Easter Egg Hunt at Hometown, Tri Training, and Bike Patrol

APRIL 15: Hometown’s 7th Birthday

Hometown Bicycles 7th Anniversary Celebration Easter Egg HuntEASTER EGG HUNT, DOOR PRIZES, DEALS, FAMILY RIDE, FOOD & COMPETITION
We’ve had some exceptional events in our time, but a 7th birthday for Hometown Bicycles… now THAT deserves something on the scale of momentous!

Details are coming in next week’s newsletter, but some highlights you can expect for this Saturday, April 15th event include door prizes, an Easter Egg Hunt for kids AND adults, food, a family road ride, announcement of the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Contest Winner (see below), deals, the unveiling of the 10 BICYCLES WE ARE DONATING to this year’s 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston, and a chance to make your mark (literally) on Hometown!!

Did some of that sound mysterious? Good! Come see what all the excitement’s about. A birthday party just isn’t the same without family, and that means we want YOU there!

REMINDER: JR. HOMETOWNIE T-SHIRT CONTEST

Cute kid drawing a bicycleRemember, Hometownies, have your preschool – 5th grader paint or sketch up a fun and colorful t-shirt design (no larger than 8″ x 8″), that includes the following:

  • A hand-drawn or hand-painted Hometown logo
  • The words: “I’m a Jr. Hometownie!” (Mom and Dad can help, if needed)
  • Any other bicycle-related art that your young Hometownie is inspired to create!

Bring in their entry by Monday, April 10th to proudly display in our Community Room for the rest of the month!

The winner will be announced at our April 15th event, 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 acknowledged on our website.

(Cute kiddie graphic above courtesy www.clipartfest.com)


Brighton Bulldogs Travel Baseball Team meeting in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room

BULLDOG PRIDE AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

At Hometown, we’re big on activities that involve fitness, family, and the great outdoors, so you can imagine how geeked we are to be Sponsors of the 2017 Brighton Bulldogs Travel Baseball Team. Last night, they met in our Community Room to prep for a stellar season, and impressed the socks off of us with their energetic camaraderie and good manners… plus, they were genuinely kind to Liam, which wins them bonus brownie points in this mama’s book! Stay tuned for a list of their games.

So, now we’ve hosted Bulldogs Baseball, Lacrosse, Football, and Art in our Community Room – yep, we’re definitely feeling Bulldog Pride! Have a Team, Troop, or other group that needs a meet-up spot? Email events@myhometownbicycles.com for Community Room reservations – it’s free for non-profits!


Hometown Bicycles Triathlon Club
(Photo © and courtesy Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp)

HOMETOWN ♥s HAMBURG FITNESS TRIATHLON CLUB

We know our tri-geared Hometownies are getting the “brick” bug as the months creep toward triathlon season. That’s why we’re teaming up with Team Hometown Sponsor Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp to take their much-loved Triathlon Club to the next level of awesome!

We’re chipping in gift certificates for motivation, transition training to maximize your swim-to-bike/bike-to-run efficiency, and Hometown’s own Amy Gluck will be imparting expert advice from her Ironman background.

TRI Club Memberships are available for non-members (810-231-4169 for details). You can also join Run Club with Pro Triathlete and Personal Trainer Ryan Rau (call 734-476-4444). I speak from personal experience when I say that his run input can be a game changer!

Join Hometown and your fellow triathletes at the Club’s first informational meeting on April 11th, 6PM at Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp.


National Mountain Bike Patrol Training happening at Hometown Bicycles
(Photo © and courtesy Randy Kessler and Motor City Mountain Biking Association)

BE A HERO: BIKE PATROL TRAINING AT HOMETOWN

It takes a first class sort of person to step up and actively seek ways to support fellow cyclists and, as it so happens, that’s exactly what Hometownies are… first class! So, if you’ve got it in you to give back to the cycling community, here’s an opportunity happening right here at Hometown THIS SATURDAY, April 8th (limited space, so register now!):

Like to Ride? Like to help people? The National Mountain Bike Patrol may be for you…

The mission of the Mountain Bike Patrol boils down to:
• Assist in medical and mechanical emergencies
• Educate trail users of proper etiquette
• Inform land managers, land owners, trail coordinators

For detailed requirements and/or to register for training, contact Randy at bikepatrol@mcmba.org.


