Hometown is up for Best Bike Shop! Get those voting fingers ready…

We Ate, We Rode & We Painted Settlers Park Orange!

Jim Thompson

Pictured: Team Hometown Bicycles member Jim Thompson and his son
It was picture perfect June sunshiny weather for Family Day at Settlers Park this past weekend. Over 50 people hit the trails! 

Thank you to Team Hometown Bicycles Sponsor, Kevin Brennan with Michigan Financial Planning, for this fun collaboration! His team grilled up hot dogs and talked up financial health, while Hometown led guided rides and shared demo bike knowledge with visitors.  

Michigan Financial Planning
Team Day Settlers Park

Team Hometown showed up in their kits and colored the park orange… we sure appreciate your presence and willingness to take newbies on rides! You always make us proud.

We even got to witness Shaun and Dawn on a tandem. For those who missed it, check out the video evidence below…

Hometown Bicycles

Hometown Bicycles is nominated: Vote 4 the BEST! 

Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best

Hometown Bicycles has been nominated for the BEST bike shop in the Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best Contest

Please show us your Hometown LOVE by voting for us!

Voting begins on Tuesday, June 18th at 11 AM and runs through Sunday, July 14 at 11 PM. You can vote often and much… every hour, in fact… we know that’s a heck-of-a-lot of voting, but anything you can do to help is so appreciated!

To vote:

  1. Visit the Click on Detroit website HERE
  2. Choose the Sports & Recreation category
  3. Select Hometown Bicycles

It’s that simple! Add it to your bookmarks to make it even easier.
Let’s rock this, Hometownies!


Summertime: Hometown Happenings in the Community!


Brighton Optimist Club Fishing Derby
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Hundreds of kids and families attended the fishing derby sponsored by the Brighton Optimist Club on Saturday, June 8th at the Mill Pond in downtown Brighton.

Team Hometown Bicycles member Robin Fry was there on our decorated red, white & blue bike to talk up how you and your kids can ride with us in the 4th of July Parade! Thanks, Robin!!

Brighton Optimist Club Bike Decorating Contest & Parade – Thursday, July 4 at 8 AM

Decorate your bike at home, or bring your bike and decorations to Hometown between Saturday 6/29 and Wednesday 7/3. You can bring your bike with you on the 4th of July, or decorate it and leave it at our shop to be delivered for you to the contest site on the 4th! Judging starts at 9:15 AM with awards immediately following. And then it’s Parade time at 10 AM! 

You’ll be riding in the Parade with Hometown’s own Shaun, Dawn, and kids!  Bring YOUR kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews, and join them for a ride down Main Street!

Read all about it and SIGN UP HERE!

Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade

Team Hometown has been BUSY! 
**Check out their recent adventures**

Bikepacking Mike Dyer

Mike Dyer (left), Scooter Gates (below), and Keith Cowgar (immediately below) had an epic Bikepacking adventure this past weekend… and we mean EPIC. They covered nearly 90 miles in three days in the High Country Pathway

Bikepacking Keith Cowgar

Mike says, “Would I bikepack again? Absolutely! Would I ride this trail again? Absolutely not!” 

Bikepacking Scooter Gates

What is designed to be a hiking trail makes for a most challenging biking trail; it would even be tough for hiking. Our Team’s advice? If you decide to ride this trail, you MUST bring more water than you think (and a way to filter more), 100% Deet, a detailed map and a downloaded GPS file. Trust our experts on this one! 

Gary Kulhanek

On Sunday, June 2nd, Gary Kulhanek and Kristi Mackenzie participated in the Tour de l’Île, a biking classic, where thousands of cyclists fill the streets of Montréal with their positive energy and infectious enthusiasm, creating an unforgettable urban festival. 

Gary said it was a great time except for the rain! 

Avid Hometownie and Hometown Crew member Les Cook’s brother, Dr. Mark Cook, is currently doing a ride across Wisconsin. Just a group of friends on a fun-filled journey! Check out their adventure below…

Mark Cook
Mark Cook
Mark Cook

Top: Mark, second from left

Middle: Mark, in yellow

Bottom: Some local fauna in Wisconsin… yikes!

Congratulations to Erik Frazier (below left) and John Harrington (below center) for their first place podiums in this past weekend’s Island Lake Challenge! And kudos also go to Marilyn Reichenbach (below right) for her third place win… way to go!

Island Lake Challenge

Hometownies, do you have news about races, rides or other adventures to include for consideration in future Hometown e-newsletters? Send your stories and photos to events@myhometownbicyclesWe love to show off our Team and customers!


