Happy Easter, Hometownies!

Happy Easter from everybunny at Hometown Bicycles
HERE’S HOPPY HOLIDAY WISHES FROM THE WHOLE HOMETOWN CREW!
On a holiday that celebrates rebirth, renewal, and resurrection, we wish you, your family, and your bike a safe and spectacular return from the winter that wouldn’t let go. There’s so much to celebrate, Hometownies – have yourselves an Easter to remember!
WE WILL BE CLOSED EASTER DAY (4/1)

Hometown Bicycles financing with up to 12 months zero interest

“TAX REFUND OR NOT, I WANT THAT BIKE!!”
 
Alright, Hometownies, with winter dragging it’s heels on its way out the door, we’ve all been getting fidgety, and you know that means the Spring bug is going to bite… HARD.

While you’ve been cooped up indoors – with visions of Renegades, beach cruisers, fatties, and single speeds dancing in your head – there’s been a head of steam building. Hit the pressure valve, Hometownies! You don’t need to hang around waiting for a tax refund to kick off your Spring the way you’ve been dreaming.

Remember, we offer financing – 12 months no interest for purchases of $1000 and more, and 6 months no interest for anything under. Doesn’t matter what you buy – bikes, gear, goodies.

You know Hometown. You know how we roll. You know we wouldn’t offer this if it weren’t a good program offering good value to our customers. Apply ahead of time, so that your financing’s ready when YOU’RE ready. And go ahead, hit the ground sprinting this Spring!


Hometown Bicycles 8th Anniversary Save the Date

IT’S FAMILY FUN FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS BIRTHDAY!

April 15th marks 8 years of Hometown, 8 years of growth, 8 years of loving what we do, and 8 years of getting to know YOU, and that definitely deserves a celebration… Hometown style! Details to follow, but prepare for contests, rides, a picnic, birthday cake, and birthday presents for YOU! Make-a-Wish will also be there with Wish-a-Mile Bicycle Tour information – the perfect compliment to our family event. Put it on your calendar!

TWO LEGISLATIVE TRIUMPHS FOR MI CYCLISTS

League of Michigan Bicyclists logoCyclist safety and advocacy have always been at the heart of League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) efforts, and they hit a double homer with their recent State House success… AND YOU ARE THE WINNER!

On March 21st, the House passed two LMB bicycle safety bills. The first requires that all drivers education classes/trainings address the laws and safety practices pertaining to cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable roadway users.

The second is the institution of a 3-foot, Statewide passing law – a compromise from the desired 5 feet lobbied for by the LMB. Still, it adds one more layer of protection for you and your fellow cyclists.

You can catch the details of these legislative triumphs on the LMB blog. Makes you feel like someone’s got your back, doesn’t it. Thank you, LMB, for fighting so passionately to keep all of us safe!


HOMETOWN’S VERSATILE RENTAL ROOM

Hometown Bicycles Community Room available for rentEvery now and then, I get the tickle to tell you that our Community Room is called the “Community” Room for a reason… we want you to use it!

When we’re not running our own clinics, classes, or trainings, there’s a generous 400 sq.ft. of fantastic classroom space available for YOUR use – whether that be yoga classes, adventure club meetings, Scout programs, or birthdays!

In just the past few weeks, we’ve been delighted to host:
•  Sparrow Freedom Project
•  Arboriculture Society of MI
•  Brighton Lacrosse
•  Local Homeowner’s Association

We’ve got tables, chairs, whiteboards, refrigerator/microwave access, and parking. We have a wooded trail out back and a large front lawn, in case outdoor activities play a role in your program. And let’s not forget that you’ll be at the world’s coolest bike shop!

So, whatever it is that you’re getting a group together for – pinochle or painting parties, club meetings or business conferences, story time or kids crafts – shoot us an email: events@myhometownbicycles.com. This may just turn out to be the perfect space for your get-together!


Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Part-Time Personal Assistant
Combines administrative duties with personal and child care. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, dependable, and excellent with children.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles Gravel Grinder 101 shop ride with CycloDan Tribble
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, MAR 31  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
We’re headed back to Island Lake for a loop through the trails and “behind the pond”. Anticipate 10-16 miles of adventuring. Group A advanced riders will ride fast and pack in the miles. Group B intermediate riders will ride as skills determine. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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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


Team Hometown Bicycles riders Jeff and Sarah Short cycling at Island Lake

More than a season, Spring is a state of mind.

~ Anonymous

Happy Easter, Hometownies!

Happy Easter from everybunny at Hometown Bicycles!

In honor of our families and our Hometownies’ families,

WE ARE CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY

Can’t wait to hear about your holiday cycling adventures bright and early Monday morning!

THIS SATURDAY: You’re Invited to Hometown’s 7th Birthday Bash

Party balloons

Hometown Bicycles then and now... Happy 7th Birthday!

IT’S OUR BIGGEST, FAMILY-FRIENDLIEST, HOMETOWNIEST EVENT TO DATE
This Saturday, April 15th marks 7 incredible years of Hometown adventures and growth, from propping a sandwich board with a crudely painted “Shaun’s Bike Shop” in front of our original, tiny service shop, to throwing a community-sized 7th birthday bash at our roller-rink-sized bicycle adventure center. Through it all, you’ve been right along with us for the ride, and this weekend’s celebration is in honor of what your loyalty has created!

Here’s what’s on the party roster…

MarkerALL DAY – A chance to make your mark on Hometown Bicycles! All customers who make a purchase the day of the event – and going forward – will be immortalized by signing their name on our “I Support Hometown Bicycles!” support pillars!

ALL DAY – Fantastic deals!

Jamis Earth CruiserALL DAY – Unveiling the 10 bicycles that Hometown Bicycles is donating to this year’s 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston to raise money and awareness for Livingston County United Way.

9:00 AM – Doors open. Early bird door prizes, including some especially cool swag from Team Sponsor, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy!

Easter egg11:00 AMEaster Egg Hunt on the front lawn for kids up through 5th grade – with candy, stickers, and toy surprises in abundance! (No cost to participate!)

11:30 AMEaster Egg Hunt in the shop for adults of all ages – with candy, stickers, and some awesome surprise deals for diligent hunters! (No cost to participate!)

Grill foodNOONLunch on the grill (it’s free!) and lawn games, courtesy of Team Sponsor Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp.

2:00 PMFamily-friendly, casual road ride from the shop. This is a relaxed, ride-your-own-pace sort of slow roll with good friends and great conversation!

Kids t-shirt4:00 PM – Announcing the winner of our Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Design Contest. Be sure to check out all the amazing entries that will be hanging in our Community Room!

5:00 PM – All good things must come to an end, but we’ll be here bright and early on Monday morning to help you get to your Happy Place! Happy Easter, Hometownies!!

Bring everyone you know, bring your bike, and definitely bring your sense of fun! This is going to be one for the record books!!

Party balloons


BONUS BIRTHDAY BASH NOTES:

Hometown Bicycles in the Livingston County Daily Press & ArgusWE’LL BE IN THE NEWS!  We’re honored to have Livingston Daily Press & Argus running a story on Hometown Bicycles and our family-friendly birthday event in this week’s paper. Thanks, Livingston Daily! Hometownies, stay on the lookout for our story!

Parking signADDITIONAL EVENT PARKING:  Our friends across the road at American Spirit Centre have generously offered us the use of their parking lot this Saturday for overflow event parking. If you do use their lot, please respect our veterans, and leave the front parking spaces for those who served our Country. Thank you!


JR. HOMETOWNIE T-SHIRT CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED

Junior Hometownie artist Abby Wheeler and her family came by to drop off her entry into the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt ContestCreativity takes time – we get that! Upon popular request, we’re extending our deadline for the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Design Contest to April 14.

CHECK OUT THE CONTEST DETAILS HERE!

The winner will be announced at Hometown’s April 15th Birthday Bash, and their winning design will grace a limited edition run of Jr. Hometownie t-shirts! They’ll receive a complimentary Jr. Hometownie t-shirt, and will be featured in our weekly newsletter and website. ALL participants get an official Hometown sticker, and will be mentioned on our website.