Hometown Bicycles at The Brighton Nazarene Church (The Naz) Sportsman's Banquet, put on by their Men's Ministry
(Team member Joe [left] and Service Lead Andrew [right] set up and eat up at the Sportsman’s Banquet) 

SHAUN LEARNS TAXIDERMY

Well, not quite – but he sure learned a lot about it from fellow sponsor and skilled artist Tom Stombaugh of Anything That Moves Taxidermy at Brighton Nazarene Church Sportsman’s Banquet.

Brighton Nazarene Church "The Naz" logoOur fellas dined on venison, oggled weaponry, talked taxidermy and bikes, and (I personally suspect) grunted like Tim Allen. It was definitely one of the more unique events in which Hometown has participated. Shout out to “The Naz” for this manly opportunity!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride at Island Lake Badlands
(Photo courtesy Jacob Henriksen)

Exploring Trails Mountain Bike Ride – THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – 4:30 P.M. – MEET UP AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Our Fat Bike Friendly Shop Rides have come to a close for the season to make way for our Spring shop ride, Exploring Trails. This is a NO-DROP, beginner friendly mountain bike trail ride – FAT BIKES WELCOME! – which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. If Poto is your goal, this is the weekly ride to get you there by the end of the season! Save 1.5 hours of your day to cover 12 – 16 miles of trail.

Weather dependent – we don’t want to mess up the trails if they’re mucky! Be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmation and details.


CRAZY HARE-BRAINED TOUR – APRIL 15TH

Bike Tour Vacations, LLC's Crazy Hare-Brained Tour in MichiganWhat a great name! Hometown is thrilled to be supporting this Michigan cycling event. Hosted by Hometown Winter Clinic Series guest speaker, Bike Tour Vacations, LLC

“The Crazy Hare-brained Tour is a fundraiser to help cover touring expenses for 3 Northern Michigan University students as they cycle 1,400 miles around Lake Superior in May.

Our event is up to 40 miles of 100% traffic-free trail riding for road bikes, and up to 30 miles of 100% traffic-free dirt riding for mountain bikes. All ages are welcome, 9 a.m. at Atchison Park in New Hudson.”

Winning raffle tickets will be drawn at event sponsor Draught Horse Brew Pub around 1PM.Bike Tour Vacations logo


SPRING SNOWMAN 5K11th Annual Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

Spring Snowman 5K Run/Walk is hosted by the Eric Hartwell Foundation, a remarkable organization 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??


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – ISLAND LAKE BIKE DEMO DAY

Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day hosted by the MCMBAThe MCMBA has put a call out for Demo Day volunteers for this wonderfully popular Spring cyclists’ event. (Hometown will be there!) Running May 6th at the ILRA Spring Mill Pond, you can volunteer for everything from setup and registration, to parking and grilling. They write:

The Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day is now in it’s 12th year. This is the second year the event is put on free of charge by the MCMBA. It’s a great chance to talk face to face with people who live the life: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Take a few out for a test ride on the roads and trails at Island Lake, finding the perfect bike or bikes for you.

CLICK HERE to throw your hat into the volunteer ring!


Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race

Great minds ride
a bike.

– Anonymous

Spring: Getting on Your Nirves

Hometown Bicycles blink video

GETTING FAMILIAR WITH HOMETOWN 

Recognize these roads and trails? Our local Hometownies got geared up with GoPros for this quick-clip intro to Hometown Bicycles and the community we ride in. Helmet tip to Greg Jacek of Unique Photo & Video, who created this mini-masterpiece for our shop. Keep an eye out for more of this up-and-coming videographer’s handiwork at Hometown!

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NIRVE BIKES: EAT-YOUR-HEART-OUT EYE CANDY

Nirve cruiser at Hometown BicyclesThese days, our floor is filling up with an eye-boggling array of colorful cruisers that scream “SUMMER!!” Nirve Bicycles (owned by Jamis) produces vibrant, cheeky bikes that stand WAY out in a crowd. We’ll let these beauties speak for themselves…

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

Nirve cruisers at Hometown Bicycles

You’re welcome!

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“HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDE” CLINIC TONIGHT!

Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal TrainingToday (5/17) from 6:30-8pm, Pro Triathlete Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal Training is coming to Hometown to offer expert instruction in the art of becoming a better cyclist. This clinic will cover ways to improve your fitness, build speed and stamina, and slim and tone via targeted workouts for real results. He’ll also share insider insights on tools and products you can use to accurately track and assess your progress.
(Photo © Real Results Personal Training)Weekend warrior or racer-in-training, this clinic will add valuable arsenal to your cycling skill set. NO CHARGE… ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

REGISTER FOR MASTER CYCLING – HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDE
Tuesday, May 17th  •  6:30-8:00pm  •  Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room
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HOW TO ENCOURAGE KIDS TO MAKE BIKE ART

Student bicycle artwork at Hometown BicyclesAs example-setters and role models, our enthusiasm can turn younger generations onto the joys of pedal-powered adventure… AND fuel future bike art from young creative minds!

