SHOP OF THE YEAR! + A Message from Shaun & Dawn

LMB Awards

(Above: Shaun and Dawn Bhajan, pictured with an incredible group of fellow LMB Awards Shop of the Year Finalists, at the Detroit Velodrome. That’s a lot of awesome in one place!)

Hometownies,

Shop of the Year.

Shop. Of. The. Year.

YOUR BIKE SHOP has just been awarded League of Michigan Bicyclists’ 2019 Shop of the Year. And if you don’t already understand your role in bringing this about, please read on…

We all know Hometown is more than just a shop. In fact, sometimes you know that even better than we do, and we are eternally grateful that you never let us forget it! Hometown is a community, a philosophy, and a movement. Our Crew, our Team and, most definitely, our customers are both the core of, and the messengers for, that culture.

LMB Awards

Your involvement, your patronage, your loyalty, and your referrals have expanded the scope and reach of EVERYTHING Hometown has ever created, including the impact we so enjoy making in both our local community and the cycling community at large.

Most recently, that impact included one of our proudest achievements – the creation of the annual Do It for Dan Memorial Ride, honoring a beloved, local rider who was struck and killed by a motorist while cycling at Island Lake. Over 550 of you turned that Ride into a powerful message to motorists and cyclists everywhere to always stay alert and to share the road safely.

LMB Awards

It’s also worth mentioning that this award says “SHOP of the Year,” not “BIKE SHOP OWNERS of the Year” or “SHOP INDIVIDUAL of the Year”. And, of course, what is a “shop”? It’s the amplified total of all the individuals who support it. 

Shop of the Year, Hometownies. What a win for us all!

With love and appreciation,

Shaun & Dawn


4th Annual Chili Cook-Off: Great Bowls of Fire!

Saturday, November 9th from 4-7 PM

Chili Cook-Off


It’s almost time for Iceman… do you know what that means?

It’s time to get your recipes simmering for our 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off! Our annual tradition is always the weekend following Iceman, and we are stoked to consume copious amounts of chili!  

Enter your mild, medium or spicy deliciousness to win awards and perhaps even take home the very special –and kinda gaudy, but that’s what makes it fabulous — traveling trophy. And you get a whole year to share the bragging rights of being the 2019 Hometown Bicycles “Great Bowls of Fire” Chili Cook-Off WINNER!

Stir up your favorite recipe and drop it off at the shop by 4 PM. People’s Choice judging will begin at 5 PM, and the winner will be announced by 7 PM. Be sure to bring your garnishes and serving utensils, and your recipe ingredients written on an index card for allergy-conscious diners.

When you sign up, don’t let us know what kind of chili you’re bringing. It needs to be a surprise! We are all about unbiased voting, folks! 

Enter your chili HERE!

FAT BIKE PRE-RIDE! Prior to the chili eatin’, Team Hometown Co-Captain Mike Dyer will be leading a Fat Bike Ride, so stay tuned for details. That way, you can burn off a ton of calories before you add them all back!


Our Team Totally Rocks… How Cool is THIS?

Team Hometown at Detroit Free Press Marathon

On Sunday, October 20th, several Team Hometown members kicked off the Detroit Free Press Marathon as lead cyclists! 

Known lovingly as the “Freep”, this epic event has been going strong since 1978. Runners from all over the world have traveled to Detroit to take part — and it has become an event that encompasses people from all walks of life, not just elite runners.

We couldn’t be more proud of these guys for representing Hometown in this amazing way.

Pictured above (left to right): John WyattRon SzumskiTom HermannDennis DohertyDoug Lapp, and Team Hometown Co-Captain and Mobile Rhythm Entertainment Sponsor Joe Ostervik.

John Harrington

Kudos to John Harrington for his first place podium at Custer’s Last Stand on Saturday, October 5th in Augusta, MI.

This all-volunteer benefit event is sponsored by the Join the Fight of Battle Creek, in collaboration with the YWCA of Kalamazoo, to raise awareness of human trafficking and other types of domestic violence. Way to go, John!


