Best Time to Tune Your Bike + Women’s Winter Classes

Hometown Bicycles' Service Tech Ozzy Aguilar working on a bike tune up
Q: SO, WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET A TUNE-UP?
A: A lot earlier than you would think…

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Hometownies, I know January has a way of seeping under your skin – the leafless trees, the chill winds, the desaturated skies. It all takes a toll on your zen.

A growing population of you are laughing in the face of this winter reality, thundering through the snowy trails on the Clydesdales of the bike world. But if winter cycling just isn’t your M.O., here’s a ray of sunshine to lift you out of survival mode…

We’re just 48 days away from the launch of Spring Cycling Season – March 1st!

Spring tulipWith that in mind, customers ask us with surprising frequency about the optimal time to bring their bikes in for a tune-up. The answer is… NOW!

50 days will already disappear like smoke, but remember last year, when Spring made a cameo appearance in February? Guess who beat the rush of suddenly urgent tune-up requests, and got to hit the roads and trails before everyone else? You guessed it… the early bird cyclists, whose new year prep primed them for first dibs!

In Michigan, you should tune-up with the Boy Scouts motto in mind: “Be Prepared.”

Again, 48 days left ’til Spring Cycling Season… 
48 days!

That’s nothin’ – a handful of “Hump Day”s, a pittance of paydays, a smidgen of snowfalls… peanuts. Don’t get caught short – you deserve to enjoy every glorious moment.


5 Foot Passing Legislation is in Jeopardy - take action!
4 DAYS LEFT TO HELP MAKE MI SAFER FOR CYCLISTS!
Hometownies, here’s a cause worth signing for! From League of MI Bicyclists (LMB):

Legislation to enact a statewide 5-foot passing law is in danger in the House and we need your help! A specified distance (5-feet) could be stripped out of the legislation if we don’t speak up now.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will likely act on HB 4265 on January 16, 2018. We need your help to urge committee members to keep a specific distance in the bill to enact the strongest safe passing law possible. Click below or visit www.LMB.org/engage for details and to sign.

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DID YOU KNOW… COMMUNITY ROOM RENTAL
Hometown Bicycles Community Room available for rentalMany of you have enjoyed Hometown Bicycles clinics, parties, classes, meetings, and programs in our spacious and group-friendly Community Room. But DID YOU KNOW that you can rent this space year round for your own personal and business events and activities?

We’ve hosted everyone from clubs, businesses, rotaries, school organizations, and other non-profits, to homeowner’s associations, birthday partiers, fitness groups, and Scouts.

Contact Evan at events@myhometownbicycles.comfor further information and inquiries!


ZUMBA at Hometown Bicycles with Leslie Barrett
2018 HOMETOWN WOMEN’S WINTER CLASSES 
Gals, there’s absolutely no reason why the cold should keep us from connecting and self-actualizing! Hometown’s women-only class series is going strong to make you stronger (click the registration links for details and to sign up):

1/16 WOMEN’S ZUMBA with Leslie Barrett
REGISTER for ZUMBA | 5:30 PM at Hometown Bicycles | FREE

1/23 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SKIING with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Skiing | 5:30 PM at Huron Meadows Metropark | $15 ski rental, $5 trail use

1/30 WOMEN’S SPIN CLASS with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Spin | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

2/6   WOMEN’S HOT YOGA with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for Hot Yoga | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)

2/13 WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE with Live Safe Academy
REGISTER for Self Defense | 7PM – 9PM at Hometown Bicycles | $40 at registration
A Note from Dawn: I’ve seen this instructor in action, and he is awesome. This class NEEDS to be shared with the women in your life who are important to you… that’s why I’m sharing it with you. Ages 12 and up – mothers, daughters, wives, friends, and coworkers – ALL women welcome!

2/20 LADIES NIGHT OUT at Hometown Bicycles
Stay tuned… details coming soon!

2/27 WOMEN’S PILOXING BARRE with Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp
REGISTER for PILOXING | 6 – 7PM at Hamburg Fitness | $5 (no membership required!)


Shaun teaches a bike clinic at Hometown Bicycles
WINTER BIKE CLINIC IN FULL SWING
We’ve run our Winter Clinic Series since opening in 2010… not to toot our own horn, but *toot* we’re really good at it! All clinics are FREE and, this year, we’re also offering some new perks and privileges – click the links below for details and to register:

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Winter Clinic ScheduleFlat Tire Fix Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 9th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 11th, 7-8pm

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 16th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 18th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 23rd, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 25th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 30th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 1st, 7-8pm

Bike Fitting with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
Thu, Feb 8th, 7-8pm

Cycling Nutrition Clinic
Tues, Feb 13th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 15th, 7-8pm

Cycling Gear & Wear Clinic
Tues, Feb 20th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 22nd, 7-8pm

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party
Thu, March 1st, 7-9pm

<< Click the image at left for a printable Clinic Series flier!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Beginner Level
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13  |  10AM (MEET AT 9:45AM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the roads and trails of Island Lake Recreation Area. This is a BEGINNER (No Drop) Ride! We’ll cover about 10-14 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather.Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Intermediate Level
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14  |  2PM (MEET AT 1:45PM)  |  FROM BRIGHTON REC TRAILHEAD
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the more challenging trails of Brighton Recreation Area. This is an INTERMEDIATE (No Drop) Ride – NOT an easy ride for beginners! We’ll cover about 12-16 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**


Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more


Hometown Bicycles Ride Coordinator Laura Faunce winter mountain biking at Island Lake

I’m doing this for ME.

