Birthday Pics, Jamis’ CEO, and Upcoming Shop Rides

When Everything Goes Wonderfully Right

Hometown Bicycles' 7th Birthday BashSHAUN AND I ARE IN AWE – LIKE, GIVES-US-GOOSEBUMPS AWE – of what Hometown Bicycles has come to mean to our customers and to our community, as evidenced by the INCREDIBLE turn-out for last weekend’s 7th Birthday Bash.

If I’m being entirely honest, there are moments when working ’round the clock daily (and I mean AROUND the clock), raising our family in a bike shop, and giving up any semblance of a “normal” life seems mildly insane to potentially certifiable. But this kind of outpouring of support – on the eve, no less, of a major holiday – VALIDATES why we do what we do.

And there’s a word for this: LOVE. I’ve been really thinking about this since the reality of 7 remarkable years struck home. We LOVE our Hometownies, we love what we do, we love being in the business of helping people have fun, achieve incredible goals, become the best version of themselves, and create memories to last a lifetime… I mean, really, how much more rewarding can you get?!

And you’ve made it clear that the love goes both ways. That’s a game-changer.

THANK YOU for celebrating with us. Thank you for letting us know that we’re doing it right. And thank you for making Shaun’s and my non-traditional lifestyle feel like a reward.

We also want to show some love for American Spirit Centre, which generously provided overflow parking across the street (it was needed!), Tour de Livingston for being there and being awesome, Shannon from Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp for hanging out with us and bringing the fun lawn games, Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply for always keeping us hydrated, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy for the cool door prize donation, the Team volunteers and Hometown crew for an incredible work ethic and for saving what’s left of my hair since having children, and Mother Nature for giving us possibly the nicest day yet in 2017.

If you want to catch pictures of our event, check out our Facebook album HERE. If you want to go to your happy place… well, you know where to find us!


Winner of Hometown Bicycles' Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Contest, Marley Simpson with Hometown COO, Dawn Bhajan
(Me with a pink-clad Marley Simpson, winner of our Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Contest by popular vote!)

CONGRATS, MARLEY – WINNER OF OUR JR. T-SHIRT CONTEST!

Marley Simpson's entry to the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt ContestPrior to our big birthday bash, we put a call out to the young’uns for a creative and colorful interpretation of our logo, which would grace a limited edition run of Jr. Hometownie t-shirts.

Votes were collected throughout last weekend’s event for the four, fantastic entries we received. There was a lotta love for all entrants, but Marley Simpson’s vibrant piece took home 1st prize!

Marley – age 8, 3rd grade – is the epitome of a Renaissance woman-in-miniature, with an absolute wealth of interests. She loves to bike (way to go, Marley!), is a gymnast, collects American Girl dolls, reads, plays with her guinea pig, jumps on the trampoline, hangs out with friends and, clearly, LOVES to draw (see her t-shirt design at left).

Marley wants to grow up to be an artist. We believe she’s already well on her way. Congratulations, Marley! (Keep an eye out for Marley’s winning design on t-shirts, coming soon!)

Entries to Hometown Bicycles Jr. Hometownies T-Shirt Contest
(Fantastic job, Jr. Hometownies! Here are the entries we received: Nicholas Baylerian [1, left], Abigail Dyer [2, top], Marley Simpson [3, bottom], and Abby Wheeler [4, right].)


YouTube video of Jamis President and Owner, Carine Joannou

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM JAMIS CEO, CARINE JOANNOU

Jamis CEO, Carine JoannouWe’ve introduced you in newsletters past to Carine Joannou, President and Owner of Jamis Bicycles. She’s been a supporter of, a believer in, and a role model to Hometown Bicycles since day one.

Here’s a chance to hear from the woman herself about Jamis’ core values – it’s in large part because of these values that we’re such die-hard fans of the brand. CLICK HERE to watch her video.


Hometown Bicycles 7th Birthday Bash, Family Friendly Shop Ride

HOMETOWN BICYCLES UPCOMING SHOP RIDES

SUNDAY GRAVEL GRINDER (4/23)
9:00AM (meet at 8:45) from Hartland Twp Hall
Though still quite hilly, this week’s gravel ride will encompass a shorter, flatter route than normal through back roads, with ~ 3 miles of pavement (large shoulder on about half). Expect to venture across 29 miles with a 13-15 mph, NO-DROP pace. All bikes are welcome. Meet in lower parking lot (turn right once in the drive): 2655 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI 48353.

The goal is to extend the route to 36 miles by late May – so come on out now and grow with the route!

