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, including options, procedures and rates . We can even arrange to deliver groups of bikes to your event location.

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 here. 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