Best Time to Tune Your Bike + Women’s Winter Classes

Hometown Bicycles' Service Tech Ozzy Aguilar working on a bike tune up
Q: SO, WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET A TUNE-UP?
A: A lot earlier than you would think…

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Hometownies, I know January has a way of seeping under your skin – the leafless trees, the chill winds, the desaturated skies. It all takes a toll on your zen.

A growing population of you are laughing in the face of this winter reality, thundering through the snowy trails on the Clydesdales of the bike world. But if winter cycling just isn’t your M.O., here’s a ray of sunshine to lift you out of survival mode…

We’re just 48 days away from the launch of Spring Cycling Season – March 1st!

Spring tulipWith that in mind, customers ask us with surprising frequency about the optimal time to bring their bikes in for a tune-up. The answer is… NOW!

50 days will already disappear like smoke, but remember last year, when Spring made a cameo appearance in February? Guess who beat the rush of suddenly urgent tune-up requests, and got to hit the roads and trails before everyone else? You guessed it… the early bird cyclists, whose new year prep primed them for first dibs!

In Michigan, you should tune-up with the Boy Scouts motto in mind: “Be Prepared.”

Again, 48 days left ’til Spring Cycling Season… 
48 days!

That’s nothin’ – a handful of “Hump Day”s, a pittance of paydays, a smidgen of snowfalls… peanuts. Don’t get caught short – you deserve to enjoy every glorious moment.


5 Foot Passing Legislation is in Jeopardy - take action!
4 DAYS LEFT TO HELP MAKE MI SAFER FOR CYCLISTS!
Hometownies, here’s a cause worth signing for! From League of MI Bicyclists (LMB):

Legislation to enact a statewide 5-foot passing law is in danger in the House and we need your help! A specified distance (5-feet) could be stripped out of the legislation if we don’t speak up now.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will likely act on HB 4265 on January 16, 2018. We need your help to urge committee members to keep a specific distance in the bill to enact the strongest safe passing law possible. Click below or visit www.LMB.org/engage for details and to sign.

Take Action button

DID YOU KNOW… COMMUNITY ROOM RENTAL
Hometown Bicycles Community Room available for rentalMany of you have enjoyed Hometown Bicycles clinics, parties, classes, meetings, and programs in our spacious and group-friendly Community Room. But DID YOU KNOW that you can rent this space year round for your own personal and business events and activities?

We’ve hosted everyone from clubs, businesses, rotaries, school organizations, and other non-profits, to homeowner’s associations, birthday partiers, fitness groups, and Scouts.

Contact Evan at events@myhometownbicycles.comfor further information and inquiries!


ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
2018 HOMETOWN WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSES 
Gals, there’s absolutely no reason why the cold should keep us from connecting and self-actualizing! Hometown’s women-only class series is going strong to make you stronger (click the registration links for details and to sign up):

1/16 WOMEN’S ZUMBA with Leslie Barrett
REGISTER for ZUMBA | 5:30 PM at Hometown Bicycles | FREE

1/23 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SKIING with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Skiing | 5:30 PM at Huron Meadows Metropark | $15 ski rental, $5 trail use

1/30 WOMEN’S SPIN CLASS with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Spin | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

2/6   WOMEN’S HOT YOGA with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Hot Yoga | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

2/13 WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE with Live Safe Academy
REGISTER for Self Defense | 7PM – 9PM at Hometown Bicycles | $40 at registration
A Note from Dawn: I’ve seen this instructor in action, and he is awesome. This class NEEDS to be shared with the women in your life who are important to you… that’s why I’m sharing it with you. Ages 12 and up – mothers, daughters, wives, friends, and coworkers – ALL women welcome!

2/20 LADIES NIGHT OUT at Hometown Bicycles
Stay tuned… details coming soon!

2/27 WOMEN’S PILOXING BARRE with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for PILOXING | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)


Shaun teaches a bike clinic at Hometown Bicycles
WINTER BIKE CLINIC IN FULL SWING
We’ve run our Winter Clinic Series since opening in 2010… not to toot our own horn, but *toot* we’re really good at it! All clinics are FREE and, this year, we’re also offering some new perks and privileges – click the links below for details and to register:

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Winter Clinic ScheduleFlat Tire Fix Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 9th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 11th, 7-8pm

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 16th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 18th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 23rd, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 25th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 30th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 1st, 7-8pm

Bike Fitting with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
Thu, Feb 8th, 7-8pm

Cycling Nutrition Clinic
Tues, Feb 13th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 15th, 7-8pm

Cycling Gear & Wear Clinic
Tues, Feb 20th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 22nd, 7-8pm

