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    Hometown Bicycles:
    10595 Grand River Road
    Brighton, MI 48116
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    Tuesday: Closed
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    Thursday: 10 AM - 7 PM
    Friday: 10 AM - 7 PM
    Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
    Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM

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Race for the Shop & Flat Tire Fix Clinic

Tim Bart rides Kensington in his Hometown Bicycles kit

Hometown Jerseys - Green Gal leaders Jennifer McCauley and Jessica BeaubienCALLING ALL JERSEYS! RIDE FOR HOMETOWN AND BE A PART OF THE FUN

Interested in joining the Hometown Bicycles cycling Team? We’re welcoming aboard riders of every skill level and cycling preference to one of our two teams:

The Race Team – Hometown Bicycles Race Team is geared for the competitive cyclist, beginner to pro. You’ll take the Hometown values – positive vibes, good sportsmanship, cycling advocacy, goal setting, and having fun – to the shop rides and races.

The Club Team – Hometown Bicycles Club Team shares the joy of cycling via non-competitive rides and events. This Team is perfect for the casual, recreational, charity, and fitness riders.

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A TEAM RIDER
Hometown Bicycles Team cyclists enjoy discount privileges, service priority, race/ride reimbursement, rewards for shop ride and event participation, and more. You’ll also be a part of something that supports the sport you love, and will connect with other amazing people who share your passion!

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
We’ll be hosting an informational Team night in the coming weeks, which will address the who-what-when-where-why-how of becoming a Team rider. Stay tuned for a date and time!

In the meantime, drop by the shop any time. Shaun will gladly answer your questions.

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ON DECK: FLAT TIRE FIX CLINIC
Emergency Bicycle Repair clinic at Hometown Bicycles with Shaun Bhajan
One more opportunity to learn quick-fix tips in our Emergency Bike Repair Clinic Part 1. Next week, we get into the wonderful world of flat tire fixes. Bring a wheel to practice on!Park multi-toolEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
SAT 2/6 from 10-11am
Part 1 of 2, this clinic is hands-on! We’ll cover quick, on-the-go bike fixes to help you avoid a long walk home.

Bicycle wheelEMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
TUE, 2/9 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  WED, 2/10 from 6-7pm  -OR-  SAT, 2/13 from 10-11am
Part 2 of 2, this clinic covers the perennial favorite – flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice!

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YOGA FOR CYCLISTS: STRETCH IT A LITTLE FURTHER

Yoga for Cyclists flierOur Community Room has been awash in flexibility and relaxation these past several weeks, as Jessica Beaubien of Soul Stretch Yoga rounds out her Yoga for Cyclists series.

The next 6-week Yoga for Cyclists series begins in a couple weeks – same time, same place (Tuesdays 11-12 in our Community Room). 6 weeks for $30, or $7 for walk-ins. Email soulstretch@gmail.com to register.

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WE WANT YOU!

We Want You! to work for Hometown BicyclesThere are still opportunities for employment at Hometown Bicycles.

If you are a quick learner, self-motivated, goal-driven, and are interested in working for Hometown, stop by the shop and talk to Shaun. You’ll be doing something that positively impacts people’s health and lives!

Learn Bike Care, Book Your Event at Hometown, and Another Student Success

Hometown Bicycles Bike Care and Maintenance Clinic Part I with Shaun Bhajan

SUCH A GREAT TURN-OUT FOR PART 1…

Despite the blustery weather, our Community Room was packed (no small feat, it’s a big room!) with eager cyclists, raring to learn about Bicycle Care & Maintenance. Next week, we delve into Part 2 – what to do AFTER the ride:

Airing up bicycle tireBIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Tuesday, January 19 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Wednesday, January 20 from 6-7pm
In this second of a 2-part clinic, we’ll talk about how to care for your bicycle AFTER you come back from your ride.

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BOOK OUR COMMUNITY ROOM FOR YOUR EVENT!

Yoga for Cyclists in the Hometown Bicycles Community Room

Well, here’s the perfect use for our Community Room – cyclists melting into deep stretch yoga poses under the expert guidance of Jessica Beaubian of Soul Stretch Yoga. (Yoga for Cyclists runs Tuesdays at 11am. Email soulstretch@gmail.com to register.)

NEED A PLACE TO MEET? Our Community Room can be booked for YOUR meetings, classes, and get-togethers. If interested, contact Jennifer atevents@myhometownbicycles.com.

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MCKENNA’S OUTSTANDING ART

McKenna Baumker and her artwork at Hometown Bicycles
This is McKenna. McKenna, like Ellen from last week’s newsletter, is also a Brighton High School student and a member of Maureen Ray’s advanced drawing class. McKenna is holding an envelope containing a check for her artwork (right), which sold as part of ourHometown Bicycles Student Art Program. Her piece made one lucky recipient very happy this Christmas.

You’re an amazing artist, McKenna!

Not familiar with our Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program? Learn more about it HERE!

Yoga for Cyclists, Clinic Faves & Starving Artist No More

Hometown Bicycles Winter Clinic Series: Bicycle Safety and Equipment

AND SO IT BEGINS… AGAIN!

