November Clinics, Chili Cook-Off, Team Night, and Empowered Women

W! O! W! What an incredible Ladies Night Out on Tuesday, October 16th!! 

Over 35 women gathered together for an evening of fun and inspiration. From yoga to wine to massage to powerful, personal stories shared by some engaging ladies… it was a night we’ll ALL remember.
Shannon Rau
Thank you to everyone who brought their bodies, minds, and hearts to our event. As Dawn stated that night, we ALL have amazing stories to share, and look forward to hearing YOURS at upcoming Hometown women’s events!

A huge shout out to those who helped make our event a resounding success…Massage Therapist Shannon Rau, Yoga Instructor Stacy Mulka, Christine Addy with Drip ‘n Splatter, Melissa Fournier-Rudberg with Cool Hedge Creations, our fabulous guest speakers, Cindy Housel, Robin Fry and Sarah Boyle… and our very own Shaun Bhajan for his informative, seasonally-appropriate clinic on fat bikes, trainers and winter cycling gear.Leslie Barrett

We strive to make Hometown the female-friendliest bike shop in Southeast Michigan and appreciate all of you for supporting that mission. On that note, Dawn and Leslie have all sorts of ladies events brewing for 2018/19!

Stay tuned for details on our next Women’s Event, to be held Tuesday, December 4th from 6-8 PM. The Theme: Female Entrepreneurship, which will include guest speakers covering the legal, financial and psychological aspects of starting and running a woman-owned business, finding work-life-family balance as a female entrepreneur, plus a Q&A to answer questions important to YOU!


Cycle-Ops Bicycle trainers set up at Hometown Bicycles
Clinic Series Kicks Off November 1st!

No matter the time of year, your Hometown crew is here for you! We have created a super fun and educational November Clinic Series to get your physical wheels and mental gears turning!

Join Shaun on Thursday evenings and/or Saturday mornings for these FREE clinics covering all of your winter cycling interests:

11/1   Thursday Trainer Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Trainer Talk
11/3   Saturday Trainer Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Trainer Talk
11/8   Thursday Fat Bike Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Fat Bikes 101
11/10   Saturday Fat Bike Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Fat Bikes 101

11/15   Thursday Winter Gear Clinic from 7-8:30 AM: 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 AM: Winter Cycling Nutrition

Register in advance by clicking on the links above. We can’t wait to see you!


2018 Hometown Bicycles Team Night and Taco Bar
2019 Team Night – Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm

Presented by Team Event Sponsor Lowry Solutions

2018 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 eventsacross 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 (jersey/shorts), and renew or sign up for our 2019 Team!

WANT TO BE A 2019 TEAM SPONSOR OR KNOW A BUSINESS THAT’S PERFECT FOR THE ROLE? Please email Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.


Team News!

The Hometown colors were on display in the Southwest on Saturday, October 13th as Steve SteinbHometown Bicycleserg participated in the Tour of the Gila Gran Fondo in Silver City, New Mexico. This is a 77-mile race through the woods and mountains of the Gila National Forest, with over 6,000 feet of climbing. Nice job, Steve!

Cammie Coffey participated in the Flying Rhinos Cycling Club Fall Colors Back 40 Challenge in Clarkston on Sunday, October 14th. Mother Nature offered up a perfect autumn day. Thanks for representing Hometown, Cammie!

Four team members raced the Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic on Saturday, October 20th: Brad Allen, Erik Frazier, Jay Mings and Mark Mrowka. This epic event takes place in the gently rolling terrain surrounding Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Brad took 2nd in age group and Erik took 4th in age group. Congrats!

DETROIT FREE PRESS MARATHON: Did you know that this world-famous running race is led off by a pace rider on a bicycle? And did you know that this year’s pace rider was Hometown’s very own Joe Ostervik in full Hometown kit?? The Detroit Marathon took place last weekend (Sunday, October 21st). Here’s Joe at the Start and Finish lines… lookin’ mighty fine, Joe!
Team Hometown Bicycles DJ Joe Ostervik leading off the Detroit Free Press Marathon


Did someone say chili?!