~ Cyclists everywhere

THIS SATURDAY (1/21): Bikes, Beer, and the Coolest Team Ever

Take One (Beer) for the Team

Team Hometown Bicycles

RAISE A COLD ONE AT THIS SATURDAY‘S MEET-LEARN-JOIN OUR TEAM EVENT:  This year’s Team information night promises to be EPIC! In addition to learning what Team Hometown Bicycles is all about, you’ll get to enjoy one of two PRE-MEETING SHOP RIDES (details to follow further down), meet our captains and members, fist bump our outstanding Team sponsors, witness the GRAND UNVEILING of our NEW RACE KIT, order Team kits at a killer discount, and savor pizza and beer to boot!

Team Hometown Bicycles is for EVERYONE!  Our Team – racers and non-racers – is as anti-snob an operation as our shop. Our purpose is to have fun, give back to our Community, and positively promote the sport. If you can get on board that bandwagon, then you can be a part of our Team!

We can’t wait to see you there!  Team night is something special at Hometown… come see why it’s one of our best attended winter events! THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 4:30PM, HOMETOWN COMMUNITY ROOM, NO CHARGE
REGISTER NOW FOR OUR TEAM HOMETOWN MUNCH-&-LEARN

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Fat Bike Friendly shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

2 PRE-TEAM-MEETING SHOP RIDES THIS SATURDAY

Take a spin with the Team and fellow Hometownies before our Team Hometown Munch-and-Learn! We have two – count them, TWO! – shop ride options to peak your fancy:

OPTION 1: Badlands Fat Bike Friendly Ride, January 21, 1:45pm
LEAVES FROM ISLAND LAKE SPRING MILL POND PROMPTLY AT 2PM (ARRIVE BY 1:45PM)

ALL RIDER LEVELS are welcome for this relaxed pace, NO DROP adventure through the sandy Badlands. Be prepared to push your bike up a hill or two! 3.8″ or larger fat/plus tires recommended. Not appropriate for “skinny” tires. Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation/changes.

OPTION 2: Island Lake Roads Ride, January 21, 2:15pm
LEAVES FROM HOMETOWN BICYCLES PROMPTLY AT 2:30PM (ARRIVE BY 2:15PM)

We’ll take the back entrance into Island Lake, enjoying (hopefully) clear, paved park roads. Mountain and/or road bikes (as weather conditions dictate). ALL RIDER LEVELS are welcome for this NO DROP ride. Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation/changes.

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MEET YOUR 2017 TEAM HOMETOWN SPONSORS

It’s official – THESE NINE, EXCEPTIONAL COMPANIES are the new Sponsorship backbone to a Team that supports its community, epitomizes sportsmanship, and, above all, LOVES cycling! If that doesn’t tell you something deeply meaningful about the core values of these businesses, I don’t know what will! Please show our Sponsors some serious Hometown love:

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy logo

Dr. Horal Family and Cosmetic Dentistry logo Body Within Personal Training logo
Kearns Brothers - Roofing, Siding, and Windows Lowry Solutions - Barcode and RFID
Hamburg Fitness Center logo Beauchamp Water Treatment and Supply
Jamis Bicycles logo
Michigan Banner Factory logo

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Bike Care and Maintenance clinic at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton
THIS WEEK:  POST-RIDE BIKE CARE CLINIC (free!)

This Wednesday and Thursday wraps up the second in our roundly popular, bike maintenance clinic set! You’ll learn post-ride practices to keep your bike fighting fit, and from costing you a fortune in negligence repairs. Questions welcome!

(NOTE: February’s clinics are up for registration! *see below* We’re really excited about these, and have scheduled them a little differently, so that you have the best chance to enjoy them! Check it out!)

BIKE CARE & MAINTENANCE PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 18 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 19 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.

BIKE FITTING BASICS – REGISTER NOW!
Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Thursday, January 26 from 6-7pm
Guest speaker, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, covers bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort.

EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 1 – REGISTER NOW!
Tues. 1/31 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  FRIDAY 2/3 from 6-7pm
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.

EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR PART 2 – REGISTER NOW!
Tues. 2/7 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  Wed. 2/8 from 12:15-1pm  -OR-  FRIDAY 2/10 from 6-7pm
Part 2 of 2, this clinic covers the perennial favorite – flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice!

