Hometown is up for Best Bike Shop! Get those voting fingers ready…

We Ate, We Rode & We Painted Settlers Park Orange!

Jim Thompson

Pictured: Team Hometown Bicycles member Jim Thompson and his son
It was picture perfect June sunshiny weather for Family Day at Settlers Park this past weekend. Over 50 people hit the trails! 

Thank you to Team Hometown Bicycles Sponsor, Kevin Brennan with Michigan Financial Planning, for this fun collaboration! His team grilled up hot dogs and talked up financial health, while Hometown led guided rides and shared demo bike knowledge with visitors.  

Michigan Financial Planning
Team Day Settlers Park

Team Hometown showed up in their kits and colored the park orange… we sure appreciate your presence and willingness to take newbies on rides! You always make us proud.

We even got to witness Shaun and Dawn on a tandem. For those who missed it, check out the video evidence below…

Hometown Bicycles

Hometown Bicycles is nominated: Vote 4 the BEST! 

Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best

Hometown Bicycles has been nominated for the BEST bike shop in the Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best Contest

Please show us your Hometown LOVE by voting for us!

Voting begins on Tuesday, June 18th at 11 AM and runs through Sunday, July 14 at 11 PM. You can vote often and much… every hour, in fact… we know that’s a heck-of-a-lot of voting, but anything you can do to help is so appreciated!

To vote:

  1. Visit the Click on Detroit website HERE
  2. Choose the Sports & Recreation category
  3. Select Hometown Bicycles

It’s that simple! Add it to your bookmarks to make it even easier.
Let’s rock this, Hometownies!


Summertime: Hometown Happenings in the Community!


Brighton Optimist Club Fishing Derby
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Hundreds of kids and families attended the fishing derby sponsored by the Brighton Optimist Club on Saturday, June 8th at the Mill Pond in downtown Brighton.

Team Hometown Bicycles member Robin Fry was there on our decorated red, white & blue bike to talk up how you and your kids can ride with us in the 4th of July Parade! Thanks, Robin!!

Brighton Optimist Club Bike Decorating Contest & Parade – Thursday, July 4 at 8 AM

Decorate your bike at home, or bring your bike and decorations to Hometown between Saturday 6/29 and Wednesday 7/3. You can bring your bike with you on the 4th of July, or decorate it and leave it at our shop to be delivered for you to the contest site on the 4th! Judging starts at 9:15 AM with awards immediately following. And then it’s Parade time at 10 AM! 

You’ll be riding in the Parade with Hometown’s own Shaun, Dawn, and kids!  Bring YOUR kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews, and join them for a ride down Main Street!

Read all about it and SIGN UP HERE!

Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade

Team Hometown has been BUSY! 
**Check out their recent adventures**

Bikepacking Mike Dyer

Mike Dyer (left), Scooter Gates (below), and Keith Cowgar (immediately below) had an epic Bikepacking adventure this past weekend… and we mean EPIC. They covered nearly 90 miles in three days in the High Country Pathway

Bikepacking Keith Cowgar

Mike says, “Would I bikepack again? Absolutely! Would I ride this trail again? Absolutely not!” 

Bikepacking Scooter Gates

What is designed to be a hiking trail makes for a most challenging biking trail; it would even be tough for hiking. Our Team’s advice? If you decide to ride this trail, you MUST bring more water than you think (and a way to filter more), 100% Deet, a detailed map and a downloaded GPS file. Trust our experts on this one! 

Gary Kulhanek

On Sunday, June 2nd, Gary Kulhanek and Kristi Mackenzie participated in the Tour de l’Île, a biking classic, where thousands of cyclists fill the streets of Montréal with their positive energy and infectious enthusiasm, creating an unforgettable urban festival. 

Gary said it was a great time except for the rain! 

Avid Hometownie and Hometown Crew member Les Cook’s brother, Dr. Mark Cook, is currently doing a ride across Wisconsin. Just a group of friends on a fun-filled journey! Check out their adventure below…

Mark Cook
Mark Cook
Mark Cook

Top: Mark, second from left

Middle: Mark, in yellow

Bottom: Some local fauna in Wisconsin… yikes!