Get your recChili Cook-Offipes simmering for our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off!

On Saturday, November 10th, you can enter to win one very special (and kinda gaudy, but that’s what makes it fabulous) trophy. Take home the bragging rights of being the 2018 Hometown Bicycles “Great Bowls of Fire” Chili Cook-Off WINNER!

Stir up your favorite recipe and drop it off at the shop by 4 PM. People’s Choice judging will begin at 5 PM, and the winner will be announced by 7 PM.

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



Welcome to the Hometown Bicycles Community Room!
Did you know we have a Community Room available to rent??

Located within our store, we use this beautiful space to run clinics, programs and events, and we invite you to do the same!

Our Community Room is available to community members and organizations for activities such as:

  • Fitness Classes
  • Craft Classes
  • Meetings
  • Training Sessions
  • Receptions
  • Non-Profit Events
  • Let us know how YOU would like to use the Community Room!

The space is 18′ x 32′, carpeted, brightly lit and lined with windows for a wealth of natural light. It also features two large interior windows for easy observation. All windows have shades that can be drawn for privacy.

White boards are set along two walls of the room. A limited number of tables and chairs can be made available upon request.

The Community Room also offers easy access to both a restroom and kitchen area (refrigerator/microwave/sink).

If interested in renting this space for you or a group, please email Leslie Barrett at events@myhometownbicycles.com for rates and availability.

There is NO CHARGE for 501(c)(3) non-profits!


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!)

Iceman Training Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
*** FINAL RIDE ON 10/27 TO PREP FOR ICEMAN (11/3) ***
SATURDAYS, 9:00AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
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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 moreHatha 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


Studies have shown that riding a bike every day makes you more awesome than the general population.**

**No one was injured in the testing of this theory. 

**Okay, maybe some were injured.

Your Big Fall Party Invitation + An Iceman Good Luck

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

THIS WILL BE OUR MOST ACTION-PACKED, FAMILY-FRIENDLY PARTY YET!  
We’re celebrating 1, glorious year in our new bicycle adventure center with a family-geared funfest of activities, including fat bike demo, group trail ride, indoor art fair, kids crafts, fitness classes, “ask the experts”, and a chili cook-off and seasonal goodies to wrap it all up!

Feast your eyes on the bursting-at-the-seams activities roster below. Specific times and class sign ups will be included in next week’s newsletter but, for now,

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 FROM NOON – 6PM!

So, before we wow you with what you absolutely won’t want to miss, we’d like to say TWO THINGS…

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GOOD LUCK AT ICEMAN, HOMETOWNIES!  

Hometown Bicycles loves Iceman Cometh Challenge mountain bike race

For all of you seriously cool customers who’ve got Iceman Cometh mountain bike challenge on the brain – AND on your Sunday “to do” list – your entire Hometown crew wishes you a fast trail, glorious fall weather, and the heart of a warrior. Be sure to drop by our Team Hometown tent for warmth, chili, and camaraderie. We can’t wait to hear your ride stories at our November 12 post-Iceman party!

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JAMIS FAT BIKES ARE HERE!  

Time lapse fat bike build at Hometown Bicycles

Our magnificently monster-tired Jamis fatties have, as promised, thundered into our shop with enormous glory and fanfare. And still more are on their way to round out your pre-order selection… just in time, too, for the November 12 fat bike demo. Come in and be one of the first to test ride the new models!

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NOVEMBER 12TH’S “OMG!” ACTIVITY ROSTER

Fat bike with crockpot for Hometown Bicycles

Here’s an impressive rundown on why you should absolutely attend our November 12th funfest extravaganza (look for times and sign-up links in next week’s email):

Jamis Fat Bike demoFAT BIKE DEMO:  All Day!
Our Jamis and Framed fat bikes will be out in full force at this event, and available for you to test ride and fall in love with (yes, we’re that confident!)

Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5pm
Hometown artists Deborah Kashdan, Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell and her Nana, and newcomer Sarah Burke will be setting up art displays at our first ever mini indoor art fair here at the shop. Weather permitting, Sarah will also be holding an outdoor demonstration of her incredible spray paint art skills. You’ve seen their bicycle art – here’s a chance to enjoy more of their creativity… and maybe take care of some Christmas shopping in the process! (Artists prefer cash or check, so please come prepared!)

