TONIGHT’s Trainer Clinic, Meet Your 2019 Team Title Sponsor, & Rev Up Your Crockpots!

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, 2019 Team Hometown Bicycles Title Sponsor
Welcome back to a great friend of Hometown & its Team! 

2019 Team Hometown Bicycles Platinum Sponsor Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical TherapyFor the 5th year running, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy has enthusiastically stepped into the role of top Team Sponsor for Team Hometown Bicycles 2019, and for the 5th year running, we’re thrilled and honored by his support!

Vinnie – an avid cyclist, regular clinician at Hometown, and all-around good guy – has aided MANY a Hometownie with his extensive background in orthopedic and sports-related injuries, manual therapy, vestibular/inner ear and balance disorders, and Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro Certification. He and his team of first-class physical therapy professionals are well-liked, well-known, and well-respected Community-wide.

You’ll learn more about Vinnie and Pro-Motion in upcoming newsletters. ‘Til then… Vinnie, thank you! Your support means so much.


A warm “hello!” to more of your 2019 Team Sponsors

Team Hometown Bicycles 2018Over the coming weeks, we’ll be proudly promoting a wonderful group of businesses that have also stepped up to support your 2019 Team, including:
These folks – in addition to several more, who you’ll be seeing shortly on our 2019 Sponsor roster – are the reason our Team is able to do all the amazing and downright awesome things it does. Sponsors, you are appreciated!
Team Sponsor spots are filling up fast! If you would like to be a part of something that will bring your business year-round value, please contact Dawn at:
office@myhometownbicycles.com

Cycle-Ops Bicycle trainers set up at Hometown Bicycles
“Trainer Talk” Indoor Cycling Clinic TONIGHT!

Join Shaun from 7-8:30PM TONIGHT (11/1) or Saturday (11/3) 9:30-11AM!

If you’re unwilling to sink into couch-potatodom as the cold weather creeps in, this clinic is for you!

Get the bike guru scoop on trainer types, how to install them, and great workouts you can do on these keep-you-pedalin’ machines. You’ll have a chance to demo a variety of trainers, including the new Cycle-Ops H2 Direct Drive Smart Trainer (and YES, that’s as cool as it sounds!)

Interested in a trainer for a holiday gift for someone special (like, maybe yourself – *wink-wink-nudge-nudge*)? We will have a Christmas gift promo for all those who attend!

No fee to participate! If you can’t make tonight, sign up for Saturday 11/3 from 9:30-11AM!

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There are more FREE clinics coming up to cover all of your winter cycling interests:

11/8   Thursday Fat Bike Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Fat Bikes 101
11/10   Saturday Fat Bike Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Fat Bikes 101
11/15   Thursday Winter Gear Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Winter Cycling Gear
11/17   Saturday Winter Gear Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Winter Cycling Gear11/29   Thursday Nutrition Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Winter Cycling Nutrition

Register in advance by clicking on the links above. We can’t wait to see you!


Hometown Bicycles

Women’s Night: Tuesday, December 4th, 6-8 PMThe Theme: Female Entrepreneurship!

Hometown gals! This evening came about because your Hometown CEO, Dawn, is hardcore into nurturing and encouraging female entrepreneurship. If you ride the same wave, bring your friends, daughters, mom, nieces, aunts… and enjoy an evening FREE OF CHARGE with LOCAL women business owners. These knowledgeable, engaging, and all-kinds-of-awesome women will share candid and valuable information on the why’s and werefore’s of starting and running a business, including the realities of work-life-family balance, the struggles of staying competitive in a changing market, the legalities of being your own boss… plus a Q&A to answer questions important to YOU!

Womens Entrepreneurship Forum at Hometown Bicycles with Kelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Trampoline Park, and Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate Apparel
Lisa Nelson (pictured right) of Hush Intimate ApparelColleen Fitzgerald(center) of Sky Zone, and Kelly A. Myers (left) of Myers & Myers, PLLC will be three of our powerhouse guest speakers.

