Spring is Coming...& We Got Tours & Savings for Ya!

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Experience the Motor City on Two Wheels!

We are so excited for our 2019 tour season to kick off next month and have been busy behind the scenes getting ready for our best year yet. Since it is still a bit wintery out there, we are offering two great ways that early birds can save by booking now!

  1. Save $5 a spot off a Public Tour by using the code "SPRINGFEVER" at checkout. This offer is good through March 31. You can see what dates are confirmed and read details about all of the tours that we offer atwheelhousedetroit.com/tours. Whatever topic might interest you, we guarantee we've got a tour that checks that box. (Cemeteries? Yup.)

  2. The booker of any Private Tour will enjoy a FREE SPOT. This applies to all groups that have reserved a date for this season by the end of March. To find out more about booking a private outing, head over HERE. It's a great team-building exercise, reunion or wedding activity, or afternoon adventure for any group!

Our tours are led by Detroiters who are passionate and knowledgable. We only take out small groups to ensure a safe, personal experience. We've been at this since 2008, so we've had plenty of time to become experts at bike touring in Detroit! Join us for an experience that you will always remember.

Our 12th Season on the Detroit Riverfront kicks off April 5!  Our April hours will be Noon to 6PM Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

Our 12th Season on the Detroit Riverfront kicks off April 5!
Our April hours will be Noon to 6PM Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

AT WHEELHOUSE HAMTRAMCK... All 2018 & older model bicycles are AT LEAST 15% OFF! WE NOW CARRY  DCFC  GEAR & TICKETS!

AT WHEELHOUSE HAMTRAMCK...
All 2018 & older model bicycles are AT LEAST 15% OFF!
WE NOW CARRY DCFC GEAR & TICKETS!

AT WHEELHOUSE HAMTRAMCK THRU MARCH 31... Save 10 bucks on any Tune Up package 20% off all in-stock tires

AT WHEELHOUSE HAMTRAMCK THRU MARCH 31...
Save 10 bucks on any Tune Up package
20% off all in-stock tires

Join us for our monthly Happy Hour! April's will support the  Detroit Theatre Collective . More info  HERE .  Next Up:    May 3, Gwiazda Polish Dancers

Join us for our monthly Happy Hour!
April's will support the Detroit Theatre Collective. More info HERE.
Next Up: May 3, Gwiazda Polish Dancers

It's been a long winter (aren't they all!?) and we are very much looking forward to seeing all of our hibernating friends. And to those of you who did manage to pop in every now and again to say "hey" during these grey months, we appreciate you!   Sincerely, Kelli, Tatiana, Linda, Rob, & the entire Wheelhouse crew

It's been a long winter (aren't they all!?) and we are very much looking forward to seeing all of our hibernating friends. And to those of you who did manage to pop in every now and again to say "hey" during these grey months, we appreciate you!

Sincerely,
Kelli, Tatiana, Linda, Rob, & the entire Wheelhouse crew

February 27-March 9 | Specials incl. 6 Bikes Marked Down

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Hamtramck’s got a ton of fun stuff going on in the coming weeks, and we are getting in on the fun by offering some specials. These deals will run from February 27 through March 9.

  1. All tune-up packages, including Standard (Reg. $60) and Plus (Reg. $100), are $10 off. For details on what these entail, head right over HERE.

  2. All William + Bonnie cycling apparel is 50% off, including ponchos, skirts, dresses, and pants. (Reg. $85-125 / Sale $43-63). For more info about the clothing, which is locally produced, read about it HERE.

