Short and long, tough and easy, Wheelhouse offers a variety of guided tours for cyclists of all abilities and stamina level. What’s your interest? Detroit architecture...public art...automotive heritage...Eastern Market or other neighborhood excursions...urban agriculture...We can even craft a custom tour for your business or family!

We design many of our neighborhood tours in concert with a community partner organization. This way, we can be sure that the most accurate -- and interesting -- information can be shared with our riders. Community partners also receive a portion of our tour proceeds, so your money is going back into the neighborhood you've visited!

Here is our 2013 Tour Listing. Check back in March for our complete 2014 Schedule but, in the meantime, we continue to populate our roster below!

We also offer private group tours. To find out more, click HERE or give us a call 313-656-BIKE (2453) or email bookings@wheelhousedetroit.com.

How about a Wheelhouse bike tour for a gift? A tour gift certificate is perfect for the history buff or cycling fanatic in your life. Most tours cost $25 per person without a rental bike or $35 with. They can choose to put the certificate towards any tour of their liking!


For answers to Frequently Asked Questions such as, "Can my child ride with me?" or "What happens if it rains?" head to our FAQ Page.

You might also want to check out Other Suggested Rides for links and info on free rides and recurring bike events.

Eastern Market (April)

Eastern Market (April)

date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $20.00 with bike rental: $30.00

Riders will head out from the RiverWalk to architecturally significant Lafayette Park and, from there, onto Eastern Market, one of Southeast Michigan’s most-vibrant places. At the market, cyclists will hear an overview of the improvement plan for the area. After a couple of slices from neighborhood favorite Supino Pizzeria, we will walk off lunch with a tour of the farmers market before hopping back on our bikes. The ride back to the Wheelhouse will zoom down the Dequindre Cut rail-to-trail! Lunch included in price of tour. Distance: 5-mile ride, 1-mile walk. Please note: This tour is repeated monthly through October.

Architecture - May

Architecture - May

date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

This informative, architect-led overview of significant architecture in and around Downtown Detroit is one of our most popular tours. The discussion centers on architecture in relation to urban planning, past and future developments and the social implications of architectural design, good and bad, in Detroit. Sites include Elmwood Cemetery, Lafayette Park, Brush Park, Wayne State University and the Medical Center. Ride distance: 15 miles. This tour repeats monthly through October.

Hamtramck (May)

Hamtramck (May)

date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

Hamtramck is one of the most diverse and lively communities in Metro Detroit. This popular tour will explore its many angles: artsy, historic and multi-cultural, including the Polish Art Center, the must-see-to-believe Hamtramck Disneyland, Ride It Skate/Sculpture Park, the Power House that is getting national media attention and a Buddhist Zen Center. Riders will also get a chance to grab a treat at the charming Cafe 1923! Ride Distance: 15 miles. Please note: This tour is repeated monthly through September.

Masters Series: Grandmont Rosedale

Masters Series: Grandmont Rosedale

date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

This 30-miler will take you into the gem of Northwest Detroit, comprised of four distinct neighborhoods: North Rosedale Park, Rosedale Park, Grandmont and Grandmont #1. We will enjoy a refreshment stop at the North Rosedale Park Community House and get to tour a few homes! Community Partner: Grandmont Rosedale Neighborhood Dev. Corp. This tour is designed for more experienced riders.

Eastern Market (may)

Eastern Market (may)

date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

Riders will head out from the RiverWalk to architecturally significant Lafayette Park and, from there, onto Eastern Market, one of Southeast Michigan’s most-vibrant places. At the market, cyclists will hear an overview of the improvement plan for the area. After a couple of slices from neighborhood favorite Supino Pizza, we will walk off lunch with a tour of the farmers market before hopping back on our bikes. The ride back to the Wheelhouse will zoom down the Dequindre Cut rail-to-trail! Lunch included in price of tour. Distance: 5 mile ride, 1 mile walk.

Public Art (May)

Public Art (May)

date: Sunday, May 11, 2014
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

Detroit has a plethora of amazing public art, from Hart Plazas Noguchi Fountain to the Heidelberg Project. This tour will take in a wide range, culminating with a stop at College for Creative Studies Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden. Please note: This tour will be repeated monthly through September.

Belle Isle (May)

Belle Isle (May)

date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

Explore the architecture of Detroits island gem, including the Eero Saarinen-designed Flynn Pavilion, the Albert Kahn-designed Aquarium, the Boat and Yacht Clubs, the Casino and Livingstone Lighthouse. A sampling of the parks numerous statues will be discussed, including General Alpheus Starkey Williams and his famous horse Plug Ugly and Scott Fountain. The tours includes stops at the Conservatory, Nature Center and Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

Music Heritage Tour (May)

Music Heritage Tour (May)

date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
tour price: $35.00 with bike rental: $45.00

Music originating from Detroit has been innovative and impactful, spanning many genres that include techno, rock, rap, soul, punk and, of course, Motown. This tour will take in many relevant sites, including the Masonic Temple and Michigan Theater; St. Andrews Hall and Chin Tiki; Cobo Hall and the Motown Museum. There will be a stop at the Detroit Historical Museum for a visit to the Kid Rock Music Lab, which touches on many historic venues and much-loved Michigan-bred artists. Before heading back to the Wheelhouse, we will stop in at PJs Lager House, a venue that hosts many current local and touring bands for a quick bite to eat (limited menu options included in price of tour). Mileage: Approx. 12. Note: This tour will be repeated monthly May through August.

