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

Fat Bike central, Bulldog cycling, and more

Jamis fat bikes

GETTING “FAT” IS FUN!  
Okay, okay… cheekiness aside, fat bikes are a fantastic way to keep yourself trim and active during Michigan’s “brrr-r-r-r-r” season. These mammoth-wheeled rides turn mountains into molehills with their ground- and obstacle-devouring anatomy. Best of all, they’re designed for guys and gals of all ages, builds, and skill levels. True family fun, and that’s no joke!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET… FAT BIKE PREORDERS BEGIN NOW!
We’ve been teasing you all October with the promise of supreme fatness and, as of today, your wish is our special order! Trust us, you don’t want to miss this early order window… you don’t want to be the one staring longingly out the window at all your fat-bound friends!

Jamis fatties will be thundering into our shop in just a few short days. And this year, we’re introducing a new, novice-friendly, economical fat bike brand to our floor – Framed Bikes. (Read more about them below.) We’ll announce the big arrivals on Facebook!

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WE’VE BEEN FRAMED!  
Framed Bikes website

YUP, HOMETOWN IS NOW ALSO YOUR FRIENDLY, NEIGHBORHOOD FRAMED FAT BIKE DEALER
With fat bike craze sweeping the northern climes, we’re introducing one more line of fatties to round out your selection at Hometown. (I know… how can it possibly get any better, right??)

From Framed’s lips to your eyes, here’s a little insight into the brand…

“…technically sound, affordable bikes targeted to riders who demand a bike with tomorrow’s technology at a great value… Whether your purpose to pedal is to combat traffic congestion, stay healthy, be the cool kid or to lessen your environmental impact, Framed has models for all ages and riding abilities and are priced on principle, not profit. For this simple reason is why our family-owned business remains true to its vision where great bikes do not have to be expensive or complicated. We want everyone to enjoy the countless benefits of cycling.”

We know you’re curious… click here to check out their website. Framed fat bikes will be arriving at our shop shortly!
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NEW NIGHTTIME SHOP RIDE  
Hometown Bicycles Night Ride

So, now you’ve got your fat bike (or your mountain or cross bike), and are wondering… with the days shortening, when can I put my steed through its paces? We’ve got a shop ride for that – Friday Night Lights!

Welcome to Hometown’s new nighttime adventure ride on the trails of Island Lake. Led by Team rider, Mike Dyer, this all-level, no-drop, Friday ride takes you through the Blue and Yellow trails by bike light. Ride frequency and time may vary, so check our Facebook for the latest updates.

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NOVEMBER 12 – IT’S ONE, BIG, SHOP EVENT!  
Chili in a crockpotSAVE THE DATE FOR THE 1ST ANNUAL HOMETOWN BICYCLES ANNIVERSARY, FAT BIKE FRIENDLY RIDE, POST-ICEMAN PARTY & CHILI COOK-OFF
Our Saturday (11/12) event is going to be every bit as action-packed and entertaining as its name implies! Details will come next week but, for now, here are just a handful of the highlights lined up for this fun-to-the-infinite-power event:
  • Indoor art fair
  • Fat bike demo
  • Fat bike friendly group ride
  • People’s choice chili cook-off competition (enter HERE)
  • Kid-friendly craft activities
  • Cardio drumming with Martha Soraruf
We’ll be celebrating the anniversary of our move into this Bicycle Adventure Center, the launch of fat bike season, Iceman survival, and our customers’ culinary skills, all in one fantastically full day. This is a Hometown Bicycles FIRST, so be sure to mark your calendars!

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WE’RE PROUD TO SUPPORT YOU, BRIGHTON CYCLING!  
Brighton High School Cycling Team thanks Hometown Bicycles for its support

This year’s Brighton High School mountain bike team was, once again, a credit to our community and the sport of cycling. Every year, Hometown Bicycles is exceptionally proud to support the sportsmanship and skill of these incredible, young cyclists. They ARE the future of cycling, after all.

Coach T.J. Tyrell dropped by the other day with a “note” of  thanks. Thank YOU, T.J. and the Bulldogs!

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ARE YOU A SPIN OR YOGA INSTRUCTOR?  

Spin and yoga Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles

We’ve got big things planned for this winter’s indoor fitness activities… BIG plans.

