March E-Blast

Spring is springing!

March may indeed be the cruelest month, but it has the potential to be the kindest. Just picture the daffodils bloom, hear the birdies chirp and feel the sweet breeze on your face whilst pedaling. No wonder so many poems reference The Ides.

We have so much coming up in this early spring, here’s just a tantalizing taste.

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First things first: Our Riverfront location reopens on March 21. We will be open four days a week, Friday through Monday, until it gets a bit warmer.

We will continue to carry the following brands and products: the locally manufactured Detroit Bikes; Sun cruisers, comfort hybrids & adult trikes; Origin 8 urban commuters; Kona hybrids; and the classically-styled Brooklyn Cruiser. Plus, tires, helmets, auto racks, bike racks, frame & floor pumps, tools, lights, water bottles & bottle cages, bags, locks, pedals, bells, handlebar grips & tape, tubes, baskets…and if we don’t have what you are seeking, we have a wide range of distributors that we work with, and a quick turn-around on special orders.

We are proud to feature American-made brands, including Wald baskets (KY); King Cage bottle cages, flask cages and bells (CO); Kabeltek lock cables (AZ); Wilson Bohannan padlocks (OH); Greenfield kickstands (NY); Walnut Studiolo leather accessories (OR); Detroit Cargo bicycle luggage (MI); Jogalite lights (NH); Park Tool bicycle-specific tools (MN); Trixie & Milo Fine Flasks (OR); panniers from Ironweed Bicycle Products (OR); Green Guru upcycled panniers and pouches (CO); and embroidered wool Walz Caps (CA). We are also carrying t-shirts (Wheelhouse, Detroit Bikes & Tour de Troit) and even pedal-powered natural soaps!

GROUP RENTALS & TOURS

Beautiful weather might seem a million years away, but you can prepare for your warm-weather fun now by booking a group rental or tour for your school, work or church group; pre-wedding excursion; or team.

Group rentals start at just $10 per bike for two-hours with advanced reservations, and we do offer even more of a discount for schools and Scouts.

Our tours start at $180, all-inclusive, for six people. Popular options include Eastern Market, Architecture, Belle Isle and the Near East Side, which takes in Lafayette Park, the Heidelberg Project, and the whole of the RiverWalk.

More info on group tours here and rentals here. We can even arrange to deliver groups of bikes to your event location. Email bookings@wheelhousedetroit.com for options, procedures and rates.

SPRING SPECIALS

Tuneup Time! ‘Tis the season to get your beloved bicycle in tiptop shape. Bring ‘er in by March 31 and receive a tune-up for just $35 (Reg. $50). Word to the wise: Don’t wait ’til May to get your Spring tune-up. Do it now so you’ll be ready to ride on the first supremely beautiful day. Better yet, start your daily riding now so you’ll be bathing-suit ready come summer!

Spring Tours All tours in March and April are 5 bucks less than normal. That’s $20 per person or $30 with a rental bike. (Yes, we are trying to bribe you onto a bike.) We have Eastern Market, Architecture, Corktown and Belle Isle on the early season roster. Find out more and register at wheelhousedetroit.com/tours. It doesn’t hurt to check back regularly, as we are gradually adding the entirety of the season’s tours.

Detroit Bikes Raffle This is your last weekend to be entered into a raffle for a Detroit Bikes A-Type. How do you land such a golden ticket? Simple: Any in-store purchase of $25 or more gets you an entry. We will announce the winner the weekend of March 29.

So Many Reasons to Ride…

We can’t even hardly keep up with all the Detroit bike action. But we try. Here’s a handful of things on the docket…

March 27-30 – North American International Bike Week: Wheelhouse is excited to be part of the 1st Annual NABW. On Saturday, we’ll have a booth at Cobo Hall for Detroit Bike City and we’re kicking off our tour season that morning. The whole weekend is jam-packed with rides, shows, demos and more.