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 & 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 – June 9 and 23
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Dawn Gaden

Sati Yoga | Sundays 9 AM – June 9 and 23
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

A Bikes & Books Adventure + A Team Sponsor Who Rocks Bass!

Hometown Bicycles' Shaun Bhajan teaching a bicycle clinic at Howell Carnegie Library in Livingston County, Michigan

(Photo courtesy Lindsay Root, who spotted Shaun on a rainy day walk – thanks, Lindsay!) 

As part of the Howell Carnegie District Library‘s BIKE MICHIGAN series, Shaun was invited to present Bike Types, Tips & Tricks to an enthusiastic crowd hungry for information on cycling at a beginner/intermediate level.

We would like to extend a big thank you to Margaret Bigham, Information and Technical Services at Howell Carnegie District Library (and one of our Team Hometownies!), for inviting Shaun to speak and represent Hometown Bicycles in his usual friendly and knowledgeable fashion!

Hometown Bicycles set up bicycles at Howell Carnegie Library for a bicycle clinic

Would your community group like to schedule a speaking engagement/presentation with one of our bicycle aficionados? Contact events@myhometownbicycles.com to discuss! 


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!


And because we like to celebrate birthdays ALL MONTH LONG…

We proudly present Vinnie Baylerian’s band, DoL (Descendants of Levon), on Saturday, April 13th from 6-8:30 PM!

Vinnie Baylerian's band DoL

As most of you know, Vinnie Baylerianof Pro-Motion Physical Therapy is the Title Sponsor of Team Hometown Bicycles. While we majorly value and appreciate his vast expertise in physical therapy and bike fitting, we were also thrilled to discover that he plays in the band, DoL, alongside his cousins and other family members.

So, who wants to see our lead Sponsor jammin’ on bass and ROCKING THE SHOP?!

Express your interest HERE!

This will be a  FREE  family-friendly concert with music, dancing, munchies, and an overall awesome time to help Hometown kick off our 9th Birthday Month! We hope to see you all there!


HELLOOOOOO SPRING!

It’s ALMOST here! Get excited for spring cycling season! Can we get a WOOT WOOT?!

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 in April when the majority of our Shop Rides kick off. 

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


Team Hometown makes its mark at Waterloo!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo Grit and Gravel Road Race

We didn’t need Wellington to battle THIS Waterloo – way to go, Team!

At least 10 Team members, ablaze in new Hometown gear, competed in the Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race on Saturday, March 6th in Grass Lake… Joe Ostervik, Brad Allen, Erik Fraser, Ron Szumski, Doug Lapp, Jacob Henriksen, Shannon McKay, Christine Jacob, Lorelei Smith and Scott Simpson.

Joe Ostervik, Team Hometown

Brad Allen blasted into 2nd Overall and Erik Fraser into 6th Overall in the Men’s Open 100K Fat Bike, while Team Co-Captain Joe Ostervik(right) placed 4th in age group (of 24) and 47th overall (of 221).

Congratulations, everyone!

Check out those new kits! Don’t they look sharp?


More Girls on Bikes!

MiSCA More Girls on Bikes

Attention all girls! Bring your favorite board/card game and a dish or snack to share… and, ideally, a friend who is new to MiSCA! The evening will be a casual social mixer with no agenda, just fun and camaraderie. Parents welcome! Come hang out with old friends and make some new ones. MiSCA will briefly discuss some upcoming girls’ events. 

What is MiSCA? The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association, a nonprofit organization focused on the coordination of youth mountain biking teams and student-only races.

Sign-up for the More Girls on Bikes event at Hometown HERE.


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!


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.

Your Hometown Bicycles Service Guide

Hometown Bicycles Service Manager Matt Fitzhorn
(Hometown Bicycles Service Manager, Matt Fitzhorn)

THE WHY’S AND WHEREFORE’S OF WHAT WE DO SO WELL 
I’ve been promising our new, superstar Service Manager, Matt Fitzhorn, that I would devote an email to service. And with service bikes now arriving hourly – and sometimes even minute by minute! – it seems fitting to give the department we’re most famous for a little podium time. (So, this one’s for you, Matt!)

EVERYONE knows that the Hometown Tune-Up is a thing of beauty. You know it. The community knows it. The cat down the street knows it.

But do you know WHY?

