Winter Bike Clinic Series Starts TONIGHT

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Hometown Bicycles

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t stay active on your bike!

Did you know we have a weekly Fat Bike Friendly Ride every Saturday, trail conditions permitting? We bike snow, cold, wind, and freaky, spring-like, mid-winter weather with the same “ya-HOOOOOOO!!” spirit.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: You never know when those priceless spring-like days will pop up. Don’t get caught short with your bike ride-UNready – have your bike tuned up now. That way, when Mother Nature decides to bestow kindness upon us Michiganders, you will be rollin’ hassle-free!  

FYI: This week, we will be riding the trails at Brighton Recreation Area. We will meet at the Bishop Lake trail head at 8:45 AM and rolling at 9 AM. There will be two separate groups to accommodate all skill levels. The A group will be riding the entire system this week. The B group is TBD. If you have not filled out a waiver for 2019, it’s necessary to do so.  There will be some available at the trail head, or stop by the shop to fill one out beforehand.

If you don’t follow our Facebook page, you really should! Not only can you get the latest updates on winter rides, but plenty of other awesome information about everything else we have brewing at the shop. Not to mention the many bicycle-related memes shared by Shaun, Leslie and Andy… it’s not official, exactly, but there seems to be a battle for whose posts get the most likes. (Not that we’re keeping track — cough, cough.)

Speaking of Fat Bikes… 

Are you familiar with our Rental Program? 

That’s right! We rent bicyles! Whether you want to try out one of our Saturday rides, rent for a day, or rent for several days, we can meet your needs. We currently have a fleet of Fat Bikes available… one in every size! 

Rental Rates:
$25 for one ride
$50 for one day
$120 for 3 days

Winter Clinic Series

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!

Our annual winter clinic series is underway starting TODAY!

First up is our hands-on Flat Tire Fix clinic with Shaun, running this evening and again on Saturday morning. Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice, or use one of ours. Required: Please bring along tire levers, patch kit, inner tube, and hand pump and/or CO2 inflator. Don’t have ‘em – don’t worry! You can purchase them here at a discounted price prior to class. Sign up here

And here is the schedule of upcoming clinics! So that we can plan ahead to make things awesome for everyone, early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Thursday 1/17 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/19 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Thursday 1/24 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/26 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Thursday 1/31 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/2 from 10-11 AM

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 10-11 AM

Fitness Classes at Hometown Bicycles

Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6 PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – 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

It’s not a race*, it’s a journey. Enjoy the moment.

*But sometimes it is a race. Enjoy that too!

State Champions + Milestones Met & Conquered

Hometown Gives a Knock-Out 1-2 Punch at the Milford Crit

Hometown's Scott Hoffner takes the Cat 3 State Championship at the 2011 Milford CriteriumPUNCH 1:  Meet Scott Hoffner… Hometown’s shop star and, now, 2011 Michigan State Champion Category 3 Rider.

Scott dominated this past weekend’s Milford Criterium Cat 3 bike race with tactical planning and crazy awesome cycling skills. He ripped the State Championship jersey off everyone’s back and owned it, crossing the line with nearly a 2 second lead.

Scott lives in Milford, and is a Junior at Brevard College in South Carolina. It was only fitting that he won the State Championship in his home town, amongst all his friends and family.

In addition to his win, Scott was also promoted to the next race level – Category 2. He made Dawn (mom), Mike (dad) and all of us Hometownies proud!

Hometown's CJ Brish rockets into 2nd place in the 2011 Milford Crit Juniors Division


PUNCH 2:  CJ Brish. Remember that name. He is a fixture at the shop… unless he’s out ripping up the trails or tearing up the roads.

CJ roared into 2nd place in the Juniors 16 – 19 Division, just a hair away from winning the 2011 Junior Michigan Championship.

Amazing enough in it’s own right, but wait… there’s more!

The night before, CJ blasted through an EIGHT-HOUR mountain bike challenge, and STILL rocked his 8am Milford Crit race.

CJ, who attends Brighton High School, is also a critical player in the formation of their new BHS mountain bike team. Like I said, remember this name and get your autographs now; it’s going to be worth big bucks some day.



Hometown Photos of the Month

Hometown's Incredible Customers
A Huge Thumbs Up from Our Customers:  Any questions we might have had about our first year in bicycle retail have been overwhelmingly answered. Our retail shop has been a HUGE hit!

We geek out whenever we hear comments like, “Finally, a place I want to shop” or “This is what a bike shop should be”.

So, THANK YOU. Dawn and I have put our blood, sweat (a LOT of sweat) and tears into this dream, but it’s thanks to YOU that Hometown rocks!

Hometown Tech Tip: Don’t sweat the small stuff

Head tube rust created by sweat
This month’s Tech Tip is dedicated to the tri guys and gals, or anyone using aero bars.

Let’s face it, if you ain’t sweating, you ain’t training. We all know what it feels like to have sweat dripping off our nose. But when you’re riding your bike, consider the logistics. Your face is hanging directly over the center stem of your handlebars.

Any athlete worth their salt can tell you that sweat is packed with salt. And, of course, salt corrodes metal. The constant deluge from your face, onto your handlebar and stem, is what causes the corrosion you see above.

The Solution
After any training or event, douse your handlebars with water to wash away the salt before it can eat out your bearings. Shower your bike before yourself and you’ll keep the salt from crusting and rusting!

Mike Makes 100!

Mike makes 100 miles
On August 1st, Mike Hoffner (Scott’s dad) biked his 100th mile at Hometown’s 7pm ride. Awesome, right?!

Even more awesome when you consider that those 100 miles were the result of Mike’s committment to changing his life after a 4th open heart surgery.

I asked Mike how he felt crossing his first 100 miles. His answer:

“There’s a lot more of that to come.”

You can ride with Mike every night at 7 on our every-night-at-7 ride.

500 Mile Challenge Update

Hometown's 500 Mile Challenge
I should have made it the 1,000 Mile Challenge. Jill and Steve are dishing out the miles like it’s Halloween candy. They’ve just crossed the 200 mile mark and are still going strong.

Keep up with this intrepid couple’s latest cycling adventures on our Facebook page.

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