Category Archives: 2011

Bikes In-Stock

Folks, here is the price list of bikes we currently have in stock at our Compuware Holiday Pop-Up Shop. These are new 2010 and 2011 bikes that are waaaaay marked down.

Origin 8 Cutler 7 56cm $280 (Black, 7-Speed)
Origin 8 Cutler 56 cm $250 (Grey, Single Speed)
Sun Drifter $360 (Blue, 7-Speed)
Sun Trike $370 (Pearl White, Single Speed)
Origin 8 Folding Bike $320 (Black/Gold, 7-Speed)
Origin 8 Brutus  $450 (Dark Blue, Single/Fixed)
Kona Dew $399 (Maroon, 46cm)
Kona Jake $699 (Grey/Blue, 58cm)
Kona Smoke $360 (Black, 22-inch)
For photos, please visit our Facebook Page.

Detroit Complete Streets Symposiums

Detroit Complete Streets Coalition is hosting a symposium on Complete Streets. There are two identical sessions, so plan to attend the one most convenient for you!

About this event
Participants will learn about complete streets, discover some local examples of complete streets and understand what Detroit is doing to implement this kind of infrastructure. They will also learn how they can become more active in the process. Detroit area organizations doing work related to complete streets will have tables at both events with information for the public.

Tuesday • November 1, 2011
10:00am – 12noon
Northeast Guidance Center
2900 Conner – Building A
Detroit, MI 48215

Wednesday • November 2, 2011
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Focus: HOPE Family Learning Center
(located inside of the Center for Technology)
1400 Oakman Blvd. Detroit, MI 48238

Todd Scott: Detroit Greenways Coordinator, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance
Hannah Kelley: Detroit Department of Transportation

Refreshments will be served!
RSVP – Call 1-877-926-8300
Questions – Email Myra at

Final tour spots remaining for 2011

This Friday, 10/14, ABC in the D will explore brewing culture in the city — past and present! It’s an official Detroit Beer Week event, and it takes off at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 10/15 at noon, some last-minute cancellations have opened up a handful of spots on our perennially sold-out Eastern Market tour. This one is only about five miles by bike and includes a stop in Lafayette Market, a cruise down the Dequindre Cut, an overview of the market’s history and development plans…plus a slice of extra-delicious Supino Pizza!

While the vast majority of spots on our October-only Haunted Detroit tours have been long-snapped up, there are some Friday slots available on 10/21 and 10/28, both at 5:30 p.m. This tour have been generating a ton of buzz — or boos! — so come see what all the hype is about!

On 10/21 at noon, we will head Southwest to Delray, one of Detroit’s most-interesting and unknown neighborhoods. As an extra bonus, our visit to historic Fort Wayne will include a chance to check out the annual Mad Anthony Cyclocross race! Note: Only two spots remain on this one.

Last chance of the year: Join us at 11 a.m. on 10/29 for a long ride up to Palmer Park and then a cruise through Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest, University District, Green Acres and University of Detroit Mercy. This one is for experienced riders only!

Reserve your spot today at!

October E-Blast

It’s that time of year folks and, sadly, we are moving into our Fall Hours. Beginning Saturday, October 1, we will be open Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our last day of business for 2011 (sniff) will be Sunday, October 30.

We would love to end this year with every single bike we have in stock finding a home. So we are slashing prices, etc. etc. Here’s what we got on the floor:

Remember, each and every bike purchased from the Wheelhouse is entitled to a free tuneup with no expiration date!

One last shopping enticement: Our entire stock of helmets is 20% off. We carry Giro, Bell, Lazer and ProTech in traditional cycling styles as well as BMX. We have kids’ helmets too!

If you’ve ridden your bike hard this season, it might be a good idea to get a tuneup before it starts sitting. Just sayin’.

Last Month of Tours
There are a few spots remaining on tonight’s Tuesday Eastern Market tour (special food truck edition!) as well as the following through the rest of the month: Green Water Infrastructure with the Sierra Club 10/2, Architecture 10/8, Urban Agriculture 10/9, Murals of Southwest Detroit 10/9, Delray 10/22, Auto Heritage 10/23 and Masters Series: Palmer Park 10/29. Don’t delay, head to to reserve your spot today!

What’s up for October
Fall is such a great time for riding, so hope to see you around town at one of these great rides!

  • Tuesday, October 11 is Fender Bender’s third Full Moon Bike Ride. Meet at Roosevelt Park at 9 p.m. for a chill ride in the night light;
  • October 15 at 9 a.m., the Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting an Inside-Out ride that will showcase the Museum’s masterworks that have been reproduced and are on display in Eastern Market, the Dequindre Cut and the RiverWalk;
  • The Third Annual Mad Anthony Cyclocross will hit Fort Wayne on October 22; and
  • Last but not least, our friends at Bikes & Murder continue their Slow Roll to Slow Jams each and every Monday night, leaving from Woodbridge Pub at 7:30 p.m.

Our final maintenance class with Fender Bender is tomorrow night, September 28. You’ll learn about basic maintenance and commuter safety and you’ll walk away with a patch kit — and knowledge! — for just $5. It starts at 6 p.m. and runs for two hours.

