Next Generation Cycling Takeover

Liam and the Hometown Bicycles Service Crew heading out for a mountain bike ride
(A few of Hometown’s Crew head for the hills… of Island Lake [left to right]: Rocco, Andrew, Liam & Colin)

SIGH… THEY GROW UP SO FAST… 

Look what a single year can bring… a new shop, a new adventure, and a son who catapulted from newborn to “hey, Mom, I’m going mountain biking with the guys.”

We want to put out a monster-sized “THANK YOU!” to every single one of you who celebrated Liam’s birthday with us on Memorial Day weekend. You just reaffirmed that you truly are FAMILY, and we love you for it!

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SPEAKING OF PINT-SIZED CYCLISTS…
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Brighton Rec
(Image © Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association)Poto MBA’s Facebook Event reads: “Join Poto MBA for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Dayon the Appleton Loop at Brighton Recreation Area on June 11, 2016 [10am-2pm].TKMBD is a celebration developed and coordinated by IMBA, which strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth.What a cool concept – getting the next generation geeked about mountain biking. So guess which family-friendly bike shop will be at the event, geeking out right alongside the kids? Us!!

Food, IMBA swag, guided rides… and Shaun’ll be there for bicycle safety checks, helmet fitting, and other educational bikery, so be sure to drop by with your kid(s) and say “hi!”

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SHOP RIDES – HAVE YOU HAD YOURS TODAY?

Hometown Bicycles Shop Rides - Green Gals beginner mountain bike groupIn the thick of some pretty freakishly awesome cycling weather, we just wanted to remind you that our shop rides are going strong, with a ride for every cyclist:

Speedster roadie? Hello, Wednesday Hammerfest!

Trail newbie? Try our Sunday Beginner Mountain Bike Ride!

Future centurion? Hook up with our Saturday Couch-to-Century Road Ride!

Leisure-geared and lovin’ it? Wednesday’s Rails-to-Trails ride includes a picnic!

And that’s only the half of it. Check out the rest, drop in for a flier, or contact ride@myhometownbicycles.com to get in on the action – whichever level and speed that may be.

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BRAGGING RIGHTS: STUDENT BIKE ART IS A HIT!

South Lyon's Barlett Elementary School 5th Grade student artists are celebrated at Hometown Bicycles student art open house
(Photo courtesy and © Zach Hoggard, South Lyon elementary art teacher, and Bartlett Elementary)Our Community Room recently housed the most amazing, kid-centric celebration of creativity ever to enliven our shop… the South Lyon Bartlett Elementary Artist Open House for the young bicycle artists of Zach Hoggard’s 5th Grade classes.Parents, siblings, grandparents, and other friends and relatives came out in droves to support the awesome talent of these kid creators. AMAZING!Their incredible art will be on display only a short while longer, so hurry in to check it out!

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GUESS WHICH HOLIDAY IS NEARLY HERE…

Father's Day bicycle gifts and cards at Hometown BicyclesDad loves cycling? You + Hometown = match made in heaven. Drop in for an early lead on the best bike stuff, or stay tuned next week for a full-blown Dad’s Day (6/19) gift guide!

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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