Welcome to Hometown 2.017

Welcome to Hometown 2.017…

Hometown Bicycles bike shop of Brighton, MI

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HOMETOWNIES!!  We hope your holidays were “best ever”s! We’ve spent our winter break missing the heck out of your bike banter, curiosity, and thoughtfulness, and cooking up all sorts of cool adventures to have with you in 2017.

You’ll see big changes taking place throughout the shop – all geared toward getting you to your happy place faster and more “fun-ly”. If you stop in at the right times, you may even get roped into a project or two!

Between clinics, fitness classes, fat bike rentals, shop rides, Team activities, and shop projects and events, Hometown will be hopping these next couple months. So, if winter’s getting your goat, stay tuned to our emails – we’ve got the remedy for stir-crazy!

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Bike fit clinic with Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy at Hometown BicyclesBIKE CLINICS KICK OFF THIS WEEKFREE!

We’re famous for our winter clinic series – come see why!

BIKE 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.

BIKE 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.

BIKE 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.

BIKE 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 Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

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 | Friday at 9AM on January 6th
$10 drop in – 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

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Rent a Fat Bike at Hometown Bicycles

SIZE MATTERS: FAT TIRES ROCK WINTER

Just a reminder that we have a fleet of 12 rental fat bikes in all sizes, for guys AND gals.

1 DAY = $50           3 DAYS = $100           5 DAYS = $150

Go out, ride, have fun and, if – you know – you just happen to fall in love, we’ll apply the rental fee toward your purchase of that bike!

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We offer financing at Hometown Bicycles through Synchrony Financial
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Team Hometown Bicycles at Tour de Livingston
Join Our Team

Team Hometown Bicycles is a combination of non-competitive and competitive riders with a passion for cycling, supporting their community, and growing the sport. Sound like your cup of tea? Awesome! We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Team. To learn more…

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR 2017 TEAM APPLICATION

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Team Hometown Bicycles kit sponsors
Become a Team Sponsor

There are only a few remaining Team sponsorship slots. Want your business to be one of them? Email ride@myhometownbicycles.com for details!

Welcome aboard to our newest sponsors:
Hamburg Fitness Center
Jamis Bicycles

We appreciate your support!

Iceman Glory, Bicycle Blue Book, and Party Sign-Ups

Team Hometown Bicycles at Iceman Cometh Challenge 2016

THE WEATHER, THE COURSE, THE COMPANY… ALL AWESOME!  
Congratulations, Iceman Cometh riders! Another goal achieved, another adventure had, another story to be told (and we hope that you WILL tell it, at our November 12, post-Iceman party – details below!)

For the first time in years, Iceman riders enjoyed a day of clear sky and sunshine. Our Team sure appreciated it… along with the delicious chili and good will served up in the Hometown tent (thank you, Jean and crew!) Ride times were rockin’, good times were a-rollin’… what can we say, but “can’t wait ’til next year!” Iceman or bust, baby!

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WE INTERRUPT YOUR READING FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE…  

Hometown’s 1st Annual Fall Extravaganza event is

THIS SATURDAY (11/12)
FROM NOON – 6PM

Event details and crazy-fun class sign-ups are below, so be sure to read to the end!

NOW, BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSLETTER…

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POST-ICEMAN TUNE-UP SPECIAL  

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Effed My Bike Tune-Up Coupon

It’s all about respect… you rode ’em hard at Iceman – don’t put your bikes away “wet”! That trusty two-wheeler that just took you for the ride of your life will live to race another day with proper care and maintenance. Take advantage of our “Iceman Effed My Bike!” Tune-Up Coupon, where you’ll get $20 toward bikes and accessories with the purchase of a post-Iceman tune-up.

Print this blog and bring it with you. We’ll treat your bicycle like the rockstar that it is!

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HOMETOWN NOW OFFERS FINANCING
ON ALL BICYCLES!  

Synchrony Financial financing now available at Hometown Bicycles on all bicycle purchases

Think of this as one more obstacle REMOVED from you getting fit, having fun, making memories, and riding off into the sunset. Dreams can absolutely be affordable… stop in and ask us about our stellar financing program!

(Pssst! Save your rainy day fund for a rainy day. Those fat bikes you’ll be falling in love with at our November 12 fat bike demo have just become that much more affordable!) 

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EVER WONDER WHAT YOUR BIKE’S WORTH?
Bicycle Blue Book website
Bicycle Blue Book Authorized Trade-In PartnerWe know that, sentimentally speaking, your bicycle’s value is truly incalculable, but if you ever DO decide to sell, how do you determine what it’s worth?Answer: BicycleBlueBook.com. Did you know that Hometown Bicycles is an Authorized Bicycle Blue Book Trade-In Partner? That’s just a fancy way of saying that we can help you figure out what your bike is worth. Who knows, your dream Jamis bike may be significantly closer than you think! (Like, maybe even at this Saturday’s fat bike demo… *wink*  *wink*  *nudge*  *nudge*…)
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THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT SCHEDULE & CLASS SIGN-UP FOR

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

We’re just days away from this fantastic, autumn, family and fat bike extravaganza… time to get yourself registered for some of the cool classes, and to plan your order of enjoyment, so that you don’t miss one, single, crazy-fun activity!

Jamis Fat Bike demoFAT BIKE DEMO:  All Day!
Our Jamis and Framed fat bikes will be out in full force at this event, and available for you to test ride and fall in love with (yes, we’re that confident!). NO CHARGE.

Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5:00 pm
Hometown artists Deborah Kashdan, Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell and her Nana, and newcomer Sarah Burke will be setting up art displays at our first ever mini indoor art fair here at the shop. Weather permitting, Sarah will also be holding an outdoor demonstration of her incredible spray paint art skills. You’ve seen their bicycle art – here’s a chance to enjoy more of their creativity… and maybe take care of some Christmas shopping in the process! (Artists prefer cash or check, so please come prepared!)

