A Bike Shop Within a Bike Shop + Young Women’s Event TUESDAY!

BIG News! (Drum roll, please…)
It was announced at our Where to Ride in Michigan clinic this past weekend, and now we can share our exciting news with everyone!

Hometown Bicycles has partnered with Midwest Bike & Tandem!

Joel Hakken of Midwest Bike and Tandem with Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles

Pictured above is Joel Hakken, owner of Midwest Bike & Tandem, which will now be located HERE, with our fearless leader, Shaun. A bike shop within a bike shop?? This much excitement means it’s gotta be Hometown!

How our partnership with Midwest Bike & Tandem benefits YOU!

  1. Enjoy exploring fresh new products and bicycles!
  2. Draw from the deep expertise of industry master, Joel Hakken! Joel will be a regular addition to our shop, where you can tap his ocean of bike know-how.
  3. We’re becoming your Midwest resource for all things tandem!
  4. Know that YOUR BIKE SHOP is GROWING!! In an industry that’s facing weighty challenges and stiff online competition, you can be PROUD that you’re part of a bike shop that’s evolved beyond “just a business” – and has grown into a COMMUNITY.
One of Midwest Bike and Tandem's Co-Motion tandems that will be available now at Hometown Bicycles!

Stay tuned for a feature on Joel in next week’s newsletter!


Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Clinic

NEXT TUESDAY (3/12) from 6-7:30PM!

girl boss

Join us for an amazing guest speaker, Q&A panel, refreshments and GIRL POWER!

We are super stoked to announce our guest speaker for this event: Jennifer Matras, Owner and Head Skating Coach at 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. All attendees will receive a complimentary PDF copy of Jennifer’s book, Building an Uncommon Champion.

Guest panelists include Samantha Brish of Element Chiropractic & WellnessPhaedra McGaffey of Sea of Myth Entertainment, and Kelly Cieslak of Keepers by Kelly Photography. These ladies, along with Jennifer, will share their journeys and answer your questions about female entrepreneurship and how to turn your dreams into reality.

Sign up HERE!

Our Female Entrepreneurship series is brought to you by your Hometown women, Dawn and Leslie, who are both business owners and big proponents of girl power!


Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic Recap!

Hometown Bicycles

Wow, wow and WOW! What a fantastic turnout on Sunday evening at our Potluck Party! Over 90 people attended to learn about the best trails, rides, cycling websites and organizations locally and throughout our beautiful state. We had a mouth-watering smorgasbord of tasty treats and lots of high energy crowd camaraderie.

New and returning Team Hometown Bicycles members gathered to kick off the spring season, and we couldn’t be happier to have seen all of you there.

Hometown Bicycles

Huge thanks to ALL of our guest speakers and participants:

Jim Plaunt with Bike Tour Vacations
Sarah Vano with MiSCA
Nick Proctor and Jacob Andrews with Tour de Livingston
Tom Hermann of Team Hometown
Team Captains Mike Dyer & Joe Ostervik
Helena Hunt with Make-a-Wish


At the event, we also handed out our official 2019 Spring/Summer Shop Rides schedule, BUT
by popular demand, there has been an addition since then:

Ladies Beginner Road Ride
Thursdays at 5:15pm, Beginning in April
This will be a comfortably-paced, fitness road ride with your fellow Hometown women. It’s about skill-building and socializing, not speed. No drop ride!

Make sure to print or pick up your Shop Ride copy!


Hometown Bicycles' Andy Miller and Kristen Kendall-Miller on Mackinaw Island

You did WHAT?!?!
Crossing Lake Huron… by bike!!

What started out as a bucket-list item turned into a CHECK mark for two Team Hometown riders. Andrew Miller (one of our Hometown Crew!) and wife, Kristen Kendall-Miller, made the trip to the UP and rode what may be one of the most epic rides ever! 

