Wacky Wednesday trumps Black Friday at Hometown Bicycles

Wacky Wednesday video with Shaun and Liam at Hometown Bicycles

WHY SHOULD ALL THE GREAT DEALS COME AFTER THANKSGIVING?

Our shop is founded on an “attitude of gratitude”, so giving thanks to our customers is something we enjoy doing all year round… but there is definitely something about this time of year that makes us want to show a LOTTA extra love to you and your fellow Hometownies.

Besides, Liam said so! Watch the video for details, but here’s the gist:

WEDNESDAY • 11/23 • 3PM-9PM
Take 30% OFF ALL in-store items
& 10% OFF ALL special orders

10% OFF ON BLACK FRIDAY – REGULAR HOURS

Common Sense Stuff: Cannot be combined with other promotions. Not valid on past purchases or labor.

HOMETOWN’S THANKSGIVING HOURS

Wednesday (11/23):  3PM-9PM

Thursday (Thanksgiving):  CLOSED

Black Friday (11/25):  9AM-9PM (regular hours)

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RENT-A-FAT-BIKE AT HOMETOWN

Framed Bikes and Jamis Bicycles fat bike rentals at Hometown Bicycles

DID YOU KNOW… that you can rent our Jamis and Framed fat bikes? Did you just get a surge of adrenaline? Then get on in here and ask about our fat bike rental program!

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TEAM NEWS: HOMETOWN VISITS THE BIG “D”

Team Hometown Bicycles' DJ Joe Ostervik at the Mad Anthony CX Race at Historic Fort Wayne

Joe Ostervik took the Hometown jersey to the “D” as he joined the fun at the Mad Anthony CX Race at Historic Fort Wayne on November 13. It was an awesome Team member, on an awesome ride, with awesome whether, at an awesome location… yep, straight-up Hometown!
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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 are a couple shop rides you won’t want to miss this week:

Friday Night Lights – Starts up again 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!

*Woot! Woot!* to the Night Lights riders who survived the sudden and completely unexpected thunderstorm last week! Hometown Rides Coordinator Jean described it as:

“…high winds, leaves whipping in front of your glasses, rain pelting your jersey and the pain in your legs as you asked for more wattage to seek shelter… Man, that was a really, really fun ride!”

8th Annual PotoMBA Black Friday MTB Ride in Ypsi – Friday, November 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This one’s not a shop ride, but a lot of our Team will be there. Join us! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1197643866959330/

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!

How to Love Your Cyclist This Valentine’s Day

Show Your Valentine Some Bike Love 
Jamis Defcon for Valentine's Day
FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES… AND A DEFCON
Get your creative caps on, and really think about how you can show your Valentine how much they mean to you. If a bike is just the thing to wow your sweetheart, the Jamis Defcon is a stunner in passionate fire red.

Sock Guy bike socks for Valentine's Day

I ♥ YOU FROM YOUR HEAD TO YOUR SOCKED FEET
A foot massage would make a wonderful Valentine’s treat, but not for you, if you have to touch questionable old socks. Deck those beloved feet in new “I ♥…” or “hot lips” cycling socks from Sock Guy.

Pink Purses by Limited Productions by Lauren Patrell

THINK PINK FOR HER GREENS
Gentleman, your bicycle-lovin’ Valentine will adore this exquisitely crafted, Made-in-Michigan, LPbyLP purse set not only for stylishly toting cash, but also for declaring her OTHER passion (besides you, of course!) to the world.

Flower bicycle notecards by Peggy Brewer
WHO CAN RESIST A COLORFUL BOUQET?
Local artist Peggy Brewer combined the best of two worlds – flowers and bicycles – with her vibrant notecards. Save yourself a trip to the drug store – we’ve got your perfect Valentine’s card right here at the shop!

Bicycle cassette candle holders by Deborah Marlowe Kashdan
SET THE MOOD WITH CANDLELIGHT
Gearing up for a romantic, candlelit dinner? Award-winning Detroit artist, Deborah Marlowe Kashdan, has found a clever new use for recycled cassettes – as candleholders! Read more about this new Hometown artist below.

