Biking in Detroit?
A vehement yes! As tons of people are learning, Detroit is an excellent city for cycling. There's lots of room on the road and great neighborhoods to explore. Plus, it's relatively flat so you can cover lots of ground quickly.
People who haven't spent much time in the city lately will be pleasantly surprised as to how much is going on in the Greater Downtown area. Wheelhouse will be pleased to give you ideas of where to go and the best routes to get there. And if you're not ready for the road, the RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut are tons of fun to cruise.
Am I safe?
While you should use your discretion, we feel pretty confident that you’ll be just fine. Watch out for pot holes, follow the rules of the road and use illumination at dusk and beyond. We provide helmets at no additional charge. We do recommend locking your bike up by the frame even when you are leaving it for just a minute.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes...to local businesses, residences and institutions with which we have made arrangements. These currently include:
- Wayne State University one-card holders
- AAA Members
- MOCAD members
- Members of the Detroit Police Department and Detroit Fire Department
- Employees of the Detroit Medical Center, General Motors and any other Ren Cen company
- Miller Canfield
- Residents of Lofts of Merchant Row.
Contact us for more info on how we can partner with your group or workplace.
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 A GROUP? We offer discounts to groups of six to 20 with advance notice and a deposit. More info available on our group bookings page.
Do you sell gift certificates?
We certainly do, in any denomination! We can also create a gift certificate for a tour or a particular service, like a tune-up. Swing by the shop or fill out our online form and we can mail you a traditional gift card.
If you prefer to buy a gift certificate exclusively for bike rentals or tours, we have online certificates available HERE. By using our online gift certificate form, you are able to designate a giftee email address and even choose a custom delivery date. A unique code is sent that can be input into our reservation system at check out for any tour or rental at the giftee's convenience, rather than having to contact the shop to reserve with a traditional gift card or certificate.
Do you offer repair classes?
Yes! At our Hamtramck location, we offer free Flat Repair and Basic Maintenance Classes a few times a month. These classes are led by female cyclists and mechanics. We also offer an Open Shop where we allow you to come in, use our tools(within reason), and pick our brains on how to fix your bike; be prepared to do the labor yourself! You can find our schedule on a poster near you, our website blog, or on Facebook.
Tell me about your monthly First Friday Happy Hour events..
At our Hamtramck location, we work with local food & beverage vendors and musicians to put on a once-a-month comradery that benefits a local charity. All of the booze, food, and entertainment is free! 10% of our sales for the duration of the event go towards that month's chosen charity; we also have a cash vase out if you wish to give a direct donation. We hope to see you on the first Friday of the month!
Who is the Wheelhouse?
The Wheelhouse is a small business started in 2008 by two Detroiters who love their city and their bikes: Karen Gage and Kelli Kavanaugh. Read more about how the shop got its start here.
In 2015, Wheelhouse became solely owned by Kelli. She is a member of the board of directors of the National Bicycle Dealers Association and the Old Tigers Stadium Conservancy, and a Hamtramck resident.
What do your name and logo mean?
"That's in our wheelhouse" is a saying that Kelli and Karen favor. It's because they love baseball. Plus, wheels...bikes...yeah, you get it.
Our logo is actually a map of Detroit. The circle is Campus Martius and the spokes are the main radial streets: Fort, Michigan Ave., Grand River, Woodward, Gratiot and Jefferson.
Our logo was inspired by our friend Colin Hubbell, who passed away in August 2008. Read more about him and the actual "logo story" in this Model D tribute.
Do you rent roller blades, skateboards, surreys, scooters, or segways?
Nope. Just bikes!
Where should I park?
There is a parking lot adjacent to our store off of Atwater street. Sometimes, especially on beautiful weekend days, it fills up. If that's the case, there are a ton of parking structures within walking distance. More info at Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Parking Guide & Riverdays Parking Guide.