A Heartfelt Goodbye + Team Night Memories

A Heartfelt Note from Your Hometown CEO:

Dear Hometownies,

Dawn Bhajan, CEO of Hometown Bicycles, LLC

Ten incredible years of sharing memories and adventures with you makes my personal message to you today bittersweet…

As of January 1st, I will be moving on from my CEO position here at Hometown.

Many of you already know Shaun’s and my history. When Shaun first asked for my help with Hometown over 10 years ago, it was at the level of brainstorming, building, and marketing our new venture. As the shop grew and expanded, so did my role. Our kids were born, and became part of the evolution and revolution that was and is our shop. And then, two years ago, I accepted my most challenging company position to date – as Hometown’s CEO. 

Dawn Bhajan, CEO of Hometown Bicycles, LLC with daughter Aria

With your help, we’ve earned Livingston Daily’s 2019 People’s Choice for Best Bike Shop, Vote 4 the Best’s 2019 Best Bike Shop, and League of Michigan Bicyclists 2019 Bike Shop of the Year. All of this tells me that we are on the right track, and we are going places. 

Am I proud? YES!!!

I never anticipated being here this long, or in this capacity, but WOW, what a ride. Best 10 years of my life, bar none. 

Through my experiences here, I’ve developed opportunities for myself; it’s time for me to take advantage of those opportunities. I’m ready and eager for the next adventure…

Dawn Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles with fellow local women business owners for a Roundtable Event at the shop

In the meantime, I leave Hometown in the very best of hands – Shaun’s, our Crew’s, and yours. The foundation is laid. You all know what Hometown IS; I’d like to ask for your help now in making it what it can BECOME. Limitless potential, my friends… limitless.

I am still Hometown through-and-through, so you’ll still see me here often. Hometown will always be my second home, and I adore my fellow Hometownies. Plus, I happen to love the owner 🙂

Dawn Bhajan of Hometown Bicycles with Shaun Bhajan and their kids

Thanks so much for being a part of my story, for being integral to my family’s life, and for the privilege of being your Hometown CEO.

With love and gratitude,

Dawn Bhajan


Hometown Bicycles

Merry Christmas, Hometownies!

Your Hometown family wishes you and yours a truly magical Christmas and a New Year filled with hope, joy, laughter… and lots of cycling. Thank you for the most fantastic 2019. Cheers to another year of adventure ahead!   

We close at 3 PM on Christmas Eve and reopen at 10 AM on Friday, January 3, 2020. We hope you enjoy this time with the people who mean the most to you.

With love and warmest wishes… Your Hometown Crew


Team Night 2019… and what a night it was!

Team Hometown Bicycles

On Sunday, December 15th, current and prospective Team Hometown Bicycles members gathered at the shop for a fun, informative evening celebrating all things cycling.

Team Hometown Bicycles

Shaun and Dawn shared this year’s success stories and thanked our Team Sponsors — we are so appreciative of their support! Team Awards were shared with our cycling ambassadors who went above and beyond to give to the cycling community. And we are geeked to announce that all of our Team Sponsors and our Team Captains, Joe Ostervikand Mike Dyer, will be continuing into 2020. YAY!

Team Night was a great display of community and camaraderie, support and gratitude, and love for the incredible sport of cycling. Over 30 riders signed on to be part of 2020 Team Hometown Bicycles at the event alone!! What about you? Will you join our friendly group of non-competitive and competitive riders?

Stop by the shop to learn more about our mission, team expectations, and team benefits… and to pick up a membership application. You may also download an application HERE.

For information on online ordering of the Team Kit, click HERE.

Team Hometown Bicycles

Coming Soon: Winter Clinic Series

Hometown Bicycles

Beginning January 11, 2020, we will kick off our highly informative and, many times, hands-on Winter Clinic Series!

All clinics will be held on Saturdays at 11:30 AM at Hometown Bicycles. Stay tuned for more details and sign-up information.

Here are the topics for 2020:

  • Fat Tire Fix
  • Emergency Repair
  • Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride
  • Bike Maintenance – After the Ride
  • Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT, Certified Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro
  • Nutrition: Get Healthy, Get Fit
  • Where to Ride in Michigan

To our fearless leader, Dawn,

There are no words to describe how much you will be missed in your role as CEO of Hometown. We are all beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside you, and under your guidance, to make Hometown truly THE BEST BIKE SHOP. We know you will do amazing things, whatever you set your mind to, and we will always be your biggest cheerleaders. 
 
