ūüĆ∑ Spring Cycling, Confessions, and a Potluck Bike Clinic ūüöī

Welcome to Spring Cycling!

Spring cycling handlebars on a bicycle

With the changing of Seasons – Winter Cycling to Spring Cycling, that is – we’re back to our outrageously convenient¬†warm weather hours, beginning Wed., March 1st:
MONDAY – FRIDAY ¬†……………. ¬†7AM – 9PM

SATURDAY & SUNDAY ¬†…………….. ¬†9AM – 5PM


Michigan tourist map courtesy of Vidiani.com
(Image courtesy vidiani.com)

THIS THURSDAY!!¬† “Where to Ride in MI” Potluck Clinic!

THURSDAY, MARCH 2ND FROM 6PM-8PM 
This is the event where we debut the BEST Shop Ride schedule¬†we’ve ever had, plus you’ll hear about Michigan’s top¬†cycling paths and trails,¬†meet Hometown’s ride leaders, connect with potential ride buddies,¬†collect info about local¬†cycling groups, and learn about the organizations that help keep our roads and trails cyclist friendly and how you can get involved.

It’s a potluck, so here’s your chance to show off some culinary skills. You should see the goodies people have already signed up to bring – W-O-W!!! COME HUNGRY!!

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHERE TO RIDE” POTLUCK CLINIC!
Thursday, March 2nd, 6pm-8pm at Hometown Bicycles ¬†‚ÄĘ ¬†Bring a dish to pass!


THIS SATURDAY!  CUT A RUG WITH HOMETOWN AT THE LARGEST DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE IN THE COUNTRY!

The 28th Annual SELCRA Daddy Daughter Dance flierOur community is so cool! Every year, SELCRA packs the Brighton High School with something like 1,500 dancing daddies and daughters. This Saturday, March 4th, count 4 more (me, Shaun, and the kids) as Hometown proudly sponsors this famous event.

Dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers – here’s a chance to give your mini-princess a night of dancing and fun! Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $15. Dance. Dine. Bop ’til the¬†balloons drop.

We’ll be parked next to our good friends from Brennan Investment Services in the cafeteria. Be sure to stop by our table and say “hi” – we’d love to meet your special little lady!


Dawn Bhajan and Gail Sweet riding the Ladies Spin Challenge at Hamburg Fitness Center with rockstar spin instructor Tammy

(LEFT: Hugs to Gail – in purple – one of several who came specifically to support this spin newbie! RIGHT: Motivational maven and Friday morning spin instructor extraordinaire… thanks for the workout, Tammy!)

CONFESSIONS (& REVELATIONS) OF A SPIN NOVICE

Confession #1: I was nervous about going. Once upon a time, I was fit… post-kids, not so much.

Confession #2: I feared judgement. Everyone assumes the skinny girl’s an athlete. How was it going to look when I tapped out at granny speeds on the easiest spin bike setting?

Confession #3: I thought I might get bored. I mean, you’re indoors and stationary – how entertaining can that be?

Revelation #1:¬†I left spin class reinvigorated, hopeful, motivated. Getting my legs moving got my brain moving, as well. It reminded me how it felt to be fit, and made me eager to get back to that “happy place” in my physical well-being.

Revelation #2: No one was looking. If I sat out a couple sprints or elected not to ramp up my resistance, there were no sirens and flashing “slacker alert!” signs over my head. Lights were dim, eyes were forward. It was between me, my mind, and my spin bike.

Revelation #3: Um… not even remotely. Instructor Tammy had us powering up and down, sprinting intervals, and leaping in and out of our saddles in an hour-long variety-fest of spin combinations. There literally wasn’t time to get bored!

THANK YOU to those awesome lady Hometownies who had my back at this class – you were the wind beneath my pedals! And thanks, too, to Hamburg Fitness Center‘s Deb and Terry, who cooked up this challenge to get my butt back in the saddle – this is the kind of remarkable support you can only expect from a gym that truly cares.

I hope my experience encourages on-the-fencers to give it a go… you don’t have to be Lance Armstrong, and you don’t have to be a member. Call for class times: 810-231-4169


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Ozzy Aguilar
(Images at left courtesy Ozzy Aguilar)

MEET YOUR CREW: OZZY AGUILAR

Our to-the-point service tech, Ozzy, is easy-going but, man, can he rock out the tune-ups! You’ll spot him wrenching on bikes and riding the trails in between his school studies.