Congratulations to Erik Frazier (below left) and John Harrington (below center) for their first place podiums in this past weekend’s Island Lake Challenge! And kudos also go to Marilyn Reichenbach (below right) for her third place win… way to go!

Island Lake Challenge

Hometownies, do you have news about races, rides or other adventures to include for consideration in future Hometown e-newsletters? Send your stories and photos to events@myhometownbicyclesWe love to show off our Team and customers!


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 & 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 – June 9 and 23
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Dawn Gaden

Sati Yoga | Sundays 9 AM – June 9 and 23
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Hang with Hometown THIS WEEKEND at Settler’s Park & the Fishing Derby!

Eat, Ride & Demo Bikes at
Family Day at Settlers Park

THIS SATURDAY, June 8 from 10 AM – 2 PM

Michigan Financial Planning

We’re enthusiastically teaming up with Team Hometown Bicycles Sponsor, Kevin Brennan with Michigan Financial Planning, to bring you this FREE family-friendly event! Stop by for hot dogs and guided bike rides, and see what Settlers Park is all about!

Settlers Park

Many, many Team Hometown Bicycles members have been an integral part of creating, beautifying, and maintaining the trails at Settlers Park, most notably Tom Hermann, who has put in at least 70 hours volunteering this year alone. Tom, you are an absolute godsend to the local cycling community! 

Settlers Park

Keith Cowgar, Jim Thompson, Mike Dyer, Doug Lapp, Les Cook, Joe Ostervik, Neal Glazebrook, Dennis Doherty, Andy Miller, Jack Riddle, Steve and Jean Steinberg, and Mike Gaden have also contributed their time and dedication to Settlers Park. Thank you, Team! We are EXCITED to show off their efforts on Saturday with ALL OF YOU. Join us for guided rides with Team Hometown… for all ages and skill levels. We will offer mountain biking, pavement riding, and possibly even an impromptu gravel ride to Parshallville and back!

Michigan Financial Planning

Hometown is hoppin’ with involvement in community events!

Check out these fun, family-friendly events coming up SOON. We love being part of them and hope to see YOU there.


Brighton Optimist Club Fishing Derby
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*** THIS WEEKEND ***
Saturday, June 8 from 8:30-11:30 AM

FREE catch and release fishing derby sponsored by the Brighton Optimist Club, for ages 16 and under. Be one of the first 150 to register to get a complimentary t-shirt. Team Hometown Bicycles member Robin Fry will be there to talk up how you and your kids can ride with us in the 4th of July Parade! 

Brighton Optimist Club Bike Decorating Contest & Parade – Thursday, July 4 at 8 AM

Decorate your bike at home, or bring your bike and decorations to Hometown between Saturday 6/29 and Wednesday 7/3. You can bring your bike with you on the 4th of July, or decorate it and leave it at our shop to be delivered for you to the contest site on the 4th! Judging starts at 9:15 AM with awards immediately following. And then it’s Parade time at 10 AM! 

You’ll be riding in the Parade with Hometown’s own Shaun, Dawn, and kids!  Bring YOUR kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and join them for a ride down Main Street!

Read all about it and SIGN UP HERE!

Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade

Milford Bike Fest: A fabulous time had by all!

Milford Bike Festival

The streets and bike trails of Milford were popping with the color orange last weekend as Team Hometown represented in droves! It truly couldn’t have been a more perfect day for the Milford Bike Festival and Trail Challenge… both the sun and smiles were shining!

Milford Bike Festival

Pictured left: Brad Felder, Matt Ricketts and Denis Hall, ready for 100 miles.

We are so proud of our Hometownies for their involvement in community events such as this. All proceeds from the day will benefit future trail maintenance by the MCMBA.

And nothing says it better than reading a post like this on our Facebook page

Hometown Bicycles

Ramps and hills and kids, oh my!

POTO Take a Kid Mountain Biking

On Sunday, June 2nd, Hometown crew member Les Cook and Team Hometown Co-Captain Joe Ostervik helped introduce kids to the world of mountain biking. The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association held their annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking event at Brighton Recreation Area. Approximately 100 kids and parents participated!