Cycle Into Spring: Explore the exciting Conner Creek Greenway with Tour de Troit and Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative. Third Annual.

June 15, July 20, August 17 & September 7 – Bicycle to the Ballpark with the Detroit Tigers: Yes, there are four dates this year!

September 20, 2014 – 13th Annual Tour de Troit!

There’s so much more in the works — and we’ll always do our best to let you know. Can’t wait to see you ride up to the shop with rosy cheeks and an enormous smile.

 See you soon!
Kelli, Karen, Tatiana, Dave, Joan & the Wheelhouse crew

February E-Blast

It might be cold outside, but spring is right around the corner!

Let’s be honest, this weather does not inspire thoughts of riding bikes for most of us. So we are offering a couple of reasons that might just entice you to visit our cozy Eastern Market container, cold be damned!

February Price Freeze! ALL BIKES are $50 off and everything else is 20% off for the month of February!

PLUS, a raffle! Every sale over $25 will be entered into a raffle for a DETROIT BIKE! Prize will be awarded in March. One entry per purchase.

Location: Shed 4, Russell @ Division
Hours: Friday & Monday, 11AM to 6 PM; Saturday, 8AM to 5PM; Sunday, Noon to 5PM

We are featuring the Detroit Bikes A-Type commuter bicycle, a minimalist bike with three-speed internal gears, a lightweight chromoly-steel frame and a durable, matte-black powder-coat finish made right here in Detroit. Wheelhouse will also be offering an “A+” model that includes American-made lights, lock, kickstand, mirror, bottle cage and bell for the consumer that wants to ride away with a bike that is fully-loaded. The A-Type retails for $550; the A+ for $700.

Other featured brands include Wald baskets (KY); King Cage bottle cages, flask cages and bells (CO); Kabeltek lock cables (AZ); Wilson Bohannan padlocks (OH); Greenfield kickstands (NY); Walnut Studiolo leather accessories (OR); Detroit Cargo bicycle luggage (MI); Jogalite lights (NH); Park Tool bicycle-specific tools (MN); Trixie & Milo Fine Flasks (OR); panniers from Ironweed Bicycle Products (OR); Green Guru upcycled panniers and pouches (CO); and embroidered wool Walz Caps (CA). We are also carrying t-shirts (Wheelhouse & Tour de Troit) and even pedal-powered natural soaps!

Photos of the space and many of the products can be found here.

We will reopen at our Riverfront Location on March 14, 2014.

GROUP RENTALS & TOURS
Beautiful weather might seem a million years away, but you can prepare for your warm-weather fun now by booking a group rental or tour for your school, work or church group; pre-wedding excursion; or team.

Group rentals start at just $10 per bike for two-hours with advanced reservations, and we do offer even more of a discount for schools and Scouts.

Our tours start at $180, all-inclusive, for six people. Popular options include Eastern Market, Architecture, Belle Isle and the Near East Side, which takes in Lafayette Park, the Heidelberg Project, and the whole of the RiverWalk.

More info on group tours here and rentals here. Emailbookings@wheelhousedetroit.com for options, procedures and rates.

Upcoming!
We are hard at work planning for an amazing spring, summer and fall. One fun thing on the docket is several tours that we are conducting for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Conference when it’s in town in May. We are making sure that these guests experience a wide range of what Detroit has to offer, including PonyrideGreen GarageN’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art and even a sneak peek at Batch Brewing.

Dates to save:

  • May 10, 2014 – Cycle Into Spring
  • September 20, 2014 – Tour de Troit
  • June 15, July 20, August 17 & September 7  – Bicycle to the Ballpark with the Detroit Tigers (Yes, there are four dates this year!)  

We hope you are managing to stay warm this winter, and that you come visit us very soon!

January E-Blast

Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop January 2014 E-Blast

Happy 2014 from your friends at Wheelhouse Detroit!

