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!

Hometown Hosts Adventure, Girl Scouts & Puppies

Bikes, Boats & Brains 

Adventure Racing clinic at Hometown Bicycles

FIRST EVER ADVENTURE RACE CLINIC AT HOMETOWN THIS SATURDAY

At Hometown Bicycles, we’re proud to support more than just cycling. We encourage you to live adventurously – every day starts and ends with potential!

That’s why we are SO EXCITED that Michigan Adventure Club selected our store to host their “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic THIS Saturday, March 5th from 10-11am. You already love to ride – now expand those horizons!

Adventure races typically involve team pedaling, paddling, and orienteering – it’s the best of bikes, boats, and brains in scavenger hunt format. This clinic teaches you everything you need to know to… well… adventure successfully! Join us!

REGISTER NOW – FREE – “INTRO TO ADVENTURE RACING” CLINIC
Saturday, March 5th, 10-11am in our Hometown Community Room

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SPEAKING OF CLINICS… WHOA, NELLY!!!

2016 "Where to Ride in MI and With Whom" clinic at Hometown Bicycles - What a turnout!!!
THANKS FOR MAKING WEDNESDAY NIGHT THE BIGGEST & BEST CLINIC IN THE HISTORY OF HOMETOWN!
Covering everything from favorite bike paths, to shop rides, to joining Team Hometown Bicycles, the final clinic in our 2016 Winter Clinic Series blew the lid off our “OMG!” meter. It was literally standing room only with ideas and opportunities a-flyin’!

Missed out? Major bummer! But know that you can drop by any time for information and handouts, or you can contact Jennifer at events@myhometownbicycles.com for further details.

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GIRL SCOUT LUNCH-&-LEARN AT HOMETOWN 

Girl Scouts Daisy Troop at Hometown Bicycles
Shaun was kept hopping Thursday evening by the energetic and enthusiastic interest of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 40627 in bicycle care and safety. This kindergarten-aged crowd asked some really first rate questions, and absolutely brought the store to life with their budding love for cycling.

Want us to host a mini-clinic for YOUR Scout Troop? We LOVE sharing our bike know-how! Contact Jennifer to schedule your next Troop meeting at Hometown:events@myhometownbicycles.com.

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LAST CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY!

Brighton High School student bicycle art display at Hometown Bicycles

Today, Friday afternoon, marks the close of the incredible Brighton High School bicycle art exhibit in our Community Room – the very first student art exhibit of our Hometown Bicycles Student Art Program.

Another piece sold yesterday (more on this in an upcoming email!) Today is your last chance to support the students who pioneered this program by buying their art. Remember, 100% of every sale goes directly to the student!

Thanks again, Maureen Ray, for having your BHS students help launch a piece of Hometown history. And thanks to the wonderful customers who already purchased art and made a student feel inspired!

Next up… Bartlett Elementary School in South Lyon, COMING SOON!

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CUTE ANIMALS AT HOMETOWN THIS SATURDAY

Cute puppy

AND WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT OUR CREW… This Saturday, March 5th from 11:30am-3:30pm (immediately following the “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic!), Last Chance Pet Rescue is bringing a handful of heart-melters who are looking for love and a forever home.

Donations are encouraged, and adoptions welcomed. But, if nothing else, stop by and give these tough-luck survivors some well-earned belly rubs – it’ll make you both feel great! Bring the kids!!

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!

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