SUNDAY EXPLORING TRAILS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE (4/23)
4:30PM (meet at 4:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a Beginner Friendly mountain bike trail ride which will encourage riders to visit new trails as their skill level increases. We’ll ride to the back of Island Lake and explore 9 – 15 miles of singletrack. Save 1.5 hours of your day to ride with the Hometown crew. All levels of riders are welcome – NO DROP RIDE. Mountain and Fat Bikes are encouraged to join this ride. **Location will rotate in future – check on weekly start locations**

MONDAY BEGINNER FRIENDLY ROAD RIDE (4/24)
Sponsored by Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
This is a NO DROP Beginner Friendly road ride. We’ll be traveling the Island Lakes park roads to the well-known “Green Dumpster” and back. ~ 12 – 15 miles. Sound like too much for you? No worries – there will be an early turn-back option for a little less mileage. Bring a light if you have one, though we’re not expecting to need them. Road bikes recommended. All level riders are welcome.

WEDNESDAY HAMMERFEST (4/26)
6:30PM (meet at 6:15) from Hometown Bicycles
Bring your “A” game, and see if you can stay on this crazy train of talented individuals as they push each other to find new limits. You’ll want the fastest road bike you own, as the pace averages 20 mph through 2 laps (40 miles) of the roads of Island Lake. Expect the flats pace to range 24 – 28 mph! Carve out 2 hours of your evening for this ride.

THURSDAY SOCIAL ROAD RIDE (4/27)
10:00PM (meet at 9:45) from Hometown Bicycles
Come check out the popular Thursday morning Social Road ride as we hit the back entrance to Island Lake and explore the park roads. The plan this week is to ride 1-1.5 hours at a 10 mph average pace. Ride whatever bike will work for the pace and your desired exercise level. This is a NO DROP ride. **Location will rotate in future – check on weekly start locations**

For ALL SHOP RIDES, be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmations and updates!


Hometown Bicycles' Shaun and Dawn Bhajan and family

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

– 1 Corinthians 13:13

One Incredible Bike Ride: This is what fun looks like!

Shaun Bhajan leads off the Tour de Livingston Party Ride from Hometown Bicycles

THIS WASN’T JUST OUR BIGGEST RIDE OF THE YEAR… IT WAS OUR BIGGEST SHOP RIDE EVER!
You just boggled our minds, Hometownies. We expected a big turnout for our first ever “Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun”, but this… well, this was something else! See for yourself in this quick pictorial look back at a day that will go down in Hometown history. (Shoot, do we ever love what we do!!)

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun - controlled chaos

ABOVE: This is what we like to call “controlled chaos.” Over 70 riders packed the Hometown parking lot on this most epic of shop rides. W. O. W.

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun leaving from Hometown Bicycles and heading into Island Lake

ABOVE: Our Party Ride launch was spectacular, with wave upon wonderful wave of cheerful cyclists pouring out of Hometown’s parking lot. It was truly a thing of BEAUTY.

Cyclists and staff at the Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: These are a few of the friendly faces that were spotted at the Party Ride. Customers, Team, and staff joined forces to totally ROCK this event! (And *ahem* the three lovely ladies in the Roger Pelkey, winner of the Tour de Livingston jersey, with Jean Steinberg and Peter Bowen at the Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicyclescenter are the Musketeers that masterminded this event – Jean [the one who made it happen], me [Dawn], and Jennifer [our rock].)

LEFT: Congratulations to Roger Pelkey (left), who won the Tour de Livingston jersey drawing. There will be more chances to win TDL swag at our Saturday Tour de Livingston Training Rides (details below)!

Amazing volunteers of Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun at Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: So many superstars stepped up to make this event extra special. Here are just a few you may have seen… Steve and Brandy (center) made a whirlwind photography team (click for pics). Stan a.k.a. the Music Man (top left) gave us a party atmosphere with his mad DJ skills. Mike (top right, holding tongs) was the world’s best grill master. Mark’s (bottom right, purple shirt) party bus was a huge hit with anyone who wanted to chalk a fun message. And Luna (bottom left, 4 legs) was a crowd favorite, spreading kisses and tail wags wherever she went.

Night ride at Island Lake with Team Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: For those ride junkies who craved a little more saddle time, Team Hometown Bicycles led off a post-Party-Ride night ride through the trails of Island Lake. Animals!

Want to see more Party Ride pics? Of course you do! Check ’em out on our Facebook page and Facebook TdL Party Ride photo album

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HERE’S THE WHOLE POINT OF THE PARTY RIDE… 

Hometown Bicycles weekly Tour de Livingston Training Ride series flier

Our Party Ride was an official (and mind-blowing!) launch for this year’s Tour de Livingston Training Ride series with Team Hometown Bicycles. Starting THIS SATURDAY, these Training Rides will outfit you with the skills you need to maximize your Tour de Livingston experience, go the distance, and – oh, by the way – win cool TDL swag! We’ll be looking for you!

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“TRANSITION TO MOUNTAIN BIKING” CLINIC TONIGHT! 

Mountain biker on single track in the woods
(Image copyright © International Mountain Biking Association [IMBA]. All rights reserved.)

