The Great Wind Storm of ’17

Shaun Bhajan at Hometown Bicycles during The Great Wind Storm of '17 power outage

WHAT A WEEK!  Like most of you, Hometown went “rustic” last week, courtesy of The Great Wind Storm of ’17. To all of our DTE Hometownies and your fellow crew, thanks for putting in all the long hours and hard labor to get us back up and running!Shout out to a few Hometownies who really stepped up when our shop powered down:

  • Brian Forhan, you are a prince. Your generator gave us enough oomph to keep our shop fish alive and the furnace running.
  • Joe Van Gordon, we appreciate you hanging out to ensure that the post-gale roof repair was done right, addressing some of the in-store hiccups, and for even thinking to bring food!
  • Jeff Ballen, if it weren’t for your quick eye, we may have missed the mid-outage delivery that contained a shipment of our customers’ bikes. Thanks for the call!
We hope everyone came out of this adventure with a cool story to tell. Now… back to another kind of rustic – you, your bike, and Ma Nature. Happy trails!

Team Hometown Bicycles helps out at Island Lake Traildays, clearing the trails following The Great Wind Storm of '17
(Our dedicated Team peeps. We’d like to point out, once again, how awesome our Team Sponsors are – Sean Lowry of Lowry Solutions and Deb Godmer of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp are two of the faces you see here!)

TEAM HOMETOWN TACKLED TRAILDAY

Team Hometown Bicycles helping out at Island Lake Trailday clean upIt will shock absolutely no one that our community bike trails took a beating from last week’s wind storm. But here’s what makes us smile – Team Hometown really stepped up to the plate with 16 of our members and their family and friends, rocking the rakes and saws to clear debris from Island Lake’s miles of much-loved single track. We’re proud of you!

The local Mountain Bike Chapters (MCMBA and PotoMBA) will be having more Traildays this Spring – plan to come out with us! Plus, a few trees bit the dust on Hometown’s shop trail – stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to help us clear it up.


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K – CROSS-TRAINING THAT FEEDS YOUR SOUL11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

We’re just a couple months away from an event that we’ve been thrilled to support since our earliest days – the Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation.

This remarkable organization was created by the Hartwell Family (a particularly awesome group of Hometownies) to raise money to “directly support children, diagnosed with Leukemia and other blood disorders, being treated at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”

Participants have a chance to win a Jamis bike, donated by Hometown Bicycles. Great cause. Great cross-training. Great prize.

GREAT TIME TO REGISTER, DON’T YOU THINK??


HERE’S AN EVENT TO WET YOUR WHISTLE…

Poses, Pedals, and Pints logoYou all know Ashley from Tocca Massage & Yoga, who held the massively popular yoga series at our shop (and will be running another – stay tuned!) Well, Ashley’s instigated an event that we know you’ll enjoy – Poses, Pedals & Pints on Saturday, May 13th.

It’s a triathlon of a different color – this one combines yoga, bikes, and beer with a laid back vibe in Downtown Brighton. Yoga commences at 11am at Brewery Becker. Hometown’s in charge of the leisurely 8-mile bike ride that follows, along with bike valet service. And it all concludes with a refreshing pint at the Brewery to cool your gullet.

Registration is limited to 50, so sign up NOW, to ensure your participation in this first annual event!


Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Chris Mayer
(Images at left courtesy Chris Mayer)

MEET YOUR CREW: CHRIS MAYER

Service tech Chris is one active dude in the competitive sports arena, so you may not have seen much of him yet at Hometown, but he’s already shown his Hometown worthiness by jumping in head first to catch us up on storm-delayed repairs. You’ll be seeing a lot more of this helpful Hometownie during summer break:

I just started working with the Hometown crew, and I love it so far! I currently go to Hartland High School and am a Senior. I’m not sure on future plans yet, but love sports. I am a Varsity cross country runner, swimmer, and track athlete. In the summer I compete in triathlons all over Michigan. This past summer, I even did a half marathon. When I’m not playing or training for sports, I love to play paintball and go backpacking with my friends. I have been road biking for years, but just recently got hooked on mountain biking.


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

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – NONE THIS WEEK

GOOD LUCK, WATERLOO G&G GRAVEL ROAD RACERS!
With many of our Team headed off to the Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race this weekend, we’ll be postponing our uber-popular winter shop ride.

Hey, now! Put those hankies away! It’s coming back!! As always, follow us on Facebook for future ride confirmations and updates.

And the fat bike weather just keeps on coming! Want to try 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
| Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more


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


DYNAMIC YOGA
| New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more


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


Hometownie Tim Bart in full Hometown Bicycles kit cycling at Kensington Metropark

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.

– James E. Starrs

Triathlon Bike Class + Iceman After-Party Reminder

Triathlon Bike Class Next Wednesday
Jamis Tri Bikes at Hometown Bicycles bicycle adventure center

LEARN THE WHY’S AND WHEREFORE’S OF TRI BIKES IN THIS HANDS-ON, NOVICE-FRIENDLY CLASS

What’s the difference between a tri bike and a road bike? Why would you choose one over the other? How do the fits differ?

In this first of many classes we look forward to holding in our new digs, Triathlon Bikes 101 will answer all of the most common bicycle questions asked by beginner to intermediate level triathletes.

TRIATHLON BIKES 101: WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18TH, 7PM-8PM

Jamis Tri Bikes at Hometown Bicycles bicycle adventure centerWhy are we holding this class? If you ever wondered when was the best time to fall in love with a tri bike, it’s NOW. We’ve negotiated some fantastic deals and want to pass those savings along to you!

To keep this hands-on for all, class size is limited to 15, so please register early!

If the class is already full, and you’re interested in attending, call the shop!! We’ll set up another class, if needed, to make sure you all have an opportunity to learn:  (810) 225-2441

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REMINDER: ICEMAN AFTER-PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT

Iceman Cometh Challenge photosPizza, beer, bikes, STORIES…

THIS FRIDAY (11/13) FROM 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Bring in your bike for a well-earned “Iceman Effed My Bike Tune-Up,” or pick it up, if you were a post-Iceman earlybird. Get a $20 gift certificate with your Iceman tune-up to keep or share:

CLICK HERE to print the Hometown Bicycles’ “Iceman Effed My Bike Tune-Up” coupon, good through the entire month of November.

Please RSVP for our Iceman After-Party: (810) 225-2441
Friends & family welcome!

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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