Bike Maintenance Clinic TONIGHT + Meet Your Team Captain

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team Night

Come one, come all… and invite your friends… to our fun-filled, educational bike clinics. Did we mention they are FREE?

Winter blues? Forget about it! You’ll be too busy learning cool bike stuff!

What’s happening TONIGHT? In this first of a 2-part clinic, Shaun will cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails. Lots of folks are signed up for this one, but we have room for plenty more of you! Can’t make it this evening? The same clinic will repeat Saturday afternoon. SIGN UP HERE!

And here is the schedule of upcoming clinics! Early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Thursday 1/31 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/2 from 1-2 PM

Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian
Saturday 2/9 from 12-1:30 PM

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 1-2 PM


Sponsor Feature: Getting to Know Dream Kitchens!

Dream Kitchens

Meet Jason Vanderhovel!
(Pictured with his fiancée, Emily)

How did you partner up with Hometown? 
I partnered up with Hometown after spending the summer riding on various shop-sponsored events. I originally started riding back in June 2018 as a pre-wedding weight loss routine and became slightly addicted. After that, I signed up for as many statewide and Hometown rides as I could! If I could pick a ride to partner up on with Team Hometown, I think I would do the Tour de Livingston, which was one of my favorite centuries last year!

When it comes to Dream Kitchens, tell us what sets your business apart from your competitors. What makes you unique?
At Dream Kitchens, we are a store, yes, but we have six talented designers that assist in the selection process as well as contribute in the architectural layout of a space. I think we excel best in our process with helping clients tackle these large projects piece by piece. We have a system in selecting what places different decisions ahead of others in order to move forward in a timely manner.

What do you personally need to make it YOUR dream kitchen?
I’m all about the finishes. I think they can make or break a space.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Livingston County?
Mackle’s Table & Taps in Hartland. The food is phenomenal!

Dream Kitchens

Other than cycling, what are some of your favorite activities? Anything specific to Michigan?
Sadly… I don’t really do anything other than work and ride!

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you or your business? 
While we specialize in kitchens, we actually work on most rooms in a home. We do bathrooms, laundry rooms, mudrooms, built-ins, libraries, bars, offices and movie theaters!


Fat Tire Bikes: We rent ’em, you ride ’em!

Framed Fat Tire Bikes at Hometown Bicycles - fat bike rental

That’s right! We have a whole fleet of fat tire bikes available for YOU! Whether you want to try out one of our Saturday Fat Bike Friendly rides, rent for a day, or rent for several days, we can meet your needs… fat bikes in every size! 
 Rental Rates: 
$25 for one ride
$50 for one day
$120 for 3 days
$200 for 5 days We bike snow. We bike cold. We bike wind. We bike mild, spring-like winter days.
We bike it ALL! 

Check out our Facebook for info on upcoming rides!

Hometown Bicycles

Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Event: 

Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00-7:30 PM

The evening will be chock full of fun and invaluable information to help the young women in our lives explore and develop their entrepreneurial talents. If you are a middle school or high school student, or a young woman in her late teens/early 20’s, who is interested in starting your own business (or already have!), you will not want to miss our Young Women’s Entrepreneurship event.

We are super stoked to announce our guest speaker for this GIRL POWER event: Jennifer Matras, Owner and Head Skating Coach at Competitive Edge Skating

Competitive Edge Skating

With over 25 years of skating and training experience, Jennifer is a highly sought after skill development instructor AND a fabulous female business owner. Competitive Edge Skating is the result of Jennifer’s commitment and passion to developing a company where athletes are provided everything they need to reach their highest level of performance. 

You will be blown away by her story — beginning skating lessons at age three, a 14-year figure skating career, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Exercise Physiologist, coaching hockey, being a successful entrepreneur, publishing a book, and so much more! 

SIGN UP HERE!

Stay tuned for more details as your Hometown gals, Dawn and Leslie, plan this free event for YOU. 


Meet Your Team Captains, Part One: Michael Dyer!

Hometown Bicycles

How did you get into riding?
I was given a 1991 Huffy Stone Mountain MTB as a gift when I graduated college. I used it sparingly until a buddy of mine bought a “real MTB” somewhere around 1993 or so. He decided to give riding trails a try with another friend who lived by Island Lake Recreation Area. I tried it once and was immediately hooked. In the spring of 1994, I went to a demo event and bought a 1994 Trek 930 SHX. Since that time I have never looked back.

What are your hopes for Team Hometown this year?
To get more teammates engaged in the sport and the activities that the shop hosts or supports. Mountain bikers in particular — I like to see the new riders venture out into trying all the trails that we have available to us.  Experience the true adventure that the sport can bring: racing, bike-packing, road trips, night rides, etc.

Hopes for the industry?
I think the industry as a whole is heading in the right direction. There is no better time than the present to get into the sport. The bikes and other gear are so good right now. In the area we live, for mountain bikers in particular, we have so many great places to ride. I would like to see the price of quality bikes start to trickle down to a more reasonable cost. 

Do you have a favorite place to ride? Favorite shop ride? Favorite race in Michigan?
I can’t really name a favorite place to ride. Each trail has its own unique quality. I am a big fan of Brighton Rec, Poto, DTE, Highland, Pontiac Lake and Fort Custer. Who am I kidding, I like any trail I can ride my bike! My favorite shop ride is the Friday Night Lights ride followed closely by the Fat Bike Friendly ride. My favorite race, so far, is Mud, Sweat and Beers up in Traverse City the first weekend in May.

Anything else you’d like us to know about you… random fun facts?
Fact #1 — I am a drummer and a vocalist. I don’t use these talents much anymore, but they are still in there somewhere.
Fact #2 — I survived a heart attack when I was 45 years old. Never saw it coming.