Shaun and I met over bike clinics, so Hometown’s yearly winter clinic series has always been near and dear to our hearts. But that’s the only thing nostalgic about this year’s series; we’ve got a new, dream room in a new, dream shop to take it to an “11”!

Our clinics are free, and we appreciate your pre-registration for set-up purposes. This week – it was all about the safety. Next week brings the MASSIVELY popular, two-part Bike Care & Maintenance clinics. You’ll get the 411 on keeping your trusty steed looking and working its absolute best!

Airing up bicycle tireBIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
Tuesday, January 12 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Wednesday, January 13 from 6-7pm
In this first of a 2-part clinic, we’ll cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails.

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BECOME A STRONGER & MORE EFFICIENT CYCLIST

Yoga for Cyclists

Rockstar yogi (anyone who could run a yoga class in our former, cramped location deserves that title), co-founder of Hometown Bicycles Green Gals, and owner of Soul Stretch Yoga, Jessica Beaubien is now taking registrations for a cyclist-specific yoga class in the comfort and privacy of Hometown’s Community Room.

It’s an absolute steal at 6 weeks for $30. Walk-in price is $7 per session. Classes will runTuesdays at 11am. If interested, please email soulstretch@gmail.com.

 

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ELLEN’S EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Ellen Bartush and her artwork that sold at Hometown Bicycles

This is Ellen. Ellen is a Senior at Brighton High School and a member of Maureen Ray’s advanced drawing class. Ellen is holding an envelope containing a check for her artwork (upper right), which sold as part of our Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program. Ellen plans to study marketing, for which her creativity will be of enormous benefit.

Congratulations, Ellen!

Not familiar with our Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program? Learn more about it HERE!

Winter Hours, Leslie’s Choice, and MDOT Helps Cyclists

Tell Us About Your Dream Bike Shop
YOUR INPUT. YOUR SHOP.
Hometown Bicycles - Your dream bicycle shop
Over the last few emails, you’ve learned about how Hometown Bicycles got its start,where we are today, and our vision for the future… now it’s YOUR turn to chime in!

Tell us what you want to see in the future Hometown Bicycles – anything from products, services, events and rides, to the qualities that you believe will help make us your dream bicycle shop.

Share your feedback on our Facebook page, under the post that’s pinned at the top of our newsfeed. Your input is a critical part of our evolution.

We’re listening…

Shaun & Dawn Bhajan

WINTER HOURS START MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Our “BRR-R-R-R-R!! That’s Michigan for you!” hours run November 17 – April 1.

MON – FRI: 10AM – 7PM
SAT – SUN: 9AM – 5PM

Our Whitmore Lake shop will be CLOSED JANUARY 1st and REOPEN MARCH 1st. 

AHHHHHHH… YOGA FOR CYCLISTS 

Yoga for Cyclists at Hometown Bicycles of Brighton, MI

This past Monday marked the inaugural, weekly, in-shop Yoga for Cyclists class series, led by the supremely talented (as you can see by the cyclists melting into the floor) Jessica Beaubien of Soul Stretch Yoga.

If you think tension is the hallmark of a good ride or that touching your toes is for runners, you NEED this class. Heck, we ALL need this class.

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LESLIE’S PEDAL-POWERED MAKEOVER
Customer Highlight: Biking with benefits of the life-altering variety

Leslie Cook, a cool customer of Hometown Bicycles

If you look up “enthusiasm” in the dictionary, there should undoubtedly be a picture of Leslie Cook.

Leslie’s taken to mountain biking like a fish to water. Here’s his story in his own words:

“I started riding my old style steel trail bike to get into shape.  It was fun gravel grinding on back roads but started getting boring when riding by myself.  I wasn’t very motivated either, until my kids started to get on me about my health.  When I finally took a look at myself and realized I couldn’t see my belt buckle anymore and had to lean to see my shoes, I decided things must change if I wanted to live to see my grandkids and enjoy them.

I joined a biggest loser contest at work, started getting in shape, and started riding my bike again.  I’ve lost 35 pounds, kept it off, and started trail riding.

I have been riding two years now, rode in my first Iceman, and finished.  I could not have accomplished this without the support from Home Town and the support of the riders I have have met (plus the ripping tune up I got from Shaun.)  I am looking forward to continuing my friendship with these wonderful people and encourage others to do so also.  Look forward to seeing you all on the trails.”

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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GEORGIA GOULD WINS ICEMAN’S GOLD
Community Highlight:  The gals take it

Velo News - Gould wins Iceman Cometh Challenge 2014

Velo News ran a fantastic article on the recent triumph of cyclist, Georgia Gould, two-time winner of Michigan’s Iceman Cometh Challenge.  Check it out HERE!
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MDOT Bicycle Event Survey
Industry Highlight: Help Michigan prove the value of cycling

Bicycling in Michigan MDOT infographic

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), distributor of the “Bicycling in Michigan” infographic above, has launched a new and intriguing survey to assess the economic value of cycling events to the Michigan economy. Let’s help ’em see the value in the sport we love!

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