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

Hometown Business Forum for Women FITNESS Entrepreneurs NEXT Thursday!

Women’s Entrepreneurship: FREE Fitness Forum!
NEXT Thursday, August 22 from 6-8 PM

Free Fitness Forum

There will be food, there will be fun & there will be fellowship with like-minded women!

Spend the evening with inspirational women who embarked on very personal journeys to become fitness professionals and entrepreneurs! In this Q&A  session, they will share their successes and failures, ideas and strategies, highs and lows, and much more!

If you’re getting started as a new fitness instructor or business owner, you won’t want to miss this forum!

Topics to be covered:

  • Where should I teach?
  • What should I expect in terms of startup cost?
  • What is my target client base, and how do I find them?
  • How do I increase attendance?
  • What are the best ways to market myself?
  • When do I throw in the towel and when should I persevere?
  • Competitors — friends or foes?
  • And much more!

SIGN UP HERE!

In recent weeks, we introduced you to two of our panelists, Jenny Schild with Body Within and Leslie Barrett of Zumba with Leslie Barrett. This week, meet our next panelist, Martha Soraruf who operates Cardio Drumming Hosted by PURE Fitness & Nutrition: Powered by Arbonne

We know many of you have seen (and heard!) the supercharged cardio drumming classes going on at Hometown! Over the past 3 years, Martha has been motivating students with her infectious energy.

Martha Soraruf

As an elementary school teacher, she never envisioned becoming a business owner — the shift occurred about 7 years ago when she became an Arbonne consultant — which led Martha to be able to enjoy teaching both kids AND fitness-focused adults!

Martha loved Arbonne products so much that she wanted to share them with everyone she knew. And then she attended a drumming class where a friend turned to her and said, “You should teach this.” The next week, she started practicing and, within a month, she held her first class in her friend’s basement. 

“I haven’t looked back since. I get to combine the best of both worlds — Arbonne and cardio drumming,” shares Martha. “I love what I do — all of it. I provide a service but it serves me as well. I’ve become a person who takes risks and tries new things, for better or worse.”

Martha also does personal training and is a brand new Pound instructor. Meet this jack-of-many-trades next week… and be sure to bring your questions!


EFF Cancer Gravel Classic Ride
THIS SATURDAY at 4:30 PM

EFF Cancer

Tell us how you really feel about cancer! Come out for the 3rd Annual EFF Cancer ride and help honor those who are battling or have battled cancer. 

This ride is 25 miles of mixed asphalt and gravel roads, starting at Volunteer Park in South Lyon. End at Tucker’s Kitchen & Bar for great food and beverages. 

This is a FREE event! Let’s raise awareness and have a great time while doing so!


Bagels, Bikes & Brew was a resounding success! 

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

On Sunday, August 10th, Team Hometown Bicycles’ Title Sponsor, Vinnie Baylerian with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, hosted an event to be remembered! It went so well that we’ll be planning a repeat for those who missed out!

Team Hometown Bicycles

Twenty cyclists arrived at Pro-Motion’s office for coffee and bagels, as well as a tour of the clinic, before heading off with Vinnie on a gravel/road ride and then wrapping things up with a cold beverage at Brewery Becker!

Many thanks to Hometownie, Jack Riddle, for being an integral part of planning the routes and an all-around great help!

Did you know Vinnie is a certified Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro?

Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

Bike fitting is designed to fit your bike to your unique body architecture to maximize power, efficiency, and comfort, as well as reduce the risk of injury. A bike fit at Pro-Motion Physical Therapy includes: pre-fit interview regarding your cycling goals, prior injuries, and areas of discomfort while riding; a body assessment, including strength, flexibility, and movement patterns on and off the bike; a multidimensional analysis of your body mechanics based on your continuous feedback and interface with your bike; an exercise program designed to improve deficiencies that present during your physical assessment; and a follow-up consultation.

To learn more about Professional Bike Fitting, contact Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT at Pro-Motion Physical Therapy: (810) 588-4133


In Team Hometown News…

Joe Ostervik

Check out that familiar face to the left — Team Hometown Co-Captain, Joe Ostervik, at the finish line for ODRAM (One Day Ride Across Michigan) on Saturday, August 10th. Not sure he could look any happier, and we are stoked for him!

This fundraiser benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride to Cure Program. 2019 marked the 10th year that JDRF has been the beneficary of ODRAM, with nearly $50 million raised for research to deliver life-changing therapies and, one day, a cure for Type 1 diabetes (T1D).

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as approximately 500 cyclists rolled cross-state to cover 150 miles from Montague to Bay City. Congrats, Team! 

Pictured below (left to right): Adam Baranski, Mike Sharpe, Joe Ostervik and Jacob Henriksen.

Team Hometown at ODRAM

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
$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

NEW OFFERING
Sati Yoga | Tuesdays 6:30 PM
$7 drop in – With Dawn Gaden, RYT (pictured below)  |  Click to learn more

Dawn Gaden

Hometown Bicycles

Now Hiring!

  • Service Technicians
  • Sales

Inquire within — stop by for an application!


