Ride happy this Labor Day weekend!

Labor Day Hours

Labor Day

Hometown Bicycles will be open on Labor Day
from 9am-3pm!

Enjoy the beautiful weekend with your loved ones and don’t forget to take a bike ride! Stop in to see us for your holiday cycling needs or to rent a bicycle for the weekend!


And in Team News…

The 13th Annual Maybury State Park Time Trial took place on Sunday, August 25th. Brought to you by the MCMBA, this year’s race was Maybury as you’ve never experienced it before — the course included some awesome race day-only singletrack. The mix of fast open sprints and tight, technical singletrack rewarded both cardio AND bike handling skills.

Maybury Time Trial

Team Hometown was represented by Co-Captains Mike Dyer and Joe Ostervik, Jacob Henriksen (pictured above left), Dan Tribble (pictured above right), Roger Pelkey and Andrew Showerman (and his two sons). Great job, everyone!

And because he’s just this amazing (and maybe a little bit c-r-a-z-y), Joe Ostervik did another race earlier that day! Two races in one day?! What?!

From Joe himself: “So I was a little crazy!! Did 2 races in the same day!! I was at the Debaets-Devos Race and got a flat in the 3rd lap. Swapped out the tire and got back in the race as they came by, but couldn’t get back up to speed and ended up last. Then I was able to make it to Maybury and missed the cutoff for the sport class. They let me do the beginner race, but technically I am a beginner in the race world because I only do one, maybe two, MTB races a year. Rode angry and got 1st in my age group which is OLD!!”


Girl Power is Alive & Well at Hometown!

Hometown Bicycles Women's Entrepreneurship Clinic

Left to right: Dawn Bhajan (CEO of Hometown Bicycles), Martha Soraruf, Leslie Barrett, Jenny Schild and Debra McGaffey

Fun and inspiration was shared by all who attended the latest installment of our Women’s Entrepreneurship Series on Thursday, August 22. Our panelists were dynamic, our audience was engaged, and we all enjoyed a friendly flow of conversation about building a fitness business in today’s market. There’s not much better than this kind of camaraderie among female entrepreneurs! We at Hometown Bicycles LOVE this!

Many, many thanks to our guest speakers: Jenny Schild with Body WithinLeslie Barrett of Zumba with Leslie BarrettMartha Soraruf of Cardio Drumming Hosted by PURE Fitness & Nutrition: owered by Arbonne, and Debra McGaffey, owner of Ignition Fitness and Beauty From the Inside Out.

Nicole Dietrich with Lake Trust Credit Union

A special shout-out to Nicole Dietrich, Business Development Manager with Lake Trust Credit Union, for spending the evening with us. Nicole shared information about Lake Trust’s Micro-Loan Program for Small Businesses and discussed the importance of building a network. Nicole (pictured below) even helped clean up the Incubator after Thursday’s forum — just another way Lake Trust displays their dedication to building community and supporting their partners! 

Lake Trust Credit Union
 has enthusiastically stepped into the role of Hometown’s Incubator Title Sponsor. In this role, they will not only subsidize the first month’s rent for our first 12 Incubator entrepreneurs*, but will also share a wealth of resources and insights at our entrepreneurship events and programs.


Our Incubator is nearing completion and we cannot wait to share it with you!

Stay tuned for our next Entrepreneurship Event, coming soon to Hometown Bicycles!

* Contact Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com for details about the Hometown Business Incubator and Lake Trust Credit Union’s amazing Sponsor subsidy.


Countdown to Tour de Livingston!
Sunday, October 6th
There are only FIVE weeks until the 2019 Tour de Livingston! Hard to believe we’re looking toward October already!

Tour de Livington

This scenic ride provides an opportunity for riders of all levels to enjoy outstanding fall colors during the peak color season in southeast Michigan. This fully supported ride includes hospitality tents, a full breakfast, snacks along the route, and a hearty meal prepared by the chef at Mt. Brighton. 

All proceeds from this event help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs; prepare every child to be ready for success; and build a healthy community for all residents via the Livingston County United Way Basic Needs Programs. Since its start in 2008, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $400,000 to address the community’s most critical needs.

The Tour de Livingston is organized and run by the Howell Rotary ClubHometown is proud to be the Major Bike Shop Sponsor!

