BUSINESS AS NORMAL(ish) COVID-19 Update

Back in the Saddle Again…

We’ve always been a service shop first. Well, guess what… it’s game on!!

With Governor Whitmer’s recent update to the “shelter-in-place” order – and most specifically Order #10, Item (b) – bicycle repair has been deemed an “essential service.” We always knew it was!

Still having to follow the social distancing and CDC guidelines, we’re going to do a soft reopening, experimenting with a few new procedures, so please bear with us as we figure this out.

We’ve been here for you in the past. We’re here for you now.

SHOP HOURS
MON & THU-SUN 10am-5pm
Closed TUE & WED

SERVICE SHOP
Our service shop is fully operational beginning THIS MONDAY, April 27. We can handle all of your service needs, including tune-ups and repairs. BUSINESS AS NORMAL.

RETAIL SHOP
Our retail shop is accessible via phone ordering, curbside pick-up, and delivery. Our mission is to keep you safe.

We’d like to thank the League of Michigan Bicyclists for their efforts and their advocacy on behalf of all bicycle shops and cyclists. Special thanks also goes to Jeff Buerman, our QBP rep, for keeping everyone in the loop; he definitely went above and beyond.

A little celebration: This was the song that popped into Shaun’s head when he heard the update…

Aerosmith, Back in the Saddle Again YouTube video

Emergency Bike Repair UPDATE

In the past 3 weeks of offering free emergency bicycle repair, we worked on 105 bicycles that would otherwise have been unrideable. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to keep you rolling! 


GoFundMe: We Still Need YOU

We’re not in the clear yet! Although the April 24th Executive Order update gives us an opportunity to generate income going forward, resources continue to be limited.

With this change, we are thankful to be able to lower our ask. But because of the ongoing uncertainty, we are still looking for your support:

Hometown Bicycles GoFundMe button - Customer, Company, Community, Industry

Stay active. Stay strong. Stay pedaling, Hometownies.

With continuing love and gratitude,

Shaun, Dawn & Your Hometown Crew


Hometown-to-You Ordering is Still 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-5pm on Monday, or Thursday through Sunday – (810) 225-2441.

STEP 2:  Dial 2 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!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Hometown + COVID-19 Update

Please Support Our GoFundMe

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

Hometown Bicycles GoFundMe button - Customer, Company, Community, Industry

Stay active. Stay strong. Stay pedaling, Hometownies.

With continuing love and gratitude,

Shaun, Dawn & Your Hometown Crew


Happy Birthday bicycle with balloons

Celebrating Our Aluminum Anniversary

Somehow it seems fitting that aluminum is the metal of choice for a 10-year anniversary, since it’s one of the most popular materials for manufacturing bicycles. 

Although we can’t celebrate like we had planned, we ask that on April 15th, you raise your glass in a “shelter-in-place” toast to YOUR bicycle shop.

#stayHTBstrong

While you celebrate with us from afar, here are 10 Fun Facts about Hometown Bicycles:

1.90+  In the 10 years we’ve been in business, we have hired over 90 people. In many cases, this was their first job, and we’re really proud to see how our young crew have matured and evolved over time. And we’re equally proud to know that they still feel like part of the Hometown family.

2.8 Years  Our longest-standing crew member is Chris Buddingh, who started with us in 2012. Chris has been with us through a world of changes. We’re so grateful that he decided to share his retirement years with us – thank you, Chris!

3.2 Shops  Did you know that, at one point, Hometown Bicycles had a second location? It was a cool, little cabin in Whitmore Lake – the ultimate, small town bike shop.

4.Tax Day  Our decision to open on Tax Day 2010 was intentional! During construction, one of our earliest supporters jokingly mentioned that “all businesses are… are tax collectors for the government.” After a good laugh, we decided “hey – April 15th it is!” Thank you, Wheelin’ Willie.

5.23,002  This is the number of repairs Hometown Bicycles has completed to date. We’re insanely proud of this accomplishment because we have been service focused since Day 1 – a concept that is revolutionizing the bike business.

6.Steve Reed  Customer #1, and the only customer who has his photo on our number plate wall. Steve was the first customer to come in and give us the opportunity to fix his bike, and the coolest part – it was a recumbent. We envisioned our first repair being an ultra-sleek, highly technical machine. Instead, it was a recumbent cruiser… and that was perfect.

7.20-Hour Days  Initially, through the build process, and being super excited, Dawn and I worked 20-hour days – painting, fixing, getting everything set up and ready to go. After opening on April 15th, we thought our 20-hour days were over. 10 years and 2 kids later, 20-hour days are still the norm!