Stop in next Tuesday, May 24th from 5:30-6:30pm to help celebrate and encourage the bike-y artistry of Zach Hoggard’s Bartlett Elementary 5th Grade students. This Artists’ Reception Open House – refreshments provided – is a self-esteem-building show-&-tell.

Who knows… your kind kudos may just inspire the next creative genius whose work will one day hang prominently on your wall!

STUDENT ARTISTS’ RECEPTION OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, May 24th  •  5:30-6:30pm  •  Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room

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MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION & MINI-SHAUN TURNS 1

Liam's 1st birthdayShaun’s and my little Hometownie turns 1 on June 1st, and since his birthday coincides so closely with Memorial Day, there’s really only one thing to do… CELEBRATE!Our next email will have day/time details, but just know that there’ll be games and prizes, fresh grilled hot dogs, birthday cake, special deals, the works! No presents – your presence is present enough!

Wall o’ Bicycle Art, Master Cycling Clinic, and Scouts on Bikes

Bartlett Elementary of South Lyon 5th Grade bicycle art at Hometown Bicycles

THE COLORFUL CREATIVITY OF SOUTH LYON’S BARTLETT ELEMENTARY 

Hometown Bicycles’ Student Art Program is now proud host to the remarkable talent of South Lyon art teacher Zach Hoggard’s 5th Grade class.

Zach took up the mission of inspiring students to generate bicycle art with a challenging lesson in negative space. Bicycles aren’t easy to draw for ANYONE (seriously… try it!), so the creative results of his project are all the more impressive.

Bartlett Elementary’s bicycle art will be on display in the Community Room for the month of May. (Sorry, Hometownies, these gems are NOT for sale.) Stay tuned for an upcoming Artists’ Reception at Hometown to honor these young creators!

"Inner Joy" clay bicycle art by George R. on display at Hometown BicyclesSPEAKING OF STUDENT INGENUITY…
Here’s a shout out to another young bicycle artist whose work is on display at the shop. George R. is just 13 years old, but his clay piece, “Inner Joy” (photo at right), could pass for the efforts of a professional three times his age.

When you stop by to see this, be sure to check out the tire treads, the chain detail, the carefully aligned spokes, and even the textured grass. All we have to say is, “WHOA!”

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MASTER CYCLING CLINIC WITH RYAN RAU

Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal TrainingNext Tuesday (5/17) from 6:30-8pm, Pro Triathlete Ryan Rau of Real Results Personal Training is coming to Hometown to offer expert instruction in the art of becoming a better cyclist. This clinic will cover ways to improve your fitness, build speed and stamina, and slim and tone via targeted workouts for real results. He’ll also share insider insights on tools and products you can use to accurately track and assess your progress.
(Photo © Real Results Personal Training)

Weekend warrior or racer-in-training, this clinic will add valuable arsenal to your cycling skill set. NO CHARGE!

REGISTER FOR MASTER CYCLING – HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RIDE
Tuesday, May 17th  •  6:30-8:00pm  •  Hometown Bicycles’ Community Room

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DEMO DAY WAS “TEAM HOMETOWNED”

Team Hometown Bicycles at Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day

Last weekend’s Island Lake Spring Bike Demo Day dawned brisk and beautiful. Team Hometown Bicycles was kept hopping with crowds of eager cyclists collecting demo rides and information. Major thanks to the Hometownies who represented Hometown at this well-attended event. You are fantastic ambassadors to the shop and the sport!

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 347 PREPS FOR MACKINAC

Boy Scout Troop 347 bicycle clinic at Hometown Bicycles with Shaun Bhajan
Image shown with the permission of Scout Troop 347. Glad to have you here!

If Boy Scouts should “Always be Prepared,” then Troop 347 rocks the motto! In preparation for a group expedition to Mackinac Island, these diligent Scouts picked Shaun’s brain on the finer points of bike care, safety, and skills. We just wish we could go, too… ride on, Troop 347!

We love getting kids geeked about cycling! Want us to host a clinic for your Troop or group? Email Jennifer at events@myhometownbicycles.com

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