Free Repairs + HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Hometown!

Hometown Bicycles' Shaun & Dawn Bhajan celebrating 9 years of business

(Above: Celebrating Hometown’s 9th Anniversary in 2019)

The Big 1-0…
Celebrating “Social Distancing” Style

What a ride! From a one-man service shop wanting to do something no other shop has done before, to 10 years later, 18 crew members, 14,000-square-foot building, and being awarded Michigan’s Best Bike Shop by THREE different organizations IN THE SAME YEAR!

April 15, 2020, Hometown is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. While we’ve been known to throw some awesome parties, this year is obviously different. It’s tough to celebrate with you – the people who made us who we are – when we’re required to keep our distance. But just know that we’re grateful for your loyalty, and we’re forever honored that you support us.

#stayHTBstrong


Free Emergency Bike Repair

Over these past couple weeks, we’ve been swamped with Facebook messages and phone calls of riders in distress – needing quick fixes and emergency repairs to keep them safe and to keep them cycling.

So, in the interest of your wellbeing, during these unprecedented times Shaun is doing something unprecedented himself… 

Starting TODAY (April 6th), Shaun will personally be offering FREE EMERGENCY REPAIRS every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am-2pm.

He’ll have a SAG station set up in front of the shop. You will simply drive up, Shaun will handle your bike following all CDC safety protocols, he’ll ensure your bike is safe to ride, and send you on your way. We ask that you stay in your vehicle.

Please understand, the shop is closed, this is a volunteer effort, and it is for CRITICAL, SAFETY-GEARED repairs only. There is NO CHARGE for this. We’d rather see you cycling safe than attempt a repair yourself that could have catastrophic results.

We’ve got your back, Hometownies


GoFundMe

With limited resources, and frustrating layers of bureaucracy, we need your help, Hometownies. Please consider supporting and sharing our GoFundMe

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Stay active. Stay strong. Stay pedaling, Hometownies.

With continuing love and gratitude,

Shaun, Dawn & Your Hometown Crew


Hometown-to-You Ordering is Now LIVE!

Want more options? store sign

We are SO excited to announce that, in partnership with awesome super-vendor QBP, you can now order bicycle parts and accessories from Hometown that will get shipped to your house in as quick as 2 days.

It’s really simple:

STEP 1:  Call the shop between 10am-3pm every day – (810) 225-2441.

STEP 2:  Dial 1 to connect with Andy, our sales lead. He’ll be able to answer questions and take your order.

STEP 3:  Let him know what you want, and it will be shipped directly to you.

Easy peasy!

Hometown Bicycles Company Update

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Dear Hometown Family,

We are overwhelmed. Humbled.

Your response to our recent shutdown, and subsequent GoFundMe campaign launch, is completely blowing us away.

We’ve also been awash in calls, texts, emails, and Facebook messages – customers offering love, wisdom, resources, and manpower to see that we get through this together. We can’t thank you enough for your help in ensuring Hometown’s survival.

Among the communications have been some great questions that we would love to answer for all of our amazing supporters:


Q: Are you aware of the small business grant and loan programs being offered?

A: We are, and are already applying!

But, understand that there is a virtual flood of businesses doing the same, and many require far more capital than ourselves. And when it comes to economic value to our State and Country, we understand that our bicycle shop can’t hold a candle to a critical parts manufacturer for the auto industry.

We can’t afford the risk of putting all our eggs in one basket… especially when every impacted business owner in America is using the very same basket.

Hometown has always been about community, people, relationships. It isn’t business lenders and government entities that adorn our VIP wall. YOU are the ones who helped us grow into the shop we are today. This business model has carried us successfully through the good AND the bad. It’s more important now than ever that we stay true to who we are.

At the end of the day, we have far greater faith in our customers. The government sees us as an EIN and a tax payment, but Hometownies see the value that we add to their life and our community.


Q: Why did you reduce your goal amount from $350,000 to $228,000?

A: These last few days have been an absolute whirlwind – planning, researching, analyzing, making the necessary arrangements to shut down our company until an end date that’s a moving target. It’s been stressful, and decisions had to be made quickly.

But things are looking up! Now that we’ve had those extra few days to dive further into necessary next steps, legislation changes are opening up more grant and loan options for micro businesses like ours. We’ve communicated with vendors, and arranged extended terms to buy ourselves critical time. And we’ve microscopically analyzed our business to see how we can operate on a much leaner level – to really stretch every penny.

