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!

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.

Bike Fit Clinic This Saturday + Karate Comes to Hometown

Hometown Bicycles Clinic

Join us this Saturday 2/9 from 12-1:30 PM, as Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy covers the art and science of Bike Fitting. How can we maximize efficiency and minimize discomfort? Learn about the mechanics of your body, and how it interacts with your bicycle!

Please note that this wildly popular clinic is only offered on Saturday (sorry, no clinic today, Thursday 2/7!) There are already 44 bike-friendly folks signed up. Let’s fill the shop room floor with ALL the cycling enthusiasts! (If you have an extra chair handy, we’d appreciate you bringing it along.) SIGN UP HERE!

And here is the schedule of upcoming clinics! Early registration is appreciated. Click each registration link for the clinic(s) you’d like to attend.

Cycling Nutrition
Thursday 2/14 from 7-8 PM or Saturday 2/16 from 1-2 PM

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party!
Sunday 3/3 from 5:30-7:30 PM


Brighton ATA Martial Arts

Guess what’s happenin’ in our Community Room? Martial Arts training!
Brighton ATA Martial Arts will be offering lessons in our Community Room on Monday and Thursday evenings, as well as every other Tuesday evening, from 6-8 PM. 
 Instructors CJ & Sarah Horn teach Songahm, Taekwondo-based martial arts for ages 4 and up, centered around self-defense and bully prevention.

“We focus on working with students on building confidence and discipline as well as other valuable life skills. Martial arts is unlike any other sport because at the core of the training, the emphasis is on personal development. We share and teach the same values you teach at home. The foundations of our morals, values and core character traits are formed in our early years. For this reason, the ATA Martial Arts program is an essential way to enhance the growth and personal development of young students of all ages.”
Join today to start your 3 FREE class trial!
Contact staff@brightonata.com or (810) 534-7518.


Sponsor Feature: Getting to Know PrismWare!

Dream Kitchens

Meet Steve Wortley!

When and how did you get into cycling?
I started getting into road biking seriously when I was about 13. I never rode with anyone — just loved the freedom of rolling over blacktop and finding new places to ride. When mountain bikes came along I thought they looked slow and silly, but one ride on the trails hooked me — a whole new way to find even more places to ride; places I couldn’t explore on my road bike. I’ve done long distance riding with friends, but Hometown is the first team experience I’ve had and I love it.

As a sponsor, how would you like to partner with Hometown and the Team? 
PrismWare’s sponsorship is simply an extension of my commitment to, and support of, the Hometown community.

Michigan Financial Planning

Tell us about PrismWare!
PrismWare, Inc. was created years ago as a holding corporation for copyrights and patents I might want to file. Then a couple years ago I invented a jig for faceting glass so a glass artist friend of mine could create geodes and add faceting to pieces. It turns out that there is a niche market for such a device, so I began the patent process and started marketing it under my holding company. The device was quickly picked up by a glass cold working supplier, so now I manufacture and sell the LapDancer faceting jig exclusively through them. The irony that the name PrismWare came years before I developed a device that actually makes prisms is not lost on me. 

What’s your favorite hangout in Livingston County?
My favorite hangout, if by no other measure than the number of times I’m there, would be Island Lake State Recreation Area’s Spring Mill Pond. I work from home, so as soon as the weather allows, lunch consists of riding the trails and stopping at SMP to eat. Close seconds would be the Living On The Etch glass studio and Hometown, of course.

Hobbies (other than riding)?
I love hockey. I played for years and may try to get back into it this spring. My son managed Brighton High School’s hockey team and my daughter was on numerous travel teams. They both still play and I still watch BHS games, so I can often be found at some rink or another. I also spend inordinate amounts of time writing software and inventing things. Having a 3D printer allows me to go from concept to prototype with all sorts of crazy ideas.  

Winter, spring, summer or fall?
SUMMER! Give me heat!


Fat Tire Bikes: We rent ’em, you ride ’em!

Fat Tire Bikes at Hometown Bicycles - fat bike rental

Rental Rates: 
$25 for one ride
$50 for same day (return before shop closes)
$120 for 3 days
$200 for 5 days
We bike snow. We bike cold. We bike wind. We bike mild, spring-like winter days. We bike it ALL! If you would like to join us for some serious winter cycling fun this Saturday, check out our weekly Fat Bike Friendly Ride.


Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Event: 

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

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. If you are a middle school or high school student, or a young woman in her late teens/early 20’s, who is interested in starting your own business (or already have!), you will not want to miss our Young Women’s Entrepreneurship event.

We are super stoked to announce our guest speaker for this GIRL POWER event: Jennifer Matras, Owner and Head Skating Coach at Competitive Edge Skating

Competitive Edge Skating

With over 25 years of skating and training experience, Jennifer is a highly sought after skill development instructor AND a fabulous female business owner. Competitive Edge Skating is the result of Jennifer’s commitment and passion to developing a company where athletes are provided everything they need to reach their highest level of performance. 

Everyone who signs up for the event will receive a PDF version of Jennifer’s inspirational book, Building an Uncommon Champion: Help Your Child Redefine Success. Jennifer’s goal is to spread this message as much as possible to help change how coaches, teachers and mentors interact with this younger generation, and to help eradicate bullying. 

SIGN UP HERE!

Stay tuned for more details as your Hometown gals, Dawn and Leslie, plan this free event for YOU. 


Tour de Livingston Celebration Luncheon!

Hometown Bicycles

Hometown Bicycles was honored at the Tour de Livingston Celebration Luncheon this past Monday, February 4th, along with the many wonderful sponsors who supported the 2018 event. 

A good time was had by all… delicious food, camaraderie, and an overview of how the funds raised help so many in our local community… all wonderful things.

Some of our Jersey Riders were present and received awards for their participation. Pictured below from left to right: Joe Ostervik, Neal Glazebrook, Jacob Henrikson and Adam Baranski.

Hometown Bicycles

Thank you to each and every one of our Team Hometown riders for being part of the Tour. You represent us so well and we are really proud to call you our own!
Save the Date!
2019 Tour de Livingston 
Sunday, October 6


Upcoming Community Room Events and Happenings!

Lifetime Family Chiropractic

Health Workshop!
Join Dr. Kyle Conn from Lifetime Family Chiropractic for Sports Performance 101: What the experts won’t tell you about enhancing your performance naturallyWednesday, February 13
7-8 PM

This health workshop is FREE and open to the community. Click here to sign up!

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New class offering!
intenSati with Dawn Gaden, RYT

Bring a mat and bring a friend for FREE to the kickoff class on Sunday, February 24th from 10-11 AM.

What is intenSati? A combination of movement, music, voice and stillness to create a powerful transforming experience. Tap into your full potential with Dawn, one of only a handful of intenSati instructors in the state of Michigan.

$10 drop-in. More information can be found 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


Come learn from the best of the best! FREE Bike Fitting Clinic this Saturday at noon with Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy.

Register here!

Kicking off December in incredible ways!

Team Night was AMAZING!
Team Hometown Bicycles on Team NightThere was laughter. Inspiration. Unveiling of the new Team Kit. Camaraderie. Awards. And there was a KILLER taco bar!
What a GREAT NIGHT recapping all of the amazing 2018 Team Hometown Bicycles accomplishments and sharing heartfelt appreciation for everyone who made it possible: Sponsors, outstanding Team Captains, volunteers who went above and beyond, and everyone else who helped to make it one fantastic year!
We welcomed new Sponsors and returning Sponsors — thank you! — and feasted. We welcomed new Team members and shared our mad love for cycling — and feasted. We laughed and some of us even cried — and feasted. Oh my gosh, did we mention that we feasted??

Thank you to Lowry Solutions for sponsoring Team Night and to Beauchamp Water Treatment for supplying the bottled water for the evening. We couldn’t do it without you!

Missed Team Night? You can still join the Team! Drop by our shop for a Team Application and to figure out your kit size!

Team Hometown Bicycles at Team Night


Sponsor Corner: Meet ProMotion Physical Therapy

Vincent Baylerian
Team Hometown Sponsors are so much more than a logo on a jersey. Our Sponsors live the lifestyle we promote and actively participate in the sport we love!

Over the coming emails, you’ll enjoy interviews with each of our Sponsors – courtesy of your Events Coordinator Leslie. Learn what makes them tick, the services they offer, AND crazy fun trivia about these amazing people who have chosen to support your Team!
Platinum Sponsor: Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of ProMotion Physical Therapy

First, some background!
Originally from the Detroit area, Vinnie attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he competed on the Varsity football team and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He was accepted into the Physical Therapy Program at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and graduated with his BS in 1996. After many years in the field, and a climb from staff therapist to clinical director, Vinnie returned to Daemen College and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2004. In 2010, he started ProMotion Physical Therapy, PLLC, in Brighton. His main focus is the treatment of orthopedic and sports-related injuries. In addition, Vinnie is a certified Level 2 Clinical BikeFit Pro.

