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

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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!!

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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

Daddy-Daughter, Ladies Spin Challenge & Party Invitation

How Sweet It is to be Loved…

Hometown Bicycles, with Shaun Bhajan, sponsoring the Howell Parks and Rec Sweetheart Dances
(Shaun & Aria enjoyed daddy-daughter dancing, and congrats to our dance-time drawing winners!)

KIDS, CANDY, CUTENESS – AND BIKES! – AT THE SWEETHEART DANCES
Hometown hit the dance floor last week for not one, but THREE, Sweetheart Dances that we enthusiastically sponsored through Howell Parks & Rec. Family values reigned supreme (and our son picked up some new dance moves) at these A-is-for-adorable, mother-son / daddy-daughter dances.

Some of you readers signed up for our e-newsletters at the event – welcome, and ride on!

We also want to tip our helmets to truly some of the kindest souls on the planet – our cosponsors, Brennan Investment Services and McCaskill Family Services. Can’t wait to participate in more events with these big-hearted businesses!

WE  YOU, HOMETOWNIES! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! 

Happy Valentine's Day from Hometown Bicycles!


Pizza and Jamis Bicycles - A Clinic-Party at Hometown Bicycles

THIS THURSDAY (2/16):

  EAT, DRINK & BE CURIOUS!

YOU’RE INVITED TO A JAMIS CLINIC-PARTY COMBO THIS THURSDAY! 
This Thursday, February 16, from 6-8pm, we’re hosting a pizza-and-beer clinic celebration that combines the best of Jamis, bike smarts, and cyclist sustenance.

Come out and meet Tom, our uber-awesome Jamis rep, who’ll be sharing insider industry scoops, cool Jamis facts, and answering any questions you might have about the company and the bikes.

You’ll also hear from Shaun about why, when we had an opportunity to carry any bike brand, we determined that Jamis would rock our customers’ worlds and help support the industry we love. The answers may surprise you.

Everyone is welcome – the Jamis owners, the Jamis newbies, and the simply Jamis curious. Bring your family; bring your friends; bring your neighbors; bring your coworkers. What better way to spend a winter evening than surrounded by bikes, connecting with fellow cyclists, and relaxing with a full belly?

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHY JAMIS?” CLINIC-PARTY
We appreciate your early registration, so that we can make sure there’s enough food for all!

Hometown Bicycles loves Jamis Bikes


SPEAKING OF JAMIS… HERE’S HOW TO WIN ONE!

Jamis Bikepacking Contest videoJust wanted to send you a reminder to check out this bikepacking contest that Jamis is running through the month of February, with a grand prize of something like $5,000 in bikes and adventure gear! How sweet would it be if a Hometownie won?! What are you waiting for… ENTER NOW!!


 

Ladies Spin Challenge with Dawn at Hamburg Fitness Center

OH, HOW THE TABLES DO TURN…

Well, it was all fun and games when I gleefully signed Shaun up for his Spin-Off at the Hamburg Fitness Center. And, of course, look what came of it – he became a spin convert!

But our Hamburg Fitness Center peeps have turned the tables on me with a spin-off of Shaun’s Spin-Off… now it’s MY turn to jersey up and spin with our lady customers.

Ladies, please don’t make me do this alone!! I’m several years out of shape, and looking for some serious moral support. The Ladies Spin Challenge is (of course) women only, and runs FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH AT 9:30AM – $5 HOMETOWNIE SPECIAL. Child care is available, fellow mamas! (Call 810-231-4169 to pre-register your kiddies.)

REGISTER NOW TO SPIN WITH ME – CLICK HERE!


A SECOND SPIN-OFF WITH SHAUN…

Ready to clip in for another round of spinning with Shaun at Hamburg Fitness Center? SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH AT 10:15AM – $5 HOMETOWNIE SPECIAL

REGISTER FOR THE HOMETOWN SPIN-OFF WITH SHAUN


Hometown Bicycles service lead Andrew Jackson
(Image at left courtesy Andrew Jackson)

MEET YOUR CREW: ANDREW JACKSON

Andrew is a Hometown phenomenon – mature beyond his years and with a natural ability to lead. You’ll spot him running lead in our service shop, and participating in tons of shop rides. Customers love him, our kids love him, we love him. Andrew’s a treasure:

Coming from a family of eight children myself, Hometown is just another extension of my big family. Whether it is cranking out the tune-ups, watching the kids for Dawn, or helping Shaun finish up the projects around the shop, I am there. I enjoy mountain biking or road riding with some of my fellow Hometown crew members, racing in the MiSCA series, or working on a project or two of my own (usually bike related). Quote I live by: “The only bars I want to be behind in my life are a set of handlebars.”


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – TBA

Our weekly adventure through the Island Lakes Badlands is up in the air this Saturday, as we wait to see whether the ground is firm enough to handle a thundering herd of fat bikes. Can’t believe we’re saying this, but… come on, cold weather!! Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441


Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic winter fitness programs running right here inside your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING FOR KIDS | Mondays at 11AM
Parents welcome! $5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA | New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Spring tulips

SPRING: 35 Days & Counting

5 weeks ’til Spring… can you believe it?! Don’t panic… we’ll get you AND your bike there in top form!

Take advantage of our fat bikes and rentals, winter shop ridesfitness classes, and famous bicycle tune-ups and repairs!