No cost to attend! Come learn with us! Register NOW!


Team News: GOOD LUCK AT ICEMAN THIS WEEKEND!!

Iceman Cometh Challenge logoIt’s the race that has all of Michigan buzzing every October/November – Iceman Cometh and a whole slew of our Team goeth, including a few members of our Crew! Tear it up, Team!! Can’t wait to hear your Iceman stories at the Chili Cook-Off!

Three team members raced in autumn splendor at Fallasburg County Park’s Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race this past weekend: Mike and Nancy Kessler and Jack Riddle, who placed 4th overall in the Fat Bike Class. This ride follows the banks of the Flat River, through rural Ionia County in a classic, old-world style race. Great job, Team!

Margaret Bigham and Sue Charleville, along with friend Sue Hansen… congratulations on the article feature on Bike Tour Vacations website!

“Three adult women, having grown a family and had successful careers, have come back to bicycling in a big way. They have created their own support group; they’re willing to share this knowledge with others; and they’re planning more great events on bikes. Way to go, ladies!” Read the full story here!


The 3rd Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party, Post Iceman Party, Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride and Chili Cook-Off
Great Bowls of Fire!! Better get cookin’!

Time to strut your stuff in crockpot mastery! We’re seeking chili cook-off competitors to help supply meet demand at this HIGHLY attended event!

On Saturday, November 10th, starting at 4pm, enter your best chili recipe to win one very special (and kinda gaudy, but that’s what makes it fabulous) trophy. Take home bragging rights for being the 2018 Hometown Bicycles “Great Bowls of Fire” Chili Cook-Off WINNER! It’s a People’s Choice competition!

If you aren’t a chili-sorta-chef, then feel free to sign up to bring other grub! There’ll be a lotta hungry Hometownies who’ll appreciate the variety!

Throw your hat into the Chili Cook-Off ring by clicking HERE!


Team Hometown Bicycles
Join Team Hometown Bicycles!

2019 Team Night – Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm

Presented by Team Event Sponsor Lowry Solutions

Team Hometown Bicycles has been rocking the cycling world’s proverbial boat with 107 members leading over 170 shop rides, participating in over 70 cycling events across Michigan and beyond, and putting in over 500 hours of volunteer time within our local and cycling communities! We’re a blend of cycling styles, skill levels, recreational and racing riders… but we all love cycling and are devoted to sharing that passion!

Sound like your kind of group? Come out for our Taco Bar Team Night on Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm, to meet the Team, learn responsibilities and benefits of membership, applaud your new Team Sponsors, cheer on outstanding 2018 Team members, witness the unveiling of our brand new Team kit (discounted pre-ordering this night only!), and renew or sign up for our 2019 Team!

FREE EVENT: LET US KNOW YOU’LL BE THERE! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES

Our Shop Rides are open to the public, and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun! (Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
*** KICKING OFF 11/10 (THE WEEKEND AFTER ICEMAN)! ***
SATURDAYS, TIME TBD  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn moreHatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  Click to learn moreZumba | 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

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


Whatever motivates you…

… we don’t judge.

November Clinics, Chili Cook-Off, Team Night, and Empowered Women

W! O! W! What an incredible Ladies Night Out on Tuesday, October 16th!! 

Over 35 women gathered together for an evening of fun and inspiration. From yoga to wine to massage to powerful, personal stories shared by some engaging ladies… it was a night we’ll ALL remember.
Shannon Rau
Thank you to everyone who brought their bodies, minds, and hearts to our event. As Dawn stated that night, we ALL have amazing stories to share, and look forward to hearing YOURS at upcoming Hometown women’s events!

