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!

Emergency Bike Repair Clinic TONIGHT

Framed Fat Tire Bikes at Hometown Bicycles - fat bike rental

Are you familiar with our Rental Program? 

That’s right! We rent bicyles! Whether you want to try out one of our Saturday rides, rent for a day, or rent for several days, we can meet your needs.

We currently have a fleet of Fat Bikes available… one in every size! 

 Rental Rates: 
$25 for one ride
$50 for one day
$120 for 3 days
$200 for 5 days
Did you know we have a weekly Fat Bike Friendly Ride every Saturday, trail conditions permitting? We bike snow. We bike cold. We bike wind. We bike mild, spring-like winter days. We bike it ALL!

This week’s ride!
Mother Nature is planning snow for this weekend! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that she follows through! Regardless, we will be riding the trails of Island Lake Recreation Area. Meet at the shop at 9:15 AM and roll out at 9:30 AM. Be sure to set those tire pressures low if we get the snow that is predicted. We will have two separate groups to accommodate all skill levels. The A group will be riding the entire system this week. Expect to return to the shop at 12:30 PM. The B group is TBD. If you have not filled out a waiver for 2019, please do so before the ride!


Winter Clinic Series

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? Shaun will be covering Emergency Bicycle Repairin this hands-on clinic. Can’t make it this evening? The same clinic will repeat Saturday afternoon. Required: Please bring along a saddle bag with an inner tube, quick link, zip ties, and tire boot. Don’t have ‘em – don’t worry! You can purchase them here at a discounted price prior to class. SIGN UP HERE!

And here is the schedule of upcoming clinics! Due to popular demand, the Saturday clinics have been moved to 1:00 PM. Early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Thursday 1/24 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/26 from 1-2 PM

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


Community Room Rental

Hometown Bicycles

Located within our store, we use this beautiful space to run clinics, programs and events, and we invite you to do the same!

Our Community Room is available for rent to community members and organizations for activities such as:

  • Fitness Classes
  • Craft Classes
  • Meetings
  • Training Sessions
  • Receptions
  • Non-Profit Events
  • Let us know how YOU would like to use the Community Room!

The space is 18′ x 32′, carpeted, brightly lit and lined with windows for a wealth of natural light. It also features two large interior windows for easy observation. All windows have shades that can be drawn for privacy.

White boards are set along two walls of the room. A limited number of tables and chairs can be made available upon request.

The Community Room also offers easy access to both a restroom and kitchen area (refrigerator/microwave/sink).

If interested in renting this space for you or a group, please email events@myhometowntownbicycles.com for rates and availability. This space is available at NO CHARGE  for 501(c)(3) non-profits!


Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Event: NEW DATE!

Apologies to anyone who had already marked their calendars for this AWESOME event we’re planning — we have changed our original February date to Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00-7:30 PM. This is to ensure that we can offer you the most fabulous speaker lineup possible! You will not be disappointed!

Next week’s newsletter will reveal the agenda for the evening, including our headlining presenter and members of our Q&A panel, as well as a link to register for this FREE event.

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.

Parents/guardians are also welcome to join us.

Your Hometown ladies, Dawn and Leslie, look forward to creating this special evening for 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


Even when you’re moving slow, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch!

Merry Christmas from your Hometown Crew

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Hometown Bicycles

Merry Christmas, Hometownies!

Your Hometown family wishes you and yours a truly magical, riding-without-hands-kinda-exhilarating Christmas, and a New Year full of hope, love, and the people who mean the most to you. Thank you for an adventure-ful 2018, and cheers to another year of excitement in the making!   

We close at 3 PM on Christmas Eve and reopen at 9 AM on Thursday, January 3, 2019 (corrected from our last newsletter). That means THERE’S STILL TIME FOR SKIDDING-INTO-THE-FINISH-LINE SHOPPING!
With love and warmest wishes… Your Hometown Crew

Merry Christmas from Hometown Bicycles

Welcome Aboard, Team Hometown Peeps!

Team Hometown

WOWZA!! Team Hometown is already 56 members strong and counting for the 2019 season. Welcome to all new and returning members!

We will be taking applications into the New Year, so have no fear if you haven’t already completed yours! Stop by the shop any time to fill one out.

While Team Kit ordering is officially closed for December, it will reopen in late winter. Stay tuned for more information on when and how to order your kit. 


FOR THE LAST-MINUTE SHOPPER: Online Gift Cards!

Just a reminder that you can now give some Hometown e-love to your friends and family from the convenience of ANYWHERE via your phone, computer, tablet, or any other electronic, internet-accessing gizmo. (Psst! You can buy it Christmas Day and it will STILL be on time!)
 

ORDER YOUR HOMETOWN e-GIFT CARD HERE!

Hometown Bicycles online gift card

Winter Clinic Series

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team Night

Just because it’s cold and snowy doesn’t mean we can’t gather together for some awesome cycling clinics!