The intrepid duo loaded up their fat bikes and drove up to St. Ignace, just 

across the Mackinac Bridge, where their adventure began. Andy had been watching weather data and local info about what is known as “The Ice Bridge”. This is actually a frozen portion of Lake Huron connecting the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Mackinac Island.

“It’s a lot like Fight Club when it comes to getting reports on the condition of the route. Nobody will go on any kind of record as to what is happening with it other than it is being used,” Andy said.

 The couple definitely got a few strange looks when they talked with the ice golfers at the edge of the Great Lake.

Then it happened; they rode the 3.8 miles across water that is usually crossed by ferries, and were treated to a standing ovation by a group of about 10 snowmobilers who were waiting to purchase their ride permits for the island.

“The ranger instructed them, and us, that we did not have to purchase these… and that the DNR should be paying US for riding over to enjoy the island on bikes,” Kristen mentioned. 

After an 8.2 mile loop around the island, it was time to call it a day and get back across the ice before dark.

Hometown Bicycles' Andy Miller and Kristen Kendall-Miller at the Lake Huron Ice Bridge riding their fat bikes

The ride back had the added feature of a 15-20 mph northwest breeze, which slowed the pair down but didn’t stop them from completing a unique Michigan adventure… riding The Ice Bridge!


Hatching a fledgling business

Hometown’s Business Incubator Rental Space!

We have a major project going on in Hometown’s back room – a buildout that includes a new business incubator rental space!

What is a business incubator? Business incubators are organizations that offer startups shared operation space. In short, they offer fledgling young companies a warm, safe place to grow and prosper.

Our incubator will be ideal for:

  • Business meetings
  • Networking groups
  • Fitness classes
  • Startup churches
  • Kids programs
  • Arts/crafts programs and classes

Hometown’s business incubator will be available for hourly rentals. If you would like to learn more, contact Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Grand Opening coming SOON!


Join our team!
CURRENTLY SEEKING FULL-TIME SERVICE TECHS
Monday-Friday


Stop by the shop for an application.

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

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

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

intenSati | Sundays 10 AM
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Become a Team Hometown member this weekend!

SUNDAY • 12/2 • 5-8 PM • FREE • FOOD PROVIDED

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team NightPresented by Team Event Sponsor Lowry Solutions. Thanks, Sean – we appreciate you & your awesome company!

Have you been thinking about joining Team Hometown? Are you already a team member but want to become more involved? Now’s your chance! Stop “spinning your wheels” and head to TEAM NIGHT!

We’re a blend of cycling styles, skill levels, recreational and racing riders… but we all love cycling and are devoted to sharing that passion! Come out and meet the Team, learn about membership, high five your Team Sponsors, congratulate outstanding members, check out our brand new Team kit, and renew or sign up for 2019! Taco bar provided! 

REGISTER FOR TEAM NIGHT NOW – NO CHARGE TO ATTEND!


Ho! Ho! Ho! 

NEW Online Gift Cards!

We love spreading the joy of Hometown in every way possible!

Welcome to our new online gift card – you can now give your special someones some Hometown love from the convenience of ANYWHERE via your phone, computer, tablet, or any other electronic, internet-accessing gizmo.
Hometown Bicycles
Whether you’re shopping in your jammies or on your trainer, in the garage or at Aunt Betty’s, we’ve got you covered!

Order HERE!


 NUTRITION CLINIC… TONIGHT! THURSDAY • 11/29 • 7-8:30 PM • FREE • GIVEAWAYS & PRIZES!

Hammer Nutrition Winter Cycling Clinic at Hometown BicyclesNutrition expert, Bob Miller, will be joining us from Hammer Nutrition as guest speaker for the evening. That means insider intel and LOTS of samples, giveaways and prizes!

You’ll learn about the types of nutrition that exist (Stroopwafel, anyone?), how to use them for best effect, and the benefits they offer cyclists of all skill levels and styles.

Special, clinic-day pricing on Nutrition products for those who attend!
No fee to participate! REGISTER HERE!


