Hometown’s Christmas Countdown

Christmas bicycles at Hometown Bicycles

At t-minus 3 days and counting, it’s looking just like “a picture print of Currier & Ives” here in the store – with the nostalgia of bicycles turtledoving charmingly with the artistic beauty of new technology. We know you can hardly stand to wait… our back room is filling up with Christmas bicycles that we’re storing away from prying eyes ’til Christmas Eve (you’re welcome, Santa!) Could a bike for you be among them??
HOMETOWN BICYCLES CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S HOURS: 
Christmas Eve  |  9AM – 3PM
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day  
|  CLOSED*
Monday, January 2nd  |  9AM – 9PM (regular hours)*

*WE WILL BE OPEN:

Wednesday, December 28th from 6PM – 8PM
for Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf

Friday, December 30th from 9AM – 10AM
for Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga

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STUFF THOSE CYCLISTS’ STOCKINGS!

Gu at Hometown Bicycles

If you spy a streak light-speeding down the road, then you just saw the new owner of all these Gu – yep, they’re all gifts for one person!!

Stocking stuffers are a snap here at the shop – everything from nutrition to socks to tire levers to chapstick to sunglasses to coin purses to water bottle cages to… you get the picture.Hometown Bicycles Daily Deal for December 7, 2016: $10 off Finish Line Bicycle Cleaning Kit

And if you’re still working on some big gift ideas – we hear bikes are a big hit with the cycling crowd this year… just sayin’.

Also, our 24 Days of Christmas Daily Deals are nearing an end. Today’s stocking-friendly Deal is at right >>

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Hometown Bicycles offers financing on all bicycle purchases through Synchrony Financial. Ask us for details!

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REACH FOR THE SKY!! YOGA AT HOMETOWN

Vinyasa Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and Yoga at Hometown Bicycles

(Photo courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

HOLY YOGA, BATMAN! We knew that Ashley of Tocca Massage & Yoga was always “in demand” for her massage prowess, but her last week’s yoga class blew us away. In one of the most impressive first class showings we’ve seen, Ashley packed the Community Room with bendy energy and flexible positivity.

Come see what all the excitement’s about! Next class is THIS FRIDAY (TOMORROW 12/23) AT 9AM – $10 drop in. Details HERE. Stretch out the stress before the holidays hit!

………………………WINTER CLINICS, HERE WE COME… !!

Bike Fitting Clinic with Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy at Hometown Bicycles Winter Clinic Series

Worried about post-holiday blues? Don’t be! You’ll be too busy learning cool bike stuff!

Our yearly, FREE, winter clinic series starts January 4th, and there are some super-cool changes underway for 2017. For that reason, we’re only listing the first month of our 2-month series – stay tuned for details!

Early registration is appreciated, so that we can plan ahead on how to make it awesome for everyone. (Click each registration link for the clinics you’d like to attend.)

Bike Safety signBIKE SAFETY & EQUIPMENT – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 4 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 5 from 6-7pm
Keep you and your bike in one piece! Learn everything from road safety and theft prevention to critical cycling gear.

Checking tire pressureBIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 11 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 12 from 6-7pm
In this first of a 2-part clinic, we’ll cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails.

Cleaning a bicycleBIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 18 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 19 from 6-7pm
In this second of a 2-part clinic, we’ll talk about how to care for your bicycle AFTER you come back from your ride.

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy LogoBIKE FITTING BASICS – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 26 from 6-7pm
Guest speaker, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, covers bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort.

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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 moreDynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA – Fridays at 9AM on 12/16, 23, 30 • 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks – 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
Holiday Special (thru 12/31) 5-Class punch card with 6th Class free – just $22
 

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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Friday Night Lights shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

Not wind, nor sleet, nor snow, nor cold will stop the Hometown shop rides… but the holidays will definitely set them back a couple weeks. Follow our Facebook page for post holiday ride updates and other Hometown happenings!

 

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THANK YOU FOR BEING A 2017 TEAM SPONSOR!

DR. HORAL FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Dr. William P Horal Dentistry tooth logoJust a quick note of appreciation to another wonderful Sponsor who has stepped up to once again support Team Hometown Bicycles: Dr. William P. Horal’s Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. You’ll learn more about their general and cosmetic practice in a coming newsletter. Thank you, Dr. William & Louise Horal!!
William P. Horal, DDS, PC  |  11032 E. Grand River Ave.  |  Brighton  |  (810) 229-8103
 

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WANNA JOIN TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES?

