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Black Friday, A New Voice & The League

The Man Behind the Voice
HOMETOWN JUST GOT SIGNIFICANTLY COOLERDan "CycloDan" Tribble of Hometown Bicycles

Recognize this cool cat? It’s Dan Tribble, a.k.a. “CycloDan” - resident bike guru and service genius of Hometown Bicycles Whitmore Lake.Among Dan’s ridiculous number of talents is a stellar “radio voice” that we recently put to good use recording a new greeting for the Hometown Bicycles phone system.

Give us a call, and hear it for yourself:  810-225-2441

SAMMY SAYS: “GIVE ME BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!”

Sammy the Boston Terrier at Hometown Bicycles

Tell us you can say “no” to this face…So, you can thank Sammy for the chance to take 20% OFF STOREWIDE on all bicycles, parts, and accessories, INCLUDING SPECIAL ORDERS this coming Black Friday!

Remember, our winter hours for Brighton run through April 1, 2015:
MON – FRI: 10AM – 7PM
CLOSED THANKSGIVING
SAT – SUN: 9AM – 5PMWhitmore Lake hours are M-F 11-7, CLOSED WEDNESDAYS, SA-SU 9-5,
and CLOSED THANKSGIVING.

SIDE NOTE
For those of you who have been paying attention to our past few newsletters…Isn’t the suspense just killing you??

Shaun & Dawn Bhajan

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HOMETOWN MAKES A FRIEND
Customer Highlight: And Jason makes our dayIceman Cometh 2014 thank you note from Jason to Shaun Bhajan at Hometown Bicycles

This is so beyond cool… we meet the classiest people in our line of work! Here’s the story behind Jason’s awesome ‘thank you’ note:

A cyclist stopped by our Hometown tent Iceman morning in a panic. He had a brand new pair of cycling shoes, no clips, and his race fast approaching.

Happily, Shaun was able to pull the clips from his own shoes – which were stashed in the Hometownmobile – and install them before Jason’s race.

Jason mailed them back post-event with the note above. Makes us feel like rockstars… thanks, Jason!

Want to share your story and inspire others to ride?
Send us an email with your favorite cycling photo and a little bit about why you ride, what inspires you, and what you’ve done that might inspire someone else to change their life, too!

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DO YOU KNOW HOW TO SHOP SMALL?
Community Highlight:  November 29, be loyal and buy local!

We love Michigan and we love our community, so Small Business Saturday is right up our alley. Check out this Shop Small program launched by American Express, and be loyal to your local shops this November 29th!
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LMB.ORG
Industry Highlight: Michigan’s coolest cyclist site
League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) websiteFor all of you Michiganders who love to mount up and pedal your way to your happy place, this is the website that will take you the distance.

The League of Michigan Bicyclists is by the cyclists, for the cyclists of this great State, and covers everything from industry hot topics and cycling advocacy, to routes and maps and the most comprehensive bike event calendar we’ve ever seen. Check it out!

Iceman Tune-Up in Full Swing

Iceman survivors (and all you other winter riders!), just a reminder that our “Iceman Effed My Bike!” Tune-Up is in full swing…

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Here are a few of the bikes we’ve resurrected from muddy oblivion:

Hometown Bicycles Iceman Effed My Bike Tune Up

Winter Hours, Leslie’s Choice, and MDOT Helps Cyclists

Tell Us About Your Dream Bike Shop
YOUR INPUT. YOUR SHOP.
Hometown Bicycles - Your dream bicycle shop
Over the last few emails, you’ve learned about how Hometown Bicycles got its start,where we are today, and our vision for the future… now it’s YOUR turn to chime in!

Tell us what you want to see in the future Hometown Bicycles – anything from products, services, events and rides, to the qualities that you believe will help make us your dream bicycle shop.

Share your feedback on our Facebook page, under the post that’s pinned at the top of our newsfeed. Your input is a critical part of our evolution.

We’re listening…

Shaun & Dawn Bhajan

WINTER HOURS START MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Our “BRR-R-R-R-R!! That’s Michigan for you!” hours run November 17 – April 1.

MON – FRI: 10AM – 7PM
SAT – SUN: 9AM – 5PM

Our Whitmore Lake shop will be CLOSED JANUARY 1st and REOPEN MARCH 1st. 

AHHHHHHH… YOGA FOR CYCLISTS 

Yoga for Cyclists at Hometown Bicycles of Brighton, MI

This past Monday marked the inaugural, weekly, in-shop Yoga for Cyclists class series, led by the supremely talented (as you can see by the cyclists melting into the floor) Jessica Beaubien of Soul Stretch Yoga.

If you think tension is the hallmark of a good ride or that touching your toes is for runners, you NEED this class. Heck, we ALL need this class.

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LESLIE’S PEDAL-POWERED MAKEOVER
Customer Highlight: Biking with benefits of the life-altering variety

Leslie Cook, a cool customer of Hometown Bicycles

If you look up “enthusiasm” in the dictionary, there should undoubtedly be a picture of Leslie Cook.