POTO Take a Kid Mountain Biking

Pictured left: Les Cook works on a kid’s bike to ensure it’s safe and ready for the skills course!

Big shout out to Team Hometown Sponsors Pro-Motion Physical TherapyBeauchamp Water Treatment & Supply, and Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp for donating swag to the goody bags.. kids received water bottles, pens, Koozies and bracelets from our generous sponsors.

POTO Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Make your voice heard: Help stop distracted driving

League of Michigan Bicyclists

Distracted driving kills. Drivers’ odds of a crash more than doubled when they were texting. More than 3,000 traffic deaths in the U.S. in 2017 were caused by distracted driving. Yet Michigan’s texting-while-driving ban is hard to enforce and insufficient to change driver behavior. Hands-free laws are much simpler for police to enforce than texting or social media bans that leave loopholes for phone calls, and create less need for judgment calls.

Click HERE to contact your lawmakers today and make your voice heard.


CURRENTLY SEEKING FULL-TIME SERVICE TECHS
Hours flexible

Stop by the shop for an application.


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 & 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 – June 9 and 23
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Dawn Gaden

Sati Yoga | Sundays 9 AM – June 9 and 23
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more

Jamis Demo 5/23 at Island Lake

BE ONE OF THE FIRST!

Test Ride Jamis’ New 3VO Suspension

JAMIS DEMO DAY: Thu, May 23rd, 2-6 PM @ Island Lake

Jamis

Jamis Bikes and Hometown Bicycles are teaming up to co-host this AWESOME event at Island Lake State Recreation Area. Check out the latest Hardline® and Portal® 3VO Suspension bikes, as well as the Renegade, the suburb and versatile adventure bike, in both steel and carbon!

Be sure to bring the following:

  • Drivers license
  • Credit card
  • Helmet
  • Optional – your own pedals

Stop by the Hometown tent to chat with our knowledgeable Hometown crew and volunteers from Team Hometown Bicycles! 


Island Lake Demo Day was an absolute blast!

Island Lake Demo Day

What a fun and BEAUTIFUL spring day we had on Saturday, May 4th at Island Lake Demo Day! Over 400 bicycle enthusiasts attended the event.

We are incredibly proud of Team Hometown Bicycles for their volunteerism at the event; we literally plastered the park with the smiling faces of our Team. Amazing job, Steve Steinberg and everyone else who gave their time!

Hometown was able to gift $122 to the Motor City Mountain Biking Association (MCMBA)through visitor donations from our Hot Dog Lunch. 

Looking forward to next year already!


Team Hometown representin’!
The 10th anniversary of Mud, Sweat and Beers took place on Saturday, May 4th in Traverse City. This Fat Tire Fest is an annual springtime fundraiser for Mt. Holiday, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing affordable winter and summer recreational opportunities for the youth – in particular the underprivileged. 

Team Hometown Bicycles

Team Hometown was represented by (from left to right): Paul Andres, Jim Thompson, Scooter Gates, Mike Dyer, Andy Showerman, Erik Frazier, Brad Allen and Keith “Super Star” Cowgar. (Kevin Muchuga and Scott Simpson raced but are not pictured.) Keith Cowgar finished first in his age class and Scott Simpson won the SS/Fixie class. Please note that the group is proudly displaying #doitfordan armbands in honor of Dan Horal.

Team Hometown Bicycles

In other Team news… Hometownie John Harrington (left) took 3rd at the Fort Custer Stampede on Sunday, May 5th in Augusta, Michigan. Excellent job, John!


Advocacy Day!
Wednesday, May 22 at 8 AM at the State Capitol in Lansing

Bicycle Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity for road cyclists and trail users of all abilities – casual riders and die-hards alike – to speak with one voice to help make Michigan bicycling better. Hosted by the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) in partnership with the Michigan Trails and Greenways AllianceMichigan Mountain Biking Association and PEAC, this collaborative effort brings supporters of all four organizations together to educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a more bicycle-friendly Michigan.

