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Happy New Year from Your Hometown Crew!

Happy New Year 2018, Hometownies!
We’re so glad to be on this side of 2018 with you – where the possibilities and adventures are laid out ahead in a trail of glory…

We wish you a year of pedal-powered accomplishments, growth, and happiness!


Resolutions aside, you’ve probably noticed that your bike shop is growing up. Hometown has grown from a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants service hang-out to the best bike shop in Southeast Michigan (your words, not… oh, who are we kidding – we feel that way, too!)

The realities of running a sustainable and mind-blowing business are challenging… but not a bummer. We have a long-term vision of becoming your ultimate, one-stop bicycling resource, so the hard work is continually justified. YOU justify it.

I hear every day the most heartwarming show of support ever from customers who tell me how PROUD they are of what WE have created here at Hometown.

But do you understand the role that YOU have played? Take credit, Hometownies!! Everything from your inner tube purchase, to ride participation, to bike buy, to online review, to referral to friends and family – THAT is what makes us a success. If we’re doing it right, you’re PROUD to shout from the rooftops that Hometown is YOUR bike shop.

So come in – let us know how your Christmas went, and what YOUR vision is for Hometown. Your input has as much relevance as ours!

In the meantime, here are some opportunities for you to enjoy extracurricular, winter value from your bike shop – Team membership, bike clinics, fitness classes, and shop rides. Enjoy them with our thanks. We look forward to pedaling through 2018 together!

Members of Team Hometown Bicycles 2017 and '18
If you missed Team Night… major bummer, because it was an absolute blast. But you still have the chance to enjoy events, just as amazing, as a member of our Team!

We’re accepting Team applications all the way up through our big Potluck Party on March 1st. Our Team is already nearly 70 strong, with a wonderful mix of new and familiar faces, and riders of all types and skill levels. We’d love to welcome you aboard!

To learn more about becoming a member of Team Hometown Bicycles 2018, contact our Ride Coordinator, Laura, at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.

Shaun teaches a bike clinic at Hometown Bicycles
Life after the holidays… ? Why yes – yes there is! January and February are not only prime fat bike, spin bike, and trainer time, ’tis also the perfect season for educating yourself on how to be a savvy cyclist. We’ve run our Winter Clinic Series since opening in 2010… not to toot our own horn, but *toot* we’re really good at it! All clinics are FREE and, this year, we’re also offering some new perks and privileges – click the links below for details and to register:

Hometown Bicycles 2018 Winter Clinic ScheduleFlat Tire Fix Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 9th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 11th, 7-8pm

Emergency Bicycle Repair Hands-On Clinic
Tues, Jan 16th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 18th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – Before the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 23rd, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Jan 25th, 7-8pm

Bike Maintenance – After the Ride Care
Tues, Jan 30th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 1st, 7-8pm

Bike Fitting with Pro-Motion Physical Therapy
Thu, Feb 8th, 7-8pm

Cycling Nutrition Clinic
Tues, Feb 13th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 15th, 7-8pm

Cycling Gear & Wear Clinic
Tues, Feb 20th, 12:15-1pm & Thu, Feb 22nd, 7-8pm

Where to Ride in Michigan Potluck Party
Thu, March 1st, 7-9pm

<< Click the image at left for a printable Clinic Series flier!

Zumba with Leslie Barrett and Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown Bicycles
Many of you are familiar with the rockin’ beats and great cardio that take place weekly on our showroom floor. But for those who haven’t yet experienced fitness classes at Hometown, or simply want to get a high-energy start to their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few classes you’ll absolutely want to try!

CARDIO DRUMMING | Wednesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

ZUMBA | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett
Click to learn more

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Shop Ride
Fat Bike Friendly Ride
This typically Saturday Ride has been moved to Sunday due to an expected cold snap.
We’ll pedal our fat bikes through the hills, sand, and snow of Island Lake Recreation Area (behind “the pond”). This is an INTERMEDIATE (No Drop) Ride – NOT an easy ride for beginners! We’ll cover about 12-16 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes!