Click HERE to register or raise funds!


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays 6 PM and Saturdays 9:45 AM$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 6 PM and Thursdays 9:30 AM – NO CLASS ON LABOR DAY
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

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

THIS SATURDAY (4/27) – Food, Rides, Cake & a Concert for Hometown’s 9th Birthday!

THIS SATURDAY (4/27), YOU’RE INVITED!
Hometown Bicycles’ 9th Birthday Bash & Concert
Free Food, Family Fun & a Musical Fundraiser for the BHS Cycling Club!

Happy Birthday, Hometown Bicycles!

Nine years ago, we opened our doors, and brought Hometown Bicycles to life. As Shaun describes it, it’s like raising your first child… new parents, unsure of themselves in many ways, yet so excited to embark on this journey and all that accompanies it. Dreams and goals, fears and uncertainties, mistakes (and more mistakes), but, through it all, joy, pride, happiness and FUN. The adventure of a lifetime!

At Hometown, we celebrate our birthdays differently! We don’t ask for cards, or gifts, or even accolades. Hometownies, this celebration is about YOU. We believe that this is our time to give back to the people who supported us from inception to today — our customers, families, vendors, sponsors, and community. WE THANK YOU. Without you, none of THIS would be possible, so we want to share THIS with you!

Join us this Saturday, April 27th for a day of all-around positive energy flowing both inside and outside the shop.  RAIN OR SHINE! 

Hometown Bicycles

WE’RE BREAKING OUT THE GRILL! – 11:30 AM-1:30 PM: 
Swing by for a casual lunch of complimentary hot dogs and chips! Our grill masters will be roasting ’em up through the lunchtime hours.

BIRTHDAY RIDES – LEAVE AT 4 PM: 
Take to the roads with Team Hometown Co-Captain, Joe Ostervik, for a recreational beginner road ride, tackle the trails with our very own bicycle aficionado Les Cook on a beginner mountain bike ride, or sprint along single track in an intermediate/advanced mountain bike ride with Team Hometown Co-Captain, Mike Dyer! ALL are welcome!

PBR Band

FUNDRAISER CONCERT –
5:30-8:30 PM: 

After hours, enjoy the bluesy rock and roll of Hometown’s purveyor of extraordinary bike knowledge, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble and his Progressive Blues & Rhythm band.

Enjoy laid back, funky fun while supporting the Brighton High School Cycling Club with your $10 cover charge. The Cycling Club promotes the healthy lifestyle that mountain biking and cycling brings to student-athletes and their families.

Sign up HERE for the concert!

And no celebration is complete without BIRTHDAY CAKE and a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday – 6 PM!

This is a family-friendly, all-ages shindig, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! 

Concert at Hometown THIS Saturday + Daily Shop Rides are ROLLING!

Hometown’s Adding “Rock” to Its Roll

THIS WEEKEND!

Descendants of Levon band with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy's Vinnie Baylerian and family

This weekend marks THE FIRST TIME IN HOMETOWN’S HISTORY

… that a Team Sponsor will be rocking out the shop!! For all of you who know Vinnie Baylerian of Pro Motion Physical Therapy, prepare to be astonished as your easy-going, rehab and bike fit pro jams on bass to popular rock classics with his talented family!  Join us THIS SATURDAY, April 13th from 6:00-8:30 PM for this
FREE evening of music and dancing at Hometown with
DoL (Descendants of Levon) Band!

You’ll enjoy light refreshments and snacks (BYOB) in this musical kick-off to Hometown’s 9th Birthday Celebration Month.

Let us know you’re coming HERE (so we can plan for enough refreshment!)


And speaking of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy…

Congratulations

HIGH FIVES from your Hometownies!!
March 28th marked Pro-Motion’s 8th Anniversary!

Vinnie Baylerian and his crew opened their doors in downtown Brighton to make the community a healthier, happier place. Congratulations, Vinnie, on your success and we look forward to many years of collaboration with you!


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 27th
Hometown’s 9th Birthday Bash & Roll-n-Rock
A Fundraiser for the BHS Cycling Club!

Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band with Hometown Bicycles' Dan "Shoecat" Tribble

There will be food, music, and all-around positive energy flowing both inside and outside the shop throughout the day… and no Hometown birthday would be complete without a Birthday Ride(And cake. Let’s not forget cake!)
BIRTHDAY RIDES – LEAVE AT 4PM: Take to the roads with Team Hometown Co-Captain, Joe Ostervik for a recreational beginner road ride, tackle the trails with our very own bicycle aficionado Les Cook on a beginner mountain bike ride, or sprint along single track in an intermediate/advanced MTB ride with Team Hometown Co-Captain, Mike Dyer!

Hometown Bicycles

FUNDRAISER CONCERT – 5:30-8:30PM: After hours, enjoy the bluesy rock and roll of Hometown’s purveyor of extraordinary bike knowledge, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble and his Progressive Blues & Rhythm band. Enjoy laid back, funky fun while supporting the Brighton High School Cycling Club

Sign up HERE for the concert!

Stay tuned for further details about birthday activities! 


Who loves Spring? WE DO!

There’s no better way to enjoy Spring than a Hometown Shop Ride on a beautiful sunny day in Brighton.

We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced rides… all skill levels are welcome!

Don’t have a bike? We rent them! Inquire at the shop.

Make sure to print or pick up your Shop Ride schedule!

Monday kicked off our Beginner Road Ride and Tuesday was the inaugural 2019 Ladies Beginner Mountain Bike Ride. Look at those happy faces and sweet jerseys!

Hometown Bicycles

We sometimes get asked about the term NO DROP that you see on the Ride descriptions. People wonder if this means you have to register and can’t drop in… no… you can always drop in!

NO DROP simply means that no one is left behind. Each ride had a Lead and a Sweep; the Sweep will make sure that the group stays together and no one gets “dropped”!

Hometown Bicycles

MiSCA More Girls on Bikes Game Night & Potluck at Hometown!

MiSCA

Over spring break, we happily hosted a group of girls for a fun night of games, snacks, and a balance bike “race” around the shop!

The girls had the opportunity to learn more about MiSCA. What is MiSCA, you ask? The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association! 

MiSCA works to establish and maintain safe, quality scholastic cycling programs. They also promote the value of cycling to our youth and community as a mode of transportation and as a lifelong sport.

“Let’s get more girls on bikes” is one of their objectives!

Click HERE to learn more about MiSCA and their upcoming events. 


FREE Chronic Pain Health Workshop at Hometown

Saturday, April 13th from 11 AM until Noon

Lifetime Family Chiropractic

Dr. Kyle Conn with Lifetime Family Chiropractic is returning to Hometown’s Community Room to discuss how to beat chronic pain naturally, including:

  • 5 nutrients that support the healing of chronic pain
  • 3 types of foods to AVOID that inflame chronic pain
  • 5 lifestyle changes that MUST be adopted to stop the pain
  • A missing link to the Chronic Pain & Inflammation Crisis that accelerates healing

To register, call (810) 588-6314 or sign up HERE!


Hatching a fledgling business

Hometown Business Incubator
We have a major project going on in Hometown’s back room – a buildout that includes a new business incubator rental space!

What is a business incubator? Business incubators are organizations that offer startups shared operation space. In short, they offer fledgling young companies a warm, safe place to grow and prosper.

Our incubator will be ideal for:

  • Business meetings
  • Networking groups
  • Fitness classes
  • Startup churches
  • Kids programs
  • Arts/crafts programs and classes

Hometown’s business incubator will be available for hourly rentals. Incubator Sponsorships are now available. If you would like to learn about rental or Sponsorship, contact Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Grand Opening coming SOON!


CURRENTLY SEEKING FULL-TIME SERVICE TECHS
Monday-Friday, 9-5

Stop by the shop for an application.


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays 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 6 PM & Thursdays 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

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

intenSati | Sundays 10 AM
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Brighton ATA Martial Arts

Did you know? Brighton ATA Martial Arts has set up shop in Hometown’s Community Room 2-3 evenings/week. Sign up for your free trial and learn martial arts at your own pace. Click to learn more.


At our last Hometown staff meeting, Mark Binkley with Cooper & Binkley Jewelers shared insights into creating an outstanding customer experience. Thank you, Mark, for helping support the improvement of a fellow local business! Now that’s community-mindedness!!

Growing Young Entrepreneurs + Going Tubeless!