Leslie’s taken to mountain biking like a fish to water. Here’s his story in his own words:

“I started riding my old style steel trail bike to get into shape.  It was fun gravel grinding on back roads but started getting boring when riding by myself.  I wasn’t very motivated either, until my kids started to get on me about my health.  When I finally took a look at myself and realized I couldn’t see my belt buckle anymore and had to lean to see my shoes, I decided things must change if I wanted to live to see my grandkids and enjoy them.

I joined a biggest loser contest at work, started getting in shape, and started riding my bike again.  I’ve lost 35 pounds, kept it off, and started trail riding.

I have been riding two years now, rode in my first Iceman, and finished.  I could not have accomplished this without the support from Home Town and the support of the riders I have have met (plus the ripping tune up I got from Shaun.)  I am looking forward to continuing my friendship with these wonderful people and encourage others to do so also.  Look forward to seeing you all on the trails.”

Want to share your story and inspire others to ride?  Send us an email with your favorite cycling photo and a little bit about why you ride, what inspires you, and what you’ve done that might inspire someone else to change their life, too!

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GEORGIA GOULD WINS ICEMAN’S GOLD
Community Highlight:  The gals take it

Velo News - Gould wins Iceman Cometh Challenge 2014

Velo News ran a fantastic article on the recent triumph of cyclist, Georgia Gould, two-time winner of Michigan’s Iceman Cometh Challenge.  Check it out HERE!
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MDOT Bicycle Event Survey
Industry Highlight: Help Michigan prove the value of cycling

Bicycling in Michigan MDOT infographic

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), distributor of the “Bicycling in Michigan” infographic above, has launched a new and intriguing survey to assess the economic value of cycling events to the Michigan economy. Let’s help ‘em see the value in the sport we love!

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Closed for ICEMAN see you tomorrow at 9am

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CLOSED Saturday November 8th Because it is important to our customers

 

Both shops will be closed on Saturday November 8th. The entire Crew in up north supporting our fans in the 2014 Iceman Race.

 

See you Sunday November 9th at 9am

Iceman, Coffee, and Your Cycling Experience

The Ultimate Cycling Experience
THE STORY OF HOMETOWN: INTERMISSION

In last week’s newsletter, we ended our recent installment of the Hometown Bicycles saga with what amounted to a cliffhanger… and, boy, did we ever learn what Hometown means to all of you!

We had visits, and calls, and messages from so many of you, wanting to know what’s happening with the company, and whether everything is okay.

Rest assured, we’re sticking around. But if our last email gave you pause for thought – a world without Hometown Bicycles – then we hope you’ve come to realize the same thing we have…

What Does Hometown Bicycles Mean to You?

Hometown Bicycles has become far more than just a place to buy bike stuff; there are plenty of those already. Instead, Hometown is where you set goals, share your stories, make new friends, overcome challenges, improve your health, vent your frustrations, learn, hang out, dream, thrive, and celebrate your accomplishments. You’ve made us a hub of the community.

In essence, Hometown Bicycles is where you’ve chosen to come for your ultimate cycling experience… WOW. We do not take that responsibility lightly…

Ultimate Cycling Experience

To us, a true Ultimate Cycling Experience means a place that offers the products you need, the service you expect, the education to grow, the opportunity to use what you’ve learned, and the team to support and celebrate what you do.

Based on your feedback, we’ve made a great start, but there’s always room to be better.

So, What Are We Doing?

Right now, we’re working on stronger relationships and intriguing opportunities that will help us achieve our goal of giving you the Ultimate Cycling Experience you deserve.

What Can You Do to Help?

Keep doing what you’re doing!! The fact that you believe so much in Hometown that you send your family and friends, join our shop rides, show up to our clinics, patronize our shop, and come to us for advice is the ultimate show of faith. THAT is what will get us to this goal.

Part 3 of Infinity…

So, although we started this Hometown saga as a Part 1 of 3, we’ve realized that with our story really just starting, it’ll take a heck of a lot more than 3 measly little articles to tell it all.

We promise to keep you in the loop, chapter by exciting chapter…

Shaun & Dawn Bhajan

SHOP CLOSED THIS SATURDAY FOR ICEMAN

Iceman Cometh Challenge logo

Hometown’s headed to Iceman this Saturday, and we’re taking the crew, so…
Brighton & Whitmore Lake
CLOSED SATURDAY, NOV. 6TH
Open Sunday, Regular Hours
We’ll be at the start, so stop by and say “hi!” And make sure to swing by the shop to share your Iceman stories… our fall just isn’t complete without ‘em!
HIGH VISIBILITY AT LAST WEEK’S BIKE LIGHTS CLINIC
 
We had a full house at last week’s Bike Lights & Night Safety Clinic. It was awesome!
There were some really stellar questions asked, and a bevy of curious cyclists tested out bike lights on our Devil’s Night Shop Ride immediately after. You sure couldn’t miss them, as you’ll see in the video above.
Thanks, clinic peeps, for showing up, learning, riding, and hanging out with us. And a special thanks to Jim Cleer for leading up one of the ride groups and to Leslie Cook for bringing us some new Hometown fans!
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HOMETOWN CUSTOMERS GET CAFFEINATED
Customer Highlight: Move over Vanna White!
(Jim, Brenda, and Kevin are the elite first to purchase Hometown Coffee)

Our customers are so cool… they were calling dibs on our new Hometown Coffees before we even brought them into the store! These delicious brews come from Brighton’s beloved Bagels & Bites… no wonder why everyone look so happy. Thank you, Hometown pioneers, for supporting our newest product line!