  3. All in-stock tires are 20% off. We’ve got a huge range of sizes and price points available.

  4. Six awesome bikes have been significantly marked down. Details on those pictured, clockwise from bottom left, are:

Kona Paddy Wagon
The three-speed internal hub on the Paddy Wagon 3 has one gear for all-out speed, one for casual riding, and another for grunty little hill climbs that pop up along the way. Match that to a cromoly frame that will take a beating and last forever, and classy touches, like the downtube shifter and integrated brake lever bell, and you’ll be loving each and every ride.
Reg. $699; Sale Price $599 56cm

Detroit Bikes C-Type
Single-speed flip-flop hub. Detroit-made. Chromoly frame. Drop handlebars. Knobby tires. Limited run.
Org. $699; Now $450

Sun Fritz 5
Wherever your journeys take you, Sun's Fritz 5 gets you around with ease thanks to its relaxed, comfortable ride. A 5-speed internal hub provides ample gearing for cruising around town, and front and rear fenders ensure a splash-free commute. When running errands, a rear rack and kickstand add urban utility, and lightweight aluminum rims mounted with wide street tires provide nimble handling to get you home safely.
Reg. $540; Sale Price $465

Opus Classico
Light-weight, classic city bike styling. Fenders, chain guard, and rack come with.
Reg. $529; Sale Price $454

Opus Flux
Opus is a Canadian company that makes some pretty sweet bikes. The Flux has 29" tires and a front fork for some suspension along with stop-on-a-dime disc brakes. This is basically a mountain bike made for city streets.
Reg. $789; Sale Price $689

Kona Lana’i
The heart of a mountain biker and the versatility to do it all are at the core of the Lana’i. Built with a philosophy of making the right bike for the right user, the Lana’i hits the trail with a 27.5-inch wheel and a lightweight aluminum frame. Whether it be gravel paths, light singletrack, or just getting around town, the Lana’i is your entry to adventure.
Reg. $529; Sale Price $479; Size XL; Color Charcoal

All new bikes purchased from the Wheelhouse come with a complimentary tuneup, water bottle, and bottle cage. Check out our many other fine options HERE.

Winter or Not, We Got Events Coming Up!

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We are currently on Winter Break, but we will be back Saturday, January 26 with not one, but two events…and then our monthly First Friday Happy Hour comes up later that same week. Get ready to hang with Wheelhouse!

Saturday, January 26 9AM Winter Joy Ride

Meet up at the shop at 9AM for a 2-hour ride with a stop at a coffee shop. Pace and distance determined by group. This is a no-drop ride. Come layered up and ready to ride! More info and future dates HERE.

Saturday, January 26 2PM Flat-Fixing Class

Informal, personal instruction on how to fix a flat — one of the most invaluable tools a cyclist can have in their belt. Bring your own bike or use one of our rentals. And any tube or tool you purchase will be 10% off! More info and future dates HERE.

Friday, February 1 5PM First Friday Happy Hour

Our monthly happy hour will benefit the Michigan Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will feature tacos from our buds at Dos Loco. Swing by and enjoy a beer or two and help out some good people at the same time. More info HERE.

Used Bikes & Trade-Ins

We know sometimes budgets are tight, so we work to provide quality used bikes at affordable prices to our customers.

Some quick facts about our used bike program:

  • With a few exceptions, the used bikes we carry will be targeted specifically towards the urban rider.

  • We are sweeping the state for great deals on well-maintained unique bikes with quality components. Think Raleigh, Cannondale, OG Schwinn, Trek, Specialized, etc. You are not going to find Big Box reboots.

  • Some of our rental fleet will become available for purchase.

  • All bikes will receive a thorough going over by a professional mechanic prior to being offered for sale.

  • This one is important: We are committed to stocking quality used bikes from legitimate sources at a fair market price. What does this mean? This is not a pawn shop. We will not be taking bikes of questionable provenance EVER. 

Want to trade in a bike for cash, credit, or towards the purchase of a new bike? Read ahead:

  • We do ask that you provide proof of purchase or that the bike is registered with the City of Detroit or the City of Hamtramck.

  • We require that the bike is one that was purchased at an IBD (independent bicycle dealer AKA a bike shop) not a big box store. We are not trying to be bike snobs, but we are also committed to quality.