If you’re spin and/or yoga instruction certified, you could be a part of the action. Send your qualifications to Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Thanks to all who have already responded. It looks like there’ll be fun, fit times ahead!
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WINTER HOURS REMINDER  
Just a quick reminder, Hometownies, that we’re now on our WINTER HOURS:
MON – FRI  …..  9AM – 9PM

SAT & SUN  …..  9AM – 5PM

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Tune in to our Facebook or web calendar to confirm all rides. Here’s what’s coming up:FRIDAY, 7:30PM – Night Lights Mountain Bike Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – POST-Iceman Recovery Gravel Grinder

WEDNESDAY (11/9), 8:45AM – FINAL 2016 Rails-to-Trails Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

SPECIAL NOTE:  ‘Tis the season for impromptu shop rides, in addition to our weekly regulars. Stay tuned to Hometown’s Facebook page to catch ’em as they come!

Our Favorite Fall Ride + Splatter Bike Art

Tour de Livingston website

♩♫  TAKE ME OUT TO THE TOUR, TAKE ME OUT TO THE RIDE… ♫ ♪
You may not be buying peanuts and cracker jacks at Tour de Livingston, but you WON’T care if you ever get back! This legendary local ride is the epitome of fun fun FUN, and we Hometownies look forward to its arrival all year round.

We’re just a week away from Tour de Livingston, so here’s our question for you:

Can’t wait to hang out with you at this year’s event!!

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THIS WEEK’S “TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” 

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoTRY POWER PILATES THIS MONDAY (10/3 at 6PM)!  It’s part of the 6-week sampler series, “A Taste of Hamburg Fitness”, being held in our Community Room. Here’s the scoop…

“Want to get fit but aren’t sure which type of class you would like to join? Try a sampling of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp classes in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room. Each week is a different one-hour class starting at 6PM Mondays. Sign up for one or sign up for all. Classes offered are Zumba, Power Pilates, Tabata, Vinyasa Yoga, Functional Training and PiYo. $10 per class OR just $5 each if you bring a friend! For class descriptions, visit Hamburg Fitness’ website.”

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YEAH, HE’S DEFINITELY ONE OF OURS! 
Andrew Jackson helps out the Brighton High School Mountain Bike Team at a MISCA event

Point of pride: Check out this photo (above) of the true Hometown spirit in action. The jerseyed rider pictured here is our very own Service Guru, Andrew Jackson, helping out fellow high school mountain bikers (the Brighton Bulldogs) at the recent MISCA youth cycling race… even though they weren’t on his team!

We’re proud of you, Andrew! Way to embody the core values of Hometown Bicycles!!

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LAUREN’S NEW LINE OF SPLATTER STITCHERY  

LPbyLP Lauren Patrell bicycle sewing craftsmanship at Hometown Bicycles

Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP beside her bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton, MIOur best-selling bike artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, has the uncanny ability to blow our socks off every time she stops in. Every. Time. We’ve taken to keeping a roll of tape handy when we know she’s dropping by… saves us the trouble of having to track down wayward footwear!

Her latest bit of sock-blowing magic comes from a line of splatter art blended with mad sewing skillz to create total craft nirvana. It’s everything from coin purses and wallets to the sweetest keychains on this green earth, and it’s all available here.

Be prepared to fall madly in love…

Bicycle splatter art craft by Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP at Hometown Bicycles

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TEAM NEWS: GREEN GALS GRAVEL GRINDER & PROGRESSIVE 

 

Hometown Bicycles Green Gals gravel grinder

Our all-women ride group, the Hometown Bicycles Green Gals, recently wrapped up another season of stellar mountain bike shop rides with their first ever Gravel Grinder & Progressive Ride, which entailed everything from pedaling scenic back roadways, to touring the converted church home of a fellow Green Gal, to wrapping up the evening with bonfires and sweet treats.

Want to learn more about our Green Gals? Email Hometown Events Coordinator Jennifer for details – events@myhometownbicycles.com. Team membership not required to ride with us!

Hometown Bicycles Green Gals progressive ride

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HOMETOWN’S DAY AT KEM KREST WELLNESS FAIR 

Hometown Bicycles at the Kem Krest Wellness Fair
(Photo courtesy of Kem Krest… thank you!)

Kem Krest logoFollowing up on the fun we had at last year’s event, Brighton’s Kem Krest – provider of supply chain solutions – once again extended us the honor of an invitation to participate in their annual Wellness Fair. Held on company grounds, we were one of several stations where Kem Krest staff could learn about health and fitness options AND collect points toward winning prizes for doing so. Such a cool program for a company to offer their team!

Want Hometown Bicycles to be a part of YOUR next company, school, or organization event? We LOVE being involved! Email our Events Coordinator Jennifer atevents@myhometownbicycles.com.

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Tune in to our Facebook or web calendar to confirm all rides. Here’s what’s coming up this week:

SATURDAY, 9:00AM – Tour de Livingston Training Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 4:30PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

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

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

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