We hosted a Zumba/Cardio Drumming combo class for charity on Monday, August 5th — and raised $302 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

Dan’s Memorial Ride, Demo Day & Birthday Gratitude

REMINDER: Memorial Ride THIS SUNDAY

Dan Horal

The cycling community is grieving the loss of fellow cyclist, Dan Horal, whose life was tragically cut short after being struck by a car mid-ride on April 25th.

To honor Dan and his family, Hometown Bicycles has organized the Do It for Dan Memorial Ride, to take place this Sunday, May 5th at 4:15 PM. Please arrive at 3:45 PM as we gather to finish Dan’s ride and promote awareness that bicyclists and cars share the road.

Dan Horal

To honor Dan, a moment of silence was shared at Hometown Bicycles’ Birthday Bash on Saturday, April 27th. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dan’s family and to everyone who loved him.

Hometown Bicycles

Please note that we will close early at 3 PM on Sunday, May 5th for this event.


Island Lake Demo Day: Saturday, May 4, 10 AM – 4 PM

Island Lake Demo Day

This weekend, be sure to visit the 14th annual Island Lake Spring Bike Demo, a family-friendly event!. It’s a great chance to talk with people who “live the life”: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Then, take a few out for a test spin on the road and trails at Island Lake, finding the bike that pulls at your heartstrings.This event is one of the largest demo events in the region. You can expect to see hundreds of mountain bikes, road bikes, cross bikes, fat tire bikes, and everything in between. Riders usually bring their own pedals, and these will be mounted to the bike for you as part of the setup process. 

When entering the park, turn to the right just after the attendant booths and follow the park road for approximately 2 miles. Spring Mill Pond will be on the left side of the road. 

Participation at the Spring Bike Demo is free, courtesy of the Motor City Mountain Biking Association. The MCMBA will be serving food midday to all participants and vendors. Hometown Bicycles is providing hot dogs; any and all donations will be contributed to MCMBA. Be sure to stop by our tent, say hello, and eat!

Many thanks to Team Hometown Bicycles member, Steve Steinberg, for his critical role in making this event a reality!


Our Birthday ROCKED Thanks to You!

Hometown Bicycles 9th Birthday

Thanks to all of our wonderful customers, friends, family, volunteers, employees and Team, we had a birthday chock full of fun and special memories!

Hometown Bicycles

The temperatures were brisk, but that didn’t stop us from grilling 100 hot dogs on the front lawn! Team Co-Captain, Joe Ostervik, proved himself to be a wicked grillmaster. Free lunches were served up to the brave souls who ventured out in the 45 degree weather!

Multiple birthday rides left from the shop at 4 PM with cyclists of all skill levels. 

Hometown Bicycles

 We wrapped up the evening with a rousing fundraising concert to benefit the Brighton High School Cycling Club. The Progressive Blues & Rhythm Bandtreated us to some amazing talent — bluesy rock and roll with a funky twist! Because of everyone’s generosity, we raised over $600 to support our youth cycling community! Way to go, Hometownies!

Pictured below: The PBR Band sings Happy Birthday to Hometown! And Shaun, Dawn and Aria Bhajan celebrate with Coaches TJ and Shawn Tyrell of the BHS Cycling Club.

Hometown Bicycles
Hometown Bicycles

Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery

Team Hometown Bicycles at Barry Roubaix
Tom Hermann

The Ride for Recovery is a family-oriented fitness event that helps provide critical support to Dawn Farm by raising funds to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long-term recovery. Now in its 10th year, this event was originally started by a volunteer seeking to make a difference. Over the years, nearly $150,000 have been raised to help those in need.

Team Hometown was represented by Tom Hermann (right), and Joe Ostervik and Jacob Henriksen (above).
Team Hometown, thank you for being community-driven and supporting an important cause!


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!

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”!


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

Dawn Gaden

Sati Yoga | Saturday 5/11 and Sundays 5/19 and 5/26 9 AM
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Where to Ride in MI Potluck Clinic + Demo Day Video

YOU ARE INVITED!

Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic & Potluck Party!

Where to Ride in Michigan Clinic and Potluck

Sunday, March 3rd from 5:30-7:30 PM

Learn about the best places to ride, locally and statewide! We have an awesome lineup of speakers to share a wealth of knowledge with you — Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA)Bike Tour VacationsTour de Livingston, Team Hometown & more!

Bring a dish to pass and meet fellow cycling enthusiasts at this FREE information-packed party. We are so stoked to kick off the spring cycling season with you!  

REGISTER NOW!


Join Team Hometown Bicycles!

Team Hometown

The “Where to Ride in Michigan” Clinic & Potluck on March 3rd offers up one last opportunity to join Team Hometown for the 2019 year. We are currently 70 incredible Team members and growing! Join us for rides, races, camaraderie, events, and all-around FUN.

How to Join: Download our Team Application. Drop it by the shop or bring it to the Potluck! Our Team Store is NOW OPEN, and will remain open through March 15th. Order your kits to make your membership OFFICIALLY official!


Hometown in Our Community

Hometown Bicycles at Huron Meadows Metropark Winter Sports Demo Day with Leslie Cook and Doug Lapp video

This past weekend, Hometown’s Leslie Cook represented our shop at the Sportsman Dinner at The Naz on Saturday and then woke up on Sunday to do it again at the Winter Sports Demo Day at Huron Meadows.