A huge shout out to those who helped make our event a resounding success…Massage Therapist Shannon Rau, Yoga Instructor Stacy Mulka, Christine Addy with Drip ‘n Splatter, Melissa Fournier-Rudberg with Cool Hedge Creations, our fabulous guest speakers, Cindy Housel, Robin Fry and Sarah Boyle… and our very own Shaun Bhajan for his informative, seasonally-appropriate clinic on fat bikes, trainers and winter cycling gear.Leslie Barrett

We strive to make Hometown the female-friendliest bike shop in Southeast Michigan and appreciate all of you for supporting that mission. On that note, Dawn and Leslie have all sorts of ladies events brewing for 2018/19!

Stay tuned for details on our next Women’s Event, to be held Tuesday, December 4th from 6-8 PM. The Theme: Female Entrepreneurship, which will include guest speakers covering the legal, financial and psychological aspects of starting and running a woman-owned business, finding work-life-family balance as a female entrepreneur, plus a Q&A to answer questions important to YOU!


Cycle-Ops Bicycle trainers set up at Hometown Bicycles
Clinic Series Kicks Off November 1st!

No matter the time of year, your Hometown crew is here for you! We have created a super fun and educational November Clinic Series to get your physical wheels and mental gears turning!

Join Shaun on Thursday evenings and/or Saturday mornings for these FREE clinics covering all of your winter cycling interests:

11/1   Thursday Trainer Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Trainer Talk
11/3   Saturday Trainer Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Trainer Talk
11/8   Thursday Fat Bike Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Fat Bikes 101
11/10   Saturday Fat Bike Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Fat Bikes 101

11/15   Thursday Winter Gear Clinic from 7-8:30 AM: Winter Cycling Gear
11/17   Saturday Winter Gear Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Winter Cycling Gear

11/29   Thursday Nutrition Clinic from 7-8:30 AM: Winter Cycling Nutrition

Register in advance by clicking on the links above. We can’t wait to see you!


2018 Hometown Bicycles Team Night and Taco Bar
2019 Team Night – Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm

Presented by Team Event Sponsor Lowry Solutions

2018 Team Hometown Bicycles has been rocking the cycling world’s proverbial boat with 107 members leading over 170 shop rides, participating in over 70 cycling eventsacross Michigan and beyond, and putting in over 500 hours of volunteer time within our local and cycling communities! We’re a blend of cycling styles, skill levels, recreational and racing riders… but we all love cycling and are devoted to sharing that passion!

Sound like your kind of group? Come out for our Taco Bar Team Night on Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm, to meet the Team, learn responsibilities and benefits of membership, applaud your new Team Sponsors, cheer on outstanding 2018 Team members, witness the unveiling of our brand new Team kit (jersey/shorts), and renew or sign up for our 2019 Team!

WANT TO BE A 2019 TEAM SPONSOR OR KNOW A BUSINESS THAT’S PERFECT FOR THE ROLE? Please email Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.


Team News!

The Hometown colors were on display in the Southwest on Saturday, October 13th as Steve SteinbHometown Bicycleserg participated in the Tour of the Gila Gran Fondo in Silver City, New Mexico. This is a 77-mile race through the woods and mountains of the Gila National Forest, with over 6,000 feet of climbing. Nice job, Steve!

Cammie Coffey participated in the Flying Rhinos Cycling Club Fall Colors Back 40 Challenge in Clarkston on Sunday, October 14th. Mother Nature offered up a perfect autumn day. Thanks for representing Hometown, Cammie!

Four team members raced the Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic on Saturday, October 20th: Brad Allen, Erik Frazier, Jay Mings and Mark Mrowka. This epic event takes place in the gently rolling terrain surrounding Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Brad took 2nd in age group and Erik took 4th in age group. Congrats!

DETROIT FREE PRESS MARATHON: Did you know that this world-famous running race is led off by a pace rider on a bicycle? And did you know that this year’s pace rider was Hometown’s very own Joe Ostervik in full Hometown kit?? The Detroit Marathon took place last weekend (Sunday, October 21st). Here’s Joe at the Start and Finish lines… lookin’ mighty fine, Joe!
Team Hometown Bicycles DJ Joe Ostervik leading off the Detroit Free Press Marathon


Did someone say chili?!

