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

BIG Surprise Announcement at This Weekend’s Potluck Clinic

YOU ARE INVITED! Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic & Potluck Party
PLUS BIG Surprise Announcement!!

THIS SUNDAY – MARCH 3RD – from 5:30-7:30 PM

Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic and Potluck

Can you believe it’s finally March?! We are so stoked to kick off the spring cycling season with you at our FREE information-packed party on Sunday, March 3rd from 5:30-7:30 PM. Whether you are new to cycling, a member of Team Hometown, or anywhere in-between, you are welcome to attend!

Why you’ll be SO glad you came:

Hometown Bicycles

You will be the FIRST to hear our BIG SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT! 
And when we say big, we mean…
BIG!

Other exciting reasons to come!

  1. Learn all about Michigan trails, tours and groups.
  2. Take home trail maps, websites, and other valuable resources.
  3. Become knowledgeable about youth cycling, charitable events and groups, and volunteer opportunities galore.
  4. Join Team Hometown! This event marks the last day to join for 2019.
  5. And the very most important reason? Shaun’s FOOD! Your very own bike whisperer will be tantalizing our taste buds with Trinidadian-style spicy curry shrimp! (Come on, people, you know you want to eat ALL the shrimp)


We have some fantastic speakers lined up to share a wealth of knowledge with you:

  • Team Hometown Captains, Mike Dyer & Joe Ostervik – Learn about one of the most active and positively influential cycling Teams in Michigan!
  • MiSCA – Discover the power of youth cycling, coaching, and volunteer needs.
  • Tour de Livingston  – Hear all about one of our favorite community rides EVER!!
  • Tom Hermann – Get introduced to the best rails-to-trails, gravel routes, local singletrack, and organizations (like MCMBA and PotoMBA).
  • Jim Plaunt with Bike Tour Vacations – Be transported through the municipal, metro, and state parks; scenic regions; bike clubs; and smart phone navigation.

Also, Make-a-Wish will be in attendance! Stop by their informational table to learn about Wish-a-Mile and Wish Ball.

Bring a dish to pass, meet other cycling enthusiasts, feast and have fun!  
 

SIGN-UP HERE!


Join Team Hometown Bicycles!

Team Hometown

The Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic & Potluck on March 3rd offers up one last opportunity to join Team Hometown for the 2019 year. We are currently 70 incredible Team members and growing! Join us for rides, races, camaraderie, events, and all-around FUN.

How to Join: Download our Team Application. Drop it by the shop or bring it to the Potluck! Our Team Store is NOW OPEN, and will remain open through March 15th. Order your kits to make your membership OFFICIALLY official!

Your Potluck Party Invite + Sunday Shop Garage Sale

Food selection
HOMETOWNIES, YOU & YOUR APPETITE ARE INVITED!!
Every year, our annual “Welcome to Spring Cycling Season!”, Winter Clinic wrap-up party gets bigger… and tastier! This one’s shaping up to be the best and most delicious yet! Sloppy joes, chili, cheesy potatoes, veggie enchiladas, fruit salad, sweets, beer… if you’ve been on the fence, the food alone should sway you – come!!

At this Thursday, March 1st party, you’ll learn about the best MI cycling parks and routes, and pick up your copy of the highly anticipated 2018 LMB Michigan Ride Calendar. You’ll also hear from guest speaker Jim Bike Tour Vacations logoPlaunt of Bike Tour Vacations, who’s worked up a special promotion just for Hometownies!

You’ll get our 2018 Spring Shop Ride agenda (spoiler alert – it’s awesome!), and meet the cool people you’ll get to ride them with! PLUS, this March 1st party is your LAST CHANCE to sign up for our all-inclusive, all-about-making-it-fun cycling Team!! (We’re currently 86 strong – CLICK HERE to see why so many riders have drunk the kool-aid!)

Exciting, right? But wait, there’s more! At this event, you’ll have a chance to finally meet the one and only Matt Fitzhorn, whom you’ve been hearing so much about – the new head honcho for your famous Hometown Service Department. You’re right. You absolutely won’t want to miss this:

Thur, March 1st, 7-9pm – The only fee is food!

Hometown Bicycles Garage Sale this Sunday, March 4th from 11am-4pm

IT’S GAME ON, BARGAIN HUNTERS!

Welcome to spring cleaning – Hometown style!!  THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH from 11am-4pm, we’re clearing out our back room in preparation for awesomeness to come. And while we’re at it, we’ll be moving old inventory to make way for new. That means everything from used bicycles, to shop tools, to product, to furniture, to random bike parts will be up for grabs at garage sale prices!

SPREAD THE WORD – there’s treasure in this here building, and you and your friends are invited to “pan for gold!”