Entrepreneurship Event: MARKETING!

Who: Anyone interested in learning about Marketing! Business owners, entrepreneurs, start-up endeavors, 

students… come one, come all… men and women, all ages!

What: Informative and FUN evening on a hot topic!

Tues, December 10 from 6-8:30 PM

Where: Hometown Bicycles! We will be closing the shop early to focus on this event!

Why: Because your Hometown ladies, Dawn and Leslie, really love supporting entrepreneurs!

Coming in a future email: Our fantastic lineup of speakers and the link to sign up! Keep your eyes peeled!


Goodbye, Summer Shop Rides…
See you next year!
 
Our weekly shop rides will be saying goodbye at the end of October. Stay tuned for pop-up rides and fat tire rides as weather permits. The best way to stay informed is via our Facebook page. Make sure to like and follow to get all the latest updates.

Thanks for a wonderful spring/summer season riding with us!

A Dream Brought to Life with the Help of Team Hometown

Jim Dominick at Hometown Bicycles
Jim Dominick has DREAMED of riding Iceman, but faces two distinct challenges – no car, and a history of epileptic seizures.

Jim commutes 20 miles a day, year-round, in every kind of weather, and chooses NOT to own a car. With that kind of dedication to the sport, Iceman Cometh Challenge seemed a natural fit, and so his manager introduced him to this famous, Michigan race.

With his last epileptic episode occurring December 6th, 2017, Jim decided that THIS would be his year, and reached out to the Iceman organization. His persistent communications caught the attention of kind-hearted Denine, and he was given a green light… and an entry!

Lacking transportation, the Iceman group appealed to a variety of organizations on Jim’s behalf until Steve Velopp, a Hometown Bicycles customer, recommended contacting our shop. We put it out to our Team and, within an hour, Team Hometown’s Mike Dyer and Jim Thompson rallied to the call. Real class act, guys!

We coordinated between shop and Team to bring Jim from East Point to the shop… and Mike and Jim T. shuttled him the rest of the way there. We can’t wait to hear what you think of your Iceman dream coming true, Jim. Thanks for making us a part of your adventure!

Good luck, Jim and Team Hometown Bicycles!!

TONIGHT’s Trainer Clinic, Meet Your 2019 Team Title Sponsor, & Rev Up Your Crockpots!

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, 2019 Team Hometown Bicycles Title Sponsor
Welcome back to a great friend of Hometown & its Team! 

2019 Team Hometown Bicycles Platinum Sponsor Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical TherapyFor the 5th year running, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy has enthusiastically stepped into the role of top Team Sponsor for Team Hometown Bicycles 2019, and for the 5th year running, we’re thrilled and honored by his support!

Vinnie – an avid cyclist, regular clinician at Hometown, and all-around good guy – has aided MANY a Hometownie with his extensive background in orthopedic and sports-related injuries, manual therapy, vestibular/inner ear and balance disorders, and Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro Certification. He and his team of first-class physical therapy professionals are well-liked, well-known, and well-respected Community-wide.

You’ll learn more about Vinnie and Pro-Motion in upcoming newsletters. ‘Til then… Vinnie, thank you! Your support means so much.


A warm “hello!” to more of your 2019 Team Sponsors

Team Hometown Bicycles 2018Over the coming weeks, we’ll be proudly promoting a wonderful group of businesses that have also stepped up to support your 2019 Team, including:
These folks – in addition to several more, who you’ll be seeing shortly on our 2019 Sponsor roster – are the reason our Team is able to do all the amazing and downright awesome things it does. Sponsors, you are appreciated!
Team Sponsor spots are filling up fast! If you would like to be a part of something that will bring your business year-round value, please contact Dawn at:
office@myhometownbicycles.com

Cycle-Ops Bicycle trainers set up at Hometown Bicycles
“Trainer Talk” Indoor Cycling Clinic TONIGHT!

Join Shaun from 7-8:30PM TONIGHT (11/1) or Saturday (11/3) 9:30-11AM!

If you’re unwilling to sink into couch-potatodom as the cold weather creeps in, this clinic is for you!

Get the bike guru scoop on trainer types, how to install them, and great workouts you can do on these keep-you-pedalin’ machines. You’ll have a chance to demo a variety of trainers, including the new Cycle-Ops H2 Direct Drive Smart Trainer (and YES, that’s as cool as it sounds!)

Interested in a trainer for a holiday gift for someone special (like, maybe yourself – *wink-wink-nudge-nudge*)? We will have a Christmas gift promo for all those who attend!

No fee to participate! If you can’t make tonight, sign up for Saturday 11/3 from 9:30-11AM!

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There are more FREE clinics coming up to cover all of your winter cycling interests:

11/8   Thursday Fat Bike Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Fat Bikes 101
11/10   Saturday Fat Bike Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Fat Bikes 101
11/15   Thursday Winter Gear Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Winter Cycling Gear
11/17   Saturday Winter Gear Clinic from 9:30-11 AM: Winter Cycling Gear11/29   Thursday Nutrition Clinic from 7-8:30 PM: Winter Cycling Nutrition

Register in advance by clicking on the links above. We can’t wait to see you!


Hometown Bicycles

Women’s Night: Tuesday, December 4th, 6-8 PMThe Theme: Female Entrepreneurship!

Hometown gals! This evening came about because your Hometown CEO, Dawn, is hardcore into nurturing and encouraging female entrepreneurship. If you ride the same wave, bring your friends, daughters, mom, nieces, aunts… and enjoy an evening FREE OF CHARGE with LOCAL women business owners. These knowledgeable, engaging, and all-kinds-of-awesome women will share candid and valuable information on the why’s and werefore’s of starting and running a business, including the realities of work-life-family balance, the struggles of staying competitive in a changing market, the legalities of being your own boss… plus a Q&A to answer questions important to YOU!

Womens Entrepreneurship Forum at Hometown Bicycles with Kelly A. Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Trampoline Park, and Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate Apparel
Lisa Nelson (pictured right) of Hush Intimate ApparelColleen Fitzgerald(center) of Sky Zone, and Kelly A. Myers (left) of Myers & Myers, PLLC will be three of our powerhouse guest speakers.

No cost to attend! Come learn with us! Register NOW!


Team News: GOOD LUCK AT ICEMAN THIS WEEKEND!!

Iceman Cometh Challenge logoIt’s the race that has all of Michigan buzzing every October/November – Iceman Cometh and a whole slew of our Team goeth, including a few members of our Crew! Tear it up, Team!! Can’t wait to hear your Iceman stories at the Chili Cook-Off!

Three team members raced in autumn splendor at Fallasburg County Park’s Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race this past weekend: Mike and Nancy Kessler and Jack Riddle, who placed 4th overall in the Fat Bike Class. This ride follows the banks of the Flat River, through rural Ionia County in a classic, old-world style race. Great job, Team!

Margaret Bigham and Sue Charleville, along with friend Sue Hansen… congratulations on the article feature on Bike Tour Vacations website!

“Three adult women, having grown a family and had successful careers, have come back to bicycling in a big way. They have created their own support group; they’re willing to share this knowledge with others; and they’re planning more great events on bikes. Way to go, ladies!” Read the full story here!


The 3rd Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party, Post Iceman Party, Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride and Chili Cook-Off
Great Bowls of Fire!! Better get cookin’!

Time to strut your stuff in crockpot mastery! We’re seeking chili cook-off competitors to help supply meet demand at this HIGHLY attended event!

On Saturday, November 10th, starting at 4pm, enter your best chili recipe to win one very special (and kinda gaudy, but that’s what makes it fabulous) trophy. Take home bragging rights for being the 2018 Hometown Bicycles “Great Bowls of Fire” Chili Cook-Off WINNER! It’s a People’s Choice competition!

If you aren’t a chili-sorta-chef, then feel free to sign up to bring other grub! There’ll be a lotta hungry Hometownies who’ll appreciate the variety!

Throw your hat into the Chili Cook-Off ring by clicking HERE!


Team Hometown Bicycles
Join Team Hometown Bicycles!

2019 Team Night – Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm

Presented by Team Event Sponsor Lowry Solutions

Team Hometown Bicycles has been rocking the cycling world’s proverbial boat with 107 members leading over 170 shop rides, participating in over 70 cycling events across Michigan and beyond, and putting in over 500 hours of volunteer time within our local and cycling communities! We’re a blend of cycling styles, skill levels, recreational and racing riders… but we all love cycling and are devoted to sharing that passion!

Sound like your kind of group? Come out for our Taco Bar Team Night on Sunday, December 2nd, 5-8pm, to meet the Team, learn responsibilities and benefits of membership, applaud your new Team Sponsors, cheer on outstanding 2018 Team members, witness the unveiling of our brand new Team kit (discounted pre-ordering this night only!), and renew or sign up for our 2019 Team!

FREE EVENT: LET US KNOW YOU’LL BE THERE! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES

Our Shop Rides are open to the public, and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun! (Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
*** KICKING OFF 11/10 (THE WEEKEND AFTER ICEMAN)! ***
SATURDAYS, TIME TBD  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn moreHatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  Click to learn moreZumba | 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

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


Whatever motivates you…

… we don’t judge.

Iceman Glory, Bicycle Blue Book, and Party Sign-Ups

Team Hometown Bicycles at Iceman Cometh Challenge 2016

THE WEATHER, THE COURSE, THE COMPANY… ALL AWESOME!  
Congratulations, Iceman Cometh riders! Another goal achieved, another adventure had, another story to be told (and we hope that you WILL tell it, at our November 12, post-Iceman party – details below!)

For the first time in years, Iceman riders enjoyed a day of clear sky and sunshine. Our Team sure appreciated it… along with the delicious chili and good will served up in the Hometown tent (thank you, Jean and crew!) Ride times were rockin’, good times were a-rollin’… what can we say, but “can’t wait ’til next year!” Iceman or bust, baby!

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WE INTERRUPT YOUR READING FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE…  

Hometown’s 1st Annual Fall Extravaganza event is

THIS SATURDAY (11/12)
FROM NOON – 6PM

Event details and crazy-fun class sign-ups are below, so be sure to read to the end!

NOW, BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSLETTER…

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POST-ICEMAN TUNE-UP SPECIAL  

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Effed My Bike Tune-Up Coupon

It’s all about respect… you rode ’em hard at Iceman – don’t put your bikes away “wet”! That trusty two-wheeler that just took you for the ride of your life will live to race another day with proper care and maintenance. Take advantage of our “Iceman Effed My Bike!” Tune-Up Coupon, where you’ll get $20 toward bikes and accessories with the purchase of a post-Iceman tune-up.

Print this blog and bring it with you. We’ll treat your bicycle like the rockstar that it is!

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HOMETOWN NOW OFFERS FINANCING
ON ALL BICYCLES!  

Synchrony Financial financing now available at Hometown Bicycles on all bicycle purchases

Think of this as one more obstacle REMOVED from you getting fit, having fun, making memories, and riding off into the sunset. Dreams can absolutely be affordable… stop in and ask us about our stellar financing program!

(Pssst! Save your rainy day fund for a rainy day. Those fat bikes you’ll be falling in love with at our November 12 fat bike demo have just become that much more affordable!) 

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EVER WONDER WHAT YOUR BIKE’S WORTH?
Bicycle Blue Book website
Bicycle Blue Book Authorized Trade-In PartnerWe know that, sentimentally speaking, your bicycle’s value is truly incalculable, but if you ever DO decide to sell, how do you determine what it’s worth?Answer: BicycleBlueBook.com. Did you know that Hometown Bicycles is an Authorized Bicycle Blue Book Trade-In Partner? That’s just a fancy way of saying that we can help you figure out what your bike is worth. Who knows, your dream Jamis bike may be significantly closer than you think! (Like, maybe even at this Saturday’s fat bike demo… *wink*  *wink*  *nudge*  *nudge*…)
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THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT SCHEDULE & CLASS SIGN-UP FOR

The 1st Annual Hometown Bicycles Anniversary Party Post Iceman Fat Bike Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Family Extravaganza Art Expo and Chili Cook Off

We’re just days away from this fantastic, autumn, family and fat bike extravaganza… time to get yourself registered for some of the cool classes, and to plan your order of enjoyment, so that you don’t miss one, single, crazy-fun activity!

Jamis Fat Bike demoFAT BIKE DEMO:  All Day!
Our Jamis and Framed fat bikes will be out in full force at this event, and available for you to test ride and fall in love with (yes, we’re that confident!). NO CHARGE.

Artist's palette and brushINDOOR ART FAIR:  Noon – 5:00 pm
Hometown artists Deborah Kashdan, Peggy Kerwan, Lauren Patrell and her Nana, and newcomer Sarah Burke will be setting up art displays at our first ever mini indoor art fair here at the shop. Weather permitting, Sarah will also be holding an outdoor demonstration of her incredible spray paint art skills. You’ve seen their bicycle art – here’s a chance to enjoy more of their creativity… and maybe take care of some Christmas shopping in the process! (Artists prefer cash or check, so please come prepared!)

Question marks - ask the experts“ASK THE EXPERTS”:  Noon – 1:30 pm
Hit a cycling plateau? Nagging knee pain on your rides? Body Within Personal Training‘s, Jenny Schild, and Pro-Motion Physical Therapy‘s, Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT are generously volunteering their fitness/nutrition and common cycling injury/bike fit expertise at our event. This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY for one-stop, NO CHARGE, professional input on how to be a better, stronger cyclist… take advantage of it!

Vinyasa yoga class at Hometown BicyclesPOWER YOGA WITH TOCCA MASSAGE & YOGA:  12:15 pm
Enjoy a stimulating, stretch-and-strengthen, Vinyasa yoga session in our Community Room with powerhouse, Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOGA

Cardio drumming at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING WITH MARTHA SORARUF:  1:45 pm
Join in on Martha’s crazy-popular Cardio Drumming class (Liam’s favorite!), which will be pumping up the volume in our Community Room at next Saturday’s event.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR CARDIO DRUMMING

Zumba at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA WITH HAMBURG FITNESS CENTER:  3:00 pm
Fiesty, Latin rhythms and everyone-friendly coreography will have you burning calories in this high energy class, hosted by Hamburg Fitness in our Community Room.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ZUMBA

Bike gear ornament kids craft class at Hometown BicyclesKIDS’ CRAFT CLASS – BIKE GEAR ORNAMENTS:  4:15 pm
Bring along your young ‘uns of all ages to create a unique, bicycle gear Christmas ornament with gears, glitter, and other crafty goodies provided by Hometown Bicycles. Parents, please come, too! This is a parent-child project you’ll treasure for years to come. A nominal $4 per child covers materials and instruction.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE KID’S CRAFT CLASS

Jamis fat bike on the trailFAT BIKE FRIENDLY GROUP TRAIL RIDE:  Leaves at 3:30pm
RIDE WITH SHAUN!! Join your bike guru, and leave from our shop parking lot at 3:30pm for the Yellow and Blue trails of picturesque, autumn-tinged Island Lake. NO DROP, all levels welcome!

Chili cook off at Hometown BicyclesCHILI COOK-OFF:  Judging begins when the riders return!
Put your best chili forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights at Hometown’s first annual culinary cook-off! Entries must be delivered by 4:15pm, and hungry cyclists and party-goers will be the judges for this people’s choice competition. Winner takes home a $25 Hometown Bicycles Gift Certificate PLUS one of the first Hometown t-shirts ever made available to the public!!
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO ENTER THE CHILI COOK-OFF

So much fun to be had – why not do it all?! CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. And please tell your friends, bring your family, and spread the word. It’s an event for everyone!
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