What sets ProMotion apart…
As a family owned and operated facility, ProMotion values their patients and staff as extended family. The core staff has been together for over 5 years. Trying to keep patients with the same therapist as much as possible is a key philosophy. The facility is open early mornings and later evenings, as well as Saturdays, to meet the needs of their client base. ProMotion is actively involved in the community, including Brighton Area Schools.

What’s this about a BAND?
In the spring of 2016, Vinnie’s cousin, Greg, said, “Let’s form a band, and you can play the bass.” This sounded great in theory, as Greg and his brother, Steve, had been in bands before – Vinnie, however, had never played the bass!

Good thing he was game for trying because the band D.o.L. (Descendants of Levon) was formed. Levon was the middle name of Vinnie, Greg and Steve’s grandfather. Family inspired the formation of the band; therefore, it seemed apt to choose a band name to represent theirs.

When asked about favorite songs in their repertoire, Vinnie said some of his include “Dreaming” by Blondie, “Why Pt. 2” by Collective Soul, “Am I Wrong” by Love Spit Love, and “Only a Memory” by The Smithereens.

Descendants of LevonStage fright? Yay or nay?
“It hasn’t really been an issue at this point, and I hope it stays that way,” says Vinnie.

Did you know… that Hometown is planning a Roll & Rock Fundraiser? Which band should we include?! Hmm…

Family also means the four-legged variety
The Baylerian family recently lost their beloved dog, Bodi, a Kai Ken. She was a week shy of her 16th birthday in July. “The perfect dog, in our opinion. Very smart, loving, active and independent. We miss her every day!”

Someone, um, really, um, likes ice cream…
Mint chocolate chip, coffee, superman, blue moon, bubblegum, chocolate chip, moosetracks. Yes, these are some of Vinnie’s favorite things.

And how about those resolutions?

Whether or not we like to admit it, most of us do set resolutions or goals for the New Year. We had to ask Vinnie to share his. Here they are:

  1. As always, ride more!!!
  2. And lose about 10 pounds (see above – the many ice cream flavors!)

We can’t wait to collaborate with Vinnie and ProMotion on MANY exciting endeavors in 2019. Stay tuned to see what kind of fun we’re cooking up together!


When MAGIC Happens at Hometown…
Hometown Bicycles Women's Entrepreneurship Clinic and Forum with Dawn Bhajan and Leslie Barrett
Above from left:  Colleen Fitzgerald of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Dr. Tianna Rooney ofPerspectives Therapy Services , Lisa Nelson of Hush Intimate ApparelDawn Bhajan (Hometown, CEO), Kelly Myers of Myers & Myers, PLLC, and Leslie Barrett (Hometown, Events Coordinator).

Yes, MAGIC… because that is exactly what happened at our inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum on December 4th.

Wow, wow and WOW! Over 40 women attended our kickoff event for women business owners, current and prospective. Dawn and Leslie, your Hometown ladies, both believe strongly and passionately in entrepreneurship and understand the many challenges women face along the way. We couldn’t be more pleased with the exceptional panel of REALwomen who shared their expertise, personal struggles and triumphs, humor, and vulnerability with all of us at this event. Thank you so much for giving of yourselves.

Women's Entrepreneurship at Hometown BicyclesWhat a diverse and fascinating audience too! With the positive feedback we received, we cannot WAIT to continue this series in the New Year and create a supportive network for women entrepreneurs here at Hometown.

If you have an entrepreneurial area of particular interest, please email Dawn at office@myhometownbicycles.com or Leslie at events@myhometownbicycles.com. We would love to hear from you!

“A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity and a willingness to make mistakes.”  — Lori Greiner


In Case You Were Wondering…

YES!! Our Inventory Reduction Sale of up to 70% on in-stock items and up to 40% on in-stock bikes is STILL GOING STRONG!! Drop by to see what kind of damage you can do to that Christmas list…

Hometown Bicycles Storewide Inventory Reduction Sale


Hometown folks are the best…
the Toys for Tots bin overfloweth!

~ Please help us keep that holiday spirit flowing!

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