Hometown Bicycles Service Crew, Joe Shafer and Andrew Jackson
(Hometown Bicycles Service Tech, Joe Shafer, and Service Lead, Andrew Jackson)

Did you know that we founded our company on service, making service our area to excel? It’s true! Hometown 2010 began as a pint-sized service shop, well before adding all the bells and bikes. We’ve held true to that core ever since, serving an increasing number of cyclists over the years – 2,854 bikes serviced in 2017 and over 17,000 since opening! – with the mission of making each bike “Work Great, Look Great & Blow Your MIND!”

Hometown Bicycles Service Tech David Keller
(Hometown Bicycles Service Tech, David Keller)

It’s important to us that our value always exceeds our price. I’ll break this down further in “Hometown Bicycles Tune-Up: The Real McCoy” below, but suffice it to say, we respect your hard-earned dollars by working hard to make those dollars work hard for you (say THAT 10 times fast)! Plus, our turn-around time is FAST to get you back in the saddle where you belong!

Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Matt PershaBecause we don’t want to have to hide when we see you coming – we live here, too! – we get our kicks by doing right by our customers. When we say you need something, it’s because we know it will give you the longest and best cycling experience possible. And when we say you DON’T need something, it’s because we don’t want to gain a dollar at the expense of your trust. You can rest easy, knowing that we’ll tell it like it is, and always treat you fairly and squarely.

And we don’t leave you hangin’! We legitimately want to know that our service did the trick, and kept you rolling. That’s why you can always expect follow up from our Crew(At right: Hometown Bicycles Service Tech, Matt Persha)

You probably also know by now that we LIKE being a resource! Ask us your questions, build your own bike, watch our Crew in action. The way we figure it, the more passionate you are about cycling, the more you’ll advocate for the sport, and that benefits ALL of us in the long run.

Hometown Bicycles Service Crew Dan "CycloDan" Tribble and Mason Verbison
(Hometown Service Guru & lead singer Dan Tribble and “I-mean-business” Service Lead Mason Verbison)

Plus, what bike shop has a rhythm & blues rockstar for a service tech? That would be us!

We also have a unique way of motivating our staff… no, not giant mallets. It’s giving our crew the green light to do good, important, life-changing work in an environment that supports them and the sport they love. We may not always be perfect but, as a Crew, we’ve got your back.

This may be a good place to interject that *ahem* we’re hiring!

And that, my friends, is our service in a nutshell, and why you feel so darn good when you bring your bikes to Hometown Bicycles. Come on down, and try us out!


Wheel true at Hometown Bicycles Service Shop

HOMETOWN BICYCLES TUNE-UP: “THE REAL MCCOY”

If you’re not familiar with our tune-ups, here’s the run-down of what makes ours so special…

Remember how we talked about our 3 service goals – to make your bicycle “Work Great, Look Great & Blow Your MIND!”? Well, to achieve that we have a 3-step process:

  1. Evaluate your bike to see what it needs, whether that be a tune-up or repair.
  2. For a tune-up, we disassemble, clean, reassemble, run all new cables and housings, and then dial and adjust your bike. If it’s a road bike, we also include new handlebar tape… because old bar tape is disgusting. (We’re talking, Bacteria City.)
  3. Charge a fair price. For most bikes, that’s $69.99. For Road bikes, it’s $89.99. And for Tri bikes, it’s $99.99. We know we offer the best service for the best value. Don’t believe us? Check around!
Bonus Hometown Bicycles Tune-Up FAQ’s:

Q: Why do you replace cables & housing?
A: Your shifters and brake levers tell the derailleurs and brakes what to do via the cables, which act as messengers. 90% of issues stem from a faulty messenger, so we replace cables/housing to guarantee that the bike will work the way you expect it to.

Q: My bike is fairly new, so do I even need new cables/housing?
A: That’s why we always start with an initial assessment of the bike’s condition. If your bike doesn’t need new cables, then you probably don’t need a tune-up. We’ll just address your bike’s specific issues, and get you back out riding – typically the same day!

Q: How often should I bring my bike in for a check-up?
A: We recommend you bring your bike in for an assessment two times a year – once at the beginning of the season to set you up for cycling and make sure all parts are in working order, and again mid-season to check on the wear of your bike’s parts.

Q: How often should I get a tune-up?
A: Always bring your bike in when your bike begins affecting your riding experience. We’ll do an assessment to help you determine the best course of action from there.

Q: How often should I ride my bike?
A: Every day, Hometownies… every day!


Team Hometown Bicycles riding the Dawn Farm Recovery Ride - Joe Ostervik, Jacob Henriksen, Van Gorden, and Jim Cleer

TEAM NEWS: DAWN FARM, YANKEE SPRINGS TIME TRIAL

Our Team mixed it up last weekend, with a combination of need-for-speed riding and charitable cycling. Saturday morning kicked off with the trail-bound Team of Erik Frazier, Linc Wehrly, John Wyatt, Keith Cowgar and Scott Simpson at Yankee Springs Time Trial. Keith and Scott both bounded into 4th in their respective age groups.

