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.

Novemberfest at Hometown on November 11th

Hometown Bicycles Novemberfest flier

Be sure to drop in to check out the unveiling of the first-in-existence, never-before-seen, limited edition, Hometown full suspension fat bike! Here’s a teaser of the awesomeness you’ll behold on November 11th…

Mystery fat bike at Hometown Bicycles

Your Novemberfest Invite

Hometown Bicycles 2nd Annual Novemberfest logo

YOU’RE INVITED! NOVEMBER 11TH, NOON-6PM… to The 2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party, Post-Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride, Fat Bike Demo, Fall Sale, and Chili Cook-off (whew!!), which we’ve affectionately nicknamed “Novemberfest!

Building off of the fun from last year’s shindig, this November 11th (noon-6pm) event celebrates YOUR role in Hometown’s move to this big, beautiful, bicycle adventure center just over 2 years ago, along with 2017 Iceman adventures, fat bike season, and your culinary skills! Highlights will include:

Click the links above for details and to sign yourself up for the Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride or to enter the Chili Cook-off (no charge for either). And while you have your phone in hand, please add Novemberfest to your calendar! We’re so excited to celebrate with you!

Hometown Bicycles' Bhajan family at the 2017 Tour de Livingston
(Photos courtesy Richard Lim Photography. Thanks for the awesome family photo, Richard!)

A TOUR TO REMEMBER  

Ten years, Hometownies – October 8th marked ten, glorious years that the Howell Rotary’s Tour de Livingston has been raising funds and awareness for our Community through the Livingston County United Way.

The weather was exquisite, the course was beautiful, the riders were stoked, and the volunteers were wonderful. There’s a wonderful collection of event photos available on Tour de Livingston’s Facebook page – take a look! THANK YOU, Howell Rotarians and LCUW – both for allowing Hometown to be an ongoing part of such a worthwhile event, and for building a community of riders who love and support the Community they ride in.

2017 Tour de Livingston photo


2017 Hometown Bicycles Women's Tuesday Fitness Adventures logo

LOVIN’ OUR LADIES NIGHT CLASSES

  
Following on the heels of an OUTRAGEOUSLY successful Ladies Night Out at Hometown Bicycles (SO much fun, ladies!!), we’ve transformed our weekly, Tuesday Women’s Ride into a weekly, Tuesday Women’s fitness activity “sampler.” Our gals have already beaten the stress out with cardio drumming, enjoyed a spectacular fall color trail hike, found Zen with beginner’s yoga and, just last week, learned the finer points of female-specific bike fitting. Up next on the docket is a strengthening combo of beginner friendly (seriously… any age, any skill level!) acrobatics and strength/circuit/flexibility training with Yoga Nature’s AcroFit class at 6:30pm, Tuesday 10/24, NO CHARGE!
Have you been a part of the fun yet, women Hometownies?? This is the PERFECT opportunity to try a wide variety of off-bike fitness activities on for size! Find a class HERE, and register ahead!

HOMETOWN PARTNERS WITH AAA 

Well, here’s a fun bit of trivia for you – AAA, the famous Auto Club that saves stranded motorists and provides top notch travel info, is now offering CYCLISTS’ Roadside Assistance, and guess who they picked as your local go-to bike resource… that would be us!!

Hometown Bicycles is now your Authorized AAA Repair Shop, which means AAA members who run into a problem on their ride and require emergency bike repair can now have those bikes repaired here at a discount. It’s just one more way for us to help get you to Your Happy Place.


Hamburg Fitness Center Wolf Lake 5K

THIS SATURDAY: WOLF LAKE 5K

Have you been to Hamburg Fitness Center’s Annual Wolf Lake 5K? It’s coming up this weekend! Run, walk, or mosey, you’re in for the best of fall colors, family fun, and Halloween spirit in this charming, seasonal, trail race. Think crosstraining, Hometownies!

Hometown’s been a proud sponsor for years now, and five lucky participants will win gift certificates to our shop! Register now at http://hamburgfitness.net/wolf-lake-5k/ or at the event. Race starts at 4pm this Saturday, October 21st!


AMY’S BLOG: 10/18/17

Hometown Bicycles' Amy Gluck at the 2017 Detroit Free Press Half MarathonEvery week, Hometown’s Amy Gluck – former All-American IRONMAN triathlete, survivor of a horrific accident, and now ferociously determined to return to IRONMAN – shares a piece of her ongoing story. Today, you’ll enjoy the story of Amy’s triumph over 30+ mph winds at the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon:

… Boy, was I was happy to hit the halfway point on Belle Isle!  The wind is always awful on Belle Isle, but this year, it was stifling!  It tried to push me back a few times, and was torturous to run against – 30+ mph winds, with white caps on the Detroit River.  I kept thinking how glad I was that this was not a triathlon!  I was relieved to hit the 6.5 mile mark, counting down the miles to the finish… READ ON 

Amy’s full blogs are posted HERE on our website.


CRANDALL FIDGET SPINNERS AT HOMETOWN

Jason Crandall with his bike chain fidget spinner, now available at Hometown BicyclesIf we hear a chuckle on the sales floor, it’s a toss up whether it’s Liam entertaining our customers, or our customers locating Jason Crandall’s clever, bike chain take on the fidget spinner fad! With holidays in the wings, you’ll want to check these babies out as first rate stocking stuffers and present toppers. Here’s a note from the creator:

Hi, my name is Jason Crandall, and I make the fidget spinners at Hometown Bicycles. I live in Howell with my wife and 2 boys. I first started making the spinners for my oldest boy who has sensory issues. Fidget spinners help kids with ADHS, ADD, and sensory problems to focus by calming them.


Hometown Bicycles Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES

Hometown weekly and pop-up shop rides are still going strong! FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK to find out what’s coming up (including an Iceman Training Ride!) and for to-the-minute ride updates.


We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial


Hometown Bicycles Team rider raising bike over head at Tour de Livingston

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

– Unknown

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