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party
Thu, March 1st, 7-9pm

<< Click the image at left for a printable Clinic Series flier!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Beginner Level
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13  |  10AM (MEET AT 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the roads and trails of Island Lake Recreation Area. This is a BEGINNER (No Drop) Ride! We’ll cover about 10-14 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather.Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate Level
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14  |  2PM (MEET AT 1:45PM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC TRAILHEAD
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the more challenging trails of Brighton Recreation Area. This is an INTERMEDIATE (No Drop) Ride – NOT an easy ride for beginners! We’ll cover about 12-16 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**


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 Ride Coordinator Laura Faunce winter mountain biking at Island Lake

I’m doing this for ME.

~ Cyclists everywhere

Daddy-Daughter, Ladies Spin Challenge & Party Invitation

How Sweet It is to be Loved…

Hometown Bicycles, with Shaun Bhajan, sponsoring the Howell Parks and Rec Sweetheart Dances
(Shaun & Aria enjoyed daddy-daughter dancing, and congrats to our dance-time drawing winners!)

KIDS, CANDY, CUTENESS – AND BIKES! – AT THE SWEETHEART DANCES
Hometown hit the dance floor last week for not one, but THREE, Sweetheart Dances that we enthusiastically sponsored through Howell Parks & Rec. Family values reigned supreme (and our son picked up some new dance moves) at these A-is-for-adorable, mother-son / daddy-daughter dances.

Some of you readers signed up for our e-newsletters at the event – welcome, and ride on!

We also want to tip our helmets to truly some of the kindest souls on the planet – our cosponsors, Brennan Investment Services and McCaskill Family Services. Can’t wait to participate in more events with these big-hearted businesses!

WE  YOU, HOMETOWNIES! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! 

Happy Valentine's Day from Hometown Bicycles!


Pizza and Jamis Bicycles - A Clinic-Party at Hometown Bicycles

THIS THURSDAY (2/16):

  EAT, DRINK & BE CURIOUS!

YOU’RE INVITED TO A JAMIS CLINIC-PARTY COMBO THIS THURSDAY! 
This Thursday, February 16, from 6-8pm, we’re hosting a pizza-and-beer clinic celebration that combines the best of Jamis, bike smarts, and cyclist sustenance.

Come out and meet Tom, our uber-awesome Jamis rep, who’ll be sharing insider industry scoops, cool Jamis facts, and answering any questions you might have about the company and the bikes.

You’ll also hear from Shaun about why, when we had an opportunity to carry any bike brand, we determined that Jamis would rock our customers’ worlds and help support the industry we love. The answers may surprise you.

Everyone is welcome – the Jamis owners, the Jamis newbies, and the simply Jamis curious. Bring your family; bring your friends; bring your neighbors; bring your coworkers. What better way to spend a winter evening than surrounded by bikes, connecting with fellow cyclists, and relaxing with a full belly?

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHY JAMIS?” CLINIC-PARTY
We appreciate your early registration, so that we can make sure there’s enough food for all!

Hometown Bicycles loves Jamis Bikes


SPEAKING OF JAMIS… HERE’S HOW TO WIN ONE!

Jamis Bikepacking Contest videoJust wanted to send you a reminder to check out this bikepacking contest that Jamis is running through the month of February, with a grand prize of something like $5,000 in bikes and adventure gear! How sweet would it be if a Hometownie won?! What are you waiting for… ENTER NOW!!


 

Ladies Spin Challenge with Dawn at Hamburg Fitness Center

OH, HOW THE TABLES DO TURN…

Well, it was all fun and games when I gleefully signed Shaun up for his Spin-Off at the Hamburg Fitness Center. And, of course, look what came of it – he became a spin convert!

But our Hamburg Fitness Center peeps have turned the tables on me with a spin-off of Shaun’s Spin-Off… now it’s MY turn to jersey up and spin with our lady customers.

Ladies, please don’t make me do this alone!! I’m several years out of shape, and looking for some serious moral support. The Ladies Spin Challenge is (of course) women only, and runs FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH AT 9:30AM – $5 HOMETOWNIE SPECIAL. Child care is available, fellow mamas! (Call 810-231-4169 to pre-register your kiddies.)

REGISTER NOW TO SPIN WITH ME – CLICK HERE!


