Jersey Trade-In Program + Compact Bike Art

Get $ for Your Old Jerseys!

Cycling jersey trade-in program at Hometown Bicycles

MEET THE NEW HOMETOWN BICYCLES JERSEY TRADE-IN PROGRAM:

You’ve got a closet full of hardly-used jerseys from rides past, binge shopping, and you-don’t-even-remember-where. Happy news for you – bring ’em to Hometown and you’ll get $10 store credit for each jersey we take!

Of course, jerseys must be in good condition – CLEAN and free of rips and tears. And no bottoms – that would be unsanitary.

On the flip side of the coin, if you’re a bargain-lovin’ bike fan, you’ll soon be enjoying a selection of everything from new to vintage, svelte to fun jerseys at wallet-friendly prices. Be sure to drop in regularly to see what new treasure is hanging on the rack!

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A BABY, A BIKE SHOP – NOW ALL WE NEED IS A…

Shaun, Dawn, and Liam of Hometown Bicycles with Kelsey from Last Chance Rescue
(Photos above and below left courtesy of Last Chance Rescue of Howell)
Meeting a rescue puppy at Hometown BicyclesShaun’s holding playful, little Kelsey… sadly, she is not ours, but someday we’ll be ready to adopt a dog, and when that day comes, we know just which organization to call.

Last Chance Rescue (LCR) of Howell brought a truck load of cuteness, kindness, and hope to our shop this past Saturday in the form of four very lovable, very adoptable puppies. (Sophie D. has a heart-to-heart with Clover, above left)

Turnout was fantastic, and we’re happy to report that forever homes are already in the works for two of them! Special thanks to the big-hearted gals of LCR – Nicky, Terry, and family – who made this adoption day at Hometown possible, and who so clearly care about the welfare of their adoptables.

You’ll be seeing many more pet adoption days at Hometown. In the meantime, if you’d like to donate to or volunteer with this wonderful group, connect with Last Chance Rescue on Facebook!

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ALL IN A DAY’S ADVENTURE

MI Adventure Club's "Intro to Adventure Racing" clinic at Hometown Bicycles

Kudos to the MI Adventure Club for running an incredible “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic at Hometown this past Saturday. Attendance was high, and so was enthusiasm. But then, we always knew our customers had the souls of adventurers!

Want to use our Community Room for your class, clinic, or event? Contact Jennifer to get on the schedule! events@myhometownbicycles.com

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WINNIE KEEPS THE CREATIVITY FLOWING 

The photographic stylings of Winnie Chrzanowski
These two gems of bicycle photography are the latest installments from local artist, Winnie Chrzanowski’s, whose adorable “Biker Babe” currently sasses up our wall. “Blue Bike” ($30) on the left is slick and vintage. At a little over 8″x8″, this print is perfect for any small space of yours that needs a dose of bike love! “Rest Stop” ($75) on the right has all the old-world attraction of bicycles, pubs, and a cozy rainy-day vibe. This wrapped-canvas print will charm the overseas socks off of you.

Got the perfect place in mind for these tiny treasures? Great! Stop by and check ’em out!

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THE YOUNG SHALL INHERIT THE ARTISTIC TALENT

Student bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

Congrats, Sarah Becker of Brighton High School, whose fire engine red Schwinn, colored pencil drawing is now brightening the bedroom wall of one lucky little boy. Another piece of student bicycle art sold at Hometown Bicycles!!

And – how cool is this?! – Bastien B., at right, got inspired and created this AWESOME piece of art for the shop! It’s already hanging on the wall, Bastien – thank you for your creativity!!

Hometown Hosts Adventure, Girl Scouts & Puppies

Bikes, Boats & Brains 

Adventure Racing clinic at Hometown Bicycles

FIRST EVER ADVENTURE RACE CLINIC AT HOMETOWN THIS SATURDAY

At Hometown Bicycles, we’re proud to support more than just cycling. We encourage you to live adventurously – every day starts and ends with potential!

That’s why we are SO EXCITED that Michigan Adventure Club selected our store to host their “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic THIS Saturday, March 5th from 10-11am. You already love to ride – now expand those horizons!

Adventure races typically involve team pedaling, paddling, and orienteering – it’s the best of bikes, boats, and brains in scavenger hunt format. This clinic teaches you everything you need to know to… well… adventure successfully! Join us!