Female Entrepreneurship: The REAL Deal!
Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate Apparel, Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, Kelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, Dr. Tianna Rooney of Perspectives Therapy Services
LISTEN & LEARN FROM 4 LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS WITH FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE!
Above from left:  Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate ApparelColleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline ParkKelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, and Dr. Tianna Rooney of Perspectives Therapy Services

Hometown CEO, Dawn, has a passion for female enterprise. Join us on Tuesday, December 4th from 6-8 PM for our inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Clinic & Forum. This will be the first of several “Girl Boss” clinics hosted at Hometown Bicycles!

You’ll hear from local powerhouse women business owners on the topics of:

  • The elusive work-life-family balance – is it mythical or real??
  • A real-time, real-life struggle to stay competitive in a changing market 
  • The legalities and liberations of being your own boss
  • Setting boundaries and understanding the psychology of NO!
This will be genuine, candid information, shared by down-to-earth women, that can be applied immediately. Bring your questions!

Whether you’re interested in launching a business, already have one, or simply want to become an entrepreneur in your job, home or family, this evening is for YOU!!

This event is FREE & refreshments will be provided! REGISTER NOW!

It’s beginning to look a wonderful lot like Christmas!

~ Your Hometown holiday elves

Chili to Die for & Up to 40% Off Cycling Apparel

Hometown Bicycles 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jack Riddle, winner of Hometown Bicycles' 3rd Annual Chili Cook-OffWe came, we saw, we ate chili… COPIOUS amounts of chili!

Those who left hungry from last weekend’s 3rd Annual Hometown Bicycles Chili Cook-Off didn’t do it right!

We reached an all-time record participation with 16 chili entries ranging from spicy and gamey to mild and vegetarian. Congratulations to Team Hometown’s Jack Riddle, who won the Cook-Off trophy with a Bacon Onion Chili that might arguably have been to die for. (Bacon! Who’s with me?!)
Hometown Bicycles 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off Fat Bike Friendly Ride
An impressive number of riders braved the bitter wet-cold to launch our 2018/19 Winter Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride. We warmed ’em back up with bowls of piping hot chili and a friendly competition on our Zwift trainer set-up!
Shaun and Dawn Bhajan with birthday cake at Hometown Bicycles' 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off
Shaun was feelin’ the love from all of the birthday wishes brought his way. A warm-hearted “Thanks!!” to all of you who attended – and cooked and baked and fueled his lottery passion – to make his 40th birthday celebration one he’ll always remember! Can’t wait for next year’s event!


Hometown Bicycles Cycling apparel sale up to 40% off

 Thursday, Nov. 15th – Saturday, Nov. 17th 

UP TO 40% OFF CYCLING APPAREL*

(10% off Special Orders!)

On cycling wear of all shapes, sizes, and seasons, we’re treating you to one of the best discounts we’ve EVER offered on clothing! Jerseys, jackets, shorts, bibs, socks, shoes, fashionwear, helmets – it’s ALL fair game with this week’s incredible promotion:
 Spend this… **

•  Up to $50
•  $51 – $100
•  $101 – $200
•  Over $200 

GET THIS…                            

   15% OFF your cycling apparel purchase 
   25% OFF your cycling apparel purchase
   35% OFF your cycling apparel purchase
   40% OFF your cycling apparel purchase 

Plus, enjoy a bonus 25% off Parts & Accessories when you make a clothing purchase!***

* Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Excludes gloves and consignment clothing.
** Pre-tax total in cycling apparel dollars.
** Excludes trainers.

Keep a close eye on your emails and our Facebook page for more November excitement!


Winter fat bike riding

FREE WINTER CYCLING GEAR CLINIC
Join us as we tackle the topic of winter body covering – most importantly, what will keep you SAFE, DRY, and WARM.

THU, 11/15  Winter Gear Clinic7-8:30pm
SAT, 11/17 Winter Gear Clinic9:30-11am


Team Hometown Bicycles 2018
COME TO 2019 TEAM NIGHT!
Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pmLearn about joining Team Hometown, meet our Sponsors, pre-order your Team kit, and enjoy a complimentary Taco Bar!
FREE event! REGISTER NOW!