I ride because to me riding is a way to enjoy nature at its best. It’s a way to get away from people, the town, the city, and go into nature and enjoy the ride.


Help wanted sign
MANAGERS, SALES/SERVICE STAFF, ADMIN ASSISTANT

Forward your information to office@myhometownbicycles.com.


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

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – Saturday, 3/4 @ 1:00PM

MEET AT BRIGHTON RECREATION AREA TRAILHEAD

Join the Hometown crew on Saturday as they explore the mountain bike trails at Brighton Recreation Area (Murray Lake and Appleton). Meet at the trailhead (5700 Bishop Lake Rd) and be ready to roll by 1 p.m. ¬†Fat Bikes only (until the weather cooperates). This ride is for all level riders ‚Äď NO DROP RIDE. Distance is estimated at 12 +/- miles in about a 2 hour timeframe.¬†Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

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


CRAMBA Ride Dirt Trails, Not Mud Trails flier

REMINDER: DON’T BE THAT CYCLIST

… you know, the eager beaver who just can’t wait for the trails to dry, and destroys them for everyone else. We know that early Spring days bring intense trail temptation, but listen to that little white-clad dude on your shoulder – the one with the halo! Or, if you’re more practical in nature, listen to the organizations that maintain the trails. Trust us, you’ll get a longer and more enjoyable cycling season when you sit tight for solid singletrack!

24 Days of Christmas, Zumba, Yoga, and Cardio Drumming

 Hometown Bicycles Daily Deal - 24 Days of Christmas Deals!

FORGET THE PARTRIDGE – THIS PUTS MONEY BACK IN YOUR WALLET!
It’s tradition! Get your planner out… here are this year’s Daily Deals running December 1st-24th:

DECEMBER 1:  Get $20 off any purchase of $100 or more
DECEMBER 2:  Get 10% off all bicycle inflation devices
DECEMBER 3:  Get 10% off all Park tools
DECEMBER 4:  Get 20% off any Planet Bike accessory
DECEMBER 5:  Get 15% off all trainers
DECEMBER 6:  Get $500 off any carbon fiber bicycle
DECEMBER 7:  Get 15% off all helmets
DECEMBER 8:  Buy 1 tune-up for yourself, get 1 tune-up FREE for a friend
DECEMBER 9:  Get 10% off all car racks
DECEMBER 10:  Buy 2 inner tubes, get 2 inner tubes FREE
DECEMBER 11:  Get 25% off any one item
DECEMBER 12:  Get $10 off any purchase of $50 or more
DECEMBER 13:  Get a $100 in-store gift certificate with every bicycle purchase
DECEMBER 14:  Finish Line bicycle cleaning kit originally $49.99, now $39.99
DECEMBER 15:  Planet Bike Superflash Tail Light originally $29.99, now $19.99, PLUS get 20% off all other lights
DECEMBER 16:  Get 30% off all clothing
DECEMBER 17:  Buy 1 get 1 free on all nutrition
DECEMBER 18:  Get 10% off all lubes
DECEMBER 19:¬†¬†Buy a kid’s bicycle, get 50% off a kid’s helmet
DECEMBER 20:  Get 15% off all cycling gloves
DECEMBER 21:  Get 10% off all socks
DECEMBER 22:  Get a free water bottle with purchase of a water bottle cage
DECEMBER 23:  Get a 25% trade-up on all gift certificate purchases
DECEMBER 24:  Last minute shoppers, get 25% off everything! 

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Hometown Bicycles offers financing on all bicycle purchases through Synchrony Financial. Ask us for details!
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ZUMBA AWAY THE WINTER “BLAH”S

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown Bicycles

Our Community Room is filling up with fantastic, fitness activities to keep you fighting fit over the cold, winter months. First on the docket is “Zumba with Leslie Barrett“:

Join Zumba instructor Leslie Barrett for cardio, toning, and fun as we dance to some great Latin and world music, plus some pop and hip hop!

Zumba is for everybody and every body! All fitness levels welcome. You don’t have to be a dancer… come as you are and dance away those pesky pounds (and your troubles)!