With all of these new considerations, we feel confident in reducing our ask. For those of you who have already contributed, know that your dollars are now making that much more of an impact toward Hometown’s chance for success – thank you!


Q: Can I support you through purchasing Gift Certificates or pre-purchasing products?

A: We did consider this option. However, we came to the realization that, because the funds we are seeking are going toward operating expenses, not inventory, thousands of dollars in Gift Certificates and pre-purchased product could actually put our business in danger upon reopening. After the dust settles, there may not be enough surplus left to fulfill the obligation of these certificates and pre-purchases. This would be a true disservice to our customers.

So, while we love your generosity and ingenuity, might we instead suggest the option below…?  


Q: Can I still purchase bicycle product from you during this shutdown?

A: You bet! We’ve connected with our primary parts and accessories supplier, and are currently working on a retail-to-home option. Please stay tuned for the details! 


Q: So, what do I do if I need an emergency repair during this shutdown?

A: Reach out to us on Facebook. We might have the resources you need, or be able to make recommendations that can keep you safe, and keep you riding. 

Also, we’ve created a Tube Table outside our shop’s front door – free inner tubes and a bike pump for emergency use. Share the love!


Q:  How can I help??

A:  If you believe in Hometown, what we do, and why we do it… go ride your bike, stay safe, stay healthy, stay connected, and… 

Please give what you can and share our GoFundMe with your family, friends, neighbors, and community!

Team Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Stay active. Stay strong. Stay pedaling, Hometownies.

With continuing love and gratitude,

Shaun, Dawn & Your Hometown Crew

Hometown Bicycles WILL STAY OPEN for SERVICE needs!

COVID-19 Update

WE ARE OPEN FOR BIKE SERVICE 10AM – 3PM EVERY DAY

Dear Hometown Family,

There is no doubt that this unprecedented time is causing endless uncertainty and anxiety for everyone. We at Hometown Bicycles put your health and well being, and that of our crew’s, at the top of our priority list.

Following the Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19) issued TODAY at 11:00 a.m. by Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer, we wanted to assure you that, pending any Executive Order updates, Hometown Bicycles WILL REMAIN OPEN for SERVICE NEEDS throughout this period of sheltering in place.

In section 7a(1), the Governor discusses the “critical importance of engaging in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreation consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.” We are here to support your physical and emotional need for exercise during this time.

Here are some important updates and changes for you to be aware of beginning March 24, 2020:

  • Our Service Department’s hours of operation will be 10am-3pm, 7 days/week, until the stay-at-home order is lifted.
  • Our Retail Store will be closed.
  • Emergency parts and accessories are available through our Service Department; pull into our lot during our hours of operation and call the shop from your vehicle to tell us what your needs are.
  • Product orders can be placed by calling the shop.
  • Please utilize our parking lot drop off and pick-up for all service bikes; we can handle payments at your vehicle.
  • For specific requests and concerns, give us a call at 810-225-2441.

From all of us to all of you, get out there and ride. Enjoy the emergence of spring — the fresh air, budding leaves and flowers, sunshine, and everything wonderful nature has to offer. We love you and our cycling community, and hope you and your family are staying healthy and positive. Stay strong. Stay sound. Stay active.

Shaun, Dawn & Your Hometown Bicycles Crew

Free Bike Fitting Clinic THIS Saturday with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy!

The Hometown Leadership Team is off to CABDA!

CABDA

CABDA (Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association) is an association that promotes advocacy, best practices, education, and social events for Independent Bicycle Dealers. The CABDA Expo Midwest will take place on February 12-13 in Chicago and our Hometown Leadership Team will be in attendance, learning about tons of cool bicycle stuff! Those lucky dogs!
Because so many key staff members will be out of town, please be aware that Hometown will be CLOSED from Tuesday, February 11th through Thursday, February 13th, and will re-open at 10 AM on Friday, February 14th.


Our Winter Clinic Series continues!

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Come out to the shop to learn the ins and outs of caring for your bicycle at our informative winter clinic series. For all skill levels!

All clinics are held on Saturday mornings in Hometown’s Community Room. There is NO COST to participate. Clinics are one hour unless otherwise specified.

Bike Fitting Basics: Saturday 2/8 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Guest speaker, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, will cover bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort. Learn about the mechanics of your body, and how it interacts with your bicycle. Vinnie is a certified Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro.
Sign up HERE!