BECOME A TEAM SPONSOR
As our jersey fills up with logos, our Sponsor roster is rapidly filling up with dedicated, loyal, skilled, best-of-the-best businesses with strong ties to cycling. Will your company be next on board?

Kelly A. Myers of Myers and Myers, PPLC, Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate Apparel, and Dr. Tianna Rooney of Perspectives Therapy Services
Women’s Entrepreneurship Clinic & Forum (12/4, 6-8pm)
Hometown CEO, Dawn’s, passion for female enterprise = a new “girl boss” clinic series!
On Tues, Dec. 4th, 6-8pm hear from four, local, powerhouse women business owners about the elusive work-life-family balancestaying competitive in a changing market, the legalities of being your own boss, and setting boundaries! 
Free; refreshments provided:  SIGN UP!
Our guest speakers, pictured above, clockwise from top left: Kelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC,Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline ParkLisa Nelson of Hush Intimate Apparel, and Dr. Tianna Rooney of Perspectives Therapy Services

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES

Our Shop Rides are open to the public, and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early and confirm details in advance on our Facebook events page.

Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
SATURDAYS, TIME TBD  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more
Hatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  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
Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more

Chili in the slow cooker at Hometown's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-OffThere is always, always, ALWAYS something “cooking” at Hometown.

~  That’s our promise to you.

Ready to Expand!

Hometown Bicycles

We’ve been talking about it for over a year now, you’ve been hearing the gossip around the shop, and you’ve even read about it in the newspaper – WE ARE EXPANDING!

Our backroom buildout will set the stage for a new evolution in our adventure, and we need your help. To generate capital to help fund the expansion, over the course of November, we’ll be running a series of ROLLING DISCOUNTS on ALL OF OUR INVENTORY. Our mission is two-fold:

        1) Clear out inventory for a clean 2019 transition
2) Generate capital to help support our expansion!

The result will be a bigger, better, more awesome space to support your cycling goals and needs!

With this vision in mind, we’re making the deals so sweet, your teeth will hurt! No, seriously – this length and degree of discounting is unheard of. With holidays right around the corner, MAKE THE MOST OF IT!!!


First up on the Rolling Discount Train…

 Thursday, Nov. 8th – Saturday, Nov. 10th 

20% VIP DISCOUNT
ON ALL IN-STORE
PARTS & ACCESSORIES*

(10% off Special Orders!)

Just to really drive that home, that means 20% OFF…

– Bags & baskets
– Bells
– Hydration
– Inflation
– Lubes, sealants
and other chemicals
– Grips & bar tape
– Locks
– Car racks
– Tools
– Lights
– Computers
– Nutrition/Skin Care
– Mirrors
– Wheels
– Saddles
– Pedals
– Shifters
– Brakes
– Chains & chainrings
– Derailleurs
– Handlebars
– Tires
– Tubes

And that’s just to name a few!

* Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Labor, indoor trainers, and bikes not included.

There are more opportunities coming – lots more. Keep a close eye on your emails and our Facebook page for the latest rolling discount updates. Please SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS, and THANKS!


Discount on Deck…

American FlagComing up next – Look for a Coupon soon on our Facebook andwebsite for Veterans & First Responders to enjoy 30% OFF ANY ONE IN-STORE ITEM* on Veteran’s Day, November 12th!

* Stay tuned for details!


Fat bike on snow
Fat Bike Clinic TOMORROW!

Join Shaun from 7-8:30PM tomorrow (11/8) or Saturday (11/10) 9:30-11AM

Curious about the fat tire bike craze sweeping the cycling world? Want to know what it feels like to ride FAT? This clinic was designed for YOU!

Learn about the purpose, the practicality, and the power of these goliaths of the bike world in this FREE, Fat Bike Clinic. Sign up HERE!