8.3,212  This the number of bicycles we’ve sold since opening. Although bicycle retail isn’t our primary focus, we always believe in giving good advice and matching the customer’s needs to the right product. We’re happy that we have been able to help so many people find their new bike.

9.10595  This is the address of our current “bicycle adventure center”. In 2014, we had the opportunity to move to a new space, and help the shop grow. The new facility gave us the chance to hold better classes, better rides, better community events, concerts… and even create a business incubator! We’re really proud of this accomplishment.

10.100+  … is how long we’re planning on sticking around! We know that 2020 has been a tough year for everyone. It’s a weird way to celebrate – together, separately. However, let’s get over this hump, and we’ll look forward to another 100+ years of birthday celebrations.


Free Emergency Bike Repair UPDATE

Shaun Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles in COVID-19 face mask

Our free emergency bike repairs have definitely been a value add to our community. There have been a tidal wave of repairs coming in that we’ve been able to address immediately to keep people riding.

With Governor Whitmer’s most recent Order update, and with stricter rules in place, we are going to have to slightly modify how we are able to help.

1. Please REMAIN IN YOUR CAR. We will take your bike off and put your bike back on your car. We don’t want anyone congregating at our front door – any lingerers will be asked to leave!

2. Absolutely NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN THE STORE. We’ve had a few people sneak in. We get it – you love us. We love you, too, but please – even if our front door is unlocked, we’re trying our best to comply with the Governor’s mandate, and follow the CDC guidelines. Hang tight in your cars – we promise we’ll come out and help you.

3. Service is limited to EMERGENCY REPAIRS ONLY. We’ve had a few tune-up requests, and as much as we’d love to help, we are not able to perform “regular spring tune-ups” until after the mandate is lifted. Our goal is to simply make sure your bike is safe, and you are safe.

4. We’re limiting repairs to ONE BIKE PER CUSTOMER. We’ve had multiple people come down with a truckload of bikes. We love your enthusiasm, but our goal right now is to help as many customers as possible. Please help us do that by respecting this rule. (Note: If you have multiple emergency repairs, we will try our best to help you, but will only work on one at a time. In other words, 2 bikes = 2 visits.)

WHAT WE DEFINE AS EMERGENCY REPAIRS

  • Flat tires
  • Broken cables
  • Broken spokes
  • Brakes not functioning
  • Gears not functioning

There is NO CHARGE for labor – this is a volunteer effort. You will be charged for parts, if needed. We’d rather see you cycling safe than attempt a repair yourself that could have catastrophic results.

EMERGENCY REPAIR SERVICE:  MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 10AM-2PM

We are still offering online ordering – please see details below.

We’ve got your back, Hometownies


Hometown-to-You Ordering is Still 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 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

TODAY (7/15): July Jubilee & Sale 1-5pm + Concert at 5pm

2nd Annual Hometown Bicycles July Jubilee and Sale logo
TODAY!!  HOMETOWN JULY JUBILEE (7/15)

Event from 1-5pm • Concert starts at 5pm! 

** RAIN OR SHINE! **

This year’s Hometown Bicycles Annual July Jubilee & Sale on Sunday, July 15th from 1-8pm, takes the fun had last year, and exponentially multiplies it for an utterly epic, carnival-style, super-event that your whole family will love!! Here’s what to expect…


*** MEGA SUMMER BLOWOUT SALE ***
From 1-5pm • Up to 50% Off!


HOT DOGS (starting at 3:30pm) & COTTON CANDY (all day!)

Cotton candy and hot dogsHot dogs and picnic treats will be available from 3:30-5pm, courtesy of your friendly Hometown Crew! Our special thanks goes to Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply for the day’s hydration. Your Team will also be making cotton candy on site, available for purchase. You won’t walk away hungry!


ZUMBA/CARDIO DRUMMING FUSION (starting at 1pm)

Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha SorarufYour favorite Hometown instructors are combining forces for a cardio class that will rocket your energy levels into high gear! Enjoy a team program with Zumba goddess/Hometown Events Coordinator Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming super-instructor Martha Soraruf. It’s FREE! Give it a try!!


FACE PAINTING (2pm-4pm)

Face paint by Alison PeasleyFrom 2-4pm, local artist Alison Peasley will be painting up a storm on young, adorable faces! Stop by the Jubilee to enjoy this FREE face painting activity with your kids!


FAMILY BELLY DANCE CLASS (starting at 2pm)

Kids dancingYes, you read that right! Mom, dad, and kids are all invited to participate in this FREE, family-friendly Belly Dance lesson, which offers a phenomenal core workout in a fun and challenging way. This class is offered courtesy of One Spirit Dance & Fitness of Pinckney.