  • You should know upfront that you should not expect to receive cash or credit equal to the resale value of the bike. As with most consignment-type operations, our internal costs must be accounted for, including staff time (both mechanic and administrative), insurance, taxes, and more. If you are looking for the most cash possible out of your bike, by all means take it to Craigslist. But we promise to be fair and help you chip away at the purchase price of the bike of your dreams!

To see what we currently have available in terms of used bikes, check out our website.

Questions? Email us at info@wheelhousedetroit.com.

Job Posting: Bicycle Service Tech

Job Title: Bicycle Service Tech

Pay Rate: $9-11/hour depending on level of experience. Hours: 10-32/week. Evaluation and raise after 30 days.

Location: Shifts are available at both Rivertown and Hamtramck locations.

Duties: A Bicycle Service Technician is an integral component of a multi-faceted bike shop that services a diverse clientele with a strong focus on customer service. Their primary responsibility is to ensure a smooth running service department at all times. This can include assembling new bicycles; servicing customer bicycles; assisting in the maintenance of the rental fleet; and contributing to the inventory management, cleanliness and organization of the service department.

This job requires a positive attitude, strong teamwork skills, willingness to learn on the job and absorb constructive feedback, and mechanical experience. Proven customer-service experience and/or prior bike shop experience would be a plus.

You will report directly to the Service Department Manager and General Manager. A successful candidate will contribute to the overall success of the company by participating in all aspects of the business, including a willingness to assist on the retail floor and with bicycle rentals as necessary.

Due to the seasonal nature of this position, candidate must have weekend and holiday availability.

No uniform is required, although we will provide you with a couple of t-shirts. No open-toed shoes. Fancy clothes are not recommended.

Extra shifts may become available, including Bike Parking and Tour Sweeper.

This job is at-will, part-time, and seasonal. Season is May-September.

Send resume or summary of work experience and three references to info@wheelhousedetroit.com.

Spring News from the Wheelhouse

Lots of News You Can Use in our March E-Blast!

SPRING IS HERE! (SERIOUSLY.)

As March comes to a close we are eagerly awaiting the green grass, (sometime) blue skies, and red robins of April. 

Mark your calendars for a few upcoming dates that will surely bring a springish smile of anticipation to your face:

Our Riverfront location opens for its ELEVENTH SEASON on April 6!

Also April 6, it's FIRST FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR in Hamtramck! This one features the culinary stylings of BOMB-TONS and tunes from this month's beneficiary, Girls Rock Detroit!

Our tour season kicks off April 14! Head to wheelhousedetroit/tours and use the promo code APRILFLOWERS at checkout to save on any April tour, which includes Eastern Market, Public Art, Belle Isle, Auto Heritage, and Architecture.

Finally, through April 27, save 10 bucks on your Spring Tuneup! Regularly $50, this seasonal necessity is just $40. A tuneup includes the adjustment of gears and derailleur; minor (on-bike) wheel true; lube; and we a check/tightening of the crank and headset. The sooner you get your bike in, the quicker the turn-around. 


READ MORE HERE and sign up for our never-more-than-once-a-month email newsletter HERE (scroll all the way down).

TOUR SEASON IS UPON US!

Our 2018 tour season will start rolling on April 14! To whet your appetite, here are some random bits and pieces of info about what's to come.

Any April tour is 5 bucks off when you register by March 30. Head to wheelhousedetroit.com/tours and check out the April Eastern Market, Belle Isle, Architecture, Auto Heritage and Public Art options. Just use the promo code "APRILFLOWERS" when you register to score the deal!

As we are able to confirm our guides and stops and partnerships, we are adding more tours all the time! So far, we have April and early May booked as well as all of our Urban Agriculture tours with partner Keep Growing Detroit; our October Haunted tours; Palmer Park; Churches of Poletown; and all of Memorial Day Weekend! Still plenty to come, so keep checking back...

If you have a group looking for your own private tour, we urge you to book now! Please send an email to Linda at bookings@wheelhousedetroit.com to get started on reserving a date. 

Finally, head over HERE to read a great article from the Winnipeg Free Press about a tour a writer from that neck of the woods enjoyed last fall!