Guest Speakers Jennifer Matras of Competitive Edge Skating, Samantha Brish of Elements Chiropractic, Kelly Cieslak of Keepers by Kelly Photography, and Phaedra McGaffey of Sea of Myth Entertainment at Hometown Bicycles Young Women's Entrepreneurship event

Hometown Bicycles Young Women’s Entrepreneurship speakers (clockwise from left): Jennifer Matras, Phaedra McGaffeyDr. Samantha Brish, and Kelly Cieslak 

On Tuesday night, a group of young women gathered together in our Community Room for an evening to remember… our inaugural entrepreneurship event for tweens, teens and young females with big dreams and the moxie to make their dreams come true.

We would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to our guest speakers and panelists, Jennifer Matras of Competitive Edge Skating, Dr. Samantha Brish of Element Chiropractic & Wellness, Kelly Cieslak of Keepers by Kelly Photography, and Phaedra McGaffey of Sea of Myth Entertainment

These ladies shared their journeys and experiences, their hopes and challenges, and their GRIT and motivation with our audience… their messages resonated with us all.

Dawn and Leslie, your Hometown women, thank everyone for participating! This entrepreneurship series brings us joy and we are excited to keep it going! If you have any ideas for future speakers or topics, contact events@myhometownbicycles.com. We take your feedback seriously, as our primary goal is to make this series relevant and inspiring for YOU.

Hometown Bicycles CEO Dawn Bhajan speaks at Hometown's Young Women's Entrepreneurship event

Going Tubeless! Video Wisdom from the Pros

Hometown Bicycles' Les Cook talks tubeless in this video

Hometown is often asked about the benefits of switching from tires with innertubes to tubeless tires… what’s the real deal here? Why go tubeless?

Hometown’s Les Cook explains how tubeless meansLESS WEIGHT and NO FLATS. Watch HERE

Who wants to worry about running over thorns? Or deal with the inconvenience of having a nail puncture in a tire? Tubeless tires seal up fast!

Bring your bike in to make the switch before the mad rush of the spring cycling season! Our friendly service crew is here to help!


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 27th
Hometown’s 9th Birthday Bash & Roll-n-Rock Fundraiser!

Hometown Bicycles

Your Hometown Events staff is actively planning a fun-filled day to celebrate Hometown turning NINE YEARS OLD! Our baby is growing up! 

There will be food, games and prizes, music, and all-around positive energy flowing both inside and outside the shop! And no Hometown birthday would be complete without a Birthday Ride! 

After hours, enjoy the bluesy rock and roll of Hometown’s purveyor of extraordinary bike knowledge, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble and his Progressive Blues & Rhythm band. We’ll open up the dance floor, mix and mingle, and have an overall awesome time while raising money for a great cause!


APRIL 27TH: Details will be forthcoming in the next few newsletters so stay tuned!


GOODBYE FAT BIKE FRIENDLY RIDE…
While most of us are more than ready to say goodbye to winter, one thing is for sure… we will miss our weekly Fat Bike Friendly Ride on Saturday mornings. 

This week marks our last Fat Bike Friendly Ride of the season. Join in for one final hurrah! Details here. There may be an occasional pop-up ride, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

NOW HERE’S THE GREAT NEWS!
Get excited for spring cycling season! It’s almost here! Time to get your bikes ready for the beautiful weather around the corner. Schedule your tune-ups and repairs NOW so you will be ready to roll come April when the majority of our Shop Rides kick off. 

Make sure to print or pick up your Shop Ride schedule!


Hatching a fledgling business

Hometown’s Business Incubator Rental Space!

We have a major project going on in Hometown’s back room – a buildout that includes a new business incubator rental space!

What is a business incubator? Business incubators are organizations that offer startups shared operation space. In short, they offer fledgling young companies a warm, safe place to grow and prosper.

Our incubator will be ideal for:

  • Business meetings
  • Networking groups
  • Fitness classes
  • Startup churches
  • Kids programs
  • Arts/crafts programs and classes

Hometown’s business incubator will be available for hourly rentals. If you would like to learn more, contact Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Grand Opening coming SOON!


Join our team!

CURRENTLY SEEKING FULL-TIME SERVICE TECHS
Monday-Friday

Stop by the shop for an application.


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays 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 6 PM & Thursdays 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

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

intenSati | Sundays 10 AM
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

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