After-the-Ride Bike Care Clinic TONIGHT & Snow Days Service Special

Hometown Bicycles Clinic

Come one, come all… and invite your friends… to our fun-filled, educational bike clinics. Did we mention they are FREE?

Winter blues? Forget about it! You’ll be too busy learning cool bike stuff!

The turnout for this year’s clinics has been AH-MA-ZING! Lots of folks have signed up and will be braving the cold tonight, but we have room for plenty more of you! 

What’s on tonight’s agenda? Shaun will cover tips and tricks to maintain your bike AFTER you hit the roads and trails. The same clinic will repeat Saturday afternoon. SIGN UP HERE!

And here is the schedule of upcoming clinics! Early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian
Saturday 2/9 from 12-1:30 PM

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 1-2 PM

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party!
Sunday 3/3 from 5:30-7:30 PM


* Snow Days Special *

Hometown Bicycles

You’ve seen us talk about it on Facebook this week… and today is the ** FINAL DAY **to take advantage of our Snow Days Special. Who wants $10 in Fun Money? Who is brave enough to look Mother Nature in the eye and say, you can’t stop me? 

Bring in your bike for a tune-up and receive a $10 coupon to use toward bikes, parts or accessories.

Drop off before closing today… for those of you signed up for tonight’s clinic, how convenient! Get your bike serviced before the mad rush of spring and be ready to roll. 


Sponsor Feature: Getting to Know Michigan Financial Planning!

Dream Kitchens

Meet Kevin Brennan!

How did you get into riding?
I got into riding in 2013 to try and shed some pounds! I would primarily ride in Kensington until I found myself doing the loop 3 or 4 times. I lost over 60 pounds and now I just love to ride for fun. 

Tell us what sets your business apart from your competitors.
What differentiates Michigan Financial Planning is our focus on families. In financial services, it is common for people to primarily work with pre-retirees and retirees. We provide families with the services and support to simplify their financial lives and focus on what’s important. Like going for a family bike ride!

Michigan Financial Planning

What are your hobbies and interests? And do you have a favorite place to ride in Michigan?
I love to go camping with my family and most outdoor activities —  biking, running and skiing. It is hard to just choose one trail, but I could narrow it down to two — Sleeping Bear Heritage Bike Trail and the Betsie Valley Bike Trail

As a sponsor, what are your hopes for Team Hometown? 
From the time I met Shaun and Dawn, I could tell they were great people who were passionate about their business and cared a lot about their customers. I am excited to partner because I think we are both family-oriented businesses that are community-minded.

Imagine a sunny day in June (trust us, we know it’s hard right now)… 
Hometown Bicycles and Michigan Financial Planning are riding up awareness for families’ physical and financial health! Come on out and enjoy a fun day with the family on the paved or mountain bike trails at Settlers Park.
Save the Date: Saturday, June 8th from 10 AM – 2 PM.


Fat Tire Bikes: We rent ’em, you ride ’em!

Framed Fat Tire Bikes at Hometown Bicycles - fat bike rental

That’s right! We have a whole fleet of fat tire bikes available for YOU! Whether you want to try out one of our Saturday Fat Bike Friendly rides, rent for a day, or rent for several days, we can meet your needs… fat bikes in every size! 
 Rental Rates: 
$25 for one ride
$50 for same day (return before shop closes)
$120 for 3 days
$200 for 5 days We bike snow. We bike cold. We bike wind. We bike mild, spring-like winter days.
We bike it ALL! 
This Saturday’s Fat Bike Friendly Ride:We are taking it to the groomed trails of the DTE Foundation Trail this week. You will need a Fat Bike with tires wider than 3.8″ for this ride. Pressures will be set to about 3 psi. We are looking at temps starting out around 15 deg F, so dress accordingly! 
Meet at the M52 trailhead at 9:45 AM; we will roll at 10:00 AM. (17819 Stockbridge-Chelsea Road in Chelsea) 
We will have two separate groups to accommodate all skill levels. The A group will be riding the entire system this week. The B group is TBD. 
If you have not filled out a waiver for 2019 it will be necessary to do so. There will be some available at the trailhead.