Bike Maintenance (After the Ride Care): Saturday 2/15 @11:30 AM
In this second of a two-part clinic, we’ll talk about how to care for your bicycle AFTER you come back from your ride. We’ll show you what you need and how to use it.
Sign up HERE!

Flat Tire Fix: Saturday 2/22 @11:30 AM
This clinic covers everyone’s favorite — flat tire fixes! Bring along your wheel for some hands-on practice, or use one of ours.
Sign up HERE!

Emergency Bicycle Repairs: Saturday 2/22 @11:30 AM
This clinic is hands-on! We’ll cover quick, on-the-go bike fixes to help you avoid a long walk home.
Sign up HERE!

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck: Saturday 3/14 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Details coming SOON!


Saturday, February 29 from 6-8 PM

Hometown’s “Winter Sucks” Soup Competition

Winter Sucks Soup Competition

Who’s fed up with winter? Show of hands! WE ARE! If you’re not fed up, there’s something wrong with you, and you need soup even more than the rest of us!

Whip up your favorite batch of warm-our-bellies soup and come chow down at Hometown Bicycles as we vote on THE most delicious soup in town. 

Read all about it and sign up HERE!


Meet our new Ride Coordinator: Neal Glazebrook (Part One)!

Neal Glazebrook


Tell us about your role as Ride Coordinator. What are some of your goals for this year?

I am excited to take on this role. Last year, I was asking many questions about rides and events, and sweeping and leading rides even in my first year on Team Hometown. With this role, I now have the direction to act on improvements and adjustments to the Team and processes. I am heavily involved in our community and am looking forward to having the Team as partner in helping our community be a safe place to bike and recreate in. 

I want to build our Team and promote our rides and events in new ways. I am, with my operational and marketing backgrounds, going to bring some efficiencies and benefits, and get us set up for a successful path to the future of the Team and Hometown as a whole. I want us to have our old school Hometown feel, have a great inclusive environment, make great friendships, see our Team up on more podiums and in the news. I will work with each one of you to make that happen.


Where is your favorite place to ride? And do you have a favorite ride/race in Michigan?
My love is mountain biking, although I will rock out some gravel frequently and touch the tarmac a few times a year. With that in mind, I would have to say my favorite local place to ride right now is Highland Rec. Following “Mudman 2019”, Iceman is my favorite race. I have never had that much fun on a bike!

Neal Glazebrook

How did you first get involved with Hometown? What made it feel like a good fit for you?
My first interaction was at the Doc May ride in 2016. It was my first ever ride with a group of people and what got me to start to dive deeper into group events. I enjoyed that ride, my interactions with the Team Hometown members on the ride, and with Shaun at the bike corral that day.

I first officially met Shaun and Dawn when I applied for a Service Manager position at Hometown. I was impressed with their shop, but things did not work out for me to take the position. Over the years, we talked off and on about opportunities and they always nudged me to come ride with the shop and join the Team.

I really saw the value of the Team and the community environment they created in 2018 when I participated in Tour de Livingston for my second year. I restored a 1968 Sears & Roebuck 10-speed to ride my first ever century in loving memory of my dogs Milo and Monte who had passed away just a few short months before. Monte’s passing was the first sign that Hometown was the place for me. Out of the blue, a package showed up from Hometown. Dawn and the team had sent us a Christmas ornament that had Monte’s name with a rainbow bridge on the other side. My wife and I were beside ourselves; the compassion shown by Hometown blew us away…

… to be continued in Part Two in our next e-newsletter… 


Coffee or tea?
I drink TONS of coffee… tons.**

**He’ll fit right in, folks.


Team News!

On January 20th, Paul Wrona(below left) and Cooper Coatsworth(below right) attended the 2020 Tour deTroit MLK Memorial Ride in Detroit. Approximately 50 riders gathered at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center on the campus of Wayne State University to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. 

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The ride was a nine-mile loop that included sights of some of Detroit’s historic churches and buildings, the remnants of Joe Louis Arena, Cobo Hall (TCF Center), the amazing waterfront park, warehouse district, and the Dequindre Cut trail.

Great job representin’ Hometown, guys!


Sati Circle with Dawn Gaden

Join this gathering of like-minded warriors to activate your energy with meditation, mantras, music and movement. Bring a yoga mat, water, and journal. $20 drop-in.

First Sunday of every month from 9:30-11 AM in the Hometown Community Room.
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