A SECOND SPIN-OFF WITH SHAUN…

Ready to clip in for another round of spinning with Shaun at Hamburg Fitness Center? SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH AT 10:15AM – $5 HOMETOWNIE SPECIAL

REGISTER FOR THE HOMETOWN SPIN-OFF WITH SHAUN


Hometown Bicycles service lead Andrew Jackson
(Image at left courtesy Andrew Jackson)

MEET YOUR CREW: ANDREW JACKSON

Andrew is a Hometown phenomenon – mature beyond his years and with a natural ability to lead. You’ll spot him running lead in our service shop, and participating in tons of shop rides. Customers love him, our kids love him, we love him. Andrew’s a treasure:

Coming from a family of eight children myself, Hometown is just another extension of my big family. Whether it is cranking out the tune-ups, watching the kids for Dawn, or helping Shaun finish up the projects around the shop, I am there. I enjoy mountain biking or road riding with some of my fellow Hometown crew members, racing in the MiSCA series, or working on a project or two of my own (usually bike related). Quote I live by: “The only bars I want to be behind in my life are a set of handlebars.”


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – TBA

Our weekly adventure through the Island Lakes Badlands is up in the air this Saturday, as we wait to see whether the ground is firm enough to handle a thundering herd of fat bikes. Can’t believe we’re saying this, but… come on, cold weather!! Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic winter fitness programs running right here inside your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING FOR KIDS | Mondays at 11AM
Parents welcome! $5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA | New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Spring tulips

SPRING: 35 Days & Counting

5 weeks ’til Spring… can you believe it?! Don’t panic… we’ll get you AND your bike there in top form!

Take advantage of our fat bikes and rentals, winter shop ridesfitness classes, and famous bicycle tune-ups and repairs!

Hometown does Chicago, bike Valentines, and Spin-Off with Shaun

♪♫ Chicago, Chicago,
That toddlin’ town… ♪

Hometown Bicycles is heading to CABDA's Chicago Bike Expo

WE’RE HEADED TO THE LARGEST BICYCLE TRADE SHOW IN THE MIDWEST!
We may not have any blues to lose in the Windy City, but we definitely have some cruisin’ and schmoozin’ planned in our quest to find you amazing deals. Plus, we can’t wait to connect with Jamis, and check out what’s new and cool in the bike industry.

Incidentally, we’re making this a family affair – Liam and Aria (our toddlin’ tykes) will be with us, so let’s see if we can “cute” some good deals for you at the expo!


Framed Fat Bike deal at Hometown Bicycles

AN UNBEATABLE FAT BIKE DEAL IS IN THE MAKING…

Speaking of AMAZING DEALS…

It’s good to be a shop that’s liked in the bike biz, because we get insider info that no one else knows about. For example, we recently learned that the “big guys” are OUT of fat bikes! In the middle of fat bike season! In Michigan!

Knowing this, we are RIGHT NOW in the middle of putting our awesome reputation to work for you – ‘cuz that’s how we roll – to negotiate THE BEST FAT BIKE DEAL EVER for anyone interested in fatties. More details in our next email but, ’til then, here’s a little insider information for your very own – carbon wheels, carbon frame, and carbon fork for HALF of what you’d spend with the other guys. Yeah, you read that right!

So… you have a few days to do some research. Call around to find a fat bike – we double-dog dare you! When you’re ready to throw in the towel, swing by and talk to Shaun. We’ll show you what “the Hometown advantage” is all about!


Vinnie Baylerian from Pro-Motion Physical Therapy ran a packed bike fit clinic in Hometown Bicycles' Community Room
(Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy packed the house at last week’s Bike Fitting clinic. Congrats to clinic-goer, Rick Sweet, who won the drawing for 50% off a bike fit, courtesy of Pro-Motion!) 

THIS WEEK:  Emergency On-the-Ride Repairs (Part 1)

Don’t get caught making a long trek home on foot! Shaun will teach you down-and-dirty, on-the-go, bike repairs that can get you back to civilization – and your nearest bike shop! – safely and swiftly. Hands-on learning!

EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
Tues. 1/31 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  FRIDAY 2/3 from 6-7pm
Part 1 of 2, this clinic is hands-on! We’ll cover quick, on-the-go bike fixes to help you avoid a long walk home.

EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Tues. 2/7 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Wed. 2/8 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  FRIDAY 2/10 from 6-7pm
Part 2 of 2, this clinic covers the perennial favorite – flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice!

WHY JAMIS? – REGISTER NOW!
Thursday, February 16 from 6-7pm
A favorite addition to our clinic series, “Why Jamis?” answers who Jamis is, what they offer YOU, and why we’ve loved ’em from Day One!  Jamis rep and our “brother-from-a-different-mother”, Tom Trentanove, will guest speak and answer your individual questions.

