Christmas Cyclists, Ornament Making, and Lots of Love

 Christmas lights at Hometown Bicycles

HOMETOWN BICYCLES CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S HOURS: 
Christmas Eve  |  9AM – 3PM
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day  
|  CLOSED*
Monday, January 2nd  |  9AM – 9PM (regular hours)
It’s always been our tradition to make the Christmas season about family… well, actually we make EVERY day about family – but especially between Christmas and New Year’s, we close the shop so that our crew can spend quality time with their loved ones.

* So why, you are wondering, do we have a big, ol’ highlighted asterisk next to “CLOSED”? It’s because this year, there will be a couple exceptions, when Shaun and I open the shop briefly for classes held in our Community Room. Post-Christmas, we’ll be NEEDING Cardio Drumming to burn off cookies, and Yoga to melt away holiday stress! Please drop by to participate, or even just to tell us what Santa put under your tree!

WE WILL BE OPEN:

Wednesday, December 28th from 6PM – 8PM
for Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf

Friday, December 30th from 9AM – 10AM
for Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga

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GET HUGGED BY YOUR FAVORITE CYCLIST

Christmas gift ideas for cyclists at Hometown Bicycles including bike ornaments, bike toys, bike garden spinners, bike magnets, and bike decor

Just imagine… while everyone else is gifting them hand lotion and fruit cake, you’ll step in – proverbial cape snapping smartly in the breeze – with a gift that celebrates their passion for cycling. Now THAT’s hug-worthy!

You know we carry bicycles and cycling accessories, but did you also know that we are your one-stop shop for bike-geared stocking stuffers, ornaments, garden art, fashion, decor, kitchenware, and ever-so-much more?Hometown Bicycles Daily Deal for December 7, 2016: $10 off Finish Line Bicycle Cleaning Kit

So, Christmas shopping… YES! We’ve got you covered!

Also, check out our 24 Days of Christmas Daily Deals on Facebook for more bike-lovin’ gift ideas to make your cyclist smile. Today’s Daily Deal is at right >>

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Hometown Bicycles offers financing on all bicycle purchases through Synchrony Financial. Ask us for details!

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KIDS’ ORNAMENT CLASS AT HOMETOWN

Sew Your Own Christmas Ornament Class for Beginners at Hometown BicyclesTHIS SATURDAY, FROM 10AM-NOON:  Bundle up the kids and join Hometown Bicycles artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, for a beginner felt ornament sewing class in Hometown’s Community Room on 12/17 from 10am-Noon!

This class is perfect for kids (ages 4 and up), and adults looking to have some crafty fun. $7 per participant, payable on class day, you’ll leave with a finished felt heart ornament, ready to hang on your Christmas tree or give as a gift!
Lauren Patrell at Hometown Bicycles
And here’s my personal note… that’s Lauren at right >> with Shaun’s and my little Aria. Lauren is one of those authentically kind souls who love what they do, love life, and love to share that joy with others. She’s the creative genius behind all the exquisite bike purses, wallets, keychains, and cards that you’ve been enjoying for the past year.

Trust me – you and your kids will love this class!

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR “SEW YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT”
Your registration ensures that Lauren will have enough materials for all!

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WE FOUND THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’…

Love INC logoChristmas spirit is running rampant here at Hometown!

We’d like to give a giant shout-out to a wonderful and anonymous couple (you know who you are), who just donated over $400 in Hometown gift certificates to Love INC, a non-profit organization “dedicated to meeting basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and money management… for folks in crisis.” Love INC provides transportation in the form of bicycles to down-on-their-luck and reforming individuals. What a thoughtful donation!

Thanks, too, to Team Hometown Bicycles rider Tom Hermann for initiating the connection.

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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

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA – Fridays at 9AM on 12/16, 23, 30 • 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks – 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
Holiday Special (thru 12/31) 5-Class punch card with 6th Class free – just $22
 

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HOMETOWN SHOP RIDES

Friday Night Lights shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

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

Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Saturday, December 17th, 10 a.m.
Explore ~12-14 miles of Milford area mountain bike trails with us! Fat bike / mountain bikes are all welcome. NO DROP RIDE. Dress warmly! Meet at the Milford trailhead located on Peter’s road between GM/Commerce roads, on the West side (at the Janowski Field park). Park in the lot closest to Peters Road (if you see baseball fields to your left, you’re there). **Check Facebook for ride updates.**

 
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THANK YOU FOR BEING A 2017 TEAM SPONSOR!
PRO-MOTION PHYSICAL THERAPY

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

Stepping again into the Presenting Team Sponsor role is a Hometown AND customer favorite, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy with Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT. Watch your January newsletters for a feature highlight on this wonderful, local company. In the meantime, we simply couldn’t let another week go by without sending out a heartfelt THANK YOU to Pro-Motion Physical Therapy for its unwavering support!
Pro-Motion Physical Therapy  |  Brighton & Howell  |  (810) 588-4133  |  promophysicaltherapy.com

 
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WANNA JOIN TEAM HOMETOWN BICYCLES?