This year’s priorities:

1) Reduce distracted driving and make cyclists safer by winning passage of a hands-free law, which would put significant penalties in place for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

2) Protect funding for non-motorized transportation by pushing back against House Bill 4410 – legislation aimed at eliminating the long-standing requirement for Michigan road agencies to spend one percent of their annual transportation funds on non-motorized safety projects.

Register HERE and make a difference!


Hometown is hoppin’ with involvement in community events!

Check out these fun, family-friendly events coming up SOON. We love being part of them and hope to see YOU there.

Milford Bike Fest– Saturday, June 1 (registration begins at 7 AM) 

MCMBA brings you this exciting day exploring the trails of Milford and enjoying live music at Main Street Grill & Tavern! Hometown will be on site for bike support, as well as leading a guided ride at 9 AM with Hometownie Tom Hermann. Back by popular demand, the Milford to Commerce Grand Tour traverses 30 miles of dirt roads, singletrack, two-track, and paved bike paths. We will split it into two groups; a spirited pace of 15 mph and a no-drop group ride at a pace of 10 mph.

POTO Take a Kid MTB

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – Sunday, June 2 from 10-2, Brighton Recreation Area, Sandhill Pavilion

This FREE event is brought to you by the Potawatomi Mountain Bike Association (POTO)to encourage communities to join together and get kids excited about riding! Bike the 2 mile beginner Appleton Lake Loop trail with a guide or try out the bike skills course. Hometown Bicycles will be assisting with free bicycle and helmet checks.

Brighton Optimist Club Fishing Derby – Saturday, June 8 from 8:30-11:30 AM

FREE catch and release fishing derby sponsored by the Brighton Optimist Club, for ages 16 and under. Be one of the first 150 to register to get a complimentary t-shirt. Hometown will be there to talk up how you and your kids can ride with us in the 4th of July Parade! 

Kevin Brennan

Family Day at Settlers Park – Saturday, June 8 from 10-2

In partnership with our amazing Team Hometown Bicycles sponsor, Kevin Brennan with Michigan Financial Planning, this FREE event will include guided paved and mountain bike rides for all ages, food and refreshments, and demonstration bikes. Come out and see what Settlers Park has to offer!

Meet Your (Photogenic) 2019 Team + Get Ready to Rock the Shop!

Meet Your 2019 Team!
(Well, the ones that weren’t on Spring Break anyway…)

Team Hometown Bicycles

This past weekend, Team Hometown Bicycles gathered for a Team Kit Pickup Party… new Team Kits meant an awesome opportunity to get the Team together for food, chat, announcements, and perhaps the most important thing of all — a Team photo! 

After about 20 tries, we finally got a Team photo where everyone is looking at the camera with EYES OPEN! What can we say? We keep trying till we get it right.

And that describes what Team Hometown Bicycles is all about… determination, grit, support and teamwork! Whether it’s leading shop rides for all levels, cheering one another on at races, volunteering time or being generally awesome, our Team is something worth gushing over!

Team Hometown Bicycles

Team member Tom Hermann (above) was honored as one of the 2018 Volunteer of the Year recipients by MCMBA for his hard work and dedication related to his trail work at Settlers Park in Hartland. We are so proud of you, Tom! Thank you for all you do for Team Hometown Bicycles and the Community.

Be sure to be on the lookout for our fabulous Team at various events and races this year. They’ll be the ones with big smiles in the super sharp jerseys!

Gooooo, Team Hometown Bicycles!


A Tandem Endeavor with THE Tandem Expert:
Get to Know Hometown’s Newest Ally, Joel Hakken of Midwest Bike & Tandem

Hometown Bicycles Shaun Bhajan forging an alliance with Joel Hakken of Midwest Bike and Tandem

Joel & Shaun representing the new partnership between Hometown and Midwest Bike & Tandem 

It takes two to tandem, and we’ve allied with the ideal partner to “captain” Hometown into the tandem bikes and service market. You’ve already read the exciting news about Midwest Bike & Tandem moving into our shop this Spring. Now, as we’re gearing up to move ’em in, learn more about the tandem mastermind from the great man himself:

“Ever since I was a small lad, the bicycle was my freedom, a way to get away from my parents. A way to go to school, a way to ride to town to watch a movie. Freedom.