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, MAR 3  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
We’re headed back to Island Lake for a loop through the trails. 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!***


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


Hometownies enjoying good eats at our annual Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic and Potluck Party

Food tastes better when you eat it with your family.

~ Your Hometown Family

What Happened at Hometown the Other Night…

Making friends at Hometown Bicycles' Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition
(Friendships were forged and fun was TOTALLY had at Hometown’s Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition!)

WHAT HAPPENS AT HOMETOWN, STAYS AT… OH, WAIT!
No it doesn’t! It gets shared with you right now! Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition was just too wonderful to keep to ourselves, anyway…

In our second celebration of Hometownie women, we launched the evening with a stellar, stress-melting yoga session, courtesy of Terry of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp. Next came a few words from the girl-power advocate who runs this show (me).

Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition yoga and CEO Dawn Bhajan

Wine was a-flowing from an ambrosial selection of reds and whites, and partnered beautifully with our tableful of gal-geared goodies!

Wine, strawberries, and blueberries were just a few of the refreshments enjoyed by participants in the Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition

Many of our women picked up quick and simple flat tire fix tips and shifting techniques in a set of mini clinics that ran mid-event. Complimentary chair massages took place just a few steps away, generously offered by wonder-women, Jenn and Sue, of Kor Chiro Studio.

Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition bike clinic on flat tire fixes

In what’s quickly become one of the largest selections of women’s cyclewear in the area, our women found an abundance of eye-popping deals and colorful fashions to suit every style. And one of the favorite additions to the evening was the playful jewelry and artwork offered and donated as door prizes by kind-to-the-core vendors/artists Peggy Kerwan, Lauren of LPbyLP, Cathy and Rita of Echo Lake Steel, and Melissa of Cool Hedge Creations.

A stunning selection of Louis Garneau shoes, cycle wear, and gloves for women at Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition

Generous gift donations from Hamburg Fitness Center‘s chief ladies, Deb and Terry, and one of the most vibrant personalities we’ve ever met – Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment – cherry-topped the evening for several happy winners.

We welcomed 5 new ladies to our Hometown Team, made friends and cycling buddies, and 200% loved life with some of the most wonderful women we know. What a magical evening! Ladies, you have my personal thanks for supporting my mission to make Hometown one of the female-friendliest bike shops in the region and, of course, for being so awesome!! (Stay tuned for our next big women’s event, coming up in May!)


Blowout Sale at Vincere Cycles of Milford

INVENTORY, TOOLS, FIXTURES & MORE

Moving Vincere operations to Hometown means a BIG BIKE SHOP BLOW-OUT SALE the likes of which you’ve never seen – product, fixtures, tools… anything that’s not nailed down at blow-out pricing. Start moving the seats out of your cars – sale runs THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 FROM NOON-4PM, and you’ll be needing the space! First come, first serve!!!Matt Fitzhorn in front of his bike shop, Vincere Cycles
Meet man-of-the-hour, Matt Fitzhorn (and his little dog, too!) parked in front of Vincere Cycles of Milford.

Hometown Bicycles Winter Clinic Series Wrap-Up Potluck Party
MARCH 1ST: CLINIC POTLUCK PARTY

Hometownies, we’re wrapping up this – our 8th year of winter bike clinics – with the most epic Potluck Party to date… because, this year, there’s something extra to celebrate!

Bike Tour Vacations logoIn this clinic, you’ll learn about the best parks, routes, and groups for your Michigan cycling adventures. We’ll also be welcoming back guest speaker Jim Plaunt of Bike Tour Vacations, who’s worked up a special promotion just for Hometownies!

You’ll get our 2018 Spring Shop Ride agenda (spoiler alert – it’s awesome!), and meet the cool people you’ll get to ride them with! PLUS, this March 1st party is your LAST CHANCEto sign up for our all-inclusive, all-about-making-it-fun Team Hometown Bicycles!! (We’re at 85 riders – can you help our Team get to 100??)

Exciting, right? But wait, there’s more! At this event, you’ll have a chance to finally meet the one and only Matt Fitzhorn, whom you’ve been hearing so much about – the new head honcho for your famous Hometown Service Department. You’re right. You absolutely won’t want to miss this:

Thur, March 1st, 7-9pm – The only fee is food!

ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
2018 HOMETOWN WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSES 
It’s the final class in our Hometown, women-only, winter class series to keep you going strong over the winter! Women’s rides are next on the agenda, beginning in April – be sure to watch our Facebook page and newsletter for the official announcement! Click the registration link for details and to sign up for the final class: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 Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate/Advanced
SATURDAY, FEB 24  |  10:00AM (MEET BY 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
We’re headed back to Island Lake for a loop through the trails. 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!***

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 moreZUMBA | 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


Hometownies at Hometown Bicycles Ladies Night Out: Spring Edition

Making memories with you is my favorite thing to do.

~ Jordy Daniel

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