WATER BALLOONS & LAWN GAMES (starting at 1pm)

water balloonsTry your hand at everything from Tricycle Tug-of-War and Bike Tire Toss with Team Hometown, to Cornhole and Disc Golf, provided courtesy of Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp. Cool down with water balloon toss on the front lawn! Chances to win prizes!


ROAD & MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUP RIDES (leave at 3pm)

Enjoy a conversational roll along Island Lake’s famous “Green Dumpster” loop, or elect to explore Island Lake’s Blue Loop trail. These Road & Mountain Bike Group Rides are open to riders of all skill levels and ages – helmets and a sense of fun required! NO DROP.


MARTIAL ARTS DEMO (starting at 3pm)

Karate board breakingThe talented instructors and students of Brighton ATA Martial Arts will be wow-ing Jubilee-goers with a demonstration of their dynamic Taekwondo skills and weapons mastery! A truly family-geared business, they’ll also be offering board-breaking opportunities for your wee ones!


BALANCED BODIES FLOW YOGA (starting at 3:45pm)

Michelle Klingler with Balanced Bodies Flow YogaRelease the stress of the week with a soothing session of Balanced Bodies Flow Yoga in Hometown’s peaceful Community Room. We’ll be introducing Yogi Michelle Klingler, who is offering this beginner-friendly class FREE of charge.


FAMILY BELLY DANCE PERFORMANCE (4:30pm)

Debra McGaffey of One Spirit Dance and FitnessLed by the instructor of our earlier Family Belly Dance Class, Debra McGaffey of One Spirit Dance & Fitness will showcase the exotic art of belly dance in a PG, family-friendly performance that will dazzle and amaze!


ACRO YOGA DEMONSTRATIONS (all day!)

Jim and Sherryl Gilligan of Yoga Nature doing Acro YogaWe’re thrilled to welcome back the aerial acrobatics of gravity defying duo, Jim and Sherryl Gilligan of Yoga Nature! Throughout the event, Jim and Sherryl will showcase and share their partner-based, Acro Yoga skills. Shaun and I, and our kids, have all enjoyed Acro Yoga instruction from this dynamic pair – and loved it!


RED, WHITE, & BLUES FUNDRAISING CONCERT
5pm-8pm at Hometown Bicycles  •  BYOB  •  Bring a chair!

This ‘funk’y fundraising concert rounds out our July Jubilee celebration with the bluesy rock and roll of Hometown’s long time service tech and purveyor of extraordinary bike knowledge, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble, and his PBR Band.Enjoy outstanding music, dancing, snacks (BYOB), and socializing… all while directly supporting your fellow cyclist and Hometownie, Dan Rosenhack, and his amazing family. Dan’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer has resulted in costly medical and living expenses, and this concert is geared to help relieve the financial strain on his family. Half of your $10 cover charge helps pay for the band, and half will be gifted to Dan Rosenhack’s family.

Dan Tribble and his Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band
It’s laid back, funky fun that will wow your ears and tickle your tastebuds, all while supporting a deeply meaningful cause.Please let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for enough refreshments, and bring a chair along, if you have one!
July star border

A Taste of Brighton logo

THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY, July 13th & 14th, 10am-10pm (July Jubilee‘s on the 15th – see below!),  we’re setting up shop downtown at A Taste of Brighton, where we’ll give festival-goers a flavor of the best bicycle repair in Southeast Michigan!

BIKE CLINICS | Noon-7pm, Saturday & Sunday:
Beginning at noon on both days of the event, you’ll find us sharing bike know-how every hour, on the hour! Shaun will be taking the Taste of Brighton stage (Stage B, in fact) at 12pm and 2pm and Service Manager Matt Fitzhorn will run hourly mini-clinics from Hometown’s tent, covering the following:

  • Flat Tire Fixes & Emergency Repairs
  • Shifting 101
  • Basic Bike Care & Maintenance
SERVICE DEMOS | ALL DAY, Saturday & Sunday:
Your Hometown Service Crew will be running bicycle service demos throughout the event at the Hometown tent. Bring your questions! You’ll get to see the best bike service in SE Michigan in action, with plenty of time to ask the experts your particular bike queries.WIN A KID’S BIKE! | ALL DAY, Saturday & Sunday:
While you’re there, be sure to enter our drawing to win a Jamis kiddie bike. You could wind up making one special little mini-cyclist very, VERY happy!Never been? A Taste of Brighton is one of Michigan’s top rated Festivals! It highlights the very best of what Brighton has to offer, and includes Outdoor Shopping, Dining, Entertainment, Deals, and more along Brighton’s Main Street! Add this event to your family calendar, and be sure to stop by and say “hi!”

Baby plotting

Oh, yes… it will be fun.

~ Your Hometown Crew

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