Team Hometown Bicycles doing Take Your Kids Mountain Biking DayIn addition to our now accepting 2017 Team Applications, we’ll also be hosting a Team Meeting, open to all interested riders, on Saturday January 21st at 4:30pm – mark your calendars!Follow our Facebook page for details and confirmation of time, and email Rides Coordinator Jean with your questions at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

 

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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Team Hometown Bicycles Jersey Sponsorships

Check out the companies above that have already committed to 2017 Team Sponsorships – Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, Body Within Personal Training, and William P. Horal, D.D.S, P.C.. We are PROUD to have them aboard!

Additional Team Sponsor opportunities are still available. Interested in learning more? Contact our Rides Coordinator, Jean, at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

Christmas Cyclists, Ornament Making, and Lots of Love

 Christmas lights at Hometown Bicycles

HOMETOWN BICYCLES CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S HOURS: 
Christmas Eve  |  9AM – 3PM
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day  
|  CLOSED*
Monday, January 2nd  |  9AM – 9PM (regular hours)
It’s always been our tradition to make the Christmas season about family… well, actually we make EVERY day about family – but especially between Christmas and New Year’s, we close the shop so that our crew can spend quality time with their loved ones.

* So why, you are wondering, do we have a big, ol’ highlighted asterisk next to “CLOSED”? It’s because this year, there will be a couple exceptions, when Shaun and I open the shop briefly for classes held in our Community Room. Post-Christmas, we’ll be NEEDING Cardio Drumming to burn off cookies, and Yoga to melt away holiday stress! Please drop by to participate, or even just to tell us what Santa put under your tree!

WE WILL BE OPEN:

Wednesday, December 28th from 6PM – 8PM
for Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf

Friday, December 30th from 9AM – 10AM
for Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga

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GET HUGGED BY YOUR FAVORITE CYCLIST

Christmas gift ideas for cyclists at Hometown Bicycles including bike ornaments, bike toys, bike garden spinners, bike magnets, and bike decor

Just imagine… while everyone else is gifting them hand lotion and fruit cake, you’ll step in – proverbial cape snapping smartly in the breeze – with a gift that celebrates their passion for cycling. Now THAT’s hug-worthy!

You know we carry bicycles and cycling accessories, but did you also know that we are your one-stop shop for bike-geared stocking stuffers, ornaments, garden art, fashion, decor, kitchenware, and ever-so-much more?Hometown Bicycles Daily Deal for December 7, 2016: $10 off Finish Line Bicycle Cleaning Kit

So, Christmas shopping… YES! We’ve got you covered!

Also, check out our 24 Days of Christmas Daily Deals on Facebook for more bike-lovin’ gift ideas to make your cyclist smile. Today’s Daily Deal is at right >>

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Hometown Bicycles offers financing on all bicycle purchases through Synchrony Financial. Ask us for details!

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KIDS’ ORNAMENT CLASS AT HOMETOWN

Sew Your Own Christmas Ornament Class for Beginners at Hometown BicyclesTHIS SATURDAY, FROM 10AM-NOON:  Bundle up the kids and join Hometown Bicycles artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, for a beginner felt ornament sewing class in Hometown’s Community Room on 12/17 from 10am-Noon!

This class is perfect for kids (ages 4 and up), and adults looking to have some crafty fun. $7 per participant, payable on class day, you’ll leave with a finished felt heart ornament, ready to hang on your Christmas tree or give as a gift!
Lauren Patrell at Hometown Bicycles
And here’s my personal note… that’s Lauren at right >> with Shaun’s and my little Aria. Lauren is one of those authentically kind souls who love what they do, love life, and love to share that joy with others. She’s the creative genius behind all the exquisite bike purses, wallets, keychains, and cards that you’ve been enjoying for the past year.

Trust me – you and your kids will love this class!

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR “SEW YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT”
Your registration ensures that Lauren will have enough materials for all!

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WE FOUND THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’…

Love INC logoChristmas spirit is running rampant here at Hometown!

We’d like to give a giant shout-out to a wonderful and anonymous couple (you know who you are), who just donated over $400 in Hometown gift certificates to Love INC, a non-profit organization “dedicated to meeting basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and money management… for folks in crisis.” Love INC provides transportation in the form of bicycles to down-on-their-luck and reforming individuals. What a thoughtful donation!

Thanks, too, to Team Hometown Bicycles rider Tom Hermann for initiating the connection.