Next up! Meet Your Team Captains, Part Two: Joe Ostervik — coming soon to a Hometown newsletter near you…


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays at 6 PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more

Power 30 | Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays at 6 PM & Thursdays at 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


Join Team Hometown for our Saturday Fat Bike Friendly Ride!

All skill levels welcome!

Best Time to Tune Your Bike + Women’s Winter Classes

Hometown Bicycles' Service Tech Ozzy Aguilar working on a bike tune up
Q: SO, WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET A TUNE-UP?
A: A lot earlier than you would think…

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Hometownies, I know January has a way of seeping under your skin – the leafless trees, the chill winds, the desaturated skies. It all takes a toll on your zen.

A growing population of you are laughing in the face of this winter reality, thundering through the snowy trails on the Clydesdales of the bike world. But if winter cycling just isn’t your M.O., here’s a ray of sunshine to lift you out of survival mode…

We’re just 48 days away from the launch of Spring Cycling Season – March 1st!

Spring tulipWith that in mind, customers ask us with surprising frequency about the optimal time to bring their bikes in for a tune-up. The answer is… NOW!

50 days will already disappear like smoke, but remember last year, when Spring made a cameo appearance in February? Guess who beat the rush of suddenly urgent tune-up requests, and got to hit the roads and trails before everyone else? You guessed it… the early bird cyclists, whose new year prep primed them for first dibs!

In Michigan, you should tune-up with the Boy Scouts motto in mind: “Be Prepared.”

Again, 48 days left ’til Spring Cycling Season… 
48 days!

That’s nothin’ – a handful of “Hump Day”s, a pittance of paydays, a smidgen of snowfalls… peanuts. Don’t get caught short – you deserve to enjoy every glorious moment.


5 Foot Passing Legislation is in Jeopardy - take action!
4 DAYS LEFT TO HELP MAKE MI SAFER FOR CYCLISTS!
Hometownies, here’s a cause worth signing for! From League of MI Bicyclists (LMB):

Legislation to enact a statewide 5-foot passing law is in danger in the House and we need your help! A specified distance (5-feet) could be stripped out of the legislation if we don’t speak up now.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will likely act on HB 4265 on January 16, 2018. We need your help to urge committee members to keep a specific distance in the bill to enact the strongest safe passing law possible. Click below or visit www.LMB.org/engage for details and to sign.

Take Action button

DID YOU KNOW… COMMUNITY ROOM RENTAL
Hometown Bicycles Community Room available for rentalMany of you have enjoyed Hometown Bicycles clinics, parties, classes, meetings, and programs in our spacious and group-friendly Community Room. But DID YOU KNOW that you can rent this space year round for your own personal and business events and activities?

We’ve hosted everyone from clubs, businesses, rotaries, school organizations, and other non-profits, to homeowner’s associations, birthday partiers, fitness groups, and Scouts.

Contact Evan at events@myhometownbicycles.comfor further information and inquiries!


ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
2018 HOMETOWN WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSES 
Gals, there’s absolutely no reason why the cold should keep us from connecting and self-actualizing! Hometown’s women-only class series is going strong to make you stronger (click the registration links for details and to sign up):

1/16 WOMEN’S ZUMBA with Leslie Barrett
REGISTER for ZUMBA | 5:30 PM at Hometown Bicycles | FREE

1/23 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SKIING with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Skiing | 5:30 PM at Huron Meadows Metropark | $15 ski rental, $5 trail use

1/30 WOMEN’S SPIN CLASS with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Spin | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

2/6   WOMEN’S HOT YOGA with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Hot Yoga | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

2/13 WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE with Live Safe Academy
REGISTER for Self Defense | 7PM – 9PM at Hometown Bicycles | $40 at registration
A Note from Dawn: I’ve seen this instructor in action, and he is awesome. This class NEEDS to be shared with the women in your life who are important to you… that’s why I’m sharing it with you. Ages 12 and up – mothers, daughters, wives, friends, and coworkers – ALL women welcome!

2/20 LADIES NIGHT OUT at Hometown Bicycles
Stay tuned… details coming soon!

2/27 WOMEN’S PILOXING BARRE with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for PILOXING | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)


Shaun teaches a bike clinic at Hometown Bicycles
WINTER BIKE CLINIC IN FULL SWING
We’ve run our Winter Clinic Series since opening in 2010… not to toot our own horn, but *toot* we’re really good at it! All clinics are FREE and, this year, we’re also offering some new perks and privileges – click the links below for details and to register:

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Winter Clinic ScheduleFlat Tire Fix Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 9th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 11th, 7-8pm

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 16th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 18th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 23rd, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 25th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 30th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 1st, 7-8pm

Bike Fitting with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
Thu, Feb 8th, 7-8pm

Cycling Nutrition Clinic
Tues, Feb 13th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 15th, 7-8pm

Cycling Gear & Wear Clinic
Tues, Feb 20th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 22nd, 7-8pm

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party
Thu, March 1st, 7-9pm

<< Click the image at left for a printable Clinic Series flier!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Beginner Level
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13  |  10AM (MEET AT 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the roads and trails of Island Lake Recreation Area. This is a BEGINNER (No Drop) Ride! We’ll cover about 10-14 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather.Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate Level
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14  |  2PM (MEET AT 1:45PM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC TRAILHEAD
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the more challenging trails of Brighton Recreation Area. This is an INTERMEDIATE (No Drop) Ride – NOT an easy ride for beginners! We’ll cover about 12-16 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**


Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
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


Hometown Bicycles Ride Coordinator Laura Faunce winter mountain biking at Island Lake

I’m doing this for ME.

~ Cyclists everywhere

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