Team Hometownie Doug Lapp joined Les at Huron Meadows to talk up fat biking, Team Hometown and Hometown Bicycles! Thank you, guys, for doing us proud!

(Psst! Check out the AMAZING Demo Day video Doug made by clicking the video image above.)


Polar Roll

The Adventures of Jacob “Speedy Sloth” Henriksen:  2019 Polar Roll

Jacob is the type of Team member who can make ANY cycling adventure FUN for all! This past weekend found him going arctic at 2019 Polar Roll:

Jacob is the type of Team member who can make ANY cycling adventure FUN for all! This past weekend found him going arctic at 2019 Polar Roll:

“Going into the 2019 Polar Roll, we all knew it was going to be a tough ride. Along with recent storms, a fresh snowstorm hit the night before the race. Volunteers were out until 5 AM trying to get the trail ride-able. That being said, I am so glad that I have the mindset that any day that I’m outside and enjoying the fresh air and hanging out with friends is a good day, no matter if I make it to the finish line or not. I did not quit this race; however, I did not make it to the finish line either. I did, however, make it to my goal point!

I also made a new friend, and showed him the Hometown way of no rider left behind. I got to be out in the Beautiful UP. I took in some awesome scenery (wolves, deer, and a bald eagle). I got to take some awesome pictures, had friends and even a few strangers take care of me and my new friend while we are out on the course! The most important thing, though, is I had fun even during the hardest parts when we had to walk. That is ultimately what biking has always been for me! It is a time to hang out with my friends, be outdoors, and just have fun!”


Sponsor Feature: Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply

Meet Sandy Rachwal!

Beauchamp Water Supply

How long have you collaborated with Hometown? How did you get involved?
Beauchamp has partnered with Hometown Bicycles for the past 3 years and loved every second of it! The family feel at the store and the awesome energy is everywhere when you walk through the door! Shaun and Dawn make you feel so welcome and right at home. It’s a great feeling to see everyone smiling and willing to help you get into the right bike. I had met a previous employee at an event and told her we would be willing to donate water for rides and clinics… the rest is history!

What are some of your favorite Livingston County events and festivals?
Livingston County has so much to offer and we love so many events here! I love the Kite Festival; the Howell Melon Fest is a lot of fun; Island Lake Demo Day with Hometown; Milford MemoriesLegend of Sleepy Howell;Fantasy of Lights… way too many to mention!

Tell us how Beauchamp is involved in the community.
We work with the Hartland, Howell, Brighton, South Lyon and Fenton schools, donating to their dances and runs. We partner with Meals on Wheels. We help Habitat for Humanity on builds occasionally, and donate and help at their picnic. We help with a lot of runs, such as The Melanoma Run, Run for Hunger, Alzheimer’s and Go Pink Runs. We are also members of seven different Chamber of Commerce chapters, from Hartland to The Lakes area.

How much water do YOU personally drink each day? 
I start my morning with a 10 ounce bottle of water and try to drink another 6-8 bottles every day.

Beauchamp Water

What sets Beauchamp apart from its competitors?
Beauchamp Water Treatment was built on integrity. I always feel, no matter how educated, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all!

Coffee or tea?
My drink of choice is a cup of freshly brewed coffee with honey and coconut milk!


NOW HIRING!

Hometown Bicycles

AS THE CYCLING SEASON’S GEARING UP, SO ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES…Hometown is committed to making the bike shop experience magical for the wonderful people who patronize our shop. That requires an exceptional team of “behind-the-scene”-ers. You can be a part of it!

SEEKING FULL-TIME SERVICE TECHS – MON-FRI

Connect with Shaun or Dawn for an application.


Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Event: 

Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00-7:30 PM

We have introduced you to our keynote speaker, Jennifer Matras with Competitive Edge Skating… now we bring to you another fabulous female entrepreneur who will be part of our Q&A panel. Meet Samantha Brish! 

Dr. Samantha Brish is a Brighton native. She graduated from Brighton High School in 2010 and went on to study Movement Science at the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Sam leads a very active lifestyle. She is an avid marathon runner, weight lifter and triathlete. Chronic hip and back pain forced Dr. Sam to take a break from running in 2014, which is when she learned about chiropractic. After countless attempts at rest and traditional physical therapy, Dr. Sam had her first adjustment and knew chiropractic was what she was meant to do. Dr. Sam pursued her Doctor of Chiropractic and Masters in Sport Science & Rehabilitation degrees.

Samantha Brish

Upon graduation, Dr. Sam opened her own practice, Element Chiropractic & Wellness. Dr. Sam has a passion for helping people. She wants to keep people active and doing the things that bring them joy in life.

We warmly welcome Dr. Sam as one of our GIRL POWERpresenters! 

The evening will be chock full of fun and invaluable information to help the young women in our lives explore and develop their entrepreneurial talents. 

SIGN UP HERE!


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


Did you know we have a Fat Bike Friendly Ride every Saturday? For ALL skill levels? And that you can RENT a fat bike from us?

Find out where we’re going this week!
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