Question marks - ask the experts“ASK THE EXPERTS”:  Noon – 1:30 pm
Hit a cycling plateau? Nagging knee pain on your rides? Body Within Personal Training‘s, Jenny Schild, and Pro-Motion Physical Therapy‘s, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT are generously volunteering their fitness/nutrition and common cycling injury/bike fit expertise at our event. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY for one-stop, NO CHARGE, professional input on how to be a better, stronger cyclist… take advantage of it!

Vinyasa yoga class at Hometown BicyclesPOWER YOGA WITH TOCCA MASSAGE & YOGA:  12:15 pm
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOGA

Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  1:45 pm
Join in on Martha’s crazy-popular Cardio Drumming class (Liam’s favorite!), which will be pumping up the volume in our Community Room at next Saturday’s event.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR CARDIO DRUMMING

Zumba at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA WITH HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER:  3:00 pm
Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness in our Community Room.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ZUMBA

Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  4:15 pm
Bring along your young ‘uns of all ages to create a unique, bicycle gear Christmas ornament with gears, glitter, and other crafty goodies provided by Hometown Bicycles. Parents, please come, too! This is a parent-child project you’ll treasure for years to come. A nominal $4 per child covers materials and instruction.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE KID’S CRAFT CLASS

Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
RIDE WITH SHAUN!! Join your bike guru, and leave from our shop parking lot at 3:30pm for the Yellow and Blue trails of picturesque, autumn-tinged Island Lake. NO DROP, all levels welcome!

Chili cook off at Hometown BicyclesCHILI COOK-OFF:  Judging begins when the riders return!
Put your best chili forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights at Hometown’s first annual culinary cook-off! Entries must be delivered by 4:15pm, and hungry cyclists and party-goers will be the judges for this people’s choice competition. Winner takes home a $25 Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate PLUS one of the first Hometown t-shirts ever made available to the public!!
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO ENTER THE CHILI COOK-OFF

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. And please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!

Customer Appreciation Gift from Us

Hometown Bicycles Customer Appreciation Coupon
(Print this coupon and bring it – and your awesome self – to the store!)

YOU GIVE US WINGS, SO WE’RE GIVING YOU HOMETOWN LOVE 

Something amazing happened one year ago… your support and crazy-positive energy took Hometown Bicycles to new heights. You saw the potential in us, you believed in what we stand for, and you put your faith in our enthusiasm. And just look at where it got us!

So, print and use the coupon above (good through this Sunday!) in the full knowledge that you deserve it! And, if you’re hankering to help us continue to grow into your dream bike shop, PLEASE SHARE IT WITH A FRIEND!

We ♥ you, Hometownies!

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WINTER HOURS START MONDAY, OCTOBER 24  
Heads up, Hometownies! Starting 10/24, our new Winter Hours will be:

MON – FRI  …..  9AM – 9PM

SAT & SUN  …..  9AM – 5PM

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TEAM NEWS: A FULL DANCE CARD  
Michael Dyer of Team Hometown Bicycles at the Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Race 2016
(Photo courtesy Mike Dyer, who says: “Here’s a little shot at the top of the mountain with the look of disbelief that the lead tandem riders are going to pass me right before the drop in to the down hill.”)

Team Hometown Bicycles Michael Dyer and Brian TerBush at Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic 2016PEAK2PEAK MOUNTAIN BIKE CLASSIC
Last weekend, Team Hometown Bicycles’ Mike Dyer and Brian TerBush took to the ski slopes in the Thompsonville, MI mountain bike classic, Peak2Peak. Just south of Traverse City, and with the leaves just starting to turn, this ride was a real “beaut”!

(Photo at left courtesy Brian TerBush… way to rock the Hometown kits, guys!)

Team Hometown Bicycles leads off the Detroit Free Press Half-Marathon

LEADING OFF THE DETROIT FREE PRESS HALF-MARATHON
We’re still blown away that Team Hometown Bicycles’ was invited to lead off the world-famous Detroit Free Press Full & Half Marathon! Such a compliment!! Jim Cleer and Joe Ostervik stepped up for the honor, and were a beacon of yellow light in the drizzly morning race haze. Thanks for taking Hometown to such a prestigious event, Jim and Joe!

Team Hometown Bicycles pink jersey at Ironman Louisville

BLUEGRASS BICYCLING AT IRONMAN LOUISVILLE
Our Hometown jerseys go to the coolest places. Here’s our unmistakeably pink kit racing the legendary Ironman Louisville!

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THE JAMIS BICYCLES STORY  
Jamis Bicycles History video on YouTube

The history of Jamis Bicycles is a family history, and is one of the reasons we eat, sleep, and breathe the brand. We totally jive with the family values that Jamis is founded on.

Learn more about this amazing company via the video above.

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MONOUNSATURATED FAT BIKES – THEY’RE GOOD FOR YOU!  
Jamis Bicycles fat bike website

Fat bike preorders are just around the singletrack bend. If you dream FAT, then we suggest you get your motor running…

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NAME THAT TRAIL!  
Hometown Bicycles Mountain Bike singletrack trail

Just a reminder that the Hometown trail, which wends its way through the back of our property, is in need of a name. So, ride it.* Reflect. Then send us your best trail name. Submissions to date have been fun and clever. Will yours make the trail marker?
*Helmet and waiver required, please.

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SPIN AND YOGA INSTRUCTORS STILL 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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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 this week:WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

FRIDAY, 7:30PM – Night Lights Mountain Bike Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 4:30PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

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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