Pre-Order Your Hometown Jersey + Cycling Season Countdown

Hometown Bicycles team kit - jersey, cycling shorts, bibs, vest, arm warmers, and leg warmers
THIS WEEKEND, we’re collecting pre-orders for the 2015 Hometown cycling kits. It’s the look that you all know and love… the one that makes you stand out from the generically-attired crowd.

Let people know that you’re proud to be a Hometownie! Stop in to place your order!!

WANT TO BECOME A HOMETOWN JERSEY SPONSOR?

This year, we’re opening the back of our jerseys to 5 business sponsors. If you’d like your logo prominently featured on Hometown’s team kit and company marketing, emailoffice@myhometownbicycles.com for details today!

THIS ONE’S FOR THE GIRLS…

Ladies, although our current jerseys (see above) are unisex, we will – by popular demand – be offering a women’s-only Hometown cycling kit at the end of the month. Stay tuned for visuals but, in the meantime, think PINK…

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COUNTDOWN TO CYCLING SEASON
We’re just a couple weeks away!

Hometown Bicycles' countdown to cycling season

In 17 speed-of-light days, we’ll experience the awesome phenomena known as the Cycling Season. While we Hometownies know that cycling season is ACTUALLY year-round (fat bike cyclists, unite!), March 1st gives all of you seasonal, outdoor cyclists something to celebrate!

Our advice to you: Get ready for cycling season NOW. Bring your bikes in for their Spring Tune-Up before the seasonal rush hits!

 

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Hometown Bicycles Bike Clinic Series 2015 logo

Emergency Bike Repair Clinic Part 2 - Flat Tire Fixes

There is NO CHARGE for any of the clinics in this series. For a full list of our 2015 Bike Clinics, click here, or stay posted on our Facebook page.

WANT TO GET A HEAD START ON UPCOMING CLINIC REGISTRATION?

Click any of the links below to pre-register for the remaining 2 in our Winter Clinic series:

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR: PART 2

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR WHERE TO RIDE IN MICHIGAN & WITH WHOM

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BE A PART OF THE HOMETOWN FAMILY
We’re still accepting applications for positions at Hometown

We are currently looking for leaders with passion, integrity, and commitment for everything from starter positions to management-level roles.

If you believe you fit that description, stop by the Brighton shop and talk to Shaun.

Christmas Hours & Other Cool Stuff

YOUR HOMETOWN HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Merry Christmas video from Hometown Bicycles and Jamis Bikes

HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ CHRISTMAS HOURS
OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE: 10AM – 3PM

CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY – JANUARY 2

REOPEN JANUARY 3 (normal winter hours)

Our Whitmore Lake shop is CLOSED DECEMBER 25th and REOPENS MARCH 1st.

YOU CAN STILL BECOME A HOMETOWN VIP! 

I Believe in Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate VIPs!
SPECIAL THANKS to these recent Hometown VIPers: (clockwise from top middle) Melissa, Steve & Joni, Vicky, Colin & Cynthia, and Rick & Gail
To answer a popular question, YES, there is still a chance for you to become a Hometown Bicycles VIP – earning a lifetime 20% discount, VIP-only events access, Gift Certificate trade-up, and more – through our limited edition, “I Believe in Hometown Bicycles” Gift Certificate program.

Want more information? CLICK HERE or stop by our Brighton shop and talk to Shaun!

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JENNIFER FINDS THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Customer Highlight: Why She Loves Cycling

Jennifer McCauley, Hometown Bicycles Events Coordinator and Leader of the Green Gals

Jennifer is one of those amazing customers who was with us even before Hometown was a twinkle in our eyes. Now we’re proud to call her our Events Coordinator and co-instigator with her daughter of the much-loved Hometown Bicycles Green Gals (an all-women cycling group).

Here’s what Jennifer has to say about why she loves cycling:

It needs to be noted that I didn’t start “biking” until I was 51.  Sure I rode a bike all through my childhood and with toddlers on the back of my bike and then with the whole family.  However I started “biking” to do my first triathlon.  It opened a whole new fun world. It made me feel like a kid again. I pushed all my other X-mas gifts aside when my husband wheeled in a new road bike and l squealed like a kid.

Now it gives me more time with my children and other young people; it gives me new muscles; it makes me invigorated; it’s a great cross training for running and swimming; it provides a whole host of potential gifts for me; it strengthens my aging knees; it keeps me off medication and gives me vitamin D and fresh air; it improves my balance; and it gives me bragging rights (I’ve now added mountain biking). It keeps me young. Why did I wait so long?????!!!!!
Want to share your story and inspire others to ride?  Send us an email with your favorite cycling photo and a little bit about why you ride, what inspires you, and what you’ve done that might inspire someone else to change their life, too!