Get your recChili Cook-Offipes simmering for our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off!

On Saturday, November 10th, you can enter to win one very special (and kinda gaudy, but that’s what makes it fabulous) trophy. Take home the bragging rights of being the 2018 Hometown Bicycles “Great Bowls of Fire” Chili Cook-Off WINNER!

Stir up your favorite recipe and drop it off at the shop by 4 PM. People’s Choice judging will begin at 5 PM, and the winner will be announced by 7 PM.

Throw your hat into the Chili Cook-Off ring by clicking HERE!



Welcome to the Hometown Bicycles Community Room!
Did you know we have a Community Room available to rent??

Located within our store, we use this beautiful space to run clinics, programs and events, and we invite you to do the same!

Our Community Room is available to community members and organizations for activities such as:

  • Fitness Classes
  • Craft Classes
  • Meetings
  • Training Sessions
  • Receptions
  • Non-Profit Events
  • Let us know how YOU would like to use the Community Room!

The space is 18′ x 32′, carpeted, brightly lit and lined with windows for a wealth of natural light. It also features two large interior windows for easy observation. All windows have shades that can be drawn for privacy.

White boards are set along two walls of the room. A limited number of tables and chairs can be made available upon request.

The Community Room also offers easy access to both a restroom and kitchen area (refrigerator/microwave/sink).

If interested in renting this space for you or a group, please email Leslie Barrett at events@myhometownbicycles.com for rates and availability.

There is NO CHARGE for 501(c)(3) non-profits!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Our Shop Rides are open to the public, and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun! (Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Iceman Training Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
*** FINAL RIDE ON 10/27 TO PREP FOR ICEMAN (11/3) ***
SATURDAYS, 9:00AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
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Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
*** KICKING OFF 11/10 (THE WEEKEND AFTER ICEMAN)! ***
SATURDAYS, TIME TBD  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn moreHatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  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

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


Studies have shown that riding a bike every day makes you more awesome than the general population.**

**No one was injured in the testing of this theory. 

**Okay, maybe some were injured.

Choose-Your-Own-Deal Bike Trainers + Novemberfest Highlights

Hammer Direct Drive Trainer Pre-Order promotion at Hometown Bicycles

‘Tis the Season to Ride Trainers


FA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LAA 
(you know you were singing it…)

Or, maybe we should have said… STOP!! Hammer time!

Whatever your musical bent, this awesome Hammer Direct Drive Trainer pre-order deal will get your legs singing with a winter workout to keep you on your A-game. Choose from 10% savings – OR – a FREE Trainer Kit with purchase (riser block, mat, and sweat guard – $140 value) – OR – a $200 trade in on your old trainer! Order goes out 11/20! Stop in for details, or, you know, to thank us for getting two songs stuck in your head (DUH-nuh-nuh-nuh–NUUHHH-nuh-nuh CAN’T TOUCH THIS!)


Hometown Bicycles Novemberfest highlights

NOW THAT’S HOW TO DO A NOVEMBERFEST!   

Bet you didn’t know that fat bikes and chili make a perfect partnership! Or maybe you do, if you came to last Saturday’s 2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles Novemberfest! It was bigger, fatter, and even more scrumptious than last year’s event.

We unveiled Hometown’s limited edition Beartrax full suspension fat bike to a highly appreciative crowd. Fat bike demos kept our fatties rollin’ all day. Over 35 riders joined us for our Novemberfest Fat Bike Friendly Ride through Island Lake. And the Chili Cook-off deliciously capped off the evening with warm, sweet, savory, and spicy entries from 15 Hometown crockpot masters. Our thanks to everyone who rallied to Shaun’s chili challenge, and congrats to John Nelson, whose sweet ‘n mild entry was emptied almost as soon as it hit the table!

Olga, goddess of desserts, your sweet addition to our event had us Hometownies swarming around the dessert counter! Thanks for the delicious wrap-up to a wonderful evening!