Team Hometown Bicycles doing Take Your Kids Mountain Biking DayIn addition to our now accepting 2017 Team Applications, we’ll also be hosting a Team Meeting, open to all interested riders, on Saturday January 21st at 4:30pm – mark your calendars!

Follow our Facebook page for details and confirmation of time, and email Rides Coordinator Jean with your questions at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

 
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2017 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Team Hometown Bicycles Jersey Sponsorships

Check out the companies below… they’re our 2015/16 sponsors, and businesses that we are proud to promote because they share our core values of integrity, passion, dedication, and community-mindedness.

Check out the companies above that have already committed to 2017 Team Sponsorships – Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, Body Within Personal Training, and William P. Horal, D.D.S, P.C.. We are PROUD to have them aboard!

Additional Team Sponsor opportunities are still available. Interested in learning more? Contact our Rides Coordinator, Jean, at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.
 

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2016 HOMETOWN BICYCLES TEAM SPONSORS 

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy of Brighton, MI

Body Within Personal Training William P. Horal, DDS, PC General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Brighton, MI
Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC Jamis Bicycles - The Power of Design

Your Kids’ Art & Santa’s Delivery Timeline

Even Santa Needs Some Lead Time
Santa on a bicycleSOME DOWN-TO-THE-WIRE GIFT-BUYING ADVICE…

Just a quick note for you last minute shoppers out there, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to place those parts and accessories orders, so that they’ll arrive in time for Christmas!! Orders placed today BY 5PM will get here Wednesday. Better make tracks to Hometown!

Reminder: WE ARE OPEN ON CHRISTMAS EVE from 7am-3pm. The next time you’ll see us after that is January 2nd at 7am!

On that note, for those of you who’ve dropped off service bikes, expect a call from us today to remind you that if you wanna ride them between Christmas and New Year, YOU’VE GOTTA PICK ‘EM UP BY CHRISTMAS EVE!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ STUDENT ART PROGRAM!

Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program in our community room

(Student art from Brighton High School on display in our Community Room!)
WE’RE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!

We’re putting out a challenge to the schools in our community – to have their art students (drawing, painting, metalwork, pottery, you-name-it-we’ll-take-it) create bicycle artwork to display in our shop. Many of these pieces will be for sale, AND (this is important)…

100% OF STUDENT ART SALES GOES DIRECTLY
TO THE STUDENT WHO CREATED IT!

This is a chance for budding artists to get some real-world business experience and public exposure for their art.

A special kudos goes out to Maureen Ray and her Brighton High School art studentsfor being the first to accept the challenge! Come and check out their imaginative artwork at our shop. Maybe you’ll see something that you’ll want to take home!

Want to see YOUR kids’ artwork at Hometown? Connect with your school art teacher, and have them contact Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com or (810) 225-2441. Any school, any age level; it’s never too early to support a love for art and bicycles!

24 Day of Christmas is Back!

On the 1st Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me…
Hometown Bicycles Daily Deal - 24 Days of Christmas Deals!

24 DAYS OF AWESOME DEALS!! This year, we’re giving you a chance to plan ahead! Check out our list of Daily Deals running December 1st-24th:

DECEMBER 1:  Get $20 off any purchase of $100 or more
DECEMBER 2:  Get 20% off all bicycle inflation devices
DECEMBER 3:  Get 10% off all Park tools
DECEMBER 4:  Get 20% off any Planet Bike accessory
DECEMBER 5:  Get 15% off all trainers
DECEMBER 6:  Get $500 off any carbon fiber bicycle
DECEMBER 7:  Get 15% off all helmets
DECEMBER 8:  Buy 1 tune-up for yourself, get 1 tune-up FREE for a friend
DECEMBER 9:  Get 20% off all car racks
DECEMBER 10:  Buy 2 inner tubes, get 2 inner tubes FREE
DECEMBER 11:  Get 25% off any one item
DECEMBER 12:  Get $10 off any purchase of $50 or more
DECEMBER 13:  Get a $100 gift certificate with every 2016 bicycle purchase
DECEMBER 14:  Finish Line bicycle cleaning kit originally $49.99, now $39.99
DECEMBER 15:  Planet Bike Superflash Tail Light originally $29.99, now $19.99, PLUS get 20% off all other lights
DECEMBER 16:  Get 30% off all clothing
DECEMBER 17:  Buy 1 get 1 free on all nutrition
DECEMBER 18:  Get 10% off all lubes
DECEMBER 19:  Buy a kid’s bicycle, get 50% off a kid’s helmet
DECEMBER 20:  Get 15% off all cycling gloves
DECEMBER 21:  Get 10% off all socks
DECEMBER 22:  Get a free water bottle with purchase of a water bottle cage
DECEMBER 23:  Get a 25% trade-up on all gift certificate purchases
DECEMBER 24:  Last minute shoppers, get 25% off everything!