Big hugs,
Your Hometown Crew

January is just around the corner… what to do, what to do?

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 bicycle 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

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 10-11 AM

STAY TUNED for dates and times for collaborative clinics on Bike Fitting Basics with Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of ProMotion Physical Therapy. These wildly popular clinics will cover bike fit that maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort. Learn about the mechanics of your body, and how it interacts with your bicycle. 


Hometown’s Holiday Hours

Hometown Bicycles Christmas bike with lights

Since opening, we’ve upheld the tradition of closing Hometown between Christmas and New Years, so that our Crew can spend quality time with family. This year is no different. It’s important!

Open Christmas Eve:  9am – 3pm
Closed Christmas – New Year’s Day
Open January 2nd:  Regular Hours

Can’t wait to kick off 2019 with you!


Sponsor Corner:Meet Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp

Vincent Baylerian

Team Hometown Sponsors are so much more than a logo on a jersey. Our Sponsors live the lifestyle we promote and actively participate in the sport we love!

Enjoy our interview series with each of our Sponsors – courtesy of your Events Coordinator Leslie. Learn what makes them tick, the services they offer, AND crazy fun trivia about these amazing people who have chosen to support your Team!
 

First, some background!
Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp is your one-stop, family fitness resource center. In addition to miles of outdoor trails and recreation, they are known for their 42,000 sq. ft. health club. You will find all of the cardio and weight equipment that you would expect from a modern gym, plus many additional features that make them unique
 
Unique in what ways?
Hamburg Fitness Center is different than most other gyms, as they not only have a cycle studio but also offer cycle class as part of membership. Members are also able to use the pool, hot tub and sauna for conditioning, cross training, and healing sore muscles. As a family-friendly facility, they not only have something to offer cyclists but the whole family. Their motto: “The family that plays together, stays together!”

How did Hamburg Fitness Center connect with Hometown Bicycles?
Initially, Hamburg Fitness connected by recommending Hometown as a resource for their Triathlete Team. Since then, collaboration has continued and grown. Hamburg Fitness would like to participate in many Hometown events, including Women’s Nights and activities with Team Hometown Bicycles, as well as events sponsored at their facility, such as their Health & Fitness Expo. On the wish list… specialty rides with Dawn or Shaun!

Meet Deb Godmer, General Manager (top) and Terry Mushong, Program Director & Rental Services (bottom)

Hamburg Fitness
Hamburg Fitness

What do Deb and Terry like to do in Michigan?
Some favorite things include biking, hiking, kayaking and swimming.

Give us some advice on coping with the long winter ahead…
Blast those winter blues by staying active, visit the gym for a class, shoot hoops or just a soak in the hot tub. Find an outdoor sport or activity, whether it’s walking, cross country skiing or snow boarding to do once or twice a week. Find a group of people who enjoy the same activities as you — everything is always more fun with a friend!


We’re excited to collaborate with Hamburg Fitness in the new year. Keep reading our newsletters for updates on the fun we’re planning!


Save the Date! 

Tuesday, February 19 from 6-8 PM

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 at office@myhometownbicycles.com or Leslie at events@myhometownbicycles.com
We would love to hear from you!


Missed Team Night? You can still join the Team! 

Drop by our shop for a Team Application and to figure out your kit size!

Team Hometown

Need ideas for the bicycle lover on your list?

Come by to take advantage of mad storewide savings up to 70% off through Christmas Eve!


~ Your Hometown Christmas Elves

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Hometownies!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Hometown Bicycles

HOMETOWN BICYCLES HOLIDAY HOURS:

 
Christmas Eve  |  9AM – 3PM
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day  
|  CLOSED
Monday, January 2nd  |  9AM – 9PM (regular hours)

We wish you and your family and friends enough holiday cheer to last the year round, and all the bike time you can wrangle out of a hectic holiday schedule!

See you next year, Hometownies!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Hometownies!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Hometown Bicycles

HOMETOWN BICYCLES CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S HOURS:
 
Christmas Eve  |  9AM – 3PM
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day  
|  CLOSED*
Monday, January 2nd  |  9AM – 9PM (regular hours)*

*WE WILL BE OPEN:

Wednesday, December 28th from 6PM – 8PM
for Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf

Friday, December 30th from 9AM – 10AM
for Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga

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