Hometown Bicycles Love Bar all natural soaps

KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN
“Ride Hard – Smell Good”: That’s the tagline of our new, all-natural line of scented soaps, made preservative-free, dye-free, and fixative-free. The Hometown Bicycles Love Bar will make a sweet-smelling gift for that super-special somebody.
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SPEAKING OF FUELING YOUR PASSION…

Gu, Fizz, Hammer, and more nutrition has arrived at Hometown Bicycles

With cycling season just half a month away, our shelves are filling with your favorite nutrition brands in every imaginable powder, fizz, chew, and gel, in every imaginable flavor, to keep yourself rockin’ out the miles on your bicycle.

We’re even building up a new display to house this treasure trove of energy. Stop by and check it out!

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MEET THE ARTIST: DEBORAH MARLOWE KASHDAN

Deborah Marlow Kashdan and her artistic creations at Hometown Bicycles

"Choose Your Path, Chart Your Course. Keep Your Feet to the Pedals and Your Eyes on the Road Ahead" by Deborah Marlowe Kashdan, print available at Hometown BicyclesMeet Deborah – a nationally and internationally award-winning artist whose artistic background and merits span mediums and the globe! Deborah has “a passion for cycling, recycling, and designing and creating functional art.” (Come read her Artist’s Statement at the shop to learn more about this terrific artist and fantastic human being.)

Deborah’s “Bike Lights” cassette candleholders make a wonderfully whimsical addition to our shop, and we’re head-over-heels with her cycling print titled, “Choose Your Path, Chart Your Course. Keep Your Feet to the Pedals and Your Eyes on the Road Ahead“. How. Cool.

Valentine’s Day shoppers – candles, gears… you’ve got to check these out!

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OUR INDUSTRY LOVES US!

Hometown Bicycles - Best Retailer of 2015 from QBPFor the fifth year in a row, we’ve been named Best Retailer of 2015 by Quality Bicycle Products.

We’re psyched, so we wanted to toot our horn to the awesome people who helped us get there.

We love you, Hometownies! Thanks for keeping us at the top the charts year after year!

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ON DECK: “WHY JAMIS?” CLINIC
Jamis bicycles lined up at Hometown Bicycles
Ever wonder why, when we had an opportunity to bring in any bicycle brand, we picked Jamis? The reasons will surprise you! Come to our clinic, and find out why we partnered with Jamis. Super-rep and our “brother-from-another-mother”, Tom Trentanove, will be on hand to give you a bonus inside scoop on the bike company that we LOVE! (1 clinic only!)

Bicycle wheelEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
SAT 2/13 from 10-11am
Part 2 of 2, this clinic covers the perennial favorite – flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice!

Jamis Bicycles logoWHY JAMIS? – REGISTER NOW!
WED, 2/17 at 6-7pm (one day ONLY)
A new addition to our clinic series, “Why Jamis?” answers who Jamis is, what they offer YOU, and why we’ve loved ’em from Day One! This clinic is perfect for anyone who owns, or is considering owning, a Jamis!

Extra, Extra… Read All About It!

A HOMETOWN SUPERSTAR:
Meet Ray Dangelmaier

Most of you know Ray as the “smiley, little guy” on Hometown’s sales floor… and as a blur on the mountain bike race scene. He’s a perennial, customer favorite – radiating Texas-sized personality and crazy-awesome bike smarts.

Now Ray’s given us another reason to bust our vest with pride, being selected as Michigan’s Jamis Grassroots Rider. That’s a giant leap toward Ray’s dream of becoming a Jamis Pro Team Rider.

We asked Ray a few questions about how he got into cycling and how he feels about Jamis and the sport:

 

Q) Who inspired you to ride a bicycle?

A) There wasn’t any particular person that inspired Ray to ride. He started riding trails with his friends to beat summer boredom, and wound up falling in love with cycling in the woods. Mountain biking became his ultimate get-away.

“When I’m riding, there’s no stress, no “clean your room,” no obligations – it really gets me to my ‘happy place.’”

 

Q) What made you want to ride a bicycle professionally?

A) “I don’t consider riding my bike a profession; I just enjoy it. I’m stoked every day to go ride my bike… not to win money or anything – just to see how far I can push myself, and how hard I can push the competition.”