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HOMETOWN’S HOLIDAY HOURS

Christmas lights at Hometown Bicycles

It’s a Hometown tradition to dedicate the final week of the year to family. We always close the shop from Christmas through New Year, so that our crew can spend time with the ones who love and support them throughout the busy year.

During that week, we reflect back on what we’ve accomplished and gear up for a whole new year full of possibilities and adventure. This tradition helps us come back to the shop regenerated, and excited to continue being your all-things-bicycle resource!

HOLIDAY HOURS
Thursday (12/24) …… 7AM-3PM (Christmas Eve)Friday (12/25) – Friday (1/1) ……
CLOSED CHRISTMAS THROUGH NEW YEAR DAYSaturday (1/2) …… 9AM-5PM (resume normal hours)

DON’T HAVE A PLACE TO HIDE THE BIKE BEFORE CHRISTMAS? We’ve got it covered! Any bicycles purchased in December can be stored at our shop all the way up through Christmas Eve!

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HOW NOT TO BE LATE WITH CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Santa on a bicycleWant to ensure that your special order gifts arrive in time for Christmas? Use the following guidelines:

The LAST DAY to place a BICYCLE special order that will arrive in time for Christmas is Monday, December 14th.

The LAST DAY to place a NON-BICYCLE special order that will arrive in time for Christmas is Monday, December 21st.

2015 Ride Calendar & A New Trail

Santa’s Got a Deadline
DON’T GET STUCK WRAPPING A PHOTO INSTEAD OF THE REAL THING!

Late santa

You’ve made your list, checked it twice, and are now racing to finish (or start) your Christmas gift quest before the holidays hit.
As honorary Christmas elves, it’s our duty to caution you last-minute Santas out there that the VERY LAST DAYto special order anything (bicycles, parts, or accessories), so that it’ll arrive by Christmas, is THIS FRIDAY, December 19th, by 3pm.

HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ NEW SHOP UPDATE
With all the loyalty and support you’ve shown for our newest adventure, Hometown’s future is looking VERY merry and bright. We’re making great strides on the must-do’s that come with opening any new location, and are gearing up to get our hands dirty!

Here’s a special “THANK YOU!” shout-out to a few more awesome individuals who truly do believe in Hometown Bicycles:

I Believe in Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate participants
(Clockwise from top middle: BIG thanks to Randy & Donna, Jean & Steve, Melissa and David + Family!)

HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ CHRISTMAS HOURS
OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE: 10AM – 3PM

CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY – JANUARY 2

REOPEN JANUARY 3 (normal winter hours)

Our Whitmore Lake shop is CLOSED DECEMBER 25th and REOPENS MARCH 1st.

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GREG & THE WATERLOO TRAILS INITIATIVE
Customer Highlight: How mountain bike trails are born

Waterloo Trails Initiative fundraiser

Just want to tip our helmets to Greg Cook for his enthusiastic support of what will become over 20 miles of new mountain bike trail at Waterloo Rec. He’s actively involved in promoting and building this trail.

Hometown is helping to raise funds for this project (look left). If you want to support the effort, stop by our shop, and learn how you can contribute!

READ THE WATERLOO PRESS RELEASE HERE

Want to share your story and inspire others to ride?  Send us an email with your favorite cycling photo and a little bit about why you ride, what inspires you, and what you’ve done that might inspire someone else to change their life, too!

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BIKE CLINICS – NO FEES, ALL FUN!
Community Highlight:  Clinics start in January & are open to all

Hometown Bicycles 2015 Clinic Series

Want to learn how to fix a flat on the go? Wondering what nutrition will take you the distance? Curious about how bike fit influences your ride? Wishing you knew more about caring for your bike?

That’s what our Clinic Series is for! We bring you expert insights and hands-on learning in this no-cost way to beat the winter blues.

For a full list of our 2015 Bike Clinics, click here, or stay posted on our Facebook page.

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I’M DREAMING OF A FULL RIDE SCHEDULE
Industry Highlight: Start planning your 2015 adventures!
Travel bicycles
(Photo credit: © Beth H.)

We’ve shared it before, and we’ll share it again… the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) Ride Calendar is a cyclist’s guide to adventure.

With New Year’s resolutions and the winter “blahs” just around the corner, why not cozy up with a site full of fun ideas for your 2015 cycling season!

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