Tips and tricks for trail riding, “how to”s for your first singletrack expedition, best beginner trails, demo bikes, and groups and classes that can help… it’s all happening HERE,
TONIGHT, AUGUST 9TH AT 6:30PM
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LIVINGSTON’S MOST DELICIOUS RIDE 

Doc May Memorial Melon Ride flyerMelons, melon ice cream, and all things melon-y are the name of the game at the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride on Saturday, August 20th.

Hometown’s partnered with Howell Area Parks & Rec on a simple, new route that will tour you past some of Howell’s most scenic highlights.

Our Team will be on course for basic SAG, route assistance, and all-around good vibes. Plus, we’re offering complimentary bike valet service, so that you can enjoy post-ride festivities without your bike in tow!

REGISTER NOW, HOMETOWNIES!!

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HOMETOWN BICYCLES’ SHOP RIDES

Hometown Bicycles shop rideHere’s what’s coming up this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SATURDAY, 9:00AM – Tour de Livingston Training Ride

SUNDAY, 9:00AM – Iceman Training Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 5:00PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

TUESDAY, 9:00AM – Hometown Green Gals Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

Party Ride with Shaun for Tour de Livingston

Save the Date – 8/6!
Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun 

Tour de Livingston Party Ride with Shaun

OUR BIGGEST SHOP RIDE OF THE YEAR… YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS! 

On AUGUST 6TH, we’re celebrating the launch of our annual Tour de Livingston Training Ride series with a Party Ride that puts you pedal-to-pedal with your goateed bike guru!

Shaun will be leading this one hour, NO-DROP ride from the Hometown parking lot, through local subdivisions, and onto the scenic, winding roads of Island Lake. This laid-back cruise is for ANY BIKE, ANY LEVEL, and ANY AGE.

All riders will be entered to win a Tour de Livingston jersey, compliments of Howell Rotary!

You’ll return to a post-ride party, with food on the barbie, campfire conversation, and the epic jersey drawing. Bring your own lawn chair and even an instrument or two, if you’re musically inclined.

The more the merrier, so invite friends and family! It’s all FREE!
(Helmet and signed waiver required.)

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SPEAKING OF TOUR DE LIVINGSTON TRAINING RIDES… 
Tour de Livingston ride

Following the big shin-dig on August 6th, join us for our new-and-even-more-awesome,weekly Tour de Livingston Training Rides, leaving Saturdays (starting 8/13) at 9AM from our shop!

What’s new? What’s even more awesome? This year’s group rides will build skills and stamina on a week-by-week basis, culminating in the great and all-popular Tour de Livingston ride itself. Rides will gradually increase in length, and so will your confidence, as we teach you the ropes of safely navigating traffic, group etiquette, and how to go the distance!

PLUS, there’ll be MORE opportunities along the way to win yourself a Tour de Livingstonjersey, compliments – once again – of Howell Rotary!

Get it on your calendar, Hometownies! This shop ride is something extra-special!

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AND SPEAKING OF SHOP RIDES…

Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

WEDNESDAY, 8:45AM – Rails-to-Trails Ride

WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM – Hammerfest Advanced Road Ride

SUNDAY, 8:00AM – The Gravel Grinder

SUNDAY, 5:00PM – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

TUESDAY, 9:00AM – Hometown Green Gals Mountain Bike Ride

CLICK HERE for details about these Hometown shop rides!

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DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN VOTE DAILY?! NO JOKE!

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Making Room for Renegades & The Team is ON

Carbon road bikes at Hometown Bicycles

GOTTA MAKE ROOM FOR THE RENEGADES…

Jamis’s multitasking, take-you-anywhere, super-bike – the Renegade – is topping the popularity charts at our shop with its versatility. So, as we pack the racks with Renegades, we’re blowing out carbon road bikes with a killer discount to make room for the new kids on the block:

$400 OFF
ALL IN-STOCK CARBON ROAD BIKES
Sale ends Sunday, April 10!
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TEAM TALK: BRIAN BRAVES THE LOWELL 50

Team Hometown Bicycles' Captain, Brian Forhan, at the Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race

30mph headwinds and stinging snow didn’t stop Hometown Team Captain, Brian Forhan, from gravel grinding at the Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race.

Brian, we tip our helmets to you for your true Michigander spirit – what’s a little nasty weather when there’s a cycling adventure to be had?!

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TEAM TALK: HOMETOWN REPRESENTS IN ARIZONA

Team Hometown Bicycles rider David Burkhart at the Oro Valley Duathlon in Tucson, Arizona

Long-time Hometownie, David Burkhart, recently connected from the sunny deserts of Tucson, AZ, where he competed in the Oro Valley Duathlon event… and WON – first place overall! Way to go, David!!

His next stop is North Carolina, where he’ll race the Hometown colors in the Long Distance Duathlon National Championship. We love the fact that Hometown is EVERYWHERE with the help of adventurous Hometownies like David!

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