REGISTER NOW – FREE – “INTRO TO ADVENTURE RACING” CLINIC
Saturday, March 5th, 10-11am in our Hometown Community Room

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SPEAKING OF CLINICS… WHOA, NELLY!!!

2016 "Where to Ride in MI and With Whom" clinic at Hometown Bicycles - What a turnout!!!
THANKS FOR MAKING WEDNESDAY NIGHT THE BIGGEST & BEST CLINIC IN THE HISTORY OF HOMETOWN!
Covering everything from favorite bike paths, to shop rides, to joining Team Hometown Bicycles, the final clinic in our 2016 Winter Clinic Series blew the lid off our “OMG!” meter. It was literally standing room only with ideas and opportunities a-flyin’!

Missed out? Major bummer! But know that you can drop by any time for information and handouts, or you can contact Jennifer at events@myhometownbicycles.com for further details.

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GIRL SCOUT LUNCH-&-LEARN AT HOMETOWN 

Girl Scouts Daisy Troop at Hometown Bicycles
Shaun was kept hopping Thursday evening by the energetic and enthusiastic interest of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 40627 in bicycle care and safety. This kindergarten-aged crowd asked some really first rate questions, and absolutely brought the store to life with their budding love for cycling.

Want us to host a mini-clinic for YOUR Scout Troop? We LOVE sharing our bike know-how! Contact Jennifer to schedule your next Troop meeting at Hometown:events@myhometownbicycles.com.

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LAST CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY!

Brighton High School student bicycle art display at Hometown Bicycles

Today, Friday afternoon, marks the close of the incredible Brighton High School bicycle art exhibit in our Community Room – the very first student art exhibit of our Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program.

Another piece sold yesterday (more on this in an upcoming email!) Today is your last chance to support the students who pioneered this program by buying their art. Remember, 100% of every sale goes directly to the student!

Thanks again, Maureen Ray, for having your BHS students help launch a piece of Hometown history. And thanks to the wonderful customers who already purchased art and made a student feel inspired!

Next up… Bartlett Elementary School in South Lyon, COMING SOON!

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CUTE ANIMALS AT HOMETOWN THIS SATURDAY

Cute puppy

AND WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT OUR CREW… This Saturday, March 5th from 11:30am-3:30pm (immediately following the “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic!), Last Chance Pet Rescue is bringing a handful of heart-melters who are looking for love and a forever home.

Donations are encouraged, and adoptions welcomed. But, if nothing else, stop by and give these tough-luck survivors some well-earned belly rubs – it’ll make you both feel great! Bring the kids!!

Hello, Cycling Season… We Love You!

Shaun Bhajan, bike love

IT’S MARCH 1ST, HOMETOWNIES – YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS…

CYCLING SEASON!!!
Time to dust off the ol’ saddle, lay out the cycling shorts, and get your cycling buddies back on speed dial. Today marks the beginning of a beautiful 2016 relationship with your bicycle!

If your trusty steed is more like your “rusty” steed, bring it by for some Hometown love. We’ll get your bike from garage-grade to roads-and-trails-ready in a flash, so that you won’t have to miss a single minute of pedal euphoria.

For those hearty souls who’ve been rocking the winter cycling scene, rock on! You epitomize our core belief – that the real Michigan “cycling season” will always be year round!

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BIG, AWESOME CLINIC-PARTY THIS WEDNESDAY

Collage of Hometown Bicycles rides
THE BEST RIDES IN MI, THE BEST PEEPS TO RIDE WITH & THE BEST TEAM EVER
YAHOO!!! It’s here!! Wednesday, March 2, from 6-9pm, is the final clinic in our Winter Clinic Series, covering Michigan’s most bike-friendly trails, its coolest cycling events, our new Shop Rides, the women-only cycling group Hometown Green Gals, and how tobecome a part of Team Hometown Bicycles.

There’ll be pizza and beer while you hear from Shaun, the co-creator of Hometown’s Green Gals, and our awesome Team Captains.

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHERE TO RIDE IN MICHIGAN AND WITH WHOM” CLINIC-PARTY
We appreciate your early registration, so that we can make sure there’s enough food for all!
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ARE YOU ADVENTUROUS???