Auto Heritage (May)

Auto Heritage (May)

date: Sunday, May 25, 2014
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $25.00 with bike rental: $35.00

Discover how Detroit became the center of industry on this tour. The tour takes in the Globe Building, Dequindre Cut, Packard Plant, the GM Detroit-Hamtramck (Poletown) Assembly Plant, Milwaukee Junction with a stop at the Piquette Plant, New Center (old GM Headquarters & Fisher Building) and TechTown, where we will learn how industry is evolving with advanced technology. On the return trip, we will pass the Michigan Theatre, the location of Ford’s original workshop, the Bagley Garage). This tour is conducted in partnership with MotorCities National Heritage Area.

Techno in the 313 - Long

Techno in the 313 - Long

date: Monday, May 26, 2014
time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

This tour will bring the beats that electrify Detroit to life. Spend an early afternoon in the saddle visiting Detroits historic electronic music sites, including The Music Institute, Underground Resistance HQ and the Packard Plant. This tour is recommended for more experienced cyclists. Mileage: 16 or 21, depending on ability of group. Official event of Movement.

Corktown (June Home Tour Edition)

Corktown (June Home Tour Edition)

date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
tour price: $30.00 with bike rental: $40.00

Get inside info on the oldest neighborhood in Detroit. Check out Victorian homes, historic churches and buildings, vibrant and dynamic businesses and urban farms. This tour includes a ticket to the Annual Corktown Home & Garden Tour. You will hit every ticketed stop with ease on your bike! Stops will vary, but we’ll make a first stop at the Gaelic League Irish-American Club. Each year, there are at least 10 homes open to the public on this special day. Tour partner: Corktown Historical Society. Tour distance: 10 miles.

Other suggested Rides

Ride With Wheelhouse!
Wheelhouse Workouts: Every other Wednesday beginning in May, in conjunction with
Fitness Works, a moderately paced (12-15 MPH) ride. 6 to 8 p.m. May 22; June 5 & 19; July 3, 17 & 31; August 14 & 28; September 11 & 25. Road or sport hybrid required.
Thursday Endurance Rides: Every other Thursday, join Wheelhouse and Detroit Endurance Lab for a fast-paced (15-18MPH) ride. 6 to 8 p.m. Group riding techniques will be emphasized. May 23; June 6 & 20; July 11 & 25; August 8 & 22; September 5 & 19; October 3. Road bikes required.

Detroit Up North: Head up to Port Austin! Gear-transport, SAG support, camping...75- or 150-mile options. It's a blast! More info here.

Destinations and semi-regular rides:
DetroitBikes! Monthly bike tours of Detroit, leisurely pace, free.
Ride of Silence: An annual, national, slow-paced bicycle ride that takes place the third Wednesday of May to honor those cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. The Detroit Ride of Silence 2013 will be on May 15 at Belle Isle leaving from Scott Fountain promptly at 7:00 pm. The 10-mile ride will head west along Jefferson, north along Woodward to Comerica Park, and reverse route back.
Colin Hubbell Memorial Bike Ride: 2013 date TBD. An tour of Downtown, Midtown and New Center in honor of developer and Detroit-booster Colin Hubbell. All funds raised will benefit the Colin Hubbell Fund, which is designed to benefit community organizations and start-up businesses in Midtown.
Tour de Troit: Annual tour of Detroit each September with a police escort, and a great lunch and after-ride celebration in Roosevelt Park, the heart of beautiful Corktown. In 2012, over 5,000 participants cycled 30 miles in the D! This year, the ride is set for September 21.
Cycle Into Spring: Second Annual tour of-slash-fundraiser for the Conner Creek Greenway. May 18, 2013.
Critical Mass: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. @ the corner of Warren & Trumbull. Last Friday of every month.
Compuware Motor City Bike Ride: Metric Century or 20-mile fun ride. June 22, 2013
J-Cycle: A tour of historic synagogues of Detroit. 2013 Date TBD.
Thunderdrome: A formerly abandoned velodrome in NE Detroit gets new life as a post-apocalyptic race site.
Mad Anthony Cyclocross: Cyclocross race hosted at historic Fort Wayne in October.
Bike The Bridge: 2013 date TBD. Only chance of the year to bike across the Ambassador Bridge!
Velodrome at Bloomer Park: The Detroit-area velodrome is located at Bloomer Park, in Rochester Hills. Open to the public, with lessons, rentals and regularly scheduled races most nights.

Weekly Rides.
People for Palmer Park: Thursday night rides, 7 p.m.
Bikes and Murder: Monday night cruises take off from Woodbridge Pub at 8 p.m.
Clinton River Riders: Various days, times, and locations -- check their site.
Slow Spokes: Primarily southern Macomb County, with various dates, times and locations.
Wolverine Sports Club: Rides every day except Friday, throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Cycling Saddlemen: Rides on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Hines Drive and Dearborn. Also the host of the annual First Dozen ride on New Years Day.
Bike Grosse Pointe: Rides on Saturday and Sunday mornings that meet in Grosse Pointe.
Bike Ypsi: Hosts weekly rides at 1PM every Sunday from Recreation Park, 1015 Congress Street, Ypsilanti.

Special thanks to Steve Roach of Miller Canfield and the League of Michigan Bicyclists for helping to compile this list.