It’s not just the holidays this year, people. We are open all year long…This winter, in Eastern Market, four days a week…in a shipping container no less…where we’re selling Detroit Bikes and American-made bicycle products all winter long.

Location: Shed 4, Russell @ Division
Hours: Friday & Monday, 11AM to 6 PM; Saturday, 8AM to 5PM; Sunday, Noon to 5PM

We are featuring the Detroit Bikes A-Type commuter bicycle, a minimalist bike with three-speed internal gears, a lightweight chromoly-steel frame and a durable, matte-black powder-coat finish made right here in Detroit. Wheelhouse also offers an “A+” model that includes American-made lights, lock, kickstand, mirror, bottle cage and bell for the consumer that wants to ride away with a bike that is fully-loaded. The A-Type retails for $550; the A+ for $700.

Other available brands include Wald baskets (KY); King Cage bottle cages, flask cages and bells (CO); Kabeltek lock cables (AZ); Wilson Bohannan padlocks (OH); Greenfield kickstands (NY); Walnut Studiolo leather accessories (OR); Detroit Cargo bicycle luggage (MI); Jogalite lights (NH); Park Tool bicycle-specific tools (MN); Trixie & Milo Fine Flasks (OR); panniers from Ironweed Bicycle Products (OR); Green Guru upcycled panniers and pouches (CO); and embroidered wool Walz Caps (CA). We are also carrying t-shirts (Wheelhouse & Tour de Troit) and even pedal-powered natural soaps!

Photos of the space and many of the products can be found here.

We will reopen at our Riverfront Location on March 14, 2014.

GROUP RENTALS & TOURS

Beautiful weather might seem a million years away, but you can prepare for your warm-weather fun now by booking a group rental or tour for your school, work or church group; pre-wedding excursion; or team — like WSU Warriors Womens Basketball players, who rode with us last year!

Info on group tours here; rentals here; or email info@wheelhousedetroit.com for procedures and rates.

LOOKING AHEAD
Since we opened in 2008, cycling opportunities in Detroit have really exploded (which is a GREAT thing!). We have more bike lanes, more rides, more advocacy…People often ask Kelli and Karen what they do over the winter and, to be honest, the answer is “work on more bike stuff!”

We’ve got so much in store for 2014, including helping out with the 13th Annual Tour de Troit (the event that inspired us to open the Wheelhouse!); expanding bike parking opportunities with the Detroit Tigers and continuing with Detroit City FC; a robust roster of tours; maintenance classes and group rides; and always more and better retail offerings…(we do have some new product lines coming, well, on-line, so stay tuned!

A couple of bike events coming up: The 2nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bike Ride on Monday. It’s free, but requires registration, which can be found here. And then on the following Monday, author and blogger Elly Blue will be at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. talking about her latest book, Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy. More info here.

Thanks for your interest and see you soon!

Holiday E-Blast

Hey, everyone! Hope you are staying sane during this crazy season!

Our Eastern Market winter location is up and running and we’d love for you to come visit. We are selling Detroit Bikes as well as a variety of American-made bicycle products.

We’re located in a shipping container (which, honestly, is worth a vist in and of itself) in Eastern Market’s Shed 4, located near the intersection of Russell and Division (MAP).

Our hours through the winter are as follows:

Friday & Monday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Saturday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

We’re also open this Thursday, 12/19, from 5 to 9 p.m. in conjuntion with Eastern Market’s Third Thursday. Shed 5 will be host to a bunch of local vendors, food trucks and beer…Plus a visit from Kris Kringle…Perfect for some last-minute shopping!

We are really pleased with the high-quality, reasonably priced US-made products that we’ve found to offer at our shop. They include Wald baskets (KY); King Cage bottle cages, flask cages and bells (CO); Kabeltek lock cables (AZ); Wilson Bohannan padlocks (OH); Greenfield kickstands (NY); Walnut Studiolo leather accessories (OR); Detroit Cargo bicycle luggage (MI); Jogalite lights (NH); Park Tool bicycle-specific tools (MN); Trixie & Milo Fine Flasks (OR); panniers from Ironweed Bicycle Products (OR); Green Guru upcycled panniers and pouches (CO); pedal-powered all-natural Just Soap (MA); and embroidered wool Walz Caps (CA).

