Hometown Turns 5 Today!

TODAY, APRIL 15TH, HOMETOWN BICYCLES TURNS 5!  That’s 5 YEARS of getting you to your happy place on a bicycle… what a dream come true!!
Something this momentous requires celebrating, but we’re saving the big shin-dig for the impending grand opening of our new store. ‘Til then, take a stroll with us down memory lane to honor the business that’s making waves, making friends, and making history thanks to you wonderful, wonderful Hometownies…

Hometown Bicycles history

2010: A BUSINESS CONCEPT IS BORN  It all started with a relationship (ours – Shaun & Dawn), a need (for outstanding, speedy, anti-snob bicycle service), a vision (to blow people’s minds), and a tiny rental space in Brighton. (Above: Service shop before and after)

Hometown Bicycles history

2010: HOMETOWN BICYCLES OPENS FOR SERVICE  Mid-renovation, Shaun popped the question, and the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs. Shaun Bhajan officially opened the doors to Hometown Bicycles’ service shop. (Above: Dawn says “yes” and signage makes the business official)

Hometown Bicycles history

2011: WE INTRODUCE RETAIL  Customer demand made expansion into retail a natural next step, and after falling in love with Jamis Bicycles, we went for it… Hometown Bicycles tripled in size to bring you cool bikes and accessories. (Above: Retail shop before and after)

Hometown Bicycles history

2012: SHOP RIDES & CLINICS TAKE OFF  We were determined to be a cycling resource for our customers and community, so we launched rides and clinics open to all. (Above: Early shop ride and making ourselves visible from Grand River)

Hometown Bicycles history

2013: WE CREATE THE MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON  We built a bike course from scratch and created the wildly successful Hometown Bicycles Mountain Bike Marathon event – our first foray into race creation, and certainly not our last! (Above: Happy race volunteers)

Hometown Bicycles history

2014: WE BRANCH INTO A SECOND LOCATION  To spread the love, we opened a Hometown Bicycles satellite service center in Whitmore Lake. Although we recently moved this store’s operations back to Brighton in preparation for our big move, it remains a core piece of our shop heritage.(Above: Hometown Bicycles Whitmore Lake)

Hometown Bicycles history

2015: BIG OL’ CHANGES ARE UNDERWAY  This year, we’re taking on our biggest challenges to date – opening a 10,000 sq. ft. Bicycle Adventure Center and becoming parents. But then, we never did like to live small! (Above: Renovations are well underway, and so is our mini-Hometownie… both arrive this spring)

Hometown Bicycles history

The Future…  With you as customers, we can reach the stars. We’re privileged to have you as part of our continuing adventures, and will keep on keeping you in the loop as the awesomeness unfolds. (Above: The future home of Hometown Bicycles)

Thank you for making these past 5 years MAGICAL,

~ Shaun & Dawn

Shop Update: Unleashing Awesome

Hometown Bicycles Bicycle Adventure Center
WHEN WE FIRST ANNOUNCED OUR COMING MOVE to a new and better location, we coined the term “Bicycle Adventure Center” to give you some sense of the awesomeness that is about to unfold.

We started with a vision, are in the process of creation, and now… well, now we’re realizing that we’re on the brink of launching something REVOLUTIONARY. What we as Hometown Bicycles do in this new location will generate a positive ripple effect across the industry – that is our mission and our expectation.

It is not something that will happen overnight, but it is something THAT WILL HAPPEN.

To prepare for this epic transition, we’re making a key, strategic change to Hometown Bicycle’s business structure:

AS OF TODAY, WE ARE MOVING OUR ENTIRE WHITMORE LAKE STORE OPERATIONS TO BRIGHTON.

The genius of our Whitmore Lake staff and culture has been brought back to Hometown’s core to help stoke the fires of what we’re preparing to launch.

It’s not a small change, and we thank all of you warmly for your enthusiasm and support of our satellite service center. But know that something revolutionary is happening, and it’s time for us to go ALL IN.