Hometown Bicycles

Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Event: 

Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00-7:30 PM

The evening will be chock full of fun and invaluable information to help the young women in our lives explore and develop their entrepreneurial talents. If you are a middle school or high school student, or a young woman in her late teens/early 20’s, who is interested in starting your own business (or already have!), you will not want to miss our Young Women’s Entrepreneurship event.

We are super stoked to announce our guest speaker for this GIRL POWER event: Jennifer Matras, Owner and Hea

Competitive Edge Skating

d Skating Coach at Competitive Edge Skating

With over 25 years of skating and training experience, Jennifer is a highly sought after skill development instructor AND a fabulous female business owner. Competitive Edge Skating is the result of Jennifer’s commitment and passion to developing a company where athletes are provided everything they need to reach their highest level of performance. 

You will be blown away by her story — beginning skating lessons at age three, a 14-year figure skating career, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Exercise Physiologist, coaching hockey, being a successful entrepreneur, publishing a book, and so much more! 

SIGN UP HERE!

Stay tuned for more details as your Hometown gals, Dawn and Leslie, plan this free event for YOU. 


Meet Your Team Captains, Part Two: Joe Ostervik!

Hometown Bicycles

How did you get into riding?
I was  one  year out of quitting/retiring from my construction job of 25 years (May 2012) just to run my entertainment company Mobile Rhythm Entertainment. I wanted to do something, so I looked at my bike hanging with lots of dust on it and I said “I’ll go ride!” So I rode 4 miles and I thought I was going to die!! LOL but stuck with it. By the end of the summer, I had a new road bike and I was riding 20-25 miles. The next summer (2014), I heard about the Tour de Livingston and wanted to do the 62 mile ride. Trained with my great friend Adam and we had a blast, and the next year rode several century rides and races. In March 2015, I bought a mountain bike for the Barry-Roubaix race because I wasn’t sure what it was all about. Didn’t really want to do trails or anything because I didn’t want to get hurt, but I went on my first Hometown shop ride in April 2015 and got addicted!

What are your hopes for Team Hometown this year?
Meet a lot of new people and help get more riders on board, or just come to the shop rides and see them grow as a rider. Just represent Hometown and the sport of riding. It’s fun!!!

Do you have a favorite place to ride? 
I guess my favorite places to ride (because they’re so close) are Kensington and Island Lake — good challenge with all the different hills. For mountain biking, Brighton Rec and Poto trails — they are for sure a challenge.

Anything else you’d like us to know about you… random fun facts?
I started my DJ business in 1992 and it’s been growing ever since. In May 2012, I quit my construction job to only do my DJ business, and now I have 5 DJ’s and 4 photo booths. We have been hired to do weddings and all kinds of different events. Haven’t done a funeral yet, but know a few DJ’s who have! 
JOIN US! We are still receiving requests to join Team Hometown for 2019… it’s not too late! Drop in for an application. The Team store will re-open soon and you’ll have a chance to order your kit!


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays at 6 PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more

Power 30 | Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays at 6 PM & Thursdays at 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


Who is that masked man? Find out when you join Team Hometown for our Saturday Fat Bike Friendly Ride!

All skill levels welcome!

Bike Maintenance Clinic TONIGHT + Meet Your Team Captain

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team Night

Come one, come all… and invite your friends… to our fun-filled, educational bike clinics. Did we mention they are FREE?

Winter blues? Forget about it! You’ll be too busy learning cool bike stuff!

What’s happening TONIGHT? In this first of a 2-part clinic, Shaun will cover tips and tricks to prep your bike BEFORE you hit the roads and trails. Lots of folks are signed up for this one, but we have room for plenty more of you! Can’t make it this evening? The same clinic will repeat Saturday afternoon. SIGN UP HERE!

And here is the schedule of upcoming clinics! Early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Thursday 1/31 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/2 from 1-2 PM

Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian
Saturday 2/9 from 12-1:30 PM

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 1-2 PM


Sponsor Feature: Getting to Know Dream Kitchens!