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Upcoming FREE winter cycling clinics include:

11/15   Thursday Winter Gear Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Winter Cycling Gear
11/17   Saturday Winter Gear Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Winter Cycling Gear

11/29   Thursday Nutrition Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Winter Cycling NutritionRegister in advance by clicking on the links above. We can’t wait to see you!


The 3rd Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party, Post Iceman Party, Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride and Chili Cook-Off
THIS WEEKEND! 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

Time to strut your stuff in crockpot mastery! We’re seeking chili cook-off competitors to help supply meet demand at this HIGHLY attended event!

On Saturday, November 10th, starting at 4pm, enter your best chili recipe to win one very special (and kinda gaudy, but that’s what makes it fabulous) trophy. Take home bragging rights for being the 2018 Hometown Bicycles “Great Bowls of Fire” Chili Cook-Off WINNER! It’s a People’s Choice competition!

If you aren’t a chili-sorta-chef, then feel free to sign up to bring other grub! There’ll be a lotta hungry Hometownies who’ll appreciate the variety!

Throw your hat into the Chili Cook-Off ring by clicking HERE!


Team Hometown Bicycles
Join Team Hometown Bicycles!2019 Team Night – Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm

Team Hometown Bicycles has been rocking the cycling world’s proverbial boat with 107 members leading over 170 shop rides, participating in over 70 cycling events across Michigan and beyond, and putting in over 500 hours of volunteer time within our local and cycling communities! We’re a blend of cycling styles, skill levels, recreational and racing riders… but we all love cycling and are devoted to sharing that passion!

Sound like your kind of group? Come out for our Taco Bar Team Night on Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm, to meet the Team, learn responsibilities and benefits of membership, applaud your new Team Sponsors, cheer on outstanding 2018 Team members, witness the unveiling of our brand new Team kit (discounted pre-ordering this night only!), and renew or sign up for our 2019 Team!

FREE EVENT: LET US KNOW YOU’LL BE THERE! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!


A warm “hello!” to more of your 2019 Team Sponsors

Team Hometown Bicycles 2018Over the coming weeks, we’ll be proudly promoting a wonderful group of businesses that have also stepped up to support your 2019 Team, including:
These folks – in addition to several more, who you’ll be seeing shortly on our 2019 Sponsor roster – are the reason our Team is able to do all the amazing and downright awesomethings it does. Sponsors, you are appreciated!
Team Sponsor spots are filling up fast! If you would like to be a part of something that will bring your business year-round value, please contact Dawn at:
office@myhometownbicycles.com

Women’s Night: Tuesday, December 4th, 6-8 PMThe Theme: Women’s Entrepreneurship

Hometown BicyclesHometown gals! This evening came about because your Hometown CEO, Dawn, is hardcore into nurturing and encouraging female entrepreneurship. If you ride the same wave, bring your friends, daughters, mom, nieces, aunts… and enjoy an evening FREE OF CHARGE with LOCAL women business owners. These knowledgeable, engaging, and all-kinds-of-awesome women will share candid and valuable information on the why’s and werefore’s of starting and running a business, including the realities of work-life-family balance, the struggles of staying competitive in a changing market, the legalities of being your own boss… plus a Q&A to answer questions important to YOU!

Womens Entrepreneurship Forum at Hometown Bicycles with Kelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Trampoline Park, and Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate Apparel
Lisa Nelson (pictured right) of Hush Intimate ApparelColleen Fitzgerald(center) of Sky Zone, and Kelly A. Myers (left) of Myers & Myers, PLLC will be three of our powerhouse guest speakers.

No cost to attend! Come learn with us! Register NOW!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES

Our Shop Rides are open to the public, and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun! (Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
*** KICKING OFF 11/10 (THE WEEKEND AFTER ICEMAN)! ***
SATURDAYS, TIME TBD  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more
Hatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  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 moreZumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more

Yeah, dreams come true… when YOU make them happen.

~ Your Hometown Crew & Jim Dominick (way to make it happen, Jim!)

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