RUNS MONDAYS AT 6:00PM & THURSDAYS AT 9:30AM
$5 drop in – Community Room at Hometown Bicycles – Click to learn more
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STAY TONED WITH DYNAMIC YOGA

Friday Morning Yoga by Tocca Massage and Yoga at Hometown Bicycles

Massage maven and yogi, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga, will help you keep your cycling muscles limber with her movement-based Vinyasa Yoga class:

Based on the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Sequence, our dynamic classes are designed to give you a physical workout with a combination of strength and stretching poses. All yoga classes are 60 minutes. All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome!

FRIDAYS AT 9:00AM ON¬†12/16 ‚ÄĘ 12/23 ‚ÄĘ 12/30 ‚ÄĘ 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks РCommunity Room at Hometown Bicycles
Click to learn more
(Writer’s Note: Tocca’s massages are incredible. Seriously. I’ve been a patron for years.)

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CARDIO DRUMMING – WE LOVE YOU!

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles

When it comes to Martha Soraruf’s insanely popular Cardio Drumming classes, we’ve become total converts (and not just because it’s Liam’s favorite!) This is a class of epic energy and frustration-venting fun:

Join us for an evening of drumming, music, movement and fun! Cardio drumming is the latest way to relieve stress, sweat, sing and enjoy a workout with friends! What a great way to start the week.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in and find a spot. Don’t forget your water!

RUNS MONDAYS AT 9:30AM & WEDNESDAYS AT 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental РCommunity Room at Hometown Bicycles
Click to learn more
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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Friday Night Lights shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

Happily, cold weather and early nights do NOT signal the end of cycling season! Here’s a shop ride you won’t want to miss this week:

Friday Night Lights – December 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
Meet at the shop by 6:45 for an intermediately-paced night jaunt through Island Lake. Be sure your lights are charged, and bring a back-up, if you have one!

IMPORTANT NOTE:¬† Rifle Season runs November 15-30. Please consider exploring non-hunting parks during the day and those with hunting after dark. It‚Äôs only two weeks ‚Äď let‚Äôs stay safe!

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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Team Hometown Bicycles jersey sponsorship slots

Check out the companies below… they’re our 2015/16 sponsors, and businesses that we are proud to promote because they share our core values of integrity, passion, dedication, and community-mindedness.

With 2017 fast approaching, we are opening up additional Team Sponsor opportunities. Interested in learning more? Contact our Rides Coordinator, Jean, at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

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2016 HOMETOWN BICYCLES TEAM SPONSORS 

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy of Brighton, MI

Body Within Personal Training William P. Horal, DDS, PC General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Brighton, MI
Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC Jamis Bicycles - The Power of Design

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‚Äôs 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¬†‚ÄstNight Lights Mountain Bike Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM¬†‚Äď POST-Iceman Recovery¬†Gravel Grinder

WEDNESDAY (11/9), 8:45AM¬†‚Äď 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!

Tour Time, Getting Fat, and Spin/Yoga Instructors Wanted

It’s Tour Time!¬†— ¬†THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT 8:00AM

Shaun and Dawn Bhajan riding Tour de Livingston

AN EVENT SO IMPORTANT THAT WE CLOSE THE SHOP FOR IT!
The photos above are from Shaun’s and my 100 mile, tandem,¬†Tour de Livingstonadventure from a few years back. Gosh, we look so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed there in those energy-packed, pre-kid days…

That was a ride for the record books, and our customers keep telling us that they’ve had similarly remarkable Tour experiences. It gives you a beautiful new perspective of our community – i.e. from the saddle – and a treasure trove of memorable moments. And it all supports a cause that benefits OUR community.

So, due to the importance of and value we see in this most wonderful of rides, and to allow ALL of our staff to participate, our shop will be

CLOSED SUNDAY 10/9 FOR TOUR DE LIVINGSTON
Be sure to swing by our tent and say “hello!” Tweaks and adjustments are no charge at this event – we just want to get you back out there to¬†have the adventure of a lifetime!

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WILL YOU GET FAT THIS WINTER?? 
Jamis  ROUGHNECK FAT BIKE HARDTAIL

We’re not talking about your weight here, Hometownies… we’re talking about the fat tire bike craze that’s taken over our winter-lovin’¬†mitten State! Fat bikes become available in late fall… here’s your heads up that pre-ordering opens in just 2 weeks!

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THIS WEEK’S “TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS”¬†

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoTRY TABATA¬†THIS MONDAY (10/10¬†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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SPIN AND YOGA INSTRUCTORS WANTED  

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.
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