Dream Kitchens

Meet Jason Vanderhovel!
(Pictured with his fiancée, Emily)

How did you partner up with Hometown? 
I partnered up with Hometown after spending the summer riding on various shop-sponsored events. I originally started riding back in June 2018 as a pre-wedding weight loss routine and became slightly addicted. After that, I signed up for as many statewide and Hometown rides as I could! If I could pick a ride to partner up on with Team Hometown, I think I would do the Tour de Livingston, which was one of my favorite centuries last year!

When it comes to Dream Kitchens, tell us what sets your business apart from your competitors. What makes you unique?
At Dream Kitchens, we are a store, yes, but we have six talented designers that assist in the selection process as well as contribute in the architectural layout of a space. I think we excel best in our process with helping clients tackle these large projects piece by piece. We have a system in selecting what places different decisions ahead of others in order to move forward in a timely manner.

What do you personally need to make it YOUR dream kitchen?
I’m all about the finishes. I think they can make or break a space.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Livingston County?
Mackle’s Table & Taps in Hartland. The food is phenomenal!

Dream Kitchens

Other than cycling, what are some of your favorite activities? Anything specific to Michigan?
Sadly… I don’t really do anything other than work and ride!

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you or your business? 
While we specialize in kitchens, we actually work on most rooms in a home. We do bathrooms, laundry rooms, mudrooms, built-ins, libraries, bars, offices and movie theaters!


Fat Tire Bikes: We rent ’em, you ride ’em!

Framed Fat Tire Bikes at Hometown Bicycles - fat bike rental

That’s right! We have a whole fleet of fat tire bikes available for YOU! Whether you want to try out one of our Saturday Fat Bike Friendly rides, rent for a day, or rent for several days, we can meet your needs… fat bikes in every size! 
 Rental Rates: 
$25 for one ride
$50 for one day
$120 for 3 days
$200 for 5 days We bike snow. We bike cold. We bike wind. We bike mild, spring-like winter days.
We bike it ALL! 

Check out our Facebook for info on upcoming rides!

Hometown Bicycles

Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Event: 

Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00-7:30 PM

The evening will be chock full of fun and invaluable information to help the young women in our lives explore and develop their entrepreneurial talents. If you are a middle school or high school student, or a young woman in her late teens/early 20’s, who is interested in starting your own business (or already have!), you will not want to miss our Young Women’s Entrepreneurship event.

We are super stoked to announce our guest speaker for this GIRL POWER event: Jennifer Matras, Owner and Head Skating Coach at Competitive Edge Skating

Competitive Edge Skating

With over 25 years of skating and training experience, Jennifer is a highly sought after skill development instructor AND a fabulous female business owner. Competitive Edge Skating is the result of Jennifer’s commitment and passion to developing a company where athletes are provided everything they need to reach their highest level of performance. 

You will be blown away by her story — beginning skating lessons at age three, a 14-year figure skating career, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Exercise Physiologist, coaching hockey, being a successful entrepreneur, publishing a book, and so much more! 

SIGN UP HERE!

Stay tuned for more details as your Hometown gals, Dawn and Leslie, plan this free event for YOU. 


Meet Your Team Captains, Part One: Michael Dyer!

Hometown Bicycles

How did you get into riding?
I was given a 1991 Huffy Stone Mountain MTB as a gift when I graduated college. I used it sparingly until a buddy of mine bought a “real MTB” somewhere around 1993 or so. He decided to give riding trails a try with another friend who lived by Island Lake Recreation Area. I tried it once and was immediately hooked. In the spring of 1994, I went to a demo event and bought a 1994 Trek 930 SHX. Since that time I have never looked back.

What are your hopes for Team Hometown this year?
To get more teammates engaged in the sport and the activities that the shop hosts or supports. Mountain bikers in particular — I like to see the new riders venture out into trying all the trails that we have available to us.  Experience the true adventure that the sport can bring: racing, bike-packing, road trips, night rides, etc.

Hopes for the industry?
I think the industry as a whole is heading in the right direction. There is no better time than the present to get into the sport. The bikes and other gear are so good right now. In the area we live, for mountain bikers in particular, we have so many great places to ride. I would like to see the price of quality bikes start to trickle down to a more reasonable cost. 