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


Our annual FREE winter clinic series starts January 10th and runs through February 16th. Sign up for one, sign up for all… we promise to keep things fresh and fun!

So that we can plan ahead to make things awesome for everyone, early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Flat Tire Fix Hands-On Clinic
Thursday 1/10 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/12 from 10-11 AM

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Thursday 1/17 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/19 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Thursday 1/24 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 1/26 from 10-11 AM

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Thursday 1/31 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/2 from 10-11 AM

JUST ADDED!
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 10-11 AM


Save the Date!  Tuesday (2/19/19) 6-8pm

Hometown Bicycles Women's Entrepreneurship Clinic and Forum with Dawn Bhajan and Leslie Barrett

~ Young Women Entrepreneurship Forum ~We are excited. How excited are we? So. Incredibly. Excited.
That’s right, Dawn and Leslie, your Hometown gals, are super stoked to bring you another fantastic women’s entrepreneurship event, this time for our younger generation! Are you (or do you know) young ladies in middle school or high school who have set their sights on being a business owner? Who have an entrepreneurial spirit? Or who may be interested in learning more about the possibility?

This night will be for those young women between 7th and 12th grade. Moms are welcome, too!

Join us for guest speakers from various fields, hands-on activities, refreshments, open Q&A time, and most importantly, inspiration and connection with like-minded women. We will be bringing you more details SOON, but hope you will mark your calendars NOW for this fun-filled evening. 

If you have an entrepreneurial area of particular interest, please email Dawn atoffice@myhometownbicycles.com or Leslie at events@myhometownbicycles.com
We would love to hear from you!


Final Call!

Massive savings up to 70% off through 3 PM on Christmas Eve! 


~ Your Hometown Christmas Elves

Become a Team Hometown member this weekend!

SUNDAY • 12/2 • 5-8 PM • FREE • FOOD PROVIDED

Team Hometown Bicycles on Team NightPresented by Team Event Sponsor Lowry Solutions. Thanks, Sean – we appreciate you & your awesome company!

Have you been thinking about joining Team Hometown? Are you already a team member but want to become more involved? Now’s your chance! Stop “spinning your wheels” and head to TEAM NIGHT!

We’re a blend of cycling styles, skill levels, recreational and racing riders… but we all love cycling and are devoted to sharing that passion! Come out and meet the Team, learn about membership, high five your Team Sponsors, congratulate outstanding members, check out our brand new Team kit, and renew or sign up for 2019! Taco bar provided! 

REGISTER FOR TEAM NIGHT NOW – NO CHARGE TO ATTEND!


Ho! Ho! Ho! 

NEW Online Gift Cards!

We love spreading the joy of Hometown in every way possible!

Welcome to our new online gift card – you can now give your special someones some Hometown love from the convenience of ANYWHERE via your phone, computer, tablet, or any other electronic, internet-accessing gizmo.
Hometown Bicycles
Whether you’re shopping in your jammies or on your trainer, in the garage or at Aunt Betty’s, we’ve got you covered!

Order HERE!


 NUTRITION CLINIC… TONIGHT! THURSDAY • 11/29 • 7-8:30 PM • FREE • GIVEAWAYS & PRIZES!

Hammer Nutrition Winter Cycling Clinic at Hometown BicyclesNutrition expert, Bob Miller, will be joining us from Hammer Nutrition as guest speaker for the evening. That means insider intel and LOTS of samples, giveaways and prizes!

You’ll learn about the types of nutrition that exist (Stroopwafel, anyone?), how to use them for best effect, and the benefits they offer cyclists of all skill levels and styles.

Special, clinic-day pricing on Nutrition products for those who attend!
No fee to participate! REGISTER HERE!


Female Entrepreneurship: The REAL Deal!
Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate Apparel, Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, Kelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, Dr. Tianna Rooney of Perspectives Therapy Services
LISTEN & LEARN FROM 4 LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS WITH FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE!
Above from left:  Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate ApparelColleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline ParkKelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, and Dr. Tianna Rooney of Perspectives Therapy Services

Hometown CEO, Dawn, has a passion for female enterprise. Join us on Tuesday, December 4th from 6-8 PM for our inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Clinic & Forum. This will be the first of several “Girl Boss” clinics hosted at Hometown Bicycles!

You’ll hear from local powerhouse women business owners on the topics of:

  • The elusive work-life-family balance – is it mythical or real??
  • A real-time, real-life struggle to stay competitive in a changing market 
  • The legalities and liberations of being your own boss
  • Setting boundaries and understanding the psychology of NO!
This will be genuine, candid information, shared by down-to-earth women, that can be applied immediately. Bring your questions!

Whether you’re interested in launching a business, already have one, or simply want to become an entrepreneur in your job, home or family, this evening is for YOU!!

This event is FREE & refreshments will be provided! REGISTER NOW!

It’s beginning to look a wonderful lot like Christmas!

~ Your Hometown holiday elves

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