You can view a photo album that features many of our products HERE.

The Detroit Bikes A-Type 3-speed commuter bicycle has a lightweight chromoly-steel frame and a durable, matte-black powder-coat finish. Each of its frames is manufactured from steel tubing cut, coped, welded and painted in its factory on Detroit’s westside. Wheelhouse will also be offering an “A+” model that includes American-made lights, lock, kickstand, mirror, bottle cage and bell for the consumer that wants to ride away with a bike that is fully-loaded. The A-Type retails for $550; the A+ for $700.
Easy Gift Ideas:
  1. Gift Certificate! You can buy a tour gift certificate online or you can buy a standard gift card good for retail, service, rentals or tours at the winter shop.
  2. T-Shirt! We have short- and long-sleeved t-shirts. You can buy in-person ($15/$22.49) or online ($20, short-sleeved only, shipping included). Our shirts are American Apparel brand printed locally by ESP.

Procrastinator Reward! 

So you’ve waited ’til this weekend to do your shopping? Don’t feel bad, you’ve just had other stuff on your plate. Now it’s time for your just deserts!

From Thursday 12/19 to Monday 12/23, each purchase of $25 or over gets a choice of a $10 gift card to be redeemed in 2014 OR a handmade tree ornament!

Lest we forget…Rentals and repair service are also available. If you ever need anything outside our winter hours, please email us atinfo@wheelhousedetroit.com and we’ll figure something out that is convenient for you.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,
Karen, Kelli & the Wheelhouse Crew

November News!

We have some exciting news to share: We will be open through the winter!

Our current Riverfont location at 1340 E. Atwater will remain in operation through Monday, November 25. Hours are Friday, Saturday & Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Then what?

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Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop and Detroit Bikes are preparing to launch a retail residency in Eastern Market that will open on November 26, in concert with Eastern Market Corporation‘s Thanksgiving Market.
 
This unique collaboration will focus on quality American-made products, with the Detroit Bikes A-Type leading the way. We will also be offering an “A+” model that includes American-made lights, lock, kickstand, bottle cage and bell for the consumer that wants to ride away with a bike that is fully loaded. The A-Type retails for $550; the A+ for $700.
 
Other brands that will be featured include Wald baskets (KY); King Cage bottle cages, flask cages and bells (CO); Kabeltek lock cables (AZ); Wilson Bohannan locks (OH); Greenfield kickstands (NY); Walnut Studiolo leather accessories (OR); Detroit Cargo bicycle luggage (MI); Jogalite lights (NH); Park Tool bicycle-specific tools (MN); Trixie & Milo Fine Flasks bicycle-themed flasks (OR); and panniers from Ironweed Bicycle Products (OR) and Detroit Denim Co. (MI).
 
The bicycle boutique will be housed in a shipping container located in Shed 4, at Russell and Division. Hours will be Friday and Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bicycle rental and drop-off repair service will also be available.

Looking forward to another exciting chapter in the Wheelhouse story!

Sincerely,
Karen, Kelli & the Wheelhouse Crew

1340 E. Atwater
Rivard Plaza, Detroit RiverFront
Detroit, MI 48207
313-656-BIKE (2453)
www.wheelhousedetroit.com
Follow us on Twitter @wheelhouse_det
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October Mini E-Blast

Just wanted to drop you a real quick note before we get too far into the month! Our hours in October are Friday, Saturday & Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

RETAIL


Bike Sale! We are having a sale of all current floor model bikes. 20% off the following bikes:

Brooklyn Cruiser Driggs 3-speed 52cm in black and white; Willow 3-speed 52cm in blue. Was $579 NOW $463.