Thank you for making our fourth year our best year yet. Hope to see you this month!

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Rivard Plaza, Detroit RiverFront
Detroit, MI 48207
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Misc. Musings

  • This weekend holiday hours: Monday, July 4, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday, July 5. Regular hours resume June 6.
  • Will be updating our Bikes for Sale page this week, but for now you should know we’ve got a new ride in stock: The Origin 8 Brutus. It’s got a single speed/fixed gear hub and a wicked dark night blue paint job. $500.
  • This weekend’s tours are all sold out, so press forward to July 9 if you are looking for one!
  • We’ve been busier than ever, thanks for your support!

Hubbell Ride + Compuware Motor City

It’s not too late to sign up for the Third Annual Colin Hubbell Bike Ride this Saturday! Head to now for a great ride for an even greater cause!

The ride starts and finishes at Traffic Jam & Snug and includes lunch! The Colin Hubbell Fund supports small businesses in Midtown.

Compuware Corporation’s Motor City Bike Ride

Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out
Saturday, July 16
Starts at Campus Martius Park

It’s time again to tune up your bikes and ride to support Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out. In its second year, this fun-filled, one-day ride raises funds for to provide healthy programming for Michigan youth.

Riders start from Campus Martius Park, with a “Ride Rally” from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. The team will then ride to Metro Beach, where lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and noon. After lunch, riders will return to Campus Martius Park for a celebration!

There are only have spots for 150 riders, so don’t wait to register. Sign up now at: Compuware Corporation’s Motor City Bike Ride 2011.

The registration fee of $50 covers your rider number and your sure-to-be-cool official ride jersey.

Founded in 2005, Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit program, DKWIO uses a holistic and yoga-based approach to deliver quality programming and wellness resources that give kids and families the tools to make healthy choices.

The Week Ahead @ Wheelhouse!

Well, this week will sure keep us hopping over at the Wheelhouse. But that’s cool, sleep is for the weak!

Tuesday night at 6p.m., we’ll have our Maintenance Class with Fender Bender! This 2-hour course is designed to get you comfortable making minor adjustments and repairs — like fixing a flat — and getting you on the road to regular commuting! It costs just $5 and you walk away with some knowledge and your own patch kit!

We are offering four tours this holiday weekend: Del Ray and Civil War History on Saturday; a long Techno route on Sunday; and a short Techno route on Monday. Last weekend, two out of three tours sold out, so make your reservation today! Find out more and sign-up at

Hey, techno tourists! Movement Festival wristband-wearers get rental discounts all weekend long!
$10 2 hours (reg. $15)
$18 1/2 day (reg. $25)
$25 full day (reg. $35)
$40 2 days (reg. $50)
$60 3 days (reg. $75)
$75 full week (reg. $99)

Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, we will be open holiday hours of Noon to 5 p.m. We will be closed on Tuesday, May 31 for employee observance of Memorial Day!

4 Upcoming Rides

Wheelhouse is involved with four (4!) upcoming Detroit bike rides. Here are the deets!

Ride of Silence – May 18, 7 p.m.

The Ride of Silence is an annual, slow-paced ride that takes place at hundreds of locations across the country — and world. It is designed to memorialize cyclists that have been killed or injured while riding. It is a slow-paced, quiet 10-mile ride. It starts at 7 p.m. at Scott Foundation on Belle Isle. Please arrive a bit early to get situated and sign a waiver. The RoS is free and no pre-registration is necessary.

Bike the Bridge 2011 – June 12, 6 a.m.

Bike the Bridge is your only opportunity to ride across the Ambassador Bridge! The ride is set for June 12, but you must register by May 27! Head to Eventbrite to do so!

Colin Hubbell Detroit Bike Ride – June 18, 9:30 a.m.

Join us for the 3rd Annual Hubbell ride, which benefits the Colin Hubbell Fund. There are two options, an eight-miler and a 25-miler; both rides start and finish at Traffic Jam’s parking lot on Canfield in Midtown.  Register at Eventbrite.

Compuware Corporation’s Motor City Bike Ride – July 16, 8:30 a.m.

In its second year, this fun-filled, one-day ride raises funds for DKWIO to provide healthy programming for Michigan youth via Danialle Karmanos’ Work it Out Foundation.

Riders start from Campus Martius Park, with a “Ride Rally” from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. The team will then ride to Metro Beach, where lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and noon. After lunch, riders will return to Campus Martius Park for a celebration!

There are only spots for 150 riders, so don’t wait to register. Sign up Compuware Corporation’s Motor City Bike Ride 2011.

Bikes for Sale – Updated!

We (finally) updated our Bikes for Sale page, located at

Check out what we have in stock but, remember, we can order any Kona, Sun, Surly, Salsa and Origin8 bike at any time if you can’t find what you are looking for!

May E-Blast

Read all about Bikes for Sale, our May tours and our upcoming Tuesday night maintenance classes in our May E-Blast. If you like what you read, head to to sign up!

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