERS for the kids!
Following the flag raising, we’ll pull the winners of the July Jubilee Door Prize Drawing. Read below to find out what you could take home with you – there’s over 50 chances to win! We’ll wrap up the evening with a little nostalgia – sparklers for the kiddies!

MMM-M-M BARBECUE & SWEET TREATS SUPPLIED BY (for purchase):

Hog Wild BBQ and Catering Oh My Lolli!

THE “SALE” PART OF JULY JUBILEE & SALE:

Sale stickerYes! Hometown Bicycles 1st Annual July Jubilee & Sale will also keep money in your pocket!!YOU GET 10% OFF ANY 1 ITEM

AND…

WE’LL ALSO PAY YOUR SALES TAX on your entire purchase!


A NOTE ABOUT EVENT PARKING:

Parking sign
Our parking lot always fills up lightning fast, but never fear!There’s overflow parking across the street in American Spirit Centre‘s back lot (thank you, neighbors!). Please be sure not to park in the front lot, which is reserved for member Veterans!

Group ride at a Hometown Bicycles event
JULY JUBILEE FAMILY SLOW ROLL BIKE RIDE

Just in time for the holiday weekend, let’s dial it back and relax into this social, slow paced road ride. We roll at 9:30 a.m. from the July Jubilee. Think 8 – 10 mph. Bring your cruiser or whatever bike you like as we Slow Roll down sidewalks and streets! This is a NO DROP ride. Check Facebook for ride updates.

**One-ish Mile Family Slow Roll Special** Just for the Jubilee, and with your kidlets in mind, we’re offering a special route that keeps us on the north side of Grand River – traveling down the sidewalk, through business park roads and back – about a flat mile. We’ll pass by the shop for those that are done or would like to repeat the route again on their own. (Adults must accompany kids, please! Helmet and waiver required.)

**The Ride Continues…** Crossing Grand River, we’ll tackle a few climbs/descents and enjoy beautiful park scenery. Turnaround at ILRA’s Spring Mill Pond. Plan for about 8.5 miles and 1.5 hours with stops.


Patriotic red, white, and blue decorated bike for Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade Bike Decorating Contest
JULY JUBILEE BIKE DECORATING & PARADE

Every 4th of July, the Brighton Optimist Club runs a contest that’s hearty, wholesome, and all-American – a bicycle decorating contest for kids of all ages, followed by participation in Brighton’s beloved 4th of July parade. No charge for any of it!

This year, we want to help the Optimists make this one of the biggest and red-white-and-blue-iest turnouts ever! For that reason, from Noon – 2pm, our Community Room will be stocked with patriotic craftery (bottom right) that we’re donating to the cause. Parents, bring your kids!! Kids, bring your bikes and any extra decorations, and DECORATE WITH US!

Your decked out bike will be put on display at our 3pm July Jubilee Flag Raising Ceremony!

Parents, you’ll like this… we’re offering complimentary trailering services for any interested families – leave your decorated bikes with us, Red, white, and blue patriotic decorations for bike decorating at Hometown Bicyclesand we’ll transport them all to the beginning of the Parade route on July 4th to save you from the logistical nightmare of drop-off. At the end of the route, we’ll pick ’em up, and trailer them back to the shop for convenient pick-up over the next couple days.

Brighton Optimist Club website, or call for details: (810) 225-2441. No sign up required. Just come decorate!


MEET THE FOLLOWING AWESOME LOCAL BUSINESSES & ORGANIZATIONS AT THE JUBILEE:

These wonderful folks are setting up tables, games, prizes, and more at our event. Learn about and support these locals whose values – exceptional customer service and community involvement – align so beautifully with Hometown’s!

Oh My Lolli! Logo
The Eric Hartwell Foundation logo
Yoga Nature logo
PKSA Karate of Brighton

Kearns Brothers logo

Ginny's Danceworks logo
American Spirit Centre of Brighton logo

Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply logo

Sky Zone Trampoline Park logo

Tour de Livingston 2017 logo

Hamburg Fitness Center and Camp logo

Brighton Optimist Club logo

SELCRA logo

PURE Fitness and Nutrition


Hometown Bicycles newly stocked gifts and novelties department
“I
 BICYCLES!”: PROCLAIM IT TO THE WORLD!!

Just in time for July Jubilee, we’ve packed our bicycle gifts and novelties area to the gills with a groovy selection of clothing, kitchenware, home decor, and knick-knacks for the cycling enthusiast. (A million thanks to Sarah Colburn of Scott Colburn Boots & Western Wear for generously creating order and beauty out of all this “fun-ness”!)

We know you’ll find something you love – come find what speaks to YOU!


A NOTE ABOUT EVENT DAY WEATHER:

Michigan Average Annual Precipitation mapIt’s Michigan – we know better than to take good weather for granted! Right now, the forecasts call for clear skies, but know that the party can rock just as well indoors as out.

If it comes down to it, don’t let a little inclement weather slow you down! This party’s ON, rain or shine!!


And the winner is...
JULY JUBILEE DOORPRIZES YOU CAN WIN!

There’s been an ENORMOUS amount of good will and good vibes from all the awesome participants in our July Jubilee, including generous donations of goods and gift certificates for you to win! So much, in fact, that YOU HAVE OVER 50 CHANCES TO WINSOMETHING COOL!!