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**

Night Riders with CycloDan
Hometown’s “CycloDan” Tribble leads this Beginner/Intermediate paced group to the Island Lake Mountain Bike Trails. FRONT AND REAR LIGHTS (fully charged) REQUIRED. Mountain and Fat Bikes are welcome. This is a NO DROP RIDE. Check Facebook for Ride confirmation and changes! We’ll ride as long as trail conditions are favorable.

**Fat bikes are available for rent at the shop!**

Hometown Bicycles Team rider taking the Island Lake badlands on a fat bike

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.

~ Unknown

10 Reasons You’ll be Glad You Shopped at Hometown

Hometown Bicycles bike shop gifts and novelties, bicycles, parts, and accessories

A Hometown Holiday Heart-to-Heart

Someone asked me a simple question the other day about whether we’ll do our Christmas shopping online or at the stores, and it got me thinking. We’ve all done our fair share of online shopping – Shaun and I included. We live in the digital age after all.

But does this mean that the whole “Be Loyal, Buy Local” thing is just about keeping mom-and-pop shops afloat? Not really, although we do enjoy being able to pay our bills as much as the next person. The truth is that there is a place – and will always be a place – for brick and mortar, and it has everything to do with relationships and service. And in that arena, Hometown shines.

So, as you’re puzzling over what to buy Dad, Aunt Betty, or little Timmy this Christmas – and where it should come from – I invite you to chew on this…

The Top 10 Reasons You’ll be Glad You Shopped at Hometown Bicycles

We’re all about relationships. That means we invest the time and energy in getting you what you need, not what we need to move.

We’re an anti-snob operation. Whatever kind of cyclist you are or bike you ride, we will always treat you with respect and gratitude, because we appreciate that you chose to shop with US. No belittling. No showboating. No snobbery. Period.

We are 100% about bicycles. That means we have nothing else to do except be your number one resource for all things bike.

We create opportunities for you to use what you buy. Between shop rides, Team memberships, classes, and events, we make sure you get your money’s worth out of your purchase.

We are a family-run, family bike shop. We think families are cool. Kids aren’t inconveniences – they’re future cycling advocates. And when you’re a customer, you become our family, too.

This is our livelihood. You make it possible for us to make a career out of something we love, so we’re highly motivated to make your experience awesome.

We live here. We’re as likely to run into you at the grocery store as at the shop, which means we’ll always treat you ethically and respectfully… so we don’t have to hide behind the fruit bin when we spot you.

We give back to the Community you live and work in. It supports us, so we proudly return the favor. 

We advocate for the sport you love. The success of cycling benefits us all, so your support of Hometown translates to a direct, positive impact on our ability to sponsor, volunteer, educate, and spread the love for cycling.

Your fellow shoppers said to!
Hometown’s Google Reviews
Hometown’s Facebook Reviews

When it comes right down to it, the internet can’t take you for a ride to learn how to shift on your new bike. We can. The Internet won’t pick you up if you get a flat at Island Lake. We will. The Internet won’t celebrate with you when you conquer your first century. We will. And the Internet could care less if you use what you buy. WE DO.

So, do we feel secure and superior in our brick-and-mortarness? Never, and that is why we work every day to be the type of place you not only love to shop, but are proud… no, make that EAGER to share with friends and family.

Thanks for being Hometownies, and for giving us the opportunity to make your holiday shopping experience something truly special,

Dawn Bhajan
CEO | Hometown Bicycles


Hometown Bicycles under the Christmas Tree

The final day to place ANY order, so that it arrives by Christmas, is

December 18th



OPEN: Christmas Eve  9AM – 3PM
CLOSED: Christmas Day – January 1st  

We’ll reopen January 2nd, normal hours!

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride


MEET AT HOMETOWN AT 9:45AM – WE ROLL AT 10AM  Bring your Fat Bikes for a pedal through Island Lake with your Hometownies. This is an Intermediate (No Drop) Ride through hills, sand, and snow (exploring behind “the pond”). We estimate 12-16 miles of adventure. Come dressed for the weather! CLICK HERE for weather updates.

