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Iceman Glory, Bicycle Blue Book, and Party Sign-Ups

Team Hometown Bicycles at Iceman Cometh Challenge 2016

THE WEATHER, THE COURSE, THE COMPANY… ALL AWESOME!  
Congratulations, Iceman Cometh riders! Another goal achieved, another adventure had, another story to be told (and we hope that you WILL tell it, at our November 12, post-Iceman party – details below!)

For the first time in years, Iceman riders enjoyed a day of clear sky and sunshine. Our Team sure appreciated it… along with the delicious chili and good will served up in the Hometown tent (thank you, Jean and crew!) Ride times were rockin’, good times were a-rollin’… what can we say, but “can’t wait ’til next year!” Iceman or bust, baby!

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WE INTERRUPT YOUR READING FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE…  

Hometown’s 1st Annual Fall Extravaganza event is

THIS SATURDAY (11/12)
FROM NOON – 6PM

Event details and crazy-fun class sign-ups are below, so be sure to read to the end!

NOW, BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSLETTER…

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POST-ICEMAN TUNE-UP SPECIAL  

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Effed My Bike Tune-Up Coupon

It’s all about respect… you rode ’em hard at Iceman – don’t put your bikes away “wet”! That trusty two-wheeler that just took you for the ride of your life will live to race another day with proper care and maintenance. Take advantage of our “Iceman Effed My Bike!” Tune-Up Coupon, where you’ll get $20 toward bikes and accessories with the purchase of a post-Iceman tune-up.

Print this blog and bring it with you. We’ll treat your bicycle like the rockstar that it is!

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HOMETOWN NOW OFFERS FINANCING
ON ALL BICYCLES!  

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

Think of this as one more obstacle REMOVED from you getting fit, having fun, making memories, and riding off into the sunset. Dreams can absolutely be affordable… stop in and ask us about our stellar financing program!

(Pssst! Save your rainy day fund for a rainy day. Those fat bikes you’ll be falling in love with at our November 12 fat bike demo have just become that much more affordable!) 

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EVER WONDER WHAT YOUR BIKE’S WORTH?
Bicycle Blue Book website
Bicycle Blue Book Authorized Trade-In PartnerWe know that, sentimentally speaking, your bicycle’s value is truly incalculable, but if you ever DO decide to sell, how do you determine what it’s worth?Answer: BicycleBlueBook.com. Did you know that Hometown Bicycles is an Authorized Bicycle Blue Book Trade-In Partner? That’s just a fancy way of saying that we can help you figure out what your bike is worth. Who knows, your dream Jamis bike may be significantly closer than you think! (Like, maybe even at this Saturday’s fat bike demo… *wink*  *wink*  *nudge*  *nudge*…)
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THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT SCHEDULE & CLASS SIGN-UP FOR

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

We’re just days away from this fantastic, autumn, family and fat bike extravaganza… time to get yourself registered for some of the cool classes, and to plan your order of enjoyment, so that you don’t miss one, single, crazy-fun activity!

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 Deborah Kashdan, 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.
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 next Saturday’s event.
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.
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?! CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. And please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!

Demo Day at Hometown Bicycles

Surly Krampus Trail fat bike - Demo at Hometown Bicycles on June 7
WANNA TEST RIDE A KRAMPUS FAT BIKE??? Then mark this date in your calendar…
Surly Demo @ Hometown ~ Sunday ~ June 7th ~ 2pm
Our rep will be bringing out the Surly Demo Truck the Sunday after next and parking it in the lot of our new shop (immediately left of our existing shop). There’s NO COST to take ’em for a spin!

WANNA DEAL ON A NEW SURLY RIDE??? Then PRINT THIS EMAIL and bring it with you to the Demo!

If you fall in love with the beast you’re riding, and want one of your own, here are some bonus savings to sweeten the thrill of owning so much awesomeness:

ORDER YOUR BIKE THE DAY OF THE DEMO
and get $100 off the bike PLUS $100 store credit
toward parts and accessories!

Need a day or two to ponder?
ORDER YOUR BIKE WITHIN 7 DAYS AFTER THE DEMO
and get $100 store credit toward parts & accessories!

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ISLAND LAKE RACE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…
Tailwind Racing - Island Lake Induction web page

…TO REPRESENT HOMETOWN BICYCLES at THIS WEEKEND’S crazy-popular Tailwind Race. Shaun and Dawn wanted to go, but there’s this little matter of having a baby any day now…

Hometown Bicycles is sponsoring (and riding in!) Tailwind’s Sunday, May 31st mountain bike race. Volunteer shifts run only about 3 hours, and come with some seriously cool perks. If you’re interested in being a Hometown ambassador, emailevents@myhometownbicycles.com ASAP for details. THANK YOU!!

