A NEW World’s Tiniest Hometownie

Growing family of cyclists

WHEN WE CALL OURSELVES A FAMILY-FRIENDLY BIKE SHOP, WE MEAN IT!

For the sake of my vanity, as much as out of sheer joy, Shaun and I would like to formally announce that… WE’RE EXPECTING ANOTHER BABY!!!

I’m done wearing bulky shirts and trying to suck in my gut… it wasn’t donuts that put this fat bike tire around my midsection, and we’re ready to celebrate our excitement with our Hometown family!

No info yet on whether Liam will have a brother or sister, but we do know that he or she will turn our three-person family into a wonderful FOUR this Fall.

What’s especially cool is that, as our little family is growing, so is our extended Hometown family. So many new faces! You’ve all been WONDERFUL when it comes to spreading the word about Hometown, and we love you for it. Thanks for helping us build a dream-home-away-from-home for our customers, our community, and for our pint-sized Hometownies!

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KEEPETH THY SINGLETRACKS INTACTETH

Singletrack trail
Although the early thaw has made many of our beloved trails already ride-ready, we believe it’s important to impart this gem of trail wisdom – a Sermon-ette on the Mount-ain Bike Trail, if you will – from Hometown’s very own, uproariously clever “CycloDan” Tribble:

Hometown Bicycles' CycloDan Tribble“And so it is written, that every year during the sacred freeze-thaw cycle, thou shalt abstain from the hallowed singletrack until the worm that creepeth upon the face of the earth comes forth. But if it be in any man’s heart to ride let him go unto the land of the roadie, yea even unto Tar-Mac, and he shall be blessed with aerobic fitness in abundance. But in the day that thou partake of the forbidden singletrack you shall surely be cursed and your bearings and your bottom bracket shall seize and perish. There will be much grinding and gnashing of teeth that no chain lube can silence!”

– Rev. CycloDan
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MEET THE ARTIST: CINDY SELKE’S BIKE WREATHS

Bicycle wreaths by Cindy Selke

We met Cindy at our Last Chance Rescue pet adoption event, where she’d donated two exquisitely hand-crafted wreaths to raise money for a rescue dog’s surgery. So, in addition to talent, we can already tell you that Cindy has HEART.

Inspired by a one-hour Bordine’s class in wreath making, Green Oak Twp. residents Cynthia Selke & Terrie Hudnut got crafty, and launched Sutherland Creations as a business outlet for their wreath-making. Using a combination of materials – like burlap, ribbon, and metallic mesh – Cindy and Terrie found unlimited ways to personalize any wreath. They believe that “there truly is a wreath for every event and every season, including cycling!”

Cindy’s brought in two, gorgeous, bicycle, ribbon wreaths that are ready to grace the walls or doors of your home. You’ve got to see these in person!

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DID YOU KNOW… WE HAVE CRAZY-AWESOME STORE HOURS?

Hometown Bicycles store hours

It always seems to astonish our customers that we’re open such long hours, but here’s the deal… our mission is to get you to your happy place. That’s hard to do if we’re not available when it’s convenient for YOU!

WE’RE OPEN 7AM-9PM ON WEEKDAYS, giving you a chance to drop your bike off before work so it’s ready to rock the roads and trails with you at day’s end… or so that you can pick up last minute need-to-gets on your way back from dropping off the kids… or whatever gets you cranking those pedals.

AND WE’RE OPEN 9AM-5PM BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, because cycling doesn’t happen just on Saturdays. Consider us your weekend support crew!

The long and short of it is that we’re here for you when YOU need us. And that’s how we roll at Hometown Bicycles!

Holiday checklist, new art, and creative stocking stuffers


Your Hometown Holiday Checklist
Bicycle wrapped in Christmas lights at Hometown Bicycles

THE COUNTDOWN HAS HIT SINGLE DIGITS – ARE YOU READY?
With Christmas just a week away, we’ve made a list that you’ll want to check twice…

   ___ Remember, Hometown is open on Christmas Eve from 7am-3pm! We close
between Christmas and New Year, and re-open again on January 2nd at 7am.

___ If you bought a bike as a gift, and are keeping it at the shop to prevent snoopery,
make sure to call 1-2 hours ahead before pick-up, so that we can have it prepped
and ready to go. Also, let us know if you want a bow on the bike!

   ___ Be sure to pick up stocking stuffers! You can check out several fun ideas below.

   ___ Don’t forget – there are still 7 days left of daily deals to rock your cyclist’s world!
Here’s a quick reminder about what’s coming up:

          DECEMBER 18:  Get 10% off all lubes

          DECEMBER 19:  Buy a kid’s bicycle, get 50% off a kid’s helmet

          DECEMBER 20:  Get 15% off all cycling gloves

          DECEMBER 21:  Get 10% off all socks

          DECEMBER 22:  Get a free water bottle with purchase of a water bottle cage

          DECEMBER 23:  Get a 25% trade-up on all gift certificate purchases

          DECEMBER 24:  Last minute shoppers, get 25% off everything!
 

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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: SUZANNE ALLEN

Suzanne Allen artwork

Suzanne Allen - artist - at Hometown BicyclesSue is a wellspring of information, and her art tells the stories that she’s collected over years of professorship and research. What we especially love about her work is that it’s VIBRANT and playful, while still appealing to the intellectual cyclist. But even if pondering isn’t your thing, we encourage you to enjoy a refreshing smile in front of the jaunty, neon head of “Bike Face”!

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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: PEGGY KERWAN

Peggy Kerwan's art at Hometown Bicycles
(Artwork copyright Peggy Kerwan. All rights reserved.)
Peggy Kerwan artwork "Pink Ladies"Peggy GETS cycling; she’s a cyclist who finds the fun in any bike-bound adventure. And her artwork is about those adventures – the people, the places, and the roadkill rat (yes, you read that right!) that turn a ride into something worth capturing on canvas. You may have seen some of Peggy’s work at the Wooden Spoon in Brighton, where she curates. We’re delighted to have her creativity here at the shop!

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BICYCLE ART AT HOMETOWN: STOCKING STUFFERS

Stocking stuffer ideas at Hometown Bicycles - Gear ornaments, bicycle notecards by Peggy Brewer, coin purses by LPbyLP, Blues Lab CD

Hoo boy… those stockings always seem to get forgotten until the very last minute, don’t they.

Keep calm and come to Hometown. We’ve got all sorts of sock-sized goodies in our new art department that will pleasantly plump out your fireplace footwear, including beautiful notecards from local artist Peggy Brewer; sew-master Lauren Patrell’s super-awesome coin purses; a new line of handmade, unique-as-snowflakes, gear ornaments; and the bluesy tunes of our very own CycloDan Tribble.

Be sure to also check out our famous sock wall – much loved by all – and everything from bike bells to pint glasses and lubes to water bottle cages. In fact, you might just need to hang up another stocking…

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