Bike Maintenance Clinic TONIGHT + Meet Your Team Captain

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team Night

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

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 1-2 PM


Sponsor Feature: Getting to Know Dream Kitchens!

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!

Dream Kitchens

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!

Framed Fat Tire Bikes at Hometown Bicycles - fat bike rental

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! 
 Rental Rates: 
$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!

Hometown Bicycles

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

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!

Hometown Bicycles

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


Join Team Hometown for our Saturday Fat Bike Friendly Ride!

All skill levels welcome!

You’re Invited to Hometown’s 8th Birthday Party!

Hometown Bicycles 8th Birthday Party Invitation
YOU’RE INVITED TO HOMETOWN’S 8TH-YEAR CELEBRATION!
Shaun and I have always called Hometown our “first child.” We’ve raised it from infancy, helped it toddle into childhood, and watched it continue to blossom and mature over the past 8 years with YOUR love and support. A shop like Hometown is more than just a business. It’s family, and family deserves a birthday party!

As a part of our Hometown family, we’d love for you to join us on April 15th between noon and 6pm for a day of family-friendly birthday games and prizespresents (for you!), and a 3pm birthday bike ride with food and cake to follow!

Click the invitation above for party details and updates on our Facebook page!


Hometown Bicycles 2-Minute Tip intro video with Matt Fitzhorn
WELCOME TO OUR 2-MINUTE TIP VIDEO SERIES

For those of you who know – or have gotten to know – our new Service Manager, it won’t come as any sort of a surprise that Matt’s the “bees knees” when it comes to cyclist education and bike tech-ery. Beginning next week, you’ll enjoy the benefits of his expertise in a weekly bike care and maintenance video series, titled “2-Minute Tips,” that will help keep your bike ride-ready!

Click here or the image above to watch the introductory video!


WIN A GRANT FOR IMPROVING MI CYCLING

League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) Micro Grant logoPut your creative caps on, Hometownies! League of Michigan Bicyclists is now accepting proposals for a cyclist-, State-, and industry-benefiting Micro-Grant Program through May 4th!

“The Micro-Grant Program will provide financial assistance to individuals and organizations who implement creative projects that promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on Michigan roadways.”

Grants range from $200 – $2,000 with a quick and simple application and reporting process. We love what this program means for our sport, and we’d love to hear that YOU won a grant! CLICK HERE for details.


Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

Part-Time Social Media Specialist
Helps market and share the Hometown culture on social media. Must be social media savvy, highly organized, an excellent writer, and skilled in photography. Graphic design skills a plus.

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles Beginner Road Ride shop ride
THIS WEEK’S SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, APR 7  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC
This week, we’ll meet at Brighton Rec trailhead. Anticipate 10-16 miles of adventuring. Group A advanced riders will ride fast and pack in the miles. Group B intermediate riders will ride as skills determine. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Hartland Gravel Grinder – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, APR 8  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
Come enjoy beautiful, HILLY country roads and wonderful ride company. Expect several TOUGH, LONG CLIMBS, at an average 14 – 15 MPH pace for all 28.2 miles. The group may split into 2, with the front pack averaging > 15 mph. (Check out Dan’s Gravel Grinding 101 ride for a less grueling option.) Cross/Gravel, Mountain and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the Hartland Twp. Hall lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) at 2655 Clark Rd. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Beginner Road Ride
MONDAY, APR 9  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, APR 10  |  7:00PM (MEET BY 6:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake (~14 miles) at a conversational, 10mph pace. All bikes welcome, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate with your new biking friends. BYOB!Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Hometown Bicycles in its early years

We cannot become who we want to be by remaining who we are.

~ Max DePree

Learn Cool Stuff About Bicycles

A FREE CLINIC SERIES AT HOMETOWN (IN BRIGHTON!)

While we’re prepping our second store for its big reveal, our Brighton crew has been hard at work planning some major 2014 adventures. One of those begins this January, with the official launch of the Hometown Bicycles Clinic Series!

Learn everything from bike maintenance basics and emergency repairs, to cycling fitness and nutrition and Michigan’s sweetest cycling events.

Check out our clinic schedule below. Each clinic is offered on two separate days at different times, so if you can’t make one, join us for the other! No charge!

Hometown Bicycles Clinic Series 2014

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