A Double Dog Fat Bike Dare + Women’s Self Defense

Hometown Bicycles fat bike shop ride at Brighton Rec
A FAT BIKE CHALLENGE TO EVERY CYCLIST OUT THERE:
Outdoor winter cycling has experienced an enormous leap in participation since fat bikes entered the cycle scene. Their mongo tires and draft-horse build mean there’s no sandy stretch, rocky terrain, snowy expanse, or ice-caked trail out of reach for the adventurous cyclist.But you don’t have to have be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy the season-expanding benefits of these bicycle behemoths. Nor do you have to look like the hulk, wear plaid, and corner the market in facial hair. Fat bikes are being enjoyed by guys AND gals of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels. Their shared bond is a passion for not being contained, for embracing the elements, and for a feeling of POWER.Yes, power – imagine cruising up alongside a Beetle… in a Hummer. Yeah. It’s like that.

Now, some of you are already fat bike initiates. You rock, and you don’t need this challenge to “get your fat on”. This is for those of you who’ve heard about the movement and are wondering what all the hype is about; for those of you who are going spin crazy; and absolutely for those of you who may not have even HEARD of fat bikes, much less pictured yourself astride one. In fact, I’d say this challenge is especially for you…

Rent a Fat Bike at Hometown!

For a ride, a day, a week… if you can ride a bike, you can ride a fat bike. There’s a winter wonderland waiting out there for you, along with the bragging rights that come with doing what others can’t or won’t.So, go on – be BOLD, and try a fat bike. Inspire others by sharing your adventure on our Facebook pageI double-dog dare you…


Live Safe Academy's Ian Kinder teaching women's self defense

(Photo courtesy and © Live Safe Academy)

 

SPREAD THE WORD: WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE AT HOMETOWN

 

MEN, don’t skip this section on account of it’s title! I KNOW there are women in your life who are important to you. Ladies, same goes for you, and I sincerely hope that one of those women is YOU!On the agenda of our Women’s Winter Fitness series (see below) is a Tuesday, February 13th class that warrants additional spotlighting. And, as I hear day by day about the solo cycling adventures taken on by our women Hometownies, I feel an increasing sense of urgency to spread the word.

We’ve invited Ian Kinder, owner and personal safety instructor of Live Safe Academy, to teach a Women’s Self Defense class right here at Hometown. I’ve seen him in action, and his insights and technique are phenomenal.

In this 2-hour session, you’ll learn “simple, life saving skills from programs designed to increase your safety after only one class! Our hands on courses teach time-tested, realistic methods that are easy to learn and remember… No previous training required.”

Timed beneficially just before Valentine’s Day, this class is targeted for ladies, ages 12 and up. Valentine’s Day safety, solo bike rides, peace of mind – whatever your interest, COME!

TUES, FEBRUARY 13  |  7PM-9PM  |  AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
$40 payable at time of registration. Minimum 15 participants required – tell your friends and family!

Shaun teaches a bike clinic at Hometown Bicycles
TODAY!: EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR CLINIC

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 ScheduleEmergency 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!


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):1/23 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!)

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate Level
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20  |  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 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 Fat Bike shop ride at Brighton Rec

Summer bodies are EARNED on these winter trails.

~ Anonymous

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

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

MI’s Best, Thule, and Triathlons 101

One of MI’s Best Bike Shops!

Hometown Bicycles received Best Bike Shop in MI Top 10 placing in Best Things MI

TURNS OUT WE’RE “A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK”!  
Guess which local bike shop made the list of The 10 BEST BIKE SHOPS IN MICHIGAN?!

We’re snapping our bib shorts suspenders with pride at seeing Hometown Bicycles rocking another Best Bike Shop list. This particular accolade can be found on the Best Things MI website.

Our favorite review from the site: “Stop in if you want to be treated like family. This place is a needle in a hay stack of bike shops. Truly an awesome experience. Great selection too!”  ~ James R.

Thank you, James! Thank you, Best Things MI! And thank-you-thank-you-thank-you, loyal Hometownies!!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Yankee Springs Time Trial
(Bottom 2 images – beer on the podium and Doug Queener catching air – © Jack Kunnen Photography.)

TEAM TIME TRIAL AT YANKEE SPRINGS

In the continuing saga of Team Hometown’s awesome adventures, last weekend found a fantastic five Hometownies racing the Yankee Springs Time Trial. Congratulations to Team member Scott Simpson for his 3rd place finish in Elite Expert single speed class! There were a couple other near-podium-experiences at this event – especially impressive as it’s “one of the largest and longest running time trial races in the Midwest”!


Triathlons 101 Clinic with Amy Gluck at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton, Michigan

“TRIATHLON 101” CLINIC WITH AMY GLUCK

Let’s be real, here… a good majority of cyclists flirt with the idea of triathlons. They may or may not admit it to anyone, but there is something inherently intriguing about spanning the sports in one, body-and-mind-challenging event.

Hometown’s Amy Gluck has a history in IRONMAN competition, and is back in triathlon training following a life-altering accident. With her background in health and nutrition, an IRONMAN Coaching Certification, and a head-over-heels passion for tri’s, Amy is the perfect person to kick off this newest Hometown clinic.

If you’re on the fence about whether to try a tri, are new to the tri community, or are simply eager to pick up tips from a pro, this info-gathering clinic is for you! NO CHARGE and two days to choose from!
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR TRIATHLON 101 WITH AMY GLUCK
Tuesday, May 9th at 6pm  – OR –  Thursday, May 11th at 6pm
(in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room)


Hometown Bicycles is now an Authorized Thule Dealer

WE’RE NOW YOUR AUTHORIZED THULE DEALER

You’ve been asking, and we’re answering – all of you Thule-lovin’ Hometownies can now get your Thule racks right here at YOUR bike shop.


Brighton Bulldogs 9U Travel Baseball Team ScheduleBASEBALL AND BICYCLES

Sounds like the title to an insanely cool new sport, doesn’t it? Anyone up to the challenge?
Actually, this is about the Brighton Bulldogs Baseball Travel Team that we are proudly sponsoring this year. In newsletters past, we promised a game schedule… a promise I can now deliver on! Shaun and I are looking forward to catching a game (and maybe a wayward ball?) at one of their local ballgames. We’d love to see you there!

CLICK HERE TO PICK A DAY TO CHEER ON THESE TALENTED KIDS


Howell Rotary's Tour de Livingston Save the Date

TOUR DE LIVINGSTON SAVE-THE-DATE

It’s almost like a countdown to Christmas! This scenic, local ride is a gift in so many ways – to the riders, to the Community, and to cycling at large. Be sure to mark it down now in your calendars as a 2017 must-ride! Visit their new website for details.


Body Within team

COMING THIS SUMMER TO A FRONT LAWN NEAR YOU…

Hometown’s lawn will soon be playing host to a fast-paced, Fresh Air Fitness class from our long-standing Team Sponsor Body Within. This mid-June class will be specifically designed to get your ride muscles in top form!

Interested? Good! Stay tuned for dates and details, or call Chris at (517) 304-2282 if you’re too excited to wait and need to learn more NOW!


Last weekend's Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Shop Ride at Hometown Bicycles
(Last Sunday’s Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride was a hit, with gorgeous weather and new faces – welcome! This Sunday is the last time we’ll be “exploring” Island Lake singletrack, before we move on to new trails and new adventures. Don’t miss out on riding a classic… join us!)

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

THURSDAY SOCIAL ROAD RIDE (4/27)
10:00AM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
If the rain holds off, come check out the popular Thursday morning Social Road ride as we hit the back entrance to Island Lake and explore the park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (4/28)
8:30PM (meet at 8:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Join us for an evening expedition onto Island Lake’s Blue/Yellow loops at an INTERMEDIATE pace. Make sure your lights are charged, as darkness may catch up to us on our 1.5-hour ride. We will re-group throughout the trail. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged.

SATURDAY BEGINNER ROAD RIDE (4/29)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come grow with this weekly ride as we start out aiming for 10 – 15 miles and expand as the weeks roll by.  Route will be on the park roads.  Road bikes are preferred for this ride.  All level riders are welcome. Weather could go either way, so be sure to check on Facebook for a pre-ride update!

SUNDAY GRAVEL GRINDER (4/30)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Twp Hall
This week’s gravel ride along beautiful, rolling, country roads, will ease you in with a shorter, flatter route than normal, and ~ 3 miles of pavement (large shoulder on about half). Expect to venture across 29 miles with a 13-15 mph, NO-DROP pace. All bikes are welcome. Meet in lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive): 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353.

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (4/30)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. We’ll ride to the back of Island Lake and explore 9 – 15 miles of singletrack. Save 1.5 hours of your day to ride with the Hometown crew. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged. **Location will rotate in future – check on start locations weekly**

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (5/1)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a NO DROP Beginner Friendly road ride. We’ll be traveling the Island Lakes park roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back. ~ 12 – 15 miles. Sound like too much for you? No worries – there will be an early turn-back option for a little less mileage. Bring a light if you have one, though we’re not expecting to need them. Road bikes recommended. All level riders are welcome.
WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST (5/2) – THIS IS A DROP RIDE!
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph!

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation, a remarkable organization created by the Hartwell Family (a particularly awesome group of Hometownies) to raise money to “directly support children, diagnosed with Leukemia and other blood disorders, being treated at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” Participants have a chance to win a Jamis bike, donated by Hometown Bicycles. Great cause. Great cross-training. Great prize.

GREAT TIME TO REGISTER, DON’T YOU THINK??


Hometown Bicycles' Gravel Grinder Shop Ride

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.

– Henry Rollins

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