** Fat Bikes are available for rent at the shop, if you don’t yet have your own! **

HOMETOWN BICYCLES Part-time Personal Assistant needed. Must be highly organized, available week day mornings and afternoons, and excellent with children. Writing, design, and web skills a plus. If interested, pick up an application at the shop, and return it to Dawn.

Team Hometown Bicycles' in the winter woods

Winter miles, summer smiles.

~ Anonymous

🌷 Spring Cycling, Confessions, and a Potluck Bike Clinic 🚴

Welcome to Spring Cycling!

Spring cycling handlebars on a bicycle

With the changing of Seasons – Winter Cycling to Spring Cycling, that is – we’re back to our outrageously convenient warm weather hours, beginning Wed., March 1st:
MONDAY – FRIDAY  …………….  7AM – 9PM

SATURDAY & SUNDAY  ……………..  9AM – 5PM

Michigan tourist map courtesy of Vidiani.com
(Image courtesy vidiani.com)

THIS THURSDAY!!  “Where to Ride in MI” Potluck Clinic!

This is the event where we debut the BEST Shop Ride schedule we’ve ever had, plus you’ll hear about Michigan’s top cycling paths and trails, meet Hometown’s ride leaders, connect with potential ride buddies, collect info about local cycling groups, and learn about the organizations that help keep our roads and trails cyclist friendly and how you can get involved.

It’s a potluck, so here’s your chance to show off some culinary skills. You should see the goodies people have already signed up to bring – W-O-W!!! COME HUNGRY!!

Thursday, March 2nd, 6pm-8pm at Hometown Bicycles  •  Bring a dish to pass!


The 28th Annual SELCRA Daddy Daughter Dance flierOur community is so cool! Every year, SELCRA packs the Brighton High School with something like 1,500 dancing daddies and daughters. This Saturday, March 4th, count 4 more (me, Shaun, and the kids) as Hometown proudly sponsors this famous event.

Dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers – here’s a chance to give your mini-princess a night of dancing and fun! Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $15. Dance. Dine. Bop ’til the balloons drop.

We’ll be parked next to our good friends from Brennan Investment Services in the cafeteria. Be sure to stop by our table and say “hi” – we’d love to meet your special little lady!

Dawn Bhajan and Gail Sweet riding the Ladies Spin Challenge at Hamburg Fitness Center with rockstar spin instructor Tammy

(LEFT: Hugs to Gail – in purple – one of several who came specifically to support this spin newbie! RIGHT: Motivational maven and Friday morning spin instructor extraordinaire… thanks for the workout, Tammy!)


Confession #1: I was nervous about going. Once upon a time, I was fit… post-kids, not so much.

Confession #2: I feared judgement. Everyone assumes the skinny girl’s an athlete. How was it going to look when I tapped out at granny speeds on the easiest spin bike setting?

Confession #3: I thought I might get bored. I mean, you’re indoors and stationary – how entertaining can that be?

Revelation #1: I left spin class reinvigorated, hopeful, motivated. Getting my legs moving got my brain moving, as well. It reminded me how it felt to be fit, and made me eager to get back to that “happy place” in my physical well-being.

Revelation #2: No one was looking. If I sat out a couple sprints or elected not to ramp up my resistance, there were no sirens and flashing “slacker alert!” signs over my head. Lights were dim, eyes were forward. It was between me, my mind, and my spin bike.

Revelation #3: Um… not even remotely. Instructor Tammy had us powering up and down, sprinting intervals, and leaping in and out of our saddles in an hour-long variety-fest of spin combinations. There literally wasn’t time to get bored!

THANK YOU to those awesome lady Hometownies who had my back at this class – you were the wind beneath my pedals! And thanks, too, to Hamburg Fitness Center‘s Deb and Terry, who cooked up this challenge to get my butt back in the saddle – this is the kind of remarkable support you can only expect from a gym that truly cares.