2018 Novemberfest plans are already in the works, and Shaun’s plotting out new recipe strategies to out-chili next year’s competition. You have a year to thwart his attempts, Hometownies, so perfect those chili recipes now!!


Team Hometown Bicycles 2017

MARK IT IN YOUR CALENDARS!  TEAM NIGHT DEC. 3RD  

December 3rd marks our 2018 Team Night event, where you’ll learn all about Team benefits and expectations, get your questions answered, sign (or re-sign) up for the Team if you’re ready to commit, get Team kit pre-order discounts, and crunch on tacos and sip beer from our mucho gusto Hometown taco bar, all in Your Happy Place! Our 2017 Team is currently 57 strong – LET’S MAKE IT GROW!! Bring friends, family, and anyone you think would make an awesome addition to our 2018 Team!!
SIGN UP NOW TO ATTEND 2018 TEAM NIGHT!
No cost to attend. Desserts welcome but not required!


Santa sighting at Hometown Bicycles
If the big guy himself shops holidays at Hometown… we’re just sayin’…


Hometown Bicycles financing rates with candy
Synchrony Financial financing options at Hometown Bicycles


Hometown Bicycles Novemberfest Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride at Island Lake

I came, I saw, I conquered.

– Julius Caesar

Iceman, a Super-Awesome Day & Trainer-Time

Good Luck, Iceman Riders!

Iceman Cometh Challenge logo
 MUD, GUTS, AND GLORY…

May the force be with all of you adventurous Hometownies who are racing for glory at tomorrow’s Iceman Cometh Challenge. So many of you dropped by for our Pre-Iceman Tune-Up Special, and we’re confident that your trusty steeds are up for the challenge. Now it’s up to YOU to give your bicycle wings!

While we’re bummed not to be attending this year’s Iceman, we’ll definitely be rocking some Brighton-based cheerleading for all of you racers. Missing us? Just look for fellow hard-to-miss Hometown jersey riders, and know that you’ve got an instant friend.

And remember, if Iceman “effs” your bike, all is not lost! CLICK HERE to print the Hometown Bicycles’ “Iceman Effed My Bike Tune-Up” coupon, good through the entire month of November.

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TOM H.’S SUPER-AWESOME DAY

Tom H with the Jamis bike - donated by Hometown Bicycles - that he won at Tour de Livingston

(Congrats, Tom!)

Tom rocked 100 miles at this year’s Tour de Livingston AND won the raffle for the Jamis bike that we donated to the event. Now THAT’S a super-awesome day! Here’s what Tom has to say about it:

“I have done the Tour de Livingston two years.  I waited until I had a suitable bike (my cross bike) before I rode it.  If I was to ride it, I wanted to do the whole 100 miles.

I connected with Hometown Bikes when Shaun moved from his previous bike shop job in Brighton. He was always great with the customers at that shop. My brother informed me that he took a bike to get repaired at Shaun’s little shop (the repair only edition). So I started to use Shaun for tune ups and repairs.

I was actually shocked when I heard Shaun call my name for the bike. For a moment I thought he was kidding, or I had not heard it correctly. It really took me the whole morning to process it. I had been trying to figure out ways to convert my cross bike to be more road friendly. With my kids, I really don’t have the money right now to buy a good road bike. I just figured I would eventually get one in a few years or so. So this just really makes it more sweet.

My plans for the new bike are to take it on a few more road events (I really enjoy them). I still mountain bike primarily (though my mileage for the year doesn’t say so). Eventually I will make it back out to Ragbrai some year, and I will definitely ride the road bike and not suffer across Iowa with my cross bike.

Thanks again Shaun and Dawn!

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CycleOps Trainers at Hometown Bicycles bicycle adventure center
STOP!! TRAINER-TIME…

OK, so the reality of Michigan cycling is that outdoor winter cycling is not for everyone. But INDOOR winter cycling… now that’s a different matter entirely. We’ve got trainers stocked and ready for pedal-powered action. Stop in and check ’em out!

 

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