What a ‘Best Event Ever!’ Looks Like + Cycling in the Dark

Fat bike friendly mountain bike shop ride at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

HOMETOWN’S FALL EXTRAVAGANZA REALLY TOOK THE CAKE…

One of our party-goers called last Saturday’s shindig “Hometown’s best event yet!”, and in terms of fun-for-the-whole-family, this-is-what-Hometown-Bicycles-is-all-about entertainment, we’d have to agree! Here’s a scrapbook-style look back at an event that has more than earned its place as an annual shop tradition… 

Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage and Yoga, Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf, and Zumba with Rael'e Buddenborg of Hamburg Fitness Center at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: Fitness classes brought insane levels of energy to the shop floor! Top left – party peeps eased into the festivities via dynamic yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga. Next up, our floor was ROCKIN’ to a Hometown favorite – Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf. Artist Peggy Kerwan (middle) and sponsor Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply (right) jumped in on the action, like the total rockstars that they are. Zumba had everyone swinging to lively Latin rhythms, courtesy of Rael’e Buddenborg of Hamburg Fitness Center (bottom left).

Artists Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, Mickie of Nana's Knits, and Sarah Burke at Hometown Bicycles Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: Our art fair may have been mini, but it was truly MIGHTY, thanks to the INCREDIBLE artistic talent of Hometown artists (left to right) Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, Mickie of Nana’s Knits, and Sarah Burke. We love you, art peeps!

Sarah, we would like to add, braved the chilly winds to work her spray paint magic (bottom right) outside during our event. She’s an enterprising, artistic, high school student whose work we will soon be carrying at the shop. This gal is going far!

Kids making bicycle gear Christmas ornaments at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: Kids had a blast crafting their own Christmas ornaments out of painted bicycle gears in our first-ever kids’ craft class. Expect to see a lot more of these classes here at Hometown!

Jenny Schild of Body Within Personal Training, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, and Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply at Hometown Bicycles Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: A few of our sponsors also got in on the action! Jenny Schild of Body Within Personal Training (top left) and Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy (top right) ran a no-charge, “Ask the Expert” session in our entryway, while Sandy of Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply kept everyone hydrated and in good humor with her vivacious personality. Thank you, super sponsors!

Fat bike demo at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: We could hardly get the bikes prepped fast enough for our wildly popular fat bike demo. Demo-ers pounded through the newly named Liam’s Loop trail behind our shop (top), and then again in Island Lake.

Fat bike friendly mountain bike shop ride with Shaun Bhajan at Hometown Bicycles' Fall Extravaganza

ABOVE: And speaking of riding Island Lake, our event also drew an enormous crowd for the Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride with Shaun.

Crockpots full of delicious chili at Hometown Bicycles Fall Extravaganza Chili Cook Off

ABOVE: The cherry on top for the riders and their families was coming back to a 15-entry Chili Cook-Off event of delicious proportions. Congrats to Terry and her Surprise Chili for the People’s Choice win! We had no idea so many of our Hometownies could rock the crock(pot)!!

THANK YOU!! We can’t wait until next year’s Fall Extravaganza!

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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles Night Lights Shop Ride

Happily, cold weather and early nights do NOT signal the end of cycling season! Here are a couple shop rides you won’t want to miss this week:

Friday Night Lights – November 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Meet at the shop by 6:45 for an intermediately-paced night jaunt through Island Lake. Be sure your lights are charged, and bring a back-up, if you have one!

Fatbike Friendly Ride – Saturday, November 12th, 10:00 a.m.
Join the Hometown crew as they explore the Milford area mountain bike trails on fat and mountain bikes. NO DROP RIDE. ~ 12-14 miles. Please dress for the weather. Meet at Milford trailhead, located on Peters Rd. between GM/Commerce Rd., on the West side. Park in the lot closest to Peters Rd. (if you see baseball fields to your left, you’re there)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Rifle Season runs November 15-30. Please consider exploring non-hunting parks during the day and those with hunting after dark. It’s only two weeks – let’s stay safe!  

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Synchrony Financial financing now available at Hometown Bicycles on all bicycle purchases
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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

See the amazing companies below? They’re our 2015/16 sponsors, and some of the coolest people and businesses we know. As 2017 approaches, we’ll be opening up additional opportunities to take on a Team Sponsor role. Stay tuned for details in an upcoming email!

It’s PARTY Time! Shaun’s ride, beer, art, family fun and chili

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook OffTOMORROW (11/12) IS THE HOMETOWN EVENT OF THE SEASON, AND YOU’RE INVITED!  

Here it is, Hometownies – the very first event of its kind, and we invite YOU AND YOUR FAMILY to be a part of it!

SATURDAY, NOV 12, NOON-6PM

Here’s how it’s going down…


  1. Shop opens at noon and closes around 6pm, instead of our regular 9-5 weekend hours.
  2. Our Schedule of Events (below) is filled with hourly fun and entertainment. Where online pre-registration is offered, please take advantage of it, so that we can make your experience an 11!
  3. Overflow parking is available at the American Spirit Centre across the street – back lot. (Thank you, neighbors!)
  4. Ride with Shaun on the Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride, and compete with Shaun in the Chili Cook Off!
  5. Bring family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, acquaintances, heck – even strangers… this event is for EVERYONE!

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!). NO CHARGE.


Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5:00 pm
Hometown artists 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 – 1:30 pm
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:  12:15 pm
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga. $5 to instructor
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOGA


Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  1:45 pm
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 this event. NO CHARGE!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR CARDIO DRUMMING


Zumba at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA WITH HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER:  3:00 pm
Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness in our Community Room. NO CHARGE!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ZUMBA


Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  4:15 pm
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.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE KID’S CRAFT CLASS


Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
RIDE WITH SHAUN!! Join your bike guru, and leave 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. Winner takes home a $25 Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate PLUS one of the first Hometown t-shirts ever made available to the public!!
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO ENTER THE CHILI COOK-OFF

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! See you tomorrow, Hometownies! 

HELPFUL HINT: Hometown now offers financing through…

Synchrony Financial financing now available at Hometown Bicycles on all bicycle purchases
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