A dragon is waiting to be unleashed…

~ Shaun & Dawn 

The “What’s Up With My Shifters??” Bike Clinic

Bicycle Clinics at Hometown Bicycles Whitmore Lake with Dan "CycloDan" Tribble

YOU’RE MID-RIDE WHEN YOUR SHIFTERS SUDDENLY GO “WONKY”…
 they stutter, they stick, or they just plain won’t work. It’s an awfully long and hilly ride home to be suddenly stuck riding single-speed. What just happened, and what can you do about it?

Hometown – Whitmore Lake’s Dan “CycloDan” Tribble will give you the lowdown on quick-fix shifting tips to get you safely home, and whether the issue warrants a follow up visit to your local Hometown Bicycles service shop in TOMORROW‘s hands-on clinic:

EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR: WHAT’S UP WITH MY SHIFTERS??

TOMORROW, MARCH 26, NOON – 1PM, NO CHARGE

at Hometown Bicycles – Whitmore Lake (bring your bike!)

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR OUR SHIFTING CLINIC

More Coupons, Clinics, & Shop Rides

Hometown Bicycles of Whitmore Lake - Ready to rock and roll with Dan "CycloDan" Tribble
HOMETOWN BICYCLES – WHITMORE LAKE IS OPEN and ready to rock and roll with bike yogi, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble at the helm. Locals are already packing the shop with tune-ups, and there’s other coolness afoot…

WHITMORE LAKE BONUS COUPON
Haven’t been to our Whitmore Lake shop before? Here’s one mighty good reason to drop by…
GET A $10 COUPON
good toward bicycles and accessories
IN THE WHITMORE LAKE SHOP
when you purchase a tune-up before March 31st
AT THE WHITMORE LAKE SHOP.

EMERGENCY BIKE REPAIR CLINICS AT WHITMORE LAKE
Learn to fix flats! Know how to handle gear shifting issues! Our go-to service pro, Dan “CycloDan” Tribble brings you FREE, hands-on instruction in emergency cycling essentials at these upcoming, Whitmore Lake clinics:

EMERGENCY REPAIR: FLAT TIRE FIXES
Bring along your bicycle (or at least a wheel)! This clinic covers the perennial favorite – how to fix a flat tire on-the-go to save yourself a long walk home.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH, NOON – 1PM, NO CHARGE
at Hometown Bicycles – Whitmore Lake
REGISTER TO LEARN FLAT TIRE FIXES

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EMERGENCY REPAIR: SHIFTING ISSUES
Bring along your bicycle! Ever had trouble shifting gears mid-ride – stuttering, sticking, or just plain not working? This clinic covers quick fixes to get home safely and whether it warrants a follow up visit to your local Hometown Bicycles.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH, NOON – 1PM, NO CHARGE
at Hometown Bicycles – Whitmore Lake
REGISTER TO LEARN ABOUT SHIFTING ISSUES

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And Then There Were 5…

Shaun holding the last of the "I Believe in Hometown Bicycles" Gift Certificates

“I Believe in Hometown Bicycles” Gift Certificates… you know what they’re for. You know what you get. And now you know there are just 5 left. It’s your move…

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Shop Rides Begin April 1st!
Hometown Bicycles Shop Ride Schedule 2015 - Starting April 1st!Yee-HA!! It’s finally FEELING like cycling season. The roads are clearing up, the trails are mudding up (sorry, mountain bikers), and everyone’s busting out the spandex and bicycle pumps.

That means – it’s time to launch the Hometown SHOP RIDES! This year’s Schedule is at left; click it to view the full size graphic.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RIDING WITH US, please email Jennifer at events@myhometownbicycles.com for details and to be kept up-to-date on road and trail conditions, ride cancellations or changes, and for opportunities to connect with fellow riders. It’s a new approach for a new year that will help us make your rides rock!

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