MI Adventure Club Get Your Bearings Adventure Race website

If you’re a Hometownie, then the answer is an instantaneous and resounding “YES!!” This Saturday, March 5th from 10-11am is an event you won’t want to miss – an “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic put on by Michigan Adventure Club.

It promises to be an event to remember, covering how to be smart, swift, safe, and otherwise awesome on these giant team scavenger hunts in the great outdoors. You’ll learn orienteering, Adventure Race etiquette, and will ultimately gain the confidence to try a race like the May 7th MI Adventure Club’s ‘Get Your Bearings Adventure Race’ at beautiful Brighton Rec.

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND “INTRO TO ADVENTURE RACING”
Saturday, March 5th, 10-11am in our Hometown Community Room
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CUTE ANIMALS AT HOMETOWN THIS SATURDAY

Cute puppy

AND WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT OUR CREW… This Saturday, March 5th from 11:30am-3:30pm (immediately following the “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic!), Last Chance Pet Rescue is bringing a handful of heart-melters who are looking for love and a forever home.

Donations are encouraged, and adoptions welcomed. But, if nothing else, stop by and give these tough-luck survivors some well-earned belly rubs – it’ll make you both feel great! Bring the kids!!

“Best of…” Clinic-Party Here This Wednesday

Collage of Hometown Bicycles rides
THE BEST RIDES IN MI, THE BEST PEEPS TO RIDE WITH & THE BEST TEAM EVER
Hometown Bicycles "Why Jamis?" clinic had a record attendance!Last week, we had RECORD ATTENDANCE (in the whole history of Hometown!) at our “Why Jamis” clinic. WOW!!! Let’s see if we can top it this week…This Wednesday, February 24, from 6-9pm, is the final clinic in our Winter Clinic Series, covering Michigan’s most bike-friendly trails, its coolest cycling events, our new Shop Rides, the women-only cycling group Hometown Green Gals, and how to become a part of Team Hometown Bicycles.

It’s another carb-loading clinic with pizza and beer… gotta get you ready for March 1st – a.k.a. Cycling Season!!! In addition to Shaun, you’ll also have a chance to meet and hear from the co-creator of Hometown’s Green Gals, plus our awesome Team Captains.

NOTE: While Team Hometown Bicycles has a competitive ride group, it also includes a non-race Club team for beginners to pros, trail cyclists to road junkies, fund-raisers to just-for-funners. Our mission is to have fun and to positively promote the sport of cycling. If that sounds like your “cup o’ tea”, then join up!

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHERE TO RIDE IN MICHIGAN AND WITH WHOM” CLINIC-PARTY
We appreciate your early registration, so that we can make sure there’s enough food for all!
For anyone who’s bumming over missed clinics… don’t!! We’ll continue running bike clinics throughout the year. To start, check out March’s Intro to Adventure Racing clinic below!

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“INTRO TO ADVENTURE RACING” CLINIC

Get Your Bearings Adventure Race logoADVENTURE RACING is a team scavenger hunt in the great outdoors. Teams are given topographical maps, work together to locate checkpoints, and have to finish in a specified time. Adventure Races generally involve bike travel, paddling, and navigating on foot.This Saturday, March 5th clinic will provide a general introduction to Adventure Racing and give you the confidence to try a race like MI Adventure Club’s ‘Get Your Bearings Adventure Race’ in Brighton Recreation Area on May 7th. You’ll learn everything a novice racer needs to know about Adventure Racing – including topographic maps, compasses and navigation (a.k.a. orienteering.)

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND “INTRO TO ADVENTURE RACING”
Saturday, March 5th, 10-11am in our Hometown Community Room

Immediately following this event, be sure to hang out and meet the lovable faces of Last Chance Pet Rescue! Read more below…

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LAST CHANCE PET RESCUE AT HOMETOWN

Save a Life, Adopt a Pet - Come see the furry faces of Last Chance Rescue at Hometown BicyclesTHERE’LL BE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE at Hometown Bicycles on Saturday, March 5th from 11:30am-3:30pm (immediately following the “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic!) Last Chance Pet Rescue is bringing a selection of their most lovable, adoptable pets for you to meet and fall in love with.Donations are encouraged, and adoptions welcomed. But, if nothing else, stop by and give these tough-luck survivors some well-earned belly rubs – it’ll make you both feel better! Bring the kids!!

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