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

THIS SATURDAY: You’re Invited to Hometown’s 7th Birthday Bash

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Hometown Bicycles then and now... Happy 7th Birthday!

IT’S OUR BIGGEST, FAMILY-FRIENDLIEST, HOMETOWNIEST EVENT TO DATE
This Saturday, April 15th marks 7 incredible years of Hometown adventures and growth, from propping a sandwich board with a crudely painted “Shaun’s Bike Shop” in front of our original, tiny service shop, to throwing a community-sized 7th birthday bash at our roller-rink-sized bicycle adventure center. Through it all, you’ve been right along with us for the ride, and this weekend’s celebration is in honor of what your loyalty has created!

Here’s what’s on the party roster…

MarkerALL DAY – A chance to make your mark on Hometown Bicycles! All customers who make a purchase the day of the event – and going forward – will be immortalized by signing their name on our “I Support Hometown Bicycles!” support pillars!

ALL DAY – Fantastic deals!

Jamis Earth CruiserALL DAY – Unveiling the 10 bicycles that Hometown Bicycles is donating to this year’s 10th Anniversary Tour de Livingston to raise money and awareness for Livingston County United Way.

9:00 AM – Doors open. Early bird door prizes, including some especially cool swag from Team Sponsor, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy!

Easter egg11:00 AMEaster Egg Hunt on the front lawn for kids up through 5th grade – with candy, stickers, and toy surprises in abundance! (No cost to participate!)

11:30 AMEaster Egg Hunt in the shop for adults of all ages – with candy, stickers, and some awesome surprise deals for diligent hunters! (No cost to participate!)

Grill foodNOONLunch on the grill (it’s free!) and lawn games, courtesy of Team Sponsor Hamburg Fitness Center & Camp.

2:00 PMFamily-friendly, casual road ride from the shop. This is a relaxed, ride-your-own-pace sort of slow roll with good friends and great conversation!

Kids t-shirt4:00 PM – Announcing the winner of our Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Design Contest. Be sure to check out all the amazing entries that will be hanging in our Community Room!

5:00 PM – All good things must come to an end, but we’ll be here bright and early on Monday morning to help you get to your Happy Place! Happy Easter, Hometownies!!

Bring everyone you know, bring your bike, and definitely bring your sense of fun! This is going to be one for the record books!!

Party balloons


BONUS BIRTHDAY BASH NOTES:

Hometown Bicycles in the Livingston County Daily Press & ArgusWE’LL BE IN THE NEWS!  We’re honored to have Livingston Daily Press & Argus running a story on Hometown Bicycles and our family-friendly birthday event in this week’s paper. Thanks, Livingston Daily! Hometownies, stay on the lookout for our story!

Parking signADDITIONAL EVENT PARKING:  Our friends across the road at American Spirit Centre have generously offered us the use of their parking lot this Saturday for overflow event parking. If you do use their lot, please respect our veterans, and leave the front parking spaces for those who served our Country. Thank you!


JR. HOMETOWNIE T-SHIRT CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED

Junior Hometownie artist Abby Wheeler and her family came by to drop off her entry into the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt ContestCreativity takes time – we get that! Upon popular request, we’re extending our deadline for the Jr. Hometownie T-Shirt Design Contest to April 14.

CHECK OUT THE CONTEST DETAILS HERE!

The winner will be announced at Hometown’s April 15th Birthday Bash, and their winning design will grace a limited edition run of Jr. Hometownie t-shirts! They’ll receive a complimentary Jr. Hometownie t-shirt, and will be featured in our weekly newsletter and website. ALL participants get an official Hometown sticker, and will be mentioned on our website.

(Photo at left: Jr. Hometownie artist, Abby, brought her family along to drop off her colorful Contest entry!)