Origin 8 Intersect 7-speed 52cm. Was $425 NOW $348.

Kona Dew Deluxe 2012 49cm Was $849 NOW $543. Dew 56 cm in black. WAS $489 NOW $391.

We have Detroit Bikes A-Type in stock! The minimalist bike has three-speed internal gears, a lightweight chromoly-steel frame and a durable, matte-black powder-coat finish. Detroit Bikes manufactures each of its frames from steel tubing cut, coped, welded and painted in its 50,000 square-foot factory on Detroit’s westside. The company also builds wheels and manufactures the bike’s rear rack and chain guard on-site. It retails for $550, a significant fact because a mass-produced American-made bike at a modest price point is something that hasn’t been in existence since the Reagan era. We do have a demo if you want to give it a spin.

We have other makes of models of bikes in-stock, including Kona Dews of other sizes and colors and additional Brooklyn Cruiser models. These remain at their regular prices; see our blog for more info. Plus, tires, helmets, auto racks, bike racks, frame & floor pumps, tools, lights, water bottles & bottle cages, bags, locks, pedals, bells, handlebar grips & tape, tubes, baskets…and if we don’t have what you are seeking, we’d be happy to help you pick something out. We have a wide range of distributors that we work with, and a quick turn-around on special orders.


SERVICE

Our full menu of service prices can be found here. Please note that, in almost every case, service requires that you drop off your bike. We also offer Service Delivery! We can pick-up and/or drop-off your wounded cycle anywhere in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and the inner ring suburbs. For pricing, please visit our Service Page.

TOURS

East RiverwalkMost of our tours for the month are sold out, but have no fear, we still have a few options for you!

1. Openings remain on our Halloween Haunted Tour!

2. Book a private tour (Haunted, perhaps?) with a group! Our rates start at $180 for up to six people, including bikes. Each additional person is $25/$35 with rental. Email info@wheelhousedetroit.com to get moving on setting one up! We have great availability on weekdays and a couple of weekend slots remain.

3. Join our just-added Detroit Beer Week Dining Tour! We will enjoy a delicious course at three stops: soup at Mudgie’s Deli, sliders at St. Cece’s and dessert at Jefferson House. The cost of $46 ($56 with rental) includes food, a beverage at each stop and gratuity!

Please scroll our Tours Page for more details and to make reservations.

We have some big news that we hope to announce before the end of the month. Until then, keep riding and hope to see you soon!

Thanks,
Your Friends at Wheelhouse Detroit

1340 E. Atwater
Rivard Plaza, Detroit RiverFront
Detroit, MI 48207
313-656-BIKE (2453)
www.wheelhousedetroit.com
Follow us on Twitter @wheelhouse_det
Become a Facebook Fan of Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop!

August E-Blast, feat. Detroit Bikes Launch

We can’t believe it is already August! This summer has been rolling by at a racing pace, but we wanted to take a quick minute to fill you in on some Wheelhouse happenings.

Remember, we are here for you seven-days-a-week: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the local purveyor of the Detroit-manufactured Detroit Bikes. The commuter A-Type, pictured, is launching into the universe with a party at The Old Miami this Friday, 8/16, from 4 to 8 PM, featuring a performance by the Detroit Cobras.

The minimalist bike has three-speed internal gears, a lightweight chromoly-steel frame and a durable, matte-black powder-coat finish. Detroit Bikes manufactures each of its frames from steel tubing cut, coped, welded and painted in its 50,000 square-foot factory on Detroit’s westside. The company also builds wheels and manufactures the bike’s rear rack and chain guard on-site. It retails for $550, a significant fact because a mass-produced American-made bike at a modest price point is something that hasn’t been in existence since the Reagan era. So this is pretty awesome.

We’ll have ten bikes for sale at the launch party, and are also taking deposits for the next shipment. To receive an email with details about the shipment schedule and making a deposit, email info@wheelhousedetroit.com.

We will continue to carry the following brands and products: Sun cruisers, comfort hybrids & adult trikes; Origin 8 urban commuters & folding bikes; Kona hybrids & cyclocross; and the classically-styled Brooklyn Cruiser. Plus, tires, helmets, auto racks, bike racks, frame & floor pumps, tools, lights, water bottles & bottle cages, bags, locks, pedals, bells, handlebar grips & tape, tubes, baskets…and if we don’t have what you are seeking, we’d be happy to help you pick something out. We have a wide range of distributors that we work with, and a quick turn-around on special orders.

SERVICE 


Our full menu of service prices can be found here. Please note that, in almost every case, service requires that you drop off your bike. We also offer Service Delivery! We can pick-up and/or drop-off your wounded cycle anywhere in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and the inner ring suburbs. For pricing, please visit our Service Page.

TOURS

East RiverwalkIf you’ve been meaning to take a Wheelhouse tour, now’s your chance! We have a full season through the end of October. Curious as to what they’re about? Check out this recent article in the Windsor Star, Grab your bike and go see Detroit,” or watch this CriticCar Detroit video of two visitors from Milwaukee that recently rode our Hamtramck tour here. Please scroll our Tours Page for details of our full roster of offerings and to make reservat ions.

We also offer private tours, which are great as a corporate team-building exercise, staff outing, non-profit fund-raiser, conference activity or pre-wedding excursion. A downloadable PDF with more info can be found here.

RENTALS

We’ve got ya covered, whatever kind of Detroit cycling experience you are looking for. Chill ride along the RiverFront and Dequindre Cut? Cruiser, check. Bit of a workout while you loop Belle Isle? A Kona Smoke is ready for you. Explore Midtown without breaking a sweat? We recommend a Sun Ruskin. Balance issues? We’ve got an adult trike with your name on it. A romantic pedal? Try a tandem! Family outing? We’ve got kids bikes, trailers, tag-alongs and a baby seat. In town for a few days and want to ride like a local? Try a vintage Schwinn. Whatever your selection, booking ahead saves you a dime: Online advance reservations receive a 10% discount. And reservations are recommended, particularly on weekends, as we sometimes do run out of bikes at peak hours.

WEEKDAY WALK-IN SPECIAL: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a 2-hour cruiser rental is half-off, just $7.50. Fine print: cruisers only, no reservations, subject to availability.

GOT GROUP? We offer discounts to groups of six to 20 with advance notice and a deposit. More info available at Wheelhouse Group Rentals and Schools & Scouts. We can also deliver bikes to your event; inquire at info@wheelhousedetroit.com.

ETC.

The Tour de Troit is coming up quick, on September 21, so sign up now before the price jumps at the end of the month. We’ll be back in touch soon with more info about all the great rides happening in September.

We don’t want you to crash when you’re riding around town, so we’re proud purveyors of some great and healthy snacks, including locally produced Simply Suzanne Granola and Wyoming-based Kate’s Real Food bars. Both are all-natural organic choices that will get you rolllin’ again!

Hope to see you soon and that you’re getting in many, many miles!

Job Availability

Wheelhouse Detroit seeks to fill an integral position of a busy, multi-faceted bike shop. S/he will assist with renting bikes; customer service; minor mechanical issues such as changing a flat tire; restocking inventory; cleaning…and whatever else needs to get done!

Skills: The most important thing necessary for this job is the willingness to jump in and get your hands dirty! Scared to talk to strangers? Need not apply. This job can be high-energy and it can be fun. It can be stressful and it can be quiet. A successful candidate will be quick on their feet and nimble of mind.

This candidate must have an interest in biking. Owning a bike is a plus!
Hours: 10-20/week, Pay Rate: $8/hour

No calls – Please email resume and three references to info@wheelhousedetroit.com.

June E-Blast

June is here, and with it wonderful weather for cycling…we hope!

Keep reading for info about bikes, bike rides, bike tours and bike repair…You might call us single-minded here at the Wheelhouse.

The shop is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the following two exceptions: We are closed on Monday, June 24 due to the Fireworks and will be open holiday hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4.

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Origin 8 Cutler 7As more and more people shop online and at big box stores, there is fear within the bike industry that the independent bike shop is an endangered species. Wheelhouse strives to offer a well-thought out selection of bikes and bike accessories about which our staff can knowledgably speak. We are confident that neither the world wide web nor Big-Marts can compete with us there. So shop smart, shop local, shop Wheelhouse!

We carry the following brands, all of which we believe to be of great quality and fairly priced: Sun cruisers, comfort hybrids & adult trikes; Origin 8 urban commuters & folding bikes; Kona hybrids & cyclocross; Brooklyn Cruisers; Continental, Kenda & Michelin tires; helmets from Bell, Giro, Lazer & 661; Michelin & Q tubes; auto racks from Saris (made in the USA!); bike racks from Topeak, Wald (made in the USA!) & Axiom; Park Tool floor pumps & tools; Knog & Planet Bike lights; bottle cages from King Cage (made in the USA!) & Dimension; Timbuk2 & Jandd bags; & locks from Kryptonite…plus pedals, bells, handlebar grips & tape; tubes; frame pumps; baske ts…whatever your cycling pleasure!

Investing in your bike by adding a rack or a basket, swapping out knobby tires for slicks or installing lights can make a huge impact in its functionality. Next thing you know, your butt is on a bike on the regular!

SALE! We’re ready for all of our 2012 bikes to find good homes, so we are really slashing prices.

Origin 8 F1 single speed folding bike: REG $350 NOW $275

Dew Deluxe 49cm: REG $849 NOW $679

Civia Twin City single speed: REG $595 NOW $500

SERVICE

Wheelhouse’s service feedback has been really great this year, between the efficiency of our new Point-of-Sale system and the excellence of the work that mechanic Dave Burke puts into every bike. So what are you waiting for? Bring that ride in for a tune-up that will get you back on the road in better shape than ever!

Our full menu of service prices can be found here. Please note that, in almost every case, service requires that you drop off your bike. We also offer Service Delivery! Yep, we can pick-up and/or drop-off your wounded cycle anywhere in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and the inner ring suburbs. For pricing, please visit our Service Page.

TOURS

Churches of Poletown TourTour season is in full swing! We pride ourselves on offering an authentic experience that will be informative to visitors and lifers alike. Oh yeah, and they are fun! Please scroll our Tours Page for details and to make reservations.

We also offer private tours, which are great as a corporate team-building exercise, staff outing, non-profit fund-raiser, conference activity or pre-wedding excursion. A downloadable PDF with more info can be found here.

RENTALS

We have expanded our rental fleet, adding more cruisers, some comfort hybrids, an adult tricyle and an additional kids trailer. Online advance reservations available for a 10% discount. Reservations are recommended, particularly on weekends, as we sometimes do run out of bikes at peak hours.

WEEKDAY WALK-IN SPECIAL: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a 2-hour cruiser rental is half-off, just $7.50. Fine print: cruisers only, no reservations, subject to availability.

GOT GROUP? We offer discounts to groups of six to 20 with advance notice and a deposit. More info available at Wheelhouse Group Rentals and Schools & Scouts. We can also deliver bikes to your event; inquire at info@wheelhousedetroit.com.

EVENTS

It’s great to see so many health-oriented businesses sprouting up around town, and we are partnering with several of them for some fantastic fun-n-fit activities through the summer months. We have Wheelhouse Workouts every other Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., a free 12-15MPH ride; bi-weekly Endurance Thursdays, a free group ride that will be paced at 15-18MPH from 6-8 p.m. held in partnership with Detroit Endurance Lab; and a series of fitness tours with True Body Fitness. More info here.

Our Basic Maintenance ClasseBiek Parking at Bikes + Dinners w/Fender Bender are back! This two-hour class will teach you some introductory mechanics like how to change a flat and will go over some basic rules of the road and commuting tips. Classes cost just $5 and include a patch kit. Dates for the rest of the year are Jun 27 – Jul 11 – Jul 25 – Aug 8 – Aug 22 – Sep 12 – Sep 2.

As biking becomes more and more visible as a form of transportation, more and more events are adding bike parking as an amenity, and we are happy to help out! You’ll find us at Detroit City FC home matches at Cass Tech (next up: tonight vs. Zanesville FC at 7:30 p.m.) and Riviere 28‘s Soiree on the Greenway on July 18…more to come!

We are a proud sponsor of two upcoming rides that are raising funds for some deserving causes.

On June 22, suit up for the Fourth Annual Compuware Motor City Bike Ride, which offers 20-mile fun ride and a Metric Century (62-mile) option. The event raises funds for the Danialle Karmanos Work It Out Foundation in support of youth health and wellness. Find out more and register here.

The Second Annual SASHA Center Detroit Bike Tour Fundraiser is set for June 23 at noon. We’ll take off from the Wheelhouse and enjoy a casual ride through the Greater Downtown area with stops at organizations that assist survivors of sexual assault — key to SASHA’s mission. It also includes a lunch stop at Goodwells! Find out more and register at their website.

Hope to see you soon and that you’re having a great summer!

Thanks,
Your Friends at Wheelhouse Detroit

In Town for Movement? Get Rolling With the Wheelhouse!

 
One of our favorite weekends of the year is the Movement Electronic Music Festival held over Memorial Day weekend. We love to get as many visitors onto a bike as possible, as we truly believe it is the best way to see the city.

To that end, we are offering discounts to anyone wearing a Movement festival wristband all weekend long. So whether you are looking for a quick ride to Eastern Market for lunch, a trip to Belle Isle for a swim, or want a bike for transportation the entire weekend, we’ve gotcha covered!

MOVEMENT FESTIVAL-GOER RENTAL RATES (CRUISERS)
$10/2 hours (reg. $15)
$18/half-day/4 hours (reg. $25)
$25/full day (reg. $35)
$40/2 days (reg. $50)
$60/3 days (reg. $75)
$75/full week (reg. $99)

You can call 313-656-2453 to reserve a bike at these rates.

We also offer a couple of techno-themed tours that delve into Detroit’s epic electronic music history.

The first tour will be Sunday, May 26 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. It will be the “short” tour. A rider will see landmarks such as The Music Institute, Underground Resistance HQ, and the East Riverfront Warehouse District. The tour price is $25; with bike rental, it’s $35.

The second will be on Monday, May 27 from noon to 4 p.m. It will be the “long” tour that will go for as many as 21 miles, taking riders past historic electronic music sites like The Music Institute, Underground Resistance HQ, and the Packard Plant. The tour price is $30; with bike rental, it’s $40. This “long” tour is recommended for more experienced riders.

If you are on Facebook, you can check out a great album of photos taken on one of previous Long Tours. As you can see, the stop at Underground Resistance HQ is pretty amazing.

We are also offering a Music Heritage tour on Saturday at 1 p.m. that will cover not just techno, but Motown, punk, soul, rock and many of the city’s historic venues.

If you are looking for a break from music altogether, we are offering our popular Architecture Tour on Saturday at 10 a.m. It’s a great overview of the Greater Downtown area and some of the city’s built gems. On Sunday, we’ll explore Detroit’s Auto Heritage with a great tour that includes a stop at the Packard Plant and the Model T-Plex.

You can register for any of of these tours at wheelhousedetroit.com/tours. In 2012, most of our tours sold out, so don’t wait too long!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Wheelhouse over Memorial Day weekend!