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Yoga for Cyclists Held at Hometown – Brighton
Community Highlight: Starting November 10th!

Hometown Bicycles is proud to present an on-site yoga opportunity for the tight-muscled cyclist in all of us. Open to the community, this class – led by Soul Stretch Yoga – addresses back, hips, wrists, lung capacity and core+balance. You’ll also work on bigger biking muscles, full suspension flexibility and dialed in focus.
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“ICEMAN EFFED MY BIKE” TUNE-UP SPECIAL
Industry Highlight:  Industry event, Hometown program

Iceman Cometh is one of those epic cycling events that makes Michigan such a cool state. In support of such awesomeness, we created an “Iceman Effed My Bike” tune up special for post race bicycle recovery.

Today, a Bike Build & a Path to Nowhere

The Story of Hometown: Part 2 of 3
COMING TO A CROSSROADS

Last week, we shared an in-a-nutshell history of Hometown Bicycles. This week, let’s talk about where we are today…

Most of you already have a handshake acquaintance with the 4 fundamental cornerstones of Hometown – these are the 4 rules we operate by, and are why we are the business we are today.

ALL of the decision we make MUST BE:

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1) GOOD FOR THE COMPANY because we need it to do what we do.

2) GOOD FOR THE CUSTOMERS because they trust us to do the right thing.

3) GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY because we are a part of it.

4) GOOD FOR THE INDUSTRY because we love it.
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We’re about to put this system through its paces…

WHERE WE ARE TODAY

You’ve helped make us a thriving bicycle sales and service business in Livingston County. We’ve grown into two locations, initiated and participated in all sorts of cycling events, won awards, made rides, had fun, and created the rock-your-socks Hometown experience that first inspired us to open the shop.

You especially know our Brighton store well; it’s been your home away from home - and ours, too – for nearly 5 years. And now we’re coming to a crossroads for our beloved Hometown Bicycles…

Let’s talk more next week,

Shaun & Dawn Bhajan             

Bike Lights & Night Safety Clinic: THIS THURSDAY!
bike lightsWHAT: In this clinic, we’ll cover everything from the various styles, features, and benefits of bike lights, to where they go and why, to which lights you need and which you don’t.

Immediately after, anyone who’s interested can join us for a Devil’s Night Shop Ride, where you’ll be able to take our lights for a test spin! This ride will be a short, Island Lake road and trail mash-up for all levels of riders. We’ll finish up with a cozy autumn bonfire back at the shop.

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH at 6:00PM

WHERE: Hometown Bicycles of Brighton

Although there’s no charge, we do ask that you register in advance, so that we can plan ahead and make this an awesome event for everyone!

 

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HEATHER & GREG’S BUILD-A-BIKE SUCCESS
Customer Highlight: Fun with fat bikes
(Heather & Greg hard at work on their fat bike builds)

Heather and Greg have officially been inducted into the Hometown Hall of Coolness. When they’re new fat bikes arrived, so did they… determined to build them with their own two (four) hands. Now they know their bikes backward and forward, and are triumphantly fat biking the trails. Nice work, Heather and Greg!

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A Path to Nowhere
Community Highlight: The bike path that isn’t one after all


(Actually, this path does lead somewhere – it currently leads to the sewage pump station on Grand River.)

We recently made the 30-second pilgrimage to Brighton Township’s bike path construction site to catch a glimpse of the new bike-path-in-progress… only to discover it’s not a bike path at all! They’re installing a narrow sidewalk instead – not wide enough for two cyclists to safely pass, and packed with the kind of sidewalk cracks that give riders carpal tunnel and headaches.

Pedestrians along Grand River are few and far between, while cyclists are frequent and numerous. We argue that there is greater value to the community and, more importantly, to the safety of cyclists and drivers, in building an asphalt bike path instead of a narrow sidewalk.

The Townships of Hamburg, Green Oak, Lyon, and Milford (to name a few) have all seen the value in bike paths over sidewalks. What happened in Brighton?

If this frustrates you, too, please call the Township and share your concerns: 810-229-0550.

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GOOGLE’S CYCLEPLEX
Industry Highlight:  A cool company just got cooler

Google’s done some nifty things, but we think the Cycleplex is one of their greatest ideas ever. WIRED Magazine ran a great story about this bike sharing program: