THIS SATURDAY (4/27) – Food, Rides, Cake & a Concert for Hometown’s 9th Birthday!

THIS SATURDAY (4/27), YOU’RE INVITED!
Hometown Bicycles’ 9th Birthday Bash & Concert
Free Food, Family Fun & a Musical Fundraiser for the BHS Cycling Club!

Happy Birthday, Hometown Bicycles!

Nine years ago, we opened our doors, and brought Hometown Bicycles to life. As Shaun describes it, it’s like raising your first child… new parents, unsure of themselves in many ways, yet so excited to embark on this journey and all that accompanies it. Dreams and goals, fears and uncertainties, mistakes (and more mistakes), but, through it all, joy, pride, happiness and FUN. The adventure of a lifetime!

At Hometown, we celebrate our birthdays differently! We don’t ask for cards, or gifts, or even accolades. Hometownies, this celebration is about YOU. We believe that this is our time to give back to the people who supported us from inception to today — our customers, families, vendors, sponsors, and community. WE THANK YOU. Without you, none of THIS would be possible, so we want to share THIS with you!

Join us this Saturday, April 27th for a day of all-around positive energy flowing both inside and outside the shop.  RAIN OR SHINE! 

Hometown Bicycles

WE’RE BREAKING OUT THE GRILL! – 11:30 AM-1:30 PM: 
Swing by for a casual lunch of complimentary hot dogs and chips! Our grill masters will be roasting ’em up through the lunchtime hours.

BIRTHDAY RIDES – LEAVE AT 4 PM: 
Take to the roads with Team Hometown Co-Captain, Joe Ostervik, for a recreational beginner road ride, tackle the trails with our very own bicycle aficionado Les Cook on a beginner mountain bike ride, or sprint along single track in an intermediate/advanced mountain bike ride with Team Hometown Co-Captain, Mike Dyer! ALL are welcome!

PBR Band

FUNDRAISER CONCERT –
5:30-8:30 PM: 

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.

Enjoy laid back, funky fun while supporting the Brighton High School Cycling Club with your $10 cover charge. The Cycling Club promotes the healthy lifestyle that mountain biking and cycling brings to student-athletes and their families.

Sign up HERE for the concert!

And no celebration is complete without BIRTHDAY CAKE and a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday – 6 PM!

This is a family-friendly, all-ages shindig, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! 

Happy Easter + Happy 9th Birthday, Hometown!

Easter bunny on a bicycle

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful Easter filled with jellybeans and chocolate bunnies, and a chance to relax and ride with those you love.

Because we believe holidays should be family days for both our customers and staff, Hometown Bicycles will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday. We will re-open on Monday with our regular hours of 9 AM-9 PM. 

Hometown Bicycles

We will also be open regular hours on Saturday
(9 AM-5 PM). Stop in for savings!

With every purchase, choose an Easter Egg from the basket at the front counter to find a coupon inside. You could receive 5% off or $5 off — who knows what other savings the Hometown Easter Bunnies hid in those eggs!


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 27th
Hometown’s 9th Birthday Bash & Roll-n-Rock
A Fundraiser for the BHS Cycling Club!

Progressive Blues and Rhythm Band with Hometown Bicycles' Dan "Shoecat" Tribble

There will be food, music, and all-around positive energy flowing both inside and outside the shop throughout the day… 
WE’RE BREAKING OUT THE GRILL! – 11:30 AM-1:30 PM: Swing by for a casual lunch of free hot dogs and chips! Our grill masters will be roasting ’em up throughout the lunchtime hours.

BIRTHDAY RIDES – LEAVE AT 4 PM: Take to the roads with Team Hometown Co-Captain, Joe Ostervik, for a recreational beginner road ride, tackle the trails with our very own bicycle aficionado Les Cook on a beginner mountain bike ride, or sprint along single track in an intermediate/advanced mountain bike ride with Team Hometown Co-Captain, Mike Dyer!

Hometown Bicycles

FUNDRAISER CONCERT –
5:30-8:30PM: 
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. Enjoy laid back, funky fun while supporting the Brighton High School Cycling Club

Sign up HERE for the concert!

And a few poignant words from our wise leader, Shaun:

“Hometown Bicycles turned 9 on April 15th. I remember like it was yesterday. Dawn and I anxiously awaiting the arrival of our 1st. It was a tense night on the 14th but at 7am on April 15th 2010, we opened the front doors. Being new parents, we were scared out of our cycling shoes, but we knew, if we do things right by our cycling family, they will help support, and, as a community, grow this business. It does take a village… and we appreciate ours.”


What a FUN night with DoL!

DoL Band with Vinnie Baylerian playing at Hometown Bicycles

This past weekend, we kicked off our Birthday Month with Descendants of Levon (DoL), a lively band pumping out cover tunes we all knew, with none other than our Team Hometown Bicycles Title Sponsor, Vinnie Baylerian of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, on bass!

Vinnie Baylerian

Thank you to Vinnie and the band: Steve Baylerian (guitar, vocals), Greg Baylerian (drums/percussion), Sima Avakian-Baylerian (vocals) and Alex Baylerian (lead guitar). You gave us a night to remember!

We’d also like to send a shoutout to Team Co-Captain, Joe Ostervik, for providing for the PA, mixing board and speakers for the event. DJ Joe owns Mobile Rhythm Entertainment in Livingston County. Keep him in mind for your entertainment needs!


Team Hometown Battles Barry-Roubaix!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Barry Roubaix

A whole slew of Team Hometown Bicycles members conquered Barry-Roubaix on Saturday, April 13th — this race tests riders against rolling gravel roads, pavement, one mile of rough two track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly even snow and ice as they traverse the scenic roads of Barry County. Huge congratulations to the Team for taking 2nd overall in the Team Competition!

Mason Verbison

Team Hometown Bicycles was represented by Joe Ostervik, Neal Glazebrook, Matt Burke, Jacob Henriksen, Brad Allen, Erik Frazier, Mason Verbison, Sarah Dudley-Short, Jeff Short, Al DeLeon, Scott (Scooter) Gates, Tim Gehring, Shannon McKay, Lorelie Smith and Ron Szumski.

Joe Ostervik

TWO of our AWESOME Team members took the podiums! Joe Ostervik placed 1st in age group and 6th overall, while Hometown service lead Mason Verbison took 3rd in the youth category. Amazing performances, guys!
Congratulations and thank you to Team Hometown for making us so proud!


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 Rideschedule!

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

Brighton ATA Martial Arts

Did you know? Brighton ATA Martial Arts has set up shop in Hometown’s Community Room two evenings/week. Sign up for your free trial and learn martial arts at your own pace. 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.

Growing Young Entrepreneurs + Going Tubeless!

Guest Speakers Jennifer Matras of Competitive Edge Skating, Samantha Brish of Elements Chiropractic, Kelly Cieslak of Keepers by Kelly Photography, and Phaedra McGaffey of Sea of Myth Entertainment at Hometown Bicycles Young Women's Entrepreneurship event

Hometown Bicycles Young Women’s Entrepreneurship speakers (clockwise from left): Jennifer Matras, Phaedra McGaffeyDr. Samantha Brish, and Kelly Cieslak 

On Tuesday night, a group of young women gathered together in our Community Room for an evening to remember… our inaugural entrepreneurship event for tweens, teens and young females with big dreams and the moxie to make their dreams come true.

We would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to our guest speakers and panelists, Jennifer Matras of Competitive Edge Skating, Dr. Samantha Brish of Element Chiropractic & Wellness, Kelly Cieslak of Keepers by Kelly Photography, and Phaedra McGaffey of Sea of Myth Entertainment

These ladies shared their journeys and experiences, their hopes and challenges, and their GRIT and motivation with our audience… their messages resonated with us all.

Dawn and Leslie, your Hometown women, thank everyone for participating! This entrepreneurship series brings us joy and we are excited to keep it going! If you have any ideas for future speakers or topics, contact events@myhometownbicycles.com. We take your feedback seriously, as our primary goal is to make this series relevant and inspiring for YOU.

Hometown Bicycles CEO Dawn Bhajan speaks at Hometown's Young Women's Entrepreneurship event

Going Tubeless! Video Wisdom from the Pros

Hometown Bicycles' Les Cook talks tubeless in this video

Hometown is often asked about the benefits of switching from tires with innertubes to tubeless tires… what’s the real deal here? Why go tubeless?

Hometown’s Les Cook explains how tubeless meansLESS WEIGHT and NO FLATS. Watch HERE

Who wants to worry about running over thorns? Or deal with the inconvenience of having a nail puncture in a tire? Tubeless tires seal up fast!

Bring your bike in to make the switch before the mad rush of the spring cycling season! Our friendly service crew is here to help!


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!


GOODBYE FAT BIKE FRIENDLY RIDE…
While most of us are more than ready to say goodbye to winter, one thing is for sure… we will miss our weekly Fat Bike Friendly Ride on Saturday mornings. 

This week marks our last Fat Bike Friendly Ride of the season. Join in for one final hurrah! Details here. There may be an occasional pop-up ride, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

NOW HERE’S THE GREAT NEWS!
Get excited for spring cycling season! It’s almost here! 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 come April when the majority of our Shop Rides kick off. 

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


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!


Join our team!

CURRENTLY SEEKING FULL-TIME SERVICE TECHS
Monday-Friday

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

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