Then Sunday dawned bright and beautiful on the farm, as Joe Ostervik, Jacob Henriksen, Joe Van Gorden, and Jim Cleer set out to support the long-term recovery of addicts and alcoholics on the Dawn Farm Recovery Ride. Nice work, Team!


ANSWERS TO THE HOMETOWN BIRTHDAY QUIZ

How Well Do You Know Your Bike Shop?: A Hometown Bicycles Birthday Quiz!A couple weekends ago, as part of Hometown Bicycle’s 8th Birthday celebration, we invited our guests to take part in a “How Well Do You Know Your Bike Shop?” birthday quiz.
Debra Verbison won the accompanying Tune-Up Gift Certificate drawing (congrats again, Debra!), but there’s been so many post-event requests for the answers that I’m including them here today!

(Also, congrats went to John Kline for winning the “Guess How Many Ferrules” game with his guess of 2,650. The actual number was 2,700!) 

1)  Answer (d) – Over 17,000
2)  Answer (b) – Shaun & Dawn got married
3)  Answer (d) – All of the above
4)  Answer (c) – Trinidad & Tobago
5)  Answer (f) – All of these
6)  Answer (d) – All of these
7)  Answer (a) – Jamis
8)  Answer (c) – Roller rink

Join our crew

WE’RE HIRING – STOP IN AND APPLY!
Creating the magic of Hometown is no small thing, and we don’t hire lightly, but we do offer positions that are meaningful and make a real difference in the lives of customers, our community, and the cycling industry. We currently have openings for:

Part-Time Social Media Specialist
Helps market and share the Hometown culture on social media. Must be social media savvy, highly organized, an excellent writer, and skilled in photography. Graphic design skills a plus.

Part-Time Events Coordinator
Coordinates and manages on- and off-premises shop events of all types. Must be highly organized, creative, detail-oriented, an excellent communicator, sociable, and enthusiastic.

Full- and Part-Time Service Techs
Provides reliably outstanding technical bike service. Some technical knowledge preferred. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, focused, and a quick learner.

Full- and Part-Time Sales Associates
Provides reliably outstanding customer service, including sales, cashiering, and shop organization and cleanliness. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, sociable, enthusiastic, and a quick study.

Drop by our shop, introduce yourself, and pick up an application. You’ll never know unless you try!


Hometown Bicycles Women Only Tuesday Night Road Ride
THIS WEEK’S SHOP RIDES
Hartland Gravel Grinder – Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAY, MAY 6  |  9:00AM (MEET BY 8:45AM)  |  FROM HARTLAND TWP HALL
Come enjoy beautiful, HILLY country roads and wonderful ride company. Expect several TOUGH, LONG CLIMBS, at an average 14 – 15 MPH pace for all 28.2 miles. The group may split into 2, with the front pack averaging > 15 mph. (Check out Dan’s Gravel Grinding 101 ride for a less grueling option.) Cross/Gravel, Mountain and Fat bikes are welcome. Meet in the Hartland Twp. Hall lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive) at 2655 Clark Rd. Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

***Rent a Fat Bike at the shop!***

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Beginner Friendly Road Ride
MONDAY, MAY 7  |  6:00PM (MEET BY 5:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
This one’s for the beginner rider who wants to increase mileage and speed. We’ll ride the well-known “to-the-Green-Dumpster-and-back” loop (~12-15 miles), or more for those who are ready. A and B groups will average 10-15+ mph. Road bikes only! Please have some experience on your bike, along with basic shifting and braking skills for the safety of the group. Beyond that, we’ll share some tips to make the hills easier and the flats faster! Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!

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Ladies’ Road Ride
TUESDAY, MAY 8  |  7:00PM (MEET BY 6:45PM)  |  FROM HOMETOWN
Ladies, this one’s just for you! This weekly, road ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride the well-known “green dumpster” loop at Island Lake (~14 miles) at a conversational, 10mph pace. All bikes welcome, NO DROP RIDE. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate with your new biking friends. BYOB!Check Facebook for ride confirmation and changes!


Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want a high-energy pick-me-up, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | 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


Donuts

Reasons number 12, 13, 14, and – oh, why not! – 15 to ride your bike.

~ Every cyclist who’s ever caved in (thanks for the mm-mm-motivation, Livingston County United Way!)

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