The drawing will take place following the Honor Guard and flag ceremony (around 3:30pm). You do not need to be present to win, and you can enter at any point during our event! Check out what you can win below:

FROM HERE:
Hometown Bicycles
4 x $25 Store Gift Certificates

FROM OUR TEAM SPONSORS:
Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
2 x $100 Gift Certificates toward a Bike Fitting
1 x $50 Gift Certificates toward a Bike Fitting

Kearns Brothers
2 x $50.00 Gift Certificates to Hometown Bicycles (Thanks, Mike!)

Body Within Personal Training
Fitness Package, including a T-Shirt, Water Bottle, Stretching Strap, Consultation, and Fitness Test!

Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply
5 x Bags of Water Softener Salt

Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
3 x One-Month Family Memberships

FROM OUR BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION FRIENDS:
Coeur Sports
5 x  $10 Gift Cards to Coeur Sports online store
2 x  $25 Gift Cards to Coeur Sports online store

Cool Hedge Creations by Melissa
Hand Crafted & Stamped Cyclist Bracelets

The Eric Hartwell Foundation
1 x Free entry into the 2018 Snowman 5K/10K

Ginny’s Danceworks
1 x $50.00 Gift Card towards Dance Classes or Camp

Oh My Lolli!
$5.00 Oh My Lolli! Gift Tokens

PKSA Karate of Brighton
6 x Gift Certificates for 2 free weeks of class

PURE Fitness & Nutrition with Martha Soraruf
1 x Arbonne Care Package
1 x Cardio Drumming Gift Card

SELCRA
Gift Passes / Vouchers

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
1 x Family Fun Pack

Yoga Nature
1 x Free Private Acro Yoga Lesson
1 x Free Private Paddle Board Lesson (equipment included or bring your own!)


HELP SPREAD THE EXCITEMENT!

Share bullhornWe’ve always said that the the greatest compliment you can give us is referrals. If you were ever going to introduce someone to “The Hometown Bicycles Experience”, here’s a time to blow their socks off and make yourself look like a rockstar of the referral world!

Please forward this email, direct people to our website, share our Facebook July Jubilee event page, or pass along our event flier. Help us add value to the MANY wonderful, community-minded businesses and organizations that are so generously volunteering time, energy, and prizes to make this event amazing for YOU!

Know that we appreciate it, Hometownies, and we always appreciate YOU! Thank you!!


HOMETOWN’S 4TH OF JULY HOURS

 

JULY 4:  Open 7am – 3pm

Regular hours before and after the 4th!


Mountain Bike Trail sign post at Hometown Bicycles

It takes real planning to organize this kind of chaos.

– Mel Odom

Mom’s Day Crazy-Fun Gift Guide + Demo Bike Closeout

CRAZY-FUN MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR MOMS WHO LOVE TO PEDAL 

Perfect timing… our first ever shipment of wacky and wonderful cyclist gift goodies has arrived just in time to give you a serious selection of bike-geared Mom’s Day gifts!

It’s a collection of epic fun-ness that you absolutely have to see for yourself but, until then, here’s our handful of ideas to get your Mother’s Day mental motor running…

Nirve cruisers for women
BEAUTIFUL BICYCLES
For moms who cruise or race!
Mother's Day bicycle cards
MOM’S DAY CARDS
Lovely Mother’s Day cards
Mother's Day bicycle mugs
MOM-GEARED MUGS
MOM mugs and more!
Bicycle home decor
FUN HOME DECOR
Fabulous bicycle decor
Female cyclist yard spinner at Hometown Bicycles
GARDEN GOODIES
Yard spinners for cyclists
Bicycle kitchen goods at Hometown Bicycles
COOL KITCHEN WARE
Plates, towels, pasta, more
Hometown Bicycle Love Bar organic soap
ORGANIC BAR SOAPS
Handmade locally with “love”
Bicycle wine goods at Hometown Bicycles
SWEET WINE SERVICE
A toast to cycling moms!
Michigan Tandem T-Shirts at Hometown Bicycles
COLORFUL T-SHIRTS
Combines MI pride + bike ♥
LPbyLP hand-printed, hand-sewn purses at Hometown Bicycles
EXQUISITE PURSES
Hand-stamped, hand-sewn locally
Bicycle scarves at Hometown Bicycles
PLAYFUL BIKE SCARVES
Colorful, lightweight cotton
Bicycle inner tube, chain, and cable jewelry by Sunshine Design at Hometown Bicycles
REMARKABLE JEWELRY
Hand-crafted of recycled bike bits
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GIFT YOUR CYCLIST MOM HAPPY MUSCLES

Yoga for Cyclists flierIt’s not a stretch to say that Hometown’s Yoga for Cyclists class, led by mountain biking mom Jessica Beaubien ofSoul Stretch Christian Yoga, has been one of the most loved and most popular classes held in our Community Room. Participants have been raving about newly toned cycling muscles, increased flexibility, and a renewed sense of focus.

Sound like the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your superstar mom? Contact Jessica at 248-429-YOGA or visitsoulstretch.org to register her (or you!)

Classes meet here every Tuesday (except the last Tuesday of each month) from 11:30-12:30pm for just $7 per class or 6 for $30!

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DEMO DAY BLOW-YOU-AWAY DEALS

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day, an MCMBA / MMBA event
(Image Credit: © Motor City Mountain Biking Association)

In the spirit of Island Lake’s Spring Bike Demo Day – that’s Saturday, May 7th, demo junkies! – we’re offering some killer closeout deals on shop demo bikes. This is a unique opportunity to get AMAZING bikes at an equally awe-inspiring price!

Never been to Spring Bike Demo Day? Read all about it HERE! Team Hometown Bicycles will have a tent at this uber-popular event – be sure to stop by and say “hello!”
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