(Photo at left: Jr. Hometownie artist, Abby, brought her family along to drop off her colorful Contest entry!)


Team Hometown Bicycles at The Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race
(From left: Rex Blair, Brian Forhan, Joe VanGordon, Deb Godmer, Jim Cleer, Mark Lang, & Linc Werhly)

TEAM HOMETOWN GIVES LOVE TO THE LOWELL 50

Seven of our intrepid Team members biked the challenging, but scenic dirt roads of The Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race (see above photo). It was a challenging field, but the Team dubbed it a fantastic race – definitely one to do again.

A “whoop-whoop!” goes out to Team member, Joe Ostervik, who took the jersey on the road at the first race in the Waterford Hills Road Racing Spring Training Series.


Cub Scout Pack 365 earns their Bicycle Safety Merit Badge at Hometown Bicycles with Shaun Bhajan
(Photos courtesy and used with the permission of Tiger Cub Scout Pack 365)

CUB SCOUT BIKE SAFETY MERIT BADGE – COMPLETED!

Tiger Cub Scout Pack 365 contacted us with a mission – to earn their Rolling Tigers Bicycle Safety Merit Badge with the help of Hometown. We LOVE investing in the future of cycling, and these kids are exactly that… cycling’s energetic future!

Congrats on earning your Badge, Pack 365. You made this experience FUN!


IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol training took place right here at Hometown Bicycles

FEELING SAFER BY THE MINUTE – MCMBA BIKE PATROL

National Mountain Bike Patrol Training is no cakewalk – nor should it be… it’s about saving lives, preserving trails, and promoting the sport – and we saw a group of volunteer heroes put through their paces at last weekend’s intensive class here at Hometown. Happily, we had both the classroom and the on-site trails to accommodate!

Our congratulations and thanks to the men and women who have stepped up to keep us and our trails safe! If you’re interested in learning more about Bike Patrol, CLICK HERE.


Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Family Friendly Road Ride – THIS SATURDAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH – 2:00 P.M. – MEET UP AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
This is the ride that’s a part of our big Hometown Bicycles Birthday Bash! Easy pace and limited miles, this ride is about socializing and enjoying the Spring weather. A great ride for the whole family!

Our regular group rides will start up again after Easter. Stay tuned! Be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmation and details.


Team Hometown Bicycles at The Lowell 50 Gravel Road Race

When in doubt,
pedal it out.

– Anonymous

Easter Weekend & Shop Rides Begin TODAY

Happy Easter from everybunny at Hometown Bicycles
HAPPY PRE-EASTER, HOMETOWNIES!  We hope this holiday finds you bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and rarin’ to ride. Our shop rides launch TODAY, which you’ll read more about below. But, please note that:
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON EASTER SUNDAY
(P.S. That means no Shop Ride this Sunday.)
Everyone should enjoy family time on Easter, and that includes our rockstar staff!
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SHOP RIDES BEGIN TODAY!!!

Hometown Bicycles 2015 Shop RidesIf any of you were waffling over whether cycling season has truly begun, here’s the irrefutable proof – Hometown Bicycles Shop Rides begin TODAY with our much-loved Beginner Road Bike Ride, open to all, starting at Island Lake, and led by Shaun.

So, strap on your cycling gear, and let’s get our ride on at the:

HOMETOWN’S BEGINNER ROAD RIDE
This is a 12-15 mile, NO DROP,
get-to-know-your-bicycle-again kind of road ride.
ALL LEVELS & ALL BICYCLES WELCOME
Meet Shaun at Island Lake’s Kent Lake Parking Lot
(look for the impossible-to-miss Hometown SAG wagon)
REMEMBER:  NO SHOP RIDE ON EASTER SUNDAY!

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TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN DASH OR CRASH

Rotary Club of Brighton's Top of the Mountain Dash or Crash at Mt. Brighton

When we Hometownies sprint, it’s usually with our feet on the pedals, but this is one upcoming race that has you running, walking, even crawling over terra not-so-firma. Mud, gravel, obstacles, hill climbs… too cool not to mention here!

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