Question marks - ask the experts“ASK THE EXPERTS”:  Noon – 1:30pm
Hit a cycling plateau? Nagging knee pain on your rides? Body Within Personal Training‘s, Jenny Schild, and Pro-Motion Physical Therapy‘s, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT are generously volunteering their fitness/nutrition and common cycling injury/bike fit expertise at our event. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY for one-stop, no charge, professional input on how to be a better, stronger cyclist… take advantage of it!

Vinyasa yoga class at Hometown BicyclesPOWER YOGA WITH TOCCA MASSAGE & YOGA:  Time TBD
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga.

Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  Time TBD
Join in on Martha’s crazy-popular Cardio Drumming class (Liam’s favorite!), which will be pumping up the volume in our Community Room at next Saturday’s event.

Zumba at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA WITH HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER:  Time TBD
Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy Zumba class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness Center in our Community Room.

Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  Time TBD
Bring along your young ‘uns of all ages to create a unique, bicycle gear Christmas ornament with gears, glitter, and other crafty goodies provided by Hometown Bicycles. Parents, please come, too! This is a parent-child project you’ll treasure for years to come. A nominal $4 per child covers materials and instruction.

Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
We’re a bike shop – OF COURSE there’s a ride! This one leaves from our shop parking lot at 3:30pm for the Yellow and Blue trails of picturesque, autumn-tinged Island Lake. NO DROP, all levels welcome!

Chili cook off at Hometown BicyclesCHILI COOK-OFF:  Judging begins when the riders return!
Put your best chili forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights at Hometown’s first annual culinary cook-off! Entries must be delivered by 4:15pm, and hungry cyclists and party-goers will be the judges for this people’s choice competition. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO REGISTER

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! Please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!

How to Love Your Cyclist This Valentine’s Day

Show Your Valentine Some Bike Love 
Jamis Defcon for Valentine's Day
FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES… AND A DEFCON
Get your creative caps on, and really think about how you can show your Valentine how much they mean to you. If a bike is just the thing to wow your sweetheart, the Jamis Defcon is a stunner in passionate fire red.

Sock Guy bike socks for Valentine's Day

I ♥ YOU FROM YOUR HEAD TO YOUR SOCKED FEET
A foot massage would make a wonderful Valentine’s treat, but not for you, if you have to touch questionable old socks. Deck those beloved feet in new “I ♥…” or “hot lips” cycling socks from Sock Guy.

Pink Purses by Limited Productions by Lauren Patrell

THINK PINK FOR HER GREENS
Gentleman, your bicycle-lovin’ Valentine will adore this exquisitely crafted, Made-in-Michigan, LPbyLP purse set not only for stylishly toting cash, but also for declaring her OTHER passion (besides you, of course!) to the world.

Flower bicycle notecards by Peggy Brewer
WHO CAN RESIST A COLORFUL BOUQET?
Local artist Peggy Brewer combined the best of two worlds – flowers and bicycles – with her vibrant notecards. Save yourself a trip to the drug store – we’ve got your perfect Valentine’s card right here at the shop!

Bicycle cassette candle holders by Deborah Marlowe Kashdan
SET THE MOOD WITH CANDLELIGHT
Gearing up for a romantic, candlelit dinner? Award-winning Detroit artist, Deborah Marlowe Kashdan, has found a clever new use for recycled cassettes – as candleholders! Read more about this new Hometown artist below.

Hometown Bicycles Love Bar all natural soaps

KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN
“Ride Hard – Smell Good”: That’s the tagline of our new, all-natural line of scented soaps, made preservative-free, dye-free, and fixative-free. The Hometown Bicycles Love Bar will make a sweet-smelling gift for that super-special somebody.
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SPEAKING OF FUELING YOUR PASSION…

Gu, Fizz, Hammer, and more nutrition has arrived at Hometown Bicycles

With cycling season just half a month away, our shelves are filling with your favorite nutrition brands in every imaginable powder, fizz, chew, and gel, in every imaginable flavor, to keep yourself rockin’ out the miles on your bicycle.