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HOW TO RUN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKE
Community Highlight:  Holiday spirit meets cycling ingenuity

How to run Christmas lights on your bike

Here’s a seasonally appropriate project to get you AND your bike in the Christmas spirit.

It’s simple and inexpensive. Just promise us that you’ll post a photo of your handiwork on our Facebook page to spread the Christmas cheer!

Check out the “How To” instructions HERE.

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A CHRISTMAS TREE MADE OF BICYCLES
Industry Highlight: Australia’s awesome idea
Christmas Tree made of bicycles

In honor of the holidays, we’re bringing up an old favorite from the Sydney, Australia archives… a Christmas tree built entirely of bicycles. It’s genius!

Does this inspire some seasonal cycle creativity of your own? If so, please share!

Check out the evolution of this “Tree-cycle” project HERE.

Winter Hours, Leslie’s Choice, and MDOT Helps Cyclists

Tell Us About Your Dream Bike Shop
YOUR INPUT. YOUR SHOP.
Hometown Bicycles - Your dream bicycle shop
Over the last few emails, you’ve learned about how Hometown Bicycles got its start,where we are today, and our vision for the future… now it’s YOUR turn to chime in!

Tell us what you want to see in the future Hometown Bicycles – anything from products, services, events and rides, to the qualities that you believe will help make us your dream bicycle shop.

Share your feedback on our Facebook page, under the post that’s pinned at the top of our newsfeed. Your input is a critical part of our evolution.

We’re listening…

Shaun & Dawn Bhajan

WINTER HOURS START MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Our “BRR-R-R-R-R!! That’s Michigan for you!” hours run November 17 – April 1.

MON – FRI: 10AM – 7PM
SAT – SUN: 9AM – 5PM

Our Whitmore Lake shop will be CLOSED JANUARY 1st and REOPEN MARCH 1st. 

AHHHHHHH… YOGA FOR CYCLISTS 

Yoga for Cyclists at Hometown Bicycles of Brighton, MI

This past Monday marked the inaugural, weekly, in-shop Yoga for Cyclists class series, led by the supremely talented (as you can see by the cyclists melting into the floor) Jessica Beaubien of Soul Stretch Yoga.

If you think tension is the hallmark of a good ride or that touching your toes is for runners, you NEED this class. Heck, we ALL need this class.

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LESLIE’S PEDAL-POWERED MAKEOVER
Customer Highlight: Biking with benefits of the life-altering variety

Leslie Cook, a cool customer of Hometown Bicycles

If you look up “enthusiasm” in the dictionary, there should undoubtedly be a picture of Leslie Cook.

Leslie’s taken to mountain biking like a fish to water. Here’s his story in his own words:

“I started riding my old style steel trail bike to get into shape.  It was fun gravel grinding on back roads but started getting boring when riding by myself.  I wasn’t very motivated either, until my kids started to get on me about my health.  When I finally took a look at myself and realized I couldn’t see my belt buckle anymore and had to lean to see my shoes, I decided things must change if I wanted to live to see my grandkids and enjoy them.

I joined a biggest loser contest at work, started getting in shape, and started riding my bike again.  I’ve lost 35 pounds, kept it off, and started trail riding.

I have been riding two years now, rode in my first Iceman, and finished.  I could not have accomplished this without the support from Home Town and the support of the riders I have have met (plus the ripping tune up I got from Shaun.)  I am looking forward to continuing my friendship with these wonderful people and encourage others to do so also.  Look forward to seeing you all on the trails.”

Want to share your story and inspire others to ride?  Send us an email with your favorite cycling photo and a little bit about why you ride, what inspires you, and what you’ve done that might inspire someone else to change their life, too!

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GEORGIA GOULD WINS ICEMAN’S GOLD
Community Highlight:  The gals take it

Velo News - Gould wins Iceman Cometh Challenge 2014

Velo News ran a fantastic article on the recent triumph of cyclist, Georgia Gould, two-time winner of Michigan’s Iceman Cometh Challenge.  Check it out HERE!
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MDOT Bicycle Event Survey
Industry Highlight: Help Michigan prove the value of cycling

Bicycling in Michigan MDOT infographic

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), distributor of the “Bicycling in Michigan” infographic above, has launched a new and intriguing survey to assess the economic value of cycling events to the Michigan economy. Let’s help ’em see the value in the sport we love!

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