 

Q) Where did you take your first podium?

A) Ray’s first podium was a win at the Pontiac Lake Time Trial in 2012 – the same year that he graduated from high school and first started mountain biking. A good friend, CJ Brish, had taken him under his wing, and helped Ray break into the competitive field.

At this particular event, CJ challenged him to move up into Expert, so that they wouldn’t have to wait for the 1:00pm Beginner division start time. Ray rocked the course, and won his first Expert race with a whopping 12 minute lead.

That’s when he knew he wanted to pursue racing.

 

Q) When you took your first podium, how did you feel?

A) “Amazed. I was blown away that, in the little bit of time I’d been riding, I could progress as much as I did. It made me realize that cycling is my passion.”

At that point, Ray dropped all other sports – including over ___ years of hockey – to focus his full energy on cycling.

 

Q) Why do you want to race for the Jamis family?

A) “The whole company is, in my eyes, the most amazing group of people. We share the same goals and views. Jamis does whatever they can to get you on a bike. They just want to get people riding and into the sport.”

Ray was also wowed by a personal email from Jamis’ CEO, Carine Joannou.

“I mean, what other president of an international company would email a small grassroots cyclist, like me? I also met Jamis’ factory pro rider, Erica Tingey, and she made a point of connecting with me on Facebook. It’s like having a second family.”

We’re proud of you, Ray!

 

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HOW TO MAKE HOMETOWN #1… TWICE!

You made us Detroit’s BEST Bicycle Shop on the 2014 Detroit A List, and now we’re just itching to take home another gold in ClickOnDetroit’s VOTE 4 THE BEST CONTEST. What do you think, Hometownies? Can you help us get there??

Here’s what to do – CLICK HERE, sign in, and
VOTE ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 14!!!

Thanks for sharing your Hometown love!

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RIDE WITH
THE HOMETOWN BICYCLES GREEN GALS

It’s Women-Only Cycling – No Boys Allowed!


Ladies… this one’s for you! Masterminded by our Events Coordinator and recent mountain bike addict, Jennifer McCauley (center left), and her skilled cyclist daughter, Jessica Beaubien (center right), the Hometown Bicycles Green Gals meets weekly for judgement-free, fee-free, beginner-friendly, all-girl group rides.

WOMEN-ONLY MOUNTAIN BIKING:
Currently, the Green Gals bike Island Lake’s trails every Tuesday morning for a comfortable, 10ish-mile ride. No one gets left behind, and there’s a chance to hang out afterward with your fellow Green Gals at one of the many restaurants!

WHEN:  Tuesdays at 9:30am (inclement weather – call ahead or confirm on Facebook)
WHERE:  Meet at Island Lake trailhead at Green Oak Village Place Mall in Brighton
DISTANCE:  Approx. 10.5 miles (Blue Loop)
FOR MORE INFO:  Call 810-225-2441 or email events@myhometownbicycles.com

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HANG WITH HOMETOWN AT MELONFEST
Ride Off that Melon Ice Cream!

Hometown’ll be busy at this year’s Howell Melon Festival!

We’re leading off the family-friendly, 5-mile, Melonfest bike ride on Saturday, August 16th at 7am, which leaves from the Courthouse. It’s a “the-more-the-merrier” type event, so we want to see you there!

From 7am – 2pm, Hometown is providing complimentary Bike Valet service; we’ll watch your bicycle for you while you enjoy the Melonfest activities.

We’re on duty as bicycle SAG support throughout the ride but, whether your bike needs servicing or not, you’ll definitely want to stop by our tent for a chance to win Hometown bucks via our Bicycle Ring Toss Game.

And, of course, be sure to pick up raffle tickets for the chance to win a melon-colored cruiser bicycle, donated by us!
Melons and bicycles… UNITE!

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FAT BIKE PRE-ORDERS – HAPPENING NOW!


The ice blue mega monster above is a true, blue, fat-tire, snow bike made by the geniuses at Surly… and it’s available NOW for pre-order.

Last year, our stock sold out in October. Don’t be the sad cyclist who gets stuck indoors this winter. Come in today to place your order and guarantee your very own winter-devouring Surly Ice Cream Truck!

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