WHERE TO RIDE IN MICHIGAN & POTLUCK PARTY! – REGISTER NOW!
Thursday, February 23 from 6-7pm
Bring your favorite dish to this munch-and-learn, wrap-up clinic party! Enjoy your fellow clinic-goers’ culinary skills, while we share some of the best parks and routes in Michigan for your cycling Adventures, plus groups you can ride with.


"Bike Love" Valentine's Kid Craft Class with LPbyLP at Hometown Bicycles

KIDS, CREATE “BIKE LOVE” VALENTINES AT HOMETOWN!

SATURDAY, FEB. 11, NOON-2PM IN THE HOMETOWN COMMUNITY ROOM

Your kids will create their very own, unique, bike-y Valentine in this family-friendly, holiday craft class, run by Hometown artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP.

For ages 6 and up, but don’t be shy about participating if you’re an adult. We bet you know a cyclist or two who would love to get one of these from you!

Only $7 materials fee per person per ornament (why stop at one!)

REGISTER NOW FOR “BIKE LOVE” VALENTINE’S KID CRAFT CLASS


Hometown Bicycles crew member, Matthew Persha
(Image at left courtesy Matt Persha)

MEET YOUR CREW: MATTHEW PERSHA

Hometown’s youngest crew member is the personable and enthusiastic Matt Persha. We expect to see great things from Matt. Here’s a brief bike bio from the man himself:

My cousin got me interested in mountain biking, and I currently bike for the Detroit Catholic Central Mountain Bike Team. Before mountain biking, I used to play travel ice hockey as a goalie.


Spin indoor cycling classes at Hamburg Fitness Center and Camp
THIS SUNDAY! “SPIN-OFF” WITH SHAUN AT HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 10:15AM, AT HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER CYCLE STUDIO
Hometownies, represent!! Shaun’s taken up a challenge from Team Sponsor Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp to put down the tools and “ride it like ya stole it” at a very special edition of this gym’s much-loved Spin Class. Now, he’s looking for company…

Let’s pack the room with Hometownies! Whether you’re a spin god/goddess or are secretly wondering what a spin bike looks like, this class offers the flexibility to customize your challenge level. It’s a high energy, Hometown-friendly chance to pedal among friends, and YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE.

Have a Hometown jersey? Wear it with pride! And be sure to hang out afterward for Shaun’s post-spin, “ask-the-expert”, fat bike and winter cycling demo in the lobby.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICING FOR HOMETOWNIES: $5 drop in for non-members. BIKES ARE LIMITED SO BE SURE TO SIGN UP EARLY!!

LET SHAUN KNOW YOU’LL BE RIDING WITH HIM – CLICK HERE!

Also coming up…

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 AT 5:30PM & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 AT 10:30AM 
Keep an eye out in upcoming newsletters for even more opportunities to pick Shaun’s bike brain over at Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp!


Hometown Bicycles 2017 jerseys / kits
FINAL WEEK FOR *OMG!* HOMETOWN KIT DISCOUNTS

Heads up, Hometownies… if you’re interested in joining our Team, and want to get in on the first kit order with it’s CRAZY discount level, your order must be submitted by this Saturday, February 4th.

Ride Coordinator Jean has already sent out “Welcome Team” emails. If you’re a Team member who didn’t receive yours, email her at ride@myhometownbicycles.com to confirm she has your correct email address.


Hometown Bicycles Team Night Fat Bike Shop Ride in Island Lake Badlands
(Photo creds CORRECTION: This stellar pic was the handiwork of Bill Hermann, not Tom. Sorry, guys!)

¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! Fatbike / Snow Bike Festival

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH FROM NOON-5PM

With Superbowl running this weekend, our regularly scheduled Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride is being postponed. But if you’re still itching to saddle up, may we suggest the ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! Fatbike / Snow Bike Festival for some seriously spectacular fat tire time…

Please join CRAMBA for the annual ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! Fatbike / Snow Bike Festival onSaturday, February 4th, 2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm for a celebration of winter riding at Shelby Township’s River Bends Park.

Come on out and join us for group rides, fatbike demos, hot bonfires, chili, and tasty beverages with a hundred of your fellow fatbikers. Please feel free to bring food, snacks, and/or drinks to share.

More information here: http://www.cramba.org/events/ay-cramba-its-cold-out-fat-bikesnow-bike-festival/

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


Spring pathway
SPRING: 49 Days & Counting

We’re just 7 short weeks away from the official arrival of Spring. Don’t panic… we can get you there in top form!

Be sure to check out our fat bikes and rentals, winter shop rides, and fitness classes to keep you in peak cycling condition. Plus, we’ll have your bike running like a dream with our famously phenomenal bicycle tune-ups and repairs!

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