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HOMETOWN SERVICE = GREASED LIGHTNING!

Hometown Bicycles - Offering 48-hour turnaround on service with in-stock parts!

WE CAN GET YOU BACK ON YOUR BIKE WITHIN 48 HOURS!! You’re rarin’ to ride, but your bike’s got a boo-boo. You don’t want to be “grounded” for a week while it gets repaired, and we don’t want you to either.

That’s why we’re MIGHTY proud that – in the very thick of cycling season – we are STILL getting cyclists back in the saddle at warp speed. Our average turnaround? TWO DAYS with in-stock parts! Our biggest problem has become that we get ’em done faster than people can pick ’em up!

So, if you’re worried about being parted from your baby for painful periods of Michigan’s precious cycling season, don’t be because, at Hometown Bicycles, even if we have to stay up until midnight, we’ll get the work done FAST and it will be PHENOMENAL.

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JUST A WEEK LEFT TO CAST YOUR VOTE!
Vote Hometown Bicycles as Best Bike Shop on Detroit A List

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE to tell Southeast Michigan that YOU BELIEVE in what Hometown Bicycles stands for! If you haven’t yet, please VOTE NOW, then pat yourself on the back for supporting your favorite bike shop… and making your Hometown crew feel like a million bucks!

VOTING ENDS JUNE 7TH. HOMETOWN GRATITUDE TO THE ROCKSTARS WHO ALREADY CAST THEIR VOTES!!

Hometown Turns 5 Today!

TODAY, APRIL 15TH, HOMETOWN BICYCLES TURNS 5!  That’s 5 YEARS of getting you to your happy place on a bicycle… what a dream come true!!
Something this momentous requires celebrating, but we’re saving the big shin-dig for the impending grand opening of our new store. ‘Til then, take a stroll with us down memory lane to honor the business that’s making waves, making friends, and making history thanks to you wonderful, wonderful Hometownies…

Hometown Bicycles history

2010: A BUSINESS CONCEPT IS BORN  It all started with a relationship (ours – Shaun & Dawn), a need (for outstanding, speedy, anti-snob bicycle service), a vision (to blow people’s minds), and a tiny rental space in Brighton. (Above: Service shop before and after)

Hometown Bicycles history

2010: HOMETOWN BICYCLES OPENS FOR SERVICE  Mid-renovation, Shaun popped the question, and the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs. Shaun Bhajan officially opened the doors to Hometown Bicycles’ service shop. (Above: Dawn says “yes” and signage makes the business official)

Hometown Bicycles history

2011: WE INTRODUCE RETAIL  Customer demand made expansion into retail a natural next step, and after falling in love with Jamis Bicycles, we went for it… Hometown Bicycles tripled in size to bring you cool bikes and accessories. (Above: Retail shop before and after)

Hometown Bicycles history

2012: SHOP RIDES & CLINICS TAKE OFF  We were determined to be a cycling resource for our customers and community, so we launched rides and clinics open to all. (Above: Early shop ride and making ourselves visible from Grand River)

Hometown Bicycles history

2013: WE CREATE THE MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON  We built a bike course from scratch and created the wildly successful Hometown Bicycles Mountain Bike Marathon event – our first foray into race creation, and certainly not our last! (Above: Happy race volunteers)

Hometown Bicycles history

2014: WE BRANCH INTO A SECOND LOCATION  To spread the love, we opened a Hometown Bicycles satellite service center in Whitmore Lake. Although we recently moved this store’s operations back to Brighton in preparation for our big move, it remains a core piece of our shop heritage.(Above: Hometown Bicycles Whitmore Lake)

Hometown Bicycles history

2015: BIG OL’ CHANGES ARE UNDERWAY  This year, we’re taking on our biggest challenges to date – opening a 10,000 sq. ft. Bicycle Adventure Center and becoming parents. But then, we never did like to live small! (Above: Renovations are well underway, and so is our mini-Hometownie… both arrive this spring)

Hometown Bicycles history

The Future…  With you as customers, we can reach the stars. We’re privileged to have you as part of our continuing adventures, and will keep on keeping you in the loop as the awesomeness unfolds. (Above: The future home of Hometown Bicycles)

Thank you for making these past 5 years MAGICAL,

~ Shaun & Dawn

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