WHY JAMIS? – REGISTER NOW!
Thursday, February 16 from 6-7pm
A favorite addition to our clinic series, “Why Jamis?” answers who Jamis is, what they offer YOU, and why we’ve loved ’em from Day One!  Jamis rep and our “brother-from-a-different-mother”, Tom Trentanove, will guest speak and answer your individual questions.

WHERE TO RIDE IN MICHIGAN & POTLUCK PARTY! – REGISTER NOW!
Thursday, February 23 from 6-7pm
Bring your favorite dish to this munch-and-learn, wrap-up clinic party! Enjoy your fellow clinic-goers’ culinary skills, while we share some of the best parks and routes in Michigan for your cycling Adventures, plus groups you can ride with.

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CAN YOU HELP?  SINGLE-QUESTION YOGA SURVEY

Clipboard survey clip artWhere she yogas, people follow… seriously. Ashley of Tocca Massage & Yoga left us speechless with the popularity of her recently concluded Hometown yoga class series. Now she’s cooking up another session, and wants to know YOUR scheduling preference. Please help her out, and CLICK HERE TO ANSWER HER SINGLE-QUESTION YOGA SURVEY. It’s appreciated!

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Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles - Yoga with Tocca Massage, Zumba with Leslie Barrett, and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf(Photo cred: Yoga pic at left courtesy Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga)

FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN

Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic winter fitness programs running right here inside your favorite bike shop:

Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA | New series pending… stay tuned!
$10 drop in – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA | Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

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Spring crocusesSPRING: 63 Days & Counting

We’re just 9 short weeks away from the official arrival of Spring. Don’t panic… we can get you there in top form!

Be sure to check out our fat bikes and rentals, winter shop rides, and fitness classes to keep you in peak cycling condition. Plus, we’ll have your bike running like a dream with our famously phenomenal bicycle tune-ups and repairs!

Demo Day at Hometown Bicycles

Surly Krampus Trail fat bike - Demo at Hometown Bicycles on June 7
WANNA TEST RIDE A KRAMPUS FAT BIKE??? Then mark this date in your calendar…
Surly Demo @ Hometown ~ Sunday ~ June 7th ~ 2pm
Our rep will be bringing out the Surly Demo Truck the Sunday after next and parking it in the lot of our new shop (immediately left of our existing shop). There’s NO COST to take ’em for a spin!

WANNA DEAL ON A NEW SURLY RIDE??? Then PRINT THIS EMAIL and bring it with you to the Demo!

If you fall in love with the beast you’re riding, and want one of your own, here are some bonus savings to sweeten the thrill of owning so much awesomeness:

ORDER YOUR BIKE THE DAY OF THE DEMO
and get $100 off the bike PLUS $100 store credit
toward parts and accessories!

Need a day or two to ponder?
ORDER YOUR BIKE WITHIN 7 DAYS AFTER THE DEMO
and get $100 store credit toward parts & accessories!

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ISLAND LAKE RACE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…
Tailwind Racing - Island Lake Induction web page

…TO REPRESENT HOMETOWN BICYCLES at THIS WEEKEND’S crazy-popular Tailwind Race. Shaun and Dawn wanted to go, but there’s this little matter of having a baby any day now…

Hometown Bicycles is sponsoring (and riding in!) Tailwind’s Sunday, May 31st mountain bike race. Volunteer shifts run only about 3 hours, and come with some seriously cool perks. If you’re interested in being a Hometown ambassador, emailevents@myhometownbicycles.com ASAP for details. THANK YOU!!

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HOMETOWN SERVICE = GREASED LIGHTNING!

Hometown Bicycles - Offering 48-hour turnaround on service with in-stock parts!

WE CAN GET YOU BACK ON YOUR BIKE WITHIN 48 HOURS!! You’re rarin’ to ride, but your bike’s got a boo-boo. You don’t want to be “grounded” for a week while it gets repaired, and we don’t want you to either.

That’s why we’re MIGHTY proud that – in the very thick of cycling season – we are STILL getting cyclists back in the saddle at warp speed. Our average turnaround? TWO DAYS with in-stock parts! Our biggest problem has become that we get ’em done faster than people can pick ’em up!

So, if you’re worried about being parted from your baby for painful periods of Michigan’s precious cycling season, don’t be because, at Hometown Bicycles, even if we have to stay up until midnight, we’ll get the work done FAST and it will be PHENOMENAL.

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JUST A WEEK LEFT TO CAST YOUR VOTE!
Vote Hometown Bicycles as Best Bike Shop on Detroit A List

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE to tell Southeast Michigan that YOU BELIEVE in what Hometown Bicycles stands for! If you haven’t yet, please VOTE NOW, then pat yourself on the back for supporting your favorite bike shop… and making your Hometown crew feel like a million bucks!

VOTING ENDS JUNE 7TH. HOMETOWN GRATITUDE TO THE ROCKSTARS WHO ALREADY CAST THEIR VOTES!!

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