I hope my experience encourages on-the-fencers to give it a go… you don’t have to be Lance Armstrong, and you don’t have to be a member. Call for class times: 810-231-4169

Hometown Bicycles Service Tech Ozzy Aguilar
(Images at left courtesy Ozzy Aguilar)


Our to-the-point service tech, Ozzy, is easy-going but, man, can he rock out the tune-ups! You’ll spot him wrenching on bikes and riding the trails in between his school studies.

I ride because to me riding is a way to enjoy nature at its best. It’s a way to get away from people, the town, the city, and go into nature and enjoy the ride.

Help wanted sign

Forward your information to office@myhometownbicycles.com.

Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride heading to Island Lake Badlands

Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride – Saturday, 3/4 @ 1:00PM


Join the Hometown crew on Saturday as they explore the mountain bike trails at Brighton Recreation Area (Murray Lake and Appleton). Meet at the trailhead (5700 Bishop Lake Rd) and be ready to roll by 1 p.m.  Fat Bikes only (until the weather cooperates). This ride is for all level riders – NO DROP RIDE. Distance is estimated at 12 +/- miles in about a 2 hour timeframe. Follow us on Facebook for ride confirmation and updates.

Need a fat bike? We rent! Call our shop:  (810) 225-2441

CRAMBA Ride Dirt Trails, Not Mud Trails flier


… you know, the eager beaver who just can’t wait for the trails to dry, and destroys them for everyone else. We know that early Spring days bring intense trail temptation, but listen to that little white-clad dude on your shoulder – the one with the halo! Or, if you’re more practical in nature, listen to the organizations that maintain the trails. Trust us, you’ll get a longer and more enjoyable cycling season when you sit tight for solid singletrack!

Christmas Cyclists, Ornament Making, and Lots of Love

 Christmas lights at Hometown Bicycles

Christmas Eve  |  9AM – 3PM
Christmas Day through New Year’s Day  
Monday, January 2nd  |  9AM – 9PM (regular hours)
It’s always been our tradition to make the Christmas season about family… well, actually we make EVERY day about family – but especially between Christmas and New Year’s, we close the shop so that our crew can spend quality time with their loved ones.

* So why, you are wondering, do we have a big, ol’ highlighted asterisk next to “CLOSED”? It’s because this year, there will be a couple exceptions, when Shaun and I open the shop briefly for classes held in our Community Room. Post-Christmas, we’ll be NEEDING Cardio Drumming to burn off cookies, and Yoga to melt away holiday stress! Please drop by to participate, or even just to tell us what Santa put under your tree!


Wednesday, December 28th from 6PM – 8PM
for Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf

Friday, December 30th from 9AM – 10AM
for Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga



Christmas gift ideas for cyclists at Hometown Bicycles including bike ornaments, bike toys, bike garden spinners, bike magnets, and bike decor

Just imagine… while everyone else is gifting them hand lotion and fruit cake, you’ll step in – proverbial cape snapping smartly in the breeze – with a gift that celebrates their passion for cycling. Now THAT’s hug-worthy!

You know we carry bicycles and cycling accessories, but did you also know that we are your one-stop shop for bike-geared stocking stuffers, ornaments, garden art, fashion, decor, kitchenware, and ever-so-much more?Hometown Bicycles Daily Deal for December 7, 2016: $10 off Finish Line Bicycle Cleaning Kit

So, Christmas shopping… YES! We’ve got you covered!

Also, check out our 24 Days of Christmas Daily Deals on Facebook for more bike-lovin’ gift ideas to make your cyclist smile. Today’s Daily Deal is at right >>


Hometown Bicycles offers financing on all bicycle purchases through Synchrony Financial. Ask us for details!



Sew Your Own Christmas Ornament Class for Beginners at Hometown BicyclesTHIS SATURDAY, FROM 10AM-NOON:  Bundle up the kids and join Hometown Bicycles artist, Lauren Patrell of LPbyLP, for a beginner felt ornament sewing class in Hometown’s Community Room on 12/17 from 10am-Noon!

