2019 was AMAZING.We are ready for 2020, Are you?

2019 League of Michigan Bicyclist “MICHIGAN’S BIKE SHOP OF THE YEAR”

We have said it before and are saying it again, THANK YOU. Thanks to our staff that worked their butts off. Thanks to our industry partners that stand behind us. Thanks to our Community that supports us and Thanks to YOU, our customers, for supporting us.

2019 was a roller coaster ride, it wasn’t easy, a lot of fun and it defiantly made us stronger. For 2020, we have tons of plans. Our goal is to help increase bicycling infrastructure, create more awareness for cycle safety, and to maintain something WE have believed in since day one, the fact that YOU TRUST US. We understand that: YOU TRUST US with your bike, YOU TRUST US with your safety, YOU TRUST US with your decision making, and YOU TRUST US with your happiness.

Our tag line have always been “Go to your happy place” . Our happy place is here helping you find your happy place.

2019 Channel 4 Best bike shop in South east Michigan
2019 Livingston County’s People’s Choice for BEST BIKE SHOP

Our events coordinator Leslie put it best when she said “I’m ready for 2020, is 2020 ready for me”. Thanks for letting us be your happy place on 2020

Team Night THIS Sunday 12/15 at 5:30pm!

Want to join Team Hometown Bicycles? Join us at Team Night!
THIS SUNDAY, December 15 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Team Hometown Bicycles

What happens at Team Night?

  • We honor our 2019 Team Sponsors
  • We congratulate and celebrate our 2019 Team and Team Captains
  • We announce 2020 Team Sponsors and Team Captains
  • We talk about the roles and responsibilities of joining our Team
  • We distribute awards to very cool people
  • We EAT, laugh, socialize and share the cycling love

Sign up HERE!


Toys for Tots at Hometown!

Hometown is an official drop-off site for the Toys for Tots drive. Between the Marines and Salvation Army, 800 families in Livingston County have a Christmas they wouldn’t have otherwise, thanks to programs like this and the generosity of supporters like the Hometown community.

Toys are for kids up to age 14, and must be new and unwrapped. No stuffed toys, please.


We’re having a Roadies vs. Mountain Bikers competition — fill the boxes! 
(Currently, the MTB-ers are beating the Roadies 39-22. Step it up, Roadies!)


A room full of Entrepreneurs is a beautiful sight!

Over 25 entrepreneurs and small business owners joined us on Tuesday 12/10 for our Marketing Yourself & Your Business forum. Our Community Room was filled with creative-minded go-getters, a combination of Livingston County business owners and newbies ready to bring their dreams to fruition!

Hometown Bicycles

A huge thank you to our wonderful panel of speakers:


Susan Pominville, Abovo Visual Communications
Mike Langford, Turtlehut Internet Marketing
Blair Bradford, Sky Zone
Nicole Dietrich, 
Lake Trust Credit Union


 This engaging group shared information on building your brand, internet marketing, putting together a cohesive marketing strategy, the importance of networking & more!


Your Hometown ladies, Dawn and Leslie, are big supporters of entrepreneurship so you better believe our next forum will be coming up in early 2020. Keep your eyes peeled!


Hey, Fatties! Thanks for your support of Global Fat Bike Day!

Team Hometown had a fantastic day riding on Saturday 12/7 — it was the 2019 Global Fat Bike Day. Our shop ride headed to Island Lake Recreation Area, with Team members Gary Kulhanek and Gary Weak serving as ride lead and sweep. They were joined by Team members Jeff Wirth and Dennis Doherty and five newbies who were geeked to head out on their first fat bike ride with Hometown.

Global Fat Bike Day Hometown Bicycles

Other Team Hometown members headed to Sleepy Hollow State Park: Co-Captain Mike Dyer, Tom HermannErik Frazier, and Andy Showerman with his two sons. 

Global Fat Bike Day 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 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

Ring! Ring! We have a new phone system


Do not fear. Change is sometimes good! 

When you call, you now have the option of choosing which department you wish to speak to:

Press 1 for Service and Parts
Press 2 for Retail or any other questions


Same great service, but now we get you right to where you want to be! 

Closing for Inventory on 11/19 + Chili Champions + Marketing for Entrepreneurs

We will be closed for inventory on TUESDAY 11/19. 
 

Fitness classes will still be running at the shop:
6 PM: HIIT
7 PM: Pound


Entrepreneurship Event: MARKETING!

Hometown Bicycles

Tuesday, December 10 from 6-8:30 PM


Attention all Go-Getters! This one is for you!

Men and women of all ages, join us at Hometown Bicycles for a fun, engaging and informative program aimed at business owners, start-ups, and entrepreneurs who want to enter the new year with a solid marketing plan. 

A panel of experts will present information on print marketinggraphic design and how to truly capture the spirit of your businessweb/online presence, and general promotion and marketing must-knows! There will be time for a Q&A session following the speakers, plus refreshments, takeaways, and time to chat with like-minded folks in our community.

So that we can fully focus on YOU, we will be closing the shop early for this event.
 

SIGN UP HERE!


Our 4th Annual Chili Cookoff was a saucy, spicy, succulent good time!

Hometown Bicycles Chili Cookoff

What a terrific turnout on Saturday 11/9 — thank you all for coming out to join our kickoff fat bike friendly ride, share your fantastic chili recipes with us, provide an inquisitive audience for Guinness World Records contender Bill St. Onge, and for choosing our Chili Cookoff winners!

Hometown Bicycles Chili Cookoff

DRUM ROLL PLEASE…

OVERALL WINNER: Ann & Miles Janicki’s Chili Cornbread Casserole

MILD WINNER: Ann & Miles Janicki’s Chili Cornbread Casserole 

MEDIUM WINNER: Gary Kulhanek’s Happy Tongue Gourmet Chili

SPICY WINNER: Mike Dyer’s Dirty Brat Chili

Many thanks to Miles Janicki for capturing some of these fun images!

Save the date for next year’s Chili Cookoff: 
Saturday, November 14, 2020, one week post-Iceman!


THIS SUNDAY 11/17 at 2 PM

Our Fat Bike Friendly Ride is back for another season of fun. This week, we will be riding the Blue Loop of Island Lake and taking a side adventure into the Badlands. Fat tire or plus tire bikes are highly recommended if you want to play in the Badlands.

Helmets are required, as is a signed 2019 waiver.
All skill levels welcome. 

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!
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