Do you have a favorite place to ride? Favorite shop ride? Favorite race in Michigan?
I can’t really name a favorite place to ride. Each trail has its own unique quality. I am a big fan of Brighton Rec, Poto, DTE, Highland, Pontiac Lake and Fort Custer. Who am I kidding, I like any trail I can ride my bike! My favorite shop ride is the Friday Night Lights ride followed closely by the Fat Bike Friendly ride. My favorite race, so far, is Mud, Sweat and Beers up in Traverse City the first weekend in May.

Anything else you’d like us to know about you… random fun facts?
Fact #1 — I am a drummer and a vocalist. I don’t use these talents much anymore, but they are still in there somewhere.
Fact #2 — I survived a heart attack when I was 45 years old. Never saw it coming.

Next up! Meet Your Team Captains, Part Two: Joe Ostervik — coming soon to a Hometown newsletter near you…


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays at 6 PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more

Power 30 | Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays at 6 PM & Thursdays at 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


Join Team Hometown for our Saturday Fat Bike Friendly Ride!

All skill levels welcome!

“Best of…” Clinic-Party Here This Wednesday

Collage of Hometown Bicycles rides
THE BEST RIDES IN MI, THE BEST PEEPS TO RIDE WITH & THE BEST TEAM EVER
Hometown Bicycles "Why Jamis?" clinic had a record attendance!Last week, we had RECORD ATTENDANCE (in the whole history of Hometown!) at our “Why Jamis” clinic. WOW!!! Let’s see if we can top it this week…This Wednesday, February 24, from 6-9pm, is the final clinic in our Winter Clinic Series, covering Michigan’s most bike-friendly trails, its coolest cycling events, our new Shop Rides, the women-only cycling group Hometown Green Gals, and how to become a part of Team Hometown Bicycles.

It’s another carb-loading clinic with pizza and beer… gotta get you ready for March 1st – a.k.a. Cycling Season!!! In addition to Shaun, you’ll also have a chance to meet and hear from the co-creator of Hometown’s Green Gals, plus our awesome Team Captains.

NOTE: While Team Hometown Bicycles has a competitive ride group, it also includes a non-race Club team for beginners to pros, trail cyclists to road junkies, fund-raisers to just-for-funners. Our mission is to have fun and to positively promote the sport of cycling. If that sounds like your “cup o’ tea”, then join up!

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OUR “WHERE TO RIDE IN MICHIGAN AND WITH WHOM” CLINIC-PARTY
We appreciate your early registration, so that we can make sure there’s enough food for all!
For anyone who’s bumming over missed clinics… don’t!! We’ll continue running bike clinics throughout the year. To start, check out March’s Intro to Adventure Racing clinic below!

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“INTRO TO ADVENTURE RACING” CLINIC

Get Your Bearings Adventure Race logoADVENTURE RACING is a team scavenger hunt in the great outdoors. Teams are given topographical maps, work together to locate checkpoints, and have to finish in a specified time. Adventure Races generally involve bike travel, paddling, and navigating on foot.This Saturday, March 5th clinic will provide a general introduction to Adventure Racing and give you the confidence to try a race like MI Adventure Club’s ‘Get Your Bearings Adventure Race’ in Brighton Recreation Area on May 7th. You’ll learn everything a novice racer needs to know about Adventure Racing – including topographic maps, compasses and navigation (a.k.a. orienteering.)

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

Immediately following this event, be sure to hang out and meet the lovable faces of Last Chance Pet Rescue! Read more below…

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LAST CHANCE PET RESCUE AT HOMETOWN

Save a Life, Adopt a Pet - Come see the furry faces of Last Chance Rescue at Hometown BicyclesTHERE’LL BE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE at Hometown Bicycles on Saturday, March 5th from 11:30am-3:30pm (immediately following the “Intro to Adventure Racing” clinic!) Last Chance Pet Rescue is bringing a selection of their most lovable, adoptable pets for you to meet and fall in love with.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 better! Bring the kids!!

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