This class is perfect for kids (ages 4 and up), and adults looking to have some crafty fun. $7 per participant, payable on class day, you’ll leave with a finished felt heart ornament, ready to hang on your Christmas tree or give as a gift!
Lauren Patrell at Hometown Bicycles
And here’s my personal note… that’s Lauren at right >> with Shaun’s and my little Aria. Lauren is one of those authentically kind souls who love what they do, love life, and love to share that joy with others. She’s the creative genius behind all the exquisite bike purses, wallets, keychains, and cards that you’ve been enjoying for the past year.

Trust me – you and your kids will love this class!

Your registration ensures that Lauren will have enough materials for all!



Love INC logoChristmas spirit is running rampant here at Hometown!

We’d like to give a giant shout-out to a wonderful and anonymous couple (you know who you are), who just donated over $400 in Hometown gift certificates to Love INC, a non-profit organization “dedicated to meeting basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and money management… for folks in crisis.” Love INC provides transportation in the form of bicycles to down-on-their-luck and reforming individuals. What a thoughtful donation!

Thanks, too, to Team Hometown Bicycles rider Tom Hermann for initiating the connection.



Hey, Hometownies! Mark your calendars for these fantastic winter fitness programs running right here inside your favorite bike shop:
Cardio Drumming with Martha Soraruf at Hometown BicyclesCARDIO DRUMMING – Wednesdays at 6:45PM
$5 class fee / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf
Click to learn more

Dynamic Yoga with Ashley Knuth of Tocca Massage & Yoga at Hometown BicyclesDYNAMIC YOGA – Fridays at 9AM on 12/16, 23, 30 • 1/6
$10 drop in or $35 for all 4 weeks – Presented by Tocca Massage & Yoga
Click to learn more

Zumba with Leslie Barrett at Hometown BicyclesZUMBA – Mondays at 6PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$5 drop in – With Leslie Barrett – Click to learn more
Holiday Special (thru 12/31) 5-Class punch card with 6th Class free – just $22



Friday Night Lights shop ride at Hometown Bicycles

Happily, cold weather and early nights do NOT signal the end of cycling season! Here’s a shop ride you won’t want to miss this week:

Fat Bike Friendly Ride – Saturday, December 17th, 10 a.m.
Explore ~12-14 miles of Milford area mountain bike trails with us! Fat bike / mountain bikes are all welcome. NO DROP RIDE. Dress warmly! Meet at the Milford trailhead located on Peter’s road between GM/Commerce roads, on the West side (at the Janowski Field park). Park in the lot closest to Peters Road (if you see baseball fields to your left, you’re there). **Check Facebook for ride updates.**



Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

Stepping again into the Presenting Team Sponsor role is a Hometown AND customer favorite, Pro-Motion Physical Therapy with Vinnie Baylerian, PT, DPT. Watch your January newsletters for a feature highlight on this wonderful, local company. In the meantime, we simply couldn’t let another week go by without sending out a heartfelt THANK YOU to Pro-Motion Physical Therapy for its unwavering support!
Pro-Motion Physical Therapy  |  Brighton & Howell  |  (810) 588-4133  |  promophysicaltherapy.com



Team Hometown Bicycles doing Take Your Kids Mountain Biking DayIn addition to our now accepting 2017 Team Applications, we’ll also be hosting a Team Meeting, open to all interested riders, on Saturday January 21st at 4:30pm – mark your calendars!

Follow our Facebook page for details and confirmation of time, and email Rides Coordinator Jean with your questions at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.



Team Hometown Bicycles Jersey Sponsorships

Check out the companies below… they’re our 2015/16 sponsors, and businesses that we are proud to promote because they share our core values of integrity, passion, dedication, and community-mindedness.

Check out the companies above that have already committed to 2017 Team Sponsorships – Pro-Motion Physical Therapy, Body Within Personal Training, and William P. Horal, D.D.S, P.C.. We are PROUD to have them aboard!

Additional Team Sponsor opportunities are still available. Interested in learning more? Contact our Rides Coordinator, Jean, at ride@myhometownbicycles.com.


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