Team Hometown Bicycles at The Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race
(From left: Rex Blair, Brian Forhan, Joe VanGordon, Deb Godmer, Jim Cleer, Mark Lang, & Linc Werhly)

TEAM HOMETOWN GIVES LOVE TO THE LOWELL 50

Seven of our intrepid Team members biked the challenging, but scenic dirt roads of The Lowell 50 Classic Gravel Road Race (see above photo). It was a challenging field, but the Team dubbed it a fantastic race – definitely one to do again.

A “whoop-whoop!” goes out to Team member, Joe Ostervik, who took the jersey on the road at the first race in the Waterford Hills Road Racing Spring Training Series.


Cub Scout Pack 365 earns their Bicycle Safety Merit Badge at Hometown Bicycles with Shaun Bhajan
(Photos courtesy and used with the permission of Tiger Cub Scout Pack 365)

CUB SCOUT BIKE SAFETY MERIT BADGE – COMPLETED!

Tiger Cub Scout Pack 365 contacted us with a mission – to earn their Rolling Tigers Bicycle Safety Merit Badge with the help of Hometown. We LOVE investing in the future of cycling, and these kids are exactly that… cycling’s energetic future!

Congrats on earning your Badge, Pack 365. You made this experience FUN!


IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol training took place right here at Hometown Bicycles

FEELING SAFER BY THE MINUTE – MCMBA BIKE PATROL

National Mountain Bike Patrol Training is no cakewalk – nor should it be… it’s about saving lives, preserving trails, and promoting the sport – and we saw a group of volunteer heroes put through their paces at last weekend’s intensive class here at Hometown. Happily, we had both the classroom and the on-site trails to accommodate!

Our congratulations and thanks to the men and women who have stepped up to keep us and our trails safe! If you’re interested in learning more about Bike Patrol, CLICK HERE.


Hometown Bicycles shop ride

Family Friendly Road Ride – THIS SATURDAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH – 2:00 P.M. – MEET UP AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
This is the ride that’s a part of our big Hometown Bicycles Birthday Bash! Easy pace and limited miles, this ride is about socializing and enjoying the Spring weather. A great ride for the whole family!

Our regular group rides will start up again after Easter. Stay tuned! Be sure to FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK for ride confirmation and details.


Team Hometown Bicycles at The Lowell 50 Gravel Road Race

When in doubt,
pedal it out.

– Anonymous

Melon Mania, Hometown’s New Trail, and Help Wanted

Team Hometown Bicycles led off the Doc May Melon Memorial Ride at Howell's Annual Melon Festival

IT WAS PERFECT MELON MANIA AT LAST WEEKEND’S DOC MAY RIDE
Between the melon-colored t-shirts, our melon orange raffle bike, mouthwatering melon ice cream, locally-harvested melons, and the smiling melons sporting helmets on the Doc May Memorial Bike Ride, Hometown and our ever-so-cool community were in pure melon heaven this past Saturday!

At well over 70 riders, this was the Doc May Ride’s largest turn-out to date – and many of those were YOU, awesome Hometownies! Thanks for being there!! We loved hanging out with you!!!

Hometown Bicycles setting up for the Doc May Memorial Melon Ride at Howell's Melon Festival

ABOVE: Pre-ride prep included marking the route, setting up bike valet, and wheeling ’round the Melon Fest raffle bike donated by Hometown Bicycles (and won by Sue S. of Detroit – congrats, Sue!). Can we get a WHOOP!-WHOOP! for Team Hometown Bicycles Captain, Jim Cleer, who not only helped design a new route, but also marked it (from the back of the Hometown-mobile), and led off the ride. Thanks, Jim!

Riders of Doc May Memorial Melon Ride at Howell Melon Festival with Hometown Bicycles

ABOVE: And here are just a few of the many melon riders who made this melon-y ride so seriously sweet. Can’t wait to ride with you again next year, melon-thusiasts and Hometownies!  

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: CLEAR A TRAIL AT HOMETOWN! 

New single track trail at Hometown Bicycles of Brighton MIYou read that right, Hometownies… we’ve carved a small, family-friendly, single-track trail into the scenic back acreage of Hometown’s property, and now we need to get it rider-ready!

