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

TONIGHT’s Trainer Clinic, Meet Your 2019 Team Title Sponsor, & Rev Up Your Crockpots!

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, 2019 Team Hometown Bicycles Title Sponsor
Welcome back to a great friend of Hometown & its Team! 

2019 Team Hometown Bicycles Platinum Sponsor Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical TherapyFor the 5th year running, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy has enthusiastically stepped into the role of top Team Sponsor for Team Hometown Bicycles 2019, and for the 5th year running, we’re thrilled and honored by his support!

Vinnie – an avid cyclist, regular clinician at Hometown, and all-around good guy – has aided MANY a Hometownie with his extensive background in orthopedic and sports-related injuries, manual therapy, vestibular/inner ear and balance disorders, and Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro Certification. He and his team of first-class physical therapy professionals are well-liked, well-known, and well-respected Community-wide.

You’ll learn more about Vinnie and Pro-Motion in upcoming newsletters. ‘Til then… Vinnie, thank you! Your support means so much.


A warm “hello!” to more of your 2019 Team Sponsors

Team Hometown Bicycles 2018Over the coming weeks, we’ll be proudly promoting a wonderful group of businesses that have also stepped up to support your 2019 Team, including:
These folks – in addition to several more, who you’ll be seeing shortly on our 2019 Sponsor roster – are the reason our Team is able to do all the amazing and downright awesome things it does. Sponsors, you are appreciated!
Team Sponsor spots are filling up fast! If you would like to be a part of something that will bring your business year-round value, please contact Dawn at:
office@myhometownbicycles.com

Cycle-Ops Bicycle trainers set up at Hometown Bicycles
“Trainer Talk” Indoor Cycling Clinic TONIGHT!

Join Shaun from 7-8:30PM TONIGHT (11/1) or Saturday (11/3) 9:30-11AM!

If you’re unwilling to sink into couch-potatodom as the cold weather creeps in, this clinic is for you!

Get the bike guru scoop on trainer types, how to install them, and great workouts you can do on these keep-you-pedalin’ machines. You’ll have a chance to demo a variety of trainers, including the new Cycle-Ops H2 Direct Drive Smart Trainer (and YES, that’s as cool as it sounds!)

Interested in a trainer for a holiday gift for someone special (like, maybe yourself – *wink-wink-nudge-nudge*)? We will have a Christmas gift promo for all those who attend!

No fee to participate! If you can’t make tonight, sign up for Saturday 11/3 from 9:30-11AM!

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There are more FREE clinics coming up to cover all of your winter cycling interests:

11/8   Thursday Fat Bike Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Fat Bikes 101
11/10   Saturday Fat Bike Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Fat Bikes 101
11/15   Thursday Winter Gear Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Winter Cycling Gear
11/17   Saturday Winter Gear Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Winter Cycling Gear11/29   Thursday Nutrition Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Winter Cycling Nutrition

Register in advance by clicking on the links above. We can’t wait to see you!


Hometown Bicycles

Women’s Night: Tuesday, December 4th, 6-8 PMThe Theme: Female Entrepreneurship!

Hometown gals! This evening came about because your Hometown CEO, Dawn, is hardcore into nurturing and encouraging female entrepreneurship. If you ride the same wave, bring your friends, daughters, mom, nieces, aunts… and enjoy an evening FREE OF CHARGE with LOCAL women business owners. These knowledgeable, engaging, and all-kinds-of-awesome women will share candid and valuable information on the why’s and werefore’s of starting and running a business, including the realities of work-life-family balance, the struggles of staying competitive in a changing market, the legalities of being your own boss… plus a Q&A to answer questions important to YOU!

Womens Entrepreneurship Forum at Hometown Bicycles with Kelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Trampoline Park, and Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate Apparel
Lisa Nelson (pictured right) of Hush Intimate ApparelColleen Fitzgerald(center) of Sky Zone, and Kelly A. Myers (left) of Myers & Myers, PLLC will be three of our powerhouse guest speakers.

No cost to attend! Come learn with us! Register NOW!


Team News: GOOD LUCK AT ICEMAN THIS WEEKEND!!

Iceman Cometh Challenge logoIt’s the race that has all of Michigan buzzing every October/November – Iceman Cometh and a whole slew of our Team goeth, including a few members of our Crew! Tear it up, Team!! Can’t wait to hear your Iceman stories at the Chili Cook-Off!

Three team members raced in autumn splendor at Fallasburg County Park’s Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race this past weekend: Mike and Nancy Kessler and Jack Riddle, who placed 4th overall in the Fat Bike Class. This ride follows the banks of the Flat River, through rural Ionia County in a classic, old-world style race. Great job, Team!

Margaret Bigham and Sue Charleville, along with friend Sue Hansen… congratulations on the article feature on Bike Tour Vacations website!

“Three adult women, having grown a family and had successful careers, have come back to bicycling in a big way. They have created their own support group; they’re willing to share this knowledge with others; and they’re planning more great events on bikes. Way to go, ladies!” Read the full story here!


The 3rd Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party, Post Iceman Party, Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride and Chili Cook-Off
Great Bowls of Fire!! Better get cookin’!

Time to strut your stuff in crockpot mastery! We’re seeking chili cook-off competitors to help supply meet demand at this HIGHLY attended event!

On Saturday, November 10th, starting at 4pm, enter your best chili recipe to win one very special (and kinda gaudy, but that’s what makes it fabulous) trophy. Take home bragging rights for being the 2018 Hometown Bicycles “Great Bowls of Fire” Chili Cook-Off WINNER! It’s a People’s Choice competition!

If you aren’t a chili-sorta-chef, then feel free to sign up to bring other grub! There’ll be a lotta hungry Hometownies who’ll appreciate the variety!

Throw your hat into the Chili Cook-Off ring by clicking HERE!


Team Hometown Bicycles
Join Team Hometown Bicycles!

2019 Team Night – Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm

Presented by Team Event Sponsor Lowry Solutions

Team Hometown Bicycles has been rocking the cycling world’s proverbial boat with 107 members leading over 170 shop rides, participating in over 70 cycling events across Michigan and beyond, and putting in over 500 hours of volunteer time within our local and cycling communities! 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!

Sound like your kind of group? Come out for our Taco Bar Team Night on Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm, to meet the Team, learn responsibilities and benefits of membership, applaud your new Team Sponsors, cheer on outstanding 2018 Team members, witness the unveiling of our brand new Team kit (discounted pre-ordering this night only!), and renew or sign up for our 2019 Team!

FREE EVENT: LET US KNOW YOU’LL BE THERE! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES

Our Shop Rides are open to the public, and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun! (Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
*** KICKING OFF 11/10 (THE WEEKEND AFTER ICEMAN)! ***
SATURDAYS, TIME TBD  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn moreHatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  Click to learn moreZumba | 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

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


Whatever motivates you…

… we don’t judge.

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