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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

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA – Fridays at 9AM on 12/16, 23, 30 • 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks – 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
Holiday Special (thru 12/31) 5-Class punch card with 6th Class free – just $22
 

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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:

Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Saturday, December 17th, 10 a.m.
Explore ~12-14 miles of Milford area mountain bike trails with us! Fat bike / mountain bikes are all welcome. NO DROP RIDE. Dress warmly! Meet at the Milford trailhead located on Peter’s road between GM/Commerce roads, on the West side (at the Janowski Field park). Park in the lot closest to Peters Road (if you see baseball fields to your left, you’re there). **Check Facebook for ride updates.**

 
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THANK YOU FOR BEING A 2017 TEAM SPONSOR!
PRO-MOTION PHYSICAL THERAPY

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

Stepping again into the Presenting Team Sponsor role is a Hometown AND customer favorite, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy with Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT. Watch your January newsletters for a feature highlight on this wonderful, local company. In the meantime, we simply couldn’t let another week go by without sending out a heartfelt THANK YOU to Pro-Motion Physical Therapy for its unwavering support!
Pro-Motion Physical Therapy  |  Brighton & Howell  |  (810) 588-4133  |  promophysicaltherapy.com

 
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WANNA JOIN TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES?

Team Hometown Bicycles doing Take Your Kids Mountain Biking DayIn addition to our now accepting 2017 Team Applications, we’ll also be hosting a Team Meeting, open to all interested riders, on Saturday January 21st at 4:30pm – mark your calendars!

Follow our Facebook page for details and confirmation of time, and email Rides Coordinator Jean with your questions at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

 
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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Team Hometown Bicycles Jersey Sponsorships

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.

Check out the companies above that have already committed to 2017 Team Sponsorships – Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, Body Within Personal Training, and William P. Horal, D.D.S, P.C.. We are PROUD to have them aboard!

Additional Team Sponsor opportunities are still available. 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

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 • 12/23 • 12/30 • 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks – Community 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 – Community 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’s only two weeks – let’s 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

Holiday checklist, new art, and creative stocking stuffers


Your Hometown Holiday Checklist
Bicycle wrapped in Christmas lights at Hometown Bicycles

THE COUNTDOWN HAS HIT SINGLE DIGITS – ARE YOU READY?
With Christmas just a week away, we’ve made a list that you’ll want to check twice…

   ___ Remember, Hometown is open on Christmas Eve from 7am-3pm! We close
between Christmas and New Year, and re-open again on January 2nd at 7am.

___ If you bought a bike as a gift, and are keeping it at the shop to prevent snoopery,
make sure to call 1-2 hours ahead before pick-up, so that we can have it prepped
and ready to go. Also, let us know if you want a bow on the bike!

   ___ Be sure to pick up stocking stuffers! You can check out several fun ideas below.

   ___ Don’t forget – there are still 7 days left of daily deals to rock your cyclist’s world!
Here’s a quick reminder about what’s coming up:

          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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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: SUZANNE ALLEN

Suzanne Allen artwork

Suzanne Allen - artist - at Hometown BicyclesSue is a wellspring of information, and her art tells the stories that she’s collected over years of professorship and research. What we especially love about her work is that it’s VIBRANT and playful, while still appealing to the intellectual cyclist. But even if pondering isn’t your thing, we encourage you to enjoy a refreshing smile in front of the jaunty, neon head of “Bike Face”!

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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: PEGGY KERWAN

Peggy Kerwan's art at Hometown Bicycles
(Artwork copyright Peggy Kerwan. All rights reserved.)
Peggy Kerwan artwork "Pink Ladies"Peggy GETS cycling; she’s a cyclist who finds the fun in any bike-bound adventure. And her artwork is about those adventures – the people, the places, and the roadkill rat (yes, you read that right!) that turn a ride into something worth capturing on canvas. You may have seen some of Peggy’s work at the Wooden Spoon in Brighton, where she curates. We’re delighted to have her creativity here at the shop!

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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: STOCKING STUFFERS

Stocking stuffer ideas at Hometown Bicycles - Gear ornaments, bicycle notecards by Peggy Brewer, coin purses by LPbyLP, Blues Lab CD

Hoo boy… those stockings always seem to get forgotten until the very last minute, don’t they.

Keep calm and come to Hometown. We’ve got all sorts of sock-sized goodies in our new art department that will pleasantly plump out your fireplace footwear, including beautiful notecards from local artist Peggy Brewer; sew-master Lauren Patrell’s super-awesome coin purses; a new line of handmade, unique-as-snowflakes, gear ornaments; and the bluesy tunes of our very own CycloDan Tribble.

Be sure to also check out our famous sock wall – much loved by all – and everything from bike bells to pint glasses and lubes to water bottle cages. In fact, you might just need to hang up another stocking…

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