This Sunday, August 28th, between 9am and 2pm, we’re looking for volunteers to tackle trail clearing with Shaun and our Team. Bring your gloves and garden clippers. We’ll be cleaning, cutting, beautifying, and (of course) TESTING the new trail.Volunteers get first dibs on riding it!

CAN YOU HELP? PLEASE LET US KNOW!

CONTACT JEAN AT RIDE@MYHOMETOWNBICYCLES.COM

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GOODNESS!  LOOK WHAT YOU DID… ! 

Hometown Bicycles wins Livingston County Daily People's Choice Winner Award 2016 for Best Bicycle Shop

Well, Hometownies, we see you’ve been up to your usual antics… sharing your Hometown love, making us feel like rockstars, and just generally being awesome!

Look what we just read in the 2016 Livingston County People’s Choice publication from Livingston County Daily (thanks, Peter, for bringing us the good news!)… a full page article expounding the virtues of Hometown Bicycles, WHICH YOU VOTED 2016 BEST BICYCLE SHOP OF LIVINGSTON COUNTY! WOW!!!
Well, guess what… WE LOVE YOU, TOO!! Thank you, Hometownies! And thank you Livingston County Daily for letting us know about all of the cool businesses and fun things to do that are right here in our own “backyard”!

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TEAM NEWS: TRAVERSE CITY ULTIMATE MTB 

Team Hometown Bicycles' Olga Negrut wins her age division at the X100 50-mile Ultimate Mountain Bike Race in Traverse City

Team Hometown Bicycles riders, Doug Q. and Olga N. trekked on up to Traverse City for the Ultimate X100 Mountain Bike Race. Olga (above) took first in her age division with a blazing 50-mile sweep in her first race following a broken collar bone. Now, that’s a comeback!

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HELP WANTED: FULL & PART-TIME POSITONS  

Help Wanted at Hometown BicyclesIt’s that sad time of year when our scholastically-aged staff wing back to their studies, but an exciting time of year for welcoming aboard new members to our Hometown crew!

If you’re looking for a new career, and want to play a key role in the continuing evolution of Hometown Bicycles, drop by the shop for an application. Talk to Shaun or Dawn.

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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!

Moms, Blue Ribbons, and Your Knees

Happy Mother's Day from Hometown Bicycles
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IT’S THAT WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR…
Vote Hometown Bicycles as Best Bike Shop on Detroit A List…WHEN YOU CAN TELL SOUTHEAST MI HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HOMETOWN!Detroit A List is once again running its annual Best of Detroit competition. Since our nomination in 2013, you’ve voted Hometown Bicycles your BEST Bike Shop TWO YEARS IN A ROW! Talk about validation of what we do and why we do it!!Can we count on you again to help us bring home another blue ribbon? If you believe in what we stand for, please VOTE NOW, then pat yourself on the back for supporting your favorite bike shop… and making your Hometown crew feel like a million bucks!

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HOMETOWN JERSEYS ON THE BRAIN
Hometown Bicycles team kit - jerseys, shorts, bib shorts, and moreARRIVAL UPDATE:  For all of you anxiously awaiting the arrival of Hometown’s super-stellar team kits, hang in there just a little longer! Though production’s running a bit behind, our Hometown jerseys, shorts, and bibs are due to arrive by the end of the month.
We appreciate your patience, and (not-so-)humbly believe that this much coolness will be well worth the wait. Thanks, loyal Hometownies!

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HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL SADDLE HEIGHT

Bicycle Saddle Height video with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

SORE KNEES? ACHING LOWER BACK? CHECK YOUR SADDLE HEIGHT!  Like any physical activity, your body will need time to adjust to cycling. But ongoing pain or discomfort is NOT RIGHT. Check out this video about one of the most common culprits in cyclist knee and lower back pain, what to look for, and how to fix it – courtesy of Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT of Pro-Motion Physical Therapy in Brighton.

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