We’re even building up a new display to house this treasure trove of energy. Stop by and check it out!

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MEET THE ARTIST: DEBORAH MARLOWE KASHDAN

Deborah Marlow Kashdan and her artistic creations at Hometown Bicycles

"Choose Your Path, Chart Your Course. Keep Your Feet to the Pedals and Your Eyes on the Road Ahead" by Deborah Marlowe Kashdan, print available at Hometown BicyclesMeet Deborah – a nationally and internationally award-winning artist whose artistic background and merits span mediums and the globe! Deborah has “a passion for cycling, recycling, and designing and creating functional art.” (Come read her Artist’s Statement at the shop to learn more about this terrific artist and fantastic human being.)

Deborah’s “Bike Lights” cassette candleholders make a wonderfully whimsical addition to our shop, and we’re head-over-heels with her cycling print titled, “Choose Your Path, Chart Your Course. Keep Your Feet to the Pedals and Your Eyes on the Road Ahead“. How. Cool.

Valentine’s Day shoppers – candles, gears… you’ve got to check these out!

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OUR INDUSTRY LOVES US!

Hometown Bicycles - Best Retailer of 2015 from QBPFor the fifth year in a row, we’ve been named Best Retailer of 2015 by Quality Bicycle Products.

We’re psyched, so we wanted to toot our horn to the awesome people who helped us get there.

We love you, Hometownies! Thanks for keeping us at the top the charts year after year!

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ON DECK: “WHY JAMIS?” CLINIC
Jamis bicycles lined up at Hometown Bicycles
Ever wonder why, when we had an opportunity to bring in any bicycle brand, we picked Jamis? The reasons will surprise you! Come to our clinic, and find out why we partnered with Jamis. Super-rep and our “brother-from-another-mother”, Tom Trentanove, will be on hand to give you a bonus inside scoop on the bike company that we LOVE! (1 clinic only!)

Bicycle wheelEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
SAT 2/13 from 10-11am
Part 2 of 2, this clinic covers the perennial favorite – flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice!

Jamis Bicycles logoWHY JAMIS? – REGISTER NOW!
WED, 2/17 at 6-7pm (one day ONLY)
A new addition to our clinic series, “Why Jamis?” answers who Jamis is, what they offer YOU, and why we’ve loved ’em from Day One! This clinic is perfect for anyone who owns, or is considering owning, a Jamis!

World’s Tiniest Hometownie

Shaun and Dawn and future tiny Hometownie
It’s getting hard to hide… both Dawn’s baby bump and our excitement. So, here’s the official announcement:

WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!!

Our newest, tiniest Hometownie will arrive late this Spring. We’re so proud that our baby will be part of a family that includes such awesome staff and customers!

 

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Hometown Bicycles Bike Clinic Series 2015 logo

Hometown Bicycles Clinic: Cyclist Fitness & Nutrition

This clinic has historically been our most popular, so please bring along a chair if you have one handy!

There is NO CHARGE for any of the clinics in this series. For a full list of our 2015 Bike Clinics, click here, or stay posted on our Facebook page.

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN HOMETOWN?
Vinnie from Pro-Motion Physical Therapy does… thanks, Vinnie!
Vinnie Baylerian of Pro Motion Physical Therapy in Brighton, MI
Here’s what we believe:

  • A bike shop should be MORE than just 4 walls filled with bicycles.
  • It should be a place that inspires, educates, and creates opportunities.
  • It should be a place that is actively involved in the local and cycling communities.
  • It should be a place that consistently raises the bar.
  • It should be a place that you are proud to bring your friends and family.
  • It should be a place where you WANT to hang out.

If you feel the same, then here’s how you can be a part of this revolution – become an “I Believer”! Your participation not only helps support the incorporation of these values into our new Hometown Bicycles bicycle adventure center, it also brings you special VIP privileges:

I Believe in Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate perks
So, do YOU believe? Swing by the Brighton shop and become a part of the revolution!

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