Tour Time, Getting Fat, and Spin/Yoga Instructors Wanted

It’s Tour Time! —  THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT 8:00AM

Shaun and Dawn Bhajan riding Tour de Livingston

AN EVENT SO IMPORTANT THAT WE CLOSE THE SHOP FOR IT!
The photos above are from Shaun’s and my 100 mile, tandem, Tour de Livingstonadventure from a few years back. Gosh, we look so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed there in those energy-packed, pre-kid days…

That was a ride for the record books, and our customers keep telling us that they’ve had similarly remarkable Tour experiences. It gives you a beautiful new perspective of our community – i.e. from the saddle – and a treasure trove of memorable moments. And it all supports a cause that benefits OUR community.

So, due to the importance of and value we see in this most wonderful of rides, and to allow ALL of our staff to participate, our shop will be

CLOSED SUNDAY 10/9 FOR TOUR DE LIVINGSTON
Be sure to swing by our tent and say “hello!” Tweaks and adjustments are no charge at this event – we just want to get you back out there to have the adventure of a lifetime!

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WILL YOU GET FAT THIS WINTER?? 
Jamis  ROUGHNECK FAT BIKE HARDTAIL

We’re not talking about your weight here, Hometownies… we’re talking about the fat tire bike craze that’s taken over our winter-lovin’ mitten State! Fat bikes become available in late fall… here’s your heads up that pre-ordering opens in just 2 weeks!

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THIS WEEK’S “TASTE OF HAMBURG FITNESS” 

Hamburg Fitness Center website logoTRY TABATA THIS MONDAY (10/10 at 6PM)!  It’s part of the 6-week sampler series, “A Taste of Hamburg Fitness”, being held in our Community Room. Here’s the scoop…

“Want to get fit but aren’t sure which type of class you would like to join? Try a sampling of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp classes in Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room. Each week is a different one-hour class starting at 6PM Mondays. Sign up for one or sign up for all. Classes offered are Zumba, Power Pilates, Tabata, Vinyasa Yoga, Functional Training and PiYo. $10 per class OR just $5 each if you bring a friend! For class descriptions, visit Hamburg Fitness’ website.”

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SPIN AND YOGA INSTRUCTORS WANTED  

Spin and yoga Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles

We’ve got big things planned for this winter’s indoor fitness activities… BIG plans. If you’re spin and/or yoga instruction certified, you could be a part of the action. Send your qualifications to Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Fat Bikes and Artists

Jean Dishes the Dirt on the New Jamis Roughneck Fat Bike
Jamis Roughneck fat tire bike, photo courtesy Jean Steinberg

Jean Steinberg riding the Jamis Roughneck with friendsWANNA KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE? JEAN WILL TELL YOU…
Our customers are such good sports. We recently paired 29er rider, Jean Steinberg, with a Jamis Roughneck fat bike, challenged her to take her inaugural ride at the “Global Fat Bike Day” event, and then write us a candid review. She said yes.

Fat bike craze is seriously taking the world by storm. We get questions about the sport daily and, in particular, about the Jamis fat bike that we just brought in. Jean’s comments might answer some of your “I wonder…”s:

“What better way to experience my first ride on the JamisRoughneck than joining what appeared to be over 100 other riders at a local “Global Fat Bike Day” ride. I am typically that gal that rides the light full suspension 29er, so this was quite a change for me. I got quite the workout.

I want to thank Hometown Bicycles for helping me blend in at the “Global Fat Bike Day” ride by putting the Jamis Roughneckin my hands. The ride started with a temperature that stubbornly stuck around freezing and barely warmed up until near the endof the trail. I hit the trail behind a few of my “skinny” tire friends and quickly found out how awesome the Roughneck held contact with the trail as I starting chasing to stay on the heels of my friends. Curving and carving through the downhills and sand were effortless. It was the most secure ride I’ve had in ages. It treated the occasional greasy top layer as if it wasn’t even there – absolutely no slippage or sliding on this Fat Bike! The tires shed the dirt incredibly well. My concern was that the tires would cake up and add more weight and resistance to the tire. I was wrong. I also wasn’t experiencing the dirt flying up in my face from the front wheel like some of the other Fat Bike riders. The hubs had that expensive wheel sound and impressed me as they rolled freely along the trail. The gear options were more than ample for the terrain of my ride. I had plenty of gear choices to get me to the top of every climb. The Roughneck was equipped with a nice set of mechanical disc brakes. These brakes were very smooth and responsive. They slowed and stopped the bike effortlessly.

Jamis put a nice package of components on this $1699.99 entry level Fat Bike. One thing I did learn from this experience – don’t expect to stay on the trail with your fast friends on “skinny“ tires. Take the time to enjoy the trail and the ride – it’s a Fat Bike.” 

Fat bikes
(All fat bike photos courtesy of Jean Steinberg)

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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: DON STRAUSS

Sculptures made of repurposed bicycle parts by Don Strauss

Artist Don Strauss creating one of his sculptures from bicycle partsSince sending out the call for bicycle art, artists from every discipline have been wowing us with their ingenuity. And Don… well, Don is a perfect example. His sculptural pieces, made with repurposed bike parts, have to be seen to be believed. Seriously, put on your jackets and come see his work in person – you’ll be fascinated by his genius!  (photo immediately above courtesy of Don Strauss)

** Christmas Note: These would make beautiful garden art for the gardeners in your life!
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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: LAUREN PATRELL

Bicycle themed crossbody bag, wristlets, and coin purses by Lauren Patrell of LP by LP
Artist Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP crafting her exquisite bags and purses with repurposed fabricsYou have to know that when not only Dawn, but also SHAUN gets excited about purses, then there’s gotta be something remarkable about them. Artist, Lauren Patrell, is a fellow perfectionist, and does it ever show in her art. Words like “exquisite”, “meticulously crafted”, and “I want one!” spring immediately to mind. Lauren blends repurposed fabrics with new to create something uniquely awesome. Maybe I should get one for Shaun…  (photo at left courtesy Lauren Patrell of Limited Productions by Lauren Patrell)

** Christmas Note: Fellas, think stocking stuffers for your favorite ladies!

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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: WINNIE CHRZANOWSKI

"Biker Babe" by Winnie Chrzanowski
Artist Winnie Chrzanowski with her adorable assemblage piece, "Biker Babe"The perfect way to round out today’s email is with Winnie’s cheery and cheeky “Biker Babe” assemblage art. Winnie, herself, is as personable and fun as her artwork. We expect her piece to raise a few eyebrows – she’s anything BUT “status quo.” That’s why here at Hometown, we totally dig what “Biker Babe” represents!

** Christmas Note: Who do you know that could use a permanent reason to smile? 🙂

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