In later years, I rode for the fun and exercise and to reduce stress. When my ex-wife started doing triathlons, she would complain when we would do a training ride together that I would go too fast, and if I would gear down and ride at her pace, she said you aren’t working very hard. So we bought a Santana tandem and rode together for the next few years.

After getting the tandem in a divorce, I met Wendy. One day I asked if she would like to go for a ride on a tandem bicycle. We went for a short ride and, two years later, we were married. As a couple getting married at 50 years old, with each of us owning homes and having all sorts of dishes, glassware and silverware, Wendy and I decided to buy a new tandem as our wedding gift to each other. 

I went looking for a new tandem and found that no one stocked tandems in the Midwest.

We wound up purchasing a new Co-Motion Tandem from a dealer in Kansas City, but picked it up at the factory in Eugene, Oregon. There we met the owner and became good friends. Over the next year, I looked for a bike shop that would take on the Co-Motion line.

Then one day, the owner called and said he had found his dealer in the Midwest: Look in the mirror, you will recognize him. 

I told him I was retired and not looking to start another business, but he talked me into it. Midwest Bike & Tandem, located in Ann Arbor, was born. Since that time, we have become one of the top dealers for Co-Motion, and have also become dealers of KHS, Santana and DaVinci. I have become a design consultant for both Co-Motion and DaVinci bicycles. 

When my landlord sold the building and the new landlord refused to offer a new lease, I was forced to find a new home for Midwest Tandems as I prepared for retirement. A friend and fellow tandem rider suggested I talk to Shaun and Dawn Bhajan at Hometown Bicycles in Brighton.

Hometown Bicycles' Shaun Bhajan forging and alliance with Joel Hakken of Midwest Bike and Tandem

After a couple meetings, I could see that Hometown would be a great fit. Friendly, informative, service-oriented, and not pushy. So we worked out an agreement and are looking forward to working with the great staff of Hometown Bicycles!”

Joel and his fleet of tandem bicycles will soon be making their way to Hometown. Stop by to take a look, and venture out on a test drive! Don’t have a partner to ride with? We’re sure Shaun will be happy to oblige!


2019 Shop Rides Kick Off with Gravel & CycloDan

Hometown Bicycles Gravel Grinder 101 with CycloDan Tribble

It was a fitting launch for Hometown’s 2019 Spring Shop Rides to welcome back our beloved bike Buddha, CycloDan Tribble, and his insanely popular Wednesday evening Gravel Grinder 101 ride. Stay tuned to our Facebook events page for upcoming weekly rides!


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 27th
Hometown’s 9th Birthday Bash & Roll-n-Rock Fundraiser!

Dan Tribble's PBR Band

There will be food, music, and all-around positive energy flowing both inside and outside the shop throughout the day… and no Hometown birthday would be complete without a Birthday Ride! (And cake. Let’s not forget cake!)

Hometown Bicycles

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!

Details on the Birthday Ride and other festivities will be forthcoming! 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 6:00-8:30 PM!

Vinnie Baylerian's band DoL

As most of you know, Vinnie Baylerian of 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!


SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

It’s HERE! Can we get a WOOT WOOT?! Can we get a FINALLY?!

Get your bikes ready for some beautiful sunny days. Schedule your tune-ups and repairs so you will be ready to roll next week when the majority of our Shop Rides kick off. 

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


Team Hometown Bicycles at Waterloo Grit and Gravel Road Race

Our apologies to Shannon McKay for inadvertently missing her podium at the Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race on March 16th.

Shannon took 2nd place in Fat Bike Ladies!

Ya done the jersey – and your Team – proud. Way to go, Shannon!!


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. Incubator Sponsorships are now available. 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.


Hometown Bicycles is one happy place. 

Stop in for a tune-up and join us for an April shop ride to get active and enjoy the spring weather!
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